Archive for June, 2010

Best Consumer Digital Cameras For The Masses

Finding a good digital camera today is more difficult than it has ever been owing to a sudden increase of manufacturers selling digital cameras with varying prices, sizes, and functions. So how do you make sense of all this noise? Well it’s pretty simple if you know what you are looking for; after all you just don’t want a camera that costs 300 quid but produces quality worse than a monochrome television. Plus you will also want to avoid ‘Made in China’ KIRF brands with unrealistic megapixel counts; they are for lack of a proper word “crap”. In this article we will take a look at few of the best digital cameras based on our years of experience selling, presenting, and breaking digital cameras for a living!

Sony Still Leads

After decades of ruling the consumer electronics market Sony still seems to be in the lead when it comes to digital cameras. This is why regardless of what store you may walk into, a knowledgeable sales person will always pull out a Sony for you. That being said, not every Sony point and shoot digital camera may be right for you. I can name a few that may not be of much apeal to anyone with any sort of budget.

Our favorites are the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1 and the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX1. These cost well under £200 and pack one hell of a punch. We like the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1 because it’s small yet it packs everything rivaling even the most expensive and rather large digital cameras on the market today. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1 excels in low light shots and can help you take some great panoramic images.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX1 has a host of enhancements from previous models. Check out the Engadget review for Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX1.

At No. 3 we have the Samsung DualView TL225

The reason we like this camera is because for around £250 you get a camera jam packed with innovative features that you probably won’t find anywhere else. The other thing everyone likes about this camera and we must add ‘safely agree upon’ is that its touch screen and gesture control software make operating this camera easy and straight forward. However this camera is more for those who like the latest and greatest gadgets as opposed to someone who takes pictures for a living. We really hate the fact that the battery runs out quickly and sometimes without much of a warning.

No. 4 Canon PowerShot SD940 IS

This Canon camera gets our vote because it’s stylish, sexy and a wonderful upgrade over the previous PowerShot SD780 IS. This camera has other enhancements including a wide angle lens making it easy for an armature to take panoramic shots.

No. 5 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP8

Though the lens placement and button layout take some getting used to, the boxy and durable Lumix DMC-FP8 offers a quiet and quick wide-angle lens. We like the fact that Panasonic has changed its lens placement and button layout which has made it easier to use. The Lumix can take some excellent pictures and it’s much more durable than many of the other cameras out there. The only thing we don’t like about it is that it looks like a box rather than a sexy, sleek digital camera.

Here is a list of other good cameras that didn’t make it into our top 5 for various reasons:

•    Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290
•    Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS
•    Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR
•    Casio Exilim EX-FC100
•    Nikon Coolpix L20

We have directly linked all the cameras to their Amazon pages for your convenience. Please do read the consumer reviews for unbiased comments from real users. For this and other gadget picks don’t forget to keep visiting 123vouchercodes.co.uk.



UK VAT Increase To 20% Confirmed For January 4th, 2011

Chancellor George Osborne Is the villian.

Chancellor George Osborne: The Villian!

As we had previously predicted, the budget announced around this time of the year would be bad news. When you get bad news such as the 20% VAT increase in the UK coming into play on the 4th of January 2011, it just does not feel as if we are living in democratic times.

Chancellor George Osborne unveiled his plans to squeeze the public sector with £30bn of spending and welfare cuts combined with £10bn of tax rises. The ultimate goal you may ask? A massive £90bn of annual savings up to 2014-15. By which time he will be kicked out only to be succeeded by yet another chancellor with similar objectives. Weren’t we the ones who initially put these political loonies into power?

Anyhow, we can go into a lot of detail into the fact that the consumer retail market in the UK which is already in decline, will have yet another blow coming by January next year. We are expecting to see angry reactions from retailers as they need to once again accommodate price changes across ALL their products and services. This is a substantial amount of work for let’s say a retailer like Marks & Spencer. Understandably, the retailers need to start updating their systems immediately in time for the VAT increase happening in about 6 months’ time.

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Iphone 4 Pre-Orders Now Live In The UK

Just a quick heads up. iPhone 4 can now be ordered online. You can also place your orders at Apple directly.

iPhone 4 - Apple Store UK

iPhone 4 available for pre-order

Sadly the white version is not available for pre-order yet and there is word that the white version won’t be available for launch date of 24th June. That’s a bummer indeed although there is hope it will make the release date.

You will be pleased to know that all the major network providers in the UK are offering the iPhone 4 on launch day. Three are already taking pre-orders alongside Apple themselves.

You can bookmark the following links to check the status of this sexy gadget on each network provider.

iPhone 4 on Three.co.uk

iPhone 4 on Orange Mobile

iPhone 4 on T-Mobile

iPhone 4 on Vodafone

iPhone 4 on O2

iPhone 4 Apple.co.uk

According to The Unofficial Apple Weblog, Three.co.uk were supposed to take pre-orders on the 15th of June. We were unable to find the option to pre-order the iPhone 4 anywhere. We will update this article as soon as we know more.