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    I agree. If you plan to shoot video the Canon EOS...

    I agree. If you plan to shoot video the Canon EOS 70D would be a significantly better proposition thanks to its new hybrid sensor in which every photosite has a phase detection pixel. This enables...
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    For what you do there's little point upgrading to...

    For what you do there's little point upgrading to the D700 as you won't use the additional features and atributes that it has. The D600 (now D610) is slightly different as it's full-frame. This is a...
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    The sticking point is your requirement for at...

    The sticking point is your requirement for at least a 20x zoom, because long zooms and fast autofocus tend to be mutually exclusive - they kind of cancel each other out. You'd be better of with a...
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    Agreed. Bridge cameras are designed for people...

    Agreed. Bridge cameras are designed for people who need big zoom lenses. The sensors are the same size as the one in your existing compact so you will see no radical difference in image quality. If...
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    They're based in Hong Kong, so you should legally...

    They're based in Hong Kong, so you should legally pay VAT at 20% and you could get stung for that by customs. There's no duty on digital stills cameras but if it was another product you'd have to...
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    If you can get one for that price the Canon EOS...

    If you can get one for that price the Canon EOS 550D would be an excellent choice for video. If you're in any doubt take a look at the work of young film maker Ross Anderson (website:...
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    A bridge is basically a compact with a very long...

    A bridge is basically a compact with a very long lens. It isn't more advanced than a good compact, and won't give you any better image quality. You don't need a bridge for portraits or macro...
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    I don't know what your budget is but it terms of...

    I don't know what your budget is but it terms of the quality of the image stabilisation it's probably hard to beat the 5 axis stabilisation found in the Olympus OM-D E-M5 (and also some of the...
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    If you’re considering photography as a hobby a...

    If you’re considering photography as a hobby a DSLR would be the best choice. While fine for snaps the versatility and image quality of a bridge are not comparable. If the only thing stopping you is...
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    Many people think that because a bridge camera...

    Many people think that because a bridge camera looks like a DSLR it will produce similar images, but the DSLr sensor is not just bigger it's many, many times bigger. The fact that the bridge has more...
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    The short answer is no. As excellent as the RX100...

    The short answer is no. As excellent as the RX100 is as a compact it won't compete with the NEX 3N for image quality. If IQ and shallow DoF are important to you it would be the one to go for of these...
  12. The Panasonic Lumix FZ200 is the best camera...

    The Panasonic Lumix FZ200 is the best camera here, unless you really need a 50x zoom lens (the FZ200 is only 24x, though it still goes to 600mm equivalent, which is more than enough for most...
  13. This is potentially a very long answer. Firstly,...

    This is potentially a very long answer. Firstly, it would be good to know whether you're talking about creative photography as a hobby, or just something to take high quality snaps. Lets assume the...
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    These are very different cameras so it seems an...

    These are very different cameras so it seems an odd shortlist. The first thing I'd decide for sure was whether to go for a DSLR and optical viewfinder or CSC with an EVF. HAve you used an EVF, and if...
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    We haven't compared these directly but I'd...

    We haven't compared these directly but I'd imagine the 24mm prime would still win. Though having used the Sigma 17-50mm I can say it's pretty good, and you'd get a more wideangle as well as more...
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    You would absolutely get better image quality...

    You would absolutely get better image quality with a 24mm prime lens than the kit zoom lens, though of course you'd only have the one focal length. Unlike new, but more expensive lenses, the older...
  17. As an iPad user I can tell you that this would...

    As an iPad user I can tell you that this would not be a good choice for your needs, but there are better alternatives with USB slots. I can recommend the Microsoft Surface as being the most...
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    Filters have a use in protecting the front...

    Filters have a use in protecting the front element of the lens but they're by no means essential. I find that if you keep the lens hood on, as I do, this reduces the chance of accidentally touching...
  19. Interesting you've narrowed it to Canon or Nikon....

    Interesting you've narrowed it to Canon or Nikon. If video functionality is important to you then you get a lot more for your money with Sony, such as the A37 -...
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    It really depends on the type of photography you...

    It really depends on the type of photography you do. If you're interested in landscapes, nature, architecture etc the single most important accessory you can buy is a tripod. A tripod will improve...
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    I am not aware of any chocolate proof cameras, so...

    I am not aware of any chocolate proof cameras, so I'd definitely invest in a tripod - one where the centre column can be extended horizontally over the cake (eg the Manfrotto 190 X Pro B) This would...
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    It depends on the sort of photography you do. The...

    It depends on the sort of photography you do. The D5100 has a higher resolution vari-angle LCD screen, a couple of extra megapixels and a few more features, butif you're intererested in sport,...
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    The Canon SX50 IS would be a good choice for...

    The Canon SX50 IS would be a good choice for wildlife but its basically a compact with a very long telephoto lens, so you'd still have the same limitations with things like studio sessions and low...
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    Actually Paul, my information is out of date -...

    Actually Paul, my information is out of date - we've already done the group test. I can tell you that the Pentax X-5 did very well and would suit your needs, though it's only 26x zoom. The full...
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    Full frame DSLRs have impressively big, bright...

    Full frame DSLRs have impressively big, bright viewfinders and offer several advantages over APS C ones, the main ones being better low light performance (on the whole) and the ability to get...
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