Sector guide: Imaging hardware

Digital still and video cameras are one of the staple sectors in the consumer electronics industry, and while smartphones are get better at filming and photography, huge numbers of consumers still prefer the dedicated device. Andrew Wooden takes a look at the new models?.
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M Prixton DV 300
SRP: £89.99
Distributor: Meroncourt
1/2.5-inch CMOS 5.0 megapixel image sensor, 128 MB flash memory, approximately 109 MB available memory for image storage, external SD Cards, SDHC Compatible (Up to SDHC 16 GB Class 6). 

Muvi Special Edition Gumball 3000
SRP: £69.95
Distributor: Westcoast
High resolution 30fps micro camcorder, Lith-ion rechargeable battery with 2GB memory.
They say: Includes Extreme Sports mounting kit, watrerproof case, universal handlebar mount and carry pouch.

Skyron Easypix Starfish
SRP: £59.99
Distributor: Meroncourt
5.0 MP CMOS lens, 12MP by interpolation, SD Card support to 8GB, Aperture range of 1.5m to Infinity, Macro: 50cm~150cm, 8X Digital Zoom, 2.4-inch TFT LCD display.

Sony Bloggie Touch – MHS-TS20K
SRP: £219
Distributor: Peak Development
1920×1080 Full HD video, 12.8 megapixel stills, 360 lens for shooting all round panoramic videos and stills, 8GB internal memory.
They say: A radical evolution from first-generation Sony Bloggie models, the all-new HD snap camera boasts gorgeous looks with its slim, rounded body and finely brushed aluminium finish. It’s also the perfect ‘all-in-one’ solution for shooting and sharing life’s special moments, wherever you are.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX10
SRP: £279.00
Distributor: Direct
16.2 megapixel stills, Sweep Panorama mode, Movie recording at 50i in 1080 AVCHD.
They say: The WX10 is one of the only digital still cameras to include a high speed linear focus feature that provides quicker, more precise focusing that’s comparable to the speed of a DSLR camera.

Creative Vado HD
SRP: £124.99
Distributor: Realtime
Built-in flexible USB connector, 2x digital zoom, 720p HD quality.
They say: One light touch on the touch-sensitive buttons and you can start recording instantly in high-definition quality. Lightweight and extremely compact, enjoy up to 120 minutes of widescreen HD quality video on the move.

Urban Factory Ecological Photo Bag for Reflex and Bridge type Camera
SRP: £47.99
Distributor: Interactive Ideas
Made from recycled polyethylene terephthalate, multiple pockets for arrangement.
They say: The Eco photo bag is an ecological photo camera bag, made from recycled PET (polyethylene terephthalate) for reflex and bridge type cameras. Easily accessible compartments. Multiple internal and side pockets, inside separator, front pocket for small accessories, such as memory

Urban Factory City Bridge Camera Case
SRP: £41.87
Distributor: Interactive Ideas
Internal and outside multiple pockets, Special pocket for memory card, Made from 1680 denier nylon and koskin.
They say:The City Bridge Case is a quality bag for Bridge type cameras. It has an easily accessible main compartment and the bag has multiple pockets and an internal side front pocket for memory cards and has an internal separator. Ergonomic handle and shoulder strap for comfortable carrying with an overall attractive look.

Urban Factory City Photo Backpack for SLR Camera
SRP: £60.24
Distributor: Interactive Ideas
Made from 1680 denier Nylon, Polyester, Front pocket for accessories.
They say: City Photo Backpack is a backpack for SLR cameras. easily accessible compartments, multiple pockets and internal side. Front pocket for accessories and memory cards. Ergonomic handle and shoulder straps for comfortale carrying. The bag has several internal dividers. Access to the compartments and pockets is very easy.

Canon Powershot SX220 HS
SRP: £269.00
Distributor: Direktek
They say:
Packing HS System for stunning images in all situations, a wide-angle 14x optical zoom and Full HD movies, the PowerShot SX220 HS is a powerful combination of leading image quality and flexibility.
Specs: HS System (12.1 MP), 28mm, 14x zoom. Optical IS, High-speed Burst & Super Slow Motion Movie.

FujiFilm F550 EXR
SRP: £329.99
Distributor: Direktek
They say:
All-new 16MP EXR-CMOS sensor, GPS functionality, 1600 per cent wide dynamic range, CMOS Shift Image Stabilisation.
Specs: In pursuing for the ultimate image technology, Fujifilm has developed a unique collaboration, the EXR CMOS, optimizing the best of EXR and CMOS imagining technologies.

Olympus Tough Range (TG-610)
SRP: £229.99
Distributor: Direktek
They say:
Waterproof upto 16 feet, freezeproof down to 14°F/-10°C, 3D photos - even underwater, one touch HD movie.
Specs: Just when you thought a TOUGH couldn’t get any tougher, the new TOUGH range takes toughness to a whole new level. Whatever your camera has to put up with, now there’s no need to worry. 

Traveller Compact Pro
SRP: £69.99
Distributor: Hama
They say:
Extends from 52cm to 163cm (20.5 inch to 64 inch) and weighs 1370g (3lb 0oz).
Specs: Small and light enough to be carried with ease, the Traveller Compact Pro extends to a standard height with the advantage of a ball and socket to support heavier camera and lens combinations.

Nikon Coolpix S3100
SRP: £129.99
Distributor: Direktek
They say:
14 Megapixel CCD Image Sensor, 720p HD movie recording, EXPEED C2 image processing system, smart portrait system.
Specs: Elegant styling and an 18.4 mm ultra- slim body conceal the functional beauty of a precision 5x zoom NIKKOR lens with 26 mm wide-angle coverage* teamed with 14.0 megapixels of imaging power and Nikon's high-performance EXPEED C2 Image Processing Engine.

Meroncourt: 01462 680 060
Westcoast: 0118 912 6000
Midwich: 01379 649 200
Interactive Ideas: 020 8805 1000
Peak Development: 01489 796 979
Direktek: 01494 471 100
Hama: 0845 230 4262
Sony: 01932 817 622


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