Spittin' Images at CES
It's finally happened: we're living in an age when cameras will, in certain modes, just shoot themselves. 2009 looks to also be a year when things we once thought of as cinematic special effects, like the projection of Obi Wan giving Princess Leia her marching orders or Dick Tracey getting an assignment from his wrist phone, make their way into real-world mobile devices. We'll also be able to capture decent video of craters on the moon.
The real pleasure of the annual Consumer Electronics Show is getting a glimpse at such future-tech, but it's also an opportunity to take stock of which recently-released camera, camcorder, and camera-phone models seem to be most popular with the American public. Time and again, it seems, consumers are choosing ease-of-operation and straight-forward user interfaces over more impressive feature sets. Here's a quick round-up of some of the stand-out digital imaging product stories from CES 2009:
Super-Fast Meets Point-and-Shoot
Casio is applying it's high-speed technology to a new generation of consumer digicams. The company announced two new pocket-sized cameras which will be able to shoot 30 still frames per second in burst mode. Both cameras will be branded with Casio's consumer name, Exilim. The EX-FC100, with a 5x optical zoom and external lens, will sell for $399.99, and the EX-FS10 with a 3x zoom and internal lens, will hit the market at $349.99.