From the monthly archives: "July 2008"

Nikon P80Trusted Reviews 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 £215:

“As super-zoom bridge cameras go, the Nikon Coolpix P80 is okay, but there are reservations. While the handling is generally good and instinctual, it feels a bit of a lightweight and it’s not the most responsive in the world. Image quality is average too, with good exposure and colour, but it’s let down by fringing and noise.”

Read more Nikon Coolpix P80 Reviews: LetsGoDigital, Cameras.co.uk, Digital Camera Review, Photography BLOG, Steves Digicams

Pentax Optio E60Pentax have announced the Pentax Optio E60 – a new high resolution, budget digital camera – the camera features a 10 megapixel sensor, 3x optical zoom, a 2.4″ screen, AA batteries, face detection focus, and ISO upto 6400:

“With 10.1 megapixels, the stylish PENTAX Optio E60 offers new digital users high-resolution images and easy-to-use features at a budget price. This new member of the PENTAX Optio E series is equipped with an optical 3X zoom lens featuring a wide angle of view for group shots, landscapes and architecture. A popular Green mode on the Optio E60 sets exposure, sensitivity and other parameters with a touch of a button for the newest digital users. A fine travel companion compatible with easy-to-find AA batteries and featuring World Time and Date Imprint functions, the camera even offers a Image Recovery to retrieve accidentally-erased, once-in-a-lifetime pics.”

Pentax Optio E60Pentax have announced the Pentax Optio E60 – a new high resolution, budget digital camera – the camera features a 10 megapixel sensor, 3x optical zoom, a 2.4″ screen, AA batteries, face detection focus, and ISO upto 6400:

“With 10.1 megapixels, the stylish PENTAX Optio E60 offers new digital users high-resolution images and easy-to-use features at a budget price. This new member of the PENTAX Optio E series is equipped with an optical 3X zoom lens featuring a wide angle of view for group shots, landscapes and architecture. A popular Green mode on the Optio E60 sets exposure, sensitivity and other parameters with a touch of a button for the newest digital users. A fine travel companion compatible with easy-to-find AA batteries and featuring World Time and Date Imprint functions, the camera even offers a Image Recovery to retrieve accidentally-erased, once-in-a-lifetime pics.”

Samsung L210Trusted Reviews have reviewed the 10 megapixel Samsung L210 – the camera features a 3x optical zoom lens, 2.5″ screen, face detection, optical image stabilisation, MPEG4 video recording, and ISO upto 1600. The camera is available in black, silver or red for £99

“The Samsung L210 is an ambitious camera, a budget ultra-compact with optical image stabilisation, a technology usually only found in more expensive cameras. While it does make an attractive package for the price the rest of the camera is still very much budget-level, and it doesn’t really compete with more expensive IS compact models from other manufacturers.”

Canon EOS 1Ds Mark IIIKenRockwell has reviewed the new Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III Digital SLR in Madagascar – the camera features a full frame 21.1 megapixel CMOS Sensor and dual DIGIC III image processors, 5fps shooting, 19 point AF, EOS sensor cleaning, two Live view modes, a dustproof and waterproof body, it takes compact flash and SDHC memory cards and has a 3″ screen. The 1Ds Mark III is available from Amazon:

“The Canon 1Ds Mk III is a pain compared to my Nikons, but for landscape and still work, the images are superior. Its a camera for pros and rich amateurs for use in the studio and in the field. Unless you’re loaded, the extra $5,460 spent on a 1Ds Mk III compared to a 5D would buys a lot of first-class lenses, without which the image quality of the 1Ds Mk III will be unrealized.”

Read more Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III Reviews: LetsGoDigital, Photo.net, Luminous Landscape, View Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III Sample Photos

Kodak C613Photodoto have written an excellent guide on introducing your children to photography. They suggest starting off with an older 2 megapixel camera and seeing how it goes from there, if they like it, then move on to a better camera, such as the Kodak Easyshare C613 or C713 (£49 at Amazon).

“Don’t rush out and buy a new camera for your child’s first attempt. You’ve probably got an old camera somewhere, it doesn’t matter if it’s a film camera or an early digital camera with 2 MP, as long as it works it’ll do. If your child shows interest for more than a week or so then the chances are a new camera just for him will be used and appreciated.”

My only concern with this is the the extending lens could be easily damaged, and while the Olympus 1030SW would survive rough treatment, it’s price is a little too much for small kids. Are there any new cameras available that don’t have an extending lens, but are still budget friendly?

Panasonic FX35We’ve just published our review of the new Panasonic Lumix FX35 – the camera features a wide angle 25mm 4x optical zoom lens with optical image stabilisation, 10 megapixel sensor, and 2.5″ screen. The camera is available for £185 in silver, black and blue:

“Announced on the 2nd of February 2008, the Panasonic Lumix FX35 is one of Panasonic’s new ultra compact digital cameras, and features an impressive 25mm ultra wide angle lens. The camera features a 10 megapixel sensor, a wide angle 4x optical zoom lens, a 2.5″ screen that works in the sun, 720p HD (high-definition) video recording, and optical image stabilisation.”

Read our Panasonic Lumic FX35 Review
View our Panasonic Lumix FX35 Sample Photo Gallery

Read more Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX35 Reviews: Steves Digicams, ThinkCamera, Trusted Reviews, Imaging Resource, Cameras.co.uk, DCResource, Digital Camera Review, CameraLabs

Panasonic TZ50Steves Digicams have reviewed the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ50 – an update to the TZ5 – the TZ50 adds WIFI, T-Mobile HotSpot, and Picasa support on top of the cameras usual features of a wide angle 28mm 10x optical zoom lens with optical image stabilisation, 9 megapixel sensor, and 3.0″ screen.

“The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ50 is an outstanding little super-zoom. While this model is very similar to its siblings, the addition of the 9-megapixel imager, huge 3.0-inch LCD, 720p HD movie mode and Wi-Fi capabilities are greatly accepted and appreciated. If you are one who is in the market for a compact powerhouse, look no further.”

Read more Panasonic Lumix TZ50 Reviews: Digital Camera Review

Casio Z100Trusted Reviews have reviewed the new Casio Exilim Zoom EX-Z100, and EX-Z200 – both 10 megapixel digital cameras with a wide-angle 4x optical zoom lens, 2.7″ screen, auto shutter function. The Z200 features CCD-shift anti-shake.

“The Casio Exilim EX-Z100 is a good example of a modern mid-range pocket compact. It is well made and sensibly designed, reasonably well priced, has some useful features and produces very good images under most normal conditions. The 28mm wide angle and 4x zoom range give it greater versatility than previous models, and the exceptional battery duration is a real bonus if you’re taking it on holiday.”

Nikon D3 DSLRByThom have reviewed the new Nikon D3 Digital SLR – it features a full frame 12.2 megapixel sensor, live view, dust reduction, ISO200 – ISO6400, 9 fps shooting and a 3″ screen. The Nikon D3 is available from Amazon UK

“The D3 is near state-of-the-art at 12mp. Thus, the D3 is a respectable landscape camera. By respectable I mean that you can push landscapes up to the maximum size a desktop inkjet prints and get excellent detail. Given some of the lenses Nikon has put out recently, any softness in the resulting images is not the camera’s fault.”

Read more Nikon D3 DSLR Reviews: DPReview, Digital Camera Review, Photography BLOG Previews: Luminous Landscape