DPI top Thanksgiving/Black Friday cameras for 2009!

Thanksgiving is this week, so for those celebrating, I hope you’ve got turkey ready. For those rushing out to get Black Friday deals, be sure to check out some of our digital camera recommendations so you make the right choice! Here’s a list of cameras you may want to consider this Thanksgiving/Black Friday 2009! I’ve picked one recommendation, each from several possible categories, so we’ve got everyone covered here!


Canon’s “Easter egg” flash clock feature

Probably one of the best kept secrets about Canon’s compact cameras is the built-in, animated clock. This bizarre feature has been around since the days of the Canon PowerShot SD550 Digital ELPH AKA Digital IXUS 750 in 2005 (that lovely camera of mine has since been stolen, unfortunately). The clock is a fancy, animated, flash-based feature that’s built right into many PowerShot/Digital ELPH/Digital IXUS cameras… and NO, it’s not a hack - in fact, it’s something Canon has been officially including in their compact cameras for years now, but apparently the feature was not publicized enough so not many people know of its existence.

You probably haven’t noticed it because it can’t be found anywhere in the camera menu or setup area - but the animated clock may just be in the camera YOU are using now. So where is it? Find out now…

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Canon PowerShot S90 and Panasonic Lumix GF1: Foliage Fight!

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I’ve decided to post some sample photos from the Canon PowerShot S90 and Panasonic Lumix GF1 cameras, since I had both with me today. I hope no one thinks this is a true, head-to-head fight: It’s NOT; the compact Canon S90 and entry-level SLR-class Panasonic GF1 are two completely different animals.

The Canon PowerShot S90 has the advantage of being small and light (it’s about the same size as an old Digital IXUS/ELPH I have), with dual control dials; while the Panasonic Lumix GF1 has a big image sensor and lens interchangeability. But both have full manual controls, produce 4:3 ratio photos and, after my mathematical calculations, bundled lens/resolution combinations that could offset each other to produce similar sized crops without resizing.

What you WILL get out of this little article is a sneak preview of production-level sample images from both cameras before I post their respective reviews. Some might also get a shock from reading my final thoughts… so go on and hit the link for all the juicy details and production-quality photos.

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DPI - Update for November 2009

Hey all, it’s time for an update to keep everyone posted about the latest and greatest at DPInterface. Well, first off, we’ve covered three very exciting camera launches over the past three months (complete with previews) and other areas, published quite a number of full reviews… I don’t know about you, but I’ve felt things have been moving a little sluggishly lately (yes, I’ve been overwhelmed with things over the last two weeks), not that the site’s been static but I just feel the need to post more reviews, reach out to readers looking for specific cameras. Main thing is, I wanna help you as much as possible for year-end/holiday shopping; if you want to know whether camera A is good, or if camera B is worth your time, I would surely like to have reviewed that camera so you know you’re making the right choice before you pull out that plastic (or wad of cash).

I’ve got hot stuff like the Canon PowerShot S90, Nikon D3000 and Panasonic Lumix GF1 (just to name a few) lined up for review… and plenty more (too many cameras, from too many makers to list). I’ve got good news… and more good news. The good news is Thanksgiving is coming next week, I’m wrapping up with most ‘real life’ things this Friday and I’ll be all ready to write plenty of camera reviews. And the even better news? Well, if I’m feeling nice, I might just post a bunch of Panasonic GF1 photos taken in Australia (DPI readers from downunder will probably know the precise locations where the photos were taken icon wink .

-The Panasonic GF1 is surprisingly compact and pocketable (body only), shutter is fairly noisy for a mirrorless camera though.
-Canon PowerShot S90 has advanced white balance controls, 9×9 color grid is adjustable towards green/magenta and blue/amber directions (bet you didn’t know that!)
-Fujifilm’s EXR sensors in their latest compact are impressive for their small size

That’s it for now, hope those doing Thanksgiving have got turkey ready =). Stay tuned to DPInterface, camera review season starts this week.

Casio reveals their first rugged camera; updates super-high speed cameras

The new, rugged Casio Exilim G1

Casio announced their first ever rugged camera (about time!) today. Their new Exilim G1 (not to be confused with the ancient Canon G1 or Micro Four Thirds Panasonic G1) is supposedly the slimmest rugged camera in the market yet doesn’t compromise build quality. In fact, the Exilim G1 is just as durable, or more durable, than competing cameras - it’s dustproof, waterproof to 3 meters/10 feet, shockproof to 2.13 meters/7 feet and freezeproof to 14 degrees/0 Celcius. Other than that, the camera’s feature set is the usual compact camera affair: 12 megapixels of resolution, a 3X internal lens that covers 38-114 mm (with a slow aperture range of f3.9 - f5.4), 2.5 inch LCD, point-and-shoot operation and WVGA movie mode with sound. The Casio Exilim G1 will start selling next month for $300, just in time for freezing cold temperatures in the Northern hemisphere, or summer downunder (depending on where you’re from).

In other news, Casio has also updated two of their super-high speed compact cameras announced earlier this year: the Exilim FH20 super-zoom and Exilim FC100 ultra-compact will be replaced by the Exilim FH25 and Exilim FC150 respectively. The only major change between the new models today and their predecessors announced earlier this year is the imaging sensor. Casio is popping in their latest 10 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor into the successors of both cameras; other features and the famous 40 FPS burst mode will remain the same.

Nikon Coolpix S70 Review

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Yes, I’m keeping to the promise I made to readers back in August, so here’s my review of the Nikon Coolpix S70. It’s Nikon’s third touchscreen camera and the Coolpix S70 takes things one step further with a new touchscreen UI (Again!) and multi-touch support. Head on to the Nikon Coolpix S70 photo gallery to view sample photos as well.

Brad: DPInterface is just as pumped up about the holiday season as you readers out there so look forward to plenty of camera reviews coming soon. This review got delayed because I was busy covering the Olympus PEN E-P2 launch last week.

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