From the monthly archives: "November 2005"

Dimage X1LetsGoDigital have reviewed the new 8 megapixel Konica Minolta Dimage X1 – it features a 3x optical zoom lens, a 2.5″ screen, and built in anti-shake sensor and optical unit:

“The contemporary digital compact cameras have gone beyond just being functional; they have also proven themselves an excellent asset to flaunt. For a certain amount of consumers, the cameras looks even outweigh its actual performance. Because of this, many of today’s shop windows are filled with the most lavishly designed cameras, each and every one even smoother and more stunning than the next. All of these cameras, however, have one main thing in common: they are all perfectly suited to take good quality photos.”

Read my Konica Minolta Dimage X1 Review
View Konica Minolta Dimage X1 Sample Photos

Canon Digital IXUS i ZoomLetsGoDigital have reviewed the new Canon Digital IXUS i Zoom / Powershot SD30 – it features a 5 megapixel sensor, a 2.4x optical zoom lens, and a 1.8″ screen:

“The Canon IXUS i Zoom is equipped with a small zoom lens with a 2.4x optical range. In addition it’s featured with a 5.0 Megapixel CCD and of course equipped with Canon’s strong trump the DIGIC II processor which will offer the Canon i Zoom sufficient power to deliver a nice performance. The camera is standard delivered with a so-called Camera Station that makes a fixed connection to the computer, printer and television extremely easy. Besides that, the Digital IXUS i ZOOM has the advantage, compared to the IXUS i5, of an optical zoom and an improved users interface.”

Fuji S9500 S9000PhotographyBLOG review the new 9 megapixel Fujifilm FinePix S9500 / S9000 – it features a 10.7x optical zoom lens:

“The Fujifilm Finepix S9500 Zoom is being heavily promoted as a better alternative to a digital SLR camera by Fujifilm, and it’s not hard to see why by looking at the S9500’s specification. A 9 megapixel sensor, 28-300mm lens, RAW mode and full manual control are features that most entry-level DSLRs can only dream of. The Fujifilm Finepix S9500 Zoom also has a lot of other DSLR-like features – completely manual zoom control and focusing ring on the lens, flash hotshoe, viewfinder and an ISO range of 80-1600. Fujifilm have really pulled out all the stops to make the S9500 as similar to a digital SLR as possible. But they haven’t stopped there – this camera also offers features that are unique to compact digital cameras and which, the company hopes, will persuade buyers to choose the S9500. There’s a 1.8 inch tilting LCD screen, integrated lens which avoids problems with dust getting onto the camera’s sensor, and a 30fps, 640×480 movie mode. All of this functionality doesn’t come cheap – the Fujifilm Finepix S9500 Zoom is more expensive than all the other super-zoom compacts on the market, and is similarly priced to entry-level DSLRs like the Nikon D50.”

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Holiday Buying GuideHere’s a round up of some of the best digital cameras available this year, recommended by DigiCamReview:

Olympus X705 FE-110If you’re looking for a digital camera for under £90, then why not have a look at one of Amazon’s best selling cameras, the Olympus X705 / FE-110, with 5 megapixels and a 3x optical zoom lens, it represents excellent value for money.

The Kodak Easyshare C360 is a top brand 5 megapixel digital camera for under £110! The stylish silver digital camera features a 3x optical zoom lens, a 2″ screen, and is known for it’s ease-of-use!

Olympus FE-120The Olympus FE-120 / X700 is a budget 6 megapixel digital camera, available from £116, it features a 3x optical zoom lens, a 1.8″ screen, and despite it’s low price and excellent value for money, still produces good to excellent quality photos. Read my review here, or go straight to the best prices.

Fuji F10Alternatively have a look at the DigiCamReview “Best New All-round Digital Camera” the Fujifilm FinePix F10, at only £186! the 6 megapixel digital camera features a 3x optical zoom lens, a large 2.5″ screen, excellent battery life, fast performance, great image quality and excellent low-light ability.

Panasonic Lumix FX9If you’re looking for an ultra compact, ultra stylish digital camera, then have a look at the 6 megapixel Panasonic Lumix FX9 – available from £240, with a 6 megapixel sensor, a Leica 3x optical zoom lens, a 2.5″ screen, image stabilisation, and high quality video, it covers all the bases, and produces good to excellent quality images. Read my full review, or go straight to the best prices.

Konica Minolta Dynax Maxxum 5DIf you’re looking for a budget Digital SLR, then why not have a look at the Highly Recommended, Konica Minolta Dynax / Maxxum 5D, the 6 megapixel digital slr features an anti-shake CCD sensor plus high ISO settings with low noise, enabling excellent low-light photography, and with a useful zoom range on the kit lens, it represents excellent value for money. Get the best price here.

Here are some more Digital Camera Holiday Buying Guides from around the internet that you might find useful:

PhotographyBLOG have recommended digital cameras and stocking fillers at various price points.

Digital Photography Blog recomend two of their most popular digital cameras.

Bob Atkin’s holiday gift ideas for photographers recommends books, magazines, art prints, digital camera memory cards, software, tripods, digital cameras and more.

Digital Camera Info have published their “2005 Select Awards” highlighting the best digital cameras they have reviewed in 2005.

Panasonic Lumix have published their review of the new 6 megapixel Panasonic Lumix FX9, it features a 3x optical zoom lens, a 2″ screen, and an ultra-compact metal body:

“The DMC FX9 strikes me as an attractive camera. It has a simple, clean design that I like. Although based on its size it just squeezes into my ultra compact category in terms of design it looks more like other more stylish digital cameras such as the Canon IXUS 750 and the Olympus MJU 800.”

Casio Exilim have reviewed the new Casio Exilim EX-S500 – an ultra compact 5 megapixel digital camera with a 3x optical zoom lens and a 2.2″ screen:

“The EXILIM EX-S500 scores highly for ease of use. Buttons on the back are kept to a minimum. This makes it easy to get to grips with the controls that are there, but I would have preferred to see macro and self timer buttons rather than having to set these through the menu. The menu system is very easy to use though and you will soon find your way around.”

Luminous-Landscape have an article on street photography in China, but the guide is equally relevant where-ever you take street photography:

“Don’t carry a lot of gear. Ideally, just one body and a couple of lenses. No camera bag, or if you must, a small canvas sack with an extra lens and a couple of memory cards and batteries. This will allow you to walk further, work longer, and not be singled out as a target for theft.

– Keep it small and simple. A large camera body (1Ds or D2x style) along with a large white lens makes you stand out like a sore thumb. A small camera body and a single medium zoom (or a couple of fast primes) is all that’s needed. Long lenses have no place when doing this sort of photography. Keep it short, keep it simple. Keep it fast.”