From the monthly archives: "May 2008"

Vivitar Vivicam 5355Amazon UK are selling the Vivitar Vivicam 5355 for only £35 – the 5 megapixel camera features a 3x optical zoom lens, 2.4″ screen, 5cm macro mode, 32mb built in memory, records VGA videos with sound, and takes SD cards and AA batteries. The camera is available for £35 making it one of the cheapest digital cameras available with optical zoom. If anyone has bought one, and would like to submit a reader review please get in touch:

“ViviCam 5355 – Your digital diary awaits. The ViviCam 5355 is a practical and precise device with easy-to-use features.”

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Vivitar Vivicam 5355 Front

Front Features: Focus assist led?, 3x optical zoom, flash, microphone.

Vivitar Vivicam 5355 Back

Back Features: 2.4″ screen, Zoom control, Mode button (Photo, Video), Macro, Exposure compensation, Flash, Self-Timer, Scene, Menu, Play buttons.

Links: Vivitar 5355 on Amazon, Vivitar Website

Samsung NV24HDPhotography BLOG have reviewed the new Samsung NV24HD – a compact 10 megapixel digital camera with a wide angle 24mm 3.6x optical zoom lens, 2.5″ screen, face detection, smile shot, blink detection, HD-quality 720p resolution movies at 30fps, and optical image stabilisation. The Samsung NV24HD is available for £159

“So, in summary, the Samsung NV24HD is a collection of interesting ideas that, taken as a whole, don’t quite work as well as they should. And thus, as much as it pains us, it’s hard to give this retro-futurist contender our unequivocal recommendation. ‘Interesting’ is, unfortunately, not quite the same as ‘brilliant’.”

Canon EOS 450DPhotography BLOG have reviewed the new Canon EOS 450D / Digital Rebel XSi – a 12.2 megapixel update to the 400D – it features 3.5fps shooting, live view shooting, 9 point AF, 3″ screen, SD memory card support, and Canon’s dust reduction system. The 450D Body only is priced at £452, the EOS 450D with 18-55mm IS kit is £499.

“Image quality is on a par with the EOS 400D, with noise-free images up to ISO 800 and a very usable fastest speed of 1600, so usable that I don’t understand why the EOS 450D doesn’t also offer ISO 3200. Chromatic aberrations are kept to a minimum and colours are accurate thanks to the new 14-bit processing – the only minor negative is the soft JPEG images, which may put off users more suited to sharper point and shoot cameras.”

View our Canon EOS 450D DSLR Hands-on at Focus.

Read more Canon EOS 450D Digital Rebel XSi Reviews: DPReview, DPExpert, LetsGoDigital, Steves Digicams

Olympus E-520ePhotoZine have reviewed the new Olympus EVOLT E-520 Digital SLR – an update to the Olympus EVOLT E-510 – it features a 10 megapixel sensor, image stabilisation, face detection, shadow adjustment, dust protection, autofocus live view, 3.5 fps shooting, ISO1600, and a larger 2.7″ screen. The camera is available will be available for £479 body only from June.

“As the images start to build up on the memory card I’m seeing a very good metering system that delivers consistently accurate exposures, a budget lens that’s razor sharp, and a collection of features that can adapt to any scene. Then as I go through the manual I start to get a feel for custom features, adapting the camera exactly to my needs and it starts to become clear that there’s a beast in this featherlight package.”

Olympus EVOLT E-520 DSLR Reviews: Trusted Reviews, Preview: DCResource. Press Release: Click here to read the full press release.

Olympus E420DCResource have reviewed the new Olympus EVOLT E-420 Digital SLR and pancake lens – the E-420 is an update to the E-410 – it features a new live view auto focus mode, face detection focus, a new 2.7″ screen, and is the world’s most compact Digital SLR, especially when used with the new f2.8 25mm pancake lens. It is available for £339 body only, £404 with kit lens, £485 with double zoom kit, and £449 with 25mm lens kit.

“Overall, the photos produced by the E-420 were of excellent quality. The camera took well-exposed photos, with pleasing, saturated color. Images have the trademark D-SLR “smooth” look, though things could be a bit sharper, in my opinion. If you agree, you can adjust the sharpness using the Picture Mode feature. Noise and noise reduction artifacting aren’t problems until ISO 800 in low light, and ISO 1600 in good light. Purple fringing was rare, and when it occurred, it was minor.”

Olympus Evolt E-420 Reviews: Cameralabs, Photoxels, Digital Camera Review Sample Photos: Four Thirds User

Nikon P80Steves Digicams have reviewed the new Nikon Coolpix P80 Ultra Zoom digital camera – it features a wide angle 18x optical zoom lens (27-486mm equivalent), 10 megapixel sensor, sensor-shift vibration reduction, 2.7″ screen, ISO6400, 1cm macro mode, and Distortion control corrects for barrel distortion. The Nikon Coolpix P80 is available for £234:

“The Nikon Coolpix P80 is a bit of a mixed bag. While loaded with appealing features like the 18x Nikkor zoom, 2.7-inch LCD, high resolution EVF, Vibration Reduction, High ISO capabilities and great image quality, the slower shooting performance, uncomfortable EVF eye piece, amount of noise in high sensitivity photos and slower Face detection system really disappointed us.”

Panasonic FS20Cameras.co.uk have reviewed the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS20 – the camera features a wide angle 30mm 4x optical zoom lens with optical image stabilisation, 10 megapixel sensor, and 3.0″ screen. The cameras is available in silver and black from £189:

“The Panasonic DMC FS20 is a high quality point and shoot camera. It has a few extra features included that make it a clear step up from the more basic, entry level models. I found the camera easy to use and it is well worth adding to your shortlist.”

Read more Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS20 Reviews: Photoxels, Trusted Reviews, Digital Camera Review, Photography BLOG

Sony Cybershot DSC-W300Cameras.co.uk have reviewed the new 13.6 megapixel Sony Cybershot DSC-W300 – the camera has a Scratch-resistant titanium coating, Smile Shutter, improved Face Detection and D-Range Optimiser, a 3x optical zoom lens, ISO 6400, a 2.7-inch (230k dot) screen, and Super Steady Shot, the camera is available for £209:

“There are plenty of megapixels and also extra features compared to other similar digital cameras. Picture quality just falls short of being top drawer, but if you are looking for megapixels and features to play with this is well worth closer inspection.”

Olympus E420Cameralabs have reviewed the new Olympus EVOLT E-420 Digital SLR and pancake lens – the E-420 is an update to the E-410 – it features a new live view auto focus mode, face detection focus, a new 2.7″ screen, and is the world’s most compact Digital SLR, especially when used with the new f2.8 25mm pancake lens. It is available for £339 body only, £404 with kit lens, £485 with double zoom kit, and £449 with 25mm lens kit.

“Olympus has certainly made a number of improvements to extend the appeal of the E-420. The contrast-based AF, varied previews, wireless flash capabilities and broad degree of customisation to name a few are all welcome improvements. And despite concerns over the size of the Four Thirds sensor in relation to other DSLRs, the E-420 holds it together as well as the best 10 Megapixel models.”

Olympus Evolt E-420 Reviews: Photoxels, Digital Camera Review Sample Photos: Four Thirds User

Olympus E420Cameralabs have reviewed the new Olympus EVOLT E-420 Digital SLR and pancake lens – the E-420 is an update to the E-410 – it features a new live view auto focus mode, face detection focus, a new 2.7″ screen, and is the world’s most compact Digital SLR, especially when used with the new f2.8 25mm pancake lens. It is available for £339 body only, £404 with kit lens, £485 with double zoom kit, and £449 with 25mm lens kit.

“Olympus has certainly made a number of improvements to extend the appeal of the E-420. The contrast-based AF, varied previews, wireless flash capabilities and broad degree of customisation to name a few are all welcome improvements. And despite concerns over the size of the Four Thirds sensor in relation to other DSLRs, the E-420 holds it together as well as the best 10 Megapixel models.”

Olympus Evolt E-420 Reviews: Photoxels, Digital Camera Review Sample Photos: Four Thirds User