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Panasonic Lumix TZ70 review: The do-it-all compact camera to beat
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Panasonic Lumix TZ70 review: The do-it-all compact camera to beat

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There are a growing number of pocketable do-it-all compact cameras on the market vying for attention, with the Panasonic Lumix TZ70 aiming to be cream of the crop. This pocketable travel compact squeezes an electronic viewfinder and 30x optical zoom lens... >>

Hands-on: Panasonic Lumix GF7 review: Compact system wants to be your next selfie camera

Hands-on: Panasonic Lumix GF7 review: Compact system wants to be your next selfie camera

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Selfies are a big deal right now and, increasingly, manufacturers are looking for ways to make would-be snappers shun their smartphones for a dedicated camera. The latest camera to jump on this bandwagon is the Panasonic Lumix GF7, the latest interchangeable... >>

Sony Alpha A5100 review: Compact-a-like
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Sony Alpha A5100 review: Compact-a-like

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Since Sony dropped its NEX branding and blanketed its compact system camera line with the Alpha brand name, the range has not morphed dramatically, simply divided itself into different schools of thought: those seeking a compact alternative, and those... >>

Denon Envaya Mini review: Massive sound from mini Bluetooth speaker
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Denon Envaya Mini review: Massive sound from mini Bluetooth speaker

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Portable Bluetooth speakers have been appearing in their droves over the last few years, at a range of different price points, from manufacturers both known and new, making the qualm of which to buy all the more trying. Denon may have just solved that... >>

Panasonic Lumix GM5 review: Mini system camera has high-end compacts in its sights
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Panasonic Lumix GM5 review: Mini system camera has high-end compacts in its sights

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Panasonic rules the roost when it comes to dinky compact system cameras, with 2013's Lumix GM1 establishing a strong position in the market. How to update such a seemingly perfect pocketable interchangeable lens camera? Plonk a viewfinder in it and add... >>

Libratone Diva soundbar review: Woolly mammoth
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Libratone Diva soundbar review: Woolly mammoth

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Lots of great things come out of Denmark. Lego, red cattle, famous chefs, and now wool-covered Bluetooth soundbars. That last one is exactly what Diva, the all-in-one speaker system with a woollen jacket by Danish audio manufacturer Libratone, is all... >>

Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7 headphones review: Neutral over-ears are positively priced
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Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7 headphones review: Neutral over-ears are positively priced

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We've been seeing over-ear headphones rain from the skies over the last couple of years, as one of the fastest expanding areas in tech. With new names entering the fold, the long-time established brands, such as Audio-Technica, are fighting back with... >>

Samsung NX1 review: The new-age DSLR successor?
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Samsung NX1 review: The new-age DSLR successor?

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After wrapping up its Pentax clone GX-series DSLR line in 2009, Samsung has spent time furrowing its own path back into the camera market with its NX-series compact system cameras. The latest of which, the Samsung NX1, isn't afraid of going large: it's... >>

Best cameras of CES 2015: Canon, Nikon, Panasonic and more

Best cameras of CES 2015: Canon, Nikon, Panasonic and more

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The Consumer Electronics Show might not be best known for its camera launches, but as the years have rolled on by we've seen more notable products unveiled. And at CES 2015 there's been a steady stream of compacts, DSLR cameras, and a smattering on lenses... >>

Hands-on: Nikon D5500 review: Is Nikon's first touchscreen DSLR too late to the game?

Hands-on: Nikon D5500 review: Is Nikon's first touchscreen DSLR too late to the game?

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It's a curious time in the world of cameras right now, with boundaries ever-blurring, but new technologies incremental rather than revolutionary. The arrival of the Nikon D5500, which is the company's first ever touchscreen DSLR, looks to fend off the... >>

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,... >>

Bang & Olufsen BeoSound Moment wireless music system is fronted by touch-sensitive wood interface

Bang & Olufsen BeoSound Moment wireless music system is fronted by touch-sensitive wood interface

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Bang & Olufsen, the high-end audio manufacturer, isn't a company to do things by half measures. Using the Consumer Electronics Show 2015 as its platform, the Danish company has unveiled its latest wireless music system: the BeoSound Moment. Described... >>

Samsung SUHD TVs: 4K resolution meets quantum dot tech for affordable Ultra-High Definition in 2015

Samsung SUHD TVs: 4K resolution meets quantum dot tech for affordable Ultra-High Definition in 2015

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Samsung has revealed its TV hand at this year's Consumer Electronics Show, with its latest SUHD tellies making their debut. Ok, so we've heard of UHD (Ultra-High Definition, often referred to as 4K), but what the heck is SUHD? This is Samsung's branded... >>

Asus ZenFone 2 boasts brushed metal finish, 4GB RAM and other top features, all for just $199

Asus ZenFone 2 boasts brushed metal finish, 4GB RAM and other top features, all for just $199

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Asus might not be the first name that springs into mind when you think of a smartphone, but at CES 2015 it went about changing that perception with the introduction of the ZenFone 2. The follow-up to the ZenFone, first announced at CES 2014, the 5.5-inch... >>

Panasonic Lumix TZ57 is the understated travel zoom to beat (hands-on)

Panasonic Lumix TZ57 is the understated travel zoom to beat (hands-on)

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You know how it is, companies are always boasting about their latest and greatest products, sometimes detracting from the kit further down the ranks. It's much the same for the just announced Panasonic Lumix TZ57. Akin to a stripped-back Lumix TZ70 in... >>

Hands-on: Panasonic Lumix TZ70 review: Viewfinder upgrade for 30x travel zoom

Hands-on: Panasonic Lumix TZ70 review: Viewfinder upgrade for 30x travel zoom

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As we roll into 2015, Panasonic is first out of the camera announcement gates with the unveiling of its latest travel zoom, the Lumix TZ70, which is bursting at the seams with features. Due on the shelves this March, Pocket-lint got a sneak peek of the... >>

Canon PowerShot SX530 HS boasts 50x mega zoom without breaking the bank

Canon PowerShot SX530 HS boasts 50x mega zoom without breaking the bank

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Canon is not shy of packing the zoom into a superzoom. Its latest PowerShot SX530 HS squeezes a 50x optical lens, delivering a 24-1200mm equivalent, into an affordable and relatively compact package. It was only a few years back that such optics with... >>

Canon PowerShot N2 adds selfie screen fun, but is it hip to be square?

Canon PowerShot N2 adds selfie screen fun, but is it hip to be square?

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There's only so much you can do with camera design before a product becomes tricky to use. But that hasn't stopped Canon trying to break the conventional mould, with the latest Canon PowerShot N2, in its squat, near-square-fronted format, showing off... >>

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS crams more megapixels into 30x travel zoom

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS crams more megapixels into 30x travel zoom

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It's the Consumer Electronics Show 2015, which means the annual compact camera splurge from Canon is upon us. In among a variety of updated models, it's the Canon PowerShot SX710 HS, the 30x optical zoom travel compact, which demands the greatest attention.... >>

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS review: To the zoom and back
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Canon PowerShot SX60 HS review: To the zoom and back

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The superzoom market keeps on growing, quite literally, with the latest Canon PowerShot SX60 HS boasting a gigantic 65x optical zoom lens. That's far more heavyweight than any competitor on the market, so if it's zoom you want, it's zoom you get. But... >>

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review: The edge of excellence
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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review: The edge of excellence

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When we first saw the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge we thought of it as a design showcase; a "look at what we can do" smartphone with greater precedence given to its show-off factor than to usability. Why else have a modified Galaxy Note 4 with a single curved... >>

Nintendo Wii U review: The underdog rises
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Nintendo Wii U review: The underdog rises

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The Nintendo Wii U has been called a lot of things since its launch at the tail-end of 2012. Most of them far from positive. But two years on, and in the wake of the Sony PlayStation 4 and Xbox One launches, Nintendo's underdog is on the up; it's a console... >>

Panasonic Lumix TZ60 vs Canon PowerShot SX700 HS: What's the difference?

Panasonic Lumix TZ60 vs Canon PowerShot SX700 HS: What's the difference?

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For when your smartphone camera isn't enough you'll want a do-it-all compact camera with a significant zoom. Here we pitch two of our favourites head to head: the Panasonic Lumix TZ60 and the Canon PowerShot SX700 HS. Both models pack in a 30x optical... >>

Fujifilm X100T review: Naughty but niche
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Fujifilm X100T review: Naughty but niche

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It only takes one glance at the Fujifilm X100T to know it's a special little camera. Or, perhaps more to the point, a specialist camera. The retro design, physical control dials, fixed 35mm f/2.0 (equivalent) lens, and a hybrid viewfinder make that pretty... >>

PlayStation 4 review: One year on, it's the choice console for gamers
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PlayStation 4 review: One year on, it's the choice console for gamers

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One year after its initial release, and to cap off two decades of PlayStation, the Sony PlayStation 4 finds itself in an esteemed position at the tail-end of 2014. The PS4 seems to be winning the new-generation console race against the Xbox One - at least,... >>