It's time to pull out the "H" word - yes, the holidays are fast approaching, like it or not. And this year, we'd like the gift budget to stretch as far as possible. Thus our Head to Head battle today is an ultrazoom shootout. The Nikon Coolpix P90 and the Olympus SP-590 UZ are matched almost spec for spec, so which camera will give you the most zoom for your buck?
Fujifilm announced the FinePix S200EXR in late July as the successor to their well-reviewed FinePix S100FS ultrazoom. The S200EXR is loaded with unique features, and we've barely scratched the surface of its capabilities, but we just can't keep our first sample images and impressions to ourselves any longer.
You completed the daunting task of choosing the perfect ultrazoom from a competitive field of very capable high-zoom, fixed lens cameras. Now that you've made your purchase and you're ready to take it to the streets, consider a few of our tips on how to get the best images from your camera before you set out.
Samsung has announced the HZ25W, a 12.5 megapixel ultrazoom with a 24x Schneider-Kreuznach optical zoom lens. The lens provides a 35mm equivalent focal range of from 26mm to 624mm. The HZ25W also features 720p HD video in H.264 format.
Panasonic is rolling out a new ultrazoom, the Lumix DMC-FZ35. From the 18x Leica lens to the camera body itself, it shares a lot with its predecessor, the Lumix FZ28. Some light updates, including the addition of AVCHD Lite, keep this model competitive in the ultrazoom market.
Panasonic announces two new slim point-and-shoot cameras this morning, the Lumix DMC-FP8 and DMC-ZR1. The FP8 boasts the sharp style of an ultra-compact and the ZR1 brings a 0.3mm slim aspherical lens to the high-zoom class. Both models promise faster operation and better energy-efficiency.
The Super CCD EXR sensor made its first appearance in the FinePix F200EXR back in February. Now, Fujfilm is adding two more cameras to the club: the FinePix F70EXR and FinePix S200EXR. They couple the latest sensor technology from Fujifilm with the convenience of modern ultrazooms.
Olympus announced its first wave of compact ultrazooms, including the 10x zoom Stylus-9000 and 7x zoom Stylus-7000, back in January. This morning, the manufacturer is updating the 7x model in this set to incorporate a wide-angle lens, with the launch of the visually reworked 12 megapixel Olympus Stylus-7010.
Ricoh has released a firmware update for its slim, long zoom camera, the CX1.
Sure, the Olympus SP-590 is the hot ticket in Olympus's ultrazoom collection. But interest in the manufacturer's newer, smaller model has resulted in some fantastic clearance and used deals on last year's launch, the larger Olympus SP-570 UZ. See what others have to say about the SP-570 in this month's Users Speak Out segment.
Casio announced this morning that it will soon be getting into the blossoming compact ultrazoom market with the launch of the 10x zoom Casio Exilim EX-H10. Following a format familiar to many of its competitors, the 12.1 H10 features a wide-angle zoom lens covering the 35mm equivalent of 24-240mm and features 720p HD video capture as well.
If you're shopping for an ultrazoom, chances are you've taken a long look at the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28. An update to Panasonic's popular FZ18, the FZ28 features a 10.1 megapixel sensor coupled with an 18x, 27-486mm zoom lens, and this camera is so well-liked, in fact, that we couldn't find any reviewer willing to give this model a thumbs down in this month's Users Speak Out feature.
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