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Group Test Touchscreen Compact Cameras

Best Buys: Touchscreen Compact Cameras

Group Test So how did they do? At £120, the Nikon Coolpix S4000 offers great value for money and is a great way into the world of touchscreen cameras. But serious snappers will lament the lack of an optical image stabilisation system, no HDMI port, and disappointing picture quality. Group Test Touchscreen Compact Cameras The Fujifilm …
George Cole, 11 Aug 2010
Sony Cybershot DSC-TX7

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX7

Review The tiny power button on this Sony Cyber-shot seems rather superfluous, as sliding the lens cover switches the DSC-TX7 on or off rather neatly. The touchscreen is large, clear, bright and responsive. The on-screen icons are arranged vertically on both sides of the screen, and a nice touch is that you can customise the icon …
George Cole, 11 Aug 2010
Samsung ST5500

Samsung ST5500

Review When it comes to technology, Samsung steers its own course. First off, the ST5500 uses a 3.7in AMOLED screen and has an abundance of technology on-board including Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and AllSave – part of the DLNA wireless content sharing standard. Samsung ST5500 So far, so good, but it’s a shame that Samsung has opted to use …
George Cole, 11 Aug 2010
Panasonic DMC-FX70

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX70

Review Panasonic has updated its camera design with the Lumix DMC-FX70, and very nice it looks too, with a stylish curve on the right side of the camera body and a lovely matt black and silver finish. Panasonic DMC-FX70 However, on switch on, the screen looks a bit cluttered with icons on the top, right and bottom of the screen. …
George Cole, 11 Aug 2010
Nikon Coolpix S4000

Nikon Coolpix S4000

Review A touchscreen camera for just £120? Well, if it was a dodgy brand you’d never heard of, you might not be surprised, but no one would describe Nikon in such terms. Nikon Coolpix S4000 According to retailers selling the Coolpix S4000, it’s going for half the suggested retail price, which either means Christmas has come early or …
George Cole, 11 Aug 2010
Fujifilm Finepix Z700 EXR

Fujifilm Finepix Z700EXR

Review This is the second cheapest touchscreen model, but you would never have guessed by its looks or design. It’s sleek, feels reassuringly solid and sports a rather nifty sliding lens cover, which turns the camera on or off. Fujifilm Finepix Z700 EXR It also includes Fujifilm’s Super CCD EXR sensor and a 5x optical zoom, although …
George Cole, 11 Aug 2010
Group Test Touchscreen Compact Cameras

Buyer's Guide: Touchscreen Compact Cameras

Group Test Most camera touchscreens are around 3.5in in size with the best being large, clear, bright and highly responsive, but not overly sensitive. Most touchscreens use TFT LCD displays, although Active Matrix OLED (AMOLED) technology appears on compacts too. The advantages of OLED technology over LCD are that the screens can be made …
George Cole, 11 Aug 2010
Group Test Touchscreen Compact Cameras

Touchscreen Compact Cameras

Group Test The runaway success of products such as the Apple iPhone and iPad, which make extensive use of touchscreen technology, has shown that consumers love this type of interface – provided it’s executed properly. When you think about it, touchscreens are a logical choice for compact cameras, which over time, have become smaller, …
George Cole, 11 Aug 2010
Canon Ixus 210

Canon Ixus 210

Review Canon Ixus 210 Canon’s first touchscreen compact, the Digital Ixus 200 IS was a disappointing offering, not helped by Canon providing both touchscreen operation and standard button control. Canon Ixus 210 The Ixus 210, however, is a different animal, offering just a three-way slider – for auto, program AE and movie modes – a …
George Cole, 11 Aug 2010
DMC

Ten Essential... Budget Compact Cameras

Product Round-up The credit crunch has made many of us cost-conscious consumers, and so it’s no surprise that more people are taking a closer look at sub-£150 cameras. And with summer holidays coming up, now's the time to take a peek. Naturally, at this price point, you're looking at a compact model, but you might be surprised by some of the …
George Cole, 12 Jul 2010
Samsung HMX-U10

Samsung HMX-U10

Review The success of Flip’s pocket camcorders has seen a fair few manufacturers scrambling to grab a share of this potentially lucrative market. Many of us, it seems, quite like the idea of owning a product that lies somewhere between a cameraphone and a camcorder. Samsung’s HMX-U10 is for the person who wants a highly portable …
George Cole, 03 Mar 2010
Toshiba Camileo S20

Toshiba Camileo S20

Review Toshiba’s Camileo S20 is aimed at a very demanding consumer. The type of consumer who wants a highly portable pocket camcorder with HD recording, and yet, has a budget of just £120. So, the Camileo S20 seems to offer it all – price, performance and portability. But can it really deliver so much for so little? Toshiba Camileo …
George Cole, 24 Feb 2010
Fujifilm Finepix Real 3D W1

Fujifilm Finepix Real 3D W1

Review The world seems to have gone 3D crazy. Crowds are flocking to see the 3D movie Avatar; consumer electronics companies are promising 3DTVs and Blu-ray Disc players, and broadcasters, such as Sky, are set to launch 3DTV services. Fujifilm has also got in on the act with the Finepix Real 3D W1, a camera for the masses that captures …
George Cole, 05 Feb 2010
Sony Cybershot DSC-WX1

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1

Review Sony is renowned for its stylish compacts, and the DSC-WX1 is no exception. It not only looks smart, but contains some interesting technology too. At around £300, the DSC-WX1 is aimed at the top-end of the compact market, but do its features and performance justify the price? Sony Cybershot DSC-WX1 Broaden your horizons with …
George Cole, 20 Jan 2010
Pentax K-7

Pentax K-7

Review Last February we looked at the Pentax K-m, a rather tasty entry-level DSLR. Yet the K-7 is a different kettle of fish from the K-m, it’s a more advanced model aimed at the enthusiast/semi-pro market. Pentax K-7 Environment friendly? Pentax's K-7 Measuring up at 96.5 x 130.5 x 72.5mm and weighing 750g with battery and card, …
George Cole, 15 Jan 2010
Canon Ixus 200 IS

Canon Digital Ixus 200 IS

Review Some digital cameras cry out to be touched. They’re sleek, they’re stylish and it’s hard resist the temptation to pick them up. Canon’s range of Ixus cameras falls into this category, and the Digital Ixus 200 IS takes this step a further by being the first Ixus to offer a touchscreen interface. Canon Ixus 200 IS Touching …
George Cole, 13 Jan 2010
Nikon Coolpix S1000pj

Nikon Coolpix S1000pj

Review Every now and again, you come across a product that makes you think: How on earth did they do that? Well, Nikon’s Coolpix S1000pj is such a beast, because it’s a compact digital camera with a built-in pico projector. Nikon Coolpix S1000pj The little picture show: Nikon's Coolpix S1000pj In fact, it would appear it’s the first …
George Cole, 08 Jan 2010
Ricoh CX2

Ricoh CX2

Review It doesn’t seem five minutes since we looked at the CX1 – well, back in April actually – so it’s quite surprise to find that Ricoh has already launched its successor, the CX2. Again, this is a super-zoom compact seemingly aimed at the enthusiast or the DSLR user who occasionally wants to pack something simpler and smaller. That …
George Cole, 20 Nov 2009
Fujifilm F200 EXR

Fujifilm Finepix F200EXR

Review The Finepix F200EXR is the replacement for the Finepix F100fd, which we looked at last January. Although there are a number of similarities between the two cameras – they have the same sized image sensor, optical zoom and camera body – there are some differences too, not least the Finepix F200EXR’s new EXR image sensor. …
George Cole, 18 Nov 2009
Olympus PEN EP-1

Olympus PEN E-P1 Micro Four-Thirds camera

Review Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be. We used to looked back at past technologies with fond memories, but be grateful that we lived in the modern world. Now, it seems, some of us want a piece of both the past and the present, with gadgets combining an old exterior with a modern interior. Olympus PEN EP-1 Olympus' PEN EP-1: not …
George Cole, 13 Nov 2009
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ6

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ6

Review Panasonic’s DMC-TZ6 could be considered the little brother or, if you want to be a little less charitable, a stripped-down version of the DMC-TZ7 we looked at in August. Both models are super-zoom compacts or Travel-cams, designed for the person who wants a big optical zoom in a pocket-sized camera. The DMC-TZ6 is around £60 …
George Cole, 06 Nov 2009
Ricoh GR Digital III

Ricoh GR Digital III compact camera

Review Sometimes, less is more. Take Ricoh’s GR Digital III. It’s a compact camera costing more than £500, but if you’re looking for masses of megapixels, countless scene modes, HD movie recording or even an optical zoom, then forget it. This is the digital camera equivalent of the fixed-gear bicycle; a product for enthusiasts who …
George Cole, 11 Sep 2009
Panasonic DMC-TZ7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7

Review Panasonic’s DMC-TZ7 has been around for a while now, although the company maintains it in its current range. It's not surprising, because it’s one of the few compact super-zooms on the market that includes HD recording – its closest rival is Canon’s PowerShot SX200 IS. Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7 Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-TZ7 The DMC …
George Cole, 21 Aug 2009
Kodak Easyshare M420

Kodak Easyshare M420

Review Kodak’s Easyshare M420 is aimed at the person looking for a reasonably cheap and convenient, compact camera that will basically take care of business, allowing you to simply point and shoot. As Kodak’s founder George Eastman once said: “You press the button, we do the rest.” So, the Easyshare M420 is cheap, but is it cheerful? …
George Cole, 07 Aug 2009
Pentax Optio W80

Pentax Optio W80

Review There are some things you should never mix with water, such as a fine malt or electricity. Another is your digital camera, unless you happen to be the proud owner of a Pentax Optio W80. Pentax Optio W80 Waterproof and grit resistant: Pentax's Optio W80 This novel-looking camera is designed to be used underwater. It has a JIS …
George Cole, 24 Jul 2009