Olympus Stylus 770 SW reviewed

Olympus Stylus 770Sw

This point-and-shoot camera's rugged body, which is sealed against the elements and capable of withstanding rough handling, is otherwise fairly standard for its class. But the fact that the Olympus 770 SW is water/freeze/ crush/shock-proof makes it stand out from the rest. Outdoor enthusiasts may well be able to overlook some of its performance and image quality shortcomings, as well as its basic feature set, knowing that the Olympus Stylus 770 SW can handle whatever physical challenges are thrown its way. Caution when using Digital Image Stabilization, the Available Light Scene mode, and high ISOs should help prevent most image noise, giving snapshooters a way to capture decent -- albeit not great -- images of their outdoor adventures.

Via Imaging Resource

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Tamron AF18-250mm F/3.5-6.3 Di-II LD Aspherical (IF) Macro (whew!)

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Tamron set out to design a compact power zoom that would not skimp on quality or range and for the most part have succeeded in delivering both. There’s no question that a 13.9x tele is a remarkable feat, albeit at the price of an f/6.3 maximum aperture at the tele end. Were this a lens for a film camera this max aperture might eliminate it from consideration, but with digital it can be compensated for by simply raising ISO to a reasonably high speed. Necessarily, you need to make sure shutter speed is such that you will not create camera shake when working racked out; I generally work with Shutter Priority at the longer focal lengths and strive to shoot at 1/500 sec when possible. However, I did shoot a few night scenes with the lens and properly braced it did just fine. Shake, as you know, is mostly operator failure and only somewhat camera failure, although having a fairly narrow max aperture makes you aware of it more than if you had a faster lens.

Via Shutterbug

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W200 reviewed

Sony Cybershot Dsc W200

In a camera with a really good low-dispersion lens, limited image compression, and really great noise suppression algorithms, the 12-megapixel sensor could possibly yield some excellent photos. The W200 is not that camera. If you derive emotional sustenance from knowing you've got the highest-resolution camera on the block, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W200 might help fill that gaping void in your soul. But if you're looking for a compact snapshot camera that will provide great photos at a reasonable price, any model on our list of top ultracompact cameras will deliver better photos for the money.

Via Crave

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Fujifilm F40fd reviewed

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The 8.3-megapixel Fujifilm FinePix F40fd has more resolution than its F-series siblings and proved through performance tests that its new 1/1.6-inch image sensor is worthy of the hype; it kept noise to a minimum and resolution to a maximum. Pictures were sharply focused and properly exposed with the help of the face detection auto focus system and the vast ISO range. Great-looking pictures are priceless, but the vehicle to get those pictures only retails for $299. The F40fd doesn’t have manual control or even a decent burst mode, but it will suffice for consumers who want an automatic point-and-shoot to snap great pictures.

Via Digital Camera Info

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Fuji Finepix S9600 Review

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In terms of design and style the Fuji Finepix S9600 is as close as you will get to a digital SLR without buying one. It dwarfs almost every other compact digital camera on the market. This means that there is a much larger lens unit on the Finepix S9600 than on other digital cameras. The idea behind this is quite simple. A larger lens is easier to engineer and should therefore lead to better quality photos then you generally capture with a consumer digital camera.

Via Cameras.co.uk

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12MP Casio Exilim Zoom EX-Z1200 reviewed

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Casio, like Panasonic earlier today, just pumped out their own 12.1 megapixel shooter, the Exilim Zoom EX-Z1200. A 1/1.7-inch CCD and 3x zoom lens will be responsible for collecting the photons while the Exilim Engine 2.0 processing attempts to make sense of it all. Casio's flagship compact also delivers CCD-shift image stabilization and range of blur-reduction technologies bent on making the most of that ISO 1600 sensivity -- if reviews of its EX-Z1000 cuz are anything to go by then that's probably not saying much.

Via Engadget

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 reviewed

Panasonic Lumix Dmc-Tz3

We like:
Wide, powerful lens with little distortion; quick performance

We don't like:
No manual exposure controls; tiny buttons; no stop-motion movie mode

CNET.co.uk judgement:
Though it leaves out one fun little shooting mode, the Panasonic DMC-TZ3 improves upon its predecessor in nearly every way

Via C|Net

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Canon PowerShot A570 IS reviewed

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The image quality of the Canon PowerShot A570 IS camera is great. The colours are saturated and appear natural. The saturation is a bit strong for my taste, but that is a personal preference. The Canon PowerShot A570 IS may not perform perfectly in extreme artificial lighting, but a simple white balance correction will resolve this problem immediately. The images are rich in detail, and even very high contrast situations are no problem.

Via LetsGoDigital

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Nikon CoolPix P5000 reviewed

Nikon Coolpix P5000

The Nikon CoolPix P5000 isn’t the top-drawer semi-pro compact that many were hoping for, but it is a well-made and well-specified camera suitable for more experienced photographers. Its lack of performance and slow AF system are handicaps, but comfortable handling, a good range of options and features, and excellent photographic results more than compensate.

Via TrustedReviews

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More pix of the Pentax 645 medium format

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Pentax were showcasing their 645 medium format digital camera again, following its appearance at Photokina in Autumn 2006.

Via PhotographyBlog

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Sony DSC-W100 reviewed

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The Sony DSC-W100 takes up where the W50 left off, offering an increase in resolution to 8.1 megapixels, while retaining all the other technical specifications and characteristics of its predecessor, such as the Carl Zeiss 3X optical zoom and the 2.5-inch LCD monitor.

Via Megapixel

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Leica C-Lux 2 updated to 7MP

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The C-Lux 2 has a Leica DC Vario-Elmarit f/2.8–5.6/4.6–16.4 mm lens (28–100 mm in 35 mm). It consists of 7 elements in 6 groups - quite impressive for such a compact camera - and it has optical image stabilization...

Via DC Views

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Canon Digital IXUS 65 reviewed

Canon Digital Ixus 65

The Canon IXUS 65 is a potentially lovely little camera which could have been one of the best pocket compacts on the market, with great build quality, stunning performance, attractive but functional styling and good value for money, but sadly it is let down by a number of major image quality issues, especially high-ISO image noise.

Via TrustedReviews

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