From the monthly archives: "December 2012"

Some would say, including me, that 2012 has been one of the most exciting years for the photography and digital camera industry, while the low-end compact camera market has been in decline due to the improvement and adoption of smartphones (such as the amazing Nokia PureView 808), there has been increasing improvements in pocket zoom cameras, ultra zoom bridge cameras, Digital SLRs and mirrorless cameras.

Bang for buck or value for money has been at it’s highest ever, with compact 10x optical zoom lens cameras available for £99 with optical image stabilisation, such as the Panasonic Lumix SZ1. Previous years you were unlikely to get such a high level of optical zoom from a branded camera for under £100.

Canon Powershot SX50 HS

Bridge cameras have reached the highest level of optical zoom ever – first with the 42x optical zoom lens Nikon Coolpix P510 (equivalent to 24 to 1000mm), then with the even more incredible 50x optical zoom lens Canon Powershot SX50 HS (equivalent to 24 to 1200mm!). WOW!

Nikon D800 Front

Digital SLRs have seen a big refresh from all of the major manufacturers, with full-frame Digital SLRs from Nikon (3), Canon (3), and Sony (1), with Nikon and Canon both offering professional high speed DSLRs the Nikon D4 and Canon EOS 1D X, mid-range professional DSLRs the 36.3 megapixel Nikon D800 (and D800E) and Canon EOS 5D Mark III, and new entry level full-frame Digital SLRs, the Nikon D600 and Canon EOS 6D. Sony recently introduced the full-frame Sony Alpha A99 with continuous AF during video.

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Black

More mirrorless cameras have been introduced this year than ever before, with models from all the major manufacturers, with very few left out, in fact with those that haven’t joined the market suffered, with Kodak leaving the digital camera market for example. New models have been introduced by Olympus, Panasonic, Nikon, Canon, Pentax, Fujifilm, Sony, including new weather-sealed models from Olympus, with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 and Panasonic, with the Panasonic Lumix GH3.

Next year should be exciting, with CES 2013 kicking off the year, where it’s usual for a whole new camera range to be introduced, particularly in the consumer of point and shoot range.

Polaroid Z340

ePHOTOzine has reviewed the Polaroid Z340 – a 14 megapixel camera with a built in Zink printer that prints 3 x 4 inch prints, takes SD cards, and a 2.7 inch flip up screen. Here’s what they have to say:

“The Polaroid Z340 is certainly unique with a retro design and a bulky body it offers one of the only digital cameras with a built in printer that prints 3×4 inch photos. This has a number of downsides, including the bulky nature of the camera, and lack of optical zoom.”

Read more Polaroid Z340 reviews: ArsTechnica, PCMag, DigitalVerses, Mashable, DigitalCameraInfo.

Panasonic Lumix S5
ePHOTOzine has reviewed the compact and budget priced Panasonic Lumix S5 – with a curved compact body it looks a lot like a bar of soap – and is available in a number of colours for around £80. It features a 16 megapixel sensor, 4x optical zoom lens and optical image stabilisation. Here’s what they had to say about it:

“The Panasonic Lumix DMC-S5 is a budget camera that has Optical Image Stabilisation and auto panorama stitching, two features you don’t often see on cameras in this price range. It is easy to use and image quality is good.”

Read more Panasonic Lumix S5 Reviews: Cameras.co.uk

Nokia Lumia 920
ePHOTOzine has reviewed the new 8.7 megapixel Nokia Lumia 920, with optical image stabilisation, 4.5inch screen, Windows Phone 8, 32gb storage, and full HD video recording. Here’s what they had to say:

“Features are good with full HD video, reasonable macro performance, optical image stabilisation, wide-angle f/2.0 lens, and sharing straight to the popular social network site such as Facebook and Twitter.”

Read more Nokia Lumia 920 Reviews: Guardian, GSMArena

Nikon Coolpix L310
ePHOTOzine has reviewed the budget Nikon Coolpix L310 bridge camera, with 21x optical zoom lens, 14 megapixel sensor, 720p video recording, and 3 inch screen. The Nikon Coolpix L310 is available for £113 from Amazon UK. Here’s what they have to say about it:

“It’s unusual to see a budget super-zoom camera with such good rubber grip, there is also a lens cap and a metal tripod socket, thumbs up to Nikon there.”

Read more Nikon Coolpix L310 Reviews: On Amazon UK

Sony Alpha A99
ePHOTOzine has reviewed the 24 megapixel full frame Sony Alpha A99 Digital SLR with Sony Translucent technology, a high resolution OLED electronic viewfinder, 6fps continuous shooting and continuous AF during video recording. It’s also weather sealed and has built in sensor-shift image stabilisation. Here’s what they had to say:

“The Sony Alpha A99 is literally packed with features with built in image stabilisation, GPS, high speed shooting, HDR modes, a high resolution OLED EVF, a tilting / swivelling 3 inch screen (unique in full frame DSLRs), electronic level, and weather sealed body to name just some of the features.”

Read more Sony Alpha A99 Reviews: DPReview, TechRadar

Pentax K30 Group

ePHOTOzine are giving you the chance to win a Pentax K-30 Digital SLR – the weather resistant camera features a 16 megapixel sensor, full HD video, and compact Digital SLR body. Find out more about the Pentax K-30 here.

Nikon D3200 red or black DSLROver at ePHOTOzine you can win a Nikon D3200 Digital SLR in their December competition. The theme of the competition is “White” so you need to upload a “white” photo to be in with a chance to win the 24 megapixel Digital SLR. Find out more about the Nikon D3200 here.