From the monthly archives: "January 2011"

Panasonic Lumix FS33 Front On
The Panasonic Lumix FS33, is the touch-screen version of the Panasonic Lumix FS30, with a 3.0″ touch screen. It packs an impressive wide-angle 8x optical zoom lens (28-224mm in 35mm equiv.) into a compact body, and features a 14.1 megapixel sensor, optical image stabilisation, HD video, SDXC support, lithium-ion rechargeable battery, and face detection. The Panasonic Lumix FS33 is available in black, red or silver for £139-£149, and the Panasonic Lumix FS30 is available in black, blue, silver, violet for £116.

Panasonic Lumix FS33 Sample Photo Gallery
Panasonic Lumix FS33 Review
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Olympus XZ-1 Front
ePhotoZine, DPReview, and has reviewed the new Olympus XZ-1, shown in prototype form at Photokina. The camera features a high sensitivity 10 megapixel CCD sensor, an i.Zuiko Digital f1.8-f2.5 wide angle 4x optical zoom lens (28-112mm), with lens ring and another dial at the back, the camera also features a high resolution 3″ 631k pixel OLED screen, manual controls, RAW support, ISO100-6400, built in flash, flash hot-shoe, accessory port (as featured in the PEN series), multi-exposure, AF illuminator, 1cm macro, art filters, HDMI out, 320 shot battery life, lithium ion batter, upto 7/15fps shooting (JPEG, 2fps RAW), 720p HD video (at 30fps), and will be available in white or black. The Olympus XZ-1 is available from Amazon UK in black or white for £399.

“In conclusion, the XZ-1 is a modern classic with best-in-class hardware and top notch image quality, but it does come with some puzzling shortcomings. Thanks to its impressive lens and color rendition, it is the current compact champ.” –

Ricoh CX5 Colours
Ricoh has announced the new Ricoh CX5 – with new hybrid AF system – it updates the CX4 (read our review here) with quicker AF, new scene modes (Cooking/Food, Fireworks and Golf swing), and super resolution technology for improved details, the camera features the same specifications as the CX4: wide angle 10.7x optical zoom (28-300mm), 3″ screen with 920k pixels, 10 megapixel CMOS sensor and 5fps shooting, anti-shake sensor, 720p HD video, HDMI out, ISO3200, and lithium ion battery. The camera will be available in Black, Silver and Pink from the end of February priced at £259.


“RICOH COMPANY, LTD. (helmed by president and CEO Shiro Kondo) will be releasing its newly developed CX5 digital camera model with its wide-angle, high magnification 10.7´ optical zoom (28–300 mm) lens, which has a higher autofocus speed due to the use of Ricoh’s new hybrid AF system.


With the new CX5 model, AF focusing times are decreased to as low as 0.2 sec. for both wide-angle 28 mm and telephoto 300 mm, up to half as short compared to the CX4, using Ricoh’s unique new hybrid AF system. This ensures that you reliably capture the image you were waiting for, never to miss another good shot again.


Using super-resolution technology, the CX5 also allows (1) recording of images with improved resolution using the “Super-resolution” setting and (2) telephoto shooting at up to 600 mm equivalent with minimal degradation in image quality using “Super-resolution Zoom.”

Furthermore, in addition to the new Cooking, Fireworks, and Continuous Golf Swing scene modes, the CX5 has improved features that make shooting photographs even more fun through the use of super-resolution zoom during Zoom Macro mode shooting and other functions.

The CX5 is an even more enhanced compact digital camera that was designed based on the concept of it being “a tool that you will find yourself wanting to use every day.”

Photojojo are selling the new Pocket Square digital camera – an ultra compact camera that fits on a keyring, it features a 1.5 megapixel sensor and takes square photos, it also has a video mode (without sound), macro switch, microSD support, and built in lithium ion battery that is charged via USB. The camera has additional filters for a vintage, lo-fi look: vivid, noise, and monochrome. Or for something slightly higher tech, have a look at the new 2 megapixel, f2.8 lens “Mr Digital Clover” keychain camera.

“No need to bust out your Rollei to snap a sweet square. A push of a button, and the Pocket Square will deliver the dreamiest square 6×6 photos and videos. It’s a 2″x1” square-format digital camera that packs a macro-mode and three lo-fi filters: vivid yellow, saturated “noise”, and monochrome. Not to mention a silent video mode that will have you nostalgic for Super 8 film. You’ll see the world in whole new way: square sunsets, square portraits, square close-ups of bugs! The Square fits all the fun of medium format, film, and filters right into your pocket.”

Panasonic Lumix TZ20
Panasonic has announced the new Panasonic Lumix TZ18 (ZS8) and Panasonic Lumiz TZ20 (ZS10). Both cameras feature a 14.1 megapixel sensor, wide angle 16x optical zoom lens (24-384mm), optical image stabilisation, 3.0″ screen, high speed shooting, lithium ion batteries, P/A/S/M modes, and SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card support. Further details of the differences are outlined below. The Panasonic Lumix TZ20, shown above, will be available in Red, Blue, Silver and Black from the 7th of March from Amazon UK

TZ20 (ZS10): 1920×1080 HD Video up to 29min with stereo sound, GPS, 10fps shooting at 14mp, 3.0″ touch screen (460k), MOS sensor, 260 shot battery life, and 3D Photo mode. Review(s): Cameralabs TZ20 / ZS10 Review.
TZ18 (ZS8): 720p HD Video up to 15min with mono sound, CCD sensor, 3.0″ screen (230k), 340 shot battery life. Review(s): ePHOTOzine TZ18 / ZS8 Review.

“Panasonic’s multiple award winning TZ series is pleased to welcome a two outstanding new additions – the TZ20 and TZ18. Brimming with the very latest Lumix technology and key features fundamental to the TZ success story – including HD movie recording capability, full manual control, a 24mm ultra wide angle and powerful 16x optical zoom in a compact body – the TZ20 offers and even higher standard with built-in GPS and FULL HD AVCHD movie recording.”

Panasonic Lumix TZ18

The Panasonic Lumix TZ18, shown above, will be available in Black or Silver from the 7th of March from Amazon UK

“A compact and versatile lens system is the hallmark of the LUMIX TZ series and for the new TZ20 and TZ18 this lens system is entirely redeveloped in both optical and mechanical design. Featuring a new high-quality 24mm ultra wide angle LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens with 16x optical zoom. The newly applied Nano Surface Coating boasts an extremely low reflectance ratio compared with the conventional multi coating to suppress image ghosting. Thanks to this very latest Panasonic technology, adopted for the first time to the LUMIX cameras, the images delivered through the lens of a TZ20 and TZ18 have exceptional optical performance with stunning clarity that passes Leica’s stringent standards.”

“For the TZ20, a newly adopted 14.1-megapixel MOS sensor and the advanced image processor, Venus Engine FHD, feature high speed, high sensitivity image recording to realize 1920 x 1080 full-HD movie recording and high speed burst shooting. It lets the TZ20 shoot 10 fps in 14-megapixel full resolution with mechanical shutter and 5 fps with continuous AF. Even higher speed burst shooting is available with TZ20 if electronic shutter is used – 60 fps in 3.5-megapixel*. While the new TZ18 takes advantage of the Venus Engine VI.”

Panasonic Lumix FT3 GPS
Panasonic has announced the new Panasonic Lumix FT3 – a compact, “tough” camera, with GPS, it is waterproof to 12 metres, sand/dustproof, freezeproof to -10C, shockproof to 2m, (bombproof?) and features a 12.1 megapixel sensor, a wide angle 4.6x optical zoom lens (28-128mm), 2.7″ screen, optical image stablisation, 3D photo mode, 1920 x 1080 Full-HD Movie Recording, 3.7fps shooting, GPS, and compass, altimeter and barometer. The Panasonic Lumix FT3 will be available in blue or red, on the 14th of March from Amazon UK.

“The LUMIX DMC-FT3, is specially geared for active outdoor use, incorporating more powerful features in an even more rugged design. Every aspect of the 12.1-megapixel FT3 has been toughened and it is waterproof to a depth of 12m and dustproof equivalent to the “IPX8” and “IPX6” standard. Thanks to rubber padding and reinforced glass resins inside the camera, the FT3 features an airtight body protected against water immersion, dust and sand. The built-in GPS function, compass, altimeter and barometer are all newly incorporated and add further to the camera’s versatility and usability as an outdoor tool.

The LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens on the FT3 has a folded optics design and boasts not only a high quality image but also rugged design. Starting at the 28mm wide angle, and zooming up to a useful 4.6x in telephoto, this camera gives you flexibility in many shooting conditions — especially underwater, where movement is often restricted and the angle of view becomes important for composing your shots.

A newly developed 12.1-megapixel Hi-Speed CCD sensor is at the heart of the DMC-FT3 which is capable of the high-speed, large-capacity signal processing required for 1920 x 1080 full-HD movie recording in AVCHD as well as high speed continuous shooting. The advanced image processing LSI, Venus Engine FHD, assures high picture quality in both photo and movie recording. Intelligent Resolution technology performs optimum signal processing to give the whole image outstandingly natural clarity with fine detail. The powerful 4.6x optical zoom increases its power to 6x equivalent with the Intelligent Zoom function taking advantage of the Intelligent Resolution technology maintaining the picture quality even when using digital zoom. The Sonic Speed AF and a quick start-up time give the DMC-FT3 a high speed response that helps to catch even the most fleeting photo opportunities.”

Panasonic Lumix FX77 FX78
Panasonic has announced the new Panasonic Lumix FX77 (FX78) – a new ultra compact camera it features a 12 megapixel sensor, wide angle 5x optical zoom lens (24-120mm), 3.5″ touch screen (only 230k), 3.7fps shooting, 1920 x 1080 Full-HD Movie Recording, 3D photo mode, intelligent auto mode, optical image stabilisation, SD/SDHC/SDXC support and 200 shot battery life with the provided lithium ion battery. The Panasonic Lumix FX77 should be available at the end of February from Amazon UK.

“Beautifully designed and packed with high-end features, Panasonic is pleased to announce the addition of the FX77 to the elegant LUMIX FX series. Featuring an all new 3.5-inch large LCD with Smart Touch operation, complete control is possible with a simple touch. Beyond this, Touch Auto Focus, Touch Zoom and Touch Shutter during recording, plus various Touch playback functions and 3D Photo mode are welcome additions to the award winning Lumix compact camera range.

Incorporating a newly developed 12.1-megapixel Hi-Speed CCD sensor and high-speed, high-performance Venus Engine FHD, the FX77 processes a large amount of signals at high speed, making it possible to record 1,920 x 1,080 full-HD movie recording and high resolution consecutive shots at 3.7 fps in 12.1-megapixel full resolution and max.10 fps at 3-megapixel recording.”

JTT Chobi Cam 1
JTT are selling the new Chobi Cam One, it’s an ultra compact 2 megapixel digital camera with inter-changeable lenses. It’s available with a 0.5x wide angle, a 2.0x telephoto, standard lens, and fish eye. It also records VGA videos at 30fps, and takes microSDHC cards, yet only weighs 12g. (via Trusted Reviews)

Casio Exilim ZR100
Casio has announced the new Casio Exilim ZR100, shown above, and Casio Exilim ZR10, shown below. We first saw the Casio Exilim ZR10 at Photokina 2010. The new Casio Exilim ZR100 features a wide-angle 12.5x optical zoom lens (24 ~ 300mm), a 12 megapixel CMOS (back-illuminated type) sensor, high speed shooting (upto 40fps photos, 1000fps video), 3″ screen, anti-shake sensor, 1080p HD Video, and HDMI out.

“January 5, 2011 ― Casio America, Inc. and its parent company, Casio Computer Co., Ltd., today unveiled the 12.1 megapixel EX-ZR100, the new flagship model for the company’s popular EXILIM® family of digital cameras. Blazingly fast, the EX-ZR100 is powered by Casio’s new EXILIM ENGINE HS with dual core processors, which work together to offer consumers a high-speed shooting experience unlike any other. From high-speed image processing to slow-motion video recording, the next generation EXILIM EX-ZR100 represents a dramatic advancement beyond today’s traditional digital cameras. Also joining the EX-ZR100 is the EX-ZR10. Announced at the 2010 Photokina Expo, the EX-ZR10 is the younger sibling of the more advanced EX-ZR100, and will begin shipping in January 2011.”

Casio Exilim ZR10

The Casio Exilim ZR10 features a 12 Megapixel Back-Illuminated CMOS Sensor, 28mm Wide-Angle 7X Optical Zoom Lens, CMOS Shift Stabilization, 30 Images (40fps) shooting, and High-Speed Movie (480fps), Full HD 1080 Movie Capture (H.264), Stereo Recording, HDMI Terminal, High-Speed Continuous Shutter (CS) Technology, Slide Panorama Shooting, and HDR-Art Imaging.

Casio has announced the new Casio Exilim ZS10 (above), and Casio Exilim ZS5 (below), both cameras feature a 14 megapixel sensor, wide angle 5x optical zoom lens, 2.7″ screen, and USB charging. The EX-ZS10 features 720p video and will be available in black, silver, red, pink and blue, and will ship in March 2011 for $119.99.

“The new EX-ZS10 and EX-ZS5 offer a number of high-performance features which are typically not found in entry-level compact digital cameras, including 14.1 megapixel resolution and 26mm wide-angle lenses with generous 5x optical zooms. What’s more is that with the EX-ZS10, users can record their memories in high‑definition as the camera offers 720p HD video. The EX-ZS5 features VGA video recording at a resolution of 640×480.“Because of their price points, consumers don’t expect much from entry-level compact cameras,” said Toshi Iguchi, Senior General Manager, Digital Imaging Division, Casio America Inc. “It’s an unfortunate mindset that Casio is looking to break with the new EX-ZS10 and EX‑ZS5. With their 14.1 megapixel sensors, high-performance lenses and array of shooting modes, the EX‑ZS10 and EX-ZS5 will deliver tremendous value to consumers and an overall digital imaging experience that’s far from entry-level.”

“The EX-ZS10 and EX-ZS5 offer a variety of shooting modes for consumers which they can leverage to help capture stunning images with ease. Included with each is Casio’s BEST SHOT technology, which puts 23 scene modes at the user’s fingertips, each of which were designed to help users capture the best images possible of a wide range of subjects in just about any environment. Users will also benefit from helpful images and descriptions which accompany each mode and give a detailed explanation of when to use them and what each will provide in regard to results.”


The EX-ZS5 features VGA video recording and will be available in black, silver, orange and pink, and will ship in March 2011 for $99.99

“In addition, the EX-ZS10 and EX-ZS5 feature large 2.7-inch LCD screens as well as USB charging, which gives users the ability to recharge the battery in camera while connected to a computer or using the supplied AC adapter.”