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Our pick of the lat­est gad­gets.

Lens ma­chine This is Nikon’s en­try-level DSLR, but don’t let its novice ti­tle fool you. The D3200 gives you a 24-megapixel APS-C sen­sor that’s usu­ally seen on pro­fes­sional SLRs, along with class-lead­ing aut­o­fo­cus and full man­ual con­trols. There’s also the ex­cel­lent pho­tog­ra­phy-course-in-a-cam­era Guide mode, which will teach would-be pro snap­pers how to get the best shot what­ever the sit­u­a­tion. Grand Stores, Dh1,849. Looks old, is new We couldn’t print a round-up of our favourite cam­eras with­out the Fujifilm X20. It might just be the best-look­ing snap­per of the decade, boast­ing a vul­can­ite body cover, an en­graved top plate and chunky shut­ter but­ton, not to men­tion an op­ti­cal viewfinder. Its old-school charm is just skin deep though, as it also packs a handy dig­i­tal over­lay for that viewfinder, the world’s fastest aut­o­fo­cus and a big ⅔in sen­sor for in­cred­i­ble im­age qual­ity. Grand Stores, Dh2,299. Worth phon­ing home about Pho­tog­ra­phy purists among you might cry that this is more phone than cam­era, but we dis­agree. It might make calls, but that’s not to say the Galaxy S4 Zoom isn’t wor­thy of your snap-happy pock­ets. It sports a 16-megapixel CMOS sen­sor, 10x op­ti­cal zoom, proper xenon flash and im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion, and de­spite its 4.3in screen and mo­bile An­droid op­er­at­ing sys­tem, we’d still say it’s more cam­era than phone. Samsung, Dh1,899. Tougher than the rest A chunk of cam­era tech that you can take just about any­where, the Pana­sonic Lumix FT5 gives you a hardy me­tal front plate that can shrug off more than the odd bump and bruise. It’s able to swim down 13 me­tres, sur­vive drops of 2 me­tres and stay ac­tive in tem­per­a­tures of -10°C. It’s also a su­perb cam­era, ca­pa­ble of 16-megapixel snaps and Full HD video. Pana­sonic, Dh1,699. Stun­ning all-rounder The Sony Cyber-shot HX50 doesn’t go un­der­wa­ter, it will not take re­place­able lenses and won’t make a phone call. It’s got no gim­micks what­so­ever. It’s just a fan­tas­tic pocket cam­era that matches a whop­ping 30x op­ti­cal zoom with a full 20-megapixel res­o­lu­tion for proper, pixel-per­fect im­ages. If you’re not af­ter any­thing spe­cific and just want a killer cam­era, look no fur­ther. Jumbo Elec­tron­ics, Dh1,999. D E LI P U S O T H P . E P O R U E N A D Y B T X E T

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