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Nikon 1 J1
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Nikon 1 J1

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The Nikon 1 J1 is the second of Nikon’s new compact mirrorless system cameras featuring a new 10.1-megapixel CX sensor and a new lens mount. Nikon has wisely put ease of use and image quality at the core of this shooter. The J1 is, however, cheaper... >>

Nikon 1 V1
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Nikon 1 V1

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Nikon’s new system camera is the company's first for over fifty years, since the introduction of the Nikon F no less, and as such represents a true milestone for Nikon. The fact that the new system uses a 10.1-megapixel CX sensor, a new lens mount and... >>

Nikon Coolpix S1100pj
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Nikon Coolpix S1100pj

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Nikon’s Coolpix S1100pj is only the second camera in the world to feature and integrated projector, the first being Nikon’s Coolpix 1000pj; this is its update and replaces the previous model in the Coolpix range.The new Nikon Coolpix S1100pj has in... >>

Nikon Coolpix S5100
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Nikon Coolpix S5100

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The Nikon Coolpix S5100 is stylish new 12.2-megapixel digital compact that combines small size with big features, including HD 720p video, Vibration Reduction and Nikon’s clever Smart Portrait system, so just how well does it perform?The new S5100 looks... >>

Pentax K-5
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Pentax K-5

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Pentax’s K-5 DSLR is its new semi-pro model built around the Pentax K-7 top end model. Like that model, the K-5 has a host clever kit for the high-end or advanced amateur including some neat improvements and an excellent overall specification and huge... >>

Nikon Coolpix S80
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Nikon Coolpix S80

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The Nikon Coolpix S80 is Nikon’s latest touchscreen controlled digital compact that features a 14-megapixel CCD sensor, a large, high-resolution (819,000 dots) 3.5-inch OLED touch sensitive screen and a 720p HD movie mode with stereo sound.The first... >>

Canon PowerShot G12
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Canon PowerShot G12

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The G12 is Canon's new premium PowerShot digital compact and while it inherits most of the key feature of its predecessor, the G11, it also builds on these with some neat new equipment. The new kit includes a control dial on the front for enhanced handling,... >>

Devolo dLAN 200 AVsmart+
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Devolo dLAN 200 AVsmart+

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Powerline networking (or running your broadband internet through your mains power supply) is becoming increasingly common, and Devolo is one of the bigger makers on the market with such products. And here, the dLAN 200 AVsmart + Starter Kit, at around... >>

Naim UnitiQute
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Naim UnitiQute

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If good things come in small packages then Naim’s UnitiQute all-in-one Hi-Fi audio player should be the proof of that pudding, to mangle metaphors for a moment. The UnitiQute weighs in at 7.1kg and so is a heavyweight, literally and in terms of features,... >>

Sony Bravia KDL-46NX703
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Sony Bravia KDL-46NX703

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The Sony Bravia KDL 46NX703 sits within Sony’s Network range of new Bravia HD TVs and is suitably equipped with a wide range of connection options including integrated Wi-Fi support, a big improvement over the optional (at extra cost) Wi-Fi dongle of... >>

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ10
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ10

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Panasonic’s Lumix TZ10 provides a compact camera environment for an otherwise long lens, richly featured snapping experience combining a 12-megapixel sensor and a 12x optical zoom with full manual control.This test and the Leica V-Lux 20 partner share... >>

Leica V-LUX 20
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Leica V-LUX 20

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Leica’s link with Panasonic for its digital cameras is a good one simply because if you’re going to start with someone else’s kit as a start point Panasonic’s cameras and their reputation for them is very good. After all, one of our favourite... >>

Canon Legria HF M32
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Canon Legria HF M32

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Canon’s latest addition to its Legria HF M series of camcorders is the compact, lightweight M32. A combination of extended storage, ease of use and Full HD shooting with improved creative options make the M32 look a tempting treat. But is it?Canon’s... >>

Kodak ESP 7250
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Kodak ESP 7250

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Kodak’s latest all-in-one printer is aimed, says Kodak, at "helping you share your mobile life for less". In fact this new all-in-one is a compact, attractive looking machine combining a scanner, copier and photo quality printer with low ink costs (saving... >>

Devolo dLAN 200 AVpass kit
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Devolo dLAN 200 AVpass kit

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Devolo’s dLAN 200 AVpass broadband adapter kit can connect your Freesat box to your broadband router via the mains electricity sockets in your home. But does it work?For those unfamiliar with Powerline networking (for that’s what running the internet... >>

Sigma DP2s digital camera
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Sigma DP2s digital camera

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Sigma's DP2s is a high-end 14.6-megapixel compact aimed at the enthusiast and updates the original DP2. Improvements have been made but some quirks from its predecessor remain.The Sigma DP2s has almost an identical spec to its forbear, the DP2, and it... >>

Pentax Optio H90 compact camera
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Pentax Optio H90 compact camera

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Pentax's Optio H90 combines minimalist "functional beauty" with a 12.1-megapixel sensor, 5x wide-zoom lens, HD Movies and advanced auto tracking AF and a Face AF system able to "see" up to 32 faces.The H90 we tested was the white and silver liveried model,... >>

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX7 camera
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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX7 camera

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Sony's new Cyber-shot, the TX7 has HD video, image stabilisation, a large, touch sensitive display and Sony's new Exmor R CMOS sensor boasting 10.2-megapixels. The neat design and great build are, perhaps, typically Sony, as is the price, but this little... >>

Nikon Coolpix P100 camera
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Nikon Coolpix P100 camera

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The Coolpix P100 is the first Nikon bridge camera with Full HD 1080p resolution movie capture with stereo sound, it also has a remarkable 26x Nikon ED VR zoom lens. That and a CMOS sensor packing 10.3 megapixels makes it a formidable looking bridge-style... >>

Nikon Coolpix S640 compact camera
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Nikon Coolpix S640 compact camera

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The Coolpix S640 provides a simple to use, high-resolution snapper for the masses with focusing and start-up performance as claimed benefits, among other cool features.It is a slim, stylish-looking compact digital camera from Nikon that has a high-resolution... >>

Nikon Coolpix S570 compact camera
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Nikon Coolpix S570 compact camera

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The Coolpix S570 arrived alongside the S640 and provides a simple to use, high-resolution snapper for the masses, but with some problems and some neat automated tricks up its sleeve.Costing a quid shy of £200, the S570 looks very nice (I had the silver... >>

Nikon D3s DSLR camera
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Nikon D3s DSLR camera

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Nikon’s new flagship DSLR, the D3s, builds on the groundbreaking D3, which revolutionised the high-speed professional DSLR market on its introduction in August 2007. The D3s has an all-new FX format full-frame sensor and enhanced specification, rugged... >>

Sony Bravia KDL-40V5810 television
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Sony Bravia KDL-40V5810 television

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The latest Bravia HD TV in Sony's "V" range is this, the KDL-40V5810 and it sports integrated Freesat, Freeview and analogue tuners; AppliCast, Live Colour and 24p True Cinema along with all the other Bravia goodies.The V5810 is a sleek, piano black finished... >>

Canon IXUS 120 IS digital camera
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Canon IXUS 120 IS digital camera

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Canon's new Digital IXUS 120 IS is only 20mm thin, which is great in terms of pocketability but not so clever when using it if you have larger fingers - or bite your fingernails.The IXUS 120 IS is a 12-megapixel digital compact that is the slimmest wide... >>

Canon IXUS 200 IS digital camera
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Canon IXUS 200 IS digital camera

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The Canon IXUS 200 IS is a stylish, compact pocketable snapper that comes in silver, light blue, purple and a posh-looking golden livery. The smooth lines of the camera are punctuated only by the slightly protruding shutter button on the top and the wrist... >>

Kodak ESP 5250 all-in-one printer
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Kodak ESP 5250 all-in-one printer

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Kodak’s latest all in one printer, copier and scanner is a compact, attractive looking, machine that combines a scanner, copier and photo quality printer combining low ink costs with good photo output and nice scans if you just need relatively small... >>

Roxio Popcorn 4 - Mac
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Roxio Popcorn 4 - Mac

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Popcorn seemed somewhat superfluous when it was first launched and particularly considering it sat alongside Roxio’s class leading Mac burning software, Toast. Now, Popcorn 4 has matured and the improved format flexibility, YouTube publishing and the... >>

Wacom Intuos4 Pen Tablet
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Wacom Intuos4 Pen Tablet

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Anyone familiar with the use of graphics pad or tablet will know the more precise and controlled advantages offered by working on photos or video, say, with the more natural “drawing” interface a tablet allows than the blunt instrument that is a mouse... >>

Canon EOS 7D DSLR camera
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Canon EOS 7D DSLR camera

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The new EOS 7D is a fully redesigned EOS with high performance in mind so the new, extremely well-specified, EOS marks a step change for Canon's EOS models featuring an 18MP APS-C sized sensor and HD video to name two of the key features.At first glance... >>

Ricoh CX2 digital camera
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Ricoh CX2 digital camera

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The Ricoh CX2 is basically the same as the CX1, it looks stylish and is undoubtedly well made; once again we had the black liveried version to test, though silver and a two-tone version with a coloured top plate are available. A simple control layout... >>

Nikon D300s DSLR camera
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Nikon D300s DSLR camera

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The D300s updates the D300 with some major and not so major features. Obvious among them is the addition of a 720p movie-shooting mode with contrast detection AF while shooting in Tripod movie mode. Hand-held movie shooting the focusing is fixed or you... >>

Ricoh GR Digital Mk III digital camera
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Ricoh GR Digital Mk III digital camera

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The new Ricoh GR Digital Mk III marks a big step-up from the Mk II, previously the company’s quality compact for the enthusiast or professional needing a decent and pocketable back-up camera. The new camera has high image quality at its core, at least... >>

Pentax K-7 DSLR camera
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Pentax K-7 DSLR camera

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In my 20-odd years reviewing camera gear, it’s fair to say Pentax has consistently built excellent cameras and while their market share might not be what their kit deserves, the introduction of the new Pentax K-7 is typical of the company: a feature-rich... >>

Olympus Pen E-P1 digital camera
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Olympus Pen E-P1 digital camera

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Olympus’ latest digital camera harks back, in terms of the name at least, to the famed Pen range of half frame (a half frame of 35mm film that is) Olympus cameras first introduced in 1959 and that heralded the sale of 17-million units between its launch... >>

Casio Exilim EX-FS10 digital camera
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Casio Exilim EX-FS10 digital camera

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The Exilim EX-FS10 is a stylishly smooth and slim line model yet with a tough aluminium casing with a highly lacquered finish available in a range of of blue, gray, red and white colours for those wanting a slightly different slant to the camera. So,... >>

Nikon D5000 DSLR camera
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Nikon D5000 DSLR camera

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Nikon’s D5000 amounts to Nikon slicing up another segment of the DSLR market pie, ensuring that they have a camera for all sectors and budgets. As such it slots into the company’s line up above the “entry level” D60 but below the enthusiast oriented... >>

Canon EOS 5D Mk II DSLR camera
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Canon EOS 5D Mk II DSLR camera

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The EOS 5D Mk II arrives with some significant feature reinforcements over the original 5D and the top one is predictably the full (35mm) frame 21.1-megapixel CMOS sensor that provides a serious resolution bump from the 5D of over 8MP. The new sensor... >>

Epson Stylus Photo R1900 printer
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Epson Stylus Photo R1900 printer

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The R1900 has been around a little while now but still represents Epson’s more affordable entry into eight-colour printing using Epson’s pigment based UltraChrome H-Gloss separate inks. You get the “normal” four cyan, black, magenta and yellow... >>

LG KF900 Prada II
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LG KF900 Prada II

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LG’s KF900 handset is a smoothly stylish piece of mobile phone technology featuring a superb 3-inch touchscreen and a slide-open body that hides an excellent to use QWERTY keyboard. Given the Prada marketing slant, as you’d expect, the phone’s fairly... >>

Roxio Toast 10 Titanium Pro - Mac
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Roxio Toast 10 Titanium Pro - Mac

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The latest incarnation of Toast brings the renowned Mac burning software as a dual set of software that provides for a "Pro" version that adds even more tools for your digital media creation, production and burning needs. The Toast 10 Titanium Pro part... >>

Olympus E-620 DSLR camera
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Olympus E-620 DSLR camera

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The E-620 is the latest addition to Olympus’ E-series of DSLRs and sits above the (bulkier) E-520 and below the recent E-30, with which it shares many features, including the 12.3MP Live-MOS sensor. In fact it’s hard to put your finger on exactly... >>

Nikon Coolpix L100 compact camera
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Nikon Coolpix L100 compact camera

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The L100 is the new top-of-the-range; long zoom snapper from Nikon topping its "Life" range of easy to use budget models. It’s 10-megapixel sensor sports sensor shift VR (Vibration Reduction) to help things stay steady at longer zooms and in low light... >>

Sony Bravia KDL-40EX1 television
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Sony Bravia KDL-40EX1 television

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The Sony KDL-40EX1 is a slim line, 40-inch HD LCD TV that would not look out of place on the wall of any home, because the whole design ethos with the EX1 is that it can double up as a kind of giant, 40-inch digital picture frame as well as the hub for... >>

Ricoh CX1 compact camera
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Ricoh CX1 compact camera

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The Ricoh CX1 looks stylish and is undoubtedly well made once you heft the all metal compact from its box, but looks otherwise unremarkable. The black liveried version we had to test has a rather simple control layout that belies the underlying complexity,... >>

Nikon Coolpix L19 camera
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Nikon Coolpix L19 camera

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Nikon’s Life range of easy to use compacts has seen a revamp in recent months and the L19 sits mid-way within the range below the (yep, you guessed it) L20 and oddly, the range topping L100 but above the, wait for it … L18! The camera’s plastic... >>

Olympus E-30 DSLR camera
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Olympus E-30 DSLR camera

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Olympus’ first and newest pro-consumer DSLR, the E-30, sits beneath the E-3, sat at the top of the Olympus FourThirds System range and above the E-520 and more effectively bridges a gap for Olympus aficionados between the keen snappers and enthusiasts.... >>

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W300 digital camera
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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W300 digital camera

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The W300 is a svelte and stylish snapper from Sony; its titanium, scratch resistant bodywork has a good heft (though it’s a pity the scratch resistant coating did not extend to the screen, which arrived already scratched from previous reviewers), as... >>

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H10 digital camera
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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H10 digital camera

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Sony’s Cyber-shot DSC-H10 replaces the previous H3 model and as such sits snugly beneath the other "H" models in the range, which is topped by the DSC-H50 and now the latest and newest DSC-HX1. Key features include the 8.1-megapixel, 1/2.5-inch CCD,... >>

Samsung L310W digital camera
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Samsung L310W digital camera

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The L310W is Samsung’s compact gambit for those trading up to a higher specified digital model, or perhaps those needing to get a little more control of their shots. To that end the L310W has a rich feature set that includes a modicum of manual controls... >>

Kodak EasyShare M1093 IS digital camera
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Kodak EasyShare M1093 IS digital camera

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The Kodak M1093 IS sports 10-megapixel resolution that Kodak claims is enough for 30 x 40-inch prints. Well yes, it is, but with a few caveats as we’ll see. Other kit that this remarkably well-priced model has includes a sharp, Kodak Retinar Aspheric... >>