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Edited by George Schaub  |  Mar 04, 2014  |  First Published: Jan 01, 2014  |  0 comments

The Nikon Coolpix A is an unusual camera with a very robust, retro design and a body based on a magnesium-alloy chassis. It is extremely compact but has a 16.2MP DX-format sensor (Nikon’s version of the APS-C format). It also incorporates Nikon’s EXPEED 2 image processor system.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jun 11, 2019  |  0 comments

Nikon recently announced the Coolpix B600, a superzoom with a 24-1440mm equivalent range, highly effective image stabilization, 16-megapixel CMOS sensor and a lens that’s sharper than kittens’ teeth. Priced at just $299, this easy-to-use point-and-shoot spent nearly two months in our hands, and here is what we learned.

Joe Farace  |  Nov 08, 2018  |  0 comments

Superzoom cameras, like Nikon’s Coolpix P1000 ($999.99) are popular because, let’s face it, people who buy entry level DSLR’s rarely, if ever, take the kit lenses off their cameras. I looked for statistics on this and didn’t find any empirical data but friendly retailers in the industry told me this assumption is true.

Edited by George Schaub  |  Apr 10, 2013  |  First Published: Mar 01, 2013  |  0 comments

The Nikon Coolpix P7700 offers numerous function buttons to change image parameters and exposure modes very quickly and efficiently. On the top side of the large body are three dials. The first dial on the left-hand side allows the user to set up the most important image parameters like ISO speed, white balance, and image quality (resolution and JPEG compression) directly. The LCD shows the chosen image parameter setting on the screen when the photographer turns the setup dial and presses the center button.

Jack Neubart  |  May 11, 2015  |  0 comments

I’ve often wished I had a camera that could go from 24mm to 2000mm at the touch of a button and without being weighed down by a ton of glass. Okay, maybe not all the way to 2000mm and perhaps not in a power zoom, but you get my point. The Nikon Coolpix P900 superzoom (super-duper-zoom?) camera gives you that reach in a fairly compact body, relative to a lens with such a broad range of focal lengths.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Mar 19, 2020  |  0 comments

Nikon recently introduced the Coolpix P950, a bridge-style super-telephoto zoom camera that features an 83X, 24-2000mm equivalent zoom lens and a boatload of creative options, including P, A, S and M Modes, Raw file options and UHD 4K30 video. We put a production sample through the gauntlet and here is what we found.

George Schaub  |  Oct 28, 2011  |  0 comments

The new Nikon P7100 offers many function buttons and dials along with a large mode dial on the top to choose standard exposure modes like P, S, A and M. The camera offers a full automatic mode, scene modes and special effect modes (like B&W, sepia tone effect, “High Key” effect and more). In addition, the P7100 offers three user modes that can be saved as U1-U3 and accessed directly on the mode dial.

Edited by George Schaub  |  Jul 23, 2013  |  First Published: Jun 01, 2013  |  0 comments

The Olympus XZ-2 is the successor of the XZ-1 which was the first compact camera made by Olympus with a large sensor (1/1.63”). The new camera has a new CMOS sensor (the XZ-1 had a CCD sensor) which is slightly smaller but has a slightly higher resolution (12MP instead of 10MP).

Cynthia Boylan  |  Jan 07, 2016  |  0 comments

Holga 135 BC Plastic Lens 35mm Film Camera: The BC stands for Black Corners effect and it creates prominent vignettes in your 35mm photos. The Holga uses all 35mmm formats films and it can operate without any batteries. There is a hot shoe on 135 BC, that allows you to use a flash when taking pictures at dark environments ( the flash is available separately). The Holga 135 BC is a fixed focus camera that offers four choices of object distances and two choice of aperture (f/11 and f/8). The Multiple Exposure effect can be easily achieve by not advancing the film after a frame has been exposed. There is a Lens/Filter for different effects available as an optional accessory. 

Jason Schneider  |  May 02, 2016  |  0 comments

Active lifestyle cameras are aimed at photographers who don’t want to worry about their equipment during their adventures, but do want to capture images they can be proud of—even under challenging conditions. All seven cameras on this list are virtually indestructible, high-performance compacts that are perfect for skiing, surfing, taking to the beach, boating, hiking or any other activity where an unprotected DSLR or mirrorless camera could be damaged. 

Edited by George Schaub  |  Jul 20, 2012  |  First Published: Jun 01, 2012  |  3 comments

The Panasonic FZ150 is a super-zoom bridge camera with a 12MP sensor and an integral 24x zoom lens. The design of the body is similar to classic SLR systems, but the camera has no interchangeable lens system. It offers a zoom lens that ranges from a wide-angle setting (25mm) to an extreme tele setting (600mm, 35mm film equivalent). The FZ150 utilizes Panasonic’s newest version of the O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer), dubbed “Power O.I.S.” It works very well and allows users to shoot images with long shutter speed settings as slow as 1/20 sec when using the maximum tele setting of 600mm.

Edited by George Schaub  |  Dec 13, 2016  |  0 comments

When it comes to Bridge cameras, Panasonic has established itself as one of the major players. The new Panasonic FZ2500 has a new 20x lens system (a Leica DC Vario-Elmarit) that covers a focal length range of 24 to 480mm (35mm film equivalent in 3:2 mode). The lens speed is f/2.8 in wide angle and f/4.5 at maximum focal length. Those very long tele settings require powerful image stabilization and the FZ2500 delivers with an optical and electronic hybrid stabilizer system which is able to level out up to 5 axis movements. We do note that when recording 4K videos only the optical stabilizer is available. The 13.2x8.8mm sensor has 20MP resolution.

George Schaub  |  Oct 10, 2011  |  0 comments

This is a test report on the new Panasonic FZ48 integral lens camera. The camera looks like a compact SLR. It has a big grip on the right hand side of the body, which allows for comfortable handling for shooting, important for a long-range zoom such as this.

Edited by George Schaub  |  Nov 29, 2017  |  0 comments

The Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ80 is a superzoom bridge camera for photographers on a budget. It features a small, 1/2.33-inch sensor with a resolution of 18MP. A massive lens system in the Panasonic FZ80 provides a focal length range between 20-1200mm (35mm film equivalent) and a whopping 60x zoom. Using the digital zoom, photographers can take photos with a focal length equivalent of 4800mm.

Edited by George Schaub  |  May 26, 2015  |  0 comments

Panasonic’s LX100 is the top-of-the-line camera in the company’s compact LX series. Compared to other LX models, it is the first camera with an MFT (Micro Four Thirds) sensor. However, the camera doesn’t use the whole image sensor area of 17.3x13mm, so its crop factor is 2.2x instead of the 2.0x of standard MFT cameras.

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