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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T700 compact camera

Sony is renowned for its stylish products, and the Cyber-shot DSC-T700 is no exception. But it'll take more than just good looks to convince us that this is a camera worth opening your wallet for. This super-slim 10.1-megapixel digicam comes in a brushed aluminium body with a whopping 3.5in display area - almost 922,000 pixels …
George Cole, 06 Nov 2008

Zoombak Universal portable A-GPS locator

The Zoombak personal GPS locator is designed to be used for a wide range of applications, whether it’s keeping an eye on an elderly relative, a teenage driver, a bike or even your dog. Zoombak comes in three different flavours: there’s a dog locator, complete with a pouch that clips onto the dog collar; a car locator that …
George Cole, 04 Nov 2008

Canon PowerShot SX110 IS

Canon seems to release a new Digital Ixus camera every few months or so, but it has been more restrained when it comes to its PowerShot range. Take the PowerShot SX110 IS. It’s the successor to the PowerShot SX100 IS, which was launched back in autumn 2007. As the name suggests, the SX110 is more an evolutionary camera than a …
George Cole, 14 Oct 2008

RM Asus miniBook Plus netbook

Oxfordshire-based RM has formed alliances with makers of Small, Cheap Computers to rebrand sub-notebooks for schools. Its latest is the RM Asus miniBook Plus, its moniker for the Eee PC 904HD. When it comes to IT products, schools look for a range of features, including portability and affordability. Little wonder then that RM …
George Cole, 01 Oct 2008

Pentax K200D digital SLR

Pentax is pretty clear about the target group for the K200D: the head of a family and digital camera beginner. Automation is the key here – most folk will simply want a camera they can pick up and shoot. The first thing that hits you about the K200D is its size. Pentax describes it as “one of the most compact DSLRs on the market …
George Cole, 11 Sep 2008

Olympus E-420 digital SLR

Many of us want the slimmest, lightest, most portable camera we can afford. No surprise, then, that Olympus is making a lot of noise about the E-420, claimed to be the “world’s most compact DSLR”. The E-420 is certainly a tiddler when compared with most other DSLRs on the market, measuring 129.5 x 91 x 53mm and weighing just …
George Cole, 26 Aug 2008

Olympus SP-570 UZ 'superzoom' camera

The problem with many in-between/crossbreed/hybrid products is that they can suffer a little from an identity crisis...and the Olympus SP-570 UZ is no exception. At first glance, it looks like a compact version of a DSLR: it’s got a large zoom lens at the front, an SLR-type grip and it’s a mile away from the ultra-slim compacts …
George Cole, 07 Aug 2008

Samsung NV4 multimedia camera

This is the age of convergence, when the lines between various digital devices are blurred. Many use their mobile phone to take snaps, so it’s no surprise that camera manufacturers are fighting back. Take the Samsung NV4 for example. Now you might think that this is just another compact digital camera, but you would be wrong, …
George Cole, 04 Aug 2008

Nikon D40 entry-level digital SLR

The D40 is still part of Nikon’s current range. To begin with it was a sub-£500 camera; today it's a sub-£300 model and in our book that makes it worth serious consideration by the DSLR beginner. It's true that to a large extent, you get what you pay for, and in launching a low-cost DSLR, Nikon has had to make some compromises. …
George Cole, 10 Jul 2008

Canon EOS 450D digital SLR

The EOS 450D is more like a step-up than a follow-on to the EOS 400D entry-level digital SLR we recently looked at. The question is, what does the extra 50 in the model number mean in terms of improvement? Well, quite a few things, both from a cosmetic and from a performance point of view. That said, this is no massive leap …
George Cole, 27 Jun 2008

Pentax Optio S12 compact camera

Thankfully, digital camera manufacturers have stopped stuffing ever more megapixels into their compact cameras. That's good because performance suffers and, for most folk, eight megapixels are fine. Manufacturers have instead focused on introducing useful features like face detection and image stabilisation. So why has Pentax …
George Cole, 12 Jun 2008

Sony Alpha 200 digital SLR

Sony came to the digital SLR party late, with its first model, the Alpha 100 - launched in 2006. Its successor, the Alpha 200 (A200), is also aimed at the entry-level market. First announced in January, Sony recently sent one over for a more in-depth look. That isn’t to say that the A200 is a basic camera – no sireee – but it …
George Cole, 06 Jun 2008

Canon EOS 400D digital SLR

DSLRs were once the province of the professional, with prices to match. But the cost has fallen, so for roughly twice the price of a mid-spec compact you can now pick up a decent digital SLR. A camera like the Canon EOS 400D for example. The EOS 400D has been around for quite a while now and Canon has since launched the EOS 450D …
George Cole, 03 Jun 2008

Canon Digital Ixus 80 IS compact camera

Not long ago we looked at the Digital Ixus 70 IS and now comes the follow up, the Digital Ixus 80 IS. So is it a case of the same chocolates in a different box or has Canon radically redefined this camera sector? First impressions are that the Digital 80 IS has that cool “Ixus look” – our model was sleek, silver, stylish and …
George Cole, 27 May 2008

Pentax Optio V20 compact camera

Chances are that many pics in your photo album are of family and friends. Little wonder then, that camera manufacturers are devoting a lot of time and energy in providing features designed to help us take even better people shots. The Pentax Optio V20 not only offers Face Detection technology but combines it with a Smile Capture …
George Cole, 16 May 2008

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS20 compact camera

Think of digital cameras and names like Canon, Sony and Pentax come to mind. But Panasonic is proving to be a dark horse, releasing models with impressive looks and good performance. A case in point: the DMC-FS20. It has an all-metal body available in silver or black. It looks neat, compact and stylish and feels good to hold, …
George Cole, 07 May 2008

Kodak EasyShare M893 IS compact camera

Kodak founder George Eastman coined the phrase 'You press the button, we do the rest', and his slogan remains spot on when it comes to digital cameras like the Kodak EasyShare M893 IS. Like many compacts, the M893 offers lots of automatic features with some semi-manual settings thrown in for good measure. Our first impressions …
George Cole, 01 May 2008

Canon Digital Ixus 970 IS compact camera

How do you improve on an existing product? Well, you can change the colour, you can add new features... or you can do what Canon has done with the Ixus 970 and give it a radical new redesign. The Ixus 970 isn’t ugly, but it’s not as good looking as previous Canon cameras we’ve seen. The left-hand side of the body has a straight …
George Cole, 22 Apr 2008

Olympus µ1010 compact camera

The curiously named Olympus µ1010 is also known as the mju 1010, which doesn’t make it any easier to pronounce. It comes in three groovy - or garish - colours, silver, black and metallic blue. This is a pretty well-specified camera considering the price and target audience. There’s a beefy 7x 6.6-46.2mm optical zoom lens for …
George Cole, 09 Apr 2008

Canon Digital Ixus 960 IS compact camera

The latest offering from Canon, the Digital Ixus 960 IS offers no less than 12.1 megapixel performance. But, as we shall see, offering more pixels means paying a price when it comes to certain aspects of performance. We have to say, the Ixus 960 is one of the nicest cameras we’ve seen, with a titanium body and sleek finish – you …
George Cole, 01 Apr 2008

Pentax Optio E40 compact camera

If you’re thinking of dipping your toe into the digital photography waters or simply on a tight budget, then an entry-level (aka budget) compact is a very appealing answer. The Pentax Optio E40 is one such model. Not least because today’s budget models offer a surprisingly wide array of features – and their performance can be …
George Cole, 22 Feb 2008

Pentax Optio S10 compact camera

Some products' claims to be pocket-sized often stretch the imagination - and the material. Pentax describes the Optio S10 as being “ultra compact” but this time it's dead right. This camera isn’t just pocket-sized, or even palm-sized – it’s diddy. Soon to complemented by the newest addition to Optio range - the S12, the S10 …
George Cole, 06 Feb 2008

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H3 'superzoom' camera

Some people want a camera that’s small enough to fit in a pocket, but they also want the features of a SLR. In other words, they want the impossible. Or do they? Enter the 'superzoom', which in the days of film would have been described as a 'bridge camera'. Sony DSC-H3 digital camera Sony's DSC-H3: bigger than a compact, but …
George Cole, 22 Jan 2008

Pentax Optio M40 compact camera

If skinny stuff does it for you, be it spray-on jeans, slim-line coffee or even soccer players, you're going to like the Pentax Optio M40. In fact, it’s so slender, you'll want to sit it down at a table and give it a good nourishing meal. Measuring just 18mm front to back, the Optio M40 is easy to slip it into a pocket and …
George Cole, 13 Nov 2007

Pentax Optio Z10 digital camera

Talk about too much choice: we're drowning in digital cameras. These days, everyone, their tennis partner and their dog seem to be launching an eight-megapixel compact with a large screen. So, in this over-crowded environment can Pentax's Optio Z10 stand out from the crowd? Ever heard the expression 'little things can make a big …
George Cole, 30 Oct 2007

Samsung S85 eight-megapixel digital camera

Remember the days when even an entry-level digital camera cost the proverbial arm and a leg? Nowadays, low-price doesn’t have to mean low performance or even low in features. If you’re looking for a decent digital camera today, you can pick up a fairly well-specified model for a little over £100. Let’s face it: not everyone …
George Cole, 09 Oct 2007