Report CES 2011 Show - The Olympus PEN E-PL2 is a new system camera of the fast-growing PEN-series. All-round, full of creative settings and functionality, but with the ease of use the Olympus PEN is famous for. The Olympus PEN PL2 offers the best solution for beginners to capture photos and movies in high DSLR quality. The lightweight and compact character of this new PEN camera is ideal for those who demand more quality and features of his compact, but donít want to carry a heavy DSLR. Now everyone can experiment with the built-in Art filters, including the Dramatic Tone filter taken from the professional Olympus E-5. 12.3 Megapixels and the new 14-42 mm lens will offer a high photo and video quality.
Canon PowerShot S95 digital camera review : Last year, Canon launched the PowerShot S90, a digital camera that represented a new road in Canonís strategy. A camera which did not have Megapixels as its most important feature, and was even downgraded on paper in terms of hard specifications, but at the same time was advanced in image quality. It was a camera that was received wholeheartedly and was highly praised. The Canon PowerShot S95, successor to the S90, follows the same road that Canon took with the S90. Luckily, the amount of pixels is still the same, ten Megapixels, and the size of the sensor has also remained unchanged. It is a compact camera that again focuses on image quality, which is a good development.
The new Olympus Evolt E-30 is built based on the FourThirds system, continuing the line that was built-up over the last few years according to the expectations. The E30 is quite similar to the high-end camera; the E-3, although it comes with a less all-round magnesium housing. The E30's housing is made of plastic, strengthened by fiberglass. The water resistant and dustproof features of the housing are exclusively reserved for the housing of the E-3. The viewfinder of the Olympus E-30 offers approximately 98% coverage, whilst the E-3 offers 100%. And there are a few more setting possibilities on the E-3 that take things a bit further compared to the Olympus E-30.
The Canon PowerShot SX10 IS Megazoom camera is the successor to the Canon PowerShot S5 IS. When it comes to appearance, the Canon SX10 IS looks a lot like its predecessor, but if you thought its size would have decreased somewhat, youíre wrong; the camera has even slightly grown. However; you do get something in return. The 12x optical zoom lens has been replaced by a 20x version, which keeps Canon nicely in pace with its rivals. Thankfully, Canonís image stabilization system supports the zoom lens in order to be able to work with it. Moreover, the resolution has increased from 8 to 10 Megapixels. And although we did not list an increase on our priority list, the image sensor has been enlarged too. A nice bit of compensation.
The Panasonic L10 is clearly ranked below the L1 but does offer more pixels. No less than 10 Megapixels are found on the new Live MOS sensor. Of course the Panasonic L10 has been built according to the FourThirds System. A new lens has been introduced together with the camera, naturally equipped with Mega O.I.S. Like the L1, the Panasonic Lumix DMC L10 features a Leica kit lens with a zoom range of 14-50mm, equivalent of 28-100mm on a 35mm camera. The main difference is the light sensitivity.
The Olympus Stylus 790 SW digital compact camera has been available for a few months now, so high time to interrogate this new member of the Stylus family. The Olympus Stylus 790 is a camera belonging to the successful series of cameras Olympus once entered the film era with. The first analogue Stylus cameras were true gadgets; very compact and equipped with beautiful bright optics (Stylus II). It was quite logical to take the Stylus concept along to the digital era from the traditional one and here we are, a few generations later with the Olympus Stylus 790SW camera.
Let's be honest; the Canon EOS 40D is a D-SLR camera that is about the most complete a camera can be. It is a solid camera, with excellent auto focus, a silent shutter and mirror, a beautiful viewfinder and fine operation. On top of that Live View works perfectly, you can walk in the rain with the camera and it is an excellent tool with high quality functions. The image quality of the Canon EOS 40D leaves little or in fact nothing to wish for. High ISO pictures are still usable. You can shoot using ISO 800 or 1600 without a problem. There is some noise but not annoyingly visible, even less when you convert the pictures with Adobe. Using DPP, noise is visible which gives you a film-feeling from old-fashioned times.
The success of the new Megazoom cameras lead to a farther advancing of the concept and to equip a small housing with no less than 18x optical zoom. The resolution of 8 Megapixels suffices easily for printing small to large prints. Although the immense popularity of the Megazoom is enough proof that they have the right to exist next to the entry level digital SLR, the Megazoom encounters some problems to reach the same level as far as image quality is concerned. You can't get around the fact that concessions have to be made and that the noise that comes with high ISO settings due to the amount of pixels on the small images sensor is one of these negative results.