From the monthly archives: "September 2008"

Vivitar Vivicam 5355Vivitar UK has closed after Vivitar was bought by Sakar – Sakar plans to sell Vivitar branded digital cameras and other products under the Vivitar name. For anyone looking for a budget camera, then Vivitar could be worth looking at, especially as Amazon UK are selling the Vivitar Vivicam 5355 for only £29 – more details on the Vivitar Vivicam 5355 here.

“Consumer electronics manufacturer Sakar International recently announced the acquisition of the Vivitar worldwide brand name and associated intellectual property from Syntax-Brillian Corporation, the parent company of 70-year-old photographic equipment maker Vivitar Corporation.”

Casio Z19Casio have announced the new Casio Exilim EX-Z19, it features a 9 megapixel sensor, 3x optical zoom lens, 2.6″ screen and face detection. The camera will be available in silver, black, pink, light pink and green for £119

“This high performing model with 9.1 million effective pixels takes high definition photographs and features a stylish design in a compact size. At just £119 the EX-Z19 boasts many innovative Casio features including face detection and easy mode.”

Nikon D40 Digital SLRThink Camera have reviewed the Nikon D40 Digital SLR (now replaced by the D40x), it features a 6 megapixel sensor, a compact body, a 2.5″ screen, ISO 200 – 1600, 2.5fps shooting, a near-instant startup of 0.18 seconds. Available from Amazon UK for £240 with kit lens it’s the cheapest Digital SLR available today.

“We’re not sure how long the Nikon D40 will keep going in the market, but until it finally drops off the radar, it represents the most fantastic value in DSLR at the moment. Yes it’s dated and that shows, but the images are good and the camera is fun to use. What’s not to love about the Nikon D40…”

Read more Nikon D40 Reviews: Photography Press, Shutterbug, Cameralabs, DPExpert, Digital Camera Info, DCViews, Pop Photo, Thom Hogan, Hardware Zone, Steves Digicams, Digital Camera Review, Digital SLR Guide, Photography BLOG, Photoxels,, DPReview, Imaging Resource, Ken Rockwell, DCResource, ePhotoZine

Olympus FE-340DPInterface have reviewed the new Olympus FE-340 – an ultra slim 8 megapixel digital camera with a 5x optical zoom lens, 2.7″ screen, 18 scene modes, and VGA movie mode at 30fps. It is available in pink, blue, black and silver from £110:

“The Olympus FE340 is a simple 8 megapixel camera for casual point-and-shoot purposes. The camera is powered by a lithium-ion battery (thus the thin design) and packs more zoom than you’ll typically find on a camera like this. That’ll be 5X optical zoom, though the FE340 could use some sort of ‘real’ image stabilization as opposed to the digital version which merely boosts ISO.”

Read more Olympus FE-340 Reviews: Trusted Reviews, Imaging Resource, Steves Digicams, Digital Camera Review,

Sony A300DPExpert have reviewed the new 10 megapixel Sony Alpha A300 Digital SLR – the camera features a live view 2.7″ swivel screen, in body image stabilisation, anti-dust sensor coating, ISO3200, 3fps shooting, and dynamic range optimisation. The camera is available for £363 with lens:

“This camera will appeal to customers moving up from a compact because the live view arrangement will feel immediately familiar. But can anyone explain why holding a heavy DSLR at arm’s length makes more sense than using the optical viewfinder? We feel that image quality is not up to par, even shooting RAW, mainly because of the indifferent performance of the lenses.”

Read more Sony Alpha A300 DSLR Reviews: Cameralabs

Olympus E-520DCResource 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 £401 with kit lens or £515 with twin lens kit.

“The Olympus E-520 is a solid, full-featured digital SLR and an excellent value. For around $600 you get a camera that has features for both beginners and enthusiasts, good photo quality (in most situations), image stabilization, and responsive performance — plus one of the better kit lenses on the market. The E-520 does have its flaws, though, including soft images, high ISO performance that’s just fair, and the tendency to clip highlights.”

Olympus EVOLT E-520 DSLR Reviews: DPExpert, Buy N Shoot, DPReview, Digital Camera Info, Photography BLOG, LetsGoDigital, CameraLabs, Digital Camera Review, ePhotoZine, Trusted Reviews, Preview: DCResource. Press Release: Click here to read the full press release.

Kodak have reviewed the new Kodak Easyshare Z8612 IS Digital Camera – it’s an 8 megapixel camera with a 12x optical zoom lens, a 2.5″ screen, ISO100 – 3200, and optical image stabilisation. The Kodak Easyshare Z8612 is available for £119

“If you are looking for a camera with some extra zoom and are put off by size and complexity then the Easyshare Z8612 IS may provide the answer. Although much larger than a pocket camera the Easyshare Z8612 IS is smaller than most super zoom models. Despite the manual exposure controls on offer I also found the camera fairly straightforward. It is also one of the cheaper super zoom cameras.”

Read more Kodak Easyshare Z8612 IS Reviews: Z6812 IS at Photokina, Trusted Reviews

Samsung 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

“There is a tendency for Samsung digital cameras to be overlooked. That’s a shame as some of their snapshot cameras like the L210 offer good value for money. I like this camera. It ticks most boxes, has an unfussy design and takes a good picture.”

Read more Samsung L210 Reviews: Trusted Reviews

Casio F1Steves Digicams have reviewed the new Casio Exilim Pro EX-F1 – the camera features a 6 megapixel CMOS sensor, CMOS shift anti-shake, 12x optical zoom lens, 2.8″ screen, ISO 100 – 1600, 60fps shooting at full resolution, a slow motion view, rapid flash allowing 7fps shooting with flash on, RAW shooting, stereo microphone, Full HD 1920 × 1080 video recording, and 300 fps, 600 fps or 1,200 fps movie recording. The EX-F1 is available for £599.

“Bottom Line – the Casio Exilim Pro EX-F1 is one awesome prosumer digicam. While I was hoping for a bit better high ISO performance from the 6-megapixel CMOS image sensor, I came to the realization that Casio built this camera for Speed! Like an F1 race car, this is the fastest camera we have ever tested in the burst mode category.”

Read more Casio Exilim Pro EX-F1 Reviews: PopPhoto, LetsGoDigital, Trusted Reviews, ePhotoZine, Gizmodo, Luminous Landscape

Panasonic LX3CameraLabs have reviewed the new Panasonic Lumic DMC-LX3 – the camera features a F2.0 24mm Ultra Wide Angle lens (24 – 60mm), optical image stabilisation, a larger 10 megapixel sensor with higher sensitivity, ISO3200 at Full Resolution, Full Manual Operation, HD Motion Images and HD Output, and a 3.0-inch screen. The Panasonic LX3 is available for £325

“The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 is an ideal compact for enthusiasts who demand full manual control and specialist features in a small and light package. Crucially, the LX3 also addresses some of the issues concerning image quality which faced its predecessor.”

Read more Panasonic Lumic LX3 Reviews: LX3 at Photokina 2008, PhotoReview, Digital Camera Info, Lawrence Ripsher, Photography BLOG,