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!).
Another 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 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.
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
Camera Phones / Mobile Phones / Others:
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
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?