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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.

A new mirrorless digital camera took the flagship position in the Fujifilm X-series by bringing image-stabilization to an already incredible camera as the 4th generation Fujifilm X-T4. This mirrorless sports a 26 megapixels X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor mounted on a 5-axis image-stabilization with up to 6.5-stops efficiency.

Fujifilm refined their X-T design to improve usability of the X-T4 while also giving way to the rotating hinge favored by videographers to emphasize how capable the X-T4 is for video. It can record Cinema 4K video at 60 FPS with ultra-high quality that reaches 400Mbps.

Neocamera just published a very detailed review of the new Fujifilm X-T4, showcasing its image quality with a stunning gallery of Malta. As usual, this in-depth review covers capabilities, usability, ergonomics, image-quality and performance to help photographers decide if the Fujifilm X-T4 is right for their needs.

Among the growing lineup of Panasonic mirrorless digital camera, the compact GX9 almost got lost given that it succeeds a flagship camera without being one itself. With a similar rangefinder-style as the GX8 which introduced image-stabilization to Panasonic mirrorless, the new GX9 is a much more compact digital camera which weighs 50% less than its predecessor! As it shrunk, the GX9 lost the weatherproof build of the GX8 yet gained many more features and capabilities.

The new Panasonic GX9 fits a 20 megapixels Four-Thirds CMOS sensor without Anti-Alias Filter in one of the smallest bodies to feature an electronic viewfinder, while improving the 5-axis image-stabilization system to 4-stops of efficiency. Despite being so small, the GX9 packs a huge amount of features including a rare tilting EVF with large 0.7X magnification.

Neocamera just published a detailed review of the Panasonic GX9 which takes a good look at this camera in terms of usability, ergonomics and performance. Be sure to see the gallery of full-resolution images and comparison with the GX8 to truly appreciate the improvements brought by the GX9.

Neocamera recently published an in-depth review of the Fujifilm X-H1. This review of the latest flagship Fujifilm mirrorless digital camera analyses the capabilities, usability and performance of the X-H1, taking a complete look at every feature and ergonomic change from the X-T2 previous flagship to the latest X-H1.

The Fujifilm X-H1 is a unique camera in the Fujifilm lineup of X-mount mirrorless since it is the only one to feature a 5-axis image-stabilization system built right in. This flexible system analyzes camera movements 10,000X per second to compensate for involuntary movements of the photographer. This makes it more steady than its predecessors when shooting video which the X-H1 can in 4K Ultra-HD and Cinema 4K format.

Read the detailed Fujfilm X-H1 review here. Be sure to read the usability page that goes over what are major changes to the ergonomics and user-interface of the X-H1.

Olympus has been quite ambitious this year. Their latest flagship camera was introduced to push the performance boundaries of mirrorless digital camera and they succeeded in producing one of the most promising camera on the market, the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II.

This high-end mirrorless is built around a 20 megapixels CMOS sensor captable of recording 4K video. This new sensor delivers an unprecedented through put with burst rates of up to 60 FPS and incorporates Phase-Detect autofocus at 121 points. This autofocus system manages to keep up with action at up to 18 FPS, an unprecedented level for a Micro Four-Thirds camera or even a DSLR.

Neocamera recently published their express review of the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II. Read on to see how this flagship mirrorless performs. Be sure to check a head-to-head comparaison of the E-M1 Mark II’s 50 megapixels High-Res Shot mode with the latest 50 MP Medium Format camera in the Comparative Crops page.

An in-depth review of the Fujifilm GFX-50S was  just published at Neocamera. This review offers unique insights onto Fujifilm’s entrance into the medium format digital camera market with their GFX system. The first camera in this high-end system is a 50 megapixels GFX-50S, sporting a larger-than-full-frame 4:3 aspect sensor expected of Medium Format.

With the GFX-50S, Fujifilm is targeting photographers looking for the top-most image-quality at any price. All compatible lenses, using the new GF-mount, are designed to allow resolutions of at least 100 MP which should make them upwards compatible for successors of the GFX-50S.

Neocamera took the Fujifilm GFX-50S through its paces in an in-depth review that reveals just how competivie the GFX-50S is and who benefits the most from the new system. Read the full review here.

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).