From the monthly archives: "March 2011"

Canon Powershot 220HS
ePHOTOzine has reviewed the new Canon Powershot SX220 HS – an update to the SX210 IS – with HS System (12.1 MP back-lit CMOS sensor), 28mm, 14x zoom. Optical IS, Full HD with optical zoom. Dynamic IS, Wide 3.0″ PureColor II G LCD, Smart Auto (32 scenes), High-speed Burst & Super Slow Motion Movie, Movie Digest & iFrame movie, Manual Control, Waterproof Case available, available from Amazon UK for £229:

“The Canon Powershot SX220 HS is one of the smallest digital cameras available with a 14x optical zoom lens and is well worth looking at if you want a camera with advanced features, and a lot of zoom. The camera includes full HD video recording with stereo sound and lets you use the optical zoom while recording.”

Nikon D700 DSLR
The Nikon D700 is still one of the most affordable full frame Digital SLRs from Nikon, here are some of the latest reviews of the camera, including a long term review on ePHOTOzine, I’ve also updated the list of reviews below. The FX-format digital SLR Nikon D700 is a 12 megapixel full frame sensor Digital SLR with live view, ISO 200 to 6400, 5fps shooting, sensor cleaning, a 3″ VGA screen and more. The Nikon D700 DSLR is available for £1765 from Amazon UK:

“I switched camera systems because of the D700. I had tested it for the magazine I was working on at the time and grew so enamoured of it that I felt lost and empty when Nikon asked for the review sample back. It took me nanoseconds to decide to sell off my existing kit and take the plunge.”

More Nikon D700 DSLR Reviews: ePHOTOzine, ByThom, Nikonians, BeyondMegapixels, LetsGoDigital, Photocrati, Photocrati Comparison, DCResource, DPReview, The Online Photographer, Digital Camera Info, DPExpert, Photography BLOG, Ken Rockwell, Imaging Resource, Cameralabs, Trusted Reviews, Think Camera, Luminous Landscape, StillePhotographie, DPReview, Previews: DPReview

Kodak Easyshare M530

Amazon UK are selling the Kodak Easyshare M530 for only £49 – and a leather case for just £4 – the camera features a 3x optical zoom lens, 2.7″ screen, 12 megapixel sensor, panoramic stitching, face detection, VGA video recording at 30fps, and is be available in red, carbon, blue and green.

“Sharing pictures has never been easier than with the M530 Digital Camera. Kodak’s Share button lets you instantly tag pictures for uploading to YouTube, FACEBOOK, FLICKR and KODAK Gallery sites, plus e-mail too.”

Canon Digital IXUS 115HS
ePHOTOzine has reviewed the new Canon Digital IXUS 115 HS – with HS System (12.1 MP back-lit CMOS sensor), 28mm wide-angle 4x optical zoom lens. Optical Image Stabilisation, Slim metal body, 3.0″ PureColor II G LCD, Full HD. Dynamic IS. HDMI, Smart Auto (32 scenes), High-speed Burst & Super Slow Motion Movie, Movie Digest, Creative shooting modes, Optional Waterproof Cases, it’s available from Amazon UK

“The Canon IXUS 115 HS is packed with features and performs excellently, while being available at a very reasonable price. Images are great and noise is handled really well.”

Nikon Coolpix P300
ePHOTOzine has reviewed the new Nikon Coolpix P300 (with f1.8 – f4.9 wide angle 4.2x optical zoom lens (24-100mm)), and compared it to the Panasonic Lumix LX5 and Canon Powershot S95, in a comparison of the smallest “serious compact” cameras available. The Nikon Coolpix P300 is available for £254 from Amazon UK

“The introduction of the new Nikon Coolpix P300 is the latest compact camera designed to offer manual controls and improved image quality, yet does it have the image quality to knock the Canon and Panasonic aside? We decided to compare three of the most compact serious cameras to find out how they perform, and what they offer that makes them worth parting with your cold hard cash for.”

Sony Cybershot W520
Every year cameras get smaller, cheaper, have bigger zooms, and bigger screens, less or in fact no optical zoom, smaller batteries, and worse battery life… take the:

Sony Cybershot W130, 8mp, 4x zoom, viewfinder, with 370 shot battery life, which begat the
Sony Cybershot W220, 12mp, 4x zoom, (no viewfinder), 370 shot battery life, which begat the
Sony Cybershot W320, 14mp, 4x zoom, with 240 shot battery life, which begat the
Sony Cybershot W520, 14mp, 5x zoom, with 220 shot battery life…

What can we expect next years model (the W620?) to feature? 200 shot battery life, or worse? But remember technology is supposed to be getting better? Right? Instead of selling us cameras based on actual improvements, such as improved battery life, or better image quality, most manufacturers are simply increasing the megapixel count, and optical zoom.

Although saying that, there’s always some exceptions, such as the Olympus XZ-1 which has an emphasis on improved image quality with brighter f/1.8 lens and larger 10 megapixel sensor (and other serious compacts such as the S95, LX5, etc), and the impressive 1000 shot battery life of the Casio Exilim H30 and last years H15.

Panasonic Lumix LX5

ePHOTOzine has reviewed the Panasonic Lumix LX5 – an update to the LX3 – it features a new 24mm wide angle 3.8x optical zoom lens (24-90mm), with f2.0 aperture, 10 megapixel CCD sensor, 3″ screen with 460k pixels, 720p HD video, manual focus, flash hotshoe, EVF support, aspect ratio switch (4:3, 3:2 or 16:9 with 1:1 also available), 400 shot battery life, optical image stabilisation, and supports SD/SDHC/SDXC cards. It is available in black or white, for £345.

View our Panasonic Lumix LX5 Sample Photo Gallery

Nikon Coolpix P300
ePHOTOzine has reviewed the new Nikon Coolpix P300 with f1.8 – f4.9 wide angle 4.2x optical zoom lens (24-100mm), and 12.2 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor (albeit not as large as the sensor in cameras such like the LX5, and XZ-1), Exposure Modes (P/S/A/M), Full (1080p) HD movie recording with stereo sound, 3″ 921k-dot LCD monitor, Lens-shift Vibration Reduction, Easy Panorama 360°/180° and High-speed continuous shooting (8fps). Nikon has published sample photos and videos. The Nikon Coolpix P300 is available for £254 from Amazon UK from March.

“The Nikon Coolpix P300 is packed full of features and includes a bright f/1.8 wide angle lens equivalent to 24 – 100mm providing a useful 4.2x optical zoom in a compact metal body. The camera also features a high resolution 3in screen, built in lens based image stabilisation, manual controls and HDMI out.”

Canon-powershot-a3300 IS
ePHOTOzine has reviewed the new Canon Powershot A3300 IS – it features 16.0 Megapixels, 28mm wide 5x optical zoom lens, Optical Image Stabilizer, 7.5 cm (3.0″) LCD, Smart Auto, Easy mode and Hints & Tips, HD Movies (720p) with Dynamic IS, Live View Control and Creative Filters, Face Detection, Auto Red-Eye Correction, DIGIC 4, Li-ion battery and is available for £125.

ePHOTOzine has also tested the Fujifilm FinePix X100 and compared it to the Olympus PEN EP2 – both 12 megapixel cameras, but with surprisingly different results.

A visual look at the state of DSLRs and Mirrorless (System / ILC / EVIL / CSC / Hybrid … can we decide on a name yet?) cameras has been provided by 1001noisycameras, and makes for an interesting read.

… and finally, ByThom has reviewed the Nikon D3100 Digital SLR – and found it to be competent, but not exciting – you can also find a review here (and you may even recognize some of the sample photos 😉 ).

Panasonic Lumix FS37

A look at digital camera / photography news from around the web: Panasonic Lumix FS37 Review – an update to the FS33 – the FS37 has 16 megapixels, an 8x optical zoom lens, comes with a touch screen stylus, and is available for £175 from Amazon UK.

Canon Patent Application Points to System Camera – Will Canon join Sony, Panasonic, Olympus, and Samsung?

15 Composition Tips at Luminous Landscape

The Megapixel Race is Over declares TOP, yet camera companies continue to increase megapixels, with the introduction of 16 megapixel compacts, and micro four thirds cameras… one company, who has recently introduced a 12 megapixel camera said that when they were showing the camera “nobody asked how many megapixels it was” and increasingly the megapixels aren’t being shown on the camera body.