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Introduction

The Casio EX-Z800 is an entry-level 14 megapixel compact digital camera. The Z800 offers a 4x optical zoom lens that starts at 27mm wide-angle, CCD-shift image stabilization mechanism, 2.7 inch LCD screen, 720p HD movies with a one-touch recording button, Premium Auto and Dynamic Photo functions. Also new to the Z800 is the Single Frame SR Zoom feature which extends the zoom range by a factor of 1.5x, and Single Frame SR Quality which delivers images with improved clarity and resolution. The EX-Z800 comes in six different colors – black, silver, pink, red, yellow, and blue – for around £125 / $150.

Ease of Use

The Casio EX-Z800 is an entry-level 14 megapixel compact digital camera. The Z800 offers a 4x optical zoom lens that starts at 27mm wide-angle, CCD-shift image stabilization mechanism, 2.7 inch LCD screen, 720p HD movies with a one-touch recording button, Premium Auto and Dynamic Photo functions. Also new to the Z800 is the Single Frame SR Zoom feature which extends the zoom range by a factor of 1.5x, and Single Frame SR Quality which delivers images with improved clarity and resolution. The EX-Z800 comes in six different colors – black, silver, pink, red, yellow, and blue – for around £125 / $150.

Ease of Use

The Casio EX-Z800 is a well-made, very compact digital camera, easily small enough to fit into the palm of your hand, and for storage inside either a trouser or shirt pocket or handbag. As with almost every Casio camera that we’ve reviewed before, the EX-Z800 is one of the better models around in terms of build quality, despite being made predominantly of plastic. The overall finish is excellent, looking and feeling much more expensive than its budget price-tag might suggest. There’s no hand-grip on the front and no thumb-grip area on the rear either, which does make it difficult to get a good grip on the camera. The plastic tripod mount is off-centre in the bottom of the camera, and changing cards or batteries is not possible while the Z800 is mounted on a tripod because the compartment door hinge is too close to the tripod socket.

The Casio Z800 features a 4x optical zoom lens that’s equivalent to a focal range of 27-108mm in 35mm terms. The 27mm wide-angle focal length provides a wide-angle outlook that can only increase your creativity. You won’t want to go back to a “standard” 35mm zoom after using the 27mm lens on the EX-Z800. The 4x zoom lens provides quite a versatile focal range, especially as it is coupled with Casio’s effective anti-shake system, which helps to ensure that the majority of photos taken in good light are sharp. The Z800’s lens is quite fast at the wide-angle setting, with a maximum aperture of f/3.2, but not so good at the 108mm telephoto setting, with a maximum aperture of f/5.9.

The Casio EX-Z800 has relatively few external controls, just 11 in total, which reflects the fact that this is a simple camera in functionality terms, with very limited photographic possibilities on offer. All the controls are clearly labeled using industry-standard symbols and terminology, with just a couple of Casio-specific buttons that require a quick read of the manual.

Located on top of the EX-Z800 are the small On / Off button and the tactile Zoom Lever and Shutter button. There is also a button above the LCD screen offering two Auto modes, the standard one and Premium Auto. The latter mode automatically optimizes the camera’s settings for exposure, ISO, sensitivity, focus, photo blur correction, tonal range, color balance, and level of noise reduction, leaving you to concentrate on framing and taking the picture.

On the bottom of the EX-Z800 are the plastic tripod mount and lockable battery compartment, which also houses the SD / SDHC / SDXC memory card slot. On the rear is the 2.7 inch LCD screen, with a number of controls to the right, including a traditional navigation pad. You can directly access the various flash options by clicking down on the navigation pad, whilst up is used to toggle between the various Display modes (no information, shooting info, shooting info with histogram). The Set button in the middle performs two main tasks – it selects menu options, and also accesses the EX-Z800’s Control Panel.

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Front Rear

This is a vertical list of options displayed on the right of the LCD screen, which provides quick access to some of the camera’s more important options, including image size, movie quality, flash, auto-focus type and area, self-timer and continuous shooting, and face detection. It takes a little while to get used to the presence of this on-screen list, but you can toggle it off using the Display mode if it proves too distracting. Annoyingly there is no option for ISO speed, which means that you have to go into the menu system to change this commonly-used setting.

Directly above and below the navigation pad are the self-explanatory Camera and Playback buttons, which switch between the two modes. Above the Camera button is the very welcome inclusion of a dedicated Movie button, which makes it quick and easy to shoot a movie without missing the start of the action. The EX-Z800 can record HD movies at 1280×720 pixels at 24 fps, standard quality movies at 640×480 pixels at 30fps, and VGA movies at 320×240 at 15 fps, all in the AVI format.

There are some limitations to the EX-Z800’s movie mode. The AVI format choice results in some massive file sizes that quickly fill up your memory cards, and the length of a movie is bizarrely limited to only 10 minutes. The sound quality is not that great, with the usual background noise that accompanies movies shot with cameras that only have mono sound. Thankfully you can use the 4x optical zoom during movie recording (there is also a digital zoom setting available).

The EX-Z800 doesn’t have a dedicated Menu button – instead you have to press Set and then scroll to the Menu option in the Control Panel list. The menu system on the Casio EX-Z800 is perfectly straight-forward to use. Quite a lot of the camera’s main settings are accessed elsewhere, so the main menu system isn’t actually that complicated. A row of 3 icons along the top of the LCD screen represent the Record, Quality and Set Up sub-menus, with most of the options being the kind that you set once and then forget about. Due to the large and bright LCD screen, the various options are easy to access and use, especially as only 6 are shown onscreen at one time.

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Side Front

Accessed via the Best Shot Control Panel option, the Casio EX-Z800 offers Auto and a comprehensive range of 34 different scene modes aimed at the user who just wants to point and shoot, making this camera particularly well-suited to the beginner, although picking the most appropriate one can get confusing! BS Auto mode will do its best to pick the most appropriate mode for the current scene, although it doesn’t choose from all 35 modes.

The Landscape mode makes colours more vivid, filters haze, and performs other processing that enhances the beauty of natural scenery. You can choose from two settings, Vivid Landscape or Mist Removal, with Off, +1 (Weak) and +2 (Strong) strengths available for both. The Make-up mode smoothes the skin texture of the subject and softens facial shadows caused by harsh sunlight for better looking portraits. You can set one of 13 levels in the range of 0 (no correction) to +12 (maximum correction). The final control on the rear of the EX-Z800 is the self-explanatory Delete button.

Taking a leaf out of Panasonic’s compact camera book, the new Single Frame SR Zoom option electronically increases the zoom range by a factor of 1.5, from 4x to 6x. As with its rival’s solution, this does come at the expense of reduced image quality. Similarly, Single Frame SR Quality promises to improve the clairty and resolution of your images – you can see the results of using both modes for yourself on the Image Quality page.

There is a single port on the right side of the Casio EX-Z800 (when viewed from the back) which accepts both the USB interface cable required to connect the camera to a printer or computer, and the AV cable. There are no controls on the left side of the EX-Z800. Overall the camera body feels very well-designed and not at all cluttered, despite the presence of the large 2.7 inch LCD, which has a wide viewing angle from left to right, average resolution of 230,000 dots, and is visible in most conditions. There is no optical viewfinder on this model.

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Memory Card Slot Battery Compartment

If you have never used a digital camera before, or you’re upgrading from a more basic model, reading the comprehensive and fairly easy-to-follow manual before you start is a good idea. Unfortunately Casio have chosen to cut costs and only supply the full manual as a PDF on a CD, rather than in printed format. Not much use if you’re taking pictures and need to find out what a particular option does.

The start-up time from turning the Casio EX-Z800 on to being ready to take a photo is fairly quick at around 2 seconds, and it takes about the same time to zoom from the widest focal length to the longest. Focusing is very quick in good light and the camera happily achieves focus indoors or in low-light situations, helped by the green focus-assist lamp. It takes about 0.5 second to store an image, allowing you to keep shooting as they are being recorded onto the memory card – there is a very quick LCD blackout between each image.

In Continuous mode the camera takes 4 frames per second at the highest image quality, which is fast for this class of camera, with the shooting rate maintained until your memory card is full. There is also a High-speed Continuous Shutter mode, which shoot at 10 frames per second at 1600 x 1200 pixels (up to 20 shots), and a Flash Continuous Shutter mode, which takes 3 frames per second at 1600 x 1200 pixels (up to 3 shots).

Once you have captured a photo, the Casio EX-Z800 has a good range of options when it comes to playing, reviewing and managing your images. You can instantly scroll through the images that you have taken, view up to 25 thumbnails onscreen at once, and zoom in and out up to 8x magnification. You can view slideshows with different effects and interval settings and set the print order and the transfer order, and also protect, rotate, resize, trim, and copy an image. For editing your images and movies in-camera, options include Dynamic Photo which extracts images of a moving subject and combines them with a still image to form a new background, Movie Editing for trimming your movies, and four different Art Effects. The Display button toggles detailed settings information about each picture on and off, such as the ISO rating and white balance.

In summary the Casio EX-Z800 is a simple, stylish and compact digital camera that won’t break the bank – now let’s find out what its image quality is like.

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Image Quality

All of the sample images in this Review were taken using the 14.1 megapixel Fine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 5Mb.

The Casio EX-Z800 produces images of above average quality. The biggest issue is noise and loss of detail at relatively slow ISO speeds. The 1/2.3 inch, 14.1 megapixel sensor recorded noise-free images at ISO 50-100, but there’s already some noise and slight softening of detail at ISO 200. ISO 400 shows a little more noise and colour desaturation, and ISO 800 and 1600 are significantly worse, with obvious loss of fine detail, colour desaturation and even more noise. The fastest setting ISO 3200 isn’t worth using at all.

The Casio EX-Z800 handled chromatic aberrations quite well, with fairly limited purple fringing effects appearing only in high contrast situations and generally at the edges of the frame. The built-in flash worked well indoors, with a little red-eye and adequate overall exposure. The night photograph was poor, with the maximum shutter speed of 4 seconds not being long enough for most after-dark shots, resulting in under-exposure.

Macro performance is also disappointing, only allowing you to focus as close as 8cms away from the subject. The images were a little soft straight out of the Casio EX-Z800 at the default sharpening setting and ideally require some further sharpening in an application like Adobe Photoshop, or you can change the in-camera setting. Anti-shake is a feature that works very well when hand-holding the camera in low-light conditions or when using the telephoto end of the moderate zoom range.

Noise

There are 7 ISO settings available on the Casio EX-Z800. Here are some 100% crops which show the noise levels for each ISO setting:

ISO 50 (100% Crop)

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

 
 

Sharpening

Here are two 100% Crops which have been Saved as Web – Quality 50 in Photoshop. The right-hand image has had some sharpening applied in Photoshop. The out-of-the camera images are soft at the default sharpening setting and benefit from some further sharpening in a program like Adobe Photoshop. You can also change the in-camera sharpening level to suit your tastes.

Original (100% Crop)

Sharpened (100% Crop)

   

Focal Range

The Casio EX-Z800’s 4x zoom lens provides a focal length of 27-108mm in 35mm terms, as demonstrated below.

27mm

108mm

File Quality

The Casio EX-Z800 has 2 different image quality settings available, with Fine being the highest quality option. Here are some 100% crops which show the quality of the various options, with the file size shown in brackets.

14M Fine (5.63Mb) (100% Crop) 14M Normal (3.00Mb) (100% Crop)

Chromatic Aberrations

The Casio EX-Z800 suffered from some fairly obvious chromatic aberrations during the review, with purple fringing present around the edges of objects in high-contrast situations, as shown in the examples below.

Example 1 (100% Crop)

Example 2 (100% Crop)

Macro

The Casio EX-Z800 offers a Super Macro setting that allows you to focus on a subject that is 8cms away from the camera when the lens is set to wide-angle. The first image shows how close you can get to the subject (in this case a compact flash card). The second image is a 100% crop.

Macro Shot

100% Crop

Flash

The flash settings on the Casio EX-Z800 are Auto, Flash On, Flash Off, Soft Flash, and Red Eye Reduction. These shots of a white coloured wall were taken at a distance of 1.5m.

Flash Off – Wide Angle (27mm)

Flash On – Wide Angle (27mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64
   

Flash Off – Telephoto (108mm)

Flash On – Telephoto (108mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64

And here are a couple of portrait shots. As you can see, both the Auto and Red Eye Reduction settings caused a tiny amount of red-eye.

Flash On

Flash On (100% Crop)
   

Red-eye Correction

Red-eye Correction (100% Crop)

Night

The Casio EX-Z800’s maximum shutter speed is 4 seconds in the Night scene mode, which isn’t good news if you’re seriously interested in night photography. The shot below was taken using a shutter speed of 2 seconds at ISO 100. I’ve included a 100% crop of the image to show what the quality is like.

Night Shot

Night Shot (100% Crop)

Anti Shake

The Casio EX-Z800 has an anti-shake mechanism, which allows you to take sharp photos at slower shutter speeds than other digital cameras. To test this, I took 2 handheld shots of the same subject with the same settings. The first shot was taken with anti shake turned off, the second with it turned on. Here are some 100% crops of the images to show the results. As you can see, with anti shake turned on, the images are much sharper than with anti shake turned off. This feature really does seem to make a difference and could mean capturing a successful, sharp shot or missing the opportunity altogether.

Shutter Speed / Focal Length

Anti Shake Off (100% Crop)

Anti Shake On (100% Crop)

1/5th / 27mm
1/3rd / 108mm

Single Frame SR Zoom

Single Frame SR Zoom electronically extends the Z800’s zoom range by a factor of 1.5x to 6x.

Off

On

Single Frame SR Quality

Single Frame SR Quality promises to deliver images with improved clarity and resolution.

Off

On

Lighting

You can use this setting to optimize the balance between bright areas and dark areas when shooting images. You can choose from three settings, Off, On and Extra.

Off

On

   

Extra

 
 

Landscape Mode

The Landscape mode makes colours more vivid, filters haze, and performs other processing that enhances the beauty of natural scenery. You can choose from two settings, Vivid Landscape or Mist Removal, with Off, +1 (Weak) and +2 (Strong) strengths available for both. Here is an example of the Vivid Landscape setting.

Off

Vivid Landscape +2

Make-Up Mode

The Make-up mode smoothes the skin texture of the subject and softens facial shadows caused by harsh sunlight for better looking portraits. You can set one of 13 levels in the range of 0 (no correction) to +12 (maximum correction).

Off

Standard +6

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Sample Images

This is a selection of sample images from the Casio EX-Z800 camera, which were all taken using the 14.1 megapixel Fine JPEG setting. The thumbnails below link to the full-sized versions, which have not been altered in any way.

Sample Movie

This is a sample movie at the highest quality setting of 1280 x 720 pixels at 20 frames per second. Please note that this 15 second movie is 31.9Mb in size.

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Product Images

Casio EX-Z800

Front of the Camera

 
Casio EX-Z800

Front of the Camera / Turned On

 
Casio EX-Z800

Isometric View

 
Casio EX-Z800

Isometric View

 
Casio EX-Z800

Rear of the Camera

 
Casio EX-Z800

Rear of the Camera / Image Displayed

 
Casio EX-Z800

Rear of the Camera / Set Menu

 
Casio EX-Z800

BRear of the Camera / Turned On

 
Casio EX-Z800

Top of the Camera

 

Casio EX-Z800

Bottom of the Camera

 
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Side of the Camera
 
Casio EX-Z800
Side of the Camera
 
Casio EX-Z800
Front of the Camera
 
Casio EX-Z800
Front of the Camera
 
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Memory Card Slot
 
Casio EX-Z800
Battery Compartment

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Specifications

File Format Still images: JPEG (Exif Ver. 2.3), DCF2.0, DPOF
Movies: AVI format, Motion JPEG, IMA-ADPCM (monaural)
Audio (Voice Recording): WAV format (monaural)
Recording Media 14.5MB* built-in flash memory, SD Memory Card,
SDHC Memory Card compatible
(Built-in memory capacity after formatting)
Number of Recorded Pixels Still images:14M(4320×3240)/3:2(4320×2880)/
16.9(4320×2432)/10M(3648×2736)/
6M(2816×2112)/3M(2048×1536)/
VGA(640×480)
Movies: HD (1280X720)/STD (640×480)
Number of Effective Pixels Approx. 14.1 megapixels (/million)
Image Sensor 1/2.3-inch square pixel CCD
Total Pixels: 14.48 megapixels (/million)
Lens Construction: 6 lenses in 5 groups, including aspherical lens.
F-number: F3.2(W) – F5.9(T)
Focal Length: f=4.9 – 19.6mm
35mm Film Equivalent: Approx. 27 – 108mm
Zoom Optical Zoom: 4x optical zoom, 6x Single SR Zoom
Digital Zoom: 63.8x maximum digital zoom (in combination with HD Zoom,VGA size)
Focus Focus Type: Contrast Detection Auto Focus
Focus Mode: Auto Focus, Macro, Super Macro, Infinity mode, Manual focus
AF Area: Intelligent, Spot, Multi, Tracking
Focus Range
From Lens Surface
Auto Focus: Approx. 7.9” – Infinity (W)
Macro: Approx. 3.1” – 19.7” (First step from Widest Setting)
Super Macro: Approx. 3.1” – 19.7” (First step from Widest Setting)
Infinity Mode: Infinity (W)
Manual Focus: Approx. 7.9” – Infinity (W)
(Using optical zoom causes the aperture to change.)
Exposure Exposure Metering: Multi pattern , (center weighted for some BS scenes) by CCD
Exposure Control: Program AE
Exposure Compensation: -2EV to +2EV (in 1/3EV steps)
Shutter Type CCD electronic shutter and mechanical shutter
Shutter Speed Auto: 1/2- 1/2000 sec
Shutter Speed Night Scene: 4 – 1/2000 second
(Depending on user’s setting of Camera)
Aperture F3.2(W) – F8.0(W) (ND filter is being used.)
(Using optical zoom causes the aperture to change.)
White Balance Auto WB, Daylight, Overcast, Shade, Day white Fluorescent, Daylight Fluorescent, Tungsten, Manual WB
Sensitivity
(SOS/REI)
Still images: Auto/ ISO50/ ISO100/ ISO200/ ISO400/ ISO800/ ISO1600/ ISO3200
Movies: Auto
(SOS: Standard Output Sensitivity. REI: Recommended Exposure Index.)
Self-Timer 10 seconds, 2 seconds, Triple Self-timer
Flash Mode Auto, Flash off, Flash on, Soft Flash, Red eye reduction
Built-In Flash Flash Modes: Auto, Flash off, Flash on, Soft Flash, Red eye reduction
Normal: Approx. 0.8’ – 13.8’ (W)
Approx. 1.3’ – 7.5’ (T)
Flash Continuous Shooting: Approx. 0.9’ – 6.6’ (W)
Approx. 1.3’ – 3.6’ (T)
(Range is affected by optical zoom.)
Flash Charge Time: Approximately 4 seconds
Other Recording Functions Snapshot (Auto mode/ Premium Auto mode), Snapshot by Super resolution technology, Marco, Self-timer, Dynamic Photo, Continuous shooting (4fps CS / 10fps CS / Flash CS), BEST SHOT, Make-up mode, Landscape Effect, Auto shutter, Face Detection, Movie(HD Movie, Normal Movie, Prerecord Movie, and For YouTube™), Voice Recording
(Audio recording is monaural)
Playback Functions Playback Zoom (8X), Multi-image Screen, Calendar Screen, Start-up Images, Rotate, Re-size, Trimming, Copy, BGM Slideshow, Art Effect
Monitor 2.7-inch TFT color LCD
230,400 dots (960 x 240)
Viewfinder: LCD monitor
Timekeeping Function Built-in quartz digital clock
Date and Time: Recorded with image data
With time stamp function
Auto Calendar: To 2049
World Time: 162 cities in 32 time zones
City name, date, time, summer time
Input / Output Terminals USB port (Hi-Speed USB compatible : Mass Storage / Full-Speed USB compatible : PTP) / AV output terminal (NTSC/PAL)
Microphone Monaural
Speaker Monaural
Power Source Rechargeable lithium ion battery (NP-80) x1
Power Consumption: 3.7V DC, Approximately 3.1W
Dimensions 3.6” (W) x 2.0” (H) x .77” (D)
Weight Approximately 4.4 oz (Including Battery and Memory Card*)
Approximately 3.6 oz (excluding Including Battery and Memory Card)

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Conclusion

The Casio EX-Z800 is a good example of just what you can get these days at the entry-level end of the market, offering compact dimensions, a versatile wide-angle lens, large LCD screen and HD movie recording. Unfortunately below-par image quality and the over-simplified user interface detract from the Z800’s overall appeal, especially for more experienced users.

The Z800’s 4x, 27-108mm lens is versatile enough, covering everything from wide-angle landscapes to head and shoulder portraits, and mechanical stabilisation helps to ensure that most of your shots will be sharp. We have reviewed other comparably sized compacts with bigger zoom ranges though, so it’s worth looking around if you need a longer focal length. The 2.7 inch LCD screen is adequate enough for a 2011 camera, while the HD movie mode has been improved on previous Casio compacts with the ability to use the zoom lens during recording and a handy one-touch record button.

Ease-of-use is fine for beginners, with the Z800 doing virtually all of the heavy lifting if so required, but the need to almost constantly dip into the rather convoluted dual menu system slows things down for more experienced users looking for greater control. It takes no less than 8 button presses, for example, just to change the ISO speed, something that absolute beginners may never actually do, but which the rest of us will find frustrating.

Image quality is also only satisfactory, with noise and loss of detail at relatively slow ISO speeds, a limited maximum shutter speed of 4 seconds, and a disappointing 8cm macro mode. This isn’t the camera to buy if you’re looking for the best ever image quality, especially when used in low-light conditions, but the EX-Z800 does produce well-exposed and accurate photos that will please the majority of its target audience.

Which leaves us with a well-built, compact but ultimately unremarkable camera that benefits most from its budget price-tag of £125 / $150. With current street prices currently coming in at even less, we can recommend the Casio EX-Z800 as a simple but effective point and shoot for all the family.

4 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4
Features 3.5
Ease-of-use 3.5
Image quality 3.5
Value for money 4.5

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Main Rivals

Listed below are some of the rivals of the Casio EX-Z800.

Canon PowerShot A2100 IS

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The Canon PowerShot A2100 IS is a brand new 12 megapixel compact digital camera with a 6x optical zoom lens. Offering a versatile focal range of 36-216mm, the A2100 offers Optical Image Stabilization and motion detection technology to help combat camera shake. There’s a large 3.0 inch LCD screen on the back with a wide viewing angle, new Smart Auto mode with Scene Detection Technology for true point-and-shoot operation, and a veritable wealth of Face Detection options. The Canon A2100 IS won’t be available until early-April, but that hasn’t stopped us from already reviewing this $249.99 / £259.00 / €309.00 camera.

Canon PowerShot A495

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As camera manufacturers increasingly add more bells, whistles and megapixels to their compacts in order to outdo the competition, it’s easy to overlook the cheaper yet still very capable end of the market. This is where cameras like the new Canon Powershot A495 aim to provide the core functionality and image quality of their more expensive brethren in a more accessible and of course cheaper package. Read our in-depth 10-page Canon PowerShot A495 review to find out if this budget shooter hits the mark.

Fujifilm FinePix JZ500

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The Fujifilm FinePix JZ500 is a brand new 10x travel-zoom camera that won’t break the bank. Offering a 14 megapixel sensor, 28-280mm focal range and 720p HD movie recording, the JZ500 can be yours for less than £175 / $250. Read our Fujifilm FinePix JZ500 review to find out if it’s worth a look.

Kodak Easyshare M580

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The Kodak Easyshare M580 is a new entry-level camera with some advanced features, including a wide-angle 8x zoom lens, 14 megapixel sensor, HD video and a large 3 inch LCD screen. Officially retailing for £179.99 / $199.95, read our expert Kodak Easyshare M580 Review.

Nikon Coolpix L22

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The entry level L22 sits at the bottom of the Nikon Coolpix range, but that doesn’t mean that you should immediately write it off. After all, £79.99 / €95.00 surprisingly buys you quite a lot of camera, with a 3.6x zoom lens, 3 inch screen and 12 megapixel sensor all included. Read our in-depth Nikon Coolpix L22 to find out if you really can get a capable camera at this price-point…

Olympus FE-5030

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The Olympus FE-5030 is a new slim, stylish and simplified compact camera that won’t break the bank. Featuring a 14 megapixel sensor, 5x 26-130mm zoom lens, and a 2.7 inch LCD screen, the FE 5030 is priced at £139.99. Zoltan-Arva Toth finds out if that’s money well spent in our Olympus FE-5030 review.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS33

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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS33 (also known as the DMC-FH22) is a new touch-screen compact camera with an appealingly versatile 8x zoom lens. Costing less than £199 / $199, the FS33 / FH22 is aimed at the beginner end of the market, yet still offers some advanced features including 720p HD movies and Panasonic’s reliable intelligent Auto mode. Read our expert Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS33 review now.

Pentax Optio RS1000

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There are literally hundred of compact cameras on the market, making it extremely difficult for a new model to get noticed. The Pentax RS1000 tackles this problem in a rather unique way – the front can be customised with an image, instantly transforming the RS1000 from just another compact to your own personalised camera. Find out if this is enough to stand-out by reading our Pentax Optio RS1000 review.

Samsung PL150

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The Samsung PL150 improves on the innovative dual-screen technology of last year’s ST500 / 500 cameras and makes it much more affordable for the masses. The PL150 (also known as the TL210) has a smaller LCD on the front as well as the 3 inch rear screen, which is very useful for composing self-portrait stills and now video too. The stylish 12 megapixel Samsung PL150 has a wide-angle 5x zoom lens, can record HD video and only costs £179.99 / $229.99.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T99

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The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T99 is a good-looking 14 megapixel compact camera with a large 3 inch touchscreen LCD and a wide-angle 4x zoom lens. It’s also competitively priced too, currently on sale for around £200 / $229.99. Read our expert Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T99 review to find out if it’s worth considering…

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