The perfect keep-with-you-always camera
I was looking for a solid second camera that I could keep in my purse so that I would always have a camera on hand (something better than my iphone.) My previous portable was an old Lumix point and shoot with a crazy zoom lens. It was a good camera when I bought it in 2007 but it couldn't compare in image quality to my iphone, and the extreme zoom was too hard to get a sharp image from.
Excellent image quality, Bright f/1.4 wide angle lens
The Leica D-Lux 6 is a superb camera with many DSLR features packed into a compact body with a number of external controls, which produces excellent images. If you have a good budget to spend and aren't concerned by large amounts of optical zoom, but want a serious camera capable of great results, you can't go wrong, although the price will be off-putting to many.
Brilliantly fast lens, Sleek design
My time with the Leica D-Lux 6 was brief, but it was enough to help get me past my initial reservations. I should mention again that I come from a big rig. I am not a compact camera user, and while I have thought about getting a compact camera, I havenâ?? t actively pursued that route. The D-Lux 6 has shown me what a compact camera with a super-fast lens can do, and while my largest gripe is the LCD screen, I can partially forgive that given what the camera can produce.
A host of future proofing and manual control
Contentious pricing aside, the Leica V-LUX 30 is a very capable camera with a host of future proofing and manual control if pointing and shooting eventually numbs brain and senses. Whilst it may not be the cheapest nor sport the biggest lens, the Leica could be said to be conceivably the only travel zoom camera you may ever need - missing out only on being weatherproofed and shockproofed to truly make it a jack of all trades.
Good design and build quality
The 16x optical zoom lens with optical image stabilisation is very useful, with a wide angle view and detail is good at both ends of the lens, producing very good images and videos. The camera is very easy to use and feels good with a solid design. Yes, the camera is much more expensive than the very similar Panasonic Lumix TZ-20, but you are getting an a camera with a superb name, it looks classy and you get the Adobe software and two-year warranty.
A very well made camera
The Leica V-Lux 30 isn't the first compact from the manufacturer to simply look like a more expensive version of an existing Panasonic and one assumes nor will it be the last. The bare facts are that it is, however, a very well made camera that performs very well and in that sense, if you're on the lookout for a travel zoom, the V-Lux 30 could well be the only travel zoom you may ever need. Bear that in mind and Ã? Â£550 begins to look less contentious, as does Ã?
Classic minimalist Leica aesthetic
The Leica V-Lux 30 is a 15.1 megapixel (14.1 MP effective) digital camera designed to offer a range of high quality photo options and 1080i-AVCHD full HD video capability. A follow up to the V-Lux 20, that featured a 12x zoom and a 12.1 MP sensor, the 16x zoom lens on the V-Lux 30 features an extended range of focal lengths, equivalent to 24 to 384 mm in 35-mm format, suitable for a variety of shots such as wide-angle, macro, and telephoto shots of subjects at a distance.
With the ability to achieve crisp results no matter which point weâ??d arrived at in the Leica V-Lux 30â??s expansive focal range, and if we liked pinpoint where those images were shot on the world stage, the Leica whilst not being freezeproof, waterproof and shockproof is nevertheless one of the best realised travel zooms out there. Quality doesnâ??t come cheap however, which is the largest barrier to purchase when it comes to this ultimate travel companion for the point and shoot photographer.
Most fun I've had with a camera
Overall I was very pleased with this camera. If it had cost $900 I may have been a little more picky about image quality but at $240 this thing is incredible. Seriously, if you're gonna complain about image quality, go buy yourself a $2000 canon or nikon. And if you're gonna write poor reviews because you don't take two minutes to learn the menu system and features then ask your grandkids to show you how the thing works first.
Great All-Around Everyday Camera
The small size and light weight let this little wonder fit easily in my pant pocket or my wife's purse. The only feature I have yet to explore is the HD movie, but I expect it to be as great as the other features - if not, I will update this review in the future. I highly recommend this camera and am totally baffled by negative reviews.
High speed video recording.
There are many reasons to buy the Casio EX-ZR100, but one reason it should stand out to potential customers: high speed video recording. There's a reason you see Casio's high speed cameras marketed in golf magazines, and it isn't because of the user interface. While the 1000 FPS is too dark to be of much use, the 240fps video recording is perfect for seeing all those various mechanical motions, while still offering enough resolution to be useful.
Blazing fast shooting performance
Casio's Exilim EX-ZR100 has a lot to offer for a camera with a price tag of $299 US or less. This compact powerhouse offers pleasing 12-megapixel image quality, an excellent layout of controls, a higher-end zooming capability, a super clear 3.0-inch LCD, HDR technology, 360 panorama, extreme High Speed shooting in still and video mode, and much more.
Overall the Casio Exilim EX-ZR100 is a well built, generally competent and fairly priced - if going by the sub Â£200 street price - contender. Being faster and more responsive than we'd expect in its class, a conclusive 'fault' is hard to find. If you're on the look out for a pocket camera with a degree of manual control and some funky little extras therefore, as provided by the slow motion video, HDR Art and Dynamic Photo modes, albeit on occasion at a reduced resolution, then this is one...
Good quality and sturdy construction
The Casio Exilim EX-ZR100 misses out on some travel zoom features of cameras around the Â£300 mark, such as the built-in GPS facility of the Panasonic DMC-TZ0. That's handy for recording longitude and latitude data with each image file so intrepid types can retrace your travels via image data, but most regular users simply looking for a large-ish zoom in a small-ish camera wonâ??t find this omission a deal breaker.
Shooting video also boasts some impressive performance, with Full HD 1080p at 30fps.
For those who just want to point and shoot in the main, but would occasionally appreciate a couple of extra gizmos at their fingertips for when they start to get bored, the EX-ZR10 comes into its own. The HDR features, Slide Panorama, slow-motion video clips and general speediness of operation impress. Sadly this is let down by corner softness at the maximum wide angle - one of the most often-used focal lengths for a compact camera.
Incredibly fast burst modes
On the face of it, the ZR10 is just another reasonably well specified compact camera in a pocket-friendly form. When out and about shooting, it will deliver shots that will keep most people happy. Thereâ?? s no real manual control, this is more fly-by-wire. You tell the camera what you want to do and it goes and gets the best result for you. Where the ZR10 gets really exciting is in the high speed functions.
Ease of use and a rucksack full of useful features
Offering ease of use and a rucksack full of useful features that further enhance the status of this otherwise familiar point-and-shooter, the Casio Exilim EX-ZR10 would well serve those who value the convenience of an auto everything model with few manual features, yet just enough to prevent boredom from setting in.
Compact digital camera built for high quality image capture in a small design profile
The Casio Exilim EX-ZR10 is a compact digital camera built for high quality image capture in a small design profile. The slim body design holds a 12.4 megapixel sensor that can shoot video at high definition 1080p, and at 30 frames per second.
Very good shooting performance
Panasonic's new Lumix FH5 is an affordable ultra-compact digicam featuring a 16-Megapixel imaging sensor, 4x optical zoom lens, optical image stabilization and 720p HD video recording capabilities. This camera is easy enough for anyone to use, and the quality from Panasonic's iAuto (intelligent auto) shooting system is great. This allows anyone to pick up the camera and capture high quality images.
Deliver usable results without having to pore over a manual on the train or plane
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS18 is a straightforward point and shoot for those users who want a camera they can pick up and start snapping with straightaway, rather than a model to trade up to in terms of expanded feature set and responsiveness.
4x stabilised optical zoom
The headline feature of this latest Lumix FS / FH series is size, and especially thickness. A mere 19mm thick, it's very compact and very light, the kind of camera that could happily live in your shirt pocket or, as we've said, the back pocket of your jeans providing you can remember not to sit on it.
Fun to use
Overall, the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FH5 is comfortable and also quite fun to use. It has a swag of useful scene modes and it even comes with software that allows you to upload still images to Facebook and videos to YouTube without actually visiting those websites. Its image clarity is decent for a compact camera, and it's a useful camera for happy snaps. However, it did struggle to handle highlights, and this can be annoying when shooting on bright days.
Detail levels are good in the lighter and darker areas of the shot.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC FS18 is a great little camera. If you are looking for a reasonably priced, pocket sized camera that can take a good quality snapshot then this is one of the best cameras around. In terms of value for money this camera is hard to beat. Recommended.
Though it's a touch-screen model, the Panasonic Lumix FX700 is, as we've seen, a very differrent kind of compact to the two other touch-screen models we've compared it to - the Sony Cyber-shot TX9 and the COOLPIX S80.Where those cameras put the touch-screen at the centre of things, the Lumix FX700 uses it as a useful adjunct to the physical controls. Where Sony and Nikon have gone for style and simplicity, Panasonic has opted for features and functionality.
The FX700 also features a fast f/2.2 5x zoom Leica-branded lens equivalent to 24-120mm, a big 7.5cm (3in) touch-screen monitor, a 14.1-megapixel 1/2.3-in MOS high-speed sensor which enables high-speed continuous shooting at up to 10fps at full resolution, and the option of full manual exposure control.
The Panasonic FX700 is an excellent compact camera, offering features that few of its rivals can match. It features full 1920 x 1080 50i (25fps interlaced) HD video with stereo audio and its advanced MOS sensor and Venus Engine FHD processor help the FX700 deliver an outstanding performance. Its autofocus is excellent and the Leica-branded lens is very good. But with so many features packed in, the Lumix DMC-FX700 doesn't come cheaply.
Whilst in general terms the above suggests the FX700 is just whatâ?? s required for anyone looking for a point and shoot equipped with most of the current must haves, it does come at a price. Although the manufacturerâ?? s suggested price is a rather high Â£359 in our opinion, we discovered the FX700 could be picked up online for a more realistic Â£250+ at the time of writing.
"cute" little digital camera
The Exilim EX-Z800 is a fashion savvy digicam that is small enough to fit into the smallest of pockets and purses. With six color choices, this is sure to be a hit among the younger crowds. It offers good image quality and performance, however it will have some trouble focusing in low-light conditions due to not having a focus assist lamp.
Good quality at low ISOs.
The Exilim EX-Z800 is a well featured compact that is certainly capable of producing excellent results in the right conditions. The quality at higher sensitivities could be better, but the camera will suit those who tend to take most of their pictures outdoors in good light, or indoors with the flash at close distances.
With the camera priced at under Â£150 I feel it represents good value for money as the image quality, especially at lower ISOs exceeds many other cameras at this price point.
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