With less buttons come larger screens.
For me touch screen is the input method of the future because it simplifies control and maximises space. Consequently this technology is appearing increasingly in mobile phones, multimedia players (watch this space iPod fans!), monitors and now cameras and here are some more excellent examples.
The DSC-N2 is the follow up to October’s yummy DSC-N1 and jumps the megapixels up into the double digits at 10.1. The ISO comes in for some improvements too now reaching to a whopping 1600 while the touch screen functionality has been extended so that you can now use it to focus the lens on a specific area. Furthermore a stylus is bundled for the first time allowing users to handwrite notes on a specific shot and the LCD itself is a large three inches.
Elsewhere everything is pretty much what you would expect: 3x optical zoom, VGA video, Carl Zeiss lens and a piddly 26MB of internal memory.
Diversifying all this touch screen goodness into a new line is the T50. This compact (95×56.5×23.4mm) and lightweight (170g) model is a 7.2MPer and has an ISO up to 1000. The lack of buttons on the back mean it also has room for a 3in LCD and there is more memory onboard than the N2 at 56MB. The usual anti-blur/anti-shake technology is in there too and you’ll get a healthy 400 shots off a single charge.
Both the N2 and T50 will look startlingly beautiful on shop shelves from October with RRPs of $450 and $500 respectively and they should pull off the hard task of pleasing techophobes and technocrats simultaneously.