CES roundup: when can I get that new camera?

Our heads are still spinning from all the major camera and camcorder announcements at last week's Consumer Electronics Show.

Available in February 2009

Canon Vixia HF S10 (pricing not yet available)

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What Is It? High-end, high-def flash/SDHC camcorder.

Scouting Report: With a 24-megabits-per-second bit rate that maxes out AVCHD's potential, an 8-megapixel CMOS sensor, and Canon's new Digic DV III image processor, the Vixia HF S10 records to both its internal 32GB flash drive and SDHC cards.

Canon Vixia HF S100 (pricing not yet available)

What Is It? High-end, high-def SDHC camcorder.

Scouting Report: It has the same basic specs as the equally intriguing Vixia HF S10, but the HF S100 records to SDHC cards only.

Canon Vixia HF20 (pricing not yet available)

What Is It? High-definition flash/SDHC camcorder.

Scouting Report: The HF20 records to a 32GB flash drive and an SDHC card slot at 24 mbps, but uses a 3.89-megapixel CMOS sensor instead of the 8-megapixel still resolution of the HF S10 and HF S100.

Canon Vixia HF200 (pricing not yet available)

What Is It? High-definition SDHC camcorder.

Scouting Report: It has the same basic specs as the Vixia HF20, but the HF200 records to SDHC cards only.

Olympus Stylus-9000 ($350)

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What Is It? Stylish pocket camera with 10X optical zoom.

Scouting Report: Olympus's 12-megapixel pocket megazoom has a 10X optical zoom (28mm to 280mm), dual image stabilization, and some seriously slick looks.

Olympus Stylus-7000 ($300)

What Is It? Stylish pocket camera with 7X optical zoom.

Scouting Report: The little sibling to the Stylus-9000, the Stylus-7000 has a 7X optical zoom that has lesser wide-angle chops (37mm to 260mm), but a larger, 3-inch LCD screen.

Olympus Stylus Tough-8000 ($400)

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What Is It? Extremely rugged weather-resistant camera.

Scouting Report: This 12-megapixel beast is built like a tank: crushproof up to 220 pounds, waterproof down to 33 feet, drop-proof up to 6.6 feet, and can be operated by slapping its top and sides.

Pentax Optio P70 ($200)

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What Is It? Bargain camera packed with features.

Scouting Report: For just $200, the slim and fashionable Optio P70 offers a 28mm wide-angle lens, 720p HD video, a smile-triggered shutter, low-light image correction via Pixel Track Shake, and a 12-megapixel sensor.

Pentax Optio E70 ($140)

What Is It? Sub-$150, AA-battery camera.

Scouting Report: Another nice bargain entry from Pentax, the 10-megapixel E70 runs on AA batteries, offers Pixel Track Shake, a smile-triggered shutter, blink detection, and face detection for up to 32 faces.

Sony Handycam HDR-XR200V ($1000)

What Is It? High-def hard-drive camcorder with built-in GPS.

Scouting Report: With a 120GB hard drive, this AVCHD camcorder also has GPS features that geotag footage and let you browse your clips on a map interface.

Sony Handycam DCR-SR67 ($450)

What Is It? Standard-definition camcorder with 60X optical zoom.

Scouting Report: The Handycam DCR-SR67 holds up to 84 hours of video on its 80GB hard drive and boasts a 60X optical Carl Zeiss zoom lens.

Sony Handycam DCR-SR47 ($400)

What Is It? Standard-definition camcorder with 60X optical zoom.

Scouting Report: With the same basic specs as the DCR-SR67, the DCR-SR47 also has the 60X optical Carl Zeiss zoom lens, but a smaller hard drive (40GB).

Sony Handycam DCR-DVD850 ($430)

What Is It? Standard-definition mini-DVD/flash/Memory Stick camcorder with 60X optical zoom.

Scouting Report: Can't decide between optical or solid-state storage? This standard-def, 60X optical zoom Handycam offers a DVD burner, a 16GB flash drive, and a Memory Stick slot.

Sony Handycam DCR-DVD650 ($300)

What Is It? Standard-definition mini-DVD/Memory Stick camcorder with 60X optical zoom.

Scouting Report: The DVD650 has the same basic specs as the DVD850, except that it records to mini-DVD and Memory Stick only. It still has that whopping 60X optical zoom, though.

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Tim Moynihan

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