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Canon EOS 800D preview: Mid-range made accessible

Canon EOS 800D preview: Mid-range made accessible

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Canon is bulking out its EOS range with a number of new DSLR models, the 800D taking on a more beginner role than its also-announced step-up 77D cousin.Between the two new models, certainly in terms of specification, there's not a great deal of difference.... >>

Canon EOS 77D and 800D expand mid-range EOS DSLR lineup

Canon EOS 77D and 800D expand mid-range EOS DSLR lineup

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If you're thinking of buying a feature-packed DSLR then chances are you'll be looking at a £1,000 piece of kit. Canon is looking to change that with the introduction of the EOS 77D and 800D cameras.If you're familiar with the Canon DSLR line-up you'll... >>

Canon EOS M6 is Canon’s new top viewfinder-free mirrorless camera

Canon EOS M6 is Canon’s new top viewfinder-free mirrorless camera

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Hot on the heels of the Canon EOS M5 - the mirrorless camera that, finally, put Canon in contention with some of its competition - the Japanese company has announced the EOS M6. It does away with the viewfinder (leaving a hotshoe in place for an accessory... >>

Honor 6X preview: Dual cameras for half the price

Honor 6X preview: Dual cameras for half the price

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Honor made a big song and dance about its 6X smartphone 'launch' at this year's CES in Las Vegas. Which was a bit odd for a phone that's been available in China since the later part of 2016. George Zhao, Honor CEO, took to the stage and spent far too... >>

Panasonic Lumix LX10 / LX15 review: The best high-end compact camera money can buy?
4.5 stars

Panasonic Lumix LX10 / LX15 review: The best high-end compact camera money can buy?

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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. But now Panasonic... >>

Best mirrorless cameras 2017: The best interchangeable lens cameras available to buy today

Best mirrorless cameras 2017: The best interchangeable lens cameras available to buy today

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You're looking to buy a compact system camera (CSC) but don't know what to go for? Perhaps the term alone confounds: we've seen plenty of naming conventions being thrown around of late, from simple "mirrorless" through to terms such as "digital single... >>

Best compact cameras 2017: The best point and shoot cameras available to buy today

Best compact cameras 2017: The best point and shoot cameras available to buy today

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If you're looking for the best compact cameras of 2016 then you've come to the right place. We will guide you through the hottest cameras to save you time when it comes to buying one from your local shop or online.Compact cameras are plentiful. With new... >>

Toyota GT86 (2017) review: Coupe a load of that

Toyota GT86 (2017) review: Coupe a load of that

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It's -15C. Yep, minus fifteen degrees centigrade. And we're stood staring at the brand new Toyota GT86 - which positively radiates its warm blood red coat of paint against the snowy Finnish backdrop - wondering what on earth could possibly go wrong when... >>

Pentax KP mid-level DSLR goes big on resolution, small on size

Pentax KP mid-level DSLR goes big on resolution, small on size

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KP might make you think about your favourite salty snacks, but now it can make you think about a brand new mid-level DSLR: the Pentax KP.The KP has big features like weather-sealing and high resolution in its sights - but its smaller-than-usual scale... >>

Resident Evil 7 review: It's scarily good
4.0 stars

Resident Evil 7 review: It's scarily good

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Once it reached its fifth and sixth iterations, Resident Evil – the franchise that defined survival-horror – had queasily mutated into a very different beast. Its horror element had more or less been shelved in favour of Hollywood-style action sequences,... >>

Leica M10 preview: The rangefinder refined

Leica M10 preview: The rangefinder refined

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Leica doesn't do things like other camera makers. The German brand has a cult-like following of photographers who appreciate the brand's unflinching craftsmanship and pinnacle lens quality.The champion Leica has always been its full-frame M-series rangefinder.... >>

Fujifilm GFX 50S preview: Medium format made easy

Fujifilm GFX 50S preview: Medium format made easy

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When Fujifilm announced at Photokina 2016 it was to launch a mirrorless medium format camera - that is, a camera with a sensor larger than even a pro-spec DSLR - there was explosive excitement.The company hasn't been mucking around either, for the GFX... >>

Fujifilm X100F preview: Fixed-lens finery

Fujifilm X100F preview: Fixed-lens finery

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If there's one high-end fixed-lens camera that gets people excited, it's the Fuji X100 series.Now in its fourth-generation form, the X100F has the core make-up that made its predecessors such successes, but has a revamped layout and enhanced autofocus... >>

Fujifilm X100F revealed: The fixed-lens compact king returns... with a £1249 price tag

Fujifilm X100F revealed: The fixed-lens compact king returns... with a £1249 price tag

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Say hello to the high-end compact king. The Fujifilm X100F is the fixed-lens compact in its fourth-generation form, which brings a new layout, enhanced focus system and 24.3MP X-Trans CMOS III sensor to the series.Core to the X100 series is its 35mm f/2.0... >>

Fujifilm GFX 50S release date, price and full specification detailed

Fujifilm GFX 50S release date, price and full specification detailed

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The Fujifilm GFX 50S mirrorless medium format camera has an official release date: 23 February 2017. And with a body-only price of £6,199 it's highly affordable for a medium format camera.The GFX 50S features a huge 43.8 x 32.9mm medium format sensor... >>

Fujifilm X-T20 ups resolution, adds touchscreen to mid-level system camera

Fujifilm X-T20 ups resolution, adds touchscreen to mid-level system camera

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The mid-level Fujifilm system camera just got an update: the X-T20. It adds touchscreen control, ups the resolution, adds 4K capture and enhances autofocus compared to its X-T10 predecessor.This DSLR-style mirrorless model has a 24.3-megapixel X-Trans... >>

Huawei Mate 9 review: The big-screen boss?
4.0 stars

Huawei Mate 9 review: The big-screen boss?

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The Huawei Mate series did big-screen before big-screen was even fashionable. Now that it's an increasing norm, the Mate 9 finds itself the focus of greater attention than its predecessors - and for good reason.After all, the big phone market is in something... >>

Sony RX100 V review: Impressive, but resting on its laurels
4.0 stars

Sony RX100 V review: Impressive, but resting on its laurels

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Sony has completely owned the high-end compact camera market since the launch of the original RX100 back in 2012. From the third-gen model, it tore up what a palm-sized compact could do by introducing a built-in electronic viewfinder and faster lens.... >>

Super Bomberman R preview: A sparkling retro gem for the Nintendo Switch

Super Bomberman R preview: A sparkling retro gem for the Nintendo Switch

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As classic multiplayer games go, few can match the might of Bomberman. Way back when it was the ultimate way to get your mates around and strategically blast them into oblivion. In, you know, a fun and friendly kind of way.The premise of any Bomberman... >>

Timex IQ+ Move preview: Mensa about motion

Timex IQ+ Move preview: Mensa about motion

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When it comes to fitness trackers there are shed loads on the market. A bunch of them are plasticky wrist-worn bands that, well, don't look all that. Not so the Timex IQ+ Move: this is one elegant looking proper watch.The concept is simple: take a well-made,... >>

Razer Project Valerie: Crazy gaming laptop concept packs in three screens

Razer Project Valerie: Crazy gaming laptop concept packs in three screens

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There are laptops you can pull out on the train on your commute to work for emails and type up notes. There are gaming laptops you might get away with donning on your knees for a bit of mid-travel play too.And then there's Razer Project Valerie.Based... >>

HP EliteBook x360 preview: Thin with all the win

HP EliteBook x360 preview: Thin with all the win

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At CES 2017 - the world's largest technology show - there were a lot of top-notch laptops on display. And one of the most notable was the HP EliteBook x360: the world's thinnest 13-inch convertible laptop.Now that's particularly relevant, given that Dell... >>

LG Signature OLED W preview: 2.5mm thin wall-mounted "wallpaper" TV is simply stunning

LG Signature OLED W preview: 2.5mm thin wall-mounted "wallpaper" TV is simply stunning

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Holy moly. At just 2.5mm thin, the LG Signature OLED W TV is a stunning thing to behold. Just look at it.The entire Wallpaper panel is the same thickness, so it can sit perfectly flush with the wall. It even attaches by magnets. All the processor gubbins... >>

Huawei Mate 9 Pro preview: The Mate we wanted all along

Huawei Mate 9 Pro preview: The Mate we wanted all along

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When Huawei unveiled the Mate 9 it overshadowed it by revealing a smaller-scale and better designed Porsche Design model in tandem. But the latter model's limited availability and €1,395 price tag clearly demonstrated it wasn't a model for the masses.Now... >>

B&O Play BeoPlay M5 preview: Woollen-clad woofer

B&O Play BeoPlay M5 preview: Woollen-clad woofer

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B&O Play likes to do things in a Danish way. That's probably why the new BeoPlay M5 comes clad in a wool-blend coat, as if it could go camping in the hills of a Troldeskoven.But no, the M5 isn't designed to leave the house. It's a wired speaker after... >>

Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II preview: The crossover camera

Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II preview: The crossover camera

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The first-gen Canon PowerShot G9 X was something of a departure for Canon: its touchscreen-focused controls saw it handle differently to a typical Canon compact. The Mark II model maintains this focus, with an updated user interface to simplify the camera's... >>

Lenovo Smart Assistant preview: Transformers, Alexa in disguise

Lenovo Smart Assistant preview: Transformers, Alexa in disguise

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Here's something we didn't expect: an Amazon Echo that's, well, not an Amazon Echo at all. It's a Lenovo Smart Assistant.But the Lenovo uses Amazon's Alexa voice assistant and, for all intensive purposes, is functionally identical to Echo. So you can... >>

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2017) preview: The best business laptop money can buy?

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2017) preview: The best business laptop money can buy?

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If there's one so-called "business laptop" brand that keeps its customers happy time and again, that would be ThinkPad. The once IBM-owned brand has remained strong under the wings of its Lenovo acquisition and its latest 2017 product, the X1 Carbon,... >>

Audio-Technica ATH-DSR9BT preview: A digital future for high-end headphones

Audio-Technica ATH-DSR9BT preview: A digital future for high-end headphones

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How can audio progress in today’s market? With digital streaming, the proliferation of High Resolution audio slowly making inroads and the advancement of wireless technologies to take advantage, there’s increasing demand for quality.Audio-Technica’s... >>

Panasonic EZ1002 4K OLED TV doubles-down on peak brightness for HDR thrills

Panasonic EZ1002 4K OLED TV doubles-down on peak brightness for HDR thrills

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At CES 2017 it's all about the tellies. And Panasonic is looking to make its mark in TV this year with a brand new Ultra HD 4K OLED, the EZ1002.But this is no ordinary OLED: the EZ1002 is said to produce nearly double the brightness of a normal OLED panel... >>

Kia Sorento review: The savvy seven-seater
4.5 stars

Kia Sorento review: The savvy seven-seater

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Can an SUV ever be a truly exciting drive? Now in its third generation, the Kia Sorento has had more than just a facelift to bring it up to date, and while its new body and wheelbase is never going to feel like a Ferrari on the road, for carting around... >>

Best Bluetooth headphones 2017: 10 of the best on/over-ears for wireless listening

Best Bluetooth headphones 2017: 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... >>

Kodak Ektra review: Phone camera failings can’t revive those nostalgic Kodak moments

Kodak Ektra review: Phone camera failings can’t revive those nostalgic Kodak moments

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We all owe a lot to Kodak. The imaging company was the forerunner in colour film, but also a largely unsung hero in technological developments: it invented the digital camera and even OLED display technology.That was all before it fell behind the times,... >>

Canon EOS M5 review: 'Mirrorless 80D' fails to faze its compact system competition
3.5 stars

Canon EOS M5 review: 'Mirrorless 80D' fails to faze its compact system competition

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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 simply haven't been able to stand up to the competition. And with the current line-up - think... >>

Audio-Technica talks headphones tech, from Pure Digital Drive to Hi-Res Audio

Audio-Technica talks headphones tech, from Pure Digital Drive to Hi-Res Audio

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We're sat in Audio-Technica's downtown Tokyo headquarters, peering through a one-way window overlooking the company's professional music studio, sat with Keisuke Kobayashi, the company's director of marketing and engineering. For this isn't just a headphone... >>

Panasonic Lumix FZ2000 review: Premium superzoom premier league
4.5 stars

Panasonic Lumix FZ2000 review: Premium superzoom premier league

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When we first saw the Panasonic FZ2000 back in September 2016, we thought it spelled the death of the camcorder as we know it. For this premium superzoom camera is so packed-out with 4K video features that, on paper, it wraps up all the wide-to-tele zoom... >>

Best Black Friday 2016 UK camera deals: DSLR, compact and system camera bargains

Best Black Friday 2016 UK camera deals: DSLR, compact and system camera bargains

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Black Friday falls on 25 November 2016 and will offer a great chance to snap - geddit? - some camera deals at a cut of the normal price.So whether you're looking for a compact, compact system or DSLR camera, we'll be updating this page to bring together... >>

NextEV Nio EP9 in pictures: The world's fastest electric supercar is simply stunning

NextEV Nio EP9 in pictures: The world's fastest electric supercar is simply stunning

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No, that's not a new McLaren you're looking at, it's the Nio EP9 - the world's fastest electric supercar. And it's made by none other than NextEV, the Chinese brand best known (until now) for its Formula E team.The Nio name is the new part of the package,... >>

Qualcomm Quick Charge 4 coming 2017: 5-minutes charge for 5-hours battery

Qualcomm Quick Charge 4 coming 2017: 5-minutes charge for 5-hours battery

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Qualcomm is to introduce its next-generation of fast-charging, Quick Charge 4.0, as part of its forthcoming Snapdragon 835 chipset (an ultra-small 10-nanometer technology that will be produced by Samsung, due in 2017).The new battery top-up tech is 20... >>

Watch Dogs 2 review: Can you teach an old Dog new tricks?
4.0 stars

Watch Dogs 2 review: Can you teach an old Dog new tricks?

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Remember Aiden Pearce's trench coat in the original Watch Dogs? People flipped out about the lead protagonist's leathers when the game was first announced back in 2012 - its subtle movement in the wind, the O-M-G textures. It was the hint that current-gen... >>

Sony PS4 review: The go-to for gamers
4.5 stars

Sony PS4 review: The go-to for gamers

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A lot can change in a few years. This is the fourth time we've sat down and had a good, hard think about the PlayStation 4 since its 2013 launch.Back then the launch line-up was fairly stifled, with clangers like Knack not elevating the console to true... >>

Huawei P9 vs Huawei P9 Plus vs Huawei Mate 9: What's the difference?

Huawei P9 vs Huawei P9 Plus vs Huawei Mate 9: What's the difference?

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Huawei has a flagship to suit all tastes. The smallest is the P9, next in line is the larger P9 Plus, with the Mate 9 the largest of the three.The two P9 devices are almost identical, the Mate 9 is a much larger and different proposition. However, there... >>

Lenovo Yoga Book review: A keyless laptop from the future... that's stuck in the past
3.5 stars

Lenovo Yoga Book review: A keyless laptop from the future... that's stuck in the past

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The Lenovo Yoga Book is the keyless laptop from the future, albeit available in the here and now. It's one of those rare products that's not just different for the sake of it, but truly innovative in its thinking, by combining a two-in-one light-up keypad... >>

Huawei Mate 9 Porsche Design preview: The mini Mate 9 with a big €1395 price tag

Huawei Mate 9 Porsche Design preview: The mini Mate 9 with a big €1395 price tag

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You had a double take, didn't you? No, this isn't a limited edition Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, it's the limited edition Huawei Mate 9 Porsche Design.The Chinese telecoms company and German design company have forged a new partnership to show off what they... >>

Huawei Mate 9 vs Huawei Mate 8: What's the difference?

Huawei Mate 9 vs Huawei Mate 8: What's the difference?

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Why hello there new big phone. Huawei has announced the Mate 9, its large-scale Android device for 2016, in an era when big phones are increasingly popular.The Mate 8 was well received when released in 2015, albeit tricky to obtain in the UK. Will the... >>

B&O BeoPlay H7 review: Not at the top of its game
3.5 stars

B&O BeoPlay H7 review: Not at the top of its game

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Headphones have been passing through the office in abundance of late, so when the Bang & Olufsen H8 over-ear cans arrived we were expecting something special. The Danish company’s top-end H8 cans are some of the best we’ve heard, but can the step-down... >>

Microsoft Surface Book 2016 goes super-powerful, increases battery life, amps graphics

Microsoft Surface Book 2016 goes super-powerful, increases battery life, amps graphics

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Microsoft is revamping the Surface Book for 2016 - and this time it's all about increased power and longevity.Externally the new Surface Book looks no different to the original model. It's the same 13.5-inch laptop design, with detachable screen and electronic... >>

Fujifilm X-T2 review: A new benchmark for the mirrorless market
5.0 stars

Fujifilm X-T2 review: A new benchmark for the mirrorless market

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It took us about three minutes to fall in love with the Fujifilm X-T1. So when we were first shown the Fujifilm X-T2 back in July it only took us about three seconds.In many ways the X-T2 is the most advanced compact system camera offering we've seen,... >>

Asus Transformer 3 Pro (T303UA) review: Not transforming the 2-in-1 market
3.0 stars

Asus Transformer 3 Pro (T303UA) review: Not transforming the 2-in-1 market

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The 2-in-1 market has seemingly settled on a solution: create devices that ape the Microsoft Surface. Acer has done it. Lenovo, too. And now it's Asus's turn, with the Transformer 3 Pro.But the Taiwanese company has been clever about its angle; the Pro... >>

Ditching the DAC: Audio-Technica DSR9BT Bluetooth headphones go all-digital with Pure Digital Drive tech

Ditching the DAC: Audio-Technica DSR9BT Bluetooth headphones go all-digital with Pure Digital Drive tech

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If you're looking for a pair of high quality Bluetooth headphones to make the most of your tracks then Audio-Technica looks like it has just the ticket: the ATH-DSR9BT (and little brother ATH-DRS7BT).These new cans ditch the DAC - that's the digital-to-analogue... >>