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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).

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.

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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

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.

Ultra Zoom / Bridge:
Fujifilm FinePix SL1000 Review – 50x optical zoom lens

Compacts:
Nikon Coolpix S2700 Review – budget, 6x optical
Nikon Coolpix S6500 Review – 12x optical zoom, Wi-Fi
Sigma DP3 Merrill Sample Photos – 50mm f/2.8 Macro lens (75mm equivalent), Foveon sensor
Pentax MX-1 Review – Serious compact with manual controls

Waterproof:
Panasonic Lumix FT5 Review – Tough compact

Mobile Phone:
Sony Xperia Z Preview – 13 megapixel waterproof smartphone.

Mirrorless:
Nikon 1 S1 Review – Compact mirrorless, with high speed shooting.

DSLR:
Nikon D7100 Sample Photos – 24 megapixel APS-C sensor camera
Nikon D600 vs Canon EOS 6D Comparison Review – Full frame Digital SLR cameras compared
Canon 5D, Mark 2, Mark 3 DSLR Comparison Review – full-frame cameras compared
Hasselblad H5D-50 Medium Format Digital SLR  Preview – 50 megapixel DSLR

Compact:
Nikon Coolpix S3200 Review, budget 16mp, 6x zoom compact.
Nikon Coolpix P7700, serious compact with 7x zoom
Sony Cyber-shot RX1 Review, full-frame 24mp sensor, compact camera.
Canon Powershot D20, Waterproof Compact

Ultra-Zoom:
Canon Powershot SX50 HS, 50x optical zoom ultra zoom

Digital SLR:
Nikon D800, full-frame 36.3mp DSLR
Pentax K-5 II DSLR Review, 16mp DSLR.
Pentax K-5 IIs DSLR Review, 16mp DSLR, without the AA filter.

Mirrorless:
Fujifilm X-E1, mirrorless, 16mp, X-Mount
Sony NEX-5R Review, compact 16mp mirrorless camera.
Canon EOS M Mirrorless Camera Review, 18mp APS-C sensor mirrorless.

A whole bunch of new compact digital cameras and lenses have been announced as part of CP+, Japan’s imaging show currently happening, updated with the latest cameras and lens news…

Canon: (4)
Canon IXUS 255 HS, 10x optical zoom, 12mp high speed, Wi-Fi
Canon IXUS 135, 8x optical zoom, Wi-Fi, 16mp
Canon IXUS 132, 8x optical zoom, 16mp
Canon Powershot A2500, 5x optical zoom, 16mp
Canon EOS 1D-C Firmware Update

Nikon: (9)
Nikon Coolpix S9500, Wi-Fi, 22x optical zoom
Nikon Coolpix S9400, Wi-Fi, 18x optical zoom
Nikon Coolpix S5200, Wi-Fi, 6x optical zoom
Nikon Coolpix AW110, WP (18m), 5x optical zoom
Nikon Coolpix S31, WP (5m), 3x optical zoom, £99
Nikon Coolpix L27, 16mp, 5x optical zoom
Nikon Coolpix L28, 20mp, 5x optical zoom, £89
Nikon Coolpix P520, 42x zoom, 18mp BSI sensor
Nikon Coolpix L820, 30x zoom, 16mp BSI sensor

Olympus: (3 ish)
Olympus XZ-10, Serious Compact, 5x zoom, RAW etc
Olympus VR-370, 12.5x optical zoom
Olympus VG-180, 5x optical zoom
Olympus XZ-2 White edition.

Fujifilm: (2-8) * UK availability of these models unknown
Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR, 20x optical zoom compact travel zoom
Fujifilm FinePix S4800, 30x optical zoom bridge camera, CCD
Fujifilm FinePix F850EXR* 20x optical zoom lens, available in puke colour.
Fujifilm FinePix S6600, S6700, S6800* 26, 28 and 30x optical zoom (CMOS)
Fujifilm FinePix S4600, S4700* 26, 28x optical zoom, CCD

Casio: (5) – UK / European availability unknown
Casio Exilim ZR700, 18x optical zoom, RAW, high speed shooting, 470 shots, 16mp
Casio Exilim ZR400, 12.5x optical zoom, high speed shooting, 515 shots, 16mp
Casio Exilim ZS-160, 12.5x optical zoom, 16mp
Casio Exilim ZS-25, 6x optical zoom, 16mp
Casio Exilim QV-R300, 5x optical zoom lens, 16mp

Sony:
Firmware updates for A99, A77, A65, A57, A37, NEX-7/6/5R/5N/F3.

Pentax: (3)
Pentax Optio WG-3, WG-3 GPS, Waterproof
Pentax Optio WG-10, Waterproof

New Lens Announcements:

Olympus:
Olympus 75-300mm Update, m43, with Zero coating

Tamron:
Tamron 14-150mm VC Micro Four Thirds lens

Sigma:
19mm f/2.8 DN m43/Nex lens – updated design on previous model
30mm f/2.8 DN m43/Nex lens – updated design on previous model
60mm f/2.8 DN m43/Nex lens
30mm f/1.4 DC Sigma, Nikon, Canon lens (APS-C)

Tokina:
Tokina 12-28mm f/4 DX
Tokina 70-200mm f/4 FX

Nikon:
Nikkor 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G wide-angle zoom lens
Nikkor 800mm f/5.6 super telephoto lens

Panasonic:
14-42mm compact standard zoom lens

Pentax:
Pentax Q Body Cap Lens (Toy lens)

Fujifilm FinePix Z110 Blue

Fujifilm FinePix Z110 Ultra Compact Review: Thise “party” camera features a nightclub mode and a self portrait mirror, as well as a 14megapixel sensor, 5x optical zoom lens, 2.7inch screen, 720p video recording, and it’s available in a number of colours, normally with a matching case and memory card. Read reviews at ePHOTOzine, WhatDigitalCamera, as well as at Amazon UK.