Simple control layout, stylish looks
The J2 may only be the junior member of the Nikon 1 family, but its significantly cheaper price and more targeted approach make it a better choice than the V1 for compact camera users looking to upgrade to a more advanced system. It is still expensive though compared to rivals like the Sony NEX-F3, Olympus E-PM2 PEN Mini, Samsung NX1000 and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5, so you'll need to decide if the out-and-out speed and beginner-friendly approach are really worth the price of admission.
Good screen, Quick start-up
The Nikon 1 J2 is likely to capitalise on the success of its predecessor, but it's certainly not worth existing users upgrading. For those looking for their first compact system camera, the Nikon 1 is a good investment, while those who already own DSLRs may like to consider it for a second camera.
High speed shooting at 60fps, High resolution screen
The Nikon 1 J2 is the more compact, and more stylish looking camera from the Nikon 1 series available in six different colours, with matching lens colours. With a smaller sensor than the Micro Four thirds system, it allows smaller lenses, and the 10 megapixel sensor achieves an amazing 60fps shooting, high speed video and full HD recording.
Image quality is good enough
The Nikon 1 J2 is a subtle reworking of the original J1. A year has gone by since the original's launch, but this latest model isn't a big enough leap forward to warrant a brand new release.
The J2 still has its good points though: there's the hybrid autofocus system and fast burst mode; but the lack of an intuitive menu system for more demanding users and still no accessory port or hotshoe for flash or a viewfinder will limit the appeal for more demanding users.
Cool, compact body, Neat pop-up flash
Nikon has clearly taken an - if it ain't broke, don't fix it - approach to the 10.1 megapixel J2 compact system camera, which, while it doesn't make it an especially exciting model to review, you can see some sense in, particularly as Nikon is claiming its predecessor was the biggest selling model in its class across Europe.
Hybrid AF system
The first generation of cameras will always need some degree of tweaking before they really deliver what the user wants. While the J2 is a nice camera and offers some improvements over the J1, it doesn't feel like it has gone far enough to progress the Nikon 1 series. The J1 is, of course, the entry-level model and aimed more at the general consumer than the creative amateur. Hopefully, when the V1 is replaced, it will offer more.
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.
Offer superior image quality
The CX6 is virtually indistinguishable from the slightly older CX5 in terms of its design, image quality and feature set, with only the slightly faster AF system and new aperture- and shutter-priority shooting modes to get truly excited about. The CX6 is a good compact camera and the price has commendably been kept the same as the previous model at £259 / $399, but there are now quite a few other alternatives that are better designed, more highly specified and offer superior image quality.
Variety of filters and shooting modes
The Ricoh CX6 is a light compact camera that is quick to use and enables you express your creativity and build on your skills.
The Ricoh CX6 is priced at £259.99 (around $420), and its predecessor the CX5 is still available at around £184, or $205. The extra cost could well be worth it when considering the Ricoh CX6's extra specifications, such as the advanced shooting modes, faster shooting and start-up times.
Hybrid AF system
The Ricoh CX6 boasts a specification that sits it firmly in the advanced compact market. It's 10.7x optical zoom and market-leading 1.23m-dot LCD screen, combined with the 10MP back-illuminated CMOS sensor, all add up to an impressive compact on paper. The compact also performs well in use, with Ricoh's Hybrid AF impressing. Unfortunately the 10.7x zoom does present some image quality issues, and said sensor doesn't quite deliver on it's lofty low-light claims.
Good build quality, Good colour reproduction
The Ricoh CX6 is a feature-packed camera ideal for carrying on your travels. It's great for macros and its 10.7x optical zoom lens means you can get close-up when out shooting. Image quality is good, with great colour reproduction and levels of noise throughout the ISO range up to ISO 1600. The CX6 is also fantastic at making sure you don't miss any of the action with an extremely fast focusing system and 5 fps full size image high-speed shooting.
LCD screen, decent focal range, good design, general handling
The Ricoh CX6 certainly has a lot going for it. To start off with, the LCD screen more than matches any other advanced compact on the market. Add to that the entirely reasonable 10.7x optical zoom, the new addition of shutter and aperture priority shooting modes and a eminently usable layout and body design and, in theory, you should be on for a winner. However, the CX6 still has holes in it's specification, with Raw capture being one clear example of this.
it is a bit bulky, the materials feel pretty cheap and it feels a bit like a toy camera. The little latch in the back to open the camera and insert the zink paper is really flimsy. I accidentally bumped it once and all the papers fell out. The power button on top can easily be accidentally toggled as well. I've resorted to keeping a rubberband around the body to keep it from opening.
I loaded brand new batteries into the camera, turned it on, completed the set up screens (date/language options), took fewer than six photos only to see a 'low battery' warning followed by the screen going black. I pressed the power button. The camera powered on for a few moments and battery icons on the settings screen showed full power. Then after a few moments it shut down without warning.
Very good camera.. Best in class, with one exception...
Since owning and using this camera A LOT now..I feel confident in saying it's probably the best camera in this 10meg smallish pocketable category. I like this camera so much now I bumped it up to 5 stars from it's initial 4 star rating I gave it. If Olympus can include IN camera noise reduction adjustment, perhaps in a future firmware update this camera has no competition in this category in my opinion!
Gorgeous new Zuiko lens
The Olympus XZ-1 (MSRP $499.99) is a spectacular addition to the high-end compact camera family. We're happy to see Olympus re-entering this market, especially with this 11-megapixel sensor and gorgeous new Zuiko lens. The hardware lets the camera churn out great photos, despite having such a portable form factor.
Excellent images overall.
The Olympus XZ-1 would be a notable entry into the high end compact digital field if only for its fast lens, but throw in a dose of excellent still image quality and the camera commands serious consideration. It starts reasonably fast and acquires focus and shoots in similar fashion. Menus are intuitive and simple and the camera is a bit smaller and lighter than its chief competitors. The zoom range is decent, there are RAW shooting options and a handy one-touch video capture interface.
A simple unpretentious camera that does what is meant for, and nothing more
For this price, in my opinion, yes. Do not ask this little camera for things it was not designed to achieve. If you want a humble little camera to carry with you all the time or to give your children/grandparents as a present, take it. Do you want gorgeous pictures and advanced menus? Then this camera is not for you.
An inexpensive route to image capture
Apart from a few new shooting modes and a questionable cosmetic overhaul that actually makes the camera slightly more difficult to use, it's difficult to see just what Canon have added to the new Powershot A800 to justify its release. The biggest improvements are the doubling in battery life, now up to around 300 shots, and a significant reduction in price to well below the £100 / $100 point.
Budget point and shoot compact
The Canon PowerShot A800 is a budget point and shoot compact that offers a range of consumer friendly features and provides some control over camera settings. The question on many people's lips, particularly owners of the A490 / A495 that it replaces may well be 'what's new?'.
Easy to use
Reliable Smart Auto mode
Longer battery life.
Sixty quid will barely cover a get-together meal in a pub these days, so at this price the PowerShot A800 is a great little family camera. It takes consistently good pictures from the box, and while nigh foolproof if you shout in Auto mode, the camera also offers some manual control over the final images.
The performance of the Canon PowerShot A800 is acceptable for a camera of this price range but there are other cameras which perform better and cost slightly less, such as the Nikon Coolpix L23 which is now available for Â£59. The price of the A800 is bound to drop shortly which will make it much more competitive in the market. If you are not as limited by a budget then the Canon PowerShot A3300 IS is worth consideration as an alternative.
Much better battery life over its predecessor (300 shots).
The Canon PowerShot A800 is a simple point-and-shoot digital camera. This is a basic camera similar to the Canon PowerShot A1200, but with a smaller sensor, less optical zoom, and no creative filters. Otherwise they are the same, with AA battery power, selectable Scene Modes for various lighting situations, and a Smart AUTO system that automatically selects the best camera settings for the situation.
Camera body seems a bit chunky.
With sub-$100 cameras, you expect some drawbacks. That's why they are priced where they are. The Canon PowerShot A800 definitely has some drawbacks, primarily that its autofocus and response times are very slow. Shot to shot delays are especially bothersome, as you'll see the "busy" message appear on the LCD screen between shots for far too long. Even though the autofocus is slow, it is pretty sharp. And, as with most Canon cameras, image quality is pretty good.
The Kodak EasyShare Mini is designed for either first-time camera owners, or those that consider photography a chore. That's legitimate, and we certainly can't fault Kodak for introducing a point-and-shoot that's designed to - you know-point and shoot. But the Mini will never grow with you.
Easy to use
The Kodak Easyshare Mini M200 has a number of key selling points and features that it is going to be bought for, these are 1) it's size 2) it's price and 3) it's ease of use, and possibly 4) it's ability to share photos, although not necessarily in that order. If you want an ultra compact, easy to use camera, that's very good value for money, and aren't too concerned about image quality, then this camera is worth looking at.
Decent little device
At a hundred bucks, this thing is a no-brainer for your kids if you were considering something else. They're they only ones who can operate these little buttons anyway. An alternative would be a rugged camera (kids don't take good care of things), but most of those are significantly more expensive. The Easyshare Mini is a decent little device for someone who can't stand using their phone as a camera, but doesn't want the cost or quality of "real" point and shoots.
ISO 80 shots look good printed at 13x19 inches, with sharp detail.
Overall, the Canon PowerShot S95 has placed itself at the top of my shortlist for my next pocket camera. I'm still torn between the S95 and the Panasonic LX5, with its wider-angle lens, but the S95 has more of what you want a pocket camera for, in a size that's not so tough to pocket.
A lot more to be wanted,
You would think the S95 is wonderful when you play with it shortly at Best Buy. The picture quality and LCD's display quality are superb too. But when you bought it home and put it to use in real life, you will find out a lot more to be wanted and that it's too far from being perfect at all. Some shortcomings like the video focusing are in my opinion a design fault, others are inconvenience and annoyance. The Canon Guys should have done much more than just a touch-up of S90.
Great pocket low light performer, with some problems and lagging behind in some areas.
A star of pocket-sized, high image quality camera, S95 does have its problems. The software is a bit buggy as it crashes, lags, and even macro button not doing what it is supposed to do. The menu system is also extremely convoluted as it is an overgrowth of the same old powershot menu since 10 years ago--the structure should have been completely revised rather than layered with hidden tag-ons.
When you first look at the back of the camera, you will see a nice large 3.0-inch LCD.
Canon has improved upon an already great product, with added exposure modes and features, better burst mode performance, and the addition of HD video. All combined make one heck of an awesome pocket camera.
Ideal pocket camera
Canon gets extremely close to the ideal pocket camera with the PowerShot S90, close enough that a great majority of users will be extremely happy with it. These fall into two groups: those content to shoot primarily in Auto mode, as we're all pretty used to doing with pocket cameras, and those willing and able to take their time with the very capable Canon S90.
Aimed at the serious amateur or professional photographer, it combines full manual capability with the simple design of a point-and-shoot, all in a pocket size camera with near-DSLR performance.
Pocket-friendly and powerful, but inadequate battery life, VGA-only video and slow performance take the edge off its shine.
Typical high-quality Canon photos
The Canon PowerShot S90 features a 10 megapixel sensor, 3.8x optical zoom, and the ability to shoot in low light with its new High Sensitivity System. The Canon PowerShot S90 offers a customizable control ring for easy access to manual or creative shooting settings and the ability to capture RAW+JPED format.
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