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I am looking to purchase a new camera and looking to spend up to £150. I'd like a small point-and-shoot camera that I can slip into my handbag for nights out, with a decent flash and most important a repeating self-timer facilty. I tend to use this a lot while I'm out and I get fed up having to keep setting the timer option for every picture. Unfortunately I can't seem to find the self-timer option described in any detail when cameras are reviewed. Any ideas?

□ Matt replies: There are a couple of things to look out for when looking through a camera's specifications. One would be an 'Interval Shooting' mode, which you

can program to fire once every few seconds. The other option is to go for a camera with a Smile Shutter mode, so it will automatically take the picture once it senses the subject has smiled. Some of Sony's W-series compacts feature both of these features, such as the W210 which is priced at around £130. For more information visit www.sony.co.uk

Firmware

Firmware updates are made available a throughout a camera's lifetime. WDC's Matt Golowczynski explains what these are...

As with other electronic devices, from mobile phones to microwaves and everything in between, digital cameras are programmed to operate in a certain way. So, along with all operative and display functions, the software inside a camera will be responsible for all aspects of processing images, knowing just how much sharpening, noise reduction and any other alterations to apply. More commonly referred to as firmware, this is determined by the camera's manufacturer, but will typically see minor revisions throughout the course of a camera's lifetime.

Firmware updates - which are also issued for accessories such as lenses and flashguns - are made available after a manufacturer or early users spot potential issues with a camera's behaviour. These may concern oddities arising in images or certain functions not working properly, as well as sometimes expanding a feature such as the sensitivity range. Once the firmware update is announced and made available, the user will need to download it from the manufacturer's website, before transferring it onto a memory card. From here it may be installed through the camera, a process which is explained in more detail in a camera's instruction manual. If you've missed an update, you can typically find it - or at least information about where to obtain it - in the Support section on most manufacturers' websites.

There's no obligation to install an update if one becomes available for your camera.

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as sometimes they can concern very minor issues. Sometimes, however, the opposite is true; in February, for example, Canon announced that users of the PowerShot SX1 IS could now download an update to enable their model to shoot Raw images.

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