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  1. Pentax Optio W60 review

    Pentax Optio W60 review

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    Is the Pentax Option W60 waterproof camera a damp squib?

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    Ricoh G600 review

    Ricoh G600 review

    6  

    Can Ricoh's G600 possibly be as rugged as it looks?

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    Samsung NV100 HD review

    Samsung NV100 HD review

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    It looks the part, but is the NV100 HD's beauty only skin deep?

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    Canon Ixus 980 IS review

    Canon Ixus 980 IS review

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    The Ixus 980 IS is so full of tricks, you have to wonder where they find space to jam in all those extra megapixels as well. Matthew Richards takes a closer look

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    Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX150 review

    Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX150 review

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    It's no secret that Panasonic and Leica have been sharing much of their compact camera designs for a few years now, and the FX150 shares an almost identical design and button placement to the Leica C-Lux 2.

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    Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 review

    Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 review

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    Coming almost two years after the introduction of the LX2, the LX3 features a high-quality 10-million pixel sensor paired with a fast-aperture Leica-designed lens, in a metal body with plenty of manual control over exposure settings

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    Minox Rollei MiniDigi 5.0 AF review

    Minox Rollei MiniDigi 5.0 AF review

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    Stop, wait: don't look at the rating or the price. Look at the picture again. Isn't it pretty? Isn't it awesome? Doesn't it put a great big grin on your face?

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    Olympus 1030 SW review

    Olympus 1030 SW review

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    If you were to drop a DSLR into a stream it would be toast. So if you're thinking of journeying into a steamy jungle or snorkelling in a tiger-infested mangrove swamp, you might want to use something a bit tougher and lighter.

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    Nikon CoolPix P80 review

    Nikon CoolPix P80 review

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    On paper, it looks as if the Nikon P80 can do anything you'd ever ask of a camera. The 18x zoom covers a range equivalent to 27mm to nearly 500mm, and in-built image stabilisation should help keep those long shots steady. Keen photographers like to fiddle with the shutter speed and aperture, and the P80's SLR-style Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual modes should make this straightforward.

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    Casio EX-F1 review

    Casio EX-F1 review

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    It's a dismal time to be a compact camera maker without a foothold in the lucrative SLR market; slumping sales, combined with competition from camera phones, are slashing formerly fat margins.

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    Panasonic Lumix TZ-4 review

    Panasonic Lumix TZ-4 review

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    The first 10x optical zooms shook the world of photography. Many traditional photographers would have doubted they were even possible, let alone any good. Yet here we are, just a few years on, and we take them for granted.

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    Fujifilm FinePix S100FS review

    Fujifilm FinePix S100FS review

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    With digital SLRs coming down in price all the time, is there still a place for high-end 'bridge' cameras like the Fujifilm FinePix S100FS? Digital SLRs have larger sensors and produce better quality images, especially at high ISOs.

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    Sigma DP1 review

    Sigma DP1 review

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    Few cameras are announced a full two years before they hit the shelves in your local camera shop. But the Sigma DP1 was destined for a long and difficult birth.

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    Ricoh GR II review

    Ricoh GR II review

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    Over the past couple of decades, photography has changed almost beyond recognition. The switch from film to digital is only part of it. Photographers have also migrated en masse, away from fixed focal length 'prime' lenses to embrace the do-it-all convenience of zooms.

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    Canon IXUS 90 IS review

    Canon IXUS 90 IS review

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    The Ixus 90 IS takes up its positions in the middle of Canon's Ixus range. It lacks the wide angle and longer zoom of its superiors, yet offers this year's must-haves; image stabilisation, a high pixel count sensor, face recognition, and a reasonable price.

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    Ricoh R8 review

    Ricoh R8 review

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    Ricoh is marketing the compact camera as a lighter, more discreet alternative to the DSLR without limiting the user. Ricoh’s attempted to create this type of camera through its flagship Caplio series, but this time has done away with the Caplio moniker, simply calling it the R8.

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    Olympus mju 850 SW review

    Olympus mju 850 SW review

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    An errant splash can spell instant death for most digital cameras, water and electronics being a combination that's even less compatible than chalk and cheese. The Olympus mju 850 SW sets out to change all that. Not only is it ruggedised to offer a degree of shock resistance such that you can drop it from a height of 1.5 metres, but it's also fully waterproof.

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    Casio Exilim Card EX-S10 review

    Casio Exilim Card EX-S10 review

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    Casio's original design brief for its Exilim 'card' range was that they should be pretty much the same height and width as a credit card. The new EX-S10 follows these principles while, more remarkably, slimming down the overall package to just 15mm in depth, making it the world's smallest 10MP digital camera.

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    Panasonic Lumix LZ8 review

    Panasonic Lumix LZ8 review

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    How many of today's digital compacts are really great? How many of them manage to tick all the boxes at a price that's affordable? With the Panasonic Lumix LZ8, we think we might have found one that gets close.

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    Samsung NV20 review

    Samsung NV20 review

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    This flagship model of Samsung's 'New Vision' range of cameras is characteristically slimline, at just 18.6mm in depth. Frontal high points include a Schneider Kreuznach lens that's resistant to ghosting and flare but prone to a bit of purple fringing and softness.

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    Canon PowerShot A650 IS review

    Canon PowerShot A650 IS review

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    Many an upturned nose has been pointed in at compact cameras by 'serious' photographers but the eminently pocketable A650 is not to be sniffed at. A 12.1MP sensor takes in the view via the same 6x zoom lens as Canon's more expensive PowerShot G9.

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    Pentax Optio Z10 review

    Pentax Optio Z10 review

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    Not only do they work well, Pentax cameras look neat and tidy - or at least they did until the Optio Z10 came along. When the rest of the camera world is going svelte, this little Pentax has gone lumpy and dumpy.

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