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This year at the ongoing International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), saw the coming of the best cameras to be launched throughout the year.
We saw a glimpse of a future at the CES 2014. Well, 3D cameras were proved to be big failure commercially, while brands like Panasonic are optimistic about 4K technology.
While on the other, Samsung, the world's largest manufacturer of smartphone, brings the second generation Android-powered Galaxy Camera 2 at the CES.
Let's take a look at best cameras announced at the CES 2014. Go crazy
Last year, Canon announced PowerShot N, a square shaped point & shoot camera at the CES 2013. The differentiated factor was its non-traditional design. This year, the Japanese camera maker announced its sequel, the PowerShot N100. There is hardly any difference, as far as design is concerned. Though, Canon has beefed up the hardware by adding a 12MP CMOS sensor. The latest generation N100 comes with a 3-inch display that flips up 90 degrees, DIGIC 6 processor and a 5x f/1.8-5.7 (24-120mm) Zoom lens. The camera comes with Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, making it convenient for a user to transfer pictures with an ease. Priced at $350 (Rs. 19,000), the Canon PowerShot N, will be officially made available in May this year.
The new PowerShot SX 600 HS and ELPH 340HS are the latest generation low-end affordable Wi-Fi equipped point & shoot cameras. The former camera offers a 3-inch display, 16MP CMOS sensor, 18x 25-450mm, f/3.8-6.9 optical zoom lens and lastly built-in NFC connectivity. The camera can record videos in Full HD. The SX600 HS will be made available in Feb end for $250 (Rs. 15,331). While the other announced camera, the PowerShot ELPH 340HS, with more-or-less similar specifications. It does offer 12X zoom, and connectivity options like Wi-Fi and NFC, comes standard. The PowerShot ELPH 340HS retails for $200 (Rs. 12,425).
Another Japanese camera maker, Nikon, is also not far behind from Canon, when it comes to number of launches. The company announced its flagship camera, the D4S. Everyone was expecting to see Nikon's flagship camera at the CES 2014. Though, many would be disappointed to know that the Nikon D4S is not coming soon into the market. Internal hardware details have been kept under wraps. Watch this space of former! Next come, the Nikon S3000 DSLR, a brand new DSLR priced at $650 (Rs. 38,000). It captures images in 24MP and offers up to ISO 12,800. Apart from announcing a DSLR and flagship camera, Nikon will launch Wi-Fi enabled CoolPix L830. The high-end point & shoot camera features Wi-Fi connectivity, and a whooping 34x zoom lens. The device will hit markets early this year for an asking price of $300 or Rs. 18,000.
Once again, Samsung's experimentation drive continues, with yet another product. And this time it is none other than Android 4.3 Jelly Bean powered Galaxy Camera 2. Obviously the camera is much improved over its predecessor. The Galaxy Camera 2 comes with a 16MP imaging sensor, 21x zoon lens, 4.8-inch display, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and a 2,000mAh battery inside. It also comes with NFC and Wi-Fi connectivity. Under the hood comes a quad-core processor backed by 2GB of RAM, and an ability to record slow motion videos in 120fps.
While the Galaxy NX, is yet another Android-based camera. It is made for pro-users, and the camera is already available in US for an asking price of $ 1,600 (body only) or Rs. 99, 447.
Panasonic's first 4K camera, which is still in the prototype form, is expected to be launched late this year. You can wear the camera around the head, literally. Now this is indeed a fine example of innovation.
Sony's latest generation Action Cam comes with shockproof body, and is targeted at mature professionals and shooters. Sony has added a fixed 170-degree viewing angle lens, 18-megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor, and updated capture modes. This will cost consumers $300 or Rs. 18,000. The other camera introduced by Sony is the world's smaller Wi-Fi enabled mirrorless camera, the Alpha 5000. The camera incorporates a 20.1MP Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor powered by a BIONZ X image processor. It also has a 180-degree tiltable LCD screen.