From the monthly archives: "September 2012"

Pentax K-5 II Black FrontPentax has just announced a range of new products, including two Digital SLRs, one mirrorless camera, several lenses as well as a new adapter, here are the details:

Pentax K5 II – improved AF update to the 16.2mp K-5
Pentax K5 IIs – same as above, but without the anti-aliasing filter for higher image quality
Pentax 18-270mm Zoom Lens – K Mount (for above)
Pentax 560mm Super Telephoto lens – K Mount (for above)
Pentax Q10 – small 12.4mp mirrorless camera with tiny sensor (compact camera sensor)
Pentax Q06 – 15-45mm / 83-249mm equivalent lens for above
Pentax Adapter Q for K – Mount K-Mount lenses on the Pentax Q
Pentax 90mm Portrait Lens – for Pentax 645D

Samsung NX1000 White Swarovski EditionHere’s a roundup of reviews of the Samsung NX1000 – the entry level mirrorless camera from Samsung. It features a 20.3 megapixel APS-C sensor, 7/8 fps continuous shooting, built in Wi-Fi, 3 inch screen, manual controls, RAW, Full HD video and Samsung NX m0unt. The Samsung NX1000 is available in pink, white or black for £529 with 20-50mm lens, or £599 with two lenses, the additional lens being the 16mm pancake lens.

“The camera scores highly in all areas and importantly produces great image quality whilst providing excellent Wi-Fi connectivity, whether you want to upload to social network sites, or simply backup photos. The Samsung NX1000 has a plastic body available in black or white, and combined with the 20-50mm lens makes a compact camera.” source: ePHOTOzine – 4.5/5

More Samsung NX1000 reviews: PhotographyBLOG – 4.5/5, ITProPortal (Cliff Smith) – 8/10, Pocket-Lint – 4/5, PCMag – 4/5, DigitalCameraInfo – 7/10

 

Pocket Zoom or Travel Zoom cameras are becoming increasingly popular, as they offer a large optical zoom (often 10x or more) as well as a compact(ish) pocketable body, without the larger bulk of an ultra zoom or bridge camera. They often feature a whole host of other useful things like image stabilisation (essential – and luckily all of these models feature it), full HD video recording, and some feature GPS which can be especially handy when travelling. Here are some reviews of high scoring pocket zoom cameras:

Panasonic Lumix TZ30 BlackPanasonic Lumix TZ30Review at ePHOTOzine – This is one of Panasonic’s top end compact zooms, and Panasonic have been making this “TZ” Travel Zoom range of cameras for a long time, no wonder they’re so good at it – they practically invented the category. 20x optical zoom lens, 14 megapixel sensor, GPS, full HD video, 3inch screen. £239 at Amazon UK.

Sony Cybershot HX10v WhiteSony Cybershot HX10vReview at ePHOTOzine – This camera features a 16x optical zoom lens, and Sony’s 18 megapixel sensor. It also features GPS, and Full HD video with stereo sound and optical zoom, 3inch screen. £222 at Amazon UK.

Canon Powershot SX260 HSCanon Powershot SX260 HSReview at ePHOTOzine – This is one of the more compact models, but also features full manual controls. It’s main features are a 20x optical zoom lens, 12 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor (for better low light performance), GPS, Full HD video, 3inch screen. £229 at Amazon UK.

Ricoh GXR A16 24-85mm Lens UnitHere’s a roundup of the latest Ricoh digital cameras, along with links to reviews worth checking out:

Ricoh CX Series: (latest at top)
Ricoh CX6, 10.7x optical zoom lens compact – ePHOTOzine
Ricoh CX5, 10.7x optical zoom lens compact – ePHOTOzine
Ricoh CX4, 10.7x optical zoom lens compact – DigiCamReview, ePHOTOzine
Ricoh CX3, 10.7x optical zoom lens compact – DigiCamReview
Ricoh CX2, 10.7x optical zoom lens compact – DigiCamReview
Ricoh CX1, 7.1x optical zoom lens compact – DigiCamReview

Ricoh GR Digital Cameras:
Ricoh GR Digital IV, 28mm f/1.9 lens compact – ePHOTOzine
Ricoh GR Digital III, 28mm f/1.9 lens,  compact – ePHOTOzine
Ricoh GR Digital II, 28mm f/2.4, 2.7inch screen compact – ePHOTOzine, Serious Compacts, ThinkCamera
Ricoh GR Digital I, 28mm, f/2.4 lens, 2.5inch screen compact – DigiCamReview

The Ricoh GXR cameras:
New: Ricoh GXR A16 24-85mm f/3.5 – ePHOTOzine (shown above)
Ricoh GXR A12 28mm f/2.5 – ePHOTOzine
Ricoh GXR P10 28-300mm zoom – ePHOTOzine
Ricoh GXR Leica M Mount – ePHOTOzine
Ricoh GXR 24-72, 50mm f/2.5 – ePHOTOzine

Other Ricoh Cameras:
Ricoh PX, budget waterproof – ePHOTOzine, £87 Amazon UK