From the monthly archives: "January 2007"

Casio Exilim EX-Z1050PCHome have details of the new Casio Exilim EX-Z1050 – it appears to be an updated version of the Casio Exilim EX-Z1000 (read our review) with a smaller body, and a slightly smaller screen – and features a 10.1 megapixel sensor, a 2.6″ screen, a 3x optical zoom lens, best shot scene modes, anti-shake DSP (digital anti-shake using ISO upto 3200), extra long battery life, and 30 fps VGA Video recording. The Casio EXILIM Zoom EX-Z1050 will come in silver, black, gold, blue and pink at a UK Suggested Selling Price of £229.99. Found via Engadget.

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Casio Exilim EX-Z75PCHome have details of the new Casio Exilim EX-Z75 – an update to the Casio Exilim EX-Z70 – it features a 7 megapixel sensor, a 3x optical zoom lens, a 2.6″ wide screen, best shot modes, anti-shake DSP (digital image stabilisation using high ISO settings). The EXILIM Zoom EX-Z75 will be available in the UK from February 2007 in silver, blue and pink at a UK Suggested Selling Price of £179.99. Found via Engadget.

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Apple ApertureLetsGoDigital have reviewed Apple’s latest version of Aperture – Apple’s digital image processing software:

“One of Aperture’s main advantages is that the original files remain unaffected. You notice this if correcting pictures. You can go back a step easily and without loss of quality. The fact that changes are saved in small files and not via a copy of the photograph frees up a lot of disk space and enables you to work very quickly.”

Olympus E330 Underwater LetsGoDigitalLetsGoDigital have published their review of the Olympus PT-E02 Underwater housing tested with the Olympus E-330:

“As far as I’m concerned, the Live View mode used in the Olympus E-330 digital SLR makes the optical viewfinder superfluous. Still, you can use the viewfinder underwater. Although the viewfinder picture looks small, it works well under water. The viewfinder picture is clear and sharp. The only comment is that it protrudes rather far from the case, whereby it blocks your view of Live View mode at a low standpoint.”

Fujifilm FinePix S6500fdHugo Angel has submitted the following Reader Review of the new Fujifilm FinePix S6500fd / S6000fd – you can view sample photos on his blog and on his Flickr pool. The Fujifilm FinePix S6500fd / S6000fd features a 6 megapixel sensor with ISO upto 3200, a wide angle 10.7x optical zoom lens, a 2.5″ screen, and face detection focus. It’s available for £212 from Amazon UK:

Introduction from Fuji: “Even without its revolutionary face-detection technology, the FinePix S6500fd is a formidable package. Combining the highly-acclaimed 28-300mm (equiv) Fujinon zoom lens and the award-winning picture quality of the 6.3 million pixel 6th Generation Super CCD, this is a camera capable of stunning picture quality in all shooting conditions. However what really makes the S6500fd stand out from the crowd is its ultra-fast face detection technology. For families, portraiture and any other form of people photography, this camera can tell the difference between a vase of flowers and a human face, meaning that your people photos will be sure-fire winners every time.”

Read the Full Fujifilm FinePix S6500 / S6000fd User Review

Main Features / Specifications

  • Wide-angle 10.7x optical zoom lens (28-300mm)
  • 6 megapixel SuperCCD sensor
  • 2.5″ screen
  • ISO100 – ISO3200
  • Intelligent Flash System
  • 30fps VGA Video mode
  • Face Detection Focus

I have had this camera for 4 months now. First reason for choosing it was image quality and about that I’m quite satisfied. I think this 6MP sensor delivers the best image quality in its class and beats many 7 and 8MP digicams too.

Fujifilm FinePix S6500fd

Most important feature is the 28-300 mm (35mm eq.) lens with a really nice working manual zoom. Noise wise it behaves very well up to iso 400, iso 800 is still good, iso 1600 is very usable (more so shooting RAW), and iso 3200 is still usable.

Fujifilm S6500fd Zoom

With its full manual features this digicam is a really nice tool in the hands of any photo enthusiast who needs a zoom range like this. Performance (AF, shutter lag, shot to shot time, and flash range) is generally good and in line with other digicams in its class. A pack of 4 AA NIMH batteries is good for over 300 pictures before recharging.

Pros: excellent image quality, nice zoom range 28-300 mm, no red eye, manual zoom, low noise even at higher iso, RAW
Cons: lack of optical image stabilisation, xD memory cards
Overall rating: Very Good

More Reviews: Fujifilm FinePix S6500fd
Further Reading: Hugo Angel’s Blog, Hugo Angel’s Flickr Photos, Fujifilm FinePix S6500fd Hands-on at Photokina, Fujifilm FinePix S6500fd at Amazon UK

Olympus E-400 DSLRPhotography BLOG have reviewed 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 and a Zuiko Digital 40-150mm 1:4-5.6 ED. 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 £750.

“It is also worth noting that the 10MP 4:3 ratio CCD size doubles the focal length of all its lenses (to 35mm equivalent) which is especially useful for shooting subject matter that is hard to get close to, like wildlife or sports. The Olympus E-400 delivers a pleasing user experience with straightforward handling that will appeal to beginners and enthusiasts alike.”

Read our Olympus E-400 Digital SLR Review
View our Olympus E-400 Sample Photo Gallery

Read more Olympus E-400 Reviews: LetsGoDigital, PCW, Pocket Lint, ePhotoZine, CameraLabs, Trusted Reviews

Olympus FE-210
Olympus have announced the new Olympus FE-210 – a 7 megapixel digital camera, with a 3x optical zoom lens, 2.5″ screen, ISO upto 640, and a 15fps VGA video mode. It’s available from Febuary, in Silver.

“Price, performance and ease of use go hand-in-hand with the slim and smoothly-curved Olympus FE-210. A 3x zoom lens and 7.1 Megapixels and ensure this affordable camera delivers excellent shooting performance and lets pictures be viewed on a large 6.4cm LCD. The image quality is leagues ahead of devices such as mobile phones – so you are sure to preserve your precious memories perfectly and can even print them out in large formats, if you wish.”

Olympus FE-230
Olympus have announced the new Olympus FE-230 – a 7 megapixel digital camera, with a 3x optical zoom lens, 2.5″ screen, ISO upto 1250, and a 30fps VGA video mode. It’s ultra slim at only 16.5mm thick, and is available from Febuary, in Silver.

“Style and ease of use characterise the affordable Olympus FE-230. At just 16.5mm, its smart stainless metal body cuts a great figure wherever it’s taken. Its easy operation makes capturing photos a snap and 7.1 Megapixels guarantee top-class pictures that will leave any mobile phone camera in the dust. The large 6.4cm LCD ensures framing becomes an accurate affair and viewing the results a sheer pleasure.”

Olympus FE-240
Olympus have announced the new Olympus FE-240 – a 7 megapixel digital camera, with a 5x optical zoom lens, 2.5″ screen, ISO upto 1000, and a 30fps VGA video mode. It’s available from Febuary, available in Silver or Black (pictured).

“The Olympus FE-240 delivers extraordinary magnification power in a surprisingly compact form. Its 5x zoom lens enables users to close in dramatically on any type of action from afar. Yet despite incorporating this high-performance attribute, the slim and stylish metal body – which is available in the choice of silver or black – still easily fits into virtually any pocket. Furthermore, this 7.1 Megapixel FE model boasts exceedingly easy operation and features a large 6.4cm LCD.”