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If you’re looking for a new or second-hand smartphone, then one of the main features to look out for is a great camera. So we’ve been looking for great camera phone reviews, and have made this list of essential sites you should check out.

  1. ePHOTOzine – this site has been reviewing cameras since about 2001, so their smartphone reviews mostly focus (get it?) on the camera features and performance, and as they review cameras as well, they should know what they’re talking about. They’ve also got a number of “Best” articles, so you can quickly find some of the top recommendations.
  2. GSMArena.com – dedicated to mobile phones, these guys (and gals) have in-depth smartphone reviews, plus a handy specifications feature where you can compare one camera to another. GSMArena has reviewed the S21 Ultra 5G and picked up on the images looking oversharpened.
  3. AndroidAuthority – Respect my authority! They produce detailed reviews, and the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G review looks at the performance of the multiple cameras in a lot of detail, with the 100x zoom looking better than other smartphones.
  4. The Guardian – Not your typical review site (being a newspaper), but they appear to know what they’re talking about and have reviews of the most recent smartphones.
  5. Pocket-Lint – An independent review site, they offer detailed smartphone reviews, and don’t pull any punches, in their S21 Ultra review, they find that the camera interface is confusing at times, and the 100x zoom gives abstract images.

If you’re looking to learn new photography techniques, and improve your photography skills, then there are a wide variety of photography websites out there full of photo tutorials. Here we’ve done the hard work for you, and found some of the best free photography techniques available on-line. Whether you’re looking for photography techniques, Photoshop techniques, or more general hints and tips, you’ll be able to find some great articles and advice here:

ePHOTOzine’s Top 14 Best Photography Techniques – This includes creative macro photography tips, Adobe Photoshop techniques, How to create a Vignette, Camera shooting modes explained, Photography Composition rules, Indoor photography, Food photography and more.

CreativeLive’s 7 Beginner Photography Techniques to Try – This has a range of fun and creative photography techniques you can try, including long exposure, motion blur, macro, black and white, light painting, silhouettes, and more.

PhotographyLife20 Photography Tips for Beginners – This includes a range of topics, including a number that are important to know, especially if you’re a beginner, including composition, camera settings, exposure, light, when to use a tripod, when to use a flash, and more.

Hubspot’s Phone Photography 101Take Good Pictures with your smartphone – If you’ve got a smartphone, you can still take great photos, as you’re probably aware, and Hubspot has a roundup of hints and tips to improve your phone photography.

SLRLounge10 Creative Photography Ideas and Techniques to Try – There are some more advanced techniques here, including pano stitching, using a spray bottle for creative bokeh, mixed lighting, long exposures, “free lensing”, tilt-shift and more.

Contrastly20 Amazing Photography Tips and Techniques – There are a great range of creative photography techniques here, including high-speed photography, night photography, motion blur, smoke art photography, long exposure, forced perspective, vintage, pinhole, reflection, lens flare and more.

You may have seen our page listing free photo hosting sites, and free photo hosting may be all you’re looking for, however if you’re looking for an on-line photography community you may want to look at this list. A good on-line photo community will let you leave comments, discuss photography, ask questions, get advice from other photographers, and they may even have forums where you can talk about different photography topics.

So without further ado, lets look at some of the best online photography communities out there:

  1. ePHOTOzineon-line photography community, with photo galleries, forums for discussion, free photography critique (you can get help and feedback on your own photography to help you improve), plus techniques, photo competitions, and more. There’s a paid option, that gives you more if you like it, but you can also use it for free. Based in the UK.
  2. flickr – was owned by Yahoo, and is now owned by Smugmug, but you may still need to sign in with your yahoo account (if you have one). People used to like the community here, but people now say it’s lost it’s way.
  3. 500px – recently stopped allowing people to upload and share digitally manipulated (composite) images, that would be considered “digital art” which brings us on to the next one. Lots of comments on photos.
  4. DeviantART – the clues in the name, you can share photography, digital art, and art, with a strong emphasis on digital art. Photography is also welcome.
  5. fotocommunity – free to use, on-line community, with an emphasis on creativity, sharing and discussing photos. based in Germany.
  6. Google Photos – It’s not really much of an on-line community, but more of an on-line photo backup (and sharing) system. Letting you backup an almost unlimited amount of photos (16mp max size for free). It’ll automatically back-up photos from your smartphone if you set it up. Good if you lose your phone, however, there’s no community.
  7. Facebook – Facebook is basically a huge, massive, on-line photo sharing site, however, you’re sharing your photos with all your friends and family, instead of the whole internet. Getting feedback beyond “Nice photo” and thumbs up may be difficult, however, you can search out photo communities and groups on there.
  8. ViewBug – Photo sharing site, with an emphasis on photo competitions, with a forum.
  9. Photo.net – Photos, Galleries, Forums, free to sign up.
  10. DPReview – whilst primarily a technology and camera review site, there’s a wide range of photo challenges, forums, galleries, and discussion, about all kinds of things. based in the US.

Any suggestions, or features I’ve missed, add a comment.

Leica X Vario

Leica currently produce a number of high end Digital RangeFinders, as well as one or two compact cameras that are all Leica. Such as the Leica X Vario, Leica Q/Q2, Leica X2 (and previously the Leica X1), but below these premium models, they are currently partnered with Panasonic, producing similar models with Leica design touches…

In the past they have worked with other companies including Fujifilm, and produced a variety of cameras, including a Four-Thirds Digital SLR. Lets have a look back at the various models in the Leica Digital Camera range, starting with the current and most recent models:

2020
Leica SL2-S – 24mp version of the Leica SL2. C/4K video up to 60fps, and 25fps continuous shooting at 24mp.
Leica Q2 Monochrom
– Monochrome version of the 47mp Q2, full-frame “compact” camera with fixed 27mm f/1.7 Leica lens, with OIS. Reviews: ePHOTOzine.
Leica M10-R – 40mp colour version of the M10 Monochrom, full-frame digital rangefinder.
Leica M10 Monochrom – 40mp monochrome sensor full-frame digital rangefinder.

2019
Leica SL2 –
L-Mount / (SL-Mount) full-frame mirrorless camera with 47mp sensor, specifications etc.
Leica M-E (240) – new entry level digital rangefinder, £3500 price tag.
Specifications, Reviews: Shutterbug.
Leica V-Lux 5 – ultra zoom bridge camera based on the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000-II, but with Leica styling.
Specifications, Reviews: ePHOTOzine.
Leica Q2 – 47mp full-frame sensor, update to the Leica Q
Specifications, Reviews: CasualPhotoPhile.

2018
Leica Q-P
– more subtle / stealth version of the Leica Q (from 2015), features Wi-Fi.
Specifications, Reviews: KeithWee.
Leica M10-D –  with an exposure compensation dial, and no screen
Specifications, Reviews: SteveHuffPhoto.
Leica M10-P –
“quiet” version of the 24mp M10, with 3inch touch-screen.
Leica C-Lux – 20mp “travel zoom” with 15x optical zoom lens, with 1inch CMOS sensor, based on the Panasonic Lumix TZ200.
– Reviews: ePHOTOzine.

2017
Leica M10 – 24mp full-frame sensor, digital rangefinder, thinner than previous Leica M cameras. Reviews: ePHOTOzine.
Leica TL2 – 24mp APS-C CMOS sensor, mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, 4K video. Reviews: ePHOTOzine.
Leica CL – 24mp APS-C CMOS sensor, mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, 4K video, EVF. Leica CL Sample photos.

2016
Leica X-U – Underwater / waterproof version of the Leica X (113). Reviews: RedDotForum, HaveCameraWillTravel.
Leica M-D – Screenless 24mp full-frame digital rangefinder. Reviews: Fstoppers.
Leica TL – mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, 16mp APS-C CMOS sensor. Reviewed by Stuff.

2015
Leica Q (Typ 116) – 28mm lens, f/1.7, 24mp Full-Frame sensor, FullHD video. Reviews: ePHOTOzine, Alex Cornell.
Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) – 24mp full-frame monochrome sensor, Digital Rangefinder, FullHD video. Reviews: ePHOTOzine.
Leica M (Typ 262) – 24mp full-frame digital rangefinder, FullHD video. Reviews: TransientEye.
Leica SL (Typ 601) – 24mp Full-frame mirrorless camera, Wi-Fi, 4K video, 11fps continuous shooting, EVF. Reviews: ePHOTOzine.

2014
Leica T (Typ 701)
– Leica’s first mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, 16mp APS-C CMOS sensor. Reviews: ePHOTOzine, Fstoppers.
Leica X (Typ 113) 
– 35mm equivalent lens, f/1.7, 16.5mp APS-C CMOS sensor, FullHD video. Reviews: ePHOTOzine.
Leica X-E
– 35mm equivalent lens, f/2.8, 16.5mp APS-C CMOS sensor. Reviews: The Phoblographer
Leica D-Lux (Typ 109)
 – Based on the Panasonic Lumix LX100, f/1.7-2.8, 3.1x optical zoom lens, 20mp 1inch sensor, 4K video. Reviews: ePHOTOzine.
Leica V-Lux (Typ 114) – Based on the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000, f/2.8-4, 16x optical zoom lens, 20mp 1inch sensor, 4K video. Reviews: RedDotForum.
Leica M-P (240) – 24mp full-frame digital rangefinder. Reviewed by Wired.

2013
Leica C Compact – (Typ 112) 12 megapixel, 7.1x optical zoom, EVF, Compact camera based on the Panasonic Lumix LF1. Details, Sample Photos.
Leica X Vario – 16 megapixel compact camera with APS-C CMOS sensor, and 2.5x optical zoom lens, 28-70mm equivalent, f/3.5-6.4 aperture.
– Reviews: ePHOTOzine, Specifications.
Leica M (Type 240) – Top of the range 24 megapixel full frame digital rangefinder with CMOS sensor, video recording(!), and live view(!), roughly £6k body only.
– Reviews: Wedding Photographer, Specifications, Sample Photos: ePHOTOzine, SteveHuffPhoto.

2012
Leica S
– 37.5 megapixel Medium format Digital SLR.
Leica M-E – A “budget” or “entry level” £4000 18 megapixel full frame CCD sensor digital rangefinder (no video, no live view).
– Reviews: AP, 50lux, RedDotForum Comparison.
Leica M MonochromBlack and white full frame 18 megapixel CCD sensor digital rangefinder (no video, no live view), £6200.
– Reviews: AP, Jonathan Slack, Phoblographer, RedDotForum, MingThein, Sample Photos PopPhoto, ePHOTOzine.
Leica X2 – Compact by Leica with 16 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor.
– Reviews: ePHOTOzinePhotographyBLOG, Specifications, Sample Photos, SteveHuffPhotos.
Leica D-Lux 6 – based on the Panasonic Lumix LX7, 10.1 megapixel, f/1.4 3.8x optical zoom lens.
– Reviews: ePHOTOzine, MingThein, RedDotForum.
Leica V-Lux 4 – ultra-zoom based on the Panasonic Lumix FZ200, f/2.8 24x optical zoom lens.
– Reviews / Sample photos: RedDotForum.
Leica V-Lux 40 – pocket / travel zoom based on the Panasonic Lumix TZ30
– Reviews / Sample photos: PhotographyBLOG.

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Gopro-hero6-black

The latest GoPro Hero 6 has been reviewed by ePHOTOzine, Pocket-Lint, and Trusted Reviews. The GoPro Hero6 Black offers 4K video at 60fps, and electronic image stabilisation when recording 4K video at 30fps. It’s waterproof to 10m. Reviews on Amazon have been mixed, with some people experiencing problems.

Positives include: Great video quality, electronic image stabilisation, improved image quality.

Negatives include: Most expensive GoPro Hero yet. Touchscreen can be fiddly.

Panasonic-Lumix-FZ330ePHOTOzine has published the first review of the new Panasonic Lumix FMC-FZ330, aka DMC-FZ300, the camera features a 24x optical zoom lens, with a bright f/2.8 constant aperture, and zooms to 600mm equivalent, from a wide-angle 25mm equivalent. High speed shooting, and 4K video recording is included.

The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II is out, with a 16 megapixel sensor, 5-axis image stabilisation, FullHD video recording, microphone socket, vari-angle tilting swivelling touch-screen, 10-11fps continuous shooting, a super quiet shutter, live composite mode (very cool!), Wi-Fi, and a 40 megapixel shooting mode as well. It’s available in silver or black for £899 body only.

It’s been reviewed by a number of people, with detailed reviews available at ePHOTOzine.com, Robin Wong, DigitalRev (Video), The Phoblographer, Nicholas Goodden (who went on to buy it), SteveHuffPhoto Part 1, Part 2, AmateurPhotographer, and PhotographyBlog. We’ll add to this list as new reviews are published.

maginon-sz350-frontAldi UK has another budget digital camera, the Maginon SZ350, with a 35x optical zoom lens, 20 megapixel CCD sensor, 720p video, 3inch screen, optical image stabilisation, pop up flash, and blink detection. It’s priced at around £99. If you have one, feel free to post your thoughts, comments, reviews and photos below.

Full details on the Maginon website.

Alternative budget bridge cameras to look at include:
Panasonic Lumix LZ40, 42x optical zoom, £139 at Amazon UK.
Sony Cyber-shot H300, 35x optical zoom, £99 at Amazon UK (this one offers panoramic shooting).