From the monthly archives: "August 2012"

Samsung Galaxy CameraSamsung has announced the new Samsung Galaxy Android Camera – with a 16 megapixel sensor, 21x optical zoom lens, 4.8inch screen, GPS, Wi-Fi, 3G/4G connectivity and the latest version of Android 4.1. It also features voice control. Way more details at ePHOTOzine.

Fujifilm FinePix S2980The Fujifilm FinePix S2980 is an update to the popular S2950, the S2980’s number one feature is undoubtedly the price – available for just £95 from Amazon UK, it features a black design that makes it look a lot like a mini Digital SLR, it’s other features are:

  • 14 megapixel sensor
  • 18x optical zoom lens
  • equivalent to 28mm – 504mm
  • 3 inch LCD screen
  • Electronic Viewfinder
  • CMOS shift image stabilisation
  • P/A/S/M Manual modes
  • Panoramic shooting
  • 720p video at 30fps

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Here’s a round-up of the latest digital camera announcements over the last few weeks, as well as the latest announcements:

Pentax X-5 Silver FrontPentax:
Pentax X-5 – the 26x optical zoom ultra zoom that looks like a Digital SLR

Canon EOS-M Mirrorless CameraCanon:
Canon EOS-M – Canon’s 18 megapixel APS-C sensor mirrorless camera with new EOS-M mount and 2 lenses, plus an EOS adapter. Due October the 19th and has a 3inch touchscreen – available for pre-order from Amazon UK
Canon Powershot SX500 IS – 30x optical zoom, Ultra zoom
Canon Powershot SX160 IS – 16x optical zoom

Nikon Coolpix S800c Android CameraNikon
Nikon Coolpix S01 – credit card sized, small sensor, 7.3gb internal memory!
Nikon Coolpix S6400 – 12x optical zoom lens compact camera, 3inch touch screen
Nikon Coolpix S800c – Android (2.3) powered camera with Wi-Fi and GPS, allows the use of apps, games etc, pictured above, it features a 10x optical zoom lens and full HD video recording.
Nikon Coolpix P7700 – f2-4 7.1x optical zoom lens, RAW shooting, manual controls
Nikon Coolpix L610 – 14x optical zoom, 16 megapixel sensor, Full HD video
Nikon 1 J2 – Nikon’s mirrorless camera updated with new effects, colour options, a smaller lens and an optional waterproof case.

Olympus SP-820UZ BlackOlympus:
Olympus SP-820UZ – 40x optical zoom
Olympus VH-410 – 5x optical zoom lens, compact, 3inch touch screen, image stabilisation

Casio Exilim ZR300 RedCasio:
Casio Exilim JE10 – 5x optical zoom, multiple colours
Casio Exilim N1, N10, N20 – 5x optical zoom, multiple colours / body designs
Casio Exilim ZR300 – 12.5x optical zoom, high speed shooting, shown above.

Fujifilm FinePix F800EXRFujifilm:
Fujifilm FinePix F800EXR – 20x optical zoom, Wireless image transfer

Nikon D800 vs Nikon D800E DSLR

Nikon D800 vs Nikon D800E DSLR – Image courtesy ePHOTOzine

Nikon:
Nikon D800 vs Nikon D800E 36.3 megapixels vs 36.3 megapixels, but one’s better, and more expensive.
Nikon D700 vs Nikon D800– 12 megapixel full frame vamera vs a 36.3 megapixel full frame camera.

Olympus:
Not a real Digital SLR, but it sure looks and acts like one, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 gets a 2 month user review.

Sony:
The Sony NEX-F3, an entry level mirrorless camera, with interchangeable lenses. Not a Digital SLR either, but it has the image quality to match, in a more compact package.

Sigma:
The Sigma DP2 Merrill is a compact camera, but with an APS-C Foveon sensor straight from the Sigma SD1. Sample photos can be found here.

ePHOTOzine has reviewed the Nokia PureView 808 to find out how the 41 megapixel camera phone performed. The Nokia PureView 808 is the high end camera phone from Nokia, and the highest specification camera phone, since the Nokia N8. The PureView 808 featurs a Carl Zeiss lens, a large 41 megapixel sensor, and Xenon flash, as well as a 4inch screen, it runs the latest version of Symbian. The Nokia PureView 808 is available from £479 sim free from Amazon UK.

“The Nokia PureView 808 features a large 41 megapixel sensor. This is not only a much higher resolution than other mobile phones (with others maxing out at 16 megapixels), it’s also vastly higher than compact cameras (max 18.2mp), compact system cameras (max 24.3mp), digital SLRs (max 36.3mp), and is even higher than a number of medium format cameras!”

Here’s a round-up of some of the latest digital camera reviews:

Sony Cybershot RX100

Serious Compact:
Sony Cybershot RX100 – 20.2 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss lens.

Digital SLR:
Pentax K-30 – 16 megapixel weather proof DSLR

Mirrorless / Compact System Camera:
Samsung NX1000 – with WiFi

Waterproof:
Canon Powershot D20 – 5x optical zoom lens
Panasonic Lumix FT4 – 4.6x optical zoom
Fujifilm FinePix XP170 – 5x optical zoom with WiFi

Pocket zoom:
BenQ GH200 – 12.5x optical zoom, £105.
Sony Cybershot W690 – 10x optical zoom

Ultra zoom:
Olympus SP-720UZ – 26x optical zoom lens

Compact:
Panasonic Lumix FS45 – 5x with f/2.5 bright lens
Fujifilm FinePix Z1000 EXR – 5x compact with WiFi

Budget:
Nikon Coolpix S2600 – 5x zoom lens, only £69

kyocera-finecam-sl300r

The Kyocera Finecam SL300R is an extremely stylish metal bodied twisty camera from 2003-2004, with an f/2.8 3x optical zoom lens, 3.2 megapixel sensor, and SD card slot. It could also be bought as the posher, leather-clad, CONTAX SL300RT, or a 4 megapixel version, the SL400R. Kyocera and Contax made some of the more stylish and interesting cameras with 4 compact digital camera models from Contax, and a larger number from Kyocera. The SL300R has four modes, and one setup menu. The modes include playback, photo, continuous shooting and a video mode that records 320 pixel videos at 30fps with sound. There’s a small 1.5inch screen on the back, that can be switched off or alternatively the backlight can be switched off – under the LCD is a reflective layer so you can still see the screen in bright sunlight. More details and picture below…

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