Category: Digital Compact Cameras

Monday, April 13, 2015

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-4

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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The 16-megapixel Stylus Tough TG-4 is Olympus's new flagship underwater camera offering raw image capture, GPS, WiFi and a 25-100mm equivalent f/2.0-4.9 lens. Shockproof to a height of 2.1 metres, crushproof to a weight of 100kg, freezeproof down to -10°C, dustproof and waterproof to a depth of 15m without a special underwater housing; the Olympus Tough TG-4 comes with an advanced, four-mode Variable Macro system that covers a 29-cm range – starting at 30 cm from the subject and zooming in to just 1 cm away. The four modes are Microscope, Microscope Control, Focus Bracketing and Focus Stacking. New to Microscope Mode is the slow-sync flash, which enhances contrasts and prevents potential over-exposure when you’re very close to the subject. Divers will also appreciate the new Underwater HDR feature, the built-in manometer, as well as the glove-friendly and customisable mode dial. The Olympus Stylus Tough TG-4 is available from May, priced at £349.99/$379.99.

Olympus Stylus 1s to Go on Sale in US

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Olympus America have announced the US price and availability of the Stylus 1s digital compact camera. The Sylus 1s features a new step-zoom function, a smaller auto focus target, plus focus peaking and interval shooting functionality. It is powered by a BLS-50 battery that provides enough power to take 450 shots according to CIPA standards. Most of the other technical specifications - including the 1/1.7-type 12-megapixel CMOS sensor, the 28-300mm (eq.) f/2.8 lens, the 7fps continuous shooting mode, the ISO 100-12800 sensitivity range and the 1.04-million-dot, 3" touchscreen - are unchanged versus the Stylus 1. The Olympus Stylus 1s will go on sale later this month, priced at $699.99.

Friday, April 10, 2015

TIPA Award Winners Announced

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The Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) member magazines recently convened for their General Assembly to vote for the best photo and imaging products launched by the industry in the last 12 months. Among the winners are the Canon EOS 7D Mark II (Best Digital SLR Expert), the Fujifilm X100T (Best Premium Camera), the Fujifilm X30 (Best Expert Compact Camera), the Leica T (Best Design), the Lytro Illum (Best Imaging Innovation), the Nikon Coolpix P610 (Best Superzoom Camera), the Nikon D5500 (Best Digital SLR Entry Level), the Nikon D810 (Best Digital SLR Professional), the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark ll (Best CSC Expert), the Panasonic LX100 (Best Photo/Video Camera Expert), the Panasonic FT6 (Best Rugged Camera), the Panasonic GM5 (Best CSC Advanced), the Pentax 645Z (Best Medium Format Camera), the Pentax K-2 (Best Digital SLR Advanced), the Ricoh WG-M1 (Best ActionCam, pictured), the Samsung NX1 (Best CSC Professional), the Sony A5100 (Best CSC Entry Level) and the Sony A7S (Best Photo/Video Camera Professional).

Friday, April 3, 2015

Three Nikon Cameras Win Red Dot Awards

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Nikon has announced that three of its products have been awarded the prestigious "red dot award: product design 2015." The Nikon 1 J4 and Nikon 1 S2 (pictured) compact system cameras and the Nikon Coolpix S6900 compact digital camera all won accolades for their quality and design. Red Dot award winners will be on display at a special exhibition to be held from 30th June - 26th July at the Red Dot Design Museum on the premises of the Zeche Zollverein World Cultural Heritage Site in Essen, Germany.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Panasonic Launches Three Spring Promotions

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Panasonic UK has launched three promotions on its imaging products. Running until 2nd June, the deals include a cashback offer and two value-added promotions. You can claim upto £200 (€250) cashback on Panasonic’s 4K imaging products including the HC-X1000, HC-WX970, HC-VX87 and HX-A500 camcorders as well as the LX100, GH4 (pictured) and FZ1000 cameras. Additionally, the company is extending warranty on selected camera and camcorder models up to 5 years. Thirdly, you can claim a free selfie stick with the purchase of selected Lumix cameras including the Lumix GF7, TZ57 and SZ10.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Sigma dp0 Quattro Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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Sigma are showing the Sigma dp0 Quattro compact camera for the first time in the UK at The Photography Show. The Sigma dp0 Quattro is a new compact camera with the Foveon X3 direct image sensor and a 21mm f/4 lens. Here are some hands-on photos of the new dp0 Quattro and the 150-600mm Contemporary lens that is also making its UK debut at the show.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Olympus Stylus SH-2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Successor to last year's Stylus SH-1 (read review), the new Olympuis SH-2 is a raw-capable compact camera with a 16-megapixxel imager and 24x optical zoom. Other highlights include a 3-axis image stabiliser for photos, hybrid 5-axis image stabilisation for movies, a useful Nightscape Mode, 120/240fps high-speed Movie, Photo & Movie Capture, Time Lapse Movie modes and built-in WiFi. The Olympus Stylus SH-2 goes on sale from mid-March 2015 for £249.99 / $399.99.

Friday, March 6, 2015

UK Pricing Revealed for Sigma dp3 Quattro

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Sigma UK have announced the recommeded retail price and availability of the Sigma dp3 Quattro large-sensor compact camera. Incorporating a newly developed Foveon X3 direct image sensor and a 75mm (eq.) f/2.8 lens, the Sigma dp3 Quattro offers superior handling and highly intuitive operation thanks to its ergonomic design and well thought-out controls. When the dedicated conversion lens FT-1201 (optional) is attached to the camera, it extends the focal length of the lens by a factor of 1.2. The Sigma dp3 Quattro will be available from the end of March at an RRP of £899.99. The FT-1201 1.2x conversion lens will set you back £149.99 .

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Canon UK Announces Spring Cashback

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Canon UK and Irelad today launched its spring promotion allowing customers to claim up to £100/€120 cashback on selected products. These include three dSLR cameras, seven lenses, two flashes, three compact cameras, two digital camcorders and four printers. Those that purchase two products in Canon’s cashback offer can also claim a free hdbook photo book worth £99/€120. The offer runs from 5th March 2015 to 6th May 2015 for eligible products purchased from UK or Republic of Ireland retailers.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Nikon Coolpix P900

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Nikon Coolpix P900 is a new digital superzoom camera with a record breaking 83x optical zoom. In addition to its unprecedented zoom power, the 16-megapixel Nikon Coolpix P900 comes equipped with an array of features such as Full HD video capture, built-in GPS, NFC and Wi-Fi. Whether shooting above a crowd or from the stands, users can easily frame their subjects by using the camera’s built-in EVF with an eye sensor or the high-resolution, vari-angle 3-inch 921K-dot LCD screen. In the  United Kingdom, the camera will start shipping on 19th March, priced at £499.99 / €649.00. In the US, the Nikon Coolpix P900 will be available next month for $599.95.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Nikon Coolpix P610, L840, L340, S9900, S7000, AW130, S33 Preview

Matt Grayson | Digital Compact Cameras
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We take a look at the brand new Nikon Coolpix P610, L840, L340, S9900, S7000, AW130, S33 cameras in our detailed hands-on preview...

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Nikon Coolpix P610

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Nikon Coolpix P610 is a 16-megapixel superzoom camera with a tilt-swivel screen, an eye-level EVF and 60x optical zoom. Other features include a 7fps continuous shooting mode, Optical Vibration Reduction, a range of filter effects, special effects, picture controls and a macro mode. Additionally, users can shoot Full HD movies with stereo audio recording or create a time-lapse video using the camera’s new Time Lapse feature. The Nikon P610 also features built-in GPS and Points of Interest (POI), allowing users to geo-tag shots and view where they were taken on a map. The Coolpix P610 also allows users to quickly and easily send photos to a compatible smartphone or tablet using the camera’s built-in Wi-Fi and NFC technologies. The Nikon Coolpix P610 will be available for an SRP of $499.95, starting March 2015.

Nikon Coolpix S3700

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Nikon Coolpix S3700 is an NFC and Wi-Fi enabled digital compact camera with a 20.1-megapixel CCD, 8x optical zoom and lens-shift VR.  For photographing fast-moving kids and pets, the S3700 features Subject Tracking to track the subject and keep it in focus. Users can also capture 720p HD video, or use various photo effects and Glamour Retouch modes to fancy up their photos. The  S3700 will be available in Silver, Red and Pink for a suggested retail price of $139.95. (Note that the Coolpix S3700 was already announced in the UK in January.)

Nikon Coolpix L32

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Nikon Coolpix L32 is a new, easy-to-use 20.1-megapixel compact camera with 5x optical zoom. The AA battery-powered shooter can record HD videos and offers 15 scene modes for capturing stills.  The Nikon L32 will be available in red, and sold for an SRP of $119.95.

Nikon Coolpix AW130

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Nikon Coolpix AW130 is a 16-megapixel waterproof (100ft / 30 m), shockproof (7ft / 2.1 m) and freezeproof (14F / -10C) camera with built-in NFC and Wi-Fi support. Boasting a 3-inch, 921k-dot OLED display, the Nikon AW130 also offers an integrated GPS module and a Nikkor branded 24-120mm (eq.) f/2.8-4.9 lens. The camera can even be remote-controlled over Wi-Fi, using a smartphone or tablet computer. The Coolpix AW130 will become available next month in Yellow, Blue and Black for a suggested retail price of $349.95.

Nikon Coolpix S33

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Nikon Coolpix S33 is a waterproof (33ft / 10m), shockproof (5ft / 1.5m) and freezeproof (14F / -10C) camera with a 13.2-megapixel CMOS sensor. Other highlights include a 3x optical zoom lens, a dedicated movie record button and 1080p video recording. In addition, the Nikon S33 offers creative fun for the whole family, with 16 creative styles and effects options. The Coolpix S33 will be available in March 2015 in white and blue for a SRP of $149.95.

Nikon Coolpix L840

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Nikon Coolpix L840 is a 16-megapixel camera with 38x optical zoom, Wi-Fi and NFC technologies on board. The AA battery-operated Nikon L840 sports a tiltable 3-inch 921K-dot LCD display and comes equipped with lens-shift Vibration Reduction to combat image blurring caused by camera shake. The easy-to-use shooter can record Full HD movies as well as 16-megapixel stills. The L840's fixed-mount zoom lens offers a focal range equivalent to 23-855mm in 35mm terms. The Nikon Coolpix L840 will be available in black, purple and red for a SRP of $299.95.

Nikon Coolpix S9900

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Nikon Coolpix S9900 is a 16-megapixel compact camera with a 24-720mm (eq.) f/3.7-6.4 lens, lens-shift VR, WiFi and NFC. In addition to these features, the Nikon S9900 incorporates built-in GPS and POI technology that records the longitude and latitude of where any image was captured; while the three-inch, 921,000-dot vari-angle screen assists users in taking photographs from unusual angles. For those looking to hone in on their creative skills, this powerful travelzoom also sports automatic and manual exposure mode controls as well as new time-lapse video recording. The Coolpix S9900 will be available in black and silver for an SRP of $349.95.

Nikon Coolpix S7000

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Nikon Coolpix S7000 is an ultra-lightweight 16-megapixel compact camera with a 25-500mm (eq) f/3.4-6.5 lens, NFC and WiFi. Marketed as the World's lightest camera with 20x optical zoom, the Nikon Coolpix S7000 is equipped a Target-finding AF system that enables users to pin-point their intended subject and accurately capture even fast moving scenes. Additionally, lens-shift VR technology helps minimuse blur resulting from shaky hands. The Coolpix S7000 will be available in March for $279.95.

Sigma dp0 Quattro

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Sigma dp0 Quattro is a new compact camera with the Foveon X3 direct image sensor and a 21mm f/4 lens. With the addition of the dp0 Quattro to the line-up, photographers can select the most suitable camera based on their photographic needs; 21mm (SIGMA dp0 Quattro), 28mm (SIGMA dp1 Quattro), 45mm (SIGMA dp2 Quattro), 75mm (SIGMA dp3 Quattro) and 90mm (SIGMA dp3 Quattro + dedicated conversion lens 1.2x).