Digital Cameras

Pentax X70 Camera - Reviewed

Written by Ashleigh on . Posted in Digital Cameras

Read more: Pentax X70 Camera - ReviewedWith the reputation Pentax holds with its K-Series of DSLRs, I was more than intrigued to get my hands on the Pentax X70 and its ‘ultra zoom’ capabilities. This 12 megapixel, 24x optical zoom yet surprisingly lightweight beauty seemed to provide an ideal solution for someone in my position – a bridge between the compact digital camera and the DSLR.

Being someone that has always taken a liking to photography but have never had the time to break into the DSLR market, this review has been written for those like me – people that are ready to move up from a compact digital camera but may not have the skills or funds for a DSLR.

So how did this camera go?

Ricoh CX2 and Ricoh GXR Digital Cameras - Reviewed

Written by Joe Baker on . Posted in Digital Cameras

Read more: Ricoh CX2 and Ricoh GXR Digital Cameras - Reviewed

Our original intention was to do two separate co-related reviews on the two Ricoh family cameras, but we have decided that readers will get more value from the two reviews if we intertwine the comparison as we go.

That said, in the CX2 we are comparing what we initially believe to be a very compact, no-frills, point and shoot camera with the GXR, an extremely high end modular semi professional camera that has similar capabilities to a high end SLR.

If you are a professional photographer, then this review is not really for you due to other than looking at the specification comparison the rest of the review would seem to be below your expertise.  It was always my intention to review these two cameras from the average person on the street’s perspective.  So rather than get bogged down in F stops, apertures etc, we will cover the cameras from an ability to get what you want by setting either camera to “Auto” as we believe that is how the majority of people would use most cameras.

So with both the cameras sent to us by in hand let’s take them into the field for comparison.

Sanyo Xacti VPC-FH1 Camcorder – Reviewed

Written by Joe Baker on . Posted in Digital Cameras

Read more: Sanyo Xacti VPC-FH1 Camcorder – Reviewed

You know, it’s hard to “future proof” anything these days and we seem to see electronic goods becoming pretty well redundant within six months, so we thought we would pick through an online store known for its multitude of products in this field and see if we could pick something out that would have all the “bells and whistles” to stay current for a while. We wanted a high end digital camera and also a digital camcorder that was top of the tree in high video definition i.e. 1920 x 1080i and if possible 1920 x 1080p, with a high frame rate so that we would have the best available quality when using the video recorder on new downstream products with Full High Definition capabilities. With an overriding condition that we didn’t want to pay “arms and a leg” in $’s, we believe that in the dual camera, Sanyo Xacti VPC-FH1 we have selected a reasonably priced product that based on specifications we thought could be outstanding for its operational future proofing and potential capabilities. We didn’t allow the people at “Gibbscamerahouse” to have any input so we knew we would be entirely free from any well intentioned possible bias.

Boldly we made our own selection.

So did we “stuff it up” or what??

Swann PRO-620 & PRO-640 Long Range Security Cameras - Reviewed

Written by Joe Baker on . Posted in Digital Cameras


The following review will cover a comparison between the older standard system packaged Colour outdoor (Coc)cameras and the specific purpose designed professional PRO 620 and the PRO 640.,supplied courtesy of

Whilst we are at it we will also cover the installation and adjustment for the best type of camera and finding the most suited position in order to effectively read an intruder’s car number plate. 

Casio Exilim EX-H10 Mega Zoomer - Reviewed

Written by Martin Regtien on . Posted in Digital Cameras

Read more: Casio Exilim EX-H10 Mega Zoomer - Reviewed First Impressions
One of the most successful product ranges in the point and shoot category has to be the Casio Exilim.  We've done a few reviews in the past few years but it's been a while since the last one, which we still use on occasion. But when they announced the EX -- H10 some months ago we knew we had to get one in on our desk.  It seems perfect on all fronts: 12.1 megapixels, 10 x zoom, wide-angle and a long battery life.  And that's just for starters, so let's hop to it and give it a decent shake (no worries there: it also has an anti-shake feature!)

Canon EOS 450D Digital SLR - Brief review / Impressions

Written by Kevin Cheng on . Posted in Digital Cameras

Read more: Canon EOS 450D Digital SLR - Brief review / Impressions

Some of our regular readers may know that I have made occasional references to my interest in photography.  After a few years of letting work take over my life and getting by with nothing but my mobile phone camera, I finally decided on an entry-level DSLR to ease my way back into the hobby.  For my birthday this year I was given a Canon EOS 450D with a twin lens kit.

It has been 5 years since Canon first released the first "affordable" digital SLR in the form of the EOS 300D (Digital Rebel), the EOS 450D also known as the Rebel XSi (US) and Kiss X2 Digital (Japan), is the fourth generation Canon DSLR at the lower end of the EOS range.  I am going to refer to it as the EOS 450D, the name by which it is marketed in Australia.

This is not intended to be a complete technical review of the Canon EOS 450D.  There are plenty of professional photographers out there who can provide far more technical details and comparisons.  This is intended as an overview of my impressions as an owner and user of an EOS 450D.

Video recording, Bond Style - Brando’s Mini Video Recorder - Reviewed

Written by Paul Moons on . Posted in Digital Cameras

Read more: Video recording, Bond Style - Brando’s Mini Video Recorder - ReviewedDigital cameras are everywhere. In any public space there is a good chance that someone next to you has a camera phone hidden away in their pocket, ready to record at a moment’s notice. Brando’s Mini Video Recorder is a bit different. While it too sits casually in a pocket, it is designed to record without anybody else knowing it is doing so.

Read on to find out more about this sneaky sucker.. 

Olympus EVOLT E-510 Training Video Review

Written by Martin Regtien on . Posted in Digital Cameras

Read more: Olympus EVOLT E-510 Training Video ReviewOne of my cameras is the Olympus E-510, in some countries also known as the EVOLT E-510. It's a very capable DSLR with some unique features. We have written about one of its predecessors, the E-300 more than two years ago and I've always been enamoured by the LiveView feature which was quite revolutionary in those days.  Normally I am quite happy to read the manual but this time around I also watched a couple of training DVDs from

Was it worth the $50 that they cost?

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