From the monthly archives: "June 2006"

Fuji V10Imaging Resource have published their review of the new 5 megapixel Fujifilm FinePix V10 – it features a 3.4x optical zoom lens, a 3″ screen and built in games, available from £195 from Amazon UK:

“Perhaps the most talked-about feature of the new 5-megapixel Fujifilm Finepix V10 is the fact that it comes with four built-in video games. Though it may be the first time a major manufacturer has included games on a digital camera, the hubbub over this feature has been a bit overblown. Cell phones have had games for some time now, and with advances in LCD technology and screen sizes, it was only a matter of time before digital cameras followed suit. The Fujifilm V10 is a camera with an impressive 3-inch LCD with plenty of resolution so the games look pretty decent.”

Kodak V610DCResource 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 around now, with an RRP of £349:

“Do you want ultra zoom power but don’t want to lug around a bulky camera? Then the Kodak EasyShare V610 ($450) might be for you. The V610 is Kodak’s second dual lens camera, with the first being the EasyShare V570 (see our review), which was more focused on wide-angle shooting. The V610’s two lenses give it a total focal range of 38 – 380 mm, though (as with the V570) there’s a “jump” from 114 to 130 mm when the camera switches lenses.”

Olympus Mju 810Cameras.co.uk have reviewed the new weatherproof 8 megapixel Olympus Mju Digital 810, featuring a 3x optical zoom lens and a 2.5″ screen. The Olympus Mju Digital 810 is available for £223 from Amazon UK:

“The Olympus MJU 810 is one of the very few digital cameras to offer protection from inclement weather. It has a weatherproof outer shell that protects it from normal levels of rain. In addition to this the MJU 810 is one of the increasing number of digital cameras to offer image stabilisation. In this case digital rather than optical stabilisation that is available.”

Sony Digital Camera?
Is it a Sony or a Konica Minolta? These curious auctions on ebay are selling a 10 megapixel “Sony Digital Camera” (DC500) – with an 8x optical zoom lens, a wide-angle lens adapter, and what appears to be an optical viewfinder. The design of the hand grip from the back of the camera looks more like a Konica Minolta Dimage Z5 / Z6! Is this what happened to Konica Minolta’s Point and Shoot (non-DSLR) Digital Camera Business? Perhaps this is an unreleased prototype?

Update: Some are labelled as DC500, another R1, while another listing states the effective (actual) resolution to be 3 megapixels! These would definitely appear to be fake Sony digital cameras.

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Sony Digital Camera?

Sony Digital Camera?

Panasonic Lumix FX9Trusted Reviews have published their review of the 6 megapixel Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX9 – the ultra compact digital camera features a 2.5″ screen, a Leica 3x optical zoom lens, image stabilisation and a metal body. The FX9 is available for around £197:

“Although it looks great, performs well and has the Leica name above the lens, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX9 fails to deliver the expected picture quality, especially considering the cost when compared to many other 6MP ultra-compacts. A very disappointing camera from a company that can do better.”

Read our Panasonic Lumix FX9 Review

Canon Powershot S3 ISDigital Camera Info 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 S3 IS is available from £324:

“The hybrid Canon PowerShot S3 IS was introduced at the Photo Marketing Association Trade Show in February 2006. It replaces last year’s S2, which succeeded the previous year’s S1. All of these models come with image stabilization as their headlining feature, but pack large zoom lenses as well. The Canon S3 has a 12x optical zoom lens to go with its 6.1-megapixel, 1/2.5-inch CCD and Digic II image processor. This model improves upon its predecessor with a new CCD that is designed to suppress noise and offers ISO sensitivities up to 800. It also comes with a 2-inch LCD screen, which includes the signature camcorder-style monitor that flips outward and rotates.”

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Casio Exilim EX-S600Casio Europe have announced of the new Casio Exilim EX-S600D – the D means it now support DivX video recording to fit more video on your memory card. The ultra-compact digital camera features a 3x optical zoom lens, a 2.2″ screen, and a 6 megapixel sensor. Initially this version is only available in Europe:

“ASIO EUROPE GmbH and its parent company, CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD., have announced the release of the EXILIM CARD EX-S600D, an ultra-slim, card-sized, high-resolution digital camera. This latest 6.0 megapixel addition to the stylish EXILIM digital camera series can also take high-quality movies in DivX® format, a video compression technology developed by DivX, Inc. of the United States.”

Joby GorillaPodPocket-Lint have reviewed the Joby GorillaPod tripod – pictured on the left – it has bendable, grippy, rubber surfaced legs and feet and can be attached to pretty much anything – could this be the best tripod in the world ever? Pocket-Lint seem to think so:

“Weighing just 45g and able to fold or wrap to almost anything, the Gorillapod is small enough to pack in a handbag, say, or take along with you on holiday, camping, or to a party. It is able to cope with cameras up to 335g, so most modern digital compacts would be fine perched atop its bendy frame. Moreover, two new versions are on the way for larger compact cameras and D-SLRs, so watch this space.”

Ricoh RR660
Ricoh have announced the new Ricoh Caplio RR660 – a budget 6 megapixel digital camera that features a 2.4″ screen, a 3x optical zoom lens, takes AA batteries, and will be available in July for £129. The compact camera measures 87 x 25.5 x 60 mm and weighs 130g, has 16mb of internal memory, and takes SD memory cards. It appears very similar to the Pentax Optio E10, and 5 megapixel Ricoh Caplio RR530 that I reviewed previously.

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Ricoh RR660 Back

RICOH Caplio RR660 – Introducing the new Caplio RR660. Ricoh’s unique ease of use and portability now shoots at 6.16 megapixels. A masterpiece maker – in your pocket!

Ricoh is thrilled to announce the release of the new Caplio RR660 – a sleek new entry-level digital camera that adds more exciting, new user-friendly features to its extremely popular RR630 predecessor.

The new 6.16-megapixel digital camera is even lighter and more compact than its predecessor, and yet is equipped with a crystal-clear 2.4” colour TFT-LCD monitor for even easier viewing.

The Caplio RR660 is the newest addition to Ricoh’s popular, award-winning range of digital cameras, whose outstanding performance, value for money and stylish designs have won favour with both professional and amateur photographers around the world. The RR660 consistently produces striking, crystal-clear images that simply stand out above pictures from other cameras in its class. Equipped with a 3x optical zoom and 4x digital zoom, for a combined 12x zoom, the RR660 can effortlessly handle any photographic situation.

Weighing in at a super-light 130g*, the RR660’s incredibly sleek and compact body fi ts even more easily into the palm of your hand or your pocket. Of course, the simple “point-and-shoot ability” of the RR630 has been passed on to the RR660, so that even absolute beginners will have no trouble wowing their friends and family with stunning digital images. The new RR660 now contains six still modes, giving even more exciting options to those who like to add a touch of creativity to their digital imagery.

The Mode dial can be set to Auto, Program, Portrait, Landscape, Sports and Night Scene, as well as the ever-popular Video mode, giving you extensive choice and usability.

Thanks to the super-large size 2.4-inch colour TFT-LCD monitor, you can review your digital pictures clearly, anytime, anywhere. Transferring photos to a PC couldn’t be simpler with the RR660’s USB connector and like its predecessor, the RR660 has 16 MB of internal memory, so you can shoot beautiful pictures straight out of the box. It also features an SD Card slot, giving you even more storage space options with this convenient, widely used storage medium.

The impressive new RR660 has exactly what you want in a compact digital camera. Sleek design, easy operation, and a crystal-clear large size 2.4” colour TFT-LCD monitor, all wrapped up in a light, sophisticated body. Look no further! This is the camera you’ve been searching for. * Without battery and SD card

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