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Casio Exilim EX Z1200 digital camera
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Casio Exilim EX Z1200 digital camera

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The Z1200 is Casio’s new flagship model and as such, it steams into port with a level of specification befitting the role. To start the build is great, the black and lustrous gunmetal-coloured alloy body is beautifully made and feels rock solid with... >>

Canon Digital IXUS 950 IS digital camera
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Canon Digital IXUS 950 IS digital camera

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The Canon IXUS 950 IS updates the almost identical IXUS 850 IS with another million pixels and a new 4x optical zoom lens. Other key features include optical image stabilisation, a very clear, bright and easy to see 2.5-inch colour screen plus 18-scene... >>

Nikon Coolpix P5000 digital camera
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Nikon Coolpix P5000 digital camera

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The very compact Coolpix P5000 is just the type of camera you expect from Nikon, perched, as this one is, between the lower end point-n-shoot Coolpix models and the companies higher specified budget DSLRs such as the D40 and 40x. This is a camera that... >>

Olympus E410 Digital SLR camera
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Olympus E410 Digital SLR camera

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Barely 6 months on from the launch of the E400, Olympus announced an updated version of that camera which, while almost identical, has a couple of important differences. Overall, its design, build, and shooting options remain unchanged (also read my Olympus... >>

Fuji FinePix Z5fd digital camera
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Fuji FinePix Z5fd digital camera

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The Fuji FinePix Z5fd is a sleek slice of metal that has a slide-open front plate that also turns the camera on and off and protects the lens and flash when shut. The Z5 logo lights up when activated as well and this adds an extra sparkle to an already... >>

Nikon Coolpix S200 digital camera
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Nikon Coolpix S200 digital camera

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The S200 impresses straight out of the box, it has a tough all-aluminium build and large screen that help make the new, slim line camera very nice to hold and to look at. Pleasing on the eye, it may be, but it also has some of Nikon’s signature features... >>

Pentax Optio W30 digital camera
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Pentax Optio W30 digital camera

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Pentax are not the only manufacturer making robust, water and dust proofed cameras, Pentax seemingly vying with Olympus, the other notable maker building digital compacts that can be used in all weathers or underwater without a housing. The latest Pentax... >>

Lexmark X9350 All-in-one printer
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Lexmark X9350 All-in-one printer

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The X9350 is a bulky, blocky looking AiO that has just about all the features you’d need from a small or home office multi-function device. As if put together by some techno-archaeologist, the 9350 is designed in layers, each “strata” of the grey... >>

Nikon Coolpix S500 digital camera
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Nikon Coolpix S500 digital camera

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The Nikon Coolpix S500 is the (soon to be tested) S200’s bigger brother, not in terms of size so much, as in terms of the specification it brings to your photographic table. The headline specification includes a stainless steel body (black or silver... >>

Fujifilm FinePix F40fd digital camera
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Fujifilm FinePix F40fd digital camera

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The F40fd, here in its gunmetal grey metal-bodied guise, is a stylish high-tech compact that offers a tempting level of specification and performance at a good price. The new model has a boosted resolution over the 6.3-megapixel F30/F31fd siblings with... >>

Casio Exilim Zoom EX-Z1050 digital camera
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Casio Exilim Zoom EX-Z1050 digital camera

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The Casio Exilim EX-Z1050 updates the Z1000 model with a few tweaks and some new-to-Casio technology that improves an already attractive package. The aluminum-bodied newcomer comes in four colours: black, silver, gold and pink. Aside from the slim styling... >>

Canon PIXMA iX4000
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Canon PIXMA iX4000

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The Canon PIXMA iX5000 is am A3+ thermal inkjet printer designed to provide a cost effective and speedy printer for the small office or home office. Like the iX4000 before it, it has 4800x1200dpi printing with 2-picolitre (two billionth’s of litre)... >>

Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 DSLR camera
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 DSLR camera

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The L1 may look a little on the blocky side and weigh in at over a kilo with the large (but excellent) Leica lens sat in place on the FourThirds lens mount it uses. In fact the lens mount, mirror box AF and auto exposure sensors are all borrowed from... >>

Olympus Mju 770SW digital camera
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Olympus Mju 770SW digital camera

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Hard on the heels of the recently tested Olympus Mju 725SW comes the latest in the company's ruggedised compact range, the 770SW. Olympus says it is: “the world’s first compact camera that’s waterproof to 10m, shockproof against falls from up to... >>

Canon CanoScan 4400F scanner
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Canon CanoScan 4400F scanner

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The 4400F comes packed with easy to use features and plenty of scanning kit to help make the job easier and faster. The silver, grey and black livery looks nice and the swooping curves across the “advanced” Z-lid that also features the built in FAU... >>

Canon PowerShot A460 digital camera
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Canon PowerShot A460 digital camera

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The PowerShot A460 updates its predecessor, the A430 with a slightly larger 2-inch colour screen and an extra million pixels, bringing the total effective resolution of the new model to 5 million pixels. The camera's rather basic 4x optical zoom lens... >>

Olympus Mju 760 digital camera
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Olympus Mju 760 digital camera

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The Mju 760 looks lovely (I tested the model with the blue facia, which looks great) and builds on the Mju 700-sereis lineage following on from the aforementioned 750. It has to be said the 760 improves over the already pretty 750 with an even more slender... >>

Canon CanoScan LIDE 600F scanner
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Canon CanoScan LIDE 600F scanner

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Canon’s latest Contact Image Sensor LiDE scanner is the 600F, which updates the preceding model, the 500F. It brings to the LiDE range 48-bit colour and 4800 x 9600ppi scanning for the first time and so offers a tempting set of features for those in... >>

Nikon D40x Digital SLR camera
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Nikon D40x Digital SLR camera

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Hot on the heals of the D40 (around 4 months in fact) comes the D40x a 10-megapixel update of the D40 that in all but a few areas is identical to its predecessor. As a result, this review needs to be read along with the D40 test posted a few weeks ago... >>

Nikon D40 digital SLR camera
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Nikon D40 digital SLR camera

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At the time of writing this review, just 4 months after the launch of the D40, Nikon had announced the D40x (its review to follow shortly), a 10-megapixel upgrade of this model and one designed to oust Canon’s EOS 400D from its perch. In getting to... >>

Pentax Optio M30 digital camera
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Pentax Optio M30 digital camera

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Pentax launched this, the Optio M30 along with the (already tested) budget, Optio E30 at the recent PMA show in Vegas and it arrives with a 7.1-megapixel sensor, 3x optical zoom lens and slim line styling that makes it eminently pocketable. The silver... >>

Casio Exilim EX-Z75 Zoom
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Casio Exilim EX-Z75 Zoom

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The Casio EX-Z75 updates the EX-Z70 of last year but is in essence, an upgrade of that predecessor as opposed to a major overhaul. Basic kit includes a 3x optical zoom lens that provides a focal range of 38-114mm (35mm equiv.) and a stylish, slim full... >>

Pentax Optio E30 digital camera
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Pentax Optio E30 digital camera

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The Optio E30 is a thoroughbred budget model but with a resolution remarkable at this price and unheard of only a couple of years ago. Key features include a nice 36-108mm 3x optical zoom lens, a 2.4-inch colour screen, 3-point AF system, SDHC and SD... >>

Canon PIXMA iP5300 printer
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Canon PIXMA iP5300 printer

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The Canon PIXMA iP5300 is one of the third generation of PIXMA models that are pushing competitors such as HP, Lexmark and Epson to the limit in terms of their speed, print quality and versatility out of the box. The 5300 is a marked technological improvement... >>

Epson Stylus DX7000F All In One Printer Scanner Copier and Fax
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Epson Stylus DX7000F All In One Printer Scanner Copier and Fax

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Epson’s DX range of all-in-one (AiO) devices are inexpensive multi-function machines that provide easy to use functionality in a space saving and attractive designed package. The 7000F updates the (also recently tested) DX 6000 with the addition of... >>