The Consumer Electronics Show might not be best known for its camera launches, but as the years have rolled on by we've seen more notable products unveiled. And at CES 2015 there's been a steady stream of compacts, DSLR cameras, and a smattering on lenses too.
Not a burst dam number of products, though, but that's representative of the shrinking compact camera industry and, not forgetting, there's a certain key Japanese tradeshow called CP+ on the horizon in the first half of February. So expect more camera goodies to appear in the coming month too.
These are the prominent cameras launched at CES that we've heard about so far. We'll be getting the round-up updated throughout this year's show, so check back for new additions this week.
The Nikon D5500 is a new DSLR with a number of Nikon firsts. It's the first time the company has featured a touchscreen in such a product, and also its smallest DSLR to date.
But that doesn't make it the smallest on the market, the Canon EOS 100D takes that ticket, while the obvious Canon 700D competitor offers a comparable feature set.
What Nikon sticks to, however, is its higher-resolution mantra. The D5500 has a 24.2-megapixel APS-C sensor at its core, with the optical low-pass filter removed for heightened sharpness, alongside the latest Expeed 4 image processing engine.
Add a 39-point autofocus system, improved live view autofocus, large 3.2-inch LCD screen, up to 5fps continuous shooting, Nikon Speedlite compatibility, and there's a lot to love about the Nikon D5500. And we should know, as we've been playing with the camera side by side to its D5300 older brother. Follow the link below to find out more.
It seems the travel compact is flavour of the month, with Panasonic, like Canon, unveiling the 30x optical zoom Lumix TZ70.
The update to last year's TZ60, this is the do-it-all compact, complete with built-in electronic viewfinder - now donning a far superior 1,160k-dot resolution than its 200k-dot predecessor - and new, lower-resolution 12-megapixel sensor. Sounds like hot stuff, and we should know, we tested a pre-production camera at the end of 2014, follow the link below to find out more.
The TZ70 will be available from March, priced £330.
But if 30x zoom is too much for you, or indeed your pocket, to handle, then the Lumix TZ57 was also announced. There's no viewfinder, and the 16-megapixel offering has a less significant 20x optical zoom, but it's a smaller scale offering with plenty to shout about. On balance we think it's not trying to do too much and would be our preferable choice, particularly for its £230 asking price.
Panasonic also unveiled details about its latest rugged camera, the 4x optical zoom Lumix FT30, priced at £140 and due in March, alongside the Lumix SZ10, an affordable 12x optical zoom compact, due the same month and priced a tenner less at £130.
Always the surefire bet for product, Canon has taken CES 2015 to update various compacts. No sign of the 1-inch sensor PowerShot G17, as rumoured - we suspect that'll be saved for CP+ - but a smattering of IXUS and PowerShot compacts instead. Although its minimal upgrades, not spectacular overhauls of the range.
Top of the stack is the 30x optical zoom PowerShot SX710 HS, a megapixel-packed update to last year's admirable SX700 HS model. But that's about as far as it goes: 20.3MP means more pixels, not more meat on the rest of its feature bones. Still, as it's built upon the foundations of one of the top travel zooms available today, it ought to be a cracker when it lands in stores this February, priced £330.
There's also a trimmed-back alternative, the smaller, trimmer, 18x optical zoom PowerShot SX610 HS. Sometimes less is more, and in this case the £230 price tag might make that the winner when it goes on sale, also in February.
In addition to three point-and-shoot IXUS models to gloss over, at opposite end of the scale is the physically largest release of the pack: the PowerShot SX530 HS. Packing a whopping 50x optical zoom, this superzoom can deliver a 24-1200mm equivalent focal range. Not bad for the £330 asking price, although it'll likely be a tricky beast to handle as the zoom is extended.
The last of the bunch is a bit of an oddity: the Canon PowerShot N2. The successor to the original N, this almost-square-fronted compact can be used left- or right-handed, upside down, or inside out (ok, we made up that last one). The N2 adds a 180-degree tiltable LCD screen for selfies and bumps the imaging sensor compared to its predecessor.
The other player in the CES cameras game - at least, sort of - is Ricoh. But we say "sort of" because the Japanese manufacturer has unveiled that it will be showing off a new Pentax DSLR, but doesn't seem to know what the name of that model is yet.
Or perhaps they're just being coy about it. The APS-C sensor camera will be launched - "tentatively" anyway - in the spring, along with a new retractable 18-50mm lens and, at a later date, two additional new lenses covering telephoto zoom and super-telephoto zoom options.
We expect more info as the show continues. Stay tuned.
After consecutive years using CES as a platform to out numerous new compacts, superzooms and high-end camera models, in 2015 the Japanese company has taken an about turn and unveiled only one new product.
And, no, it's not a camera, but a new waterproof lens for its interchangeable lens X-series cameras. The Fujinon XF 16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR lens will join the company's existing lineup, priced £900, and will make a fine addition to any Fujifilm X-T1 owners' arsenal.
No, that's not a camera brand. Looks like that's your lot this year folks. After a fruitful Photokina in 2014, and with CP+ on the horizon in February, we anticipate the majority of releases will make an appearance then.