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  1. 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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    Fujifilm FinePix F11 review

    Fujifilm FinePix F11 review

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    For the style-conscious, the look and feel of any gadget is almost as important as how well it performs. Fujifilm's new FinePix F11 should satisfy on both counts: you can get almost as much pleasure from looking at it as from the images it produces.

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    Fujifilm FinePix S6500fd review

    Fujifilm FinePix S6500fd review

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    First, improvements in digital cameras were all about resolution. Then, manufacturers tweaked lenses; now the battle is all about the processing hardware and software in the camera itself, and Fuljilm's latest makes a strong argument for the price

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    Fujifilm FinePix S6500fd review

    Fujifilm FinePix S6500fd review

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    First, improvements in digital cameras were all about resolution. Then, manufacturers tweaked lenses; now the battle is all about the processing hardware and software in the camera itself.

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    Pentax Optio A10 review

    Pentax Optio A10 review

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    Pentax make a whole range of point and- click cameras, but the stylish Optio A10 is the current flagship model in the compact line-up, and is a more than worthy holder of that lofty position

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    Canon Digital Ixus Wireless review

    Canon Digital Ixus Wireless review

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    Just how hard is it to connect a cable and transfer images across a USB connection? Well, it's obviously too much for some people, otherwise why would Canon produce this Wi-Fi-capable Ixus?

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    Samsung NV10 review

    Samsung NV10 review

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    Today's digital cameras have more hi-tech functions than ever before, and at the same time they're getting smaller and lighter. But something has to give, and all too often it's the control interface

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    Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 review

    Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 review

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    Now that some digital SLRs offer live LCD framing, and given that some compact cameras can capture 10Mp RAW files, the gap between 'serious' SLRs and 'simple' compact cameras has started to narrow

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    Fujifilm FinePix Z3 review

    Fujifilm FinePix Z3 review

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    Handbags are getting more capacious, but gadgets must still compete for precious space inside them. A digital camera has to earn its keep with a speedy start, mouth-watering photos and the flexibility to cope with any light conditions

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    Canon Digital Ixus 850 IS review

    Canon Digital Ixus 850 IS review

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    Canon's Digital Ixus cameras have never been lacking in the 'cute'stakes, combining ultra-compact form factors with cool design sensibilities and super-high quality finishes

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    Fujifilm FinePix F10 review

    Fujifilm FinePix F10 review

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    Turning up the sensitivity on the sensor of a digital camera is a bit like whacking the volume up on a cheap stereo. You get lots of noise but you can't really discern what it is you're listening to

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