Manufacturers: Best Digital Cameras

Overview Panasonic Cameras

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Panasonic has been well-known for manufacturing film photographers for some decades, and now this company has opened its business into digital photography, such as manufacturing a lot of cameras with the easy-to-use features. Following a report of Techno Systems Research, in 2007, Panasonic cameras accounted for the seventh rank all over the world in terms of the manufactured quantity in 2007. This company manufactured approximately 10 million cameras, which accounts for 7.6% of the market share.

Lumix GH1 - Best Panasonic Camera Review Buy

Lumix GH1 – Best Panasonic Camera Review Buy

The Panasonic Lumix GH1 camera is a recently-released digital SLR camera.

The cameras under the Lumix brand are what Panasonic has focused on and you can find both point and shoot and digital SLR cameras under this brand.

The History of Panasonic

In 1918, Panasonic was established by Konosuke Matsushita in Osaka, Japan when he was 23. At the beginning, the company had just three employees, calculating himself. The initial products of the company were fan insulator plates, an attachment plug, and a two-way socket. Matsushita was the name for the entire global company for some decades while the Panasonic was just the brand name for a global product. Later, in 2008, Panasonic became the official name of the company.

This company has offered a wide range of products since the early days. The initial product included bicycle lamps, television sets, radios, as well electric motors. Later, throughout World War II, the company focused on produce the materials serving the war and came back to the manufacturing of consumer goods in 1945. However, Matsushita decided to restructure the company right from the beginning after the war. By the 1950s, Panasonic has led the market for manufacturing radios and TVs, together with household accessories. Lately, the company has also focused on producing CD and DVD players as well as digital TVs. Panasonic has also made some investment on doing research for the improvement of the he optical disc technologies.

The digital cameras have been manufactured since the mid-2000s and the company uses the Lumix brand name for these products. There is another brand name, known as Leica, which in only in Japan. The design of many Leica and Lumix models are pretty similar.

Current Panasonic and Lumix Products

The product range of Panasonic has been pretty wide to serve the demands of users at different photography skills. You may find it a little bit difficult to remember the names of the models due its complicated numbering system because Panasonic has used a lot of letters as well as numbers to create the camera names. But, the used numbers and letters define the camera type.

  • Zoom series. With the Lumix point and shoot models, the optical zoom lenses is commonly large, which are used in the TZ and ZS product line. The price range of these models is from $300 to $400.
  • Waterproof series. The cameras of this series include a TS designation which is great for shooting photos in extreme situations, such as underwater photography. The prices of these TS cameras are about $400.
  • Ultra thin cameras. With the cameras including FX designations, you are offered the capability to shoot at wide angles capabilities. The cameras with the FS designations are also extremely thin but normally you won’t find any unit that has wide angle capability. The price range of FS cameras is from $150 to $300, while you have to spend around $300-$400 to buy FX cameras.
  • Lumix G. Lately, Panasonic started to produce advance digital SLR camera using the Lumix G camera name. These camera use lens which can be interchangeable. Lumix G applies the micro four-thirds standard. You are able to record HD photos and movies using the Lumix GH cameras. While the price range for Lumix G cameras is from $750 to $1,000, you will have to spend around $1,000-$1,500 to buy GH cameras.
  • Related things. In addition to digital cameras, there is a wide variety of products aimed at consumers such as TVs, DVD players, mobile phones, telephone systems, digital camcorders, home theater products, refrigerators, microwave ovens, and air conditioners. For corporations, there are many available product lines such as: computers, office equipment, sound systems, air fans, motors, moving equipment, or semiconductors.

Overview Canon Cameras

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Canon has led the digital camera market for many years, especially well known for the PowerShot as well as Rebel product lines. In 2007, Canon was the world leading camera company with the total manufacturing of 25.2 million and accounted for 19.2% of the market share – stated the Techno Systems Research report

Best Canon Cameras Review & Buy

Best Canon Cameras Review & Buy

The PowerShot E1 was launched into the market in 2008 and there are three color options with this camera, including: pink, white, or blue.

The History of Canon

In 1937, Canon was established in Tokyo, Japan. There have been a number of group companies in the world, in which Canon USA in America is the leading one. Canon USA has the head office in Lake Success, New York.

RC-701 was the first digital solid model which was first launched into the market in July 1986. Since then, there have been hundreds of various digital cameras, including the well-known PowerShot models which are targeted at beginning photographers.

For photographers at the intermediate and professional level, more than 14 million digital SLR (single-lens reflex) models has been sold and more than 53 million SLR film and digital models has been sold out since the first launch into the market in 2959. Later, the Rebel series of SLR digital models was introduced in 2003, which is another popular produce line of company.

Canon has led the digital camera industry with several various SLR camera innovations, which can be listed as follows:

  • 1976. The AE-1, the first camera of SLR models offering an integrated computer processing unit (CPU) chip.
  • 1987. The Canon EOS 650, the first auto-focus SLR offering electronic control for the whole system.
  • 2008. The 5D Mark II, the first digital SLR offering HD digital movie recording

Current Product Lines of Canon

The Canon’s current product lines are not only aimed at the SLR but also consumer market.

  • SLR models. The low-end of SLR models are Rebel cameras with the price range of $600 to $1,000. The top-end SLR cameras include the Mark II and Mark III models at the pretty high prices. The price range is around $2,500 – $8,000.
  • Consumer models. For the consumer market, the manufacturer provides advanced point-and-shoot cameras s in the G and S series which have the prices from around $300 to $500. You can easily find point-and-shoot models of the small size and stylish design with the Digital ELPH cameras, which has the price range of from $200 to $400. You will find it very easy to use the A models which has the prices of $100-$250 and works with disposable batteries.
  • Related products. Beside SLR and consumer cameras, you also find some other products, such as: digital camcorders, compact photo printers, large-format inkjet printers, photo inkjet printers, film scanners, photo scanners, or negative scanners. And it is very convenient to shop for cameras accessories on the website, such as: lenses, batteries, battery chargers, AC adapters, memory cards, flash units, remote shutters, or camera bags, and many more other products.

Overview Fujifilm Cameras

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Fujifilm has been well known for the film photography, but the company has decided to enter many other business sectors. Among these sectors, the digital camera has been focused since some years recently and the company has gained a success. Fujifilm models have been ranked the eighth all over the world among manufactured digital cameras with the total of 8.3 million products in 2007, based on a Techno Systems Research report. At time, the Fujifilm cameras are abbreviated as Fuji models. Nowadays, the Fujifilm’s market share in this field is about 6.3%.

3D still camera - Fujifilm Cameras Review Buy

3D still camera – Fujifilm Cameras Review Buy

The company has chosen the Finepix brand name for some digital models, for both digital SLR and point and shoot  models.
The above model is a sample of a 3D still camera that Fujifilm has been doing research on.

The History of Fujifilm

Fujifilm was established in 1934 under the name Fuji Photo Film. The company was formed based on the desire of the Japanese government in developing the industry of domestic photography film manufacturing. Fuji Photo grown up very fast and just a short period of time later, some factories and subsidiaries were established.

By 1965, a subsidiary in the United States was established in Valhalla, New York, known as Photo Film USA. Then, the company soon opened some branches in Europe. The Fujifilm brand name was used for a number of subsidiaries in the mid-1990s when Fuji Photo started to focus on some other businesses beyond the photographic film manufacturing. Fujifilm was the official name of the whole company in 2006.

Throughout the history of Fujifilm, the company has manufactured photographic film, motion picture film, color reversal film (slides), x-ray film, color negatives, 8mm motion picture film, videotape and microfilm. In addition to film, the company offerings have also been computer storage tape, offset printing plates, computer floppy disks, medical imaging systems and digital x-ray imaging.

The first digital still model was released in 1988, called the DS-1P and this was also the first digital model in the world that offered removable media. In addition, the QuickSnap was created in 1986, which was the first one-time-use recyclable film camera.

The Product Lines of Fujifilm and Finepix Nowadays

The main targeted customers of Fujifilm are beginner-level photographers, but there are some digital SLR-type models that are targeted photographers at the intermediate level and several full SLR models for advanced photographers.

  • Finepix A, J models.The products in the Finepix A and J series commonly provide you basic functions in an ultra compact body, which has the thickness of 1 inch only. However, among this series, there are some models with optical zoom lenses of the larger-than-average size or the offerings of wide angle  The common price of these produce is from $100 to $200.
  • F series. All of the cameras belong to this series has the minimum resolution of 12 MP and their bodies are ultra compact types. You can find a high-end image sensor that uses the CCD technology with the F200EXR model. This technology is known as Super CCD EXR. The cameras in the F family have the prices of from $250 to $400.
  • S series. S Finepix models are targeted at photographers at the intermediate level. These cameras are similar to DSLR cameras, in terms of the design and feel but have not used interchangeable lenses and the prices are pretty high. For all of the cameras of this series, the minimum offering of optical zoom lenses is 12X. The common prices of these models range from $400 to $1,000.
  • Z series.The color as well as design is the highlighted features of the cameras of this series. There are many available color options, including: Pink, silver, red, green, black, purple, blue, or orange. There are not so many features in these Z models compared to some other Finepix models. The resolution is 10 MP or less. The prices range from $125 to $200.
  • Pro series. This series brings you true DSLR Fujifilm cameras. The highlighted features of those models are the capabilities to capture images in the ultraviolet or infrared ranges. The prices are often several thousand dollars.
  • Related offerings. Beyond the above series, there are some other products, such as traditional film models or one-time-use film models. In addition, there are microfilm, photo-completing products, graphic arts, consumer digital, VHS video storage options or motion picture film. Fujifilm also manufactures and sell medical systems, specialty chemicals, computer storing options, and optics products. You can find the accessories as well as other related products in the Fujifilm USA website.

Overview Kodak Cameras

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Kodak has been well-known for manufacturing film photography for some decades, and now this company has expanded its business into digital photography, such as manufacturing a lot of cameras with the easy-to-use features. Following a report of Techno Systems Research, in 2007, Kodak cameras accounted for the fifth rank all over the world with a total manufacturing of 11.56 million digital cameras. That year, the market share of these products was 8.8%.

EasyShare Z980 - Best Kodak Camera Review Buy

EasyShare Z980 – Best Kodak Camera Review Buy

The EasyShare Z980 from Kodak was released in 2008. This camera includes a large 24X optical zoom lens.

The History Of Kodak

In 1881, George Eastman established a company named Eastman Dry Plate in Rochester, New York after he made the invention of a machine that enabled him to manufacture photographic dry plates in mass. By 1888, Eastman created a simple model for the consumer market with the Kodak brand name. Eastman was also the one who introduced the “snap shot” to photography through Kodak cameras which are very easy to use. In 1982, Eastman Kodak was the officially name of the company.

In 1928, the company released the first color film for movies for amateur moviemakers. The first color film targeted at consumers was introduced in 1936. This film’s first format was 16mm, then the 35mm slide format became popular. Later in 1963, the Instamatic camera line was introduced, with the total eventual selling of more than 50 million easy-to-use models.

In some circles, Kodak has been given credit for producing the first digital camera in December 1975. The weight of this camera was 8 pounds and it stored images in the black and white color on digital cassette tapes. However, the digital cameras by Kodak had not been commercially sold until two decades later.

In 1995, the first digital model, known as the DC40 Point-and-Shoot, was released. The main targeted customers of Kodak’s digital models are beginning photographers, so these cameras are very easy to use. The company introduced the first 50-million pixel (50 MP) image sensor in the world in 2008. This type of image sensor is used in cameras which are aimed at photographers at the professional level.

After transiting from film photography to digital photography, Kodak has also encountered some problems: The company had to face with the situation of significant loss in the past several years while it was making the transition. However, unlike several of its rivals for a long time, Agfa and Polaroid for example, the company has succeeded in avoiding the bankruptcy.

The Current Product Lines of Kodak

Kodak’s EasyShare products are mainly aimed at photographers at the beginning level.

  • C Models. If you are interested in the cheap price of a digital camera, you can find the cameras of the C series of Kodak. The price range is just from $75 to $125. There are many color options available with these thin models but the features are mostly under the average level.
  • M Models. If you are interested in a thin camera with many available color options, the M series are also nice options. The price range of these models is from $100 to $200. All of the models are not difficult to use, but the offered features are just basic.
  • V Models. The two highlighted offerings of the V models are the large amount of resolution and optical zoom lenses of small sizes. The price range is from $200 to $250.
  • Z Models. These models are aimed at entry-level photographers who don’t have a lot of experiences in photography, with the price range from $200 to $400. The cameras of this series are point-and-shoot ones with the large sizes. The resolutions as well as zoom lenses are also large.
  • Related accessories. There are a lot of related products in terms of the digital photography, such as: batteries, memory cards, cables, digital picture frames, docking stations, camera bags, ink cartridges, compact printers, and photography printing paper and some other items. You can enter the website to purchase a certain number of accessories directly. There are also several film and film processing products with this manufacturer as well.

GE Cameras

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General Electric (GE) has just entered the market of digital cameras for a short period of time but, this manufacturer has quickly released some remarkable models. GE models have been granted the license as General Imaging models. Most of the products for GE are point and shoot cameras, and among those cameras, there are several very interesting ones.

Obviously, GE is very big corporation and people think about this manufacturer for not only producing digital cameras.

The History of GE

Back to 1876, a laboratory was established by Thomas Edison in Menlo Park, New Jork. He was also the person who made the invention of the incandescent electric lamp and in 1980, he established a company named the Edison General Electric. Later in 1892, this company and the Thomson-Houston Company was merged together to form General Electric.

You can see a lot of the businesses since the earliest time that has still remained until now, which are electric lighting, power transmission, industrial products as well as medical equipment. In 1890s, electric fans by GE were launched into the market and in 1907, heating and cooking devices was first manufactured. These two businesses have been continued until now. In 1930, GE started to produce plastics, based on a lot of Edison experiments since the early days.

Nowadays, this company has not ever stopped innovating. For instance, the HD magnetic resonance (HDMR) machine was the first one of this product line in the world that has been developed by the healthcare division of the company in 2015. By 2007, a strong-powered white LED with a 50,000-hour rated life span was introduced to the market. Now the company has been the owner of NBC Universal and in 2008, this company has developed the Hulu.com website.

If you want to understand more about the history of GE, you can come to the Schenectady Museum in Schenectady, New York, where there are a lot of historical photos and further information about this extremely large corporation.

The General Imaging Company has been licensed worldwide for GE’s digital cameras. This company has the headquarter in Torrence, California. All of the product lines of GE digital model have been uploaded on the General Imaging website.

 GE Digital Cameras Nowadays

The targeted customers of GE’s digital models are beginner-level photographers and the price range is from $150 to $250.

  • A models. The models belonging to this series accounts for the most basic ones for beginner-level photographers. These cameras use AA batteries while the optical zoom lenses are commonly 3X. In addition, the measurement of CDs is 2.5 inches.
  • E models. For this series, the LCDs are larger, often ranging between 2.7 and 3.0 inches. Most of the cameras’ zoom lenses measure 4X or 5X.
  • G models. The products of this series are stylish camera and especially, they offer a number of unique features, for example the G3WP camera with the waterproof capability.

Overview of Olympus Cameras

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Stylus 840 Olympus Camera Review Buy

Stylus 840 Olympus Camera Review Buy

The Olympus Stylus 840 has been released in 2008. The camera has a 5X optical zoom lens.  Olympus

Olympus has been leading the market for a number of decades. The first product line from this manufacturer is film models and currently digital models. According to the data provided by Techno Systems Research, in 2007, this manufacturer was in the fourth rank in the digital camera market all over the world. The total number of products in this year was 11.8 million, which accounts for 9.0% of the market share.

Olympus’ History

The company was established in 1919 in the name “Takachiho Seisakusho”. The first products were thermometers and microscopes. The trademark “Olympus” has been registered in 1921, which was used for the first camera in 1936, known as “Semi-Olympus I”. Later, the name “Olympus Optical” was selected to replace the old name in 1949.

The groups of Olympus have been located all over the world and its head office is Olympus Imaging America in Center Valley, Pa.

Here are some of important milestones on the manufacture of cameras:

  • The first product was a 35mm film model with the inclusion of a lens-shutter system, which had the name “Olympus 35 I”. This camera was released in Japan in 1948.
  • The first solid model with the weather proof feature in the world was Olympus AF-1 Quartz Date, released in 1986.
  • In 1990, Olympus released an film SLR (single-lens reflex) camera in the L shape under the name “Olympus L-1 SLR” 

The first digital camera for recording still movies, called the VC-100 was released in 1991 for the commercial use. Olympus used an analog video model to shoot still images and these images were stored on floppy disks. And the first digital cameras in the consumer market have been released since 1996, including two models: Camedia C-400L and Camedia C-800L. Nearly a decade later, in 2004, the Stylus Verve digital model was released. This camera was not designed in the traditional shape but the camera bodies were available in bright colors and you could use it in all types of weather. 

Olympus Offerings Nowadays

The Olympus models now has been available for photographers at the beginning, intermediate, and professional levels.

  • SLR. The E product line of digital SLR cameras include cameras that are targeted to photographers at the beginning and intermediate levels. The price tag ranges from $500 to $2,000 for the cameras of this E series, although you only can buy the body itself for several models of digital SLR cameras and you will have to pay an extra amount to buy the lenses.
  • Consumer. There are three product lines for the consumer level. The first one is the thing Olympus FE models which are available in a variety of colors with the camera bodies. These models are targeted at beginning photographers and you will have to spend about $100 or $200 to purchase the camera. The second one is the Stylus cameras, which are more expensive with the price ranging from $150 to $400. Those are also colorful thin models, but there are some extra intermediate functions with this type of camera. Lastly, for the advanced level, Olympus offers the Olympus SP product line. It takes you about $400-$600 to buy the SP cameras. The SP models are larger and pretty similar to SLR models in terms of the look but you cannot use interchangeable lenses with this type of camera.
  • Related products. There is a wide variety of camera accessories that you can find in the website of Olympus. If a specific accessory is out of stock, you can find another dealer via the website. On the website, you can find many stuff such as: interchangeable lenses, underwater housings, lens filters, camera bags, external flashes, AC adapters, batteries, neck straps and many more others.
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