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Panasonic Lumix TZ80 review: Can't Touch This
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Panasonic Lumix TZ80 review: Can't Touch This

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The Panasonic TZ range is hugely popular when it comes to dedicated compact cameras, especially if you're looking for big zoom in a relatively small package. In 2016 the range is diversifying: 2015's TZ70 is replaced by the similar TZ80 (or SZ60 for our... >>

Sony A6300 shows what system cameras can do: 425-point autofocus, 4K video, 11fps burst and more

Sony A6300 shows what system cameras can do: 425-point autofocus, 4K video, 11fps burst and more

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We've long been expecting a Sony Alpha A7000 to replace 2010's NEX-7, but Sony has other plans, instead announcing the A6300. But it doesn't scrimp on the features at any level. Touting the "world's fastest autofocus" at just 0.05-seconds - although it... >>

Canon EOS 1D X Mark II vs 1D X: What's new?

Canon EOS 1D X Mark II vs 1D X: What's new?

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In 2016 it's the year of the pro DSLR once again: the Canon EOS 1D X Mark II follows hot on the heels of the Nikon D5, which was announced a month earlier at CES 2016, but how does this full-frame pro-spec DSLR compare to its 1D X original? We handled... >>

Olympus Pen-F hands-on preview: Stylish like the 60s

Olympus Pen-F hands-on preview: Stylish like the 60s

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Olympus just went and did something we didn't think we'd see: it's launched a Pen with a built-in viewfinder. And it's called the Pen-F. Which, if you were knocking around 50-years ago, you might remember as, well, the original Pen-F - the half-frame... >>

Huawei Mate 8 review: Big beauty
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Huawei Mate 8 review: Big beauty

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Not so long ago the idea of a 6-inch phone sounded like a bonkers one. Now it's the norm for many, helped along by the iPhone 6S Plus, and with devices as powerful and refined as the Huawei Mate 8 also coming to market it's perhaps a more appealing concept... >>

Audi Q7 e-tron first drive: Electro efficiency

Audi Q7 e-tron first drive: Electro efficiency

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Plug-in electric vehicles are on the rise, with the Audi Q7 e-tron joining the A3 Sportback e-tron and R8 e-tron - taking the German maker's count up to three. There's clearly momentum behind electric, thanks to its efficiency, environmental and fuel-saving... >>

Motorola Moto Force review: Not all it’s cracked up to be
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Motorola Moto Force review: Not all it’s cracked up to be

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Butterfingers? The Moto Force might be the ideal flagship phone for those prone to dropping their smartphone on the regs, as its the first handset to offer a shatterproof screen. Well, if you discount the Droid Turbo 2, the name of the very same handset... >>

Fujifilm X-E2S official: It's S for subtle performance push

Fujifilm X-E2S official: It's S for subtle performance push

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In tech it seems that tacking an "S" onto the end of a product means "it's new, it's a bit better than the last one, but not by loads". We only need to look at Apple and the annual iPhone updates to see that. Now it's the turn of Fujiiflm with its X-E2S,... >>

Fujifilm X-Pro2 vs X-Pro1: What's the difference?

Fujifilm X-Pro2 vs X-Pro1: What's the difference?

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Four years in the making, the Fujifilm X-Pro2 is the company's highest-ranking compact system camera. But have those four years been worth the wait, or is the latest model barely different to its X-Pro1 predecessor? We've handled both cameras to break... >>

HP EliteBook Folio preview: Super-slim laptop means business

HP EliteBook Folio preview: Super-slim laptop means business

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It may well be a business laptop, but the HP EliteBook Folio sure does mean business. This slender workhorse is a mere 12.4mm thin - making it even more trim than the 12-inch MacBook. How's that possible? As the EliteBook Folio uses an Intel Core M processor... >>

Nikon D500 hands-on preview: ‘D5 mini’ shows pro powers at smaller scale

Nikon D500 hands-on preview: ‘D5 mini’ shows pro powers at smaller scale

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Now here's an interesting new arrival. The Nikon D500 is like a small scale, APS-C-sensor take on the top-end Nikon D5. It shows Nikon's realignment of its range too, as the sort-of replacement to the discontinued Nikon D300S. Indeed it could be the most... >>

Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 35 preview: Pentagonal powerhouse

Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 35 preview: Pentagonal powerhouse

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Danish audio maker Bang & Olufsen is known for its high-end materials and finish in its products. That's something the BeoSound 35 soundbar-esque multi-room music system strives to achieve, but with a somewhat harsher-looking pentagonal form than the... >>

Panasonic DX900 UHD Premium TV preview: Honeycomb-sweet picture quality

Panasonic DX900 UHD Premium TV preview: Honeycomb-sweet picture quality

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In 2016 we're going to see the true potential of 4K content. Not only because the UHD Alliance has set the parameters for UHD Blu-ray and UHD Premium, but because products are getting better and better too, with TVs like the Panasonic DX900 leading the... >>

HP Spectre x360 (2016) preview: OLED ace might be the best looking laptop ever

HP Spectre x360 (2016) preview: OLED ace might be the best looking laptop ever

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The original Spectre x360 saw HP assert its strengths in the laptop market. It was, and is, one great looking, great functioning laptop. For 2016 it's gone one better for the refresh by incorporating a 13.3-inch OLED panel into the design. And boy does... >>

What is 4K UHD? Ultra-High Definition explained, and why it matters for your next TV

What is 4K UHD? Ultra-High Definition explained, and why it matters for your next TV

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The term Ultra-High Definition - also known as Ultra HD or UHD - has been kicking around for a couple of years now. But what does it actually mean and why does it matter if you're looking to buy a new TV? Just as we've got used to the "Full HD" term,... >>

Lenovo Yoga 900S preview: Super slim, super light 12.5-inch convertible ace

Lenovo Yoga 900S preview: Super slim, super light 12.5-inch convertible ace

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Back in October 2015 Lenovo showed off its Yoga 900, a 13.3-inch convertible laptop that boasted the slimmest build of any with an Intel Core i processor at its heart. Fast-forward to January 2016 and the smaller scale and even slimmer 12.5-inch Yoga... >>

Technics SL-1200GAE turntable in pictures: Classic design, stunning quality

Technics SL-1200GAE turntable in pictures: Classic design, stunning quality

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We're long-time fans of the Technics SL-1200 (and 1210) turntable series. So when Panasonic announced that production of a 7th generation model in 2016 was about to commence we got rather excited. At CES 2016 in Las Vegas, we got a first hand sampling... >>

Naim Mu-so Qb: Rounded audio meets square design

Naim Mu-so Qb: Rounded audio meets square design

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When the Naim Mu-so launched in 2014 it attracted critical acclaim, bagging the Pocket-lint Awards 2015 gong for best speaker. Now the essence of that high-end wireless all-in-one multiroom speaker is available in a smaller, cube-shaped form factor: the... >>

UHD Blu-ray players are finally here: Panasonic enters 4K disc market with DMP-UB900

UHD Blu-ray players are finally here: Panasonic enters 4K disc market with DMP-UB900

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With 4K ultra-high definition TVs beginning to become the norm, it's been a long and winding road for the physical format, UHD Blu-ray, to reach its final standard. With the UHD Alliance now signed and sealed on that deal, 4K Blu-ray players will, finally,... >>

Want a premium 4K experience? Panasonic DX900 is first-to-market Ultra HD Premium TV

Want a premium 4K experience? Panasonic DX900 is first-to-market Ultra HD Premium TV

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The battle for the ultimate 4K TV is on at this year's CES, with Panasonic the first to get an Ultra HD Premium qualified TV to market - the DX900 - which is due out this February. While Ultra HD Premium doesn't redefine the core of what 4K is all about... >>

Panasonic Lumix TZ80 vs TZ70: What's the difference?

Panasonic Lumix TZ80 vs TZ70: What's the difference?

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When it comes to what some call "travel zoom" compact cameras, Panasonic is on top form. Its Lumix TZ70 from 2015 combined a wide-ranging 30x optical zoom lens with built-in electronic viewfinder and general all-round top performance. For 2016 the updated... >>

Technics SL-1200G official: DJ turntable makes an audiophile return for 2016

Technics SL-1200G official: DJ turntable makes an audiophile return for 2016

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Technics had already teased its return to turntables at the IFA electronics show in 2015, but its nameless mock-up model lacked a tone arm and, well, didn't really look much like a turntable at all. Skip the needle to 2016 and all is revealed: the SL-1200G... >>

Sony A7 II review: Mostly alpha, some beta
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Sony A7 II review: Mostly alpha, some beta

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The very first full-frame compact system camera, the Alpha A7, was such an out-there trend setter that it nabbed the Pocket-lint Awards gong for best system camera back in 2014. Fast-forward a couple of years and, as we tread into 2016, the latest-generation... >>

Sony Cyber-shot RX10 II review: One serious superzoom
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Sony Cyber-shot RX10 II review: One serious superzoom

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The Sony Cyber-shot RX10 II is, just like its predecessor, a camera that's going to divide opinion. On paper its 24-200mm f/2.8 equivalent lens and 1-inch sensor combination sounds like the bees knees. Until, that is, you see the physical size of this... >>

Canon PowerShot G5 X review: Chunky but comprehensive compact
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Canon PowerShot G5 X review: Chunky but comprehensive compact

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It's all change in the camera market, with the focus on throwaway compacts all but dead in the face of smartphone domination. Canon is well known for its chunky-but-capable compact cameras, with 2013's G16 seemingly representing the end of that range,... >>