Archive for Gavin Stoker

  • Samsung PL170
    3 out of 5

    Samsung PL170

    By 6 June 2011

    Isn’t it always the case that whoever is usually taking the pictures in the family rarely gets into shot themselves, while most attempts at self-portraiture result in merely highlighting double chins or inadvertently chopping half your face out of the...

  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS37
    3.5 out of 5

    Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS37

    By 2 June 2011

    Looking for a reliable pocket camera for the holidays? Along with the Lumix DMC-FS35, the Panasonic FS37 we have here upgrades last year’s FS33, upping the stills resolution from 14 to 16 megapixels, spread across a 1/2.33-inch CCD sensor. Though the...

  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX10
    3.5 out of 5

    Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX10

    By 25 May 2011

    Tough and beautiful can make for an arresting combination. Just ask fans of Xena Warrior Princess or, more recently, fem-bot Cameron out of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Both qualities are to be found in Sony’s Cyber-shot DSC-TX10 point and...

  • Nikon Coolpix P500
    4 out of 5

    Nikon Coolpix P500

    By 19 May 2011

    Although we all like the idea of swapping camera lenses as and when we want to, in reality a one-lens-fits-all approach makes for greater convenience. A couple of months back Canon’s latest 35x optical zoom PowerShot in the SX30 IS nudged ahead of the...

  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3
    4 out of 5

    Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

    By 12 May 2011

    Available in black, red and white in the UK (and “chocolate” in Europe), this new DSLR-styled, mid-range Micro Four Thirds compact system camera (CSC) slots between last year’s DMC-G2 - which drops down to become the entry-level model in the Lumix...

  • Olympus SZ-20
    3.5 out of 5

    Olympus SZ-20

    By 4 May 2011

    Like Nikon with its Coolpix S9100, Olympus is a late entrant into the travel zoom class. But not to be outdone it’s shoehorning a 12.5x optical zoom into a 16-megapixel pocket snapper with the launch of the SZ-20, the headline spec an exact match for...

  • Fujifilm FinePix XP30
    3 out of 5

    Fujifilm FinePix XP30

    By 29 April 2011

    It seems it’s not enough these days for a digital compact “just” to be able to withstand a fumbled drop onto the pavement, a dip in the ocean, a spell in the deep freeze, or having sand kicked in its, um, fascia. The latest generation of toughened...

  • Nikon Coolpix S9100
    4 out of 5

    Nikon Coolpix S9100

    By 17 April 2011

    As the variety and quantity of “travel zoom” compacts grows, kicked off in earnest by Panasonic’s TZ series a couple of years back and now sporting everything from Full HD video and GPS to 3D shooting, it was about time Nikon pimped its Coolpix...

  • Canon IXUS 220 HS
    4 out of 5

    Canon IXUS 220 HS

    By 14 April 2011

    Squeezed between the £150 Canon IXUS 115 HS pocket point and shoot and £250 Canon IXUS 310 HS touchscreen model in Canon’s current line up of style and substance digital compacts is the equally new IXUS 220 HS. It has a street price around the £170...

  • Canon IXUS 115 HS
    4 out of 5

    Canon IXUS 115 HS

    By 8 April 2011

    Looking for an uncomplicated snapshot camera that will slide easily into a top pocket to be carried around at all times and whipped out when that random photo opportunity presents itself? Baby brother to the newest (and pricier) IXUS pairing of the 220...

  • Canon IXUS 310 HS
    4 out of 5

    Canon IXUS 310 HS

    By 30 March 2011

    Going for a decade now, the Canon IXUS family of credit card sized digital compacts has become synonymous with blending substance with a heavy dose of style. They don’t quite offer the same extent of manual control as the compacts towards the top end...

  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3
    4 out of 5

    Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3

    By 15 March 2011

    How many of us who take photographs on a regular basis can deny that, at one point or another, our camera hasn’t inadvertently taken a tumble from our grasp or camera bag? To avoid that heart-in-mouth moment, and for added peace of mind, there’s the...

  • Casio Exilim EX-ZR10
    4 out of 5

    Casio Exilim EX-ZR10

    By 2 March 2011

    Compact digital cameras are both ubiquitous and seemingly indistinguishable, so what is this one’s “hook”? Well, in fact this Casio has several. First off, its maker is referring to the EX-ZR10 (not to be mistaken for Pentax’s RZ10) as a “hi...

  • Olympus XZ-1
    4.5 out of 5

    Olympus XZ-1

    By 21 February 2011

    With the ranks of high performance compact cameras swelling by the week, Olympus has come late to the party with its own 10 megapixel, 4x optical zoom XZ-1. Already enjoying the sausage rolls and Vimto are the very similar PowerShot S95 from Canon, Panasonic’s...

  • Casio Exilim EX-H20G
    4 out of 5

    Casio Exilim EX-H20G

    By 1 February 2011

    There are still only a handful of digital cameras incorporating GPS facilities, particularly at the point and shoot end of the market. Casio likes cramming its cameras with gadgets and gizmos however, so its Exilim EX-H20G, updating the EX-H10 and sibling...

  • Fujifilm FinePix S2800HD
    4 out of 5

    Fujifilm FinePix S2800HD

    By 24 January 2011

    We’ve had manufacturers such as Panasonic with its pioneering incorporation of ever-larger zooms into increasingly slim compact camera bodies that will fit in your pocket. At the other end of the spectrum there are the big zoom models that resemble...

  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T99
    3.5 out of 5

    Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T99

    By 6 January 2011

    Looking for a snapshot camera diminutive enough to squeeze into the tightest of pockets, yet still packing in most of the latest must haves and remaining usable in the practical sense? Almost an exact match for a credit card, apart from its still slender...

  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ45
    3.5 out of 5

    Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ45

    By 22 December 2010

    Announced at the same time as the previously reviewed Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100, the more affordable FZ45 employs the same digital SLR-like styling, 14.1-megapixel effective resolution, and fields an optically stabilised 24x zoom lens, offering a wide-angle...

  • Olympus E-5
    4 out of 5

    Olympus E-5

    By 20 December 2010

    Olympus has pioneered the compact/digital SLR hybrid camera over the last 2 years with its Micro Four Thirds system Pen series, and to some critical acclaim too. But it now returns to a slightly more conventional digital SLR styling and original Four...

  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700
    4 out of 5

    Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

    By 17 December 2010

    At first glance the 14.1-megapixel, 5x optical zoom Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700 “travel zoom” compact closely resembles the previously reviewed DMC-FX70, with which it shares the same sized sensor; namely it’s a conventionally boxy looking pocket...

  • Pentax K-r
    4 out of 5

    Pentax K-r

    By 6 December 2010

    The 12.4 effective megapixel K-r is Pentax’s follow-up digital SLR to the entry level K-x, a sound, good value starter option. Incorporating a standard APS-C sized sensor it sits just below the more fully featured K-7 and K-5 digital SLRs in Pentax’s...

  • Samsung ST100
    3.5 out of 5

    Samsung ST100

    By 29 November 2010

    Samsung was the first, and thus far is the only, digital camera manufacturer to introduce a LCD screen at the front as well as the back. Following on from last year’s ST500, which prompted that “why hasn’t anyone else thought of this before?”...

  • Olympus FE-4050
    3.5 out of 5

    Olympus FE-4050

    By 26 November 2010

    Can you pick up a reasonable digital compact for less than £100, if only by a penny? Past experience has suggested not. So will the Olympus FE-4050 be the camera to force us to re-examine our prejudices and take a good, long hard look at ourselves? For...

  • Samsung PL90
    3.5 out of 5

    Samsung PL90

    By 22 November 2010

    The influence of the Flip Video and its bastard offspring continues to be felt. Technologies converge, and it was perhaps inevitable that before too long we would also see a digital stills camera offering the same built-in USB connector arm idea. That...

  • Olympus FE-5050
    3 out of 5

    Olympus FE-5050

    By 18 November 2010

    Want a digital camera that offers broader creative flexibility than your phone’s tiny built-in lens, yet don’t have much more than two beans to rub together? Topping a trio of recently released FE-series point and shoots from Olympus is the attractive...