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Photokina, a camera buff's fantasyland (pictures)

The German show lets photography enthusiasts try the latest cameras, lenses, and accessories. Here's what the conference showcased.

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Everyone debuts new lenses at Photokina 2014

From cheap pancakes to pricey Loxia, we're treated to a buffet of new lenses from Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Sony, Panasonic, and Zeiss and more.

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Olympus PEN E-PL7 is sure of its selfie (hands on)

The company's latest entry-level interchangeable-lens model gets a makeover inside, too.

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Zero in on your subject from far, far away with Olympus' Stylus SP-100EE

An inventive built-in dot sight lets you quickly find your target with this camera's big 50x zoom lens.

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Zero in on your subject from far, far away with Olympus' Stylus SP-100EE

An inventive built-in dot sight, lets you quickly find your target with this camera's big 50x zoom lens.

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Olympus' midrange mirrorless

A compact alternative to a dSLR, the OM-D E-M10 is a good camera to grow into.

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Rugged Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3, 24x zoom Stylus SH-1 announced

The TG-3 is just as tough as its predecessor, but gets a cool new macro trick and accessory, while the 24x compact zoom SH-1 gets styling and image stabilization to match the company's interchangeable lens cameras.

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Rugged Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3, 24x zoom Stylus SH-1 announced

The TG-3 is just as tough as its predecessor, but gets a cool new macro trick and accessory, while the 24x compact zoom SH-1 gets styling and image stabilization to match the company's interchangeable lens cameras.

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Olympus Stylus XZ-2 iHS a very good camera made better by a price drop

The XZ-2's excellent lens, features, and photo quality make it an enthusiast compact worth getting. But look for it for less than its original $600 starting price,

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<p>These are 100 percent crops from the center of <a href="http://reviews.cnet.com/how-we-test/digital-cameras/">our test scene</a>. All things considered, the image quality from the XZ-2 iHS is excellent. The lens is nice and sharp, colors are natural, and noise, though present even at ISO 100, is kept under control without sacrificing detail straight through to ISO 800. Since the lens remains reasonably bright even when fully zoomed in and the camera has very good image stabilization, you can actually avoid using its higher ISO settings indoors or in low light.</p>

Olympus Stylus XZ-2 iHS sample pictures

The enthusiast-targeted XZ-2 iHS is quite capable of taking excellent-quality photos. Get an idea of what it can do in this slideshow.

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Originally released in November 2012, the Olympus Stylus XZ-2 is aging well. Featuring a 4x f1.8-2.5 28-112mm lens, a 12-megapixel 1/1.7-inch BSI CMOS sensor, and a 3-inch high-res tilting touch-screen LCD, the camera is built for enthusiast and hobbyists who want to do more than point and shoot (though it does that very well, too).

Olympus Stylus XZ-2 iHS is a premium compact camera (pictures)

With its bright lens, (slightly) larger sensor, tilting touch screen, direct controls, and ample shooting options, the XZ-2 is made for those who want to do more than snapshots.

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Even more than a year after its release this enthusiast compact is a nice choice, though not at its full $600 price.

Olympus Stylus XZ-2 iHS pricey but doesn't disappoint

Even more than a year after its release this enthusiast compact is a nice choice, though not at its full $600 price.

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