From the monthly archives: "July 2008"

Olympus E-520Photography BLOG 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 E-520 is available for £540 with kit lens or £599 with twin lens kit.

“A fully-fledged mid-range DSLR in a compact body, at an entry-level price – this is how one could distill the essence of the Olympus E-520 into one sentence. The new camera inherits the very well designed body, efficient handling and semi-professional feature set of its predecessor, and gains important capabilities such as wireless TTL flash control, Shadow Adjustment Technology and contrast-detect auto-focus in Live View.”

Olympus EVOLT E-520 DSLR Reviews: LetsGoDigital, CameraLabs, Digital Camera Review, ePhotoZine, Trusted Reviews, Preview: DCResource. Press Release: Click here to read the full press release.

Canon EOS 1000DPhotoReview have reviewed the new Canon EOS 1000D, it features a 10.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor, Up to 3fps, 7-point wide-area AF, Self-Cleaning Image Sensor, 2.5” LCD with Live View mode, DIGIC III processor, auto lighting optimizer, SD/SDHC card slot. The Canon EOS 1000D is available for pre-order for £449 with IS kit lens, or £399 body only:

“Replacing the popular EOS 400D at the entry level of Canon’s DSLR range, the EOS 1000D brings yet another level to Canon’s DSLR nomenclature, reflecting the days of film, when Canon’s lowest-priced SLR cameras had four-figure model names. The 1000D has been designed for photographers who want to upgrade from a digicam to a more capable, better performing DSLR. It boasts the same 10.1-megapixel imager as the 400D but is smaller and lighter and supports Live View shooting.”

Canon EOS 1000D / Rebel XS DSLR Reviews: DPReview, ePhotoZine, Preview(s): DPReview, Sample photos, Canon.

Ricoh GX200Think Camera have reviewed the new 12 megapixel Ricoh GX200 – it features a wide angle 24mm 3x optical zoom lens, vibration correction, 1cm macro, ISO1600, and a 2.7″ screen. The GX200 with electronic viewfinder included, is available for £375, the GX200 Standard will be available for £349.

“The Ricoh GX200 wants to be the best high-end compact on the market, and it does give it a darn good shot. However, it’s not hugely different from its predecessor – the GX100. Improvements are marginal rather than monumental, with the ISO noise and Auto Flash issues of old still remaining with this model, it’s more moderate upgrade than new classic.”

Read more Ricoh GX200 Reviews: Photography BLOG, Trusted Reviews, Ricoh GX200 Sample Photos: Photography BLOG

Olympus SP-570UZTrusted Reviews have reviewed the new Olympus SP-570 Ultra Zoom. It features a wide angle 20x optical zoom lens, a 10 megapixel sensor, 23 scene modes, 2.7″ screen, 1cm macro mode, dual image stabilisation (high ISO and anti-shake sensor), and full manual controls. The SP-570 is available for £249

“The Olympus SP-570 UZ is a pleasant camera to use, with some nice handling features such as a decent EVF, good zoom ring and plenty of control. It’s Raw capabilities are interesting, but it lacks the finesse of some competitors, particularly when it comes to the images, Apart from exposure, which is easily remedied, the fringing from the lens is appalling, while the noise is average.”

Read more Olympus SP-570UZ Reviews: Steves Digicams, LetsGoDigital, PhotoReview, Digital Camera Review, DCViews

Fuji Z20fdImaging Resource have reviewed the new ultra compact Fujifilm FinePix Z20fd – the camera features a 10 megapixel sensor, 3x optical zoom lens, 2.5″ screen, MPEG-4 VGA video mode, ISO upto 1600, and face detection focus. It is available in Ice Blue, Sable Black, Chrome Green, Champagne Pink and Diablo Red from £108

“The Z20fd isn’t a terrible camera, though: in many ways it’s a good camera for the amateur user. It’s compact, stylish, and affordable and takes decent shots indoors and outdoors. I enjoyed using it despite all its technical faults and would recommend it regardless for people who just want an easy-to-use compact camera with a little flair.”

Read more Fujifilm FinePix Z20fd Reviews: Digital Camera Review, Trusted Reviews

Sony H50Digital Camera Review have reviewed the new 9.1 megapixel Sony Cyber-shot H50 – which features a 15x optical zoom lens, a 3″ screen which can tilt up and down, ISO up to 3200, and SD card support. The Cyber-shot DSC-H50 digital camera is available for £229

“The Sony DSC-H50 is an attractive entry into the ultrazoom sweepstakes despite giving up a marginal measure of focal length at each end of the zoom spectrum to most of the other brands in the race. Good color and image quality, good shutter response, and more features than you can shake a stick at combine with typical ISO noise performance to produce a camera that a full auto user can take up with confidence.”

Read more Sony Cybershot DSC-H50 Reviews: Trusted Reviews, Imaging Resource, Photography BLOG, Cameras.co.uk

Samsung GX20 DSLRPhotography BLOG have reviewed new 14.6 megapixel Samsung GX20 Digital SLR – the Samsung GX20 was announced on the 24th January 2008 and is based on the Pentax K20D – with Samsung’s 14.6 megapixel CMOS sensor – the GX20 features live view, dust reduction, a weather and dust proof body, anti-shake sensor, 11-point AF, and ISO upto 6400. The GX20 is available for £629 body only, £702 with kit lens, or £944 with twin lens kit.

“The new 14.6 megapixel Samsung CMOS sensor manages the tricky feat of offering comparable image quality to the 10 megapixel sensor in the GX-10, whilst obviously increasing the image size and allowing you to create bigger prints from the native file. The quality between the two cameras is very similar when comparing the ISO speeds – both produce noise-free images from ISO 100-800”

Read our Samsung GX20 DSLR Preview

Sigma DP1David Pogue (NYTimes) have reviewed the new Sigma DP1. The Sigma DP1, first shown at Photokina, features the same full size 14 Megapixel Foveon sensor (2652 × 1768 × 3 layers) as featured in the Sigma SD14 Digital SLR, the camera has a 16.6mm lens, equivalent to 28mm, a 2.5″ screen and a pop-up flash. The camera is available for £425:

“The camera companies would like you to believe that the megapixel count is the most important measure of a camera, but that’s just not true. Lens quality, circuitry speed, in-camera processing — lots of things are more important. The best overall predictor of image quality, though, is the size of the sensor inside. Big sensors absorb more light, so you get better color and sharper low-light images.”

Read our Sigma DP1 Preview

Read more Sigma DP1 Reviews: Cameralabs, ThinkCamera, DPExpert, The Online Photographer, Trusted Reviews, DPReview, Shutterbug, Prime-Junta, Imaging Resource, Photography BLOG, Luminous Landscape, The Online Photographer, PhotoReview, PopPhoto, Official sample photos

Canon IXUS 90DCResource have reviewed the new Canon Digital IXUS 90 IS / Powershot SD790 IS – the ultra compact camera features a 10 megapixel sensor, a 3x optical zoom lens with optical image stabilisation, a 3″ screen, and the battery life is rated at 330 shots. The IXUS 90 IS is available for £192:

“The Canon PowerShot SD790 IS Digital ELPH is a well built, easy-to-use ultra-compact camera that produces very good quality photos. Add to that its large, easily visible 3-inch LCD display and optical image stabilization, and you’ve got a winner. Sure, the SD790 isn’t perfect — it has issues with corner blurriness, a slow charging flash, and the fact that it doesn’t tell you the current zoom setting — but despite those issues, the camera remains a great choice for those who want a small camera with a big LCD.”

Read our Canon Digital IXUS 90 IS SD790 IS Review
View our Canon Digital IXUS 90 IS SD790 IS Sample Photo Gallery

Read more Canon Digital IXUS 90 IS / SD790 IS Reviews: Cameras.co.uk, Photography BLOG , LetsGoDigital, Trusted Reviews, View Canon IXUS 90 IS Sample Photos

Kodak C913Kodak have (quietly) announced the new Kodak Easyshare C913 – a budget 9 megapixel digital camera with a 3x optical zoom lens, 2.4″ screen, VGA video at 15fps, digital blur reduction mode, and ISO upto 1000. The camera will be available in black, silver, pink and purple. The camera’s predecessor, the C813, is available for £59 from Amazon.