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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.

Canon Powershot G16 Large

ePHOTOzine has published sample photos from the new Canon Powershot G16, the camera has a 5x optical zoom f/1.8-2.8 lens, a 12 megapixel B.S.I. CMOS sensor, along with built in Wi-Fi and high speed shooting, optical viewfinder, 3inch screen, 12fps continuous shooting, manual controls, along with full HD (60fps) video, stereo sound, and 5-axis image stabilisation.

They’ve also posted sample photos from the Canon Powershot S120, the little serious compact camera, it also features manual controls, Wi-Fi, and raw shooting.

Nikon Coolpix P7800

ePHOTOzine has published sample photos from the new Nikon Coolpix P7800, the serious compact camera features an electronic viewfinder, bright 7.1x optical zoom lens, f/2.0-f/4, 12 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor, tilting 3inch screen, manual controls, raw shooting, 2cm macro mode, full HD video, and microphone socket. You can also find sample photos from the ultra-compact Nikon Coolpix S02 there too.

Fujifilm X-A1 Black

ePHOTOzine has published full size ISO and White balance test / sample photos from the new Fujifilm X-A1, Fujifilm’s latest mirrorless camera, it is also the most affordable X-mount mirrorless camera yet, available for around £499 with 16-50mm OIS lens.

The Fujifilm X-A1 features a 16 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, 5.6fps continuous shooting, a tilting 3inch screen, manual controls, full HD video with stereo sound, and uses a lithium ion rechargeable battery.

Read Fujifilm X-A1 Reviews: ePHOTOzine, Photography BLOG.

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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Panasonic Lumix LF1, a set on Flickr.

The Panasonic Lumix LF1 is Panasonic’s latest serious compact camera, with a 12 megapixel sensor, 3inch screen, 7.1x optical zoom lens, f/2.0 – f/5.9 aperture, 10fps continuous shooting, Full HD video recording, manual controls, RAW shooting, and a built in electronic viewfinder. It’s also pretty compact, and has a control wheel around the lens. Here are a number of sample photos shot at the cameras ISO range of ISO80 up to ISO12800 – you can view the full size originals if you click them.

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Here are some sample photos from the new Ricoh GR (V), the compact camera with a large APS-C sensor, 28mm wide-angle lens (f/2.8), manual controls, RAW shooting, built in flash, flash hot-shoe and more. The photos were taken with a production version of the Ricoh GR, on a very grey day. Click to view more below.

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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.

Today is the last day of Focus On Imaging 2013 – so if you’re keen to get a last minute bargain and can make it there – then there are a number of offers available from retailers with Focus On Imaging show prices! Including the Nikon D600 for £1099 refurbished body only, a number of Panasonic Micro Four Thirds cameras and lenses for great prices, and offers on memory cards and more…

There were some of the big camera companies, including Canon, Nikon, and Fujifilm, with few other camera companies including Sigma and Minox, although you could see a number of lenses from the likes of Tokina, Carl Zeiss, Tamron, Sigma, Samyang, and bags and tripods from Manfrotto, Giottos, Gitzo, 3 Legged Thing, and others (Cullmann, Triopos, Benro etc). More tripods than you can shake a stick at?

Here’s a roundup of coverage of the show from around the web:
Canon CanoScan 9000F Mark II Launched – flatbad scanners are still around.
Three new digital backs from Phase One, ePHOTOzine has the details.
BlackMagicDesign Cinema Camera EF Hands-On – 2.5k Video camera.

Lenses:
Sigma 60mm f/2.8 DN Hands-On – Mirrorless lens.
New 80-400mm Telephoto Zoom Lens From Nikon Announced – updates the classic lens, preview here.
Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM Hands-On – with built in teleconverter.
Fujifilm X Lens Roadmap Shown – along with specifications for the 55-200mm lens.
Carl Zeiss 135mm f/2 Lens Hands-On – new telephoto prime from Carl Zeiss.

Cameras:
Hasselblad H5D-50 Hands-On Preview
Canon Powershot N Hands-On Preview
Nikon Coolpix L320 Launched – entry level 26x optical zoom ultra zoom camera.
Nikon Coolpix A Announced with 16mp APS-C sensor in a compact, preview here.
Nikon Coolpix P330 Announced – Hands-On Preview – a compact with RAW, and 5x optical zoom.
Nikon Coolpix AW110 Hands-On Preview – 18m waterproof compact!
Fujifilm X100s Wide Angle Converter Preview – advanced compact with APS-C sensor.
Fujifilm X20 Hands-On Photos – serious compact with 4x optical zoom.
Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR pictures and hands-on – at Pocket-Lint.
Nikon Coolpix P520 pictures and hands-on – at Pocket-Lint.
Nikon Coolpix S9500 pictures and hands-on – at Pocket-Lint.

Sample Photos:
Sigma DP3 Merrill Hands-On Sample Photos – the new Foveon sensor camera with 50mm Macro lens.
Leica M Typ 240 Hands-On Sample Photos – Not at the show, but some of the first sample photos.

Video:
A number of videos from Focus On Imaging are on CameraDiner.
Focus On Imaging Video Roundup at DPNow – with captions.
There’s also a podcast at TheActivePhotographer.

If we’ve missed any additional kit coverage, please let us know!

Reviews:
Nikon 1 S1 Review – compact mirrorless with 10mp sensor, high speed shooting.

Sample Photos:
Fujifilm FinePix SL1000 Sample Photos – 50x optical zoom bridge camera
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT5 Sample Photos – ultra waterproof digital camera
Nikon D7100 DSLR Sample Photos at Nikon

New Cameras Announced:
Sony NEX-3N Hands-On Preview – compact entry level 16mp mirrorless from Sony
Sony NEX-3N Vs Sony NEX-F3 Comparison – old model vs new
Sony Alpha A58 Hands-On Preview – new 20mp entry level DSLR from Sony
Nikon D7100 DSLR Hands-On Preview – new top of the APS-C range 24mp DSLR