From the monthly archives: "December 2005"

Christmas PresentsHappy Christmas! Here are news and reviews from around the internet. If you’re looking for something to spend Christmas money on, then have a look at the following reviews, and rumours, or have a look at our Christmas Buying Guide:

Canon Powershot S80 Review at LetsGoDigital
Pentax Optio WPi Review at LetsGoDigital
Samsung GX-1 DSLR Rumour with pictures
Nikon Coolpix S6 Rumour with pictures
Minox DC 6211 6.2 Megapixel Digicam Announced (very similar to the Konica Minolta Dimage E40, etc)

If you’ve got a new camera and are looking for hints and tips on how to get the most out of it, or how to get started taking great photos, then have a look at Digital Photography Blog’s Digital Camera Tips and Resources.

Sony have published their full review of the new 10 megapixel Sony Cybershot DSC-R1 – it features a wide angle 5x optical zoom lens and a 2″ swivel screen:

“The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1 is a ground-breaking bridge camera, using a 10.3 megapixel CMOS sensor developed by Sony. The camera is equipped with a 5X optical zoom from Carl Zeiss that has a focal length equivalent to a 24 to140 mm, a 2-inch hinged monitor, and an electronic viewfinder (EVF).”

Kodak P850DPReview have reviewed the new Kodak Easyshare P850 – a 5 megapixel ultra zoom digital camera with a 12x optical zoom lens, with image stabilisation, and a 2.5″ screen:

“In August 2005 Kodak announced a new class of ‘advanced digital cameras’ with the introduction of the P series, which it hopes will provide an alternative to entry-level DSLRs. The EasyShare P850, which has an image-stabilized 12x zoom Schneider-Kreuznach lens (36-432mm 35mm equiv), is a direct competitor to the likes of Canon’s S2 IS, Sony’s H1 and Panasonic’s FZ20. As well as the new image stabilizing feature the P850 boasts RAW file capture and a flash hot shoe, plus a real wealth of photographic controls.”

Samsung 815ePhotoZine have reviewed the new 8 megapixel Samsung Pro815 – it features a massive 15x optical zoom lens equivelant to 28 – 420mm, and a huge 3.5″ screen:

“The Samsung Pro815 sports some very impressive specifications and some unique design features, such as the top mounted LCD screen, which are truly useful. The camera does have limitations though, the focusing at the long end of the zoom is slow and image noise at high ISO settings is fairly intrusive. On the other hand it’s capable of producing very high quality, detailed images.”

Nikon Coolpix L1Imaging-Resource have reviewed the new Nikon Coolpix L1 – a 6 megapixel digital camera with a 5x optical zoom lens, and a 2.5″ screen:

“Nikon’s Coolpix line of consumer digicams has always been well-received, appreciated for their image quality and ease of use. The Nikon Coolpix L1 continues that trend with a 6.2-megapixel CCD and firmware goodies like Face Priority AF, D-Lighting and BSS while simplifying the user interface. The Coolpix L1 is a good choice for anyone who wants an easy to use camera that delivers good-looking pictures with pleasing color and plenty of resolution. For those willing to delve just slightly deeper than “just pushing the button,” its extensive scene modes and unique framing-assist options greatly extend the camera’s capabilities, making it easy to bring back good-looking shots of what might otherwise be difficult subjects.”

Sony R1Steves-Digicams have published their full review of the new 10 megapixel Sony Cybershot DSC-R1 – it features a wide angle 5x optical zoom lens and a 2″ swivel screen:

“Sony’s latest top of the line Cyber-shot camera, the R1 is encased in a black, body, and is the first to use Sony’s new 10.3-megapixel CMOS imager. Its also the first “APS-C imager” digital camera to offer live preview. The R1 features a Carl Zeiss T* 5x wide angle zoom that is matched to the imager and covers a 35mm equivalent focal length of 24mm to 120mm and has both a manual zoom and focus ring on the lens barrel. The R1 has both a high resolution color viewfinder and a top-mounted 2.0″ color LCD that tilts and swivels to nearly any angle.”

Sony R1Popular Photography have reviewed the new 10 megapixel Sony Cybershot DSC-R1 – it features a wide angle 5x optical zoom lens and a 2″ swivel screen:

“The best advice we’ve ever given our readers? Take a camera for a test spin before buying, even if that means dry-firing it at the counter. If you’re ready to move up from a compact digital camera and pick up Sony’s new 10.3MP Cyber-shot DSC-R1 ($1,000 street), there’s a good chance you’ll buy it and return to the store only for more memory cards. But if you’re looking to upgrade from your trusty old 35mm SLR system, or even a two-year old 6MP DSLR, the Sony DSC-R1 might leave you cold.”

Sony T5Popular Photography have reviewed the ultra-compact Sony Cybershot T5 – it features a 3x optical zoom lens, 2.5″ screen and a 5 megapixel sensor:

“Thin is in. So are big LCDs. Last year, Sony made a splash setting the big-LCD trend with the sleek and snappy DSC-T1. Without an optical viewfinder, this style of camera—small enough to fit into a sports jacket or purse and chic enough to dispel the snapshooting geek image—has become a must-have for those whose idea of a party goes beyond blowing out the candles.”

Sony H1Imaging-Resource have news that Sony have halted shipment of the Sony Cybershot H1, L1, P200, W7, W5, S90 in China due to Quality Issues:

“Based on a quality and functions evaluation of 34 digital camera models (an evaluation requested by the Industry and Commerce Bureau of China’s Zhejiang Province) Zhejiang Province recently decided to stop stores from selling models which did not pass the evaluation. In total, 13 models of six different digital camera manufacturers did not pass the evaluation and among these models, six Sony Cybershot models were named (DSC-H1, L1, P200, W7, W5, S90). All of the Cybershot models named are manufactured in China and the evaluation claims that these models did not pass on the basis of four quality issues including ‘automatic exposure correction’ and ‘white balance.'”