Archive for Gavin Stoker

  • Sigma DP2 digital camera
    3.5 out of 5

    Sigma DP2 digital camera

    By 1 September 2009

    Best known for its excellent lenses, Sigma continues to plough a unique furrow when it comes to the sensors placed in its DSLRs and compacts; in the case of the DP2, which logically follows the DP1, a triple layered Foveon X3 chip. The different layers...

  • Nikon D3000 DSLR camera
    4 out of 5

    Nikon D3000 DSLR camera

    By 25 August 2009

    With digital SLRs well within the realm of mass-market affordability, what’s to stop every family from owning one? Financial penury aside, a perceived uphill learning curve perhaps, and that’s where Nikon’s latest 10-megapixel entry-level model,...

  • Olympus Mju 7010 digital camera
    3 out of 5

    Olympus Mju 7010 digital camera

    By 24 August 2009

    Looking to upgrade from your camera phone to a "proper" camera or just after an unobtrusive point-and-shoot for a weekend break? Having produced shockproof, waterproof and freeze proof compacts for its Mju Tough range, Olympus is, it seems, going further...

  • Olympus FE-5020 digital camera
    3.5 out of 5

    Olympus FE-5020 digital camera

    By 17 August 2009

    A 12-megapixel resolution plus a wider than average 5x optical zoom range equivalent to 24-120mm on a 35mm film camera, and all for a UK asking price of £169, doesn’t sound a bad deal on the face of it. Or perhaps that should be "fascia", as the entry...

  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 camera
    4 out of 5

    Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 camera

    By 4 August 2009

    Panasonic beat its development partner Olympus to market with the first camera in its new Micro Four Thirds system. The G1 was styled like a DSLR but wasn’t really, having done away with the internal mirror mechanism to bring lens and sensor even closer...

  • Sony Alpha A380 DSLR camera
    3.5 out of 5

    Sony Alpha A380 DSLR camera

    By 28 July 2009

    In the new 14.2 effective megapixel A380 digital SLR, topping a new trio of consumer Alpha models also including the A230 and A330, manufacturer Sony is attempting to deliver its most lightweight and portable DSLR to date. Aimed at both beginner and hobbyist,...

  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX40 digital camera
    3.5 out of 5

    Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX40 digital camera

    By 14 July 2009

    First impressions of the metal and plastic bodied Lumix FX40, a step up from the FX37, are of another unassuming pocket compact suitable for the occasional happy snap or holiday keepsake. The £255 price tag however suggests there’s rather more on offer...

  • Samsung WB550 digital camera
    4 out of 5

    Samsung WB550 digital camera

    By 10 July 2009

    Getting a broad focal range from a non-interchangeable lens camera needn’t necessitate purchase of a bridge model that won’t fit in your pocket. Witness Samsung cramming a 10x optical zoom (24-240mm equivalent) into its latest WB550 compact, the "W"...

  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX550 digital camera
    4 out of 5

    Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX550 digital camera

    By 1 July 2009

    Though an attractive brushed metal faceplate and solid build distracts from its otherwise boxy dimensions, Panasonic’s latest Lumix FX550 point and shoot is certainly one of the more conventionally styled yet premium priced compacts (at £294 SRP) we’ve...

  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T90 digital camera
    3.5 out of 5

    Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T90 digital camera

    By 3 June 2009

    Sony’s latest snapshot, the DSC-T90, takes up the gauntlet thrown down by its predecessors and delivers beauty and simplicity married to almost anorexic proportions. No wonder it’s referred to as a "fashion" model, here boasting a maximum width of...

  • Fujifilm FinePix S1500 digital camera
    3.5 out of 5

    Fujifilm FinePix S1500 digital camera

    By 27 May 2009

    Like to get more creative with your photography but put off making the leap from compact snapper to fully blown digital SLR by the perceived learning curve and bulk, plus the need to supplement the purchase with additional lenses? Then, in aiming to be...