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Pentax Optio M900
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Pentax Optio M900

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Pentax’s plain yet not unattractive Optio M900 pocket compact has an asking price of a mere £100 - so it can’t be all that much cop, can it? Our thoughts exactly - and yet the camera surprised us, up to a point, from the minute we eased it from its... >>

Samsung WP10
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Samsung WP10

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Finished in an attractive aquamarine blue that others may call turquoise, Samsung’s durably waterproof WP10 snapper wears its creature of the deep credentials with pride. And whilst, yes, the shiny smooth faceplate is indeed nice to look at and stroke,... >>

JVC Picsio GC-FM2
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JVC Picsio GC-FM2

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Nearly every electronics manufacturer currently seems to be in a rush to release a flash memory storage HD video camcorder at near pocket money prices. They look near identical too, held vertically in the palm and used for filming like you would your... >>

Samsung WB2000
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Samsung WB2000

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It would be easy to mistakenly dismiss this new 10-effective-megapixel, 5x optical zoom (24-120mm equivalent in 25mm terms) model from Samsung as “just another” premium priced compact, and indeed it has arrived with a distinct lack of trumpets blaring.From... >>

Fujifilm FinePix Z800EXR
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Fujifilm FinePix Z800EXR

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Pitched at the Facebook/YouTube generation on the lookout for an attractive pocket snapshot comes the new feature-festooned FinePix Z800EXR from Fujifilm, a 12-megapixel, 5x optical zoom little brother to the co-announced 15x zoom F300EXR. Given its metal... >>

Sigma SD15
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Sigma SD15

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Sigma is best known among photography enthusiasts for its third party lenses and accessories, principally for Canon and Nikon digital SLRs, and competently made and fairly priced they are too. Back in 2002, however, it decided that it wanted to produce... >>

Fujifilm FinePix F300EXR
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Fujifilm FinePix F300EXR

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The 12 megapixel, 1/2-inch triple action Super CCD EXR sporting F300EXR from Fujifilm is a handsome beast. Remarkably so, as it shoehorns a class leading 15x optical zoom into a chassis that will slip as easily into trouser pocket as handbag. Cloaked... >>

Ricoh CX4
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Ricoh CX4

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Long before Panasonic ever incorporated a larger than standard-at-the-time 3x optical zoom into one of its pocket compacts, Ricoh was doing it to critical plaudits but less mainstream fanfare. The CX4, a fast off the blocks upgrade to the CX3, continues... >>

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX70
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX70

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Announced back in June 2010 but just hitting the shops now, the new Lumix DMC-FX70 "travel zoom"-style digital camera appears to be an exercise in how much up-to-the-minute specification you can cram into one device while keeping it compact enough to... >>

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

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Of the quintet of new Panasonic digital camera releases over summer 2010, the serious yet approachable-looking Lumix DMC-LX5, in succeeding the LX3, has been the one we've been keenest to get our mitts on to take a closer look. Why? Because it's possibly... >>

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

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Offering the photographer both the extra length and the proportionally wider girth, it seems like every manufacturer's range demands a big zoom camera right now. All the major brands are wheeling one out. Fujifilm and Olympus are current leaders of the... >>

Kodak EasyShare M580
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Kodak EasyShare M580

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Despite its availability in a curious choice of shades including silver, purple and caramel brown, Kodak's 14 megapixel, 8x optical zoom, HD video EasyShare M580 is the best looking snapshot camera we've seen from the brand in some time.Whilst a outward... >>

Casio Exilim EX-FH25
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Casio Exilim EX-FH25

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Casio's Exilim digital camera brand originated from a play on the word "slim", the manufacturer being an early pioneer of slender pocket models back in 2002. However, fast forward to 2010 and the 10.1-effective megapixel Exilim EX-FH25 super zoom/bridge... >>

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5
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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5

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Cameras with big zooms yet handily pocket sized bodies - colloquially known as "travel zooms" - are being pumped out by manufacturers at a rate of knots, with recent recommended examples to be found amongst Panasonic's TZ series and in Canon's PowerShot... >>

Fujifilm FinePix HS10
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Fujifilm FinePix HS10

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The Fujifilm FinePix HS10 ties with its direct rival, the Olympus' SP-800UZ, for offering the world's longest zoom range on a non interchangeable lens camera. The Fuji - alternatively known as a bridge model because feature-wise it plugs the gap between... >>

Olympus SP-800UZ
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Olympus SP-800UZ

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Though it offers what its manufacturer claims to be "the world's strongest" zoom on a bridge camera - at a 35mm equivalent 28-840mm, or 30x optical zoom - it is the 14 effective megapixel SP-800UZ's overall size, or comparative lack of it, that impresses.With... >>

Samsung WB5000
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Samsung WB5000

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Not to be confused with the WB500 pocket camera from the same manufacturer, with the extra "0" in the WB5000's model number comes an extensive, all encompassing focal range equivalent to 26-624mm in 35mm film terms, or a 24x optical zoom.It proves a very... >>

Samsung ST70 compact camera
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Samsung ST70 compact camera

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Looking for a digital camera that truly delivers on its classification as a "compact"? A slender 16.6mm in depth, and the width and height of a credit card, the diminutive Samsung ST70 is clearly Tardis-like bigger-on-the-inside.It houses a broader than... >>

Sanyo Xacti VPC-SH1 camcorder
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Sanyo Xacti VPC-SH1 camcorder

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Claimed to be the smallest and lightest in its class, the VPC-SH1 is Sanyo's latest range topping "dual camera". That's to say, although looking like a pocket camcorder pure and simple, now it has eschewed the Xacti range's eye-catching pistol grip design... >>

Fujifilm FinePix F80EXR camera
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Fujifilm FinePix F80EXR camera

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Available in the usual rainbow of colour options, Fujifilm's latest glossy metal construction pocket compact might just be as close to a convincingly high quality jack-of-all trades digital snapshot as we're likely to see at the consumer end of the market.In... >>

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS33 compact camera
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS33 compact camera

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Available with red, silver or sober black bodywork, from the front the 14.1-megapixel Lumix DMC-FS33 resembles your regular point and shoot pocket compact, and to an extent from the back it does too. However, turn the slender camera on via the top plate... >>

Pentax X90 camera
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Pentax X90 camera

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Having a larger than average zoom always comes in useful, but the bulk that often comes with it means it's not always practical, or portable. One solution is Pentax's X90. Clearly with a look and feel inspired by a digital SLR, the camera welds a non-swappable... >>

Kodak EasyShare Z981 camera
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Kodak EasyShare Z981 camera

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Want to take pictures of skittish wildlife like an expert "twitcher" or cheating partners unawares, paparazzi style? Kodak's current big zoom bridge model in the 14-megapixel EasyShare Z981, offering a 26x optical reach equivalent to a whopping 26-676mm... >>

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10 hybrid camera
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10 hybrid camera

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Not a compact, nor a digital SLR but a hybrid of the two, Panasonic was the first to bring such an interchangeable lens compact system camera to market - stealing an early lead on its Micro Four Thirds development partner Olympus - with 2008's original... >>

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55 compact camera
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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55 compact camera

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For those looking for the one easy-to-use point-and-shoot compact that (almost) does it all, the DSC-H55 from Sony might just fit the bill. The headline spec is impressive: 14.1-megapixels effective resolution, a 10x optical zoom stretching from 25-250mm... >>

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX5 digital camera
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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX5 digital camera

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On first glance the 10.2 effective megapixel resolution DSC-TX5 seems a modest addition to Sony's Cyber-shot series. Like the other credit-card sized models in the same range it resembles a cigarette case or makeup compact with its slender depth and shiny-mirrored... >>

Pentax Optio W90 compact camera
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Pentax Optio W90 compact camera

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Looking to take pictures within a volcanic ash cloud, possibly? It's seemingly not enough anymore that a digital camera simply shoots 12.1-megapixel photos and records 1280 x 720-pixel high definition movies to the best of its ability. It has to stretch... >>

Casio Exilim EX-Z550 compact camera
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Casio Exilim EX-Z550 compact camera

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Sometimes small can be beautiful. At other times it can be fiddly and frustrating. So which category does the almost credit card sized Exilim Z550 snapshot from Casio fall into?As most relationships do, ours starts well. With the usual mix of metal and... >>

Casio Exilim EX-H15 camera
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Casio Exilim EX-H15 camera

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Once you've tried a compact camera that has successfully shoehorned in a big zoom whilst maintaining pocket-sized dimensions, going back to using a regular 3x or 5x zoom model will leave you feeling creatively short-changed.Pulling off that Tardis-like... >>

Kodak PlaySport Zx3 camcorder
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Kodak PlaySport Zx3 camcorder

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Digital camcorders recording to solid-state media, which has enabled them to shrink to a size similar to your phone handset, may be all the rage, but this one is a little different.Pitched at extreme sports enthusiasts, but more likely to be used by those... >>

Nikon Coolpix S8000 camera
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Nikon Coolpix S8000 camera

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It used to be that if you wanted a non-interchangeable lens camera with a big zoom, it was the size of a brick. Not any more. Nikon's Coolpix S8000 offering marries a 10x optical zoom to a 14.2-megapixel resolution (from a 14.5MP 1/2.3-type CCD) within... >>

Canon PowerShot A495 camera
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Canon PowerShot A495 camera

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Compacts at the lower end of the PowerShot range's pricing scale have always been the poor relations of those from the flashier IXUS brand. That said the gap seems to be narrowing. At a manufacturer's suggested price of £139.99 just £50 separates this... >>

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP3 camera
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP3 camera

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The new 14.1-megapixel effective resolution Lumix DMC-FP3 compact sports a similar flat fronted design to the FP8 we reviewed last year. But unlike that model the FP3 now features a protective sliding lens cover which shelters both a folded 4x optical... >>

Canon IXUS 105 compact camera
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Canon IXUS 105 compact camera

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Canon pioneered the premium pocket compact with its IXUS brand, continuing its marriage of style to substance into a second decade with the launch of the image stabilised 105 model: a 12.1-megapixel palm-sized offering with wide angle, internally folded... >>

JVC Picsio GC-FM1 camcorder
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JVC Picsio GC-FM1 camcorder

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Looking like an accessory from a P Diddy video - before the recession prompted an abrupt halt to the flouting of bling - JVC's oddly named Picsio is outwardly set to stun with its glitzy pearl-like finish that is more night club than camera club.It's... >>

Olympus E-PL1 camera
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Olympus E-PL1 camera

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Newly introduced, and at the exact same price as Olympus' recently reviewed E-600 Four Thirds digital SLR with 14-42mm kit lens, is the manufacturer's latest Micro Four Thirds system hybrid in the E-PL1 Digital Pen.Like that DSLR "proper" it also comes... >>

Sony Bloggie MHS-PM1 camcorder
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Sony Bloggie MHS-PM1 camcorder

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For those spur of the moment video clips, most of us are now well used to simply hoisting and pointing our camera phones at the activities taking place. That point hasn't been lost on electronics manufacturers who have of late been taking an "if you can't... >>

Ricoh CX3 compact camera
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Ricoh CX3 compact camera

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Ricoh might not make the coolest looking digital compacts - in fact, design wise, they're uniformly rather drab. But at least the manufacturer channels its efforts towards where it matters most, namely the cameras' image quality plus useful wide-angle... >>

Casio Exilim EX-G1 digital camera
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Casio Exilim EX-G1 digital camera

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Do you want a very portable digital snapshot camera for use in all weathers and formerly inappropriate conditions?Looking like some futuristic hand tool from a James Cameron sci-fi epic, Casio is making a claim for the new 12.1-effective megapixel Exilim... >>

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP8 digital camera
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP8 digital camera

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The minimal, flat fronted design and internally stacked/folded zoom lens mechanism of Panasonic's 12.1 effective megapixel Lumix DMC-FP8 may be a claimed bold departure for the electronics manufacturer's range of otherwise conventionally styled digital... >>

Ricoh GXR digital camera
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Ricoh GXR digital camera

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Ricoh's brave new release in the GXR is a camera of two halves - literally. With the intention of providing a photographic "solution" that will take digital SLR-like professional quality photographs whilst, unlike a DSLR, being small enough to fit in... >>

Olympus E-600 DSLR camera
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Olympus E-600 DSLR camera

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If the compact E-600 Four Thirds system digital SLR from Olympus has crept in under your radar, that's because it's basically an E-620 "lite", on sale exclusively through the Currys electronics group in the UK, and also on general release across North... >>

Sony Alpha A230 DSLR camera
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Sony Alpha A230 DSLR camera

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Since it launched its initial Alpha A100 in 2006, Sony has slowly but steadily increased the breadth of its DSLR range, inserting models here and there until there is barely any difference between neighbouring Alpha units - the aim of course being increased... >>

Pentax K-x DSLR camera
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Pentax K-x DSLR camera

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With a design based on its previous starter model in the Pentax K-m, and some trickle down features from the higher end K7, the new K-x in offering 12.4 effective megapixels from a 12.9-megapixel CMOS sensor should in theory offer a best of both worlds’... >>

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 camera
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 camera

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Panasonic’s first two Micro Four Thirds system cameras – last year’s G1 and this spring’s GH1, which added high-def video – based their designs on that of traditional digital SLRs. Even though technically they weren’t, having junked the integral... >>

Canon PowerShot G11 digital camera
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Canon PowerShot G11 digital camera

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We’ve not come across many – if any – digital camera upgrades that have taken a step back in terms of "specification".But, on perusing the enthusiast targeted G11’s headline features, when compared with the G10 it appears that is exactly what... >>

Fujifilm FinePix F70EXR digital camera
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Fujifilm FinePix F70EXR digital camera

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Joining Fujifilm's current F200EXR and S200EXR models comes an attractive, largely metal build, pocket compact incorporating the same innovative "switchable" Super CCD EXR sensor and, for the first time in the series, marrying it to a 10x optical zoom... >>

Fujifilm FinePix S200EXR digital camera
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Fujifilm FinePix S200EXR digital camera

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With the trend of late for ever-larger zoom lenses crammed within ever more miniscule camera bodies, Fujifilm’s new S200EXR – which offers a 14.3x optical variety – comes as a something of a shock.Upgrading the S100fs and ape-ing a digital SLR... >>

Casio Exilim EX-H10 digital camera
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Casio Exilim EX-H10 digital camera

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Cameras offering broad focal ranges but pocket-sized dimensions are an expanding market. So it is no surprise Casio is joining the likes of Panasonic, Kodak, Samsung, Sony et al with its own offering in the 10x optical zoom Exilim EX-H10. Like its competitors,... >>

Pentax X70 digital camera
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Pentax X70 digital camera

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The Pentax X70 is a 12 megapixel, DSLR-styled digital camera notable chiefly for the whopping 24x optical zoom bolted on the front. The theory is that, with the broad focal range on offer (26-624mm in 35mm terms), the X70 will be all the camera that most... >>