Technology: Zoom! Click! (Compute) Shoot!

The new cameras are feature packed and smarter than ever

Photographers used to fall into two clearly focused categories: professionals who lugged around bags overstuffed with expensive lenses, meters and flash attachments and amateurs who made do with Instamatics and flashcubes. That distinction gradually blurred as advanced features drifted down to the low- priced cameras and automatic functions moved up to make the high-priced models increasingly easy to use. But in recent years the pace of change in camera technology has accelerated to the point where the old categories no longer apply. Today even the most casual shutterbugs can have at their fingertips all the photographic tools the pros use --...

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