Although much of the focus at CES 2017 was on new 4K Ultra HD televisions a few companies were busy making sure we had something worthy to watch on those screens by supplying new cameras that produce 4K Ultra HD and Full HD video files.

As reported here, Panasonic introduced its new flagship pro-level mirrorless compact system camera in the Lumix GH5, which got most of the attention, but the company also unveiled a pair of compact cameras in the GX850 and FZ80 (pictured at top), both offering 4K Ultra HD video capture with advanced features.

Meanwhile, Canon unveiled its PowerShot G9 X Mark II (available in February at a $529 retail), which is positioned as an entry-level model in the company’s 1-inch sensor lineup. It features a 20-megapixel BSI-CMOS sensor, Digic 7 processor, 3x optical 28-80mm equivalent F2-4.9 lens, 3-inch  1.04m-dot touchscreen LCD monitor, 8.2 fps burst shooting and Full HD video capture at up to 60 fps, ISO 12,800 low-light sensitivity and 6 fps continuous shooting.

Not to be out done, Nikon excited its legions of camera lovers by revealing that the D5600 DSLR previously announced for other markets, soon will be reaching the United States along with two Coolpix point-and-shoot camera models in the W100 and A300 models.

Read more on the CES 2017 camera introductions after the jump:


The Nikon W100 (available in March at a $159.59 suggested retail) is billed as a rugged camera model designed for go-anywhere shooting. It is waterproof to 32 feet, shock resistant from a 5.9-foot drop, freeze proof to 14 degrees and offers a 13.2-megapixel sensor, 3x optiz zoom lens and has video recording up to Full HD 1080p resolution.

The Coolpix A300 (which will be available in February at a $139.95 suggested retail price) features an ultra-thin pocket-sized design and a high-performance vibration reducing system for sharper images with great stability. The camera includes an 8x zoom lens and 16x dynamic fine zoom capability. It will connect to a smart device via Nikon SnapBridge for image sharing. Other features include: automatic shoothing functions including Scene Auto Selector and Smart Portrait Mode

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The highlight of the Nikon offerings was the D5600 DSLR, offering a DX-format 24.2-megapixel high-resolution CMOS sensor, a suite of creative shooting features, Nikon SnapBridge seamless connectivity via Bluetooth LE or Wi-Fi NFC, Expeed 4 image processor and continuous shooting at 5 fps and 39-point AF system.

Available in January at a $799.95 suggested retail price, the D5600 will include an AF-P DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens and is designed for strong low-light performance with an expanded wide ISO 100-25,600 range. Also included is a 3.2-inch vari-angle LCD touchscreen monitor.


Meanwhile, Panasonic’s new GX850 (shipping in February at an expected $549 retail price) is billed as a compact mirrorless Micro Four Thirds point-and-shoot camera with a 12-32mm zoom lens. It features a 16-megapixel Live MOS image sensor that removes the anti-aliasing filter for sharper images, UHD 4K video recording at 30/24 fps, a 49-Point DFD AF system, 4K photo modes, ISO 25,600 low-light sensitivity, 10 fps shooting with AF-S, and a 3-inch 1.04m-dot 180-degree tilt touchscreen.

The Lumix FZ80 (shipping in March at a $399.99 expected retail price) is a long-zoom point-and-shoot with a 60x 20-1,200mm (35mm equivalent) lens, 18.1 megapixel 1/2.3-inch MOS sensor, 1.166m-dot electronic viewfinder, 3-inch 1.04m-dot touchscreen LCD monitor, 4K UHD video recording at 30 fps, built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, ISO 6,400, 10-fps shooting, 4K photo mode, post focus and focus stacking, power optical image stabilization, and DFD AF system.


By Greg Tarr


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