Sony Alpha a99

The Sony Alpha a99 is a premium 35mm full frame single lens translucent (SLT) camera, and it is first camera with this technology (SLT), so that the a99 carries the indicativ DSLT (Digital Single Lens Translucent), which replaces DSLR. The SLT technology means that instead of having a mirror that flips up to enable the exposure to take place, the camera has a fixed translucent mirror that allows 70% of the light reaching it to pass through the image sensor, and 30% of the light is reflected to AF sensor.

The Sony Alpha a99 comes with a 24.3 MP full-frame (24 x 36 mm) EXMOR CMOS sensor and has a great image quality and low-light sensitivity. The BIONZ Image Processor allows to record images at 6 fps in continuous shooting mode.

Other key features of Sony a99 include Dual AF system with a 19-point sensor and 102-point focal plane phase detection sensor, an ISO range of 50 – 25600, Full HD 1080p progressive movie shooting with non-stop continuous AF and stereo sound, an OLED Tru-Finder with 100% coverage EVF, a three-way tiltable LCD screen, built-in GPS and the unique Multi Control Dial on the front of the camera (taht allows adjust photo, video or audio settings without producing audible click or vibrations while recording).

The Sony a99 has an weather-resistant magnesium alloy body and a Sensor Cleaning integrated system. Also present on this camera is the Sony’s SteadyShot technology for image stabilization, that is compatible with any Sony Alpha lens.

The SLT technology of Sony a99

The SLT technology


Sony Alpha a99 key features

  • Lens: Sony A-mount lenses
  • Digital zoom: 4x
  • Sensor: EXMOR CMOS sensor (35.8 x 23.9 mm), 24.3MP
  • Viewfinder: 1/2″ electronic viewfinder; 2,359k dots
  • Display: 3.0″ TFT tiltable LCD
  • Storage: Memory Stick PRO Duo/ PRO-HG Duo; SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card
  • File format: still image – JPEG, RAW; video – AVCHD, MP4; audio – Dolby Digital (AC-3)/MPEG-4
  • Microphone: built-in, stereo
  • Speaker: built-in, monaural
  • Interfaces: headphone 3.5mm stereo minijack; 3.5mm stereo minijack microphone input; USB 2.0 Hi-Speed; HDMI mini connector (type C)
Sony Aplha a99 image

Sony a99


Sony Aplha a99 reviews

The Sony a99 has a body that uses a combination of magnesium alloy and engineering plastic, and it is sealed against dust and moisture. More about this you can read on website.

On Sony Alpha a99 review, the experts of website say, among other things, that photographers who demand immediate access to highly personalized shooting options will apreciate the high degree of customization possible with the a99’s numerous control points. These experts conclude:

There’s a lot to like in the Sony SLT-A99. It’s a camera that combines very good image quality with a high degree of camera customization and an ergonomically well-designed control layout. It incorporates all of Sony’s recent technology advances in both stills and video performance. A900 users who’ve patiently waited for an upgrade and are amenable to using an EVF will be hard-pressed to find much fault with the A99, as it represents a significant step forward in just about every respect other than output resolution.


Another Sony Alpha a99 review comes from, that notes:

There’s no question that video is becoming an increasingly important feature for DSLR-style cameras. Sony’s DSLT design makes the new Alpha cameras more suited to video shooting than more traditional cameras with a reflex mirror.

The has tested the Sony a99 and writes:

The Sony A99 remains one of the best new cameras we’ve seen this year. It shows that the new perspectives being brought to photography by the likes of traditional electronics companies are having a positive effect on the progression of photographic technology.

A lot of features, performance and comparisons of a99 with other premium digital cameras you can find on Pocket-lint website.

Sony Alpha a99 premium SLT camera

Sony Alpha a99

Sony a99 with lens

Sony a99

The tiltable TFT LCD of Sony a99

Sony a99 with tilting LCD

Sony Alpha a99 details

Sony Alpha a99

The body of Sony a99

Sony Alpha a99

Sony Alpha SLT a99 photo

Sony Alpha SLT a99


Canon ELPH 130 IS (IXUS 140)

The Canon ELPH 130 IS (named IXUS 140 in Europe) is a stylish compact camera with advanced features for an enhanced imaging experience. The Canon ELPH 130 IS comes with a 16 MP CCD sensor and the DIGIC 4 image processor that offer high quality imaging and fast performance for both stills and video.

The Canon ELPH 130 IS has an 8x optical zoom lens with a 28 mm wide angle and a maximum aperture varying from f/3.2 to f/6.9. With ISO sensitivity that reaches 6400 and six mode Intelligent Image Stabilization, clear and well-detailed images can be attained even in low light. The Canon 130 IS also can record 720p HD videos with mono sound.

This compact camera has a built-in Wi-Fi that allows to transfer images directly from camera to smartphone or other Android or iOS device. The Canon ELPH 130 IS also features a 3-inch Pure Color LCD screen which is bright and colourful, good for viewing the pictures, and Smart Auto mode that selects the proper camera settings based on 32 predefined shooting situations for capturing spectacular image with ease. Also available is a new ECO mode, that helps to reduce power consumption for longer battery life.

The Canon ELPH 130 IS has a very compact metal body and comes in four color options: grey, silver, black and red.

Canon ELPH 130 IS red

Canon ELPH 130 IS


Canon ELPH 130 IS (IXUS 140) specs:

  • Sensor: 16.0 MP, 1/2.3-inch CCD sensor
  • Zoom: 8X optical zoom; 4x digital zoom
  • Monitor: 3.0-inch TFT LCD, 100% coverage, 461k dots
  • Sensitivity: ISO 100 to 6400
  • Storage: SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card
  • File format: JPEG, MOV
  • Interfaces: Hi-Speed USB; Video/Audio Out dedicated connectors


The LCD monitor of Canon ELPH 130 IS

Canon ELPH 130 IS (IXUS 140)

Canon ELPH 130 IS (IXUS 140) review:

The Canon ELPH 130 IS ( IXUS 140) is reviewed by Photography Blog, that writes:

The IXUS 140 is a stylish, well-built camera with the bonus of built-in wi-fi and GPS connectivity. You’d be hard-pushed to tell the camera apart from some of the more expensive IXUS models, that is until you take a closer look at the image quality, which is fine in bright conditions but quickly falls apart when the going get a little tougher.


Canon Ixus 140 display

Canon Ixus 140

Canon ELPH 130 IS named IXUS 140 in Europe

Canon ELPH 130 IS


Fujifilm X100S

The Fujifilm X100S is the successor to the popular X100 camera and features a retro design, a metal body almost idenical to its predecessor, but has dramatic improvements.

The Fujifilm X100S comes with a new 16 MP APS-C-sized X-Trans CMOS sensor and a new EXR Processor II to provide high quality images and faster response time. There is a short list of compact cameras that use an APS-C sensor, which is about 10x bigger than those found in most compacts.

The Fuji X100S has an Hybrid Viewfinder which provides both the simplicity of an OVF with the technological advancements of an EVF. Also is available a 460k-dot TFT LCD monitor to provide clear and sharp live view monitoring. The lens is a built-in 23mm f/2 fixed focal length that provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 35 mm, which is ideally suited as an everyday-use wide-angle lens.

The Fujifilm X100S can record full 1920 x 1080 HD movies at 60 fps with stereo sound. A high bit-rate of 36 Mbs enables greater clarity when shooting video. X100S also has an Intelligent Hybrid AF system, that is a quicq autofocus system and employs both contrast- and phase-detection methods.

The buttons of Fuji X100S

Fuji X100S


Fujifilm X100S specifications:

  • Sensor: 23.6mm x 15.8mm (APS-C) X-Trans CMOS II
  • Sensitivity: ISO 200 – 6400 (standard) – 25600 (extended)
  • File Format: JPEG; RAW; H.264
  • Storage media: SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card
  • Monitor: 2.8-inch; 460k dot TFT color LCD
  • Connectivity: USB 2.0 High-Speed; HDMI mini connector.
The new X100S from Fujifilm

Fujifilm X100 S


Fujifilm X100S reviews:

The Fuji X100S is constructed from magnesium alloy and has a very high quality feel with retro styling. Exposure is set using a shutter speed dial and aperture ring. More about this you can read on Fuji X100S review from This website concludes:

We liked the retro design and control arrangement of the Fuji X100S. Its image quality is also good, but it is surpassed by that of the Fuji X-Pro1, which is capable of producing pictures that aren’t far off those from some full-frame cameras.


The Fujifilm X100S produces images of good quality, with noise-free images from ISO 200 to 3200. The RAW files is also excellent, with usable images throughout the entire range of ISO 200 – 6400. More about image quality of X100S you can find on, that concludes:

The X100S now offers a compelling mix of intuitive handling, impeccable image quality, a truly innovative viewfinder and quick performance.


If you are interested about manual focus or autofocus of Fuji X100S, you can find interesting explanations and demos on website.

Fujifilm X100S buttons

Fujifilm X100S

The LCD monitor of Fujifilm X100S

Fujifilm X100 S

Fujifilm X100S

Fujifilm X100S

Fujifilm X100S picture

Fujifilm X100S


Nikon Coolpix S6500

The Nikon Coolpix S6500 is a new point-and-shoot digital camera that allows the enthusiasts to take beautiful pictures and to upload in a few seconds via internet. The S6500 has a small compact metal body and it is ideal to carry in a pocket.

The Nikon S6500 comes with a 16 MP backside illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor that enables to capture low-light shots without flash. However, the S6500 has a built-in flash to provide an extra illumination in very low-light conditions. The Nikon S6500 features a high-performance 12x zoom NIKKOR glass lens that covers a long focal range from a wide angle 25mm to 350 mm, and has lens-shift Vibration Reduction (VR) technology to reduce the effects of camera shake including image blur.

The Nikon Coolpix S6500 sports a large 3.0″ TFT LCD screen with 96% coverage and 460,000 pixels and built-in Wi-Fi connectivity for easy transfer images and videos. The S6500 can capture Full HD movies with stereo sound by simply pressing the dedicated movie record button. The S6500 includes many user-friendly shooting features and controls such as Glamour Retouch effects for portraits, Brighten Face, Whiten Eyes and so on.

The Nikon Coolpix S6500 is available in silver, red, black, white, blue and orange.

Nikon Coolpix S6500 orange

Coolpix S6500


Nikon Coolpix S6500 specifications:

  • Sensor: 1/2.3-inch BSI CMOS sensor, 16 MP
  • Lens: Nikkor ED glass lens; 8 elements in 8 groups
  • Zoom: 12x optical zoom; 4x digital zoom
  • Vibration Reduction: Lens-shift VR
  • Monitor: 3.0-inch TFT LCD; 460,000 dots
  • Storage: SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card
  • File format: still – JPEG; Audio – WAV; Movies – MOV (MPEG-4/AAC stereo)
  • Sensitivity: ISO 125 to 3200
  • Interface: Hi-Speed USB; A/V output; HDMI micro connector (Type D)


Nikon Coolpix S6500 with 12x optical zoom lens

Nikon Coolpix S6500

Nikon Coolpix S6500 reviews

At this time, the Coolpix S6500 full reviews from experts are not available.

The LCD monitor of Nikon S6500

Nikon S6500 screen

Nikon S6500 photo image

Nikon S6500


Canon PowerShot N

The Canon PowerShot N is the first step in a new series of Canon’s point-and-shoot digital cameras. This compact camera has an unique square design, an innovative zoom and shoot operation lens rings and a tilting touchscreen. With a wide-angle zoom lens and Wi-Fi connectivity, this new type of camera from Canon is designed to stimulate creative photography and to simplify image sharing to social media network.

The Canon PowerShot N comes with a 12.1 MP high-sensitivity CMOS sensor and with the DIGIC5 Image Processor, which together make it possible to obtain photo and video images with accurate color and rich detail. The PowerShot N also features an 8x optical zoom lens with a maximum aperture of f/3.0 and the Intelligent Image Stabilization system, which offers six separate stabilization modes.

The Canon PowerShot N features a new Creative Shot mode which allows anyone to impress with unique and creative images. When an image is captured in Creative Shot mode, the camera analyses the scene and determines which of a host of creative elements could offer a different creative angle.

The Canon PowerShot N is available in black or white.

The Canon PowerShot N has an unique design

Canon PowerShot N


Canon PowerShot N specifications:

  • Sensor: 12.1 effective MP, 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor
  • Zoom: 8x Optical, 4x Digital Zoom, 32x Combined Zoom
  • Monitor: 2.8-inch TFT Tilt Capacitive Touch LCD, 461k dots, 100% coverage
  • Sensitivity: ISO 80 – 6400
  • Flash: built-in
  • Storage: microSD/microSDHC/microSDXC memory card
  • File format: JPEG; MOV (H.264)
  • Interface: Hi-Speed USB
  • Power Source: Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery NB-9L


Canon PowerShot N black

PowerShot N


Canon PowerShot N reviews

The website remarks the unique design of PowerShot N and says that the dominant feature is the 2.8-inch touchscreen LCD that takes up the entire rear face of the camera.

The website reviews the Canon PowerShot N and says:

Despite the simplicity of the touchscreen interface and the high build quality, some may find its size and shape makes it a little awkward to hold. This could be a deciding factor for some, but we think there will be others that love it, and for these people it may help put some fun and spontaneity into their photography.

Another short Canon N review comes from website. On this review you can read more about design and performance of PowerShot N


PowerShot N new compact camera from Canon

Canon N

The LCD capacitive display of Canon Powershot N

Canon PowerShot N display

Canon PowerShot N white

Canon PowerShot N white


Olympus OM-D E-M5

The Olympus OM-D E-M5 mirrorless Micro Four Thirds compact digital camera is based around a 16.1 MP Four Thirds sized MOS sensor and sports the popular mirrorless technology that allows for a compact and light body. This camera offers one of the fastest auto-focus system and a 5-axis image stabilization system that compensates vertical, horizontal and rotational camera shake.

The Olympus OM-D E-M5 also features a dust- and splash- proof magnesium-alloy body, a 1.44 million-dot electronic viewfinder (EVF), a 3-inch articulated OLED touchscreen display (that tilts vertically up 90 degrees and down 45 degrees) and a sensitivity range of ISO 200 – 25600.

The Olympus E-M5 also can record 1080p video and can shoot continuously at speeds up to 9fps. The E-M5 also has the Live Guide, that lets users to try out picture adjustments with the aid of an onscreen slider bar to adjust the likes of depth of field and see the results in real time before pressing the shutter release button. The Olympus E-M5 offers a wide range of exposure modes, including iAuto, Program, Aperture-priority, Shutter-priority, Manual, Time, Scene Select and so on. Exposures are determined using a 324-area multi pattern metering system. The metering system has a working range of EV 0 to 20 and the Olympus E-M5 allows users to fine-tune the metering system to suit their own tastes, courtesy of an additive +/-1 EV adjustment in 1/6 EV steps. The Olympus E-M5 is available in silver or black.

E-M5 body
E-M5 Olympus body picture

E-M5 body


Olympus OM-D E-M5 key features:

  • Type: Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lens camera
  • Sensor: 4/3 Live MOS sensor, 17.3mm x 13.0mm, 16.1 effective MP
  • File format: RAW, JPEG, MPO, MOV, AVI
  • Storage: SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card, UHS-I compatible
  • Monitor: 3.0-inch tilting OLED monitor, 610k dots, 100% field of view
  • Sensitivity: ISO 200 – 25600
  • Microphone: built-in, stereo
  • Speaker: built-in, mono
  • Interface: USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, Micro HDMI (TYPE D)


Olympus OM-D E-M5 with lens

Olympus E-M5


Olympus OM-D E-M5 reviews

Olympus has long championed the cause of small, portable DSLR-like cameras, and the E-M5 is very much an extension of that philosophy. Overall build quality is very high, with the E-M5’s magnesium alloy outer casing fully weather-sealed against dirt and moisture. More about this, you can read on Olympus E-M5 review by

Another great Olympus OM-D E-M5 review comes from website. The experts of this website noted that the E-M5 features one of the better electronic viewfinder on the market and a good OLED display screen. These experts conclude:

The E-M5 is, without question, the most accomplished Micro Four Thirds camera we’ve yet seen and, given how well established the system has become, it vies for the title of most capable mirrorless option yet. It’s not entirely without flaws and, predictably, most of those relate to continuous autofocus. But, for the most part, the E-M5 is simply an awful lot of camera in a compact and attractive body. It’s a nice camera to use and the images it takes are just as enjoyable. Without any reservations whatsoever, it deserves our Gold Award.


The Olympus OM-D E-M5 produces images of excellent quality with vibrant colours and noise undetectable from ISO 200 through ISO 1600. More about performance of Olympus E-M5 you can find on website. This website concludes:

he OM-D E-M5 is the best Olympus compact system camera to date, and also a strong contender for best compact system camera full stop. It delivers a compelling mix of classic looks, excellent image quality, an extensive feature set and immediate responsiveness, with the camera so well designed that it rarely gets in the way of the creative process.


The opinions of some professional photographers you can find on and websites.


OM-D E-M5 from Olympus


Olympus E-M5 picture

Olympus E-M5

Olympus E-M5 has a tiltable OLED monitor

Olympus E-M5 LCD monitor

Olympus E-M5 with lens

Olympus E-M5 with lens

Olympus OMD E-M5 picture

Olympus OMD E-M5

Olympus OM-D E-M5

Olympus OM-D E-M5


Canon PowerShot A1400

The Canon PowerShot A1400 is a compact, easy-to-use point-and-shoot camera that features a 28mm wide-angle lens with 5x optical zoom and, unlike the majority of affordable-priced cameras, has an optical viewfinder. The 1400 also features a 16 MP CCD sensor and the DIGIC 4 Image Processor which provides clear high resolution images and HD 720p video.

The Canon A1400 features a 2.7″ LCD screen and ECO mode, that conserves the batteries by dimming down the LCD when not in use. The camera is equipped with Scene Modes, which offer image control and add an artistic look to photos. The Canon A1400 is powered by two AA batteries.

The A1400 compact point-and-shoot camera from Canon

Canon PowerShot A1400


Canon PowerShot A1400 specifications:

  • Sensor: 16.0 MP, 1/2.3-inch CCD Sensor
  • Zoom: 5x optical, 4x digital and 20x combined zoom
  • Monitor: 2.7-inch TFT LCD; 230,000 dots; 100% coverage
  • Sensitivity: ISO 100 – 6400
  • File Format: still images – JPEG; movie – MOV (H.264/Linear PCM)
  • Storage Media: SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card


Canon A1400 LCD detail

Canon A1400 display

Canon A1400 image



Samsung NX300

The NX300 is a compact system mirrorless interchangeable lens camera that was launched at CES 2013. The NX300 is the Samsung flagship compact camera that offers a 20.3 MP APS-C CMOS sensor and the DRIMe IV image processing engine, for sharp, low-noise images with accurate colors. Thanks to the DRIMe IV engine, the Samsung NX300 is capable of 3D photo and video capture when used with the new 45 mm f/1.8 2D/3D lens (the world’s first one-lens 3D system).

The Samsung NX300 also features a 3.31″ AMOLED Tilt touchscreen Display and can record Full HD 1080p 60fps videos. The NX300 has a fast dual-channel Wi-Fi connectivity that allows users to share their photo instantly and securely between the digital camera and smartphone or tablet.

The Samsung NX300 offers “hybrid” autofocus consisting of 247 contrast-detection AF points and 105 phase-detection points provides much faster and more positive focus in favorable lighting conditions. The Samsung NX300 also allows for continuous shooting of up to 9 frame per second and a shutter speed that ranges from 30 seconds to 1/6000 of a second.

Samsung NX300 mirrorless digital camera

Samsung NX300


Samsung NX300 key features:

  • Sensor: CMOS; 23.5 x 15.7 mm; 20.3 effective MP
  • Digital zoom: 2x
  • Lens: Samsung NX Mount lenses
  • Sensitivity: ISO 100 – 25600
  • Display: AMOLED Tiltable touchscreen with 100% field of view; 768k dots
  • File format: Still – JPEG, RAW; movie – MP4(H.264)
  • Microphone: built-in, stereo
  • Storage: SD, SDHC, SDXC memory card
  • Interfaces: USB 2.0, HDMI 1.4a
Samsung NX300 with 2D/3D lens

Samsung NX300


Samsung NX300 reviews

Because Samsung NX300 is a new model, the full expert reviews are not available yet. However, some technical details you can find on website. Other things about NX300 you can read on as well as on the website.


Samsung NX300 white

Samsung NX300

NX300 detail controls

NX300 detail

NX300 body


Samsung NX300 image


The AMOLED display of Samsung NX300

Samsung NX300

Samsung NX300 with interchangeable lens

Samsung NX300 interchangeable lens

Samsung NX300  foto

Samsung NX300


Pentax MX-1

The Pentax MX-1 is a compact point-and-shoot camera that reminds us of an era where cameras had metal top and baseplates with leather around the middle. Particularly, MX1 reminds us of the legendary MX, a 35mm film SLR, that was the company’s flagship camera in the late 1970s.

The MX-1 is the first premium compact camera from Pentax, and features a 4x optical zoom lens and a 12 MP back-illuminated CMOS image sensor. The new Pentax MX-1 also features an ISO range of 100 – 12800, 1080p movie recording, sensor-shift shake reduction system and a 3.0-inch tilting LCD monitor.

The Pentax MX-1 also features an infrared remote control system with two built-in sensors, that allows the shutter to be wirelessly triggered from behind or in front of the camera using the same remotes as used with Pentax’s DSLRs.

Pentax’s Custom Images are 5 preset combinations of different sharpness, contrast, saturation and colour tone settings. The Pentax MX-1 also can be set to compensate the distortion of its lens.

The Pentax MX-1 is available in black or black and silver.

Pentax MX-1 photo

Pentax MX-1


Pentax MX-1 specs

  • Sensor: 1/1.7″ Backlit CMOS, 12.0 effective MP
  • Lens: Pentax zoom lens, 11 elements in 8 groups
  • Zoom: 4x optical; 1.95x digital
  • Aperture: F8 to F1.8 (wide)
  • Monitor: 3.0″ Tiltable color TFT, 920000 dots
  • Storage: SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card
  • Sensitivity: ISO 100 – 12800
  • File format: still – RAW, JPEG; movie – MPEG4 AVC/H264
  • Interfaces: NTSC/PAL video out; USB 2.0 Hi-Speed; HDMI Type D


The LCD monitor of Pentax MX-1

MX-1 display


Pentax MX-1 reviews:

The Pentax MX-1 produces photos of good quality, with noise well controlled, and starting to appear at ISO 800. The night images is excellent, with the maximum shutter speed of 30 seconds, allowing to capture enough light in all situations. More about this you can read on Pentax MX-1 review from This website concludes:

 If you’re looking for a good-looking, well-built, advanced compact camera, and you can afford to take a slightly more leisurely view of the world, then the new Pentax MX-1 is well worth considering.


Another MX-1 review comes from website. The experts of this website notes that one notable feature are the two infrared sensors, one front, one back. On this website you can read more details about body, design and controls of Pentax MX-1.


Pentax MX-1 tilt LCD

Pentax MX-1 tilt LCD


Pentax MX-1 lens photo

The MX-1's controls

Pentax MX-1 controls

Pentax MX-1 image

Pentax MX-1

The tiltable display of Pentax MX-1

Pentax MX-1 tilting display


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