Archive for Gavin Stoker

Samsung PL170
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Samsung PL170

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Isn’t it always the case that whoever is usually taking the pictures in the family rarely gets into shot themselves, while most attempts at self-portraiture result in merely highlighting double chins or inadvertently chopping half your face out of the... >>

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS37
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS37

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Looking for a reliable pocket camera for the holidays? Along with the Lumix DMC-FS35, the Panasonic FS37 we have here upgrades last year’s FS33, upping the stills resolution from 14 to 16 megapixels, spread across a 1/2.33-inch CCD sensor. Though the... >>

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX10
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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX10

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Tough and beautiful can make for an arresting combination. Just ask fans of Xena Warrior Princess or, more recently, fem-bot Cameron out of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Both qualities are to be found in Sony’s Cyber-shot DSC-TX10 point and... >>

Nikon Coolpix P500
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Nikon Coolpix P500

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Although we all like the idea of swapping camera lenses as and when we want to, in reality a one-lens-fits-all approach makes for greater convenience. A couple of months back Canon’s latest 35x optical zoom PowerShot in the SX30 IS nudged ahead of the... >>

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

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Available in black, red and white in the UK (and “chocolate” in Europe), this new DSLR-styled, mid-range Micro Four Thirds compact system camera (CSC) slots between last year’s DMC-G2 - which drops down to become the entry-level model in the Lumix... >>

Olympus SZ-20
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Olympus SZ-20

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Like Nikon with its Coolpix S9100, Olympus is a late entrant into the travel zoom class. But not to be outdone it’s shoehorning a 12.5x optical zoom into a 16-megapixel pocket snapper with the launch of the SZ-20, the headline spec an exact match for... >>

Fujifilm FinePix XP30
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Fujifilm FinePix XP30

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It seems it’s not enough these days for a digital compact “just” to be able to withstand a fumbled drop onto the pavement, a dip in the ocean, a spell in the deep freeze, or having sand kicked in its, um, fascia. The latest generation of toughened... >>

Nikon Coolpix S9100
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Nikon Coolpix S9100

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As the variety and quantity of “travel zoom” compacts grows, kicked off in earnest by Panasonic’s TZ series a couple of years back and now sporting everything from Full HD video and GPS to 3D shooting, it was about time Nikon pimped its Coolpix... >>

Canon IXUS 220 HS
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Canon IXUS 220 HS

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Squeezed between the £150 Canon IXUS 115 HS pocket point and shoot and £250 Canon IXUS 310 HS touchscreen model in Canon’s current line up of style and substance digital compacts is the equally new IXUS 220 HS. It has a street price around the £170... >>

Canon IXUS 115 HS
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Canon IXUS 115 HS

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Looking for an uncomplicated snapshot camera that will slide easily into a top pocket to be carried around at all times and whipped out when that random photo opportunity presents itself? Baby brother to the newest (and pricier) IXUS pairing of the 220... >>

Canon IXUS 310 HS
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Canon IXUS 310 HS

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Going for a decade now, the Canon IXUS family of credit card sized digital compacts has become synonymous with blending substance with a heavy dose of style. They don’t quite offer the same extent of manual control as the compacts towards the top end... >>

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3

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How many of us who take photographs on a regular basis can deny that, at one point or another, our camera hasn’t inadvertently taken a tumble from our grasp or camera bag? To avoid that heart-in-mouth moment, and for added peace of mind, there’s the... >>

Casio Exilim EX-ZR10
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Casio Exilim EX-ZR10

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Compact digital cameras are both ubiquitous and seemingly indistinguishable, so what is this one’s “hook”? Well, in fact this Casio has several. First off, its maker is referring to the EX-ZR10 (not to be mistaken for Pentax’s RZ10) as a “hi... >>

Olympus XZ-1
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Olympus XZ-1

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With the ranks of high performance compact cameras swelling by the week, Olympus has come late to the party with its own 10 megapixel, 4x optical zoom XZ-1. Already enjoying the sausage rolls and Vimto are the very similar PowerShot S95 from Canon, Panasonic’s... >>

Casio Exilim EX-H20G
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Casio Exilim EX-H20G

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There are still only a handful of digital cameras incorporating GPS facilities, particularly at the point and shoot end of the market. Casio likes cramming its cameras with gadgets and gizmos however, so its Exilim EX-H20G, updating the EX-H10 and sibling... >>

Fujifilm FinePix S2800HD
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Fujifilm FinePix S2800HD

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We’ve had manufacturers such as Panasonic with its pioneering incorporation of ever-larger zooms into increasingly slim compact camera bodies that will fit in your pocket. At the other end of the spectrum there are the big zoom models that resemble... >>

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T99
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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T99

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Looking for a snapshot camera diminutive enough to squeeze into the tightest of pockets, yet still packing in most of the latest must haves and remaining usable in the practical sense? Almost an exact match for a credit card, apart from its still slender... >>

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ45
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ45

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Announced at the same time as the previously reviewed Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100, the more affordable FZ45 employs the same digital SLR-like styling, 14.1-megapixel effective resolution, and fields an optically stabilised 24x zoom lens, offering a wide-angle... >>

Olympus E-5
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Olympus E-5

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Olympus has pioneered the compact/digital SLR hybrid camera over the last 2 years with its Micro Four Thirds system Pen series, and to some critical acclaim too. But it now returns to a slightly more conventional digital SLR styling and original Four... >>

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

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At first glance the 14.1-megapixel, 5x optical zoom Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700 “travel zoom” compact closely resembles the previously reviewed DMC-FX70, with which it shares the same sized sensor; namely it’s a conventionally boxy looking pocket... >>

Pentax K-r
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Pentax K-r

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The 12.4 effective megapixel K-r is Pentax’s follow-up digital SLR to the entry level K-x, a sound, good value starter option. Incorporating a standard APS-C sized sensor it sits just below the more fully featured K-7 and K-5 digital SLRs in Pentax’s... >>

Samsung ST100
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Samsung ST100

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Samsung was the first, and thus far is the only, digital camera manufacturer to introduce a LCD screen at the front as well as the back. Following on from last year’s ST500, which prompted that “why hasn’t anyone else thought of this before?”... >>

Olympus FE-4050
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Olympus FE-4050

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Can you pick up a reasonable digital compact for less than £100, if only by a penny? Past experience has suggested not. So will the Olympus FE-4050 be the camera to force us to re-examine our prejudices and take a good, long hard look at ourselves? For... >>

Samsung PL90
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Samsung PL90

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The influence of the Flip Video and its bastard offspring continues to be felt. Technologies converge, and it was perhaps inevitable that before too long we would also see a digital stills camera offering the same built-in USB connector arm idea. That... >>

Olympus FE-5050
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Olympus FE-5050

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Want a digital camera that offers broader creative flexibility than your phone’s tiny built-in lens, yet don’t have much more than two beans to rub together? Topping a trio of recently released FE-series point and shoots from Olympus is the attractive... >>