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Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1
3.5 stars Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1 By Gavin Stoker

Two lenses and two sensors, haven’t we seen this somewhere before? Panasonic’s first stereoscopic pocket camera in the Lumix DMC-3D1 is taking on the Read more

Fujifilm X-Pro1
4.0 stars Fujifilm X-Pro1 By Gavin Stoker

The 16.3 effective megapixel Fuji X-Pro1 camera has barely left our side for the past two weeks. And it’s not purely because, with its sturdy high-end Read more

Olympus SZ-14
3.5 stars Olympus SZ-14 By Gavin Stoker

The travel zoom compact is still proving popular and Olympus is building a raft of small-bodied, big-zoom, low-cost cameras for 2012. Setting sail in the Read more

Pentax Optio VS20
3.0 stars Pentax Optio VS20 By Gavin Stoker

Buy a battery grip for your professional or semi pro digital SLR and it will come with a second set of essential controls to one side near the base, including Read more

Canon IXUS 125 HS
3.0 stars Canon IXUS 125 HS By Gavin Stoker

Announced alongside the previously reviewed Canon IXUS 500 HS but £80 cheaper, the 125 HS (High Sensitivity) pocket snapshot is no mere doppelganger. Read more

Canon IXUS 500 HS
3.5 stars Canon IXUS 500 HS By Gavin Stoker

Canon’s IXUS range of pocket point and shoot cameras has always been as much about form as function - an approach that sets it apart from the parallel Read more

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4
3.0 stars Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4 By Gavin Stoker

Upgrading 2011’s toughened Lumix DMC-FT3 from Panasonic comes the inevitable FT4 incarnation, boasting reinforced glass and rubber padding. Once again Read more

Olympus SP-620UZ
3.5 stars Olympus SP-620UZ By Gavin Stoker

In recent months we’ve witnessed super zooms or "bridge" cameras straying into the luxury bracket. We’ve seen the Leica V-Lux 3 and Fujifilm X-S1 for Read more

Olympus E-PM1 Pen Mini
4.0 stars Olympus E-PM1 Pen Mini By Gavin Stoker

The 12.3-megapixel E-PM1 - from a 13.1 MP Live MOS (or CMOS) sensor - is the new baby of the Olympus range of interchangeable lens compacts, or, as its Read more

Casio Exilim EX-ZR100
3.5 stars Casio Exilim EX-ZR100 By Gavin Stoker

A good zoom on a travel camera is a great idea, youll get closer to the action, and with cameras like this Exilim, you'll still be able to fit it in your Read more

Olympus VR-310
3.0 stars Olympus VR-310 By Gavin Stoker

Looking for a knockabout pocket camera with larger than average zoom that won’t cost the earth? The metallic silver VR-310 we had in for review – with Read more

Nikon Coolpix S1200pj
3.0 stars Nikon Coolpix S1200pj By Gavin Stoker

At one time - say the mid 1970s to mid 1980s - projecting our photographs or Super 8 films was the chief way to share holiday exploits and pictorial adventures Read more

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150
4.0 stars Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 By Gavin Stoker

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 is the new flagship model in Panasonic’s FZ range of superzoom bridge cameras. It replaces the FZ100 and comes hot on the Read more

Olympus VR-320
3.0 stars Olympus VR-320 By Gavin Stoker

The Olympus VR-320, which falls into the ‘compact super zoom’ or travel zoom category, is the bigger brother to the VR-310. Fielding a 12.5x optical Read more

Samsung WB700
3.5 stars Samsung WB700 By Gavin Stoker

The "travel zoom" market - meaning pocket compacts with extended lens reaches beyond, let's now say, 8x or more - has really taken off in recent years, Read more

Sony NEX-C3
3.5 stars Sony NEX-C3 By Gavin Stoker

Sony came to market with its first compact system camera duo in the NEX-3 and NEX-5 last summer, quickly securing the number one sales spot in the Far Read more

Olympus E-PL3
3.5 stars Olympus E-PL3 By Gavin Stoker

Priced just a pound dearer than Panasonic’s rival Micro Four Thirds compact system camera, the Lumix DMC-GF3, and bundled with M.Zuiko Digital 14-42mm Read more

Canon PowerShot A800
3.0 stars Canon PowerShot A800 By Gavin Stoker

At one time all digital cameras were made this way. Fashioned obviously from plastic with a blue-grey hue and power coming courtesy of two bog standard Read more

Canon PowerShot A3300 IS
3.5 stars Canon PowerShot A3300 IS By Gavin Stoker

On the look out for an entry level snapshot, and have a bit over £100 to spend? The A3300 IS has a suggested asking price exactly £20 more than its PowerShot Read more

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3
4.0 stars Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 By Gavin Stoker

As regards to truly compact, compact system cameras, Olympus may have got there first with its E-P1 in late-2009, but Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-GF1 wasn’t Read more

Canon PowerShot A3200 IS
3.5 stars Canon PowerShot A3200 IS By Gavin Stoker

Looking for an inexpensive yet not unimpressive snapper to slide into your pocket this summer for casual use? For somewhere around the £100 mark, if we Read more

Leica V-Lux 30
3.5 stars Leica V-Lux 30 By Gavin Stoker

There’s a new travel zoom on the block in the shape of the Leica V-Lux 30, a 14.1 effective megapixel, 1/2.33 CMOS sensor incorporating, 16x optical Read more

Fujifilm FinePix Z900EXR
4.5 stars Fujifilm FinePix Z900EXR By Gavin Stoker

With its slide open and shoot faceplate, mainly metal build, internally stacked lens and glossy good looks, the svelte and pocket friendly Fujifilm FinePix Read more

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX10
4.0 stars Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX10 By Gavin Stoker

Updating last year’s WX5, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX10 is around £50 cheaper than its near numerical doppelganger in the current waterproofed DSC-TX10, Read more

Pentax Optio S1
3.0 stars Pentax Optio S1 By Gavin Stoker

Looking for an inexpensive bauble with which to turn heads every time you take a snap? Photography stalwart Pentax is better known for practicality than Read more

Samsung PL170
3.0 stars Samsung PL170 By Gavin Stoker

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 Read more

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS37
3.5 stars Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS37 By Gavin Stoker

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 Read more

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX10
3.5 stars Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX10 By Gavin Stoker

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: Read more

Nikon Coolpix P500
4.0 stars Nikon Coolpix P500 By Gavin Stoker

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. Read more

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3
4.0 stars Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 By Gavin Stoker

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) Read more

Olympus SZ-20
3.5 stars Olympus SZ-20 By Gavin Stoker

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 Read more

Fujifilm FinePix XP30
3.0 stars Fujifilm FinePix XP30 By Gavin Stoker

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 Read more

Nikon Coolpix S9100
4.0 stars Nikon Coolpix S9100 By Gavin Stoker

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 Read more

Canon IXUS 220 HS
4.0 stars Canon IXUS 220 HS By Gavin Stoker

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 Read more

Canon IXUS 115 HS
4.0 stars Canon IXUS 115 HS By Gavin Stoker

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 Read more

Canon IXUS 310 HS
4.0 stars Canon IXUS 310 HS By Gavin Stoker

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 Read more

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3
4.0 stars Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3 By Gavin Stoker

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 Read more

Casio Exilim EX-ZR10
4.0 stars Casio Exilim EX-ZR10 By Gavin Stoker

Compact digital cameras are both ubiquitous and seemingly indistinguishable, so what is this one’s “hook”? Well, in fact this Casio has several.First Read more

Olympus XZ-1
4.5 stars Olympus XZ-1 By Gavin Stoker

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 Read more

Casio Exilim EX-H20G
4.0 stars Casio Exilim EX-H20G By Gavin Stoker

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 Read more

Fujifilm FinePix S2800HD
4.0 stars Fujifilm FinePix S2800HD By Gavin Stoker

We’ve had manufacturers such as Panasonic with its pioneering incorporation of ever-larger zooms into increasingly slim compact camera bodies that will Read more

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T99
3.5 stars Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T99 By Gavin Stoker

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 Read more

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ45
3.5 stars Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ45 By Gavin Stoker

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 Read more

Olympus E-5
4.0 stars Olympus E-5 By Gavin Stoker

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 Read more

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700
4.0 stars Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700 By Gavin Stoker

At first glance the 14.1-megapixel, 5x optical zoom Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700 “travel zoom” compact closely resembles the previously reviewed DMC-FX70, Read more

Pentax K-r
4.0 stars Pentax K-r By Gavin Stoker

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 Read more

Samsung ST100
3.5 stars Samsung ST100 By Gavin Stoker

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 Read more

Olympus FE-4050
3.5 stars Olympus FE-4050 By Gavin Stoker

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 Read more

Samsung PL90
3.5 stars Samsung PL90 By Gavin Stoker

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 Read more

Olympus FE-5050
3.0 stars Olympus FE-5050 By Gavin Stoker

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 Read more

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