Our TIPA colleagues at BetterNet in Germany have completed three extensive camera tests this month — the Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS; the Fujifilm FinePix HS20EXR; and the Samsung NX11.
Pentax Optio WG1-GPS
The PENTAX Optio WG-1 GPS is a compact camera with a 5x zoom lens (28-140mm) and a robust body which is water proofed to 10 m, shock proofed (1.5 m drop down) and has an integrated GPS system. The camera offers 14 MP resolution and some extraordinary features like “Digital Microscope” mode.
- water proof up to 10 m
- shock proof (drop test 1.5 m)
- GPS system
- easy handling, a lot of scene modes
- innovative “microscope” mode for extreme macro shots
- disappointing results in resolution tests
- LCD screen with low resolution
Fujifilm FinePix HS20EXR
The Fujifilm FinePix HS20EXR is a bridge camera with an extreme zoom lens. Starting with 24 mm (35 mm film equivalent) it allows nice wide angle shots. The camera offers a lot of manual settings and creative features (including film simulation and red-eye-removal filter for example). It allows recording of HD videos with 1920 x 1080 pixels.
- extreme zoom lens
- really wide angle shots with 24 mm
- swivel LCD
- robust and very handy body
- and lot of features and settings, even the background color of the menu is adjustable
- a lot of scene modes for beginners and effect filters (film simulation)
- very soft image look because of very intense anti noise filtering
swivel monitor can’t be rotated to the side (and front)
The Samsung NX11 is a Compact System Camera with APS-C-sized sensor, an NX lens mount and a nominal resolution of 14 MP. It offers a lot of scene modes for beginners, manual modes for advanced photographers and HD video capabilities.
- compact size
- i-Function system added
- high resolution ELV with 921.000 RGB dots
- bright and brilliant AMOLED LCD on the back (with 614.000 RGB dots)
- a lot of scene modes for beginners
- results of resolutions tests are disappointing