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2005 review Digital cameras The story The digital camera market underwent a design revolution in 2005, with a slew of shiny, slimline cameras vying f

2005 review Digital cameras

The story The digital camera market underwent a design revolution in 2005, with a slew of shiny, slimline cameras vying for our attention. And the arrival of high-resolution imaging mobiles and budget-priced digital SLRs mean that happy snappers now have more choice than ever.

The highs Nikon and Canon brought professional-quality digital imaging to the masses with their £500 digital SLRs (the D50 and 350D respectively), while Casio’s Exilim range and Sony’s Cybershot T family challenged the dominance of Stuff compact fave, the Pentax Optio SV. But it was the arrival of the first 3-megapixel cameraphone – Sharp’s 903 – that showed us the shape of cams to come.

The lows The threat of camphones has forced some serious innovation – but the first Wi-Fi-enabled digital cameras were a real disappointment. The new wireless snappers from Canon and Nikon can’t even upload pictures directly to the web.

Digital camera of the year Digicams have always suffered in low light conditions, but the new Fujifilm Z2 offers excellent performance at all times of day and night – and happens to be the coolest-looking camera that money can buy.

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