From the monthly archives: "December 2009"

Casio Exilim Z90 Hello Kitty Edition

AVING.net (via Engadget) has details of the new Hello Kitty version of the Casio Exilim Z90, the compact camera features a 12mp sensor, 3x optical zoom (35mm-105mm), 2.7″ screen, 720p video at 24fps, and ISO1600. The normal Casio Exilim Z90 is available in numerous colours: gold, silver, pink, light pink, blue and black for £149.

“Jebsen Korea, an official dealer of Casio, launched its limited edition digital camera ‘Hello Kitty Casio (model: EX-Z90)’ in Korea market. Compact enough to fit in the palm of a hand, the Hello Kitty Casio digital camera comes in two different pink colors that appeal to sophisticated women, and is designed to feel like a fashion accessory.”

Nokia N86 8mp

RecentlyReviewed.net has reviewed the new Nokia N86 8mp Camera Phone with lots of sample photos – the mobile phone features an 8 megapixel sensor, wide angle 28mm Carl Zeiss Tessar f2.4 auto-focus lens with variable aperture, a 2.6″ OLED screen, face-detection (with new firmware), and VGA video recording. The camera phone is available for £238 Sim Free

“Photos outside, in good light, can be pretty good. By pretty good, I mean good for a camera phone (see the examples shown – these are some of the better photos taken with the camera). I still think even the cheapest branded digital camera from Kodak (see below), Fuji, etc would be better than the Nokia N86. The macro mode is fairly good, but often the photos look a little washed out.”

Read more Nokia N86 8mp Reviews: DPExpert

Fujifilm FinePix F70EXR

The Fujifilm FinePix F70EXR is this months most popular camera reviewed on this site, and was the most read review on DigiCamReview this month. As Fuji’s latest advanced compact camera it features a new 10 megapixel Super CCD EXR sensor, a wide angle 10x optical zoom lens, a 2.7″ screen, wide dynamic range, and a VGA video mode. It also features Dual Image Stabilisation (anti-shake sensor), Face Detection 3.0 Technology, and ISO up to 12800 (at 3mp). It’s available in silver or black for £173:

Read our Fujifilm FinePix F70EXR Review
View our Fujifilm FinePix F70EXR Sample Photo Gallery

Most popular cameras on DigiCamReview December 2009:

1. Fujifilm FinePix F70EXR, Pocket Zoom, 10mp, 10x zoom Review, £173
2. Panasonic Lumix TZ6, Pocket Zoom, 10mp, 12x zoom Review, £179
3. Canon Digital IXUS 980 IS, Compact, 14.7mp, 3.7x zoom Review, £329
4. Panasonic Lumix FX150, 14.7mp, 3.6x zoom, Review, £199
5. Pansonic Lumix FS7, Compact, 10mp, 4x zoom, Review, £107

Fujifilm FinePix J30

Amazon UK are selling the new Fujifilm FinePix J30, for only £69 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 Pink, Black and Silver. If that doesn’t appeal to you, then here are some of the other best sellers on Amazon UK this week:

1 – Canon Digital IXUS 95 IS – 10mp, 3x zoom, 2.5″, £125

2 – Panasonic Lumix TZ6 – 10mp, 12x zoom, 2.7″, £179 (Review)

3 – Samsung ES55 – 10mp, 3x opt zoom, 2.5″ screen, £66
4 – Panasonic Lumix FS15 – 12mp, 5x zoom, 2.7″, £125
5 – Panasonic Lumix TZ7 – 10mp, 12x optical zoom, 3″ screen, £237

Samsung CL80

Samsung has announced the new Samsung CL80 with WiFi, 14MP Sensor, 31mm Wide Angle Lens 7x Optical Zoom (with optical image stabilisation), 3.7″ Wide VGA w/ Full Touch Screen Panel (Capacitive), Frame Guide, ISO3200, Smart Album, HD Video 1280×720(30/15fps), H.264 Compression, MicroSD Cards

“Samsung proudly introduces another in its line of leading edge digital camera technology with Wi-Fi capabilities. The Samsung CL80 lets you see every scene in a completely new and exciting way. A host of top-ranked features and technologies turns this camera into a true must-have. And the small, handheld size makes it easy to take it with you everywhere you go.”

Fujifilm FinePix F70EXR

This year has seen a large number of interesting new digital cameras appear – digital camera’s had to innovate this year just to get noticed! And with that in mind I’ve added a new section to the “Top Digital Cameras Reviewed” section called “Best Tech” which is short for “Best New Technology” – in there you’ll find some of my personal favourites, or most innovative new digital cameras, such as the Olympus PEN E-P1 which introduced a whole new category of camera, the Fujifilm FinePix F70EXR the world’s smallest 10x optical zoom camera with Fujifilm EXR sensor, the Ricoh CX2 with 5fps shooting and an impressive high resolution 920k 3″ screen, and the Casio Exilim FC100 with 30fps shooting and ultra high speed video (upto 1000fps shooting!).

Panasonic FS7Another great camera from this year is the Panasonic Lumix FS7, it’s compact, stylish, takes great photos, and is also one of the cheapest cameras available, priced at £105, with real optical image stabilisation – which means that more of your shots should come out blur free!

Panasonic Lumix TZ6Panasonic were on top form this year, with every new camera providing something new, innovative, or just great value for money, such as the Panasonic Lumix TZ6 (ZS1), it features a 25mm wide angle 12x optical zoom lens, image stabilisation, and 10 megapixel sensor, and proves that you don’t have to buy a huge camera to get a lot of zoom!

This year saw the continuation of the megapixel race, however, this was mainly confined to the mobile phone world, where everybody seemed to race to 12 megapixel camera phones, with the introduction of the 12 megapixel Sony Ericsson Satio (and others), while the digital camera world realised less is better, and “downgraded” to 9 and 10 megapixel sensors. The 8 megapixel Sony Ericsson Cybershot C905 (reviewed here) showed that with some effort you can get some decent shots from camera phones.

Continue reading the Best Digital Cameras of 2009:

Highly Recommended:
Canon EOS 450D

Canon EOS 450D Rebel XSi DSLR – 9.2/10 – £497
Olympus EVOLT E-420 DSLR – 9.2/10 – £399
Panasonic Lumix TZ6 / ZS1 – 9/10 – £179
Panasonic Lumix FS7 – 9/10 – £105
Olympus PEN E-P1 Micro DSLR – 8.8/10 – £564
Canon Powershot SX110 IS – 8.8/10 – £229
Panasonic Lumix FX150 – 8.8/10 – £248
Fujifilm FinePix F70EXR – 8.6/10 – £173
Panasonic Lumix FX40 – 8.6/10 – £177
Canon Digital IXUS 980 IS – 8.6/10 – £329

Recommended:
Fuji F200EXR

Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR – 8.5/10 – £173
Ricoh CX2 – 8.5/10 – £275
Canon Powershot A590 – 8.5/10 – £89
Casio Exilim FC100 – 8.3/10 – £205
Ricoh CX1 – 8.3/10 – £214
Sony Cybershot W220 – 8/10 – £126

Camera Phones / Mobile Phones / Others:
Sony C905

Sony Ericsson Cybershot C905 – as mentioned earlier – this camera has a real flash which helps it take much better indoor photos than other camera phones – £239
Polaroid Pogo Mobile Printer – budget price makes this fun printer appealling – £23
Spyder 3 Pro Monitor Calibration – £102

Memory Cards:
Memory Cards

Don’t forget to buy a large memory card for your camera – I tend to buy Sandisk and have never had a problem with them! Have a look at our guide to memory cards for details on all the different kinds of memory cards, or for something more extreme, have a look at Samsung’s new Waterproof Memory Cards.

While we’re on the subject, hopefully next year will see the death of XD memory cards, with only Olympus still using them. If only Sony would stop using Sony Memory Sticks, although considering they use it in everything they make, I think it’s quite a long way off yet. Some manufacturers, have switched to MicroSD cards in some of their products, such as the Samsung ST550, but am I the only one who thinks these cards are TOO small?

Fuji F200EXR in Black

Fujifilm UK are offering £30 cashback on the Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR and £50 cashback on the S200EXR when bought between the 1st to the 31st of December.

The F200EXR is an update to the F100fd – it features a new 12 megapixel Super CCD EXR sensor that provides high resolution (at 12mp), high dynamic range (at 6mp), and high sensitivity with low noise (upto ISO6400 at 6mp). The camera features a wide angle 5x optical zoom lens, manual controls, anti shake sensor, 3″ screen, SD/XD card support, and compact body available in silver or black in for £173.

Read our Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR Review
View our Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR Sample Photo Gallery
Click here to view the Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR video

Read more Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR Reviews: Cameras.co.uk, DigitalCameraInfo, LetsGoDigital, DPInterface, DPReview, Photoxels, DCResource, DPExpert, Luminous Landscape, NeoCamera, Trusted Reviews, TestFreaks, Previews: Read our Fuji F200EXR quick preview.

Samsung ST1000Samsung Imaging has published two reviews (second one here) of the new Samsung ST1000 / CL65 – a compact 12 megapixel camera with built in GPS, WIFI, Bluetooth, a 5x optical zoom lens (35mm – 175mm), a 3.5″ 1,152k pixel touch screen, 720p HD video recording, optical image stabilisation, and 18.9mm thin body, it is available now, priced at £229 – there is also a few reviews on Amazon.co.uk, with a review of the red model here:

“Ever onward, we find that the camera can get photos to the internet without the need to connect wires and exchange memory cards. This sounds too good to be true also – and indeed it is. The camera does indeed use your wireless network (broadband router/hub) to connect to the internet and automatically upload to facebook and picasa etc etc. This etcetera does not include Flickr unfortunately.” (Amazon.co.uk)

Panasonic Lumix FP8

Photography BLOG has reviewed the new Panasonic Lumix FP8 – the new ultra compact camera features a 28mm wide angle 4.6x optical zoom lens (28 – 128mm), and new Power Optical Image Stabilisation (O.I.S.), a 2.7″ screen, HD 720p Video at 30fps, 12 megapixel sensor, ultra high-speed start-up of approx. 0.95 seconds, and LED Illumination Button. The camera is available in silver, black, and red for £189.

“The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP8 is a new 12.1 megapixel compact camera with a 28mm, 4.6x Leica DC lens. The FP8 is quite different to previous designs from Panasonic, featuring a futuristic flat body and retracting lens with folding optics and blue LED cursor buttons that light up when pressed. In addition to the radical look, the Panasonic FP8 also offers 27 scene modes, including the High Dynamic mode which helps to capture a scene with moderate exposure, plus HD movies recorded at 720p quality, Venus Engine V image processor, Intelligent Auto mode for hassle-free shooting, and Power O.I.S to help prevent camera-shake.”

Read more Panasonic Lumix FP8 Reviews: Cameras.co.uk