Stories by Tim Moynihan

  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20: 20X pocket megazoom loaded with options

    For a pocketable camera, the 14-megapixel Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 ($350 as of May 15, 2012) is about as loaded as they come. The trait that will jump out at you--literally, if you're facing the camera--is the Lumix ZS20's 20X-optical-zoom lens (24mm to 480mm). Like that zoom lens, the Lumix ZS20's laundry list of features keeps on going and going.

  • Nikon refreshes entire Coolpix line with nine new cameras

    Nikon flipped over its whole lineup of Coolpix point-and-shoots today, introducing nine new models to replace and augment the company's 2011 offerings. Leading the charge in features (and price) are the 42X-optical-zoom Nikon Coolpix P510 and the low-light-friendly Nikon Coolpix P310, the latter of which offers a maximum aperture of F1.8.

  • Panasonic announces 20X-zoom pocket camera, full-featured rugged camera

    Panasonic's latest camera models are extreme in a couple of ways: extreme in terms of optical-zoom range, and extreme in the "chugging a carafe of Mountain Dew while pogo-sticking down Mount Everest" sense. The company announced four new Lumix point-and-shoots that will be available in the first quarter of the year, headlined by the 20X-optical-zoom Lumix ZS20 and the rugged but robust Lumix TS4.

  • ArcSoft Perfect365: Free app gives instant facelifts and makeovers

    First, the important stuff: Billy Joel loves you just the way you are. Both Aaron Neville and Linda Rondstadt don't know much, but they know they love you. You don't need cosmetic surgery or a dramatic makeover, because you're beautiful, and Christina Aguilera would back me up on that.

  • REVIEW: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 digital camera

    More than any device in recent memory, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 is a showpiece for the benefits and drawbacks of a touchscreen interface. Although the camera's touchscreen UI introduces a few groundbreaking features to the compact interchangeable-lens camera category, it may leave you longing for old-fashioned analog controls more often than not.

  • REVIEW: Canon PowerShot Elph 500 HS - great image quality

    If the idea of an almost-all-touchscreen camera appeals to you, the Canon PowerShot Elph 500 HS ($US299 as of May 25) is one of the best point-and-shoot options in that class. But it's becoming clear that touchscreen-operated cameras are a significantly different beast than traditional cameras with similar specs. Because of its touchscreen, this camera acts more like a phone than a more-traditional camera, and that brings its fair share of pros and cons.

  • Olympus Rolls Interchangeable-Lens Camera

    At CES in Las Vegas, Olympus got off to a hot start by announcing two new digital cameras that are among the most interesting we've seen at the show so far. The fixed-lens Olympus XZ-1 is a high-end pocket camera that offers full manual controls and impressive hardware, while the Olympus PEN E-PL2 is a well-priced interchangeable-lens compact camera that's designed for casual shooters who want to learn photography on the fly.

  • New cameras come alive at PhotoPlus Expo

    Craving a new camera for the holiday season? The hottest new cameras, camcorders, and accessories of the year were all on display at the 2010 PDN PhotoPlus Expo in New York City.

  • Hands-on with Sony's NEX-VG10 interchangeable-lens camcorder

    In the past few years, video-capable DSLRs and compact interchangeable-lens cameras have gained momentum in the world of filmmaking: they have big sensors, shallow depth-of-field capabilities, versatile interchangeable lenses, and affordable prices when compared to professional-level camcorders.

  • Sony Adds 3D shooting to new Cyber-shot cameras

    Though 3D-capable cameras are nothing new, two new additions to Sony's 2010 Cyber-shot line are notable for their 3D-shooting capabilities: They're the first everyday point-and-shoot cameras that offer 3D imaging capabilities, and they create 3D photos with a single lens.