From the monthly archives: "December 2007"

Olympus SP-560 UZDPReview 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 £224:

“We described the Fuji S8000fd as trying to be all things to all people, but that was before we really got to grips with the Olympus SP-560UZ. The number of features and options available on the Olympus is frankly comical. You could use this camera for years without ever finding all the (often fairly pointless) things it can do, so numerous and deeply buried in menus are they.”

Read more Olympus SP-560 Ultra Zoom Reviews: InfoSync

Canon Powershot A720 ISDCResource have reviewed the new 8 megapixel Canon Powershot A720 IS – an update to the A710 and A700 – it features a 6x optical zoom lens with image stabilisation, a 2.5″ screen, DIGIC III processor, and ISO upto 1600. The A720 IS is available for £139:

“Overall, I was very pleased with the photo quality on the PowerShot A720. It took well exposed photos, with pleasing saturated colors. Photos are sharp, and details aren’t smudged like on some cameras (Canon goes fairly easy on the noise reduction). Noise levels are quite reasonable when the lighting is good, up until ISO 400. I do wish that the A720’s low light ISO performance was a bit better, though. Purple fringing was minimal on the camera.”

Read more Canon Powershot A720 IS Reviews: Trusted Reviews

Canon Powershot A460Wrotniak.net have reviewed the 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 £69 from Amazon UK:

“Now the good news. The image quality delivered by the A460 defies any preconceptions about small sensor size, entry-level cameras, or price. Except for the Super Macro mode (which is quite bad), my images from the A-460 were quite pleasing: sharp, well-exposed (especially with a -0.3 EV compensation applied), with good colors. At the wide-angle end, the lens suffers from considerable barrel distortion.”

Read more Canon Powershot A460 Reviews: Digital Camera Info, Imaging Resource, Pocket Lint, Cameras.co.uk , Ken Rockwell, View Canon Powershot A460 Sample Photos

Sony S730Sony have announced the new value digital camera – the Sony Cybershot DSC-S730 – it features a 7.2 megapixel sensor, 2.4″ screen, ISO upto 1250, 3x optical zoom lens, and on-screen function guide, and 440 shot battery life (with optional NH batteries). The camera will be available in January 2008:

“Light, compact and easy to use, the new Cyber-shot S730 presents a great-value entry point to the world of digital photography. While it’s remarkably affordable, the Cyber-shot S730 doesn’t compromise on imaging quality. There’s a Sony 3x optical zoom lens to bring distant objects closer, while pictures captured with the 7.2 effective megapixel sensor look crisp with superb detail – even when blown up to A3 size.”

Ricoh RR770Ricoh announced (22/11/07) the new Ricoh Caplio RR770 – it features a 7 megapixel sensor, 3x optical zoom lens, and 3″ screen, 5cm macro, and 32mb of internal memory. The camera should be available in December 2007 at £89.99 inc vat.

“Ricoh is pleased to announce the release of the new Caplio RR770 — a sleek new entry-level digital camera that adds exciting and useful features to its extremely popular Caplio RR750 predecessor. The expanded size of the new crystal-clear 3.0-inch colour TFT-LCD monitor provides even easier viewing during picture taking and playback.”

Fujifilm FinePix F50fdThe Online Photographer post a quick look at the new Fujifilm FinePix F50fd and wonder whether more megapixels is actually better? The F50fd is a 12 megapixel update to the F40fd, F30, and F10, and 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 £142

“Here’s a first: a digital camera that has appreciated in value. That’s right: if you had bought a truck full of new Fuji F30/31 cameras and just parked it in a warehouse for a year before selling them, you’d have no problem paying those holiday bills. Contrary to conventional wisdom (“Digital cameras always decrease in value when the successor model is introduced”) those two discontinued Fujis have almost doubled in value since they were current.”

Read more Fujifilm FinePix F50fd Reviews: DPReview, Pocket Lint, Digital Camera Review, Photography BLOG, CameraLabs, NeoCamera

Olympus SP-550UZThe Olympus SP-550 Ultra Zoom digital camera is now only £159 at Amazon – 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 for £159 from Amazon UK.

Read our Olympus SP-550 Ultra Zoom Review
View Olympus SP-550 UZ Sample Photo Gallery

Read more Olympus SP-550 UZ Reviews: ePhotoZine, Imaging Resource, Photoxels, Photography BLOG, Steves Digicams, DPReview, Megapixel.net, DCResource, Trusted Reviews, Digital Camera Review, DCViews, PopPhoto , Scared of the Dark, DCResource

Sony Alpha A700DPReview 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 A700 is available for £889 with kit lens:

“One thing that is clear when you start shooting with the A700 is that Sony has worked hard on performance; it feels very responsive, button presses for menus or image playback occurring instantly and there’s no feeling of lag when changing settings. Other performance criteria such as continuous shooting speed, buffering and write speeds were all very good, with a pretty blazing 34 MB/sec write speed with SanDisk Extreme IV cards.”

Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 Reviews: Luminous Landscape, DCResource, Trusted Reviews, Megapixel.net, NeoCamera, The Online Photographer, LetsGoDigital, PhotoReview, Previews: DPNow, DCResource, DPReview

Leica M8 Rangefinder in BlackLuminous Landscape have published another review of the new 10 megapixel Leica M8 Digital Rangefinder. The M8 is available in Black or Black and Silver, the Leica M8 is Leica’s first digital rangefinder. It features a 2.5″ screen, and has a number of lenses and accessories available for it. The M8 is available from Amazon:

“Still, even though I would be limited in my profession if I could only shoot my P30, or my Canons, or my Nikons, there really is room in my work for this quirky little Leica. I love cameras that are strange and force me to see the world just a little bit differently than I did yesterday, because that’s what photography is all about, seeing the world just a little bit differently.”

Read more Leica M8 Digital Rangefinder Reviews: DPReview, The Online Photographer, Shutterbug, Luminous Landscape, The Online Photographer, Luminous Landscape

Sony Alpha A700Luminous Landscape 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 A700 is available for £889 with kit lens:

“The images the A700 produces have a lovely tonality. With DRO Advanced set to mid-level – I switched between 2 and 3 setting depending on subject matter – the contrast and saturation for most situations is just outstanding with impressively wide dynamic range. And I find the white balance in challenging lighting situations to be very effective.”

Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 Reviews: DCResource, Trusted Reviews, Megapixel.net, NeoCamera, The Online Photographer, LetsGoDigital, PhotoReview, Previews: DPNow, DCResource, DPReview