From the monthly archives: "November 2009"

Yashica EZ F521

Crave (CNET) has reviewed the new Yashica EZ F521 called a “Digital Holga” by Crave previously – it features a manual focus (Macro / Landscape) F3.0 / 7.0mm lens (42.5mm equivalent), 2.4″ screen, a 5 megapixel 1/2.5″ CMOS sensor, VGA 30fps video, 190 shot battery life, SD card support, optical viewfinder, flash, and takes AAA batteries. The camera is available for around $89

“Previously I craved about the Yashica EZ F521 which from its toy-like facade, could very well be a digital twin to the Holga. After trying out the camera for a weekend, I have to say that the Yashica is close, but definitely not quaint enough to be a Holga.”

Read more on the Yashica EZ F521: AmericanPeyote Review, Japan Exposures, Bending Trees, Box (Four Corners Dark), Flickr Sample Photos, Picture: Exemode, Via Crave, Shops: Exemode

Sony Alpha A230

Trusted Reviews has reviewed the new Sony Alpha A230 Digital SLR – an update to the A200 – it features a 10 megapixel sensor, 2.7″ screen, on screen help guide, ISO3200, SteadyShot INSIDE image stabilization, 2.5fps shooting, D-Range Optimizer, Sony Memory Stick slot, plus SD / SDHC card support. The camera is available for £349:

“The A230 is, as you’d probably expect for the price, a very basic model with only the bare minimum of features. To keep development costs to a minimum it has the same Sony-made 10.2-megapixel CCD sensor previously seen in the Alpha A100 and A200. In fact it’s pretty much the same camera as the A200, but with a new body design and a new compact 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens.”

Read more Sony Alpha A230 DSLR Reviews: Photography BLOG, Buy N Shoot

Samsung ST550

Digital Camera Info has reviewed the new Samsung ST550 (aka TL225) it features dual LCDs – a touch screen at the back, and a 1.5″ screen at the front for self-portraits etc. The ST550 features the same 3.5″ 1,152k pixel touch screen as the ST1000, a 12 megapixel sensor, a wide angle 4.6x optical zoom lens (27mm – 124mm), 720p HD video recording, optical image stabilisation, and 18.9mm thin body. The ST550 is available from £212 in black and purple, silver, gold, black, or orange (pictured above).

“The TL225 is a compact point and shoot camera that captures 12.2 megapixel images, and has a 4.6x zoom lens. It also has an unusual trick up its sleeve: as well as the 3.5-inch LCD on the back of the camera, there is a 1.5-inch LCD on the front for taking self-portraits or attracting the attention of small children and animals.”

Read more Samsung ST550 / TL225 Reviews: Digital Camera Review, DPExpert

Ricoh GR Digital III

The Online Photographer have reviewed the new Ricoh GR Digital III as a black and white camera, an update to the GR Digital II. The GRD III features a new wide angle f1.9 28mm lens, a 10 megapixel sensor, 1cm macro mode, ISO1600, 3″ VGA screen, and 370 shot battery life, double range double shot, RAW support, 1:1 aspect ratio photos, electronic level, exposure bracketing, 30fps VGA video recording. It also has a new “pixel output interpolation algorithm” to prevent overexposed areas, and a full press snap shutter release that takes the photo instantly at a set focal distance. The new GR Digital III is available for £489

“Let’s start with the bottom line: for my work, the new Ricoh GR Digital IIIproduces ISO 1600 files that are greatly improved over those of the GR Digital II. The GRD III files have much better image quality in terms of noise and dynamic range, improvements that are revealed dramatically when processing to achieve the high contrast look that I like.”

View our Ricoh GR Digital III Sample Photos

Read more Ricoh GR Digital III Firmware Update: 1st December 09, Reviews: DPS, Wouter Photoblog, Buy n Shoot, DPExpert, Trusted Reviews, RegHardware, SeriousCompacts, AlphaMountWorld, Pocket-Lint, PhotographyBLOG, AlphaMountWorld (via 1001noisycameras)

Nikon D5000Digital Photography School has reviewed the new Nikon D5000 Digital SLR – it features a 12 megapixel CMOS sensor, 2.7″ live view swivel screen, HD video recording (720p), ISO3200, adaptive D-lighting, dust reduction, 11-point AF and 19 scene modes. The Nikon D5000 is available for £524 with Nikon VR kit Lens.

“The Nikon D5000 has an appealing D-Movie function: you can shoot video at 24 fps and record clips of 1280×720 pixels — 16:9 aspect ratio — but not full High Definition. If you need a lower res for emailing the camera can also shoot at 640×424 or 320×216 pixels. The maximum run of video totals a 2GB file, producing a run time of five minutes for each 1280×720 clip.”

Read Nikon D5000 DSLR Reviews: Photocrati, Cameralabs, NeutralDay, ByThom, DCResource, DPReview, Ken Rockwell, LetsGoDigital, Photography BLOG, Trusted Reviews, Digital Camera Info, Imaging Resource, DPInterface, Cameralabs, BuyNShoot, Previews: DCResource, DPReview, Imaging Resource, Photography BLOG

Pentax K-X DSLR

Pocket-Lint has reviewed the new Pentax K-x Digital SLR – with “100 colours, 100 styles” it features different body and grip colours (in Japan), a 12.4mp CMOS sensor, sensor shift image stabilisation, dust reduction, 2.7″ live view screen, 11 point AF, ISO6400, RAW, HDR (combining 3 photos), 1,280 x 720 (16:9 aspect ratio) 24fps video, 4.7fps shooting, SD card support and takes AA batteries. The camera is available for £564 with 18-55mm kit lens.

“With a design based on its previous starter model in the Pentax K-m, and some trickle down features from the higher end K7, the new K-x in offering 12.4 effective megapixels from a 12.9-megapixel CMOS sensor should in theory offer a best of both worlds’ solution, providing potential owners trading up from a point-and-shoot compact a pretty sound investment for their cash.”

More Pentax K-x DSLR Reviews: Photocrati, Digital Camera Review, Photography BLOG, ePhotoZine, Previews: NeutralDay, Photography BLOG, Imaging Resource, DPReview Hands On, Press Release at PentaxDSLRs Blog, Launch at OK1000 (via 1001noisycameras)

Panasonic Lumix GF1

Cameralabs has reviewed the new Panasonic Lumix GF1 Micro Four Thirds DSLR – the camera features a 12.1 megapixel live view sensor, HD 720p Video at 30fps, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9, 1:1 aspect ratio, AF assist lamp, ISO100 – 3200, 3fps shooting, 3.0″ 3:2 aspect 460k pixel screen, dust reduction, and built in flash. Compared to the Olympus E-P1 – It lacks the in body image stablisation, and instead relies on optical IS in the lens. The camera is available in Black, Silver, Red and White, for £619 with kit lens, or £449 body only.

“The new Lumix GF1 departs from the mini-DSLR-styling of the earlier G1 and GH1, instead adopting a relatively compact form factor. Like the Olympus E-P1 before it, the GF1 therefore delivers the combination of large sensor, interchangeable lenses and portability which enthusiasts have been requesting for years. It may still be fairly chunky compared to a typical compact, but is considerably smaller and lighter than a DSLR, especially when fitted with a thin pancake prime lens, like Panasonic’s 20mm f1.7 model.”

Read Panasonic Lumix GF1 Reviews: Digital Camera Info, Trusted Reviews, TOP Part I, TOP Part II, ByThom, DPExpert, DPExpert GF1 and E-P1, ePhotoZine, The Online Photographer, DPReview, DCResource, Luminous Landscape, HardwareZone, Which43.com, Previews: Davids Simple Photography Hands On, Pocket Lint, DPNow, Links: Read the full GF1 Press Release, Related: Why I love Micro FourThirds (TOP).

Canon Powershot G11

DCResource has reviewed the new Canon Powershot G11 – it features a wide angle 5x optical zoom lens (28 – 140mm), with optical image stabilisation, 2.8″ twist screen with 461k pixels, 10 megapixel sensor, 1cm macro, VGA 30fps video, ISO3200. The 10 megapixel sensor and new DIGIC 4 processor allows better low light performance with lower noise. The G11 is available for £430.

“The PowerShot G11 produces very good quality photos. Canon claimed that the G11 and its new “high sensitivity” CCD would perform better at low light than other cameras in its class, and they weren’t lying. While it certainly won’t replace a digital SLR, the G11 lets you use sensitivities a full stop higher than your typical compact camera. If you shoot RAW and do some basic post-processing, even ISO 1600 photos (taken in good light) are usable for small prints.”

Read more Canon Powershot G11 Reviews: ePhotoZine, DPExpert, Digital Camera Info, Cameralabs, Gizmodo, DigitalCameraReview, ePhotoZine, Pocket Lint, Photography BLOG, Luminous Landscape, Laurence Kim, Kirk Tuck

Fujifilm FinePix J30

Amazon UK are selling the new Fujifilm FinePix J30, for only £69 (previously £79) it features a 3x optical zoom lens, a 12.2 megapixel sensor, 2.7″ screen, SD card support, Panoramic Shooting Mode, rechargeable lithium ion battery, VGA video recording at 30fps, and a compact body available in silver, black or pink. If that doesn’t appeal to you, then here are some of the other best sellers on Amazon UK this week:

1 – Samsung ES55 – 10mp, 3x opt zoom, 2.5″ screen, £67
2 – Samsung ES15 – 10mp, 3x optical zoom, 2.5″ screen, £59
3 – Canon Digital IXUS 95 IS – 10mp, 3x zoom, 2.5″, £125
4 – Panasonic Lumix FS15 – 12mp, 5x zoom, 2.7″, £125
5 – Panasonic Lumix TZ6 – Pocket Zoom, 10mp, 12x zoom, review, £177

Fujifilm FinePix J30

Amazon UK are selling the new Fujifilm FinePix J30, for only £69 (previously £79) it features a 3x optical zoom lens, a 12.2 megapixel sensor, 2.7″ screen, SD card support, Panoramic Shooting Mode, rechargeable lithium ion battery, VGA video recording at 30fps, and a compact body available in silver, black or pink. If that doesn’t appeal to you, then here are some of the other best sellers on Amazon UK this week:

1 – Samsung ES55 – 10mp, 3x opt zoom, 2.5″ screen, £67
2 – Samsung ES15 – 10mp, 3x optical zoom, 2.5″ screen, £59
3 – Canon Digital IXUS 95 IS – 10mp, 3x zoom, 2.5″, £125
4 – Panasonic Lumix FS15 – 12mp, 5x zoom, 2.7″, £125
5 – Panasonic Lumix TZ6 – Pocket Zoom, 10mp, 12x zoom, review, £177