From the monthly archives: "October 2007"

Canon Powershot S5 ISImaging Resource have reviewed the new 8 megapixel Canon Powershot S5 IS, an update to the Canon Powershot S3 IS, it features a 12x optical zoom lens with image stabilisation, a swivelling / rotating 2.5″ screen, ISO upto 1600, and VGA video recording with stereo sound, and is available for £234:

“The Canon PowerShot’s S5 IS extensive feature set combined with its image-stabilized 12x optical zoom lens will please photographers who want a solidly built and capable non-DSLR camera with all the bells and whistles. Aside from the omission of a RAW mode, the Canon S5 IS is one of the more capable megazooms on the market.”

Read more Canon Powershot S5 IS Reviews: Photography BLOG, Cameras.co.uk, Luminous Landscape, DPReview, Digital Camera Review, DCResource DPExpert, DPInterface, View Canon Powershot S5 IS Sample Photos

Olympus Mju 790SWDigital Camera Review have reviewed the new Olympus Mju Stylus 790SW – an update to the 770SW – the 7 megapixel digital camera is Shockproof to 1.5m, Waterproof to 3m, and freezeproof – it features a 3x optical zoom lens, 2.5″ screen, 23 scene modes, VGA video, 7cm macro, ISO upto 1600, BrightCapture and Shadow Adjustment Technology, Face detection focus, and TruePic III image processor. It’s available in four colours Orange, Silver, Black and Blue for £162:

“Like the first Stylus, the 790 SW is capable of capturing very good snapshots and memory photos with little effort on the part of the photographer. If that’s not enough, the diminutive 790SW is built like a tank and can be taken along on active outdoor adventures (like back country hiking, rock climbing, off-road biking, snorkeling, skiing, kayaking, canoeing, windsurfing, hang gliding, and white water rafting) that would oblige most users to leave the digital camera at home.”

Canon EOS 40DDPReview have published their review 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. The 40D is available for £727

“From an image quality point of view the combination of the Canon CMOS sensor and DIGIC III processor means equally detailed images at all sensitivities (except maybe ISO 3200), low noise and a complete lack of unnatural artifacts.”

Read more Canon EOS 40D Reviews: DCResource, PopPhoto, The Digital Picture, Photography BLOG, Camera Labs, Pocket Lint, Previews: Luminous Landscape, View Canon EOS 40D Sample Photos

Fujifilm FinePix F40Cameras.co.uk have reviewed the new Fujifilm FinePix S5700 / S700 – a new ultra zoom digital camera from Fujifilm – it’s the budget model and has a higher resolution than the S5600, but sits below the S6500. It features a 10x optical zoom lens, a 7 megapixel sensor, a 2.5″ screen, XD and SD card slots, and ISO upto 1600 (to help combat image blur). The camera is available for £111.

“The Fuji Finepix S5700 has two big plus points for anyone looking for a digital camera with a longer lens. The first is its low price tag and the second is ease of use. Picture quality is not perfect, but taking the price of the camera into account I cannot be too critical.”

Read more Fujifilm FinePix S5700 S700 Reviews: Trusted Reviews, Steves Digicams, DCResource, DPExpert, Fujifilm S5700 Hands-On Preview at Focus on Imaging 07.

Nikon Coolpix P5100Photography BLOG have reviewed the new Nikon Coolpix P5100, a 12 megapixel digital camera, with a 3.5x optical zoom lens, optical image stabilisation, 2.5″ screen, ISO3200 and face-priority focus. The Nikon Coolpix P5100 is available for £215

“Smaller than you’d guess from the product images, my initial impressions of the P5100 were of excitement and fun, and using it is a real joy for anyone wanting at least some – although inevitably not all – of the control offered by a consumer DSLR in a more manageable, portable form. While it is small, the controls feel evenly spaced and of sufficient size for accessibility and ease of operation. “

Sony Alpha A700LetsGoDigital have reviewed 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.

“The image quality delivered by the Sony A700 is excellent and will please the passionate photographer. Remarkable is the difference between RAW and JPEG pictures. For those who will use the Sony A700 purely simple, and leave RAW format for what it is, will not get to see the optimum possible quality of the camera. I think I made my point: shoot in RAW, go to the trouble of sharpening the pictures and converting them to JPEG and you will see the difference.”

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

Ricoh GR Digital IIRicoh have announced the new Ricoh GR Digital II – a 10 megapixel update to the Ricoh GR Digital (review here). The camera features the an f2.4 28mm wide angle lens, a new 2.7″ screen, ISO1600, plus a new GR Engine II processing engine, Electronic leveler, 370 shot battery life, and square picture format. The camera will be available for £399

“A camera that delivers the intended results. A camera that’s advanced yet simple to operate, reliable and precision built. RICOH’s GR DIGITAL has evolved to let you pursue your own ideals. Now comes the GR DIGITAL II. Boasting its forebears’ superior imagery and sharpness that only the Ricoh GR Lens can provide yet achieving even higher image quality. In an amazingly compact, slim body – robustly constructed of lightweight diecast magnesium – the GR DIGITAL II encompasses enhanced expressive capability and adds new functions, along with improved operability that responds almost instantaneously to your commands. It’s the kind of camera that urges you to use it, time and time again.”

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Ricoh GR Digital II

Canon EOS 40DDCResource have published their review 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. The 40D is available for £727

“The EOS-40D is capable of producing excellent quality photos, especially with a high quality lens attached (read: not my 17-85 IS lens). The camera produces very smooth-looking (yet still sharp) photos, with pleasing color, and minimal purple fringing (this last one is really more of a lens issue, though). Noise isn’t really noticeable until you get near ISO 1600, and even then, it’s more than manageable.”

Read more Canon EOS 40D Reviews: PopPhoto, The Digital Picture, Photography BLOG, Camera Labs, Pocket Lint, Previews: Luminous Landscape, View Canon EOS 40D Sample Photos

Fujifilm FinePix F50fdPhotography BLOG have reviewed the new Fujifilm FinePix F50fd – a 12 megapixel update to the F40fd, the digital camera features a 12 megapixel 1/ 1.6-inch Super CCD HR sensor, 3x optical zoom lens, a 2.7″ screen, digital and mechanical image stabilistion (CCD sensor shift), ISO upto 1600 (at 12mp), 3200 (at 6mp), and 6400 at 3mp, Xd / SD card support, face detection, infra red port, and VGA 30fps video support. The Fujifilm FinePix F50fd is available for £167

“This time around, the F50fd is no longer the low-light leader that the F31fd was. The dramatic increase in megapixels from 6 to 12 is most definitely a bad thing. Whereas the F31fd produced good images at ISO 1600, the F50fd struggles to achieve similar quality at ISO 400, and the faster speeds of 800-6400 just aren’t worth using. ”

Read more Fujifilm FinePix F50fd Reviews: CameraLabs, NeoCamera

Olympus SP-560 UZInfoSync have reviewed the new Olympus SP-560 Ultra Zoom – an update to the SP-550UZ – the 8 megapixel digital camera features a wider angle 18x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 27 – 486mm), 2.5″ screen, 24 scene modes, digital and optical image stabilisation, VGA video, 1cm macro, built in guide, ISO upto 6400 (ISO3200 at full resolution), BrightCapture and Shadow Adjustment Technology, Face detection focus, and TruePic III image processor. The SP-560 is available for £255:

“But the images we got from the SP-560UZ were so good, we found ourselves finding excuses to take it along. The zoom was stunning and the options were plentiful; we see this as a perfect bridge between the point-and-shoot market and the D-SLR market, a great way for someone looking to take better pictures without taking the leap and spending $800 on a D-SLR.”