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Panasonic Lumix TZ27

HotUKDeals recently posted details of an offer on the Panasonic Lumix TZ27 – available from Currys – it appears to be based on last years Panasonic Lumix TZ30 – but lacking the GPS feature. This year, the new models are called the TZ35 and TZ40. The TZ27 is still an interesting camera, with a 14 megapixel MOS sensor, 20x optical zoom lens, 3inch screen, full HD video recording, 260 shot battery life, and it’s available for £159.

The nearest competitors for a price comparison are the Panasonic Lumix TZ30 – available from Amazon UK for £210, which adds GPS.

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Here’s a roundup of some of the latest digital camera reviews from around the web

Ultra Zoom – aka the “Bridge” camera
Sony Cybershot DSC-HX300 Review – 50x optical zoom lens, 20mp
Nikon Coolpix P520 Review – 42x optical zoom lens, 18mp
Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR Review – 42x optical zoom lens, 16mp

Travel Zoom – compact with lots of zoom
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ40 Review – 20x optical zoom lens, GPS, 18mp (do megapixels still matter?)
Nikon Coolpix S9500 Review – 22x optical zoom lens, GPS, 18mp

Serious Compact – designed for strong image quality and controls
Olympus Stylus XZ-10 Review – 5x optical zoom lens, RAW, manual controls, 12mp etc
Nikon Coolpix A at NeoCamera – APS-C 16 megapixel sensor, 28mm wide-angle

Waterproof – tough, rugged, outdoor cameras
Olympus Tough TG-830 Review – waterproof, 16mp, 5x optical zoom lens

Compact – Stylish, compact etc.
Sony Cyber-shot WX200 Review – 10x optical zoom lens, 18mp sensor

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.

leica-x2 with accessories
Leica announced three new digital cameras, here’s a run-down of what they are:

Leica M Monochrom: Digital Rangefinder with 18 megapixel BLACK AND WHITE full frame sensor. Around £6k body only, a Leica lens starts at around £1000 for a 50mm f/2.5.

Leica X2: (Shown above) Compact camera with 24mm f/2.8 lens, new 16 megapixel APS-C sized sensor, manual controls, oh and it does colour as well. Around £1575 in silver or black.

Leica V-Lux 40: 20x optical zoom lens travel zoom with GPS, 14.1 megapixel sensor and 3 inch touch screen, it’s based on the Panasonic Lumix TZ30 (read a review here). Around £550.

Panasonic Lumix SZ7
Here’s a roundup of the latest digital camera reviews on the web this week, plus a reason why you should check them out:

Waterproof:
Fujifilm FinePix XP150 Digital Camera Review – with GPS
Nikon Coolpix S30 Compact Camera Review – <£99 10x optical zoom compacts:
Nikon Coolpix S6300 Digital Camera Review – Multiple colours
Olympus VR-340 Digital Compact Camera Review – around £100
Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 Digital Camera Review – ultra compact, pictured.

Digital SLR:
Nikon D800 Digital SLR User Review – 36.3megapixels!
Sony Alpha A57 SLT Digital SLR Review – 12fps shooting (at 8.4mp)

Nikon Coolpix P510
Nikon has announced a number or (15) new Coolpix cameras, more or less depending on location and suppliers etc, starting with the ultra zoom with the most zoom out of any camera, with a massive 42x optical zoom lens, from 24mm wide angle to 1000mm at the telephoto end! It has optical (lens) image stabilisation, electronic viewfinder and zoom control on the lens.

Ultra Zoom / Bridge Cameras:
Nikon Coolpix P510, 42x zoom, 16mp CMOS, tilting 3inch screen, Full HD, GPS
Nikon Coolpix L810, 26x zoom, 16mp, 3inch screen, 720p, AA
Nikon Coolpix L310, 21x zoom, 14mp, 3inch screen, 720p, AA

Pocket / Travel Zoom:
Nikon Coolpix S9300, 16mp CMOS, 3inch screen, 18x zoom, Full HD, 6.9fps, GPS
Nikon Coolpix S9200, (PC World / Currys Digital) 16mp CMOS, 3inch, 18x zoom, Full HD
Nikon Coolpix S6300, 16mp CMOS, 10x zoom, 2.7inch screen, Full HD

Compact Style Cameras:
Nikon Coolpix S4300, 16mp, 6x zoom, 3inch screen, 720p video
Nikon Coolpix S4200, 16mp, 6x zoom, 3inch screen, 720p video (Comet)
Nikon Coolpix S3300, 16mp, 6x zoom, 2.7inch slim, 720p video
Nikon Coolpix S3200, 16mp, 6x zoom, 2.7inch slim, 720p video (Currys Digital / PC World)
Nikon Coolpix S2600 (Argos), 14mp, 5x zoom, 720p, Compact, £69
Nikon Coolpix S30 – Waterproof, 3x zoom, 10mp, 2.7inch screen, 720p video, AA, RRP £99

Serious Compact:
Nikon Coolpix P310, 16mp CMOS, f/1.8 4.2x zoom, 3inch, Full HD, PASM, 6fps, White or Black

Entry Level / Life:
L26 – 16mp, 5x zoom, 3inch screen, AA, RRP £99
L25 – 10mp, 5x zoom, 3inch screen, AA, RRP £69

Panasonic Lumix TZ30 Black
Panasonic has announced six new compact cameras, all of them feature optical image stabilisation, even the budget model.

Waterproof compacts:
FT4 – 12mp, 4.6x zoom, 2.7inch, High speed shooting, 12 meters waterproof, Full HD.
FT20 – 16mp, 4x zoom, 2.7inch, 5m waterproof, 720p video. more info.
Travel Zooms:
TZ25 – 16x optical zoom, 12mp, 10fps, 3inch screen, Full HD.
TZ30 – 20x optical zoom, 14mp, 10fps, 3inch touchscreen, Full HD more info.
Entry Level Compacts:
LS6 – Budget, 14mp, 26mm 5x optical zoom lens, AA batteries, 2.7inch screen.
FX80 – 12mp, f/2.5 24mm 5x optical zoom lens, Full HD Video, 3inch screen. more info.