Olympus XZ-10

The Olympus XZ-10 is a powerful compact premium camera which offers full manual control and a very small metal body that is comfortable enough to carry in a pocket. The Olympus XZ-10 is 40% smaller than its big brother, the XZ-2, but has many of its advanced features.

The XZ-10 comes with a 12 megapixel 1/2.3″ High-Speed backside-illuminated CMOS sensor and TruePic VI image processor, to produce high resolution images with notable low-light sensitivity and quality. Also present on this camera is the built-in iZuko 5x optical zoom lens, that covers wide-angle to telephoto perspectives for working in a variety of shooting situation. This lens features a maximum aperture of f/1.8-2.7 and Dual IS image stabilization system. A Multi-Motion Movie IS, that is a dedicated image stabilization mode for use when recording videos, is also on board.

The Olympus XZ-10 also features a 3.0″ 912k-dot touchscreen LCD integrated into the design and can record Full HD 1920 x 1080p, as well as HD 720p, in the MOV format with stereo sound, via a dedicated movie button.

The XZ-10 is the first Olympus to feature “Photo Story”, a mode that creates composite images from two or three photos taken together. The Olympus XZ-10 uses a 35-point contrast detection auto focus system, with the macro-focusing performance improved compared to the XZ-2. Surprising is the inclusion of manual focus on this compact camera, that is a feature appreciated by the experienced photographers.

The  Olympus Stylus XZ-10 premium compact camera



Olympus XZ-10 specifications:

  • Sensor: 1/2.3″ CMOS, 12 MP
  • Zoom: 5x optical zoom
  • Sensitivity: ISO 100 – 6400
  • Monitor: 3.0″ Touch Panel LCD, 920000 dots
  • File format: still image – JPEG, RAW; movie – MOV (MPEG-4AVC/H.264)
  • Storage: SD/SDXC/SDHC memory card
  • Microphone: built-in, stereo
  • Connectivity: USB 2.0 High Speed; HDMI Micro Connector (Type D)


An image of Olympus XZ-10

Olympus XZ-10


Olympus XZ-10 reviews:

The Olympus XZ-10 produced images of good quality when it was tested by the experts of the photographyblog.com website. JPEGs taken at the base sensitivity of ISO 100 exhibit great colour and nice tonality, and strike a good balance between noise reduction and detail retention. This website concludes:

The Olympus XZ-10 is a competitive addition to the ever-growing numbers of “premium” compact cameras aimed at the more discerning photographer. You could certainly do a lot worse than carry an Olympus XZ-10 in your pocket…

Despite its small size, the XZ-10 is still weighty enough to give a quality feel. The grip is much less pronounced than on the Olympus XZ-2, but a rubberised texture helps to give purchase, especially when you’re shooting one-handed. You can read more about this on the techradar.com website, that concludes:

The premium compact camera market is one that is packed with some serious competition, but the Olympus XZ-10 more than holds its own against most of the competition. Images are great, and for the most part handling is also a good experience, while bonuses such as the touchscreen and art filters make it more appealing than some of its rivals.

The Olympus XZ-10 with the 5x optical zoom lens

Olympus XZ-10

The buttons of XZ-10

Olympus XZ-10

Olympus XZ-10 display

Olympus XZ-10 display

Olympus Stylus XZ-10 in white

Olympus XZ-10


Panasonic HC-V700M

The Panasonic HC-V700M is a High Definition camcorder that can record full 1080p video and comes with a versatile wide-angle 21x optical zoom lens. This camcorder also features an Hybrid O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) that helps prevent bluring. The combination of Hybrid O.I.S. and optical zoom gives the ability to take fantastic zoom shoots even in less lighting conditions.

The Panasonic HC-V700M also has 16 GB built-in memory (the HC-V700 version has only the external memory, via SD/SDHC or SDXC memory card). This video camera comes with a 15.3-megapixel 1/2.33-inch CMOS High Sensitivity image sensor, that makes it possible to capture stunning indoor and nighttime shots regardless of dark lighting conditions.

The HC-V700M can record 3D images using an optional 3D conversion lens and it can also convert 2D images recorded by the user into 3D images. Also present on this camcorder is the iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode with Face Recognition, that selects the most suitable shooting mode with the press of a button. Face Recognition finds the faces of registered people and optimizes the focus and exposure for them.

This camcorder has an high-performance 3-inch LCD with 460k-dot resolution, that is touch-enabled and also it is sharp and bright enough for outdoor use.

The HC-V700M camcorder from Panasonic

HC-V700M camcorder


Panasonic HC-V700M key features:

  • Sensor: 1/2.33″ High Sensitivity MOS sensor; 15.3 MP
  • Optical zoom: 21x
  • Digital zoom: 60x
  • Filter Diameter: 46 mm
  • Minimum Illumination: 4 lx
  • Image Stabilizer: Hybrid O.I.S. with O.I.S. lock
  • Storage: Built-in memory (16 GB); SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card
  • File format: AVCHD Progressive; JPEG
  • Microphone: 2 ch Stereo built-in
  • Connectivity: HDMI mini; USB 2.0 High-Speed
The Panasonic HC-V700M camcoredr



Panasonic HC-V700M reviews:

In their review of the HC-V700M, experts of pcmag.com website say:

In terms of pure video performance, it’s hard to find fault with the Panasonic HC-V700M. It delivered some of the sharpest and most detail-rich video we’ve seen in a midrange consumer camcorder.

The camcorderinfo.com website notes that the optical image stabilization of HC-V700M works very well for a mid-range camcorder and it is able to reduce the shakiness by more than 50% in both their high-shake and low-shake tests.

Another HC-V700M review comes from techradar.com, that concludes:

And most of all, motion is handled just brilliantly. Video is totally smooth, and the high bitrates mean there’s little artefacting, even in fast pans. And it’s always nice to be able to have some slow motion without impacting image quality.

You can see also a video review of HC-V700M on trustedreview.com website.

The HC-V700M camcorder


Panasonic HC-V700M

Panasonic HC-V700M

An image of Panasonic HC-V700M

Panasonic HC-V700M

Panasonic HC-V700M HD detail

Panasonic HC-V700M HD


Sony HDR-PJ650

The Sony HDR-PJ650 HD camcorder is a Full HD 1920 x 1080 video camera that comes with 32GB of internal flash memory and with an integrated projector that has 20 lumens of brightness. The PJ650 HD also features BIONZ image processor and a back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor for improved low light sensitivity.

With the wide-angle Sony G 12x optical zoom lens, this camcorders provides sharp images. The included lens hood helps to protect against lens flares that can degrade the image. This video camera is configured with an electronic viewfinder and 3.0″ flip out touchscreen LCD and also features the Sony’s Balanced Optical SteadyShot image stabilization system with Active Mode that provides for improved camera shake reduction and smooth moving images.

Also present on the camera is a built-in 5.1 channel surround sound microphone with manually adjustable audio level controls. The connectivity is improved by the presence of a built-in high-speed USB 2.0 cable and available Sony’s Wi-Fi module (sold separately).

The Sony HDR-PJ650 can record high definition 1920 x 1080 24p/60p videos and can capture 20.4 MP still image at the same time. Videos can be recorded in the AVCHD format (that provides high-quality video for a large screen HDTVs) or MP4 format (that is great to share on social network or to store on the cloud).

Sony HDR-PJ650 high-definition camcorder

Sony HDR-PJ650 HD


Sony HDR-PJ650 key features:

  • Lens: G Lens
  • Zoom: 12x optical zoom; 160x digital zoom
  • Aperture: F1.8-F3.4
  • Lens Stabilization: Balanced Optical SteadyShot image stabilization system with Active mode
  • Flash: built-in
  • Sensor: 1/3.91″ (4.6 mm) back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor; 5020K pixels (16:9)
  • Viewfinder: 0.2″ (0.5 cm); color 201,600 dots
  • LCD Display: XtraFine LCD display; 3.0″ 921 k touchscreen; 100% coverage
  • Projector: up to 20 lumen light output; 640×360 resolution output
  • Connectivity: USB 2.0 Hi-Speed; HDMI micro; composite video out
  • Storage: Internal Flash Memory (32GB); Memory Stick Pro Duo; SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card


Sony HDR-PJ650 HD camcorder with a projector

Sony HDR-PJ650 camcorder


Sony HDR-PJ650 reviews:

The camcorderinfo.com website reviews the Sony HDR-PJ650 camcorder and writes:

The most important addition is the new multi-control wheel on the front side, below and to the left of the lens. This feature was a good idea when it debuted at the high end of Sony’s camcorder lineup, though it’s the first time we’ve seen it on a $1,000-ish model.


Another Sony HDR-PJ650 review comes from digitalversus.com website, that concludes:

The Sony HDR-PJ650VE is a very good camcorder that has a nice range of functions and features (GPS, 12x zoom, 5.1 sound, mic. and headphones sockets, built-in projector, SD recording more, etc.). The optical stabilisation system is particularly effective here, but picture quality isn’t quite on par with its main rival, the Panasonic X920, which also boasts Wi-Fi connectivity.


The Sony HDR-PJ650 has a built-in projector

Sony HDR-PJ650

The HDR-PJ650 HD camera by Sony

Sony PJ650 HD handycam


Olympus TG-830 iHS

The Olympus TG-830 iHS is a mid-level rugged camera of Olympus’ Tough lineup that has a solid metal body with a rubber grip on the front and a metal bar on the rear that helps hold the camera and attaching a hand strap. The Olympus TG-830 iHS point-and-shoot digital camera can shoot underwater to a depth of 33′ (10 m) and it is shock-proof to a drop of 6.9 feet (2.1 m) and crush-proof up to 220 pounds (100 kgf). This camera also can operate normally in temperatures as low as 14° F (-10° C) and a protective seal keeps it sand- and dust-proof.

The Olympus TG-830 iHS has a 16 MP Back Side Illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor and the powerful TruePic VI Image Processor, that together provide detalied, true-color images and fast performance speeds. The TG-830 iHS comes with a 5x optical zoom lens with 11 elements in 8 groups and a 35mm-equivalent focal range of 28 to 140 mm. Super Resolution Zoom function is also available to double the optical zoom if necessary. Also present on TG-830 iHS is the Dual Image Stabilization system, which offers clearer images by reducing the bluring effects of camera shake when shooting at telephoto lengths and in low light situations.

The Olympus TG-830 iHS has a 3.0″ LCD at 460k-pixel resolution with wide-angle viewing and anti-glare technology. The TG-830 iHS also can capture Full HD 1080p video via a dedicated one-touch button. This camera is also equipped with a GPS and e.compass functions and it is available in silver, black, blue or red.

The Olympus TG-830 iHS rugged camera

Olympus TG-830 iHS


Olympus TG-830 iHS specifications:

  • Sensor: 16 MP, 1/2.3 CMOS
  • Zoom: 5x Optical Zoom + 2x Super Resolution Zoom + 4x Digital Zoom
  • Aperture range: f3.9 – f5.9
  • Display: 3.0″ 460k Dots Hyper Crystal III LCD
  • File format: still image – JPEG; video – MOV/H.264
  • Sensitivity: ISO 125 to ISO 6400
  • Connectivity: USB 2.0 High-Speed, HDMI Type D
  • Storage: SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card
Olympus TG-830 iHS water-proof, shock-proof and crush-proof camera

Olympus TG-830 iHS


Olympus TG-830 iHS reviews

You can see sample images made with Olympus TG-830 iHS on ephotozine.com website, and you can find more technical details on pcmag.com.

TG-830 iHS photo

TG-830 iHS

The controls of Olympus TG-830 iHS

Olympus TG-830 iHS

The LCD display of Olympus TG-830 iHS

Olympus TG-830 iHS display

Olympus TG-830 iHS red

Olympus TG-830 iHS red


Olympus SH-50 iHS

The Olympus SH-50 iHS is a premium compact point-and-shoot digital camera that features a powerful 24x optical zoom lens, which is combined with an advanced image stabilization mechanism to compensate for image blur in all situations. This 3-Axis image stabilization system offers clearer images when shooting at long telephoto lengths and in low light situations. Truly impressive is the 5-Axis stabilization system for video mode that allows to shoot while walking.

The Olympus SH-50 iHS also features a 16 MP Back Side Illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor combined with the TruePic VI Image Processor. This travel-zoom camera has a 3.0-inch LCD touch screen with a Live Guide graphic user interface, to help change settings and capture stunning pictures.

Also present on the SH-50 iHS is an one-touch button, that allows recording Full HD 1080p video. The High Speed 720 p HD video also is suported at 120 fps for slow-motion playback. This camera allows to shoot still photos while recording video by simply pushing the shutter release.

One-touch Panorama is also supported by SH-50 iHS, and Hand-held Starlight Modes creates clear night and low-light images without a tripod by blending together a series of shots into one crisp image.

The SH-50 iHS premium compact camera from Olympus

Olympus SH-50 iHS


Olympus SH-50 iHS specs:

  • Sensor: 16 MP CMOS; 1/2.3-inch
  • Zoom: 24x optical zoom; 2x super resolution zoom; 4x digital zoom
  • Aperture Range: f3.0 – f6.9
  • Display: 3.0″ 460K Dots LCD
  • Sensitivity: ISO 125 – 6400
  • File format: still image – JPEG; video – MOV/H.264
  • Storage: Internal Memory (39.3 MB); SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card
  • Connectivity: USB 2.0 Hi-Speed; Audio/Video Output; HDMI Type D


Olympus SH-50 iHS reviews

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The 24x optical zoom lens of  Olympus SH-50 iHS

Olympus SH-50 iHS

Olympus SH 50 iHS black photo

Olympus SH 50 iHS

The 3.0" LCD of Olympus SH-50 iHS

Olympus SH 50 iHS


Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS / IXUS 255 HS

The Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS (also known as the IXUS 255 HS) is a stylish compact point-and-shoot camera that is easy for anyone to use. Succeeding the popular ELPH 320 HS, the new Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS (HS means High Sensitivity) comes with a 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5 image processor for high quality imagery with notable low-light performance.

With a compact metal body, the ELPH 330 HS is small and light enough to carry in a pocket. With a 10x optical zoom lens, this camera provides a zoom range suitable for most situations. Also present on the Canon ELPH 330 HS is the Intelligent IS system that automatically chooses from six different shooting modes to optimize image stabilization settings for the type of shooting.

Other features on the Canon ELPH 330 HS include improved 1080p Full HD video recording capabilities with stereo sound (via built-in stereo microphone) and full zooming abilities during recording. One of the improvements of 330 HS compared with the old 320 HS is the built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, that allows the camera to connect to either iOS or Android smartphones or tablets with a fast one-time setup. The ELPH 330 HS can also upload photos to social sites, like Facebook.

The Canon ELPH 330 HS is available in silver, black and pink.

The ELPH 330 HS compact camera from Canon

Canon ELPH 330 HS/ IXUS 255 HS


Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS specifications:

  • Sensor: 12.1 MP, 1/2.3-inch CMOS
  • Zoom: 10x optical; 4x digital
  • Monitor: 3.0-inch TFT color LCD with wide-viewing angle; 460,000 dots; 100% coverage
  • Sensitivity: ISO 80 – ISO 6400
  • Storage: SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card
  • File format: still images – JPEG; Movies – MOV
  • Interface: Hi-Speed USB, HDMI Mini connector
  • Dimension (W x H x D): 3.83 x 2.22 x 0.89 in.
The LCD monitor of Canon ELPH 330 HS

Canon ELPH 330 LCD monitor


Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS reviews

You can read more about Canon ELPH 330 HS on the Photographyblog website. The experts of this website say that ELPH 330 HS is

a perfect little camera for stealing away on holiday when you want exceptional picture quality without lugging all your gear around. The 10x optical zoom will bring far away wildlife to a comfortable distance without spooking them or without you actually having to walk to them.


Another website that writes in detail about Canon ELPH 330 HS is digitaltrends.com. You can find more technical details and also sample videos and images on this website.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS also known as IXUS 255 HS


Canon ELPH 330 HS with 10x optical zoom

Canon ELPH 330 HS-Ixus 255 hs

Canon Ixus 255 HS compact camera

Canon Ixus 255 HS

Canon ELPH 330 HS pink

Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS


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