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  1. 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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    Sony Cyber-shot T10 review

    Sony Cyber-shot T10 review

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    Upgrading last year's almost identical-looking Cyber-shot, the similarly flat-faced T10 snapshot brings another million pixels to the party, crammed on to the same physical size chip. Just 21mm wide, it also boosts maximum light sensitivity

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    Sanyo Xacti VPC-CA6 review

    Sanyo Xacti VPC-CA6 review

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    Despite fashionable talk about convergence, few devices pay more than lip service to the concept of integrated digital imaging. Most cameras include a basic movie mode and many camcorders can capture sub-mobile phone stills

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    Ricoh Caplio R5 review

    Ricoh Caplio R5 review

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    You can't beat the convenience of a slimline compact camera. Slip it into a spare pocket and take it just about anywhere. However, with that portability comes an almost universal frustration...

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    Ricoh Caplio R5 review

    Ricoh Caplio R5 review

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    Ricoh's digital compacts typically offer a combination of something a little different from the competition - a wide-angle lens here, high ISO sensitivity there, macro down to 1cm - plus very keen pricing

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    Kodak EasyShare V705 review

    Kodak EasyShare V705 review

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    If double vision is something that kicks in after a few pints, it would come as no surprise to hear that Kodak's camera designers have been hitting the bottle. The V705 is a terrifically strange piece of kit, boasting two lenses

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    Canon PowerShot G7 review

    Canon PowerShot G7 review

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    The PowerShot G7 is the latest in the G series cameras. These are Canon's flagship compacts, made for serious amateur photographers or SLR owners looking for a second, pocketable compact

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    Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T50 review

    Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T50 review

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    There was a time when James Bond could whip out a gadget and the world would gasp in awe. These days it takes more to impress... a lot more. Perhaps that's why this stylish compact from Sony fails to get the juices flowing

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    Fujifilm FinePix S9600 review

    Fujifilm FinePix S9600 review

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    The Fujifilm FinePix S9600 is a hybrid camera meant for the prosumer or keen hobbyist. We gave it a run for its money in various light conditions and settings, and imported images into a Mac.

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    Pentax Optio S6 review

    Pentax Optio S6 review

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    We've long been enamoured with the Canon's Ixus range, but the new Optios are equally attractive. Take the S6: from the front it takes the concept of a simple silver rectangular box with a lens totally to heart...

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    Pentax Optio E10 review

    Pentax Optio E10 review

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    Budget is good. Budget flights, budget holidays, budget fashion labels, sticking to the budget - it's all so now. But what about budget cameras? Are they a good thing or just cheap and nasty?

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    Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS2 review

    Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS2 review

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    The five-megapixel Lumix DMC-LS2 replaces the DMC-LS1 in Panasonic's range of mid-level compacts, and brings much-needed updates to the budget model.

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    Fujifilm FinePix S6500fd review

    Fujifilm FinePix S6500fd review

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    The human eye is excellent at picking out a good-looking face from a crowd. But ask a camera to automatically do this for you and you might as well ask it to chat them up and arrange a dinner date... or so you would think.

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    Pentax Optio A20 review

    Pentax Optio A20 review

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    If the emperor bought a digital camera to go with his set of new clothes, it would certainly be a 10-megapixel model. Few 'advances' in photography have raised so many problems as the leap from 7MP and 8MP sensors to 10MP

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    Olympus SP-51OUZ review

    Olympus SP-51OUZ review

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    Despite the increasing affordability of digital SLRs, manufacturers are populating the middle ground with bridge cameras or 'super zooms' - enthusiasts' models that aren't quite as good as a Nikon D80

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    Canon Digital IXUS 900 Ti review

    Canon Digital IXUS 900 Ti review

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    It's ten years since the first camera was launched in the Canon IXUS range, but Canon hasn't just upped the resolution stakes; this model also showcases its new DIGIC III image processor with Advanced Noise Reduction and Face Detection technology

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    Ricoh Caplio R30 review

    Ricoh Caplio R30 review

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    Wide-angle and teleconverters are available for compact cameras, but they're usually a poor substitute for a good optical zoom range - which happens to be the Caplio R30's strongest point.

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    Pentax Optio WPi review

    Pentax Optio WPi review

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    Take any digital camera, submerge it in water and you'd have an expensive mistake, unless you happen to be using the Pentax Optio WPi. Unique throughout pretty much the whole digital compact market, the WPi is completely waterproof.

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    Nikon Coolpix P2 review

    Nikon Coolpix P2 review

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    It's all but impossible to find anything with a Nikon badge on it that has duff build quality, and the Coolpix P2 looks and feels great. With its strong photographic heritage, the P2 is supremely well thought out.

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