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Sunday, Jul 03, 2005

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S40 Review - Steve’s Digicams

Jul 03, 2005 | Category: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S40

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S40 Sony’s new Stamina series of Cyber-shot digital cameras set a new standard for speed, battery life and picture quality in compact cameras. The DSC-S40 is an easy-to-use, four-megapixel camera that’s packed with features like Sony’s Real Imaging Processor™ circuitry for better battery efficiency, more responsiveness and high quality movie taking. The Carl Zeiss 3X optical zoom lens complements the high resolution imager for great picture clarity, while 32 MB of internal memory and a Memory Stick media slot provide plenty of storage capacity.

The 1.5″ color LCD Monitor can be used for framing shots and reviewing pictures. So that pictures are captured in-focus with the proper lighting and exposure, the S40 has a smart auto-focusing and exposure system; meaning that even if the subject is off-center and in a difficult lighting situation, the camera can automatically make the necessary adjustments. The S40 lets you take approximately 110 shots while using two “AA” type batteries and around 550 shots while using a NIMH rechargeable battery.

Easy shooting with fully Automatic, Program AE and 7 Scene Modes, parameters can be matched to the shooting conditions. Choose from one of the following: Twilight, Twilight Portrait, Soft Snap, Landscape, Beach, Snow, and Candle. Or choose Manual mode when you really want to get creative. Burst mode lets you capture up to 4 shots at full 4MP resolution at 0.7frames/sec. Perfect for high speed subjects or fast moving action such as sports or small children. And MPEG Movie VX Mode with audio captures VGA (640 x 480) high frame rate (up to 30 frames per second) audio/video clips with length limited only by the capacity of the media.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ1 and LZ2 Review - DigicamReview

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ1Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ2This is a joint review of the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ1 and LZ2. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ1 and LZ2 both feature a 6x optical zoom lens, the main difference is that that LZ1 is a 4 megapixel digital camera, whereas the LZ2 is a 5 megapixel camera. The LZ1 is available from around £170, and the LZ2 is available from around £195 - they are both quite compact considering the zoom power - the 6x optical zoom lens is equivalent to 37-222mm on a 35mm camera. They both feature a 2″ TFT screen. The camera is enclosed in a silver plastic body, with the LZ2 being available in silver or black. It records unlimited 320 x 240 / 30fps videos without sound on the LZ1, and with sound on the LZ2. The camera’s quite compact, takes AA batteries and measures: 101 x 64 x 33 mm (without protruding parts), and weighs 224g (without the battery and memory card)

Image quality is excellent, the images have extremely accurate colour, saturation, contrast and good detail - however there is some purple fringing. Images tend to come out of the camera perfectly, without requiring any post-processing! The camera did a good job focusing the majority of the time, only slightly struggling in low light. Noise was on the high side, especially at ISO 200 and 400. I didn’t notice any vignetting in the corners. There is a good range of image sizes and a good choice of compression options. The macro mode is very good. Auto white balance and metering seemed to be very good. Red-eye was controlled fairly well. The movie mode is slightly better than average, at 320×240 / 30fps although unfortunately doesn’t record sound on the LZ1, and on the LZ2 the camera has no built in speaker for playback.

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Nikon D50 Review - DCviews

Jul 03, 2005 | Category: Nikon D50

Nikon-D50DC views wrote in ‘Nikon D50 Review’: Available in black or silver, sporting a 6.1 effective megapixel sensor, full automatic control, several scene modes and full manual settings, the D50 is primarily aimed at those photographers who are looking to upgrade from a compact camera.

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Canon IXUS 700 / Powershot SD500 Review - Pocket-lint

Jul 03, 2005 | Category: Canon IXUS 700 / Powershot SD500

Canon IXUS 700 / Powershot SD500Image wise, the camera as you would expect from 7 megapixels takes a good shot with plenty of detail. The Ixus 700 features the Digic II processor found in the 350D and the 20D giving you a quick response time for those moments when speed is of the essence and the ability to shoot 2 fps until memory card is full. Combine this with the cameras several automated modes and you’ve got a camera suitable for most situations. Those with a photographic streak can manually set most elements if they want to. We found the flash to be a tiny bit too powerful (see examples) although we’ve found this on most Ixus models.

Colour wise, the camera coped well with the different subjects we tested it with. The multiple amount of greens on in the garden shot shows plenty of definition although highlights – see the flowers were slightly high compared with the midtones and shadows.

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Friday, Jul 01, 2005

Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20 Review - LetsGoDigital

Jul 01, 2005 | Category: Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20

Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20Konica Minolta introduced the DiMAGE Z20 worldwide at the beginning of this year, 21 January 2005, to tell you precisely. The new Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20 is equipped with a 5 Megapixel CCD image sensor and features an 8x optical zoom lens. The digital cameras from the DiMAGE Z-line are very popular and feature a most attractive price. These mega zoom digital cameras have been working on an impressive march lately and are definitely conquering a part of the market share. Unlike its brother, the DiMAGE Z5, the Konica Minolta Z20 has to do without the handy anti-shake system; nonetheless the Z20 offers just about everything an enhanced amateur can wish for.

The Z-series, already available for some time now in today’s market, remain the odd one out of the Konica Minolta assortment. Qualifying the camera as an entry-level would derogate from the concept, but ranging it as a semi-professional wouldn’t be right either. Let’s just say that the Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20 is a digital camera that will be warmly welcomed by the beginning photographer and it will also certainly be appreciated by the advanced one, in fact a perfect digital camera for the crowd. The DiMAGE Z20 is equipped with an advanced auto focus (Rapid AF) and this makes the Z20 stand out from competing digital cameras. The design is definitely not a traditional one; even somewhat futuristic, but ergonomically it is perfectly right.

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