PhotographyBLOG has reviewed the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS travel-zoom camera. This compact digicam features a 12.1-megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor, a 3-inch LCD screen, the DIGIC 4 image processing engine, a full 1080p HD movie mode with Stereo sound and an HDMI output. Additional specs include a built-in GPS, a full range of manual exposure modes for more experienced photographers looking to take control, an 8.1 fps burst shooting at 3-megapixel resolution and a Super Slow Motion Movie mode. Here is the conclusion:
The new Canon PowerShot SX230 HS is a more sensibly priced and better-specced challenger to the market-leading Panasonic TZ-series, going head to head with the TZ20, which it actually betters on paper in quite a few aspects. Judged on its own merits, the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS is an easy recommendation as a travel zoom camera that does it all with the minimum of fuss.
Available in pink, blue or black, the Canon PowerShot SX230 is priced at £299 or approx. $350. [PhotographyBLOG]
Photography Bay has reviewed the new Nikon Coolpix P7000 point-and-shoot camera. The camera features a 10.1MP image sensor with a 7.1x optical zoom, a hot shoe for external flashes and the ability to capture 720p HD video. The Nikon Coolpix P7000 also has an Optical Vibration Reduction, ISO 100-6400 at full resolution (ISO 12800 at 3MP), a 3-inch 921k-dot resolution display, an optical viewfinder, RAW file capture and an external mic port. Here is the conclusion:
When it comes to image quality, the P7000 can hold its own against the best of the advanced point and shoot cameras. The overall design and feature set of the P7000 is solid, but it’s not quite enough to make up for the sluggish operation. As a result, I would have to recommend that prospective purchasers look toward the Canon G12 unless you have a specific reason for adding the camera to an existing Nikon system.
Some friends from Photography Bay have reviewed the new Canon PowerShot G12. It is a 10MP point-and-shoot camera, which is designed for the enthusiast photographer. The Canon PowerShot G12 features a 5x optical zoom (28-140mm equivalent) with an Optical Image Stabilization, an ISO 80-3200, an ISO 12800 at 2.5-megapixels, a 2.8-inch articulating LCD display, a Hotshoe for external flash and 720p HD video capture capabilities. Here is the conclusion:
While the Canon G12 is still a point and shoot camera with a small sensor that doesn’t match the quality of some of the mirrorless cameras available today, it still beats those cameras out on portability. And, it doesn’t lag too far behind on image quality. Stick to a reasonable ISO setting, and you’ll get great photos from this camera. The ability to capture RAW image files and 720p HD video makes the G12′s package especially sweet. The G12 comes with my highest recommendation – I bought one for myself.
The Canon PowerShot G12 is now available for $439.92 at Amazon. [PhotographyBay]
PhotographyBLOG has reviewed the Nikon D3100 entry-level DSLR. In case you didn’t know, the D3100 features a newly designed 14-megapixel DX format sensor, a quick-access Live View mode, one-touch Full HD video recording with AutoFocus, an interactive Guide mode, a sensor dust buster and an 11-point AutoFocus module. The D3100 supports a sensitivity range of ISO 100 – 3,200 (expandable to ISO 12,800). Here is the conclusion:
As regards the Nikon D3100’s ergonomics as a traditional DSLR camera, it’s not bad at all, but we would have liked to see separate buttons for ISO and WB, both of which can be mapped onto the handy Fn button, but alas not at the same time. Focusing speed and accuracy – especially in low light – could also be improved, as neither was optimal with the kit lens.
Designed for beginners, the Nikon D3100 is currently available for $579.95 in the USA. [PhotographyBLOG]
Still remember the Samsung EX1 or also known as the Samsung TL500? PhotographyBLOG has a comprehensive review of this 10-megapixel compact digital camera. Aimed at serious photographers, the EX1 features a large 1/1.7-inch CCD sensor, a 3-inch swivelling AMOLED screen and a bright f/1.8 lens with a 3x focal range of 24-72mm. What’s more, the Samsung EX1 also supports RAW shooting mode, an ISO 80-3200, an external flash hotshoe, the Dual Image Stabilization technology and full manual control over exposure. Here is the verdict:
The Samsung EX1 promises to join the exclusive club of compact system cameras, with a lens adaptor and an external flash hotshoe that may or may not take an optical viewfinder, which really would be a great addition – only time will tell exactly what accessories Samsung will release for the EX1, a plan that worked very well for the Panasonic LX3. Until then the EX1 is a premium compact that delivers a premium user experience and photos, out-performing the admittedly 2-year old LX3 in most regards and joining the likes of the Canon Powershot G11 and S90, Ricoh GR Digital III and of course the LX3 as a great pocket camera for serious photographers.
Available in grey or black, the Samsung EX1/ TL500 is priced at £399 or around $449. Read more
Still remember the Leica X1 that we mentioned in September 2009? PhotographyBLOG has a short review of this 12.2-megapixel compact digital camera. As a reminder, the Leica X1 comes equipped with a 36mm fixed lens and a 2.7-inch LCD screen. The camera uses an APS-C sized (23.6mm x 15.8mm) CMOS sensor with a 3:2 aspect ratio. The image-stabilized Leica Elmarit 24mm f/2.8 lens provides a focal length of 36mm in 35mm terms. Additional features include a sensitivity range of ISO 100 – 3200, a maximum shutter speed of 1/2000th of a second, JPEG and DNG RAW file support, and a continuous shooting rate of up to 3 frames per second. Here is the conclusion:
The Leica X1 is a camera of extremes, offering a compelling blend of stunning design, fantastic handling and superlative image quality, but ultimately suffering from a pared-back feature set, sluggish responsiveness and a sky-high price-tag. The combination of a fantastic prime lens and large APS-C size sensor result in outstanding image quality that easily beats most other compacts and also most other entry-level DSLRs. Low-light images are excellent too, with the X1’s faster ISO settings delivering low-noise results. Add the ability to shoot DNG RAW files as well as JPGS, and it’s clear that the X1 is a real class-leader.
You can purchase the Leica X1 digital camera for around $1,995 each. [PhotographyBLOG]