2011 CES Tradeshow Final Camera Report

2011 CES Events Featured News


New Waterproof Point-And-Shoot Cameras

There were, by my count, 6 new waterproof point-and-shoot digital cameras announced at CES. This is a category near and dear to me since I spend so much time outdoors in all kinds of weather. I’ve used a good number of the available waterproof cameras and I’ll continue to do so since they make it possible for me to get quick-draw photos in the rain, snow, mud, etc. I pretty much never go out without one in my pocket or the shoulder pouch on my backpack.

Fujifilm FinePix XP30 Rugged Waterproof GPS Camera

One of the waterproof camera standouts at this CES was the Fujifilm Finepix XP30, “Rugged GPS” camera, which, besides being waterproof, shockproof, dustproof and freezeproof, has built-in GPS tagging. Kodak also introduced their first waterproof point-and-shoot camera, the EasyShare Sport, with an incredible $79.95 price tag! Olympus announced two new waterproof “TG” cameras and Sony’s new Cybershot TX10 is an updated version of the TX5 I reviewed last year – my favorite waterproof point-and-shoot ever (Sony Cybershot TX5 Pro Review).

Waterproof Camera Guide >>


Pocket-Sized HD Camcorders

Besides all the full HD point-and-shoot cameras introduced at the show, there were also a bunch of new pocket-sized HD camcorders. Sony’s Bloggie pocket camcorder line has been out for a while and at CES they introduced three new models, all of which capture full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution video. The new Sony Bloggie 3D actually has two sensors to capture 3D video. Samsung announced a couple of pocket-sized full HD video cameras, the HMX-P300 and the HMX-P100. Toshiba announced a full HD pocket camcorder, the Camileo S30. Kodak added to their pocket camcorder line with an updated waterproof and shockproof Playsport and a new model called the Playfull, both of which are full HD-capable, of course. Vivitar was also at CES and they showed off a new full HD pocket camcorder, the DVR 780HD; and their first helmet cam, the DVR 480, which sells for under $100 and comes ready to be mounted on a helmet or bike.

Samsung HMX-P100 Pocket HD Camcorder Kodak Playsport Waterproof, Shockproof HD Camcorder Sony Bloggie 3D HD Camcorder

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About the author: Photo-John

Photo-John, a.k.a. John Shafer, is the managing editor of PhotographyREVIEW.com and has been since the site launched back in 1999. He's an avid outdoor enthusiast and spends as much time as possible on his mountain bike, hiking or skiing in the mountains. He's been taking pictures for ever and ever, and never goes anywhere without a camera.

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  • John Moyer says:

    Your list of competitors of the Olympus XZ-1 missed “the big elephant in the room,” the Canon S95!
    Excellent camera, most direct competitor, and $100 less.

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