From the monthly archives: "January 2010"

Panasonic ZX3

Panasonic has announced the new Panasonic Lumix ZX3 – it features a metal body available in a number of colours (red, silver, blue and black depending on location), and has a 25mm 8x optical zoom lens (25 – 200mm), 14 megapixel sensor, 2.7″ screen, 720p video, and optical image stabilisation. It’s available for £299 from Amazon UK:

“Streets ahead of its competitors, the new ZX3 offers unparalleled features – incorporating an impressively powerful 8x optical zoom into a slim and compact body. Featuring such a powerful 25-200mm high performance lens in a diminutive sized body is made possible by the lens unit comprising of 0.3mm super thin aspherical lens and 0.3mm spherical lens. Highly technically specified, yet astonishingly slim and compact – the ZX3 is a photographers dream! The DMC-ZX3 features a 25mm ultra wide-angle LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens and powerful 8x optical zoom (equivalent to 25-200mm on a 35mm camera) together with a 14.1-megapixel high resolution CCD into a compact body. The lens unit comprises of 9 elements in 7 groups, including 4 aspherical lenses with 6 spherical surfaces. “

Panasonic TZ8

Panasonic has announced the new Panasonic Lumix TZ8 / ZS5 – an update to the TZ6 – it features a metal body available in a number of colours (silver and black), and has a 25mm 12x optical zoom lens (25 – 300mm), 12 megapixel sensor, 2.7″ screen, aperture priority, 720p video, and optical image stabilisation. The TZ8 is available for £199:

“The TZ8 features a high-quality LEICA DC VARIO ELMAR 25mm ultra-wide-angle lens with a 12x optical zoom. A lens like this, with a range from 25mm to 300mm (1), is almost inconceivable in such a small, lightweight camera. Comprising 10 elements in 8 groups, including 2 ED lenses and 2 aspherical lenses with 3 aspherical surfaces, and utilizing new lens material in its design, this advanced lens unit realizes the outstandingly slim and compact body while passing Leica’s stringent standards to deliver exceptional optical performance. Thanks to the newly incorporated Intelligent Resolution technology, a ground-breaking Intelligent Zoom is available with the TZ8 which extends the zoom ratio by approx.1.3x maintaining the picture quality even combining a digital zoom. This means the 12x optical can virtually extend to 16x equivalent. Furthermore, the Extra Optical Zoom function that extends zoom power to 21.4x (at 3-megapixel resolution) by using the center part of the large CCD to bring subjects even closer.”

Panasonic TZ10

Panasonic has announced the new Panasonic Lumix TZ10 / ZS7 – it features a metal body available in a number of colours (red, black, blue, silver, depending on location), and has a 25mm 12x optical zoom lens (25 – 300mm), GPS, 12 megapixel sensor, 3″ 460k screen, 720p video with stereo sound, and optical image stabilisation. The TZ10 is available for £349:

Panasonic TZ10

“With a strong heritage, this fourth generation TZ model features a high-quality LEICA DC VARIO ELMAR 25mm ultra-wide-angle lens with a 12x optical zoom. A high quality lens like this, with a range from 25mm to 300mm (1), is almost inconceivable in such a small, lightweight camera. Comprising 10 elements in 8 groups, including 2 ED lenses and 2 aspherical lenses with 3 aspherical surfaces, and utilizing new lens material in its design, this advanced lens unit realizes the outstandingly slim and compact body while passing Leica’s stringent standards to deliver exceptional optical performance. Thanks to the newly incorporated Intelligent Resolution technology, a ground-breaking Intelligent Zoom is available with the TZ10 which extends the zoom ratio by approx.1.3x maintaining the picture quality even by combining zoom technologies. This means the 12x optical can virtually extend to 16x equivalent. Furthermore, the Extra Optical Zoom function that extends zoom power to 23.4x (at 3-megapixel resolution) by using the center part of the large CCD to bring subjects even closer.”

Panasonic FT2

Panasonic has announced the new Panasonic Lumix FT2 – it features a waterproof, dustproof, shockproof, freezeproof body available in a number of colours (depending on location), and has a 28mm 4.6x optical zoom lens, 2.7″ screen, 14 megapixel sensor, 720p video, and optical image stabilisation. The FT2 is available for £299:

Panasonic FT2

“Panasonic is pleased to introduce the new Lumix DMC-FT2, a successor to Lumix’s first camera geared for active outdoor use, the DMC-FT1. Featuring AVCHD Lite HD movie recording capability, the new 14.1-megapixel FT2 further strengthens its toughness to be waterproof to 10m, shockproof to 2m, freezeproof to -10 degrees C and dustproof. The camera is also empowered internally by the newly developed Venus Engine HD II integrating “Intelligent Resolution” technology.”

Pentax Optio I-10

Pentax has announced the new Pentax Optio I-10 – a 12 megapixel camera with a wide angle 5x optical zoom lens (28-140mm equivalent), shake reduction (CCD-sensor shift), smile detection, HD video mode, 2.7″ 16:9 LCD monitor, 2.6fps shooting, and it will be available in white or black. The top “SLR-like” features a flash on the front, and a speaker on the back, other design features include a thumb operated zoom control, the design was “inspired by PENTAX Auto 110“, more information on the Pentax website.

“SLR inspired design – The nostalgic, eye-catching design of the Optio I-10 resembles classic film SLR cameras. PENTAX positioned the flash unit and speaker in the upper mid-section of the camera body to create this original SLR-shaped body, and the leatherette texture and classic 20th century PENTAX logo add elegance to the camera design.”

Pentax Optio I-10

“Pentax Optio I-10 is capturing the eyes of a digital compact camera with a light and camera-SLR-like body has a lot of advanced features. It is, inter alia. 12.1 megapixel resolution, 5X optical zoom, image stabilization, HD-quality video, updated Face Detection (AF & AE), which also recognizes the dogs and cats – all of this, so that photographers would be easier and more fun.

“Optio I-10 is one of the most interesting feature is the opportunity to embed the previously captured image miniature LCD screens. It can be used for the benefit of example, when you want on the same subject several images identical picture of the corner,” says Juha Korteniemi.” (translated from Finnish press release, via Photorumors)

Pentax Optio H90

Pentax has announced the new Pentax Optio H90 – a 12 megapixel camera with a wide angle 5x optical zoom lens (28‐140mm), smile detection, HD 720p video mode, 2.7″ screen, 2.9fps shooting, pixel track function, and it will be available in multiple colours:

“A sophisticated digital compact camera, whose design is inspired by Japanese lifestyle trends – Pure design, derived from the pursuit of functional beauty. The Optio H90 sports a simple, extremely functional design, with extensive use of straight lines and easy-to-push round control buttons efficiently positioned for easy access. To achieve the unparalleled functional beauty in the Optio H90, PENTAX paid the utmost attention to every detail in design, material and finish.”

Pentax Optio H90

“Pentax Optio H90 is a compact digital camera that is designed for Pentax new “functional beauty” concept, in accordance with one another and to combine functional design of the full range of fundamental description of the functions. The camera is simple to use for a camera and a camera to the most popular group, and it is a 5x optical wide angle zoom lens extends teleeseen, 12.1 million effective pixels and a large and clear LCD display. All of this is mahdutettu compact and kevyeeseen frame. Ease of use of the camera in order to ensure the details of the design has taken into account all the buttons and controls layout, format, structure and quality. The result is a camera that fits in the hand and provides the opportunity to take perfect pictures in all conditions.” (translated from Finnish press release, via Photorumors)

Pentax Optio E90

Pentax has announced the new Pentax Optio E90 – a 10 megapixel camera with a 3x optical zoom lens, smile detection, 2.7″ screen, VGA video mode, and it will be available in black, and pinky purple “red”:

“Pentax Optio E90 is easy to use beginner’s digital compact camera with 10.1 megapixel resolution and 3X optical zoom lens. The camera has been updated to feature Smile, which detects a smiling face automatically, 640×480-pixel video capture and advanced image stabilization. Inexperienced users, facilitators, the description of the functions of an automatic exposure and ISO sensitivity adjustment and automatic slack adjusters Scene landscapes, portraits, night vision, flowers, sports, and candle light. Package created a camera that gives every opportunity to take very good pictures – even the very beginners.” (translated from Finnish press release, via Photorumors)

Sony Cybershot W180Amazon UK are selling the Sony Cybershot W180 for only £88 this week. The Sony Cybershot W180 features a 10 megapixel sensor, 1x optical zoom lens, black body, 2.7″ screen, and takes Sony memory cards.

If this doesn’t appeal to you, then here are some of the other best sellers on Amazon UK this week:

1 – Canon Powershot A1100 IS – 12mp, 4x zoom, 2.5″, £114
2 – Canon Digital IXUS 95 IS – 10mp, 3x zoom, 2.5″, £119
2 – Sony Cybershot W210 – 12mp, 4x opt zoom, 2.7″ screen, £99
4 – Panasonic Lumix TZ6 – (Reviewed here) – 10mp, 12x zoom, 2.7″, £184
5 – Panasonic Lumix TZ7 10mp, 12x zoom, 3″, £240

Canon Powershot A1100 ISAmazon UK are selling the Canon Powershot A1100 IS for only £99 this week. The Canon Powershot A1100 IS features a 12 megapixel sensor, 4x optical zoom lens, silver body, 2.5″ screen, optical viewfinder, AA batteries, and takes SD memory cards. It’s also one of the cheapest digital cameras available with optical image stabilisation:

If this doesn’t appeal to you, then here are some of the other best sellers on Amazon UK this week:

1 – Canon Powershot A1100 IS – 12mp, 4x zoom, 2.5″, £99
2 – Canon Digital IXUS 95 IS – 10mp, 3x zoom, 2.5″, £125
2 – Sony Cybershot W210 – 12mp, 4x opt zoom, 2.7″ screen, £99
4 – Panasonic Lumix TZ6 – (Reviewed here) – 10mp, 12x zoom, 2.7″, £184
5 – Panasonic Lumix TZ7 10mp, 12x zoom, 3″, £240

Pentax Optio E85

Amazon UK are selling the new Pentax Optio E85 budget camera for only £69 this week. The Pentax Optio E85 features a 12.1 megapixel sensor, 3x optical zoom lens, black body, 2.7″ screen, lithium ion battery, face detection and takes SD memory cards:

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 – Sony Cybershot W210 – 12mp, 4x opt zoom, 2.7″ screen, £99
3 – Fujifilm FinePix S1500 – 10mp, 12x zoom, 2.7″, £118
4 – Fujifilm FinePix J30 – 12mp, 3x optical zoom, 2.7″ screen, £74
5 – Canon Digital IXUS 100 IS 12mp, 3x zoom, 2.5″, Compact, £158