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Leica D Vario-Elmar 14-150mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./MEGA O.I.S. Lens

8.5 Rating

A high-quality extended zoom lens for Four Thirds System DSLRs.Panasonic’s new Leica D Vario-Elmar 14-150mm lens was announced at the end of August 2007 but has only recently become available locally. Although designed by Leica, it is fitted with Panasonic’s Mega O.I.S. optical image stabiliser and Venus Engine LSI microprocessor. Developed for the company’s Four Thirds System DSLR cameras, it is the first Leica D lens to extend to the equivalent to 300mm in 35mm format.

Konica Minolta DiMAGE G600

Like all Konica Minolta G-series cameras, the DiMAGE G600 has a sliding lens cover/on-off switch, which unveils a line of flickering blue LEDs when the camera is powered up. This takes roughly 1.3 seconds. The LEDs double as the self-timer lamp and shine whenever the shutter button is half pressed. The G600 sports a new ‘A* Image Processing System’ (A*IPS), which converts the exposure, focus and white balance data from the sensor into image data. The camera is pre-set for ‘basic’ shooting, a point-and-shoot mode, but also has a ‘details’ menu, which is accessed via the set-up menu and contains lots of user-adjustable settings.

Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z2

Konica Minolta’s DiMAGE Z2 offers 10x optical zoom and 4-megapixel resolution, with a plastic body and EVF. The camera’s design and small LCD panel make using the EVF preferable in most shooting situations, despite its tendency to become streaky in bright conditions. Autofocus is fast and focus confirmation is provided in the P, A, S, M and sports modes when continuous AF is selected.

Kodak EasyShare CX7530

Kodak’s CX7530 combines ease of use with affordability and features, design and construction that equal or better most similarly priced cameras. The chunky plastic body has a 1.8-inch indoor/outdoor display and is equipped with 32MB of internal memory (which holds 17 high resolution images), plus an SD/MMC card slot.

Fujifilm FinePix F610

[ia] On test, the F610 produced images that were sharp but rather saturated, fairly contrasty and slightly over-sharpened. Low light usage is only possible in the Night Scene mode. Shots taken at ISO 160 were noise-free but at ISO 400 noise was visible, and at ISO 800 quite obvious. High ISO settings tended to reduce image sharpness. The white balance was an average performer. Video capture was generally very good and the vertical camera body was easy to hold.

Kodak EasyShare DX7440

With its dedicated Auto setting, AF framing guides and 16 scene modes, the DX7440 is easy enough for a child to use, while its P, A, S, M and custom modes provide enough manual controls to encourage greater photographic involvement. The 4x optical zoom lens covers an appropriate range for family snapshots. The 4x digital zoom control, which is an extension of the optical zoom, also delivers good picture quality. A further extension of the zoom range is available through the 2x telephoto extender lens (RRP $129). Another big plus is its responsiveness. Capture lag was consistent at 0.7 seconds, while shutter lag averaged just over 0.1 seconds.

Fujifilm Real 3D V1 Digital Viewer

8 Rating

A digital photo frame for displaying 3D stills and video clips from the Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D W1 camera.Designed to complement the FinePix Real 3D W1 camera, Fujifilm’s Real 3D V1 Digital Viewer looks a lot like many digital photo frames. With an 8-inch screen plus a clip-on stand and remote controller, it can display both 3D and normal 2D images. The frame is mains-powered and has a slot on the back that accepts SD/SDHC and xD-Picture Card cards. It also carries USB Type A and mini-USB sockets for direct playback of images from thumb drives, cameras or other devices.

Fujifilm FinePix F550 EXR

8.8 Rating

A compact, travellers’ digicam with built-in GPS, raw file support, some useful shooting modes and Full HD video recording.Fujifilm’s FinePix F550 EXR steps into the competitive ‘travellers’ zoom’ sector of the digicam market, providing a few advantages over its main rivals. For photo enthusiasts, its most critical benefits are P, A, S and M shooting modes plus support for raw file capture. Add in a 15x zoom lens plus support for Full HD movie recording and you have a feature-rich, all-in-one imaging device with a very competitive price tag.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX7

8 Rating

A high-resolution digicam that is small enough to slip into a shirt pocket and offers Full HD video recording.The Cyber-shot DSC-WX7 is one of five 16.2-megapixel cameras announced by Sony at the CES Show in January. Designed primarily for snapshooters, it’s the first to be available for review and also claims status as the first compact digicam with a 3D Still Image mode that can record stereo pairs with only one lens and sensor.

Casio EX-Z55

Casio’s EX-Z55 sports a lightweight aluminium body with a large 2.5-inch colour LCD and small optical viewfinder. It comes with 9.3MB of internal memory (enough for four high-resolution images) and an SD/MMC card slot. The retracting smc Pentax 3x zoom lens is reasonably fast and the camera is supplied with a docking cradle for downloading pictures and recharging the battery.