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  1. Pentax Optio A20 review

    Pentax Optio A20 review

    8  

    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

    7  

    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

    8  

    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

    7  

    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

    7  

    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

    10  

    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

    8  

    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

    8  

    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

    8  

    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

    7  

    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

    6  

    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

    8  

    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

    8  

    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

    9  

    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

    8  

    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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    Olympus Camedia C-7070 review

    Olympus Camedia C-7070 review

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    The stunning Olympus C-5060 Wide Zoom has proved quite a hit with the camera-buying public over the past year. Its performance and convenience means it has made its way onto the shortlist of many a serious photographer

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    Fujifilm FinePix F455 review

    Fujifilm FinePix F455 review

    8  

    Look at Fuji's 5.2Mp F455 across a card table and you're bound to be impressed - it sports a smart brushed metal casing, and a large 2-inch LCD, yet is still small enough to hide behind a deck of playing cards

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    Canon IXUS 50 & SELPHY CP600 review

    Canon IXUS 50 & SELPHY CP600 review

    9  

    Pocket a camera and some cash with this handy digital bundle. When Canon launched its IXUS camera brand as an APS film model, wayback in the early 1990s, it was the last word in style and high-qualityconstruction

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    Epson L-500v review

    Epson L-500v review

    7  

    Epson isn't one of the biggest players in the digital camera market, but it's developed the groundbreaking R-D1 digital rangefinder and it produces the neat P-2000 portable hard drive/image viewer...

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    Pentax Optio WP review

    Pentax Optio WP review

    6  

    The build quality of the Optio WP is more crucial than normal because it's designed to be used underwater. Pentax says that you can take the camera down to a depth of 1.5m

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    Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2 review

    Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2 review

    8  

    Whether the extra 2 million pixels is an advantage is a moot point, partly because smaller pixels bring more noise (and more noise reduction) and partly because this 25% increase corresponds to only 2% more pixels in width...

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    Nikon Coolpix S10 review

    Nikon Coolpix S10 review

    9  

    After a lot of compact camera jiggery-pokery, Nikon has returned to the well-regarded swivel design for this attractive and surprisingly powerful model.

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    Nikon Coolpix 5900 review

    Nikon Coolpix 5900 review

    8  

    Picking out the best digital camera from the massive selection on offer can be intimidating. So it's easy to understand why well-known, market leading brands such as Nikon have such a die-hard following

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    Kodak EasyShare Z740 review

    Kodak EasyShare Z740 review

    7  

    The EasyShare system is built on admirable intentions - to make the whole image storage, transfer, email and print process accessible to those people who might ordinarily struggle

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