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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.

Panasonic Lumix LX7

Panasonic announced a number of new cameras this week, including a new mirrorless camera, a premium compact, a premium ultra zoom / bridge camera, and a few more, including a new Wi-Fi camera with 10x optical zoom lens, details and links below:

Panasonic Lumix G5, 16mp, 6fps, Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds – Full Review
Panasonic Lumix LX7, 10mp, f/1.4 premium compact, Hands-On Review
Panasonic Lumix FZ200, f/2.8 24x optical zoom ultra zoom, Hands-On Review
Panasonic Lumix FZ62/FZ60, 24x optical zoom lens, Hands-On
Panasonic Lumix LZ20, 21x optical zoom lens
Panasonic Lumix SZ5, 10x compact, with WiFi (and social sharing)

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.

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)

Panasonic Lumix GF5 Black
Panasonic has announced the new Panasonic Lumix GF5 – it’s an update to the GF3 and features an updated design with new grip and metal buttons, an updated user interface, a new 920k dot screen, full HD video with stereo sound, there’s also a new display button on the back and improved 4fps continuous shooting. ePHOTOzine has published a hands-on review with resized sample photos, and a menu walk-through video. The camera also features 14 creative / artistic effects and will be available in black or white from June.

This week Adobe announced the latest version of Photoshop CS6 is available as a beta download, a whole number of digital cameras are now in the hands of reviewers, from compacts to ultra zooms, mirrorless to full frame cameras. The number of entry level Digital SLRs seems to be dwindling, instead being replaced by companies launching entry level mirrorless cameras instead, although if you still want a budget Digital SLR, you can find them from £349 to £399.

Pentax K-01 Mirrorless Review 16 megapixel APS-C sensor camera.
Nikon D4 Digital SLR Review 16 megapixel full frame professional camera.
Nikon Coolpix P510 Ultra Zoom Review (42x zoom!)
Panasonic Lumix TZ25 Travel Zoom Review (16x zoom)
Canon IXUS 125 HS Review Ultra Compact

Panasonic Lumix SZ1 Blue
ePHOTOzine has reviewed the new Panasonic Lumix SZ1, an ultra compact digital camera with a wide angle 10x optical zoom lens, image stabilisation, 16 megapixel CCD sensor, 3 inch screen, 720p video, lithium-ion rechargeable batter, and metal body. The camera is available in a number of colours, for around £179.

“The Panasonic Lumix SZ1 features an ultra compact body with a 25mm wide angle 10x optical zoom lens and optical image stabilisation. The camera promises “sonic speed AF” and features a focus assist lamp. New features added to the camera and a first for Panasonic Lumix cameras is a new miniature effect mode and built in panoramic stitching.”

Panasonic Lumix TZ30 Black
Panasonic has announced six new compact cameras, all of them feature optical image stabilisation, even the budget model.

Waterproof compacts:
FT4 – 12mp, 4.6x zoom, 2.7inch, High speed shooting, 12 meters waterproof, Full HD.
FT20 – 16mp, 4x zoom, 2.7inch, 5m waterproof, 720p video. more info.
Travel Zooms:
TZ25 – 16x optical zoom, 12mp, 10fps, 3inch screen, Full HD.
TZ30 – 20x optical zoom, 14mp, 10fps, 3inch touchscreen, Full HD more info.
Entry Level Compacts:
LS6 – Budget, 14mp, 26mm 5x optical zoom lens, AA batteries, 2.7inch screen.
FX80 – 12mp, f/2.5 24mm 5x optical zoom lens, Full HD Video, 3inch screen. more info.