A week in reviews: 16 - 20 June
This week we've been having some fun with the Pocket-lint Tech Tavern as part of London Technology Week where we've seen everything from smart Adidas footballs to curved Samsung tellies, through to Google Glass and a few hundred pints of Meantime beer.
But the show must go on, and in our post-E3 gaming expo haze we've reviewed the premium superzoom Panasonic Lumix FZ1000, the affordable Camileo X-Sports action camera from Toshiba, Canon's entry-level EOS 1200D DSLR and the EE-branded 4G-capable Kestrel smartphone. Read on for full reviews of them all.
Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 review
Quick review: Although the Lumix FZ1000's physical size and price tag will be a barrier for more casual users, those it will appeal to will find lots of value for money in its jumbo feature set. From 4K video, to silent operation, fast burst mode, vari-angle LCD, built-in electronic viewfinder, decent autofocus and stacks of physical controls. When a normal superzoom won't cut it, the FZ1000 really does shine on the image quality front too.
Pros: Great image quality, stacks of physical controls, ample zoom and fast aperture, 4K video capture on board, 12fps burst mode, silent electronic shutter options up to 1/16,000th sec
Cons: It’s big, expensive, pinpoint autofocus accuracy seems to lack, no physical aperture ring, f/4.0 maximum begins at 175mm, no built-in ND filter, less premium than Sony RX10
Full article: Panasonic FZ1000 review
EE Kestrel review
Quick review: You want super-fast 4G connectivity but don't want to spend a lot of cash. Then the EE Kestrel is here to save your skin, because that's exactly what it delivers for £100. It may not be the most premium of devices on the market today, but in terms of a price-to-features balance it does a great job. Or get the phone for free on a £13.99 a month EE contract.
Pros: Budget entry to 4G, microSD slot for storage expansion, bright display
Cons: Doesn’t feel ‘premium’ as billed, low screen resolution, headphone jack side position, Motorola competition
Full article: EE Kestrel review
Canon EOS 1200D review
Quick review: The entry-level DSLR market has slowed in terms of product releases in recent years. Indeed it's taken three years for Canon to out the 1200D - that's Rebel T5 for our American friends - and while we don't mind waiting for the right kit to come along we do question whether the market has changed unrecognisably in that period of time. Fortunately the 1200D holds enough weight to keep the market relevant, achieving great image quality at an affordable price point.
Pros: Decent viewfinder-based performance for entry-level product, impressive image quality throughout, huge range of EOS lenses available, competitive price
Cons: Live view is poor, JPEG processing is a little harsh, plasticky build, compact system cameras may undermine its existence, kit lens limitations
Full article: Canon 1200D review
Toshiba Camileo X-Sports action camera review
Quick review: Sports cameras have attracted a lot of interest in recent times, with the Camileo X-Sports marking Toshiba's first foray into the market. It's a little larger than the best-known competitor, the GoPro HD Hero3+, but there are a whole lot of attachments included in the Toshiba box to make it an affordable solution for all manner of uses.
Pros: Price, video quality, lots of accessories in the box
Cons: Battery life, larger than competitors, controls a little fiddly, yellow cast
Full article: Toshiba Camileo X-Sports review