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Polaroid Pogo Printer

The Polaroid Pogo Instant Mobile Printer, from Polaroid, is a compact inkless Zink based printer with USB and bluetooth support that prints small 3″ by 2″ sticker photos. It uses a lithium-ion rechargable battery and photos take roughly 1 minute to print. The printer comes with 10 sheets of Zink Photo Paper, an AC adapter and power lead, bluetooth passcode (printed on a card under the printer), a 1 year warranty and a short user manual. The printer is available for £86, with additional paper available for £9 for 30 sheets.

Read our Polaroid Pogo Zink Printer Mini Review here.

Here’s what Polaroid have to say about the printer:

“Polaroid has reinvented instant photography for the digital age with the Polaroid PoGo™ Instant Mobile Printer. Sleek, stylish, and easy to use, the Polaroid PoGo™ Instant Mobile Printer lets you share photos whether you are on vacation or just hanging out with your friends. Bring Polaroid magic from your camera cell phone or digital camera with ZINK™ Zero Ink™ Printing Technology from ZINK Imaging. Mobile and easy-to-use, the Polaroid PoGo™ Instant Mobile Printer provides a new, innovative way to share digital photos directly from your camera cell phone or digital camera, instantly. The Polaroid Way.”

Polaroid Pogo Lamb Banana

The pictures above (click to enlarge) show bluetooth photos printed from the Sony Ericsson C905 – transfer was fairly rapid – however the first photo is slightly under-exposed (taken without flash) and this is exagerated when printed and appears slightly too dark. The second photo, of the Super Lamb Banana looks better (view the original photo here), with good detail, although it too is overly dark in the shadowy areas of the photo and vertical banding can be seen in the prints.

Polaroid Pogo Paper Tray

Loading the paper is very straightforward, the top of the printer opens up at the press of a button and the paper is placed into the printer, with a barcode “Zink Smart Sheet” at the bottom, this is read through the printer presumably so the printer knows how many sheets of photo paper have been loaded. The side features a power button, battery and alarm status LEDs, and usb socket.

Battery

The Lithium Ion battery (7.4v, 450mAh) sits under a metal cover, and provides 15 print battery life, after a full charge of two hours.

Polaroid Pogo Printer Results

Click to enlarge – The print quality is acceptable, detail appears quite good, but colour could be better (reds are oversaturated for example). Dark areas often print overly dark, and there appears to be quite noticable verticle banding in all photos. The paper is glossy in appearance, and photos are printed with some cropping due to the different aspect ratios (digital is 4:3, while this prints onto 3:2). The photos shown above were taken with the Canon Powershot SX110 IS, and the original versions can be found in the Canon Powershot SX110 IS Gallery.

Overall: As an extremely portable printing solution the Polaroid Pogo Instant Mobile Printer is an appealling choice, priced competitively at £86, there are very few competitors. The Polaroid Pogo offers acceptable, albeit small, prints, and has good connectively through bluetooth and USB pictbridge. The only concerns are the slightly high cost per print, the short battery life, the average print quality and the small photo size, but if you just want something ultra small and portable then the Polaroid Pogo could be for you.

What I like:

+ Very small portable photo printer
+ Bluetooth and USB support (Pictbridge)
+ Very easy to use, without referring to the manual
+ No need to buy ink
+ Acceptable prints

What I don’t like:

– Small prints
– Banding in images
– Print quality could be better
– 15 print battery life
– Expensive prints (30p each)

For more information please visit the Polaroid website. The photos shown of the prints and printer were taken with flash and therefore the prints looks brighter than they actually are.

Fujifilm FinePix S9600 S9100With the end of 2008 nearly here I thought it would be interesting to have a look back at the 10 most popular digital cameras reviewed on this site. Here’s the top 10 most read digital camera reviews from 2008 (so far), with a breakdown on what makes them special. Why not leave a comment letting us know your favourite digital camera of 2008, and why you think it’s so great?

1 – Fujifilm FinePix S9600 S9100 – Fuji’s digital camera proves you don’t have to be a DSLR to be popular, but looking like one, and offering a powerful wide angle 10.7x optical zoom lens with manual controls sure helps. Especially when this costs less than half the price of a basic 10 megapixel Digital SLR. Available for £239. Updated by the S100fs.

2 – Panasonic Lumix FZ18 – an update to the FZ8, the FZ18 is an ultra zoom digital camera featuring a massive wide-angle 18x optical zoom lens, the FZ18 has an 8 megapixel sensor, a 2.5″ screen, new “Intelligent Auto mode”, and ISO upto 1600. It’s available for £258.

3 – Sony Ericsson K800i – when this mobile phone was released it had a 3 megapixel Sony “Cybershot” digital camera – the first “Cybershot” on a mobile phone. But more importantly, it had a proper flash, which meant it was able to take photos of people indoors, something most mobile phones still cant do properly. The K800i is still available on pay as you go for £79 or Sim Free. Updated by the Sony C905.

Continue reading Top 10 Digital Cameras of 2008 (so far)

Fuji F40fd4 – Fujifilm FinePix F40fd – Fuji upped the megapixels to 8, and made this camera smaller and more stylish than the F30, and we’re still wondering whether it’s as good as the F30, however, the price definitely makes this camera appealling, especially when the F30 is no longer available. Available for £95 at Amazon.

5 – Canon Digital IXUS 70 SD1000 – Canon made the smallest IXUS camera yet, and still packed in a 7 megapixel sensor, a 3x optical zoom lens, and a 2.5″ screen, all in a stylish body. The price is good as well, being one of the cheapest IXUS cameras available, only £95 from Amazon.

6 – Panasonic Lumix FX30 – a compact 7 megapixel digital camera with a wide angle 3.6x optical zoom lens, image stabilisation, and a 2.5″ screen, made this an appealling camera, especially when it was much cheaper than most of the competition. Available for £169 from Amazon. Updated by the FX35.

Olympus 1030SW7 – New EntryOlympus Mju Stylus 1030SW – a compact 10 megapixel digital camera that is shockproof to 2 metres, waterproof to 10 metres, crushproof to 100kg, dustproof, scratchproof and freezeproof. It also features a wide angle 3.6x optical zoom lens, 2.7″ screen, 24 scene modes, and VGA movie mode at 30fps. It is available in black, silver and green from £199.

8 – Olympus EVOLT E-510 – the digital SLR of 2007 – it has it all, 10 megapixels, live view, in body anti-shake sensor, dust reduction, excellent kit lenses, and above all, produces excellent images. Available for £384 with kit lens, or £455 with the twin lens kit.

9 – Fujifilm FinePix F480 – a compact 8 megapixel digital camera with a wide angle 4x optical zoom lens, and a 2.7″ screen, the low price made this an appealling camera, however it’s image quality didn’t. Available for £87 from Amazon.

10 – Canon EOS 400D DSLR – Canon’s entry level 10 megapixel digital camera is one of the most popular Digital SLRs currently available, with a 2.5″ screen, and bargain prices, Highly Recommended. Available for £394 with kit lens.

More reading: View the Top 5 Budget Digital Cameras of 2008. Read all our reviews.

We’ve just uploaded several sample photos from the new Sony Ericsson Cybershot C905 Mobile Phone with 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.

View our Sony Ericsson C905 Sample Photo Gallery

Panasonic FZ18I’ve been looking through the web statistics for DigiCamReview, and found July 2008’s Top 5 most popular digital cameras reviewed on this site, based on our readers page views over the month of July. Here’s the most recent list, with the new Panasonic Lumix FZ18 at number 1. If you’re looking for a great digital camera, then why not have a look at these popular cameras:

1 – Panasonic Lumix FZ18 – 8mp, 18x optical zoom, 2.5″, IS, £203.

2 – Fujifilm FinePix S9600 S9100 – 10.7x optical zoom, 9mp, £199.

3 – Olympus Mju 1030SW – 10mp, Wide 3.6x optical zoom, 2.7″, £219.

4 – Sony Ericsson K800i – 3mp, mobile phone camera, £65.

5 – Sony Cybershot W130 – 8mp, 4x opt, 2.5″, IS, only £120.

Previously: Top 5 for June 08, Top 5 for May 08, Top 10 Digital Cameras for 2008 (so far), Top 10 Digital Cameras for 2007

Fujifilm FinePix S9600 S9100We’re half way through 2008 so I thought it would be interesting to have a look back at the 10 most popular digital cameras reviewed on this site. Here’s the top 10 most read digital camera reviews from 2008 (so far), with a breakdown on what makes them special. Why not leave a comment letting us know your favourite digital camera of 2008, and why you think it’s so great?

1 – Fujifilm FinePix S9600 S9100 – Fuji’s digital camera proves you don’t have to be a DSLR to be popular, but looking like one, and offering a powerful wide angle 10.7x optical zoom lens with manual controls sure helps. Especially when this costs less than half the price of a basic 10 megapixel Digital SLR. Available for £199. Updated by the S100fs.

2 – Panasonic Lumix FZ18 – an update to the FZ8, the FZ18 is an ultra zoom digital camera featuring a massive wide-angle 18x optical zoom lens, the FZ18 has an 8 megapixel sensor, a 2.5″ screen, new “Intelligent Auto mode”, and ISO upto 1600. It’s available for £199.

3 – Sony Ericsson K800i – when this mobile phone was released it had a 3 megapixel Sony “Cybershot” digital camera – the first “Cybershot” on a mobile phone. But more importantly, it had a proper flash, which meant it was able to take photos of people indoors, something most mobile phones still cant do properly. The K800i is still available on pay as you go for £89 or Sim Free.

Continue reading Top 10 Digital Cameras of 2008 (so far)

Fuji F40fd4 – Fujifilm FinePix F40fd – Fuji upped the megapixels to 8, and made this camera smaller and more stylish than the F30, and we’re still wondering whether it’s as good as the F30, however, the price definitely makes this camera appealling, especially when the F30 is no longer available. Available for £96 at Amazon.

5 – Canon Digital IXUS 70 SD1000 – Canon made the smallest IXUS camera yet, and still packed in a 7 megapixel sensor, a 3x optical zoom lens, and a 2.5″ screen, all in a stylish body. The price is good as well, being one of the cheapest IXUS cameras available, only £126 from Amazon.

6 – Panasonic Lumix FX30 – a compact 7 megapixel digital camera with a wide angle 3.6x optical zoom lens, image stabilisation, and a 2.5″ screen, made this an appealling camera, especially when it was much cheaper than most of the competition. Available for £148 from Amazon.

7 – Fujifilm FinePix F480 – a compact 8 megapixel digital camera with a wide angle 4x optical zoom lens, and a 2.7″ screen, the low price made this an appealling camera, however it’s image quality didn’t. Available for £87 from Amazon.

8 – Fujifilm FinePix F30 – Fuji showed us that less equals more, by putting a slightly larger 6 megapixel sensor in this camera, and using Fuji’s SuperCCD technology, they were able to offer great low light performance, and low noise at nearly all ISO settings. No longer available, but updated by the F100fd.

9 – Olympus EVOLT E-510 – the digital SLR of 2007 – it has it all, 10 megapixels, live view, in body anti-shake sensor, dust reduction, excellent kit lenses, and above all, produces excellent images. Available for £384 with kit lens, or £455 with the twin lens kit.

10 – Canon EOS 400D DSLR – Canon’s entry level 10 megapixel digital camera is one of the most popular Digital SLRs currently available, with a 2.5″ screen, and bargain prices, Highly Recommended. Available for £394 with kit lens.

More reading: View the Top 5 Digital Cameras for June 2008. Read all our reviews.

Panasonic FZ18I’ve been looking through the web statistics for DigiCamReview, and found June 2008’s Top 5 most popular digital cameras reviewed on this site, based on our readers page views over the month of June. Here’s the most recent list, with the new Panasonic Lumix FZ18 at number 1. If you’re looking for a great digital camera, then why not have a look at these popular cameras:

1 – Panasonic Lumix FZ18 – 8mp, 18x optical zoom, 2.5″, IS, £217.

2 – Fujifilm FinePix S9600 S9100 – 10.7x optical zoom, 9mp, £201.

3 – Sony Ericsson K800i – 3mp, mobile phone camera, £90.

4 – Fujifilm FinePix F40fd – 8mp, 3x opt, 2.5″, High ISO, only £95.

5 – Olympus Mju 1030SW – 10mp, Wide 3.6x optical zoom, 2.7″, £222.

Previously: Top 5 for May 08, Top 10 Digital Cameras for 2007

Sony C905Sony have announced the new Sony Ericsson Cybershot C905 Mobile Phone with 8 megapixel digital camera – the camera phone features a real flash, autofocus lens, face detection, a 2.4″ VGA screen, GPS and wifi:

“The C905 is Sony Ericsson’s first Cyber-shot slider and its most advanced camera phone yet. With an 8.1 megapixel camera and real camera flash amongst its cutting-edge capabilities, it offers easy photo-taking in a phone that derives its looks from a digital camera and offers the picture quality to match.”

Fujifilm FinePix S9600 S9100With another year over, we take a look at the 10 most popular digital cameras reviewed on this site. Here’s the top 10 most read digital camera reviews from 2007, with a breakdown on what makes them special. Why not leave a comment letting us know your favourite digital camera of 2007, and why you think it’s so great?

1 – Fujifilm FinePix S9600 S9100 – Fuji’s digital camera proves you don’t have to be a DSLR to be popular, but looking like one, and offering a powerful wide angle 10.7x optical zoom lens with manual controls sure helps. Especially when this costs less than half the price of a basic 10 megapixel Digital SLR. Available for £202 from Amazon.

2 – Fujifilm FinePix F30 – Fuji showed us that less equals more, by putting a slightly larger 6 megapixel sensor in this camera, and using Fuji’s SuperCCD technology, they were able to offer great low light performance, and low noise at nearly all ISO settings. No longer available, but see below for it’s replacement.

3 – Ricoh Caplio R5 – Ricoh broke the mold by providing a wide angle 7.1x optical zoom lens, in an ultra compact camera, while the rest of the manufacturers were still only giving us a bog standard 3x optical zoom lens. Available for £144 from Amazon.

Continue reading Top 10 Digital Cameras of 2007

4 – Fujifilm FinePix F40fd – Fuji upped the megapixels to 8, and made this camera smaller and more stylish than the F30, and we’re still wondering whether it’s as good as the F30, however, the price definitely makes this camera appealling, especially when the F30 is no longer available. Available for £106 at Amazon.

5 – Canon Digital IXUS 850 IS – Canon provided a wide angle 3.8x lens, optical image stabilisation, in a cute compact body, and also produced great image quality, making this a winner all round, the only problem was the high price when first released. Replaced by the Canon IXUS 860 IS.

6 – Canon Digital IXUS 70 SD1000 – Canon made the smallest IXUS camera yet, and still packed in a 7 megapixel sensor, a 3x optical zoom lens, and a 2.5″ screen, all in a stylish body. The price is good as well, being one of the cheapest IXUS cameras available, only £126 from Amazon.

7 – Panasonic Lumix FX30 – a compact 7 megapixel digital camera with a wide angle 3.6x optical zoom lens, image stabilisation, and a 2.5″ screen, made this an appealling camera, especially when it was much cheaper than most of the competition. Available for £148 from Amazon.

8 – Panasonic Lumix TZ1 – when this camera was released it was the world’s smallest digital camera with a 10x optical zoom lens – it also took great photos, and fit in your pocket. It’s now been replaced by the Panasonic Lumix TZ3.

9 – Sony Ericsson K800i – when this mobile phone was released it had a 3 megapixel Sony “Cybershot” digital camera – the first “Cybershot” on a mobile phone. But more importantly, it had a proper flash, which meant it was able to take photos of people indoors, something most mobile phones still cant do properly, I’m looking at you Nokia N95. The K800i is now available on pay as you go for £89 or Sim Free.

10 – Olympus EVOLT E-510 – the digital SLR of 2007 – it has it all, 10 megapixels, live view, in body anti-shake sensor, dust reduction, excellent kit lenses, and above all, produces excellent images. Available for £515 with kit lens, or £595 with the twin lens kit.

More reading: View the Top 5 Digital Cameras for December 2007. The Online Photographer’s Best and Worst of 2007.

A word from friends: Some of these 10 megapixel beauties are going to make beautiful – and very large – pictures; you’ll need plenty of ink if you’re going to print them. The next time you are trying to find cheap printer ink, head online before you go to the store, and find terrific prices on toner cartridges, paper supplies and Epson ink.

Fujifilm S9600I’ve been looking through the web statistics for DigiCamReview, and found November’s Top 5 most popular digital cameras reviewed on this site, based on our readers page views over the month of November. Here’s the most recent list, with the new Fujifilm FinePix S9600 S9100 at number 1. If you’re looking for a great digital camera, then why not have a look at these popular cameras:

1 – Fujifilm FinePix S9600 S9100 – 10.7x optical zoom, 9mp, £205.

2 – Fujifilm FinePix F40fd – 8mp, 3x opt, 2.5″, High ISO, £109.

3 – Panasonic Lumix FX30 – 7mp, 3.6x optical zoom, 2.5″, IS, £163.

4 – Canon Digital IXUS 70 – 7mp, Compact 3x optical zoom, 2.5″, £120.

5 – Sony Ericsson K800i – 3mp mobile phone camera with a real flash.

Previously: Oct 07, July 2007, June 2007, April 2007, March 2007, Feb 2007, Jan 2007

Sony Cybershot K850 Gizmodo Image

Gizmodo have had a hands on look look at the new Sony Cybershot K850 – Sony’s new 5 megapixel camera phone, it features a 5 megapixel digital camera, flash, a 2.2″ screen, 40mb internal memory, and if it’s anything like the Sony Ericsson K800i then it should be pretty good. It features all the usual mobile phone features such as MP3 playback, Radio etc:

“Beautiful images – The 5 megapixel camera with auto focus and Xenon flash produces true digital camera results. Even if you are not an expert photographer, the K850 does everything to help you get the best possible shots on your phone. Photo fix automatically improves light balance in one click to make your picture as good as it can get. When taking a picture of a moving object, for example at a sports event, you can select BestPic™ and take nine pictures in one burst. Then simply choose the best and delete the rest.”