Saturday, August 8, 2009

Week in review (August 1 to 8)

Welcome to a new edition of the five-minute rewind, where we summarize the week that was in the world of digital cameras. The rewinds are intended to be read in five minutes or less!

The Big Story: Panasonic GF1 leaked!
The big story, without doubt, this week, was the forum-leak of the third Panasonic Micro 4/3rds camera, the Lumix GF1. This is a camera closer in size to the Olympus E-P1, with a flash but without sensor-shift image stabilization. Along with it, two lenses were shown, including a 45mm (90mm equivalent).

New Cameras this week
It was a busy week in terms of new cameras getting officially announced! Here we go:

+ Two new Sonys with the Exmor-R 1/2.4" CMOS sensor, the WX1 and bijou TX1

+ A trio of new Pentax Optios headlined by a promising-on-paper waterproof camera, the Optio WS80.

+ Four new Nikon Coolpixies headlined by the projector-bearing S1000pj (pj is not for photojournalist), and the touch-screen-controlled S70

Crazy Marketing
Some may find Samsung's imaging blog a bit Xanga-like circa-2003, but Samsung took it to a "whole nuther level" with the Tap and Take (not a hip-hop video) teaser-campaign for upcoming touch-sensitive compacts.

Whenever we see a campaign of this hype, we immediately think, "the next Nikon Coolpix SQ".

Impact Reviews
There was the usual wave of reviews, but most of them got overshadowed by the news and rumors of the week. You can check the ones we featured at the reviews mini-blog which includes the third waterproof group test, DC-Watch getting firsts on the Ricoh GRD3 and Fuji F70exr, and on the Sony WX1. We will cover the rest of the camera reviews in upcoming mega-round-ups, providing they stop announcing new cameras every eight hours :-)

All the posts of the last seven days
This post is merely a digest of the week that was. You can check all the posts from the last seven days in our August archives.

And you can also check the posts from the other "Noisy blogs" by checking the Blog Headlines page.

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