CamerasUK have just posted their review of the Fujifilm FinePix S9500 Zoom/S9000 Zoom, a 9 Megapixels with a long 10.7 optical zoom and 1.8″ LCD screen.
“Moving outdoors differences are less noticeable. Perhaps this is not surprising as most digital cameras can produce a decent shoot outside in good lighting conditions. Therefore it is that bit harder for the Finepix S9500 to really stand out from the rest. In terms of focusing the camera does o.k., but the shots are no sharper than I am used to seeing with a number of point and shoot cameras. In fact some of the better point and shoot models produce sharper images. I also feel that focusing does slip away when you move out towards the edge of a photo. This is especially noticeable when the zoom lens is fully extended.”
Megapixel have recently published a review of the Nikon Coolpix S6, a 6.0 megapixels (CCD sensor) point-and-shoot digital camera (released on 21.02.06) with 3x Optical Zoom lens (38-116mm equivalent), a huge 3.0″ LCD screen, and a Built-in WiFi. In conclusion Steve writes;
“With the S6, noise is almost absent at the 50 and 100 ISO levels, and minimal at 200 ISO. At 400 ISO is it more readily visible, but images captured at that sensitivity remain quite good when printed to a size no larger than 4 x 6 (10 x 15 cm). On the optical side, the Coolpix S6′s image are free of any chromatic aberration over the entire focal length range of the zoom, and reveal no major distortion, either barrel or pincushion, at any point.”
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Fujifilm FinePix Z3 is a point-and-shoot digital camera (released on 30.05.06), featuring a 5.1 megapixels (CCD sensor), ISO range up to 1600, 3x Optical Zoom lens (38-116mm equivalent), and a huge 2.5″ LCD screen. Fujifilm FinePix Z3 will be available in silver, metallic blue and light pink.
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Name: Batch Image Resizer
Description: Batch resize, rotate, stamp, convert your images. It can work with the major image formats, including JPEG, BMP, GIF, PCX, PNG. You can batch resize, rotate, stamp text on your images and convert format to others. It allows you to view images and GIF animations before or after editing.The Windows Explorer-like pane on the left side of Batch Image Resizer interface makes the program familiar enough to use. Apart from resizing and conversion, you can rotate photographs and add comments. Conversion supports common formats such as JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG, and PCX.
License: Free to try; $29.95 to buy
File Size: 739.02K
Requirements: Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP
LetsGoDigital have posted a review of the Olympus Mju 700, a 7.1 megapixels point-and-shoot digital camera featuring ‘BrightCapture Technology’ which will allow you to take perfectly exposed shot in low light withouth having to use flash, a weatherproof metal body with 3x optical zoom (37-111mm equivalent) and a large 2.5″ LCD Screen.
“The Olympus Mju 700 gives you good image quality, the colour reproduction is fine and the user friendly operation is a joy to experience. The quality of the automatic white balance pictures is very good and hardly need to be corrected. The integrated pre-programmed scène modes make it much easier to take complicated pictures. The built-in Help function in particular is a welcome alternative to ploughing through an instruction manual.”
Name: JBatch It
Description: JBatch is an automated Batch JPEG, GIF, PNG and BMP Imaging Editor which allows you to resize, rename, add captions, add droo shadow effects.
License: Free to try; $29.95 to buy
File Size: 4.18MB
Requirements: Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003 Server
DigicamReview have recently posted their review of the Canon PowerShot SD430 Digital ELPH, a 5.0 megapixels (CCD) digital camera with 3x optical zoom ( 35-105mm f/2.8-4.9), 2.0″ Color LCD with Night Display Control and a built-in wireless control for image transfer and printing.
“Image quality is good, the images have very good colour, with good contrast and detail, with low noise except at higher ISO settings, luckily ISO is kept low even when the camera is left on auto and images are taken with flash. Images were slightly soft. Purple fringing was quite low, as was red-eye. The camera is able to focus in low light thanks to the focus assist lamp. Vignetting in photos was very mild and I did not notice barrel or pincushion distortion. There is a good range of image sizes and the compression options, although unfortunately there is no choice regarding aspect ratio. Auto white balance, metering, and exposure seemed to be good to very good. There are numerous scene modes built in and some more creative modes available in my colours. There a good video mode including an unusual 60fps mode although compression isn’t very high meaning videos will need to be kept fairly short.”