Latest articles from Gavin

Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1
3.5 stars Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1 By Gavin Stoker

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... Read more

Fujifilm X-Pro1
4.0 stars Fujifilm X-Pro1 By Gavin Stoker

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... Read more

Olympus SZ-14
3.5 stars Olympus SZ-14 By Gavin Stoker

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... Read more

Pentax Optio VS20
3.0 stars Pentax Optio VS20 By Gavin Stoker

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... Read more

Canon IXUS 125 HS
3.0 stars Canon IXUS 125 HS By Gavin Stoker

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... Read more

Canon IXUS 500 HS
3.5 stars Canon IXUS 500 HS By Gavin Stoker

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... Read more

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4
3.0 stars Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4 By Gavin Stoker

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... Read more

Olympus SP-620UZ
3.5 stars Olympus SP-620UZ By Gavin Stoker

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,... Read more

Olympus E-PM1 Pen Mini
4.0 stars Olympus E-PM1 Pen Mini By Gavin Stoker

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... Read more

Casio Exilim EX-ZR100
3.5 stars Casio Exilim EX-ZR100 By Gavin Stoker

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... Read more

Olympus VR-310
3.0 stars Olympus VR-310 By Gavin Stoker

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... Read more

Nikon Coolpix S1200pj
3.0 stars Nikon Coolpix S1200pj By Gavin Stoker

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... Read more

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150
4.0 stars Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 By Gavin Stoker

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 a... Read more

Olympus VR-320
3.0 stars Olympus VR-320 By Gavin Stoker

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... Read more

Samsung WB700
3.5 stars Samsung WB700 By Gavin Stoker

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... Read more

Sony NEX-C3
3.5 stars Sony NEX-C3 By Gavin Stoker

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... Read more

Olympus E-PL3
3.5 stars Olympus E-PL3 By Gavin Stoker

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... Read more

Canon PowerShot A800
3.0 stars Canon PowerShot A800 By Gavin Stoker

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... Read more

Canon PowerShot A3300 IS
3.5 stars Canon PowerShot A3300 IS By Gavin Stoker

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.So,... Read more

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3
4.0 stars Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 By Gavin Stoker

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... Read more

Canon PowerShot A3200 IS
3.5 stars Canon PowerShot A3200 IS By Gavin Stoker

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... Read more

Leica V-Lux 30
3.5 stars Leica V-Lux 30 By Gavin Stoker

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... Read more

Fujifilm FinePix Z900EXR
4.5 stars Fujifilm FinePix Z900EXR By Gavin Stoker

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... Read more

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX10
4.0 stars Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX10 By Gavin Stoker

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... Read more

Pentax Optio S1
3.0 stars Pentax Optio S1 By Gavin Stoker

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... Read more

Samsung PL170
3.0 stars Samsung PL170 By Gavin Stoker

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... Read more

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS37
3.5 stars Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS37 By Gavin Stoker

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... Read more

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX10
3.5 stars Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX10 By Gavin Stoker

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... Read more

Nikon Coolpix P500
4.0 stars Nikon Coolpix P500 By Gavin Stoker

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... Read more

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3
4.0 stars Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 By Gavin Stoker

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... Read more

Olympus SZ-20
3.5 stars Olympus SZ-20 By Gavin Stoker

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... Read more

Fujifilm FinePix XP30
3.0 stars Fujifilm FinePix XP30 By Gavin Stoker

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... Read more

Nikon Coolpix S9100
4.0 stars Nikon Coolpix S9100 By Gavin Stoker

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... Read more

Canon IXUS 220 HS
4.0 stars Canon IXUS 220 HS By Gavin Stoker

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... Read more

Canon IXUS 115 HS
4.0 stars Canon IXUS 115 HS By Gavin Stoker

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... Read more

Canon IXUS 310 HS
4.0 stars Canon IXUS 310 HS By Gavin Stoker

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... Read more

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3
4.0 stars Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3 By Gavin Stoker

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... Read more

Casio Exilim EX-ZR10
4.0 stars Casio Exilim EX-ZR10 By Gavin Stoker

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... Read more

Olympus XZ-1
4.5 stars Olympus XZ-1 By Gavin Stoker

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... Read more

Casio Exilim EX-H20G
4.0 stars Casio Exilim EX-H20G By Gavin Stoker

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... Read more

Fujifilm FinePix S2800HD
4.0 stars Fujifilm FinePix S2800HD By Gavin Stoker

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... Read more

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T99
3.5 stars Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T99 By Gavin Stoker

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... Read more

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ45
3.5 stars Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ45 By Gavin Stoker

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... Read more

Olympus E-5
4.0 stars Olympus E-5 By Gavin Stoker

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... Read more

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700
4.0 stars Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700 By Gavin Stoker

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... Read more

Pentax K-r
4.0 stars Pentax K-r By Gavin Stoker

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... Read more

Samsung ST100
3.5 stars Samsung ST100 By Gavin Stoker

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?”... Read more

Olympus FE-4050
3.5 stars Olympus FE-4050 By Gavin Stoker

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... Read more

Samsung PL90
3.5 stars Samsung PL90 By Gavin Stoker

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... Read more

Olympus FE-5050
3.0 stars Olympus FE-5050 By Gavin Stoker

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... Read more