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Not every cheap-as-chips compact comes with a well-specified video mode, so it's pleasing to report that the S5100 comes with a 1,280 x 720, 30fps HD mode, as well as 640 x 460 and 320 x 240 modes.

Exposure and focus are modified while you shoot, although the lens' zoom mechanism is disabled, presumably to stop the camera picking up the sound of its own mechanics while recording.

Video quality is reasonable – detail resolution isn't up there with the best, although motion is handled well. We noted the autofocus hunting a little even during relatively static shots, but for the occasional high-def clip, the S5100 just about passes muster.