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  1. Nikon CoolPix P5100 review

    Nikon CoolPix P5100 review

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    Most photographers know that a digital SLR offers the best possible image quality, but most are heavy and can draw unwanted attention when you're shooting candid street shots or if you're in a place where photography isn't really appreciated

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    Fujifilm FinePix Z100fd review

    Fujifilm FinePix Z100fd review

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    Handbag and party cameras are a dime a dozen these days. They come in all manner of fashionable colours and they're designed to produce vibrant snaps that you can post on Facebook even if your hands are shaking from one Bacardi Breezer too many

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    Nikon Coolpix S51c review

    Nikon Coolpix S51c review

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    Nikon's S51c is a new super-slim digital compact that takes good shots in bright and medium-lit situations, and tucks away to take up next to no space. Its sister is the S51, which is the same camera but without wireless ability.

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    Canon Powershot A650IS review

    Canon Powershot A650IS review

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    This camera caught our eye in among Canon's annual end-of-year product deluge. It's the latest PowerShot and includes the same DIGIC III processor as Canon's IXUS and DSLR models.

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    Fujifilm FinePix F50fd review

    Fujifilm FinePix F50fd review

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    One of Fujifilm's main aims for the F50fd was to build on the low-light performance for which its predecessors were renowned, while offering higher-res images. This tricky task has been successfully accomplished

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    Olympus mju790SW review

    Olympus mju790SW review

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    When someone tells a reviewer that a camera is drop, shock and water-resistant, what do they seriously expect to happen? Quite... the claim's going to be tested. What red-blooded reviewer is going to take some camera maker's word for it?

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    Canon PowerShot G9 review

    Canon PowerShot G9 review

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    The G9 is a development of the 10-megapixel PowerShot G7. The G9 might look very similar from the outside but it incorporates a series of improvements, which should greatly increase its appeal

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    Ricoh Caplio R7 review

    Ricoh Caplio R7 review

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    This is not the time to be shy about your achievements - if you're any good at anything, make a noise about it. Take the Ricoh Caplio R7, a fine looking and well-built little camera that announces itself with possibly the loudest start-up noise of any compact.

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    Ricoh Caplio 500SE review

    Ricoh Caplio 500SE review

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    This is one of those 'everything but the kitchen sink' cameras, featuring a wide-angle 3x optical zoom lens, rugged waterproof body and Bluetooth or Wi-Fi image transfer.

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    Olympus Mju 770SW review

    Olympus Mju 770SW review

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    This camera sounds a good buy, considering it sells for just over £200. A respectable, relatively low-noise 7.1 megapixel sensor, 3x optical zoom and a sturdy, brushed steel case, waterproof to 10m, generous 2.5in LCD and so on.

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    Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX55 review

    Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX55 review

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    Panasonic churns out compact cameras like sausages from a sausage factory. At the end of this string of products (14 so far this year) comes the FX55, which comes with a very creditable 8MP sensor, a 28mm wide-angle lens, face-detection technology and a 3-inch LCD spread all over the back.

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    Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W200 review

    Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W200 review

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    If you buy a Sony W200, allow yourself an hour to read the manual. We didn't bother and a short time after taking it out for a spin we were furiously pressing all of the many buttons to try to delete an image. Why hasn't Sony included that familiar bin icon next to a button to make life easier?Next we tried to change the ISO and again it's not obvious.

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    Pentax Optio T30 review

    Pentax Optio T30 review

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    A camera that has dinky little dials and buttons is all very well for James Bond, but what about the rest of us who have stubby chipolata-sized digits? Well, the Pentax Optio T30 offers a solution in the form of a touchscreen that actually works rather well

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    Pentax Optio T30 review

    Pentax Optio T30 review

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    The standout feature of this basic point-and-shoot digital camera is the touchscreen display, which transforms the way you take and edit pictures. So what's so great about touchscreen? Mainly the way it gets rid of all those fiddly buttons

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    Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 review

    Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 review

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    Digital SLRs may be making all the headlines but rumours of the death of the compact camera have been greatly exaggerated. Panasonic's latest super-zoom revitalises the category with a mighty 18x optical zoom

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    Sanyo Xacti VPC-CA65 review

    Sanyo Xacti VPC-CA65 review

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    Sanyo made a literal and metaphorical 'splash' with its Xacti VPC-CA6, which it claimed could resist threatening torrents of water, coffee, saliva etc. Emboldened by this stand against the elements, the company has now taken on the very might of the ocean

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    Ricoh Caplio GX100 review

    Ricoh Caplio GX100 review

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    Digital camera manufacturers have yet to produce a must-have alternative to an SLR for pros. Compact cameras tend to be almost entirely focused on consumers, emphasising gimmicks and ease of use rather than manual controls and ultimate image quality

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    Nikon Coolpix S50c review

    Nikon Coolpix S50c review

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    People shopping for a point-and-click compact don't usually put Wi-Fi functionality that high on their wish list, but if you're looking for a camera that can beam photos straight to Nikon's community photo site, here it is.

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    Casio Exilim Zoom EX-Z1200 review

    Casio Exilim Zoom EX-Z1200 review

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    Apart from a still modest and pocket-friendly depth of 23mm, Casio's newest camera maintains the Exilim tradition of being roughly the same size as a credit card. Shoehorned into these modest dimensions is a mighty 12.1MP sensor

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    Panasonic Lumix FX100 review

    Panasonic Lumix FX100 review

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    We've all seen a story about a guy who has spent the last five years in his garage squashing the engine from a fighter jet into a Mini. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX100 is a bit like that. Under its hood you'll find a pumping 12MP sensor

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    BenQ DC X725 review

    BenQ DC X725 review

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    The looks are stunning, that's for sure. The X725 is available in red, black, silver or white, boasts a beautiful stainless steel casing and makes you wonder just how much thinner compact cameras can get

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    Canon PowerShot S5 IS review

    Canon PowerShot S5 IS review

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    When is an SLR not an SLR? When it's a Canon S5. The S5 certainly lookslike one with its large lens, chunky handgrip, hotshoe for externalflash and enough switches and dials to start a science experiment

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    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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