From the monthly archives: "May 2011"

VTech Toy Story 3 Buzz Lightyear Digital Camera
Not only can you get toy cameras for kids, such as the Buzz Lightyear Digital Camera, which we had a look at here, but you can also get “toy cameras” for adults too. ePHOTOzine had a look at a variety of cameras, including an Introduction to Toy Cameras, the original “digital Lomo”, the VistaQuest VQ1015 Entry, the Necono Cat Camera, the world’s only tilt shift compact camera, the NeinGrenze 5000T, the Pocket Square keychain camera, and the Superheadz Harinezumi 2+++.

Samsung PL210ePHOTOzine has reviewed the Samsung PL210 – a compact camera with a wide-angle 10x optical zoom lens, it starts at 27mm and zooms to 270mm. It’s quite a neat little camera, but according to the review doesn’t do enough to stand out compared to the abundant competition. It also features a 3inch screen, 14 megapixel sensor, lithium ion battery, and takes microSD cards.

More pocket-zooms reviewed: Casio Exilim H30 – comes Recommended thanks to a 12.5x optical zoom lens, 1000 shot battery life, and consistent performance. If you want or need even more zoom, have a look at the Fujifilm FinePix HS20EXR – reviewed by NeoCamera.

More Casio reviews: Casio Exilim ZS5 and ZS10 two similar compact cameras, with 5x optical zoom lens and wallet friendly price (depending where you shop), they are available for less than £100. The Canon Powershot A3200 IS is another wallet friendly camera, available for around £105. If you want an ultra compact, then you could have a look at the stylish Canon Digital IXUS 220 HS – the HS stands for High Speed and the camera features a quick CMOS sensor.

Sigma SD1 large
Sigma UK has announced the RRP for the new Sigma SD1 Digital SLR, of £6199 inc VAT – it features a weather sealed body, 46 megapixel Foveon sensor, magnesium alloy body, and it will be available in June.

“Sigma Imaging (UK) Ltd is pleased to announce that the suggested retail price of the new SD1 flagship digital SLR is £6,199.99 including VAT (£5,166.66 excluding VAT). This new camera, offering unrivalled image quality amongst digital SLRs, will be available in the UK in June.

The SIGMA SD1 is Sigma’s flagship digital SLR model, adopting a lightweight yet solid magnesium alloy for its body and O-ring sealing connections to make Sigma’s splash proof design throughout for use in harsh conditions.

The SIGMA SD1 incorporates a 23.5×15.7mm APS-C X3 direct image sensor and dual “TRUE (Three-layer Responsive Ultimate Engine) II” image processing engines. The combination of the 46 megapixel (4,800×3,200×3 layers) sensor and dual TRUE II processing engines ensure the high resolution images are processed quickly with high definition and a smooth and subtle graduation of colour.”

Sony Cybershot HX9v
ePHOTOzine has reviewed the new Sony Cybershot HX9v – a new pocket zoom / ultra zoom – with a wide-angle 16x optical zoom (24-384mm), 16.2 megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor, GPS, HD 1080p movie MPEG-4, optical image stabilisation, ISO3200, 300 shot battery life, 3.0″ 921,000-dot XtraFine LCD screen, it is available in black or gold from Amazon UK

“The Sony Cybershot HX9v is the latest pocket zoom from Sony, with a wide angle 16x optical zoom lens and backlit “Exmore R” CMOS sensor it is capable of shooting at 10fps for upto 10 shots. The camera also features full manual controls, and a number of useful and easy to use intelligent auto modes, and a wide variety of scene modes, include 3D photos and 3D panoramas.”

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Canon Digital IXUS 310HS
ePHOTOzine has reviewed the new Canon Digital IXUS 310 HS – the camera looks great – HS System (12.1 MP back-lit CMOS sensor), f/2.0, 24mm, 4.4x zoom. Optical IS, Stainless steel body, 3.2″ PureColor II Touch LCD, Full HD with optical zoom. Dynamic IS, Smart Auto (32 scenes), High-speed Burst & Super Slow Motion Movie, Movie Digest, iFrame movie, Creative modes & manual control – available end of March from Amazon UK (RRP £299)

“The camera is really well made, looks beautiful with its large touch screen on the rear and operating the camera with the screen is easy. Of the few physical buttons on the camera there is a dedicated button to switch the camera into Smart Auto mode. The buttons on the screen are labeled with big logos which are easy to understand and the writing is crisp and clear, making the camera menus easy to navigate.”

More digital camera reviews, photos, and other great links: 54 Awesome photos made with GIMP, Sony Cybershot HX9v Sample Photos and Video, Olympus PEN E-PL2 Review (NeoCamera)

Olympus Wooden Camera

Here are some of the best stories from around the web this week:

Panasonic Lumix G3 Micro Four Thirds Announced, Previewed (ePHOTOzine), and Reviewed (PhotographyBLOG)

Top 10 Weirdest Digital Cameras Ever Made at ePHOTOzine – featuring the Olympus Wooden Camera, shown above.

Samsung Q430 14″ Laptop Review ( – with SD card, a useful laptop for photographers who travel a lot?

Digital Camera Reviews: Nikon Coolpix L120 Review (ePHOTOzine), Samsung ST6500 Review (ePHOTOzine) – a strange looking camera, also they review the Samsung ST95 (a normal looking camera).

Panasonic Lumix FS22 / FH7 Announced – 16mp, compact stylish, 3 inch touch screen, wide-angle 4x optical zoom lens (28-112mm equivalent).

Bargain of the week? Fujifilm UK are selling refurbished digital cameras, such as the Fujifilm FinePix A170 from £32!

Casio TRYX
ePHOTOzine has reviewed the new Casio Exilim TR100 / TRYX – a new compact camera with rotating body / screen / lens (it’s best shown in pictures) – and features a 12 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor, 21mm (equivalent) lens (with no optical zoom), 3″ touch screen, high speed shooting, HDR mode, HDR-Art, 360 Panoramic mode, ISO100-3200, HDMI out, 1920 x1080 (30fps) HD video recording, 720p video, and 240fps High Speed video, lithium ion battery and SD / SDHC / SDXC support. The camera is available in black or white, for £249. Hands-on at

Casio TRYX White

“Exhibiting a revolutionary design, the TRYX can turn, twist, hang and stand to get shots you never believe from angles you never thought possible. The 12 Megapixel TRYX is equipped with Casio’s new Exilim Engine HS and features an ultra-bright 3″ touch screen LCD, High-Speed CS technology, High-Speed Super Resolution Zoom and HDR-Art imaging.”

Samsung PL170
ePHOTOzine has reviewed the new Samsung PL170 – a 16 megapixel camera that features a rear 3 inch screen, and front 1.5 inch screen. The camera also features a wide angle 5x optical zoom lens, lithium ion batteries, and takes Micro SD cards. The Samsung PL170 is available in a number of colours from £145.

“On the rear of the camera there is a 3in LCD screen but unusually you’ll also find a 1.5in LCD screen on the front making it easy to take self-portraits. There is a button on the top which easily switches between the screens. When taking pictures of children the front screen can show a video designed to capture their attention, ensuring their best of smiles.”

Olympus SZ-20 Black
ePHOTOzine has reviewed the new Olympus SZ-20 Super Zoom – it features a 12.5x optical zoom lens (24-300mm), 7fps (16MP) high-speed continuous shooting, 1080p Full HD Movie with stereo sound and HDMI Control, 16 Megapixel High Sensitivity CMOS sensor, Smart Panorama, Hand-held Starlight Mode, dual image stabilisation, 3.0″ 460,000 dot colour LCD, 3D photos, Eye-Fi and SDHC/SDXC support, intelligent Auto mode, face detection, USB charging and will be available in black or silver. The Olympus SZ-20 is available from Amazon UK

“A 16 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor provides high speed shooting and it also supports built in panoramic stitching – 180 or 360 degrees. The zoom lens provides a good amount of zoom in a surprisingly compact package, ranging from 24mm to 300 mm, and the camera features a large, high resolution 3″ screen

In addition the camera records full HD video, with stereo sound and the optical zoom is available while recording. There is a large amount of options, and built in features, however the camera does not feature manual controls.”

The Samsung WB600, when released was one of the longest pocket zoom cameras you could get, packed an impressive 15x optical zoom lens into a pocketable camera body (Starting at an ultra-wide 24mm, the lens zooms all the way to 360mm equivalent) – prior to the WB600, you needed an SLR-style / “bridge” ultra zoom camera if you wanted such a large amount of optical zoom, and in some cases you still do. Since the WB600, there have been a number of newer cameras announced, with 18x optical zoom, most however, cost a lot more (over double the price in some cases), such as the Samsung WB700, Olympus SZ-10, and Nikon Coolpix S9100. A year since the introduction of the Samsung WB600, find out if this, now, bargain priced, ultra zoom camera still performs…

View our Samsung WB600 Sample Photo Gallery
Read our full Samsung WB600 Review
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