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Nokia N8 Camera

Nokia N8 Camera

Nokia has announced the new Nokia N8 Camera Phone – it features a 12mp sensor, 28mm Carl Zeiss Auto Focus lens, Xenon flash, a large 3.5″ touch screen, and all the usual mobile phone features you come to expect these days such as MP3 playback, FM Radio, GPS with free navigation, 3.5mm audio out, HDMI, HD video recording, 16gb built in, MicroSD slot, Facebook and Twitter support and is running Symbian’s latest operating system Symbian^3. It should be available in Q3 this year in five colours. Nokia has published sample photos here. via Engadget.

Nokia N8 Screen

Nokia N8 Home Screen

Samsung ST550

The new Samsung ST550 (aka TL225) features dual LCDs – a touch screen at the back, and a 1.5″ screen at the front for self-portraits etc. The ST550 features a high resolution 3.5″ 1,152k pixel touch screen, a 12 megapixel sensor, a wide angle 4.6x optical zoom lens (27mm – 124mm), 720p HD video recording, optical image stabilisation, and 18.9mm thin body. The ST550 is available from £179 in black and purple, silver, gold, black, or orange.

Samsung have this to say: “Delivering an unrivalled user experience, the ST550’s hidden 1.5″ LCD located on the front of the camera allows you to take accurate portraits using the front image as a guide. Couple this with a huge 3.5″ LCD that boasts the best resolution yet and you have a real winner. Storage medium: Micro SD card (not included).” read more on Samsung’s Website.

View our Samsung ST550 / TL225 Sample Photo Gallery
Continue reading our Samsung ST550 / TL225 Review Here
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Samsung CL80

Samsung has announced the new Samsung CL80 / ST5500 (previously – this time at CES 2010) – the camera has WiFi, a 14MP Sensor, 31mm Wide Angle Lens 7x Optical Zoom (with optical image stabilisation), 3.7″ Wide VGA w/ Full Touch Screen Panel (Capacitive), Frame Guide, ISO3200, Smart Album, HD Video 1280×720(30/15fps), H.264 Compression, MicroSD Cards

“The CL80 allows consumers to share their video and photos on the go without being tethered to their laptops or home PCs thanks to its wireless connectivity options, which include Bluetooth 2.0, Wi-Fi and DLNA. Using an available Wi-Fi connection, users can send a digital image to any email address using the camera’s touch-screen QWERTY keypad or selecting those stored the camera’s address book. Users can also utilize the QWERTY keypad to include text within the body of the email. The CL80’s Wi-Fi connection also allows users to upload their images directly to popular websites such as Facebook®, Picasa™ and YouTube®, as well as SamsungImaging.com.” (image from SamsungImaging.net)

Samsung also announced the TL240 with a 3.5″ Wide VGA w/ Full Touch Screen Panel (Capacitive), it lacks bluetooth and wi-fi.

Rollei Flexline 100

Rollei has announced the new Rollei Flexline 100 InTouch digital camera – the camera marks the 90th anniversary of Rollei, and features a 10 megapixel sensor, 3x optical zoom lens, 3″ touchscreen, 15.6mm thin body, MicroSD/SDHC support, VGA video, and will be available in pink, black and blue for 199 euros:

“Rollei will be celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2010, and is presenting the ultra-compact Flexline 100 inTOUCH digital camera to mark the beginning of this anniversary year. With its surprising design, the newest model in the Rollei Flexline series is simply too attractive to keep in your bag. The 15.6-mm flat case in glossy black, blue or glittering metallic pink, the smooth, rounded corners and the elegant aluminium trim make the Flexline 100 inTOUCH a stylish accessory.” (via DCViews)

Samsung CL80

Samsung has announced the new Samsung CL80 with WiFi, 14MP Sensor, 31mm Wide Angle Lens 7x Optical Zoom (with optical image stabilisation), 3.7″ Wide VGA w/ Full Touch Screen Panel (Capacitive), Frame Guide, ISO3200, Smart Album, HD Video 1280×720(30/15fps), H.264 Compression, MicroSD Cards

“Samsung proudly introduces another in its line of leading edge digital camera technology with Wi-Fi capabilities. The Samsung CL80 lets you see every scene in a completely new and exciting way. A host of top-ranked features and technologies turns this camera into a true must-have. And the small, handheld size makes it easy to take it with you everywhere you go.”

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?

Samsung 4GB SDHC Plus

Samsung has announced a new range of SDHC, MicroSD, and Compact Flash Memory Cards that are high speed, waterproof, impact proof, and also magnet and x-ray proof. They are available from Amazon UK now, prices below:

“The SAMSUNG SDHC Plus Card is protected by securely assembled case and non-conductive polymer coating material. Beneath that first line of defense is SAMSUNG NAND Flash Memory. The NAND flash memory parts, which are core components, are once again protected by Molding Technology. By covering the surfaces of memories with EMC (Epoxy Molding Compound).”

Samsung SDHC Plus: 4GB – £12, 8GB – £22, 16GB – £39
Samsung MicroSDHC Plus: 4GB – £11, 8GB – £22
Samsung Compact Flash Plus: 4GB – £33, 8GB – £56

For more information on Memory Cards, have a look at our guide to digital camera memory cards.