From the monthly archives: "December 2008"

DigiCamReview Best of 20082008 has certainly been an interesting year with literally hundreds of new cameras released – the majority of them all feature the same boring specifications – a standard 3x optical zoom lens, 2.5″ screen, and about 8 megapixels – but if you look closely you will find the gems – increasing numbers of cameras now feature a wide angle lens, optical image stabilisation, HD video recording, and extended optical zoom. The best example of this, and in our opinion, the best digital camera of 2008, is…

Panasonic TZ5The Panasonic Lumix TZ5 – it scores highly on all aspects, it offers 9 megapixels, a wide angle 10x optical zoom lens, a large 3″ screen, a compact pocketable metal body, and optical image stabilisation, not only that but offers high definition video recording with optical zoom and image stabilisation. This would all be useless unless the camera backed this up with good image quality, and thankfully this camera provides that with good detail and great colour. If you had to buy only one camera this year, or indeed next, then the Panasonic Lumix TZ5 would be our choice. Read our Panasonic Lumix TZ5 Review for more information – the TZ5 is available for £176.

To find out the best digital cameras, camera phones, and prototypes of 2008 continue reading…

Best Budget Digital Camera of 2008:

Canon A590 ISThe Canon Powershot A590 IS – available for £101 – this 8mp camera has it all, great image quality, 4x optical zoom lens with image stabilisation, plus manual controls for the budding photographer. Read our Canon Powershot A590 IS Review. For more budget cameras read our Top 5 Best Budget Digital Cameras of 2008.

Runners up: Sony Cybershot W130, Fujifilm FinePix F40fd.

Best Compact Digital Camera of 2008:

Olympus Mju 1030SWThe Olympus Mju Stylus 1030SW – available for £213 – this 10 megapixel camera features a wide angle 3.6x optical zoom, a 2.7″ LCD screen, it’s waterproof, shockproof, dustproof and freezeproof. Read our Olympus Mju Stylus 1030SW Review. For more compact cameras read our Top 5 Best Compact Digital Cameras of 2008.

Runners up: Panasonic Lumix FX150, Canon Digital IXUS 980 IS

Best Ultra Zoom Digital Camera of 2008:

Panasonic TZ5The Panasonic Lumix TZ5 – available for £176 – this 9 megapixel camera features a wide angle 10x optical zoom with image stabilisation, a 3″ LCD screen, HD video recording with zoom, and a stylish metal body. It’s packed with features and will fit in your pocket. Read our Panasonic Lumix TZ5 Review. For more great ultra zoom cameras have a look at our Top 5 Best Pocket Zoom Cameras of 2008.

Runners up: Canon Powershot SX110 IS, Ricoh R10

Best Digital SLR of 2008:

Canon EOS 450DThe Canon EOS 450D / Digital Rebel XSi – a 12.2 megapixel update to the 400D Digital SLR – features 3.5fps shooting, live view shooting, 9 point AF, 3″ screen, SD memory card support, and Canon’s dust reduction system. The 450D Body only is priced at £369, the EOS 450D with 18-55mm IS kit is £433. Read our Canon EOS 450D Review. For more great Digital SLRs have a look at the Top 5 Best Budget Digital SLRs of 2008.

Runners up: Olympus EVOLT E-420, Nikon D60

Best Camera Phone of 2008:

Sony Ericsson C905Already extremely popular, the Sony Ericsson Cybershot C905 takes 8 megapixel photos, features a real flash, and is available without breaking the bank, and whilst not as good at taking photos as a dedicated digital camera, the Sony C905 could make a useful second camera and shows that camera phones are catching up in quality and usability. Have a look at our sample photos.

Best Prototype of 2008:

Olympus Micro Four Thirds PrototypeUnfortunately this camera system won’t be available till next year, but should revolutionise the digital camera market by providing an interchangeable lens camera with the dimensions of a serious compact camera! Of course I’m talking about the Olympus Micro Four Thirds Prototype. Full details can be found here when we had a look at Photokina.

Other great Digital Cameras of 2008:

Fuji F100fdFor the lowest noise in a compact camera and great detail, the Fujifilm FinePix F100fd has to be commended – it takes great 12 megapixel photos, features a wide angle 5x optical zoom lens and has a compact metal body, if only it had full manual controls and a better menu system and it might have been featured above. Read our Fujifilm FinePix F100fd Review, available for £185.

Canon Powershot SX110 ISThe Canon Powershot SX110 IS – a personal favourite of mine – features a more compact body (compared to the SX100 IS), 9 megapixel sensor, larger 3″ screen, 10x optical zoom lens with image stabilisation, Face Detection, Face Select & Track, Auto Red-Eye Correction, Motion Detection, 20 shooting modes including Easy Mode, ISO 1600 and is one of the cheapest new Canon’s with manual controls. Read our Canon Powershot SX110 IS Review. The SX110 IS is available in silver or black for £175.

It can be confusing trying to decide what camera to buy, but hopefully this list of the best digital cameras of 2008 has helped steer you towards a great camera that will suit you and meet your needs. Here’s to happy photographing in 2009! If you would like to see more 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.

Canon Powershot SX10 ISLetsGoDigital have reviewed the Canon Powershot SX10 IS, it has a wide angle 20x optical zoom lens, optical image stabilisation, ISO1600, a 10 megapixel CCD sensor, VGA video recording, and a swivel 2.5″ screen. The camera is available for £253

“Other than that, the Canon PowerShot is a strong candidate to be the overall winner of the current Megazoom cameras. For now, the choice is up to the end user. And fair is fair; the technical lab tests merciless show the weak spots of a camera. It doesn’t always have to be like that in practice, since shooting conditions do differ vastly. The overall picture quality is of a high level and the Canon SX10 IS offers excellent users ease, as well as a swift response and is an ideal all-round camera.”

Read more Canon Powershot SX10 IS Reviews: Cameras.co.uk, DCResource, Cameralabs, Photography BLOG, Previews: SX10 IS at Photokina

Nikon Coolpix S60NeoCamera have reviewed the new ultra compact Nikon Coolpix S60 – it features a huge 3.5″ touchscreen, a 10 megapixel sensor with anti-shake, a 5x optical zoom lens, smile shutter, and HDMI connectivity. The S60 is available in a choice of Purplish Black, Pearl White, Bordeaux Red, Red, Pale Pink, or Rich Gold for £226:

“As an ultra-compact digital camera, the Nikon Coolpix S60 lives in the category with the most models. Luckily, this model does several things to distinguish itself. To start, its 3.5″ LCD is the largest which can fit in an ultra-compact. Add a non-protruding slightly wide 5X optical zoom lens with stabilization and the S60 shows itself as a unique offering. The cost of this uniqueness is a touch-screen interface which can frustrate users trying to use the camera beyond pointing and shooting.”

Fuji S8100fdCameras.co.uk have reviewed the new Fujifilm FinePix S8100fd – an update to the S8000fd – it features a new 10 megapixel sensor, a wide angle 18x optical zoom lens, a 2.5″ screen, high ISO settings, anti-shake sensor, and is available for £146

“The Finepix S8100 is a good all round super zoom camera. It does not have quite the same number of advanced features that some super zoom cameras offer. This is reflected in the price and you should find this camera a bit cheaper than the top of the range models from Canon, Sony and Panasonic.”

Fujifilm FinePix Reviews: Photography BLOG, Digital Camera Review, ePhotoZine, Trusted Reviews, Previews: Focus 2008

Canon Powershot A2000 ISImaging Resource have reviewed the new Canon Powershot A2000 IS – the 10 megapixel camera is an update to the A720 IS and features a 6x optical zoom with optical IS, 17 shooting modes including Easy Mode, Face Detection Technology, Auto Red-Eye Correction, Motion Detection Technology, 3” LCD, it takes AA batteries and is available for £150

“Overall, the Canon A2000 IS is a very good performer. It captures good exposures with sharp details and accurate color under most average shooting conditions. Given its selection of preset shooting modes and built-in features like Face Detection and Motion Detection, the PowerShot A2000 IS is equipped for quick handling of common, yet tricky situations.”

Read our Canon Powershot A2000 IS Review
View the Canon Powershot A2000 IS Sample Photo Gallery

Read more Canon Powershot A2000 IS Reviews: Digital Camera Info, DPInterface, DCResource, Cameralabs, Cameras.co.uk, A2000 IS at Photokina, Trusted Reviews, Photography BLOG

Panasonic TZ5DPReview have reviewed several prosumer cameras including the Canon SX110 IS, and the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 – the camera features a wide angle 28mm 10x optical zoom lens with optical image stabilisation, 9 megapixel sensor, and 3.0″ screen. The camera will be available in March in silver, black, and blue. The TZ5 also features Digital Red-eye Correction, and is available for £175

“The TZ5 ticks so many boxes that you can forgive its rather unimpressive pixel-level image quality – and to be honest you won’t even see it in normal prints. The standout feature is the excellent and truly versatile 28-280mm zoom lens, but on its own that wouldn’t be enough to win our love; it’s the whole package that works so well: the stylish, pocketable casing, the reliable automatic systems, the clean, logical user interface and the keen pricing.”

Read our Panasonic Lumix TZ5 Review
View our Panasonic Lumix TZ5 Sample Photo Gallery

Read more Panasonic Lumix TZ5 Reviews: DPInterface, Trusted Reviews, Photography BLOG, DCResource, Digital Camera Review, Cameras.co.uk, PopPhoto, DPReview, Photoxels, Cameralabs

Sony A300Photography BLOG 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 £378 with lens:

“The Sony A300 is certainly a fun camera to use, owing to its zippy Live View performance, tilting screen and advanced feature set. While plastic, it is well made, looking and feeling like it was built to last. The control interface is largely intuitive and easy to use, although allow yourself a bit of time to get used to it if you are switching from another brand.”

Read more Sony Alpha A300 DSLR Reviews: DPExpert, Cameralabs

Samsung NV34HDPhotography BLOG have reviewed the new 14.7 megapixel digital camera called the NV100HD / TL34HD, with a wide angle 3.6x optical zoom lens, and 3″ touch screen. The NV100HD is available for £169

“While the Samsung NV100HD’s retro looks and slightly fiddly touch screen operation may attract and repulse in equal numbers, its solidly constructed feel and reasonably well exposed images straight out of the camera should mean there’s little in the way of post processing needed by those looking to avoid hours slumped in front of a computer screen. Along as you like a well saturated, sharpened look to your images that is.”

Read more Samsung TL34HD / NV100HD Reviews: Steves Digicams, Cameratown, Digital Camera Info, Previews: NV100HD at Photokina

Pentax Optio M60Trusted Reviews have reviewed the new Pentax Optio M60 – a compact 10 megapixel camera with a 5x optical zoom lens, a 2.5″ screen and face recognition. The camera is available in silver, black, blue and red for £105

“The Pentax M60 shows that you don’t have to spend a fortune to get a decent camera. While it does have its limitations, for £100 it offers excellent build quality, great handling, a wonderfully easy-to-use interface and some fun features. Unfortunately its low price shows in its slow performance and poor overall image quality.”

Sony T77Imaging Resource have reviewed the new 10 megapixel Sony Cybershot T77 – the ultra compact camera features a 3″ touch screen, a 4x optical zoom lens with image stabilisation, and smile shutter. The DSC-T77 camera replaces the former T70 model and is available in brown, green, pink, black and silver for £166

“The casual photographer will appreciate this slim camera for its fun touchscreen and vibrant color. It’s easy to take along and fun to shoot with. You don’t pay too dearly for the subcompact size, as images are of good quality, and Sony’s image-enhancement features, like Dynamic Range Optimization, help improve your results in tough situations.”

Read more Sony Cybershot T77 Reviews: Cameralabs, DCResource, Cameras.co.uk, Sony T77 at Photokina, Trusted Reviews