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  • A week in reviews: 27 - 31 January
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    A week in reviews: 27 - 31 January

    By 1 February 2014

    It's been quite a week for smartphones. We've been blown away by the small and mighty Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, have taken the Motorola Moto X for its Brit-based walkies, and there's even the arrival of SwiftKey for iOS. Well, sort of. More on that last...

  • Win: An Olympus OM-D E-M10 system camera and other Olympus prizes
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    Win: An Olympus OM-D E-M10 system camera and other Olympus prizes

    By 29 January 2014

    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
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    Hands-on: Olympus OM-D E-M10 review

    By 29 January 2014

    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
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    Hands-on: Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 review

    By 29 January 2014

    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
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    Hands-on: Olympus Stylus SP-100EE review

    By 29 January 2014

    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
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    Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 is the first waterproof compact camera to add a tilt-angle screen

    By 29 January 2014

    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
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    Olympus OM-D goes entry-level: E-M10 adds pop-up flash, maintains top-tier 16MP image quality

    By 29 January 2014

    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
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    Olympus Stylus SP-100EE: 'Eagle eye' superzoom camera adds dot-sight targeting feature

    By 29 January 2014

    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...

  • Hands-on: Fujifilm X-T1 review
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    Hands-on: Fujifilm X-T1 review

    By 28 January 2014

    Retro is back and big business in the camera world. The Fujifilm X-T1 goes all in when it comes to delivering that old skool DSLR-like experience in a modern day interchangeable lens body. Shifting a viewfinder from the side to the centre may not sound...

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

    By 28 January 2014

    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...

  • A week in reviews: 20 - 25 January
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    A week in reviews: 20 - 25 January

    By 25 January 2014

    Shake off those apparent January blues - go outside and take some pictures. Got no camera? No problem, as this week we've looked at a variety of possible solutions. The Sony QX100 is a lens accessory that can communicate with your Android smartphone to...

  • Nikon D610 review
    Cameras 4.5 out of 5

    Nikon D610 review

    By 24 January 2014

    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...

  • Best DSLR cameras 2014: The best interchangeable lens cameras available to buy today
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    Best DSLR cameras 2014: The best interchangeable lens cameras available to buy today

    By 24 January 2014

    You want to buy a DSLR camera but don't know what to go for? Then you've come to the right place, as this is where we round-up the best DSLR cameras of 2014. We'll guide you through the hottest cameras available - and only models that we've reviewed in...

  • Olympus OM-D challenge part 3: Light like a pro
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    Olympus OM-D challenge part 3: Light like a pro

    By 23 January 2014

    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?
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    Hasselblad reveals first medium format CMOS sensor, opening the door for other photography brands?

    By 21 January 2014

    "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
    Cameras 4.5 out of 5

    Nokia Lumia 1020 camera review

    By 21 January 2014

    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...

  • A week in reviews: 13 - 17 January
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    A week in reviews: 13 - 17 January

    By 18 January 2014

    We spent the beginning of January marching around various halls and hotel suites at the Consumer Electronics Show 2014, and that was an eye-opener as to what to expect over the coming year. It's all flexible TVs, wearable tech from every corner of the...

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

    By 17 January 2014

    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
    Phones 4.5 out of 5

    Oppo N1 review

    By 17 January 2014

    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
    Audio 4.5 out of 5

    Stelle Audio Pillar review

    By 15 January 2014

    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....

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

    By 14 January 2014

    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
    Cameras 4.5 out of 5

    Fujifilm X-E2 review

    By 13 January 2014

    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
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    Hands-on: Nikon Coolpix L830 review

    By 12 January 2014

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

    By 12 January 2014

    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: Garmin Vivofit is a long-lasting and affordable fitness band
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    Hands-on: Garmin Vivofit is a long-lasting and affordable fitness band

    By 11 January 2014

    Wearables are everywhere. But when a company such as Garmin, renowned for its fitness and GPS products, announces a new product it's time to stand up and listen. Welcome the Garmin Vivofit, a wristband fitness device that we got to see at this year's...