Another great camera from Nikon
I have had a Nikon Coolpix S600 for 5-6 years now and it has been my go to camera to have around because of it's handy size and it has never let me down, except that recently the zoom function is intermittently working. So, I decided to replace it with the S9500 and just got it this past week and really wanted to put it through the paces a bit to see how functional it would be around town and in the field.
22x optical zoom, GPS capability
In summary, this is a great camera for those already familiar with the Coolpix range of compacts and looking for something that brings those 2013 spices to the table with a solid CMOS sensor.
The Nikon S9500 is not the camera for professional photographers looking for a pocketable carry-around camera, though, and the lack of manual controls and raw file format capture are enough to drive you to other products. But it does come in red.
Lots of zoom in a pocketable body
If you're looking for a travel camera, but prefer one which you can carry in your pocket, the Nikon Coolpix S9500 is worthy of consideration. It has a versatile 22x optical zoom lens, ideal for landscapes and zooming in for close-ups. The GPS lets you geotag your images and then you can then share them to a mobile device using the Wi-Fi for editing and uploading to Facebook etc. Image quality isn't perfect, but it's good enough and the camera is available for a very fair price.
I wanted a simple point and shoot with great zoom better than my smart phone for when I'm in the back at school functions, concerts and want a nice zoom length, and have the ability for great outdoor shots in the woods and this camera delivers. Love the size, fits great in my hands as well. I love the zoom being on the top as well as on the size, plus the 1080p hd video is awesome.
8fps burst and lots of other continuous modes, 180 and 360 degree panoramas
Like its predecessor, the Nikon COOLPIX L820 is a no-frills budget point-and-shoot superzoom. It's uncomplicated, easy to use and provides a zoom range that's more than long enough for most subjects. But just because you're not interested in manual control doesn't mean you don't want other things, like the ability to share your photos over Wifi. On a budget model aimed at casual snappers this is a serious shortcoming.
Good value, Big zoom option, Sharp results usually
Though you won't be able to fit the Nikon L820 into the pocket of your jeans without a rather uncomfortable and unsightly squeeze, the body is sized to fit into a roomier jacket pocket. You could wear it on a strap around your neck, perhaps, but then it may just appear to casual passers-by that someone has shrunk your DSLR in the wash. Either that or you're a giant by comparison.
Good image quality
The Nikon Coolpix L820 packs plenty of zoom and image quality is good. If you like shooting wide landscapes, you'll appreciate the wide 22.5mm lens, you can also zoom in to isolate your subject. It is quite heavy, but the screen has a decent resolution and the hand grip is rubberised. We also like the full 1080p HD video recording, battery life, 8 fps continuous shooting and the range of colours available.
Compact metal body, Good front and rear grip
How does this product compare with main market rivals? The Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR updates the F800EXR with a new sensor with built in phase detection focus, giving extremely quick focus and shutter reponse. The camera has built in Wi-Fi for easy transfer to smartphones, or alternatively backup to PC. With the Fujifilm EXR sensor you get the benefit of extended dynamic range, although at a reduced resolution of 8 megapixels, however we feel that the compromise is worth it.
20x optical zoom, raw file shooting ability
The F900EXR still isn't quite the champion of its kind, but through the series' progressive ironing-out of bugs and shortcomings we feel it's a whisker ahead of its F800EXR predecessor. In short: it's a decent compact with plenty of quirks - some good, some bad - that amounts to a generally decent snapper.
20x zoom, RAW capture, Compact size, Attractive shape and size
Buying a digital camera is not as easy as it was in the early days of the digital imaging revolution and that's a good thing for consumers. Today's digital camera marketplace provides an almost endless parade of new cameras and photographers (at every experience level) have more choices than they've ever had before.
Good colour reproduction, Wi-Fi connectivity
Like the versions before it, the Fujifilm FinePix F800EXR is one of the smallest cameras available with a 20x optical zoom lens, and its design with large front grip helps keep the camera steady when shooting. The camera takes pleasing photos with good colour reproduction and has a variety of useful options including the ability to get better dynamic range in bright or difficult shooting conditions, although this is at a lower resolution when using the EXR modes.
EXR mode works well in a variety of conditions
Although it sounds good value, the F800EXR lacks some "must have" features and fails to address long-zoom focus issues of its predecessors. Lens-based image stabilisation lacks and lens flare is an ongoing issue, and while picture quality is reasonable and the EXR mode successful, it's no better than its F770EXR in this department. Fujifilm needs to iron out the bugs in the system before the F-series can push forward as, for now, competitors continue to advance ahead of this model.
Sprightly performance, high quality photos
If you're looking for an easy-to-use, able-bodied travel compact that has a beefy collection of tools on-board then the F800EXR is hard to fault considering its bargain-basement price.
Good overall resolution and sufficient zoom without paying for an SLR
Resolution is similar compared to other P&S with similar MP resolution but does not stand out.
The F800EXR is a recently released upgrade to the F770. A lot of stores may start to discount the F770 if you want to get similar quality images as the F800 at a lower price you can consider the F770.
For someone who shoots a lot of videos, this camera is definitely worth buying on the video alone. You don't have to pay for an expensive camcorder to do the job.
Best Camera I've Ever Owned
Beautiful form meets ultimate function in this camera and that's no exageration. I have had five digital cameras before this one, including an interchangeable lens micro 4/3rds Olympus that I liked very well. None has had the full features in a convenient size as this one does. The menus are intuative and easy to use, the buttons are comfortably and traditionally located and the anti-shake features are as good as Olympus claims.
Excellent image stabilisation, Full manual controls
The Olympus Stylus SH-50 packs a large number of extremely useful features such as manual controls, 11 fps continuous shooting and superb optical image stabilisation. With many other travel cameras that have a similar amount of zoom having Wi-Fi and GPS it may be overlooked, particularly as there are also cheaper travel cameras available. If Wi-Fi and GPS is not what you desire in a camera, then the feature set, decent image quality and excellent body will appeal.
Build quality is good
At £334 the Fujifilm FinePix SL1000 is not a cheap compact camera. However, the 50x optical zoom is currently untouched and that's worth a premium. If you're a photographer of many disciplines, enjoying a variety of styles, then this is the camera for you. Likewise if you're wanting to learn about the art of photography, the extra features will help you get there such as the external flash and RAW recording.
Fast aperture, JPEG + raw shooting
Detail is the sword by which this camera lives and dies. On paper the Fuji SL1000 is brilliant - so much so you might even question why you'd need an DSLR, if you're considering this as a backup. Both still image and video quality are fantastic. The 50x zoom is supreme. And the ability to shoot in raw format gives you more control over your images. This is a camera with a lot of manual controls that a beginner can grow with as you gain confidence.
Feature packed, Large optical zoom lens
Fujifilm have been keen producers of compact cameras with large amounts of zoom at a low price for a while now, the downside is the image quality is not generally all that good. We are pleasantly surprised to find that you can take decent pictures with the SL1000, they even have impressive detail at 50x optical zoom.
50x zoom, Low price, Raw file recording
You'll save both space and an awful lot of money with the Fujifilm FinePix SL1000's 50x captive zoom lens. Image quality could be better, but with a fairly healthy selection of manual controls -- plus raw image shooting -- it's a good choice for the more ambitious novice looking to hone their skills on a budget.
Reproduction of details in distant objects is poor
We don't see any reason to recommend the FinePix SL1000. If someone gifts it to you, regret that you didn't get the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS, which is a stellar performer that you can buy for the same price. The FinePix SL1000 absolutely isn't worth Rs 29,999 considering its dismal performance and frustrating-to-use interface. 50x optical zoom aside, you can get a much better performer (in terms of quality and UI) for half the price - for example, Fujifilm FinePix F660EXR and Canon PowerShot...
Powerful 50x optical zoom, Captures in RAW, Good low-light photos
The Fujifilm FinePix SL1000 absolutely blows you away with its powerful 50x optical zoom. While it is bulky, the build is very good. In addition to the pull-out LCD, there is also an EVF that is more useful during outdoor shoots. The overall image quality is good and the colours are faithfully captured. The option to shoot RAW gives it an advantage. However, the smaller image sensor produces some noise of its own, somewhat offsetting the advantages offered by RAW photo capture.
Camera is everything we wanted and more!
The pictures take very quickly to where you don't have to wait forever long for it to load up. Zoom is great of course ( that is a given) but I'd say this camera takes pictures about as fast as the Cannon SLR's we were looking at in the stores and for a cheaper price. Trust me you wont regret this purchase. Also takes pictures very steadily even if your hand isn't steady! We love this product!!
Increased feature-set and all-round snappier performance
The Olympus SP-820UZ is still a reasonably priced super-zoom camera at around the £250 / $300 mark, especially considering all the improvements. Best suited to the point-and-shoot user who wants one camera that can do it all in a straight-forward way, the new Olympus SP-820UZ certainly fits that description and comes Highly Recommended.
Feature packed, Good amount of optical zoom
This latest ultra-zoom camera from Olympus is certainly a much better performer than its predecessor, the SP-810UZ. Feature wise, there is more zoom, ISO up to 6400, 1cm minimum focusing distance and full HD video. It's an ideal travel camera, but it would be even more appealing to the globetrotting photographer if it had GPS.
Olympus haven't changed much with regards to the body, but image quality is much better, clearly an improved sensor has been used on this new model.
Full HD video with a relatively sharp picture
The Olympus SP-820 UZ is much cheaper than other bridge cameras with zoom lenses this powerful. Unfortunately, it's also not as well built as these higher-end models. Plus, image quality will only really be good enough to suit users shooting outdoors in broad daylight.
Good camera, could use some updates
Overall this camera takes awesome photos. The in camera features are great as well. My only problem is that in order to review your photos you have to turn on the camera you just can't press the review button. When you do take a photo it takes forever for the preview to disappear. You can either have it on or off. With canon it gave you the option of 1,2 or 3 second preview.
Good zoom range, Compact, easy to grip body
When shopping around you can find the S9200 for £245, but retailers such as Curry's are charging £270. This makes it more expensive than the S9300 which you can get from Warehouse Express for £260, which has GPS. Thankfully, the S9200 takes pictures with good detail and colour reproduction and can shoot full resolution images at a fast rate, although noise is a problem from ISO 400 upwards.
Very good picture quality, and excellent Wi-Fi capabilities
If you're looking for a compact megazoom as a companion to a smartphone camera, the WB850F is one of the best options you're going to find. The Sony Cyber-shot HX30V, has better shooting performance and photo quality, but for some users the differences will be slight and Samsung delivers a better Wi-Fi experience. For snapshooters looking to enter the world of connected cameras, the WB850F is a good place to start.
Overall image quality is good and focus is pretty sharp
There's no question that Samsung has a high-end point-n-shoot camera in the WB850F, containing some really nice features that just aren't commonly found in consumer models. However, the downside to including those features is that they make this camera more of a niche model than a broad-based consumer camera. Unless you're going to use the GPS and the Wi-Fi features quite often, you simply can't justify spending the more than $350 for the WB850F.
GPS and Wi-Fi connectivity
The 16 megapixel, 21x optical zoom Samsung WB850F is a feature packed metal build pocket camera that offers just about all the must-have features one would want from a travel zoom compact in 2012 - including a 3-inch AMOLED screen, GPS and Wi-Fi connectivity - plus delivers images straight from the camera that non enthusiasts will be perfectly happy with. But before that has you reaching for the credit card, consider also that there are plenty of other long zoom alternatives.
Good low ISO image quality, Excellent zoom range
The GPS system in the Samsung WB850F is a fun addition for tagging your images with their shooting location, but the mapping isn't as easy to use or as effective as the Maps app on the iPhone. This plus the additional battery drain means it is likely to be turned off for much of the time.
Build quality is reassuringly solid
The Samsung WB850F is a 16MP travel compact that offers a generous range of features including built-in Wi-Fi functionality. While these all combine to make the WB850 a solid travel compact, there are a few performance issues holding it back from achieving a higher score. Overall though the pluses outweigh the negatives and so if you're in the market for a pocketable compact with a long zoom and plenty of useful features them the WB850F certainly warrants a closer look.
Colourful images with decent amount of detail
The Samsung WB850F scores really well for features, given its ample zoom lens as well as both GPS and Wi-Fi functionality. It is currently available for around £215.00, which represents decent value for money. We did find the battery ran out quickly when the camera wasn't in use and it is frustrating to switch to GPS and be told you needed to download maps, although it was easy enough to do via PC. Image quality is good, with excellent colour reproduction.
Innovative Wi-Fi capabilities, and good image quality
I found a lot to like in the Samsung WB850F, including an ample zoom range, well-implemented controls, innovative Wi-Fi capabilities, and good image quality. The camera's GPS features are very good, too, though having to load them onto the camera yourself is a bit of a hassle. The WB850F certainly provides a lot of bang for the buck in terms of features.
Images are pretty good
For £170, the features on the Nikon Coolpix S6400 are pretty good. You get a decent lens, a nicely designed compact with a glossy exterior and a touch-screen on the back. The deal breaker will be whether you think the image quality is good enough to pay out the money for.
Easy touchscreen, Range of filters
The Nikon Coolpix S6400 is one of the more expensive compact cameras of its class on the market, but its speed, image quality and range of options help justify its position.
If you're looking for a fun, carry-everywhere camera, whether that's for a beach holiday or a children's birthday party, the Nikon Coolpix S6400 won't let you down. Just make sure you have a spare battery.
Fast high-speed shooting, Decent image quality
The Nikon Coolpix S6400 packs a fast rate of high-speed shooting and decent image quality into a compact camera. It also has a decent optical zoom range, with a responsive touch screen and is available in a good range of colours. We think it's a little highly priced, particularly as a spare battery is almost certain to be a must with a life expectancy of just 160 shots per charge.
Decent photo quality, Curvy body is different
The Nikon Coolpix S6400's curvy body is one of its few distinctions. It does a decent job of taking photos, but its interface and other quirks don't make it a particularly endearing camera to have and to hold.
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