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Samsung EX1

Samsung EX1 compact camera

Review While Samsung’s NX100 APS-C sensor camera is making life difficult for those deciding on compact EVIL shooter, the company’s considerably cheaper EX1 is beginning to look like a bargain these days. Shop around and you can pick it up for under £300. The EX1 isn't an interchangeable lens model but its 24mm f1.8, 3x zoom is …
James Cumpsty, 14 Jan 2011
Sony NEX-5 Camera

Sony NEX-5 interchangeable lens camera

Review I have to admit upon opening the box and finding a silver-bodied version of the Sony NEX-5 with the 18-55 zoom, my first thoughts were: this is the coolest camera ever. Sony NEX-5 Camera Sony's NEX-5 with the new E-mount 18-55mm zoom lens Why? Well, Sony has applied some rather simple notions here: put a load of decent glass …
James Cumpsty, 27 Aug 2010
Panasonic G2

Panasonic DMC-G2 interchangeable lens camera

Review The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 is another addition to the growing Micro Four Thirds family of cameras. I think we know the drill now; cuter form factor for a traditional interchangeable lens system, similar features to a DSLR but no reflex mirror, and a bit more discreet. Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 Touch and go: Panasonic's Lumix DMC- …
James Cumpsty, 20 Aug 2010
Leica Pinmaster

Leica Pinmaster rangefinder

Review Golfers are a funny lot, many of them play with superstitions or simply have faith that their perseverance will eventually win out. Yet I know that the perfect swing is not all technical and mechanical, but it’s also about feeling perfectly balanced and believing that the club in my hands is just an extension of my mind's eye. …
James Cumpsty, 02 Jul 2010
Fujifilm Finepix HS10

Fujifilm Finepix HS10 bridge camera

Review Fujifilm’s Finepix HS10 is among the new breed of superzoom cameras utilising, the somewhat cheekily named, backside illuminated CMOS sensor technology. At 10.3Mp there is a drop in image size compared to CCD models, but the light gathering capabilities make up for this, apparently. There’s even one in the iPhone 4, so if it’s …
James Cumpsty, 11 Jun 2010
Nikon P100

Nikon Coolpix P100 bridge camera

Review It's a Nikon; that name is certainly not tarnished with a reputation for cheap and nasty cameras. Even your friend who doesn't own a camera knows Nikons are a pure photographic mainstay. So for Nikon to make a £300 camera with all the features that an active hobbyist would need – well, it's a tall order. Nikon P100 Nikon's …
James Cumpsty, 28 May 2010
FujiFilm S200 EXR

Fujifilm Finepix S200EXR bridge camera

Review Until recently, the Fujifilm Finepix S200EXR was the company’s flagship bridge camera with its clever extended dynamic range (EXR) noise handling, 12Mp CCD sensor and a 14.3x zoom lens that in 35mm terms translates to an all-purpose 30.5-436mm range. FujiFilm S200 EXR Worth a shot? Fujifilm's Finepix S200EXR While the company …
James Cumpsty, 30 Apr 2010
Canon EOS 550D

Canon EOS 550D DSLR

Review The arrival of Canon’s EOS 550D has been a rather pleasant surprise as, besides being a respectable 18.1Mp stills camera, it also shoots video at a quality that is comparable to the more expensive and technically superior EOS 7D. While the EOS 550D lacks two engines to power the data processing – so it can’t match the 7D’s …
James Cumpsty, 23 Apr 2010
Hasselblad CFV-39

Hasselblad CFV-39 digital back

Review In a world constantly upgrading and adding new innovative features to tempt users into buying a new piece of gear; it is truly refreshing to come across a product that not only raises the bar on quality, but reuses old camera systems - giving them a new lease of life. The CFV-39 digital back is something of a revelation, because …
James Cumpsty, 16 Apr 2010
Canon EOS 7D

Canon EOS 7D

Review Your possible reason for buying this camera may have changed fairly recently. The EOS 7D would have been the only way to get 'standard' and 'film' frame rates from a Canon DSLR product in HD, but no more. There is a new model which offers very much the same video functionality and output for a fraction of the cost, the Canon EOS …
James Cumpsty, 05 Mar 2010
Sony Alpha A550

Sony Alpha A550

Review The positioning of the Sony’s Alpha A550 in its DSLR line-up is a bold move. At this price point the company has left off some features that most manufacturers are offering as must-haves, namely, HD Video and customisation of picture profiles. What the A550 has instead are features more suited to still photography, with a …
James Cumpsty, 25 Jan 2010
Nikon D300s

Nikon D300s DSLR

Review The Nikon D300s is the successor to the original D300 that appeared in the UK almost two years ago. Sharing the same 51-point autofocus and 12.3Mp sensor, it’s the cheaper DX format alternative to the top of the range Nikon D3 DSLR, and sits neatly next to the full frame D700. Nikon D300s Nikon's D300s: still for stills, but …
James Cumpsty, 04 Dec 2009
Panasonic DMC-GH1

Panasonic DMC-GH1 Micro Four-Thirds camera

Review Are we at the point where people will only buy one product to film and take great stills? Instead of camcorders that can take the odd sub-10Mp image, camera manufacturers are coming at it from the other side and offering HD video on models previously only equipped for stills. The Lumix DMC-GH1 is the camera that Panasonic left …
James Cumpsty, 27 Nov 2009
Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Review Back in 2005, the EOS 5D digital SLR marked the best way into full frame (24x36mm) shooting for Canon owners. Optically, this model was on a par with 35mm cameras of old. With a sensor this size, finally, here was a way of getting the original focal length of your old 28mm lens back from the scaling beyond 40mm that occurs when …
James Cumpsty, 08 Jun 2009