From the monthly archives: "July 2012"

Nokia N8 Camera Lens

It’s roughly 18+ months since the Nokia N8 was launched, and also 18+ months since I got the Nokia N8 (I bought it as soon as it was available) – which means I’ve been using the camera on the phone for 18+ months now, and I’m still impressed by the image quality the camera produces, even compared to more modern alternatives.

Nokia N8 Features:

The Nokia N8 made a big splash when it was announced due to it’s 12 megapixel 1/1.83″ (1.75 micron pixels) digital camera sized sensor, and 28mm f/2.8 carl zeiss lens. This is similar in size to those that you’d find in serious compact digital cameras, and is larger than most compacts, such as the Nikon Coolpix P300, (1/2.33″ size), and compared to the more normal small sized mobile phone cameras – even on better ones such as the Sony Exmor R (backlit CMOS) sensors the size is smaller at 1/3.2″ (1.4 micron pixels).

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Samsung EX2F

Samsung has announced a number of new digital cameras over the last couple of weeks, including a new ultra zoom bridge camera, a new premium serious compact camera, and a new flip screen multi-view camera. Details below:

Samsung EX2F, f/1.4 3.3x optical zoom lens, tilting screen, Wi-Fi
Samsung WB100, ultra wide-angle 26x optical zoom lens ultra zoom
Samsung MV900F, 3.3inch multi-view camera with Wi-Fi

Panasonic Lumix LX7

Panasonic announced a number of new cameras this week, including a new mirrorless camera, a premium compact, a premium ultra zoom / bridge camera, and a few more, including a new Wi-Fi camera with 10x optical zoom lens, details and links below:

Panasonic Lumix G5, 16mp, 6fps, Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds – Full Review
Panasonic Lumix LX7, 10mp, f/1.4 premium compact, Hands-On Review
Panasonic Lumix FZ200, f/2.8 24x optical zoom ultra zoom, Hands-On Review
Panasonic Lumix FZ62/FZ60, 24x optical zoom lens, Hands-On
Panasonic Lumix LZ20, 21x optical zoom lens
Panasonic Lumix SZ5, 10x compact, with WiFi (and social sharing)

Fujifilm FinePix S3200This week I thought I’d try something different and post some links to reviews that are particularly interesting, starting with the Fujifilm FinePix S3200 – a budget 24x optical zoom lens ultra zoom camera, available for £140 from Amazon UK, it features a 14 megapixel sensor, a 3 inch screen, 720p video and manual controls. You can read several reviews, from ePHOTOzine, Photography BLOG, as well as view sample videos on YouTube. It’s also the little brother to the Fujifilm FinePix S4000 (you can find a review here) – a very similar ultra zoom bridge camera, except the S4000 has a 30x optical zoom lens and is available for £175 from Amazon UK.

Panasonic Lumix TZ18Another ultra-zoom that’s popped up on the radar this week, is the Panasonic Lumix TZ20 and TZ18 – the TZ18 is available for only £140 from Amazon UK, you can read a TZ18 review here, both pocket-zoom cameras feature a 16x optical zoom lens, 14 megapixel sensor, 3inch screen, with the TZ20 featuring built in GPS and touch screen – you can read a TZ20 review here. Both cameras have been replaced by newer models, which means these are available for noticeably reduced prices – the higher spec TZ20 is available for £190 from Amazon UK.