Good camera but is it worth the money?
So in a nut shell if you are looking at a V2 should you buy it? The V1 price cannot be beat right now and the image quality of the V2 is not that much different than the V1. If I did not own the V1 already I would buy it in a heartbeat vs. the V2. Am I going to upgrade? No, not at this time, I am going to wait until Nikon discounts the camera to a price that is more reasonable as they have done with the V1 or wait for the V3.
Unmatched burst mode performance
We recommend the V2 only for users who spend the majority of their time shooting action, for whom a larger DSLR simply isnÃ¢Â? Â? t an option. The 1 series' small footprint is no longer compelling in the ever-more crowded mirrorless market (and don't forget the smaller, cheaper Sony RX100 either), while the sensor's indoor and low-light performance is worse than what we expect from this price point.
Attractive combination of speed, portability, image quality and handling
Nikon have made some big changes to the original V1 to make this new model more appealing to keen enthusiasts, and in most regards they've succeed in making the new V2 a much more serious proposition. The new handgrip, shooting mode dial and control dial in particular make the V2 quicker to use, while the pop-up flash makes it more versatile, albeit at the expense of the V1's stylish and slimline appearance.
Small body, Advanced controls
Whether it will tempt anyone away from the slew of larger sensored compact system cameras currently on the market seems questionable. While it does produce good images, those looking for something a little more advanced will probably be more at home with the likes of the Panasonic G5, Sony NEX-5R or Olympus PEN E-PL5.
That said, it's a nice small size, making it ideal for carrying around a lot.
Good range of useful shooting features
There's a lot to like about the Nikon V2 and it's certainly a big improvement on the V1. The addition of an exposure mode dial on the top-plate and a comfortable handgrip both make the V2 a much more enjoyable camera to shoot with. Performance impresses too, with the V2's 60fps burst mode and lightning-fast AF system being the obvious highlights, and well supported by a good range of shooting modes.
Fast high speed shooting at fast shutter speeds possible
The Nikon 1 V2 is an excellent advancement in the mirrorless camera market. There are stunning new features such as Slow View and there is fast high-speed shooting. Given you can shoot at shutter speeds up to 1/4000, it's possible to use the camera for sports photography if you purchase the 10-100mm (35mm equiv: 27-270mm) lens or attach a AF-S or AF-I Nikkor lens using the FT1 mount.
Super-fast autofocus system, impressive burst mode
There's a lot to like about the Nikon 1 V2: it's super fast, responsive and the new mode dial is a nod toward welcoming in the more traditional photo enthusiast. But the menu system is still a bit of a faff and the 1-inch sensor size won't quite match up to the competition. As much as the super speed may sway some, we find the £749 price tag to be too much of a stretch on this occasion.
Ultra-fast autofocus until very low light
The Nikon 1 V2 leads in terms of speed while placing itself right between most compact and most mirrorless cameras for output quality. This makes it one of a few mirrorless ones that can actually handle action photography, at least down to moderate light levels.
Compact body and lens system, Image quality, Colour reproduction
A beautifully designed and constructed compact camera with a lens system that brings out the strengths of the compact interchangeable lens form factor. Image quality is good and it's genuinely fun to use. Travellers who want the flexibility of a dSLR without the bulk or weight should look this way.
Deliver stunningly sharp, high-resolution images
£799 / $999 suddenly starts to look like a bargain if you favour a slower, methodical approach to your photography. The Sigma DP1 Merrill is not a very good camera, but it is an excellent image-making device, so if you can put up with its many foibles and it suits your main subject matter, then we can certainly recommend the Sigma DP1 Merrill and its fantastic image quality.
Excellent IQ at low ISOs
In terms of specification, the Sigma SD1 Merrill might lack the finery of other cameras at this price point, but its stripped back set of controls is refreshing.
Its limitations do mean that this isn't a camera we can recommend as an all-rounder, though. If you're after a DSLR that offers high resolution, high speed and high-spec features, look at the Canon 5D Mark III or Sony Alpha A77 instead.
Excellent image quality when shooting RAW
The Sigma DP1 and DP2 Merrill is in a group of a limited number of compact cameras with an APS-C sized sensor and a fixed lens, along with the Leica X2, Fujifilm X100 and the Ricoh GXR APS-C cameras. This niche is rarer still due to the use of a Foveon sensor which promises the ultimate in image quality, although this is when shooting RAW. The Foveon sensor is capable of resolving excellent - to stunning - levels of detail far beyond what you would usually expect from 15 megapixel images.
Detail and sharpness
The SD1's poor high ISO results, unpredictable auto white balance, lack of live view and slow processing make it one to avoid for the casual user. But pros in the know will be impressed with the rich colour and staggering detail possible at ISO 100. Great for some studio and landscape photographers and pros in the know, but otherwise unsuitable for the masses.
The Fujifilm X100 made us angry in the lab with its quirky interface, but its optical and image quality results were excellent, all except for the pronounced lens flare issue, and in use it was really quite fun. Operational difficulty and the unusual lens flare prevent us from giving the Fujifilm X100 our highest recommendation, but for the right person in the right circumstances, as outlined in the review, we think the Fujifilm X100 is an excellent choice, and a very fine camera.
The Perfect Travel & Street Camera!
In summary, I think the X100 is the ONE camera I'll take whenever I leave the ship; although I'll try to smuggle the Canon into my wife's fanny pack for emergency uses or when cameras are "forbidden" or when a 90mm zoom is essential. Its optical finder is so useful on the water that I don't anything, short of a heavier and complex DSLR or electronic finder camera such as the GH2, can keep up with it.
Former Micro Four-Thirds User
This is not my only camera. It's not really designed to be an all purpose camera or dslr. I still use my D90 as my primary camera and the x100 as my carry around camera. I'd recommend this camera to those people who know what they are getting into. It's not for the casual shooter nor does it compete with higher end (and more expensive) cameras.
Outstanding Image Quality, Accurate Colors and Good Performance
I highly recommend the X100 to photography enthusiasts and believe that its manufacturer's list price is reasonable. However, I would not recommend the camera to "point and shoot" photographers who are dependent on pre-sets and don't have the patience or desire to learn photography fundamentals.
The down and dirty on the X100 (so far)
Overall, i'm in love with this camera. it's takes a bit of getting used to, but i actually like that about it. it reminds you what you should be thinking about before and during a shot, by putting the most important controls right in the places where they should go. just being able to change the aperture on the lens (which has a GREAT soft notched feel to it) is huge. i love having a camera again where i can dial in my F or my shutter at the flick of a HARDWARE dial or ring. it's a really...
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.
Superior zoom lens
Overall, the Casio TRYX is a bold attempt to provide something a bit different. While we applaud this, we do have concerns with the price and the digital zoom. At £250 the TRYX has to compete against some fairly high-spec compacts with superior zoom lenses and better overall image quality. Perhaps if the TRYX was closer to £150 than £250 Casio might have a winner on its hands. As it stands we're not so sure.
3 inch articulating LCD
The Casio TR100, or Tryx as Casio likes to call it, is a bagful alright. It features good build quality, a super-flexible frame, pick-up-and-go simplicity and touchscreen menus. The slender, iPhone style format means it can go anywhere and the super-wide angle lens means itâ?? ll get everything into view. The lack of a proper flash is a shortcoming, possibly more so than an optical zoom given the target area for the camera.
No flash (only an LED light)
The Tryx is for cameras what a flick-knife is for knives: it tries to look all big and clever, but is ultimately pointless if you could buy a better, sharper one somewhere else for even less money. Swanky though it may appear, this is a one Tryx pony with little appeal bar its conceptual prowess.
Of course there will be a market for the Tryx EX-TR100: if you're after a 21mm wide-angle lens in a self-supporting compact body that can capture HD movies then this is the only camera for you.
240-fps high-speed shooting mode
The Tryx is a category-busting deviceâ?? equal parts camera, pocket camcorder, and Voltron Starshooterâ?? and it performs most of its tasks surprisingly well. However, it does have its fair share of drawbacks: It has no optical zoom at all, most camera controls are delegated to the Tryx's problematic touchscreen, and unless you hold it camcorder-style, it makes you feel more like you're shooting with a cellphone than with a dedicated camera.
high ISO quality
Overall, the Panasonic G2 is a big improvement on the G1, offering a refreshing new way to interact with the camera. It will serve the needs of the enthusiast photographer and the consumer shooter looking for a high quality, yet light weight digital photography solution, whose accessories and lenses will fit in the smallest of camera bags.
The Panasonic Lumix G2 is only an incremental upgrade from the original G1, but most of the changes are for the better. The touch-screen is, as always, just a gimmick, but the video mode is good. Build quality, performance and image quality are all still of a very high standard, but you can get better results from a full-size DSLR of the same price.
stick to the ISO 100-1600 range and images are decent, with only a grain-like quality progressively creeping into images as the sensitivity increases.
The G2's touchscreen functionality aligns it where all current technology is headed - from the mobile phone in your pocket to the ticket machine you buy train tickets from. Far from being gimmicky, touch adds that extra dimension that makes perfect sense for quick-selecting AF points or utilising the camera's subject-tracking AF mode.
Great image quality compared to expensive point and shoot or cheap entry-level dSLR alternatives .
A user need only touch the subject on the touch display and the unit will automatically auto focus (AF). Plus the touch functionality lets users snap a photo, select a thumbnail, and enlarge a subject by merely touching the screen. Additional features include 720p video capture in the AVCHD Lite format, a 12.
Good image quality
The best combination here of image quality, camera build and features, we highly recommend the Panasonic Lumix G2's one-touch HD video recording, choice of viewfinders and its tilting LCD. Buying in to the Micro Four Thirds concept in the first place is't cheap, but if you're up for the investment, this excellent camera is the model to choose.
This Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 review shows a very nice DSLR camera that literally places almost every feature you could want within one-touch reach -- including shooting photos by touching the LCD -- while delivering outstanding image results and response times.
Panasonic has done a good job of mixing intermediate photography features with easy-to-use features in the Lumix G2, making it an ideal entry-level DSLR camera.
What's Hot Good image quality .
The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G2 interchangeable lens digital camera builds upon the already impressive LUMIX DMC-G1 by adding video recording, updated controls and a 3in touchscreen. It takes excellent photos in a wide range of conditions and definitely improves on its predecessor.
excellent detail and colour
We've nominated the Lumix DMC-G10 as an Editor's Choice on the basis of the Imatest performance of the review camera - and because it represents the best value-for-money of any of the G-series cameras we've reviewed to date. This assessment is based on the assumption that most users will buy the camera for taking still pictures and only occasionally record video clips.
In my opinion the EP-2 is tough enough to go just about anywhere above water - including taking pictures in extreme environments - like shooting winter sports or trekking through the desert.
A solid follow-up to the E-P1 with a slightly expanded feature set, the E-P2 is an excellent although relatively pricey DSLR-alternative.
The Bottom Line My Casio EX-FC100 review reveals a digital camera that is one of those models that excels in a few areas, primarily high-speed video and continuous-shot still imaging, which will make it a great camera for those needing those features. Few small, stylish cameras can match the high-speed capabilities of this Casio model, either with video or with still images.
We did experience a fairly vibrant color palette in most images and detail at times was spot on.
Migrating high-speed technology into an ultra-portable chassis seemed like the next logical step for Casio. The Casio Exilim EX-FC100 rocks most of the Exilim EX-FH20's features in its pint-sized camera body and even flaunts a 5x optical zoom range. We had a blast with the Exilim EX-FC100, thanks mostly to the cavalcade of high-speed shooting options and quirky Best Shot modes.
Ultra-fast processing speeds result in highly responsive camera operation and near-instant start-up times
The T1i offers some very powerful features that have been handed down from its big brothers, the Canon EOS 50D and EOS 5D Mark II. This camera possesses a high degree of appeal with loads of exposure options, and class leading ISO capabilities, performance, and image quality.
very compact camera
The EOS Rebel T1i is Canon's best Rebel yet. If you need a faster burst rate, or don't like the Rebel's button-centered interface, or the camera is too small for your hands, then you'll also want to look at the EOS 50D, the next camera up in Canon's line. (Note that you won't get video shooting with that camera.) If you're looking for an SLR under $1,000 that takes great images and movies, then the Rebel T1i is an excellent choice.
high definition video
The problem companies like Canon face is offering DSLRs with Full HD video, which at the same time, donâ?? t harm its sales of camcorder products or more expensive DSLR offerings like the EOS 5D Mark II, which has Full HD at 30fps. Itâ?? s a hard balance to get right and, in its attempts to achieve it, it appears that Canon has compromised the video performance a little too much on the EOD 500D.
pretty impressive "entry level" camera
The new Canon Speedlite 270EX, the successor to the 220EX Speedlite model, is a compact, lightweight external flash option for Canon cameras including select Canon PowerShot models. Ideal for use with the new EOS Rebel T1i, the new Speedlite 270EX uses only two AA batteries and enables bounce flash shooting with four position steps from 0 degrees to 90 degrees.
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