Touchscreen Compact Cameras
Six finger-friendly big screen snappers
Group Test The runaway success of products such as the Apple iPhone  and iPad , which make extensive use of touchscreen technology, has shown that consumers love this type of interface – provided it’s executed properly.
When you think about it, touchscreens are a logical choice for compact cameras, which over time, have become smaller, lighter and thinner, while offering many more features and functions. The result has been a proliferation of tiny buttons, switches and sliders, with tortuous menus to navigate.
Nowadays, most major camera manufacturers offer at least one touchscreen compact in their current range. So are these touchscreen controlled models a giant leap forward for camera ergonomics or simply a gimmick?
To help you decide whether a touchscreen compact is the right camera for you, we've brought together a Buyer's Guide  to take you through the pros - and cons - of the category.
- Canon Ixus 210 
- Fujifilm FinePix Z700EXR 
- Nikon Coolpix S4000 
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX70 
- Samsung ST5500 
- Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX7 
Which of these models, if any, will win a Reg Hardware Recommended and Editor's Choice awards? Find out when you review the results of our tests and read our conclusions  at the end of the round-up.
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