Solid performance, good value, Nikon nails it again!
This camera may be the best APS-C in its class so far. After Nikon's quality control issue with the full-frame D600 (sensor oil spot problem), Nikon may be able to win back its trust with this new release, again aimed at enthusiasts and amateur photographers. Being an amateur photographer for years and have invested quite a sum in Sony, Canon and Nikon bodies and lenses, I myself settled with Nikon in personal preference.
Design is easy to use and comfortable to handle
The ultimate irony of these cameras is this: when the D5100 first came to market we awarded it both Camera of the Year, and Budget DSLR of the Year. It was just such an amazing deal, with rare levels of performance at the price point. But after two years and little improvement for the D5200, this great camera didn't hit us with the same impact its predecessor did. Like we've said countless times in the review, the D5200 is a fine camera, but it's not $300 finer than the old one.
Good still and video image quality
The D5200 is a nice little camera with no glaring deficiencies and would make a fine first DSLR for someone moving out of the compact digital ranks. It would be a great follow-on camera for someone who's cut their teeth on an earlier model Nikon DSLR but doesn't want to go all the way to the prosumer D7100. I'm just left wishing Nikon had added a few more external controls and some weather sealing.
Undoubtedly a great all-round DSLR
The new Nikon D5200 may not reinvent the wheel in any way, but it is undoubtedly a great all-round DSLR that's well-suited to a lot of different users and experience levels, exactly what a mass-market camera should be, and judged on that criteria, the Nikon D5200 is once again a very worthy winner of our Highly Recommended award.
Impressive 39-point AF system, Continuous shooting speed of 5fps
Costing £649 body only, or £719 with the 18-55mm VR kit lens, the D5200 currently costs around £320 more than the equivalent D5100 package. The developments to the D5200's internal specification - most notably the 39-point AF system and 24.1MP sensor - result in a truly impressive specification for a consumer model. It delivers stunning image quality and is a pleasing camera to use, but is it really worth the additional £300 or so?
Produces detailed images, Excellent ISO performance
When we reviewed the D5100 in April of 2011 we were impressed and gave it our highly recommended award. The biggest change on the D5200 is the upgrade to the 24.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, with the D5200 producing 5 star quality images. The D5200 can also shoot at a faster rate of 5 fps in continuous shooting.
The D5200 is compatible with a number of accessories such as the Wireless Mobile Adapter (WU-1a) allowing sharing of images with mobile devices.
Good picture quality, vari-angle LCD screen, decent autofocus system with motorised lenses
We love the D5200's low-mid sensitivity shots which are among the best in class, and the 39-point autofocus sensor is quality too. But a lack of the usual array of Nikon quick-access DSLR buttons, no touchscreen, banding hidden in shadow areas of raw files and poor movie clips hold the model back. The new sensor is a double-edged sword that brings both good and bad to the table from what we've seen.
Only the first day
Excellent photo quality,usability, lightness of the camera and ease of interchanging lenses. I am by no means a professional photographer but decided to step up the quality of photos from my old point and shoot digital camera. After taking a variety of photos and video with this camera over the course of an hour or so the quality of both are incredible and I found the camera very simple to use. It does have a steep price tag but for me it is an excellent camera!
Small size, attractive appearance
I enjoyed using the Nikon 1 J3. I like its small size, light weight feel and its modern, sleek appearance. The camera's buttons and controls, while small, work well and I appreciated the dedicated movie button. I was not fond of the camera's fragile pop-up flash, which could be a problem if used frequently. Performance is a strong point, as the J3 is reliably quick in all respects. It has very good image quality, even in low light, and excellent movie ability.
Very small, high-quality, discreet and generally fast camera
While the Nikon 1 J3 is a good fit for beginners, it's not so well-suited to serious amateurs. The J3 is a very small, high-quality, discreet and generally fast camera but its interface is quite clearly not geared toward users who like to take full control of the picture-taking process. Most of the features these photographers want are there, but too many of them are buried within the menu, which is bound to be a source of frustration to any power user.
Hybrid autofocus system is fast, small system size
It may be slightly smaller, lighter and faster than its J2 predecessor, but the J3's exterior design and menu rejig feels equally slight and is unlikely to appeal to more-experienced snappers. The J3's highlight is its speed and while image quality is decent, it's a step behind much of the competition. The price push to £575 doesn't help the J3's cause either. Not bad but just not the best out there.
Ultra-fast autofocus until very low light
In short, the Nikon 1 J3 leads in terms of speed while placing itself right between most compact and most mirrorless cameras for output quality. This makes it one of a few mirrorless ones that can actually handle action photography, at least down to moderate light levels.
Light, compact stylish design
The ILC segment represents an interesting design challenge for camera manufacturers. They are a step-up from point-and-shoots, but a step-down of DSLR cameras - designing a camera to appeal to both types of users is a difficult task. With the Nikon 1 series, Nikon seems to have made a concerted effort to appeal more to the auto point-and-shoot user.
A great feature set with excellent image quality
Of course, this is a camera aimed at consumers, with the design choices that brings. Notably, Nikon hasn't included a screw-drive autofocus motor, or in-camera wireless flash commander functionality in the D5100, and for some photographers, that may cause them to look elsewhere. For its target market, though, the Nikon D5100 offers an approachable design that couples a great feature set with excellent image quality, and that combination makes it an easy choice for a Dave's Pick.
A streamlined shooting design for both photo and video
Though it doesn't rank first based on any individual aspect of the camera, the Nikon D5100 delivers a solid combination of image quality, performance, features, and design that puts it out in front if you're looking for a well-rounded option under $1,000.
In summary, I'm quite happy with the D5100. It provides the optimal balance of top image quality (even in low light), lightweight and compact (for a D-SLR) body, articulating display (the only D-SLR from Nikon to have this), and HD video (not perfect) that can leverage the outstanding collection of Nikon lenses (understanding that only AF-S lenses will autofocus).
Deciding Between the Nikon D5100, D7000, D3100, and D90
The Nikon D5100 brings the high quality 16.2 megapixel sensor, great low-light performance, and full HD video capability with all the frame rate options from the popular pro-sumer D7000 to the enthusiast level model - and then includes a fully adjustable side-mounted rotating screen to boot.
It's a good camera with a few reservations (especailly the HDR feature),
Although it "feels" like a toy after you hold the D7000, it is a well-built camera that takes excellent pictures and can do most of the same things the D90 and D7000 are capable of - you just have to hunt for the stuff you need. I do not like hunting for things when a photo-opportunity arises. The HDR feature is mostly useless and could potentially ruin some pictures. The swivel LCD may be useful for some but I did not like it.
Great Image Quality & Usability at an a Affordable Price
The image Quality from the D5100 is outstanding for the price. The features of the D5100 are easy to deploy in general photography, without the usual complexity of figuring how to deploy them. This is why I bought the camera. It's just easy to use the relatively advanced features.
Phenomenal Camera - Short Review,
Overall, I would recommend this to any amateur photographer looking for a tool that offers amazing flexibility and limitless creative options. With a little bit of practice, and a good basic book on photography (I use Understanding Exposure, 3rd Edition: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera) you will find that you can make pro-quality photographs with this amazing camera.
E-PL2 Is On Par With A DSLR Plus A Ton of Funs To Use.
If you own a DSLR, you will find E-PL2 a great complement for fun and professional uses. It takes awesome photos in shallow depth of field and in low light. The real loss over a DSLR is the loss of pixel density but E-PL2's 10MP is good enough for large prints.
Ideal size, easy to grip, great quality
All in all this is a great camera, especially for its size, features, and fine quality at this price. I'd say you can't go wrong, unless you want fewer features, a smaller sized body, and are willing to sacrifice some image quality (the small Sony NEX excluded since it has an APS sensor). But I found the camera perfect for the myriad everyday apps I need, and it will also make an ideal travel camera. Well, that's about it.
Decent color accuracy
The Olympus E-PL2 is an update to the E-PL1 which was released last year. The upgrades on this new model are relatively minor: a wider ISO range, improved video shooting and some minor design changes. However, we found the E-PL1 to be a very decent package in a compact camera, and our tests so far with the E-PL2 show that this does not seem to have changed with the newer model: it has the same pros (compact package, easy to use) and cons (no viewfinder, rather noisy images).
The E-PL2 offers a small, light camera and plenty of features at a competitive price.
The E-PL2 is the latest attempt from Olympus to create a "pocket-sized DSLR." The only places where the E-PL2 fails to hit the mark are the same issues that other cameras in this class face (slow AF, limited burst shooting performance, and lenses that aren't as "compact" as many people want). If you know about these issues in advance and can live with them, this camera can produce some fantastic photos.
Ergonomic design, a larger/sharper LCD
The Olympus E-PL2 is a consumer-friendly interchangeable lens camera that uses the Micro Four Thirds standard. It's the successor the to E-PL1, and has a fairly modest list of improvements. They include a more ergonomic design, a larger/sharper LCD, refinements to the user interface, and a new kit lens. The E-PL2 retains the same sensor, image processor, movie mode, and overall design of the E-PL1.
Nice, well-built feel in your hands
Olympus continues to produce some of the best EVIL cameras on the market. The E-PL2 is a great improvement over the E-PL1, which is still a great camera in itself. The new additions are very welcomed, and will surly add to the already high appeal of these models. While I don't expect too many E-PL1 owners to upgrade, for those who are currently in the market, we highly recommend this model.
Longish zoom lens
Noise suppression dampens some of the potential we hoped for from 16 megapixels, but that's no longer news; ultimately the Sony HX7V does a very good job and has a longish zoom lens, making a good travel companion. Those wanting the latest and greatest as well as a longer zoom should look to the Sony HX9V, but for $50 less, the HX7V is still a Dave's Pick.
Excellent still images
The Sony CyberShot DSC-HX7V is a great alternative to the more expensive HX9V, our favourite travel-zoom, featuring a more modest 10x zoom, slightly slower autofocus, and "only" 1080i video, but otherwise offering all of the same cutting-edge features, great image quality and intuitive handling as the HX9V.
Good low light performance
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7V is one of five 3D-compliant digital cameras released together in early 2011. Unlike the other models in the series, the DSC-HX7V features a lower-grade Sony G lens, though it still maintains the capacity to capture 3D still images up to 4608x3456 in JPEG, and 2D 1080/60i videos in AVCHD/MP4/MPEG-4.
Very nice, slim and smooth design
The Sony Cyber-shot TX10 is a very nicely designed ultra compact, certainly, with the virtue of being impervious to water. It can handle being dropped and dust will not degrade it. On those tests, the TX10 scores high marks.
Exposure in the shade was uniformly insufficient, although sunlit scenes were nicely captured. Color did shift, particularly reds, but it wasn't unpleasant in sunlit shots.
Sony Cyber-shot TX10 User Review
Overall, I like this camera, it takes superb photos, not as good as a Nikon SRL but the color balance is pretty decent for the price but if you don't need a water "resistant" camera then get the recently released Sony HX7V, it takes better pictures and it is less expensive.
Mixed feelings on this Upgrade to the TX9
Overall, I like the camera, but I think that unless you will use the waterproof ability on a regular basis I think the TX9 is a better buy. They are very close in image quality with the TX10 slightly edging out the TX9 in video quality. The smaller form factor may be an issue for those with larger hands. My original intention was to keep this camera and sell the TX9 on ebay, but I actually think I'll return the TX10 and wait for the next generation.
High Expectations Not Met. Still a decent camera
So there you have it. I love (slash hate) the form factor, but for a rugged outdoor camera I would prefer a more solid build like the Panasonic TS3. Great form factor for everyday around the town use. The biggest concerns I have that will probably lead to me returning the camera are the touch screen and non-rugged build. If you want a waterproof camera to protect from a spill or just a fun day at the pool then this might be the one for you.
The TX10, a nifty little camera, but can do with some improvements.
I may add more cons later, and perhaps i'll even sell my TX10 in favor of a better model. But for now, this a cute and simple point and shoot that takes decent images. The touch screen sounds impressive at first, but i'd rather not fight with an unresponsive or erratatic screen.
I love this camera it takes wonderful pictures, is full of really cool features,and shoots amazing video in full high def. Also to add to it, it's very strong, and well built. And I have to say that before I bought it I read a review saying the sound quailty was bad and that it sounded muffeled, in my opinion the sound quailty is great. i haven't had a single problem with it. I highly recomend
Image quality is also solid
Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-TX10 is an ultracompact with a secret. Underneath its bright, modern exterior is a rugged tough-cam, built to withstand punishment from both earth and sea. Waterproof, shockproof, dustproof, and coldproof; this slim point-and-shoot is practically immune to the elements. Image quality is also solid, thanks to a few hardware and software improvements over its predecessor, the TX5.
Casio EX-H30 is a new travel-zoom camera offering a 12.5x wide-angle zoom lens with a focal length of 24-300mm and CCD-shift image stabilization.
The Casio EX-H30 looks the part for anyone wanting a user-friendly 'travel zoom' with a broader than average focal range; in fact in our opinion its sleek appearance is second only to the Nikon Coolpix S9100, of which this could be considered in some ways a budget version, even though it does pack in more real photographic features and manual control than its otherwise revered rival.
Consistently good results
Consistently good results and a great feature set at an attractive price make the H30 a great camera for day trippers. The only flaw is the fact that the camera has the rear body styling of a more beginner camera so that the advanced features are all hidden in the menu systems. This can be frustrating because there's lots to explore and use.
Casio Exilim EX-H30 compact digital camera makes up for its zoom shortcomings with a 16.1Mp CCD.
The Casio looks the part for those wanting a simple-to-operate travel zoom, but doesnâ??t quite hit the heights of rivals as regards video capability. Still, the pricing feels fair and a 1000-shot battery life is magnificent when away from home. Incidentally the EX-H20G is the Casio to go for if additional GPS is a must.
Resembling its travel zoom rival in the Nikon Coolpix S9100 for soberly sophisticated design and control layout, including top mounted shooting mode dial, the Casio Exilim EX-H30 fields a high 16-megapixel resolution and 12.5x optical zoom, supported by CCD sensor shift image stabilization. Its other star asset is a class leading 1,000 shot battery life, and users even get a button to place the camera in power saving â??ecoâ?? mode.
Good quality lens with optical image stabilization
Sony's Cyber-shot H70 is a pretty solid long-zoom compact. It has a modest feature set with only a handful of Scene modes, and a Manual Mode for some photographic experimentation, and a few "Intelligent" modes to do the thinking for you. The 10x, G-series wide-angle zoom performs well and gives the Sony H70 a nice optical punch.
A Great Portable Camera
Overall I am very happy with my purchase. If you want a point and shoot that is easy out of the box, there are better suited cameras out there. If you want a camera that's a few steps up from a basic point and shoot, this one is great if you are willing to take the time to learn how to use it. Once you do, changing the settings is fast and easy.
Sweep Panorama technology is easy to use and captures great images
Sony's Cyber-Shot DSC-H70 is a powerful, yet portable 16-megapixel camera. With impressive features, and ease of use, the H70 is sure to please. It did have some downfalls in the image quality department, so be sure to look at several models before making your final purchase.
Image quality is very good
Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-H70 has some very strong features for a camera in its price range, and its image quality is very good. In fact, for a sub-$200 camera with a small built-in flash, the H70's image results in low light are surprisingly good, some of the best I've seen in a camera in this price range. The H70 has some issues with response times, as its autofocus can be a bit slow, in both low light and in outdoor lighting, which means you may miss a few spontaneous photos.
Outdoor wide angle shot
There is a lot to like about the Sony Cybershot DSC H70. It is a clear step up in many ways from a more basic digital camera. Picture quality impresses as does the build quality of the camera and range of features. If there is a problem it is the fact the Cybershot DSC H70 sits in a crowded part of the market where there is not a great deal of difference in quality between a lot of cameras.
Easy to use menu
The Fujifilm FinePix XP30 is a good enough camera for the happy snapper that either has kids or enjoys the more extreme side of life and needs a camera that can cope with abuse. For a price point of less than Ã?Â£200 it's a great little compact to take places thanks to its small size, internal functions and easy to use menu. If you can live with the problems that we experienced throughout the test then you'll find this camera will meet all of your family's needs.
Very compact design
The XP30 is a keenly priced and stylish addition to the burgeoning tough compact market. Easy to use and thoughtfully laid out in terms of controls it's capable of decent, if not great, results. The addition of GPS functionality is a fun, if somewhat battery depleting, feature too. Our only real concerns are with lens sharpness and image noise. It's to be hoped that the next model in the series will address these issues by dropping the megapixel count down to something more manageable.
A tough camera that benefits from kid glove treatment
Whilst it's not the most sophisticated compact in the world, and on dry land appears well built, unobtrusive and cutely designed, going by the basis of our test sample at least it is rather more challenged when in the wet, and the fact that we occasionally had trouble shutting the battery cover prior to this didn't inspire confidence. In that respect this is one tough camera that benefits from kid glove treatment.
Fuji Finepix XP30 is a rugged ultra-compact camera with a built-in GPS designed for adventurers on a budget
The Fuji Finepix XP30 is an interesting offering for its price-point. This is by far the cheapest waterproof camera to include a built-in GPS. Its shockproof body is small enough to slip into most pockets. Its rugged freezeproof construction makes it one of the toughest digital cameras.
Lens cover is glass - is prone to be covered in fingerprints and dirt
The Fujifilm FinePix XP30 is an outdoor compact digital camera thatâ??s water, shock, dust, and freeze proof. Released in early 2011, this camera incorporates GPS functionality, allowing users to tag their photos with latitude/longitude and place name information (based on Â½ million included POIs).
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