From the monthly archives: "November 2008"

Sony A900DPExpert have reviewed the new 24.6 megapixel full frame Digital SLR the Sony Alpha A900 – it has an optical viewfinder with 100% coverage, SteadyShot INSIDE™, dual BIONZ™ image processor, 3.0-inch Xtra Fine LCD, and 5fps continuous shooting at full resolution. The camera is available from Amazon.

“Sony tell us that this is not their professional camera. It is intended for the well-heeled amateur who is either a fan of the brand or has some legacy Minolta lenses in the bag. So it sells against the Nikon D700 and the Canon 5DII – formidable opposition. The Sony compares well with the other two, but the Zeiss lens, while sensationally good, is expensive.”

Read more Sony Alpha A900 Reviews: The Online Photographer, DPReview, Cameralabs.com, Sony Alpha A900 at Photokina.

Canon IXUS 870 ISTrusted Reviews 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 IXUS 870 IS is a superbly well made and very attractive luxury ultra-compact with excellent performance, a useful zoom range, an outstandingly good LCD monitor and superb image quality. It’s a little light on features, but the ones that it does have are useful and work well. The only downsides are its slightly awkward handling, an underpowered flash and the relatively high price.”

Read more Canon Digital IXUS 870 IS 880 IS Reviews: Ken Rockwell, Cameras.co.uk, DPExpert, CameraLabs, Previews: IXUS 870 at Photokina

Casio Z300Digital Camera Info have reviewed the new Casio Exilim EX-Z300 – the compact camera features a 10 megapixel sensor, a wide angle 4x optical zoom lens, 3″ screen, ISO3200, make up mode (to remove blemishes), and will be available in 3 colours. The camera is available for £185

“The Z300 isn’t a bad camera, it’s just thoroughly mediocre with an annoying menu system. It did very well in a couple of tests, like resolution, dynamic range and manual noise, but struggled with automatic noise levels, video resolution and white balance. In our speed tests it handled slowly, and the maximum shutter speed of 1/2 second without using a special scene mode is restrictive.”

Casio EX-FH20Gizmodo have reviewed 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

“If you choose an FH20 over the F1, you sacrifice more than just not-as-slow-mo video. Without separate buttons for video and stills, you lose the ability to capture images while you record video, a great feature in the last model and the hardest thing to lose. Also gone is ultra-fast 60 fps LED strobe flash option, but it can still fire off 5 fps with the standard flash firing (vs. the F1’s 7 fps).”

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

Olympus SP-565 Ultra ZoomBuy N Shoot have reviewed the new Olympus SP-565 Ultra Zoom – the camera features a wide angle 20x optical zoom lens (26 – 520mm), 10 megapixel sensor, 13.5 fps shooting (at 3mp), 25 scene modes, shadow adjustment, face detection, anti shake sensor, manual modes, a 2.5″ screen, and supports XD and MicroSD cards. The camera is available for £255

“In conclusion, the Olympus SP-565UZ is a versatile camera that delivers solid results and all-around performance to justify its mid-range price tag. It checks the majority of appropriate boxes in terms of design, functionality and image quality making it another worthy unit in the extensive Olympus range.”

Read more Olympus SP-565 Ultra Zoom Reviews: DPExpert

Canon Powershot G10DPReview have reviewed the new 14.7 megapixel Canon Powershot G10 – an update to the G9 – it features a wide angle 5x optical zoom lens with optical image stabilisation, RAW support, 3″ screen, VGA video recording and ISO1600. The Canon G10 is available for £359:

“The G10 is a camera you don’t want to put down once you have picked it up. It encourages users to take pictures, and turn the dials: to experiment and have fun. This is one heck of a fun camera to use. In the hand, it inspires confidence with solid construction and secure and comfortable hand grip. The G10 quickly becomes second nature to use, which is not something that can be said of many compacts.”

Read more Canon Powershot G10 Reviews: Cameralabs, Ken Rockwell, Photography BLOG, Luminous Landscape, The Online Photographer, Canon G10 at Photokina

Olympus 1050SWBuy-n-shoot have reviewed the new Olympus Mju Stylus 1050SW – the ultra compact 10 megapixel camera is waterproof to 3m, shockproof to 1.5m, freezeproof to -10c, and features a 3x optical zoom lens, face detection, shadow adjustment, perfect shot preview, and 2.7″ screen. It is available in black, gold, silver, pink and blue for £186

“The latest edition to the range, the Tough Smart 1050SW, is certainly no exception. If the 10.1 mega pixels, 3 times optical zoom and built-in digital image stabilisation isn’t enough to steal your initial interest, then certainly the 3 meter waterproof, 1.5 meter shockproof, and minus 10 degree snowproof capabilities will be.”

Read more Olympus Mju Stylus 1050SW Reviews: Steves Digicams, Cameras.co.uk, Previews: 1050sw at Photokina

Panasonic G1Photography BLOG 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

“In terms of image quality, the Panasonic G1 also gets most things right. As you’d expect with the G1 using a regular Four Thirds sensor, the quality is very similar to other Four Thirds cameras that we’ve reviewed. Chromatic aberrations are kept to a minimum with both kit lenses, colours are accurate when using the default Standard setting.”

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

Olympus Mju Stylus 840DPInterface have reviewed the new Olympus Mju Stylus 840. It features an 8 megapixel sensor, a 5x optical zoom lens, 2.7″ screen, 20 scene modes, VGA 30fps movie mode, and dual image stabilisation featuring both high ISO settings, and an anti-shake sensor. The camera is available in pink, silver, black, and blue for £131.

“Ever fancied having a compact, stylish camera like everyone else without breaking the bank? The Olympus Stylus 840 offers just that with a decent 5X stabilized lens. The Stylus 840 sets itself as one of the lower-tier cameras in Olympus’ line of stylish cameras and offers simple picture taking and a user-friendly interface.”

Read more Olympus Mju Stylus 840 Reviews: Cameras.co.uk

Canon IXUS 870 ISKen Rockwell has 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:

“This is easy: just buy an SD880 if you want a pocket camera. It’s ideal for scenics, travel and landscapes, even as your only camera.”

Read more Canon Digital IXUS 870 IS 880 IS Reviews: Cameras.co.uk, DPExpert, CameraLabs, Previews: IXUS 870 at Photokina