From the monthly archives: "October 2005"

Steves-Digicams review the 8.2 megapixel Canon EOS-1D Mark II Digital SLR:

“The EOS-1D Mark II N Professional Digital SLR preserves the speed, responsiveness, image quality and reliability of the popular EOS-1D Mark II while incorporating newly refined features that make the camera easier and more precise to use. Firing at the same 8.5 frames per second, the 1D Mark II N captures up to 48 full-resolution JPEG images in a burst. It employs the same large-plate 8.2-megapixel CMOS sensor as the 1D Mark II and adds a larger 2.5-inch, wide-angle view color LCD/TFT monitor for crisp image playback. Startup time on the new camera has also dropped to 0.2 seconds (from 0.3) with the help of Canon’s DIGIC II Image Processor.”

FE-110Here are some great deals on budget point and shoot digital cameras:

Olympus FE-110 / X705 (pictured) – £99 – 5 megapixel, 3x optical zoom lens. One of the cheapest 5 megapixel digital cameras with a 3x optical zoom lens from a big name digital camera company.

Pentax Optio S40 – £99 – 4 megapixel, 3x optical zoom lens. A good compact digital camera that takes AA batteries, and has a metal body, it features audio recording as well as all the other features expected from a digital camera.

Canon Powershot A410 – £97 – 3 megapixel, 3x optical zoom lens. This is the cheapest Canon Digital Camera available new, it features a 3x optical zoom lens and a 3 megapixel sensor.

Olympus Camedia C-760 – £139 – 3 megapixel, 10x optical zoom lens. This is the cheapest ultra zoom digital camera available new, the C760 has a compact body for an ultra zoom camera.

Digital IXUS 55Steves-Digicams review the new ultra compact Canon Digital IXUS 55 / Powershot SD450, it features a large 2.5″ screen and a 3x optical zoom lens:

“The pocket-sized 7.1 Megapixel PowerShot SD550 Digital ELPH and 5.0 Megapixel PowerShot SD450 Digital ELPH cameras, join Canon’s line-up between the SD500 and SD400 models which will continue to be available. The new PowerShot SD450 and 450 Digital ELPH cameras offer consumers a big 2.5-inch LCD screen, while retaining Canon’s famed functionality and optical viewfinder. Additionally, the new cameras feature a new UI display designed to capitalize on the larger screen size.”

Olympus 800Imaging-Resource review the new 8 megapixel Olympus Mju Digital 800 / Stylus 800 – it features a 3x optical zoom lens, and a large 2.5″ screen:

“The Olympus Stylus 800 is the latest in the compact Stylus line of digital cameras from that company. Featuring an 8.0-megapixel CCD, 3x lens, “all-weather” body design, and relatively compact size, the Olympus Stylus 800 Digital is reminiscent of the previous Stylus 500 model, with an automatic sliding lens cover and large, 2.5-inch LCD monitor for image composition (but no optical viewfinder).”

You can read my review of the Olympus Mju Digital 800 / Stylus 800 here.

Digital IXUSImaging-Resource review the new 7 megapixel Canon Digital IXUS 750 / Powershot SD550, it has a 3x optical zoom lens and a 2.5″ screen:

“The Canon SD550 features a 3x, 7.7-23.1mm zoom lens, equivalent to a 37-111mm zoom on a 35mm camera. Aperture is automatically controlled, but the maximum setting ranges from f/2.8 at full wide angle to f/4.9 at full telephoto. A maximum 4x digital zoom option increases the SD550’s zoom capability to 12x, but keep in mind that digital zoom decreases the overall image quality, because it simply crops out and enlarges the center pixels of the CCD’s image. Image details are thus likely to be softer when using digital zoom.”

Panasonic Lumix FZ30DesignTechnica review the new 8 megapixel Panasonic Lumix FZ30, it features a 12x optical zoom lens with image stabilisation:

“The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30 is available in black or silver finish; I much prefer the black since it gives a heavy D-SLR vibe. When you snap on the lens hood, only the savviest photographers will know any different. However, I’d put the shade on once to admire the view then return it to the box since you’ll run into vignetting problems when using the flash. The camera does have a very clean look with a minimum amount of keys and dials.”

Nikon Coolpix preview the new 6 megapixel Nikon Coolpix S4 – it features a swivel 10x optical zoom lens and a 2.5″ screen:

“The Nikon Coolpix S4 is one of the Coolpix cameras Nikon introduced just before the IFA 2005 kicked off. The concept of the Nikon S4 is rather familiar. The adjustable lens is also found on the Coolpix 4500 and 995 digital cameras. At the time this already was a successful concept also because of the extensive possibilities these cameras had to offer. In fact many photographers considered the before mentioned cameras to be attractive second cameras. Despite the look-alike design of the Nikon Coolpix S4 compared with its predecessors, the target group seems to have changed.”

Mju 600PhotographyBLOG review the new 6 megapixel Olympus Mju Digital 600 / aka Stylus 600 – it’s a compact weatherproof digital camera with a 3x optical zoom lens, a lerg 2.5″ screen and good low-light performance:

“The Olympus Mju Digital 600 is a 6 megapixel compact digital camera with a weatherproof body that is resistant to water spray. Standout features on the Olympus Mju 800 include a large 2.5 inch LCD screen (although there is no room for an optical viewfinder), 23 different scene modes for the novice user, and a Super Macro mode that focuses as close as 7cm from your subject. Olympus have also incorporated some completely new ideas. BrightCapture Technology automatically brightens the LCD screen in dark conditions to enable better framing and better image results in low light. A new Image Blur Reduction mode reduces the possibility of image blur created by a moving subject or camera movement. The Red-Eye Fix editing function removes red-eye effects from photos already saved in the Olympus Mju Digital 600’s memory.”

The Olympus Mju Digital 600 is available for £179 from

DigitalCameraInfo review the 7 megapixel Nikon Coolpix 7900, it features a 3x optical zoom lens, and a 2″ screen:

“Announced in February and released in April, the Nikon Coolpix 7900 is still a candidate for the 2005 holiday shopping season. Its small black body makes it one of the more stylish Coolpix models and it packs an impressive 7.1 effective megapixels onto its 1/1.8” CCD. The Coolpix 7900 is the big sister of the Nikon Coolpix 5900 and has many of the same features, but the 7900 boasts a larger pixel count and a few other tweaks in the specifications. This model houses Nikon’s new technology set, which includes face-priority auto focus, in-camera red-eye fix, and D-Lighting compensation. The 7900 has a 3x optical Nikkor zoom lens, a 2-inch LCD screen, and 13.5 MB of internal memory. Retailing for $399.95, the Nikon Coolpix 7900 can currently be found online for about fifty bucks less.”