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Fujifilm X-E1 Black with 18-55mm OIS lens
ePHOTOzine has reviewed the Fujifilm X-E1 – the premium mirrorless compact system camera features the same 16 megapixel sensor as the X-Pro1, and comes with a new 18-55mm f/2.8-4.0 OIS kit lens, 6fps continuous shooting, Full HD video recording, 2.36million dot OLED EVF, and film simulation mode. Here’s what they have to say:

“The Fujifilm X-Pro1 and X-E1 are the definition of retro digital cameras, and the moment you pick it up, you’ll be reminded of an old film camera from the past. With manual controls on the lens and body it is very easy to adjust settings and the menus and controls are well thought out and easy to get to grips with. The electronic viewfinder is excellent with an extremely high resolution and is great to use, although it’s a shame the 2.8inch screen isn’t larger and a higher resolution.”

Read more Fujifilm X-E1 reviews: Pocket-Lint, Photography BLOG, Luminous Landscape, Tech Radar, Flixelpix.


The Kyocera Finecam SL300R is an extremely stylish metal bodied twisty camera from 2003-2004, with an f/2.8 3x optical zoom lens, 3.2 megapixel sensor, and SD card slot. It could also be bought as the posher, leather-clad, CONTAX SL300RT, or a 4 megapixel version, the SL400R. Kyocera and Contax made some of the more stylish and interesting cameras with 4 compact digital camera models from Contax, and a larger number from Kyocera. The SL300R has four modes, and one setup menu. The modes include playback, photo, continuous shooting and a video mode that records 320 pixel videos at 30fps with sound. There’s a small 1.5inch screen on the back, that can be switched off or alternatively the backlight can be switched off – under the LCD is a reflective layer so you can still see the screen in bright sunlight. More details and picture below…

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Fujifilm FinePix 4900 ZoomA 2.4 Megapixel Super CCD sensor – produced 4.3 megapixel images, back when Fuji used to interpolate the images to a higher resolution than the sensor for a little bit extra detail. This camera has a whopping 6x optical zoom lens and SLR styling, with manual controls, and the ill-fated SmartMedia card. This was thin, fragile and limited to a maximum of 128mb. (That’s right, there was something worse than XD cards). It was one of the first, if not the first digital camera with an electronic viewfinder, it features a 2 inch normal screen on the back as well as manual focus. This camera was announced and released in 2000 – which goes to show that Fujifilm’s “bridge camera” / “ultra zoom” heritage goes back a LONG way. Rather impressively the 4900 Zoom shoots at 5fps for 5 shots at full resolution! You can still find working models on ebay, and the camera uses a rechargeable NP-80 battery shared with a couple of other cameras (some other Fuji and Kodak cameras). Click below for more pictures, as well as a sample photo from the camera…

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JVC GC-A50 Digital Camera
A stylish compact camera from 2003, the JVC GC-A50 with a huge 1.3 megapixel sensor, 5PCS glass lens, optical viewfinder and it even comes with a stand so you can use it as a webcam. It takes one AA battery, has 8mb of built in memory and on the back an LCD screen showing you the mode and remaining shots. A bit like film, you have to wait before you get to see the photos and the camera has just three buttons, one shutter button, one power button and one menu button.

On the side is the USB socket and battery cover. The camera seems to be partially made of metal with the front of the camera feeling like it’s constructed with stylish silver metal, and the camera comes in a rather stylish black box, which is much more stylish than what many cameras now come in. It’s a shame that JVC don’t make small stylish digital cameras anymore, as anything unique in the market is generally welcomed with open arms. If you are keen, then you sometimes find them on ebay for around £5, but it’s pretty rare. Click more below for more pictures.

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Minox Class DCC 5.1
ePHOTOzine has reviewed the Minox DCC 5.1 (Digital Classic Camera) – it’s a mini replica of the Leica M3, but with a 5.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, 2inch screen, lithium ion battery, optical viewfinder, and no optical zoom. It takes SD cards, and there are a number of accessories available for it, including a classic press flash, a wide angle converter, a telephoto converter and even a tripod adapter, as well as a metal lens cap, leather strap, leather case, and the camera even comes in a wooden presentation box! The Minox DCC 5.1 is available for around £139.

VTech Toy Story 3 Buzz Lightyear Digital Camera
Not only can you get toy cameras for kids, such as the Buzz Lightyear Digital Camera, which we had a look at here, but you can also get “toy cameras” for adults too. ePHOTOzine had a look at a variety of cameras, including an Introduction to Toy Cameras, the original “digital Lomo”, the VistaQuest VQ1015 Entry, the Necono Cat Camera, the world’s only tilt shift compact camera, the NeinGrenze 5000T, the Pocket Square keychain camera, and the Superheadz Harinezumi 2+++.

Photojojo are selling the new Pocket Square digital camera – an ultra compact camera that fits on a keyring, it features a 1.5 megapixel sensor and takes square photos, it also has a video mode (without sound), macro switch, microSD support, and built in lithium ion battery that is charged via USB. The camera has additional filters for a vintage, lo-fi look: vivid, noise, and monochrome. Or for something slightly higher tech, have a look at the new 2 megapixel, f2.8 lens “Mr Digital Clover” keychain camera.

“No need to bust out your Rollei to snap a sweet square. A push of a button, and the Pocket Square will deliver the dreamiest square 6×6 photos and videos. It’s a 2″x1” square-format digital camera that packs a macro-mode and three lo-fi filters: vivid yellow, saturated “noise”, and monochrome. Not to mention a silent video mode that will have you nostalgic for Super 8 film. You’ll see the world in whole new way: square sunsets, square portraits, square close-ups of bugs! The Square fits all the fun of medium format, film, and filters right into your pocket.”

Fujifilm FinePix X100 front
Fujifilm has announced the release date for the Fujifilm FinePix X100 – March 2011. We had a look at the Fujifilm FinePix X100 prototype, at Photokina 2010. The lens offers a focal length of 23mm (135 equivalent: 35mm) and a widest aperture of F2, 12mp APS-C sensor, and hybrid optical and electronic viewfinder.

“The X100 has been designed to appeal to the millions of DSLR users who need a slim, back-up camera, for high quality, in-fill shots, when the use of a bigger SLR system is either inconvenient or impractical. Alternatively, it can be used as a professional’s only top-end camera, if size and versatility are the primary considerations.”

Fujifilm FinePix X100 top

“In order to suit its role, the FinePix X100 has been designed without compromise, adopting the highest possible quality lens and sensor combination with a fixed, prime F2 lens, manufactured by Fujinon to perfectly match the full size 12.3 megapixel APS-C custom sensor. Fujifilm has also developed new technology for the X100 to ensure a unique user experience. This includes the first hybrid viewfinder, which combines an electronic viewfinder system and the window-type ‘bright frame’ optical viewfinder, normally found in high-end film cameras. Launch date: Spring 2011.”

Fujifilm FinePix X100 back

Vivitar T327 Front
Vivitar has announced the new Vivitar Vivicam T327, Retro style digital camera, an update to the 8027, it features “upto” 12 megapixel resolution (8mp CMOS sensor according to the manual?), 3x optical zoom lens, 2.7″ screen, optical viewfinder, SD/SDHC support, face and smile detection, VGA video at 30fps, built in flash, and Lithium Ion battery (a Nokia BL-5B), and should be available in a number of colours. Via DCViews.

“This designer camera is clearly inspired by 70 years of Vivitar heritage. Old fashioned on the outside, it’s packed with all the modern features, optical and digital zoom, flash with red eye reduction, and a rechargeable battery.”

Vivitar Vivicam T327 Back

Fujifilm (X100 mini-site) has announced the new Fujifilm FinePix X100 – with 12.3 Megapixel APS-C (DSLR size) CMOS sensor – 23mm f2.0 lens (35mm equivalent) – and hybrid electronic and optical viewfinder, it features metal dials, lens aperture ring, magnesium alloy body, leather like finish, 10cm macro, RAW mode, EXR processor, manual shutter and aperture controls, it should be available early 2011.
The electronic viewfinder has 1.44 million pixels, and you can switch between the optical and electronic viewfinder. DPReview has more details.