From the monthly archives: "October 2006"

Pentax Optio W20Think Camera have reviewed the new 7 megapixel waterproof and dust proof Pentax Optio W20, an update to the Pentax Optio W10 it features a 3x optical zoom lens, a new blur reduction mode (using ISO upto 1600) and a 2.5″ screen. The Pentax Optio W20 is available for £170 from Amazon UK:

“The W20 has a big selling point in its ability to be waterproof without being bulky, allowing it to be a perfect travel camera for all occasions, in water or out. It has a sensor that can perform when needed and enough options to satisfy every level of ability. The camera isn’t without its faults, and these may hold it back compared to other compacts, but against similar waterproof cameras, it’s well worth a look.”

Casio Exilim S770Digital Camera Review have reviewed the new ultra compact Casio Exilim EX-S770 – it features a 7 megapixel sensor, a 3x optical zoom lens, a new 2.8″ (14:9) wide-screen display, like the one featured on the Casio Exilim EX-Z1000, and MPEG4 16:9 video recording. The digital camera is 17mm thin, and is available (for £197) in Silver, Red, or Black:

“The Casio Exilim EX-S770 is the latest model in Casio’s Exilim Card line of ultra-compact/ultra-slim cameras. It features 7.2 megapixel capture resolution, a wide-screen 2.8 inch “Super Bright” LCD and 3x optical zoom. It’s available in three colors (blue, red, and silver) and is only 0.7 inches thick. If you’re looking for a slim camera with a nice LCD and good battery life, the S770 should be considered.”

Read more Casio Exilim EX-S770 Reviews: Pocket Lint

Pentax Optio E10Digital Camera HQ have produced a list of the worst digital cameras of all time. There are some surprises there, including the Canon Powershot A70, which is on there due to lens errors rendering the camera un-usable. Included in the list is the Pentax Optio E10 (pictured) – a budget 6 megapixel digital camera with a 3x optical zoom lens and a large 2.4″ screen. The easy to use digital camera takes AA batteries, and is available for £89 from Amazon UK. (via Gizmodo)

Read our Pentax Optio E10 Digital Camera Review
View the Pentax Optio E10 Sample Photo Gallery

Pentax Optio A10Digital Camera Info have tested 5 compact digital cameras with image stabilisation to see which camera performs the best. They tested the new 8 megapixel Pentax Optio A10, pictured, 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 £150 from Amazon UK:

“Consistently, stabilization improved each camera’s performance in still shooting, so our confident recommendation is to look for stabilization when shopping for a compact camera. Casual snapshooters should get it, and leave it turned on. Stabilization contributes to image quality, but it’s only one element in a complex system that includes the lens, sensor and image processor. Good stabilization isn’t enough to make a good camera. For example, the Nikon Coolpix P3 and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX50 have effective stabilization, but their images still aren’t as sharp as the shots from the Sony DSC-T30 or the Pentax Optio A10.”

More Pentax Optio A10 Reviews: Cameras.co.uk, Megapixel.net, DCResource

Fujifilm FinePix S6500fd S6000fdTrusted Reviews have reviewed the new compact ultra zoom – the Fujifilm FinePix S6500fd / S6000fd Zoom. The new camera replaces the Fujifilm FinePix S5600 / S5200 reviewed here – and features a 6 megapixel Super CCD sensor with ISO upto 3200, a wide-angle 10.7x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 28 – 300mm), a 2.5″ screen, face-detection focus, and a rubberised black body.

“It offers a wider range of shutter speeds in program mode, a higher maximum ISO setting of 3200, improved high-ISO noise reduction, and Fuji’s new hardware based face detection system, which is where the “fd” in the camera’s name comes from. The camera will automatically recognise up to 10 human faces in the frame, and adjust focus and exposure accordingly to ensure a good picture.”

Read our hands on look at the Fujifilm FinePix S6500fd

Kodak Easyshare C875Cameras.co.uk have reviewed the new Kodak Easyshare C875 digital camera – it features an 8 megapixel sensor, a 5x optical zoom lens and a 2.5″ screen:

“Digital cameras offering manual exposure controls and extra zoom, in a compact body are few and far between. On balance I like the Kodak Easyshare C875. It does well to retain good levels of ease of use and picture quality is good in most situations.”

Read more Kodak Easyshare C875 Reviews: Digital Camera Review

Canon Powershot A640 A630DCResource have reviewed the new Canon Powershot A630 and A640 – it features a 4x optical zoom lens, a 2.5″ swivel screen, optical viewfinder, ISO upto 800, take 4 AA batteries, and new smart zoom. The A630 in silver features an 8 megapixel sensor, and the A640 features a 10 megapixel sensor.

“The PowerShot A630 and A640 are two lower priced cameras that offer the manual controls and expandability usually reserved for more expensive cameras. Both cameras feature 4X zoom lens, a rotating 2.5″ LCD display, a VGA movie mode, and unlimited continuous shooting. There’s a $100 price difference between the A630 and A640 — what does that buy you? The A640 has two million more pixels, support for remote capture, and a charcoal gray body. Oh, and a slightly larger bundled memory card, too. Of course, the higher resolution A640 also has a slower burst rate and larger file sizes than the A630, so keep that in mind.”

Read more Canon Powershot A630 Reviews: Cameras.co.uk

Kodak Easyshare V705Photography BLOG 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.

“The Kodak Easyshare V705 is a modest upgrade of the innovative Kodak V570, which was the first camera to feature not one but two lenses when it was released last year. The official name is Kodak Retina Dual Lens Technology, and it allows Kodak to offer both an ultra wide-angle lens of 23mm and a more standard zoom lens of 39mm-117mm in the same camera. The Kodak V705 actually has two 1/2.5 inch, 7 megapixel sensors inside it, one for each lens. All of this advanced technology is housed in a very stylish and expensive looking black metal body that is just 20.4mm thick.”

Read more Kodak Easyshare V705 Reviews: Digital Camera Review

Nikon D80Imaging Resource 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.

“Having now thoroughly tested a production sample of the Nikon D80, all our initial impressions have been confirmed, and we can give it our wholehearted endorsement. By any measure, the Nikon D80 is a superb photographic tool, offering value well beyond its relatively modest price point. It delivers a huge step up in virtually every parameter relative to the earlier D70/D70S, and even the D100 owner on a budget may want to consider it over the the higher-priced D200.”

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

Olympus SP-510UZMegapixel.net have reviewed the new Olympus SP-510UZ – a 7.1 megapixel update to the Olympus SP-500UZ reviewed here. It features a silver body, a 10x optical zoom lens, and a 2.5″ screen. It features new high ISO modes, a feature that was lacking in the SP-500, the ISO range is ISO50 upto ISO1600 at 7.1 megapixels, and upto ISO2500 / ISO4000 at 3mp. This should help avoid image shake when using the camera in low light or at the longer end of the zoom. Battery life if also improved. The camera should be available now:

“The Olympus SP-510 UZ is the revision of the SP-500 UZ, released last year. This new version offers a 7.1 megapixel resolution, a 10X optical zoom, and a 2.5-inch monitor. The body is silver-coloured plastic — the only metallic part is the ring around the lens barrel — and while light, the camera has a solid feel. The inside of the grip and the barrel of the lens, where one holds the camera naturally, are surfaced with a non-slip plastic, providing secure hand-holds.”