FinePix S1 offers 50x optical zoom, weather protection
Fujifilm has used CES to launch what it is calling the first weather-resistant bridge camera in the world. The FinePix S1 houses a 16.4-megapixel CMOS sensor and a 50x super zoom 24mm F2.8-1200mm F5.6 lens, stretched further by a 2x Intelligent Digital Zoom to 100x magnification, with the company claiming it to also be protected from splashes, rain, and dust.
Chinese company JK Imaging reveals its first Kodak-branded camera
Chinese company JK Imaging has released its first camera
with Kodak branding. JK Imaging was able to capitalize on Kodak’s financial woes to formally licence the Kodak brand for use on its own products, making them nothing more than Kodak in name only. It has called the first of its new cameras the Kodak S1, which is mirrorless Micro Four Thirds type.
Sony tablets not expected until September
Images from the support site for the upcoming Sony S1 and S2 have leaked and contain a few surprises. The source says the images were taken from the "Troubleshooting" page for the devices and purportedly show screenshots of the S1 tablet. The page has has since been pulled down. An image that seems to be from the Settings app shows the tablet shipping with Android 3.2. Other screenshots appear to be part of a walkthrough on setting up Chumby apps and the Zinio magazine reader app.
Sony S1 pre-orders begin in the UK on September 1
An earlier report about Sony shipping its S1 and S2 tablet in Europe has just got more traction thanks to a new leak. Documents have Sony Centre stores in the UK taking pre-orders for the S1 on, appropriately, September 1. Previously, the pre-orders were expected to begin late in August, but the early September date seen by This is my next still allows enough time to ship them later in the month.
Sony S1, S2 tablets shown off in Italy
A second hands-on look at Sony's upcoming Android-powered tablets has been published by NotebookItalia. It comes about a week after the first look and sheds some more light on the devices. Both run on ARM processors and Android 3.0 and get 3G/4G radios for connecting to cellular networks.
Sony S1, S2 tablets shown off in Germany
Sony showed off its S1 and S2 tablets at an event in Munich for the first time and German site Golem shared its experience with the devices in a video (below). Specs for the devices weren't shared, but it was clear from the hands-on time that the tablets are designed with gameplay in mind. The S2, with its twin 5.5-inch screens, reminded the Golem staffer of the Nintendo DS as it folded onto itself.
Timing for North America launch remains unclear
Sony is allegedly planning to ship its S1 and S2 tablets in European markets by the end of September. The latest leak suggests the company will distribute the devices through Sony Direct, UK retail outlet John Lewis, and an unnamed third partner. Supplies are said to be ramping up after launch, sometime before the holiday season.
Sony S1 in four variants show up in FCC tests
The upcoming S1 tablet from Sony has recently passed through the FCC, with the interesting part being that there are four model numbers. The SGPT111US/S and SGPT112US/S are meant for the US, while the SGPT111CA/S and SGPT112CA/S are earmarked for Canadian consumption. No other information is known, as a 180-day confidentiality block is in place for the images of the devices on the FCC site.
Sony S1 tablet to use Android 3, use Qriocity
A major leak on Wednesday has unearthed Sony's plans to finally join the mobile tablet space. So far only called the S1, the 9.4-inch tablet would run a customized version of Android 3.0. The device spotted by Engadget would be focused heavily on Sony's Qriocity media service and would come with games from the PS1 era likely using PlayStation Suite, the Bravia remote app and some form of PlayStation integration.