From the monthly archives: "March 2006"

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Nikon D200Complete Digital Photography have published their review of the new 10.2 megapixel Nikon D200 Digital SLR and the 8mp Canon EOS 30D, they both feature a 2.5″ screen:

“Both Canon and Nikon offer excellent lower-priced alternatives to these cameras. The Canon Rebel and Rebel XT, and the Nikon D50 and D70s are all great cameras with good features sets and excellent image quality. However, they are all hampered by slower performance, mostly in the form of slower burst rates and slightly slower recycle times. Some of them also lack some of the features of the mid-range models. If you have found that the entry level SLRs don’t pack the features that you need, then the 30D and D200 are probably more in line with what you’re looking for.” (via Digital Photography Journal)

Panasonic have published their review of the new 6 megapixel Panasonic Lumix FZ7, a fairly compact ultra zoom camera, it features a Leica 12x optical zoom lens with image stabilisation and a 2.5″ screen. The camera also features a high resolution 16:9 aspect ratio video mode with sound:

“If you’re in the market for a massive 12x zoom, you really only have two choices: the DMC-FZ7 or the Canon S2 IS (the S3 SI will also have a 12x zoom, but you can’t get it until May of 2006). With a zoom this powerful, optical image stabilization is a necessity: this reduces the effect of camera shake on your photos when you’re holding the camera in your hands. The Mega OIS build into the FZ7 does the job remarkably well.”

Read our Panasonic Lumix FZ7 Review
View Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7 Sample Photos

Olympus SP-700Megapixel have reviewed the new Olympus SP-700, a compact, stylish 6 megapixel digital camera with a 3x optical zoom lens, and a 3″ screen:

“The Olympus SP-700 is the first small compact of the SP series. Offering a 6-megapixel resolution, and a 3X optical zoom that does not extend past the front of the camera, the SP-700 also stands out for its very large 3-inch LCD monitor. The front of the camera is made of brushed metal — the finish for which can be either silver or blue — with a chrome ring around the lens trim while the rest of the camera is covered in a black plastic. Indeed, the finishing on the SP-700 is excellent.”

Olympus E-500Trusted Reviews have published their review of the new 8 megapixel Olympus EVOLT E-500, it features a 2.5″ screen and is available with a kit lens for £469 at

“In terms of picture quality, the E-500 is exceptionally good, providing crisp clear photos in virtually all conditions. Colour rendition from the TruePic TURBO image processor is as close to perfect as it’s possible to get for under £600, and contrast, detail and sharpness are as good as anything else in its class. The supplied 14 – 44mm lens does an excellent job, providing superb corner-to-corner sharpness and a minimum of barrel distortion. The camera has a bewildering array of ISO settings, from 100 to 1600, and these are virtually noise-free below 400, and quite usable up to 800. 1600 is a bit rough, but not appallingly so.”

Read our Olympus EVOLT E-500 Review
View our Olympus EVOLT E-500 Sample Photos

Dynax 5DKonica Minolta officially withdraw their photographic division today, DPNow have full details on future support arrangements.

In my opinion, it’s a real shame to see them go, if you’re quick you can still get some great deals on their digital cameras, the Konica Minolta Dynax / Maxxum 5D DSLR is available for around £450, and the Konica Minolta Dimage Z5 / Z6 is available for around £200. You can even buy Konica panoramic disposable film cameras from!

Olympus E-500Olympus have released a new firmware (v1.2) for the new 8 megapixel Olympus EVOLT E-500, it features a 2.5″ screen and is available with a kit lens for £469 at The updates add:

“1) AEL/AFL Button One-touch WB button – A menu function is added for exchanging AEL/AFL button and One-touch WB button. 2) Improve the precision of exposure by built-in flash.”

Read our Olympus EVOLT E-500 Review
View our Olympus EVOLT E-500 Sample Photos

Sony W30DP Interface have published their review of the new Sony Cybershot DSC-W30, the ulta-compact camera features a 6 megapixel sensor, an optical viewfinder, and a 2″ screen. The Sony W30 is available for £155 from Amazon:

“The Sony Cyber-shot W30 is the first of 2 new compact W series cameras from Sony capable of taking photos at high sensitivities. It shares the 6 megapixel CCD, 3x optical zoom and ISO 1000 capabilities with the W50 (which retails for $20 more). The W50 has a larger 2.5 inch LCD (compared to 2.0 inch on the W30) and is available in black. Both the W30 and W50 are sold in the US. Let’s find out how well things turn out.”