PMA 2008 is over for another year, and judging by the flood of new cameras announced lately you'd think this past week was the only time manufacturers were allowed to rustle up new models. We've already Craved a passel of fine cameras, and here we're going to round up some of our favourites from the rest of the stampede of snappers: the Fujifilm S100FS, Olympus mju 1030 SW, GE G2 and E1050, Sony Cybershot DSC-T300 and Sigma DP1.
Each of the big manufacturers unveiled a tranche of compacts, with slimmer bodies, larger screens and features such as blink detection appearing. On the dSLR front, live view and larger screens were de rigeur, and the innovative feature du jour was expanded dynamic range. The other big development was Sony's 35mm CMOS sensor, a 24-megapixel chip the same size as a frame of 35mm film.
We start our round-up with Fuji's top-of-the-range model, the Fujifilm S100FS. The S100FS is the company's attempt to offer a camera advanced to provide an alternative to the SLRs of its competitors, with a number of features borrowed from the Fujifilm S5 Pro.
A large 2/3-inch CCD sensor is one of the things that puts the 11-megapixel S100FS above the average compact. An optically stabilised 14.3x zoom lens qualifies this as a superzoom, with an equivalent 35mm focal length of 28-400mm. It also includes the interesting tilting screen design we also saw on the Pentax and Samsung dSLRs announced before PMA, although here it's a 64mm (2.5-inch) version.
A system for expanding dynamic range by film simulation is available, as is a whopping maximum sensitivity of ISO 10,000. This is only available at a reduced 3-megapixel resolution, but we can't wait to test this latest part of Fujifilm's ongoing commitment to low-light photography.
Click through the links to meet the other cameras that stood out from the herd. -Rich Trenholm