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Nikon Coolpix S9900: 30x zoom compact adds vari-angle screen for extra flexibility

Nikon Coolpix S9900: 30x zoom compact adds vari-angle screen for extra flexibility

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On the face of it the Nikon Coolpix S9900 looks the same as last year's S9700 model, featuring the same 25-750mm equivalent zoom lens and back-lit 16-megapixel senso. Flip it round, however, and its newly appointed 3-inch vari-angle screen ads an extra... >>

Panasonic Lumix GF7 review: Serious, but not just about selfies
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Panasonic Lumix GF7 review: Serious, but not just about selfies

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Welcome to generation selfie. The Panasonic Lumix GF7 is the follow-up to 2013's GF6, complete with flip-forward screen for taking those delightfully pouty shots. And if that premise hasn't got you hooked then fear not - as the latest in the entry-level... >>

Hands-on: Canon EOS 5DS review: Canon breaks the megapixel bank with 50.6MP full-frame DSLR

Hands-on: Canon EOS 5DS review: Canon breaks the megapixel bank with 50.6MP full-frame DSLR

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An ultra-high resolution Canon DSLR had been rumoured for some time, but with the company adamant that its cameras wouldn't exceed the 22-megapixel count, it's taken a considerable about-turn with the announcement of the EOS 5DS: a 50.6-megapixel full-frame... >>

Canon EOS 750D and 760D: Similar features, different designs, more choice (hands-on)

Canon EOS 750D and 760D: Similar features, different designs, more choice (hands-on)

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Now here's something we didn't expect: Canon unveiled not one, but two new mid-range DSLR cameras to its EOS lineup. The new EOS 750D and 760D are like the filling in a Canon sandwich, sat above the existing EOS 700D, but below the 70D in terms of rank.... >>

Hands-on: Canon EOS M3 review: Still behind the mirrorless market curve

Hands-on: Canon EOS M3 review: Still behind the mirrorless market curve

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Canon makes great DSLR cameras, there's no doubt about that. But in 2012 when the company dipped into the mirrorless market with the EOS M, it was unusually behind the curve. The EOS M2 appeared in Asia to try and fill a gap, some firmware update appeared... >>

Canon EOS 5DS vs 5DS R: What's the difference? 50-megapixel DSLR camera specs explored

Canon EOS 5DS vs 5DS R: What's the difference? 50-megapixel DSLR camera specs explored

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Think that the Nikon D810 is high resolution? Think again. Canon has unveiled the EOS 5DS and 5DS R models, each boasting a 50.6-megapixel full-frame sensor at their core, making them the highest-resolution DSLR cameras on the market. So what's the difference... >>

Canon PowerShot G3 X superzoom incoming: 1-inch sensor, 25x optical zoom compact teased

Canon PowerShot G3 X superzoom incoming: 1-inch sensor, 25x optical zoom compact teased

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Everyone loves a superzoom, and Canon has set its sights on the top-end of the market with the initial unveiling of the PowerShot G3 X. And it's not doing things by half measures. Featuring a 1-inch sensor for heightened image quality, the camera also... >>

Canon EOS 750D vs 760D: What's the difference? Mid-weight DSLR showdown

Canon EOS 750D vs 760D: What's the difference? Mid-weight DSLR showdown

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Canon has unveiled not one, but two new mid-range DSLR cameras to its lineup, making for a busier EOS range than ever before. The new EOS 750D and 760D are like the filling in a Canon sandwich, sat above the existing EOS 700D, but below the 70D in terms... >>

Samsung NX500 pinches NX1’s 28MP sensor and 4K video abilities, condenses into portable size

Samsung NX500 pinches NX1’s 28MP sensor and 4K video abilities, condenses into portable size

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It's camera season ahead of the CP+ show in Japan, with Samsung taking turn to unveil its latest Tizen-based compact system camera: the NX500. The replacement model of 2013's NX300, the NX500 pinches the top-end NX1 model's core innards, including the... >>

Dali Kubik One review: One serious soundbar
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Dali Kubik One review: One serious soundbar

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The Dali Kubik One is a statement soundbar if we ever saw one; the pillar box red model in particular being as eye-catching as it is ear-catching. Surprisingly the Danish manufacturer, synonymous with quality standalone audio products, hasn't ventured... >>

Kia Sorento (2015) first drive: Savvy 7-seater

Kia Sorento (2015) first drive: Savvy 7-seater

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Can a 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... >>

Samsung Gear VR review: Days of Future Past
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Samsung Gear VR review: Days of Future Past

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VR, or virtual reality, has a long and winding history. From the distant dream of Sega's VR, unveiled back in 1993, to the modern day it's-almost-here reality of Oculus Rift, it's Korean giant Samsung that's now here to, well, try and sell some more phones... >>

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt preview: Four hours playing the fantasy RPG epic

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt preview: Four hours playing the fantasy RPG epic

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There are heaps of games to look forward to in 2015. But after playing four and a half hours of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, we're going to stick our necks out and say that there will be no other on such epic scale. It's a huge, sprawling open-world that... >>

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... >>