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Panasonic Store
+44 (0) 1626 366266
62 Queen Street
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25A Fleet Street
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+44 (0) 844 561 6263
Marsh Barton Road
Exeter
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Canon IXUS 130 Review - Portable Digital Cameras

Canon IXUS 130 The Canon IXUS 130 is a pocket sized digital camera. It has 14 megapixels and a 4x wide angle zoom lens. The IXUS 130 can shoot High Definition movies. Other key features include image stabilisation and a 2.7 inch LCD screen.

I am not sure that there are any points that stand out as especially exciting. With this camera it is more of a combination of factors that make it a good camera to buy. These factors include picture quality, design and build quality.

Image Quality - See Sample Images Below

Outdoor Scenic Shots in Good Light

On the whole I am very happy with the quality of photos the IXUS 130 has produced. Looking through my outdoor photos sharpness is some way above average for such a small digital camera. This is true of a variety of zoom positions. I am especially impressed by the sharpness showing in my second photo where the lens is zoomed all the way out. My shot of the building shows how the camera is able to retain sharpness up to the edges of a shot.

The IXUS 130 also does well in bringing out detail in areas of light shade.

As with other Canon digital cameras I like the contrast showing in the colours. The skies are about the right shade of blue in my eyes and I like the deeper greens of the foliage.

As with most digital cameras there are one or two imperfections. My third outdoor shot is darker than it should be. In my second photo there is also a small amount of purple fringing showing around the edges of the trees. This is worth taking into account if you are planning to produce extra large prints.

Portraits

For my outdoor portrait I would like to have seen greater saturation of the colours. I think extra colour would improve the photo.

The indoor portrait with flash works very well. The lighting remains quite subtle. This ensures that there is still colour showing in the skin tones. The light is very evenly distributed too. This ensures all areas are properly lit with no dark corners and no dark areas in the hair.

With flash turned off the IXUS 130 does well again. There are good levels of detail showing and noise is controlled well.

Macro, Colours and Noise

For me the macro shot is the best effort from the IXUS 130. Although it is unlikely that close up shots would be high up on the agenda for anyone on the lookout for a pocket camera the quality of the shoot is very impressive. The sharpness, definition and detail of the photo are outstanding.

I like the colours the IXUS 130 produces in the main. One or two photos could benefit from a little extra ...

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Canon IXUS 210 Review - Portable Cameras

Canon IXUS 210 The Canon IXUS 210 a touch controlled digital camera. It is a clear improvement on the previous model in this series. Almost all the functions are controlled through touch and the LCD screen is of a far higher quality. The screen is 3.5 inches in size. This large size gives plenty of room for fingers to make selections.

Picture quality produced by the IXUS 210 compares well with other digital cameras with similar features.

Other features of note include High Definition movies, 14 megapixels and a 5x wide angle lens. Image stabilisation is also available.

This camera is well worth adding to any shortlist.

Ratings

Canon IXUS 210

Ease of Use 8
Features 8
Movie Mode 9
Build Quality9
Colours 9

Photo Quality 9
Style 9
Lowlight 9
Macro 8
Value for Money 8

Main Features

Megapixels:
Zoom:
LCD Screen:
Dimensions:
Weight:

14
5x
3.5 inches
99.3 x 55.7 x 22mm
160g

Macro:
HD Movies:
Manual Controls:
Batteries:
Memory Cards:

5cm
Yes
No
Lithium-ion Rechargeable
SD / SDHC / SDXC

Image Quality - See Sample Images Below

Outdoor Scenic Shots in Good Light

The IXUS 210 handles the outdoor scenes better than the majority of smaller compacts. I like the colours and lighting the camera produces. There are a couple of issues that may come into play if you are planning to make extra large prints. There is a hint of purple fringing in places. I can also see a slight haze over some areas. I wonder if this is down to the large number of megapixels Canon has crammed onto the sensor. If you are not planning to blow up your photos for big prints neither of these points are likely to be an issue.

Portraits

All three of my portrait shots work well. The outdoor portrait has a light feel to it. Focusing is sharp and the colours have a natural feel to them.

The point I like about the photo taken with flash is that the amount of light the IXUS 210 emits is more or less sport on. The face is illuminated well and there is very little light bouncing back off the face.

Indoors without flash the camera manages to produces impressive levels of detail.

Macro, Colours and Noise

For a snapshot digital camera the macro shot is of a very high quality. The IXUS 210 handles the lighting well and manages to show plenty of definition in the shot.

In my view one of the strong points of the IXUS 210 the vibrancy of the colours it produces. They add a little extra power to the photos. This is especially noticeable in the second outdoor shot. The colours are well balanced too,

I didn't detect any major noise issues in my shots. I could see noise starting to show around the names of the boats where there was some shade, but elsewhere the IXUS 210 does a fair job of keeping noise to a minimum.

Summary

Overall picture quality is very good for this type of camera. The sharpness of the shots is good, especially when you take into account the wide angle lens the camera has.

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Nikon Coolpix S3000 Review - Portable Digital Cameras

Nikon Coolpix S3000 The Nikon Coolpix S3000 is a slimline pocket sized digital camera. Apart from its small size the biggest attraction is likely to be its ease of use. This is also one of the cheapest pocket cameras available from one of the big name brands. In my view a few compromises have been made when it comes to picture quality in order to keep the price down. So your decision as to whether to buy or not may well revolve around whether or not you want to pay more for some extra picture quality.

The Coolpix S3000 handles well. It is a neat little camera and I like the simple design. Nikon have incorporated a wide angle lens. Apart from that the emphasis is more of simplicity than features, although you do get access to image stabilisation.

Ratings

Nikon Coolpix S3000

Ease of Use 10
Features 7
Movie Mode 8
Build Quality8
Colours 8

Photo Quality 7
Style 8
Lowlight 6
Macro 5
Value for Money 7

Main Features

Megapixels:
Zoom:
LCD Screen:
Dimensions:
Weight:

12
4x
2.7 inches
55.9 x 94.3 x 19mm
116g

Macro:
HD Movies:
Manual Controls:
Batteries:
Memory Cards:

8cm
No
No
Lithium Ion
SD/SDHC

Image Quality - See Sample Images Below

Outdoor Scenic Shots in Good Light

On the whole focusing in sunny conditions is very good indeed. Focusing is sharp as you move out towards the edges of the shots too. I also like the contrast in colours and the brightness of the shots.

Sun glare is handled fairly well, but I did notice some flare and purple fringing in places.

The lens operates effectively enough at both wide angle and tele photo extremes. Focusing remains good when these settings are used. I did detect a hint of darkness creeping into the corners of shots taken with the lens zoomed all the way out.

Portraits

The outdoor portrait is the best of my three portrait test shots. The photo is sharp and the colours have a natural look to them.

I had a problem when using flash. Despite rerunning the test I could not get the Coolpix S3000 to focus sharply. None of the other cameras I was testing at the same time encountered this problem. I can only say the result is disappointing. This leads me to wonder how effective the camera is when flash is required.

It is not often that the shot taken without flash produces a better result indoors than the one taken with it. This is the case here. In fact I am impressed at the way the Coolpix S3000 is able to produce a sharp photo in the conditions.

Macro, Colours and Noise

I struggled with my macro test shot. According to the specification the Coolpix S3000 should be able to focus from 8cm from the subject. I found it difficult to get a reliable focus for my test at less than 12 cm. Even then the quality was below what I was expecting.

As with other Nikon digital cameras it is not so much the colours in the photos that I like, but the brightness. Nikon seems to be able to inject added brightness that other manufacturers find it difficu...

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