Category: Digital Compact Cameras

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Nikon Coolpix A10

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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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.

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...

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Compact Camera of the Year 2015

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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.”

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Congratulations to Sony and the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV!

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...

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Canon IXUS 285 HS, IXUS 180 and IXUS 175

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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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.

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...

Olympus Stylus TG-870

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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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.

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...

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ100 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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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.

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.

Panasonic Lumix TZ100

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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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 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...

Panasonic Lumix TZ80

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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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.

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 ...

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ80 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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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.

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 PowerShot SX420 IS and SX540 HS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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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.

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...

Thursday, December 10, 2015

SeaLife Micro 2.0

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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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.

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...

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Light L16 - Waiting List Now Open

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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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.

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...

Light L16 - Waiting List Now Open

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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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.

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...

Friday, November 20, 2015

Panasonic Announce ‘Post Focus’ Firmware Update

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Panasonic have announced an upcoming firmware update for their Lumix G7, GX8 (pictured) and FZ330 digital cameras, which enables photographers to select whichever part of the image they want to be in focus post-capture. Operation of the Post Focus function is straightforward and easy: turn on the feature, compose and take your picture. Then, while reviewing the images simply touch the area you want the focus to be and a new image with the selected focus area will be produced as a separate photo. Post Focus has been made possible by combining the high-speed, high-precision DFD (Depth from Defocus) auto focus technology and Panasonic’s 4K technology (burst images in 4K resolution are shot at 30 fps while detecting up to 49 areas of a frame for focus points at different depths of field). The Post Focus firmware update will be available at 01:00 GMT on 25th November, 2015 on the LUMIX Global website.

Panasonic have announced an upcoming firmware update for their Lumix G7, GX8 (pictured) and FZ330 digital cameras, which enables photographers to select whichever part of the image they want to be in focus post-capture. Operation of the Post Focus function is straightforward and easy: turn on the...

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Double Christmas Cashback on Panasonic 4K Imaging Products

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Panasonic UK are offering a double cashback on the latest 4K cameras and camcorders. If you purchase an eligible product from a participating retailer between Wednesday 18th November and Sunday 6th December you will be able to claim cashback up to £300 (€400). To claim the cashback on qualifying Lumix, Lumix G camera and camcorder models, participants (aged 18 or over only) must complete an online registration form 28 days after product purchase. The last date for registration will be 7th March 2016. Click through / scroll down for a list of eligible products.

Panasonic UK are offering a double cashback on the latest 4K cameras and camcorders. If you purchase an eligible product from a participating retailer between Wednesday 18th November and Sunday 6th December you will be able to claim cashback up to £300 (€400). To claim the cashback on qualifying Lumix,...

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Leica D-Lux ‘Solid Gray’

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Leica Camera has introduced a new model in its compact camera range – the Leica D-Lux ‘Solid Gray’. Styled in a two-tone finish, with silver lens and control elements complementing the gray enamelled body; the Leica D-Lux Solid Gray is a variation on the current black D-Lux. Offering the same specifications as the standard model, the D-Lux Solid Gray includes an extensive feature set within its compact body, combined with intuitive handling. Key highlights include a fast, Leica DC Vario-Summilux 10.9–34mm f/1.7–2.8 ASPH. lens, a 13-megapixel FourThirds sensor, a high-resolution electronic viewfinder, Wi-Fi connectivity and 4K video recording capability. Included with the camera is a Leica CF D flash unit, also finished in silver, and a specially-designed, matching carrying strap. The Leica D-Lux Solid Gray will be available later this month for £825/$1,095.

Leica Camera has introduced a new model in its compact camera range – the Leica D-Lux ‘Solid Gray’. Styled in a two-tone finish, with silver lens and control elements complementing the gray enamelled body; the Leica D-Lux Solid Gray is a variation on the current black D-Lux. Offering...

Monday, October 26, 2015

Ricoh GR II Premium Kit Makes US Debut at Photo Plus Expo

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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At Photo Plus Expo, Ricoh Imaging Americas announced US pricing for the Ricoh GR II Premium Kit. Alongside the camera itself, the special package features a selection of exclusive items including an aluminium case, a GC-6 leather camera jacket with a matching GS-3 neck strap, GV-1 external viewfinder, GW-3 Wide-angle conversion lens and a commemorative pin badge. Limited to 1,200 units worldwide, the Ricoh GR II Premium Kit will be available for $1,299.99.

At Photo Plus Expo, Ricoh Imaging Americas announced US pricing for the Ricoh GR II Premium Kit. Alongside the camera itself, the special package features a selection of exclusive items including an aluminium case, a GC-6 leather camera jacket with a matching GS-3 neck strap, GV-1 external viewfinder, GW-3 Wide-angle...

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Panasonic Announce Christmas Cashback

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Panasonic UK are offering a range of promotions in time for the festive season. Those who purchase a qualifying Lumix camera or camcorder from a participating retailer before Monday 25 January 2016 will be eligible to claim up to £150 (€210) cashback. To take advantage of this offer, participants (aged 18 or over only) must complete the online registration form at the website below 28 days after product purchase.

Panasonic UK are offering a range of promotions in time for the festive season. Those who purchase a qualifying Lumix camera or camcorder from a participating retailer before Monday 25 January 2016 will be eligible to claim up to £150 (€210) cashback. To take advantage of this offer, participants (aged 18 or over...

Monday, October 19, 2015

DxO Announces UK Tour

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras, Software
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DxO will be attending events across the United Kingdom this autumn demonstrating the brand new DxO ONE camera. Exhibiting at the Bigger Picture Roadshows, PhotoVision Roadshows and events with key resellers, the company is providing an opportunity for users to get hands-on with the Dxo ONE, while learning how the DxO software suite -  DxO Optics Pro 10, DxO FilmPack 5 and DxO ViewPoint 2 - can improve their photographic workflow. Click through / scroll down for a list of events where you can see DxO live in action.

DxO will be attending events across the United Kingdom this autumn demonstrating the brand new DxO ONE camera. Exhibiting at the Bigger Picture Roadshows, PhotoVision Roadshows and events with key resellers, the company is providing an opportunity for users to get hands-on with the Dxo ONE, while learning how the...

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Sony RX1R II

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Sony RX1R II is a new "palm-sized" digital compact camera with a 42.4-megapixel full-frame sensor, a variable optical low-pass filter, a Zeiss Sonnar T* 35mm f/2 lens and a convenient retractable XGA OLED viewfinder for eye-level shooting. The three settings for the AA filter include “off”, which provides comparable effects to having no low-pass filter and is suitable when prioritising resolution, “standard”, which strikes a balance between resolution and removal of moiré and colour artifacts, and “high”, which places more emphasis on reducing moiré and artifacting. The RX1R II model is the first in Sony’s acclaimed RX line of compact cameras to feature Fast Hybrid AF capabilities. The camera’s sensor features 399 focal-plane phase-detection AF points that cover about 45% of the image area – the world’s widest AF coverage on a full-frame sensor – that work together with 25 contrast AF points to achieve focus response that is about 30% faster than the original model. Offering uncompressed 14-bit-per-channel raw image capture, the Sony RX1R II will be available in December 2015, priced at £2,600/$3,299.

The Sony RX1R II is a new "palm-sized" digital compact camera with a 42.4-megapixel full-frame sensor, a variable optical low-pass filter, a Zeiss Sonnar T* 35mm f/2 lens and a convenient retractable XGA OLED viewfinder for eye-level shooting. The three settings for the AA filter include “off”,...

Canon UK Announce Winter Cashback

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Canon are offering up to £75 on selected products in the United Kingdom. The cashback promotion runs from 14th October 2015 to 13th January 2016 for eligible products purchased from selected UK or Republic of Ireland retailers. Eligible products include seven SLRs, twelve lenses, two flash units, half a dozen compact cameras, six camcorders and four printers (click through / scroll down for the full list). Registering with Canon to claim cashback on any of these products will give you the chance to win a luxury trip to St. Moritz in Switzerland.

Canon are offering up to £75 on selected products in the United Kingdom. The cashback promotion runs from 14th October 2015 to 13th January 2016 for eligible products purchased from selected UK or Republic of Ireland retailers. Eligible products include seven SLRs, twelve lenses, two flash units, half a dozen compact...