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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

Panasonic Lumix GH3There are two new reviews of the Panasonic Lumix GH3, and currently the only full reviews of the new premium camera from Panasonic. You can find the reviews at ePHOTOzine, and Photography BLOG. The Panasonic Lumix GH3 is a weather sealed Micro Four Thirds camera with Digital SLR styling (Panasonic call it a DSLM), and it features Full HD video at up to 50 and 72mbps, with stereo sound. There is a tilting 3 inch touch screen on the back as well as a 1.744million dot EVF.

Here’s what ePHOTOzine had to say about the camera:

“Where the GH3 really excels in video recording… with all the options under the sun, with AVCHD, MOV or MP4 recording up to 50 and 72mbps full HD, with stereo sound, mic and headphone sockets as well as HDMI out for continuous recording on an external device.”

Here’s what Photography BLOG had to say:

“The GH3’s still image quality is much improved, especially the high ISO performance. Images shot at ISO 125-1600 are clean, with a little noise appearing at 3200 and more at the still very usable setting of 6400.”

Olympus OM-D E-M5 BlackYou can view full size sample photos (and RAW images) from the Panasonic Lumix GH3 on ePHOTOzine here, and you can compare them to the Olympus OM-D E-M5 on ePHOTOzine here. Both cameras feature a weather sealed body, 16 megapixel sensor, micro four thirds lens mount, and full HD video recording. Another comparison of the Olympus OM-D E-M5 vs Panasonic Lumix GH3 can be viewed here, with low-light video samples as well.

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)