Category: Digital Compact Cameras
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Just in time for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II DSLR camera is a brand new flagship DSLR camera. Outwardly the EOS-1D X Mark II looks very similar to its 4-year-old predecessor, but inside it boasts a lot of cutting-edge features. These include a brand new 20.2 megapixel full-frame sensor with an on-chip analog to digital convertor, 14fps continuous shooting with full auto-focus and metering and up to 170 RAW file buffer (16 fps in Live View mode) and an ISO range of 100-51,200, expandable to 50-409,600.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Leica Camera has unveiled its first camera designed specifically for outdoor and underwater photography - the Leica X-U (Typ 113). The waterproof Leica X-U is made in Germany in collaboration with Audi Design and features a Summilux 23mm f/1.7 ASPH. lens with underwater protection filter, a large 16.2 MP effective APS-C CMOS sensor, and Full HD movie recording.
The Leica X-U (Typ 113) is available now from Leica stores and authorised Leica UK dealers, at a suggested retail price of £2,400 inc VAT.
In the US, the Leica X-U (Typ 113) is priced at $2,950 and will be available by the end of January at your local Leica Store, Leica Boutique or Leica Dealer.
Saturday, January 16, 2016
Want to see exactly what the new Fujifilm FinePix XP90 tough action camera looks like in the flesh?
Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Fujifilm FinePix XP90 tough action camera.
Friday, January 15, 2016
Fuji have published four high-resolution sample photos taken with the new Fujifilm X70 digital compact camera. Captured by Norifumi Inagaki, Jonas Dyhr Rask and Tae Young An, these Fuji X70 samples were taken at sensitivity settings ranging from ISO 200/24° to ISO 1,250/32°.
Website: Fujifilm X70 Sample Photos
The newly announced Fujifilm X-Pro2, along with the premium compact X70 and XF100-400mm lens, will be on display - for the first time in the United Kingdom - at the The Societies’ Convention held at the Hilton Metropole Hotel in London, from January 22nd-24th. This unique opportunity to get a first look at the new Fujifilm X-Pro2 will be exclusive to visitors to the Convention. In addition, the Fujifilm stand will also have a full range of Fujifilm X-series cameras on display, including the X-T1, X-T10 and X100T. Fujinon lenses will be on show, offering the opportunity for visitors to ‘touch and try’ the cameras and lenses.
The Fujifilm X70 is almost the same camera as the flagship X100T model, with a much smaller body and a total weight reduction of 100g that's mainly achieved by omitting an optical viewfinder. Instead, an external OVF accessory will be available complete with 21/28mm frame lines - it remains to be seen if the smaller, lighter body outweighs not having an OVF built-in - Fujifilm certainly seem to think so.
The Fujifilm X70 is the smallest and lightest X-Series premium compact digital camera with an APS-C sized sensor. The X70 features a FUJINON 18.5mm F2.8 lens, 16.3-megapixel APS-C sized X-Trans CMOS II sensor, EXR Processor II image processing engine, and a 180-degree tilting touchscreen LCD. The Fujifilm X70 will be on sale in the UK from February 2016 in both Black and Silver versions for £549.
The Fujifilm FinePix XP90 is a new tough action camera. The XP90 is waterproof to 50ft/15m, can withstand a drop of up to 5.8ft/1.75m, will still operate in temperatures as low as 14°F/-10°C and is dustproof to prevent the intrusion of dust or sand. The The Fujifilm FinePix XP90 will be available in yellow, blue, lime and orange in February, price to be confirmed.
Thursday, January 14, 2016
The Nikon Coolpix A100 is a lightweight 20-megapixel camera with 5x optical zoom and Target Finding auto focus. Twelve post-shoot retouch effects in Glamour retouch can add make-up with Eye shadow, Mascara or Powder options, or hide bags under eyes. Available in a range of colours, the Nikon Coolpix A100 features a range of quick effects, special effects and a glamour retouch menu for flawless portraits. In addition to capturing 20-megapixel stills, the Coolpix A100 can also record 720p HD videos at the touch of a button, while motion blur reduction keeps images crisp and clear. Exclusive to Argos in the UK, the Nikon Coolpix A100 is available immediately for £89.99.
The Nikon Coolpix A10 is a new 16-megapixel digital compact camera with a 26-130mm equivalent Nikkor zoom lens. Powered by AA batteries, the Nikon Coolpix A10 has a 2.7" LCD screen and a dedicated movie record button for capturing HD videos. Images can be enhanced with a variety of special effects, plus quick effects can be added in-camera straight after shooting. Smile timer takes a shot when it recognises the subject smiling and blink proof displays a warning message if it detects that your subject blinked. Skin softening effect comes with improved facial detection and enhanced skin tone exposure control, so portrait subjects always look flawless. The camera is available for £59.99 / €89.95 from the end of this month.
Sunday, January 10, 2016
We're revealing our favourite products from last year in our annual awards, looking back at the essential photography kit that helped to define 2015.
The Compact Camera of the Year 2015 award goes to the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV.
“The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV makes for a very appealing back-up camera for everybody who craves high quality images even when they don’t have the ability or inclination to carry around heavy and cumbersome kit.”
Congratulations to Sony and the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV!
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Canon are expanding their IXUS range of compact digital cameras with three new models. The Canon IXUS 175 (£99.99/€149.99) has a 20-megapixel CCD imager, a 28-224mm equivalent lens and a 2.7" rear screen, and is capable of capturing 720p HD videos. The IXUS 180 (£129.99/€179.99) has a similar sensor and display but comes with a 24-240mm equivalent lens, optical image stabilisation and Wi-Fi connectivity. The IXUS 285 (£169.99/€239.99, pictured) has a 20.2-megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor, an optically stabilised 25-300mm equivalent zoom lens, a 3" screen, Full HD movie recording capabilities, and Wi-Fi with Dynamic NFC technology.
The 16-megapixel Olympus Stylus Tough TG-870 is a premium rugged camera with a 21-105mm equivalent lens 180-degree tilting 920,000-dot LCD screen, customisable front button, built-in Wi-Fi, next-generation GPS, and 13 Art Filters. The camera is waterproof to depths of 50 feet (15 m), freezeproof to 14℉ (-10℃), shockproof from 7 feet (2.1 m), crushproof to 220 pounds of force (100 kgf) and dustproof. The customisable button on the front of the camera can be programmed for several functions, including shutter release, video recording, monitor boost, LED assist and Super Macro Mode. The Olympus Stylus Tough TG-870 will be available in April 2016 in Gunmetal Metallic, Metallic Green, and Pure White for $279.99.
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Want to see exactly what the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ100 camera looks like in the flesh?
Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ100 camera.
The Panasonic Lumix TZ100 is, a premium compact travel camera with a 1"-type sensor, 4K video capture and a 25-250mm lens. This camera is the first in the Lumix TZ series to incorporate an f/2.8-5.9 Leica DC lens with 10x optical zoom and hybrid O.I.S. Another new addition to the range is the Post-Focus feature, which allows you to choose the focal point of any picture, even after it’s taken. The Lumix TZ100’s 0.1s Light Speed Auto Focus and Depth from Defocus capability combine to calculate the distance between the camera and the subject, capturing optimal focus for 49 individual areas within each frame. The Live View Finder (LVF) features 1,166K-dot resolution, as well as LVF AF that detects when you’re about to take a shot. The camera also provides extensive manual controls including dedicated physical rings and dials for settings such as zoom, aperture, shutter speed, manual focus and sensitivity settings. Combining WiFi and QR code connectivity, it is easy to connect the camera to a smartphone or tablet.
The Panasonic Lumix TZ80 is an 18-megapixel travelzoom camera featuring an 1/2.3" MOS sensor, 4K movie capture and a Leica branded 24-720mm equivalent lens with optical image stabilisation. For the first time in a travel camera, Panasonic’s 4K Photo function allows you to extract an 8-megapixel still from 4K video. Another new addition to the LUMIX TZ range is the Post-Focus feature, which allows you to select the focal point of your picture even after it’s taken. A dedicated control ring gives smooth control of settings such as zoom, aperture and shutter speed. Similarly, a 3.0-inch 1040k-dot touch screen makes navigating menus and selecting your preferred setting quick and easy, even in bright sunlight, the company says. In addition to the rear screen, the Panasonic Lumix TZ80 boasts a built-in 0.2" electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 1,166k dots.
Want to see exactly what the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ80 camera looks like in the flesh?
Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ80 camera.
Canon has refreshed its ultrazoom camera lineup with two new models. The PowerShot SX420 IS features an improved 42x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 24-1008mm) and Optical Image Stabiliser, a 3" rear screen and a 20-megapixel sensor. A dedicated Wi-Fi button allows for easy sharing and transferring of images over Wi-Fi and NFC technology. Videos are captured in 720p resolution. The Canon PowerShot SX420 IS is scheduled to be available in February 2016 for an estimated retail price of $299.99. The PowerShot SX540 HS (pictured) has a powerful 50x optical zoom (equivalent to 24-1200mm) with Optical Image Stabiliser, a new 20.3-megapixel CMOS sensor with a DIGIC 6 imaging chip and a dedicated Wi-Fi button. Users can easily record 1080p Full HD video at an improved rate of up to 60fps in MP4 format with stereo sound. Its Hybrid Auto mode records quick video clips before each still and compiles them together to make a short highlight reel. The Canon PowerShot SX540 HS is scheduled to be available in March 2016 for an estimated retail price of $399.99.
Thursday, December 10, 2015
SeaLife announced the expansion of its permanently sealed waterproof camera line with the introduction of the new Micro 2.0. Durable and compact, measuring in at 4 inches wide with a 2.4" colour LCD screen, the new Micro 2.0 features a Sony CMOS image sensor capable of recording 16-megapixel stills as well as Full HD movies at 60fps or HD videos at 30fps. Offering a built-in 130° fisheye lens, the SeaLife Micro 2.0 can also be fitted with an optional 10x Macro converter for close-up shooting. Like its predecessor, the Micro HD, the new Micro 2.0 can be used above or below the surface down to 200 feet, while its on-board wireless module connects the camera to any iOS / Android smartphone or tablet using the free SeaLife Micro Cam app. The 32GB model retails for $499.95, and the 64GB version can be had for $549.95.
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
The completely unique Light L16 camera, a new kind of imaging device sporting 16 camera modules, is now available to pre-order. Roughly the size of an iPhone 6S Plus in a case, the Light L16 has 5 cameras with 35mm equivalent lenses, 5 modules with 70mm equivalent primes and 6 units boasting 150mm equivalent telephoto lenses. Each camera module utilises a small imaging chip of the kind typically used in smartphones. The 35mm equivalent units have a traditional, vertically stacked optical arrangement, whilst the 70mm and 150mm equivalent ones utilise a folded-optics design. When taking a picture, 10 of the cameras fire simultaneously and the resulting images are then "computationally fused" to create a clear, highly detailed final photograph (up to 52 megapixels when shooting at the 35mm or 70mm focal lengths). When working at the 150mm end, there is no superresolution advantage - the final images will be13 megapixels, which is the native pixel count of the individual sensors used - but having multiple cameras take the same shot at the same time still helps with keeping noise levels down and producing HDR imagery even for moving subjects. Additionally, the Light L16 uses depth mapping to allow for post-capture adjustment of the point of focus and depth of field. If you order before 1 January 2016, you get a ￡100 discount, otherwise the camera will cost ￡1199.99.