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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).

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

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.

Panasonic Lumix S5
ePHOTOzine has reviewed the compact and budget priced Panasonic Lumix S5 – with a curved compact body it looks a lot like a bar of soap – and is available in a number of colours for around £80. It features a 16 megapixel sensor, 4x optical zoom lens and optical image stabilisation. Here’s what they had to say about it:

“The Panasonic Lumix DMC-S5 is a budget camera that has Optical Image Stabilisation and auto panorama stitching, two features you don’t often see on cameras in this price range. It is easy to use and image quality is good.”

Read more Panasonic Lumix S5 Reviews: Cameras.co.uk

Nikon Coolpix L310
ePHOTOzine has reviewed the budget Nikon Coolpix L310 bridge camera, with 21x optical zoom lens, 14 megapixel sensor, 720p video recording, and 3 inch screen. The Nikon Coolpix L310 is available for £113 from Amazon UK. Here’s what they have to say about it:

“It’s unusual to see a budget super-zoom camera with such good rubber grip, there is also a lens cap and a metal tripod socket, thumbs up to Nikon there.”

Read more Nikon Coolpix L310 Reviews: On Amazon UK

Fujifilm FinePix JV300 WhiteBoots are selling the Fujifilm FinePix JV300 for £59. Alternatively it’s available for £44 from Amazon UK. It’s your bog standard entry level camera with a 3x optical zoom lens, 14 megapixel CCD sensor, 2.7 inch screen, built in flash, etc but it’s available in lots of colours: blue, pink, red, white, black and purple. It’s also got motion panorama, and 720p video, a lithium ion battery and a 5cm macro mode which is pretty good for a budget camera. You can even buy it from Sainsburys for £39 (offer expires on the 23rd of October). Also check out our guide to memory cards – it’s just been updated!

Fujifilm FinePix S2980The Fujifilm FinePix S2980 is an update to the popular S2950, the S2980’s number one feature is undoubtedly the price – available for just £95 from Amazon UK, it features a black design that makes it look a lot like a mini Digital SLR, it’s other features are:

  • 14 megapixel sensor
  • 18x optical zoom lens
  • equivalent to 28mm – 504mm
  • 3 inch LCD screen
  • Electronic Viewfinder
  • CMOS shift image stabilisation
  • P/A/S/M Manual modes
  • Panoramic shooting
  • 720p video at 30fps

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Fujifilm FinePix S3200This week I thought I’d try something different and post some links to reviews that are particularly interesting, starting with the Fujifilm FinePix S3200 – a budget 24x optical zoom lens ultra zoom camera, available for £140 from Amazon UK, it features a 14 megapixel sensor, a 3 inch screen, 720p video and manual controls. You can read several reviews, from ePHOTOzine, Photography BLOG, as well as view sample videos on YouTube. It’s also the little brother to the Fujifilm FinePix S4000 (you can find a review here) – a very similar ultra zoom bridge camera, except the S4000 has a 30x optical zoom lens and is available for £175 from Amazon UK.

Panasonic Lumix TZ18Another ultra-zoom that’s popped up on the radar this week, is the Panasonic Lumix TZ20 and TZ18 – the TZ18 is available for only £140 from Amazon UK, you can read a TZ18 review here, both pocket-zoom cameras feature a 16x optical zoom lens, 14 megapixel sensor, 3inch screen, with the TZ20 featuring built in GPS and touch screen – you can read a TZ20 review here. Both cameras have been replaced by newer models, which means these are available for noticeably reduced prices – the higher spec TZ20 is available for £190 from Amazon UK.

Another week, another set of digital cameras reviewed on the web, including the 36.3 megapixel Nikon D800 Digital SLR – the highest resolution Digital SLR available! There are also two new competitions worth checking out, you can win a Samsung memory card every day, or you can win one of three Kodak Hero 7.1 printers.

Nikon D800 DSLR Review – 36.3mp full frame Digital SLR.
Olympus Tough TG-620 Review – Waterproof Compact, 5x zoom.
Nikon Coolpix L810 Review – 26x ultra zoom.
Olympus Tough TG-320 Review – Budget Waterproof.
Nikon Coolpix P510 Ultra Zoom – 42x optical zoom! Another review here.