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Want to capture 360-degree VR footage? The Kodak PixPro 4KVR360 could be your affordable all-in-one solution

Want to capture 360-degree VR footage? The Kodak PixPro 4KVR360 could be your affordable all-in-one solution

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If there's a buzz in the tech world for 2016 then it's virtual reality, or VR. But you don't need to be a whizz or an ultra-rich kid to capture such footage these days. The Kodak PixPro 4KVR360, which is due out in early 2017, is an all-in-one dual lens... >>

Photokina 2016: All the best new cameras from the 2016 show

Photokina 2016: All the best new cameras from the 2016 show

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Photokina, the largest dedicated biannual photo show in Europe, has opened its doors and shown off its various camera goodies this year. However, it's been a tumultuous time in the world of cameras, with the Kumamoto earthquakes in Japan having a devastating... >>

Fujifilm goes mirrorless medium format: GFX 50S is a 50-megapixel whopper on a small(ish) scale

Fujifilm goes mirrorless medium format: GFX 50S is a 50-megapixel whopper on a small(ish) scale

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It's a rare thing for an all-new camera format to appear, but Fujifilm is pushing into digital medium format with the announcement of its mirrorless GFX line and GF lenses. The Fujifilm GFX 50S is the first camera announced in the line, complete with... >>

Panasonic Lumix G80 preview: Affordable foray into 4K

Panasonic Lumix G80 preview: Affordable foray into 4K

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Panasonic is laying out its stall in the compact system camera market - and its shelves are well and now truly stacked. The new Lumix G80 (or G81 in Germany; G85 in other territories, just to confuse the bejeezus out of you) is like a bulked-out DSLR-style... >>

Panasonic Lumix LX15 preview: The best high-end compact camera yet?

Panasonic Lumix LX15 preview: The best high-end compact camera yet?

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It was only a handful of years back that Panasonic ruled the high-end yet pocketable compact camera market with its Lumix LX7. In the years since Sony has been the manufacturer to forge an enviable position at the top with its RX100 models. And now Panasonic... >>

Panasonic Lumix FZ2000 preview: A 4K video feast, the end of the camcorder as we know it?

Panasonic Lumix FZ2000 preview: A 4K video feast, the end of the camcorder as we know it?

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In the middle of 2014 Panasonic dipped its oar into the premium superzoom market with the Lumix FZ1000. As a do-it-all DSLR alternative with a 1-inch sensor size it ticked a lot of boxes. Its update for 2016, the Lumix FZ2000, is an even more standout... >>

Panasonic Viera TX-50DX802 4K TV review: Your affordable 4K future is here
4.5 stars

Panasonic Viera TX-50DX802 4K TV review: Your affordable 4K future is here

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It's a bit of a numbers war when it comes to buying a 4K TV. And when spending over a grand on the latest and greatest Ultra HD tech, you want to make sure you've got it right. Fortunately Panasonic's TV numbering system is relatively logical (if inelegant):... >>

Canon EOS M5 preview: ‘Mirrorless 80D’ finally shows Canon can compete in compact system cameras

Canon EOS M5 preview: ‘Mirrorless 80D’ finally shows Canon can compete in compact system cameras

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It's fair to say we've been highly critical of Canon's compact system camera EOS M line. For a simple reason, though: the Japanese company's mirrorless cameras just haven't been able to stand up against the competition. But that could be about to change.... >>

Best Bluetooth headphones 2016: 10 of the best on/over-ears for wireless listening

Best Bluetooth headphones 2016: 10 of the best on/over-ears for wireless listening

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With companies like Apple and Motorola ditching the 3.5mm headphone socket on their latest flagship smartphones, there's never been a better time to cut the cord than now. Sure, you can use Lightning headphones, or whatever gets bundled in the box, but... >>

Nikon D500 review: The best APS-C DSLR ever made?
5.0 stars

Nikon D500 review: The best APS-C DSLR ever made?

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It's been a long time since Nikon launched the D300, a camera that arrived at roughly the same time as the very first iPhone. Yep, that long ago. That camera's successor, the D300S, hit the market last decade too. But now the long wait for a replacement... >>

Apple iPhone 7 Plus camera: Dual camera tech explained

Apple iPhone 7 Plus camera: Dual camera tech explained

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Apple just unveiled its “best iPhone yet” (we were waiting for the quote to drop too) and it comes with a more advanced camera proposition than its predecessors. But this time there's a key difference between iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus: the latter... >>

Panasonic 4K OLED TV for 2017 is coming - and looks like it'll be a stunner

Panasonic 4K OLED TV for 2017 is coming - and looks like it'll be a stunner

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First there was the Viera CZ950V: Panasonic's first 4K OLED television. A TV that we first laid eyes on back in January at the CES 2016 trade show; the very first THX certified 4K OLED, no less; a TV that, despite its £6,000 asking price, sold out its... >>

Panasonic UB700 4K UHD Blu-ray player takes on Samsung UBD-K8500 in price wars

Panasonic UB700 4K UHD Blu-ray player takes on Samsung UBD-K8500 in price wars

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Panasonic has a brand new 4K UHD Blu-ray player, the UB700, which is pitched a peg lower than its UB900 bigger brother - and perfectly placed to take on the Samsung UBD-K8500 in the €500/£430 price wars. The UB700 is similar to the UB900 with many... >>

Lenovo Miix 510 preview: Is that a Surface? No, but it's just as serious and more affordable

Lenovo Miix 510 preview: Is that a Surface? No, but it's just as serious and more affordable

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First glance at the Lenovo Miix 510 and you'll be looking for the Microsoft logo. But no, this isn't the Surface 4, this is the Chinese maker's savvy take on the 2-in-1. We say savvy because the Miix 510 comes with both the keyboard and stylus included... >>

Lenovo Yoga 910 preview: Edge display makes this convertible laptop infinitely awesome

Lenovo Yoga 910 preview: Edge display makes this convertible laptop infinitely awesome

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We've been avidly following the Lenovo Yoga evolution over the years, as the convertible laptop range has continued to refine its 360-degree screen offering. In the top-spec Yoga 910 it's even stronger than ever before, with an edge-to-edge display joining... >>

Lenovo Yoga Book preview: The keyless laptop from the future has landed

Lenovo Yoga Book preview: The keyless laptop from the future has landed

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It's rare that a product could be called revolutionary in its thinking, but that's certainly an accolade that could be awarded to the Lenovo Yoga Book. For this 10.1-inch convertible is about as far removed from a laptop as we've seen, while still, essentially,... >>

Lenovo P2 preview: Boasting a 5,100mAh battery in a 5.5-inch design

Lenovo P2 preview: Boasting a 5,100mAh battery in a 5.5-inch design

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Welcome to the big battery club. This is the Lenovo P2, which boasts a 5,100mAh battery in a 5.5-inch screen device. And it's really not as chunky a phone as you might expect, which goes to show just how advanced battery tech has become. Squeezing a battery... >>

Motorola Moto Z Play preview: Moto Mods meet mega battery life

Motorola Moto Z Play preview: Moto Mods meet mega battery life

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It's the era of modular phones. And Motorola, now under control of Lenovo, is one maker at the forefront of the interchangeable accessories concept. Its Moto Z phone was joined by a Moto Z Force in the States - but we've seen very little in the UK and... >>

Hasselblad True Zoom preview: The 10x optical zoom Moto Mod is finally here

Hasselblad True Zoom preview: The 10x optical zoom Moto Mod is finally here

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There has long been talk of a Hasselblad Moto Mod camera module appearing for the Moto Z to transform it into a "proper" camera. And now it, under the True Zoom moniker, is finally here. At Lenovo's IFA press conference in Berlin we got to sample the... >>

Lenovo Yoga 910: Edge display makes this convertible laptop infinitely awesome

Lenovo Yoga 910: Edge display makes this convertible laptop infinitely awesome

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We've been avidly following the Lenovo Yoga evolution over the years, as the convertible laptop range has continued to refine its 360-degree screen offering. In the top-spec Yoga 910 it's even stronger than ever before, with an edge-to-edge display joining... >>

Samsung Gear S3 preview: The final Frontier for smartwatches?

Samsung Gear S3 preview: The final Frontier for smartwatches?

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The Samsung Gear S smartwatch is back for round three and it's bigger, bulkier and better than ever before. It's also available in two varieties: the Gear S3 Frontier and the Gear S3 Classic. So what's the deal with Frontier and Classic choices? Not a... >>

Samsung Gear S3 Frontier vs S3 Classic: What's the difference?

Samsung Gear S3 Frontier vs S3 Classic: What's the difference?

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It was hardly a secret that Samsung was going to unveil the Gear S3 smartwatch at its Berin Unpacked event on 31 August. But two watches? It was rumoured, and now it's official: the Gear S3 will arrive in Frontier and Classic variants. How, then, do they... >>

DxO One camera for iPhone gets Wi-Fi update, new accessories available too

DxO One camera for iPhone gets Wi-Fi update, new accessories available too

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We first saw the DxO One camera - a 1-inch sensor unit that connects to the iPhone Lightning connector - in September 2015. We thought it had potential, but was a mix of high and low points. Now, with its fourth software update due 1 September 2016, it... >>

Acer Swift 7 preview: Acer has finally cracked top-end laptop design

Acer Swift 7 preview: Acer has finally cracked top-end laptop design

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Acer might not be a company best known for its design greats. We've seen laptops shaped like the Starship Enterprise with the trackpad in the wrong place, to pull one example out of the bag, or plasticky budget-tickers aplenty. Not so the Acer Swift 7.... >>

Acer Spin 7 preview: Flexible design with a touch of class

Acer Spin 7 preview: Flexible design with a touch of class

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The convertible laptop game has gone from strength to strength, with the latest devices sporting slender bodies and discrete hinge mechanisms that make such flip-around screen devices as good-looking as their top-end notebook cousins.  Acer's take in... >>