From the monthly archives: "February 2012"

Sony Cybershot DSC-W690 Black
Sony has announced eight new Sony Cyber-Shot models, with new compact cameras (ultra compact!) with 10x optical zoom lens! A new waterproof model, new travel-zooms with 16 and 20x optical zoom, and a new 30x ultra zoom / bridge camera. Full run-down below with links to sample photos from each! A number of these feature the Sony Exmor R Backlit CMOS sensor.

Sony Cybershot TX20 – Waterproof, 16.2mp Exmor R, 4x zoom, 3inch touch, Sample Photos
Sony Cybershot W690 – 10x, 16.1mp, 3inch screen, Sample Photos
Sony Cybershot WX100 – 10x, 18.2mp Exmor R – Smallest 10x, 2.7inch, Sample Photos
Sony Cybershot WX150 – 10x, 18.2mp Exmor R, 3inch screen, Sample Photos
Sony Cybershot H90 – 16x, 16.1mp, 3inch screen, Sample Photos
Sony Cybershot HX10V – 16x, GPS, 18.2mp Exmor R, 3inch screen, Sample Photos
Sony Cybershot HX20V – 20x. GPS, 18.2mp Exmor R, 3inch screen, Sample Photos
Sony Cybershot HX200V – 30x, GPS, 18.2mp Exmor R, 3inch tilting screen, Sample Photos

More links: Press Release. There’s also a few other models depending on your location: the HX30V is the HX20V but with WIFI built in. The TX66 is the same as the TX20, but with 5x zoom and 3.3inch OLED touchscreen.

Nokia Pureview 808
Nokia has announced the new Nokia PureView 808 – with a 41 megapixel sensor (1/1.2inch), Carl Zeiss f/2.4 wide angle lens (26mm 16:9, 28mm 4:3 equivalent), Full HD video recording with stereo sound, 4inch screen, Sybian Belle OS, 16GB built in, with MicroSD slot for memory expansion. The 41 megapixel sensor can be used at the full resolution, or choose a lower resolution and the camera uses all the pixels and in the creation of the smaller images it says it removes noise and improves detail for higher image quality. It also offers loss-less 3x zoom for stills, and 4x zoom in video.

Specifications at ePHOTOzine, plus full resolution sample photos.

Canon Powershot S95

The Canon Powershot S95 is one of the most compact cameras available with RAW support and a larger than normal sensor. Recently it’s been replaced by the Canon Powershot S100, which to all intents and purpose is a better camera, however it’s introduction has meant the now “aged” Canon Powershot S95 is available for around £229, making it great value for money and well worth looking at.

The Canon Powershot S95 features a 1/1.63inch CCD sensor, this is larger than the majority of sensors, and should enable lower noise. Other useful features include optical image stabilisation, and an f/2.0 lens at the wide end of the 3.8x optical zoom lens.

View our Canon Powershot S95 Sample Photo Gallery

Read our Canon Powershot S95 Review
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Panasonic Lumix SZ1 Blue
ePHOTOzine has reviewed the new Panasonic Lumix SZ1, an ultra compact digital camera with a wide angle 10x optical zoom lens, image stabilisation, 16 megapixel CCD sensor, 3 inch screen, 720p video, lithium-ion rechargeable batter, and metal body. The camera is available in a number of colours, for around £179.

“The Panasonic Lumix SZ1 features an ultra compact body with a 25mm wide angle 10x optical zoom lens and optical image stabilisation. The camera promises “sonic speed AF” and features a focus assist lamp. New features added to the camera and a first for Panasonic Lumix cameras is a new miniature effect mode and built in panoramic stitching.”

Ricoh GR Digital IV White
ePHOTOzine has reviewed the new Ricoh GR Digital IV – the camera features hybrid AF, image stabilisation, f/1.9 lens, a 1.23 million dot 3 inch screen (new Sony “WhiteMagic” screen with white dots in addition to RGB), 10 megapixel sensor, new processing engine, and it will be available in black, or a limited edition white version (as shown).

Read more Ricoh GR Digital IV Reviews: Pocket-Lint, Photography BLOG, Serious Compacts, Photographic Central.

Just got an interesting email from Nokia PR, with an interesting link to a video sneak peak at a new mobile phone coming from Nokia with a strong emphasis on the image quality of the coming camera. Nokia tend to put a very strong emphasis on image quality on camera phones generally, but like to have a flagship device with the highest image quality of all camera phones, for example the Nokia N8 has a large 12 mp sensor the same size as you find in digital cameras, as well as a proper xenon flash (again the same you find in compact cameras). The rumours are that this new phone will be an update to the twelve month old Nokia N8.

Fujifilm FinePix XS-1
ePHOTOzine has reviewed the new Fujifilm X-S1, the new “bridge” / “Ultra Zoom” camera from Fujifilm, it sits at the premium end of the range with a larger than normal 12 megapixel EXR CMOS sensor, 7fps shooting at full resolution, Full HD video at 30fps, 3inch screen, 1.44million pixel electronic viewfinder, weather sealed construction, 26x optical zoom lens with metal cam, manual controls, RAW, flash hot-shoe, as well as Low noise, High dynamic range modes. The Fujifilm X-S1 is available from Amazon UK

Read more Fujifilm X-S1 Reviews: Photography BLOG, Trusted Reviews, NeoCamera, Previews: ePHOTOzine Preview

Kodak Easyshare Z980
Kodak has announced they are to “phase out” digital capture devices, including digital cameras, digital camcorders (like FLIP) and digital photo frames. They had some nice bridge / ultra zoom cameras such as the Kodak Easyshare Z980, and Z990 Max and we’d expect the price of them to be dropping or on sale as retailers try to clear dead stock. Kodak say they will honour all warranties, which is useful, as we found they had the highest number of faulty cameras on ebay when we investigated. We opinioned about Kodak recently here, they are known for going a long way back in film and film cameras (ironically film will continue), and even invented the World’s first digital camera.

View the latest Kodak Easyshare cameras on Amazon UK

Sony Alpha A77 DSLR Front
ePHOTOzine has reviewed the 24.3 megapixel Sony Alpha A77 DSLR/SLT with 12fps shooting, Full HD Video, 3inch tilting screen, GPS built in, SD/MS card slot, high-res electronic viewfinder, built in anti-shake sensor, weather sealed boyd, and more. The Sony Alpha A77 is available from Amazon UK. Here’s a quote:

“The Sony Alpha A77 is an enjoyable camera to use that is capable of producing some excellent photos, with great colour, detail and extremely solid exposure performance. Reds are extremely vibrant and colourful and the camera produces excellent JPEG output straight from the camera, even on default settings.”

Read more Sony Alpha A77 SLT Reviews: Photography BLOG, DigitalREV (Video), Luminous-Landscape, Mansurovs, Amazon Reviews

Yikes! How many cameras have been announced today and yesterday? Around 22 if you count the SD1 Merrill as a new camera, or 23 if you include the Pentax Optio WG2-GPS as a different camera to the WG2 without GPS…

Nikon D800 Front
Nikon D800 and D800E, Full Frame 36.3mp Sensor, 4fps, 3.2inch screen, With or Without AA filter! Hands-On Review at ePHOTOzine.

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Black
Olympus OM-D E-M5 (Hands-On) Micro Four Thirds Retro / Classic 16mp, 9fps, EVF, 3inch touchscreen, Black or Silver
Olympus Zooms:
Olympus SH-25MR with GPS – Full HD, Stereo Sound, 12.5x zoom.
Olympus SZ-31MR Pocket Zoom, 24x zoom, 16mp backlit CMOS sensor, Full HD video stereo sound.
Olympus Waterproofs:
Olympus Tough TG-820 – 10m waterproof, Full HD Video, High resolution 3inch screen, 12mp backlit CMOS
Olympus Tough TG-620 – 5m waterproof, 12mp backlit CMOS, Full HD video.

Pentax Optio WG2
Pentax Optio WG2, WG2-GPS – 12m Waterproof, one with GPS, one without, crazy design!

Sigma DP1 DP2 Merrill
Sigma – same sensor as DSLR introduced into compacts
Sigma DP1 Merrill – NEW DP1, 46mp Foveon X3 Sensor (or 14mp), 3inch 920k screen, VGA video, 28mm wide angle
Sigma DP2 Merrill – NEW DP2, 46mp Foveon X3 Sensor (or 14mp), 3inch 920k screen, VGA video, 45mm wide angle
Sigma SD1 Merrill, the SD1 renamed, repriced, 46mp/14mp Foveon X3 Sensor

Canon Powershot D20 Waterproof
Canon IXUS Compacts 510 and 240: 12x, 5x optical zoom, 10/16mp, Wi-Fi
Canon Powershots: All 16mp, all 5x optical zoom, 28-140mm (apart from A4000), all 720p video
Canon Powershot A810, AA batteries, Budget Model
Canon Powershot A1300, Optical viewfinder, AA batteries
Canon Powershot A2300, Lithium-Ion
Canon Powershot A2400 IS, Lithium-Ion
Canon Powershot A3400 IS, Lithium-Ion
Canon Powershot A4000 IS, 8x zoom, Lithium-Ion
Canon Travel Zooms:
Canon Powershot SX240, SX260 HS (GPS): 20x optical zoom, 12mp backlit CMOS, Full HD
Canon Waterproof:
Canon Powershot D20, 10m waterproof,