Komplett.ie Camera Roundup

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Good afternoon all, we’ve been asked lately about the digital cameras we carry and what we’d recommend for people picking up cameras for anyone who’s getting someone one as a present or just for people to take snaps with over the Christmas block; there’s always lots on that people will wish they had a camera for, so it’s worth being the one with the camera on them.

Anyway, this piece is for those who wanted a little detail on the cameras we carry and which might be best for them to have a look at now that we’re coming into photo-season.

Remember, if you’re the one with the camera, you get to be aggressive with bad pictures of you, but take an open source approach to bad pictures of everyone else 😉

Samsung PL50:

Samsung’s PL50 is a cheerful little device. The black model is probably the best looking, and it shows some signs of the same flare for design that makes Samsung displays and optical drives, though the silver model somehow lacks the same panache.

Samsung

Click through to see our page for the Samsung PL50 🙂

The PL50 boasts a 10.2MP resolution, 3x opticam zoom and its own 2.7” LCD, which means you won’t be sitting around squinting at photos to hunt out the good ones if you encounter a situation where you need to delete a few photos, whether that’s because of a capacity emergency or a series of botched pictures.

The good news is that the PL50 is both cheap and portable. It weighs in at the 116g mark and measures 89.cm x 2.2cm x 5.7cm, so it won’t break your back to throw it in a bag or drop it into a jacket pocket. Similarly at €95 it’s not so expensive that it’d be a total tragedy is something were to happen to it (and let’s face it, small cameras tend to lead high-risk lives). It’s also worth noting that it has a lithium-ion battery, something that’s taken a bit longer than many might have expected to really gain traction in the world of digital cameras.

If you’re at all interested, you should check out our product page for the Samsung PL50; it’s a solid camera for anyone looking to just take some snaps over the holidays without cleaning out their bank account. You’ll also need to pick up an SD card or SDHC, since there’s only 9MB of on board memory.

Canon IXUS 100 IS:

Canon’s IXUS 100 IS is a fairly pronounced step up from Samsung’s PL50, in terms of form factor, feature set and price. The price takes a bump up to the €195 mark, but the hardware itself justifies the bump.

Canon

Click through to see our page for the Canon IXUS 100 IS 🙂

First, as you can see from the shot above, the Canon is a far more attractive device. It’s got an elegant brushed-metal finish similar to that of the silver iPod Classic, for those looking for a frame of reference. It also boasts a 12.1MP resolution and Canon’s “scene detection technology” which basically adjusts some of your settings to make sure you’ve got the right setup for your current “contrast, distance and overall hue.”

For those who aren’t into it so far, the device itself is eminently portable, measuring 8.7cm x 1.8cm x 5.5 cm; it’ll be a lot happier in a jeans pocket than the Samsung, at the very least. Like the Samsung, you’ll need to pick up a little extra storage in the form of an SD card or an SDHC card, depending on what kind of capacity you’re looking into. It also boasts a lithium-ion batter, pleasantly enough.

Canon’s IXUS 100 IS is a solid device overall, and the brushed metal body lends it a sense of durability without adding too much to the weight (115g). Overall, it’s not bad at €195 by any stretch of the imagination, and our only customer review of it so far is absolutely full of praise for it 🙂

You can check out our page for the Canon IXUS 100 IS here.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7:

Panasonic’s Lumix is the most expensive of the cameras we’re including in this piece at €299, so you might well expect all kinds of bells and whistles from it.

Panasonic

Click through to see our page for the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7 🙂

It boasts a 12x optical zoom, which will be important for anyone who really enjoys the ability to zoom without losing image quality (as is often the case with digital zoom. All that zoom means that it’s a little bigger and heavier than the Canon and the Samsung though weighing in at 206g it is a fair bit heavier than both and measuring 10.3cm x 3.3cm x 6cm. It’s big enough that when you take it out and about you won’t really forget you have it with you.

That said, it’s a powerhouse of cute features, perhaps the nicest of which being the combination of automatic focusing and face recognition, which allows you to say you’d like for one particular person to be the focus of a photo, and it’ll sort out the rest for you.

Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-TZ7 boasts a 10.1MP resolution and a 3” display, in the interest of comparing it with the other two. It also takes an SD or SDHC card, depending on the kind of capacity you’re interested in. You can check out any additional details over at our produce page for the Panasonic Lumix here.

There’s a solid review of the Panasonic Lumix below, for anyone seriously considering it:

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