From the monthly archives: "April 2006"

Fuji F470DP Interface have published their review of the new 6 megapixel Fujifilm FinePix F470 – the compact camera features a 3x optical zoom lens and a 2.5″ screen:

“The Fujifilm FinePix F470 is a 6 megapixel, 3x zoom entry-level camera. It’s a good camera though its positives are on par with some other entry-level cameras: simple controls, compact size, big 2.5 inch LCD, movie mode and image quality.”

Olympus E-500The Phoenix have published an article called “One woman, eight cameras”, where Melissa Ostrow tests the following eight digital cameras: Olympus EVOLT E-500, Fujifilm S9000 / S9600, Kodak Easyshare Z650, Olympus Stylus / Mju 810, Canon Powershot SD600 / IXUS 60, Sanyo Xacti E6, HP Photosmart R725, Polaroid i832:

“For one week, I photographed my life with my eight new shutters of joy. I photographed concerts and crowds. I took candids in and around my apartment with my cat and my boyfriend as models. And when we broke from the inside lighting studio (my apartment) for a scenic trip through our neighborhood, Brighton became my canvas, its back trails and neighborhood streets my landscape.” (via Photodoto)

Read our in-depth Olympus EVOLT E-500 Review

Sony Cybershot DSC-H2DP Interface have published their review of the new Sony Cybershot DSC-H2, it features a 12x optical zoom lens with image stabilisation which is great for low-light shots, or for long zoom shots. It also features a 2.5″ screen, 32mb of built in memory and a 6 megapixel sensor. The Sony Cybershot DSC-H2 is available from £299 at Amazon UK:

“Priced at $399, the Sony Cyber-shot H2 appears to be Sony’s budget ultra-zoom camera. It features 6 megapixels, 12x optical zoom, a 2 inch LCD (smaller than on the H1) and full manual controls. While it’s certainly cheaper than the H5, it also has less features – but will image quality be good… or not? Find out now.”

Canon Powershot SD700 ISCNET have reviewed the new Canon Powershot SD700 IS / Digital IXUS 800 IS – the compact digital camera features a 4x optical zoom with with image stabilisation, a 2.5″ screen, a 6 megapixel sensor, and ISO upto 800. The Canon Digital IXUS 800 IS is available for £285 from Amazon UK:

“Compared to its siblings in Canon’s SD line of compact point-and-shoot cameras, the top-end SD700 IS packs more features into its small frame than higher resolution. It shares the same 6-megapixel sensor as its peers, the PowerShot SD600 and SD630 but has a longer zoom lens and image stabilization to curb blurry photos.”

View Canon Digital IXUS 800 IS Sample Photos

Casio Exilim EX-Z60Pocket Lint have reviewed the new Casio Exilim EX-Z60, a compact 6 megapixel digital camera, with a 3x optical zoom lens, a 2.5″ screen, and “anti-shake DSP” using higher ISO settings to avoid blur. The camera is under 20mm thick. The Casio Exilim EX-Z60 is available for £145 from Amazon UK:

“More than adequate image quality and a veritable host of automated snapping options to throw at almost any shooting situation make it very usable indeed. It may lack the controllability of some similar competitor models, but it also lacks their price premium. As such, it is certainly worth putting on your wants list, if a simple to use and competent digital compact is what you’re after.”

Canon Powershot S3 ISDCResource have reviewed the new Canon Powershot S3 IS, a 6 megapixel update to the Canon Powershot S2 IS, the black digital camera features a 12x optical zoom lens with image stabilisation, DIGIC II chip, VGA 30fps movie mode, ISO upto 800, and a 2″ swivel screen. The Canon Powershot S3 IS is available for £369 at Amazon UK:

“Overall, the PowerShot S3’s photo quality is very good. The camera took well-exposed photos with accurate color, low purple fringing levels, pleasing sharpness, and Canon’s trademark “smooth” look. Noise levels were low through ISO 200, and even ISO 400 is usable for small and midsized prints. This new 6MP sensor that Canon is using on many of their 2006 cameras has really impressed me in this area.”

View Canon Powershot S3 IS Sample Photos

Kodak V610Digital Trends have reviewed the new Kodak Easyshare V610 – the dual lens digital camera is the world’s smallest to provide a 10x optical zoom lens, it features bluetooth, a 2.8″ screen, and a 6 megapixel sensor, the lenses combined are equivalent to 38-380mm on a 35mm camera – one lens is equivalent to 38 – 114mm, the other equivalent to 130 – 380mm. The camera will be available in May/June, with an RRP of £349:

“The EasyShare V610 is a beautiful camera. Part of Kodak’s Pocket series, it looks somewhat similar to the V550 reviewed last year, minus the ridiculous display dock. The long and thin digicam has a black faceplate with a sliding round metallic lens cover with “10X” prominently on view for the entire world to see. You’ll also find the flash, mic and some subtle decals. Very nicely done. The camera measures 4.4 x 2.2 x .9 (WHD, in inches) and weighs 6.2 ounces with battery and card. The V610 has a lot of technology tucked into its skinny case. There are two prism folded optics lenses so they don’t protrude and two 6MP CCD sensors.”

Sony W30Digital Camera Info 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 £139 from Amazon:

“The Cyber-shot DSC-W30 is an affordable yet high-performance 6-megapixel digital camera that offers a Carl Zeiss 3x optical zoom lens, large 2.0-inch color LCD, automatic simplicity and advanced features that you can “grow into” later, housed in a very compact, stylish and durable metal body about the size of a deck of playing cards.”

It’s World PinHole Day on the 30th of April – If you don’t have a pinhole camera, you can make one, or you could use an SLR or Digital SLR and make a pinhole lens to go on the front of it.

“They hearken back to a simpler time when a camera was literally just a box with film in the back. Photos made with pinhole cameras exude a fuzzy, low-fi charm that’s hard to resist. That said, it’s not for everyone, but I hope you’ll give it a try.” – Photodoto Guide

Here’s some links that you might find useful:

PinHoleResource.com
Pinhole Tutorial
Canon 1Ds as a Pinhole camera

E-330Olympus have released a new firmwarew for the new Olympus EVOLT E-330 Digital SLR with live preview screen. It features a 7.5 megapixel sensor, and a 2.5″ swivel screen:

1) Improved image quality of 10x enlargement in Live-View B mode (macro live view). 2) Live-View B mode (macro live view) can be used in underwater macro mode and underwater wide mode . (Only when the mode dial is customized)

Olympus EVOLT E-330 Firmware Update
Olympus DSLR Online Firware Update Instructions