From the monthly archives: "June 2009"

Fuji Z20fdThis week the Fujifilm FinePix Z20fd (in Blue or Red) is on special offer at £79 – with a 10 megapixel sensor, 3x optical zoom lens, and 2.5″ screen the ultra compact camera seems like a good deal, here’s some of the other best sellers on Amazon UK this week:

1 – Canon Digital IXUS 85 IS – compact 10mp Canon, 3x zoom, £145
2 – Nikon D40 DSLR – 6mp, kit lens, cheapest Nikon DSLR, £279
3 – Sony Cybershot S950 – 10mp, 4x optical zoom, 2.7″ screen, £99
4 – Panasonic Lumix LZ10 – On special offer last week, £142
5 – Panasonic Lumix TZ7 – 10mp, 12x optical zoom, pocket zoom, £272

Kodak Easyshare Z915The Register have reviewed the new Kodak Easyshare Z915 – a compact 10x optical zoom digital camera, it features optical image stabilisation, 10 megapixel sensor, AA batteries, 2.5″ screen, and will be available in red, blue, black and grey for £179 from May:

“When it comes to performance, there’s no doubt that the 10x optical zoom is a bonus, although its specification is disappointing at the wide angle end. However, the optical image stabilisation system ensures you get rock-steady images when shooting at the extreme end of the telephoto setting. We also liked the panoramic mode, which was easy to use, and stitches up to three images in-camera.”

LG ArenaDPNow has reviewed the LG Arena – a new 5 megapixel camera phone, it features a 3″ touch screen, Schneider Kreuznach camera lens branding, Auto focus, 8gb onboard storage, and 30fps VGA video recording. Find out what they think in their review.

“The LG KM900 Arena is a great looking phone. It has a slick user-interface, though the more expensive Apple iPhone’s is more evolved. If you want to file manage and navigate, you will be frustrated by the Arena. On the other hand, we had no complaints with the Arena as a phone, and many of the built in applications were fun and impressive. And so to the camera. After the amazing image quality of the LG KC780, the Arena’s images were rather disappointing.”

Olympus E-P1The new Olympus E-P1 is now available for pre-order from Amazon UK – priced at £699 (including VAT and free postage) for the 14-42mm Silver Lens Kit, Silver body, and £749 (including VAT and free postage) for the 17mm Silver Pancake Lens & VF-1 External Optical View Finder Kit, with Silver body. Update: It’s also available with both lenses for £849 (including VAT and free postage) for the 14-42mm Black & 17mm Silver Pancake Lenses & VF-1 External Optical View Finder Kit with Silver body.

Olympus E-P1

Update: Olympus have officially announced the new Olympus E-P1 a new micro four thirds Digital camera, it’s the world’s smallest digital camera with changeable lens, it features the same size sensor as other Olympus Digital SLRs (meaning much better image quality with all the low-noise benefits of a DSLR), but with a camera body and lens size much more in like with a compact point and shoot such as the Canon G10! It will be available with a compact 17mm lens (34mm equivalent, UK Price with viewfinder £749), and 14-42mm 3x zoom lens (28 – 84mm equivalent, UK Price £699). More pics at Engadget. The camera will feature dust reduction, a 12.3 megapixel live view sensor, 720p video recording (1280×720) with stereo sound and HDMI out, anti-shake sensor, 3″ screen, 3fps, takes SD cards (finally!), and ISO100 – 6400.

Olympus E-P1 Back

“With the release of the E-P1, the digital era’s next generation Olympus Pen has arrived: mirrors are no longer a necessary component for digital cameras
with interchangeable lenses. The first groundbreaking Olympus Micro Four Thirds model impresses with its incredibly small size, retro style, and ease of use – without giving up any of the benefits of D-SLR quality. This new ultra-compact hybrid device can even record HD quality movies with depth of field and Art Filter effects familiar from still photography. Naturally, the E-P1 packs all the advantages of Olympus imaging technology e.g. image stabilisation, a dust reduction system, and bright interchangeable lenses. It will be available for purchase in July 2009 at a retail price of €800.”

Read more Olympus E-P1 Information, Previews: Olympus Press Release, Olympus Product Page, Hamburg Press Release (DPNow), Previews: DPReview, LetsGoDigital, DCResource, Four Thirds Photo, Imaging Resource, MacWorld, Digital Camera HQ, Sample Photos: Photography BLOG, Sample Videos: DPReview

Lenovo W700ds

Digital Photography School have reviewed the high end Thinkpad W700ds – the ultimate photography laptop features an Intel quad core processor, RAID hard drives, NVidia Quadro FX graphics, dual screen, built in colour calibration, and graphics tablet. We had a look at Focus on Imaging 2009.

“My lasting impressions of the W700DS are positive. It’s a powerful machine with loads of innovative features – many of which will be suited to serious photographers.”

Panasonic LZ10This week the Panasonic Lumix LZ10 is on special offer priced at £99 from Amazon UK and is quite a feature packed camera with more zoom than normal, and a slightly wide angle lens – it has a 10 megapixel sensor, wide-angle 30mm 5x optical zoom lens, and 2.5″ screen. Here’s some of the other best sellers on Amazon UK this week:

1- Panasonic Lumix TZ7 – Compact 10mp, 12x zoom, 3″ screen, £271
2 – Sony Cybershot S950 – 10mp, 4x zoom, 2.7″, £99
3 – Nikon D40 DSLR – 6mp, kit lens, cheapest Nikon DSLR, £279
4 – Canon IXUS 85 IS – 10mp, 3x optical zoom, 2.5″ screen, £145
5 – Panasonic Lumix TZ6 – (Reviewed here) – Pocket Zoom, 10mp, 12x zoom, £220

Casio Exilim H10

Casio has announced the new Casio Exilim EX-H10 – a new pocket zoom camera with a wide angle 24mm 10x optical zoom lens, 12 megapixel anti-shake sensor, 3″ screen, and 1000 shot battery life. The camera will be available for £299

“The new EX-H10 by Casio combines cutting edge Japanese technology with the most stylish, ultra-slim design in their first “Superzoom” camera. An impressive 10x optical zoom will take users to the heart of the action without compromising image quality; and a 24mm wide angle lens allows the camera to squeeze more in each shot – making it ideal for landscapes. The perfect travel partner, this slim camera can fit easily into a pocket and will keep shooting for nearly three times longer than its rivals. Casio’s pioneering long lasting battery in the EX-H10 has the incredible capacity to take 1,000 shots with one charged battery, ensuring that a fully charged camera will shoot all week*.”

Click to continue reading the full press release.

Casio’s EX-H10 also helps users to get faultless shots with a range of easy to use photographic modes, including: Auto Best Shot, Make-up Shot and Face Recognition, so that whatever is being shot the EX-H10 will adjust its settings for the ideal image.

10X optical zoom lens and 4X digital zoom – This new camera boasts up to 40X zoom with the combination of 10X optical and 4X digital with 12.1 million effective pixels. Take pictures of entire buildings or far away objects without losing focus.

24mm wide lens – No need to step back to take that panoramic shot. with a 24mm wide lens the EX-H10 has the capacity to view a landscape, building or entire scene in just one frame.

1,000 shot battery life – Casio has improved the battery life of the camera to make it one of the longest lasting camera batteries on the market. So even for the most extravagant of snappers this camera will last the week*.

The EX-H10 retails at £299 and can be purchased from all good camera stockists and

Kodak Z980

We’ve just uploaded sample photos from the new Kodak Easyshare Z980 – it features a 26mm wide angle 24x Optical Zoom Lens with optical image stabilisation, HD picture and video capture, Vertical shutter release and detachable vertical grip, for shooting scenes vertically, a hot shoe, 12 megapixel sensor, and 3″ screen. The Kodak Easyshare Z980 is available for £319.

View our Kodak Easyshare Z980 Sample Photo Gallery
Read our preview of the Kodak Easyshare Z980 at Focus.

Fuji FinePix F50fdThis week the Fujifilm FinePix F50fd is on special offer priced at £95 from Amazon UK making it one of the cheapest 12mp cameras available – it has a 12 megapixel sensor, 3x optical zoom lens, and 2.7″ screen. here’s some of the other best sellers on Amazon UK this week:

1- Fujifilm FinePix F50fd – Compact 12mp, 3x zoom, £95
2 – Panasonic Lumix TZ6 – (Reviewed here) – Pocket Zoom, 10mp, 12x zoom, £206
3 – Canon IXUS 85 IS – 10mp, 3x optical zoom, 2.5″ screen, £145
4 – Nikon D40 DSLR – 6mp, kit lens, cheapest Nikon DSLR, £279
5 – Sony Cybershot S950 – 10mp, 4x zoom, £99