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Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Fuji FinePix F10 Sample Photo Gallery

Photo taken with the Fuji F10I've just uploaded various sample photos taken with the new 6 megapixel Super CCD Fuji FinePix F10 - the photos were taken by my brother. The camera features ISO ratings from ISO80 to ISO1600 which should mean excellent low-light performance, without the need for a flash. The camera has a 3x optical zoom lens, and a large 2.5" screen. Have a look at the sample photos in the Fuji Finepix F10 Sample Photo gallery

Konica Minolta Scan Elite 5400 II Review

Imaging-Resource review the Konica Minolta DiMAGE Scan Elite 5400 II 35mm film/slide scanner:

"Thinking outside the box, Konica Minolta didn't just update their popular 5400 slide scanner. They redesigned it. On the plus side, it's faster and wider (so it doesn't need a stand to stay upright). But the FireWire port is gone and there's no way to profile it in the supplied software."

Monday, May 30, 2005

Digital Camera Shoot-out On-Line

I've just posted a digital camera shoot-out, showing sample images taken with the: Canon Digital IXUS 30, Canon Powershot A520, HP Photosmart M417, and the Sony Cybershot S60/S80. This is so that you can compare the images side by side. Click here to view the shoot-out.

Canon Powershot A520 Review On-Line!

Canon Powershot A520I review the new 4 megapixel Canon Powershot A520 - it features a 4x optical zoom lens, a 1.8" screen, and a whole host of controls and features that should make this an extremely versatile digital camera.

Read my review to find out more.

Nikon Coolpix 5600 Review

Pocket-Lint review the 5 megapixel Nikon Coolpix 5600:

"The Nikon Coolpix 5600 is a true point and shoot model with very few manual control to clutter the small, 85x60x35mm, 130g (without its two AA batteries) camera. It’s very easy to use as a result with the on/off and shutter buttons gracing the tiny top plate and a single mode dial on the back offering the cameras (fairly standard) shooting options. A great optical viewfinder sits next to the mode dial, as does the camera’s 3x zoom lens control, which drives the optics through their 35-105mm focal range."

Nikon Coolpix 7600 Review

PhotographyBLOG review the 7 megapixel Nikon Coolpix 7600:

"The Nikon Coolpix 7600 is a stylishly designed 7 megapixel compact digital camera that was first announced at the PMA show back in February 2005. The Coolpix 7600 is one of the first Nikon digital cameras to feature some new technologies, including face-Priority AF (Autofocus), which automatically detects a face in an image and focuses on it, D-Lighting, which intelligently lightens overly dark images, and Advanced Red-eye Reduction, which corrects red-eye in most situations. The Nikon Coolpix 7600 has a 3x optical zoom lens equivalent to 38-114mm on a 35mm camera, a 1.8 inch LCD screen and 16 different scene modes to help you take better pictures."

Ricoh Caplio R2 Review at LetsGoDigital

LetsGoDigital review the 5 megapixel Ricoh Caplio R2 - the updated version of the Ricoh Caplio R1v.

"Ricoh enhanced their series of Caplio digital cameras with the introduction of the new Ricoh Caplio R2 in March 2005. The new Caplio R2 looks a lot like its brother, the Caplio R1, but the new model can definitely compete with the competitors of the 5 Megapixel class. The Ricoh R2 is beautifully designed and the housing has a nice finishing touch. Something that immediately draws the attention is the enlargement of the monitor on the back of the camera. Compared to the Caplio R1's 1.8 inch monitor, the difference is vast; the 2.5 inch monitor on the Caplio R2 has a great size and an adjustable brightness. The buttons next to the large sized monitor have been re-arranged."

You can read my review of the earlier Ricoh Caplio R1v here.

Sunday, May 29, 2005

Konica Minolta Inkjet Photo Paper Review

Konica Minolta Injet QPI take a quick look at Konica Minolta's line up of premium quality inket photo paper. Their photo quality paper works with all printers, drys instantly and is suitable for all types of ink. Find out what I think of the new paper in my first review of something other than a digital camera! Click here

NHJ Hello Kitty Che'ez Fox3 Digital Camera

Engadget have details of the new 'Hello Kitty' branded Che'ez Fox3 Digital Camera - I doubt you'll be able to buy it anywhere near you (especially if you live in the UK) - but it's quite cool looking (if you're into Hello Kitty and Pink).

Lens awards and Bokeh

Mike Johnson, at Luminous-Landscape, does the first annual 37th frame lens awards:

"And now it's time for an example of that delightful oxymoron, the "new tradition." In this case, the new tradition is my ever-so-subjective First Annual 37th Frame Lens Awards. All good photographers hate cameras; but only the elite, the connoisseurs, the creme de la creme, also know enough about lenses to hate them, too. (It's a joke, son, a joke.) For those artists, the search for the lenses they hate least can be an absorbing preoccupation. The following list is presented in honor of that small, rare, and discriminating group."

Saturday, May 28, 2005

Casio Exilim EX-Z750 Review at PCMag

PCMag review the new 7 megapixel digital camera from CASIO, the Exilim EX-Z750:

"The 7.2-megapixel Exilim EX-Z750 has all the strengths we're used to seeing from Casio cameras, like an effective menu structure and innovative video features. Overall, it's an easy-to-use ultracompact, but testing revealed a few picture-quality problems."

Nikon Coolpix 4600 Review

Imaging Resource review the 4 megapixel Nikon Coolpix 4600:

"All in all, a good choice for the point & shoot user looking for an easy to use, compact digicam with a surprising range of capabilities. I would liked to have seen much better low-light focusing and exposure capability, less-noisy flash shots at distances greater than 8 feet, and less color left in images shot under incandescent lighting, but the bottom line is that I think a lot of consumers will be very pleased by the Coolpix 4600's photos, and it clearly goes the extra mile with its scene modes and framing assist options to help novice users bring home good-looking photos."

You can read my review of the Nikon Coolpix 4600 here.

Friday, May 27, 2005

HP Photosmart M417 Review On-Line

HP Photosmart M517I review the new budget 5 megapixel HP Photosmart M417 (it's very similar to the M517) - Find out what I think of it in my quick review, and feel free to leave any feedback here:

"The HP Photosmart M417, is available from £115 - and is a 5 megapixel digital camera, with a 3x optical zoom lens and a 1.8" TFT screen. The camera is enclosed in a silver and black plastic body, and features 'HP Real Life Technologies' such as 'Adaptive lighting' and 'Red-eye reduction'. It records unlimited 320x240 / 30fps* videos with sound."

Samsung Digimax V700 Review @ Megapixel

Megapixel.net review the 7 megapixel Samsung Digimax V700:

"The Samsung Digimax V700, with its 7.1 megapixel resolution, a 3X optical zoom, and advanced shooting modes and functions is a reflection of two interesting trends in the marketplace. First, high resolution compact digital cameras are becoming increasingly more common, the competition is driving prices down. And second, more and more very compact cameras now offer functions that were usually associated with bulkier cameras."

Nikon Coolpix 7600 Review

Steve's Digicams review the 7 megapixel 'budget' Nikon Coolpix 7600:

"The Nikon Coolpix 7600 combines state-of-the-art technology, image quality and speed, and delivers it to consumers at a very affordable price. This compact camera features a 7.1-megapixel imager, 3x optical zoom with an exceptionally high quality Nikkor ED glass lens, 1.8-inch LCD screen, and the new Face-priority AF feature."

Canon Powershot A95 Review

DigitalCameraReview review the 5 megapixel Canon Powershot A95:

"With an estimated 53 million digital cameras sold in 2004 and 15% growth rate for the foreseeable future, manufacturers will continue churning out models to meet every photographer's need. While the quality of the average digital camera has risen dramatically over the past few years, some camera will continue to stick out from the pack with exceptional images, handsome designs, and intuitive controls. The Canon Powershot A95 is such a camera in a long line of excellent cameras from Canon."

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Canon Digital IXUS 30 Review On-Line

Canon Digital IXUS 30DigiCamReview.co.uk - Canon Digital IXUS 30 Review: "The Canon Digital IXUS 30, is available for around £146 / $249 - and is an ultra-compact 3 megapixel digital camera, with a 3x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 35-105mm on a 35mm camera), and a large 2' TFT screen. The camera is enclosed in a silver metal body. It records unlimited 640 x 480 / 30fps videos with sound. The camera's size is: 85.8 x 53.4 x 21.1mm. (without protruding parts - thinest section: 19.9mm), and weighs 115g (without the battery and memory card)"

Two new Galleries On-Line

I've uploaded sample photos from the Canon Digital IXUS 30 (Powershot SD200 / IXY 40), and the Canon Powershot A520. I hope to get the reviews finished over the next couple of days (the Sony S60/S80 Review will be finished after these).

Canon Digital IXUS 30 Sample Photo Gallery.
Canon Powershot A520 Sample Photo Gallery.

Nikon Coolpix 5900 Review

Imaging-Resource review the 5 megapixel Nikon Coolpix 5900 - and make it a 'Dave's Pick':

"I'd have been happier with the 5900 if it did better at high ISO settings, for available-light photography, but on the whole it's a very capable little camera, good enough to warrant being named a "Dave's Pick," and coming in at a good price point."

Nikon Coolpix 5600 Review

Imaging-Resource review the 5 megapixel Nikon Coolpix 5600, they like it but don't make it a 'Dave's Pick':

"Nikon's Coolpix line of consumer digicams has always been well-received, appreciated for their image quality and ease of use. The Coolpix 5600 continues that trend, offering a 5.1-megapixel CCD and nice range of preset scene modes. The Nikon Coolpix 5600 would be a good choice for anyone who wants an easy to use camera that delivers good-looking pictures with pleasing color and plenty of resolution. For those willing to delve just slightly deeper than "just pushing the button," its extensive scene modes and unique framing-assist options greatly extend the camera's capabilities, making it easy to bring back good-looking shots of what might otherwise be difficult subjects."

Olympus EVOLT E-300 Review

Photoxels review the 8 megapixel Olympus EVOLT E-300 digital SLR:

"Judging by the number of reviews of this affordable digital SLR, there is an enormous amount of interest about the Olympus EVOLT E-300. Featuring 8.0 megapixel resolution, a large 4/3 image sensor, an exclusive Supersonic Wave Filter that eliminates dust from the image sensor every time you turn on the camera, easy-to-use scene modes, and compatibility with the full line of Zuiko Digital Specific Lenses, we can see why Olympus fans get very excited with the EVOLT E-300. This is a well-designed and constructed digital SLR that provides excellent image quality, a fine degree of control with intuitive and fast operation."

Casio Exilim Pro EX-P505 Review

CNET review the new Casio Exilim EX-P505:

"In addition to being a compact and lightweight 5-megapixel camera with a 5X optical zoom, the EX-P505 takes passable 640x480 MPEG-4 video at 30fps. The video side has full use of the camera's zoom, captures its audio through a built-in stereo microphone, and can even record the action 5 seconds before you press the shutter release."

D'zign S501 Announced

AkihabaraNews have details on the new 5 megapixel NHJ D'zign S501 - it features no optical zoom lens, and is available in red or silver (assuming it's for sale in your country). (found at engadget)

Olympus Stylus 500 / Mju 500 Review

DigitalCameraInfo review the 5 megapixel, all weather, Olympus Stylus 500 / Mju Digital 500:

"The Olympus Stylus 500 enters into the highly-sought area of the digital camera market, offering a 5 megapixel 1/2.5” CCD sensor, 3x optical zoom lens, and 2.5-inch LCD screen. The Stylus 500 may have trouble competing, depending on how flexible its retail price turns out to be. Olympus tagged it at $349.99, which seems incredibly overpriced for limited capabilities. However, over time, retail prices always bend – especially with increased consumer delay."

You can read my review of the Olympus Mju Digital 500 here.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Nikon Coolpix 7600 Review

Steve's Digicams review the new 7 megapixel Nikon Coolpix 7600 - it features a 3x optical zoom lens and a 1.8" screen.

"The Nikon Coolpix 7600 combines state-of-the-art technology, image quality and speed, and delivers it to consumers at a very affordable price. This compact camera features a 7.1-megapixel imager, 3x optical zoom with an exceptionally high quality Nikkor ED glass lens, 1.8-inch LCD screen, and the new Face-priority AF feature."

Nikon Coolpix 7900 Review

Cameras.co.uk review the new 7 megapixel Nikon Coolpix 7900 - it features a 3x optical zoom lens, and a 2" screen, all enclosed in a compact metal body:

"Likeable, stylish digital camera. A good set of features for this type of camera and will appeal to someone who enjoys taking pictures without too much fuss and bother."

Nikon Coolpix S1 Review at PCMag

PCMag give the new 5 megapixel Nikon Coolpix S1 fairly unenthusiastic review:

"The 5.1MP Coolpix S1 is one of Nikon's sleekest and sexiest digital cameras. Unfortunately, that great design does not translate into great picture-taking ability."

Fuji Finepix F810 Review

TrustedReviews review the 6 megapixel Fuji Finepix F810, it has a 4x optical zoom lens:

"There’s no doubt that the F810 can be used for serious photography. Not only does it have the pixel power, it also has a good range of options and features, including shutter priority, aperture priority and manual exposure, 64-segment matrix spot or centre-weighted metering, manual focus and a good array of flash modes. The 4x optical zoom lens is equivalent to 32.5mm - 130mm on a 35mm camera, so it has a wide angle of view to go along with its wide screen."

Fuji Finepix F10 Review at DCResource

DCResource review the 6 megapixel Fuji Finepix F10 - it features a 3x optical zoom lens, a 2.5" screen, and excellent low-light ability thanks to ISO80 - 1600, DCResource compare it to a DSLR:

"While the D70s won this battle, it's amazing just how well the $399 FinePix F10 did against it. The good news is that if you use noise reduction software like Noise Ninja you can make these photos look even better. And remember what I said earlier: although these photos look pretty bad at 100%, they'll still make excellent smaller-sized prints."

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Samsung ultra-slim camera, named #1

Samsung are due to announce a new ultra slim 5 megapixel digital camera, with a 3x optical zoom lens, and a 2.5" screen - it looks alot like the Nikon S1, although the Samsung is 17.3mm thick - that's very thin, but not as thin as the Casio Exilim EX-S100 (16.7mm), or the Sony DSC-T7 (15mm). Engadget have the details.

Samsung Digimax V700 Review at DPReview

DPReview have just published their review of the 7 megapixel Samsung Digimax V700 - a budget but feature packed digital camera. It features a 3x optical zoom lens, a 2" screen, and a MPEG4 VGA movie mode.

Digital Camera Shootout

Samy's Camera have a shootout showing the same image taken with a large number of 6 - 7 megapixel digital cameras, including the: Canon Digital Rebel 300D, Canon PowerShot G6, Canon PowerShot S70, Canon PowerShot SD500 / IXUS 700, Minolta Maxxum / Dynax 7D, Nikon Coolpix 7900, Nikon D70, Olympus C-7070, Pentax Optio 750z, Pentax *ist D, Sony Cybershot DSC-P200, and the Sony Cybershot DSC-W7. You can view the full size images as well as the crops.

Nikon Coolpix 8400 Review

PhotographyBLOG review the 8 megapixel, ultra wide zoom lens (24mm), Nikon Coolpix 8400:

"The Nikon Coolpix 8400 is a digital camera with a rather unique selling point. The Nikon 8400 has a 24mm wide-angle lens, which is currently the widest focal length available on any compact digital camera. This does come at the expense of a shorter telephoto focal length, which is equivalent to 85mm, but that is still fine for portrait shots. Other standout features on the Nikon 8400 include an 8 megapixel sensor with support for RAW, TIFF and JPEG formats, full creative control over exposure in the form of aperture-priority, shutter-priority and manual modes, plus a hotshoe that accepts a Nikon Speedlight flashgun. The Nikon Coolpix 8400 is aimed firmly at the serious prosumer, but can it compete in a market where DSLR cameras are quickly becoming more affordable?"

Monday, May 23, 2005

Lomo LC-A the show is over

This is slightly old news, although I haven't seen it mentioned anywhere: production of the classic Lomo LC-A has ceased. If you always wanted one, then now is the time to buy, as they only have limited stock left. Full details here: Lomo LC-A - the show is over - the show must go on.

Near the bottom of the page you'll find some interesting news regarding development of a new LOMO snapshot camera promising to be "the greatest compact camera ever conceived!" They have a poll and are looking for your ideas regarding the new camera - most interesting is the first question: "Should the new LC-A be analog, or digital?" It appears as though the majority have voted for analog!

New Rollei DP5500 and DP6000 Announced

Rollei DP5500LetsGoDigital have details of the new 5 megapixel, 1.8" screen, 3x optical zoom Rollei DP5500 (pictured) - it looks very similar to the Pentax Optio 50, and the Konica Minolta Dimage E500. Get more details at Rollei's website.

They also have details of the new Rollei DP6000, a 6 megapixel digital camera, with a 3x optical zoom lens, and a 2.5" screen. There are more details on Rollei's website.

Daisy Multimedia Gempix DM600Z

Gempix DM600zDaisy Multimedia have a Bluetooth and GPS enabled 6 megapixel digital camera, called the Gempix DM600Z that features GPS Location stamp information for pictures taken with the camera. The camera features a 3x optical zoom lens, a 2" screen and built in MP3 player.

I'm not sure whether the DM600Z is available yet, but the 5 megapixel Gempix DM425Z, with a 3x optical zoom lens, and mp3 playback is available from advanced mp3 players for £129 including VAT. (In my opinion it looks a bit like the old Minolta Dimage F100/F200/F300)

Olympus Camedia C-480 / D-545 Review

Cameras.co.uk have what I think is the first on-line review of the new budget 4 megapixel digital camera from Olympus, the Camedia C-480. It features a 3x optical zoom lens:

"The Olympus C-480 is an easy to use digital camera that is aimed primarily at anyone who is looking for a standard point and shoot digital camera. You can use the camera in fully automatic mode where all you have to do is line up the shot, press the shutter button and let the camera make all the key decisions relating to the exposure settings. The C-480 will cope with all the usual types of photos that a social photographer typically takes, such as holiday photos, pictures at parties and social gatherings, plus shots for the family album."

Lensbaby 2.0 Review at CameraHobby

CameraHobby have reviewed the unique LensBaby 2.0:

"Once I started using the LB2 and checked out the new method of changing aperture discs over the original LB, I had to say that the convenience factor for the LB2 went a long ways to justify the increased cost, never mind the potential increase in resolution offered by the coated, dual-element lens."

Olympus E-300 / Evolt Review at Shutterbug

Shutterbug review the 8 megapixel Olympus E-300 Digital SLR:

"Olympus delivered with the E-300 EVOLT for photo enthusiasts who don’t want to spend over $1000 on their digital SLR. This camera employs a similar “Four Thirds” CCD sensor found in the E-1, but boasts much higher 8-megapixel (vs. 5-megapixel) resolution. In spite of the lower price, this is definitely not a stripped-down model. While it’s missing a few E-1 capabilities, the E-300 EVOLT is a full-featured camera with a few extras such as pop-up flash and multiple Program modes with intelligent automation."

Canon Powershot SD200 / IXUS 30 Review

DigitalCameraReview review the ultra compact Canon Digital IXUS 30 / Powershot SD200:

"The SD200 is not just an excellent ultracompact camera; it's an excellent camera that just happens to be ultracompact. There are enough features here to satisfy photographers of any category except perhaps enthusiasts or professionals; if it had full manual controls it might. Image quality is very good but not excellent, an understandable tradeoff for its minuscule size. It's a fine choice for an individual or family (with training) as a general-purpose camera, or as a take-anywhere second camera for a pro or enthusiast."

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Fuji Finepix F10 Review at LetsGoDigital

LetsGoDigital review the new 6 megapixel Fuji Finepix F10 - it features a 2.5" screen, a 3x optical zoom lens, and impressive low-light performance, with ISO settings up to 1600:

"Fujifilm introduced a new line of digital cameras at the beginning of February 2005, amongst them the new Fujifilm FinePix F10. This new Fujifilm F10 digital camera is equipped with a 6.3 Megapixel Super CCD HR, an image sensor from the stables of Fujifilm. This newest image sensor belongs to the 5th generation. And the Super CCD image sensor proved to be a full and innovative product over the past few years with which Fujifilm distinguishes itself from competing manufacturers."

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Casio Exilim EX-S100 Review

Ken Rockwell has reviewed the ultra compact, ultra slim Casio Exilim EX-S100 - it features a 3 megapixel sensor, a 2.8x optical zoom lens, and a 2" screen:

"This cute little $250 (as of May 2005) Casio credit-card style camera is the best thought out, fastest and easiest to use compact digital camera with more salient features critical to serious photography than any other compact digital camera I've ever used."

(The review was written in April 05, but I've only just found it, so am posting it here now.)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS1 Review

Megapixel.net review the new 4 megapixel Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS1 - it's a fairly compact digital camera, with a 3x optical zoom lens, 2" screen, and image stabilisation built into the lens:

"The Lumix DMC-LS1 is Panasonic's newest entry-level camera. Priced very reasonably, it still offers a Mega optical stabilizer, a 3X optical zoom, a 4-megapixel resolution, and a 2-inch LCD monitor in lieu of an optical viewfinder and a smaller screen."

You can read my review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS1 here.

Nikon D50 DSLR Preview

Imaging-Resource have a preview of the new budget Digital SLR from Nikon on-line:

"the Nikon D50 extends most of the capabilities of the D70 down to a lower price point and in a somewhat simplified format that seems intended to capture the hearts, minds, and pocketbooks of the vast "family photographer" market. As you'll see in the review that follows, the Nikon D50 provides a superb combination of ease of use and advanced features, in a trimmer, more compact package than the previous D70."

Friday, May 20, 2005

Canon IXUS 50 / Powershot SD400 Review

Steve's Digicams review the new 5 megapixel Canon Digital IXUS 50 / Powershot SD500 - it features a 2" screen, and a 3x optical zoom lens:

"The Powershot SD400 is packed with a high resolution 5.1-megapixel CCD image sensor, a retractable 3× optical zoom lens with macro capabilities, shutter speeds from 15 to 1/1500th of second, a fast 9-point AiAF “Smart” autofocus system, a new and more powerful built-in flash, rechargeable battery and a large 2-inch color LCD monitor, all driven by the exclusive DIGIC II processor and housed in a super-compact, stylish and durable stainless steel case."

Olympus Camedia C-180 Announced

Olympus have announced a new budget 5 megapixel digital camera: the C-180. The camera has no optical zoom, and an expected street price of £130:

"The extremely compact Olympus C-180 makes taking photos a breeze. Featuring a “one button, one function” design and choice of seven scene programmes, the C-180 is easy-to-use and delivers perfect results every time. Utilising Olympus’ TruePic TURBO image processor and featuring an accurate autofocus, the C-180 never fails to produce consistently high-quality images. Pictures are stored in the internal 14MB memory or onto an optional xD-Picture Card and a movie recording function rounds off the impressive range of features."

View the press release, or the Olympus website for more details.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Olympus [mju] mini DIGITAL S review

Olympus [mju] mini DIGITAL S review: "For those of you that never have a camera when you need one, this little gem from Olympus may be just the thing you need! Small enough to go in a pocket or handbag and robust enough to survive in there, it produces surprisingly good pictures for it’s size. Ian Andrews sees how it performs. As you will see from the specifications, the MJU Mini S packs a lot into a small, but robust little case, a case made of aluminium that is splash proof from all directions. To say it will fit in a pocket in this case means a trouser or shirt pocket with ease, and with no awkward bits protruding, it is comfortable in there. I had to look for it a couple of times!"

You can read my review of the 4 megapixel version, the Olympus Mju Mini Digital here. The Mju Mini Digital is £169 at Amazon.co.uk, and the Mju Mini Digital-S (the 5 megapixel version) is £205 at Amazon.co.uk

Olympus E-300 review at e-photozine

Olympus E-300 review: "We enjoyed using this rather novel camera once we got used to the offset viewfinder position. The dioptre adjustment was easy to use and the whole menu system was fairly straightforward. The ‘HyperCrystal LCD’ screen was as good as the manufacturers claim, in that it is easy to see from greater angles than normal and seems brighter without glaring. The pre-set modes choose sensible settings for the type of shot selected and the standard PASM settings were straight forward except for the lack of setting information unless you looked through the viewfinder or turned the main LCD on. The only other niggle on this side was the need to go into the menus to turn to manual focus. The triple point autofocus was accurate if slightly limited."

Olympus Mju Digital / Stylus 500 Review

Photobird.com - Olympus Stylus 500 digital camera review: "I was quite impressed with the power of the flash in the Olympus Stylus 500. In photo 32, the camera really lit up the scene thoroughly. Even in other full-room shots that I took, I was amazed at how much the flash on this little camera could light up the room. Even in low light conditions, the camera performs well."

You can read my review of the Olympus Mju Digital 500 here.

The weatherproof Olympus Mju Digital 500 is £205 at Amazon.co.uk

Casio Exilim EX-P700 Review at CNET

CNET review the CASIO Exilim EX-P700 Exilim Pro:

"The Casio EX-P700 Exilim Pro follows in the midrange enthusiast footsteps of the company's well-received P600, sporting a new black chassis and a seventh megapixel. Otherwise, and to the P700's credit, the two cameras are largely similar; they have the same extensive feature set, they capture equally pleasing images, and both feature the surprisingly pocketable design that made the P600 a joy to tote around. However, though its performance is quite comparable to that of other 7-megapixel models in its class, the P700 doesn't quite match the sprightly response of its predecessor. In addition, Casio still hasn't addressed the P600's subpar video capabilities."

HP Photosmart R717 Review

PhotographyBLOG have the first on-line review of the HP Photosmart R717 - the 6 megapixel update to the HP Photosmart R707 (which I reviewed here - the R707 is only £149 from Amazon.co.uk). The R717 has a larger 1.8" screen:

"The HP Photosmart R717 continues a recent trend in the digital camera industry of taking an existing successful design, upgrading the megapixel count and releasing it as a brand new model. There really is very little difference between the R717 and its award-winning predecessor, the R707. The main change is the upgrade from 5 to 6 megapixels. While this allows for marginally bigger prints, it does result in slightly noisier images at ISO 200 and faster, plus there's slightly more evidence of chromatic aberrations in the form of purple fringing in high-contrast areas. The LCD screen is the other main change, now being 1.8 inches in size rather than 1.5 inches. In an age of 2.5 inch screens, this change just about keeps the R717 competitive in this aspect of design, but only just."

Sony Cybershot DSC-S90 Review

DPReview review the new 4 megapixel Sony Cybershot DSC-S90 - it features a 3x optical zoom lens, a 2.5" screen, and a VGA/30fps video mode.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Canon Powershot A400 only £93

Canon A400Amazon.co.uk have reduced the price of the 3 megapixel Canon Powershot A400 - which I reviewed here - and Recommended as an excellent budget digital camera. Now that it's only £93 it's even better value for money!

Leaf Aptus 22 First Look

Luminous-Landscape have a first look at the Leaf Aptus 22, a 22 megapixel medium format digital back:

"The Aptus, which I am told will ship before the end of May in mounts for Hasselblad H and V models as well as the Mamiya 645, and the Contax 645 about a month later, comes in 17 and 22 Megapixel versions. While the model that I had a chance to examine (though in a limited environment), did not have its final firmware, and therefore several functions were not fully operational, in most respects the back was just about ready for prime time and so worthy of a first look."

Have your say with Panasonic Lumix

DPNow are running a survey with Panasonic:

"Here’s a unique opportunity to help shape future Panasonic Lumix digital cameras and you could even win a valuable prize for your efforts! Panasonic UK has given Digital Photography Now a unique opportunity to provide you, the reader, with a voice that will be heard by the key digital camera designers and engineers of Panasonic Lumix cameras in Japan. Your views will help shape the design and features of future Panasonic Lumix cameras."

Nikon Coolpix S2 Announced

Nikon today have announced the new Nikon Coolpix S2 - it's the same as the 5 megapixel S1, except that it's weatherproof and slightly larger:

"Nikon UK is pleased to announce the introduction of the COOLPIX S2 which boasts stylish, slim dimensions (it’s just 22mm deep), a bright 2.5 -inch LCD screen and a range of innovative, highly intelligent Nikon functions. The aluminum exterior of the COOLPIX S2 is both stylish and practical, it provides a splash-proof* water resistance facility for outdoor use which ensures great photographs, even in the rain."

Casio Exilim EX-Z750 Review

DCResource review the new 7 megapixel Casio Exilim EX-Z750:

"The Casio Exilim EX-Z750 ($440) is an ultra compact camera with a 7.2 Megapixel CCD, 3X optical zoom lens, large 2.5" LCD display, high quality movie mode, and much more. For better or for worse the market is suddenly becoming crowded with small, high resolution cameras like this: Canon, Nikon, and Sony all have similar models. That means that the Z750 has its work cut out for it. How does it perform? Find out now in our review!"

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Pentax Optio S5n Review at TrustedReviews

TrustedReviews review the new ultra compact Pentax Optio S5n, highlights are: 5 megapixel, 3x optical zoom lens, 2" screen, Auto-Focus assist lamp, and MPEG4 640x480/30fps video with sound:

"Overall image quality is extremely good, with superb natural colour reproduction, consistently accurate exposure and minimal lens distortion. The Pentax Sliding Lens System, although an admirable piece of optical engineering, does have something of a reputation for barrel distortion and corner blurring at the wide angle setting, however it looks like some improvements have been made this time around because these problems appear to have been all but eliminated. Another problem which plagues many high-performance cameras, the dreaded purple fringe, is also thankfully kept to an almost invisible minimum."

Kodak Easyshare Z700 Review

DigitalCameraInfo review the new Kodak Easyshare Z700 - a 4 megapixel digital camera with a 5x optical zoom lens:

"The EasyShare Z700 is the low end of Kodak’s new “Z” line of consumer-oriented EasyShare digital cameras. It features a 5x optical zoom and 4 MP CCD imaging chip, which are smaller than the 10x lens and 5 MP sensor on the higher-end EasyShare Z740. The fixed LCD screen is also a bit smaller than the Z740’s. There are other differences between the cameras, but they aren’t major. The two cameras are built for the same market and serve the same basic functions with an overwhelming simplicity."

Nikon Coolpix 7900 Review at Pocket-Lint

Pocket-Lint review the new 7 megapixel Nikon Coolpix 7900:

"The new Nikon Coolpix 7900 offers a surprisingly sprightly package that is both very pocketable but very usable despite the small size. A large 2-inch colour screen means the majority of the back plate controls are shoved over to the right side of the screen, a neat optical viewfinder is clear and crisp and can be viewed without pressing a greasy nose into the middle of the colour screen."

Kodak Easyshare V530 and V550 Announced

Imaging Resource have details of two new digital cameras from Kodak, both 5 megapixel, with a 3x optical zoom lens, the V550 features a 2.5" screen, and the V530 features a 2" screen. The V530 will be available in four different colours.

Monday, May 16, 2005

Nikon Coolpix S1 Review at LetsGoDigital

LetsGoDigital review the new ultra compact 5 megapixel Nikon Coolpix S1:

"With the design of the Nikon Coolpix S1, Nikon entered the world of design again. The design is absolutely convincing and a real eye-catcher. And the emphasis on user friendliness and the user's convenience completes it. The Nikon Coolpix S1 is a suitable digital camera for those who want to take pictures in an easy way, and who want to take a camera with them everywhere."

Nikon Coolpix 4600 Review

PhotographyBLOG review the 4 megapixel Nikon Coolpix 4600 - it features a 3x optical zoom lens:

"The Nikon Coolpix 4600 is a stylishly designed 4 megapixel compact digital camera that was first announced at the PMA show back in February 2005. The Coolpix 4600 is one of the first Nikon digital cameras to feature the new D-Lighting technology, which intelligently lightens overly dark images, and Advanced Red-eye Reduction, which automatically detects and corrects red-eye in most situations."

You can read my Nikon Coolpix 4600 review here.

ColorVision Spyder2PRO Studio Review

PhotographyBLOG review the ColorVision Spyder2Pro Studio - a new monitor calibration system:

"A frequent source of frustration, however, is the difference between the image that you see on your monitor and the print that you're holding in your hands. An uncalibrated monitor is usually to blame for this (although inaccurate printer profiles are also a cause). Enter the Spyder2 range of monitor calibration devices from ColorVision. First announced at the Photokina 2004 photography show, Spyder2 is said to deliver a five-fold increase in sensitivity when compared to the previous Spyder model, resulting in more accurate ICC profiles and monitor colours."

Konica Minolta Maxxum Dynax 7D Review

PhotoCameraMagazine have reviewed the Dynax / Maxxum 7d - 6 megapixel Digital SLR from Konica Minolta:

"No doubt, the strength point of the Dynax is the innovative and unmatched anti-shake system; nevertheless, its competitors have other aces up their sleeves: Canon has a higher resolution ( 8 MP), Nikon the best price (1,000 euros), Fujifilm the sensor with extended exposure latitude (Super CCD), and Olympus the four thirds system and the ultrasound cleaning system for the sensor."

Read the full Konica Minolta Dynax 7D review here.

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Sony Cybershot DSC-S60 / S80 Gallery

Sony Cybershot DSC-S60 / S80I've uploaded various sample photos taken with the Sony Cybershot DSC-S60/S80 - it's one of Sony's new 'Stamina' digital cameras and offers extended battery life (up to 100 shots with Alkaline AA batteries, and up to 440 shots with Ni-Mh batteries), with a 4 megapixel sensor, 3x optical zoom lens and a 2" screen. It's known as the S80 in the UK, and the S60 everywhere else.

View the Sony Cybershot DSC-S60/S80 sample photo gallery here.
Buy now from Amazon: £165 (UK) | $229 (US)

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Casio Exilim EX-P750 Review

Steve's Digicams review the new Casio Exilim EX-Z750 - Casio's new compact 7 megapixel digital camera:

"The Exilim EX-Z750 is Casio's highest resolution, super-compact camera. It sports a 7.2 megapixel CCD imager, an optical 3X zoom lens and a large 2.5-inch liquid crystal display. In addition to manual operation, an extremely versatile array of shooting functions enables a variety of photo effects. Using MPEG-4 format, high quality movies can also be taken in VGA size (640 x 480 pixels) at 30 frames per second. And longer battery life enables the shooting of approximately 325 shots (CIPA standards) on a battery charge."

Nikon Coolpix 5600 Review

Steve's Digicams review the Nikon Coolpix 5600, the 5 megapixel version of the Nikon Coolpix 4600:

"The Coolpix 5600 is a compact, lightweight digital still camera with 5-megapixel effective image resolution and a Nikkor 3x zoom lens. It's an easy-to-use, entry-level model with superior image quality that is priced at less than $300."

Nikon Coolpix 4600 Review

Steve's Digicams review the 4 megapixel Nikon Coolpix 4600 - it features a 3x optical zoom lens and red-eye reduction:

"The Coolpix 4600 is a compact, lightweight digital still camera with 4-megapixel effective image resolution and a Nikkor 3x zoom lens. It's an easy-to-use, entry-level model with superior image quality that is priced at less than $200."

You can read my review of the Nikon Coolpix 4600 here.

Konica Minolta Dimage Z5 Review

LetsGoDigital review the new Konica Minolta Dimage Z5:

"The most important innovation on the Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 is undoubtedly the Anti-Shake system that we already saw on other Konica Minolta models. Different image stabilisation systems carry out their performance by moving the lens parts, on the Konica Minolta cameras it is the sensor itself that moves. The movements compensate for the movements caused by the photographer. Therefore it is possible to shoot without a tripod with slower shutter speeds. Konica Minolta has been granted many awards for this unique system. And they deserve it, in practice the system works magnificently."

You can read my review of the Konida Minolta Dimage Z5 here.

Fuji FinePix F10 Review at CNET

CNET have reviewed the new 6 megapixel Fuji FinePix F10:

"Usable high-ISO sensitivities, good photo quality, and a brawny battery highlight the appeal of the 6-megapixel Fujifilm FinePix F10. It's a compact point-and-shoot package that includes a 3X optical zoom and a 2.5-inch LCD that's usable under a variety of difficult lighting conditions. Photo enthusiasts might be disappointed by the lack of manual controls for exposure and focus and by the image quality, which is long on latitude but suffers from fringing that pulls it up short. Snapshooters who like lots of scene modes will find only five to choose from, but fans of this camera's special features will find its shortcomings merely minor annoyances."

Friday, May 13, 2005

Kodak EasyShare Z700 Digital Camera Review

DigitalCameraReview.com: "The Z700's color is very good, which isn't surprising since Kodak's Color Science processor has a reputation for producing accurate color. Here's what I did find surprising, the Z700 has the most neutral color balance of any P&S digicam I've used to date. Reds are a bit warm and blues are a little bright, but neither is garish or over the top. Consumer grade digicams typically punch up red & blue a bit because casual photographers like bright colors, especially red and blue."

Kodak Easyshare Z740 Review

Megapixel.net: "Kodak has just refreshed its complete line-up of digital cameras and the EasyShare Z740 is one of them. The Z740 features a 10X optical zoom and a 5-megapixel resolution, and a offers a redesigned set of external controls when compared to the DX 7590, the model it replaces."

Pentax Optio SVi Announced

LetsGoDigital have details of the new 5 megapixel Pentax Optio SVi - it's got a 5x optical zoom lens, and a 1.8" screen.

Nikon Coolpix 7900 Review

Imaging-Resource review the new compact 7 megapixel Nikon Coolpix 7900:

"The main areas in which the Nikon 7900 exceeds the 5200 is in its higher resolution imager (7.1 instead of 5.1 megapixels), its Electronic Vibration Reduction mode for reducing the effects of slight camera movement in movies, and an added Underwater scene mode for use with the optional underwater housing. The Nikon Coolpix 7900 is super compact, very light weight, and has a rugged metal body to withstand lots of wear and tear. And with its excellent range of user-friendly, almost fail-proof point & shoot exposure modes, the Nikon 7900 can handle just about any photo opportunity you're likely to throw at it."

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Pentax Optio WP Review

DigitalCameraInfo.com review the new 5 megapixel waterproof Pentax Optio WP:

"While not intended for the fully manual control market, this sleek and small camera fits perfectly into the pocket of any traveling consumer wherever they go, regardless of rain or snow. This camera can operate free of the bulky and cumbersome add-on protective cases that other manufacturers sell in an attempt to waterproof their cameras. This camera comes with a moderate 1/2.5-inch 5 MP CCD and a 3x optical, 4x digital zoom lens."

Olympus Mju Digital 800 Announced

Olympus Mju Digital 800Today Olympus have announced the new 8 megapixel weatherproof Olympus Mju Digital 800 - it features a 2.5" screen, and a 3x optical zoom lens. The camera will be released in July with an expected retail price of £350.

"Olympus is set to redefine low-light photography with the launch of their latest model, the µ [mju:] DIGITAL 800. Olympus’ new Bright Capture technology will enable photographers to achieve excellent results in dark situations, and provide trouble free night time and indoor photography in conditions that were previously unheard of."

More details at Olympus. You can read my review of the 5 megapixel Olympus Mju Digital 500 to find out what the earlier 5 megapixel version is capable of.

Update: I've just noticed in the specifications the ability of the camera to use ISO settings up to ISO1600: "ISO 64, 100, 200, 400 (800 and 1600 with Bright Capture Technology)." although on the front page, it states "** Image quality equivalent to 3.0 million pixels when using Bright Capture functions"

Sony Cybershot DSC-W7 Review

Imaging-Resource review the new 7 megapixel Sony Cybershot DSC-W7 - it features a 2.5" screen, a 3x optical zoom lens, and takes AA batteries:

"The Sony DSC-W7 is a nearly identical follow-on to the preceding (and extremely popular) DSC-W1 model, the main differences being a larger 7.2-megapixel CCD, 32 megabytes of internal memory, and a couple of extra exposure options. Like the W1, the Sony W7 provides more manual exposure control than most compact models permit, yet is easy to use in full-auto mode, and its seven preprogrammed scene modes help with tricky subjects."

Ricoh Caplio R1V Review

TrustedReviews review the 5 megapixel Ricoh Caplio R1v - it features a 4.8x wide angle optical zoom lens:

"In terms of general performance the R1V is certainly up to scratch. It starts up in under a second, which is impressively quick, and Ricoh claims a shutter lag time of just 0.05 seconds. I don’t have the right equipment to check this, but if true it is the fastest camera on the market. Shot-to-shot times are also impressive."

You can read my review of the Ricoh Caplio R1v here.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Pentax Optio S5z, S55, and S45 announced

Imaging-Resource have details of the new Pentax Optio S5z, an ultra compact 5 megapixel digital camera with a 2.5" screen, the new Pentax Optio S55, a compact 5 megapixel digital camera with a 2.5" screen, and the new Pentax Optio S45, a compact 4 megapixel digital camera with a 2.5" screen. All digital cameras feature a 3x smc Pentax zoom lens equivalent to 36.5 - 107mm on a 35mm camera. The S55, and S45 both use AA batteries.

Olympus custs jobs and plans 2 new DSLRs

Imaging-Resource have details of Olympus' plan to cut jobs, and release 2 new high end Digital SLR's in 2006:

"Price cutting and the ¥5.5 billion restructuring of the division responsible for digital cameras saw Olympus post a net loss of ¥11.8 billion last year, and the restructuring is expected to take time to show positive effect. Still, Olympus expects the drop in prices to slow from 17-18% last year, to just 3% this year. That, combined with plans for two new high-end digital SLRs by March 2006, are expected to bring a 31.5% increase in revenues, and a return to profitability."

Digital Photography Blog have details on the jobs cuts, which Olympus plans will return the no. 4 digital camera company to profitability.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ1, LZ2 Reviewed

Steve's Digicams review the new 4 megapixel Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ1, and the new 5 megapixel Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ2. They both feature a 6x optical zoom lens, and a 2" screen.

Olympus Camedia C-7070 Wide Zoom Review

Photoxels review the 7 megapixel Olympus C-7070 Wide Zoom:

"Housed within a distinctively professional-looking rugged magnesium black body, the Olympus Camedia C-7070 Wide Zoom is choke-full of features and yet can be point-and-shoot easy to use in Auto and Programmed Auto modes."

Nikon Coolpix S1 Review

Pocket-Lint review the new compact Nikon Coolpix S1:

"With the Coolpix S1, Nikon finally adds the missing link from its compact digital camera range, a truly compact digital camera. Once again Nikon has proved being last to market, can be an advantageous, learning from competitors’ expensive mistakes. The slim-line body places the S1 in direct competition with ultra-compact 5 Megapixel modes such as the Canon Ixus i5, the Pentax Optio WP, the Casio ExSlim EX-257 and the Olympus Mju-mini, all of whom boast similar dimension and weights."

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5 Review

Imaging-Resource review the 5 megapixel, 12x optical zoom lens, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5:

"The long-zoom category is becoming increasingly crowded, but the Panasonic FZ5 has the features and image quality to compete strongly there. Read on for all the details, but if you're in the market for a relatively affordable long-zoom digicam with optical image stabilization, the Panasonic Lumix FZ5 could be the camera for you."

Sony Cybershot DSC-S90 Review

DCResource review the new Sony Cybershot DSC-S90 - a 4 megapixel digital camera, with a 3x optical zoom lens, a 2.5" screen, and long battery life:

"The new S models, the Cyber-shot S40, S60, and S90 are the replacements for some of the P-series models from last year. All three models share the same 4.1 Megapixel CCD. The S40 ($199) is a compact model with a 3X zoom and a small 1.5" LCD display. The S60 ($250) offers a larger body, 2-inch LCD, and support for conversion lenses. The S90 ($300) is just like the S60 except for a 2.5" LCD."

Fuji Finepix F10 Review

DPReview review the new 6 megapixel Fuji Finepix F10 - the camera features an impressive battery life of 500 photos, and an impressive low light performance thanks to ISO settings from ISO80 to ISO1600 - pretty much unheard of on a compact point and shoot digital camera, until now that it. Read the full review here.

Konica Minolta DiMAGE E500 Announced

Konica Minolta Announce the new 5 megapixel Konica Minolta Dimage E500, price is expected to be £149:

"Konica Minolta introduces the affordable new 5 Megapixel DiMAGE E500 digital camera. Featuring a 5 Megapixel CCD, large 2-inch LCD, and 3x optical zoom lens, the compact and lightweight DiMAGE E500 is small enough for photographers to take anywhere and stylish enough to show everyone." Further details at PhotographyBLOG

Monday, May 09, 2005

Canon Digital Rebel XT (EOS 350D) Digital Camera Review

Canon Digital Rebel XT (EOS 350D) Digital Camera Review: "Performance wise, the camera is excellent and a significant improvement over the original Digital Rebel... boasting features that I personally will not utilize anytime soon. However, there are a few nagging problems that irked me... most especially the size of the handgrip. "

Anandtech also review the Canon Digital Rebel XT / EOS 350D: "In our review, we found that the 350D acts nothing like an entry-level camera. It has an instant startup time just like the 20D and its cycle/write times are nearly identical. The 350D is capable of capturing extraordinary detail and offers several parameters to adjust the in-camera processing levels. In our noise test, the 350D shows impressive noise control and produces surprisingly clean images throughout the ISO range."

Konica Minolta DiMAGE X60 Announced

Konica Minolta DiMAGE X60 introduction | Digital Camera Magazine: " Konica Minolta USA introduces the latest incarnation of its popular X-series digital cameras, the new Konica Minolta DiMAGE X60 digital camera. This slim, stylish and fast 5 Megapixel digital camera features a large 2.5-inch LCD monitor, fastest-in-class startup time, 3x optical and 4x digital zoom capability, automatic Macro and Super Macro capability, built-in scenes, and 15MB internal memory."

Looks like a stylish update the the Konica Minolta Dimage X50.

Panasonic Lumix FX8 Announced

Panasonic Lumix FX8 introduction | Digital Camera Magazine: "Panasonic Lumix DMC FX8 also incorporates the highly commended MEGA O.I.S. while extending the battery life over two times as long as that of the previous Panasonic FX7, by increasing the included lithium-ion battery capacity by 162% and adopting the power-saving Venus Engine PLUS."

Yashica EZ5030 digital camera announced

Yashica EZ5030 digital camera introduction | LetsGoDigital: "Somewhere out there Yashica is still releasing digital cameras. According to some information circling around Yashica is going to release a new 5 Megapixel digital camera, Yashica EZ5030. This new digital camera is equipped with a 5 Megapixel CCD sensor and a 3x optical zoom lens. The compact digital camera is mainly designed for entry-level user, so called point-and-shoot photographers."

It looks to me as though it's just a rebadged camera.

Canon Digital IXUS 50 Digital Camera Review

Canon Digital IXUS 50 Digital Camera Review: "Beginning of this year Canon introduced a complete new range of digital cameras, amongst them the new Canon Digital IXUS 50. This extremely compact digital camera, designed on the basis of the previously introduced Canon Digital IXUS 40, is placed in a neatly finished metal housing. Despite its small appearance the Canon IXUS 50 has more to offer than you'd think at first glance. The Canon Digital IXUS 50 doesn't yield in anything to his big brother the Canon IXUS 700. "

HP PhotoSmart M22 Review

Steve's Digicams review the new HP Photosmart M22 - a compact weather resistant 4 megapixel digital camera that would probably make an excellent budget travel camera.

Steves Digicams - HP PhotoSmart M22 - User Review: "The affordable, four-megapixel, 6x digital zoom HP Photosmart M22 Digital Camera with HP Instant Share allows users to capture true-to-life digital photos. It features exclusive HP Real Life technologies, including adaptive lighting technology, in-camera red-eye removal, in-camera panorama assist and preview and HP Image Advice."

Nikon Coolpix 5600 Review - PhotographyBLOG

Nikon Coolpix 5600 Review - PhotographyBLOG: "The Nikon Coolpix 5600 has a 3x optical zoom lens equivalent to 35-105mm on a 35mm camera, a 1.8 inch LCD screen and 16 different scene modes to help you take better pictures. This is one of the first Nikon digital cameras that I have reviewed, so did the Coolpix 5600 impress me with both its cutting-edge features and overall design?"

Saturday, May 07, 2005

Nikon Coolpix 4600

cameras co uk reviews the nikon coolipx 4600. 4megapixel, 3x optical zoom, compact digital camera: "Disappointing indoors"

Sony Cyber Shot DSC W5 review

cameras co uk reviews the 5 megapixel compact digital camera with 3x optical zoom.

Sony Cyber Shot DSC W7 review

dcresource also review the Sony DSC W7

Sony Cyber Shot DSC W7 review

dital camera info review a sony 7 megapixel compact digital camera which has a 3x optical zoom. 2.5 inch screen too. looks good.

Friday, May 06, 2005

Fujifilm FinePix F10 Digital Camera Review

digitalcamerainfo review the F10, a 6.3 megapixel compact digital camera with 3x optical zoom.

I expect josh would have mentioned this one before.

Konica Minolta DiMAGE Scan Elite 5400 2 (dedicated film scanner) review

photo-i (vincent oliver) reviews a lovely negative scanner, for those of you who still have negs lying around from your pre-digital days, (or whatever). Get them scanned before they get any more dusty.

Anyway, he compares this one with Epson 4870, and the F3200 (amongst many).

Sony Ericsson S710a (camera phone)

all-about-digital-cameras.com mention a new 1.3 megapixel camera phone (tri-band) available in Canada.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Epson R-D1 (pro/classic slr) review

luminous landscape review the Epson R-D1.

The Epson R-D1 is a manual digital camera. (6megapixel, 2inch lcd) The funny thing is Epson had to put a huge amount of effort into making something that works as well as a film based manual camera. I want one. Also comes with black and white mode and a frame advance lever.

Olympus C500 / D-595 zoom review

PhotographyBLOG review the Olympus C500, a 5 megapixel compact digital camera with 3x zoom

new Kodak easyshare digital cameras announced

PhotographyBLOG mention the following new Kodak Digital Cameras:

EASYSHARE Z760: 6.1 megapixel, 3x optical zoom lens

EASYSHARE C360: 5 megapixel, 3X optical zoom lens [optional printer dock]

EASYSHARE C330: 4 megapixel, 3X optical zoom lens [optional printer dock]

EASYSHARE C310: 4 megapixel, no zoom [optional printer dock]

"KODAK EASYSHARE Printer Dock Series 3 and KODAK EASYSHARE Software: Simply by placing the camera on the printer dock and pressing one button, people can make a real KODAK picture in as little as 90 seconds. Packages range from US$239 to US$379."

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Centrix MVP-100

mobilemag take a look at a personal video recorder that also contains a 1.3megapixel digital camera. hmm. 20 gig of movies/photographs backed up onto a small 'review' screen.

Pantech PT-S100 (camera phone)

engadget take a look at a 1.3megapixel camera phone.

Hitachi digital camcorder

camcorderInfo.com review the Hitachi DZ-MV780 Camcorder, which is a 0.6 megapixel, 10x optical zoom digital camera, that saves to SD or MM card. It also has a movie mode which records directly to DVD-RAM/DVD-R, which explains the cost.

Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20 review

Macworld.com review the Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20 (5 megapixel, 8x optical).

Nikon Coolpix 5600

PC WORLD.com review the 5 megapixel 3x optical Nikon 5600, and find:

'in my hands-on tests, I found its photos slightly fuzzy. The camera's autofocus did a reasonable job and managed to focus quickly outdoors, but indoors, getting the camera settled on the correct focusing distance took a little more effort'

Sanyo Xacti C5

akihabaranews notes that the Sanyo Xacti C5 (420 pound, 5 megapixel, 5cm lcd screen, 'digital camcorder') is smaller than the C4 (300 pound) but very very similar.

Canon EOS 20D

spotphoto review the Canon EOS 20D, a SLR digital camera.

Siim Teller takes a good look at the usability of this camera. Very sensible informative review.

"Canon EOS 20D is excellent camera with well balanced usability, picture quality and speed. I can heartily recommend it to everyone.... If you're not willing to spend extra then rather check out Canon Rebel XT / 350D and spend money that is left over from body on quality glass. It will make much more importance in your pictures than the body."

(link spotted on photographyBLOG)

Nikon D2X review

Writer and photographer Thom Hogan reviews the Nikon D2X (pro) SLR.

Nice camera: "The D2x uses a 12.84mp CMOS sensor produced by Sony with Nikon design elements." .. The review details approx 3 different stages of noise filtering / processing which means you get great images. If you sometimes need to take pictures at greater than 5fps, there's an 8fps mode.

Not for everyone: 3500 pounds at amazon.

(link spotted on PhotographyBLOG)

Samsung Digimax Pro 815 Spotted

PCOnline have photos of a new professional SLR styled digital camera from Samsung - it has an extremely large 3.5" screen, and a 15x(!!) wide angle 28mm - 420mm zoom lens!

Ricoh Caplio GX8 Announced

Ricoh have announced the 8.2 megapixel compact Ricoh Caplio GX8 - the smallest 8 megapixel digital camera yet - it features a wide angle 3x optical zoom lens, and ISO speeds up to 1600! You can find full details at DPReview.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Olympus E-300

Photo Tidbits reviews the olympus E-300, 8 megapixel SLR digital camera.

A long way down the review (its a very very detailed review), you will find links to sample images

Yup, very nice camera, yours for something under 600 pound in many retailers.

Nikon Coolpix 7900

PhotographyBLOG review the Nikon Coolpix 7900, a compact 7 megapixel digital camera with 3x optical zoom.

"The Nikon Coolpix 7900 produced a good set of test images. The 7 megapixel photos are quite soft out of the camera at the default setting of Normal and benefit from further sharpening in an application like Adobe Photoshop. Alternatively you can select the Hard sharpening setting on the camera."

Sunday, May 01, 2005

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT / EOS 350D Review

megapixel.net review the Canon EOS 350D.

I don't think I've mentioned this review before.

Fuji FinePix S3 Pro

PHOTOgraphic review the Fuji FinePix S3 Pro.

This SLR style pro camera has 6/12 megapixels and appears to produce results comparable with the best. It has film simulation modes and includes a black+white mode too. Difficult to judge quality without real example photos though.

Konica Minolta DiMAGE G600

dpexpert.com (Australia) have a brief look at the Konica Minolta's DiMAGE G600.

This is a 6megapixel compact digital camera, with macro mode.

Canon Digital Rebel XT EOS-350D review

LetsGoDigital take a look at the EOS-350D.

"Canon really knows how to deal with digital noise, because up to ISO 800 hardly any noise is visible. The ISO 1600 suffers from minor noise but a lot less than the Canon EOS 300D or the Nikon D70. When using the standard setting, the image quality of the Canon EOS 350D is already outstanding."

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