Category: Digital Compact Cameras
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Nikon has expanded its Coolpix S line-up with three new cameras. The new models include the 18.1-megapixel Nikon Coolpix S9500 (£299.99 / €359.00 / $349.95, pictured) with Wi-Fi, 22x optical zoom, 3.0-inch OLED display and built-in GPS; the similarly Wi-Fi enabled, 16-megapixel Nikon Coolpix S5200 (£179.99 / €215.00 / $179.95) with 6x optical zoom and a 3-inch LCD screen; and the 18.1-megapixel Nikon Coolpix S9400 (£249.99 / €299) with 18x optical zoom and a 3-inch OLED panel (but no built-in wireless connectivity). All models feature back-illuminated CMOS image sensors, lens-shift vibration reduction and Full HD movie recording. All three cameras will become available on 21st February.
The Nikon Coolpix AW110 (£329.99 / €395.00, pictured) is a robust 16-megapixel camera with integrated GPS and Wi-Fi. Waterproof to 18m, shockproof from heights of up to 2m, dustproof and freezeproof down to -10 °C; the Nikon Coolpix AW110 features a 3-inch, 614k-dot OLED monitor, 5x optical zoomand Full HD movie capture. An altimeter records the exact altitude at which you take a shotand a hydro-barometer measures underwater depth. The 10-megapixel Nikon Coolpix S31 (£99.99 / €120.00) is waterproof to 5m, shockproof from up to 1.2m height, and dustproof. Other highlights include a symmetric body design with centred flash unit, 3x optical zoom, a range of fun digital filters and 720p HD video recording capabilities. The Nikon Coolpix L28 (£89.99 / €109.00) is an easy-to-use, AA battery powered 20-megapixel compact with 5x optical zoom, 3-inch LCD screen and 720p video. Its little brother, the Nikon Coolpix L27 (£69.99 / €84.00), is a 16-megapixel camera with a 2.7-inch rear display, exclusive to Argos in the United Kingdom.
Canon has expanded its compact camera range with three high-zoom Ixus models and a new PowerShot A series shooter. The 12.1-megapixel Canon Ixus 255 (pictured) features built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, 10x optical zoom, Intelligent Image Stabilisation, high-speed shooting, Full HD video recording capabilities and a 3-inch rear screen. The 16-megapixel Canon Ixus 135 also comes with Wi-Fi and Intelligent IS, and offers 8x optical zoom, 720p movies and a 2.7-inch display. The Canon Ixus 132 is a similar model sans Wi-Fi, while the Canon PowerShot A2500 is an entry-level digital compact camera with a 16-megapixel sensor, 5x optical zoom, 720p video and a 2.7-inch monitor (but no optical image stabiliser).
Friday, January 25, 2013
International stock photography agency Alamy says it will now accept photographs for its Live News service from camera phones and digital compact cameras. Alamy’s head of news, James Hall, said: “When you think that the most popular smartphone cameras are now 8 megapixels it is obvious that good photographers using these devices will be able to capture and record breaking news and events with a quality that is acceptable to both on- and offline news agencies… We want to allow our contributors to upload stunning News, Sport and Entertainment images to us using the camera they have ready at hand – whether it is a DSLR, a compact camera or a smartphone.” News photographers can upload images to Alamy direct from their smartphone via FTP using existing apps. Note that all images uploaded to the news feed will still have to meet Alamy’s News Picture Guidelines.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Pentax Ricoh has posted a firmware update for the Ricoh GR Digital IV compact camera. Version 2.21 adds an Auto option to the dynamic range compensation function, improves the effectiveness of noise reduction at high sensitivity settings, and modifies the behaviour of the zoom feature in Playback mode. Additionally, it incorporates the following modifications and bug fixes.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
The new Pentax Efina is a 14-megapixel digital compact camera with 5x optical zoom. The name harks back to the days of film photography when Pentax had two APS cameras with a similar designation (the Pentax Efina and the Pentax Efina T). The digital version comes with a 26-130mm equivalent zoom lens sporting 6 elements in 5 groups including 3 aspherical elements; a 1/2.3-type CCD sensor, a “self-portrait mirror” and 720p HD movie recording capabilities. According to Pentax Japan, the floral design on the front panel “appeals to young women photographers.” The digital Pentax Efina will be available in selected markets only.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Our eight and final award is for Camera of the Year 2012, which goes to the Olympus OM-D E-M5.
“Image quality is where Micro Four Thirds cameras have traditionally lagged behind their APS-C sensor rivals, but the OM-D E-M5 is the first MFT model to equal the results from leading cameras like the Sony NEX-7. Noise doesn’t rear its ugly head until ISO 3200 for JPEGs and even the faster settings prove eminently usable, although the E-M5 does apply some pretty aggressive noise reduction to keep the files clean as shown by the much noisier raw images. We never longed for a camera with a bigger sensor, and you’d have to step up to a full-frame DSLR to see an appreciable leap in image quality.”
Congratulations to Olympus and the OM-D E-M5!
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Olympus has scooped up tow iF product design awards - one for the Olympus Stylus XZ-2 premium compact (pictured) and one for the Olympus OM-D E-M5 compact system camera. Established in 1953, and sponsored throughout by the International Forum Design GmbH of Hanover Germany, the iF product design award is recognised all over the world as a symbol of outstanding design and innovation. This year, the jury picked the winners from 3011 products in 16 categories.
Friday, January 11, 2013
Our fifth award is for Compact Camera of the Year 2012, which goes to the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100.
“Sony have not only blurred the lines between compact and compact system in terms of the RX100’s features, performance and image quality, but somewhat inevitably perhaps also in terms of its price. $650/£550 is more than many mirrorless cameras and even some DSLRs too, but on the other hand this is no humble compact. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 is the first truly pocketable camera to offer a DSLR experience, and in that regard it could almost be seen as something of a bargain - it’s certainly deserving of our highest Essential! accolade.”
Congratulations to Sony and the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100!
The Samsung WB2100 is a 16.3-megapixel bridge camera with 35x optical zoom. Featuring an optically stabilised 25-875mm equivalent superzoom lens with a maximum aperture of f/3.0 at the wide end and f/6.0 at full telephoto, the Samsung WB2100 is capable of recording moving pictures in full 1920 x 1080 / 60i resolution, in addition to capturing sixteen-megapixel stills. Other highlights include a sweep panorama mode, a 3-inch tilting screen and automatic scene recognition. Pricing to be confirmed.
The Rollei Powerflex 240 HD is a compact superzoom camera with a 16-megapixel sensor and 24x optical zoom. Featuring a 25-600mm equivalent f/3.0-6.9 lens with optical image stabilisation, the Rolle Powerflex 240 HD comes equipped with a 1/2.3” CCD made by Sony. In addition to capturing high-resolution stills, the camera can also record high-definition video clips at a resolution of 1280x720 pixels and 30fps. The Rollei Powerflex 240 HD will go on sale in mid-January at a recommended retail price of $149.95.
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Want to see exactly what the new Canon PowerShot N camera looks like in the flesh?
Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of 34 photos of the Canon PowerShot N in both matt black and glossy white.
The Canon PowerShot N is a completely different compact camera with an unconventional square design, innovative zoom and shoot operation lens rings, built-in Wi-Fi, range of creative filters and a tilting touch screen.
Want to see exactly what the new Canon IXUS 140, PowerShot A3500 IS, PowerShot A2600 and PowerShot A1400 compact cameras look like in the flesh?
Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of 46 photos of the Canon IXUS 140, PowerShot A3500 IS, PowerShot A2600 and PowerShot A1400 compact cameras.
Want to see exactly what the new Fujifilm X100S camera looks like in the flesh?
Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of 32 photos of the Fujifilm X100S, including a side-by-side comparison with its predecessor, the X100, and its new stable-mate, the X20.
The Fujifilm X100S is a premium compact camera with a newly-developed 16.3 megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor, EXR Processor II and faster auto-focusing than the original X100.
This claim was certainly borne out in our direct comparison of the two cameras, with the X100s focusing almost instantaneously despite running very early firmware. The X100 with the most recent firmware update lagged noticeably behind, so the X100S certainly promises to fix one of the few major criticisms of the original model.
Other interesting features such as focus peaking and the clever “Digital Split Image”, which displays dual images on the left and right to be lined up for manual focusing, weren’t working on the pre-production model that we tried, but things certainly look promising for the new Fujifilm X100S.
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
The Sigma DP3 Merrill compact camera features a 50mm F2.8 lens and a 46 megapixel Foveon X3 sensor. The Sigma DP3 Merrill’s high-performance 50mm F2.8 lens has the equivalent angle of view as 75mm on a 35mm lens. The 23.5×15.7mm full-colour Foveon X3 direct image sensor (Generation name “Merrill”), featured in the Sigma DP3 Merrill incorporates 46 effective megapixels (4,800×3,200×3 layers). The availability and price of the Sigma DP3 Merrill have yet to be announced.
Nikon has added two new models to its Coolpix range of compact cameras in the form of the Wi-Fi enabled Coolpix S6500 and the stylish S2700. The Nikon Coolpix S6500 (pictured) comes with a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor and a wide-angle Nikkor 12x optical zoom lens covering a 35mm equivalent focal range of 25-300mm. The built-in Wi-Fi means you can transfer them directly to your smart device ready for uploading to your favourite social media venues. Additionally, you can use your smart device as a remote control for the camera.The Nikkon Coolpix S2700 comes without Wi-fi but has a slender 20.7 mm body with 6x optical zoom, and offers features like motion blur reduction, in-camera retouching and subject tracking auto focus. The S6500 has Full HD 1080p movie recording capabilities, while the S2700 offers 720p video only.
Sony has added seven new models to its Cyber-shot range of digital compact cameras. The Full HD enabled Sony Cyber-shot WX200 has an 18.2-megapixel CMOS sensor and 10x optical zoom with Optical SteadyShot (OSS), high-speed AF and Wi-Fi. The Cyber-shot WX80 offers a 16.2-megapixel imager, 8x optical zoom with OSS, Wi-fi and Full HD video. The Sony WX60 has similar specifications sans Wi-Fi. The Cyber-shot W730 also has a 16-megapixel imager and 8x optical zoom with OSS but shoots 720p movies instead of Full HD video. The Sony W710 has the same CCD as the W730 but comes with a 5x zoom lens without SteadyShot. The Sony Cyber-shot TF1 is a water-, dust-, shock- and freezeproof offering with 16 megapixels, 4x optical zoom, OSS and 720p video, while the AA battery powered Sony H200 (pictured) has a 20.1-megapixel CCD and 26x optical zoom.
The 12-megapixel Olympus TG-630 and 16-megapixel TG-830 are the latest additions to the manufacturer’s line-up of ruggedised Tough cameras. Waterproof to 5m, freezeproof to -10 °C and shockproof to 1.5m, the family-oriented Olympus TG-630 (£169.99) comes with a 28-140mm equivalent zoom lens. The more serious Olympus TG-830 (£249.99, pictured) is waterproof to 10m, crushproof to 100kg, freezeproof to -10 °C and shockproof to 2m;.and comes with built-in GPS and e-Compass. Both cameras offer 5x optical zoom, 60fps sequential shooting, Full HD video capture and advanced underwater white balance. The Olympus TG-630 is availabele from early February, while the Olympus TG-830 is expected to hit the shelves in mid-March.
The Olympus SZ-15 is a 16-megapixel compact camera with 24x optical zoom and an interesting telemacro function that allows users to capture great close-ups of tiny creatures from a very reasonable working distance. The 25-600mm equivalent zoom lens covers everything from ultra-wide angle to super-telephoto, while the image stabilisation system ensures sharp images even when the camera is used in a hand-held fashion. Also capable of shooting 720p HD movies, the Olympus SZ-15 is expected to hit the shops in mid-March, at a recommended retail price of £179.99.
The 16-megapixel Olympus SH-50 is the new flagship of the manufacturer’s Stylus Traveller range, featuring 24x optical zoom and a hybrid 5-axis Movie image stabilisation system. First seen in the Olympus OM-D E-M5 compact system camera, the manufacturer’s 5-axis Movie IS allows users to record shake-free video footage even when hand-holding the camera - and also helps when taking still photographs. Other highlights include 1080/60i/30p Full HD movie recording with sound as well as 720p HD with 120fps or HVGA with 240fps high-speed movie recording for slow-motion playback of fast-action scenes; a telemacro mode for shooting close-ups from as far as 40cm from the subject (great for timid creatures or stinging insects), “M” mode for manual adjustment of aperture and exposure time, and FlashAir compatibility for transferring password-protected images to selected smartphones and social networks. The Olympus SH-50 will be available from mid-March for £249.99.