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CONTENTS
MAY 2OfO • ISSUE 161

elcome •••
to the May issue of Britain's favourite guide to digital cameras
and accessories, and how to use them. This month we test
Canon's new EOS 550D and discover that its really rather good!
Also on the testing bench are the impressive Sony Alpha 450
and Olympus E-PL1, along with a quartet of superzoom compacts
that are perfect for taking on holiday,
Top portrait photographer Trevor Yerbury shows just what
can be achieved with one camera, one lens and a feel for
natural light, while Jeremy Walker explains why no landscape
photographer should be without at least one Neutral Density
filter in their bag, See you next month!

Nigel Atherton
n igel_at herton@ipcmedia.com

IN THE ISSUE
06 OPENING SHOT
An in'Pirational image of Rannoch Moor in
Scotland, <:aptured by Jeremy Walker

08 UVEVlEW
Adobe's new Creative Suite. Pentax hatches
new medium form ..t pl'lns. plus much more

15 YOURVlEW
Got a \Irong opinion on one of the burning
issues of the day? Here's where to share it ..

17 OURVIEW
_.and here's where we'll be getting a few
thing, off Ou r chest too. Repl ie'< welcome!
130 , . :! II( I) 3:. 1'43 ·1 COMP£TmON!
Win a Nikon D300s package worth £1,5OO!

PHOTO TECHNIQUE
19 NUPOCrA
Your camera-buying quffiiom and technical
queries arnwered by our experts

14 PROfILE: TREVOR YERBURY


The top portrait photogr;,pher sho""5 what c;,n
be achieved with minim;,1equipment

30 MY DIGITAL CAMERA
Two more of our reade .... .how off their
exce llent portfoliO'S
J.It C· j: ": ! J'N'j ~ i l GUIDE TO: NDRLnRS
Top pro JeremyW;, lker explains why you
need NO tilte .... and how to use them

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38 ,.):I, :!13 1'j;;! M£T£RING
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We explain the various types and which you


Vlould use for different KenariO'l

.lt2 (' ) :'I: t(·(oi'j ; i l ~ZlNG


Pholoshop E~ments: Resizing your images
for web and email

4ft EVENING ClASS


PhOt05hop guru Martin Evening .. s...... ses more
of your photogr;,ph, and offers his expert advice
on how to give your images more imp<KI

EQUIPMENTTESTS
51 C.::I, DJ3· i '{ i jICANONE0555OD
The new ED'i in Canon's stable boast, ISMP and
some excel lent features, How does it fare?

58 SONY ALPHA 450


AI ,u\).(500. tile Sony A4SO looks like a barg<lin.
We put it through its PiKes
66 Coj:I, DJ 3· i'{i jl FOUR-WAY GRQUP T£ST:
.oX ZOOM COMPACTS
Superzoom creative compact! priced bf'llWen
£250 and £350: the (anon SX210 IS, Nikon SSOOO,
Panasonk TZ-,O, and Sony HX5. Which is the best?

12 tol: I,: J,!or.l ;;l OLYMPUSE-PU


With high.end features, this mlall Micro Four
Thirds model is certol inly tempting

T7 RlCOHCX3
With HO video c.lpture. what else does this \OM~
lOx zoom compact haVf' to offer?

79 tlKONUIO
How does this 28-42{)'nm su~rzoom ~rform?

79 CASIO EX·ns
Stylish. slim compact offering IOMP

79 OLYMPUS MJU 9OtO


Impressive spec indudes a 28-28Omm zoom

~ GEARED UP!
Apple A~rture 3 software. the MiFi. Sennheiser
MK£ 400 miaophone, Manlrotto 530 vid~o tripod
head, and more gadgets reviewed

86 LENS GROUP TEST:

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BUYER'SGUIDE
105 OSL.
Every current DSLR tested and rated

110 COMPACTS
Choosing a compact? Stop here first

116 UNSES
All lenses listed, with scores, prices and advice

120 F'LASN / TRIPODS


Al l the variables for choosing a flashgun and tripod

122 BAGS / STORAG£


Backpacks, shoulder bags, and storage options

124 PftINTERS / MULT1R1NCT1ONALS / SCANNERS


from printers to all";n·ones: output opt iorfs sorted

126 50nWARE
Your comprehensive guide to photo software

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This Month••• Adobe steals the headlines wit h the new Creative
Suite, while Pentax hatches its medium format plans...

ADOBE
PHOTOSHOP CSS
PART OF NEW CREA11VE SUITE
Mobe announced the latest YefSlOfl of rts image and Raw image processing engine, reahstH: pamtJng and
video editing behemoth CreatM! SUite. mduellng brushes, automated lens correctIOn and Improved
Photoshop (55. The latest verSIOn of Photoshop black-and-white conversion through the lab.
features a host of new features. and looks set to As mentioned. Photoshop (S5 forms part of the
remain at the top of the unage-edltlng tree. wider CreatIVe SUite, With nE.W vefSI()I1S of Premier.
Amoog the new features IS the HOR Pro module. Bridge, InDesign. Illustrator, Flash and much more.
Improvmg upon the previous HDR image productlOf1 Pholoshop is eKpected 10 be available In the neKt
process, HDR Pro offers more control over the HDR fe\\' months and will be available In two verslOOS
merging process as v.tell as further control over the (normal and extended), as well as part of multiple
mapping of tones In an Image and the style of Creative Suite Collection packages.
output. The HDR Pro module also offers eKtended
controls WIth an enhanced dialogue bol( as well as
new algorithms to help reduce ghosting.
One of the real standout new fea tures In
Photoshop (55 IS Content-Aware Fill. Working
alongside the spot healing brush, or as an option in
the fill feature, Content-Aware Fill takes into
account the structure and detail of image elements,
promismg 'near-invisible' results when removing
unwanted objects.
Other Improvements to the software Include a nE.W

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ADOBE
LlGHTROOM3
PUBUC BETA 2 AVAILABLE
Adobe has announced the immediate
availability of Its Lightroom 3 public beta
update. The beta, downloaded by some
350,000 photographers to date, IS currently
a labs release, and as such is subJect. to
constant improvement and feedback.
Lightroom 3 beta 2 offers Improvements
according to this feedback, and new features
include tethered shoot ing support for a
fange of Nikon and Canon cameras, the
ability to im!X)rt and manage video files from WACOM
a DSlR, and improved speed. Luminance
nose reduction has also been add ed to the
CINTIQ21UX
colour nOise reductIOn options. To download INmlAC1IVE 21IN DISPLAY
Adobe Photoshop lightroom 3 beta 2, visrt Wacom has introduced the newly
the Lightroom page on Adobe Labs. redesigned Clntiq 21 UX interactIVe
display. The device feat ures a range of
fl{W and improved functionality - rt
features 2,048 levels of pressure
sensitivity for better pen performance,
and also has t'NO 1"I€\N Touch StriPS for
quid:: access to pre-determmed controls,
As WIth other WitCom devK:es, the
Cmtlq 21 UX features eight ExpressKeys
located either side of the display which
allow quick access to commonly used
features, thus improving the workflow.
The 21m display comes complete wnh
patented stand, allCMting the stand to
reclme between 10" and 65°, whHe it
can also be rotated around 1800
The ( intiq 21 UX w ill hit stores from
late March J early April, priced
£1,799.90. For more information, visit
Wacom online.

PENTAX 645D MEDIUM FORMAT


CURR£NTLYJAPANHONLY
Pentax had one of the biggest stones of (43.5mm in 3Smm equivalent) dust~
the month as It announced ItS foray into proofed and weatherproofed to match
the world of medlum·format cameras. the camera, and features Pentax's first
The new 6450 features a 6:45 ratio fully rounded diaphragm.
medium format sensor (larger than a full The 6450 is currently only bemg
frame 35mm sensor) designed by Kodak. launched in Japan from May, with no
With a studio-friendly 40 milhon pl~els. Indication so far as to If or when ft will be
The camera also features Pentax's Real arriving on our shores. Prices are
Image Engine processing, a 14·blt AID expected to be around 850,000 Yen
converter, and a new SAFOX IX+ II (around £6,315) for the camera and
point autofocus system. 100,000 Yen (around (745) for the lens.
The lens mount appears to be the The Pentax fi lm 645 cameras have
same original 645 mount that featured been used and adored by many
on previous film medium format professional fashion and portrait
cameras, therefore allowing compatibility photographers in the past and no doubt
With older lenses. though Pentax has also Pentax will be hoping to tempt these
launched a new O·FA lens to accompany lapsed or film Pentax users back. into
the new body. This IS a 55mm f12.8 their new digital verSion.

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NERO SOFTWARE
MULTIMEDIA sum 10
Nero has announced the latest version of the PC -001)' Mutilmedl3 Suite
10, which offers users the ability to import. edit and export files from a
wide variety of sources. This incarnatIOn also features a radically
overhauled interface and WindO\oVS 7-specific features. The StartSmart
utility simplifies the language, giving users five options of hcr.v to get
started. By basing these choices w ithin the likes of Video and Photo and
MusIC. the beginner should know immediately where to click. There's
also a powerful media player, which holds several editing tools for both
photo and video. The files can then be organised into a slideshow and
e)(ported to a number of devices, including to Blu-Ray disc. Windows 7
supports the likes of enhanced toolbar playback funct fons, which di5play
t he album art and current track when the program is minimised while
playing music. Nero MultllTl('(jla Suite lOIS available now for £59. More
InformatlOrllS at www.nero.co.uk

THINK TANK BAG


LOGISTICS MANAGER
Think Tank Photo has announced Its latest range of equipment configuratlOf'lS, ....mIle Its
gear-canymg solutIOn. The logIStICS Manager IS large size means vast quantities of gear can be
the manufacturer's first roiling equipment case easily transported.
for lighting and photographic gear, and IS
specified to shoulder the burden wrth ease.
When transporting large amounts of
elq)ensive gear around, secUrity IS ImperatIVe,
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The LogIStICS Manager features endless and as such the logiStICs Manager offers a
interior layout optlOflS, SO it's adaptable for a three-tier security solution. A TSA combinatIOn
lock features to secure the main Zipper, a
security cable and combination Jock are on the
rear to secure t he bag to an immovable object
while an ID plate allQIAIS lost gear to be
identified and returned to the owner.
Various other features are In place to make
the bag user-friendly - an extendable handle
allQINS easy transport, at tachment points BOSTON
feature on either side for tripods and stands,
and a stretchable lower outer pocket is present
BIG PICTURE
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The logistics Manager is available nQIN for a The internet is a fanl~tic resell.nce for photographer\
list price of S599 (£400). For more information hartxluring evelYfhing from buying advice to tedmical
and a full specificatlOl1, viSit expertise. Or.e of its best uses. however, is as a place
www.thinktankphoto.com from....-hid! yaJ tan be impired. Endless galleries
s~ just what's possible with a ame!"a, and one
of the very best is The Sig Picture blog on Boston.com.
The Sig PictlJ"e is pan of the Boston Globe website,
run I:rt website dewIoper Alan Ta)b.1he bIog !¢ates
every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Taylor cites his
inspiration for the bIog as being publicatioos 01 old
v.tlere the focus was 00 high.quality, amazing imagerv,
with a subjea mane!" locus on 'aJITent events, Iesser-
known stories and Just about anytl¥l"(j that rolTleS
across the wire that looks really interesting'.
Companies such as the AP, RPlIte!"s and Getty
Images - under license to the Bostoo Globe - supply
images. with other images also from public domain
sources and private photographers.
The subject maner can at times be tough viewing -
a gallery of more than 50 images from the Haiti
earthqua~e now has numerous missing images. no
doubt removed after complaints. However. more often
than not it's a one-stop website to vif!w stunning
images from some of the world's best pIlotographer\
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The next generation of WIreless Wi-Fi
enabled memory cards have been
announced, (ourtesy of Eye-Fi, The new
range, labelled the X2 series, offer 'faster-
than-ever' upload and download speeds,
according to Eye-Fi.
Incorporated into the range is the
Connect Xl, offering a 4GB capacity and
automatic upload to a ra nge of online-
sharing sites. The Explore X2 offers much upload either JPEG or Raw files. All the new
the same, but w ith an 8GB capacity. cards offer class 6 802.11 n Wi-Fi
Completing the range is the Pro X2, a card performance. meaning images can be
with an 8GB capacity and the ability to uploaded faster than in previous incarnations.

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WOC IN FOCUS
Lesley Banks
I stopped by your stand at Focus
On Imaging, and your team were
so helpful in giving me advice on Guy Barker
my prospective purchase of a nEW There seems to be a lot of people
camera. I even managed to buy it at out there, especially 00 internet
a favourable price from one of the forums, who are rYlO!e interest~
vendors at the show. Having had it in the technical data associated
for a week, I'm delighted with it
with cameras than in actually
This was my first Focus and I
taking pictures. They possess an
thoroughly enjoyed it. Iwas surprised
encyclopa~ic knowledge of e-.lery
by hooN busy it was, considering
there's a recession on. I can only figure in the specificatioos, agonise
assume that people's passions are over microscopic differences in ndse
the las! things to be cut back on or resolution between cameras and argue m.Jt the
when economies must be made. merits of ooe type of internal component over another, They aggressively
As for myself. I was spending my assert ~r opinions that one moot>! is better than its rivals, despite (I'm
redundancy money! fairly sure) not having personally used them themselves, and their tribalism
toward their favourite brand wouk!n't be out of place on a football terrace,
Yet where are th e pictures to back up their sel f-prodaimed expertise? Do
IN PRAISE OF PAUL they actually use their cameras, or just talk about them) In the few cases
"OOChiggsOO" that they publish a gallery link, their pictures are almost invariably without
Regarding your Sony A850 preview any artistic merit.
video, in which you inlerviE"lNed Magazines such as yours, and websites like dprevi€:w, pander to these
Sony's Paul Genge. I met Mr Genge at people by writing off cameras as second rate f<x the most trivial of flJ'WS
Focus 2010. 1had just purchased an that in real-work! use would sek!om be noticed, Pemaps people should
A850 and although he was busy at spend more time exploring their creative side and less time obsessing
the show he took time out to give me about the equipment.
advice and tips, and congratulate me WE SAY Photography is a marriage of art and science so it's no
on my choice. He knows the market surprise that some people come to it with a technical interest
well, from ne"oMJies right through to and others as purely as an art form. Like you, I'd happily pick up
pro loggers. He's a lovely guy, very pretty much any DSLR and be happy with the pictures I got, but
genuine and he know.; his stuff. He
believes in his products and this really
many enthusiasts do care that one ,.,oe,. n,'l!'
,h"w .5%
chroma noire at ISO 1600 than another,
comes across in his presentations, and it's our job to point this out to them.
I'm on my second Sony, havilg slirted
with an A200, and believe me the
A850 is an awescme camera. The f1fN.I
28-75mm fuji frame lens issuperb

WE SAY A bit of both, Isuspect' Armstrong took to the moon.


Sounds like the camera fell onto its They've gone digital nOV{, of
extended lens, whkh is a scenario course, and feature a much larger
thilt rarefy has a happy outcome. . rensor than you get in 35mm style
Hopefully it will be covered by their;
household insurance. I DSLRs, with between 3D and 50
million pixels, depending on the
model. Prices start at around £10k.
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laura Branson
ll1E CRUEL HAND OF FAIT I'm a fan of America's Next Top
Benjamin l awson Model and especially enjoy the photo
Last year I bought a Panasonic 177 shoots, Many of the photographel>
to take 00 holiday. During the trip it seem to use the same type of camera
was accidentally dropped from our but it isn't one that I recognise - it
balcooy ooto the 1Cl'M1 two flool> certainly isn't a Canoo or a Nikoo,
bekMr, To my amazement the camera Wouk! you know wilat it is)
stililNOrk~ periectly. My son was so
Would you want to go pro?
impressed by this that he bought one
for his wife. Last week their daughter
WE SAY As an occasional viewer
myself, I'm pretty sure you're
~
knocked it off the arm of the sofa refem'ng to the Hasselblad, a
ooto a thick pile carpet and it broke - medium format SLR. The 'Blad facebook
the lens no looger retracts back into has been a favourite camera in WNW.FACEBOOItCOMfNltATDIGITALCAMERA
the body. Was I just lucky or are they many sectors of the pro market WNW.TWITTER.COMll'tltATDIGCAMERA ~
unlucky? for decades, and is what Neil Join us 011 FacebOO<. and Twitter and
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PENTAX TRIPLE
WHAMMY
After several years of relatIVely low
act:Mtv and nol a huge amount of
1I11lO11ation, Pentax has managed
to surpnse me three times In the
past c~1e of months with some
genulne~ onglnal thlllkir.g.
First, the bad rxw.;. Vv'hile Sony
grves us etght different DSLRs. Pentax
grves us the same DSLR (the K-x)
In eight different colours. I doubt
that many BritJ~ hobbytsts have cult 10IIOOn9 and still has rts own its 645 medium
been sitting at home thinking, 'If .......ebsite (WVv"N,pentaxl10.co.uk). format camera, and
onty DSLRs came In pink, brown, or For a moment I thought Pentax INhat seems like an etemity
tUrqUOISe: I may be IfIII"OI"Ig of course, had pro:luced a digital version and of 'will they. ""'""01"1'1 they'
and we mustn't forget the strange lei! a !TlOIT\eI"Itary rush of exdtement speculation, Penw: has finalty decided to
tastes of the Japanese markel, but until I discCNefed that the 1- 10 is a laurch II (see page 9). Hallelujah!
let's JUst say they're not for me. fixed-lros point and shoot - albert an The new 645D is a 4O-rnegapor.el,
an a more positive note, the eye<atching one. But perhaps Pentax 0,(0) beast that ~ fills the gap
company's new 1- 10 compact g<Ne really could produce a proper digital bel\M:!en the tcp Canon and Nikon DSlRs
me an anack of de~ vu 'Nhen I vefSIOfl. After ai, the aver~ digtal and HasseIbIad, and as such should find
saw the PICture. because It takes rts sensor is no bigger than 110 film. It a reactt market The mere fact of the
design from Pentax's Auto 110 SLR could even accept the same lenses ~ of a pro meditnl format Pentax
system of Its 19705 heyday. For those and accessories. It 'MXJId go dcmn Wli bestCM' more prestge and credbility
too ~ng to remember. It was a tJny a stoml, and would make the Moo on the rest of the I\>ntax r..-ge, wtoch can
SLR that fined in the palm of )<lUr Four Tl'lIrds system look. JX)SitiveIy on~ be a goocIttwlg for them.
hand (see Image, ab>Je) and took gargantuan. Come on Pentax, bbN The on~ negatM> IS that so far they're
110 film. There was a range of tlny the coI:J'Nebs off those Auto 110 on~ Ia\rld"JII"lQ rt Ifl Japan, oot If the
lenses, a t11'Ty' flash and even a tiny moulds. - you must have them in a camera IS arTf goocI, and 11. prDJeS popular,
motordnve for rt. It looked like an cu~rd~re. It wi on~ be a matter of time before 11.
ActIon Man accessory but was a true Final~, years after shoMng the ~ these shores - ether offioal~ or
functioning SLR. The 110 gained a prototype of a dfgital version of thrcugh the back d;x(.
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Even land sca pes like the Lincoln Memorial can be seen in a playful light.
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What's tile
difference
between
my metering
modes?
GEMMA BRACKNEU VIA EMAIL
I've finally upgraded my ageing (asia

~ • l75 and bought a Canon 5000,


whim Jam really enjoying using. So
far I have set this to evaluative metering, as I
am unsure as to the difference between the
other spot and partial metering options.
Could )OU explain how these differ please?

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Matt G replies: The two lNOfk on a
l similar principle of metering only a
5fll<J1I proportion of a scene, bur they
differ in the size of the area they meter. Spot
metering rovro a comparably smaller area
(around 4% in comparison to partiiJl's 9%).
and so is better suited when the subject ()('
the midtone of a particular subject ocrupi5
a small percentage of the frame. As partidl
metering extends this drefe a little further, it
can be used when the subject occupies a
little more of the frame and;s set agJinsr a
particularly brighter or darker background,
which you cJa,n'1 want the GiIffief.. 10 l.iiIke
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ISlANDOREAM VIA THE woe FORUM F"lShing for advice
CHAR1IE75 V1A tilE woe FORUM

~
I have a Nlkon D300s WIth various lenses, and I

~
• want to buy a standard fast lens which I can use I'm looking for a small camera that I can
for weddings, portraits and some landscapes. My • use to take self-ponraits when I'm fishing
18·200mm has served me well in good light but Isn't and that has a swivel LCD screen so I can
suitable in low-light situations or for portraits. I know the see and cha:k the pictures before putting the
50mm is a great lens for that but I do want a lens that I fish down. I have a budget of up to £250.
am not gOing to continually have to be changing. I have
read loads of reviews about the Nikon 17-55mm 112 .8

~
Nigel replies: It seems that swivel LCD
but can't afford it, so I'm now looking at the Tamron • screens have been quietly disappean'ng
17-S0mm tn.B Vc. Do you have a View on this lens? from compacts in your pn'ce range and I
can't find anything that has one close to your

~
Nigel replies: We tested the Tamron 17-50mm budget. Some of the chunkier bn'dge-rype
• fl2.B in the last issue against the similar Sigma cameras such as the Nikon P90 and Sony HXl
17-70mm fl2.8-4. Both lenses turned in have swivel sClt?ens but are bigger and cost over
exceptional performances and can be heartify £300. Your best bet is the Samsung ST500 or
recommended. In the end it comes down to whether you ST550. Although they don't have swivel screens
want the constant aperture of the Tamroo or the slighlly they have a second LCD screen on the front,
longer reach of the Sigma. Also, the Tamron was slightly which VrIOuld suit your purpose. The ST550 has
better than the Sigma at smaller apet1ures while the a great 3in touchscreen LCD on the back and
Sigma was marginally ahead at the wider ones, would be my pick,

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Portraits in
the home
JASON HARPER EMAIL

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A serviceman friend of mine w ill
• shortly be returning to duty in
Afghanistan and has asked me to
take some portraits of him, and of his
w ife, in their home. I'm a bit nervous
be<ause I want them to be creatively and
technically good (so I can put them in my
ow n portfolio), but don't have any studio
lighting or backgrounds, just an SB600
Speed light for my Nikon 080, w hich I
seldom use. Do you ha ve any advice?

~
Nigel repli es: Studio portraits on
• white backgrounds are fine but the
fashion these days is for more natura/-
looking portraits in realsunwndings. You can distracting biJckground details. If you need extra as a prop. You might find that converting your
shoot great portraits using just a window as illumifl<Jtion bounce your flashgun off a wall to image to mono afterwards gives your shots a
your light source. Shoot with your back to the the side of your subjects, but don't use it direct. more ar1)l look and helps stop any background
window, or an open doof; iMth your models I'm sure there must be an armchair or sofa you colours in the room becoming a distraction.
faong you, and you'll get a kNely diffused light can use as a posing aid. Failing that use a shaggy The image above was taken at home using
on them. Set a WIde aperture to blur any rug, or the bed as your set, or even use a mirror fl<Jturalllght with an 8Smm lens set to fl2.8.

Waterproof on a
tight budget
LAUREN SAINBRJDGE VIA THE FORUM

~
We're going on a beach holiday and want
• a camera we can take snorkelling. But we
only have aoout £120 to spend, whICh is
less than any of the waterproof digital cameras
that I've seen. Is there anything out there?

Nigel replies: Fujifilm has a ve/}'good

~ l waterproof compact called the Z33wp,


which you can buy for around £/20. It's
small, comes in a range of funky colours, and has
big chunky buttons which makes it easy to use in
water. It's cheaper than its rivals because it isn't a
Tough' type camera and doesn't feature their
hedl1' duty shock-proof, drop-proof build But it's
as rugged as any normal camera and the results
are pretty good too.

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Whyismy
lens clicking?
DANNY WESTON VIA £MAIL

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I recently bought a secondhand Canon EF
• 70·200mm lens form Ebay, which I use on ooth my
Canon 400 and 50 bodies. I am a little concerned
that something may be wrong w ith it - although my
images look fine, when I focus I sometimes hear a clicking
sound coming from the lens, which I've never heard from
any of my other lenses. Do you know if this is a common
problem w ith this lens?

Matt G replies: If your 'ens has image

B • stabilisation (some of Canon's 70-200mm lenses


are stabmsed, while some aren't). the sound you
hear is most likely to be the operation of the image
stabilisation system. This uses sensors inside the lens to
notice any movement that would otherwise blur an
image, which instruct the relevant lens group to shift in
order to compensate for this. As this form of image
stabilisation is lens-based, you should be able to check
whether this is working correctly by looking through the
viewfinder as you half-depress the shutter release button;
thiS is what effectively unlocks the stabilisation system and
puts it into action. If you can't see any difference, or if
your particular lens doesn't feature image stabilisation, it J 111111111
will require the manufacturer's attention.

:
SDXC
~ The humble SD card ha5 prevailed as speed of l04MBisec may soon escalate to
~ the recording format of choice for 300MB/sec - three times the speed of the
most camera manufacturers, though it too fastest available CompactFlash card.
has to evolve if it is to keep up with new While some people may see such high
technology_The fim generation of SO capacities and speeds as being surplus to
cards offered capadties up to 2GB, which, requirements, manufacturers have already
g iven the more modest pixel begun supporting the new
counts of cameras at the f ormat in their recent
was seen as sufficient_ models. canon's latest IXUS
As pixel counts grew and and PowerShot cameras
video recording crept into joined the EOS 550D in
more cameras, the SOHC supporting SOXC media, as
variant arrived with increased have Panasonic's recent
capacity (up to 32GB) and additions to its Micro Four
faster transfer speeds. And Thirds cameras.
now, with the SO format Support for the
supported by many DSLRs t echnology is set to spread
and camcorders, and with t o laptops and satellite
high-definition video na vigation systems among
recording a staple feature of other common appliances,
both, the SOXC format while a 'micro' version will
represents the next step in typica lly be employed in
high<apacity storage. smaller devices, such as
SDXC cards have already become mobile phones which already use micro SO
available with a minimum capacity of
32GB, but theoretically they are claimed to
and micro SOHC media. While these cards
don't offer backwards compatibility for use
THE MONTH
support upto 2TB of storage. As well as an in older cameras, support for standard SO
increase in capacity, the format increases and SDHC cards has been maintained in
transfer speeds, meaning data may be such models, so there's no need to invest in
written to it and read from it faster than them just because your camera supports
with previous cards. The SO Association the format. With street prices starting at
predicts that current maximum transfer about £200, it's perhaps just as well.

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PREVIOUS PAGE: Taken by Trevor on a Nikon
0700 with his 8Smm fl1.4lens, and lit entirely by
naturallighl assisted by a folding reflector

in the professional photography industry. This


has enabled them to run a programme of
photography workshops all over Europe. which
they promote with stands at shaws such as
Focus On Imaging.
In recent years they have also been shooting
fine art nudes for books, magazines, calendars
and exhibitions, which they both find creatively
rewarding. 'My grandfather did it in the 1930$;
it was his work: that inspired me: says Trevor,
This has led to a successful sideline in boudoir
photography - artistic nude and glamour work,
usually commissioned by the subject, or their
partner. An essential ingredient in this strand of
the business, hOW'ever, is the presence of Faye.
'We 3MJays explain to male photographers
that they MUST have a female with them for
this sort of work: insists Faye. 'Firstly a woman

Trevor uses just one


lens on his Nikon
D7oo: an 85mm f/ 1.4
can help direct the subject and show her how to
pose. But it's also safer, for both photographer
and client, to have a woman on set, and it gives
her reassurance'
She says that many male photographers have
a lot to learn when it comes to photographing
nudes, whether it's in their personal presentation,
~ud io environment or 'bedside manner"
'Many men don't know how to talk to
women: she says. 'Some make inappropriate
rema rks when the girl is lying then~. When we
do ~ho\oVS I look at $Orne of the men and think,
.. A woman wouldn't want to be photographed
ABOVE: Trevor took this stunnirlQ portrait in the bar of the Novotel Hotel in london, USing just da~ ighl coming in through the
by you." Hopefully we' re helping to teach them.'
windows, and a gold rellector to liJi in the shadows. It was taken on the Nikon D700 and BSmm 112 .8 lens
TRAYELLING L1GIIT
Although the Yerburys have their Edinburgh
studio they like to shoot as much as possible on
location, and for this work their methods are
refreshing simple. No bags of lenses, no cases of
lights. Trevor uses only one prime lens on his
Nikon D700: an 85mm f/l .4.
'Its lovely for portraiture,' he says. As well as
the flattering perspective it prod uces, the fll.4
maximum aperture lends itself to great shallow
depth of fie ld effects as well as creating a super
bright vielNfinder image.
Faye uses a D300 with J U~ a single 24·70mm
112.8 lens - so she does the group shots at
weddings. Most of their locat ion work is lit
solely with natural light. but they are masters at
using it and moulding it to their needs.
'Back in film days I used a Hasselblad w ith just
a prime lens for most of my work, so I've gone
back to that method of working: says Trevor. 'I
take just one camera, one lens and perhaps a
refleder. I don't use a tripod -I didn't even use
one 01 those when 1had the Hasselblad.
'But the most important part of being a
photographer is not the kit, it's the ability to
visualise an image in your mind, and then be
able to create it. The camera ISsimply the
method of capturing it : ABOVE: An example of the Yerburys' Boudoir photography, taken by Faye at the couple's Edinburgh studio using the
The Yerburys went digital about three » Nikon D700 and 85mm fll.4lens. The light was provided by a single 80wens stooio flash head fitted with a large softbox

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ABOVE: This fashion pomail by Trevor w;r; lit by just the light from a window to the ABOVE: Trl'JOftook this dlJ"ing an outdoor lighting WJfkshop, usir.g his 0700 and 8Smm lens.
mooel's right, with a gold refll'Ctor on the other side. Nikon D700, 8Smm fll.4len$ He faVOJrS p:>rtabIe, battl'l)'-poM'rro Quantum flash arid packs for this 'iO!1 of IMlrk

years ago. 'At the time I took the prevailing


advice and bought a Canon EOS 50, but when the
0700 came out I switched back to Nikon. Nothing
\\lfong with Canon, but I'm more used to the
Nikon way of doing things, having DINned the F3,
F4 and FS film cameras, so it felt like coming
home, in a way.'

We shoot everything
in manual eXiXlsure
Despite the 0700 and 0300'5 resolution of just
12 million pixels, they regular ly produce 30x40inch
prints from images taken on both cameras and
have no issues wit h the Image quality. Everything is
shot in Raw using manual exposure, though
there's no set formula as to the choice of exposure
settings.
They use Photoshop to process their work, in
conjunction with a small selection of plug-in filters.
'Some of Kevin Kuoota 's filters are wonderful,
especially the b&w ones: enthuses Faye. 'We have
Kuoota dashboard which has hundreds of filters.
though we only regu larly use a fevv of them.
Totally Rad is good too. But we don't do to much
Photoshop work. We like to keep it simple all the
way through the process - if the photo is good to
start with everything aher that should be simple
too' WOC
• Trevor and Faye Yerbwy will be sharing their
wedding photography tips next month, 50 don't
miss i(l To see more of their IM'Jrk visit \o\MIW.
yerburystudio.com and WINW.
ABOVE: TrMr shot this on the Bowens stand during a lighting demo at Focus On Imaging 2010,
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WORDS AND PICTURES: JEREMY WALkER
Pro landscape snapper and
ND addict Jeremy Walker
explains why you need them

Welcome to the mysterious world of Neutral So what IS a Neutral DenSity filter and what does It
Density filters, a land of black magic and do) Why have one in your camera bag? Read on and
alchemy, combinations, improbable all will be revealed.
mathematical formulae; a land with a language Neutral Density (or ND) fi lters are grey in
all of its own: NOs, Grads, Big Stoppers, Hard and appearan ce and are designed to reduce the amount
Soft edges, point threes, sixes or nines, and so of light entering the camera, thus creating the need
the list goes on. for an increase in the overall exposure tinle, but giving
Actually It isn't that scary. Mastel)' of this useful no change in the colour or hue of the image.
accesscry can Impr~ your pICtures, ar.d requires no Vv'hy shookl you want to increase the e~posure
more than SOfI'Ie very Simple malhs, honestlyl time? Well, because It will enable the creatIVe use of
movement and blur In an image, For example, up new- and exciting ways of lookIng at the world filter but has one majOl" difference.lrtStead of
you may wish to prcxluce a bluny mISty effect on around you. co.-enng thev.tJole filter and therefore affecting
a waterfaU or the sea but the sun is too bnght Neutral Density filtffi come m a range of the WlOIe of the image and exposure, it""';l1
and even at a sman aperture the exposure may denSIties or 'stops'. They are usually avaIlable In run from a dear filter end gently fade into a
not be long enough. By applying an NO filter, the t>M>, three or four stops - or. more technICally, neutral densrty, almng only part of the Image
exposure ......11 be Increased and enough tIme ...... H point six, point nine and one point t>M>. BasIcally to be affected.
be- creatNlior" the water to move dunng the .6 = two stops, .9 = three stops, 1.2 = four stops. NO Grads are used pnmarily to control the
exposure. The longer the elqX)SUre, the more silky H you are using a .6 NO you increase the exposure be~ the foreground and sky of an
blur IS created. exposure by t>M> stops - for example. a mage. usually the sky will be the bnghtest part of
Not only IS uSU"lg an NO great for creatrve ooe-second exposure becomes four seconds. the Image and the foreground the dal1::est. Meter
water shots but also for any image where there is for the foreground and the skywill be massivety
movement. such as crtyscapes WIth people and NDGRADS CNel"exposed; meter for the sky and the
traffic movJng or where clouds are movIng A Neutral DenSIty Graduated filter (also known as foreground v.ill be too dark. The soiutJoo is to
through an image. Using an NO filter will open an ND Grad) is very similar to a Neutral Den51ty meter for the foreground (the darker area), »

Neutral Density filters are ideal for adding a ~it of ~Ktra


oomph to a shot which may otherwise be a bIt boring.
It gives the shot more energy and dynamism. As a ~o
it's also great to be able to give the client more chOICe.
meter for the sky (the brighter area)
and note h(MI much brighter the
sky is- prcbably two, three or four
stops. Set the camera to the
exposure reading for the foreground
and use an t.() Grad of the
~opnate strength (two, three or
four stops) to dalten the sky, thus
balanong out the exposure
foreground and sky. After a little
practice, the procedure of metering
for the foreg round, metering for
the sky and applying an NO Grad
v.i ll become seccnd nature

lIARD OR SOFT?
No.v just to complicate things. NO Grads are
available In Hard and Soft gradatIonS.. I use the lee
Filters S"f.'tem and I find that despite the name,
Hard Edge Grads are JUSI perfect for landscape
pho(ography and don't grve ~ a hard line or
edge running through the image. Ninety-nine
limes out of 100 I will use a Hard Edge Grad for
my landscape Images. OccasKlna11y though, a Soft
Edge Grad can be indispen<;ab\e. When working
in woodland INhere the trees are top-lit and you
Just want to hold the exposure back In the upper
!X)rtion of the Image, a Hard Edge Grad will
proouce too much of an exposiJe difference and
~ v.il end LJl WIth tree trunks going from light
to dark. With a Soft Edge Grad the gradatIOn IS
very subtle and less pronounced, ......twch IS Ideal
when ~ have subJeCt matter running into the

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graduated portlOfl of the picture.
One important JXlint is to set the camera to ABOVE: Alee Big Stopper was LJSed fO( tlls
manual exposure before shooting. H' you have the
Vuflkh rm ted in an exposure time of 10 minutes.
camera set on a Program mode, the meter v.ill

think the sky has gone dark v.t-.en you a~~ the
NO Grad and v.il \Iy to compensate and make
KNOW BEFORE the Image bnglter, thus negaung the use of the
Grad and Ieavmg you bad: to square one.
YOU GO! , The more you stop dcmn a lens, the more a
graduation becomes apparent. With dig:tal
. / 1lM1IIIISIIIIS" cameras, unless you need a huge depth of fJeld,
CRU1t MOVDIOR Use an ND Grad \0 balance you should normal~ be wo::nll"lg at about fI8 to
Use an NO filter to reOJce the brightness level between
fill as these apenures v.i ll be Usfng the ~t
the cr.oerall expostn! so >pJ sky and fOTegl'OlKId to retain
CM use 9DN shutter speeds doud (\eta'1 SIXlt for sharpest results from the lens. These
irlclayliglttobU"water, more I. , apenures are ideal for Hard Edge Grads as they
cIcOOs Of action , KARa OR SOfT " will shoN no line or edge through your Irl"'IQge
Grads can come ~th
at all, 00t you do have to be wary of your
COMBIME.Rl1tRS "
add NO and NO harder or softer lines of focal length. The wider the focalleogth of
~~together for a stronger l}"acWtion. A soft-edged your lens, the sharper a Hard Edge Grad may
____ ._~;.y, effect Grad ~ ideal for ISlE!YeI'I be, so you may WISh to S\NIIch to a Soft Edge
~~'"" , horizonS,orvb:!nelemen~ Grad to counter thIS. Certarltj once you are
ROO18011SQUMl " """""'''''' ... .". worktng WIth extremely 'Mde lenses a Soft
WIlh solid NO filt~ it doesn't , Edge Grad will be a must
really matter whether yen; AftRlURE. " Once you stan to play WIth Neutral
filterS are rOU'ld or square, The smaller yt::JJ chosen Density filters and Grads you'll rea lise hoN
but for Grads get sq.Jilre ones aperturE!. and the more simple It is, and you'll soon Ix! able to stan
that you can Il"ICM! ~ and wideanglethe \er6,~ combining the two. Use the NO Grad to
00M1 in the holder to line ~ shaIpef the ~aduatlOI"\ control the exposure difference betweef1
with the horizon. of a Grad filter will appear,
the foreground and sky, and apply the
overall NO to Increase the exp:lSlIre of the
whole image, as to create subject blur Of
rno.<ement. woe

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Metering
Modes
WORDS MAT GALLAGHER
Metering is something most of us probably
take tor granted in modern cameras but it
is essential for evelY single shot you take,
whether you're shooting in full Auto mode or
completely manual.
The meterrng system measures the light
eotemg the Glmefa - throu9'l the lens (TTL) in the
case of digital SLRs- and It then translates thIS
information into relatIVe shutter values. aperture
values or stops. So when expos.ng manually ~
can use the digtal reading to match Vvtlat the light
meIer deems IS wei exposed; a when shooting system and strives to achieve bener ways of strong baddightlng, the metenng system is forced
In Auto It ""';0 prO'JIde the Cilmera With the evaluating the light coming through the lens. to moose between shadoN and highlight areas,
Information to select the appr~te shutter and Most cameras will prc.Mde you with a choice of as the dinamic range 01 the sensor cannot record
aperture values. modes fa your metemg as. ~h the system to the same extremes that we can see WIth the
VoJhen It comes to malang a camera, and to is deYer ~ to 'M)rk: out ho.N to expose the naked ¥. By chalgmg the metenng rncde, you
testng it, the metering system is as much an image, it cannot predict If you want to get creatrYe can choose whether you meter univroalt-,< from
integ"aI pan as the fOCUSll"lg. processor and sensor. with your exposure tY bnng detail out of certain the scene, gIVe priority to certain areas, tY sifTllt-,<
Each manufacturer has rts OM'\ unique metering areas. lfoIhen there IS high contrast in the scene or select an area of the scene.

_ _ This is the metering system at its sy;tems 'MXIfd just have taken a straight for the cJq)OSure, so even with the sun directt-,<
I'... IIt.... most inventIVe and in full SWIng. average, but today'sadvanced systems break in your image the camera can avoid making
1..... .,... The name can vary between the image down into smaller sections (01" eYeI)'thlng else too dark. Evaluative mode is the
_ _ manufacturers but is commonly zones) and combine this Information to make a best selection /Q( the majority of your images,
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metenng. For this the camera uses the entire means th<!t It can detect v.rt.ich areas are likely specific effects shoukl you ever need to stray
image to detefTTllr.e the exposure. PrimitM' to be the ITlO'it important and v.rt.ich to Ignore too far from it.
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metering. This mode allow's you to specify Spot metering is also suited to bright
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CAMERA SKillS

Leading
Lines
WORDS AND IMAGES PAUL NUTTALL
Leading lines is one method that depends
upon util ising scenic surroundings in a format
to literally lead the eye following a subject
through the image. It can be an addition that
takes an image to that meaningful next level.
Lines are capable of leading the viewer's eye
through the frame in different directions, usually
either towards or away from a point of interest.
When you open a novel, for example, your eye has
been trained to read from left to right from top to
bottom. Imagery is different as the eye will grab at
certain contrasting areas, yet still follow and 'read
through' the image.
Composition should consider viewpoint as
this may provide a 'look down' onto natural lines
such as pathways that wouldn't be seen from
ground eye level. Arranging natural lines also
requires consideration of where you wish to place
emphasis in the frame, as a line can lead to a key
subject. Multiple lines can provide a more complex
effect that leads the eye back and forth, though
complex compositions can become unpleasant to
look at. Lines often lead from the bottom of an
image, leading into the centre or key thirds.
Splitting a composition with a line can also have
an unusual yet appealing effect. By dissecting one
area from another, a line can have a significant PAnERNS
impact. Central lines can act as divisions or pointers Leading lines don't strictly have to be single, defined
from one area of an image to another too. lines. Shooting at the right angle on a pattem, for
example, can create real drama in an image and draw
the eye through the frame.

PLACEMENT
Don't always concentrate on placing the leading lines
in the conventional position. Introduce the line from
off-centre, and have it exit the frame at a differing
position.

EMPHASIS
With a low angle and close-up to a leading line, you
can add real impact to a shot. While leading lines are
a great tool to draw the eye through a frame, they
can themselves be the focus of a shot.

MULTIPLE
Don't always concentrate on just a single leading line
in a shot. Introducing more than one can create a real
dynamism, though don't overcomplicate things.

SHAPE
Remember, leading lines don't have to be straight. A
meandering stream or winding road creates a sense
of harmony within the shot.
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t o-amateur level DSLRslooking to capture focused manner of recording sound can be
the imagination of users stepping up from used via a 3.5mm jack and is connected Ilia
advanced compacts or bridge models. The the hotshoe. The AF system will only focus on
EOS 5500 improves o n the previous model, a button press rather t han constant ly when
the EOS 5000 , by increasing the megapixel filming, so it's far better to rely on the manual
count. continuous shooting and screen focus_Full manual control is also available
resol utio n as w ell as improving t he movie Wit hin t he movie mooe, as is the ability to lock
mode and microphone compat ibility. exposure to prevent unwanted changes.
The 3in. l,040k-pixel screen is superbly
I'£ATURfS detailed in both live view and basic menu
Stepping up from 15 to 18MP puts the EOS mode, and the viewing angle of 160 degrees
12;[I[I I )fu'/,!iiil IWlllCANONCO UK 5S00 resolutely above its Nikon rival, the matters little in real-world usage, in spite
• 18MP APS-C SENSOR 05000, which sits at 12.3MP. Much of the of being marginally narrower t han its rivals.
• ISO 100-6400 (H, 12,800) chasing pack fa il to even come close to this The alternative to the screen is the 95%
• 3.7FPS BURST MODE impressive resolution, w ith the 142MP Sony approximate coverage viewfinder complete
Alpha A450 and A550 being a few to get Wit h light sensor to ensure the LCD isn 't adive
• FULL 1080P HOMOVIE close. The 5500's OIGIC 4 processor is carried when not being used.
• 63 POINT iFCL METERING over from the previous EOS 500D. as is the The Creative Auto mode allows the likes of
• EXT MICSOCKET nme-point AF focus system, but the metering depth of field and exposure to be changed
system has taken an impressive Jump from a using sliding scales via the rear display. and
35 to a 63-zone iFCL system, similar to the one benefits hugely from being based in a primarily
used in the EOS 70. The ISO range remains visual manner as It gives those unfamiliar
unchanged, although now the Auto setting with depth of field and exposure an easily
does make up to 6400 available instead of understandable system . Standard. Portrait.
HIGH RESOLUTION needing to be accessed manually. Landscape, Neutral, Faithf ul, Monochrome,
AI 18MPthe [OS 5500 offefs the The burst mode sits at 3.7fps, which is and three User Oefined Picture Styles are also
highest resolution of all of the relatively impressive for the price range, available, accessible via the interactive display
beginnef-leveIOStRs. alt hough the large fi le sizes produced by the on the rear screen.
18MP CMOS chip reduces the burst capaci ty
ISO ANO METERING to either 34 maximum resolution JPEGs or D£SIGN
Tile 63-I00e metering is similarlo six Raw files. One of the most significant In terms of looks the EOS 5500 is very much
the system empl(11ed in tile [OS
featu res on the EOS 550D's spec list concerns a traditional OSLR design, although the body
70. and atop ISO 0112,800.
the movie mode. The top 1DSDp HD movie looks a far cry from some of the boxy. brick-
resolution now has the choice of 30, 25 and like models of yesteryear. The mode dial gains
HDVIDEO 24fps capture so the frame rate of traditional a No-Flash mode and a colour change but is
]()80p lesolulion andthe potential to
a~erthe frame ralemeans the [ OS camcorders and cine cameras can be otherwise the same as the EOS 5000, being
5500 should produce superb footage. replicated, as well as a hi-speed rate for the chunky enough for larger hands to grip and
lower 720p mode to capture faster-moving possessing an assured location when changing
action, at eit her 60 or 50fps. This means the between modes. The ISO button is close
EXTERNAL MICPORT overall motion should be smoother than the by as well, alongside the on/off switch and
Adirectiooal or lavalier mic can be
connected to the external mic port, EDS 5OO0's 20ips, giving the likes of fast adjustment dial, making it extremely »
vastly improving the recotded sound.

QUICK CONTROL MENU


Tile touch of a bulton at tile rear of
the EOS 5500 turns the display into
an intelactive menu.

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simple to up the simulated film speed via the


adjustment dial without moving away f rom the
viewfi nder.
The back of the EOS 550D offers a brand
new layout. with the Live View button no
longer sharing functionality with the Direct
Print button and being far closer to the
viewfinder In its place is the Quick Control
button, which turns t he rear display interactive,
allowing any value to be changed via the
d-pad or scroll whee l. This simplistic method of
altering the likes of shutter speed and aPl"rture
isn't new to DSLRs, but is represented in a
suitably basic manner for the beginner on the
EOS 550D by having a large ex.planation at the
bottom of the screen alongside the control
method used to alter that value.
For those not yet comfortable with
utilising the dials the Quick Control menu
may be a slight ly better fit, offering an
instantly vi~ual way of controlling the images
without trawling through menus. Each of
the buttons are reasonably recessed into the
body giving it a sleek appearance without
sacrificing functionality, and each is reasonably
straightforward to locate w ithout needing
much fami liarity w ith the camera. The only
slight annoyance, which hinges around the
menu ~ystem, is that the d-pad often doesn't
always work in a multi-directional manner,
instead only moving left to right, regardless
of the button being pressed. ThiS is especially
apparent in the Quick Control menu options
for Picture Styles and ISO. Otherwise the
controls rema in simple, not relying too much
on menus to alter settings nor putting the
funct ionality among a disparate set of buttons
dotted around.
Fortunately the ~i ze and shape of the 550D
hasn't been overtly scaled back to adhere
to the 'compact DSLR' trend, still possessing
a reasonable-sized grip. Even better is the
placement of the PQlNer switch and Uve View PrnroRMANCE blown highlights to a minimum, even in
button : both are close enough fo r the right Having the largest reso lution in its range longer exposures on a cloudy day. In fact, the
hand thumb to activate without the need puts a fair amount of pressure on the EOS exposure control was excellent in numerous
for the hand to be re-adju sted. ThiS gives t he 5500 to comfortably blow the opposition sit uations, and the low-light performance »

THE EXPOSURE CONTROL WAS


EXCELLENT IN NUMEROUS SITUATIONS
How does ( anon's 550D
camera a far more versatile feel, because most away. The 18MP CMOS sensor makes a

-
sibling?
of the important settings can be altered on the fai rly sizeable impression as far as file size
fly. This extends to the likes of the Quick Menu is concerned, which had an obvious impact
E055500
button, AV and Picture Styles, all of whICh
are placed intelligently so as not to be an
obstruction and barely a finger stretch away.
on the buffer, but ot her than the increase in
potential magnification not a huge amount
more is gained. The nine-point focus system
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BURSTRAlE: HIllS HIps
a reasonable fa ll without incurring severe and, when left to the automatIC offering, was
damage. Even the connection covers and superbly quick even in low light. Only when AfSY'STEN: ~p:lIlt
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card slot are sturdy enough to stand up to
repeated use. Both of these locate into position
in a satisfying manner, and the raised area
of the card slot becomes extremely useful
the live view was in use did the EOS 5500's AF
slow, as the selectable focus area took a long
time to manoeuvre into the correct position
using the d-pad. The metering functionality,
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LCD:
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3in, 92tM<
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wet hands. The small grip patches at the rear from 35 to 63, has a less obvious impact when 23976 fps)
and around t he front perform a similar task, shooting, but prOVides an impressively balanced SIZE: 128.8.97.5. IZS.8.97.3.
making the 550D far less likely to slip in damp exposure overall. In brighter conditions the 5L9mm 62mm
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ISMPCMOSCNIP
The 22.3 x 14.9mm
APS-C CMOS senMlf
outputs 5184 x 3456
images. resulting
in some impressive
27MB Raw files.
The burst mode
doesn't slow down
as a result, although
the buffer call take
fewer images in a
continuous stream.

63-ZONE
METERING
SYSTEM
By utilising a similar
iFCl63-zone metering
system to the EOS 70
semi-pro OSLR, me EOS 5500 is capable of
CANON550D
some very accurate readings, leading to an FUU SPECIRCAnONS
impressive all-round level of exposure in PRII ________________ tlIIII
most conditions. SENSDI ___________ .____ I8IIP APS-C CMOS
IlITPUTSI2L __________ 5184 x3456jixe1s
SELECTABLE VIDEO
FRAMERATES FOCN..LENGTHtNlIL _ _ U'
)r,creasing the frame rate for video lDCS KlIIT____________ 1JIoo EF,u-s
capture can make the motion appear FUFteW _____________ JIEG. Raw. toIOV(H.264)
that much smoother, or 9M! the video 1lM'I5SIIlI_______ ____ YEI$,~
a 'cinematic-look' as pel" traditional 1lllUI9'ACE ______ _____ sRGB, M:Qe ReB
film cine-cameras. The S1t/T1ERTtPE.. _______ .____ EIIIctrJD: IDIIniIId ~

EDS SSOD can shoot in S1t/T1ERSPEEIlS _________ I~ IlJb


24, 2S or 30fps to cater 1M)( RASHS1I«:._____ ll21Dh secmd
for all tastes. BW-II Mr«SLIWSA1DI _No
IlIST 1IEIllI:TDI .. _________ Yes
ISO-____ ______ ____ lOIJ·12.8l1
EXPOSlIIEIIIUS ____ ____ M. A. Sop. CA
IlElIRlNGSYSIEM ________ 63·lIIleiFCI.
EXPOSlIiE elM' _____ .____ +1- 5EV il l!.!, Ioi. EV
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IlllUIlUf'C£IIIR(l _____ Yes
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EXnRNAL MlC INPUT LNEIGlE __ ______ _____ YEI$, lUck na.nll.iloe mode If
Ull ____________ .____ 3i'I Ilea"*w 1FT 1ll4!ll-1lol
The addition of a lSmm audio input
socket means a variety of mkrophooes VlWFHlR"M'E-___ f'eI:DJitu"
can now be connected to the EOS 5500, FIlD CFYlW .______ 95%
irKluding a directional mic to record the DD'JREAIlllSThlHT _ _____ -3w+l1/m
source directty in front of the camera or
wireless tie mic for recoo:ling dlaklgue
from a distilrxe.
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NPOIifS __ ______ ____ 9 pj1tM.6 = ~. certre.

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PC RASH SOCIEl________ No
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1oDIJ1rtCARD. ______ ____ SD,SDtt::
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1DIIE1MIY________ .____ USB. HDIIl ffillIIl,lok-iJ

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- SHARPNESS The nilll! autofocus areas not


only made the EOS 5500 imJXe5sively rapkl at find·
ing a focal point, but impressively accurate as well.
The 18MP sen~ certainly came into its own here.
and even the JPEG managed exceHen! darity. (anon
18-55mm at 24mm, 1116, 1125rh, 150 100, AWB

RAW/ JPEG Th~ £OS 5500 IS (ap.lbl~ of SMolmg Slmu ltanHllls R,]w and )PEG
fi les and these two example-; <JJow thaI the JPEG does start to show signs of smoothing at
aroooo the 200% m~ndlCatlon mark, where the Raw I, ~uperb up dose Canon 18 55mm al
18mm fl8 11/6Orh ISO 100 AWB

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TONE &- EXPOSURE


The beoef~s of a 63-zooe meteri1g system is dearfor
all to see, offerirKj an impressfie en:! pro:luct in spile of
mixed lightirg cornitioos. ~ the mele!irg <;)'Stem
brooght across frrrn the ~ EOS 7D medrlS the EOS
550D can prOOuce some 1'i1tUa1~ semi-pro M inages.
rare!)' bbMrlg CXJt tijllights ....tile fll<l intainirKJ a k.wI of
detailwithin shaOOwe<J areas. EI'eI'IWlen tested against
aseverei)' shaOOwed erMl'CM1€Ill irMlMng some harsh
spotliJhts the resuks 'M:fe SlJIPisingy impressiYe, CCfJing
well urm strenuoos conditioos.

COLOUR &- WIiITE BALANCE


Left to the alltOmatic setting. the EOS 5500's wille
balance I:et>ps the torleS iiTll'tessNe/y in cheO:.Theh!'s
00 majcr fa\-Ql..lirg of art( partioJlar hJe, prodllCing a
far wore neutral end proiJct. O::casiooal ~ this reql.ired
slight a/teram via the Picttre Styles, espedal ~
when takilXj lXlfIraits, but for the most part the end
product I'.eS b.3lanc:ed I'IlOl.gh across the tooal rar¥Je
to ~e coosistent images. The Pkture St)1es offer
a few 11)((1' choices, irduding a roorochrome Cfltion was a particularly impressive example of that. aimed DSLR. Sitting at £900 SRP With the
and two aJStomisabie ~ albMng for contrast ard There was very little to pick between the 18-55mm kit lens. the EOS 550D is already
brightness to be altered ~~, higher ISO settings in terms of noise, w ith almost BOO more than the SRP of the Nikon
only an extreme amount of magnification in a DSOOO, one of its close rivals. For the extra
SIIARPNESS &- DETAIL photo editing program capable of showing the cash both the increased resolution and Full HD
The 5S0()'s APS.( sensortunsoot superbly shaJp differentiat ion outside of the EXIF data. Leaving movie mode are the only real benefits over the
images despite such a high resolution. VVnen slegJir;;! the camera on the auto ISO setting did produce chasing pack, so those unfussed by the larger
some mixed resu lts and lengthy shutter speeds. fi le size or higher quality HD video needn't shell
I.lp'MIrd tImuijllhe ISO settings, the shi3~s rare~
drq>s to LOaCCept<ble k:w/s. which can heavily compromise the focus when out the extra cash . Comparing a number of
off tripod due to camera shake, but manually shots and results side-by-side, the SSOD comes
upping the settings to 3200. 6400 or even the out favou rably against the competition . Those
ISO SENSmVlTY &-
H 12,800 mark resulted in fa r sharper shots. with an eXisting stock of Canon lenses are
IMAGE NOISE
Unlike re<:ent Micro Four Thirds models the EOS likely to embrace the fu ll functionality of the
Left totheAuto settir.g. ~ the EOS 550D.-.eemed
S50D isn't overrun w ith preset picture modes EOS 550D. so the extra few hundred pounds
\0 be averse to tqlirKJ the ISO, whidJ resufted in some
offering such niche settings as Tilt And Shift shouldn 't be too much of a stretch . woe
unma~e<;hutterspeedsonoccasioo. l mage rrise
or Pinhole, instead sticking to more traditional
in general was impressively minimal for the most part,
oMth oriythe top ISO 12,8OJ, or Hsetting. ~g ir;;l on
offerings such as Portrait and Monochrome.
On the basic settings there was no evidence
VERDICT
being LflLJSabIe. Attmt.g1 an amount of roise slaned 10 The E05 5500 is an excellent camera,
of over-saturation, which has occasionally
beoome IIisilIe in the 3200 sening it isn't CI\IeIty c:OVous, offering a beginner similar specs to an
blighted Canon DSLRs, and colour quality in
meanh] the EOS SSOD is perledlyusable in ItM'er Ighl E05 70 semi-pro model at a fraction
general was impressively balanced, keeping of the price. The low-light and video
IWh the likes of lI"f' kit lens anacOO:!.
reds in che<:k w ithout dulling the entire image. performance are a superb bonus to the
The 3.7fps frames per second rate IS quite excellent overall image quality. The
RAWj JPEG impressive when in JPEG shooting, and in spite
JPEG smoothing is on~ eW:Ient at the 200% 18MP resolution may mainly make the
of the quoted numbers went well beyond 34 files larger, but the sharpness and detail
ma!]lification mark, v.tlerea5 tfie Raw files are St.fleIbIy
images before slowing down, slowing In pace are top-notch regardless. The most
w!P to (1"1 irrpessive ~ree. at around the 60 images mark. Involving Raw impressive new addition on the stills
led to a more noticeable drop in pace as the side is the 63-zone metering system, as
buffer quICkly fills after a couple of seconds. it seems to be capable of coping with
One of the major improvements in terms of almost any lighting condition and still
image quality over the EOS SOOD isn't related turn out a decent shot. The 150 range
to the st ills. With the video having 24fps and may be verging toward unusable at
30fps frame rates available. The result is fa r 12,800, but below that the noise was
smoother motion overall, espe<:ially when minimal enough to make it difficult to
panning and re<:ordlng rapid motion. Alt hough tell the shots apart. The price may be a
the whirr of the AF is still noisy in terms of touch high compared to its rivals, but
being picked up by the internal microphone, a the Canon E05 5500 is well worth the
dire<:tional mic at least max.imises the potential extra cash.
for cutting out unwanted environmental
noise, even if it requires the extra ex.pense.
Although not quite up to the standard of its
SCORES I
LIKES IlSI5M 11
more professionally-aimed sibling, the SD Mk
II, the video outputted by the EOS 550D was ,.,..,
very """,tile,
fanla!.!i<. quali~ !;!]!!'!!il!!!~~~?"'
Iigll1 and
irrIIIgt
extremely impressive for the price range. DtSUkES 11
A loom 1"" ~.pen'>ive TOTAL
VAWE.
One st umbling block for the EOS S50D will be
the price, as the RRP is high for a beginner-
91%
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SONY
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~ Sony's laten Alpha model sits at the
~ lower end of its mid-level range.
Splicing together the speedy continuous
steven frames per sE'(ond, as per the ASSO.
When not in this specific mode an ample
Sfps is offered o r a potential4fps when In live
shooting mode as found in the AS50, but view. The nine-point AF system keeps things
• . "
lacking the class-leading Quick AF live view up on the speed-front, including an Eye-Start
I from the rest of the AI pha range. Is this activation that readies the AF system when
f II. .
.. . new model a fine balance of user demand you r eye nears the 95% viewfinder.

',. - at an affordable sub-£500 price-point, or


more a play to further bulk out the Alpha DESIGN
KEY " range to tempt potential buyers by Sony's
sheer mass-presence in the marketplace?
The A4S0's body design is the same as the
other mid-level Alphas, bar the LCD wh ich is
SPECS FEATURES
fixed to the rear, meaning a solid and sizeable
grip is on offer and the camera feels good in
t2'linlWillmHii VNM'.SONY.CO.UK Sat in the range between the lower-end Sony the hand. However, the exterior doesn't feel
A380 and marginally higher mid-level ASSO, entirely polished and is somewhat 'plasticky',
• 14.2MPCMOSSENSOR
the Sony A4S0 offers the majority of the though not fl imsy. Saying that, the overall
• 18-55MM F/3.5-5.6 KIT LENS ASSO's spec at a sub-£SOOprice point. There layout is welcome when compared to the
• 2.7IN,230K-OOTLCO are some key differences, however: the rear lower-end Alpha models with their sunken-
• 9-POINT AUTOFOCUS SYSTEM screen is a 2.7in, 230k-dot LCD version that grips that make fo r less-comfortable use.
• 7FPS SPEED PRIORITY MODE cannot be free ly tilted as per the ASSO's larger A variety of one-touch buttons around
• ISO 200-12,800 EQUIVALENT 31n, 920k-dot t ilt-angle version. The other the A4S0's body provide ease of control.
significant omission is that the top-performing Most funct ions are quick-accessed using the

u.l~2:u@~nfJ
Quick AF live view capability lacks - where Fn button on the camera's rear, avoiding
ot her Alpha models have a dedicated live view any excessive menU-digging among myriad
image sensor, the A4S0 doesn't, so Manual options in the full menu. One-touch D-range
Check liveview is the only method available. (Dynamic Range Optimiser), Drive mode and
IN-CAMERA HDR AUTD Apart from these changes, the A4S0 is very ISO buttons each sit just beh ind the shutter
By shooting two images in SlJCces- much like the ASSO found above it in the release atop the camera . Further exposure lock
sion tile HDR mode merges shadow range. The high-resolution 14.2-megapixel and exposu re compensation control buttons
an d highlighl delail in Olle image. CMOS sensor outputs large images as eit her featu re on t he camera's rear, accompanied by
JPEGs or using Sony's ARW Raw format. Steady the usual d-pad layout for general cont rol and
UP TO ISO 12,800 Shot INSIDE image-stabilisation technology playback. Interfaces are displayed in an easy-to-
for eliremely low light shooting featu res as standard, Wit h the sensor capable understand format that's designed to visually
the A450 has ISO sensitivity to a
of countering a claimed two to four stops of inform about exposure, presenting the shutter
. . . . . . whopping 12,800 at foil resolution
shake, whichever lens is attached to the front. value change when adjusting aperture, fo r
The Bionz processor provides images up to example. This visual prompting is great for new
IN-CAMERA STABILISATION an extended ISO setting of 12,800 and there users getting to grips with manual controls but,
As per all Sony DSLR cameras, Super
SleadyShot INSIDE minulely mol'es IIIe is even an Auto HDR featu re that takes two and importantly, doesn't slow down a more
sensor to coontercamera shake. images in quick succession and auto-combines advanced user's use in any way.
in camera for a single image w ith edended The provided 18-SSmm kit lens has a
shadow and highlight exposure captured. set-forward front fOCUSing ring that makes
7FPS SPEED PRIORITY MODE
Aspeedy snapper, in Speed Pliority The A4S0's Priority Speed Mode also offers accidental touching of the front element
mooe it's possible to fireofi up to
se~en frames per secon d.
the same high speed continuous shooting of common when manually focus ing - a »
HIGH RESOLUTION
Wrth its lUMP CMOS sensor
the A450 can output 4592 ~ 3056
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How does Sony's A450 compare to its


other models?
A550 ASOO A450
SENSOR: 14.2MPExmor 12.3WExmor 14.2MPExmor
CM1S CMOS CMlS
LCD: 3in.921k-oot 3in.2n-dol 2.7in.2n-OOl
ti~-ang~ ti~-ang~

ISO SENSITIVITY: 200-12.800 200-12.800 200-12.800


LIVE VIEW: Yes. Quick Af liw Yes. Quick Af I~ Yes. Manual Rlcus
";ew &Manua l v'ew & Manual Cileckmodeoo~
Focus C!Jeck mode Focus C!Jeck mode (no autoiocus)
available available

VIEWFINDER 95' 95% 95%


FIELD Of VIEW:
AF-POIHTS; 9-poinl 9·point 9-poinl
DRIVE MODE: 51ps (7fps Speed 51. SIps (71ps Speed
I'riooty I.b.le) Priooty MOOe)
STEADYSHOT Yo Yo Yo
INSIDE:
DU~ Y. Y. Y.
REDUCTION:
WEIGHT, 59S11 app!'\»: 597gap)ttD:. 520gapp!l»:.
DIME NSI ONS: 137x l04xMmm 137x l04xMmm 137 x 104 x81mm

WHICH IS THE MOST ALPHA?


If you're out for an Alpha camera but not sure wIlich one to grab,
you may notice subtle differences between one model and the ne)(l
- particularly in the mid-level market spot. The quick referef1ce table
above makes light work of fiashing between the differences and
similarities of the three most recent mid-level Sony OSLRs.
The A4SO maintains the rapid-fire seven frames per second of the AS50
above it, so is ideal fOf users shooting fast action shots. However. as
well as the price being lowest of tire three, so is its feature set - there's
no Quick AF live view available, nor a tilt-angle capable LCD. Yet, at
14.2MP its sensor captures higher resolution images than the ASOO.

focus ring further set back In t he lens would portrait at lJ2Sth in a dimly ht pub one minimum, and this one does feel small; further
have made fo r better use. Saturday afternoon was a struggle - and with emphasised by the black borders and space
the capacity to shoot up to a sensitivity of ISO around the screen placement.
PERFORMANCE 12,800 (i.e. In yet lower light) this seems to be In-camera HDR (high dynamIC range)
For a 5ub- f SOO DSLR the A450 is a decent a bit of an anomaly to get to use the high-ISO and D-Range Optimiser (DRO) features also
performer, despite its lack of a more
comprehensive live view system that
even Sony's lower-spec mooels and many THE A450'S SPEED PRIORITY MODE TROUNCES
competitors' entry-level models have. Manual MOST COMPETITORS' CONTINUOUS SHOOTING
Check Livevlew featu res, wh ich IS qulCk-
accessed from a button on top of th .. camera, settings appropriately. The pop-up flash does provide options for ways of exposing images,
but this mode is e)«lctly as described - manual act as an illuminator by pre-flashing the subject without the need for any post-production.
focus only. Of course, for those users unfaled for focus, though flash isn't always desirable The In-camera HDR mode takes two f rames
by the presence of live view, this is a good and a dedicated lamp would have provided the in quick succession and 'threads' them
compromise: save money buying a more option of variety_ There are three AF options together to render one single image w ith
affordable model with high speed features as - the usual AF-S for a single focus; AF-C for suitable highlight and shadow exposure t hat
per the Alpha ASSO above it in the range. continuously adjusting focus; and the AF-A would not be possible in a single standard
When using the 18-55mm kit lens in option providing a combination for initial single exposure . Although Sony is currently the only
manual focus it's easy for a drift ing digit to focus then re-focuslng if the subject moves. manufacturer to provide such a mode that
get in the way of the front glass element, as Compared to entry-level models. the A450's can be used handheld. it won't always be
there's little distance to grab at Also, the lens Speed Priority mode trounces competitors' successf ul in lower light with some image
makes notable volume in autofocus mode. For continuous shooting modes by offering up to ghosting on occasion. In general though it's
optimum results there are plenty of other Sony- seven frames per second. However, outside of a good option to have, with user-defined
compatible lenses out there. and future lenses this specific mode it's a Sfps maximum or 4fps control of a 1-3EV difference (in 05EV values)
penned for release too. when in Manual Focus Liveview. between first and second exposures. Results
The M50's nine-point autofocus system The LCD screen is 2.7in, 230k-dot and not a are reasonably subtle and useful for real-world
is relatively nippy. though w ith no AF-assist free-angle t ilting type - the same as found in use, though it would be preferred to see more
lamp as such it will struggle to attain focus the entry-level Alpha A230 model. Most DSLR creative control, as per the depth of light
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cool tones that rrovide a perception of flatness -
tholXjh it's not always the case.
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exposure 100, though these results are otMously
entirely separate from a stardard exposure. The rea r
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controls found in post-production software VALUE
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modes - b&w, SUnset, Landscape, Portra~ and
D-Range Optimiser option is available. The key Quick AF live view, one of the stronger features
VMd - are also selectab'e in-<amera for other
difference here is that t his works by pulling of Sony's range is missing , Of course, for a
colour effects. exposure detail from a single exposure, so buyer not fussed by live view the A4S0 is then
the overall available dynamic range of the perhaps an ideal proposition.
SHARPNESS (; DETAIL image is 100000er and this can limit the extremes HO"vVever, the similar spec and price-point to
Considerirlg the high resolutioo of the sensor the of what's possible. However, wit h five levels bot h t he A500 and A550 models may only
image detail is!1J(Xl. 10000h this d::les deplete due available from slight to significant adjustment, assist in confUSing prospective buyers as to
to the high ISO noise redlXlioo that softens images the capacity is there for more subtle results which is the mooel to go for - plus the 100000er-
for sake of pilrtial noise remNal.The main is.-.ue than t he HDR - t hough above DRO level three spec A380 model can be found for nigh-on the
with sharp1€Ss is the 18· SSmm kit lens wtlich is a the shadO"vV exposure can look wrong in some same price as the A4S0, as close as £20
linle soft, aod produces visible chromatic aberratioo, scenes. The biggest downside of both mooes difference. WDC
panicularl)' to the comers al the IW:Ier end. is t hat when shooting in Raw (including Raw &
AlthouJh IlOt unexpected, to get the roost from JPEG) neither mode is accessible.
1heA450, or il"lde«j most DSLR cameras, putting a
\lariet)' of lenses in yotr kit bag is an ideal solution.
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VERDICT
The A450 excites and perplexes. It's
Something like the prime SOmm 111.4 wi ll prlJ'lide software provided in the box to read, edit and
a decent D5LR, but when considered
StJpefb fXX\rait resLJlts without t.eaking the bank, manage your files. An imminent Camera Raw
against the saturated Alpha range
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thol..9h there area hlJge anay of ament aoo some it becomes tougher to place,
files readable using Photoshop or Elements predominantly due to the subtle price
forthcoming SoI1)' lenses to cr:Nef all bases.
too. Although Sony·s software isn·t as nippy differences between the next models
as Adobe's offering, it does provide camera- up and down the range. Performance
ISO SENSITIVITY (; specific adjustments in post-production. such
IMAGE NOISE is identical to the A550 where features
as uSing the D-Range Optimiser presets. match, despite no Quick AF live view -
Although ISO 12,800 is availa~e it's oot likely to Battery life is extended beyond an acclaimed arguably one of 50ny's foremost features
be an everyday setting. Its use is lim~ed due 10 1J)OO shots per charge. Certainly a full day - and a smaller 2, 7in, 230k-dot screen.
focusing issues in low ligh~ and the image llOise of shoot ing left the camera w it h a good 15% For some potential buyers it will wrap
level is si!11ificant, even when vijev.'l'd on the LCD remaining, which is pretty good going after up exactly what's on the wish list for
screen. From ISO 200 to 400, images are very hundreds of shots, some playback and lots under £500, so it does have some marker
smooth and Io.v-rlJise. with agradual increase in of continuou s AF work. Having t his battery spread. Yet with some competitors'
colour noise from ISO 800 and alxM>. Real-world power symbol as an accurate percentage - not more entry-le vel models offering more
use to ISO 1600 is consistent. the common 'four bars of pO"vVer' - is also an features, excluding the super-fast 7fps
accurate way to keep on top of the charge. continuous shooting, it's not necessarily
RAWj JPEG Though the next generation of Sony DSlRs top of its game. Certainly good, but
iMlen using the bundk>d Image Data Cooverter will come w ith Full HD capture in tow, as we worth considering other closely-specced
found at a press conference at t he PMA show and similarly-priced models.
software it's possible to outpUt the ARW Raw
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though. the most poNeIful compact-sized model grip, as the front is flush, but the mode dial sits
and (omes with an Impressive feature list There's neatly under the thumb and has enough
a 14.1MP sensor capturing at 4320 x 3240 pixels resistance to avoid changing the mode
with a standard ISO range of 80-1600. The lens is accidentally, The LCD screen initially looks
a 14x. optical zoom, offering 28mm at its wi~ impressive, as it takes up much of the rear, but
end and an aperture range of 1/3.1 to 115.9 at the its widescreen format is only of benefit when
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program modes. There's also a full Auto. Simple
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On the fear it has a 3in LCD screen - though this breeze to operate. To save space and keep a
is a 16:9 widescreen display, so for still image clean deSign, the quick access symbols have
shooting you only get the equivalent of around a been removed and instead show up on the
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adjustTnellt of aperture or shutter, and GIn be this is clever, it does slow the process. Focusing
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self timer and exposure compensation. As well as rear dial, and the range of scene modes
a movi€ mode on the shooting dial, there's also a includes some usef ul and fun functions, such
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Performance or P-range. The $8OC() is the world's comes in a choice of champagne, brown and
slimmest lOx zoom compact, at JUst 27 .3mm in black colours, though the black is the best
depth without the lens extended. It features a option. The back panel also remains clean but
14.2MP sensor that outputs at 4320 x 3240 perhaps a little 'budget' in its styling. There is
pixel ~. vvith an ISO range of 100-3200. The lens no grip on the front but the rear has a handy
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end but ~miti ng for wideangle. The zoom is reproduction, The flash pops up automatically
controlled by a rocker around the shutter button, when needed and must be closed manually.
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under a button with a green camera icon, but wh ich won't suit landscape fans, and the
once used to the navigation it IS&'Bf to use. The optICal zoom is not operational in movie mode.
d-pad has a selection wheel built in, though with However, this camera's strengths undoubtedly
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this is limited to menu and exposure controls,
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opticalzOOffi offers the benefit of an extra wide dedicated buttons for exposure and movie
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formats has chosen the more native 4:3 format, autofocus comes with a w ide range of options
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software to convert it before it can be Yie\.ved supported by editing software, so updates may
easily on a computer. The included PC-only be required for programs such as iMovie.
Photofunstudio software 'Nil! ckJMlload and bum
AVCHD Lite files to DVD, but for proper editing VALUE FOR MONEY
you 'Nill need to buy additional software. Another Being one of the pricier models in the test the
clever feature is GPS, which all<J.r.6 you to pinpoint TZ10 justifies its extra cost 'Nith some useful
v.tlere the images were taken by kxation and features, such as the GPS, the zoom, and the
also by landmarks, thanks to the inbuilt database. creative modes. It produces great-looking
images and all image attributes can be adjusted
DESIGN from the menu. The video mode gives great-
The TZI 0 is the chunkiest in this test but only looking results and is easy to use, however the
by 1mm. It is the only model to have a fo rm of AVCHD Ute format makes reviewing and
fi nger grip on the front allowing a more solid editing trickier than with some other formats.

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SONY
eYlER-SHOT HX5
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The HXS offers a full assortment of Sony's latest DESIGN
technologies, all rolled into one camera to create The HXS has a solid build and few protruding
what Sony believes to be the ultimate creative featu res. It features a recess to form a grip on
tool. It features a relatively sparsely populated the f ront of the body and also a small indent
10.2MP sensor of the latest back-illuminated on the back for your thumb. The rear panel
Exmor R CMOS type, designed for low noise at has been kept very clean with a simple d-pad
high sensitivity. It outputs at 3648 x 2736 pixels in control that includes quick functions, a
4:3, 400J)( 2672 in 3:2, or 3648)( 2056al 16:9. dedicated movie button and three small
The ISO range offers from 125 to 3200. with a funct ion buttons controlling playback. menu
Handhekl TlNilight scene mode that combines six and delete. Other.vise, the LCD screen
el(J)OSUres to produce shake-free images in very dominates the rear of the camera. Sony's ne<N
Iow-light scenes. Other intrioguing functions on multl-(ard slot allows for either MemorySt ick
this ~ include: the intelligent sweep Duo or SD cards to be used in this moclel too.
panorama that can prcduce a 270 degree images
in JUst a quick sweep of the camera; aID-frames- P£RFORMANCE
per-second burst mcde at full resolutiOll; a In use the HXS is responsive and logical, with
backlight mcde that takes multiple shots for an the main scene fu nctions accessed directly
almost HDR effect, and GPS that not only from the top mode dial. The lack of at least
pinjX)ints INhere the shot was taken but also, aperture priority d(){>S seem an oversight -
using the compass featu re, the direction and however, with on ly two apertures available at
coverage of the shot. The lens offers a lOx zoom anyone t ime, the manual and program modes
from a wide 25mm to a moderate 2S0mm with are probably sufficient. The added features are
an ma~ aperture of 1/3.5 to liS.5 controlled >;ia a what really makes the HX5 special. and the
lever around the shutter button. Interestingly, thIS burst mcde, TlNllight shoot ing and intelligent
is not a Zeiss lens but a Sony G type, the range <;weep panorama wou ld all be enough reason
classed as professional quality in the OSLR lens to buy this camera. Autofocus is swift and
range. The HX5 offers a range of aeatJve and reliable even in low-light conditions. The real
ea9f shooting modes. For the aeatille side there's let down, though, is the LCD screen; despite its
Program and Manual mode. though no aperture impressive size. the 230k-dot display appears
or shutter priooties. There's a range of 14 scene overly bright and the only controls offer to
modes, an intelligent Auto setting and an Easy further increase the brightness.
mode that keeps it as a point and shoot. The rear
screen is a 3in LCD in 4:3 format that dominates VALUE FOR MONEY
the rear panel but features a fairly basic 230k-dot Though the most expensive in this test, the
resolution. The video mode uses the AVCHO HX5 has the largest number of added features,
format to prcduce 1080i high-definition video. most of which you'll use on a regular basis.
This is the highest resolution in the test - though Images are a nice mi ~ of natural tones and
is In an interlaced form. Plus the file format stili punch. and they more than hold their own in
requires the use of editing software to be able to terms of quality and noise. It's only the screen
~, unless plugging directly into an HOTV. and manual e~posure options that hold it back.

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flexible range of creative modes, and Video mode is impressive but the format
All of these cameras have their unique superior HD video, while taking up mere requires an additional package for editing
abilities and will appeal to slightly different millimetres more of pocket space. The and the included software is just to view.
usef5. It does depend on how much control regular screen display is relatively small and Sony's HX5 packs in the largest number
you want over your images. Though all will low resolution though, due to the 16:9 of features to the mix. The zoom is nice and
let you put them into autopilot as it were, format 230k-dot screen. It also lacks the wide, though not the longest and
some will allow you to regain more control advanced features of the final two models. produces some of the most pleasing and
than othef5. If budgets are tight the Nikon Both the TZ10 and the HX5 offer a similar noise·free results here. The LCD screen is a
is the viable option and, from a point and proposition; both with 25mm wideangle let down but is still workable and the 1080i
shoot perspective, delivef5 nice-looking lenses, GPS data, and AVCHD video HD video looks great though can suffer
images. Being the smallest and lightest, it is variants. The TZ10 offers a more manual with compatibility. Overall, it edges past
certainly pocket·friendly too. For just £30 ability, with a greater range of apertures the other models and is truly worthy of our
more however, the Canon SX210 IS offers a and a full set of creative exposure modes. gold award. WDC

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OLYMPUS E-PL1
SQUEEZING ... IG...·END FEATURES INTO A DIMINUTIVE BODY, IS
T...IS T... E MOST TEMPTING MICRO FOUR T... IRDS CAMERA YET?
nmD BY MAn GOLOWCZYNSKI
(*!i tI] WITH 14-42"" LENS
iWIW.OLYMPUSmUK ~ Just under two years ago, Panasonic's
~ Gl demonstrated for the first time how
in a straightfOlWard manner. The warmth of an
image, for example, may be regulated by moving
13:;'li4!;J the promised advantages of the Micro Four
Thirds fonnat translated into an actual
a slider towards the warm or cool extremes of
the scale, lNhile saturation, brightness, depth of
• 12.3MP LIVE MOS SENSOR camera. The model was praised, though its field and shutler speed may also be altered In this
insignificant size advantage over a DSLR left way. The feature also provides recommendations
• TRUEPIC VPROCESSOR many feeling that the miniaturisation of the for shooting particular subjects. such as pets and
• SIXARTFILTERS system could go that one step further. flowers, in a similar vein to the GUide function on
• nop VIDEO RECORDING Two years on and Panasonic and Olympus prf>Vious Olympus cameras.
• NEW LIVE GUIDE OPTION have both provided an array of models for the In keeping w ith the camera's fun and
series, which novv include some pocket·friendly functional ethos, Olympus's Art Filters have
alternatives to those following the traditional SLR continued on this m~, with a choice of six..
fonn. And with the latest E-Pll model Olympus These include the previous Pop Art. Soft Focus.
has pushed the concept the furthest, with both Grainy Film, Pin Hole and Diorama, together With
LIVE GUIDE MODE its body and price tag being the most modest yet. the new Gentle Sepia option, and each may be
Oesigoed with the beginner in mind, used in conjunction with the camera's HD movie
settings soch as colour and brightness FEAnJRES mode. Sadly. support for stereo audio recording
mav be changed with easv-to-use sliders, Although the E-P\..l is designed to sit at the base has been dropped as standard, though it is still
,.----, BUILT-IN FLASH of Olympus's PEN series. the company has not possible with the aid of an external microphone
The [ -I'Ll is also Olympus's first PEN only carried over many features from its tvvo Image and video capture takes place on a
model to fealure an integrated Hash, previous models but also gifted it with new ones. 12.3MP live MOS sensor, in both Raw and JPEG
while tile tIotshoe accepts external units. Notably. the E-PL1 is the first Olympus model to formats. which works together with a rf>Vised
offer a built-in flash, as well as a dedicated version of Olympus's TruePic V image processing
ACCESSORY PORT button for stopping and starting video recording. engine. Together, they allovv for the camera's
Situated under the hots hoe, this accepts
an ophooal eleelronic v;ewfindet or With the model aimed at novice photographers. sensitivity to run f rom ISO 100 up to a max.lmum
stereo micropoooe. it also debuts a new Live Guide Interface INhlch ISO 3200, w ith a range of noise-reduction
allows the user to adjust a number of parameters options available. The fam iliar combination of

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IF THE E-PL1INDICATES
THE DIRECTION FOR
HYBmDS THE OUnOOK
IS CERTAINLY POSITIVE
Olympus's Supersonic Wave Filter and image
stabilisation system have a~ made their way into
the E-PL I, with the latter function claiming to
stabilise effectively at up to three extra stops of
exposure past vvttat would be usually possible.
While 3in LCD screens have dominated many
cameras over the past year or so (including
Olympus's other PEN offerings), the E-PL "s

measures 27in and has a resolution of 230JXXl As with the E·Pl alld E-p], the 12.3MP sensor alld
dots. There's also a HOMI output to complement TruePic Vrmcessing l'Il!Ji~ deliwr a hi!tJ standard
the camera's HD video capabilities, and a slot that of images, ard the level of detail the camera aoo
accepts both SD or SDHC memory cards. ~it lens are able to resot.-e together is impressive,
As ever, a IinJe sharpening is reqlJired to lift images
DESIGN past the quality Typical of its JPEGs. though not as
While the relationship between the E-Pl and E-P2 much as may be expected, Metering is generally fine.
was doW, the appearance, feature set and asking though as the camera occasOOalIy errs 00 the side of
price of the nevv arrival show it to fulfil a different tNerex~ure, sane higl-jKjht detail can tun out a
aim. First glances show the E-PL 1 to differ only bit prematurely. the Gr~aOOJ ~tion may be used to
slightly, with the previous large, flat grip replaced coLflter this QlJality is slKjhtly corr-pomised 1'1 image prefer there to be a Standard colour mode of sane sot, as
by a smaller but more defined protrusion. There's noise patteming in shadoo.v detail, even in im<Iges the NatlJ'al mode (the defa~ setting) can lade lite, though
a small revision to the lens mount button, but it's shot as bw as ISO 200. Aside from a slighttenOO-lcy this may be adjusted in camera to taste. The 14-42mm kit
on the rear and top plate where the camera to be a linle warm on occasion, the camera'sAuto IerlS maintaJrlS excellent shatpneSS towards edges, with just
distinguishes itself from its siblings. Without a White Balance system is generally re liable, I'd a marginal drop in sharpness tCMIards COOler<;,
command dial by the thumb rest, operation IS
carried out entirely through the handful of
buttons and mode dial on the top plate. With the
mode dial novv on the nght-hand side of the
camera, the flash sits on the left INith a catch
below to activate it And thanks to the dedicated
record button on the rear, video record ing may
be carried out with greater spontaneity.
The inner barrel of the lens retracts into itself
when the lens is not in use, though ideal~ there
would be an option to link this to the powering
up and down of the camera. As it is, the camera
requires two operations - one to activate power
and one to lock or unlock the lens. Together wth
the need to remove the awi<voJardly thin lens cap,
it makes starting up the camera a touch more
difficult than w ith a comparable high-end
compact, such as the Canon GIl, which slmp~
requires a button press.
Whereas the E-Pl and E-P2 offered all-metal
bodies, the ICMler positioning of the nE"N model
means that only the metal frontage has been
retained, with the back and sides constructed of
plastiC. Despite this the model feels very well
constructed, and together wth the slightly
smaller body this reduces the overall weight.
With the Olympus E·PL 1,
PERFORMANCE cok:JIJ is IM'iI maintained
The camera is set by default to hide many of its right up unlil lSO 1600.
customisatlOfl optIOns, the sort that will be famil iar Noise Iises steadily throt..Wj1
to users of previous E-system models. Once the sensitivity range, aoo
enabled, they turn a seeming~ simple camera ontt shilts silJlilkantly for
into one full of customisable options. If you don't the 'MJI'St at the I-Wghest
want to use the movie record ing button for its setting.
intended purpose, say, you can change its
function to a different setting, In the same way
the Fn button may be personalised. Further
exploration uncovers a bulb mooe that can be
programmed up to 30mins, and an Anti-shock
setting ideal for use INith lower shutter speeds,
With no mirror/pentaprism combination, the
E-PL 1 relies solely on the contrast-detect system
to achieve autofocus. This steps through »
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SDHC card the average processing time for a though to some the addition of the flash and the
simultaneous Raw and high-quality JPEG file is slightly smaller form factor may be preferable.
around three seconds, though this varies wrth
each effect, The Pop Art fi ner, for example, is VERDICT
applied instantly, while the Pinhole filte r can take The Micro Four Thirds system has definitely
four to five seconds. The processing speed of pioneered the hybrid concept but Samsung's
each effect seems roughly proportional to its NXIO, Ricoh's GXR sy.;tem and the promises
effect on movie frame rate, when the two are made by Sony will all challenge how its
used together. While three liners are able to future models are received. Nevertheless, it's
maintain 30fps record ing, the Grainy Film filter becoming clear that the advantages offered
points of focus incrementally to fi nd the right one, reduces this to 6fps and the Pinhole to just Zfps. by such cameras take more and more away
and, as on previous models, it does this even The addition of a flash is welcome, particularly from the appeal of enthusiast comparu,
Yllhen the focus point ha>n't changed from the as many users upgrading from compacts w ill be which have long enjoyed the reputation
previous capture. While for most static subjects used to its presence. A panel hosting a handful of slowly being bestowed upon this newer
this won't be too much of an issue, anything flash options helpfully includes a few separate breed. The only Significant benefits of such
requiring more immediate focusing attention is po.vers (such as full povver, y.. povver and so 00) enthusiast models come from their
likely to present a greater problem. Switching to
manual focus is one solution, though the focusing THE LEVEL OF DETAIL THE CAMERA AND KIT LENS
ring is not mechanically linked to the relevant lens
group, but to a system which electronically
ARE ABLE TO RESOLVE TOGETHER IS IMPRESSIVE
instructs hovv far this group needs to shift. This which negate the use of a separate flash retracting lenses, which makes them more
makes fine-tuning focus less intuitive, a problem compensation function, though the flash itself pocketable than models like the E-PL 1. This
compounded by the small steps by which the alvoJays needs to be manually released from the factor aside, it's hard to see what their next
system finds focus. When shooting video it's easy top plate first by the user, regard less of whether it move will be simply to justify their existence.
for this movement to become quite apparent in is set to its most basic automated setting. If the E-PU indicates the direction for
the resulting footage, as the focusing ring may at Finally, the softvvare su ite supplied with the hybrids, the outlook is certainly positive. The
times need to be shifted by a fa ir amount. This camera includes Olympus's latest 'ib' program. camera is not perfect, particularly when its
isn't necessarily insurmountable: using a tripod or While it allows basic Raw adjustment. its focus is focusing foibles are considered, and it'd be
simply stopping the lens down far enough can more on doing several things to extend the nice to see high-res LCDs and a few other
get round this problem. Another saving grace camera's functionality, rather than specialising in wrinkles ironed out in future models. Even
comes with the 14x magnification option, which anyone of them. These include tagging people so, to achieve this level of image quality in
makes the process of focusing on more distant and mapping Images. as well as editing tasks such a small body is impressive; let's hope
subjects infinitely easier, n is also possible to set such as panorama stitching. Its slick interface Olympus and Panasonic are as ingenious
the camera to focus continuously during movie differs considerably from the soltvvare previously with their future models as they have been
recording, though this system lacks some of the supplied with Olympus cameras, but for serious in their conception of the system. woe
expected responsiveness when the subject or editing it's perhaps best to look elsewhere.
camera chan~s position. Using an external
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LUMIX
G20MMF/I.7
[iIj]l I'MW.PANASONIC.CO.UK
Given its 17.3)( 13mm sensor, the standard lens
for a Micro Four Thirds camera (according to the
rule of using the diagonal length of the sensor)
ought to be about 22mm. That is close enough to
20mm fo r this lens to be vie'-Ned as a standard
optic, espedally given its fast 1/1.7 aperture, wh ich
echoes the typical apertures of standard lenses for
35mm cameras.
Evidence fo r this suggestion can be found in
the fact that the Panasonic GFI is available
bundled w ith the 20mm lens. But if the Lumix G these omiSSions because the people who are
20mrn 1/1 .7 is to be adopted as a standard lens, going to use the M icro Four Thirds system w ill
then it has to be highly usable and exceptionally include relative nev..rcomers to photography who
well-behaved. The 9000 n€INS is t hat it meets are unlikely to requi re such old-fashioned things,
both of these demands admirab ly. Far more important is the optical performance
The only control on the lens itself is a of the lens. Its MTF resolution remains above the
manual-focus ring. use of which automatically critical 0.25 cycles-per-plxellevel from Wide-open
enlarges the viewfinder image (where available), down to about 1114 and, though some colour
Despite using a fly-by-wi re system that drives the fringing can be found if searched for, it is not a
focusing mechanism electronically, there is a gocx:! problem in rea l-world images. The only serious
feel to the focusing ring. disappointment is its rather slow and Slightly noisy
As this is a 'pancake' lens that protrudes only AF mechanism
26mm from the front of the camera, it would be At a shade under £300 on the web. this may be
reasonable to expect the lens to feel cramped- viewed as being a rather expensive standard lens;
but it doesn't. There IS no aperture ring, no the big question many buyers may ask is whether
distance read -out and no depth-of-field scale, but they would be better served by a similarly priced
the lens has not been marked-down fo r any of zoom lens with a more modest aperture, a range of

OLYMPUS
17MMF/2.8
1:f,@J I'MW.OLYMPUS.CO.UK
As the first Olympus lens for the Micro Four Thirds
system, the 17mm f12.8 can be viewed as haVing
defined the standard for prime lenses. It is also,
potentially. a competitor to Panasonic's similarly-
priced lumix G 20mm fl1.7 lens, which has
almost the ..ame breadth of vie-vv but benefits
from a faster maximum aperture,
l ike the lumlx 20mm, Olympus's 17mm is a
pancake design that hugs the front of the camera
and protrudes no more than about 25mm from the Panasonic G I body used for this evaluation
the flange. The only control is a manual-focus produced very gocx:l flash exposures when the
ring, which drives the fOCUSing mechanism 17mm lens was used .
electronically: the sound is more energetic than The MTF chart shows that optimal resolution
that f rom the Lumix but Olympus's lens is qUicker (above 0.25 cycles-per-pixel) IS maintained from
to achieve sharp focus on the test camera used , wide-open to just beyond fl8: this is a reasonable
Its smaller maximum aperture means that the performance but it is nothing to write home
Olympus lens also has a reduced front element about and when fully cl osed-down the lens
and a correspondingly small lens cap that verges records Just 0.15 cycies-per-pixeL
on being fiddly to fit. The moving part of the lens, Overall this is a good lens but it doesn't shine
which extends and retracts very slightly during brightly. It wins over the lumix G 20mm in having
focusing, looks a little flimsy but that may be an a slightly wider angle but it loses out in MTF
unjustified concern. testing and it might be usurped by a similarly-
One of the great things about the pancake priced 14-42mm zoom that sacrifices a little in
design is the fact that it does not intrude into the the apelture stakes for greater versatility. Of
illumination area of the pop-up flashgun. In fact course the zoom would be bulkier and If a truly
(and despite the fact that this is a lens review compact combination is needed then the
rather than a camera test) it is walth noting that Olympus 17mm is always going to hold appeal,

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LUMIX G VARIO
I4-4SMM F/3.5-S.6
ASPNERICAL
MEGAOIS
m:m I'MW.PANASONIC.CO.UK
Handling for the 14-45mm lens is excellent thanks
to an unfussy design and a logical layout, both of
which echo the appearance of Leica's Micro Four
Thirds 4Smm prime lens. The zoom ring is wider
and closest to the camera body, pushing the
narrower focus ing ring fu rt her forwards. The lens
extends by almost 50% as it is zoomed from
14mm to 45mm but focusing is entirely internal, small an aperture on a camera where the ISO can
leaving t he f ront element undisturbed. be varied to accommodate brightly-lit scenes.
The AF system is brisk, accurate and virtually There was a trace of ch romatic aberration at
silent As with other lenses, manual intervention is 14mm but this was not visible in real-world
possible in AF mode via an electrically driven images. To cap th is Vf~ry solid performance, the
rather than mechanical linkage, The resistance on lens incorporates Panasoni('s Optical Image
both collars is just about perfect. though the Stabilisation, which is effective and unobtrusive.
looming movement lacks a little smoothness. Overall this is a rea lly nice lens. The fact t hat it
Resolution test results exceeded expectations has a relatively modest and variable ma ~ i mum
given the price of this lens. The MTF curves were aperture is less significant than it would be on an
all above the critical 0.25 cycles~per-pixe l level optical reflex camera because the Gl's electron ic
from wide open down to more-or-Iess f/16 at all vievvfinder maintains its brightness regardless of
three tested foca l lengths. Admittedly. the the lens fitted . In its own way. this versatile and Despite being bundled as a kit
resolution dropped below 0.2 cycles-per-pixel at well-equipped lens is every bit as goOO as the lens, the 1 4-4~m is a versatile
f/22 but there ought to be no reason to set so 7-14mm zoom at about one-quarter of the cost. zoom that delivers gre<lt irTJ<lgeS
at bot!1 ends of i

OLYMPUS
M.ZUIKO 14-42MM
F/3.5-S.6 ED
~ I'MW.OLYMPUS.CO.UK
This lens featu res a clever 'parking' system,
making it much more compact when stowed than
when in use. Olympus has achieved this by
extending the rotation of the zoom ring to retract
the middle of the three concentric cylindrical
units. thereby redUCing the overall length from
about 7Smm to just over 40mm.
Perhaps because of this collapsible design the
innermost cylinder looks a little flimsy and there
appears to be a little slack that is evident when 14-4Smm zoom. Olympus's lens has a marginally
fitting and removing the lens cap. There is also weaker set of MTF curves and lacks image
slight rotation of the f ront-most flange during stabilisation - though Olympus PEN cameras have
fOCUSing. This is unlikely to be a problem for either this built-in. Still, the resolution figures stay above
handling or filter movement but it is a bit 0-25 cycles-per-pixel across the aperture range
disconcerting. These things give the camera-and- down to about f/14 w ith Just a slight drop
lens combination the air of a high-spec fixed-lens wide-open at the 42mm setting.
compact rather than a f ull DSLR-like feel The most serious weakness is magenta
The zooming collar has a short throw and a fringing, especially at 14mm, that is present when
smooth action but rotates the opposite way to demanding subjects are photographed.
that used by lumix lenses. which is not ideal. In its own right this is a goOO lens, but against
Manual focusi ng is achieved using the narrow the lumix 14-4Smm, which offers more features
collar at the front of the outer barrel: this fa lls at less cost. it faces st ilf competition. Some buyers
comfortably to hand when required. will be swayed by Its compact form. lower mass AIthooIjl some colour fringing
The AF system works well but it is neither as and clever 'parking' system but objectively it has was cle<lriy visible in tedmical
quick nor as quiet as that installed in lumix' s to take second place behind Panasonic's zoom. images at 14mm, it is all but
undetectable in rea l·wood images.

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LEICA DG MACRO-
ELMARIT 45MM
F/2.S ASPWERICAL
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Let's not beat about the bush: this is an amazing
lens that has rNery bell and whistle, not to mention
the Leica seal of approval. With a focal length that
is wice the sensor diagonal, Leica's 45mm is
ideally placed to offer a high-quality macro
performance. much like the 90·1 05mm macro
lenses offered for full-fram .. 3Smm cameras. The
'macro' label in the lens name suggests this ought
to be the case, but such labels don't always
deliver what they promise. Leica's lens does: it is a Optical Image Stabilisation (Mega OIS) is bu ilt
true macro that works brilliantly in AF mode_ into the lens and controlled from the camera
The Af system is qUiet and qUit e quick, but not body. This works well, Without any of the jitters
blindingly so. Manual intervention is possibl", via that some other systems produce. A focus limiter
the only collar on the lens and activates an restricts the minimum object distance to O.5m fo r
enlarged viewfinder Image {where available} to normal photography and allows extended
make focusing easier. Using an electronic focusing down to O.15m in macro mode.
viev.riinder isn't as quick as using an optical Incidentally, the focal-plane marking is to be
micro-prism. but the experience ISnot unpleasant. found on the left-hand end of t he top plate and
The 45mm looks and feels like a Leica lens and is discreet to the point of being easily overlooked.
its MTF chart has a correspondingly traditional When considered as an 'ordinary' prime lens
profile. The figures are a shade dlsappomting at Leica's 45mm MFT lens is distinctly expensive but
the ends, dipping belOlN 0.25 cycles-per-pixel at its true macro capability puts it firmly into the
maximum aperture and beyond f/14, but the macro lens arena, where its price can be more leica's 45mm lells d~ ivers biting
resolution is above 0.3 cycl es-per-pixel across the eaSily justified. If you 'NIII use all Its features then sharpness in sct'Ilic images and true
most-used apertures from f/4 to 1/8. the price may be worth paying. 1:1 maaodose-ups (the red dot on the
3nm i

LUMIX G VARIO
7-14MM F/4.0
ASPWERICAL
Piiibl \\WIIPANASONIC.CO.UK
On Panasonic's website this lens is listed at £1,375.
Fortunately, it can be obtained for close to £900,
which is still a lot - but a lot less than £1,375
So what do you get lor your money? Extemally
there is a bu lbous front element that is protected
by a fixed petal-type lens hood, over which a
slide-on cap protects the lens when not in use.
Internally there are l our ED glass elements and
two aspherical profiles. The zoom rmg is located
closest to the camera body, with the manual- well in most pidure-taking situations. Obviously
focus ring beyond. Manual focusing is done the use of a pop-up flashgun would be ill-advised
electronically rather than manually and is aided by given the zoom's bulky front end, but that ought
an enlarged viev.riinder image (where available). to be a more-than-tolerable limitation.
At the shortest focal-length setting, great care It is worth noting that the zoom ring rotates
must be taken to keep the camera parallel to any clockw ise (from behind the camera) to set longer
objects that are to be correctly rendered without focal-lengths and that this matches the rotation
converging verticals, for example. but there is not of the companion Lumix 14-45mm zoom. The
a hint of geometrical distortion. A slightly odd altemative 14-42mm zoom f rom Olympus rotates
noise (rather like the flexing of a bellows) came counter-clockwise, which might prove rather
from the review lens at the w idest end of the unsettling if paired with the Lumix 7-14mm.
zoom but not the sort to set alarm bells ringing. Despite being larger than other Micro Four
Technical testing reveals a well-matched set of Thirds lenses, the Lumi x 7-14mm is a pleasure to
curves that rema in above 0.25 cycles-per-pixel use and allows some very dramatic compositions
from maximum aperture down to about f/13, to be recorded. It is hardly an everyday lens, but
suggesting that the lens is likely to perform very it's an admirab le beast in more ways than one.

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return very good MTF (Modulation Transfer figure indicates that t he opt ic can resolve ma)(imum t heoretical fig ure, which w ill
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lumix's ....meangle lens fully justifies
its flU maximum aperture by
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Aperture Setting (F-Number)
wide-wen to almost 1/16.

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OLYMPUS
I7MMF/2.8
This is a slightty disappointing CUNe
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wide angle-Df-view offered.

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cycles-per-pixel. Any lens t hat stays above
t he minimum figure across all (or most) of
using Imates! sofmare (www.imatest.com)
and the graphs were created using the =:""* INTERMl:OIATI. FOCAL UNGTH
its aperture range is doing very well .
The data for the graphs were obtained
f reeware program RJS Office
(www.rjsweb.netl. 8-B- MAXIMUM FOCAL LENGTH

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