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Monday, Jul 03, 2006

Fujifilm FinePix F30 Review - DCRP

Jul 03, 2006 | Category: Fujifilm FinePix F30

While it’s not quite perfect, the Fujifilm FinePix F30 won me over with its great high ISO performance, battery life, LCD, and manual controls. It’s a camera that I can recommend without hesitation.

Camera performance was very good in most areas. The F30 starts up quickly, focusing times were above average, and I didn’t find shutter lag to be a problem. Shot-to-shot times were just average, and I wasn’t terribly impressed with the continuous shooting modes either. Battery life, on the other hand, was stupendous — the F30 lasts longer than any compact camera on the market. The camera supports the USB 2.0 High Speed standard for fast photo transfers to your Mac or PC.

Photo quality was very good, especially in terms of high ISO performance. The F30 isn’t quite as clean as a digital SLR, but it’s way better than your typical fixed lens camera. You can print 8 x 10’s (and maybe larger) all the way through ISO 800, with smaller prints at ISO 1600. The F30 took generally well-exposed photos, though I thought the colors could be brighter. Sharpness was just about where I like it. Unfortunately the F30 has higher than average purple fringing levels, which is really a shame since Fuji got almost everything right.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC LZ3 Review -

Jul 03, 2006 | Category: Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ3

For a relatively inexpensive digital camera the Panasonic Lumix DMC LZ3 hits a high standard when it comes to picture quality. Importantly the camera is as at home in lowlight situations as it is in bright sunlight. Looking at the outdoor scenic shots the first point that strikes me is how sharply focused the photos are.The dedicated test for colour produces a fairly standard result. The colours are vivid without being at all shocking. Each colour is well balanced and levels on general are about right in my opinion.

I really like the Panasonic DMC LZ3. With its six times optical zoom lens it offers something different to so many digital cameras. Its simplicity is another factor that goes heavily in its favour. Picture quality is good and I think this camera represents a bit of a bargain.

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Sunday, Jul 02, 2006

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S600 Review - ThinkCamera

Jul 02, 2006 | Category: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S600

Although not as slim as some current cameras, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S600 is significantly cheaper, and you get Sony quality and features.

For many people the size is much better as it’s easier to hold and there’s space to set the controls out in a more intuitive layout. You also get an optical viewfinder, which many people still find is a more natural way to take photos, and a decent tripod socket.

The Sony DSC-S600 is a good value, all-round entry-level camera, though because it’s been built down to a price it’s unlikely to satisfy experienced photographers. But the well-chosen blend of features makes it an extremely good choice for general use and particularly while travelling and on holiday.

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Kodak EasyShare Z612 Review - Infosync

Jul 02, 2006 | Category: Kodak Easyshare Z612 Zoom

Photos looked natural with decent color and saturation, although some indoor shots displayed a yellowish tinge. Photos taken outdoors returned to normal, but bright light caused noticeable artifacts as well as a loss of certain details.

Overall? The Kodak EasyShare Z612 offers a mix of advanced features and ease of use. If you’re looking to step up from a basic point and shoot, but aren’t ready for a DSLR, the Z612 is a good option. Photo quality suffers a bit in certain lighting conditions, but overall snaps look natural. With the Z612’s 12X zoom, you’ll be able to get closer to the action than ever before (without suffering image distortion).

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Nikon Coolpix S5 Review -

Jul 02, 2006 | Category: Nikon Coolpix S5

In terms of focusing the Nikon Coolpix S5 starts off well enough but in many of the photos the sharpness drifts away as you move towards the edge of the photo. This is evident in the first outdoor landscape shot. In the centre of the photo the brickwork and the tiles on the building are in sharp focus. As you move away towards the edge the focus gets progressively softer. This happens to a greater degree than I am used to seeing with other similar digital cameras. This is also noticeable in both the second and third landscape shots as well.

The conclusions: Although I have found little to actually put me off this camera I am finding it difficult to come up with reasons why you should buy it in preference to other digital cameras with similar features.

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