We here at The Phoblographer hope you guys got your fix of photography news from CES 2013 this year as our Editor in Chief and News Team has been working around the clock to bring you guys everything you need to know about the latest and greatest camera news from the show. Perhaps you’ve missed a couple of announcements or first looks as they went live over the past few hectic days of the event, so here’s a quick round up of everything CES 2013.
Canon released an interesting new point and shoot in the form of the Powershot N. The new camera has a very futuristic interface that lacks most of the buttons that Powershot users are accustomed to and instead puts emphasis on a giant touch screen for the most part.
But the overall appeal of the N comes from its coolness factor; which sets its level up really high.
The Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 was announced a while back and the company for sure said that it would be making its world-wide debut around CES 2013. They held true to their promise, and the new Instax is just as fun and awesome as the previous versions were.
We decided to have a little fun at CES after walking through the visual and audio assault that was LG’s booth, and so we played with the new Mini 8 a bit.
Fujifilm’s X10 got a lot of flack because of a blooming sensor issue that quite honestly was no major big deal except to lonely forum-goers that masquerade as drama queens. Fujifilm looked at the camera and tried to figure out how they could improve it with the announcement of the X20. On the outside, there was very little. On the inside, there is a new X Trans II sensor and a new processor. Plus, the optical viewfinder will now display information upon AF confirmation.
The Fujifilm X100s might have been the most exciting announcement at CES 2013; and perhaps every photographer out there may agree and thank Fujifilm for making the show a tad more exciting for the industry. Indeed, the X100s is the follow up to the highly revered and much used X100: which despite having many problems at first were mostly corrected with firmware. Indeed, very little has been changed on the outside. It’s the new 16MP X Trans II sensor and the new processor that have changed.
So how did Fujifilm improve on their award winning formula?
During CES 2013, we got a chance to stop by Polaroid’s booth and then over to Sakar’s. The cameras are being manufactured under the Polaroid name but is indeed being made by Sakar. Now, Sakar also owns Vivitar and has been known for creating some quirky and super cheap cameras.
And Polaroid’s latest entry into the mirrorless market doesn’t reflect the lovable American company that I grew up knowing: but instead a weird camera concept that doesn’t exactly know what it is. After reading the Verge’s coverage and PCMag’s coverage, I had to go over and talk to them myself.