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Volkswagen Golf GTE pictures and eyes-on: Mean meets green

Volkswagen Golf GTE pictures and eyes-on: Mean meets green

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We first wrote about the VW Golf GTE in late February when the hybrid car was announced. But after seeing it at the Geneva Motor Show it's impressed our retinas enough to feel the need to feature it once again.It's not the first electric car we've seen... >>

Alfa Romeo 4C Spider concept pictures and eyes-on

Alfa Romeo 4C Spider concept pictures and eyes-on

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There was quite the buzz around the Alfa Romeo stand at the Geneva Motor Show. And for good reason: the company was showing off its 4C Spider concept car.This dinky little car weighs under a tonne and despite being a concept looks to pave the way for... >>

Watch Dogs release date official: 27 May 2014

Watch Dogs release date official: 27 May 2014

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Watch Dogs, the much anticipated game that was delayed prior to its launch alongside the next-gen consoles in November 2013, now has an official release date. All pen 27 May 2014 in your diaries. And jump around and cheer a bit too, because this could... >>

McLaren 650S pictures and hands-on

McLaren 650S pictures and hands-on

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It's not every day that you get to sit in a supercar. But at the Geneva Motor Show it seems to be the norm. Not that this made sitting in and spending some time with the new McLaren 650S any less special.Based on the McLaren 12C, the 650S is a similar... >>

Maxell MXSP-SB3000 Soundbar review
4.0 stars

Maxell MXSP-SB3000 Soundbar review

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Soundbars are one thing, but TV speaker bases are the latest trend in affordable home cinema sound. The Maxell MXSP-SB3000 Soundbar is a giant under-the-telly base with integrated subwoofers and speakers to boost that TV sound.But it goes a step further... >>

Panasonic Lumix TZ60 review
4.0 stars

Panasonic Lumix TZ60 review

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The prospect of the Panasonic Lumix TZ60 (or ZS40 for our American readers) excited us when we first saw it because it's the latest in the line of what we would consider the very best of the all-round "travel zoom" compact cameras. And if you want something... >>

Nikon D4S full spec revealed: new sensor, faster processor and subtle design change

Nikon D4S full spec revealed: new sensor, faster processor and subtle design change

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After a tease at the Consumer Electronics Show 2014 last month, the Nikon D4S has been revealed in full ahead of its March launch date. It's a DSLR not full of surprises, but certainly full of top-spec features.In the main the D4S doesn't differ much... >>

SanDisk delivers first 128GB microSD card, but no sign of super-fast UHS-II just yet

SanDisk delivers first 128GB microSD card, but no sign of super-fast UHS-II just yet

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It's been a long time coming, but SanDisk has now launched the world's first 128GB microSD card. We've seen counterfeits before, but this one is the real deal.Or, to be specific, it's a microSDXC card. Those all-important last two letters are of key importance... >>

Dixons and Carphone Warehouse in merger talks

Dixons and Carphone Warehouse in merger talks

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Dixons and Carphone Warehouse are in talks over a possible merger that could make the electrical giant and smartphone retailer one powerhouse high-street chain.Both boards have confirmed that they are in talks over combining the companies, although at... >>

Olympus OM-D E-M1 review
5.0 stars

Olympus OM-D E-M1 review

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We've been using the Olympus OM-D E-M1 for a number of months now. This compact system camera has seen us through many different shoots - from personal snaps to product images that you might have seen in some other Pocket-lint reviews - made all the easier... >>

Nutz Pro Headphones review
4.0 stars

Nutz Pro Headphones review

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It's the era of Beats headphones, of statement audio wear. That's why big and sometimes brash over-ear cans are a popular move at the moment. Enter Nutz, a relatively new brand - it's only been around for 18-months - that has seemingly taken its inspirational... >>

South Park: The Stick of Truth preview

South Park: The Stick of Truth preview

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It takes less than a week to create an episode of South Park, the rude, crude animated TV comedy. But South Park: The Stick of Truth is quite a different story; a game that has been on a rocky production road and missed its 2013 scheduled release date... >>

Canon EOS 1200D pictures and hands-on

Canon EOS 1200D pictures and hands-on

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It's been a full three years since Canon last put out an entry-level DSLR camera, but in 2014 it's back in business with the EOS 1200D. The replacement for 2011's 1100D, the 1200D is all about the balance of price to performance.Three years has seen the... >>

Hands-on: Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II review

Hands-on: Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II review

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The high-end compact camera market has gone from strength to strength over the last couple of years, and Canon is back with a bang in 2014 with the PowerShot G1 X Mark II.The update to the 2012 original model rights many of the shortcomings that we had... >>

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS pictures and hands-on

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS pictures and hands-on

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When it comes to travel zooms - cameras pocketable in size but with a significant zoom lens squeezed into their designs - there are lots of options out there. Canon is no stranger to the market with many successful PowerShot models already under its belt,... >>

Sony Cyber-shot HX60V pictures and hands-on

Sony Cyber-shot HX60V pictures and hands-on

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It's that camera time of year and Sony has updated its travel zoom line with the latest Cyber-shot HX60V model. If you're looking for a compact model with significant zoom that can fit into a pocket or small bag then there's lots here to appeal here.If... >>

Sony Cyber-shot HX400V pictures and hands-on

Sony Cyber-shot HX400V pictures and hands-on

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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

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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
5.0 stars

Fujifilm X-T1 review

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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... >>

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

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

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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 the... >>

Nikon Coolpix S9700 travel zoom packs in 30x lens

Nikon Coolpix S9700 travel zoom packs in 30x lens

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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

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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

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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 stills... >>

Toshiba Excite Pro 10.1 review
4.0 stars

Toshiba Excite Pro 10.1 review

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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... >>

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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... >>

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

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

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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 the... >>

Nikon D610 review
4.5 stars

Nikon D610 review

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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

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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?

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"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 stars

Nokia Lumia 1020 camera review

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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... >>

Olympus OM-D challenge part 2: Light, lenses, action

Olympus OM-D challenge part 2: Light, lenses, action

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Amid the madness of the Consumer Electronics Show at the beginning of January we managed to extract ourselves from the Las Vegas strip - not for a debauched Nic Cage style party, but instead for a photographic adventure. Olympus had invited us to follow... >>

Oppo N1 review
4.5 stars

Oppo N1 review

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Oppo has got a mammoth mountain to climb to become the familiar name that it wants to be for a European audience. Good job it's just released the N1, then, a mammoth-sized phablet that's certain to grab your attention.It will do so for a number of reasons.... >>

Stelle Audio Pillar review
4.5 stars

Stelle Audio Pillar review

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The Stelle Audio Pillar certainly proves that Bluetooth speakers needn’t be small, plasticky pieces of kit with mediocre sound. This pillar-shaped speaker not only looks the part, the premium build of the device also kicks out the audio with gusto.But... >>

Netflix UHD 4K interview: When, where and how to get 4K content

Netflix UHD 4K interview: When, where and how to get 4K content

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At this year's CES consumer electronics trade show in Las Vegas we were treated to all kinds of televisual treats. And as much as we've been sucked in by the wonders of the latest 4K TVs from all the big manufacturers, it's the content that we're most... >>

Fujifilm X-E2 review
4.5 stars

Fujifilm X-E2 review

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As companies clamour to deliver the best possible camera solutions, sometimes all it takes is a little bit of polish and effort on a manufacturer's behalf to buff out the apparent spec sheet blemishes of an older model to deliver a winning ticket. And... >>

Hands-on: Nikon Coolpix L830 review

Hands-on: Nikon Coolpix L830 review

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Some of Nikon's more affordable cameras can be a bit hit and miss, but after playing with the long-zoom Nikon Coolpix L830 at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas we were rather impressed.Key to the L830's spec is its 34x optical zoom lens, which... >>

Hands-on: ZTE Grand S II is bigger, bolder and more powerful than original

Hands-on: ZTE Grand S II is bigger, bolder and more powerful than original

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Big phones are all the rage at the moment. ZTE's sequel to the Grand S, the aptly named Grand S II, pushes into phablet territory thanks to its large 5.5-inch screen. It's not only bigger than the original 5-inch model in the series, it's more powerful... >>

Hands-on: Fujifilm FinePix S1 review

Hands-on: Fujifilm FinePix S1 review

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The Fujifilm FinePix S1 isn't the first 50x optical zoom camera that we've seen, but it's full of features that suggest it's among the best of those available. Pitched directly against the likes of the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS, we checked out the Fujifilm... >>

Hands-on: Naim Statement, at £125,000 this is the 'Bentley of amplifiers'

Hands-on: Naim Statement, at £125,000 this is the 'Bentley of amplifiers'

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Naim could have named the Statement anything it liked, as one glance at this giant pre-amp and twin mono amplifier trio is an aesthetic statement in itself. Oh, and then there's the £125,000 price - $206,000 for our American friends - which would make... >>

Fujifilm X100S Black pictures and hands-on

Fujifilm X100S Black pictures and hands-on

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It’s becoming a set standard for Fujifilm to release black-finish versions of its high-end kit, and now it’s the turn of the Fujifilm X100S.We got our hands on the X100S Black at the Consumer Electronics Show 2014, where it was on display at the company’s... >>

Razer Nabu: We eye-up gaming laptop maker’s wearable tech band

Razer Nabu: We eye-up gaming laptop maker’s wearable tech band

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Wearable tech was the promise of 2013, but one that failed to truly deliver. In 2014 it looks as though every manufacturer wants to be the one to crack the market, including gaming laptop maker Razer with the Nabu.Described as a discreet wearable, the... >>

Hands-on: Panasonic Lumix TZ55 review

Hands-on: Panasonic Lumix TZ55 review

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It seems to be selfie season, as Panasonic steps on board the flip-up screen compact camera express with the Lumix TZ55.We had been allowed to preview the bigger-brother TZ60 model ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show 2014, but have had to wait a little... >>

Hands-on: Sony Alpha A5000 is small yet mighty

Hands-on: Sony Alpha A5000 is small yet mighty

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With Sony’s NEX brand surrendering to the Alpha title, the A5000 is among the first compact system cameras we’ve seen to carry the new badge. But what’s in a name? We got to play with the A5000 at the Consumer Electronics Show 2014 to find out.At... >>

Hands-on: Canon PowerShot N100 goes whacky with front and rear cameras

Hands-on: Canon PowerShot N100 goes whacky with front and rear cameras

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Canon continues to let its N-series engineers run wild with their imaginations with the release of the PowerShot N100. And we got to test it out at the Consumer Electronics Show 2014 in Las Vegas.Unlike the square form PowerShot N that came before it,... >>