From the monthly archives: "October 2006"

Olympus FE-190PopPhoto have reviewed the new ultra-slim FE-190 and Sony Cybershot DSC-W50 – the FE-190 is just 18.8mm thick. Both cameras feature a 6 megapixel sensor, a 3x optical zoom lens and a 2.5″ screen. Both cameras feature high ISO settings to avoid image blur. The FE-190 is available for £130 and the DSC-W50 is available for £145:

“On the surface these cameras are virtually identical, with nearly the exact physical dimensions. Both have right offset 3x flush-folding 6.3-18.9mm zooms (35mm equiv: 38-144mm). Both have 2.5 inch LCDs next to multi-controllers and a mode dial on the back. The Sony does manage to incorporate a tiny optical viewfinder, unlike the Olympus.”

Nikon Coolpix S10Trusted Reviews have published their review of the new Nikon Coolpix S10 – an update to the Nikon Coolpix S4 – it features a 6 megapixel sensor, a swivelling body/lens design, a 10x optical zoom lens, a 2.5″ screen, ISO upto 800, and newly developed vibration reduction CCD sensor. The Coolpix S10 is available for £254 from Amazon UK:

“The Nikon Coolpix S10 is a well-made and attractively finished camera with some useful capabilities, excellent noise handling and is capable of producing good results under the right circumstances. However, lacklustre performance, terminally slow AF, poor low-light capability and awkward handling limits its appeal. It is also expensive compared to rival cameras with superior performance, so the overall outlook is bleak.”

Kodak Easyshare V705Pocket-Lint have reviewed the new Kodak Easyshare V705 – a 7 megapixel update to the Kodak Easyshare V570 – it features a dual lens design with two 7 megapixel sensors, a 2.5″ screen, and 5x optical zoom, with one lens providing an ultra wide-angle view equivalent to 23mm, and the other providing a more normal 3x optical zoom range. It should be available in Pink, Silver or Black for £197.

“When Kodak first launched this form factor almost a year ago we must admit we had trouble grasping whether or not it was a gimmick or not. Two models on, including the 10x zoom V610 and it seems that the design and offering is working for Kodak. The inclusion of the wide angle lens is certainly a bonus if you need to take photos within a wide area. A simple refresh of the V570, rather than the ultra zoom V610, the new Kodak EasyShare V705 bumps up the resolution without affecting the image quality by too much.”

Read more Kodak Easyshare V705 Reviews: Photography BLOG, Digital Camera Review

Panasonic FZ50Photoxels have published their review of the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 – a 10 megapixel update to the FZ30 (read our review here) – it features a 12x optical zoom lens with image stabilisation, and ISO uto 1600. It’s available in black or silver. If you are looking for the ultimate ultra-zoom, then the FZ50, is pretty much it right now, and is available for £449 from Amazon UK:

“The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 comes the closest to a DSLR-like experience with its excellent handling, smooth manual zoom ring, well-implemented Front and Rear Dials, and its many customization features. It has fast performance with 2 sec. startup and no practical shutter lag. The 12x optical zoom lens is superb with no lens extension and an effective optical image stabilization. A large 2.0-in. Free-angle LCD flips out and rotates for comfortable above your head and low-angle shooting. ”

Read more Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 Reviews: DPExpert, Cameralabs, Photography BLOG, DPReview

Olympus Mju 750 BlackDCResource have reviewed the new Mju 750 (and Olympus Mju 740) – both cameras are ultra-compact, weatherproof, and feature a 5x optical zoom lens (36mm – 180mm equiv.), a 2.5″ screen, a 7.1 megapixel sensor and high ISO modes to avoid image blur. The Mju 750 goes one step further to avoid image blur and has built in image stabilisation using an anti-shake CCD sensor. The 740 is available in Pink / Red, Silver, and Blue, (for £201) and the 750 is available in Silver and Black (for £235):

“The Olympus Stylus 750 is one of those cameras that sounded really cool in the press release, but I ended up being less than enthused with it when I actually had one in my hands. While I like its stylish, all-weather body, 5X zoom lens, and image stabilizer, the photo and video quality is lacking, the LCD is hard to see outdoors, battery life is below average, and low light focusing left much to be desired. There are better cameras out there for your hard-earned money.”

Olympus have reviewed the new Olympus FE-170 (and FE-180) – both feature a 6 megapixel sensor, a 3x optical zoom lens, a 2.5″ screen, long battery life using 2 AA batteries, and high ISO settings to avoid image blur. The FE-170 is intended to be Olympus’ most affordable digital camera ever, while the FE-180 is provided with rechargable batteries and a charger. The FE-170 is available for £84 from Amazon UK making it very good value for money:

“The Olympus FE-170 is priced about right. It can take decent pictures when the light is good, but struggles more in lowlight. Shutter lag is also an issue with the camera. If you can pay more there are better cameras to be found, but if this camera fits into your budget then I would say go ahead and buy as long as you are prepared to accept its limitations.”

Olympus E-400 DSLRDPReview have published sample photos from the world’s smallest and lightest 10 megapixel Digital SLR, the E-400, it’s based on the 4/3rds Standard, and introduced two new smaller lenses: a Zuiko Digital 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 ED (pictured above) and a Zuiko Digital 40-150mm 1:4-5.6 ED (pictured below). The camera features a 2.5″ screen with 215,000 pixels, up to 3fps with a five image RAW buffer in burst mode shooting, anti-dust sensor, XD and CF memory card slots, 95% frame coverage, 0.92x magnification, ISO100 – 1600, measures 129.5mm (W) x 91mm (H) x 53mm (D) and weighs 380g (body only). The camera is currently only available in Europe and Asia. The E-400 with twin kit lens is available for around £799.

Nokia N73DPNow have reviewed the new Nokia N73 and published several sample photos. The mobile phone features a 3.2 megapixel digital camera with a Carl Zeiss auto-focus lens (although no optical zoom), a 2.4″ screen, and a mini SD memory card slot:

“his year’s Nseries models, like the N73, now feature 3.2 megapixel cameras, a much-improved web browser and some models, though not the N73, include WiFi wireless networking capability. Next year’s N95 has already been pre-announced and that will add another string to its bow in the form of an integrated GPS satellite tracking receiver. The N73’s most obvious competitor camera phone is the Sony Ericsson K800i.”

Read more Nokia N73 Reviews: Mobile Tech Review

Panasonic LX2Imaging Resource have published their review of the new 10 megapixel Panasonic Lumix LX2 – it’s an update to the Panasonic Lumix LX1 (read our review here) – and features a wide angle 4x optical zoom lens with image stabilisation, ISO upto 1600, and a new larger 2.8″ 16:9 wide LCD screen. It’s available in black or silver. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2 is available for £319 at Amazon UK

“Though it looks virtually identical to last year’s LX1 and makes only a few refinements, this camera is the better for it. For starters, the LX2 now offers a widescreen 2.8-inch LCD that lets you see images you captured at 16:9 in their full widescreen aspect ratio on the display without cropping. Other improvements include increased image resolution to 10 megapixels on shots captured at 16:9, increased light sensitivity of up to ISO 3,200 in High Sensitivity mode, and the speedy new LSI Venus Engine III image processor which has quickened the performance of the LX2 in just about all areas, while lowering image noise at ISO 400 and above.”

Read more Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2 Reviews: Digital Camera Review, Photography BLOG, DPReview, Cameralabs, DCResource