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Photography 101: A little zoom can make a big difference 
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Photography 101: A little zoom can make a big difference

Zoom doesn't just make things bigger. Use it right and it can do all sorts of clever tricks, from making people look pretty to moving buildings closer together.
Unboxed: Canon's new mega-zoom compact, the Powershot SX230 HS 
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Unboxed: Canon's new mega-zoom compact, the Powershot SX230 HS

The Canon Powershot SX230 HS is one of the standouts in Canon's compact range for 2011, with a big 14x zoom and built-in GPS. It's just landed in our labs, and here are the photos.
Panasonic's Lumix DMC-TZ6 scores top marks for impressive zoom lens, great image quality 
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Panasonic's Lumix DMC-TZ6 scores top marks for impressive zoom lens, great image quality

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ6 is the best option here for pure image quality and flexibility, if you can live with its size and quirks.
Stepping up to a DSLR camera: 4 types of cameras compared 
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Stepping up to a DSLR camera: 4 types of cameras compared

The market is adapting to photo enthusiasts with a number of better-than-compact technologies and camera sizes. Here's a 5-minute primer to the pros and cons of four different types of digital cameras
Stepping up to a DSLR camera, part 4: Digital camera checklist, know your gear 
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Stepping up to a DSLR camera, part 4: Digital camera checklist, know your gear

By knowing your gear better, you will be in a better position to purchase the DSLR that is right for you. We look at five key areas that every DSLR photographer should keep in mind.
Stepping up to a DSLR camera, part 3: Should you consider a power zoom instead? 
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Stepping up to a DSLR camera, part 3: Should you consider a power zoom instead?

The Power Zoom can help photographers achieve that perfect shot with a huge zoom capacity, but it can also mean a very heavy lens trade off in exchange.
Canon Digital Ixus I zoom  
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Canon Digital Ixus I zoom

The AF could do with being a bit quicker, and a longer zoom would be good, but it’s still a gem
Olympus Camedia C-750 Ultra Zoom 
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Olympus Camedia C-750 Ultra Zoom

Undoubtedly the key feature of the Olympus C-750 is the huge 10x optical zoom lens. This is ideal for sports photography or getting close to camera-shy subjects. We’d expect a lens of this size to introduce severe chromatic aberrations, but Olympus has used extra-dispersion lenses, which make sure light is evenly distributed across the CCD.
Fujifilm FinePix F700 Zoom 
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Fujifilm FinePix F700 Zoom

With its slim dimensions, the FinePix F700 is almost the odd one out in this test. It’s certainly no IXUS, but the F700 will still fit into your pocket and the brushed metal casing looks the part. But the main reason the F700 costs more than the bigger S5000 is because of the new Super CCD SR. Instead of one photodiode per pixel, this fourth-generation CCD has two: a high-sensitivity one for shadows and mid-tones, and a low-sensitivity one for highlights. Fujifilm claims this gives a greater dynamic range, aiding tricky lighting situations by capturing shadow detail without bleaching out highlights.
Fujifilm FinePix S5000 Zoom 
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Fujifilm FinePix S5000 Zoom

The S5000 is one of the best-looking SLR-style digital cameras we’ve seen and comes from the same lines at the S602 Zoom. The plastic casing is solidly built but feels much lighter than the 448g our scales declared. This is mostly down to the excellent ergonomics – the hand grip is perfectly designed for one-handed shooting.
Olympus Camedia C-5050 Zoom 
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Olympus Camedia C-5050 Zoom

The Camedia C-5050 is a 5.3-megapixel camera offering a good balance of automatic and manual settings, catering for users who like a professional look and feel. It also offers USB connectivity, separate status LCD, optical resolution of 2,560 x 1,920, support for RAW output format and video-out.
Fujifilm FinePix 2400 Zoom 
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Fujifilm FinePix 2400 Zoom

The test images taken at maximum quality and resolution show that the FinePix is quite capable of producing solid images
Fujifilm FinePix 4700 Zoom 
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Fujifilm FinePix 4700 Zoom

If were to believe the hyperbole, this technology will do for digital technology what the invention of the parachute did for skydiving.
Olympus Camedia C-990 Zoom 
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Olympus Camedia C-990 Zoom

The first thing that struck me about the Camedia C-990 Zoom was that it looks and feels like a camera.
Olympus Camedia C-3030 ZOOM 
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Olympus Camedia C-3030 ZOOM

In appearance the Olympus Camedia is rather ordinary, mirroring closely what is standard fare in the conventional SLR field, and perhaps even a little dated. This however belies the superior performance that the Olympus put in this month, which impressed the Labs team enough to award it with the Labs Award for Quality.
Fuji MX-2900 Zoom 
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Fuji MX-2900 Zoom

High-performance digital cameras are appearing thick and fast at the moment. Take the innocent-looking Fuji MX-2700 (reviewed issue 21) and the Sony CyberShot DSC-55E (reviewed issue 22, p95): both are slim and sexy, yet boast resolutions of over two megapixel and features by the truckload.
Olympus C-2000 Zoom 
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Olympus C-2000 Zoom

Ever since the dawn of the digital camera age Olympus has graced the market with a series of excellent products. Its C-800L may have had a lukewarm reception, but the C-820L soon rectified that.

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