From the monthly archives: "May 2006"

Nikon Coolpix S6LetsGoDigital have reviewed the new Nikon Coolpix S6, available in black or silver, it features a 6 megapixel sensor, 3x optical zoom lens, a large 3″ screen, wireless connection, and 15 scene modes. The Nikon Coolpix S6 is available for £247 from Amazon:

“The Nikon Coolpix S6 manages to offer outstanding photo quality in a very user-friendly manner. The 3x optical zoom lens performs very well indeed, and provides the user with an average range to capture his surroundings. I hope that Nikon will eventually seize the opportunity to add more wide-angle and/or tele, as the 3x optical zoom is starting to come across somewhat meagre compared to the competition.”

Sony T30Imaging Resource have reviewed the new Sony Cybershot DSC-T30 – highlight features include: 7 megapixel sensor, 3x optical zoom lens, 3″ screen, optical image stabilisation built in, high ISO settings (upto ISO1000), available in silver or black, 58mb memory built in, 420 shots per charge. The Sony Cybershot DSC-T30 is available from Amazon UK:

“The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T30 builds on that heritage, as an update to the existing DSC-T9 model. The T9 was the first Sony camera to feature an image-stabilized lens branded with the famous Carl Zeiss name, and the T30 shared that same lens. The T30 couples this with a new 7.2 effective megapixel CCD imager, with a higher maximum ISO sensitivity of 1000. There’s also a larger 3.0″ LCD display versus the 2.5″ type in the six-megapixel T9, and a new NP-FR1 InfoLithium battery that should offer almost double the battery life of that camera (420 shots instead of 240).”

Fui F30The Fujifilm FinePix F30 is now available in some parts of the world, and has started appearing on ebay, so it shouldn’t be long now till it’s more wideley available. The new Fujifilm FinePix F30 is a 6 megapixel digital camera with a 3x optical zoom lens, a 2.5″ screen, and ISO upto ISO3200! The camera uses high ISO to avoid blur and take more natural flash free photographs, The F30 is an update to the highly popular Fujifilm FinePix F10.

Polaroid PDC 5080PC World hve reviewed the 5 megapixel Polaroid PDC 5080 – a budget, $90 digital camera with no optical zoom lens, a 1.5″ screen and 16mb of memory, the tests show that megapixels aren’t everything:

“None of these specs meant much when I ran the camera through our usual tests. The resolution on the PDC 5080 averaged an awful 725 lines, far below the acceptable range for a 5.1MP camera, 1,200 to 1,500 lines. The camera’s performance was equally dreadful. It had a recycle time of more than 11 seconds between flash shots, one of the worst I’ve ever seen. And although the boot-up time was decent, at 3.8 seconds, there was significant shutter lag. Not surprisingly, there was some distortion in the lens as well, although I had expected worse.” (via Engadget)

Canon Powershot SD700 ISDigital Camera Tracker have published their review (with sample photos) of 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 £281 from Amazon UK:

“Canon’s SD700 IS was enjoyable and easy. In the picture quality area there is nothing to complain about because the SDF630 delivers outstanding photos with vivid color. It’s fast to turn on, power up and recycle time between shots seemed almost instantaneous.”

View Canon Digital IXUS 800 IS Sample Photos

Canon Powershot SD700 ISReuters have published news stating that Canon are considering leaving the film market, DPNow have further details stating that Canon will stay in the film market, as long as there is demand for it.

“Japan’s Canon Inc. said on Thursday that it would consider halting development of new film cameras as it focuses resources on digital models, the latest sign of the rapidly fading role of film in photography.”

Pentax Optio A10DP Interface have published their review of the new 8 megapixel Pentax Optio A10, it features a 3x optical zoom lens, a 2.5″ screen, and built in image stabilisation that moves the CCD sensor. The Pentax Optio A10 is available for £209 from Amazon UK:

“The Pentax Optio A10 is Pentax’s first digital camera to feature Shake Reduction – that is, CCD-based image stabilization. Other than that, the Optio A10 is an ultra-compact 8 megapixel camera with 3x optical zoom and a large 2.5 inch LCD.”

Concord Eye-QThe Concord Eye-Q Wireless digital camera has recieved a dis-honourable mention in PC World’s 25 worst tech products of all time, not quite making the worst 25, the Concord was the first bluetooth enabled digital camera, and famous for taking upto 15 minutes to transfer 7MB of photos:

“The first Bluetooth-enabled digital camera cost a little more than otherwise comparable drugstore cameras, but for the premium you got the ability to transfer 7MB of images in a nap-inducing 15 minutes. (Transfer time using an old-fashioned USB cable: 8 seconds.) The Bluetooth was a bust, the camera was crude, and the pictures were awful.”

IXUS 750DP Interface have reviewed the new 7 megapixel Canon Digital IXUS 750 / Powershot SD550, it features a 2.5″ screen, an optical viewfinder, and is available for £209 from Amazon:

“The Canon PowerShot SD550 Digital ELPH is probably your average stylish 7 megapixel camera with 3x optical zoom. In my opinion, it shares the flagship position with the SD700 since it has more megapixels, a larger CCD and more powerful flash.”

Sony Cybershot W100DP Interface have published their review of the new Sony Cybershot DSC-W7, it features a 2.5″ screen, a 3x optical zoom lens, ISO upto 1000. The W70 is an 7.2 megapixel digital camera and features 58mb of built in memory.

“It’s another one of Sony’s new W-series cameras of 2006 – The Cyber-shot W70. The W70 features 7 megapixels, a 2.5 inch LCD, 2 cm macro and high ISO capabilities. I found the W50 a great camera but is the W70 an upgrade worthy of the extra $50? How will image quality turn out with the higher resolution sensor?”