Sanyo Xacti gives snappers a helping hand

Chopping heads off? Shooting into the sun? These are the marks of the amateur photographer. Once upon a time we'd have a friendly developer to point o

Chopping heads off? Shooting into the sun? These are the marks of the amateur photographer. Once upon a time we'd have a friendly developer to point out our photographic flaws with handy advice stickers on our prints, but in this digital age, where are the sticky labels for our JPEGs?Fear not our photographically challenged friends, assistance is still at hand. Sanyo's packed its latest Xacti snapper with plain English help menus to ease us all towards David Bailey-esque achievement.To speed up this process the S70 also gets some nifty extras including face recognition to counter that 'nice picture of the back of the room, shame about the blurry faces in the foreground' shot. Also new is 'Quick Focus' which promises to ensure even fast-moving subjects get snapped sharp.Inside is a standard 7.1MP sensor and 3x optical zoom plus a nice 2.5in display round the back. It's been kept a slim 22mm and takes standard AA batteries.All this and it costs just a hundred smackers. Beginners have never had it so good.

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Sanyo Xacti S70 Price: £100 On sale: May Contact: Sanyo Related stories: Sanyo makes pocket filming an Xacti science