From the monthly archives: "June 2006"

Han Shing 3mpHan Shing tech have released a cute rounded sliding digital camera, available in Black, White, or Pink, it has no optical zoom, a 3 megapixel sensor, a 2″ screen, 32mb of internal memory, and takes AAA batteries. The camera can interpolate images to 12 megapixels, just to clarify, as with all digital camera interpolation (and digital zoom) this does not make the picture any better, just bigger! Mobilemag have some more pictures. (via Engadget)

Nikon Coolpix have reviewed the new Nikon Coolpix S5, the ultra slim digital camera is the “little brother” to the Nikon Coolpix S6 and features a 2.5″ screen, a 3x optical zoom lens and a 6 megapixel sensor. It has 15 scene modes and has 21mb of built in memory, it’s available for £200 from Amazon UK:

“The Nikon Coolpix S5 faces some pretty stiff competition in the slimline six megapixel market. Although I have found little to actually put me off this camera I am finding it difficult to come up with reasons why you should buy it in preference to other digital cameras with similar features.”

Panasonic have published their review of the Panasonic Lumix LZ5 (the bigger brother to the LZ3) – it features a 6x optical zoom lens with image stabilisation, a 2.5″ screen, audio recording, and a 6 megapixel sensor. The Panasonic Lumix LZ5 is available from for £174:

“The Panasonic DMC LZ5 offers something different to many digital cameras. It is an easy to use, point and shoot camera, but with a longer (6x) than standard optical zoom lens. Picture quality is good and the camera has optical image stabilisation. Well worth checking out.”

Panasonic Lumix have reviewed the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ3 – the 5 megapixel digital camera features a 6x optical zoom lens with image stabilisation, a 2″ screen and takes AA batteries. The camera is one of the cheapest ultra zoom digital cameras available, but is it worth investing in?

“The Panasonic DMC LZ3 is a five megapixel digital camera with a six times optical zoom lens. It is the extra length of the zoom lens that marks the DMC LZ3 out as something different to a typical digital camera. Another feature that is not commonly found in a digital camera in this price bracket is optical image stabilisation.”

Read our Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ3 Review
View Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ3 Sample Photos

Sony Cybershot DSC-H2DPReview 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 £298 at Amazon UK:

“We praised the H1 – Sony’s first foray into this crowded part of the market – as not only a surprisingly mature, well-rounded product, but one offering performance and output that put it very near the top of the tree. The H2 doesn’t add a great deal, but it does offer some minor improvements in image quality, a few new features and a little more resolution. It also has a more usable ISO 200 and ISO 400 (and the option, if you really need it, for ISO 800 / 1000) thanks to a slightly better noise reduction system.”

Fui F30DCResource have reviewed the new Fujifilm FinePix F30 – The 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 / F11. The Fujifilm FinePix F30 is available for £269 from Amazon UK.

“The Fuji FinePix F30 ($399) is the follow-up to the company’s popular F10 and F11 models. Like those two cameras, the F30’s claim to fame is its high ISO performance, which is unmatched in the compact camera arena. In fact, Fuji says that the F30 should do even better than those two — thanks to its improved SuperCCD HR sensor and image processor — and they’ve increased the maximum ISO to 3200 as a result.”

View Fujifilm FinePix F30 Sample Photos

Fuji Z2Compute Active have published their review of the 5 megapixel Fujifilm FinePix Z2, it’s an ultra compact digital camera with a 3x optical zoom lens and a 2.5″ screen:

“At this price the Fujifilm FinePix Z2 competently challenges its credit card-sized rivals, even if style triumphs over substance.”

DPNow have details of Uniross’ new “Hybrio” pre-charged rechargable batteries, they hold their charge for over 1 year, and can be recharged 500 times, Uniross have this to say:

“We can say the Hybrio is unique with absolute confidence. This is the first. There is no battery in the world which combines such convenience with economy and energy saving”

They sound exactly the same as Sanyo Eneloop Batteries launched last year, that come pre-charged, hold their charge for 1 year, and can be recharged numerous times.

DCResource 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 £269 from Amazon UK:

“The Canon PowerShot SD700 IS Digital ELPH ($499) isn’t just another ultra-compact camera: it also features a 4X zoom lens (versus the 3X models usually found on such cameras) and an optical image stabilization system (which will give you sharper photos). Neither of these features were on the PowerShot SD550 which the SD700 replaces. Other changes include improved battery life, a higher resolution LCD, and (unfortunately) a weaker flash.”

Kodak have reviewed the new Kodak Easyshare C663 – a budget / compact 6 megapixel digital camera with a 3x optical zoom lens, and a 2.5″ screen on the back, it takes AA batteries and has 32mb of memory built in. The Kodak Easyshare C663 is available for £136 at Amazon UK:

“The Kodak Easyshare C663 is a six megapixel digital camera with a three times optical zoom lens. Its main attraction is likely to be its ease of use. For this reason I can see the Easyshare C663 proving attractive to anyone who is looking for a straightforward, point and shoot digital camera.”