CES isn't typically a banner week for camera and camcorder lovers and manufacturers, but this year was different. Nearly every major manufacturer announced cameras that are faster, more powerful, and more impressive than ever before — we saw new models with longer zoom, more shooting features, lots of manual control, and better hardware across the board. Companies added features that differentiate their point-and-shoot models from smartphone cameras, and a few launched drool-worthy flagship DSLRs as well. We put together the most interesting camera and camcorder news, plus our hands-on impressions, so check out the stories below to see the best of the first batch of cameras in 2012.
We just dropped by Contour's booth at CES to check out the new Cerevo Live Shell accessory — it's a small, light, portable device that can hook up to an HD camera via HDMI and stream live video to Ustream over ethernet or WiFi.
The Tamaggo 360-image viewer captures panoramic images using it's super-wide angle lens, and you can pan and zoom around the images using the company's Pure Player software.
RED's $34,500 Epic-X camera has been opened up and photographed by the FCC. Take a look at its Mysterium-X sensor and more in the photos below.
Paul Miller interviews Eric Cheng, Lytro's Director of Photography.
Hands-on impressions of the Sony VG20 and FS100 video cameras, along with the E-mount lens lineup.
The Fujifilm X-S1 is one of Fujifilm's flagship X series cameras, and we got to spend some time with the giant superzoom / DSLR hybrid.
Fulfilm is launching a 10,000-unit limited run of a black X100, and it will set you back $1,700.
Panasonic is showing off two concept lenses at CES, with improved focusing, stabilization, and video performance.
JVC's 2012 video cameras feature Live Monitoring — allowing the user to wirelessly transfer files from the camera to an iOS or Android device running a free app.
A rep at Nikon's booth just waked us through one of the D4's most intriguing features. Once the D4 is hooked up to a network via Wi-Fi or its ethernet port, you can pull a network IP address off the screen and use that to connect to the camera with your computer.
Toshiba Camileo Air10 streams 1080p video via Ustream, Z100 shoots glasses-free 3D video (hands-on pictures)
Toshiba launched a number of new Camileo handheld camcorders at CES, including the Wi-Fi enabled Air10 and the 3D-shooting Z100.
Panasonic has announced four lens converters for Micro Four Thirds. The fisheye, wide angle, telephoto and macro adapters attach directly onto the Lumix G X 14-42mm zoom or G 14mm f/2.5 prime lenses.
We got to play with the Canon PowerShot GX 1 at CES' Pepcom, and got a chance to see if the shooter is worth $799.
Olympus announced a new compact camera range for CES. There are five new models — the $199.99 SZ-12 and SP-620 ultrazooms, $179.99 durable TG-320, $149.99 slimline VR-340, and $99.99 entry-level VG-160.
With the Flip gone, can Sony take the handheld camcorder crown?
Sony HDR-PJ760V and HDR-CX760V camcorders with 'Balanced' SteadyShot, built-in projectors (hands-on video)
The Sony HDR-TDPJ710V, PJ760V, and CX760V all include the new Balanced Optical SteadyShot, and the PJ710 and PJ760V also feature those mini-projectors Sony is building into a ton of its new camcorders.
Sony's new HDR-TD20V 3D camcorder still isn't razor thin, but it's much more manageable.
Panasonic updated its Lumix line of digital cameras today at CES, adding features to its shooter that differentiate them from cameraphones.
Samsung announced a refresh to its camera line today at CES, with Wi-Fi connectivity headlining the cameras' new features.
Fujifilm's press conference just wrapped up and we had a moment to snap a few pictures of the just-announced X-Pro 1 before it was whisked away.
Fujifilm X-Pro1 official: 16-megapixel APS-C sensor and multiple lenses, available in February for around $1,700
Fujifilm announced its newest camera at a press conference at CES, the mirrorless X-Pro 1.
General Electric's camera arm added several new models to its line of inexpensive cameras, from a 25x superzoom to a sub-$100 camera.
Canon has announced two new PowerShot Elph point-and-shoot cameras, the Elph 520 HS and the Elph 110 HS, along with six new models in the Vixia camcorder line.
Canon announced the G1 X this morning, the latest in the company flagship PowerShot line of digital cameras.