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Olympus Mju Mini Digital

The Olympus Mju Mini Digital. Perhaps the best designed, and best looking digital camera of all time? With a small, stylish, smooth metal body, awesome sliding lens cover, and gorgeous gunmetal mode dial, it certainly looked awesome, especially when available in striking colours. Announced in September 2004, previewed and reviewed by us, it featured a 4 megapixel sensor, a 2x optical zoom lens, and a 1.8″ screen. It was followed up by the Olympus Mju Mini Digital S – in 2005 – which had a 5 megapixel upgrade and more subtle colours, we wonder why the camera was killed off so soon? Especially when it could have evolved into this wooden digital camera!

Sony Cybershot L1

The Sony Cybershot L1 from 2005, reviewed here, was quite advanced for it’s time featuring a VGA 30fps video mode, a 4mp sensor, and 3x optical zoom lens. This camera went with me everywhere, for a very long time, it was a “True pocket camera”, shaped like a mars bar, it had a reassuringly thick metal outer shell that survived many scratches and knocks (until it sadly died). Even though it only had a tiny 1.5″ screen, it could take great colourful photos, and I especially liked the 3:2 aspect ratio mode, and lens flare. I waited patiently for it’s replacement, but the closest I came to finding it was the Canon Digital IXUS i7 Zoom which is no longer available.

The Casio Exilim S100, also from 2005, reviewed here, with only 3 megapixels, and a 2.8x optical zoom, it may not seem very exciting, but it was the world’s first (and only?) digital camera with a “ceramic lens”, this camera was not only exciting because it was slim (at 16.7mm thin), but also because it had a great metal body. It was fun too with face joining best shot mode (coupling shot, which is now missing from Casio cameras), it survived many trips around Europe, and had an impressively tough case available for it as an optional extra. Photos were quite colourful too.

What digital cameras do you miss? Or what do you want from a digital camera that doesn’t seem to exist in todays market? Leave a comment below!

Sanyo S1070

The Sanyo VPC-S1070 (shown here in white at Photokina) has been getting quite a lot of attention here at DigiCamReview with numerous comments complaining about a faulty lens! However, at ASDA, where it’s for sale for £70 with free batteries and charger, the camera has recieved 5 star ratings with only one slightly lower rating of 4 stars! There are also 5 star reviews at ebuyer.com where it comes with free batteries, charger, 2gb SD, and case, all for less than £70! If you have one and would like to share your reader review to let us know your opinion, then please do! The Sanyo S1070 camera features a 10 megapixel sensor, 2.4″ screen, 3x optical zoom lens, ISO1600, slim body, digital anti shake and takes AA batteries.

“The S1070 comes packaged with two FREE batteries and charger – not just any batteries, but Sanyo’s revolutionary “Eneloop” ready-to-use rechargeable batteries, which enable you to take 4.5 times more photographs than standard alkaline batteries. 10mp… Face Detection… Image Stabilisation… Optical Zoom… Movie clips… FREE Eneloop batteries and charger.”

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Sanyo S1070

Canon Powershot G10

Photocrati has reviewed the new 14.7 megapixel Canon Powershot G10 – an update to the G9 – it features a wide angle 5x optical zoom lens with optical image stabilisation, RAW support, 3″ screen, VGA video recording and ISO1600. The Canon G10 is available for £350:

“I don’t know of any point-and-shoot camera that commercial advertising shooters have used more than Canon’s PowerShot G-series. Yes, there are other very capable point-and-shoots out there, but none has garnered the G-series’ rep. As with its predecessors, the G10 remains the flagship in Canon’s point-and-shoot lineup, and as such, this camera proudly carries the colors into the heat of battle.”

Read more Canon Powershot G10 Reviews: Steve Huff, LetsGoDigital, DPExpert, Trusted Reviews, Cameras.co.uk, DPReview, Cameralabs, Ken Rockwell, Photography BLOG, Luminous Landscape, The Online Photographer, Canon G10 at Photokina

Fujifilm Real 3D Digital CameraTime Magazine has more details of the new Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D System, we had a look at the prototype at Photokina last year. The new prototype is looking much more polished, featuring two 10 megapixel sensors, stereo sound, and an expected retail price of $600, and should be available in September.

“I got a look at Fujifilm’s prototype 3-D camera last month at the company’s Tokyo headquarters, and was pleasantly surprised that it was not much bigger or heavier than some conventional digicams. The most obvious difference is that Fuji’s 10-megapixel shooter employs two lenses, spaced about the same distance apart as human eyes, which allow for the taking of simultaneous photos of the same scene from different angles. This is where the 3-D magic originates. When two slightly different images are presented discretely to the right and left eyes of a viewer, that person’s brain combines them into a single image, resulting in a stereoscopic illusion of depth.”

More Fujifilm FinePix 3D System links: Prototype at Photokina

Canon Powershot G10Steve Huff has reviewed the new 14.7 megapixel Canon Powershot G10 – an update to the G9 – it features a wide angle 5x optical zoom lens with optical image stabilisation, RAW support, 3″ screen, VGA video recording and ISO1600. The Canon G10 is available for £353:

“My first results were good, no issues, no problems. The lens did at times seem a little slow to me. As soon as you zoom a little you lose that 2.8 and most of my shots had to be taken at F4.5 or smaller. I have to be honest here. I MUCH prefer the little F2 lens in the Leica D-Lux 4 and if Canon comes out with a G11 they should add HD video and put in a faster lens.”

Read more Canon Powershot G10 Reviews: LetsGoDigital, DPExpert, Trusted Reviews, Cameras.co.uk, DPReview, Cameralabs, Ken Rockwell, Photography BLOG, Luminous Landscape, The Online Photographer, Canon G10 at Photokina

Canon Powershot E1Imaging Resource have reviewed the new Canon Powershot E1 – a cute 10 megapixel camera with a 4x optical zoom lens with optical image stabilisation, 2.5″ screen, face detection, motion detection, 17 shooting modes including Easy Mode, Sunset mode and IS0 3200 mode, optical viewfinder. It is available in white, pink, and blue for £148

“As is typically the case with Canon’s PowerShot line, the E1 performs quite well, with good color and exposure across a broad range of exposure conditions. Color is just about spot-on accurate, with only minor deviations in saturation and hue accuracy.”

Read more Canon Powershot E1 Reviews: NeoCamera, DPInterface, Photography BLOG, Previews: E1 at Photokina

Samsung WB500Cameras.co.uk have reviewed the new Samsung WB500(aka HZ10W) – The camera features a 24mm – 240mm wide angle 10x optical zoom lens, 10 megapixel sensor, HD video recording, 2.7″ screen, optical image stabilisation, and ISO upto 3200. It’s one of the cheapest new pocket zooms and is available from Amazon UK for £199 in black or grey.

“The WB500 is a very good digital camera. I was very impressed with the picture quality and I also like the range of features. If you are looking for some extra zoom power or a wide angle lens then this is a good choice.”

Read More Samsung WB500 HZ10W Reviews, Previews: Samsung HZ1 at Photokina

Panasonic G1DPInterface have reviewed the new Panasonic G1 Micro Digital SLR – based on the micro four thirds system – It features Full-time Live View both for LCD and LVF, 12-megapixel Live MOS sensor, new smaller LUMIX G VARIO 14-45mm MEGA O.I.S. lens, Dust reduction system and tilting 3″ screen. It will also be available in three colours for £549

“The Panasonic Lumix G1 is “the world’s smallest” interchangeable lens camera at the moment. It works like a digital SLR, takes pictures like a digital SLR, is as expandable as a digital SLR… but it takes away the mirror box (and thus the optical viewfinder) so it can be small and quiet. Despite the “world’s smallest” claim being true, the G1 isn’t exactly what you’d call tiny or pocketable. Rather, it’s just slightly smaller than most other digital SLRs of its class (entry-level ones).”

Read more Panasonic Lumix G1 Reviews: Photoxels.com, DPReview, Trusted Reviews, Luminous Landscape, Photography BLOG, Gizmodo, Digital Camera Info, Imaging Resource, DCResource, Previews: Panasonic Lumix G1 at Photokina

Canon Powershot G10DPExpert have reviewed the new 14.7 megapixel Canon Powershot G10 – an update to the G9 – it features a wide angle 5x optical zoom lens with optical image stabilisation, RAW support, 3″ screen, VGA video recording and ISO1600. The Canon G10 is available for £353:

“This 14.7 megapixel camera with a 28–140mm (film equivalent) lens is Canon’s flagship compact. Construction is rugged and handsome, best described as WW3 army surplus in appearance. It is heavy in a reassuring way. There is an optical viewfinder with 77% image area coverage. Unique to this camera are the dedicated knobs on the body top for exposure compensation and ISO settings, as well as the usual Mode settings of Auto, P, Tv,Av and M.”

Read more Canon Powershot G10 Reviews: Trusted Reviews, Cameras.co.uk, DPReview, Cameralabs, Ken Rockwell, Photography BLOG, Luminous Landscape, The Online Photographer, Canon G10 at Photokina