Archive for Gavin Stoker

  • Pentax Optio M900
    3 out of 5

    Pentax Optio M900

    By 6 November 2010

    Pentax’s plain yet not unattractive Optio M900 pocket compact has an asking price of a mere £100 - so it can’t be all that much cop, can it? Our thoughts exactly - and yet the camera surprised us, up to a point, from the minute we eased it from its...

  • Samsung WP10
    3.5 out of 5

    Samsung WP10

    By 27 October 2010

    Finished in an attractive aquamarine blue that others may call turquoise, Samsung’s durably waterproof WP10 snapper wears its creature of the deep credentials with pride. And whilst, yes, the shiny smooth faceplate is indeed nice to look at and stroke,...

  • JVC Picsio GC-FM2
    3.5 out of 5

    JVC Picsio GC-FM2

    By 21 October 2010

    Nearly every electronics manufacturer currently seems to be in a rush to release a flash memory storage HD video camcorder at near pocket money prices. They look near identical too, held vertically in the palm and used for filming like you would your...

  • Samsung WB2000
    4 out of 5

    Samsung WB2000

    By 6 October 2010

    It would be easy to mistakenly dismiss this new 10-effective-megapixel, 5x optical zoom (24-120mm equivalent in 25mm terms) model from Samsung as “just another” premium priced compact, and indeed it has arrived with a distinct lack of trumpets blaring....

  • Fujifilm FinePix Z800EXR
    4.5 out of 5

    Fujifilm FinePix Z800EXR

    By 5 October 2010

    Pitched at the Facebook/YouTube generation on the lookout for an attractive pocket snapshot comes the new feature-festooned FinePix Z800EXR from Fujifilm, a 12-megapixel, 5x optical zoom little brother to the co-announced 15x zoom F300EXR. Given its metal...

  • Sigma SD15
    3.5 out of 5

    Sigma SD15

    By 4 October 2010

    Sigma is best known among photography enthusiasts for its third party lenses and accessories, principally for Canon and Nikon digital SLRs, and competently made and fairly priced they are too. Back in 2002, however, it decided that it wanted to produce...

  • Fujifilm FinePix F300EXR
    4 out of 5

    Fujifilm FinePix F300EXR

    By 22 September 2010

    The 12 megapixel, 1/2-inch triple action Super CCD EXR sporting F300EXR from Fujifilm is a handsome beast. Remarkably so, as it shoehorns a class leading 15x optical zoom into a chassis that will slip as easily into trouser pocket as handbag. Cloaked...

  • Ricoh CX4
    3.5 out of 5

    Ricoh CX4

    By 13 September 2010

    Long before Panasonic ever incorporated a larger than standard-at-the-time 3x optical zoom into one of its pocket compacts, Ricoh was doing it to critical plaudits but less mainstream fanfare. The CX4, a fast off the blocks upgrade to the CX3, continues...

  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX70
    4 out of 5

    Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX70

    By 6 September 2010

    Announced back in June 2010 but just hitting the shops now, the new Lumix DMC-FX70 "travel zoom"-style digital camera appears to be an exercise in how much up-to-the-minute specification you can cram into one device while keeping it compact enough to...

  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
    4.5 out of 5

    Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

    By 27 August 2010

    Of the quintet of new Panasonic digital camera releases over summer 2010, the serious yet approachable-looking Lumix DMC-LX5, in succeeding the LX3, has been the one we've been keenest to get our mitts on to take a closer look. Why? Because it's possibly...

  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100
    3.5 out of 5

    Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

    By 23 August 2010

    Offering the photographer both the extra length and the proportionally wider girth, it seems like every manufacturer's range demands a big zoom camera right now. All the major brands are wheeling one out. Fujifilm and Olympus are current leaders of the...

  • Kodak EasyShare M580
    3 out of 5

    Kodak EasyShare M580

    By 16 August 2010

    Despite its availability in a curious choice of shades including silver, purple and caramel brown, Kodak's 14 megapixel, 8x optical zoom, HD video EasyShare M580 is the best looking snapshot camera we've seen from the brand in some time. Whilst a outward...

  • Casio Exilim EX-FH25
    3.5 out of 5

    Casio Exilim EX-FH25

    By 9 August 2010

    Casio's Exilim digital camera brand originated from a play on the word "slim", the manufacturer being an early pioneer of slender pocket models back in 2002. However, fast forward to 2010 and the 10.1-effective megapixel Exilim EX-FH25 super zoom/bridge...

  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5
    4.5 out of 5

    Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5

    By 28 July 2010

    Cameras with big zooms yet handily pocket sized bodies - colloquially known as "travel zooms" - are being pumped out by manufacturers at a rate of knots, with recent recommended examples to be found amongst Panasonic's TZ series and in Canon's PowerShot...

  • Fujifilm FinePix HS10
    4.5 out of 5

    Fujifilm FinePix HS10

    By 27 July 2010

    The Fujifilm FinePix HS10 ties with its direct rival, the Olympus' SP-800UZ, for offering the world's longest zoom range on a non interchangeable lens camera. The Fuji - alternatively known as a bridge model because feature-wise it plugs the gap between...

  • Olympus SP-800UZ
    3.5 out of 5

    Olympus SP-800UZ

    By 15 July 2010

    Though it offers what its manufacturer claims to be "the world's strongest" zoom on a bridge camera - at a 35mm equivalent 28-840mm, or 30x optical zoom - it is the 14 effective megapixel SP-800UZ's overall size, or comparative lack of it, that impresses....

  • Samsung WB5000
    4 out of 5

    Samsung WB5000

    By 12 July 2010

    Not to be confused with the WB500 pocket camera from the same manufacturer, with the extra "0" in the WB5000's model number comes an extensive, all encompassing focal range equivalent to 26-624mm in 35mm film terms, or a 24x optical zoom. It proves a...

  • Samsung ST70 compact camera
    4 out of 5

    Samsung ST70 compact camera

    By 17 June 2010

    Looking for a digital camera that truly delivers on its classification as a "compact"? A slender 16.6mm in depth, and the width and height of a credit card, the diminutive Samsung ST70 is clearly Tardis-like bigger-on-the-inside. It houses a broader than...

  • Sanyo Xacti VPC-SH1 camcorder
    3.5 out of 5

    Sanyo Xacti VPC-SH1 camcorder

    By 16 June 2010

    Claimed to be the smallest and lightest in its class, the VPC-SH1 is Sanyo's latest range topping "dual camera". That's to say, although looking like a pocket camcorder pure and simple, now it has eschewed the Xacti range's eye-catching pistol grip design...

  • Fujifilm FinePix F80EXR camera
    4.5 out of 5

    Fujifilm FinePix F80EXR camera

    By 11 June 2010

    Available in the usual rainbow of colour options, Fujifilm's latest glossy metal construction pocket compact might just be as close to a convincingly high quality jack-of-all trades digital snapshot as we're likely to see at the consumer end of the market....

  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS33 compact camera
    4 out of 5

    Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS33 compact camera

    By 4 June 2010

    Available with red, silver or sober black bodywork, from the front the 14.1-megapixel Lumix DMC-FS33 resembles your regular point and shoot pocket compact, and to an extent from the back it does too. However, turn the slender camera on via the top plate...

  • Pentax X90 camera
    4 out of 5

    Pentax X90 camera

    By 2 June 2010

    Having a larger than average zoom always comes in useful, but the bulk that often comes with it means it's not always practical, or portable. One solution is Pentax's X90. Clearly with a look and feel inspired by a digital SLR, the camera welds a non-swappable...

  • Kodak EasyShare Z981 camera
    3 out of 5

    Kodak EasyShare Z981 camera

    By 1 June 2010

    Want to take pictures of skittish wildlife like an expert "twitcher" or cheating partners unawares, paparazzi style? Kodak's current big zoom bridge model in the 14-megapixel EasyShare Z981, offering a 26x optical reach equivalent to a whopping 26-676mm...

  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10 hybrid camera
    4.5 out of 5

    Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10 hybrid camera

    By 27 May 2010

    Not a compact, nor a digital SLR but a hybrid of the two, Panasonic was the first to bring such an interchangeable lens compact system camera to market - stealing an early lead on its Micro Four Thirds development partner Olympus - with 2008's original...

  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55 compact camera
    4 out of 5

    Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55 compact camera

    By 26 May 2010

    For those looking for the one easy-to-use point-and-shoot compact that (almost) does it all, the DSC-H55 from Sony might just fit the bill. The headline spec is impressive: 14.1-megapixels effective resolution, a 10x optical zoom stretching from 25-250mm...