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Fujifilm FinePix F70EXR

The Fujifilm FinePix F70EXR is this months most popular camera reviewed on this site, and was the most read review on DigiCamReview this month. As Fuji’s latest advanced compact camera it features a new 10 megapixel Super CCD EXR sensor, a wide angle 10x optical zoom lens, a 2.7″ screen, wide dynamic range, and a VGA video mode. It also features Dual Image Stabilisation (anti-shake sensor), Face Detection 3.0 Technology, and ISO up to 12800 (at 3mp). It’s available in silver or black for £173:

Read our Fujifilm FinePix F70EXR Review
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Most popular cameras on DigiCamReview December 2009:

1. Fujifilm FinePix F70EXR, Pocket Zoom, 10mp, 10x zoom Review, £173
2. Panasonic Lumix TZ6, Pocket Zoom, 10mp, 12x zoom Review, £179
3. Canon Digital IXUS 980 IS, Compact, 14.7mp, 3.7x zoom Review, £329
4. Panasonic Lumix FX150, 14.7mp, 3.6x zoom, Review, £199
5. Pansonic Lumix FS7, Compact, 10mp, 4x zoom, Review, £107

Fujifilm FinePix F70EXR

This year has seen a large number of interesting new digital cameras appear – digital camera’s had to innovate this year just to get noticed! And with that in mind I’ve added a new section to the “Top Digital Cameras Reviewed” section called “Best Tech” which is short for “Best New Technology” – in there you’ll find some of my personal favourites, or most innovative new digital cameras, such as the Olympus PEN E-P1 which introduced a whole new category of camera, the Fujifilm FinePix F70EXR the world’s smallest 10x optical zoom camera with Fujifilm EXR sensor, the Ricoh CX2 with 5fps shooting and an impressive high resolution 920k 3″ screen, and the Casio Exilim FC100 with 30fps shooting and ultra high speed video (upto 1000fps shooting!).

Panasonic FS7Another great camera from this year is the Panasonic Lumix FS7, it’s compact, stylish, takes great photos, and is also one of the cheapest cameras available, priced at £105, with real optical image stabilisation – which means that more of your shots should come out blur free!

Panasonic Lumix TZ6Panasonic were on top form this year, with every new camera providing something new, innovative, or just great value for money, such as the Panasonic Lumix TZ6 (ZS1), it features a 25mm wide angle 12x optical zoom lens, image stabilisation, and 10 megapixel sensor, and proves that you don’t have to buy a huge camera to get a lot of zoom!

This year saw the continuation of the megapixel race, however, this was mainly confined to the mobile phone world, where everybody seemed to race to 12 megapixel camera phones, with the introduction of the 12 megapixel Sony Ericsson Satio (and others), while the digital camera world realised less is better, and “downgraded” to 9 and 10 megapixel sensors. The 8 megapixel Sony Ericsson Cybershot C905 (reviewed here) showed that with some effort you can get some decent shots from camera phones.

Continue reading the Best Digital Cameras of 2009:

Highly Recommended:
Canon EOS 450D

Canon EOS 450D Rebel XSi DSLR – 9.2/10 – £497
Olympus EVOLT E-420 DSLR – 9.2/10 – £399
Panasonic Lumix TZ6 / ZS1 – 9/10 – £179
Panasonic Lumix FS7 – 9/10 – £105
Olympus PEN E-P1 Micro DSLR – 8.8/10 – £564
Canon Powershot SX110 IS – 8.8/10 – £229
Panasonic Lumix FX150 – 8.8/10 – £248
Fujifilm FinePix F70EXR – 8.6/10 – £173
Panasonic Lumix FX40 – 8.6/10 – £177
Canon Digital IXUS 980 IS – 8.6/10 – £329

Recommended:
Fuji F200EXR

Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR – 8.5/10 – £173
Ricoh CX2 – 8.5/10 – £275
Canon Powershot A590 – 8.5/10 – £89
Casio Exilim FC100 – 8.3/10 – £205
Ricoh CX1 – 8.3/10 – £214
Sony Cybershot W220 – 8/10 – £126

Camera Phones / Mobile Phones / Others:
Sony C905

Sony Ericsson Cybershot C905 – as mentioned earlier – this camera has a real flash which helps it take much better indoor photos than other camera phones – £239
Polaroid Pogo Mobile Printer – budget price makes this fun printer appealling – £23
Spyder 3 Pro Monitor Calibration – £102

Memory Cards:
Memory Cards

Don’t forget to buy a large memory card for your camera – I tend to buy Sandisk and have never had a problem with them! Have a look at our guide to memory cards for details on all the different kinds of memory cards, or for something more extreme, have a look at Samsung’s new Waterproof Memory Cards.

While we’re on the subject, hopefully next year will see the death of XD memory cards, with only Olympus still using them. If only Sony would stop using Sony Memory Sticks, although considering they use it in everything they make, I think it’s quite a long way off yet. Some manufacturers, have switched to MicroSD cards in some of their products, such as the Samsung ST550, but am I the only one who thinks these cards are TOO small?

Olympus FE45Digital Camera HQ has brought to us another list, this time the Worst Digital Cameras of 2009, featuring mostly low-end budget digital cameras, with the Olympus FE-45 named as the worst – it features a 10 megapixel sensor, 3x optical zoom lens, and a 2.5″ screen. It is available for £97, however, we think you would be much better off spending a little more on the Panasonic Lumix FS7.

“Last and definitely least is the Olympus FE-45. We can confidently say that this is the worst camera of the year. We haven’t received enough user ratings to assign it a letter grade, but the reviews we have seen give it the lowest ranking of the 100 or so cameras we’ve added to DCHQ in the past year.”

Samsung ST550

It’s that time of the year again, the time for hundred of lists that tell you what’s the best, and what’s the worst, this one from Business Week is quite entertaining, it names the Samsung ST550 (shown above), as one of the best digital cameras of the year, along with the Panasonic Lumix GF1. The Samsung ST550 is available for £212 from Amazon UK. They also name the Polaroid Two – Instant Digital Camera (shown below) as one of the worst:

Polaroid Instant Digital

At £149 the Polaroid Instant Digital Camera seems expensive as it only has a 5 megapixel camera (with no optical zoom and dubious image quality), and you’d probably be much better buying any budget camera, and buying the Poloroid Pogo Instant Printer instead, priced at only £23!