Category: Digital Compact Cameras

Friday, February 7, 2014

Nikon Coolpix P600

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Nikon Coolpix P600 is a new digital superzoom camera with a 24-1440mm equivalent 60x zoom lens and on-board Wi-Fi. Other key features include lens-shift Virbration Reduction, a 7fps continuous shooting mode, Full HD 60i video recording capability, a large vari-angle high resolution (921k dots) LCD screen with bright RGBW technology and a customisable function button. The Nikon Coolpix P600 will be available in black and red for £429.99 / €519.00 / $499.95, starting 27 February 2014.

Nikon Coolpix P340

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Nikon Coolpix P340 is a 12-megapixel digital compact camera with a 5.1-25.5mm (24-120 mm eq.) f/1.8-5.6 lens and a 1/1.7-type image sensor. Designed for photography enthusiasts looking for a premium compact camera, the built-in WiFi lets you save and share images easily using your smart device. Meanwhile the multifunctional lens ring offers quick access to various settings like manual focus, shutter speed or ISO.  When quality matters, you can shoot RAW (NRW) images to really make the most of the sensor’s potential, and even process images in-camera, before viewing them clearly on the bright 7.5-cm/3.0-in 921k-dot RGBW screen. Priced at £349.99 / €429.00 / $379.95, the Nikon Coolpix P340 will be available in black and white from 27th February 2014.

Nikon Coolpix P530

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Nikon Coolpix P530 is a 16-megapixel bridge-styled camera with 42x optical zoom and a 921k-dot LCD screen. The 24-1000m (eq.) f/3.0-5.9 lens features Nikon's proprietary Vibration Reduction technology and an optical construction boasting 14 elements in 10 groups, including 4 extra-low-dispersion elements.Other highlights include a 201k dot electronic viewfinder, an electronically controlled 6-blade iris diaphragm, manual exposure control and Full HD movie recording capabilities. The Nikon Coolpix will be available in black for €399.00 / £329.99 / $449.95, starting 13 February 2014.

Nikon Coolpix AW120

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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The 16-megapixel Nikon Coolpix AW120 is a rugged all-weather camera that's waterproof to 18m, shockproof to 2m and freezeproof to -10°C. Key features include an internally stacked 24-120mm (eq.) f/2.8-4.9 lens, built-in Wi-Fi, GPS, world maps and a compass. In addition to capturing 16-megapixel stills, the Nikon Coolpix AW120 is capable of recording Full HD videos with optical zoom. Explorers can even film in slow and fast motion at speeds from 15 to 240fps. The camera's 3.0-in 921k-dot OLED screen display has superior brightness and visibility for clear playback, even underwater or in direct sunlight. Offered in black, blue, camouflage and orange, the Nikon Coolpix AW120 will go on sale on 27 February 2014, priced at £329.99 / €399.00 / $349.95.

Nikon Coolpix S32

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Nikon Coolpix S32 is a 13-megapixel dust-, shock- and waterproof camera designed for the whole family. James Loader, Senior Product Manager for Consumer Products at Nikon UK, comments: “The Coolpix S32 is an easy to use camera that has been designed for use by all the family and, with its tough design and range of features, including a dedicated button for each function, it’s always easy to record key moments in stills or in Full HD video. Fun dedicated filters combined with a 3x optical zoom lens and clear 6.7-cm/2.7-in 230k-dot LCD screen make taking and reviewing great photos second nature." The Nikon Coolpix S32 will be available from 27th February in blue, pink, white and yellow colours, priced at £99.99 / €120.00 / $129.95.

Nikon Coolpix S9700

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The 16-megapixel Nikon Coolpix S9700 is a slimline camera with 30x optical zoom, manual shooting modes and a 3-in, 921k dot OLED screen. You can set manual and automatic exposure modes (P/S/A/M) and scene modes with the simple turn of a dial and switch to shooting Full HD video with stereo sound quality with the press of a button.  Early subject detection means you’re always ready to shoot whilst Pre-AF shortens the autofocus time. Built-in Wi-Fi and GPS round off the features list. On sale from 27 February 2014, the Nikon Coolpix S9700 will be available in black, red, and white, priced at £329.99 / €399.00 / $349.95.

Nikon Coolpix S9600

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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The 16-megapixel Nikon Coolpix S9600 is a slimline compact camera with 22x optical zoom and wireless connectivity. The 25-550mm (eq.) f/3.4-6.3 lens offers Vibration Reduction to counter camera shake, while the built-in WiFi allows you to transfer photos easily to a smartphone or tablet to share them instantly on social networks or via email. Alternatively, you can use it to turn your smart device into a remote control. Other highlights include a 3" display, Full HD movie recording capability, Easy Panorama mode and high-speed continuous shooting at up to 6.7 frames per second. Hitting the shelves on 27th February, the Nikon Coolpix S9600 will be available in black, red and white for £249.99 / €309.00.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Ricoh WG-4 & WG-4 GPS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Ricoh WG-4 is a new 16-megapixel water-, crush-, shock- and freezeproof compact camera with a fast wide-angle lens. Equipped with a 25-100mm (eq.) f/2.0-4.9 lens, the Ricoh WG-4 comes in two versions, with and without GPS. Thanks to the upgraded AF algorithm, the focusing speed in macro shooting has been greatly increased to facilitate close-up applications, the company says. Designed for the adventurous photographer, the WG-4 and WG-4 GPS (pictured) are waterproof to a depth of 14 metres, shock-resistant against a fall from a height of two metres, dustproof, freezeproof down to -10°C, and crushproof to 100kg. Other highlights include six LED macro lights to assist close-up shooting, sensor-shift image stabilisation and Full HD video recording capabilities. The new WG-4 GPS is available in a choice of blue or black for a price of £329.99 / $379.95. The WG-4 is available in silver or lime yellow for a price of £279.99 / $329.95. Both models will hit the shelves in March 2014.

Ricoh WG-20

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Ricoh WG-20 is a new, 14-megapixel water-, shock-, freeze- and crushproof compact camera with a 28-140mm equivalent lens and 25 shooting modes. Waterproof to 33 feet, shockproof from drops of up to five feet, coldproof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit and crushproof, withstanding up to 220 foot-pounds of force, the Ricoh WG-20 is capable of recording 720p high-definition movies, in addition to 14-megapixel stills. Offered in white and red, the WG-20 will be available in March 2014 for a price of £199.99 / $199.95.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX10/QX100 Firmware Version 2.00

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Sony has released a firmware update for the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX10 and Cyber-shot DSC-QX100 lens-sensor modules. Version 2.00 changes the resolution of MP4 video files from 1440x1080 to 1920x1080 pixels and expands the ISO range to ISO 3200/36° on the QX10 and ISO 12800/42° on the QX100. Additionally, the Sony Cyber-shot QX100 gains a "shutter priority auto" shooting mode, enabling users to control shutter speed directly.

Website: Sony QX10/QX100 Firmware Update 2.00 (Mac)
Website: Sony QX10/QX100 Firmware Update 2.00 (Windows)

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Olympus SP-100EE Hands-on Review

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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See exactly what the new Olympus SP-100EE compact camera looks like in the flesh, and read our first hands-on impressions.

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Olympus SP-100EE compact camera, which intriguingly features the world's first dot aiming point on a camera.

Olympus SP-100EE

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Olympus SP-100EE is the world's first camera with an integrated dot-sight to aid long zoom framing and subject tracking. The sight works in tandem with the SP-100EE's 24-1200mm 50x optical zoom lens to enable easy high-power zooming and subject capture. Other key features of the SP-100EE include a 16 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, an electronic viewfinder, DSLR-oriented looks, and 60p Full HD movies.

Available in black from March 2014, the Olympus SP-100EE will cost £349.99.

Olympus TG-850

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Olympus TG-850 is a new tough compact camera featuring an integrated 180° tiltable LCD screen. The TG850 also offers a 5x zoom lens, 16 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, 60p Full HD movies, and 7.1 fps sequential shooting.

The Olympus TG-850 will be available from March 2014. It costs £269.99, and comes in a choice of silver, black or white.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Nikon Issues Service Advisory to L25 Owners

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Nikon has posted a service advisory to owners of its Coolpix L25 digital compact camera. "It has recently become clear that in some very rare cases, if the camera is subjected to a strong shock such as being dropped or struck, heat may be generated from inside the camera and the top cover of the Nikon Coolpix L25 may become deformed and a small gap may be visible near the shutter-release button," the company says. "There is no danger of fire." Nikon will be offering a free inspection and modification service to prevent the possibility of this problem from occurring. Click through / scroll down for the detailed, illustrated service advisory.

Ricoh GR Firmware Update 3.00

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Ricoh has posted a firmware update for the Ricoh GR digital compact camera. Version 3.00 adds [Aspect Ratio] to the parameters of [RAW Development], enables shutter speed adjustments in 1/3EV increments when [ISO Step Setting] is set to [1/3EV], adds a [Folder Name Setting] to the Setup menu and a new [AFL Focus Setting] to the Key Custom Options menu. You can download the firmware upgrade from the website below.

Website: Ricoh Japan

Monday, January 20, 2014

Sony Focuses on Speed for 2014

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Sony are set to unveil more new compact, bridge and mirrorless cameras at next month's CP+ show.

In a briefing held by Sony UK today, company representatives stated that a new ultra-zoom bridge camera will be announced in February with a faster processor than previous generations. The mystery product was demoed live with no annoying "Processing..." messages while images were saved, and burst shooting continuing indefinitely until the memory card is filled, albeit at a reduced frame-rate. The new super-zoom bridge model is just a small part of Sony's emphasis on faster speed for their 2014 cameras, which will also encompass faster auto-focusing speeds.

In addition to the bridge camera, new compact cameras will be announced in February, along with new compact system camera models at both the CP+ show and Photokina later in the year.

Meanwhile, the Sony Cyber-shot QX10 smartphone module apparently sold out in the UK during the Christmad period. Aided by strong sales of the more expensive QX100 model, the Sony QX series will definitely continue into the second generation.

Sony Cyber-shot W830 / W810 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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Want to see exactly what the new Sony Cyber-shot W830 / W810 compact cameras look like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of 22 photos of the 20.1 megapixel Sony Cyber-shot W830 / W810 compact cameras.

Camera of the Year 2013

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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 2013.

Our eight and final award is for Camera of the Year 2013, which goes to the Sony A7R.

“The Sony A7R is the most revolutionary camera of 2013, bringing 35mm full-frame, interchangeable lens shooting to the masses both in terms of cost and size. Importantly the A7R is also well-built, a pleasure to use and delivers outstanding image quality.”

Read the Full Review

Congratulations to Sony and the A7R!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Compact Camera of the Year 2013

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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 2013.

The Compact Camera of the Year 2013 award goes to the Fujifilm X20.

“...the Fujifilm X20 delivers such a winning combination of old and new that offers so many important improvements over the original model that we can heartily recommend it for new and X10 users alike.”

Read the Full Review

Congratulations to Fujifilm and the FinePix X20!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Kodak Pixpro AstroZoom AZ651

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras

The Kodak Pixpro AZ651 is a new superzoom camera boasting 65x optical zoom, image stabilisation and a 3" vari-angle display. Equipped with a 24-1560mm equivalent lens, the AZ651 is capable of shooting Full HD videos and comes with a proprietary lithium-ion battery. The AZ651 is scheduled to go on sale in spring 2014 at a price of $349.