Better JPEG image quality
Still, there aren't too many other negative aspects to put you off the Nikon Coolpix P330. The price may have gone up slightly in comparison to last year's model, but the extra features and better image quality help to explain that away, and it's still quite a lot cheaper than most of its main rivals.
Great image quality
This is a camera that's basically an "almost there" for Nikon. While image quality is fantastic, we can think of several ways that this camera could be improved to make it even better.
The most notable problem we have is with the speed of the camera, and it would also be great to see other improvements to the usability of the camera, such as a touchscreen or a dial around the lens.
RAW shooting added, VR built in
The Nikon Coolpix P330 updates the previous model with a lower 12.2 megapixel sensor, although with a larger sensor size, image quality is improved and the new 5x optical zoom lens provides a more versatile zoom range, from a wide 24mm equivalent. The camera has a large number of advanced options, and the camera speed is decent, so long as you're not shooting a large number of RAW files, as write times for this are noticeably slow.
Close-up macro mode, raw capture available
The Nikon Coolpix P330 is a definite step forward compared to its predecessor, and it throws the P-series into the high-end compact camera mix. But it's also a game of two halves.
Image quality is a step up the image quality ladder, the price point is very competitive and the new 24-120mm f/1.8-5.6 equivalent zoom is versatile.
Very, very good but not 'great'. 24mm-1,000mm lens, Wi-Fi & GPS but no RAW
For the price, this is an excellent camera. Not a "great" camera, but a very, very good one. I would consider it high end for the average consumer, with features superior to almost all other point-and-shoots in its price range: Wi-fi capable (ability to connect to iOS and Android devices for viewing/sharing your photos and videos via the optional WU-1a adapter), built-in GPS (to geotag your photos), 18MP CMOS sensor, a zoom lens with incredible focal range (24mm-1,000mm), and 1080 HD video.
Video is surprisingly smooth and sharp in the top 1080/30p mode
While it didn't fare very well in low light, we're still impressed with the Nikon P520 on the whole. Just as impressed, in fact, as we were with the earlier P510. For habitual bright-light shootersâ??the sort who spend their weekends shooting t-ball games and soccer practicesâ??the P520 is an extremely capable camera that can capture shots few other cameras in its price range can manage.
Flexible LCD screen
While the P520 continues to offer a very well rounded package, with SLR-like handling, manual exposure and focus, an eye-level viewfinder, a flexible and high-resolution LCD screen, built-in GPS and optional wi-fi, full HD movies with stereo sound, full-time AF and optical zoom, we can't help but feel a strong sense of deja vu.
Excellent VR optical stabilisation, Built-in GPS with POI database
The Nikon COOLPIX P520 has a lot to offer. Its 42x zoom lens is one of the longest optical zooms around and combined with the excellent Vibration Reduction optical stabilisation produces great results. It has a bigger, more detailed screen than most and other features like the built-in GPS, effects filters, Easy panorama, and a wealth of video modes make it a good buy that's competitively priced.
Articulating, high-res screen
What we have here is another very capable bridge camera from Nikon. Unfortunately, while the Nikon Coolpix P520 is an excellent and versatile all-round performer, ultimately there's nothing to get overly excited about, and it is not the best option currently available on the market.
If you're looking for something with a large zoom range, but with more flexibility, take a look at the Canon SX50 HS.
First class LCD screen, Very good value
There's no debating that the P520 is a capable compact. Photos look good, it has an excellent LCD screen and the image stabilisation systems do a fine job of preventing camera shake. It's also keenly priced, but this comes at the mercy of the fit and finish, and irritating lack of a viewfinder eye sensor.
If these issues aren't of concern to you, the P520 is a capable and good value camera, but it doesn't shine in any particular department.
Full 1080p HD movie recording with stereo sound
The Nikon Coolpix P520 is a decent update to the P510, but we're a little surprised to see that the optical zoom hasn't been extended to 50x to compete with those cameras with more zoom from Canon, Fuji and Sony. The sensor has been increased to 18 megapixels and the screen is bigger at 3.2 inch. Other than that, not much as changed, you're still getting a featured packed, DSLR style camera, without the bulk.
Affordable compared to rivals
All things considered and the P520 is, in general, a decent superzoom camera. We like the small size, big zoom range, image stabilisation and new vari-angle screen - but even all that's just not enough to see it prevail as a class leader.
And that's the thing really: the P520, despite its small advances compared to its predecessor, remains a touch behind much of the competition.
Coolpix P520 offers an articulated, large, and sharp LCD
It's a really good ultra zoom camera. The drawbacks are pretty minor if you're someone who's in the market for a model with a big zoom. Although the P520 doesn't provide significant advantages over last year's P510, it is a pretty nice upgrade to the Coolpix P500, and it's well worth considering as investment upgrade for fans of that model.
Maintaining good-to-excellent photo quality
Nice photo quality, improved autofocus performance, and a very compact design make the Canon PowerShot S110 a solid option if you're looking for something between a point-and-shoot and an enthusiast compact. But if you can find them cheaper, the S100 or S95 are still good alternatives.
Solid image quality in a pocketable body
The S110 is a perfectly fine high-end compact, but the S100 offers the same performance for less money. It's as simple as that. If you're totally in love with touchscreen technology or you think WiFi will really be a benefit to how you shoot, then by all means go for the S110. Otherwise, grab the S100 for nearly $50 cheaper, or step up to a superior camera like the Sony RX100-you won't be disappointed.
Compact, Easy to use, First rate optics, Excellent image quality
The little S110's strongest appeal may be to straight-shooters (photojournalists, documentary photographers, street/candid shooters, available/natural light enthusiasts, and environmental portraitists) because it was clearly designed to be an almost ideal enthusiast camera. This snazzy point and shoot will also appeal to weight/space conscious travelers, Extreme Sports fans, hikers, backpackers, and off road bikers.
Solid construction and improved design
The Canon PowerShot S110 is a 12.1MP advanced compact that will most likely to appeal to enthusiast photographers looking for an easy-to-carry yet flexible compact companion. In this respect the S110 delivers on its remit, delivering impressive image quality - including the ability to shoot in Raw - a responsive touch-screen and full manual control, along with excellent build quality and built-in W-Fi.
Full manual controls and RAW shooting
The Canon PowerShot S110 is an ideal serious compact camera if you're a big fan of small gadgets. It's pocket-sized, yet packs many features including full manual controls, Wi-Fi and a fast f/2.0 lens. It doesn't have built-in GPS, although Canon have provided their own solution via their smartphone app, but it's nothing you can't get from other similar apps. The Canon app does let you share your images at full size to your smartphone for instant editing and sharing.
Touchscreen with movable focus point
The S110's Wi-Fi implementation is poor and battery life isn't great, but we'll get those low points out of the way quickly. The camera's new touchscreen is great for fast, positional autofocus and the decent image quality - although fundamentally the same as the S100 - make it a winner. Despite there being little new compared to its year-old predecessor the S110 is still a well-built, attractive and truly pocketable shooter.
Ability to shoot Full HD (1080p) video clips
Canon's PowerShot S110 is a relatively minor update to the PowerShot S100 with a slightly redesigned body plus the addition of a touch screen monitor and Wi-Fi connectivity. The sensor resolution is unchanged at 12.1 megapixels but ISO settings have been boosted up to 12800 and the new camera costs $50 more than its predecessor. It is also being offered in white as well as black.
Superb image quality at most ISO settings
Superb image quality at most ISO settings, manual controls and a new touchscreen are enough to keep this truly compact snapper in the No.2 spot. And if the S110's attempt at Wi-Fi sharing to phones, laptops and the web isn't as seamless as we'd like, at least Canon's made a start.
Flash is intelligent and does supplement ambient light
So if you're looking for a camera that will be good for a gap year around India, then it would be best to look elsewhere. But, if you want a small, pocketable, good looking camera with a few tricks up its sleeve, then take a look at the Canon PowerShot A3500 IS.
Built-in Wi-fi, and GPS via a smartphone
The PowerShot A3500 IS is one of the more compelling options in the Canon's 2013 compact range. The decision to fit entry level IXUS / ELPH models with the same 16 Megapixel CCD sensor and Digic 4 processor means that there's less of a gap than ever between high end PowerShot A models and lower end IXUS / ELPH ones.
Good value for money, Built-in Wi-Fi
The Canon PowerShot A3500 IS represents excellent value for money if you want a camera with Wi-Fi. Without Wi-Fi, the feature set is that of an entry-level camera, usually priced around or just under the £100 mark. The image quality also reflects the price level but the pictures are ideal for those who prefer to share on the web. Battery life is low, but otherwise the A3500 IS has a stylish, well designed metal body and is available in black, silver and red.
Very Good Camera for the price
Overall this camera has lived up to what I expected from it. It is a very good camera for a casual photographer like myself. Awesome optical zoom (I'm amazed by what they can fit into the slim cameras nowadays). It takes amazing pictures. And it does really well in low lit areas.
My only complaints are that you have to charge the battery while it is in the camera, and the WIFI capability drains a lot of power when used.
Lovely little camera to hold and use
There's enough on the camera to help you out in almost any situation with some other stuff to help improve the quality or look of the pictures after you've taken the shot. The Nikon Coolpix S6500 is a much improved camera and one that you should really take a look at.
Wi-Fi connectivity, Easy to use, Tracking AF
With a current street price of around £150 / US$170 / AU$215, the Nikon Coolpix S6500 is good value for money for those photographers who understand the advantages of a compact camera over a smartphone camera.
The Wi-Fi functionality and 12x optical zoom lens make it an ideal companion to take with you on your travels. However, more advanced photographers may be a little frustrated by the lack of manual exposure control.
Available in a good range of colour
If the S6500 is appealing to you because of the 12x optical zoom lens there are many cameras available for less with this amount of zoom. If Wi-Fi is a must have for you, then the S6500 is a good option. There's always going to be a premium to pay for a Wi-Fi enabled compact. It is basic - you can transfer pictures from camera to you iOS or Android phone / tablet or use it as a remote release.
Good performance, Wi-Fi remote control from smartphones
The Nikon COOLPIX S6500 is a good performer as far as the image quality is concerned. The colours are accurate and the photos are fairly detailed. It starts up very fast and is quick at taking successive photos. It has a fairly powerful 12x zoom and image stabilisation that works. Various filters allow you to play around with your creativity. Wi-Fi functionality lets you transfer photos to a smartphone or control the camera from it.
Fantastic new concept
Basically, this camera is the exact specs as the Sony RX100 camera without the screen, so I would advise anyone thinking about buying this lens to also check out the reviews on the Sony RX100 to get further insight until we can weed out all the initial negative reviews currently coming in from the like of people who either don't even own the camera (but always seem to have something to say), or the nonsensical people who give this camera a one star review because "their app on their phone...
Innovative way for smartphone owners to take better-quality, more versatile photos and quickly share them
Ultimately the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX10 just falls a little short, regardless of whether you're a smartphone or compact shooter. It doesn't quite come up to scratch in terms of performance, feature-set or image quality, and is also a little over-priced too, perhaps inevitable given that it's a first-generation product. At the moment we'd choose a smartphone and wi-fi enabled compact to quickly share images, though that solution has its own challenges.
FullHD video with stereo sound, 10x optical zoom lens
The Sony Cyber-shot QX10 is a compact, but not ultra-compact digital camera, with Wi-Fi for a direct connection to your smartphone, running Android or iOS. Without the connection you can still take photos but will be left to guesswork regarding whether you are getting the photo you want.
The camera does not have a flash, and can not use the LED from your smartphone, therefore in darkness, you may actually be better off using your smartphone with LED flash, than the QX10.
It's actually very nice
I've had several Nikon coolpix and am looking at this one today to buy. They are great camera!
To the person who wrote that first review, who complained: "The first thing I noticed was that I could not just hit the play button to view pictures and video, but I had to actually turn on the camera. When you power the camera the lens extends, where in the Canon, you hit the play button and you can view pictures and videos and your lens retracted with the lens cover closed."
Slim, pocketable design
Families looking for an unobtrusive camera to take on holiday will find the Coolpix S5200 more than suitable, as will travellers that aren't going too far out of the way. Travelling round Europe would be perfect for the S5200, so if you plan to do any of those things, or if you fall into that demographic, then you should definitely take a closer look at the Coolpix S5200.
Good range of shooting modes
Ideal for travel, because of its durability and easy charge options, the Nikon Coolpix S5200 performs well in a variety of everyday situations. It would be a good camera to consider if you're looking for an all-rounder that isn't going to break the bank, especially if you want to capture good quality video footage.
Records at up to 10 fps
The headline feature on the S5200 is its built-in Wi-Fi, this allows you to share photos with smartphones and tablets for editing and sharing. You can also use your mobile device for remote shooting. You can also edit pictures on the camera, each time you take a shot you can enter quick effects to enhance your pictures. Other than that, the camera is a fairly standard digital compact, with a 16 megapixel sensor and 5x optical zoom.
The camera is a hit!
So far I have not explored all the capabilities of the camera but I can say I am very happy with the camera. I have also had positive reaction and have shown the camera to a number of interested people who have seen me while using it public. For the price it has exceeded my expectations.
Creative Shot Mode, Wi-Fi, Fun
The Canon N is a fun point-and-shoot camera that packs a lot of creativity into a small package. Going far beyond the standard creative modes and effects pallet, the N offers users a more tailored approach to their photography.
Without the Creative Shot mode, the Canon N would be just one more point-and-shoot in an endless sea of cameras. But that's exactly what makes this camera special. It's innovative and creative.
Good image quality and innovative design
Ultimately the Canon PowerShot N misses the mark both as an alternative/companion to a smartphone and as a compact camera in its own right, and it's simply too expensive to appeal to either camp. It may be the most surprising camera of 2013, for which we applaud Canon for trying something different, but it's definitely not the most well realised, whichever way you look at it.
Decent performance at higher ISOs
The Canon Powershot N looks good and produces decent images, but it's just too expensive. You can spend much less and get more zoom and Wi-Fi, such as the Canon IXUS 255 HS. Canon have sacrificed the traditional zoom and shutter release, reduced the flash size considerably and the battery life is low.
Very small, Innovative space-saving design
Overall, it's a slightly mixed bag. The unconventional body shape performs surprisingly well, and Canon's re-imagining of how a compact camera can and should work has been successful. Indeed, it's been so successful that it might have been more appropriate to make this the basis of a new Ixus line, rather than slotting it into the PowerShot line-up.
Smaller than you might imagine
Set against competition like the Nikon Coolpix S01, the Canon PowerShot N is an attractive option, but you need to consider the price, too. At £270, it's not a cheap camera, actually more than twice the price of the Nikon. That naturally impacts our final verdict, but the fact remains that of the two it's the more rounded option and, if you can afford it, the better buy.
Compact design, Creative Mode
The Canon PowerShot N is a nice idea and it's great to see one of the big camera brands doing something a bit different. We like the overall design and the pint-sized dimensions, and the creative mode is a nice touch.
However, the fact that the uploading over Wi-Fi is rather convoluted makes the camera slightly less compelling and not that much different to having a top-tier smartphone (which, by contrast, you can upload from with ease).
Very reasonable $300 price for a generous feature set
The SX500 IS is a fine addition to the PowerShot family. It's relatively cheap yet packed with some premium features, and compact yet sturdy. It's also pretty straightforward in terms of control, but features enough options to significantly manipulate your images in-camera. In general, it's a well-rounded and intuitive superzoom.
Compact lightweight body
The PowerShot SX500 IS provides an unbeatable combination of massive zoom range in a compact lightweight body that, for now at least, is unmatched by anyone else. If you want a smaller camera, you'll need to make a compromise on zoom range and if you want a longer zoom range you'll be carrying a bigger, heavier camera.
With PASM exposure modes, Creative filters, and Live Control, the SX500 IS caters for the needs of point-and-shoot casual snappers as well as more demanding photographers.
Compact design despite large zoom
The Canon PowerShot SX500 IS is undoubtedly an interesting proposition. Part superzoom and part ultracompact, Canon has managed to engineer a small camera that comes with a powerful 30x optical zoom on the front. Of course, in order to do this Canon has had to make a few compromises; there's no viewfinder for starters, and physical controls have been scaled back to the bare minimum too.
Compact size, Good colour, Manual controls
The compact size and ease of use makes the Canon Powershot SX500 IS appealling although the slow shot to shot times and slow continuous shooting may put some people off, particularly if you want to capture high speed action such as sports. The extremely close focusing distance certainly impressed us, although with the subject so close to the lens, lighting does become an issue.
Big lens, small body
On paper the PowerShot SX500 IS sounds very promising. It's well priced and has that significant 24-720mm equivalent lens with excellent image stabilisation technology too.
Design and operation meet the mark for sure, but the lens and image quality fall short, particularly for a camera such as this.
The PowerShot SX500 IS from Canon is a model that should definitely be on your short list if you're looking for an ultra zoom camera for the upcoming holiday season. Few fixed-lens cameras can match the 30X optical zoom lens that Canon has included with the SX500 IS. Canon included 16MP of resolution, a 3.0-inch LCD, and 720p HD video options with the SX500 IS.
Long zoom, Low price
You get a great lens at a fair price with the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS, but colour fringing on sharp contrasts and noise in images shot at fairly conservative sensitivities disappoint. So long as you don't want to enlarge your images hugely or crop them tightly, you might overlook this and enjoy the versatility of its long zoom and ample resolution.
Practical to handle, clear interface
The Canon PowerShot SX500 IS is a sort of mini-bridge camera that packs a 30x zoom into a low-cost body. While the lens is OK quality, cost-saving cuts tarnish the final package - this camera can be frustratingly slow and is incapable of correcting chromatic aberration, for example. It also struggles a bit in low light and the video mode could be better.
Even at lower image sizes the pictures you take are sharp and have good depth
The Canon PowerShot SX500-IS is another in the range from Canon, this one on a cursory glance could be confused with a small DSLR unit, it is however a digital unit with excellent zoom as well as other features making it almost a bridge unit.
Excellent video quality
I bought this just to have a point & shoot still camera for my vacation. I bought it because it was bright blue & uses the type of card I liked. It worked fine. Didn't think too much one way or the other. (I couldn't figure out all the settings, but I didn't try too long either)
My friends & I decided to make a video & I said I'll bring my camera and act as the VJ (I'm camera shy). I had no idea how good the picture was until I transferred it to my computer. I was literally shocked.
In this price point, image quality is above average
The good news is that Canon has been steadily dropping the price on the PowerShot ELPH 115, which means that if you shop around, you may be able to find it for quite a bit below the MSRP. In that case, the ELPH 115's drawbacks are much easier to deal with for a beginning photographer.
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