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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,... >>

PlayStation Now hands-on: The future of gaming, the death of the console as we know it?

PlayStation Now hands-on: The future of gaming, the death of the console as we know it?

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Welcome to the modern world. Gone are the days when popping to Blockbuster to grab a DVD was commonplace Friday night practice. Indeed disc-based formats could be on a slippery slope, even for gaming if PlayStation Now has anything to do with it.PlayStation... >>

Turtle Beach HyperSound: Listen without being heard thanks to 'sound beam' tech

Turtle Beach HyperSound: Listen without being heard thanks to 'sound beam' tech

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We all know that feeling when you want to watch telly but fear the volume will keep others awake. You could wear headphones but probably don't have a wire long enough. Now Turtle Beach has acquired Parametric Sound Corporation's know-how to make that... >>

Hands-on: Audio Technica SonicFuel ATH-OX7AMP headphones include built-in amp to save smartphone battery

Hands-on: Audio Technica SonicFuel ATH-OX7AMP headphones include built-in amp to save smartphone battery

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In among the sea of headphones on show at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the Audio Technica SonicFuel ATH-OX7AMP were one of those that most caught our attention, because they've got a built-in amplifier and volume control.You can... >>

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 pictures and hands-on

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 pictures and hands-on

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Samsung is at the forefront of connected camera technology. The Android OS original Galaxy Camera proved that, and its successor, the aptly named Galaxy Camera 2, looks to build on it.As much as we are taken by the concept - just as we were with the original... >>

Ecovacs Winbot: Window-cleaning robot spied surfing up vertical windows at CES 2014

Ecovacs Winbot: Window-cleaning robot spied surfing up vertical windows at CES 2014

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Some things at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas just can't help but grab our attention. And the Winbot is one such piece of tech - because it can wander up and down vertical surfaces while cleaning windows. If only it whistled a tune.We're not... >>

Nikon D4S in pictures: Top-spec camera eyed behind glass at CES trade show

Nikon D4S in pictures: Top-spec camera eyed behind glass at CES trade show

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It was inevitable. The Nikon D4 has spawned its follow-up, the Nikon D4S, as seen at the Consumer Electronics Show 2014.But there's a small problem: it's a mock up that's tucked away behind glass and there's no official spec as yet. What we can tell you... >>

Bang & Olufsen unveils BeoPlay H3 Golden Edition in-ears

Bang & Olufsen unveils BeoPlay H3 Golden Edition in-ears

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At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas everything seems to sparkle. Including Bang & Olufsen’s latest gold-finish BeoPlay H3 in-ear headphones. Very tasty.Being the design brand it’s known to be, the B&O BeoPlay H3 was designed by Jakob Wagner,... >>

Bang & Olufsen BeoSound Essence: Hands-on with the one-touch, wall-mounted control music system

Bang & Olufsen BeoSound Essence: Hands-on with the one-touch, wall-mounted control music system

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Bang & Olufsen is known for its high-end audio products and its bold, showy designs. The BeoSound Essence music system focuses instead on simplicity - the small wall-mounted aluminium controller and a separate box combine for a subtle, almost hidden concept... >>

Olympus OM-D challenge: Fear and loathing in Las Vegas

Olympus OM-D challenge: Fear and loathing in Las Vegas

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Every year at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas there’s a veritable feast of tech to get our teeth into. But this year, beyond the glitzy lights and manufacturers’ bold claims for their latest products, we were invited to really put things... >>

Sony SmartBand pictures and eyes-on: Sony Lifelog and wearable tech on display at CES 2014

Sony SmartBand pictures and eyes-on: Sony Lifelog and wearable tech on display at CES 2014

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Sony has jumped on board the wearable tech express, with the Japanese giant using this year's CES to lift the lid on its SmartBand device, a wearable wristband that is compatible with the new Sony Core tracker.But it's not just about steps or distance... >>

Asus Zenfone: Hands-on with the budget 4, 5 and 6-inch Android smartphones

Asus Zenfone: Hands-on with the budget 4, 5 and 6-inch Android smartphones

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Asus has already proven that just because something is affordable doesn't mean it needs to look and feel cheap. Think Nexus 7 and you'll have an idea what we mean. But at the Consumer Electronics Show 2014 in Las Vegas the Taiwanese company pushed a lot... >>

Asus Transformer Book Duet TD300 pictures and hands-on

Asus Transformer Book Duet TD300 pictures and hands-on

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As if a two-in-one wasn't enough, Asus has gone down the road of "four-in-one" with the Transformer Book Duet TD300. Part laptop, part tablet, all Windows 8.1 and all Android - is it the ultimate device without compromise or a confused take on the multiples... >>

Hands-on: Panasonic Lumix TZ60 review

Hands-on: Panasonic Lumix TZ60 review

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When it comes to top-tier all-in-one compact cameras, the Panasonic Lumix TZ-series is the first name to pop into our heads. The existing TZ40 was an all-round success. But with the announcement of the Lumix TZ60, however, Panasonic has pushed the compact... >>

Panasonic Lumix LZ40 pictures and hands-on

Panasonic Lumix LZ40 pictures and hands-on

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Panasonic has a good track record of releasing decent superzoom cameras. Looking to fill the more budget-targeted gap, it has just lifted the lid on the Lumix LZ40: a 42x optical zoom bridge camera with a £229 price tag.We got to check out the budget... >>

Panasonic Lumix TZ60: 30x optical zoom compact introduces electronic viewfinder, ditches touchscreen

Panasonic Lumix TZ60: 30x optical zoom compact introduces electronic viewfinder, ditches touchscreen

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The Panasonic TZ-line is evolving. The latest Lumix TZ60 introduces a built-in electronic viewfinder to the range for the first time, while pushing a 30x optical zoom with physical lens control ring.Despite a 50 per cent increase in top-end focal length... >>

Panasonic W850 hands-on: Camcorder adds second camera for 'video selfies' in bid to stay relevant

Panasonic W850 hands-on: Camcorder adds second camera for 'video selfies' in bid to stay relevant

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It's no secret that camcorders are having a tough time in the market. They just don't sell as much as they used to because of a shift in trends. Panasonic has tried to get creative with the latest HC-W850 camcorder by adding a second lens and sensor to... >>