Deliver a decent burst mode and a fun high-speed video mode
Of all of the tough cams we've seen this year, the XP200 was the least desirable. Even though it rings in at under $300, you're a stone's throw (roughly $75) away from the best all-round tough cam, the Olympus TG-2. Your $75 nets you much better image quality, great autofocus, a fast f/2.0 lens, and even options for adding filters and a tele or fisheye converter lens. It's a great package and it takes good photos for a point-and-shoot and excellent photos for a tough cam.
Nice camera to use
Why not just use your phone? There are waterproof ones after all. Well, it all boils down to image quality. If you're going on a journey of a lifetime, a camera phone won't give you the image quality you need in all photographic situations. The flash won't be as intelligent and the dynamic range will be much more limited. For those reasons alone, you should look at a camera like the Fujifilm FinePix XP200.
Built in Wi-Fi, 15m waterproof
The Fujifilm FinePix XP200 is very tough, with a rating of 2 metres shock proof, as well as waterproof down to 15 metres, making it one of the tougher waterproof cameras available. The Fujifilm FinePix XP200 is good value for money, with lots of features including 60fps full HD video with optical image stabilisation, although we would have preferred to see better image quality from the camera.
A durable point-and-click from Olympus
We travel frequently, so I enjoy the durability of this camera. I really like the ability to take pictures underwater. I bought this to replace an Olympus Stylus Tough 8000. This camera is less expensive and can take less of a lickin', but the LCD screen is larger and the features are more streamlined for casual point-and-shoot. If you are trying to decide between this and a more expensive Stylus Tough, I recommend this camera.
Full 1080p HD video recording, Waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof
The Olympus Stylus is good value for money if you want a waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof camera. It has a few other handy features, such as full 1080p HD video recording and 5 fps continuous shooting. Image quality is OK, particularly for sharing on the web. The body could do with some extra grip, there's next to none when compared to the Pentax WG-3.
Locking mechanism for connectivity covers
The biggest difference between the TG-630 and the TG-620 is the addition of the TruePic VI processor, which makes it a highly responsive camera. But it comes at a price: the new processor helps it in some ways, but also lessens some of the advantages found on the TG-620. The sensor, for instance, could use some improvement.
Excellent color accuracy
We can't call the Sony TX20 a plainly bad camera. We scored some fairly attractive shots, particularly when taking advantage of the fast burst mode. Plus, the idea of a moderately rugged camera inside a chic body is a lead that other manufacturers should follow. Yet, what else can we really say about a camera that makes no improvement on its predecessor? The only reason to buy a TX20 is because the TX10 is no longer widely available.
Increased focusing speed and mode flexibility
The Sony DSC-TX20 is a largely iterative update to last year's TX-10 model. Waterproofing hasn't improved, and neither has the sensor's specs, but apparently increased focusing speed and mode flexibility make it the better bet. Treading water? Perhaps, but then that's what this camera is all about.
Good image quality and colour
You can tell that the Sony Cyber-shot TX20 has put an emphasis on design and style, rather than ruggedness, as the camera has a stylish sliding front cover (that also makes it slower to dry after being wet), and a stylish wide-aspect touch screen rather than chunky buttons. As the camera is rated to depths of 5 meters, and shockproof from 1.5 meters we would say that this is a camera for someone who wants an ultra compact, stylish camera, with the occassional water adventure.
16-megapixel backside-illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor
Overall, we think that the TX20's ultracompact build coupled with its unique dual-color design may be appealing to young and trendy shutterbugs. Those in the market for a compact that can handle more than a little the usual knocks and bumps could find the TX20 as a worthy candidate, too.
Good video quality, Decent image quality
The TX20 is a tough camera that doesn't look like one. Casual shooters and anyone wanting to bring a touch of style to the seaside will be pleased with its images. Pixel peepers and those wanting to make serious enlargements from its prints will probably want to look elsewhere.
We like the TX20, but can't help feeling a bit disappointed that this is not the successor we would have expected, given how well its predecessor, the TX10, performed.
Excellent image quality, Built for extreme conditions
If you participate in activities which will put your camera at risk of being dropped and have the extra cash available you are may be better off with the TG-820, which has a metal body, is crushproof to 100Kg and shockproof to 2m. Other than that, the TG-620 is much the same, with excellent image quality, full 1080p HD video recording and fast high-speed shooting.
While debate rages on as to whether 3D is just a passing fad - as it was cinematically way back in the 1950s - or, thanks to technological advancements, here to stay, Fujifilm is offering a 3D capture solution in the here and now, the output from which can be enjoyed without Matrix style spectacles if using the camera's own impressive screen.
The 2D picture quality isn't as good as a conventional compact costing half as much.
The FinePix Real 3D W3 is, to say the least, an interesting camera. There's no doubt that as a 3D still and video camera it works superbly, but unless you have a 3D TV to view the pictures, or can afford the remarkable but expensive 3D prints, it is really more of a clever gimmick than a useful camera. The 2D picture quality isn't as good as a conventional compact costing half as much.
The Fujifilm FinePix 3D W3 is an impressive camera - far more so than its W1 predecessor. The rear LCD is wonderfully large, though framing and capturing a good 3D image is a whole different ball game to standard photography. For the non-sceptics who are already 3D-mad the W3 definitely offers the most accurate, high resolution and affordable way to make consumer-level 3D images today. Itâ?? s not without fault however: the LCD screen suffers severely from reflections, itâ??
Brightness is excellent in normal conditions and can be boosted temporarily to view things in bright light.
The audacious design Fuji produced to create its first 3D digital cameras is embodied in the W3. Two optical path, two sensors and some powerful processing come together to form what is an undeniably capable 3D product. The amazing 3.5" lenticular display lets photographers compose and review images in 3D without the need for additional devices.
The depth-effect was excellent, the image and video quality was solid, and floating objects like bubbles looked surreal.
Fujifilm just announced the W3, a new stereoscopic 3D compact point-and-shoot, the follow-up to the first-of-its-kind W1. We got to spend a few minutes viewing some demo images and videos taken by the W3, and even got to make a few hands-on impressions. It's an attention-grabbing concept, and fairly well executed for a second-generation product, but it's held back by the limitations of 3D imaging.
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