Camera Reviews
by Brad Soo on June 11 2010

Here’s my review of the Olympus PEN E-PL1, an entry-level addition into Olympus’ PEN Micro Four Thirds camera range. In this more affordable model in the PEN series, Olympus took away several things but also added a few features. Find out if the PEN E-PL1 still offers good value or if it’s wiser to step up instead. Also head on to the Olympus PEN E-PL1 photo gallery for full-sized photos taken using the camera.

Read the E-PL1 review

Review Galleries
Olympus PEN E-PL1 Photo Gallery
by Brad Soo on June 10 2010

It’s been quite a while since our last camera review and I promise we’ll be rolling out reviews at a quicker pace now that summer is here. Let’s kick June off with our Olympus PEN E-PL1 Photo Gallery containing full-sized pictures taken by the camera. Be sure to check out the Olympus PEN E-PL1 review for more about the camera.

Camera News
Sony Alpha A290 and Alpha A390 announced
by Brad Soo on June 9 2010

Sony just announced two updated entry-level digital SLR models. The new Sony Alpha A290 and A390 cameras released today are successors to the last year’s Alpha A230 and A330/A380 respectively.
Compared to their predecessors, it seems not much has changed, the only obvious ‘change’ being the increase in megapixels to 14 megapixels for both the A290 and A390, as well as a $50 decrease in recommended retail price versus their 2009 counterparts.
Between the two newborn siblings today, the differences between […]

Camera News
Panasonic announces new Lumix FX75 AKA FX70
by Brad Soo on June 1 2010

Panasonic just made a standalone announcement of a lone compact camera today. The new Lumix FX75 (AKA the Lumix FX70) is Panasonic’s latest touchscreen camera. The camera doesn’t feature any manual controls (a change from their old FX500 and FX550 touchscreen cameras) but does have a brand new ultra-wide angle lens that starts at 24 mm and with a very “bright” wide-angle aperture value of F2.2.

Panasonic Lumix FX75
also known as Lumix FX70 in some places
(Compact camera)

14 effective megapixels
24 – […]

Site News
by Brad Soo on May 11 2010

New to the Digital ELPH (AKA Digital IXUS) line-up is the all-new Canon PowerShot SD4000 Digital ELPH (also known as the Canon Digital IXUS 300 HS). Unlike your average compact camera, this one’s pretty unique – it combines the “wide and fast” 3.8X zoom lens with a starting aperture of f2.0 (first seen in Canon’s own PowerShot S90) along with manual exposure controls (a rarity in Canon’s IXUS/ELPH line) and a new back-illuminated CMOS image sensor (which has found its way into at least one model in every camera maker’s current lineup).

The new 10 megapixel backlit CMOS image sensor allows the camera to take better quality images (ie less noise) than conventional CCD sensors traditionally used in compact cameras. That means, in theory, that you could use higher ISO settings (which are especially useful shooting in low-light) with lower noise levels… but we’ll put that to the test once we review the PowerShot SD4000 Digital ELPH in the near future.

Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS Digital ELPH
AKA Digital IXUS 300 HS
(Stylish compact camera)

  • 10 effective megapixels (Backlit CMOS sensor)
  • 28 – 105 mm (f2.0 – f5.3) 3.8X optical zoom lens
  • Optical image stabilization
  • 3.0 inch widescreen LCD (230,000 pixels)
  • Full manual exposure controls
  • Face, smile, wink and blink detection [Facepalm]
  • 720p (1280 x 720) 30 FPS movie mode with stereo sound
    “High speed” QVGA (320 x 240) movies also available at 240 FPS
  • Takes SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards
  • Uses a lithium-ion battery
  • Available in June for $350
  • Comes in your choice of silver, black, red or white
Camera News
Sony NEX system revealed: two NEX cameras and three lenses to match
by Brad Soo on May 11 2010

Before this, the only players in the compact, interchangeable lens camera arena were Olympus, Panasonic and Samsung. Well, Sony hasn’t been sitting down lately as they’ve prepared two interchangeable lens cameras of their own to join in the fun. The brand new NEX-3 and NEX-5

Sony NEX-3/NEX-5
(Compact interchangeable lens cameras)

14.2 effective megapixels (EXMOR APS-C CMOS sensor, 1.5X crop)
New Sony E-mount (1.5X crop factor)
Compatible with Alpha mount lenses (sans autofocus ability) via adapter
3 inch ‘Sony TruBlack’ LCD (921,000 pixels) with two […]

Camera Reviews
by Brad Soo on April 25 2010

I’ve just posted my review of the Panasonic Lumix ZS7, AKA Lumix TZ10, the latest and greatest compact super-zoom Panasonic has introduced for 2010. The Lumix ZS7 has 12 megapixels of resolution, 12X optical zoom, a 3 inch screen, full manual controls and built-in GPS. Be sure to check out full-sized photos taken straight out of the camera in the Panasonic Lumix TZ10/ZS7 photo gallery too. Read our full review of the camera after the jump.

Read our TZ10/ZS7 review

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