Archive for April, 2006

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Sony Cybershot DSC-W50 – Review @ Steve’sDigicams

Steve’sDigicams have reviewed the Sony CyberShot DSC-W50, a 6.0 megapixel (CCD) point-and-shoot digital camera with Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 3x optical zoom lens (38 – 114mm equivalent), and a 2.5″ LCD Screen.

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“The Sony Cyber-shot W50 is a good all-around performer. Weighing-in at just under 6 ounces (including battery and Memory Stick Duo), the W50 is both pocketable and stylish while still providing the optical viewfinder that its competitors frequently omit. With very good image quality, 6-megapixels of resolution, versatile sensitivity range, high-quality movies and an MSRP of under $250, the Sony DSC-W50 is a very good value.

>> Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W50 Sample Pictures @ Steve’sDigicams
>> Sony-Cybershot-DSC-W50 Review Roundup and Sample Photos
>> Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W50 Latest Price

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Sony Cybershot DSC-W30 – Review @ Steve’sDigicams

Steve’sDigicams has just posted a review of the Sony CyberShot DSC-W30, a 6.0 megapixel (CCD) point-and-shoot digital camera with Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 3x optical zoom lens (38 – 114mm equivalent), and a 2.0″ LCD Screen.

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“I was pleased with the image quality of the W30′s 6M Fine mode. Outdoor images were well-exposed and sharp with true to life colors. Indoor shots are limited to small rooms and small group portraits because of the W30′s limited flash range (13 feet at wide angle) and the lens limited field of view at its full 38mm wide angle. Portraits had realistic skin tones, but the red eye reduction flash mode proved only marginally effective because of its relatively weak power. “

>> Sony CyberShot DSC-W30 Sample Pictures @ Steve’sDigicams
>> Sony CyberShot DSC-W30 Review Roundup and Sample Pictures
>> Sony CyberShot DSC-W30 Latest Price

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1 – Review @ PhotographyBlog

PhotographyBlog has recently reviewed the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1, the world’s smallest point-and-shoot digital camera (released on 14.02.06) with 10x optical (equivalent to 35-350mm) Leica DC zoom lens, featuring a 5.0 megapixels (CCD), Image Stabilizer, and a 2.5-inch LCD screen.

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“Image quality is on the whole good, although the inability to alter sharpness in the camera is frustrating as the images are soft. The 5 megapixel 1/2.5 inch sensor used in the DMC-TZ1 is not as noisy as those used in other Panasonic cameras that I have tested, with ISO 80-200 being perfectly usable…. The TZ1 may be just a simple point and shoot camera in terms of creativity, with no control over aperture or shutter speeds, but you may also find that the focal range is simply too liberating to ignore. Highly recommended.”

>> Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1 Sample Pictures @ PhotographyBlog
>> Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1 Review Roundup and Sample Photos
>> Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1 Latest Price

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Nikon Coolpix P4 – Review @ TrustedReviews

TrustedReview’s Cliff Smith has recently posted a review of the Nikon Coolpix P4, an 8.1 megapixels (CCD sensor) with 3.5x optical zoom lens, a 2.5″ LCD screen, and a built-in Vibration Reduction (VR).

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“In the Coolpix P4 Nikon has produced an excellent all-rounder, a pocket compact camera with a wider than average zoom range, a useful selection of features and options, and superb image quality. It is rather expensive compared to its immediate competition, but the extra money buys the quality and reliability that go with the Nikon brand. If you are looking for something a little more than the average snapshot camera it is well worth a look.”

>> Nikon Coolpix P4 Review Roundup & Sample Photos
>> Nikon Coolpix P4 Latest Price

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Fujifilm Finepix V10 – Review @ PopPhoto

PopPhoto have recently posted a review of the Fujifilm FinePix V10, a 5.1 megapixel point-and-shoot digital camera (Super CCD) with 3x optical zoom and a huge 3″ LCD screen. They give the camera 7 out of 10 and write;

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“The Fujifilm Finepix V10 may have 4 built-in games, but it’s not playing around when it comes to image quality. It’s a serious contender in the 5MP category. And with a street price of $300, it’s also a well-priced camera for its class.”

>> Fujifilm FinePix V10 Review Roundup & Sample Pictures
>> Fujifilm FinePix V10 Hottest Price

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Canon PowerShot A430 – Review @ CNET

CNET has posted a review of Canon PowerShot A430, a 4.0 megapixels (CCD sensor) point-and-shoot digital camera with 4x Optical Zoom lens (39 – 156mm equivalent), and a 1.8″ LCD screen

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“Image quality is decent on the A430, but colors tend to run oversaturated and cool; using the manual white balance yields the most neutral result. There’s a fair amount of fringing, and noise is a nuisance on this camera, with speckles appearing in shots taken at sensitivities as low as ISO 200. The noise tends to be even enough to pass off as artsy film grain, but it’s still irritating at higher ISO settings.”

>> Canon PowerShot A430 Review Roundup & Sample Pictures
>> Canon PowerShot A430 Latest Price

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Panasonic DMC-LS2 – Review @ DigicamReview

Digicamreview has reviewed the Panasonic DMC-LS2, a 5.0 megapixel point-and-shoot digital camera with 3x optical zoom (35-105mm) and 2″ LCD Screen.

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“Image quality is very good, the images have very good colour, with high saturation, contrast and detail. Outdoors images have low noise, but indoors noise is higher than average, especially at the higher ISO settings. Images were sharper than normal straight from the camera compared to other cameras. Purple fringing was quite low, although red-eye was visible in shome shots. The camera did a good job focusing the majority of the time, even in low light. I did not notice vignetting in photos, nor did I notice barrel or pincushion distortion. There is a very good range of image sizes, and a good choice of compression options. Auto white balance, metering, and exposure seemed to be good to very good. “

>> Panasonic DMC-LS2 Latest Price

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Samsung GX-1S DSLR – Review @ Digitalcamerainfo

DigitalCameraInfo’s Patric Singleton has recently posted his review of the Samsung GX-1S DSLR, a 6.1 Megapixel (CCD sensor) Pentax mount Digital SLR camera featuring a large 2.5 inch LCD screen, high speed 2.8 fps up to 8 frames in JPEG mode CCD sensor.

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“The GX-1S delivered very good noise performance in manual mode as well. When the image mode is set to “Natural,” rather than “Bright,” the GX-1S surpasses the performance of the similar Pentax *ist DL. The two cameras’ noise curves are very similar. Notably, the GX-1S’s noise level increases gradually at higher ISOs – there isn’t a single point at which the GX-1S suddenly deteriorates precipitously. “

In conclusion, he writes;

“Likes: Solid Construction, Large, high-resolution LCD, Good Usability, Mirror lock connected to self-timer, Excellent user manual, Compact body, Nice color reproduction, Handles noise well at lower ISOs, Very easy to use
Dislikes: Poor resolution performance, Unreliable meter – often underexposed, Poor autofocus, Grip is uncomfortable for some users, Kit lens has small maximum aperture”

>> Samsung GX-1S Review Roundup and Sample Pictures
>> Samsung GX-1S Latest Price

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Pentax Optio W10 – Review @ DigitalCameraReview

Digitalcamerareview have posted a review of the Pentax Optio W10, a 6.0 megapixels (CCD sensor) waterproof point-and-shoot digital camera (released on 16.02.06) with 3x optical zoom (equivalent to 38mm – 114mm) and a 2.5″ LCD screen.

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“I was very impressed with the image quality of the Optio W10. Images showed accurate color and good exposure in a variety of conditions. Detail in the images was excellent throughout the entire frame. Chromatic aberration was very hard to notice, but I did see some reddish edges when looking very closely at some images containing some high contrast areas. Macro performance was also very impressive, showing good detail on a lot of close-up shots.”

In conclusion they write;

“Pros: Waterproofing, Good battery life, Easy operation, Excellent image quality
Cons: LCD hard to see in bright conditions, Slow shutter lag when focus lock is not achieved first”

>> Pentax Optio W10 Review Roundup and Sample Pictures
>> Pentax Optio W10 Hottest Price

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Nikon Coolpix P4 – Review @ PhotographyBlog

PhotographyBlog’s Mark Goldstein has recently posted a review of the Nikon Coolpix P4, an 8.1 megapixels (CCD sensor) with 3.5x optical zoom lens, a 2.5″ LCD screen, and a built-in Vibration Reduction (VR).

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“…The Nikon Coolpix P4 produced images of very good quality during the review period. The 8 megapixel images were a little soft straight out of the camera at the default sharpening setting and ideally require some further sharpening in an application like Adobe Photoshop. Alternatively you can change the in-camera setting to one of four levels to suit your taste. The Nikon Coolpix P4 dealt very well with chromatic aberrations, with limited purple fringing appearing only in high contrast situations and at the edge of the frame. Macro performance is above average, allowing you to focus as close as 4cms away from the subject. The built-in flash worked well indoors, with no red-eye and good overall exposure. The night photograph was a weak point, with the maximum shutter speed of 8 seconds in the Night Landscape scene mode not being that versatile. “

>> Nikon Coolpix P4 Sample Photos @ PhotographyBlog
>> Nikon Coolpix P4 Review Roundup & Sample Photos
>> Nikon Coolpix P4 Latest Price

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