From the monthly archives: "April 2005"

PhotographyBLOG also review the Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5:

“the built-in image stabilisation really will make a difference to your photos, allowing you to effectively handhold the camera and get the best out of that massive zoom.”
“It’s a very good camera that will allow your photography skills to flourish as you gain more experience, whilst not being too intimidating for complete beginners” review the Canon PowerShot SD500, Canon’s compact 3x optical zoom, 7.1 megapixel digital camera:

“Very good shutter response, very good shot to shot cycle times”
“.. good image quality, user-friendly design, and excellent build quality, and the new Canon PowerShot SD500 is no exception.”
Imaging-resource also gives plenty of information about the cameras interesting post processing options.

Josh reviewed the similarly named ‘Canon Digital IXUS 500‘, a 5 megapixel compact digital camera, earlier this year. Perhaps the Powershot SD500 is actually more logically known as the IXUS 700 in Europe.

PhotographyBLOG review the Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20, – Konica’s new 8x optical zoom, 5 megapixel digital camera:

“the Z20 offers more pixels than its predecessor [the Z10], but unfortunately this goes hand-in-hand with poorer image quality. Images from the Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20 exhibit more noise and chromatic aberrations than images from the Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z10”

sorry – duplicate post – matt

Konica Minolta Dimage Z5I’ve just posted my review of the Konica Minolta Dimage Z5!

“The Konica Minolta Dimage Z5, is available for around £267 | $449 – and is a 5 megapixel digital camera, with an impressive 12x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 35-420mm on a 35mm camera), and a large 2″ TFT screen. The camera is enclosed in a silver or black plastic body. It records unlimited 640 x 480 / 30fps videos with sound. The camera’s size is: 108.5 x 80 x 84 mm. (without protruding parts), and it weighs 340g (without the battery and memory card)” “Another pleasant surprise was how low on gadget factor the P25 is. There are very few buttons and the function of each is clear and unambiguous. The buttons are big enough to be usable with cold fingers (or for the more prepared, with gloves on). The menu structure is all you would hope for – being both simple and short. The only default beep is a useful one in that it tells you when the back is capable of taking the next shot.” (found at PhotographyBLOG)

Imaging-Resource review the new Kodak Easyshare Z740 – Kodak’s new 10x optical zoom, 5 megapixel digital camera:

“The Kodak EasyShare Z740 is the latest in a long line of Kodak digital cameras bearing the EasyShare name. EasyShare cameras generally live up to their name quite well, being easy to use, with the accompanying software doing a good job of facilitating sharing through a variety of media. The Kodak Z740 is no exception, providing true point & shoot operation with accurate exposure, a very flexible automatic white balance system, and the bright, highly-saturated color that seems to be preferred by most US consumers.” review the ultra compact 3 megapixel Casio Exilim EX-S-100:

“The most attractive feature of the Exilim EX-S100 is its size. Casio calls it a “Card” camera and with good reason. While it does not have the thickness of a credit card, it is approximately the size of a standard deck of cards, or for the techno-savvy, a little bit more than half the size of a Palm handheld. In this small space Casio squeezes a 2.8X optical zoom, a battery, a memory card slot and a 3.2 megapixel CCD that easily produces good-looking 4 x 6 prints.”

Forbes review the new Fuji FinePix F10 – a 6 megapixel digital camera, with a 3x optical zoom lens, and a 2.5″ screen. It’s got a claimed battery life of 500 shots – and ISO settings from IS80 all the way up to ISO1600! Pretty impressive for a compact!:

“But speed is one of the best things I’ve noticed when using Fuji Photo Film’s $500 Finepix F10, which I’ve recently been testing. After turning on the camera, and without taking time to frame the shot, I was able to snap a picture in approximately two seconds. The company states the official time between power-up and ready-to-shoot is 1.3 seconds. That’s a big improvement over my own digital camera, which constantly frustrates me by taking as long as five seconds to start up. You can miss a lot in five seconds, especially when the action is changing quickly and you’re not prepared.” (found at engadget)

Canon have announced the new Canon Powershot S2 IS – their update to the S1 IS – the S2 IS features a 12x optical zoom lens (image stabilised), 5 megapixel sensor, 1.8″ swivel screen, stereo sound recording on videos, an AF-assist lamp, and the new DIGIC II processor to speed things up. You can find sample images and further information on Canon’s website.

DCResource review the new Kodak Easyshare Z740 – it’s a 5 megapixel digital camera with a 10x optical zoom lens:

“The Kodak EasyShare Z740 is a midrange ultra zoom camera that fits between the Z700 and the Z7590 (which is remarkably similar to the DX7590 from 2004). It features a 5 Megapixel CCD, 10X zoom lens, 1.8″ LCD display, manual controls, and an AF-assist lamp.”