From the monthly archives: "November 2006"

Olympus Mju 740 SampleWe’ve just uploaded several test images taken with the new Olympus Mju Stylus 740 – announced on the 23rd of August 06 – it’s one of Olympus’ new ultra compact digital cameras and features a 5x optical zoom lens, which is rare for such a small camera. The camera also features an all-weather body, a 2.5″ screen, a 7 megapixel sensor, high ISO anti-shake mode, and takes XD memory cards. The 740 is available in Pink (officially “Sunset Red”), Blue, and Silver for £198.

View Olympus Mju Stylus 740 Sample Photo Gallery

Kodak Easyshare V705Trusted Reviews 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 £191.

“Although it has its limitations, the EasyShare V705 is the ideal snapshot camera for recording social events. As long as you’re not too worried about image noise at high ISO settings or compression artefacts in everything else then it is ideal.”

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

Canon EOS 400DPocket-Lint have reviewed 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 £480/$899 with kit lens:

“The EOS 400D has its foibles not least of which is the kit lens. However, it is capable of superb results, is easy to use and it’s a great price given the kit levels and even though Nikon’s D40 has arrived on the scene. More direct competitors, such as Sony’s Alpha 100, Nikon’s D80, and Pentax’s (soon to be tested) K10D mean the 400D is not the revolution its forbears were within the market. Having said that, it’s still a darn good camera.”

Read more Canon EOS 400D Reviews: Steves-Digicams, Digital Camera Info, Imaging Resource, LetsGoDigital, DPReview, DPExpert, DCResource, The Digital Picture, DPReview, Camera Labs

Sony Alpha DSLRDigital Camera Info have published their review of the new Sony Alpha Digital SLR DSLR-A100 – it features a 10.2 megapixel sensor with anti-shake, now called Sony Steadyshot, an anti-dust sensor, a 2.5″ screen with 230,000 pixels, and a Minolta lens mount. The camera is available for around $899/£480 body only, $999/£499 with kit lens, and £765 with the twin lens kit:

“The Sony α (alpha) A100 is a good value for users who want stabilization, dust control and 10 megapixels, but don’t mind a clunky interface and slow operation. It’s a snapshot camera with some very appealing bells and whistles, and it will be a very good fit for casual photographers who want a DSLR, but don’t need one.”

Read our Sony Alpha A100 DSLR Preview

More Sony Alpha A100 DSLR Reviews: Digital SLR Guide, DCViews, Photography BLOG, Imaging Resource, DPExpert, Pocket-Lint, LetsGoDigital, DCResource, DPReview, Cameralabs, Trusted Reviews

Nikon Coolpix S9Photography BLOG 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 £175 from Amazon:

“The Nikon Coolpix S9 would make a perfect Christmas gift for the snap-shooter in your family, but if you’re a more serious photographer you probably wouldn’t rush out and buy one for yourself. The two words that best sum-up the S9 are “stylish” and “adequate”. The “S” in Nikon Coolpix S9 stands for “Style”, and this camera certainly delivers on that promise. The distinctive all-metal, wave-design body make the S9 clearly stand out from the crowd of other faceless digicams.”

Read more Nikon Coolpix S9 Reviews: Cameras.co.uk, Digital Camera Review

Fujifilm FinePix S6500fd S6000fdPhoto-i 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. The camera is available for £249

“The lens was more than sharp enough for most picture taking situations, but the focusing often spoilt the picture. The camera is a great in-between camera for those who want something better than a compact camera but don’t want to go the full distance for an SLR camera. At a street price of £245 it represents good value for money.”

Read our hands on look at the Fujifilm FinePix S6500fd

Read more Fujifilm FinePix S6500fd / S6000fd Reviews: Megapixel.net, Photoxels, Digital Camera Review, Digital Camera Info, DCResource, Trusted Reviews

Canon IXUS 900 TIImaging Resource have reviewed the new Canon Digital IXUS 900 Ti / Powershot SD900 – it features a 3x optical zoom lens, face detection, ISO1600 / ISO3200, a 10 megapixel sensor, a 2.5″ screen, and includes a high resolution 1024 x 768 pixels (15 frames/sec.) video mode as well as VGA at 30fps. Battery life is rated at 230 shots, the camera is 28mm thick, and weighs 165g. The camera is available for £265 from Amazon

“Featuring a 10 megapixel CCD, 3x optical zoom lens, and well-designed user interface, the PowerShot SD900 Digital ELPH updates the popular PowerShot line with a compact body style that is well suited for travel. Exposure remains under automatic control, and its 11 pre-programmed scene modes help with more tricky subjects. It’s a very responsive camera, with low shutter lag in daylight conditions, and excellent shot-to-shot speeds. It also sports very good battery life, a very capable Movie mode, and excellent download speed.”

Read more Canon Digital IXUS 900 Ti / SD900 Reviews: Cameras.co.uk, DPInterface , DPExpert, LetsGoDigital, CNET

Canon Powershot A640 A630Imaging Resource have reviewed the new Canon Powershot A630 – it features a 4x optical zoom lens, a 2.5″ swivel screen, optical viewfinder, ISO upto 800, take 4 AA batteries, new smart zoom and an 8 megapixel sensor. The Canon Powershot A630 is available for £179 from Amazon:

“It’s easy to see why Canon PowerShots continue to be popular. Their design is user friendly and well-built, the pictures are great, and they’re easy to shoot. The Canon PowerShot A630 continues in that tradition of dependability, sporting an 8.0-megapixel CCD, a very good quality 4x optical zoom lens, and a big 2.5 inch swiveling LCD screen. It offers everything from full automatic to full manual exposure control, with a healthy set of Scene modes thrown in to make it easy to bring back great-looking photos from what might otherwise be challenging situations.”

Read more Canon Powershot A630 Reviews: Toms Hardware, DCResource, Cameras.co.uk

Fujifilm FinePix S6500fd S6000fdMegapixel.net 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. The camera is available for £249

“The Fujifilm FinePix S6000fd (designated FinePix S6500fd in Europe) is another member of that group of cameras that are commonly referred to as bridge cameras. Shaped like an SLR, it is just a bit smaller than some of the more compact dSLR, has a 6.3 megapixel resolution, and a 10.7X optical zoom.”

Read our hands on look at the Fujifilm FinePix S6500fd

Read more Fujifilm FinePix S6500fd / S6000fd Reviews: Photoxels, Digital Camera Review, Digital Camera Info, DCResource, Trusted Reviews

Canon EOS 400DSteves-Digicams have reviewed 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 £475/$899 with kit lens:

“At the time of this review (November 2006), the Digital rebel XTi finds itself in the unusual position of having several advantages over Canon’s current prosumer model, the 30D. The XTi offers greater resolution (10.1 versus 8-megapixels), greater burst shooting capacity (27 versus 23 frames) and a self-cleaning image sensor.”

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