From the monthly archives: "November 2008"
Canon A590 IS Sony W130 Fujifilm F40fd
2 – Sony W130

If you’re looking for the best budget digital camera of 2008, then have a look at our Top 5 Budget Digital cameras list here – they may have budget prices – but that doesn’t mean they’ve compromised on features, image quality, or design and we think these cameras would make an excellent choice for yourself or as a christmas gift. Click here for full details.

The Top 5 Budget Digital Cameras 2008:

1 – The Canon Powershot A590 IS – available for £97 – this 8mp camera has it all, great image quality, image stabilised lens, plus manual controls for the budding photographer.

2 – The Sony Cybershot W130 – available for £89 – this 8mp camera looks good, features image stabilisation, it takes good photos and fits easily into pockets – and makes a great, easy to use, point and shoot camera.

3 – The Fujifilm FinePix F40fd – available for £95 – this 8mp camera is stylish, compact, and takes great photos indoor with low noise and good skin tones.

4 – The Ricoh R8 – available for £129 – this 10 megapixel camera is compact and stylish, yet offers an impressive wide angle 7.1x optical zoom lens, great for zooming into distant subjects.

5 – The Panasonic Lumix FS3 – available for £85 – this 8mp camera is compact, stylish, feature image stabilisation, and it’s been impressing buyers with it’s low price and good photos.

If you’re looking for more of the best digital cameras, then have a look at our Top Cameras Reviewed, or have a look at all of our reviews – you’ll find prices, specifications and recommended cameras.

Casio are running a promotion for the new ultra high speed, ultra zoom Casio Exilim Pro EX-FH20 – it features a 9 megapixel CMOS sensor, a 26mm wide angle 20x optical zoom lens, 40 fps shooting at 7 megapixels, High Definition (HD) video recording at 1280 x 720 pixels, at 30 fps, RAW, 1cm macro, ISO upto 1600 and has a large 3″ screen. The camera is available for £399

“To Win a Safari, Play the High-Speed Capture Game and Miss Nothing with EXILIM High-Speed Burst Shooting”

Read more Casio Exilim Pro EX-FH20 Reviews: Gizmodo, Photography BLOG, Digital Camera Info, Previews: FH20 at Photokina

Fujifilm FinePix S9600 S9100With the end of 2008 nearly here I thought it would be interesting to have a look back at the 10 most popular digital cameras reviewed on this site. Here’s the top 10 most read digital camera reviews from 2008 (so far), with a breakdown on what makes them special. Why not leave a comment letting us know your favourite digital camera of 2008, and why you think it’s so great?

1 – Fujifilm FinePix S9600 S9100 – Fuji’s digital camera proves you don’t have to be a DSLR to be popular, but looking like one, and offering a powerful wide angle 10.7x optical zoom lens with manual controls sure helps. Especially when this costs less than half the price of a basic 10 megapixel Digital SLR. Available for £239. Updated by the S100fs.

2 – Panasonic Lumix FZ18 – an update to the FZ8, the FZ18 is an ultra zoom digital camera featuring a massive wide-angle 18x optical zoom lens, the FZ18 has an 8 megapixel sensor, a 2.5″ screen, new “Intelligent Auto mode”, and ISO upto 1600. It’s available for £258.

3 – Sony Ericsson K800i – when this mobile phone was released it had a 3 megapixel Sony “Cybershot” digital camera – the first “Cybershot” on a mobile phone. But more importantly, it had a proper flash, which meant it was able to take photos of people indoors, something most mobile phones still cant do properly. The K800i is still available on pay as you go for £79 or Sim Free. Updated by the Sony C905.

Continue reading Top 10 Digital Cameras of 2008 (so far)

Fuji F40fd4 – Fujifilm FinePix F40fd – Fuji upped the megapixels to 8, and made this camera smaller and more stylish than the F30, and we’re still wondering whether it’s as good as the F30, however, the price definitely makes this camera appealling, especially when the F30 is no longer available. Available for £95 at Amazon.

5 – Canon Digital IXUS 70 SD1000 – Canon made the smallest IXUS camera yet, and still packed in a 7 megapixel sensor, a 3x optical zoom lens, and a 2.5″ screen, all in a stylish body. The price is good as well, being one of the cheapest IXUS cameras available, only £95 from Amazon.

6 – Panasonic Lumix FX30 – a compact 7 megapixel digital camera with a wide angle 3.6x optical zoom lens, image stabilisation, and a 2.5″ screen, made this an appealling camera, especially when it was much cheaper than most of the competition. Available for £169 from Amazon. Updated by the FX35.

Olympus 1030SW7 – New EntryOlympus Mju Stylus 1030SW – a compact 10 megapixel digital camera that is shockproof to 2 metres, waterproof to 10 metres, crushproof to 100kg, dustproof, scratchproof and freezeproof. It also features a wide angle 3.6x optical zoom lens, 2.7″ screen, 24 scene modes, and VGA movie mode at 30fps. It is available in black, silver and green from £199.

8 – Olympus EVOLT E-510 – the digital SLR of 2007 – it has it all, 10 megapixels, live view, in body anti-shake sensor, dust reduction, excellent kit lenses, and above all, produces excellent images. Available for £384 with kit lens, or £455 with the twin lens kit.

9 – Fujifilm FinePix F480 – a compact 8 megapixel digital camera with a wide angle 4x optical zoom lens, and a 2.7″ screen, the low price made this an appealling camera, however it’s image quality didn’t. Available for £87 from Amazon.

10 – Canon EOS 400D DSLR – Canon’s entry level 10 megapixel digital camera is one of the most popular Digital SLRs currently available, with a 2.5″ screen, and bargain prices, Highly Recommended. Available for £394 with kit lens.

More reading: View the Top 5 Budget Digital Cameras of 2008. Read all our reviews.

Panasonic G1Luminous Landscape have reviewed the new Panasonic G1 Micro Digital SLR – based on the micro four thirds system – It features Full-time Live View both for LCD and LVF, 12-megapixel Live MOS sensor, new smaller LUMIX G VARIO 14-45mm MEGA O.I.S. lens, Dust reduction system and tilting 3″ screen. It will also be available in three colours for £549

“The Panasonic G1 is an appealing camera. It’s small size, light weight, and high image quality come together in a slightly pricey but basically affordable package. Though Lord knows I have enough cameras, I was so taken with the G1’s compactness, decent standard lens, and image quality that a body and two lenses are now part of my travel kit for when a regular sized DSLR is just a bit too much weight and bulk, and pocket camera doesn’t offer quite enough reach or high ISO sensitivity.”

Read more Panasonic Lumix G1 Reviews: Photography BLOG, Gizmodo, Digital Camera Info, Imaging Resource, DCResource, Previews: Panasonic Lumix G1 at Photokina

Canon A590 ISDPReview have just reviewed the new Canon Powershot A590 IS in a group test with nine other budget cameras. The A590 IS features an 8 megapixel sensor, 4x optical zoom lens, 2.5″ screen, face detection focus, and takes AA batteries – with full manual controls, support for optional lens accessories, and optical image stabilisation. The A590 is available for £103 making it the cheapest Canon available with optical image stabilisation.

“If you’re looking for a simple point and shoot camera – or take a lot of pictures in the evening with flash – the A590 IS certainly wouldn’t be high on our list of recommendations. If, on the other hand, you’re looking for a camera with extensive photographic control that will allow you to learn about the craft of picture taking without breaking the bank, this is an absolute bargain.”

Read our Canon Powershot A590 IS Review
View our Canon Powershot A590 IS Sample Photo Gallery

Read more Canon Powershot A590 IS Reviews: Imaging Resource, Photography BLOG, Trusted Reviews

Canon Digital IXUS 980 ISDPInterface have reviewed the new Canon Digital IXUS 980 IS / SD990 IS, it’s Canon’s new compact 14.7 megapixel camera it features a 3.7x optical zoom, optical IS, 2.5″ screen, optical viewfinder, manual controls, VGA video recording, and will be available in silver or black for £250:

“The 14.7 megapixel Canon PowerShot SD990 IS Digital ELPH sounds like the most perfect compact camera ever made. High resolution, good battery life, optical image stabilization and a full manual mode with flash control and manual focus; all packed into a pocketable camera with a solid, stylish design which stands out from the crowd.”

Read our Canon Digital IXUS 980 IS Review
View Canon Digital IXUS 980 IS Sample Photos
Canon Digital IXUS 980 IS at Photokina

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Pentax Optio have reviewed the budget Pentax Optio E50 – it features an 8 megapixel sensor, a 3x optical zoom lens, a 2.4″ screen, and takes AA batteries. The E50 is available for £59:

“This is a cheap digital camera, but I’m not convinced there is a great deal of value for money. My tests photos suffered from noise and a general lack of clarity and sharpness. There are other cheaper cameras out there that I would much prefer over this one.”

Read more Pentax Optio E50 Reviews: Trusted Reviews, Digital Camera Review

Canon IXUS 870 ISPhotography BLOG have reviewed the new Canon Digital IXUS 870 IS – a compact 10 megapixel camera it features a 4x wide-angle optical zoom, optical IS, 3.0” screen, VGA video recording, and is available in silver or gold for £186:

“The Canon Digital IXUS 870 IS / PowerShot SD880 IS Digital ELPH is probably the best-designed IXUS to date, both in the aesthetic and the functional sense. While our recent encounter with the Canon PowerShot E1 IS has convinced us that it’s hard to be stylish on the cheap, there’s no denying that the object of this present review is a major knock-out in the style department, even at a 40-50% price premium over the cheaper model.”

Read more Canon Digital IXUS 870 IS 880 IS Reviews: Trusted Reviews, Ken Rockwell,, DPExpert, CameraLabs, Previews: IXUS 870 at Photokina

Nikon have reviewed the new Nikon D60 Digital SLR – an update to the D40x – it features a new dust reduction system, Eye-Sensor, a 10 megapixel sensor, 3fps shooting, takes SD cards, 520 shots battery life, 2.5″ screen, however still has the same limitations, in that it doesn’t feature exposure braketing, and requires AF-S and AF-I NIKKOR lenses. However, one of the main benefits of the D60 is that it’s now available with a new Nikkor AF-S 18-55 DX II VR lens for only £329.

“While advertising campaigns tend to exagerate the merits of the products they tout, Nikon’s campaign around its D60 digital SLR is right on target when it conveys how easy it is to take great pictures with this camera. It has excellent optics and its exposure and focusing systems insure that even newcomers to the mirrorshooter fold can snap high quality images with a minimum of effort.”

Read our Nikon D60 DSLR First Look at Focus.

Read more Nikon D60 DSLR Reviews: NeoCamera, Photoxels, Digital Camera Info, DCResource, Think Camera, Digital Camera Review, DPReview, DPExpert, ePhotoZine, Photography BLOG, CameraLabs, Trusted Reviews

Olympus have reviewed the new Olympus FE-370 – the camera features an 8 megapixel sensor, face detection, and a compact body, it has a 5x optical zoom lens, and a 2.7″ screen and is available in silver, blue, red and pink for £124

“This is a good quality, snapshot digital camera. It performed well in my tests and is capable of producing decent photos in most situations. It scores well for ease of use and that bit of extra zoom can come in handy too.”