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Ricoh has announced the New Ricoh GXR Leica M Lens Mount A12 Module (shown above) for the Ricoh GXR system – it features a 12.3 megapixel APS-C sensor and allows you to attached Leica M lenses, or other lenses with adapters. More details here.

18x optical zoom lens: Samsung WB700 – an update to the WB600 (one of our favourite cameras), find out how it performs.
10 megapixel Samsung ST30: ePHOTOzine – a camera with a tiny sensor, tiny body, and tiny wallet friendly price.
8 megapixel Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc: ePHOTOzine find out if the backlit Exmor R sensor in this camera phone performs.
Pentax Optio RS1500 Reviews – available with super hero face plates, or without with a budget price at: Photography BLOG, ePHOTOzine
Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS – the tough waterproof with Macro LEDs reviewed at: Photography BLOG, ePHOTOzine

Nokia N86 8mp


Wired.com say that new cellphones with cameras are beginning to impact on sales of low-end digital cameras – more so with the ever increasing focus on camera quality and features in mobile phones – such as the f2.4 lens in the Nokia N86 8mp shown above, and Xenon flash in the Sony Satio.


“Handsets soon may begin to cannibalize the low end of the digital still camera market as they incorporate higher megapixels and flash capabilities,” says Pam Tufegdzic, consumer electronics analyst at iSuppli in a statement. “This is likely to occur first in Asia and Europe as consumers in these regions seem to be more comfortable with taking pictures using camera phones.”

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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?

Sony and Vodafone have teamed up with photographer Jillian Edelstein to demonstrate the photographic ability of the new Sony Ericsson Satio Camera Phone. The Sony Satio features a 12.1 megapixel sensor, real xenon flash, 3.5″ 16:9 touchscreen, microSD™ support, geo-tagging, face detection, and a 13mm thick body. The Sony Satio is available for £435 sim free

“Jillian Edelstein, Sony Ericsson and Vodafone captured the eyes of the nation over 12.1 hours at the “Eyes Wide Open” event at Westfield shopping centre. Please feel free to browse our gallery and view some of the stunning images taken with the Sony Ericsson Satio™.” (via DPNow)

* Photo above taken with the Ricoh CX2

Sony Ericsson Cybershot C905

The Sony Ericsson Cybershot C905 Mobile Phone has an 8.1 megapixel digital camera – the camera phone features a real “Xenon” flash, autofocus lens, face detection, a 2.4″ QVGA screen, GPS (with geo photo tagging) and WiFi. This review looks at how the phone performs when used solely as a digital camera. The Sony Ericsson C905 is available from Amazon UK.

The biggest appeal of this camera has to be the built in 8 megapixel Sony “Cybershot” camera with “Xenon” flash. The flash definitely helps with photos of people. But one area where camera phones have always been behind in image quality is noise – the basic facts are that the more pixels you cram into a small image sensor, the more noise you’re going to get, and mobile phone cameras have the smallest sensors you can get. There are no manual ISO settings on this camera, so it’s pot luck as to how much noise will show up in the photos. All the photos I’ve taken with flash have used ISO100 or ISO200.

Read our Sony Ericsson Cybershot C905 Review.
View our Sony Ericsson C905 Sample Photo Gallery

Sony Ericsson Cybershot C905

Specifications / Features:

* Sensor: 8.1 megapixel CMOS sensor (3264 x 2448 pixels)
* Lens: f2.8 Auto Focus Lens 5.9mm, equivalent to 38mm on a 35mm camera
* Focusing: Auto, Macro, Infinity (for Landscape), Face Detection
* Screen: 2.4″ QVGA 240 x 320 scratch-resistant mineral glass display
* Face detection: Detects 3 faces
* Colour modes / Effects: Off, Black & white, Negative, Sepia, Solarize
* Video Recording: 320×240, 30fps Video
* HD Output: No
* Red-Eye Reduction: Yes (flash)
* Macro: 15cm
* ISO : Auto / 64 / 100/ 200 / 400
* IS (Image Stabilisation): Digital
* Scenes: Auto, Twilight landscape, Twilight portrait, Landscape, Portrait, Beach / snow, Sports, Document
* Picture size: 8MP, 5MP, 3MP, VGA, Normal, Fine
* Histogram available: No
* Exposure bracketing: No
* Optical viewfinder: No
* Manual WB: No (Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Incandescent)
* Other features: Focus assist LED, Smart contrast (a bit like increased dynamic range), Smile shutter (added with firmware update), Photo geo-tagging, Auto-rotate

Sony Ericsson Cybershot C905

Box contents: C905 phone, 2gb Sandisk M2 memory card (160mb built into the phone), an M2 to USB convertor, leather wrist strap, USB cable, wall charger, hands-free stereo earphones (needed for the radio to work), CD rom, manual, 930mAh 3.6v Lithium Ion battery, C905 camera guide. Memory cards: The C905 takes Sony M2 memory cards, and comes with a 2gb card which should store around 1000 photos, if you want to upgrade, have a look at our guide to digital camera memory cards.

Sony Ericsson Cybershot C905

Menu: The menu system and options can be brought up quite quickly by pressing the buttons closest to the screen, and the menus are quite similar to the quick menus you get on normal digital cameras. There is very little need to go into advanced options / settings as nearly all photographic options are available through the quick menus.

Sony Ericsson Cybershot C905

Battery Life: Not very impressive, the phone tends to last around 2 days with very little use, and I tend to plug it in to charge every other day. Compared to a normal camera that lasts for weeks with very little use, battery life is poor.

Speed: Put simply, it’s not quick. Switch on time for the phone to switch on is painfully slow (we’re talking around 12 seconds – however the phone is probably always on), switching to camera mode is a couple of seconds, focusing is not fast, and shutter response is around 0.3 – 0.4 seconds when pre-focused (compared to 0.1 seconds or less for more compact cameras). The menus are a little bit slow, but workable, and as long as you’re patient with focusing, by pre-focusing and then pressing the shutter when you want the photo, you can capture moments fairly well.

Ease of Use: The camera design and layout with numerous photo buttons, such as the macro, flash, self-timer and exposure buttons on the D-pad make this phone really feel like it’s been designed to be used as camera. The photo mode can be easily accessed, and the clear labelling of buttons make it easy to switch modes, and access features.

Sony Ericsson Cybershot C905

Ergonomics and Buttons: The shutter release works in the usual way, half a press focuses the camera, pressing fully then takes the photo. The only problem is that whilst the half press is fairly noticable, the full press doesn’t feel like a proper shutter on other cameras – this is a bit disappointing. The lens cover switches the camera on when opened, and the buttons on the top give easy and fairly quick access to playback, photo and video modes. The C905 is quite small – smaller than most digital cameras and measures 104.0 x 49.0 x 18.0 mm, and weighs 136g, meaning it will fit easily into any pocket and can be taken everywhere with you.

Image Quality: Here are some real world sample photos taken in various settings, such as Inside, Outside, Macro, etc to demonstrate the quality of pictures taken and also show different features of the camera. Larger versions of these photos, plus more photos are available in the Sony Ericsson Cybershot C905 Sample Photo Gallery.

Flash - Sony C905

Inside: The flash works quite well, and is certainly much better than the LED flashes found on other camera phones, but does not appear to be as powerful as even budget digital cameras. Colours can be quite good, however, flash fall off is quite noticable and subject can often end up looking overly yellow. Noise is quite high, and detail is quite low, and the ISO tends to stay around ISO100 or ISO200.

Noise - Sony C905

Noise: Indoors, or in low light, when not using the flash, noise levels are high and detail is quite low as the camera has strong noise reduction. Noise is also visible on bright sunny days even when using ISO64, and this camera is definitely not recommended for pixel peepers. When images have been resized noise is much less noticable. Noise is much worse in the C905 and camera phones in general even when compared to high megapixel compact digital cameras.

Blue Slide - Sony C905

Outside: The camera tends to use low ISO settings, down to ISO64, and colour was generally quite highly saturated. There was some highlight clipping, and noise was visible even in ISO64 photos. Noise reduction also removed quite a lot of detail. (Picture above cropped)

Digital Zoom - Sony C905

Zoom: The camera has digital zoom only. An example of digital zoom can be seen above, digital zoom basically takes a crop of the centre of the frame and enlarges the image, degrading image quality, and is therefore best avoided.

Macro - Sony C905

Macro: Whilst not as good as a dedicated digital camera, the Sony C905 was generally good, allowing close up photos, and allowed the use of flash which often produced some good results.

Video mode: Awful. Really really poor: 320×240 MP4, 30fps, 2 channels, 32khz. Go back to 2004 and even budget digital cameras feature VGA (640×480) video recording. To compete in todays market the camera phone should have at least VGA and preferably HD video recording. However, one nice feature is the video light which can be switched on and off when needed.

Conclusion. They say that the best camera is the camera you have with you, and in this regard the C905 is a very good camera simply because as a mobile phone it’s likely to be with you at all times. This means you can capture the photo that you perhaps would have otherwise missed. However, the C905 still doesn’t compete with even budget digital cameras, which beat the C905 on image quality, noise, speed, screen size, optical zoom, video quality, price etc. It does a decent job, and with a screen that works outdoors, and a real xenon flash it’s better than the majority of other mobile phones as a camera. If you want to be able to have a decent camera in your mobile phone this would be the best choice simply because of the flash, which definitely outperforms LED based flashes. If all you intend to do is publish photos on the web, on sites like facebook, then it’s possible this could be all the camera you ever need… but then why would you need an 8 megapixel camera, when facebook‘s maximum image size is 0.3 megapixels? 😉 For better results it would be worth taking a cheap budget digital camera everywhere you go, but if your pockets are already full, then this will do the job, and it’s possible you might like the photos. It’s available from Amazon UK

Pros.

+ Real Xenon Flash
+ Screen works outdoors
+ Dedicated Photo buttons on camera (Macro, Flash etc)
+ Provided 2gb M2 card and USB reader makes it easy to transfer photos
+ Decent macro mode, allows the use of flash with good results
+ Bright colourful images with best results outdoors on sunny days
+ Camera always with you
+ Blue glowing buttons

Cons.

– Slow
– Awful video mode (320×240)
– Numerous reports of the phone screen / ear speaker breaking (including mine, which was repaired under warranty after 6 months)
– Small lens means it’s important to make sure the lens is always clean
– Doesn’t perform very well in low light outdoors (without flash)
– Lots of noise
– Poor battery life

For more information on the Sony C905 have a look at: First impressions of the Sony C905, View our Sony Ericsson C905 Sample Photo Gallery, Buy online at Amazon UK

Blue Slide - Sony C905

We’ve just uploaded several new sample photos from the Sony Ericsson Cybershot C905 Mobile Phone. I’ve been using it for 10 months, and have posted some of the best shots. The C905 has an 8.1 megapixel digital camera – the camera phone features a real “Xenon” flash, autofocus lens, face detection, a 2.4″ VGA screen, GPS (with photo tagging) and WiFi. We will be publishing a review of the phones ability as a camera shortly, but in the meantime, feel free to have a look at my first impressions of the Sony C905. The Sony Ericsson C905 is available from Amazon UK.

View our Sony Ericsson C905 Sample Photo Gallery

DigiCamReview Best of 20082008 has certainly been an interesting year with literally hundreds of new cameras released – the majority of them all feature the same boring specifications – a standard 3x optical zoom lens, 2.5″ screen, and about 8 megapixels – but if you look closely you will find the gems – increasing numbers of cameras now feature a wide angle lens, optical image stabilisation, HD video recording, and extended optical zoom. The best example of this, and in our opinion, the best digital camera of 2008, is…

Panasonic TZ5The Panasonic Lumix TZ5 – it scores highly on all aspects, it offers 9 megapixels, a wide angle 10x optical zoom lens, a large 3″ screen, a compact pocketable metal body, and optical image stabilisation, not only that but offers high definition video recording with optical zoom and image stabilisation. This would all be useless unless the camera backed this up with good image quality, and thankfully this camera provides that with good detail and great colour. If you had to buy only one camera this year, or indeed next, then the Panasonic Lumix TZ5 would be our choice. Read our Panasonic Lumix TZ5 Review for more information – the TZ5 is available for £176.

To find out the best digital cameras, camera phones, and prototypes of 2008 continue reading…

Best Budget Digital Camera of 2008:

Canon A590 ISThe Canon Powershot A590 IS – available for £101 – this 8mp camera has it all, great image quality, 4x optical zoom lens with image stabilisation, plus manual controls for the budding photographer. Read our Canon Powershot A590 IS Review. For more budget cameras read our Top 5 Best Budget Digital Cameras of 2008.

Runners up: Sony Cybershot W130, Fujifilm FinePix F40fd.

Best Compact Digital Camera of 2008:

Olympus Mju 1030SWThe Olympus Mju Stylus 1030SW – available for £213 – this 10 megapixel camera features a wide angle 3.6x optical zoom, a 2.7″ LCD screen, it’s waterproof, shockproof, dustproof and freezeproof. Read our Olympus Mju Stylus 1030SW Review. For more compact cameras read our Top 5 Best Compact Digital Cameras of 2008.

Runners up: Panasonic Lumix FX150, Canon Digital IXUS 980 IS

Best Ultra Zoom Digital Camera of 2008:

Panasonic TZ5The Panasonic Lumix TZ5 – available for £176 – this 9 megapixel camera features a wide angle 10x optical zoom with image stabilisation, a 3″ LCD screen, HD video recording with zoom, and a stylish metal body. It’s packed with features and will fit in your pocket. Read our Panasonic Lumix TZ5 Review. For more great ultra zoom cameras have a look at our Top 5 Best Pocket Zoom Cameras of 2008.

Runners up: Canon Powershot SX110 IS, Ricoh R10

Best Digital SLR of 2008:

Canon EOS 450DThe Canon EOS 450D / Digital Rebel XSi – a 12.2 megapixel update to the 400D Digital SLR – features 3.5fps shooting, live view shooting, 9 point AF, 3″ screen, SD memory card support, and Canon’s dust reduction system. The 450D Body only is priced at £369, the EOS 450D with 18-55mm IS kit is £433. Read our Canon EOS 450D Review. For more great Digital SLRs have a look at the Top 5 Best Budget Digital SLRs of 2008.

Runners up: Olympus EVOLT E-420, Nikon D60

Best Camera Phone of 2008:

Sony Ericsson C905Already extremely popular, the Sony Ericsson Cybershot C905 takes 8 megapixel photos, features a real flash, and is available without breaking the bank, and whilst not as good at taking photos as a dedicated digital camera, the Sony C905 could make a useful second camera and shows that camera phones are catching up in quality and usability. Have a look at our sample photos.

Best Prototype of 2008:

Olympus Micro Four Thirds PrototypeUnfortunately this camera system won’t be available till next year, but should revolutionise the digital camera market by providing an interchangeable lens camera with the dimensions of a serious compact camera! Of course I’m talking about the Olympus Micro Four Thirds Prototype. Full details can be found here when we had a look at Photokina.

Other great Digital Cameras of 2008:

Fuji F100fdFor the lowest noise in a compact camera and great detail, the Fujifilm FinePix F100fd has to be commended – it takes great 12 megapixel photos, features a wide angle 5x optical zoom lens and has a compact metal body, if only it had full manual controls and a better menu system and it might have been featured above. Read our Fujifilm FinePix F100fd Review, available for £185.

Canon Powershot SX110 ISThe Canon Powershot SX110 IS – a personal favourite of mine – features a more compact body (compared to the SX100 IS), 9 megapixel sensor, larger 3″ screen, 10x optical zoom lens with image stabilisation, Face Detection, Face Select & Track, Auto Red-Eye Correction, Motion Detection, 20 shooting modes including Easy Mode, ISO 1600 and is one of the cheapest new Canon’s with manual controls. Read our Canon Powershot SX110 IS Review. The SX110 IS is available in silver or black for £175.

It can be confusing trying to decide what camera to buy, but hopefully this list of the best digital cameras of 2008 has helped steer you towards a great camera that will suit you and meet your needs. Here’s to happy photographing in 2009! If you would like to see more have a look at our Top Cameras Reviewed or have a look at all of our reviews – you’ll find prices, specifications and recommended cameras.