From the monthly archives: "June 2005" have some excellent deals on Digital Cameras at the moment – perhaps they’ll help you prepare for your summer holiday – here’s some of the highlights:

Kodak Easyshare CX7530 – 5 megapixels, 3x optical zoom – £99!
Olympus C-480 – 4 megapixels, 3x optical zoom – £118
Nikon Coolpix 4600 – 4 megapixels, 3x optical zoom – £124
Kodak Easyshare DX6490 – 4 megapixels, 10x optical zoom – £149
Konica Minolta Dimage G600 – 6 megapixels, 3x optical zoom – £155
Fujifilm Finepix E550 – 6 megapixels, 4x optical zoom – £159

All prices include VAT and free postage!

Dimage review the 5 megapixel, 12x optical zoom Konica Minolta Dimage Z5 – the Z5 features anti-shake technology to help steady long zoom or low light shots:

“The Konica Minolta Dimage Z5 offers a value for money entry into digital cameras with a 12x optical zoom lens. Good set of features. It does have clear strengths and weaknesses, including being much better outdoors than inside when the light is not so bright.”

Read my review of the Konica Minolta Dimage Z5 here.

Imaging-Resource review the new 5 megapixel Canon Powershot S2 IS – it features an image stabilised 12x optical zoom lens:

“The Canon PowerShot S2 IS is the sequel to an extremely popular long zoom camera, the 3.2 megapixel S1 IS. The 5.0 megapixel Canon S2 IS and its predecessor follow in the footsteps of a well-received model from four years past, the 2.6-megapixel PowerShot Pro90 IS.”

DCViews have details of the new 5 megapixel Ricoh Caplio R2s – which is an update to the Caplio R2, which was an update to the Ricoh Caplio R1v, which I reviewed here. All cameras feature a wide 4.8x optical zoom lens.

TrustedReviews review the 7 megapixel Sony Cybershot DSC-P200:

“For just £224 it delivers blistering performance, outstanding image quality and a comprehensive list of features that must have the competition seriously worried. At that price it’s cheaper than the Canon, Olympus and Casio, and only slightly more expensive than the Nikon or Samsung, plus it offers a lot of camera for the money.”

Luminous-Landscape have the first on-line review of the new 22 megapixel Mamiya Medium Format digital camera:

“The body tested appears to be almost full production quality, at least as far as features, functions and build quality are concerned. I found the handling to be quite good, with the large body fitting comfortably in my relatively large hands. The weight is within a few grams of the Canon 1Ds MkII, and the Mamiya even a breath narrower. That is amazing, considering that the sensor, mirror and prism are nearly twice as large.”

DigitalCameraReview have photos of the new Nikon Coolpix S2 and Nikon Coolpix S1:

“We attended a media event recently where we had a chance to see the Nikon Coolpix S2 in person, leave our fingerprints on it, and compare it side by side with the Nikon Coolpix S1. Although we don’t really have much to say, we thought you might just like to look at the pictures instead of having to read DCR for the articles.”

DigitalCameraReview have an article about RAW vs JPEG:

“What I learned surprised me. Quite a number of them shoot in JPG mode rather than RAW. The reason is time. Professionals expect to get “the image” in camera using compositional techniques, filters and a knowledge of their subject and they simply don’t have the time to manipulate images to achieve a desired result. Any such time would cost them money by taking time away from being out there taking photos and earning a living.”

DigitalCameraReview review the 7 megapixel ‘pocket-rocket’ Casio Exilim EX-Z750:

“The new Casio Exilim EX Z750 is often compared with the Canon Powershot SD500 and that’s a reasonable comparison (since these two digicams are similar in many ways). Photographers looking for a easy to use point and shoot or a stylish ultra compact bar/party camera should probably opt for the SD500. Shooters who want the ability to intervene in the creative process by tweaking settings until they get just the “look” they want are probably going to be happier with the Z750.”

PCMag review the 7 megapixel Nikon Coolpix 7900:

“While the 7MP Nikon Coolpix 7900 is a great compact camera, it isn’t for everybody. Beginning and intermediate users will love the creative possibilities of the 7900’s scene modes, but the compact camera lacks the manual settings that experienced shooters will want for more control.”