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Canon PowerShot A700 – Review @ DCRP

DCRP has recently posted its in-depth review of the Canon PowerShot A700, a 6.0 megapixels (CCD sensor) point-and-shoot digital camera with 6x Optical Zoom lens (35 – 210mm equivalent) and a 2.5″LCD screen.

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“Camera performance was good in most areas. The A700 turns on quickly, focuses without much of a wait (it seemed faster than the A540), and shutter lag wasn’t a problem. Low light focusing was very good, thanks to the camera’s AF-assist lamp. Battery life was above average, with the A700 squeezing out 400 shots using two 2500 mAh NiMH batteries (using the CIPA standard).
Photo quality was very good. The A700 took well-exposed photos with accurate color, low purple fringing, and reasonable noise levels. The A700′s 6 Megapixel sensor has pretty good ISO performance, allowing you to print 4 x 6′s through ISO 400. The ISO 800 isn’t terribly useful, though you may be able to squeeze out a smaller print after running the image through something like NeatImage. The one area in which the A700 ran into trouble was with regard to “redeye” in flash photos. “

>> Canon PowerShot A700 Sample Pictures @ DCRP
>> Canon PowerShot A700 Review Roundup & Sample Pictures
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Canon PowerShot SD600 / IXUS 60 – Review @ Steve’sDigicams

Steve’sDigicams have recently posted a review of the Canon PowerShot SD600 / IXUS 60, a 6.0 megapixels point-and-shoot digital camera (released on 21.02.06) featuring 3x Optical Zoom lens (35 – 105mm equivalent), a 2.5″ LCD screen, and a real image optical view finder.

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“The majority of our outdoor samples were sharp and showed good overall exposure. However, I did notice a bit of edge softness on some of our images, but no more than the typical consumer camera. Color saturation is pleasing for a coNsumer model…Bottom line – The Canon PowerShot SD600 is a welcomed addition to this awesome ultra-compact line. Not only can this model be carried in any size pocket, it’s ready to capture that special moment in an instant with such robust performance. Image quality was very good for a consumer model, and with 6-megapixels you’ll have plenty of resolution to create photo-lab quality 8×10-inch or larger prints.”

>> Canon PowerShot SD600 / IXUS 60 Review Roundup and Sample Pictures
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Sony CyberShot DSC-N1 – Review @ PopPhoto

Popular Photography’s Jack Howard has posted a review of the Sony DSC-N1, an 8.0 Megapixel (CCD) point-and-shoot digital camera with 3x zoom lens (38-114mm equivalent in 35mm) and a 3″ TFT touch screen.

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“The camera performed well in the lab, putting up good numbers in several categories. Resolution is Extremely High from ISO 64 to ISO 400, and Very High at ISO 800. Color Accuracy is High (Average Delta E: 10.54, ISO 64, Auto White Balance), Noise is Very Low at ISO 64 (1.4), Low at ISO 100 (1.75), Moderately Low at ISO 200 (2.37), Moderate at ISO 400 (2.66), and Moderately Low at ISO 800 (2.35)…”

>> Sony DSC-N1 Review Roundup and Sample photos
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Fujifilm Finepix V10 – Review @ CNET

CNET 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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“Image quality was average. The Fujifilm FinePix V10 mixes good imaging characteristics with bad, resulting in less than thrilling overall photo quality. For example, it produces a good exposure, rendering detail well in the shadows. But to do so, it sacrifices the highlights, which quickly wash out… Overall, the FinePix V10 renders neutral colors, albeit a bit on the warm side. The automatic white balance does a better job than most of taming incandescent lighting. The flash’s red-eye-prevention feature works particularly well; pupils usually ended up with attractive catch lights at the center. “

>> Fujifilm FinePix V10 Review Roundup & Sample Pictures
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Canon PowerShot SD600 / IXUS 60 – Review @ PocketLint

PocketLint’s Doug Harman has recently posted a review of Canon PowerShot SD600 / IXUS 60, a 6.0 megapixels point-and-shoot digital camera (released on 21.02.06) featuring 3x Optical Zoom lens (35 – 105mm equivalent), a 2.5″ LCD screen, and a real image optical view finder.

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“…that image quality is quite simply excellent. Colour is natural – but adjustable – if you need more or less vibrancy. Images are sharp thanks to both the nine-point AF set up and the DIGIC II processing. The 6MP sensor provides plenty of detail but more importantly so does the very sharp, 3x, 35-105mm F/2.8 optical zoom lens, its ultra-high refractive index aspherical (or UA) optics allow both a compact lens (and so camera body) design and provide great clarity too. Finally, at either the ISO 80 or 100 settings images are extremely clean and free of noise.”

>> Canon PowerShot SD600 / IXUS 60 Review Roundup and Sample Pictures
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Canon PowerShot A700 – Review @ CNET

CNET has recently posted its review of Canon PowerShot A700, a 6.0 megapixels (CCD sensor) point-and-shoot digital camera with 6x Optical Zoom lens (35 – 210mm equivalent) and a 2.5″LCD screen.

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“We liked the Canon PowerShot A700′s images, which were very similar to those of the less expensive A540. Metering in both cameras sacrificed detail in highlights in order to preserve detail in shadows, both had well-saturated colors, and neither had much noticeable purple fringing. The A700 produced slightly more neutral flesh tones than did the A540, plus its automatic white-balance systems kept colors pure under both daylight and incandescent light.”

>> Canon PowerShot A700 Review Roundup & Sample Pictures
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Canon PowerShot A700 – Review @ Steve’sDigicams

Steve’sDigicams has recently posted its in-depth review of Canon PowerShot A700, a 6.0 megapixels (CCD sensor) point-and-shoot digital camera with 6x Optical Zoom lens (35 – 210mm equivalent) and a 2.5″LCD screen.

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“Noise is nonexistent at the lower ISO settings (80 or 100), but does become more noticeable as the sensitivity is increased. While ISO 800 is filled with visible imager noise, I feel the ability to use higher than normal shutter speeds in marginal lighting conditions makes up for the decrease in image quality. ..Bottom line – The Canon PowerShot A700 is an awesome consumer digital camera. One that I would highly recommend to anyone in the market for a fair priced model with loads of user friendly features and outstanding image quality and performance. Its 6x optical zoom will blow away the competition’s typical 3x zoom, and with 6-megapixels, you can create beautiful 13×19-inch or larger prints. “

>> Canon PowerShot A700 Sample Pictures @ Steve’sDigicams
>> Canon PowerShot A700 Review Roundup & Sample Pictures
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Nikon Coolpix P4 – Review @ Steve’sDigicams

Steve’sDigicams 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 P4 offers additional in-camera sharpness settings of High, Normal, Low and Off. The white balance and exposure system did well under various lighting conditions, producing images with accurate color reproduction and good saturation…
Bottom line – Nikon’s Coolpix P4 is a capable compact digicam that produces good quality 8-megapixel images and VGA sized movies. Beginners will enjoy its fully automatic and scene assist modes, while intermediate users will be able to get creative with Aperture priority and the range of adjustments available in Programmed auto mode.”

>> Nikon Coolpix P4 Sample Photos @ Steve’sDigicams
>> Nikon Coolpix P4 Review Roundup & Sample Photos
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Canon PowerShot A430 – Review @ PopPhoto

Popular Photography’s Bill Schiffner 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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“The A430 is a very compact and ergonomic unit. The camera’s brushed metal construction feels very comfortable in your hand and the various control buttons are well placed throughout the body and easily accessed by your fingertips. One negative, however, the zoom button is located on the back of the camera so it takes a little getting used to when you are using the viewfinder to frame your shot and trying to zoom….

All in all, the Powershot A430 has a host of features to suit a consumer looking at making the leap to digital photography. It’s compact, easy to use and has a 4x optical zoom. In addition, Canon has added some of the latest features normally found on some of their higher end models making it one very efficient camera.”

>> Canon PowerShot A430 Sample Pictures @ Steve’sDigicams
>> Canon PowerShot A430 Review Roundup & Sample Pictures
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Casio Exilim EX-Z850 – Review @ CNET Asia

CNET Asia’s Kevin Wu Li has posted a review on Casio Exilim EX-Z850, an 8.1 megapixels (CCD sensor) point-and-shoot digital camera featuring 3x Optical Zoom lens (35 – 210mm equivalent) with anti-shake technology, and a 2.5″LCD screen. He gives the camera 6.8 out of 10 (good) and writes;

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“Our images produced nice saturated colors which we liked but some of our pictures exhibited blown-out highlights which caused us to lose some details. In ambient surroundings, the camera produced decent captures in Night mode. However, with flash, there was an unnatural brightness in some of our images. The objects in the center of the picture tended to be brighter than the surroundings.

The anti-shake feature had its limitations when it came to moving subjects or shaky hands. Proper photo-taking techniques still had to be observed. Noise wasn’t an issue and was reasonably contained even at the maximum sensitivity level of ISO 400.”

>> Casio Exilim EX-Z850 Review Roundup and Sample Pictures
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