Five Digital Cameras That Are Well Connected

Sharing photos with friends, posting images and video to the Web, and geotagging have never been this easy. Better yet, these features are available on some truly high-powered megazooms and point-and-shoot cameras.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

In upgrading from last year's multipurpose DMC-ZS3, Panasonic added manual exposure controls, support for SDXC cards, and in-camera editing features to the 12-megapixel Lumix DMC-ZS7. The DMC-ZS7 also has a built-in GPS receiver that geotags images, and it can shoot 720p high-definition video. Panasonic has not yet announced pricing or availability.

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Samsung CL80

The Samsung CL80--offering 14 megapixels, a 7X-optical-zoom lens, and a 3.7-inch AMOLED touchscreen--pushes boundaries in more than one way. The CL80's Wi-Fi capabilities allow instant uploading to the Web, and its Bluetooth support permits transferring photos and video to mobile phones.

Samsung makes the camera's body through a process called hydroforming, which is more typically used for manufacturing car parts and bike frames; hydroforming creates a smooth shape through liquid pressure. The camera's back also has a slight tilt, which is helpful for capturing group shots and self-portraits.

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Samsung HZ35W

Despite measuring little more than an inch thick, the Samsung HZ35W has a zoom range of 15X. This megazoom camera also has GPS capabilities for geotagging (which the company says provides city and country tags, not just latitude and longitude) and a 3-inch AMOLED screen. Samsung has not announced pricing, but the HZ35W should be available in March.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V

At CES 2010, Sony introduced the Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V. It has TransferJet technology, which allows for wireless image transfers between compatible devices held about 1 inch apart (other manufacturers on board with TransferJet include Canon, Casio, Kodak, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, and Samsung).

The Cyber-shot HX5V offers not only GPS-enabled geotagging but also an internal compass and automatic time-zone updates. It also has a 10X optical zoom and features a high dynamic range (HDR) mode, which overlays photos taken in rapid succession with different exposure settings.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX7

Like the DSC-HX5V, the 10-megapixel Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX7 features TransferJet technology--but in other ways, this slim (less than an inch deep) point-and-shoot differs from its sibling. It has only a 4X optical zoom and less powerful optical image stabilization, and it lacks geotagging capabilities. It is a bit thinner than the DSC-HX5V, though, and it sports a 3.5-inch LCD touchscreen.

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