From the monthly archives: "September 2007"

Coolpix S50cPocket Lint have reviewed the new Nikon Coolpix S50 – it features a 7 megapixel sensor, a 3x optical zoom lens, a 3″ screen, slim body: 21mm, face-priority focus, lens shift Vibration Reduction (VR) image stabilization, d-lighting, ISO upto 1600, and a stylish two-tone design. The Nikon Coolpix S50 is available for £179, while the S50c (with wifi) is available for £182:

“There are some issues that tarnish the Coolpix S50c package; AF problems (a common thread on recent Nikon compacts, though not as bad as some recent Coolpix models I’ve reviewed) and the issues over the stunted Wi-Fi functionality are particularly frustrating.”

Read more Nikon Coolpix S50 / S50c Reviews: Steves Digicams, Digital Camera Review (S50c), Digital Camera Review (S50)

Casio Z77Digital Camera Review have reviewed the new Casio Exilim EX-Z77 – with a new best shot mode called “YouTube Capture mode” – this allows you to record videos optimised for youtube.com. The camera features a 7.2 megapixel sensor, a 3x optical zoom lens, a 2.6″ screen, face detection, a high quality 848×480 video mode, weighs only 118 grams and will be available in red, black, silver, blue and pink. The Z77, is available for £118 from Amazon UK:

“The Casio Exilim EX-Z77 continues the tradition of its predecessors – providing a slim, stylish camera at a budget friendly price. It doesn’t win any image quality awards, but does a fair job of it. Excellent battery life and quick performance are also key factors for the photographers at which this camera is targeted.”

Sony Alpha A700Sony have announced the new 12 megapixel Sony Alpha A700 Digital SLR – it’s the second model released by Sony, after the A100 was released after the take-over of the Konica Minolta digital SLR division, and as such is the new version of the 7D. The A700 features a 12.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, alpha lens mount, a weather resistant body, super steady shot (anti-shake sensor), dust reduction system, 5fps, 11 point focus, 3″ screen, and dynamic range optimiser. Will the A900 be the next camera announced by Sony?

“Sony is expanding its a (Alpha) digital SLR system with the introduction of the DSLR-A700 camera, which is aimed at photo enthusiasts or serious photo hobbyists. The new model features advanced imaging technologies and ultra-responsive operation, as well as a lightweight, dust and moisture resistant, magnesium alloy construction common to enthusiast class D-SLR cameras. Like Sony’s mainstream DSLR-A100 model, the new A700 unit incorporates Super SteadyShot® Inside image stabilization in the camera body and is compatible with most Minolta Maxxum® mount lenses in addition to Sony lenses.”

Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 Previews: DPNow, DCResource, DPReview

Panasonic FZ18Digital Camera Review have reviewed the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 – an update to the FZ8, the FZ18 is an ultra zoom digital camera featuring a massive Leica wide-angle 18x optical zoom lens, with the same zoom range as the Olympus SP-550UZ, the FZ18 has an 8 megapixel sensor, a 2.5″ screen and new “Intelligent Auto mode”. It will be available from Amazon shortly:

“If you’re in the market for an ultra-zoom, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 deserves a place on your short list. While poor noise performance and a small dynamic range detract from some images, overall image quality is good with nice color reproduction and sharp details. I was particularly impressed with some portrait-type images that I took at a childrens birthday party. The very nice Leica 18x optical zoom lens gives you a lot of flexibility and “reach” to get the shot that you want without high levels of lens distortion or chromatic aberration.”

Read more Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 Reviews: Trusted Reviews

Panasonic FZ18Digital Camera Review have reviewed the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 – an update to the FZ8, the FZ18 is an ultra zoom digital camera featuring a massive Leica wide-angle 18x optical zoom lens, with the same zoom range as the Olympus SP-550UZ, the FZ18 has an 8 megapixel sensor, a 2.5″ screen and new “Intelligent Auto mode”. It will be available from Amazon shortly:

“If you’re in the market for an ultra-zoom, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 deserves a place on your short list. While poor noise performance and a small dynamic range detract from some images, overall image quality is good with nice color reproduction and sharp details. I was particularly impressed with some portrait-type images that I took at a childrens birthday party. The very nice Leica 18x optical zoom lens gives you a lot of flexibility and “reach” to get the shot that you want without high levels of lens distortion or chromatic aberration.”

Read more Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 Reviews: Trusted Reviews

Casio Exilim EX-Z1050Digital Camera Info have reviewed the new Casio Exilim EX-Z1050 – an updated version of the Casio Exilim EX-Z1000 it has a smaller body, a slightly smaller 2.6″ screen – and features a 10.1 megapixel sensor,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 ia available in silver, black, gold, blue and pink from £126!

“At first glance, the Casio Exilim EX-Z1050 looks like every other digital camera and adds funky color choices; pink, blue, silver, and black. Look a little closer though, and you’ll see that it offers 10.1 megapixels – a spec that’s plastered on almost every surface of the camera. Besides that, the features are pretty basic: a 3x optical zoom lens and 38 Best Shot scene modes for a $269 price tag.”

Read our Casio Exilim EX-Z1050 Review
View our Casio Exilim EX-Z1050 Sample Photos

Read more Casio Exilim EX-Z1050 Reviews: DCResource, PopPhoto, Cameras.co.uk, Pocket-Lint , Trusted Reviews, Read the Casio Press Release

Nikon D40x Digital SLRDigital Camera Review have reviewed the new Nikon D40x Digital SLR, a 10 megapixel update to the Nikon D40, it features the same compact body, a 2.5″ screen, and adds a 10 megapixel sensor, ISO 100 – 1600, and 3fps shooting, it has a near-instant startup of 0.18 seconds. The D40x is available for £409 with kit lens.

“Colors are rich at default settings and there are a bunch of internal image optimizing settings to tweak the color if default is not your cup of tea. There’s a decent continuous shooting capability, and ISO performance is good. Folks moving into a DSLR from a P&S will feel right at home with the auto and scene program modes.”

Read more Nikon D40x DSLR Reviews: Think Camera, DCViews, Imaging Resource, DCResource, DPReview, LetsGoDigital, DPExpert, Cameralabs, ePhotoZine, Trusted Reviews, Pocket Lint, PopPhoto

Panasonic FZ8Digital Camera Review have reviewed the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8, it features Panasonic’s Mega Optical Image Stabilisation and “Intelligent ISO” to avoid image blur. The DMC-FZ8 is a 7 megapixel update to the FZ7, and features a Leica 12x optical zoom lens, a 2.5″ screen, Manual controls and RAW mode. The FZ8 is available for £195 in black or silver:

“I really liked the the super compact and lightweight FZ8. This snappy little digicam provides an SLR-like level of photographic control and creative flexibility, but without the bulky bag of lenses that would be needed to cover the same (36mm – 432mm) focal length range with a dSLR. I used the camera heavily for a month, under a variety of conditions (I even shot some product photos for a friend) and the camera never let me down.”

Read our Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 Review
View our Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 Sample Photo Gallery

Read more Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 Reviews: Imaging Resource, Cameralabs, ePhotoZine, DCResource, Steves Digicams, LetsGoDigital, Digital Camera Info, Trusted Reviews, Megapixel.net, DPReview, View the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 Announcement

Canon EOS 40DLuminous Landscape have published their hands-on preview of the new Canon EOS 40D Digital SLR – it features a 10 megapixel CMOS Sensor and DIGIC III image processor, 6.5fps shooting, 9 point AF, EOS sensor cleaning, Live view mode, it takes compact flash cards and has a 3″ screen:

“My time with the 40D was short, but I found that shooting about a thousand frames over a long weekend was all I needed to be able to draw some preliminary conclusions. These are, in brief, that the image quality of the 40D is excellent, continuing the industry-leading results that Canon has offered for the past 5-6 years. I didn’t see any breakthrough in low noise at the highest ISOs, but as with the EOS 5D ISO 400 is essentially noiseless and can be used as an everyday speed. Noise doesn’t really become an issue until ISO 1600 and even then isn’t that objectionable.”

View Canon EOS 40D Sample Photos

Kodak Easyshare Z812 ISKodak have announced the new Kodak Easyshare Z812 IS – it features a 12x optical zoom lens, optical image stabilisation, an 8 megapixel sensor, HD quality photos and 720p (30 frames per second) video, face detection focus, ISO upto 3200, and a 2.5″ screen.