Archive for Mike Lowe

  • Sony Cyber-shot HX400V pictures and hands-on

    Sony Cyber-shot HX400V pictures and hands-on

    By 12 February 2014

    Everyone loves a superzoom. Sony has updated its HX line with the beefed-up Cyber-shot HX400V model to inject a dash of speed into proceedings. The HX400V is, for the most part, a mirror image of the earlier HX300V camera from last year. The key difference:...

  • Sony Cyber-shot H400 pictures and hands-on

    Sony Cyber-shot H400 pictures and hands-on

    By 12 February 2014

    Looking for a huge zoom? Then look no further. The Sony Cyber-shot H400 has a whopping 63x optical zoom lens that provides a 24.5-1550mm equivalent focal length. But can it deliver as big as its features suggest? Sadly, no. We got to play with the H400...

  • Fujifilm X-T1 review
    5 out of 5

    Fujifilm X-T1 review

    By 10 February 2014

    There’s a certain sense of "full circle" about the Fujifilm X-T1. A number of years ago the Japanese company was in the throes of releasing its excellent S-series DSLR cameras. But nobody really bought into them and, therefore, they were ultimately...

  • A week in reviews: 3 - 7 February

    A week in reviews: 3 - 7 February

    By 8 February 2014

    It's the week of everything. Like a lucky dip of tech. As February rolls on the headline-grabbing product this week is the launch of the Sony PS Vita Slim, available right now. Perfect for enhancing the PlayStation 4 experience, but stronger than its...

  • Nikon Coolpix P340 adds Wi-Fi to high-end compact camera line

    Nikon Coolpix P340 adds Wi-Fi to high-end compact camera line

    By 7 February 2014

    It's camera season and Nikon has announced the Coolpix P340, the successor to the admirable P330 model from last year. So what's new? Not a huge amount really. In Nikon's 2013-14 fashion the P340 is all about Wi-Fi, as that's the one distinct feature...

  • Nikon Coolpix S9700 travel zoom packs in 30x lens

    Nikon Coolpix S9700 travel zoom packs in 30x lens

    By 7 February 2014

    Nikon has unveiled the Coolpix S9700, a 30x optical zoom compact camera that updates the S9500 model. The S9700 is a model that offers more, sometimes by offering less: it appears Nikon has called time on the super-high resolution sensor of the S9500,...

  • Panasonic DMW-YAGH transforms GH4 camera into 4K broadcast tool

    Panasonic DMW-YAGH transforms GH4 camera into 4K broadcast tool

    By 7 February 2014

    It's not often we write about broadcast equipment, but there was something about the Panasonic DMW-YAGH that made us stand up and pay attention. For this accessory, when paired with the forthcoming Lumix GH4 compact system camera, enables uncompressed...

  • Panasonic Lumix GH4 brings 4K video to the mirrorless camera, 1080p beyond broadcast quality

    Panasonic Lumix GH4 brings 4K video to the mirrorless camera, 1080p beyond broadcast quality

    By 7 February 2014

    Prepare to get taken on a technical ride. The Panasonic Lumix GH4 is the first mirrorless camera to introduce 4K video capture among stacks of other high-spec features. In addition to what Panasonic claims is its best Micro Four Thirds sensor yet for...

  • Toshiba Excite Pro 10.1 review
    4 out of 5

    Toshiba Excite Pro 10.1 review

    By 5 February 2014

    There's such a huge variety of tablets in the market right now that it can be hard to know where to look. Fire, Arc, Note, Nexus, to name but a few, are names to try and entice you in. And now Toshiba's take on the 10.1-inch tablet, the Excite Pro, goes...

  • A week in reviews: 27 - 31 January

    A week in reviews: 27 - 31 January

    By 1 February 2014

    It's been quite a week for smartphones. We've been blown away by the small and mighty Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, have taken the Motorola Moto X for its Brit-based walkies, and there's even the arrival of SwiftKey for iOS. Well, sort of. More on that last...

  • Win: An Olympus OM-D E-M10 system camera and other Olympus prizes

    Win: An Olympus OM-D E-M10 system camera and other Olympus prizes

    By 29 January 2014

    We've been having a ball of late thanks to an Olympus OM-D Challenge that's running on site. We've been off into the Mojave desert to shoot a model, interview photographer Damian McGillicuddy en route, almost get arrested - that wasn't part of the original...

  • Hands-on: Olympus OM-D E-M10 review

    Hands-on: Olympus OM-D E-M10 review

    By 29 January 2014

    Say hello to the Olympus OM-D E-M10, the company's entry-level model into the OM-D compact system camera series. But by "entry-level" we don't mean low-end. When we got to see this camera in action ahead of the official announcement over in Las Vegas...

  • Hands-on: Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 review

    Hands-on: Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 review

    By 29 January 2014

    Olympus is no stranger to the waterproof compact camera, and from what we've seen the Stylus Tough TG-850 not only looks to be its best effort yet, but also comes with a number of firsts. Principal to the TG-850's design is a tilt-angle screen that can...

  • Hands-on: Olympus Stylus SP-100EE review

    Hands-on: Olympus Stylus SP-100EE review

    By 29 January 2014

    Every major manufacturer has a superzoom camera of note, but Olympus has typically struggled to keep up with the advancing pack in this category. The Olympus Stylus SP-100EE, however, has proven enough to make us stand up and notice. Ahead of its official...

  • Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 is the first waterproof compact camera to add a tilt-angle screen

    Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 is the first waterproof compact camera to add a tilt-angle screen

    By 29 January 2014

    Olympus has announced the world's first waterproof camera with a tilt-angle LCD screen, the Stylus Tough TG-850. Complete with a 21mm equivalent wide-angle lens and 5x optical zoom, the TG-850 is designed for all manner of environments. Its waterproof...

  • Olympus OM-D goes entry-level: E-M10 adds pop-up flash, maintains top-tier 16MP image quality

    Olympus OM-D goes entry-level: E-M10 adds pop-up flash, maintains top-tier 16MP image quality

    By 29 January 2014

    Olympus is set to expand its OM-D compact system range with the announcement of the E-M10 model. The baby of the OM-D trio, the E-M10 sits beneath the E-M5 and top-spec E-M1 models, but still features many of the same top specs. An all-metal build, full...

  • Olympus Stylus SP-100EE: 'Eagle eye' superzoom camera adds dot-sight targeting feature

    Olympus Stylus SP-100EE: 'Eagle eye' superzoom camera adds dot-sight targeting feature

    By 29 January 2014

    Olympus steps up its superzoom game with the announcement of the Stylus SP-100EE - the world's first superzoom to feature a dot-sight crosshair targeting system to assist when capturing subjects at distance. The 50x optical zoom packs in a whopping 24-1200mm...

  • Hands-on: Fujifilm X-T1 review

    Hands-on: Fujifilm X-T1 review

    By 28 January 2014

    Retro is back and big business in the camera world. The Fujifilm X-T1 goes all in when it comes to delivering that old skool DSLR-like experience in a modern day interchangeable lens body. Shifting a viewfinder from the side to the centre may not sound...

  • Fujifilm X-T1 adds weather-sealing, giant viewfinder, still oozes retro cool

    Fujifilm X-T1 adds weather-sealing, giant viewfinder, still oozes retro cool

    By 28 January 2014

    It seems there's an appetite for retro cameras, and Fujifilm has ticked that box once again with the announcement of the X-T1 - a retro-tinged, more DSLR-esque model than the rest of its X-series. Key to the X-T1's design is the viewfinder aligned to...

  • A week in reviews: 20 - 25 January

    A week in reviews: 20 - 25 January

    By 25 January 2014

    Shake off those apparent January blues - go outside and take some pictures. Got no camera? No problem, as this week we've looked at a variety of possible solutions. The Sony QX100 is a lens accessory that can communicate with your Android smartphone to...

  • Nikon D610 review
    4.5 out of 5

    Nikon D610 review

    By 24 January 2014

    If you scour the internet you will find a series of complaints about some Nikon D600 owners experiencing issues with oil on the camera’s sensor. It’s not an issue we had with our camera, but the sudden arrival of the D610, with only a modest bump...

  • Olympus OM-D challenge part 3: Light like a pro

    Olympus OM-D challenge part 3: Light like a pro

    By 23 January 2014

    If you've not been following our OM-D challenge photo story thus far, then a quick recap. At the beginning of January we were plucked from Las Vegas to observe a photographic adventure alongside pro photographer Damian McGillicuddy on a shoot in Death...

  • Hasselblad reveals first medium format CMOS sensor, opening the door for other photography brands?

    Hasselblad reveals first medium format CMOS sensor, opening the door for other photography brands?

    By 21 January 2014

    "The rumours are true," reads Hasselblad's press release as the company announces the H5D-50C - the world's first medium format camera with a CMOS sensor. It might not be a casual photographer's camera by any means, and one that will probably cost a significant...

  • Nokia Lumia 1020 camera review
    4.5 out of 5

    Nokia Lumia 1020 camera review

    By 21 January 2014

    Smartphones have not only got smarter in recent years, they’ve also developed so much in the camera department that there’s an argument to ditch the compact camera altogether. That, it seems, is the Lumia 1020’s ultimate goal - to attract photo-savvy...

  • A week in reviews: 13 - 17 January

    A week in reviews: 13 - 17 January

    By 18 January 2014

    We spent the beginning of January marching around various halls and hotel suites at the Consumer Electronics Show 2014, and that was an eye-opener as to what to expect over the coming year. It's all flexible TVs, wearable tech from every corner of the...


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