Archive for Gavin Stoker

  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1
    3.5 out of 5

    Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1

    By 3 May 2012

    Two lenses and two sensors, haven’t we seen this somewhere before? Panasonic’s first stereoscopic pocket camera in the Lumix DMC-3D1 is taking on the Fujifilm Finepix W3 (and W1) before it. Capable of not only 3D stills like its rival, but also 3D...

  • Fujifilm X-Pro1
    4 out of 5

    Fujifilm X-Pro1

    By 17 April 2012

    The 16.3 effective megapixel Fuji X-Pro1 camera has barely left our side for the past two weeks. And it’s not purely because, with its sturdy high-end enthusiast metal build, plus Leica M8/M9-alike rangefinder styling, it is the sort of camera once...

  • Olympus SZ-14
    3.5 out of 5

    Olympus SZ-14

    By 6 April 2012

    The travel zoom compact is still proving popular and Olympus is building a raft of small-bodied, big-zoom, low-cost cameras for 2012. Setting sail in the wake of the SP-620UZ ‘Ultra Zoom’ we reviewed a few weeks back (16 megapixels and 21x optical...

  • Pentax Optio VS20
    3 out of 5

    Pentax Optio VS20

    By 30 March 2012

    Buy a battery grip for your professional or semi pro digital SLR and it will come with a second set of essential controls to one side near the base, including an additional shutter-release button. That’s because grip and body make for a big and bulky...

  • Canon IXUS 125 HS
    3 out of 5

    Canon IXUS 125 HS

    By 13 March 2012

    Announced alongside the previously reviewed Canon IXUS 500 HS but £80 cheaper, the 125 HS (High Sensitivity) pocket snapshot is no mere doppelganger. Apart from its offering a near credit card sized width and height, plus the fashion-conscious exterior...

  • Canon IXUS 500 HS
    3.5 out of 5

    Canon IXUS 500 HS

    By 2 March 2012

    Canon’s IXUS range of pocket point and shoot cameras has always been as much about form as function - an approach that sets it apart from the parallel PowerShot family that concentrates more on function than form. By way of an unofficial celebration...

  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4
    3 out of 5

    Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4

    By 27 February 2012

    Upgrading 2011’s toughened Lumix DMC-FT3 from Panasonic comes the inevitable FT4 incarnation, boasting reinforced glass and rubber padding. Once again the headline stills resolution is 12.1 megapixels and GPS geotagging of images features, thereby broadening...

  • Olympus SP-620UZ
    3.5 out of 5

    Olympus SP-620UZ

    By 21 February 2012

    In recent months we’ve witnessed super zooms or "bridge" cameras straying into the luxury bracket. We’ve seen the Leica V-Lux 3 and Fujifilm X-S1 for example, matching semi-pro DSLRs for cost and many of their specifications. Though, like the aforementioned,...

  • Olympus E-PM1 Pen Mini
    4 out of 5

    Olympus E-PM1 Pen Mini

    By 12 December 2011

    The 12.3-megapixel E-PM1 - from a 13.1 MP Live MOS (or CMOS) sensor - is the new baby of the Olympus range of interchangeable lens compacts, or, as its manufacturer prefers, ‘Pen’ system. The other two models are the flagship E-P3 for just under a...

  • Casio Exilim EX-ZR100
    3.5 out of 5

    Casio Exilim EX-ZR100

    By 1 December 2011

    A good zoom on a travel camera is a great idea, youll get closer to the action, and with cameras like this Exilim, you'll still be able to fit it in your pocket. And, although the original asking price was a hellish £299, we found the Exilim EX-ZR100...

  • Olympus VR-310
    3 out of 5

    Olympus VR-310

    By 30 November 2011

    Looking for a knockabout pocket camera with larger than average zoom that won’t cost the earth? The metallic silver VR-310 we had in for review – with black, red, or purple also available - is both attractive in an unassuming way, bit also an all-too...

  • Nikon Coolpix S1200pj
    3 out of 5

    Nikon Coolpix S1200pj

    By 29 November 2011

    At one time - say the mid 1970s to mid 1980s - projecting our photographs or Super 8 films was the chief way to share holiday exploits and pictorial adventures with friends and family. In the digital age, when most of our snapshots are dumped on a hard...

  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150
    4 out of 5

    Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

    By 8 November 2011

    The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 is the new flagship model in Panasonic’s FZ range of superzoom bridge cameras. It replaces the FZ100 and comes hot on the heels of the cheaper, but very similarly specified, FZ48. For £120 more than the latter we find...

  • Olympus VR-320
    3 out of 5

    Olympus VR-320

    By 27 October 2011

    The Olympus VR-320, which falls into the ‘compact super zoom’ or travel zoom category, is the bigger brother to the VR-310. Fielding a 12.5x optical zoom that is a match for the similarly-featured Casio EX-ZR100 at twice the price and bettering its...

  • Samsung WB700
    3.5 out of 5

    Samsung WB700

    By 27 September 2011

    The "travel zoom" market - meaning pocket compacts with extended lens reaches beyond, let's now say, 8x or more - has really taken off in recent years, with Panasonic's all-conquering Lumix TZ series, and recent TZ20 iteration, leading the pack. However...

  • Sony NEX-C3
    3.5 out of 5

    Sony NEX-C3

    By 27 September 2011

    Sony came to market with its first compact system camera duo in the NEX-3 and NEX-5 last summer, quickly securing the number one sales spot in the Far East, based largely on the fact that its system, when lens is removed, is truly compact. This second-generation...

  • Olympus E-PL3
    3.5 out of 5

    Olympus E-PL3

    By 29 August 2011

    Priced just a pound dearer than Panasonic’s rival Micro Four Thirds compact system camera, the Lumix DMC-GF3, and bundled with M.Zuiko Digital 14-42mm F/3.5-5.6 II T lens kit zoom, the Olympus E-PL3 is also being touted as the "Pen Lite". It sits between...

  • Canon PowerShot A800
    3 out of 5

    Canon PowerShot A800

    By 17 August 2011

    At one time all digital cameras were made this way. Fashioned obviously from plastic with a blue-grey hue and power coming courtesy of two bog standard AA batteries, they were viewed as PC peripherals rather than the lifestyle accessories of today. Upon...

  • Canon PowerShot A3300 IS
    3.5 out of 5

    Canon PowerShot A3300 IS

    By 29 July 2011

    On the look out for an entry level snapshot, and have a bit over £100 to spend? The A3300 IS has a suggested asking price exactly £20 more than its PowerShot “A” family doppelganger in the A3200 IS, give or take a couple of body colour options....

  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3
    4 out of 5

    Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

    By 20 July 2011

    As regards to truly compact, compact system cameras, Olympus may have got there first with its E-P1 in late-2009, but Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-GF1 wasn’t far behind, stealing some of its Micro Four Thirds system co-developer’s thunder by including...

  • Canon PowerShot A3200 IS
    3.5 out of 5

    Canon PowerShot A3200 IS

    By 6 July 2011

    Looking for an inexpensive yet not unimpressive snapper to slide into your pocket this summer for casual use? For somewhere around the £100 mark, if we go by street/online pricing rather than the manufacturer’s own, the 14.1 megapixel, 1/2.3-inch CCD...

  • Leica V-Lux 30
    3.5 out of 5

    Leica V-Lux 30

    By 1 July 2011

    There’s a new travel zoom on the block in the shape of the Leica V-Lux 30, a 14.1 effective megapixel, 1/2.33 CMOS sensor incorporating, 16x optical zoom model with sophisticated accents yet familiar boxy styling. In fact, it resembles a re-badge-d...

  • Fujifilm FinePix Z900EXR
    4.5 out of 5

    Fujifilm FinePix Z900EXR

    By 24 June 2011

    With its slide open and shoot faceplate, mainly metal build, internally stacked lens and glossy good looks, the svelte and pocket friendly Fujifilm FinePix Z900EXR logically follows on from last year’s very similar Z800EXR, a previous Hot Product here...

  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX10
    4 out of 5

    Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX10

    By 16 June 2011

    Updating last year’s WX5, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX10 is around £50 cheaper than its near numerical doppelganger in the current waterproofed DSC-TX10, though it’s unable to withstand the wet and the cold in the same way. Both cameras share a 16.2...

  • Pentax Optio S1
    3 out of 5

    Pentax Optio S1

    By 10 June 2011

    Looking for an inexpensive bauble with which to turn heads every time you take a snap? Photography stalwart Pentax is better known for practicality than trend setting, yet recent(ish) pocket snapshots including the Optio I-10 and RS1000 have bucked...