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Simon Joinson
Simon Joinson

Former Editor-in-Chief and General Manager,, 2004-2017

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Nikon Coolpix 5200 Review
Announced in February 2004 (alongside an otherwise identical 4MP camera, the Coolpix 4200), the Coolpix 5200 represents the latest in a long line of ever-smaller Nikon compact cameras that stretches all the way back to the late 1990's. Although the Coolpix 5200 echoes the basic design of the previous generation of Nikon Compacts (the 3200 and 4200), it is a good deal smaller, thanks no doubt to the use of an all-metal (Aluminum) body, rather than Nikon's more usual plastics. Nikon has managed to squash an impressive amount of power into the 5200's diminutive body (which is only a shade larger than a credit card), including an all-new ED glass 3x zoom lens, automatic red-eye removal, 15 (count 'em) scene modes, scene-assist functions (with overlays to ensure you put the subject in the right part of the frame) and a 30 frames per second movie mode. Here's just a few of the Coolpix 5200's headline features:
Just posted! Sony DSC-F88 review
Just posted! Our review of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F88, their latest incarnation of the inner swivel lens design which started back in 1996. This camera is a far more advanced beast, its 300 degree swivel lens has 3x optical zoom and is mated to a five megapixel CCD. It may seem quirky but it's nicely put together, flexible and delivers nice colorful images. See how it shaped up in our new concise review format.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F88 Review
Never shy of giving the consumer an almost bewildering array of choices, in May 2004 Sony added yet another (its fifth) 5 megapixel, 3x zoom camera, the DSC-F88 to its 2004 range. Seasoned Sony watchers will immediately recognize the inner swivel lens design, which has made several appearances in Sony's product lineup since the DSC-F1 back in 1996. What makes the F88 slightly different to its predecessors is the inclusion of a 3x Carl Zeiss zoom lens (which uses the same folded optics as the Cyber-Shot T1) and an optical viewfinder; it is also a little larger than the F1/F5/F55/F77 models that came before it. Specification-wise the F88 is very similar to the T1 and W1, save for a smaller screen and the aforementioned swivelling lens, which rotates through 300 degrees, giving considerable shooting versatility and the ability to take perfect self-portraits. As well as a wealth of scene modes the F88 has a smattering of real photographic controls (including a full manual exposure mode) and a very capable movie mode (640x480 pixels, though only at 16fps). Here's a quick run-down of the key features:
Just posted! HP PhotoSmart R707 review
Just posted! Our review of the compact five megapixel, three times optical zoom HP PhotoSmart R707. Announced at PMA this year the R707 caused a 'quiet storm' because it was the first HP digital camera to have a nicely styled design with a sweeping stainless steel front and rubber coated rear. In use the R707 feels faster and is more advanced than any HP before it. See how it shaped up in our new concise review format.
HP Photosmart R707 Review
At press briefings during PMA 2004 HP staff quietly admitted they had finally realized that the company's digital cameras suffered from something of an 'image problem'. Big, seemingly designed to resemble a house brick, and made from the kind of materials normally found only on the dashboard of a 1980's hatchback, the Photosmart range simply couldn't compete with the slick, shiny and keenly priced Far Eastern offerings. From now on, we were told, HP cameras would be designed for style, speed and ease of use, and would no longer be twice the size of their direct competitors. The 5 megapixel, 3x zoom, Photosmart R707 is the first of this new wave of slimmed-down, metal-bodied HP cameras, offering a tempting mix of thoughtful design and some genuinely innovative features. Most of these are aimed at ensuring less experienced users avoid common photographic pitfalls, something possible mainly due to the inclusion of a clever Texas Instruments Digital Signal Processor (DSP). The power of the DSP is obvious when you look at some of the features it has allowed HP to shoehorn into the R707:
Just posted! Canon S1 IS review
Just posted! Our review of the compact three megapixel, ten times optical zoom Canon PowerShot S1 IS. Believe it or not but it's been three years since Canon last introduced a ten times optical zoom digital camera, and that was the Pro90 IS. Feature wise it could be considered prosumer, with manual controls and Image Stabilisation, it's price however places it at the affordable end of the market. See how the S1 IS shaped up in our new concise review format.
Canon PowerShot S1 IS Review
Announced in February 2004, the PowerShot S1 IS is the long overdue successor to Canon's last 10x Zoom Image Stabilized compact, the (the PowerShot Pro90 IS). It is not only much smaller and lighter, but a lot less expensive - (hardly surprising given the three year gap). Despite the aggressive pricing (the S1 IS is available online for as little as $315) this is a highly specified camera with a feature set that doesn't fall that far short of 'prosumer' models such as the G5 or even the Pro 1. The SLR-like styling and plethora of controls both on-body and in the extensive menu system lets you know this is more than a point and shooter with a big lens. Here's just a few of the key selling points to whet your appetite: