From the monthly archives: "May 2013"

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Here are some sample photos from the new Ricoh GR (V), the compact camera with a large APS-C sensor, 28mm wide-angle lens (f/2.8), manual controls, RAW shooting, built in flash, flash hot-shoe and more. The photos were taken with a production version of the Ricoh GR, on a very grey day. Click to view more below.

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Panasonic Lumix LX7

Here’s a round-up of Panasonic Lumix LX7 reviews – the 10.1 megapixel “serious compact” camera features a flash hot-shoe, bright f/1.4 3.8x optical zoom lens, 3inch screen on the back, manual controls, RAW shooting, image stabilisation, Full HD video with stereo sound, and is available from around £299, making it pretty good value for money. The previous version, the popular LX5, was around £329 even at it’s cheapest.

Reviews: ePHOTOzine, Photography BLOG, DPReview, Cameralabs, ExpertReviews, TrustedReviews, NeoCamera White (lowest rating).

Here is a roundup of some of the latest reviews of cameras, including the new Sony Cybershot HS50 – the 30x optical zoom pocket / travel zoom with built in Wi-Fi, and 20 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor.

Travel / Pocket Zoom: compact with lots of zoom
Sony Cybershot DSC-HX50 Review – 30x optical zoom, Wi-Fi, Manual, Hot-shoe

Ultra Zoom / Bridge Camera:
Nikon Coolpix L820 Review – 30x optical zoom, AA
Nikon Coolpix L320 Review– 26x optical zoom, AA

Digital SLR:
Sony Alpha A58 DSLT Review – 20 mp entry level DSLR
Canon EOS 700D Digital SLR Review – 18mp touch screen

Mirrorless: compact interchangeable lens cameras
Olympus PEN E-P5 Hands-On Preview – 16mp compact, touchscreen, Wi-Fi
Samsung NX300 Review – 20mp compact, touchscreen, Wi-Fi
Panasonic Lumix GF6 Review –  16mp compact, touchscreen
Panasonic Lumix G6 Hands-On Review – 16mp DSLR styling

Compact:
Nikon Coolpix AW110 Review – Waterproof, GPS, Wi-Fi
Sony Cybershot DSC-TX30 Review – Waterproof
Pentax WG-3 GPS Review – Waterproof, GPS
Canon IXUS 255 HS Review – 10x optical zoom, Wi-Fi
Fujifilm X20 Review – 4x zoom, premium compact

Camera Phone:
HTC One UltraPixel Review – 4mp, OIS, f/2 lens, 4.7inch screen

Samsung EX2FThe Samsung EX2F is a serious compact camera, with a tilting 3 inch AMOLED screen, manual controls, RAW shooting, flash hot-shoe, bright f/1.4 wide-angle 3.3x optical zoom lens (24mm-80mm), a 12.4 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor, built in Wi-Fi, optical image stabilisation, full HD video, 1cm macro, and 10fps continuous shooting to name some of the key features!

The Samsung EX2F is now only £199 – at Currys, and Amazon UK. It was around £399 when first released!

The camera has mostly positive reviews, starting with ePHOTOzine, TechRadar, Photography BLOG, TrustedReviews, with ExpertReviews possibly the least positive.

Panasonic Lumix TZ27

HotUKDeals recently posted details of an offer on the Panasonic Lumix TZ27 – available from Currys – it appears to be based on last years Panasonic Lumix TZ30 – but lacking the GPS feature. This year, the new models are called the TZ35 and TZ40. The TZ27 is still an interesting camera, with a 14 megapixel MOS sensor, 20x optical zoom lens, 3inch screen, full HD video recording, 260 shot battery life, and it’s available for £159.

The nearest competitors for a price comparison are the Panasonic Lumix TZ30 – available from Amazon UK for £210, which adds GPS.

Also, if you’re looking for somewhere to share photos, files and anything else you want privately, check out Dropbox.