Currently viewing the category: "Mobile Phones"

666-Nokia-Lumia-1020-with-Camera-Grip_1373573595

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.

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

Reviews:
Nikon D7100 vs D7000 DSLR Review at ePHOTOzine.
Nikon Coolpix A Review at ePHOTOzine.
Fujifilm X100s Review at ePHOTOzine.
Fujifilm X20 Compact Review at PhotographyBLOG.
Fujifilm X-E1 Mirrorless Review at Cameralabs.
Olympus Tough TG-2 at NeoCamera. (Waterproof)

Sample Photos:
Olympus Stylus XZ-10 Sample Photos at ePHOTOzine.
Olympus Tough TG-830 Waterproof Sample Photos at ePHOTOzine.
Nikon Coolpix S9500 Travel Zoom Sample Photos at ePHOTOzine.
Nikon Coolpix P520 Bridge Sample Photos at ePHOTOzine.

Smartphones:The HTC One screen at RR.

Here’s a quick round-up of the latest digital cameras to be announced in the last week or so…

Fujifilm FinePix XP200 Rugged Camera – 5x zoom, Waterproof, Tough
Fujifilm FinePix S8400W Ultra-Zoom Bridge Camera – 44x ultra-zoom with Wi-Fi
Olympus VH-520 Compact – 10x zoom, designed to be good in low-light, but affordable, RRP £129
Canon PowerShot SX270 SX280 Travel-Zooms – 20x optical zoom, GPS and Wi-Fi on SX280
Canon EOS 700D DSLR Announced – 18mp, Update to the Canon EOS 650D
Canon EOS 100D DSLR Announced – 18mp, New “baby” Digital SLR, World’s smallest DSLR
Samsung Galaxy S4 with 13 megapixel camera – no zoom, latest Samsung Android phone
Minox DCC 14.0 Classic Camera Announced – 14mp, no zoom, retro miniature compact camera

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

Sony Cybershot DSC-WX60 Review – 8x optical zoom, ultra-compact
HTC Windows Phone 8X Camera Phone Review – 8 megapixel windows phone
Fujifilm FinePix XP60 Review – budget waterproof camera, 6m waterproof, tough
Pentax MX-1 Review – serious compact camera with retro looks and bright f/1.8 lens
The Nikon V2 Quick Review by Steve Huff – tested with the 18.5mm prime lens
USER REPORT: My 1st 8 Months with the Olympus OM-D by Michel Mayerle – people love the OM-D

Some would say, including me, that 2012 has been one of the most exciting years for the photography and digital camera industry, while the low-end compact camera market has been in decline due to the improvement and adoption of smartphones (such as the amazing Nokia PureView 808), there has been increasing improvements in pocket zoom cameras, ultra zoom bridge cameras, Digital SLRs and mirrorless cameras.

Bang for buck or value for money has been at it’s highest ever, with compact 10x optical zoom lens cameras available for £99 with optical image stabilisation, such as the Panasonic Lumix SZ1. Previous years you were unlikely to get such a high level of optical zoom from a branded camera for under £100.

Canon Powershot SX50 HS

Bridge cameras have reached the highest level of optical zoom ever – first with the 42x optical zoom lens Nikon Coolpix P510 (equivalent to 24 to 1000mm), then with the even more incredible 50x optical zoom lens Canon Powershot SX50 HS (equivalent to 24 to 1200mm!). WOW!

Nikon D800 Front

Digital SLRs have seen a big refresh from all of the major manufacturers, with full-frame Digital SLRs from Nikon (3), Canon (3), and Sony (1), with Nikon and Canon both offering professional high speed DSLRs the Nikon D4 and Canon EOS 1D X, mid-range professional DSLRs the 36.3 megapixel Nikon D800 (and D800E) and Canon EOS 5D Mark III, and new entry level full-frame Digital SLRs, the Nikon D600 and Canon EOS 6D. Sony recently introduced the full-frame Sony Alpha A99 with continuous AF during video.

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Black

More mirrorless cameras have been introduced this year than ever before, with models from all the major manufacturers, with very few left out, in fact with those that haven’t joined the market suffered, with Kodak leaving the digital camera market for example. New models have been introduced by Olympus, Panasonic, Nikon, Canon, Pentax, Fujifilm, Sony, including new weather-sealed models from Olympus, with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 and Panasonic, with the Panasonic Lumix GH3.

Next year should be exciting, with CES 2013 kicking off the year, where it’s usual for a whole new camera range to be introduced, particularly in the consumer of point and shoot range.

Nokia Lumia 920
ePHOTOzine has reviewed the new 8.7 megapixel Nokia Lumia 920, with optical image stabilisation, 4.5inch screen, Windows Phone 8, 32gb storage, and full HD video recording. Here’s what they had to say:

“Features are good with full HD video, reasonable macro performance, optical image stabilisation, wide-angle f/2.0 lens, and sharing straight to the popular social network site such as Facebook and Twitter.”

Read more Nokia Lumia 920 Reviews: Guardian, GSMArena

Nokia PureView 808 CroppedWe’ve published sample photos from the new Nokia PureView 808 – it features a large 41 megapixel sensor with a Carl Zeiss f/2.4 lens. It uses a method of “pixel oversampling” to enable higher quality 5 and 8 megapixel images, as well as “optical zoom” without any image quality loss, without having to have a large zoom lens in the camera phone. You can read a full review of the Nokia PureView 808 (at ePHOTOzine), or view our Nokia PureView 808 sample photos here.