From the monthly archives: "April 2005"
review the Ixus 50 / SD400 from Canon. This 5 megapixel Digital Camera has 3x optical zoom and is fairly compact.

A similar but subtly different camera Josh has reviewed is the ixus 500

DCresource noticed that its slim and shiny but ‘Overall I recommend the SD400, but if you can swing it, I’d buy the SD500 instead. While it’s a bit bigger, it takes better pictures and has both a more powerful flash and a longer-lasting battery.’

PCMAG.COM review the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5, (totally different to the Panasonic Lumix Panasonic DMC-LS1 Josh reviewed earlier this month here)

The DMC-FZ5 is a 5 megapixel Digital Camera, with a 12x optical zoom.

PCMAG.COM found that it wasn’t the best 5 megapixel camera out there: “the FZ5’s image sharpness isn’t up to the level of the FZ20’s.”, although this camera does come with image stabilisation.

PCMAG.COM review the Canon EOS-350D.

They liked it:

“The Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT is a superbly crafted camera that will please nearly anyone with any interest in photography” … “This camera provides a truly excellent value, and we wholeheartedly recommend it.”

PhotographyBLOG review the ‘different’ looking sanyo xacti C4

This Digital Camera / movie recorder comes with a 4 megapixel sensor, almost 6x optical zoom, image stabilisation and a 1.8 inch LCD screen.

DigitalPhotographyNow have news of Nokias 2megapixel Digital Camera Phones:

“Nokia today revealed it has created a newly branded Nseries line up of three smart phones, each equipped with a two megapixel (native) digital camera. All are based on Nokia‚Äôs well-established Series 60 smartphone platform. The surprise announcement was that Nokia has joined forces with the renowned German lens-maker, Carl Zeiss, and the new Nseries N90 is exclusively equipped with a fixed focal length, autofocus, Carl Zeiss lens.” review the Powershot A520.

This is a 4x zoom compact 4 megapixel Digital Camera from Canon and is available in the UK for about 170 pound. Conveniently it takes AA batteries.

They say ‘The Powershot A520 retains all of the best features of its predecessor and actually improves substantially on what was already a “best in class” digicam.’
but its not all good: ‘The A520’s new 4X zoom isn’t as sharp as the A85’s 3X optic. Low light focusing seems to be slower with the A520 than it was with the A85’

trustedreviews takes a look at a compact 7 megapixel Samsung Digital Camera, with 2 inch screen and 3x optical zoom. It retails at a little over 200 pound.

.. discovers some photos are under-exposed, that the auto-focus is not perfect ..
“Samsung’s best model to date; a powerful super-snapshot camera with some excellent features and good build quality. Not without its faults, but redeemed by superior image quality and good performance.”

DCviews reviews the EOS-350D, Canon’s exciting and generally wonderful 8mp digital SLR.

They say: “We had the chance to play with the Canon Digital rebel XT for some time and we can conclude that the camera is a worthy successor to the EOS 300D.”

So if you happen to have 600 pound (or 1000 dollars) going spare and you already have a brilliant digital camera.. I might know a friendly photographer who would really appreciate this as a gift. review a pre-release FinePix Z1 from fuji. This 5 megapixel digital camera has a 2.5 inch display, 3x optical zoom, and looks fantastic.
“the Fujifilm FinePix Z1 measures a mere 18.6 millimetres thick, thinner than a deck of cards.”