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2009 Christmas Gadget Countdown - 7. Digital cameras
If you haven't replaced your old digital camera with a new 8 mega-pixel camera phone, and prefer to keep your gadgets separate, what should you be asking Santa for this year?
Stuff magazine voted the 8.1 MP Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 the best 'bridge' camera, mainly thanks to its impressive Leica lens, and the Canon PowerShot G10 as the best 'compact' digital camera, and you won't go far wrong with their nominations.
At the cutting edge, see if you can get your hands on a Fujifilm Finepix F200EXR,a 12-megapixel monster with its Extreme Super CCD EXR sensor.
If a digital SLR is more your style, Samsung's new NX series of cameras are interesting as they have dropped the mirror box found in traditional DSLRs but still support interchangeable lenses, plus you get Wi-Fi connectivity and HD video with HDMI-out.
If you want a high-end fixed-lens digital camera, optical zooms now run from 20x up to a massive 24x on the new Pentax X70 and Nikon Coolpix P90. The superb image stabilisation on these cameras means that such huge zooms lenses are actually useable, even in handheld mode (with a steady hand!).
2010 is likely to see mobile phone manufacturers pushing the camera functionality of some of their phones to meet the demand for convergence devices, which camera manufacturers are going to be looking hard for ways to encourage us to buy new cameras as well.