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Panasonic FX150 Lumix digital camera

Panasonic manages to pack an amazing 14 megapixels into a sturdy, compact camera that weighs only 6.3 ounces. The Lumix sports a 22mm wide-angle lens and a pretty impressive 3.6X optical zoom, not to mention a super-zoom that brings it up to 7.7X. This model strikes just the right mix between ease of use for the point-and-click crowd and bells and whistles for the serious camera buff.

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Fujifilm J150w digital camera

It's hard to believe that a 10 megapixel digital camera is now affordable and functional for "regular" photographers, those of us who just want great-looking photos of friends and family members. The FinePix J150W is a great camera with tons of features, yet small and compact enough to carry easily in a bag or in your pocket. This is a great camera for a family on the go, or those of us who still haven't switched over to an all-digital camera.

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Panasonic HDC-HS100 video camera

The Panasonic HDC-HS100 is an impossibly small high definition video camera that records video directly to an internal 60 GB hard disk. With its battery, the camera weighs in at just under 1 pound, making it comfortable to hold for long periods of time. While it's small, Panasonic has packed a ton of technology inside it. A must-have for video camera seekers.

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DXG-567 video camera

Online video seems to be the rage these days, so it's nice to have a "high-definition" video camera that is easy to use and one that even grandma can use. A point-and-shoot camera that offers great images and the ability to save to a memory card and quick upload to sites like YouTube.

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Panasonic FX37 Lumix digital camera

It's amazing how much power and flexibility can be packed into a tiny point-and-shoot digital camera. Panasonic has done a great job adding advanced features into the Lumix FX 37 while keeping the camera tiny - perfect for a pocket or pocketbook.

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Epson P-6000 Multimedia Viewer

If you take lots of photos, whether you're a point-and-shoot soccer parent, or a semi-professional (or full professional) photographer, the Epson Multimedia Photo Viewers are a great way to back up, store and view images with a larger screen than the display on the camera. With its Premia LCD technology, the viewer can show more than 16.7 million colors, giving you the best color accuracy around. The 80GB hard drive lets you store thousands of photos instantly by transferring from your media card to the device. The P-6000 is now 35% faster in download speeds than previous models, and now includes longer battery life.

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D-Link 10-inch wireless Internet photo frame

You can probably find cheaper digital photo frames with larger screen real estates, but you won't find one as many features. The D-Link DSM-210 provides a 10-inch display with 800x480 resolution and comes with 1 GB of on-board memory, a USB flash drive port and a 3-in-1 card reader (SD, MMC and Memory Stick supported) for loading photos locally for display. Plus, through the built-in 802.11g wireless connection, users can access a wealth of online photo and information channels via the FrameChannel.com site.

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ViewSonic 8-inch digital photo frame

The shiny black face of this photo frame make it as smooth as a mini-flat-panel TV. Easy and quick setup make this a good gift for non-techies, just slide in an SD memory card and you have instant photos to show off.

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Eye-Fi Explore Wi-Fi SD photo card

Adding Wi-Fi to your digital camera is as easy as plugging in this SD memory card, which can also store 2GB of photos. The Explore card offers unlimited geo-tagging of your photos, and provides free Wayport hotspot access for one year. Photos taken with this card can be automatically uploaded to online sharing sites, getting them off the camera and onto the Web for sharing with family and friends.

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