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  1. Samsung L74 Wide review

    Samsung L74 Wide review

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    From Apple's eagerly awaited iPhone to an entire generation of satnavs, touchscreens are all the rage. They promise intuitive access tofeatures and an end to complex menus. But are they suited to cameras?

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    Fujifilm FinePix S5700 review

    Fujifilm FinePix S5700 review

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    It could be argued that there's less need for bridge cameras now that digital SLRs are so reasonably priced. But when you can pick up a 7MP, 10x zoom compact for less than the price of most standalone flashguns, it's easy to see why they're still around

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    Nikon Coolpix S500 review

    Nikon Coolpix S500 review

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    The big noise (pardon the pun) in compact cameras at the moment is high ISO, which in plain English means the ability to avoid using flash in low-light settings. Nikon's boxy but stylish S500 is another high-ISO shooter, going up to ISO 2000

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    Samsung S730 review

    Samsung S730 review

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    This 7.2-megapixel snapper weighs in at a handy 130g and comes with a 3x optical zoom and a bright 2.5-inch LED screen. With 10 modes to choose from, the controls on the back are clear and easy to access

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    Sony DSC-T100 review

    Sony DSC-T100 review

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    The DSC-T100 doesn't simply stand out as expensive for such a slimline camera, it also stands out courtesy of its amazing 8-megapixel rating. The 3-inch viewfinder is a great feature too. Slide back the lens cover and it instantly kicks to life

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    Ricoh Caplio R6 Black review

    Ricoh Caplio R6 Black review

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    With manufacturers falling over themselves to differentiate their compacts from the alternatives, Ricoh's update of the R5, the R6, is cumbersomely described as 'the world's thinnest camera with a 28mm wide angle, 7.1x optical zoom lens'

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    Casio Exilim EX-V7 review

    Casio Exilim EX-V7 review

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    The rise of the camera phone has made shooting from the hip, over yourmate's shoulder, or in the back of the cab on the way home from the pub, as easy as sliding open the lens cover

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    Canon Ixus 950 IS review

    Canon Ixus 950 IS review

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    The relentless march of digital technology means that new features are arriving almost daily - so how do you decide which are worth pursuing? You could do worse than simply wait and see which ones Canon decides to include in its Ixus range

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    Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ2 review

    Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ2 review

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    Merely having a long zoom isn't enough for a camera to succeed these days - big lenses have to be squeezed into stylish packages to raisethe pulses of increasingly fussy consumers

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    Nikon CoolPix P5000 review

    Nikon CoolPix P5000 review

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    When Canon decided to update its top-of-the-range compact with the PowerShot G7, arch rival Nikon must have started to worry. After all, a decent choice of high-end compacts has been distinctly lacking from Nikon's line-up - until the CoolPix P5000

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    Canon Digital Ixus 70 review

    Canon Digital Ixus 70 review

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    Canon Digital Ixus 70 review: To celebrate ten years since the first Ixus appeared, Canoncommissioned ten, special, diamond-encrusted models of what has becomethe world's most iconic camera sub-brand

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    Fujifilm FinePix Z5fd review

    Fujifilm FinePix Z5fd review

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    FujiFilm's Z5fd is a good-quality, 6.3-megapixel digital compact withsome caveats. Its main asset is its super-slim size, which you hardlynotice in your pocket. Some features have been lost to make the camera

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    Olympus FE-250 review

    Olympus FE-250 review

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    Not many camera manufacturers would have the temerity to boast how few features their camera has, but that's exactly what Olympus has done with the new FE-250 - the top model in its FE (fun and easy) range of digital compacts

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    Fuji Finepix S6500fd review

    Fuji Finepix S6500fd review

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    There's no shortage of wannabe snappers , so when this latest instalment of the Finepix range hovered into view, there were no shortage of journos who wanted to review it. None of them, however, sit as close to the kit cupboard as me

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    Olympus SP-550UZ review

    Olympus SP-550UZ review

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    Olympus' latest super-zoom packs a massive 18x zoom range that goes from a wide 28mm to an amazing paparazzi-busting 504mm equivalent, and all with a full spread of manual controls

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    Olympus Mju 770SW review

    Olympus Mju 770SW review

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    Within an hour of picking up the 770SW it had been dropped on concrete, submerged in water, jumped on and then popped in the freezer. And it still came out very much alive and kicking

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    Kodak EasyShare V803 review

    Kodak EasyShare V803 review

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    The problem with many of today's compact digital cameras is the size of the sensor chips that are used in them. Most compacts use a minuscule 1/2.5-inch CCD that's so small even the best lenses struggle to record enough detail

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    Canon Digital Ixus 850 IS review

    Canon Digital Ixus 850 IS review

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    The current crop of models in Canon's Ixus range may look very similar, but they aren't all created equal. Take the 850 IS, for example... it has all the good looks of its stable mates but comes with a 7-megapixel sensor and a generously wide angle lens

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    Fujifilm Finepix S6500fd review

    Fujifilm Finepix S6500fd review

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    We recently looked at Fuji's F31fd - a digital compact that takes great low-light shots, thanks to Fuji's new Real Photo Processor II and Super CCD HR V1. The S6500fd has the same processor and CCD, but is housed in a lightweight DSLR body

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    Fujifilm FinePix F31fd review

    Fujifilm FinePix F31fd review

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    If there's a faster way to boost sales of average cameras than to give them a gleaming metal housing and shave a few millimetres from their waistlines, we haven't heard about it. So it's with a certain degree of trepidation that we approach this Fujifilm

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    Canon PowerShot A640 review

    Canon PowerShot A640 review

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    Remember the days when digital cameras looked like digital cameras, instead of slivers of sculpted metal or retro SLRs? Picking up the chunky A640 is like travelling back to a simpler era - it's unashamedly heavy and has an optical viewfinder...

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    Fujifilm FinePix Z5fd review

    Fujifilm FinePix Z5fd review

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    Another slim-line, handbag camera... this time in raspberry red? It may look like it, but let me tell you from the outset, this is no ordinary handbag camera. This is a sophisticated bundle of technology that makes picture-taking fun and interesting

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    Fujifilm FinePix S9600 review

    Fujifilm FinePix S9600 review

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    Bridge cameras are the Rolling Stones of the photography world - sturdy warhorses that defy the whims of fashion and just keep going on and on. 'Bridge' simply means that they bridge the divide

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    Fujifilm FinePix F31fd review

    Fujifilm FinePix F31fd review

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    The F31fd is an update to the F30, with the only new feature being the addition of face-detection technology. What we have, then, is a good-quality digital compact that's competing with the best of the top compacts, too

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    Kodak EasyShare Z710 review

    Kodak EasyShare Z710 review

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    Some cameras are built up to reach a certain quality; others are built down to reach a certain price. It's not hard to guess into which category a 10x super- zoom tipping the scales at under £200 might fall

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