From the monthly archives: "November 2005"

Nikon Coolpix review the new ultra compact Nikon Coolpix S3 – it features a 3x optical zoom lens, a 2.5″ screen, a 6 megapixel sensor, and is available in black, white or silver:

“The Nikon Coolpix S3 is a six megapixel digital camera with a three times optical zoom lens. It is an ultra compact digital camera the type that will fit into a small pocket. As is typical of this type of digital camera the Coolpix S3 is easy to use and can be used as a simple point and shoot model. Therefore it is likely to appeal to anyone who is looking for a camera that is easy to carry around, is easy to use and can be taken more or less anywhere.”

HP have reviewed the HP Photosmart R817 – it features a 5x optical zoom lens, a 5 megapixel sensor, and a 2″ screen:

“The Hewlett-Packard Photosmart R817 continues the look of other R-series cameras, offering a distinctively elegant and modern look. The R817’s body is made of a tough black plastic, which is metal-clad on the front and back and around the lens barrel. This is a compact camera but it still packs a 5X optical zoom manufactured by Pentax, a 5.1 megapixel resolution, and a 2-inch LCD monitor.”

Fuji S5600XYZComputing review the new 5 megapixel Fujifilm FinePix S5600 / S5200 – it features a 10x optical zoom lens, a 1.8″ screen, and a stylish black body:

“Looking at the specifications we can see that this camera, a rather new model, shoots at 5.1 megapixels, has 10x optical zoom, and it still a nice size. The S5200 is not going to fit in your pocket, but at just about 16 oz. (with batteries) it is not going to be a problem if you need to carry it with you all day. The heart of the camera is the 1/2.5″ Super CCD which has performance designed to rival some of today’s best CCD and CMOS based cameras. Its large size relative to a point-and-shoot gives the S5200 a considerable advantage in any shooting situation, especially under imperfect conditions.”

Canon Powershot S80Steves-Digicams, DCResource, and Imaging-Resource have all reviewed the new Canon Powershot S80 – it features an 8 megapixel sensor, a 2.5″ screen, and a wide angle 28 – 100mm equivalent lens. Here’s what DCResource had to say:

“Photo quality on the PowerShot S80 is very good. Images were well exposed with accurate color, smooth details, and low noise and purple fringing levels. Redeye was above average though, and vignetting can be a problem at the wide end of the lens, especially if you’re using the flash.”

Panasonic FZ30Steves-Digicams have reviewed the new 8 megapixel Panasonic Lumix FZ30, it features a 12x optical zoom lens, and a 2″ swivel screen:

“The 12x optical zoom Leica DC Vario-Elmarit Lens, which has appeared in all of the FZ series cameras from Panasonic, has undergone further development to ensure more superb picture rendering. Along with the CCD size and total effective pixels, the FZ30 also has enhanced and added a host of other features: a manual zoom ring along with a manual focus ring; an easy-to-see, free-moving LCD; and adjustable dials for the aperture and shutter speed controls. Both the LCD and the electronic viewfinder have had their resolution increased by about 180 percent, offering a sharp, clear view.”

Canon Digital IXUS 750TrustedReviews have reviewed the new 7 megapixel Canon Digital IXUS 750 – it features a 3x optical zoom lens, 2.5″ screen, and optical viewfinder:

““With its sleek Perpetual Curve design, the contoured all-metal body of the Digital IXUS 750 represents the pinnacle of Canon design excellence” says Canon’s official website about the new Digital IXUS 750. I’m afraid I have no idea at all what a “Perceptual Curve” might be, but if it means that the 750 is a very pretty camera, then I guess Canon’s right.”

Canon Powershot A620DPReview have reviewed the new Canon Powershot A620 – it features a 4x optical zoom lens, a 7 megapixel sensor, and a 2″ swivel screen:

“In August 2005 Canon announced two new A series digital cameras, the five megapixel A610 and seven megapixel A620 on test here. Both cameras replace the long-running, and very popular A95, and join the A520 as affordable, well-specified compacts for the enthusiast user on a budget. The A620 certainly looks promising on paper; newly kitted out with the fast DIGIC II processor and a 2.0-inch vari-angle LCD, it has a wealth of shooting options and 4x optical zoom.”

Kodak P880DesignTechnica review the new 8 megapixel Kodak Easyshare P880, it features a wide angle 5.8x optical zoom lens, and a 2.5″ screen:

“The black bodied P880 is much taller than most point-and-shoot digicams. Some of the reasons for this are the large 2.5-inch LCD screen, the large physical diameter of the lens along with a large electronic viewfinder. At first glance it looks like a small D-SLR but it’s definitely not. The camera has a 5.8x Schneider Kreuznach lens with a range of 24-140mm (35mm equivalent). This 24mm option is a blessing since you can take wider panoramas and more interesting portraits. Most photographers would rather a lens be wider than longer on the telephoto side and Kodak delivers. We agree. Another new camera with this wide focal length is the much more expensive Sony DSC-R1. Hopefully this trend will continue with other manufacturers.”

Nikon Coolpix S3LetsGoDigital review the new ultra compact Nikon Coolpix S3 – it features a 3x optical zoom lens, a 2.5″ screen, a 6 megapixel sensor, and is available in black, white or silver:

“Once again, last September 2005, Nikon introduced a stylishly designed digital camera; the Nikon Coolpix S3. During the IFA 2005 press conference the Nikon S3 was presented as the successor of the Coolpix S1 and S2, which were also introduced this year. Nikon continued with the same design, the reactions to it are extremely positive, so why change a successful concept? The Nikon S3 has a beautiful appearance, the camera is neatly finished and thanks to the material used, aluminium, the quality feeling remains. The Nikon Coolpix measures a mere 19.7mm and despite the compact size, the camera accommodates a small internal optical zoom with a range of 35-105mm (equivalent to a 35mm camera).”