From the monthly archives: "April 2011"

Casio Exilim ZR100
Casio offering £50 cashback on the new Casio Exilim ZR100, shown above, and £20 cashback on the Casio Exilim ZR10, shown below. There are further cashback offers on the H30 (£30), and H20G (£20). 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. Read a Casio Exilim ZR100 Preview at ePHOTOzine. The Casio Exilim ZR100 is available for £270, with £50 cashback, the camera is £220.

Have a look at more UK digital camera cashback offers here

“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. The Casio Exilim ZR10 is available for £245, read a review of the Casio Exilim ZR10 here.

ePHOTOzine has reviewed the new Kodak Easyshare Mini M200, it features a 10mp sensor, wide angle 3x optical zoom lens, 2.5″ screen, VGA video, face detection, self-portrait mirror, lithium ion battery, it is available in “Red” (shown above), white and black (and possibly other colours depending on region) for around £69.

“The Kodak Easyshare Mini, or M200, to give it it’s full name, is one of Kodak’s smallest ever digital cameras, and it makes a refreshing change to see a camera with one aim in life: to be small. In that sense it features a small 3x optical zoom lens, a small 10 megapixel sensor, and a “small” 2.5 inch screen. Oh, and it fits in your pocket, handbag, or anywhere else small… but how does it perform? Find out here.”

Panasonic Lumix GH2
ePHOTOzine has reviewed the new Panasonic Lumix GH2 Micro Four Thirds Digital SLR – we had a hands on look at the new camera at Photokina. The GH2 features a 16.05 megapixel sensor, 5 fps shooting at full resolution, Venus Engine FHD, 1920 x 1080 50i Full-HD Movies in AVCHD Format, Intuitive Touch-control Shooting and Double Live View, 3D Shooting Compatible, Artistic Images with My Color Mode, Film Mode and Variable Movie Mode, Advanced Intelligent Resolution Technology, Intelligent D-Range Control, 16:9, 3:2, and 4:3 aspect ratio and a 3″ rotating screen. The Panasonic Lumix GH2 is available from Amazon UK

“The Panasonic Lumix GH2 is Panasonic’s highest specification model, and a follow on to the GH1, a popular SLR in the video world, due to the ability to improve the camera’s video quality by “hacking” or updating the firmware. The GH2 is Panasonic’s updated model that provides a new 16 megapixel sensor for higher resolution stills, but also includes updated video quality: manual controls, numerous recording options, and improved quality.”

Read more Panasonic Lumix GH2 DSLR Reviews: Photography BLOG

Midnight Shot NV-1 Night Vision Camera
ThinkGeek are selling a new “Midnight Shot NV-1 Night Vision Camera” with an infra-red filter that can be removed for infra-red shots, or for night vision shots using the built in infra-red LEDs. The camera features a 5 megapixel sensor, built in flash, 3 inch screen, SD/SDHC support (up to 8gb), VGA video and lithium ion battery. The camera is available for $140 dollars from ThinkGeek. See more night vision / infra-red digital cameras here.

“Digital cameras aren’t exactly the most exciting gadgets these days… that’s why you can trust your friends at ThinkGeek to up the ante and deliver the Midnight Shot NV-1 Night Vision Camera. You get 5.0 megapixels and an invisible infrared flash to light up your subjects in total darkness. Or experiment with Infrared photography that lets you do crazy stuff like see through some types of fabric and materials.

The Midnight Shot NV-1 Night Vision Camera is switchable between standard photography mode and infrared night-shot mode. When you enter night-shot the infrared blocking filter normally over the lens retracts to let all infrared light through, at the same time a super-bright IR LED invisibly illuminates (to your eyes) the entire scene.” (via Slashgear)

Panasonic Lumix FZ45

ePHOTOzine has reviewed the new Panasonic Lumix FZ45 (aka FZ40) vs the Panasonic Lumix FZ100, both cameras feature a 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, and 14 megapixel sensor. The FZ100 features a swivel screen, flash hot-shoe, full HD video, and 11fps shooting. The Panasonic Lumix FZ45 is available for £247 and the FZ100 is available for £329.

“Both of the cameras on test here take excellent pictures in ideal conditions, including at both ends of the lens and macro. The noise performance at ISO800 and ISO1600 does let the DMC-FZ100 down but both cameras are absolutely packed with features.”

Nikon has announced the new Nikon D5100 Digital SLR – an update to the D5000 – it features a 16.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, as featured in the D7000, Full HD video at 30/25/24fps, a large 3″ swivel screen, and new compact body. It will be available on the 21st of April priced at £625 body only or £779 with VR kit lens. Nikon also announced a new stereo microphone designed for Digital SLRs, called the Nikon ME-1. Below you’ll find the Nikon presentation on the new Digital SLR: Nikon D5100 WWA PRESS (19mb, PDF)

Full Review online at ePHOTOzine, in depth first impressions Nikon D5100 Review at: ePHOTOzine, Hands on preview / review at NikonRumors.

“Nikon introduces a new D-SLR to its line-up, the D5100, which is packed with features to make shooting stills or full HD movies more exciting than ever. The D5100 will give you a new creative perspective thanks to its improved Vari-angle screen, special effects mode and full (1080p) HD Movie. Jordi Brinkman, Product Manager for Nikon Europe, says: “The D5100 is a great camera that allows you to express your artistic side through impressive images and movies. You can shoot with creative effects and unique angles, all at the level of superior image quality seen in the D7000!”

Fujifilm FinePix S2950
ePHOTOzine has reviewed the new Fujifilm FinePix S2950 ultra zoom – with a wide angle 18x optical zoom lens (28mm – 504mm) – it features a 14 megapixel sensor, 3″ screen, 720p video recording, HDMI out, anti-shake CCD sensor, manual controls and takes 4 AA batteries (offering 500 shots using Ni-Mh batteries). The Fujifilm FinePix S2950 is available from £160.

“The S2950 packs plenty of features, such as an electronic viewfinder, manual controls and large optical zoom which all combine to take pleasing pictures with ease. Noise performance above IS0400 isn’t great and the zoom on videos is a let down. Overall the S2950 is a good introduction to compacts with large zooms or those who want an SLR style camera without the bulky size and bag of lenses all at a much lower price.”

Read more Fujifilm FinePix S2950 Reviews: NeoCamera

Minox DTC500
Minox has announced a new night vision / wildlife digital camera for wildlife photography, it features an infra-red flash, 6 month battery life, weather proof body, 8 megapixel sensor, and 2.5″ screen. It measures 153 x 114 x 66 mm.

“The new MINOX DTC 500 is equipped with 8 megapixel resolution and delivers outstanding imaging quality with pin-sharp details, high contrast and natural color rendition. With video recordings of 10 to 60 seconds the user can keep track of animal activities around the clock. The high performance infrared flash with a range of up to 15 meters delivers reliable shots, even in unfavorable light or in twilight. Thanks to its extremely short shutter lag of just 1 second and a battery life of over 6 months, the new DTC 500 is a very reliable companion out in the reserve.”

Canon EOS 600D DSLR
ePHOTOzine has reviewed the new Canon EOS 600D Digital SLR – it features an 18-megapixel CMOS sensor, Scene Intelligent Auto mode, Full-HD EOS Movie, On-screen Feature Guide, 3.7fps continuous shooting, Wide-area 9-point AF, 1,040k-dot vari-angle 7.7cm (3.0”) screen, Basic+ and Creative Filters, Built-in wireless flash control and is available for £739 with IS kit lens.

“Feels good, looks good, takes stunning photos. What more could you want? Sure it would be nice if there was more warning about the battery giving up, and it would be nice if the continuous shooting mode was a little quicker, but these are minor niggles compared to a camera that delivers an excellent all round package, and offers good value for money as well.”

Read more Canon EOS 600D / Rebel T3i / Kiss X5 Digital SLR Reviews: MacWorld

Canon EOS 1100D DSLR
ePHOTOzine has reviewed the new Canon EOS 1100D, it features: Superior 12-megapixel image quality, On-screen Feature Guide, Creative Auto and Basic+, HD video capture, ISO 100-6400 sensitivity, Wide-area 9-point AF system, 63-zone iFCL exposure metering, 6.8cm (2.7”), 230,000-dot screen, Use with all EF and EF-S lenses. It is available with kit lens for £430

“The Canon EOS 1100D delivers great image quality, with excellent noise levels, right upto ISO3200. It’s not until ISO6400 that you start seeing noise artefacts, or hot black and white pixels. The colour produced in images is excellent with very rich colours, high levels of saturation and good contrast, sharpness, and tone. The options can be altered, although the default settings are good enough that you shouldn’t need to alter this.”

More Canon EOS 1100D Digital SLR Reviews: Photography BLOG