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Maginon SZ 24

ALDI in the UK, are selling the Maginon SZ 24 (from the same group as TEVION and TRAVELER), a compact camera with a 24x optical zoom lens equivalent to 25-600mm, 16 megapixel CCD sensor, 720p video, 3inch screen, optical image stabilisation, ISO64-ISO1600, pop-up flash, it uses USB charging and a lithium-ion battery and comes with a 4GB SD card, and is priced at £119. Full details can be found on the Maginon website.

Buyers of the Maginon SZ 24 have complained about the short battery life – averaging around 100 shots – although the battery can easily be replaced by a higher power unit from ebay (or elsewhere).

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Maginon SZ 24 Sample Photos, a set on Flickr.

Olympus sell a very similar camera to this, the Olympus SZ-15, with roughly the same specifications, priced at £129 from Amazon UK, although you don’t get a free memory card with it. Or there’s a 14 megapixel version, the Olympus SZ-14, available for £119 from Amazon UK available in a number of different colours, and there’s even a deal where you can get a free case and 8GB SD card all for £119. Most reviews of the Olympus SZ-14 are quite positive, and there is a more detailed Olympus SZ-14 review here. Nice. PS – There’s a Casio version too, the Casio Exilim EX-H50, but that’s only available shipped from Japan.

Pentax K-3 DSLR Silver

Pentax has announced the new Pentax K-3 Digital SLR – the top of the range model features a new 24 megapixel sensor, no AA filter, shake-reduction sensor, 3.2inch screen, weather sealed body, 8.3fps continuous shooting, and for Wi-Fi compatibility can use a FLU card, to enable remote operation from smartphones. A special limited edition silver version, shown above, will be made available with a limited production run of 2000 units. The Pentax K-3 in black, shown below, will be available for £1099 body only, from November.

More information: Pentax K-3 DSLR Hands-On Preview (ePHOTOzine), Pentax HD 55-300mm WR Lens Announced, Pentax K-3 Press release, Pentax K-3 Video Features Review (YouTube), Pentax K-3 vs Pentax K-5 IIs Comparison, more details at Ricoh Imaging.

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A roundup of digital cameras announced recently, along with links for more information, previews, reviews, sample photos and more:

Sony Alpha a3000

Sony:
Sony Alpha 3000 – 20mp APS-C DSLR shaped camera with Sony E-Mount, shown above, Preview
Sony NEX-5T – Wi-Fi, NFC Mirrorless camera, Preview

Canon:
Canon EOS 70D – 20.2 megapixel APS-C DSLR, new AF, 7fps, see Canon UK, there is also a review with sample photos at Cameralabs.
Canon Powershot S120 – 12.1 megapixel High Speed (HS) CMOS sensor, 5x zoom compact, f/1.8, more details.
Canon Powershot G16 – 12.1 megapixel HS CMOS sensor, 5x zoom, f/1.8, Preview
Canon Powershot SX510 – 30x optical zoom, 12 megapixel HS CMOS sensor, compact ultra zoom, more details.
Canon Powershot SX170 – 16x optical zoom, 16 megapixel CCD sensor, Almost pocketable pocket zoom

Nikon:
Nikon Coolpix S6600 – 16mp, 12x zoom, tilting / swivelling screen, details. This one looks pretty cool, and it’s been a while since a compact camera has had a tilting / swivelling screen like this.
Nikon Coolpix L620 – 14x optical zoom, 18mp, full HD video, AA batteries.

Casio: (Japan, Europe only?)
Casio Exilim ZR800, 18x optical zoom, details.

GE:
GE Cameras no longer for sale in the UK according to ePHOTOzine.

Fujifilm X100s
The Fuji X100S takes the highly-acclaimed Finepix X100 to the next level with an all-new 16 megapixels X-Trans II CMOS sensor and faster EXR CMOS processor. Bring the resolution up to 16 megapixels and dropping the anti-alias filter to maximize resolution, this model adds built-in phase-detect autofocus to provide a hybrid focusing system. It also improves upon the unique hybrid viewfinder by upgrading the EVF component to 2.4 megapixels while retaining a large bright-line OVF mode.

Neocamera just published a detailed reviewed of the Fuji X100S. The review highlights every change from the previous model and explains how it is to use a camera with a built-in prime lens. There is a gallery of full-resolution images at all ISO sensitivities to demonstrate the image quality of this unique camera.

Panasonic Lumix FZ72
Panasonic has announced the Panasonic Lumix FZ72 (aka FZ70) with a huge 60x optical zoom lens, starting at an ultra-wide 20mm equivalent, zooming to 1200mm equivalent. It features a 16 megapixel sensor, 3 inch screen, optical image stabilisation, full HD video, stereo sound, flash hot-shoe, high speed shooting, manual controls, RAW, an electronic viewfinder and more. You can even add a 1.7x tele conversion lens to push the optical zoom all the way to 102x! Links below, as well as more videos after the jump (click continue reading).

Press release: here.
Panasonic Lumix FZ72 Review: ePHOTOzine,
Panasonic Lumix FZ72 Sample Photos: ePHOTOzine, PhotographyBLOG, LetsGoDigital

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Kodak has announced a new range of digital cameras, with the headline camera, the Kodak PIXPRO AZ521, being a 52x optical zoom lens ultra zoom with a 16 megapixel CMOS sensor, full HD video, image stabilisation, 3inch screen and lithium ion battery and will be available for £249. (via ePHOTOzine)

Other Kodak cameras announced:
Kodak PIXPRO AZ362, 36x zoom, 16mp CMOS sensor, £209
Kodak PIXPRO AZ361, 36x zoom, 16mp CCD sensor, £189
Kodak PIXPRO AZ251, 26x zoom, 16mp CCD sensor, £129
Kodak PIXPRO FZ151, 15x zoom, 16mp CCD sensor, £99
Kodak PIXPRO FZ51, 5x zoom, 16mp CCD sensor, £59
Kodak PIXPRO FZ41, 4x zoom, 16mp CCD sensor, £49

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Nokia has announced the new Nokia Lumia 1020 – a 41 megapixel camera phone with optical image stabilisation, Carl Zeiss f/2.2 lens, full HD video with stereo sound, a new Nokia Pro app to add manual controls, 4.5inch screen, Xenon flash, as well as a camera grip accessory (shown above). More details at ePHOTOzine, Nokia, as well as sample photos from Nokia. The Nokia Lumia 1020 is said to be a noticeable improvement over the Nokia PureView 808, with better image processing, optical image stabilisation, as well as a much slimmer phone body, and runs Windows Phone 8 instead of Symbian.

Fujifilm X-M1 BrownThe Fujifilm X-M1 is the latest mirrorless camera from Fuji, and uses the same X-Mount as the X-Pro1 and X-E1, except this new model is the most compact, and best value for money yet. It is being introduced with a new 27mm lens, as well as a new 16-50mm kit lens. It features the same 16 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, full HD video recording, a 3inch tilting screen, built in flash, and built in Wi-Fi. It will be available at the end of July. More info here.

Pentax has recently announced a number of new Digital SLRs, a new mirrorless camera, as well as an entry level compact, called the Efina. F’ina what? Efina. It’s a historical name from Pentax, and the Efina features a 5x optical zoom lens, and will be available for around £79, although we’d expect that price to drop quite quickly.

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New Pentax Digital SLRs – these are both the same model, except one, the K-50 is weather sealed, while the K-500 is not. The K-500 is designed as the family friendly entry level Digital SLR, while the K-50 is the step up (designed to sit above the K-30), with weather sealing. Both feature a 16 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, ISO51200, SR Shake Reduction, and 3inch screen on the back. There’s a Pentax K-500 hands-on preview here. More details on the Pentax K-50 can be found here, and it’ll be available in 120 colour combinations.

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The new mirrorless camera from Pentax, is an update to the Pentax Q10, and the new Pentax Q7 features a slightly larger sensor, to give improved image quality, as well as a wider field of view when used with the Pentax Q lenses. The Q7 will also be available in 120 colour combinations. A preview showing the new Pentax Q7 sensor size can be found here.

Sony has announced the Sony Cybershot RX100 II – an update to the RX100 – the RX100 II adds a flash hot-shoe, tilting 3inch 1.229 million dot screen, and updates the 20.2 megapixel sensor to a backlit CMOS sensor. It features a 3.5x optical zoom lens, with bright f/1.8 aperture at the wide-angle end of the lens, and ISO upto 25600, Full HD video, 10fps continuous shooting, Wi-Fi, full manual controls and Raw shooting.

It will be available in July with an RRP for £650.