Delivers decent image quality
So despite a few reservations about the image quality in low or high contrast light, the Olympus XZ-10 is a competitive addition to the ever-growing numbers of "premium" compact cameras aimed at the more discerning photographer. You could certainly do a lot worse than carry an Olympus XZ-10 in your pocket.
Touchscreen, Art filters
The premium compact camera market is one that is packed with some serious competition, but the Olympus XZ-10 more than holds its own against most of the competition.
Images are great, and for the most part handling is also a good experience, while bonuses such as the touchscreen and art filters make it more appealing than some of its rivals - such as the Nikon P330.
That said, Canon has managed to include Wi-Fi in the S110, while Sony has opted for a larger sensor in its RX100.
Decent image quality
The Olympus XZ-10 is a slighter cheaper version of the XZ-2, but offers slightly more optical zoom. It is a smaller and lighter camera, but this does mean you sacrifice the tilting screen. The XZ-10 also lacks other features such as Wi-Fi and GPS which you might expect to find on the latest serious compact cameras. Put this aside, you'll still find an ample set of features, including 5 fps continuous shooting, full 1080p HD video recording and a close focusing distance of 1cm.
Impressively low shutter lag times and fast AF
We're not quite sure what user group the XZ-10 is targeted towards. For starters, it has a bright f/1.8 lens, but it has been paired here with a reasonably small 1/2.3-inch sensor. Then there's the photo montage feature, which seems to be targeted towards entry-level users, but then the camera has RAW capture and full manual exposure controls.
Love this camera
We initially purchased a Nikon but returned it because of poor picture quality and difficulty in figuring out how to use it. We purchased this camera hoping for the best but expecting a similar experience. Boy were we wrong - this camera is extremely easy to use and the pictures are clear and exactly what we wanted. The price was a little more but well worth it.
Fast maximum aperture, neutral colors, integral handgrip
The WB800F is a compact, well designed, sturdily built, and easy to use P&S digicam with a 21x zoom, but I'd like to offer a bit of advice to Samsung's product development folks - constantly crowding more pixels onto tiny P&S digicam sensors results in noticeably higher noise levels and the WB800F 16 megapixel sensor does produce marginally more noise than the SX280 HS's lower resolution 12 megapixel sensor. The differences are subtle, but they are visible.
Suit a wide range of abilities
As usual, though, the price of the Samsung WB800F is very appealing - an official tag of £249.99 / $299.99, before any shopping around, makes this camera, if not an outright bargain, then certainly cheaper than the rest of the travel-zoom crowd, especially considering the features on offer. Only you can decide if that's all worth sacrificing a little image quality for.
Good touchscreen, Excellent Wi-Fi connectivity, Excellent value for money
If connectivity and a lot of optical zoom is important to you then you should seriously consider the Samsung WB800F with Wi-Fi, as it has one of the best implementations of Wi-Fi on any camera, making it extremely easy to share photos directly to Facebook and other social network sites.
Easy but Powerful
Its a great package since it has so many features in a very light and small camera. Zoom and focus work great, panoramic pictures are very easy to take.
I bought it because I always wanted a good point and shoot for low light situations, and since it was one of the features advertised I wanted to give it a try, and I am very satisfied with them. Low light pictures are very good, even when you do not use the flash, can still get a good picture at night, with not so much light around.
Nice performance versus other small cameras
The Sony WX80 is very small, which means that its control buttons and LCD screen are also very small. This will represent a significant drawback with this camera, as anyone with large fingers will struggle to use this camera comfortably. Still, if you don't mind the small size of this model, it's a good option versus others in its sub-$200 price point.
Slim and pocket-friendly
Even though it boasts an array of attractive features, a compact body, and a few impressive highlights in our performance testing, the WX80's image quality is ultimately nothing special. While the prospect of having 1080p HD video, an 8x optical zoom, and WiFi connectivity in your pocket for under $200 seems enticing, the reality isn't quite that appealing.
Good budget Superzoom
All in all, the Sony DSC-H200 is a great low cost camera for taking outdoor pictures, but not so good for taking indoor pictures. With it's lack of some basic features, it is definitely aimed at the budget minded photographer who is going to mainly just "point and shoot". There is a manual mode too for those that choose to use it though.
Affordable, if rather unexciting, super-zoom camera
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H200's biggest selling-point is undoubtedly its price-tag - £179 / $249 for a 26x zoom from a big-name manufacturer is good value, despite the camera's other short-comings. If you can't afford to splash out a lot more on an advanced model, then the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H200 does at least offer a long zoom in a well-built and simple-to-use body.
Wide-angle lens, Good macro performance
Seemingly any advantage of using a 20 megapixel CCD sensor has been obliterated by the amount of noise shown in all images. In fact, it's difficult to see any additional detail in images from this camera than a good 16 megapixel camera, and in fact, a 12 megapixel mirrorless camera can shoot a similarly detailed shot, but with much less noise.
More intelligent noise reduction
The Panasonic DMC-ZS20 (also known as the TZ30 outside North America) is the latest travel-zoom compact camera from the company that practically invented the category. Panasonic claims it is the slimmest camera with a 20x optical zoom, while also sporting a new 14.1-megapixel Live MOS image sensor, 1080/60p video capability, built-in GPS, and 3-inch touchscreen LCD.
Intelligent Auto and a variety of scene modes
Panasonic's new travel-zoom compact camera is now stepping on the toes of more modest ultra-zoom bridge models, cramming a 20x zoom lens into a relatively tiny body. In many ways the DMC-TZ30 is also a big improvement on last year's TZ20 model, with a better image sensor, full 1080p HD movies, faster auto-focus system, more refined design and of course that even longer zoom.
Good photo quality
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 is a very capable travel zoom camera that I enjoy using. Panasonic has improved the image quality to the point where I can now recommend the ZS20 (which was not the case for its predecessor), though it still needs some work. While I'm yet to try them, I'm pretty sure that Canon and Sony's latest travel zooms will best the ZS20 in the image quality department, as their predecessors did last year.
Huge zoom range offers great flexibility
The Panasonic Lumix TZ30 is a 14.1MP travel compact that offers the flexibility of a 20x optical zoom alongside touch-screen control and the ability to record 1080/60p Full HD movies. In terms of the improved specifications it's certainly a worthy successor to the TZ20, however given that the older model is currently available for around £80 cheaper, the value equation is somewhat less clear-cut.
High speed continuous shooting
The Panasonic Lumix TZ30 provides a number of useful features including an impressive 20x optical zoom lens with image stabilisation, full HD video recording with stereo sound and built in GPS. There is a 3 inch touch screen on the back, however, the nice thing about it, is that you don't have to use it as the camera still has a good number of external buttons and controls.
Excellent image stabilisation; very fast autofocus
The TZ30 improves on the TZ20 in every area. Image quality is decent but not outstanding, and battery life could be better, yet every other area is a winner. A great zoom range from 24-480mm, excellent image stabilisation, very fast autofocus and a great 1080p movie mode make this a real crowd-pleaser. It's not cheap, but it offers lots of features for the cash.
Nice menu system
At a $350 asking price, the Nikon S800c is essentially an amusing if slightly expensive curiosity. Next to the as-yet-unannounced but presumably much higher price tag for the Samsung Galaxy Camera, though, it's a pittance to get in on the ground floor of the cameraphone-no, wait.. phonecamera-revolution.
Android ecosystem adds thousands of ways to edit and share your photos
The Nikon Coolpix S800c was the first Android-powered camera (barely) and perhaps gives us a peek at what cameras will look like in the future. Sharing and editing photos is easier than on almost any camera, save for Samsung's 4G-equipped Galaxy Camera (which also sports a more modern version of Android and a larger display). That said, Nikon has quite a bit of work to do before I can recommend this Coolpix.
First ever camera to use the Android smartphone operating system
The first of any new product line is never going to offer value for money alongside the thrill of the new. And the Nikon Coolpix S800c is an exciting product, even if the short battery life is an issue as is the fact that accessing the ability to take photos isn't as immediate as we feel it should be. Not a problem if you're using a smartphone and are therefore going to be doing more besides, but rather more of an issue on an actual camera.
Automatic scene selection when in Easy Auto mode
The Nikon Coolpix S800c was the first Android-powered camera (barely squaking to market before Samsung's Galaxy Camera) and perhaps gives us a peek at what cameras will look like in the future. Sharing and editing photos is easier than on almost any camera, save for Samsung's 4G/3G-equipped Galaxy Camera (which also sports a more modern version of Android and a larger display). That said, Nikon has quite a bit of work to do before I can recommend this Coolpix.
Android OS, 10x optical zoom, Touchscreen
What we have here is a reasonable compact camera, with the added benefits of Android. Sure, that's great for some, but we're not sure the image quality is strong enough to justify the £379.99/AU$448/US$349.95 full asking price for this camera.
If Nikon chose to combine one if its high-end compact cameras - with full manual control, raw shooting and other premium elements - with the Android operating system, then it would have made a much more enticing prospect.
Decent image quality with good colour reproduction
A camera running Android sounds like a great idea and the S800c gives a good account of how useful it can be. It's going to appeal to many that a camera with decent image quality will also allow you to share directly to your favourite social networking sites quickly and easily. You can also use a number of apps to edit your pictures other than the options available in camera.
This is a first attempt by Nikon and there are a few niggles which we feel will need ironing out.
Responsive touchscreen, capable 10x optical zoom
Android meets 10x optical zoom point-and-shoot camera in a smooth, easy-to-use package. But the lack of battery life, limited controls and significant price slam the brakes on this first venture. It's good, but these are big issues not to be taken lightly.
More than just a camera, Great film recording
Extremely easy to use and responsive, the Android-based Nikon Coolpix S800c feels like a camera running a mobile operating system, rather than a smart phone with a better-than-average lens and sensor. While it performed well, some rough edges in my tests and the high price dampen its score.
Purse sized proportions and cute styling
Nobody is making a claim for the Nikon Coolpix S01 being a serious photographic tool. We're always told a large-ish sensor, large-ish lens and therefore large-ish camera makes for optimum quality images, and none of those are the case here. Nor, despite the glossy metal exterior, would the £120 to £150 price tag indicate that this is much more than a bit of a toy.
No white balance or ISO controls
The Nikon Coolpix S01 is certainly stylish, and its size makes it extremely portable - a pocket camera even when you don't have any pockets.
There's something refreshing about having a basic point-and-shoot camera, a simple creative tool that enables you to focus solely on composition and capturing the moment. Such is the strength of the iPhone and other smartphone cameras.
So while we're willing to overlook the lack of certain commonly used controls, we just can't overlook image quality.
Really tiny body, Good amount of built-in memory
The Nikon Coolpix S01 clearly isn't designed to be the best camera in the world but it is the ideal camera for those who are keen on their tiny gadgets or who want to carry a camera in their tiny handbag etc. Images aren't of a good quality, but they'll look fine if you're sharing them on sites such as Facebook. The Nikon Coolpix S01 will struggle to appeal to those which decent cameras on their smartphones, but we're sure it'll have an appeal to some looking for a small camera.
Extremely small, Good colour reproduction
A true spy gadget, the Nikon Coolpix S01's image quality is better than its size or price might suggest. Until you get one in your hands, it's difficult to imagine quite how small it is. Think of it as a competent, carry-anywhere alternative to a smart phone's built-in camera.
Good build quality, Compact size
Despite its matchbox size, the construction and engineering that have gone into the 10 megapixel, 3x optical zoom Coolpix S01 means that it looks and feels of high quality. This is still a Nikon camera after all and the brand doesn't do throwaway.
The cute-sy design, rounded edges and available colour range (hunt down the mirrored version if you can) suggest to us that the camera is aimed perhaps more at women than men, and younger ones at that.
Reproduction of colours was very good
The Nikon Coolpix S01 is more about form than function, and it commands a hefty premium for its diminutiveness. Priced at Rs 8,950, it costs more than twice entry-level digital camera. However, the latter are more feature rich and take better photos and videos. We aren't saying you should keep away from this tiny shooter. It's cute and funky, isn't it? If style (unique in this case) is of utmost importance, make this camera your pocket buddy right away! Also, it would make a sweet gift.
No manual operation, Heats up while shooting video
When you consider its size and the amount of goodies it packs into a small frame, the Nikon COOLPIX S01 is an average performer. The camera follows the point-and-shoot camera philosophy to the letter. While it is very easy to use for someone who is new to the world of cameras, a more experienced user will feel frustrated due to the lack of manual controls. However, adding wireless connectivity would have helped it compete better against camera phones.
Able to take full-resolution stills during video capture
While it doesn't offer the longest zoom out of all the travel cameras, the SH-25MR brings a great touchscreen and enough shooting options to satisfy most users. It's a shame that the image quality isn't good enough for significant enlargements - otherwise, this would be an excellent all-round camera.
1080p HD video mode with optical zoom
The Olympus SH-25 MR is a more advanced version of the SH-21, bringing a few practical extras like a much better screen. Unfortunately, picture quality isn't quite up to scratch, with heavy smoothing in high-sensitivity shots and a lens that could give more consistently sharp results. You can pick up a better camera for just a bit of extra cashâ??or for about the same price if you can live without a GPS.
Zoom range, High-speed shooting, Touch screen AF
The Olympus SH-25MR has an impressive set of features that make it a real contender if you need a new camera with the emphasis on travel, though to be fair, the feature set would help anyone anywhere. The decent zoom range and GPS system make it even more versatile.
It may not be ideal for portrait shots though, skin tones suffer rather and although the lens is an otherwise good one, for most subjects, bear in mind it is still soft at the corners of images.
Solid overall image quality
The Canon ELPH series is usually a safe bet for a cool, quality camera at a decent price, but the top end of the lineup has been pretty wonky over the past few years. Image quality is generally strong, and the lenses are either bright or packed with zoom. But Canon insists on sticking them with a crummy touchscreen, which royally screws up the user experience and drives up the price. Such is the case with the latest ELPH king, the ELPH 530 HS.
Very high dynamic range
The Canon IXUS 510 HS is a camera that will look good in the hands of someone who desires appearance over performance. It's a camera that will attract admiring glances so someone who covets attention will be perfectly suited to the IXUS 510 HS. If you want a small camera that can take the picture of a fly sat on your safari jeep before switching to a distant elephant on the Serengeti plains without the distraction of having to walk anywhere, then this camera is perfect for you.
Good looks, Excellent image quality
Build and image quality are both more than up to par, leaving you only with the unpleasant task of actually paying for the Canon IXUS 510 HS.
At around £350 (about $550), it's expensive for a compact camera; in fact, it's actually a little more than Canon's cheapest DSLR, the Canon EOS 1100D, is currently selling for in some places, albeit without a lens.
Good image quality, Smart Auto mode is intuitive
No, this camera will never replace my DSLR, and I will not get rid of my smart phone. This camera is designed for those casual photographers who don't want to determine the settings for every image. It is designed for those that enjoy having fun with their images and like editing them in-camera. It is designed for those people who want a point and shoot that can handle itself in a multitude of situations with grace and speed.
Highly recommended to casual photographers looking for a bang up-to-date point and shoot that importantly produces good looking images
The Canon IXUS 240 HS is an unassuming yet technologically advanced compact camera that hides a lot of features under its typically IXUS-like rectangular exterior. The touchscreen interface isn't the best that we've ever used, but the new wi-fi connectivity options make it easy to share your photos and the IXUS 240 HS certainly delivers much better quality than the average smartphone.
Wi-Fi features were faster
When each camera is up and running, being able to just upload stuff effortlessly is pretty great. But it's rarely effortless, from the initial setup to the continued connectivity hiccups I'm still dealing with after nearly a week of use. Point-and-shoot cameras should be idiot-proofâ??
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