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Nikon Reviews:
Nikon 1 AW1 Review at ePHOTOzine – World’s first waterproof, mirrorless, interchangeable lens camera.
Nikon Coolpix L620 Review here – 14x optical zoom lens compact.
Nikon Coolpix P7800 Review here – serious compact camera with bright 7.1x optical zoom lens and electronic viewfinder.
Nikon Coolpix S02 Review here – ultra compact with full hd video recording.
Nikon Coolpix S6600 Review here – compact with 12x optical zoom lens, and a tilting vari-angle screen.

Nikon Announcements:
Nikon has announced the new Nikon D5300 Digital SLR, with 24 megapixels, Wi-Fi, GPS, 3.2inch vari-angle screen, 5fps continuous shooting, full HD video recording. Details here. Nikon has also announced a new Nikkor 58mm f/1.4 premium lens.

Sony Alpha a3000

The Sony Alpha 3000 is one of the cheapest Digital SLR style cameras available, it looks like a Digital SLR, but it’s a mirrorless camera with interchangeable lenses, a 20 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, 3inch screen, electronic viewfinder, and takes Sony NEX E-Mount lenses, of which there are a large number available. Here’s what ePHOTOzine had to say about it:

“The Sony Alpha 3000 has a number of advanced features that you wouldn’t expect with such an entry level product including Focus peaking, AF fine tuning, an info-lithium battery that keeps you informed as to exactly how much life is left, and full HD video with stereo sound.”

Sony Alpha 3000 Reviews: ePHOTOzine, AmateurPhotographer, WhatDigitalCamera.

Here is a roundup of some of the latest reviews of cameras, including the new Sony Cybershot HS50 – the 30x optical zoom pocket / travel zoom with built in Wi-Fi, and 20 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor.

Travel / Pocket Zoom: compact with lots of zoom
Sony Cybershot DSC-HX50 Review – 30x optical zoom, Wi-Fi, Manual, Hot-shoe

Ultra Zoom / Bridge Camera:
Nikon Coolpix L820 Review – 30x optical zoom, AA
Nikon Coolpix L320 Review– 26x optical zoom, AA

Digital SLR:
Sony Alpha A58 DSLT Review – 20 mp entry level DSLR
Canon EOS 700D Digital SLR Review – 18mp touch screen

Mirrorless: compact interchangeable lens cameras
Olympus PEN E-P5 Hands-On Preview – 16mp compact, touchscreen, Wi-Fi
Samsung NX300 Review – 20mp compact, touchscreen, Wi-Fi
Panasonic Lumix GF6 Review –  16mp compact, touchscreen
Panasonic Lumix G6 Hands-On Review – 16mp DSLR styling

Compact:
Nikon Coolpix AW110 Review – Waterproof, GPS, Wi-Fi
Sony Cybershot DSC-TX30 Review – Waterproof
Pentax WG-3 GPS Review – Waterproof, GPS
Canon IXUS 255 HS Review – 10x optical zoom, Wi-Fi
Fujifilm X20 Review – 4x zoom, premium compact

Camera Phone:
HTC One UltraPixel Review – 4mp, OIS, f/2 lens, 4.7inch screen

Ultra Zoom / Bridge:
Fujifilm FinePix SL1000 Review – 50x optical zoom lens

Compacts:
Nikon Coolpix S2700 Review – budget, 6x optical
Nikon Coolpix S6500 Review – 12x optical zoom, Wi-Fi
Sigma DP3 Merrill Sample Photos – 50mm f/2.8 Macro lens (75mm equivalent), Foveon sensor
Pentax MX-1 Review – Serious compact with manual controls

Waterproof:
Panasonic Lumix FT5 Review – Tough compact

Mobile Phone:
Sony Xperia Z Preview – 13 megapixel waterproof smartphone.

Mirrorless:
Nikon 1 S1 Review – Compact mirrorless, with high speed shooting.

DSLR:
Nikon D7100 Sample Photos – 24 megapixel APS-C sensor camera
Nikon D600 vs Canon EOS 6D Comparison Review – Full frame Digital SLR cameras compared
Canon 5D, Mark 2, Mark 3 DSLR Comparison Review – full-frame cameras compared
Hasselblad H5D-50 Medium Format Digital SLR  Preview – 50 megapixel DSLR

Reviews:
Nikon 1 S1 Review – compact mirrorless with 10mp sensor, high speed shooting.

Sample Photos:
Fujifilm FinePix SL1000 Sample Photos – 50x optical zoom bridge camera
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT5 Sample Photos – ultra waterproof digital camera
Nikon D7100 DSLR Sample Photos at Nikon

New Cameras Announced:
Sony NEX-3N Hands-On Preview – compact entry level 16mp mirrorless from Sony
Sony NEX-3N Vs Sony NEX-F3 Comparison – old model vs new
Sony Alpha A58 Hands-On Preview – new 20mp entry level DSLR from Sony
Nikon D7100 DSLR Hands-On Preview – new top of the APS-C range 24mp DSLR

Samsung NX1000 White Swarovski EditionHere’s a roundup of reviews of the Samsung NX1000 – the entry level mirrorless camera from Samsung. It features a 20.3 megapixel APS-C sensor, 7/8 fps continuous shooting, built in Wi-Fi, 3 inch screen, manual controls, RAW, Full HD video and Samsung NX m0unt. The Samsung NX1000 is available in pink, white or black for £529 with 20-50mm lens, or £599 with two lenses, the additional lens being the 16mm pancake lens.

“The camera scores highly in all areas and importantly produces great image quality whilst providing excellent Wi-Fi connectivity, whether you want to upload to social network sites, or simply backup photos. The Samsung NX1000 has a plastic body available in black or white, and combined with the 20-50mm lens makes a compact camera.” source: ePHOTOzine – 4.5/5

More Samsung NX1000 reviews: PhotographyBLOG – 4.5/5, ITProPortal (Cliff Smith) – 8/10, Pocket-Lint – 4/5, PCMag – 4/5, DigitalCameraInfo – 7/10

 

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.

Ricoh GXR A16 24-85mm Lens UnitHere’s a roundup of the latest Ricoh digital cameras, along with links to reviews worth checking out:

Ricoh CX Series: (latest at top)
Ricoh CX6, 10.7x optical zoom lens compact – ePHOTOzine
Ricoh CX5, 10.7x optical zoom lens compact – ePHOTOzine
Ricoh CX4, 10.7x optical zoom lens compact – DigiCamReview, ePHOTOzine
Ricoh CX3, 10.7x optical zoom lens compact – DigiCamReview
Ricoh CX2, 10.7x optical zoom lens compact – DigiCamReview
Ricoh CX1, 7.1x optical zoom lens compact – DigiCamReview

Ricoh GR Digital Cameras:
Ricoh GR Digital IV, 28mm f/1.9 lens compact – ePHOTOzine
Ricoh GR Digital III, 28mm f/1.9 lens,  compact – ePHOTOzine
Ricoh GR Digital II, 28mm f/2.4, 2.7inch screen compact – ePHOTOzine, Serious Compacts, ThinkCamera
Ricoh GR Digital I, 28mm, f/2.4 lens, 2.5inch screen compact – DigiCamReview

The Ricoh GXR cameras:
New: Ricoh GXR A16 24-85mm f/3.5 – ePHOTOzine (shown above)
Ricoh GXR A12 28mm f/2.5 – ePHOTOzine
Ricoh GXR P10 28-300mm zoom – ePHOTOzine
Ricoh GXR Leica M Mount – ePHOTOzine
Ricoh GXR 24-72, 50mm f/2.5 – ePHOTOzine

Other Ricoh Cameras:
Ricoh PX, budget waterproof – ePHOTOzine, £87 Amazon UK

Here’s a round-up of some of the latest digital camera reviews:

Sony Cybershot RX100

Serious Compact:
Sony Cybershot RX100 – 20.2 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss lens.

Digital SLR:
Pentax K-30 – 16 megapixel weather proof DSLR

Mirrorless / Compact System Camera:
Samsung NX1000 – with WiFi

Waterproof:
Canon Powershot D20 – 5x optical zoom lens
Panasonic Lumix FT4 – 4.6x optical zoom
Fujifilm FinePix XP170 – 5x optical zoom with WiFi

Pocket zoom:
BenQ GH200 – 12.5x optical zoom, £105.
Sony Cybershot W690 – 10x optical zoom

Ultra zoom:
Olympus SP-720UZ – 26x optical zoom lens

Compact:
Panasonic Lumix FS45 – 5x with f/2.5 bright lens
Fujifilm FinePix Z1000 EXR – 5x compact with WiFi

Budget:
Nikon Coolpix S2600 – 5x zoom lens, only £69

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.