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Shoot Like a Pro

The trickiest part of selecting a new digital camera is narrowing in on which ingenious function you care about most. Allow us to point the way.

By Frank Vizard, Tuesday, Jun 23, 2009, 12:00 AM

The Olympus SP-590UZ, with its 26x optical zoom lens

Ultra-wide-angle lens
Samsung TL320 Thanks to its 24mm wide-angle lens, this stylishly retro point-and-shoot can accommodate an extra person or a broader landscape in every snapshot. On sunny days, the camera's special organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display eliminates glare with its bright, crystal-clear screen. $330.

High-def video
Canon EOS REBEL T1I Leave the camcorder at home. This professional-quality DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) shoots 15.1-megapixel pictures and 18 minutes of high-definition video. Canon's unique combo of a superfast image processor and an extra-sharp light sensor captures video and stills with exceptional clarity. $900 with 18-55mm lens.

Extreme 26x zoom
Olympus SP-590UZ Whether you're photographing from the back of a Jeep on safari or the upper deck of a city tour bus, the magnifying power of this 26x optical zoom lens is 30 percent greater than that of a 20x lens. The image stabilization function reduces blurring, so all of your photos are rock steady. $450.

Swiveling screen
Nikon D5000 The screen of this HD-video-enabled DSLR rotates down to help you nail shots from every angle. And its quiet mode comes in handy in churches and museums. $850 with 18-55mm lens.

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