Archive for Mike Lowe

A week in reviews 6 - 10 October: Tesco Hudl 2, Nikon D750, Moto G 2014, Alien: Isolation and more

A week in reviews 6 - 10 October: Tesco Hudl 2, Nikon D750, Moto G 2014, Alien: Isolation and more

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This week it's a bit of a gaming bonanza. As the temperature drops, it means holiday season is on its way and that obviously means sitting around playing video games. From Alien: Isolation, to DriveClub, Assassin's Creed 5 and beyond - there's a whole... >>

LG G Pad 7.0 review
4.0 stars

LG G Pad 7.0 review

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The LG G Pad 7.0 is here to show that you needn't spend a fortune to get a feature-rich 7-inch tablet, acting as LG's charge to try and shake-up the reign of Google Nexus 7 rule. In this regard the G Pad packs in a few features you generally don't get... >>

Assassin's Creed 5 Unity preview: Familiar format draws upon multi-player to evolve series

Assassin's Creed 5 Unity preview: Familiar format draws upon multi-player to evolve series

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With Ubisoft being a French company it's almost surprising it's taken many iterations of one of its best-known series, Assassin's Creed, to pull influence from its home country. Albeit, in Assassin's Creed 5: Unity, that's 18th Century Paris deep in the... >>

A week in reviews:  29 Sept - 3 Oct: GoPro Hero4's 4K powers, new BMW M3, and best Android Wear watch yet

A week in reviews: 29 Sept - 3 Oct: GoPro Hero4's 4K powers, new BMW M3, and best Android Wear watch yet

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Cars, wearables, gaming, phones, actions cams - we've got it all this week. Headed-up by GoPro's announcement of the Hero4, complete with 4K capture at a usable frame rate. We captured pro cyclist Danny MacAskill on the streets of London to give our first... >>

A week in reviews 22 - 26 September: Sony Xperia Z3 Compact successes, BlackBerry Passport failings and more

A week in reviews 22 - 26 September: Sony Xperia Z3 Compact successes, BlackBerry Passport failings and more

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Phones and gaming - that's the essence of this week's reviews. We've seen the mighty yet mini Sony Xperia Z3 Compact, alongside the gigantic Huawei Ascend Mate 7 phablet not-so-mighty and most definitely not mini BlackBerry Passport. As summer nears its... >>

Huawei Ascend Mate 7 review
4.5 stars

Huawei Ascend Mate 7 review

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We've been using the Huawei Ascend Mate 7 for three weeks now, which is since the day it was unveiled at the IFA trade show in Berlin. Despite originally thinking "blimey, a 6-inch phone" we've become accustomed to this behemoth living in our pocket.... >>

Toshiba Encore 2 review
3.5 stars

Toshiba Encore 2 review

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Upon switching on the Toshiba Encore 2 tablet, the company's "Leading Innovation" brand strategy slogan pops onto the screen. But does the second-generation tablet truly innovate within the entire market, or does it merely represent progress within Toshiba's... >>

Week in reviews 15 - 19 September: iPhone 6, Moto 360, Panasonic Lumix CM1 cameraphone and more

Week in reviews 15 - 19 September: iPhone 6, Moto 360, Panasonic Lumix CM1 cameraphone and more

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Apple fans are going to be keen to see this week's reviews, as we treat you to the iPhone 6, 6 Plus and iOS 8. Should you pre-order, update, wait, or jump to another system? We've got all the info. It's also been Photokina week, so we've been showered... >>

Devolo dLAN 500 review: Starter Pack extends home Wi-Fi network with ease
4.0 stars

Devolo dLAN 500 review: Starter Pack extends home Wi-Fi network with ease

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Having recently moved house, we came across a problem: the Wi-Fi signal from our otherwise impressive Virgin Media Superhub 2 wouldn't reach the back bedroom. No internet in bed - that's a serious modern day dilemma. But the solution to boost our Wi-Fi... >>

Best of Photokina 2014: The best cameras coming this year

Best of Photokina 2014: The best cameras coming this year

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Every two years the photo manufacturer fraternity descends on Cologne in Germany for the industry's largest show to unveil their latest and best cameras. And in 2014 it certainly didn't disappoint, with releases big and small, prototypes, new colour finishes... >>

Pentax K-S1: Built-in LED light displays distract from some interesting tech (hands-on)

Pentax K-S1: Built-in LED light displays distract from some interesting tech (hands-on)

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Pentax isn't one for the norm. In addition to its multi-colour DSLR cameras, the company was also showing off its latest K-S1 DSLR at Photokina - a camera that has coloured light indicator lamps said to guide operations. We thought the fade-in, fade-out... >>

Sony Alpha A7S review
4.0 stars

Sony Alpha A7S review

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In 2013 the Sony Alpha A7 convinced our team and a panel of tech-savvy judges that it was system camera of the year. Not because it had the most lenses available, was the fastest, nor because there weren't other great new cameras coming out, but because... >>

Olympus interchangeable lens mount for smartphones incoming, 'open platform' camera module revealed

Olympus interchangeable lens mount for smartphones incoming, 'open platform' camera module revealed

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Tucked away in the corner of the Olympus stand at Photokina 2014 was what could be described as a digital box Brownie with a Micro Four Thirds lens mount attached and a smartphone to its side. That's the fun of a show - you never know what you're going... >>

Hands-on: Canon PowerShot SX60 HS superzoom review: Massive zoom is great, but not always super

Hands-on: Canon PowerShot SX60 HS superzoom review: Massive zoom is great, but not always super

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There was a time when superzooms were content with focal lengths maxing out in the triple figure department. No so the Canon PowerShot SX60 HS, an all-in-one complete with a 65x zoom lens (21-1365mm equivalent) that encompasses a versatile range. Wide-angle,... >>

Hands-on: Canon PowerShot G7 X review: A solid first stab at the 1-inch sensor market

Hands-on: Canon PowerShot G7 X review: A solid first stab at the 1-inch sensor market

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Canon has traditionally been the champion of compact cameras, but in the last few years things have changed significantly, thanks to Sony, Fujifilm and others deservedly making waves in the market. The PowerShot G7 X, which debuts the company’s use... >>

Olympus OM-D E-M1 silver adds updated firmware in addition to spangly exterior (hands-on)

Olympus OM-D E-M1 silver adds updated firmware in addition to spangly exterior (hands-on)

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Olympus held off from releasing any major products at Photokina 2014, but did unveil the OM-D E-M1 in a rather lovely silver finish. The E-M1 is exactly what it sounds like: a silver-colour version of the original black model, but one that also delivers... >>

Hands-on: Canon EOS 7D Mark II review: Predictable, but brilliant

Hands-on: Canon EOS 7D Mark II review: Predictable, but brilliant

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It's taken five years for the EOS 7D Mark II to supersede its original top-spec Canon APS-C model - and in current product cycles that feels like a long stretch of time. Many 7D users have been hungry for the update, so has the Mark II been worth the... >>

Hands-on: Fujifilm X30 review: Bigger, bolder, better - but Panasonic LX100 brings the pressure

Hands-on: Fujifilm X30 review: Bigger, bolder, better - but Panasonic LX100 brings the pressure

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The arrival of the Fujifilm X30 will see the high-end compact market hot up once more as the year comes to a close. It's a busying sector around this price point, with the just-announced (and pricier) Panasonic Lumix LX100 nestling in as a prime competitor.... >>

Hands-on: Leica M Edition 60 is the digital rangefinder camera with no LCD screen. No, really

Hands-on: Leica M Edition 60 is the digital rangefinder camera with no LCD screen. No, really

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Want all the benefits of digital with all the "is it, isn't it?" fun of film? If you have a healthy bank account and a penchant for camera oddities then the Leica M Edition 60 may be just right for you then. Because this gorgeous slice of German engineering,... >>

Fujifilm X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition: Matte finish somehow looks flat and plasticky (hands-on)

Fujifilm X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition: Matte finish somehow looks flat and plasticky (hands-on)

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When we first heard about the Fujifilm X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition we were enthusiastic. After all, the X-T1 was one of our favourite cameras of the year, so when a manufacturer starts talking about a "luxury multilayer coating" what's not to like? Indeed,... >>

Hands-on: Fujifilm X100T review: New viewfinder features make for best X100 model yet

Hands-on: Fujifilm X100T review: New viewfinder features make for best X100 model yet

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If you're unfamiliar with the X100 series then get prepared to geek out. If you already know all about it then get prepared to be blown away by the Fujifilm X100T - because it's the best X100 model yet. The reason is simple: the X100T brings an updated... >>

Hands-on: Samsung NX1 review: Great features, but the notion of 'compact' system camera has vanished

Hands-on: Samsung NX1 review: Great features, but the notion of 'compact' system camera has vanished

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The Samsung NX1 is one of the finest cameras to be unveiled so far this year. It's packed full of features, has a new super-fast autofocus system with some clever features, a new 28-megapixel sensor capable of capturing 4K video and that's all arranged... >>

Hands-on: Panasonic Lumix CM1 review: Is it a camera, is it a phone? It's a bit of both

Hands-on: Panasonic Lumix CM1 review: Is it a camera, is it a phone? It's a bit of both

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When we first heard the rumour that Panasonic was going back into the phone business we didn't think it could be true. But, sure enough, at Photokina 2014 the Panasonic Lumix CM1 appeared. Thing is, the CM1 isn't a phone. The clues are in the above sentence:... >>

Canon EOS 7D Mark II unveiled, new 65-point focus system has a lot to shout about

Canon EOS 7D Mark II unveiled, new 65-point focus system has a lot to shout about

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One of the biggest deals in Canon's DSLR lineup just got a re-work: the EOS 7D Mark II is official, as announced on stage at Canon's Photokina 2014 press conference. This is the DSLR to revamp the already excellent original 7D model with a host of new... >>

Canon PowerShot G7 X debuts company's move into 1-inch sensor compact market

Canon PowerShot G7 X debuts company's move into 1-inch sensor compact market

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Say hello to Canon's 1-inch punch, the newly announced PowerShot G7 X. Representing a shift in the company's use of sensor sizes, it's the first compact camera in the Canon lineup to feature a large 1-inch sensor, putting it in direct contention with... >>