News Round Up: Sony Exmor RS, new Compacts from Canon and Nikon

There have been a couple of interesting news stories in the past two or three days. Sony have announced their new generation CMOS sensors to be used in mobile phones etc. Referred to as a “stacked CMOS” the new Exmor RS sensors will be able to perform better in low light than current Exmor R sensors and shoot HDR video footage.

Canon announced the PowerShot SX500 IS and SX160 IS. Both use a 16mp CCD sensor. The SX500 boasts a 30x optical zoom while the SX160 is a more modest 16x.

Not chasing such large zooms in today’s announcement is Nikon. Their new Coolpix S01 has me scratching my head a little. It has a 10mp CCD sensor with a 3x optical zoom. It is smaller than a credit card with a built in battery and 7.3GB of internal memory. It is not even as if it is going to be cheap with a recommended retail price in the USA of $180. The Coolpix P7700 on the other hand does make sense. It replaces the P7100. Styling looks to be improved. The lens is equivalent to a 28-200mm f/2.0-4.0, faster than the P7100 was. It has a 12mp back-illuminated CMOS sensor but looses the optical viewfinder of its predecessor.

Lastly the Coolpix S800c is more than just another Wi-Fi enabled camera. This new machine runs on Google’s smartphone operating system, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). It has a 16mp backlit CMOS sensor with a 10x optical zoom. In theory this means you will be able to run apps like Instagram on this camera. You can catch DP Review’s first impressions of the S800cĀ here.