Category: Digital Compact Cameras

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Compact Camera of the Year 2014

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This week we’re revealing our favourite products from last year in our annual awards, looking back at the essential photography kit that helped to define 2014.

The Compact Camera of the Year 2014 award goes to the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100.

“The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 is the most capable compact camera that we've ever reviewed, offering a mouth-watering combination of cutting edge technology, excellent image quality, and intuitive handling.”

Read the Full Review

Congratulations to Panasonic and the Lumix DMC-LX100!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ57 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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Want to see exactly what the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ57 camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ57 camera.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ70 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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Want to see exactly what the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ70 camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ70 camera.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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Want to see exactly what the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30 camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30 camera.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ10 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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Want to see exactly what the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ10 camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ10 camera.

Panasonic Lumix TZ57 / TZ70

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Panasonic have announced two new travelzoom cameras. The Lumix TZ57 (£229.99) has a 16-megapixel sensor, a 24-480mm equivalent lens and a tilting 3" rear display with a resolution of 1,040k dots. The camera is also capable of recording Full HD movies, and includes POWER O.I.S for shake-free shots. The flagship Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ70 (£349.99, pictured) has a 12.1-megapixel imager, a 24-720mm equivalent lens, raw image capture, geotagging, Wi-Fi and NFC, as well as a small eye-level EVF with an eye proximity sensor and a resolution of 1,166k dots. Panasonic has also incorporated a 240fps auto focus sensor drive into the LUMIX TZ70, resulting in 'Light Speed' AF that lets you catch even the most split-second opportunities. The Lumix TZ70 also boasts the manufacturer's 5-axis Hybrid Optical Image Stabilizer Plus system for blur-free photos and steady Full HD footage.

Panasonic Lumix SZ10

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Panasonic SZ10 is a new digital compact camera with a 24-288mm equivalent lens, a tiltable 2.7 inch 460K-dot LCD screen and an integrated Wi-Fi module. The camera also offers a number of beauty effect functions, including ‘Soft Skin’, ‘Defocusing’ and ‘Slimming’ modes. Soft Skin mode lets you adjust the skin tones; Defocusing mode applies a soft focus effect to the background to clearly emphasise the face in the image; and Slimming mode processes the portrait’s face to look slightly slimmer. The camera can also record HD video in 1280x720-pixel resolution, which can be started with a single press of a dedicated ‘motion picture’ button. The Panasonic Lumix SZ10 will be available from March, for a recommended retail price of £139.99.

Panasonic Lumix FT30

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Panasonic Lumix FT30 is a new, ruggedly built 16.1-megapixel camera with a 25-100mm equivalent lens. Dustproof, waterproof to 8 metres, shockproof to 1.5m and freezeproof to -10 ℃; the new FT30 sports a 2.7" LCD screen and a new Torch Light function for illuminating the subject in dark underwater conditions. With the Creative Panorama function you can shoot a horizontal or vertical panoramic image, while Creative Control and Creative Retouch modes featuring a total of 12 filter effects give you the tools you need to enhance any scene you’re looking to take a picture of. The Panasonic Lumix will be available from March, at an RRP of £139.99.

Polaroid Socialmatic Now Available in US

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras, Printers
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Polaroid is now shipping the Polaroid Socialmatic instant digital camera, which will be on display at the Consumer Electronics Show starting tomorrow. Designed by Socialmatic and manufactured by Polaroid licensee C&A Licensing, the Polaroid Socialmatic utilises the Android operating system, providing a familiar, easy to use interface and access to numerous creative capabilities and apps. Consumers can use either the 14-megapixel front or 2-megapixel rear camera to capture photos, which can then be viewed on the 4.5” touchscreen LCD. ZERO Ink printing technology by ZINK Imaging allows users to print their favourite pictures on ZINK Paper, an advanced composite material embedded with cyan, yellow and magenta dye crystals and with a protective polymer overcoat. The 2X3 inch sticker-backed photo prints in just under a minute so consumers can instantly share physical photos with their friends and family. The Polaroid Socialmatic instant digital camera is available for $299.99 at Amazon and Photojojo.

Canon PowerShot SX530 HS, SX710 HS, SX610 HS, N2, IXUS 170, IXUS 165, IXUS 160

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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Canon has unveiled seven new additions to its PowerShot and IXUS camera ranges. Designed to provide the perfect solution whatever you’re shooting, whether it’s close up or from a distance with the three new superzoom PowerShots, on a night out with one of three new compact IXUS cameras, or being creative with the new PowerShot N2.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Casio EX-MR1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Casio Exilim EX-MR1 is a new 14-megapixel compact camera featuring a 21mm equivalent lens hidden behind a large mirror whose unique coating allows light to pass through to the lens. When looking into this mirror, the user can easily take a self–portrait with just a press of the shutter button. Of course, you can also use the Casio EX-MR1 in a more conventional way, by composing your photos on the 2.7" rear screen. Other highlights include face detection, Full HD movie recording and Wi-Fi. The camera is compatible with the EXILIM Link smartphone app, which enables users to view and share their images on their favourite social networks. The Casio Exilim EX-MR1 will be available in green, pink and white. Pricing to be confirmed.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Leica X Edition Moncler

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Leica X Edition Moncler is a new special-edition model limited to only 1,500 copies worldwide. Finished with a premium leather trim in a triple-colour scheme of blue, white and red, as an homage to the French origins of clothing company Moncler, this silver version of the Leica X comes complete with a matching camera strap in genuine leather bearing the inscription Leica & Moncler to highlight the collaboration between the two brands. The technical specifications of the Leica X ‘Edition Moncler’ are identical to those of the standard production model of the new Leica X camera. The Leica X ‘Edition Moncler’ is now available from Leica authorised dealers at an RRP of £1,952 - a reference to the year Moncler was founded.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Hasselblad Stellar II

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Hasselblad Stellar II is a new camera based on the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II. Priced at €1,650 (plus tax), the Hasselblad Stellar II comes with an option of four different grip finishes: olive wood; walnut; padouk and carbon fibre. "Fuelled by our ongoing collaboration with Sony and Zeiss, the pocket-sized Stellar models are proving extremely popular,". says Ian Rawcliffe, Hasselblad's CEO. "Photographers are delighted to have the option of owning the latest technology married with Hasselblad's design vision and heritage." For more information, visit the website below.

Panasonic UK Launches Double Cashback Promotion

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As part of the ongoing Panasonic cashback promotion, if you purchase a Lumix camera or camcorder from a participating retailer between 28th November and 1st December, you will be eligible to claim cashback up to £200 (€240). To claim the cashback on qualifying Lumix, Lumix G camera and camcorder models (Panasonic Lumix HC-X920, HC-W850, HC-V750, HC-V550, HC-V250, DMC-GH4, DMC-GH3, DMC-G6, DMC-GX7, DMC-GM1, DMC-LX7, DMC-LF1, DMC-FZ200, DMC-FZ72, DMC-TZ60), participants must complete the online registration form at the website below.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Panasonic DMC-CM1 Available in the UK

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The Panasonic DMC-CM1 smartphone will be available in the UK. The Panasonic CM1 was planned to initially launch in France and Germany only, but due to high interest a number of cameras will be available in the UK from 1st December. The CM1 will be available online through Panasonic Direct as well as selected retailers.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Antonio Olmos Captures Day of the Dead

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Photographer Antonio Olmos has returned to his homeland, Mexico, for the first project of the ‘Sony RX Celebrate the Streets’ series. He has captured the vibrancy and spectacular colour of the country's traditional Day of the Dead celebrations using the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III. In the Mexican town of Mixquic the festivities take to the streets as thousands throng the local cathedral’s graveyard, the only remaining church graveyard in the city, lighting it with candles to create a unique scene. "In countries across the world, the streets are a social environment where, during these events and festivals, so many conventions are broken for the day," Antonio Olmos said. "The Mexican Day of the Dead sees people of all classes and backgrounds come together to honour the deceased and everyone shares that celebration – it’s a moment when everyone shares in both joy and sorrow at those who have died." Future potential projects for the ‘Celebrate the Streets’ series include New Orleans Mardi Gras, India’s Holi Festival and Pamplona’s Running of the Bulls.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Olympus Stylus 1s

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Olympus Japan have unveiled the Olympus Stylus 1s, an evolutionary upgrade to their premium Stylus 1 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 nex month (in Japan), with pricing to be confirmed. A new wide-angle conversion lens (WCON-08X) and wide conversion lens adapter (CLA-14) will join the list of accessories available for the camera.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Canon Winter Cashback

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Canon UK has just launched its winter cashback offer, which enables you to receive up to £80 cashback on a selected range of Canon products including DSLRs, lenses, compact cameras, camcorders and printers. The offer runs from 29st October 2014 to 21st January 2015 for eligible products purchased from UK or Republic of Ireland retailers. Click through / scroll down for a list of all eligible cameras, lenses, printers and accessories.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Ricoh Theta M15

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Ricoh have announced the Ricoh Theta M15, a 360-degree camera with built-in Wi-Fi and video recording capabilities. The new model can capture up to 3 minutes of spheircal video footage with no stitch lines. Just like its predecessor, the new Ricoh Theta M15 can also record 360° stills, which can then be shared on the theta360° website. The new camera will be available in a variety of colours from 14th November, priced at £269.99.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Leica X ‘Edition Moncler’

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Leica X ‘Edition Moncler’ is a new special-edition model limited to only 1,500 copies worldwide. Finished with a premium leather trim in a triple-colour scheme of blue, white and red, as an homage to the French origins of clothing company Moncler, this silver version of the Leica X comes complete with a matching camera strap in genuine leather bearing the inscription Leica & Moncler to highlight the collaboration between the two brands. The Leica X 'Edition Moncler' was first unveiled at the exclusive opening of Monuments, an exhibition by Fabien Baron, Leica and Moncler hosted at Sotheby’s in London, during Frieze Art. The technical specifications of the Leica X ‘Edition Moncler’ are identical to those of the standard production model of the new Leica X camera. The Leica X ‘Edition Moncler’ will be available from Leica authorised dealers at an RRP of £1,952 - a reference to the year Moncler was founded.