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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... >>

Panasonic Lumix TZ55: Flip-up screen makes this the perfect camera for 'selfies'

Panasonic Lumix TZ55: Flip-up screen makes this the perfect camera for 'selfies'

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Panasonic has unveiled its Lumix TZ55 compact camera, complete with 3-inch LCD on a 180-degree flip bracket. Because the screen can face forward it's the ultimate selfie snapper. But it's not a brand new idea, as we've already seen Samsung and Sony release... >>

Panasonic Lumix LZ40: Budget bridge camera brings the zoom

Panasonic Lumix LZ40: Budget bridge camera brings the zoom

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Want a significant zoom in a compact without breaking the bank? The Panasonic Lumix LZ40 might well be the perfect answer.This 42x optical zoom compact has a wide-angle 22mm lens that extends all the way through to a 928mm equivalent. Whether you want... >>

Fujifilm FinePix S1: First waterproof superzoom camera surfaces at CES 2014

Fujifilm FinePix S1: First waterproof superzoom camera surfaces at CES 2014

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It's superzoom season, but Fujifilm has unveiled one with a key difference: the FinePix S1 is the first water-resistant bridge camera. Now as well as singing in the rain you can go shooting too.The Fuji S1 houses a 50x optical zoom lens, which delivers... >>

Fujifilm X100S Black: Alternative to classic silver finish available this month

Fujifilm X100S Black: Alternative to classic silver finish available this month

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Hard though it was to avoid a title making a play on AC/DC's Back In Black album title, we put our sensible hats on. Because that's what the Fujifilm X100S Black deserves. This top-end, fixed lens compact camera is just about as good as they come. But... >>

Fujifilm S9400W, S9200 and S8600: Trio of bridge cameras are all about the zoom

Fujifilm S9400W, S9200 and S8600: Trio of bridge cameras are all about the zoom

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Fujifilm has refreshed much of its camera range at this year's Consumer Electronics Show by unveiling the FinePix S9400W, FinePix S9200 and FinePix S8600 models. The theme is clear: it's all about the zoom.That comes as no surprise, as the bottom end... >>

Fujifilm FinePix XP70: Splish splash with waterproof Wi-Fi compact camera

Fujifilm FinePix XP70: Splish splash with waterproof Wi-Fi compact camera

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Fujifilm has got the waterproof compact camera market fairly sewn up because of its affordable price point. Year after year it releases an additional model in the XP-series, and in 2014 that brings us to the FinePix XP70.It's waterproof, it's got Wi-Fi... >>

Acer Iconia B1-720 (2014) pictures and hands-on

Acer Iconia B1-720 (2014) pictures and hands-on

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Budget tablets made a lot of headway in 2013 as entry-level products began to offer elegant solutions without breaking the bank. The Acer Iconia B1 was one such tablet, replaced in 2014 by the latest B1-720. And we've been giving one a whirl ahead of... >>

Acer Iconia A1-830 (2014) pictures and hands-on

Acer Iconia A1-830 (2014) pictures and hands-on

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Acer has updated its A1 tablet with a new version for 2014, the A1-830. It's a subtle upgrade compared to its predecessor, but there are new features that make for a decent and affordable 7.9-inch tablet.First and foremost the build is now metal, with... >>

Acer Iconia W4 pictures and hands-on

Acer Iconia W4 pictures and hands-on

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Announced at the tail-end of 2013, the Acer Iconia W4 is the company's latest Windows 8 tablet. Using the Consumer Electronics Show 2014 as a platform to officially launch the product - it will be available later this month, replacing the W3 - we got... >>

Hands-on: Acer Liquid Z5 review

Hands-on: Acer Liquid Z5 review

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Acer has used the Consumer Electronics Show 2014 to position itself in the budget smartphone wars. Its unveiling of the Liquid Z5, priced at €169 (£140), sounds like a hot contender for the Motorola Moto G in terms of price. But can the Acer's relatively... >>

Hands-on: Acer Chromebook C720P review

Hands-on: Acer Chromebook C720P review

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We're not the biggest Chromebook fans here at Pocket-lint, but they've been going down a storm with the public eager to snap up these affordable Google-OS-based machines. And Acer has stepped up to the plate and introduced the first affordable touchscreen... >>