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Pocket Zoom or Travel Zoom cameras are becoming increasingly popular, as they offer a large optical zoom (often 10x or more) as well as a compact(ish) pocketable body, without the larger bulk of an ultra zoom or bridge camera. They often feature a whole host of other useful things like image stabilisation (essential – and luckily all of these models feature it), full HD video recording, and some feature GPS which can be especially handy when travelling. Here are some reviews of high scoring pocket zoom cameras:

Panasonic Lumix TZ30 BlackPanasonic Lumix TZ30Review at ePHOTOzine – This is one of Panasonic’s top end compact zooms, and Panasonic have been making this “TZ” Travel Zoom range of cameras for a long time, no wonder they’re so good at it – they practically invented the category. 20x optical zoom lens, 14 megapixel sensor, GPS, full HD video, 3inch screen. £239 at Amazon UK.

Sony Cybershot HX10v WhiteSony Cybershot HX10vReview at ePHOTOzine – This camera features a 16x optical zoom lens, and Sony’s 18 megapixel sensor. It also features GPS, and Full HD video with stereo sound and optical zoom, 3inch screen. £222 at Amazon UK.

Canon Powershot SX260 HSCanon Powershot SX260 HSReview at ePHOTOzine – This is one of the more compact models, but also features full manual controls. It’s main features are a 20x optical zoom lens, 12 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor (for better low light performance), GPS, Full HD video, 3inch screen. £229 at Amazon UK.

Here’s a round-up of the latest digital camera announcements over the last few weeks, as well as the latest announcements:

Pentax X-5 Silver FrontPentax:
Pentax X-5 – the 26x optical zoom ultra zoom that looks like a Digital SLR

Canon EOS-M Mirrorless CameraCanon:
Canon EOS-M – Canon’s 18 megapixel APS-C sensor mirrorless camera with new EOS-M mount and 2 lenses, plus an EOS adapter. Due October the 19th and has a 3inch touchscreen – available for pre-order from Amazon UK
Canon Powershot SX500 IS – 30x optical zoom, Ultra zoom
Canon Powershot SX160 IS – 16x optical zoom

Nikon Coolpix S800c Android CameraNikon
Nikon Coolpix S01 – credit card sized, small sensor, 7.3gb internal memory!
Nikon Coolpix S6400 – 12x optical zoom lens compact camera, 3inch touch screen
Nikon Coolpix S800c – Android (2.3) powered camera with Wi-Fi and GPS, allows the use of apps, games etc, pictured above, it features a 10x optical zoom lens and full HD video recording.
Nikon Coolpix P7700 – f2-4 7.1x optical zoom lens, RAW shooting, manual controls
Nikon Coolpix L610 – 14x optical zoom, 16 megapixel sensor, Full HD video
Nikon 1 J2 – Nikon’s mirrorless camera updated with new effects, colour options, a smaller lens and an optional waterproof case.

Olympus SP-820UZ BlackOlympus:
Olympus SP-820UZ – 40x optical zoom
Olympus VH-410 – 5x optical zoom lens, compact, 3inch touch screen, image stabilisation

Casio Exilim ZR300 RedCasio:
Casio Exilim JE10 – 5x optical zoom, multiple colours
Casio Exilim N1, N10, N20 – 5x optical zoom, multiple colours / body designs
Casio Exilim ZR300 – 12.5x optical zoom, high speed shooting, shown above.

Fujifilm FinePix F800EXRFujifilm:
Fujifilm FinePix F800EXR – 20x optical zoom, Wireless image transfer

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.

Nikon Coolpix S9300 redHows that for a catchy title? DCROTWTW. Perhaps “This Weeks Digital Camera Reviews” would be better? TWDCRs much shorter. But I digress. Here’s a round-up of this weeks digital camera reviews, with details of where to get the best price also:

Nikon Coolpix S9300 – GPS, 18x zoom, Pocket Zoom, £199 from Amazon UK
Fujifilm FinePix W3 3D – Compact 3D camera with 3.5″ 3D screen – £180 from Amazon
Sony Cybershot HX10v – GPS, 16x zoom, compact with 18.2mp sensor, £248 from Amazon
Fujifilm FinePix SL300 – 30x optical zoom bridge camera, £210 from Amazon

Lexar Professional Compact Flash and SDHC memory – some of the fastest memory cards you can get! If you have any reviews or news you want me to link to, please contact me.

leica-x2 with accessories
Leica announced three new digital cameras, here’s a run-down of what they are:

Leica M Monochrom: Digital Rangefinder with 18 megapixel BLACK AND WHITE full frame sensor. Around £6k body only, a Leica lens starts at around £1000 for a 50mm f/2.5.

Leica X2: (Shown above) Compact camera with 24mm f/2.8 lens, new 16 megapixel APS-C sized sensor, manual controls, oh and it does colour as well. Around £1575 in silver or black.

Leica V-Lux 40: 20x optical zoom lens travel zoom with GPS, 14.1 megapixel sensor and 3 inch touch screen, it’s based on the Panasonic Lumix TZ30 (read a review here). Around £550.

Panasonic Lumix SZ7
Here’s a roundup of the latest digital camera reviews on the web this week, plus a reason why you should check them out:

Waterproof:
Fujifilm FinePix XP150 Digital Camera Review – with GPS
Nikon Coolpix S30 Compact Camera Review – <£99 10x optical zoom compacts:
Nikon Coolpix S6300 Digital Camera Review – Multiple colours
Olympus VR-340 Digital Compact Camera Review – around £100
Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 Digital Camera Review – ultra compact, pictured.

Digital SLR:
Nikon D800 Digital SLR User Review – 36.3megapixels!
Sony Alpha A57 SLT Digital SLR Review – 12fps shooting (at 8.4mp)

Sony Cybershot DSC-W690 Black
Sony has announced eight new Sony Cyber-Shot models, with new compact cameras (ultra compact!) with 10x optical zoom lens! A new waterproof model, new travel-zooms with 16 and 20x optical zoom, and a new 30x ultra zoom / bridge camera. Full run-down below with links to sample photos from each! A number of these feature the Sony Exmor R Backlit CMOS sensor.

Sony Cybershot TX20 – Waterproof, 16.2mp Exmor R, 4x zoom, 3inch touch, Sample Photos
Sony Cybershot W690 – 10x, 16.1mp, 3inch screen, Sample Photos
Sony Cybershot WX100 – 10x, 18.2mp Exmor R – Smallest 10x, 2.7inch, Sample Photos
Sony Cybershot WX150 – 10x, 18.2mp Exmor R, 3inch screen, Sample Photos
Sony Cybershot H90 – 16x, 16.1mp, 3inch screen, Sample Photos
Sony Cybershot HX10V – 16x, GPS, 18.2mp Exmor R, 3inch screen, Sample Photos
Sony Cybershot HX20V – 20x. GPS, 18.2mp Exmor R, 3inch screen, Sample Photos
Sony Cybershot HX200V – 30x, GPS, 18.2mp Exmor R, 3inch tilting screen, Sample Photos

More links: Press Release. There’s also a few other models depending on your location: the HX30V is the HX20V but with WIFI built in. The TX66 is the same as the TX20, but with 5x zoom and 3.3inch OLED touchscreen.

Sony Alpha A77 DSLR Front
ePHOTOzine has reviewed the 24.3 megapixel Sony Alpha A77 DSLR/SLT with 12fps shooting, Full HD Video, 3inch tilting screen, GPS built in, SD/MS card slot, high-res electronic viewfinder, built in anti-shake sensor, weather sealed boyd, and more. The Sony Alpha A77 is available from Amazon UK. Here’s a quote:

“The Sony Alpha A77 is an enjoyable camera to use that is capable of producing some excellent photos, with great colour, detail and extremely solid exposure performance. Reds are extremely vibrant and colourful and the camera produces excellent JPEG output straight from the camera, even on default settings.”

Read more Sony Alpha A77 SLT Reviews: Photography BLOG, DigitalREV (Video), Luminous-Landscape, Mansurovs, Amazon Reviews

Yikes! How many cameras have been announced today and yesterday? Around 22 if you count the SD1 Merrill as a new camera, or 23 if you include the Pentax Optio WG2-GPS as a different camera to the WG2 without GPS…

Nikon D800 Front
Nikon
Nikon D800 and D800E, Full Frame 36.3mp Sensor, 4fps, 3.2inch screen, With or Without AA filter! Hands-On Review at ePHOTOzine.

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Black
Olympus
Olympus OM-D E-M5 (Hands-On) Micro Four Thirds Retro / Classic 16mp, 9fps, EVF, 3inch touchscreen, Black or Silver
Olympus Zooms:
Olympus SH-25MR with GPS – Full HD, Stereo Sound, 12.5x zoom.
Olympus SZ-31MR Pocket Zoom, 24x zoom, 16mp backlit CMOS sensor, Full HD video stereo sound.
Olympus Waterproofs:
Olympus Tough TG-820 – 10m waterproof, Full HD Video, High resolution 3inch screen, 12mp backlit CMOS
Olympus Tough TG-620 – 5m waterproof, 12mp backlit CMOS, Full HD video.

Pentax Optio WG2
Pentax
Pentax Optio WG2, WG2-GPS – 12m Waterproof, one with GPS, one without, crazy design!

Sigma DP1 DP2 Merrill
Sigma – same sensor as DSLR introduced into compacts
Sigma DP1 Merrill – NEW DP1, 46mp Foveon X3 Sensor (or 14mp), 3inch 920k screen, VGA video, 28mm wide angle
Sigma DP2 Merrill – NEW DP2, 46mp Foveon X3 Sensor (or 14mp), 3inch 920k screen, VGA video, 45mm wide angle
Sigma SD1 Merrill, the SD1 renamed, repriced, 46mp/14mp Foveon X3 Sensor

Canon Powershot D20 Waterproof
Canon:
Canon IXUS Compacts 510 and 240: 12x, 5x optical zoom, 10/16mp, Wi-Fi
Canon Powershots: All 16mp, all 5x optical zoom, 28-140mm (apart from A4000), all 720p video
Canon Powershot A810, AA batteries, Budget Model
Canon Powershot A1300, Optical viewfinder, AA batteries
Canon Powershot A2300, Lithium-Ion
Canon Powershot A2400 IS, Lithium-Ion
Canon Powershot A3400 IS, Lithium-Ion
Canon Powershot A4000 IS, 8x zoom, Lithium-Ion
Canon Travel Zooms:
Canon Powershot SX240, SX260 HS (GPS): 20x optical zoom, 12mp backlit CMOS, Full HD
Canon Waterproof:
Canon Powershot D20, 10m waterproof,

Sony Cybershot TX200v
Sony has announced three new compact cameras, including a new 18.2 megapixel waterproof model, the Sony Cybershot WX200v, it features built in GPS, 3.3 inch OLED touchscreen, 5x optical zoom lens, 10 fps continuous shooting, backlit CMOS sensor, Full HD video with stereo sound, and is waterproof to 5 meters. It used Micro SD or Sony M2 Memory Sticks.

Sony also announced the new WX50 and WX70. Both cameras feature  a 5x optical zoom lens, 10fps shooting, 16.1 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor, with the WX50 sporting a 2.7inch screen, and the WX70 a 3inch touch screen. These use standard SD cards. Full press release at ePHOTOzine.