Canon has introduced the EOS M2 mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, which it says has autofocus speeds more than 2.3 times faster than the preceding EOS M model. The new camera has the same APS-C 18-megapixel sensor as the EOS M. The interchangeable-lens camera goes on sale in Japan this month for about $820 for a kit.
Casio said Monday that it would soon introduce in Japan a flip phone with an 8.1-megapixel camera that the company said would be among the most advanced in the world, complete with a nine-point autofocus and a wide-angle mode. Working with Japan's KDDI, Casio has built a CDMA handset that features a 3.1-inch screen that rotates like a tablet PC.
GPS technology likely will be included in a substantial number of GPS handsets in 2007, a trend that would boost carriers' efforts to launch location-based services, according to a report by ABI Research.
Portable music players, digital cameras and DVD players and recorders are the electronic gadgets that shoppers intend to buy the most this holiday season, and a CEA survey predicts that spending on CE gadgets will increase 27% this year. "We're seeing greater consumer spending across the board and what's benefiting in particular is consumer electronics," CEA official Sean Wargo says.