From the monthly archives: "October 2005"

Fuji Finepix A345Imaging-Resource review the budget 4 megapixel Fujifilm FinePix A345, it features a 3x optical zoom lens, and a 1.7″ screen:

“Fujifilm’s FinePix digital cameras have always been associated with good image quality and color, with solid performance even at the lower-end of the line. With a 4.1-megapixel CCD and 3x optical zoom lens, the FinePix A345 continues that tradition in an attractive new design, although I didn’t feel that its color rendition was up to the level I’ve come to expect from Fujifilm cameras. Like other recent A Series models, it offers four preset scene modes and a long maximum exposure time.”

Read my review of the Fujifilm FinePix A345, and 5 megapixel Fujifilm FinePix A350 here.

HP Photosmart R817DigitalCameraReview review the new 5 megapixel HP Photosmart R817 – it features a Pentax 5x optical zoom lens, and a 2″ screen:

“The HP Photosmart R817 will satisfy families looking for an easy-to-use point and shoot digital camera. With each iteration of HP’s camera line the specifications improve and the user interface simplifies. This digital camera sports a 5 megapixel CCD, a 5x optical Pentax zoom lens, a large 2″ LCD. The only downside is the usual (unfortunately) softness and noise present in images when zoomed. For the 4×6 printing crowd, the R817 will fit in a pocket of purse, zoom in on details, and never confuse the least competent photo taker.”

Sony Cybershot N1A-Digital-Eye review the new ultra-compact 8 megapixel Sony Cybershot DSC-N1 – it features a 3x optical zoom lens and a large 3″ screen:

“Sony’s Cybershot DSC-N1 is a new compact 8-megapixel model, with a large 3-inch touch-screen LCD. This model also features a new album function that automatically stores up to 500 of your images and uses them to create dynamic slide shows with selectable music, dissolves and wipes right on the large, bright 3-inch screen.”

Canon Powershot A620DCResource have reviewed the new Canon Powershot A620 – it features a 4x optical zoom lens, a 7 megapixel sensor, and a 2″ swivel screen:

“The A620 is actually larger than its predecessor, the A95. In fact, it’s larger and heavier than everything in this class. I don’t mind, though, it makes the camera feel more solid, more “upscale”, if you will. The A620 is indeed too big to fit in a typical pocket, but it’s still easy enough to carry around in a purse or bag.”

Olympus FE-110Steves-Digicams review the new 4 megapixel Olympus FE-100*, and 5 megapixel Olympus FE-110**, they both feature a 2.8x optical zoom lens, and a 1.5″ screen:

“The Olympus FE-100 and FE-110 are 4.0-, and 5.0-megapixel models that pack more than just high resolution into compact and light bodies – they take the work out of digital photography so you can focus on having fun. The cameras feature a built-in Help Guide so you don’t have to consult a manual; easy printing directly to a printer; an uncomplicated “One Touch” design with separate buttons for shooting, playing back and erasing digital images; several scene modes to get the right effect in any setting, and more.”

* The Olympus FE-100 is currently being sold as the Olympus X710 in Dixons. ** The Olympus FE-110 is currently being sold as the Olympus X705 on

Olympus review the new 8 megapixel Olympus SP-350, it has a 2.5″ screen, a 3x optical zoom lens and full manual controls:

“The SP camera series is new for Olympus. So far 3 models exist: the SP-310, a 7.1 megapixel model; the SP-350, an 8-megapixel 3X zoom and the subject of this review; and the SP-500 UZ, a 6-megapixel 10X zoom camera, which will be reviewed in the coming weeks.”

Ricoh Caplio R3TrustedReviews review the new Ricoh Caplio R3, a compact 5 megapixel digital camera with an impressive 7x optical zoom lens with image stabilisation and a large 2.5″ screen:

“Digital cameras have got so sophisticated in the past couple of years that it is getting increasingly difficult for a new model to make any sort of impact, especially if it comes from a company outside of the “big five”. Take this Ricoh Caplio R3 for example. It’s a pocket-sized compact with a 2.5in LCD monitor, 7.1x optical zoom, image stabilization and a 5 megapixel CCD. In most respects it has an extremely impressive specification for just £219, but it seems that most people have completely ignored it. I’ve not seen any other reviews of it, and only a brief press release to announce its launch.”

Olympus review the new 8 megapixel Olympus E-500 Digital SLR:

“Just ten months after the E-300, Olympus surprised us bringing to the market the E-500, clearly another “economy” (read: sub-$1000) model, aimed at the same market segment. In another surprise, the E-500 is an entirely new construction, mechanically at least, having a very different body layout than its predecessor. At this moment it remains unclear whether the E-300 will be discontinued now, or will both models coexist on the market for some time.”

Dimage review the new ultra compact 8 megapixel Konica Minolta Dimage X1, it features a 3x optical zoom lens, a 2.5″ screen, and built in anti-shake:

“The Konica Minolta Dimage X1 is an eight megapixel digital camera. It is an ultra compact model. This is the type of digital camera that will slip into a pocket. The fact that it has as many as eight megapixels makes it a rarity for this type of camera. The standard number of megapixels is five. This camera is easy to use and the Dimage X1 is likely to appeal to anyone looking for a small, stylish digital camera that is easy to carry around.”

Read my review of the Konica Minolta Dimage X1 here.