Panasonic DMC-TZ5 review

Panasonic DMC-TZ5 review

The Panasonic DMC-TZ5 is the subject of a new review posted over at LetsGoDigital.

Here’s what they thought of the $290 9 megapixel image stabilized Panasonic DMC-TZ5 with 10x optical zoom:

“The combination of an effective and powerful image stabilizer and a large optical zoom makes a very strong concept. Nothing beats having a camera loose in your inside pocket and being able to capture virtually any moment you want. The ease and user-friendliness are clearly present and we have no comments on these. If Panasonic works on the aforementioned remarks, in our opinion the concept will then be perfect. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 is an absolute must for the photographer that wants to capture his or her moments in the most comfortable way! “

Panasonic DMC-TZ5 review at letsgodigital

Nikon Coolpix P60 review

Nikon Coolpix P60 review

The Nikon Coolpix P60 is the subject of a new review over at PC Magazine.

Here’s what they thought of the $200 8.1 megapixel Nikon Coolpix P60:

“Though the Nikon Coolpix P60 offers an impressive 5X zoom, and clear, crisp images, its price holds it back from the ranks of truly stellar, less-expensive compact cameras like the Canon PowerShot A590 IS. The impressive A590 IS offers a lot of the same features and manual controls as the P60 for roughly $50 less. But if you’re willing to put up with the slow start time and bulk of the P60, you might just come to appreciate the thoughtful little details Nikon incorporated, like the capable electronic viewfinder and the ability to start up in review mode.”

Nikon Coolpix P60 review at PC Mag

Olympus SP-570 review

Olympus SP-570 review

The Olympus SP-570 is the subject of a new review over at dcviews.

Here’s what they thought of the $420 10 megapixel Olympus SP-570 digital camera with 20x optical zoom:

Olympus SP-570 review at dcviews

“So, should you buy the Olympus SP-570UZ or would it be best to go for a DSLR. Well it all depends on what you want or need from a camera. If your aim is to make photography your hobby, prices of DSLRs are so low nowadays that they would make an ideal start to what can be a fantastic pastime, with the possibility to start a complete system from scratch. Olympus do have some nice offerings in this department as well, and we might make them the subject of another test some other time.

If however, you do not want to carry all that weight around and require a well-designed camera with a compact body and comprehensive features, the Olympus SP-570UZ would not be a bad choice at all. It can capture nice wide angle shots of landscapes or interiors while the tele lens is long enough to capture that bird on a wire as well. Handling is excellent and image quality is very good. Add to this a good image stabilisation system, shadow adjustment and face detection, and lots of manual control.

The Olympus SP-570UZ does have a few flaws however, although none of them serious enough to make this a bad camera, not by any means. Find out if you can live with its limited battery life and slow zooming but also take into consideration that the camera has so many options that a creative photographer will find most things he will need in this camera – and more. Just remember to stick to those lower ISO settings and carry a spare set of batteries and you really can’t go wrong. So try one out in the shops, compare it with similar offerings from other manufacturers and then make your final choice. “

Canon Powershot A580 Review

Canon Powershot A580 Review

The Canon Powershot A580 is the subject of a new review over at photographyblog.

Here’s what they thought of the $130 8 megapixel Canon Powershot A580 digital camera with 4x optical zoom:

“Casual snapshooters who have grown frustrated with the limitations of their cellphone cameras will find the 8 megapixel Canon PowerShot A580, with its sharp 4x zoom lens, above-average feature set, easy-to-use interface, well-implemented Face Detect function, fairly snappy performance and more than respectable image quality a giant leap forward. I am not so sure about more experienced photographers who are in the market for a carry-anywhere compact camera to supplement their main workhorse, or beginners eager to learn the basics of photography. While the PowerShot A580 caters to them with some advanced features such as spot metering, flash exposure lock, custom white balance and a usable exposure compensation function, the lack of direct access to aperture and shutter speed may eventually deter them from buying this model, especially given that Canon themselves offer the PowerShot A590IS, complete with a full set of manual controls, optical image stabilisation and support for conversion lenses, for about 20% more.”

Canon Powershot A580 Review at PhotographyBlog

Pentax K20D review

Pentax K20D review

The Pentax K20D is the subject of a new review over at cameralabs.

Here’s what they thought of the $1100 14.6 megapixel digital SLR:

“The K20D finds itself in an uncomfortable position, looking pricey compared to mid-range DSLRs and not quite tough or fast enough to be considered a true semi-pro model. An unremarkable screen and restricted Live View system add further insult to injury.

But one look at the K20D’s images and you know you’re dealing with something special. It really does capture a great deal of detail and unlike Sony’s 14 Megapixel sensor and processing engine, this detail remains at higher sensitivities. And like the K10D before it, the decent viewfinder, comfortable grip, innovative exposure modes, twin control dials and vast degree of customisation makes it a great camera to use in traditional photographic terms.

If these are the things you look for in a DSLR, then we can easily recommend the K20D, but its relatively high price, disappointing Live View, tendency to underexpose and uncomfortable positioning rules out our Highly Recommended award. If you want more effective anti-shake, superior Live View, faster continuous shooting and a bigger or more flexible screen, then there are simply better or cheaper alternatives out there. As always, it’s crucial to weigh-up which features really mean most to you when shopping for a new DSLR and this applies more than ever here. And finally if you are sold on the K20D’s feature-set and handling, be sure to compare it with Samsung’s equivalent, the GX-20 which may be available at a cheaper price. “

Pentax K20D review at Cameralabs

Pentax Optio A40 Review

Pentax Optio A40 Review

The Pentax Optio A40 is the subject of a new review posted at Steve’s Digicams.

Here’s what they thought of the $250 12 megapixel Pentax Optio A40 digital camera with 3x optical zoom:

“Bottom Line – The quality of the images from the 12-megapixel Pentax Optio A40 is excellent, as long as you are outdoors or have plenty of ambient light. This is a very compact and stylish model that is full of features. However, the sluggish burst mode and poor indoor or low light shooting was disappointing. When looking at the feature set and MSRP of US$300, the Optio A40 seems like an appealing “ultra- compact”, but the downfalls we found point towards looking at other cameras in this price range. “

Pentax Optio A40 Review at Steve’s Digicams

Canon Powershot SD1100 IS review

Canon Powershot SD1100 IS

The Canon Powershot SD1100 IS is the subject of a new review over at Imaging Resource.

Here’s what they thought of the $250 8 megapixel Canon Powershot SD1100 IS compact digital camera with 3x optical zoom:

“The Canon SD1100 IS is a full-featured point-and-shoot digicam that really impresses. It offers all the best feature sets of 8MP resolution, Image Stabilization, Face Detection, Widescreen/Panorama Stitch, Movie Mode, Macro mode, and much more, all in the size of a pack of playing cards. If you crave compactness without sacrificing too much, the Canon SD1100 really delivers. Probably the only real compromise is the “mere” 3x zoom, while some of Canon’s more expensive models offer 3.8 and 4x zooms.”

Canon Powershot SD1100 IS review at Imaging Resource

Nikon CoolPix P60 Review

Nikon CoolPix P60 Review

The Nikon CoolPix P60 is the subject of a new review over at TrustedReviews.

Here’s what they thought of the $230 8.1 megapixel Nikon CoolPix P60 with 5x optical zoom:

“The Nikon CoolPix P60 is a big improvement over the disappointing P50. It still has its faults, most notably its slow overall performance and the immensely irritating shutter release logic, but the design, handling and build quality are very good, as is the picture quality. The range of features is better than a simple point-and-shoot, but it will still leave a keen photographer wanting more. It is also quite a lot more expensive than its main competitor, but on the whole not a bad little camera.”

Nikon CoolPix P60 Review at TrustedReviews

aigo MID (mobile internet device) review

aigo mid

UMPCFever in Hong Kong has got their hands on an aigo MID (which they say is the same device that will be branded in the US as the Gigabyte M528).

The aigo MID has an 800MHz Intel Atom processor, a touchscreen 4.” 800×480 pixel LCD screen, GPS (not working on this review model), 3.5G HSDPA, 512MB RAM, and a 4GB SSD.

Sounds like they are just getting started reviewing it so we look forward to reading more of their thoughts, especially when they get around to attempting to install XP on it.

aigo mid review at umpcfever

Olympus E-420 Review

Olympus E-420 Review

The Olympus E-420 is the subject of a new review at DigitalCameraReview.

Here’s what they thought of the $600 10 megapixel entry level compact compact digital SLR:

“The Olympus E-420 is touted as the “world’s smallest digital SLR” and there is no doubt the camera is compact and light – mounting the 25mm lens and ready to shoot with a CF card onboard, my review unit weighed in at just under 18.5 ounces. As DCR.com editor David Rasnake mentioned in his First Thoughts piece on this camera, with the 25mm lens onboard in particular, the E-420 is approaching mid-size ultrazoom territory: 5 x 3.5 x 3.75 inches, versus the Canon S5 IS at 4.6 x 3.15 x 3.06 inches and about 18 ounces. To be fair to the Canon, it does pack a zoom lens featuring a 36-432mm focal length range, while the Olympus is stuck at an equivalent 50mm, but it’s still a fairly dramatic example of just how small a full-featured DSLR can be.

Make no mistake about it, the E-420 didn’t cut out features or performance on its way to being small. Typical DSLR manual controls and a full suite of automatic modes, a better-than-average continuous shooting rate, live view (if you insist), a generous monitor, on-par ISO performance, and good image and color quality all combine to make this a nice little camera for folks moving into the DSLR field or more seasoned users who want or need good performance in a compact body.

I personally found the camera a bit small for my hands, and the placement of the strap attachment eyelet and ring near the shutter button rubbed my middle finger the wrong way. The camera also had some difficulty acquiring focus in dim light on occasion – perhaps not out of the norm for entry level units, but annoying none the less. All in all, though, there’s not much to gripe about on this otherwise capable entry level unit.”

We think the area between point and shoot and fully featured DSLR is a tricky one: you can’t keep the larger camera in your pocket any more and if you want to make the most of it you need to spend a fortune on accessories.

We went with “get both”: a compact point and shoot that we take almost everywhere, and a fully featured DSLR that we use for portraits, special shots, and product/review photos for this site.

Olympus E-420 Review at DigitalCameraReview