From the monthly archives: "February 2007"

Focus on Imaging 2007

I was at Focus on Imaging 2007 – Europe’s biggest annual imaging show today – it’s held at the Birmingham NEC from the 25th to the 28th of Febuary and it’s an opportunity to see the latest digital cameras, the latest printers, and latest accessories. Unlike a lot of other shows, Focus on Imaging has shops offering special show offers where you can potentially grab a bargain on the latest digital camera (for example – the Olympus E-500 with lens is / was available for £299!). This page will be updated with more news and coverage over the next few hours.

Latest: Apple Aperture Demonstrations
Latest: Nikon D40 DSLR Hands On
Latest: Nikon D2X, D2Xs, D200, D80 Sensors on Display
Latest: Nikon Coolpix P5000 Hands On
Latest: Nikon Coolpix S50c, S500, S200
Latest: Sigma SD14 DSLR + 300-800mm Zoom Lens
Latest: Olympus SP-550 Ultra Zoom Hands-On
Latest: Olympus Mju Stylus 770SW Hands-On
Latest: Fujifilm FinePix S5700 Hands-On
Latest: Fujifilm FinePix F40 Hands-On
Latest: Fujifilm FinePix Z5 In Pink Hands-on

View the full Focus on Imaging 2007 Show Report

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Focus on Imaging 2007

This year seemed to have a bond theme, as can be seen above!

Phase One Display Joby Gorrillapod

Left: Jaguar XKR at the Phase One stand. Right: Joby Gorrillapod – it’s now available in three different sizes on their website. Click pictures to enlarge.

Lightscribe Lightscribe Discs

Left: HP Lightscribe Direct Labeling system stand. Medea Infiniti were also on the stand demonstrating the technology. Right: Multi-coloured discs, and Lightscribe CD/DVD writers – all new drives that feature the Lightscribe capability now have the Lightscribe logo on them. For more information see our Lightscribe Disc Labeling page – we had a look at the system at last year’s Focus on Imaging. Click pictures to enlarge.

Broncolor Stand HP Photosmart R827

Left: Broncolor Flash Lighting Systems Stand. Right: HP Photosmart R827 – HP were there demonstrating all their printers from small photo printers to large professional printers, however, their digital camera range on show consisted of four models, and they didn’t seem to be putting much focus on the cameras. Click pictures to enlarge.

Monster Pod Eizo S2411W-U

Left: The Monster Pod ( a new go-anywhere tripod that sticks to almost anything. Available for £29 – people who bought one at the show recieved a free case. Right: Eizo were demonstrating their monitors, including the Eizo S2411W-U – a 24″ Wide-screen display with 3000:1 contrast ratio, 178 degrees viewing angle, a 5 year warranty, 1920 x 1200 native resolution and a new feature that simulates colour vision deficiency. Click pictures to enlarge.

Pre-show: Nikon at Focus on Imaging 2007

Read more Focus on Imaging 2007 Reports:
Photography BLOG
Think Camera

A word from friends: Digital cameras and batteries go together like peanut butter and jelly, though maybe the former is a relationship that’s a little more parasitic than the latter. Discover a wealth of information about batteries for electronic equipment, including Toshiba laptop batteries, PDA batteries and digital camera batteries on the Internet.

View the Focus on Imaging 2006 Show Report

Ricoh Caplio R5I’ve been looking through the web statistics for DigiCamReview, and found February’s Top 5 most popular digital cameras reviewed on this site, based on our readers page views over the month of February. Here’s the most recent list, with the new Ricoh Caplio R5 at number 1. If you’re looking for a great digital camera, then why not have a look at these popular cameras:

1 – Ricoh Caplio R5 – Ultra compact 6mp, 7.1x optical zoom, Anti-Shake

2 – Fujifilm FinePix S9600 S9100 – 10.7x optical zoom, 9 megapixels.

3 – Fujifilm FinePix F30 – Compact 6mp, 3x optical zoom, ISO upto 3200

4 – Panasonic Lumix TZ1 – Compact 10x optical zoom, 2.5″

5 – Olmpus E-400 DSLR – Compact DSLR, 10mp, Anti-dust sensor

Previously: Jan 2007

Olympus SP-550UZPopPhoto have posted a review of the new Olympus SP-550 Ultra Zoom digital camera – it features a massive 18x optical zoom lens – equivalent to 28mm – 504mm in 35mm terms! The camera features an anti-shake CCD sensor image stabilisation system, 7 megapixel sensor, RAW support and a 2.5″ screen. The camera is available from Amazon UK for £320.

“Overall, the Olympus SP-550UZ is a very capable camera, especially at lower ISOs with the sensor-shift image stabilization activated. The reach of this lens is record-breaking, and it covers that long distance while keeping distortion mostly contained, except at the extreme wide angle setting, which is typical for this camera class. The built is rock-solid for a composite camera, and it feels great in the hands.”

View our Focus on Imaging Olympus SP-550 Hands-On Look
Read the full SP-550 press release, and to see more photos.

Read more Olympus SP-550 UZ Reviews: Scared of the Dark, DCResource

Fujifilm FinePix S9600Photoxels have reviewed the new SLR style Fujifilm FinePix S9600 / S9100. The new Fujifilm FinePix S9600 (S9100 in the US) – is an update to the S9500 (S9000) – and features a 9 megapixel sensor, a wide angle 10.7x optical zoom lens, ISO upto 1600, VGA video recording, and a 2″ swivelling screen. The camera is available for £255 from Amazon including VAT and free postage.

“With 10.7x optical zoom and 9MP resolution, the Fujifilm S9100 provides very good image quality (though not approaching the exceptional low noise capability of the FinePix F30). Noise is low at ISO 80, 100, 200 and 400. ISO 800 is usable, and a high ISO 1600 allows you to get the shot where otherwise you may not be able to depending on the amount of light present. Currently no other long zoom prosumer digital camera can match this low noise high ISO capability.”

Read our Fujifilm FinePix S9600 S9100 Review
View Fujifilm FinePix S9600 S9100 Sample Photos

Read more Fujifilm FinePix S9600 / S9100 Reviews: XYZ Computing, Trusted Reviews,, Digital Camera Review, ThinkCamera

Canon Powershot A460Ken Rockwell has reviewed the new Canon Powershot A460 – an update to the A430 – available in silver/grey, blue and red / pink – it features a 4x optical zoom lens, 5.0 Megapixel sensor, DIGIC II, iSAPS and 5-point AiAF, Wide range of shooting modes, 2.0” LCD, and VGA video recording at 30fps. The A460 is available for £97 from Amazon UK:

“If you’re a normal person with a limited budget who wants nice photos, you’ll never notice any difference between this and Canon’s most expensive compacts. The images I’ve included with this article were shot with the A460 and they look swell.”

View Canon Powershot A460 Sample Photos

Kodak Easyshare V803Trusted Reviews have reviewed the new 8 megapixel Kodak Easyshare V803, available in 8 colours, it features a 3x optical zoom lens, a 2.5″ screen, digital image stabilisation, ISO upto 1600, VGA video recording at 30fps, and 32mb of internal memory. The camera is available (for pre-order) from Amazon UK.

“If you can forgive its sluggish start-up time and underpowered flash, the Kodak Easyshare V803 is a well made and stylish camera with a good range of user options, long battery life and easy handling, and which can provide excellent picture quality at a very reasonable price.”

Read more Kodak Easyshare V803 Reviews: Pocket Lint

Fujifilm FinePix F31fdThe Gadget Show, a UK TV show about Gadgets, have reviewed the new Fujifilm FinePix F31fd and compared it to the more expensive Canon Digital IXUS 900 Ti, and Sony Cybershot DSC-N2 with some surprising results, the video is available on YouTube.

The F31fd is a minor update to the Fujifilm FinePix F30 – it now features face detection. The camera has a 6 megapixel sensor, 3x optical zoom lens, high ISO settings up to ISO3200, a 2.5″ screen and impressive battery life, lasting 580 shots! The F31fd is available for £165 from Amazon:

Fujifilm FinePix F31fd Face Detection at Photokina

Read more Fujifilm FinePix F31fd Reviews: Think Camera, Trusted Reviews, Photography BLOG, Digital Camera Info

Canon Powershot A550Ken Rockwell has reviewed the new Canon Powershot A550 – an update to the A540 – it features a 4x optical zoom lens, a 7 megapixel sensor, DIGIC II, iSAPS and 9-point AiAF, Redesigned Shooting Mode dial, 30fps VGA movies with sound, 2.0” LCD with dedicated Playback button. Available now for £132 from Amazon UK.

“Compact zoom cameras like the A550 only zoom in fixed steps. They can’t be zoomed to every exact setting, which tends to drive me nuts when trying to frame exactly. Most compact 3x zoom cameras zoom to about 7 different focal lengths and the A550 with a 4x zoom has 8 different settings.”

View Canon Powershot A550 Sample Photos

Sony Cybershot DSC-W200

Sony have announced the new Sony Cybershot DSC-W200 (pictured above), Sony Cybershot DSC-W90, and Sony Cybershot DSC-W80. Yes, you read that correctly, the W200 features a 12.1 megapixel sensor! All cameras feature a 3x optical zoom lens, a 2.5″ screen, Super Steady Shot (Optical image stabilisation), ISO upto 3200, and an optical viewfinder. The W200 is available in silver, the W90 features an 8 megapixel sensor and is available in silver in black, while the W80 features a 7 megapixel sensor and is available in silver, white, pink and black.

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Sony Cybershot DSC-W9

Above: Sony Cybershot DSC-W90 in black, Below: Sony Cybershot DSC-D80 in Pink and Black

Sony Cybershot DSC-W80 Pink

Sony Cybershot DSC-W80 Black

Sony Cybershot DSC-T100

Sony have announced the new Sony Cybershot DSC-T100 (pictured above) and Sony Cybershot DSC-T20. Both cameras feature an 8 megapixel sensor, and optical image stabilisation. The T100 features a 5x optical zoom lens, and a large 3″ screen, while the T20 features a 3x optical zoom lens, and a 2.5″ screen:

“The 8-megapixel DSC-T100 camera is a showstopper with the most powerful zoom and largest LCD screen in Sony’s T-series. With its Carl Zeiss® 5x optical zoom lens and 3-inch LCD screen, this model will debut in red, black and silver. The 8-megapixel DSC-T20 camera features a Carl Zeiss 3x optical zoom lens and a 2.5-inch LCD screen, and will hit the scene in pink, white, black and silver.”

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Sony Cybershot DSC-T20

Above: Sony Cybershot DSC-T20

Click here to read the full press release