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Digital cameras take a big leap ahead

New models feature some of the best improvements in years

Consumers could benefit from some of the biggest improvements to cameras in years. Responding to the challenge of smartphones, camera makers have boosted performance, added previously high-priced technologies to less costly models, and taken a cue from mobile devices by adding connectivity and friendlier user interfaces.

Consumer Reports tested more than 200 basic and advanced models. Here are some trends you need to know:

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