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Digital cameras that shoot underwater, record video or connect wirelessly to the Web

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The escalating war of digital-camera technology reaches a new high this year. No longer will it suffice to offer just crystal-clear photos and red-eye removal. Manufacturers have stepped it up with an array of cool new features, including cameras with touch-screen interfaces, wireless networking, in-camera slide shows with music, remote-control lenses and waterproof bodies. It's nice to stay focused on all your options.

• Kodak EasyShare-One Wi-Fi Camera The wireless capability lets you organize your images and upload them to Kodak's EasyShare Gallery without powering up the PC. kodak.com $600

• Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-N1 Camera This small 8-megapixel camera houses a handsome 3-in. touch screen, the better for you to enjoy its on-the-fly musical slide shows. sonystyle.com $500

• Pentax Optio WPi No worries about getting this camera wet. It will work even if it's submerged in 5 ft. of water for 30 min. Plus, it's a solid 6-megapixel camera. h2ocamera.com $350

• Panasonic SDR-S100 SD Camcorder This tapeless video camera uses Panasonic's 3CCD technology, as well as a high-quality Leica lens, for improved color, resolution and clarity. panasonic.com $1,200

• Samsung SC-X105L Camcorder The X105L has a remote lens (not shown) that you strap to a helmet to capture your POV while cycling or skiing. The camera remains safe in your pocket. samsung.com $600

• Epson PictureMate Deluxe Photo Printer PictureMate delivers affordable, great-looking prints. Preview shots on the 2.4-in. LCD display. If you want, crop them or add a fancy border, then print copies without ever turning on the PC. mypicturemate.com $200