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Digital Cameras: SLR Style Compact Digital Cameras

Digital cameras are listed in no order of preference or relevance other than being grouped together in their relevant market sectors. This is a quick guide to the best digital cameras available in each sector.

Nikon Coolpix 8800

  • 8 megapixels
  • 10x optical zoom
  • 1.8 inch LCD
  • CF card slot
  • 116x185x121mm
  • 600g

Quick Review: The Nikon Coolpix 8800 extends the high end of Nikon's "prosumer" line-up, incorporating both a longer-ratio 10x zoom lens and optical vibration reduction technology to control camera shake at long telephoto focal lengths. The new Nikon 8800 is the latest in a long line of Nikon digital cameras that have helped define the state of the art in prosumer cameras from the early days of the digital revolution.

Nikon Coolpix 8800

Canon PowerShot Pro1

  • 8.3 megapixels
  • 7x optical zoom
  • 2 inch LCD
  • CF card slot
  • 117.5x72x90mm
  • 545g
  • Quick Review: PowerShot Pro1 is not only the flagship of the PowerShot line, but a decisive leader in the compact digital camera class. The camera has an extraordinary 8 Megapixels of imaging power, a superb Canon L-series 7x zoom lens, and a host of professional-level capabilities. Yet with all its advanced technology, the Pro1 retains the ease of use that PowerShot cameras are famous for.

Canon PowerShot Pro1

Fuji FinePix S9500

  • 9 megapixels
  • 10.7x optical zoom
  • 1.8 inch LCD
  • CF/XD card slot
  • 128x93x129mm
  • 645g
  • Quick Review: Unlike many digital cameras, you won't want to separate this camera from its lens. Covering the crucial 28-300mm range, and crafted from the highest standard Fujinon optics, this is a built-in lens that has been engineered to work perfectly with the camera's sensor technology. And the sensor technology is just as advanced - a nine million effective pixel Super CCD and Real Photo Processor combination that not only delivers on detail, but also the major image quality milestones: colour, low noise, dynamic range and sensitivity.

Fuji FinePix S9500

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30K

  • 8 megapixels
  • 12x optical zoom
  • 2 inch LCD
  • SD/Multimedia card slot
  • 140.75x85.5x138.1mm
  • 674g
  • Quick Review: The DMC-FZ30's LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens features 14 elements in 8 groups, including 3 aspherical lenses and an ED (extra-low dispersion) lens which helps to suppress the colour bleeding that often occurs in telephoto shots, plus a 12x optical zoom (35mm equivalent: 35 to 420mm). This combines with the large, 1/1.8" diagonal 8-megapixel CCD to give you enormous expressive power.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30K

Sony DSC-R1

  • 10.3 megapixels
  • 5x optical zoom
  • 2 inch LCD
  • Memory Stick/CF card slot
  • 139.4x97.7x156mm
  • 929g

Quick Review: The World's first digital still camera that combines a large 10.3 effective Megapixel CMOS sensor, and a high quality 24-120mm (35mm) ZEISS zoom lens in the same body, allowing 'live' viewing with the free-angle LCD screen.

Sony DSC-R1

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