From the monthly archives: "December 2009"

Ricoh GXR

Photography BLOG has reviewed the new Ricoh GXR interchangeable unit camera system – the body accepts lens/sensor units with a 12.3mp CMOS sensor, 50mm f2.5 macro lens unit available as one option, and another 10mp CCD sensor, 24-72mm zoom lens unit also available. Future units are planned, and can be changed with the metal body staying the same – the body features a 3″ 920k pixel screen, SDHC card support, DNG support, manual mode, function buttons, ISO3200, full press snap, digital level meter, and dynamic range expansion. The body will be available for £419, 12.3mp 50mm Macro lens unit £600, 10mp 24-72mm zoom lens unit £330 and will be available in December.

“The Ricoh GXR is a remarkably mature first-generation product in an intriguing new photographic system, with excellent handling and image quality that will instantly appeal to all photographers who want to take pictures first and talk about gear second. The initial offering of interchangeable camera units is a little puzzling, though, and certainly won’t suit everyone – achieving the “right” combination of sensor and lens is crucial to the GXR’s future success.”

Ricoh GXR System Reviews: Wouter Photoblog, RicohForum (via 1001ncs), TechRadar, Previews: DCWatch, DPReview, Pocket-Lint First Look, Buy N Shoot, Trusted Reviews, DPNow Preview, Photography BLOG vs Panasonic GF1, AP Launch, AP First Look, AP News, PhotoRumours, Sample Photos: Ricoh, Photography BLOG

Amazon UK are selling the Fujifilm FinePix Z300fd for only £124 this week in black – the camera is a compact 10 megapixel camera with 5x optical zoom lens and 3″ touch screen, plus face detection, couple timer, dual image stabilisation, VGA, 30fps video and the camera takes XD/SD cards, you can view sample photos here, there are also two reviews on Amazon:

“I was looking for a high quality compact camera without an extending lens but still offering optical zoom. I considered various alternatives from pentax, sansung and olympus and even this cameras predecessor, the Z20fd. After much surfing I found this little gem on amazon.”

Canon Powershot A480This week Amazon UK are selling the new Canon Powershot A480 for only £69 – the A480 replaces the A470 – and features a new more compact design, 3.3x optical zoom lens, 10 megapixel sensor, 2.5″ screen, face detection, DIGIC III, 30fps VGA video mode and takes AA batters. The camera is available in silver, red, blue or black for £69.

If this 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 – Samsung ES55 – 10mp, 3x opt zoom, 2.5″ screen, £66
3 – Panasonic Lumix FS15 – 12mp, 5x zoom, 2.7″, £125
4 – Samsung ES15 – 10mp, 3x optical zoom, 2.5″ screen, £59
5 – Canon Digital IXUS 95 IS (Pink) – – 10mp, 3x zoom, 2.5″, £133

Canon Powershot A480 Reviews:, DPInterface, Photography BLOG

Olympus PEN E-P1

The Online Photographer has published a three part review (Part 2, Part 3 here) of the Olympus PEN E-P1 Micro Four Thirds camera – The E-P1 is one of 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. It is available for £579 (body only) or with a 17mm lens (34mm equivalent, with viewfinder £699), and 14-42mm 3x zoom lens (28 – 84mm equivalent, £579). It’s also available with both lenses for £749.

December 2009 Offer: Olympus UK are offering a free flash when you buy the E-P1 in December.

Read our Olympus PEN E-P1 Review
View our Olympus PEN E-P1 Sample Photo Gallery
Olympus PEN E-P1 Unboxed at Recently Reviewed

Read more Olympus PEN E-P1 Reviews: PhotoZone, Photoxels, NeoCamera, Digital Photography School, The Digital Story (via, LawrenceRipsher, DPExpert, Olympus PEN E-P1 Reviews

Nikon D3000DPReview has reviewed the new Nikon D3000 – an update to the D60 – it features a 10 megapixel sensor, 3fps shooting, 11 point focus, 3″ LCD, SD support, new Guide mode, and ISO 100-1600. The Nikon D3000 is available for £389 with VR kit lens.

“As far as image quality is concerned, the D3000 is a thoroughly satisfying camera, without being exceptional. The white balance system doesn’t cope all that well with artificial lighting, but the same is true of the D5000 and D90 as well, and it isn’t significantly worse than anything else in the entry-level sector.”

Read Nikon D3000 Reviews: Imaging Resource, Cameralabs, Trusted Reviews, LetsGoDigital, Photocrati, ePhotoZine, KenRockwell Review | Guide, DigitalCameraInfo, DCResource, NeoCamera, Photography BLOG, Pocket-Lint, Previews: DPReview

Canon Powershot A1100 ISCameralabs has reviewed the new Canon Powershot A1100 IS – a 12 megapixel camera with a 4x optical zoom lens, 2.5″ screen, optical image stabilisation, VGA video, it is available in blue, pink or silver for £120:

“The A1100 IS is, above all, a very affordable compact, but that doesn’t mean it’s short on features. It benefits from all of the new technologies brought in with Canon’s DIGIC 4 processor including scene recognition and face detection, and can shoot 640×480 pixel movies at 30 frames per second.”

Read more Canon Powershot A1100 IS Reviews:, DPInterface

Samsung 4GB SDHC Plus

Samsung has announced a new range of SDHC, MicroSD, and Compact Flash Memory Cards that are high speed, waterproof, impact proof, and also magnet and x-ray proof. They are available from Amazon UK now, prices below:

“The SAMSUNG SDHC Plus Card is protected by securely assembled case and non-conductive polymer coating material. Beneath that first line of defense is SAMSUNG NAND Flash Memory. The NAND flash memory parts, which are core components, are once again protected by Molding Technology. By covering the surfaces of memories with EMC (Epoxy Molding Compound).”

Samsung SDHC Plus: 4GB – £12, 8GB – £22, 16GB – £39
Samsung MicroSDHC Plus: 4GB – £11, 8GB – £22
Samsung Compact Flash Plus: 4GB – £33, 8GB – £56

For more information on Memory Cards, have a look at our guide to digital camera memory cards.

Sony and Vodafone have teamed up with photographer Jillian Edelstein to demonstrate the photographic ability of the new Sony Ericsson Satio Camera Phone. The Sony Satio features a 12.1 megapixel sensor, real xenon flash, 3.5″ 16:9 touchscreen, microSD™ support, geo-tagging, face detection, and a 13mm thick body. The Sony Satio is available for £435 sim free

“Jillian Edelstein, Sony Ericsson and Vodafone captured the eyes of the nation over 12.1 hours at the “Eyes Wide Open” event at Westfield shopping centre. Please feel free to browse our gallery and view some of the stunning images taken with the Sony Ericsson Satio™.” (via DPNow)

* Photo above taken with the Ricoh CX2

Ricoh CX2

We’ve just published our review of the new Ricoh CX2 – an update to the CX1 – it features a new 10.7x optical zoom lens (28 – 300mm), 5fps shooting, 9 megapixel CMOS sensor, 3.0″ 920k pixel screen, VGA 30fps video, 1cm macro mode, anti-shake sensor, level guage, dynamic range mode, and ISO1600. The Ricoh CX2 is available for £279

“The CX2 also has an impressive high resolution 3.0” 920k pixel screen, and provides an excellent user interface that is easy to use, and operates in much the same way as the more expensive Ricoh GR Digital III. The camera also adds new features (such as miniature scene mode), and features a lot of useful features for the photographer, such as electronic “spirit level”, 1:1 aspect ratio photos, a 28mm wide angle 10.7x optical zoom lens.”

Read our Ricoh CX2 Review
View our Ricoh CX2 Sample Photo Gallery

Read more Ricoh CX2 Reviews: Photography BLOG, Trusted Reviews, Buy N Shoot, DPExpert, Pocket-Lint

Ricoh CX2

We’ve added lots of new sample photos from the new Ricoh CX2 – an update to the CX1 – it features a new 10.7x optical zoom lens (28 – 300mm), 5fps shooting, 9 megapixel CMOS sensor, 3.0″ 920k pixel screen, VGA 30fps video, 1cm macro mode, anti-shake sensor, level guage, dynamic range mode, and ISO1600. The Ricoh CX2 is available for £279

View our Ricoh CX2 Sample Photo Gallery

Read Ricoh CX2 Reviews: Trusted Reviews, Buy N Shoot, DPExpert, Pocket-Lint