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Camera House : Better Pictures 12
The annual CES delivers the best in new cameras, gadgets and gear. 24 n January every year, the casino town of Las Vegas plays host to the world’s geeks as they descend upon the desert city to scope out the latest, greatest electronic gear at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES). This year was no different, with record numbers of visitors trawling over the displays of electronic goodies. Everything from cameras to the latest OLED TVs, to souped-up watches that run apps to awesome new virtual screens made their debut at CES. With 3250 exhibitors on display across the mammoth 1.9 million square feet of exhibition space, CES 2013 was expected to be a record- breaking event, and boy, did it deliver. According to Greg Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association, some 20,000 new products launched during the week- long tech show. “CES has an incredible story to tell, with every major technology company spanning the globe participating in this year’s CES to showcase their innovations,” said Shapiro. Samsung’s flexible displays soon had everyone talking as did the visit by a former President (Clinton) who dropped in on the Samsung stand as part of his role as Ambassador to Samsung’s Hope for Children Foundation which supports children’s education and access to health care globally. Clinton, who considers himself something of an early adopter of modern technology commented in his address: “The world has huge challenges which I think technology can help to overcome,” Clinton added that he believes mobile devices can be used to “bridge the divides of the world.” No surprise then that social media was also a hot topic of discussion at CES 2013. Every major tech company, including top social media organisations like Amazon, Google, Groupon, Facebook, Foursquare, Twitter, Tumblr and YouTube were on hand spruiking their wares. As were many of the major camera manufacturers and accessory suppliers, who chose CES 2013 as the place to debut new products. On display were a slew of fantastic new point and shoot cameras, pro-style DSLRs, new lenses and fabulous accessories. Point and shoot cameras with smart capabilities seemed to be the order of the day, with brands such as Samsung and Canon delivering hot new models. Brand by brand, here are our highlights. Feature CES VEGAS 024_bpics12_ces.indd 24 28/02/13 2:33 PM
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