From the monthly archives: "October 2006"

Canon IXUS 850 ISKen Rockwell has reviewed the new Canon Digital IXUS 850 IS / Powershot SD800 IS – it features a wide-angle 3.8x optical zoom lens with image stabilisation, face detection, ISO1600, a 7.1 megapixel sensor, a 2.5″ screen, and includes a VGA video mode at 30fps. Battery life is rated at 270 shots, the camera is 25mm thick, and weighs 150g. The IXUS 850 IS is available for £250 from Amazon UK

“The SD800 has great color, fast handling, image stabilization for use in dim light without a tripod and a wider lens than almost any pocket camera of which I know. The SD800’s LCD monitor is the most accurate I have ever measured.”

Read more Canon Digital IXUS 850 IS PS SD800 IS Reviews: Trusted Reviews, DCResource

Casio Exilim EX-Z850Digital Camera Info have reviewed the new 8 megapixel Casio Exilim EX-Z850, an update to the popular Z750, it features a 3x optical zoom lens, a 2.5″ screen, some manual controls, and anti-shake DSP, all in a fairly compact metal body. The Casio Exilim EX-Z850 is available for £167 at Amazon UK:

“Housed inside of a metal shell, this 8 MP camera has a 3x optical zoom lens, 34 preset scene modes, a full movie mode with editing in playback and both shutter and aperture priority modes. This camera will certainly appeal to beginning users looking for a camera to grow into with manual control over focus, white balance, exposure and ISO. The camera has a 2.5-inch LCD with 115,200 pixels and a real image optical viewfinder. The Casio Exilim EX-Z850 originally retailed for $399.99, but now retails for $349 on the Casio web site and can be found for even less online.”

More Casio Exilim EX-Z850 Reviews: Pop Photo, DCResource, Ken Rockwell, Digital Reviews

Canon EOS 400DDCViews have reviewed the new Nikon D80 DSLR and compared it to the new 10 megapixel Canon EOS 400D / Rebel XTi Enthusiast Kit – it features a new dust reduction system, similar to the one featured on all Olympus Digital SLRs, 3fps shooting, ISO100 to ISO1600, 500 shot battery life, and a 2.5″ screen. The camera is available in Silver or Black for £516/$899 with kit lens:

“You will buy and use a d-SLR to get the best possible combination of control, flexibility, speed and image quality. The Canon EOS Rebel XTi and the Nikon D80 both live up to that expectation. Even the most demanding amateur photographer will not be disappointed by those cameras. Both cameras can be operated automatically, but offer full manual control for high levels of accuracy in exposure, focusing and color. The Nikon D80 has more features, but the Canon EOS Rebel XTi is easier to operate.”

Read more Canon EOS 400D Reviews: DPReview, DPExpert, DCResource, The Digital Picture, DPReview, Camera Labs

Canon Powershot A710 ISPhotography BLOG have reviewed the new 7 megapixel Canon Powershot A710 IS – an update to the Canon Powershot A700 – the A710 IS features the same 6x optical zoom lens and 2.5″ screen, ISO upto 800, takes 2 AA batteries, but upgrades the sensor to 7 megapixels and adds optical image stabilisation. Other features include a smart zoom that makes sure image quality is maintined with using digital zoom. The A710 IS is available for £208 from Amazon UK:

“The Canon Powershot A710 IS is one of the most well-rounded compact digital cameras that we have reviewed recently, offering a great combination of portability, creative control and features. The 7 megapixel sensor may not grab the headlines, but it does offer a good compromise between image size and quality. There’s hardly any chromatic aberrations, an effective ISO range of 80-400, powerful built-in flash and a remarkable 1cm macro mode. Not to mention the very effective image stabilisation system which allows you to hand-hold the A710 IS in low-lighting conditions without your pictures suffering from camera-shake.”

Read more Canon Powershot A710IS Reviews: Trusted Reviews, DCResource, View Canon sample photos online.

Photographyboard.net run active photography forums on how to “Sharpen your photography skills, post your pictures and discuss the art of photography.” They have active members, and if you’re looking for somewhere to talk about digital cameras (and 35mm film cameras), or photography in general, then it looks like a good place to go.

Sony Cybershot DSC-T10Trusted Reviews have reviewed the new 7.2 megapixel Sony Cybershot DSC-T10 – it is a cut down version of the Sony T30 – and features a 2.5″ screen, a 3x optical zoom lens with “Super Steadyshot” (optical image stabilisation), ISO upto 1000, 56mb built in memory and is available for £211 in four colours: Pink, Black, Silver, and White.

“The rear of the camera is dominated by the 2.5in 230,000 pixel LCD. This is a great display with no perceptible lag no matter how quickly you pan around. The quality of the screen also makes reviewing captured images a pleasure rather than a chore. Sony has obviously realised that the screen on the T10 lends itself to image viewing and has included a slideshow option, complete with musical soundtrack and cheesy transitions.”

Read more Sony Cybershot DSC-T10 Reviews: Cameras.co.uk, Imaging Resource

Nikon D80Pocket-Lint have reviewed the new 10.2 megapixel Nikon D80 Digital SLR – the camera is available for £599 Body Only, or £778 with an 18-70mm kit lens, and £799 with an 18-135mm kit lens.

“The D80 reveals and unusual level of attention to detail from Nikon, 32 customisable options mean the camera can be tailored to almost any user’s proclivities. Excellent handling and build, superb performance from the metering and the focus set up add to the confidence the camera builds as you lift it from its box. The enhanced menus and the great Menu Help system that can be invoked to discover what any given menu is/does/means further boosts this confidence, as does the superb pentaprism viewfinder, which is clear, bright and crisp to use.”

Read more Nikon D80 DSLR Reviews: Imaging Resource, Megapixel.net, Local Viewfinder, Cameralabs, DPReview, DCResource, ePhotoZine, HardwareZone

Panasonic FZ50DPExpert 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.

“The Panasonic is a difficult camera to rate. The lens and image processing are so good and the image stabilisation so effective that you want to love it. And for static images it is hard to beat. For a tourist this could be the ideal camera. But for taking pictures of moving subjects it is simply too slow in its responses. You are almost always a beat behind the action. The FZ50 is perfect for Venice but a letdown at the school sports day.”

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

Nikon Coolpix S9Cameras.co.uk have reviewed the new Nikon Coolpix S9 – the ultra compact digital camera features a 3x optical zoom lens, a 2.5″ screen and a 6 megapixel sensor. The camera is available for £182 from Amazon UK:

“The Nikon Coolpix S9 is a fairly typical pocket sized digital camera. It has six megapixels and a three times digital zoom. The lens is internal and does not protrude from the camera when you zoom in on a subject. In terms of features the Coolpix S9 is a straightforward, point and shoot camera. It is likely to appeal to someone who is looking for a no fuss digital camera that will slip easily into a pocket.”

Read more Nikon Coolpix S9 Reviews: Digital Camera Review

Panasonic Lumix L1Cameralabs have posted their review of the new 7.5 megapixel Panasonic Lumix L1 Digital SLR, it features a live-view, and a new Leica lens.

“The Lumix DMC-L1 marks Panasonic’s debut into the digital SLR market. Officially announced back in February 2006, but only widely available now, the Lumix L1 is a significantly different proposition to the debut of rival consumer electronics giant Sony. For while the Sony Alpha A100 goes up against entry-level models like the Canon EOS 400D / Rebel XTi, Panasonic’s chosen to aim its debut at a higher-end market.”

More Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 Digital SLR Reviews: Megapixel.net, Photoxels