From the monthly archives: "July 2010"

Kodak's Digital Camera
Many people may not know this, but the world’s first digital camera was invented in 1975, by Kodak, and recorded images onto cassette tape. The camera had a 100 line black and white CCD sensor, and images could be played back (via a “Microcomputer”) and viewed on a TV screen. More information can be found on, and on the Kodak blog:

“In December of 1975, after a year of piecing together a bunch of new technology in a back lab at the Elmgrove Plant in Rochester, we were ready to try it. “It” being a rather odd-looking collection of digital circuits that we desperately tried to convince ourselves was a portable camera. It had a lens that we took from a used parts bin from the Super 8 movie camera production line downstairs from our little lab on the second floor in Bldg 4. On the side of our portable contraption, we shoehorned in a portable digital cassette instrumentation recorder.”

Kodak Digital Camera Tape

“Add to that 16 nickel cadmium batteries, a highly temperamental new type of CCD imaging area array, an a/d converter implementation stolen from a digital voltmeter application, several dozen digital and analog circuits all wired together on approximately half a dozen circuit boards, and you have our interpretation of what a portable all electronic still camera might look like.” Images from Twitter/KodakCB.

Samsung ST80
Samsung has announced the new Samsung ST80 – the compact camera features a 3x optical zoom lens, 3″ touch screen, built in wifi / wireless, 14.2 megapixel sensor, 720p 30fps HD video. The WiFi lets you email photos or video, or upload to facebook, picasa, youtube, and photobucket. The ST80 is due out in September.

“The ST80’s wireless connectivity makes it easy for users to upload or share digital images or videos with others directly from the camera without the need to be connected to a computer. By leveraging an available Wi-Fi internet connection, consumers have the option to email their digital images and video to individual email addresses or to those stored in the camera’s address book. In addition to email, consumers can also effortlessly upload images and videos directly to social networking sites such as Facebook®, Picasa™, YouTube®, Photo Bucket or even Samsung’s own Web site (Samsung Imaging).”

Canon IXUS 95 ISAmazon UK are selling the ultra compact Canon Digital IXUS 95 IS in pink or silver for only £99 – it features a 3x optical zoom lens with optical image stabilisation, 2.5″ screen, 10 megapixel sensor, VGA video recording, face detection, smart auto mode, and optical viewfinder.

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

1 – Panasonic Lumix TZ7 – 10mp, 12x zoom, 3″, £188
2 – Canon Digital IXUS 95 IS – 10mp, 3x opt zoom, 2.5″ screen, £99
3 – Panasonic Lumix FZ38 – 12mp, 18x zoom, 2.7″, £249
4 – Panasonic Lumix TZ10 – 12mp, 12x zoom, 3″, £241
5 – Panasonic Lumix TZ8 12mp, 12x zoom, 2.7″, £199

Pentax E90 Front
We’ve reviewed the new Pentax Optio E90 – a budget compact camera that features a 10 megapixel sensor, 3x optical zoom lens, 2.7″ screen, face detection, VGA 30fps video mode, rubberised grip, and takes AA batteries. The Pentax Optio E90 is available for £49 from Amazon UK, in black or red.

Pentax intro: “Combining a 10.1 megapixels sensor to a high performance PENTAX zoom lens, the Optio E90 delivers high-quality images with sharp details and faithfull color reproduction. The Optio E90 features a wide-angle 3x zoom lens equivalent to 32-96mm in 35mm format, allowing you to handle landscapes as well as group shots in a confined space. The high resolution 2.7” LCD screen (230.000 dots) offers absolute convenience not only to view captured images but also to make camera settings. The Optio E90’s exterior has been treated with a smooth rubber coating, and the right side of the front panel forms a grip for a firm and comfortable hold of the camera.”

Read our Pentax Optio E90 Review
View our Pentax Optio E90 Sample Photo Gallery.

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Samsung PL200

Samsung has announced three new digital cameras, all three are 14.2 megapixel cameras. Starting with the “budget” Samsung PL200 (above) – it features a 7x optical zoom lens (slightly wide-angle 31mm-217mm), 3″ screen, 720p video, and optical and digital image stabilisation. It should be available in September priced at $179.99 (US).

Updates to the DualView cameras include the new Samsung ST100 and ST600 – both cameras feature a new larger front screen that is 1.8″ rather than the normal 1.5″ – as featured on the ST550. Although seeing the ST100 below, with the folded-optics lens and mostly empty front panel, it makes me wonder how long till we see even larger front screens…

Samsung ST100

The Samsung ST100 and ST600 (seen below) both feature Alicia Keys, a 3.5″ touch screen, 720p video, optical and digital image stabilisation, and numerous scene modes, and should be available in September.

The ST600 features a 27mm wide angle 5x optical zoom lens, while the ST100 features a 35mm 5x optical zoom lens.

Samsung ST600

“The new flagship models of the Samsung DualView camera family, the ST600 and ST100 each received an upgrade to their front LCD screens, activated by a simple tap, which now measure 1.8″ compared to the 1.5″ front LCD screens found on their DualView predecessors. With larger front LCD screens, the ST600 and ST100 make it easier for consumers to properly frame themselves in their photos and videos and be part of the action by stepping out from behind the camera and joining friends and family in front. The Samsung DualView ST600 and ST100 are also available in stylish, mood-inspired colors, including purple (ST600) and pink (ST100), and are encased in a slim and sleek compact frame with a metallic finish to deliver a new sense of fun and modern functionality that will ensure users stand out from the crowd.”

Panasonic Lumix FT10

Panasonic has announced the new Panasonic Lumix FT10 (TS10), it’s Waterproof 3m, Freeze-proof -10℃, Shockproof 1.5m and Dust-proof, with a 14.1-megapixel High-resolution CCD, iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode and Dedicated iA Button, HD Movie Recording (1,280 x 720 pixels at 30 fps in Motion JPEG Format), 4x Optical Zoom Lens with Folded Optics Technology, 2.7-inch 230,000-dot High-resolution Intelligent LCD, it will be available in a number of colours and comes with a silicon case.

“The DMC-FT10 is designed for active use, that is waterproof to a depth of 3 meters, freeze-proof of up to -10℃, shockproof for falls from up to 1.5 meters, and dust-proof. In addition, included silicone jacket gives you more secure handling. The 14.1-megapixel DMC-FT10 features a 4x optical zoom LUMIX DC VARIO lens. The folded optics technology makes it possible to fit the high performance lens in flat body. The Extra Optical Zoom function uses the center part of the CCD to extend this 4x zoom ratio to powerful 8.4x zoom at a resolution of 3-megapixel or less.”

Panasonic Lumix FX700

Panasonic has announced the new Panasonic Lumix FX700, a more advanced version of the Panasonic Lumix FX70, it features 1080 HD video, 3″ touch screen, 14 megapixel sensor, 24mm wide angle 5x optical zoom lens, and bright f2.2 aperture lens:

“Panasonic announced today the addition of the new LUMIX DMC-FX700 digital camera, which records 1080 full High Definition (HD) videos in the AVCHD format and features a 3-inch touch-screen LCD. The 14.1-megapixel digital camera features a 24mm ultra wide-angle F2.2 super bright LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON lens with a 5x optical zoom*1 making the LUMIX FX700 extremely versatile in low-light conditions and when capturing moving subjects.”

Panasonic Lumix FZ100

Panasonic has announced the new Panasonic Lumix FZ100, it features a 25mm Wide-angle 24x Optical Zoom lens (25-600mm), 1,920 x 1,080 Full-HD Movie in AVCHD with Dolby Digital Stereo Creator, 14.1-megapixel MOS Sensor and Venus Engine FHD, iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode with Motion Deblur Mode and POWER O.I.S, Intuitive Manual Control and Creative Option Featuring My Color Mode, 3.0-inch Free-angle LCD with 460,000-dots, 11fps shooting, “Happy Mode”, and supports SD, SDHC and SDXC.

“Panasonic announced today the new LUMIX DMC-FZ100, a top-of-the-line model in the popular FZ-Series of LUMIX digital cameras with a newly developed LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens that features a powerful 24x optical zoom*1. As the company’s first hybrid compact digital camera with a MOS sensor, the LUMIX FZ100 can record full 1080 High Definition (HD) video – giving consumers a powerful hybrid that can shoot video and still photos with ease and professional-like quality.”

Panasonic Lumix FZ45

Panasonic has announced the new Panasonic Lumix FZ45 (FZ40), 25mm Wide-angle 24x Optical Zoom lens (25-600mm), HD Movie in AVCHD Lite with Creative Movie Mode, iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode with POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer), Intelligent Resolution Technology and 32x Intelligent Zoom, Intuitive Manual Control and Creative Option Featuring My Color Mode, 3.0-inch 230,000 dot Intelligent LCD, and 14 megapixel sensor.

“The 14.1-megapixel DMC-FZ45 features a 25mm wide-angle 24x optical zoom f/2.8-5.2 LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens. The 25mm wide-angle lens has about twice the shooting area of the standard 35mm lens. The powerful 24x optical zoom can be used both in still and motion picture recording. The Extra Optical Zoom function uses the center part of the CCD to extend this 24x zoom ratio to powerful 50.6x zoom at a resolution of 3-megapixel or less in still picture recording.”

Fujifilm FinePix JX280

Fujifilm (USA) has announced the new Fujifilm FinePix JX280 – the budget camera features a wide angle 5x optical zoom lens (28-140mm), 14 megapixel resolution, 2.7″ high-resolution LCD, HD movie at 720p with sound, ISO 3200, Tracking auto focus, Digital image stabilization, SR Auto / automatic scene recognition, Face detection, Smile / blink-detection mode, Motion panorama mode with auto stitch and a Metal body available in black or blue for $149.95 (US)

“FUJIFILM North America Corporation today announced the introduction of the FinePix JX280 to join its ultra-compact J-Series family of digital cameras. The FinePix JX280 offers consumers a compact digital camera packed with the latest features, and provides them with the perfect fit for their pockets as well as their wallets.
The FinePix JX280 employs a 14-Megapixel CCD, a 2.7” High-Resolution LCD and a Fujinon 5x wide angle (28mm-140mm) optical zoom lens.”