Archive for Gavin Stoker

  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX5 digital camera
    4 out of 5

    Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX5 digital camera

    By 20 May 2010

    On first glance the 10.2 effective megapixel resolution DSC-TX5 seems a modest addition to Sony's Cyber-shot series. Like the other credit-card sized models in the same range it resembles a cigarette case or makeup compact with its slender depth and shiny-mirrored...

  • Pentax Optio W90 compact camera
    4 out of 5

    Pentax Optio W90 compact camera

    By 4 May 2010

    Looking to take pictures within a volcanic ash cloud, possibly? It's seemingly not enough anymore that a digital camera simply shoots 12.1-megapixel photos and records 1280 x 720-pixel high definition movies to the best of its ability. It has to stretch...

  • Casio Exilim EX-Z550 compact camera
    3.5 out of 5

    Casio Exilim EX-Z550 compact camera

    By 28 April 2010

    Sometimes small can be beautiful. At other times it can be fiddly and frustrating. So which category does the almost credit card sized Exilim Z550 snapshot from Casio fall into? As most relationships do, ours starts well. With the usual mix of metal and...

  • Casio Exilim EX-H15 camera
    4 out of 5

    Casio Exilim EX-H15 camera

    By 23 April 2010

    Once you've tried a compact camera that has successfully shoehorned in a big zoom whilst maintaining pocket-sized dimensions, going back to using a regular 3x or 5x zoom model will leave you feeling creatively short-changed. Pulling off that Tardis-like...

  • Kodak PlaySport Zx3 camcorder
    3.5 out of 5

    Kodak PlaySport Zx3 camcorder

    By 9 April 2010

    Digital camcorders recording to solid-state media, which has enabled them to shrink to a size similar to your phone handset, may be all the rage, but this one is a little different. Pitched at extreme sports enthusiasts, but more likely to be used by...

  • Nikon Coolpix S8000 camera
    4 out of 5

    Nikon Coolpix S8000 camera

    By 30 March 2010

    It used to be that if you wanted a non-interchangeable lens camera with a big zoom, it was the size of a brick. Not any more. Nikon's Coolpix S8000 offering marries a 10x optical zoom to a 14.2-megapixel resolution (from a 14.5MP 1/2.3-type CCD) within...

  • Canon PowerShot A495 camera
    3.5 out of 5

    Canon PowerShot A495 camera

    By 23 March 2010

    Compacts at the lower end of the PowerShot range's pricing scale have always been the poor relations of those from the flashier IXUS brand. That said the gap seems to be narrowing. At a manufacturer's suggested price of £139.99 just £50 separates this...

  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP3 camera
    4 out of 5

    Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP3 camera

    By 19 March 2010

    The new 14.1-megapixel effective resolution Lumix DMC-FP3 compact sports a similar flat fronted design to the FP8 we reviewed last year. But unlike that model the FP3 now features a protective sliding lens cover which shelters both a folded 4x optical...

  • Canon IXUS 105 compact camera
    4 out of 5

    Canon IXUS 105 compact camera

    By 16 March 2010

    Canon pioneered the premium pocket compact with its IXUS brand, continuing its marriage of style to substance into a second decade with the launch of the image stabilised 105 model: a 12.1-megapixel palm-sized offering with wide angle, internally folded...

  • JVC Picsio GC-FM1 camcorder
    3.5 out of 5

    JVC Picsio GC-FM1 camcorder

    By 9 March 2010

    Looking like an accessory from a P Diddy video - before the recession prompted an abrupt halt to the flouting of bling - JVC's oddly named Picsio is outwardly set to stun with its glitzy pearl-like finish that is more night club than camera club. It's...

  • Olympus E-PL1 camera
    4 out of 5

    Olympus E-PL1 camera

    By 5 March 2010

    Newly introduced, and at the exact same price as Olympus' recently reviewed E-600 Four Thirds digital SLR with 14-42mm kit lens, is the manufacturer's latest Micro Four Thirds system hybrid in the E-PL1 Digital Pen. Like that DSLR "proper" it also comes...

  • Sony Bloggie MHS-PM1 camcorder
    3 out of 5

    Sony Bloggie MHS-PM1 camcorder

    By 26 February 2010

    For those spur of the moment video clips, most of us are now well used to simply hoisting and pointing our camera phones at the activities taking place. That point hasn't been lost on electronics manufacturers who have of late been taking an "if you can't...

  • Ricoh CX3 compact camera
    4 out of 5

    Ricoh CX3 compact camera

    By 22 February 2010

    Ricoh might not make the coolest looking digital compacts - in fact, design wise, they're uniformly rather drab. But at least the manufacturer channels its efforts towards where it matters most, namely the cameras' image quality plus useful wide-angle...

  • Casio Exilim EX-G1 digital camera
    3 out of 5

    Casio Exilim EX-G1 digital camera

    By 16 February 2010

    Do you want a very portable digital snapshot camera for use in all weathers and formerly inappropriate conditions? Looking like some futuristic hand tool from a James Cameron sci-fi epic, Casio is making a claim for the new 12.1-effective megapixel Exilim...

  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP8 digital camera
    3.5 out of 5

    Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP8 digital camera

    By 6 January 2010

    The minimal, flat fronted design and internally stacked/folded zoom lens mechanism of Panasonic's 12.1 effective megapixel Lumix DMC-FP8 may be a claimed bold departure for the electronics manufacturer's range of otherwise conventionally styled digital...

  • Ricoh GXR digital camera
    4.5 out of 5

    Ricoh GXR digital camera

    By 4 January 2010

    Ricoh's brave new release in the GXR is a camera of two halves - literally. With the intention of providing a photographic "solution" that will take digital SLR-like professional quality photographs whilst, unlike a DSLR, being small enough to fit in...

  • Olympus E-600 DSLR camera
    4 out of 5

    Olympus E-600 DSLR camera

    By 10 December 2009

    If the compact E-600 Four Thirds system digital SLR from Olympus has crept in under your radar, that's because it's basically an E-620 "lite", on sale exclusively through the Currys electronics group in the UK, and also on general release across North...

  • Sony Alpha A230 DSLR camera
    3.5 out of 5

    Sony Alpha A230 DSLR camera

    By 3 December 2009

    Since it launched its initial Alpha A100 in 2006, Sony has slowly but steadily increased the breadth of its DSLR range, inserting models here and there until there is barely any difference between neighbouring Alpha units - the aim of course being increased...

  • Pentax K-x DSLR camera
    4 out of 5

    Pentax K-x DSLR camera

    By 25 November 2009

    With a design based on its previous starter model in the Pentax K-m, and some trickle down features from the higher end K7, the new K-x in offering 12.4 effective megapixels from a 12.9-megapixel CMOS sensor should in theory offer a best of both worlds’...

  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 camera
    4.5 out of 5

    Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 camera

    By 3 November 2009

    Panasonic’s first two Micro Four Thirds system cameras – last year’s G1 and this spring’s GH1, which added high-def video – based their designs on that of traditional digital SLRs. Even though technically they weren’t, having junked the integral...

  • Canon PowerShot G11 digital camera
    4 out of 5

    Canon PowerShot G11 digital camera

    By 26 October 2009

    We’ve not come across many – if any – digital camera upgrades that have taken a step back in terms of "specification". But, on perusing the enthusiast targeted G11’s headline features, when compared with the G10 it appears that is exactly what...

  • Fujifilm FinePix F70EXR digital camera
    4.5 out of 5

    Fujifilm FinePix F70EXR digital camera

    By 20 October 2009

    Joining Fujifilm's current F200EXR and S200EXR models comes an attractive, largely metal build, pocket compact incorporating the same innovative "switchable" Super CCD EXR sensor and, for the first time in the series, marrying it to a 10x optical zoom...

  • Fujifilm FinePix S200EXR digital camera
    3.5 out of 5

    Fujifilm FinePix S200EXR digital camera

    By 8 October 2009

    With the trend of late for ever-larger zoom lenses crammed within ever more miniscule camera bodies, Fujifilm’s new S200EXR – which offers a 14.3x optical variety – comes as a something of a shock. Upgrading the S100fs and ape-ing a digital SLR...

  • Casio Exilim EX-H10 digital camera
    3.5 out of 5

    Casio Exilim EX-H10 digital camera

    By 25 September 2009

    Cameras offering broad focal ranges but pocket-sized dimensions are an expanding market. So it is no surprise Casio is joining the likes of Panasonic, Kodak, Samsung, Sony et al with its own offering in the 10x optical zoom Exilim EX-H10. Like its competitors,...

  • Pentax X70 digital camera
    3.5 out of 5

    Pentax X70 digital camera

    By 16 September 2009

    The Pentax X70 is a 12 megapixel, DSLR-styled digital camera notable chiefly for the whopping 24x optical zoom bolted on the front. The theory is that, with the broad focal range on offer (26-624mm in 35mm terms), the X70 will be all the camera that most...