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Cameras

Sony a7R camera is one for the wish-list

The Sony A7.

Imaging The handsome Sony a7R can pretty much be summed up in one word: Wow! We want one.

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The top 20 digital photography apps

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Jenneth Orantia You can now transform even the most average-looking snaps into works of art thanks to hundreds of photography apps.

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Cameras

Skill up: a beginner's guide to DSLR photography

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Jenneth Orantia The old ways aren't going to cut it now that you are brandishing state-of-the-art equipment.

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Cameras

Three-way shootout: compact cameras

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Jenneth Orantia compares three compact digital cameras.

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Flaw in iPhone 5 camera reveals purple haze

iPhone 5, iPhone 4S

Charlie White If you point the iPhone 5's camera toward the sun or bright lights, a purple halo appears around those light sources, and in some cases, purple lens flares also appear within the frame.

It shoots, they score

Canon's EOS 650D has a hybrid digital video focusing system.

Imaging Canon's boffins are working on solving the problems of maintaining focus while taking video on an SLR.

Focus on the year's finest

A Sigma 30mm f2.8.

Terry Lane Some beautiful examples of interchangeable lens cameras came our way this year.

Android cameras put future in the picture

Nikon Coolpix S800c

David Pogue Ever since mobile phone cameras got good enough for everyday snapshots, camera sales have been dropping.

Lightness of being

Nikon J1 with Lens.

Terry Lane But weight - there's more. Some gear still has the goods without the bulk.

Review: Olympus OMD E-M5

Olympus OMD EM-5.

This is the digital camera Olympus should have made on day one - a true successor to the range of OM 35mm cameras.

Smile, because there's nowhere to hide

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Natalie Craig It captures images 25 times more detailed than the smartest camera on the market, representing the future of photography - and spying.

Clicking your heels

Katie Cincotta A short course can boost photographic skills, writes Katie Cincotta.

Three contenders ... compact digital cameras

Olympus VR-310

Adam Turner Compact digital cameras are stuck between a rock and a hard place, writes Adam Turner.

Pedal with the mettle

Bill Cunningham.

Imaging A pushbike and basic gear is all this legendary fashion snapper uses.

Sensitive new-age types

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Full-frame cameras with more receptors aren't always best, writes Terry Lane.

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Review: Panasonic Lumix GF1

Panasonic lumix GF1

Panasonic has solved the problem of auto-focus speed in a compact camera using the contrast detect method. Images are sharp with excellent contrast. Image quality, in either raw or JPEG, is gorgeous.

It's not black and white

Olympus E-P1.

Terry Lane We now have two compact-ish SLR-quality digital cameras from which to choose — the Panasonic Lumix GF1 and the Olympus E-P1 and wars between brand loyalists are raging.

Stuck in a bad mode

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Terry Lane You know those scene mode settings on your digital camera? Do you ever use them? The portrait mode is supposed to give better separation between face and background.

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Digital camera buying guide

The latest generation of cameras have all manner of colourful and mind-blowing features, from built-in projectors to smile-activated shutters and touch screens. So which one do you choose?

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New breed of micro DLSRs

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Terry Lane There has been a quiet clamour for a professional compact. And now we have it. Well, we have two. They are called Micro Four Thirds cameras and both Panasonic and Olympus are making them.