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Latest photography news A great deal fromSamsung Flagship CSC, premium quality lens, Galaxy Camera 2 and compacts all launched at CES Samsung had a very busy show and among other products, several quality compacts got an airing as did the NX30, its latest flagship CSC. The NX30 is a 20-megapixel camera using a Samsung CMOS sensor with on-chip phase- detection AF. Naturally, the NX30 is rich in exciting features: a three-inch articulating touch- sensitive monitor, a host of focusing methods with a hybrid AF phase-detect and contrast- detect system, an ISO range of 100 to 25,600, continuous shooting up to 9fps and a top shutter speed of 1/8000sec. It is also the first Samsung camera to have an articulating EVF in addition to the monitor. Two new lenses have been introduced to the NX system, the 16-50mm f/2-2.8 S ED OIS and the 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 Power Zoom ED OIS. The 16-50mm focal length equates to 24-77mm in the 35mm format. The former is the first member of Samsung’s series of premium quality lenses. It’s splash resistant and dust proof too for shooting in challenging conditions. The 16-50mm Power Zoom is more compact, weighs only 111g and is ideal for everyday use. It features silent AF and there’s an electro zoom feature that lets you smoothly adjust focal length using a rocker switch on the lens body, making it ideal for video use. Samsung also announced a bridge camera, the 16-megapixel WB2200F, with an integral optical 60x zoom lens (20-1200mm in 35mm format terms). To aid stable shooting with such a long zoom, the WB2200F has an innovative dual grip for secure shooting. The Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 succeeds the original award-winning Galaxy. Key features are an upgraded 1.6GHz Quad Core processor and the Android platform for fast, easy sharing of images shot on its 16-megapixel sensor. The 21x integral optical zoom lens (23-483mm in 35mm terms) features an image stabilisation system. The Camera 2’s impressive 4.8in monitor has a resolution of 1.036m dots and touch-sensitive functionality.


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a wireless 64GB flash drive offering users even greater storage expansion for their mobile devices. Pricing is to be confirmed. SanDisk has also announced the Asus Zenbook UX301LA Ultrabook that uses SanDisk X110 Solid State Drives (SSDs) for reliable and fast storage. With two 256GB SSDs with Raid 0, you get 512GB storage. Current price is around £2200 for the 512GB and £1829 for the 256GB option.

Lowepro’s Nova Sport AW range of shoulder bags is designed for photographers out and about on day trips or longer travels. The bags are available in three sizes, which can accommodate from one consumer DSLR in the smallest, up to two pro-sized DSLRs in the largest, along with lenses, flashguns and accessories. The two smallest sizes can also hold a tablet, while the largest has a laptop compartment. The compartments are adjustable, and the camera storage insert can be lifted out. Protection from the elements comes in the form of a storm flap and a built-in All Weather Cover, and there’s a padded shoulder strap for comfort. Available in red or grey, the bags are priced from £49.

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IMAGES Among Samsung’s launches are (clockwise from top): Samsung NX30 £599.99; 16-50mm f/2-2.8 S ED OIS £1079.99; WB2200F £399.99; and Galaxy Camera 2 £399.99.

We were among the first to get a chance to use the Samsung NX30 out in Las Vegas. Turn to page 18 to see pictures taken with the camera and read what we thought of Samsung’s new flagship. GET THE HANDS-ON LOW-DOWN FROMCES

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