Cameras http://www.stuff.tv/cameras/all en-GB Stuff Gadget Awards 2014: These are the 8 best compact cameras of the year http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-these-are-8-best-compact-cameras-year/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> There are still some things a smartphone can&#039;t do as well as a digital camera. These are the eight compacts we&#039;d want in our pockets </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The 8 best compact cameras of the year" alt="The 8 best compact cameras of the year - Stuff Gadget Awards 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/GA1200x900Screen_8.jpg?1416321706" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In some people&#39;s view, there&#39;s no place left for compact cameras in a smartphone-dominated world. Well those people are wrong.</p> <p>Until such time as smartphones have proper zooms, optical viewfinders, bigger sensors and many other standard digital compact tricks, they&#39;ll be neither as versatile or as useful as a compact.</p> <p>So if you&#39;re thinking of a buying a new camera for Christmas, you should start with the eight on this list. Though you probably only need to buy one of them. Eight would be overkill.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/marc-mclaren" title="View user profile.">Marc McLaren</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/canon/canon-powershot-g1-x-mark-ii/review">Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II</a> is the kind of camera that sits squarely between smartphone and DSLR and thumbs its nose at both of them. It has a big sensor - really big, bigger than that in a Micro Four Thirds system camera - giving it superb low-light performance and excellent image quality all round. Yet it has a small, sturdy body that could fit in a jacket pocket. It&#39;s a win-win, basically.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/canon/canon-powershot-g1-x-mark-ii/review">Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II" alt="The 8 best compact cameras of the year - Stuff Gadget Awards 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-best-compact-camera-canon-g1-x-mk-ii.jpg?1416321706" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Canon PowerShot G16 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A do-it-all compact that really does do it all, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/canon-powershot-g16/review">Canon PowerShot G16</a> has a handy 5x zoom range with fast f1.8-f2.8 lens, 12.1MP CMOS sensor, optical viewfinder, masses of manual controls and full HD Video recording. But most of all it has speed - and then some. The G16 can rattle off pictures at up to 9.3fps, a rate of which many a DSLR would be proud. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/canon-powershot-g16/review">Canon PowerShot G16 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Canon PowerShot G16" alt="The 8 best compact cameras of the year - Stuff Gadget Awards 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-best-compact-camera-canon-powershot-g16.jpg?1416321706" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fujifilm X30 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>All of Fuji&#39;s recent cameras have had a real sense of style, and the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fujifilm/fujifilm-x30/review">X30</a> is no exception. But look past the gorgeous, retro-tinged exterior (do we have to? Oh alright then) and you&#39;ll find a more than capable snapper with a big, bright OLED screen and a big, bright OLED viewfinder, plenty of manual controls for those who want them and a 4x zoom.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fujifilm/fujifilm-x30/review">Fujifilm X30 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="3141" height="2526" title="Fujifilm X30" alt="The 8 best compact cameras of the year - Stuff Gadget Awards 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-best-compact-camera-fujifilm-X30.jpg?1416321706" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nikon Coolpix AW120 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Most cameras aren&#39;t keen on being dropped, dunked or generally treated with disdain. But the Nikon Coolpix AW120 isn&#39;t most cameras - it&#39;s a tough cam. But the really revolutionary thing about it is that it&#39;s a tough cam which doesn&#39;t compromise massively on image quality, serving up great stills and video befitting far weedier snappers.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nikon/nikon-coolpix-aw120/review">Nikon Coolpix AW120 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2444" height="1746" title="Nikon Coolpix AW120" alt="The 8 best compact cameras of the year - Stuff Gadget Awards 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-best-compact-camera-nikon-AW120.jpg?1416321706" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nikon Coolpix S6700 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>These days, &pound;100 doesn&#39;t go very far. It will buy you roughly 20 pints of beer in some of London&#39;s swankier boozers. Or 10 takeaways. Or four gig tickets. Or it could buy you a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nikon-coolpix-s6700/review">Nikon Coolpix S6700</a> camera. Which, given that it has a 10x zoom and 20.1MP sensor, sounds like money well spent to us.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nikon-coolpix-s6700/review">Nikon Coolpix S6700 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nikon Coolpix S6700" alt="The 8 best compact cameras of the year - Stuff Gadget Awards 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-best-compact-camera-nikon-s6700.jpg?1416321706" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Big zooms are one of the major advantages compact cameras have over both smartphones and system cameras: smartphones can&#39;t usually do it at all, or at least not without image-destroying digital trickery, while a big zoom on a DSLR typically carries with it a four-figure price tag. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60, on the other hand, has a faintly ridiculous 30x zoom, meaning it can go from the equivalent of 24mm to 720mm. All that, and it costs a mere &pound;300...&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/panasonic/panasonic-lumix-tz60/review">Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60" alt="The 8 best compact cameras of the year - Stuff Gadget Awards 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-best-compact-camera-panasonic-lumix-tz60.jpg?1416321706" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX60V </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The HX50 made the shortlist for our 2013 Camera of the Year category, so it&#39;s no surprise to see its successor repeat the trick. As with last year&#39;s model (and the Panasonic above), the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-cyber-shot-hx60v/review">HX60</a> has a super-long 30x zoom, and it also retains its predecessor&#39;s excellent 20.4MP sensor. What is new is the processor inside it, which aids low-light shooting and speeds everything up a little.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-cyber-shot-hx60v/review">Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX60V review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX60V" alt="The 8 best compact cameras of the year - Stuff Gadget Awards 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-best-compact-camera-sony-cybershot-dmc-hx60.jpg?1416321706" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The third generation of Sony&#39;s RX100 is also the best. Where the previous two were excellent, the MK III is near flawless thanks to the addition of an electronic viewfinder, new wide-angle Zeiss lens and a raft of other improvements and enhancements big and small.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-cyber-shot-rx100-iii/review">Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III review</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/cameras/top-ten">These are the 10 best compact cameras in the world</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III" alt="The 8 best compact cameras of the year - Stuff Gadget Awards 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-best-compact-camera-sony-cybershot-rx100-iii.jpg?1416321706" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-these-are-8-best-compact-cameras-year/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-these-are-8-best-compact-cameras-year/feature#comments Cameras Digital compacts Gadget Awards 2014 Tue, 18 Nov 2014 14:41:49 +0000 Marc McLaren 1453389 at http://www.stuff.tv Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60 http://www.stuff.tv/panasonic/panasonic-lumix-tz60/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A little camera with a big, big zoom </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Panasonic Lumix TZ60" alt="Panasonic Lumix TZ60" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/panasonic-tz60-bookshelf.jpg?1416308581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Panasonic Lumix TZ60 is a high-end compact camera with a big, big zoom. 30x optical, in fact, taking its range from 24mm at the wide end to a staggering 720mm at the telephoto end. So you can shoot an epic landscape one moment and zoom in to take a portrait of a far-off starling the next. At least, that&rsquo;s the theory.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £300.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Massive 30x optical zoom </div> <div class="field-item even"> Compact, tidy and pocketable </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Handy electronic viewfinder </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Patchy performance at extreme telephoto </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Build and design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With almost all of its exterior clad in a matte, rubbery skin, the TZ60 both looks pleasingly moody and feels pleasingly grippy and secure in your mitt. True, there&rsquo;s no sign of a chunky grip for your right hand to grasp &ndash; merely a small raised bump &ndash; but in our time with it we never felt like it might slip out of our fingers and tumble to the pavement.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s slim and light, with the zoom lens concertinaing down nicely. You&rsquo;ll be able to stuff it in a jean or jacket pocket with little fuss. The dials and buttons are placed in logical, easy-to-reach positions and the lens is surrounded by a metal ring which can be twisted to control various different functions quickly. All in all, it feels thoughtfully designed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Panasonic TZ60 is tiny, considering its huge zoom range" alt="The Panasonic TZ60 is tiny, considering its huge zoom range" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/panasonic-tz60-top-hand.jpg?1416308581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/panasonic-tz60-rear-hand_0.jpg?1416308581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One immediate advantage the TZ60 has over Sony&rsquo;s HX60 is its viewfinder. Small and electronic with a relatively low 200,000-pixel resolution, it&rsquo;s unlikely you&rsquo;ll be using it more often than the 3in, 920,000-pixel screen &ndash; but at times it&rsquo;ll prove itself a godsend. Viewfinders come into their own on sunny days and in situations where you don&rsquo;t want a blazingly bright screen ruining the ambience (a quiet, dimly-lit concert hall, for instance) and, as we&rsquo;re ever fond of pointing out, using a viewfinder makes you hold a camera up to your face, which keeps it steadier than holding it out in front of you.</p> <p>Also on board are GPS and Wi-Fi, plus NFC to make linking up your smartphone and the camera a little less of a hassle. And lo and behold: after installing Panasonic&rsquo;s Android app and tapping our Nexus 4 on the side of the TZ60 a couple of times, we were paired up. The app allows you to remotely shoot stills and video, adjust settings and zoom, as well as share them from a gallery page. It&rsquo;s nothing revolutionary, but it does work as advertised &ndash; which is more than can be said for most Wi-Fi-equipped cameras.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s a built-in flash, naturally, but unlike the Sony HX60V there&rsquo;s no hot shoe for mounting more powerful external flash guns and other accessories.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="That&#039;s a viewfinder on the upper left, and it&#039;s very handy" alt="That&#039;s a viewfinder on the upper left, and it&#039;s very handy" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/panasonic-tz60-rear-hand.jpg?1416308581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Panasonic Lumix TZ60 tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Sensor</strong>: 18.1MP 2/3in MOS</p> <p><strong>Lens</strong>: 24-720mm (30x optical zoom)</p> <p><strong>Max. aperture</strong>: f/3.3-f/8</p> <p><strong>ISO range</strong>: 100-6400</p> <p><strong>Image stabilisation</strong>: Optical</p> <p><strong>Video</strong>: AVCHD (up to 1920 x 1080 @ 50fps) or MP4 (up to 1920 x 1080 @ 25fps)</p> <p><strong>Screen</strong>: 3in, 920,000-dot LCD</p> <p><strong>Viewfinder</strong>: Electronic 200,000-dot</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong>: Wi-Fi, NFC, GPS, USB 2.0, Micro HDMI
</p> <p><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 111 x 64 x 34.4mm</p> <p><strong>Weight</strong>: 240g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Photo quality </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Let&rsquo;s start by talking about that zoom. It&rsquo;s a big ol&rsquo; zoom indeed. Take a look above and you&rsquo;ll see two shots taken from the same spot, one at the widest setting and one at the tightest 30x setting. That gives the TZ60 a huge amount of flexibility &ndash; it&rsquo;s a camera (like the HX60V, which also sports a 30x optical zoom) that can swiftly adapt to most situations.</p> <p>Image quality varies quite drastically depending on how far you&rsquo;re zooming, however. At the wide end colours are richer, detail is sharper and pictures are more accurately exposed, while at the far reaches of the zoom the TZ60 can struggle to deliver great results, particularly in tricky lighting situations: we noticed some images were over or under-exposed and others quite blurry. That&rsquo;s going to happen occasionally with most superzoom cameras, but in our opinion the HX60V does a slightly (but noticeably) better job than this camera at the telephoto end of things.</p> <p>In good lighting, however, and with a steady hand, the TZ60 can produce impressively detailed shots at its most extreme zoom &ndash; take a look at the above shot of the Crystal Palace transmission mast, taken from a few miles away in Bromley, for an example.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lumix-fz200/panasonic-lumix-fz200/review">Panasonic Lumix FZ200 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="At extreme zoom, the TZ60&#039;s images can look a tad washed out" alt="At extreme zoom, the TZ60&#039;s images can look a tad washed out" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pan-tz60-test-crow.jpg?1416308581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="At wider angles, colours are fuller and richer, and detail is sharper" alt="At wider angles, colours are fuller and richer, and detail is sharper" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pan-tz60-test-tree-and-tower.jpg?1416308581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="The macro mode can shoot objects almost touching the lens" alt="The macro mode can shoot objects almost touching the lens" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pan-tz60-test-macro.jpg?1416308581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="In good lighting objects can look quite sharp and detailed at full 30x zoom" alt="In good lighting objects can look quite sharp and detailed at full 30x zoom" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pan-tz60-test-crystal-palace.jpg?1416308581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Video quality </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The TZ60 offers a choice of video formats: AVCHD (more suited to playback on your TV) or MP4 (better for PC playback). Both formats support quality up to full 1080p HD, albeit at different frame rates (50 and 25 respectively) and footage looks decent &ndash; if not overly impressive &ndash; in both. You can also shoot video while using the optical zoom, which is a handy capability if you want to film something a long, long way away and have either a steady hand, a tripod or something else to rest the camera on nearby.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Panasonic Lumix TZ60 verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Lumix TZ60 is a fine compact camera with an impressive feature list (its electronic viewfinder in particular) and a huge zoom range. It&rsquo;s more pocketable than most cameras in its class to boot, making it a brilliant snapper to take on holiday or on a day trip. We prefer the Sony HX60V&rsquo;s imaging performance, but if a compact size and a viewfinder are likely to prove valuable to you, the TZ60 makes an excellent alternative.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/cameras/top-ten">The 10 best compact digital cameras in the world right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Panasonic TZ60" alt="Panasonic TZ60" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/panasonic-tz60-front-hand.jpg?1416308581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> stills </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> video </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Our second favourite superzoom compact, offering huge flexibility for its tiny size</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/panasonic/panasonic-lumix-tz60/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/panasonic/panasonic-lumix-tz60/review#comments Cameras Digital compacts DMC-TZ60 Panasonic Tue, 18 Nov 2014 10:55:00 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1453371 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Comet lander spacecraft enters hibernation, original Batmobile on auction, and Smash Bros. ported to graphing calculators http://www.stuff.tv/nintendo/fully-charged-comet-lander-spacecraft-enters-hibernation-original-batmobile-auction-and-sma <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Need your tech news short and sweet on this groggy Monday morning? As you wish </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Philae lander" alt="Philae lander" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/philae-comet-photo.jpg?1416275874" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Philae comet lander begins deep sleep </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It was <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-vita/fully-charged-spacecraft-lands-comet-samsung-s-gold-covered-curved-tv-and-convertin">just days ago</a> that we were all astounded that the European Space Agency&rsquo;s Philae lander dropped down on a deep space comet after 10 years in transit, but now its main mission has come to a close - and it&rsquo;s entered a deep sleep amidst the shadows.</p> <p>Due to bouncing off the surface of the comet, the Philae lander ended up stuck in shadows, and thus isn&rsquo;t currently getting enough solar power to continue operating. And so it&#39;s been put into hibernation. The ESA says that its main mission - which included taking surface samples and many stunning photos - is complete, and that &ldquo;the whole team is delighted,&rdquo; claims Stephan Ulamec, lander manager at DLC German Aerospace Agency.</p> <p>And this isn&rsquo;t the end of Philae or the Rosetta orbiter that got it to the comet. Philae could potentially be awoken down the line should sunlight conditions improve, but in the meantime, the Rosetta continues orbiting the comet, collecting info on the changing conditions in the months to come that&rsquo;ll help scientists better understand the nature of comets.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/Rosetta/Pioneering_Philae_completes_main_mission_before_hibernation">ESA</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-vita/fully-charged-spacecraft-lands-comet-samsung-s-gold-covered-curved-tv-and-convertin">Fully Charged: Spacecraft lands on comet, Samsung&rsquo;s gold-covered curved TV, and converting a PlayStation TV into a handheld</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Original Batmobile replica up for sale </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>What you&rsquo;re looking at is the first officially used Batmobile reproduction: completed in 1963 by a fan, the 1956 Oldsmobile 88 was then licensed by DC Comics and used for promotional events before the Batman live-action TV series generated an iconic Batmobile of its own.</p> <p>This Batmobile sat abandoned in a field for decades, but was recently found and restored, and next month it&rsquo;ll be on the auction block in California via Heritage Auctions with a starting bid of US$90,000 (about &pound;57,200). It&rsquo;s expected to fetch US$500,000 (about &pound;318,000) or more. Surely you&rsquo;ve got some spare change around to put in a healthy bid, no?</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.ha.com/heritage-auctions-press-releases-and-news/1963-officially-licensed-batmobile-missing-for-decades-ready-to-roar-in-upcoming-auction.s?releaseId=2641&amp;ic=ih-entertainment-1963Batmobile-PR-titleLink-auction7096-111414">Heritage Auctions</a> via <a href="http://jalopnik.com/for-sale-the-original-batmobile-you-never-knew-existed-1658397264">Jalopnik</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/batman-arkham-knight/review">Batman: Arkham Knight preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="800" title="Batmobile" alt="Batmobile" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/batmobile-original.jpg?1416275874" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Smash Bros. ported to TI-83 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sure, <em>Super Smash Bros. for Wii U</em> is due out in a couple weeks, but why wait for that glossy console version when you can play a demake on a TI-83/84 graphing calculator? This homebrew take on Nintendo&rsquo;s beloved brawling series is impressive simply by virtue of existing on an age-old <em>graphing calculator</em>.</p> <p>I remember when half-baked clones of <em>Breakout</em> and <em>Tetris</em> were the pinnacle of calculator gaming. Now we&rsquo;ve got fighting games with multiplayer and impressive zooming effects. Granted, it only has two characters, but it&rsquo;s also a one-person passion project that&#39;s available <a href="http://www.omnimaga.org/super-smash-bros-open/(axe)-super-smash-bros-open/">free to download</a> and tweak to your heart&rsquo;s content. You know, if you have a graphing calculator laying around somewhere.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://tinycartridge.com/post/102627220562/smash-bros-for-ti-83-84-calculators-obviously">Tiny Cartridge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nintendo/super-smash-bros-wii-u/review">Super Smash Bros. for Wii U preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/_vZ0CViiqMw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Behold the pinhole selfie contraption </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Trying to one-up your friends with your selfie game? Try recreating photographer Ignas Kutavicius&rsquo; makeshift head-mounted pinhole camera, which uses a tiny opening in an otherwise sealed container to draw enough light in to project an image onto photo paper. The long exposure and unique perspective creates some really neat results, which you can see by clicking the source link below.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.ignasphoto.com/photography/pinhole-selfie/index.html">Ignas Photography</a> via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/11/14/pinhole-camera-selfies/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/system-cameras/top-ten">Top 10 System Cameras</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Pinhole selfie" alt="Pinhole selfie" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pinhole-selfie.jpg?1416275874" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/nintendo/fully-charged-comet-lander-spacecraft-enters-hibernation-original-batmobile-auction-and-sma#comments Cameras Cars Gaming Nintendo Mon, 17 Nov 2014 07:30:29 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1453351 at http://www.stuff.tv Fujifilm X30 http://www.stuff.tv/fujifilm/fujifilm-x30/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fujifilm’s X20 replacement retains the retro looks but adds more techie refinements </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Fujifilm X30 review" alt="Fujifilm X30 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/fujifilm-x30-main.jpg?1415862244" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We were smitten with last year&rsquo;s Fujifilm X20, awarding it a full five stars in <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fujifilm/fujifilm-x20/review">our review</a>, so when we heard it was being replaced with a new improved model, it had our shutter fingers quivering with excitement. And here is that replacement: the Fujifilm X30.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £480.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Beautiful retro design </div> <div class="field-item even"> Sturdy and well-built </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Large, clear electronic viewfinder </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bulky and heavy for a compact </div> <div class="field-item even"> Dodgy Wi-Fi mode </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What’s new? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The X30&rsquo;s 28-122mm f/2.0-2.8 manual zoom lens, 12MP X-trans sensor and EXR II image processor are retained from the X20, so it&rsquo;s fair to say the &ldquo;vitals&rdquo; of the camera remain pretty much unchanged.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s in the peripheral areas that we see developments brought in: the middling optical viewfinder is now a big, bright electronic OLED viewfinder; the rear LCD screen is slightly larger, boasts around twice as many pixels, and can now be tilted up and down, making it easier to compose shots; there&rsquo;s now a control ring around the lens (more on that below); there&rsquo;s Wi-Fi on board, as well as inputs for external microphones and wired shutter release cables; and battery life has been given a significant boost from around 270 shots per charge to 470.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The electronic viewfinder and tilting screen are neat new additions" alt="The electronic viewfinder and tilting screen are neat new additions" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fujifilm-x30-screen-tilt.jpg?1415862244" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Build and design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Fujifilm&rsquo;s X range is only a few years old, but it has almost singlehandedly propelled the company back into the upper echelons of digital camera makers &ndash; and rightly so. These retro-influenced cameras have generally been well built and glorious to look at, and the X30 is no exception.</p> <p>Resembling something a Gitanes-puffing Parisian louche might whip out of his well-tailored jacket pocket in the 1960s, the camera has a leather-like textured plastic grip wrapped around its middle, with almost all the rest of the exterior made of full metal (our review sample is silver and black, but there&rsquo;s also an all-black option). It&rsquo;s reassuringly solid in your hand, albeit large and weighty for a compact, and thoughtful touches like the manually removeable lens cap and metal shutter button give the X30 something special. A little je ne sais quoi, as our 1960s Frenchman might say.</p> <p>The size and bulk might be an issue for some. The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-cyber-shot-rx100-iii/review">Sony RX100 III</a>, for instance, has a larger sensor than the X30 but its tiny size means it can be slipped in a pocket easily. The X30 is a camera that needs to be carried around your neck or in a bag &ndash; it&rsquo;s simply not pocketable. Unless your name is MC Hammer or Bonzo the Clown.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The X30 (right) is bigger than equivalent cameras like Canon&#039;s G7 X" alt="The X30 (right) is bigger than equivalent cameras like Canon&#039;s G7 X" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fujifilm-x30-size.jpg?1415862244" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Image and video quality </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Given that it shares a lens, sensor and image processor with the X20, the X30 doesn&rsquo;t really offer any major differences in the way it shoots or the images and videos it produces. And that&rsquo;s no bad thing: the X20 is a fine camera. It&rsquo;s not the best camera around, though, and at times we found the X30 suffered from similar issues to its predecessor, such as inaccurate metering and slightly odd reproduction of green.</p> <p>But as you can see from the sample images above, photos are sharp and detailed, with decent colour and low noise. The lens offers a decent 4x optical zoom range (you zoom manually, by twisting the lens, just like in the olden times) and the autofocus is acceptably quick and accurate (if not outstandingly so).</p> <p>Videos can be captured at 1080p quality and at up to 60fps, and are saved in the .MOV format. They&rsquo;re of a similarly impressive quality to the X30&rsquo;s still images, and stereo microphones on the front give you decent two-channel sound.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/canon/canon-powershot-g1-x-mark-ii/review">Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Fujifilm X30 sample image" alt="Fujifilm X30 sample image" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fujifilm-x30-sample-cows.jpg?1415862244" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Fujifilm X30 sample image" alt="Fujifilm X30 sample image" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fujifilm-x30-sample-high-st.jpg?1415862244" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Fujifilm X30 sample image" alt="Fujifilm X30 sample image" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fujifilm-x30-sample-goose.jpg?1415862244" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Fujifilm X30 sample image" alt="Fujifilm X30 sample image" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fujifilm-x30-sample-macro.jpg?1415862244" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Film simulation modes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As ever, Fujifilm has included its film simulation settings, which tweak images in-camera to, in theory, make them look as though they&rsquo;ve been snapped on famed analogue film types of yesteryear. There&rsquo;s even a new one included &ndash; Classic Chrome, which apes the lovely look of old Kodachrome (and apes it pretty darn well). They&rsquo;re a welcome touch, and you can bracket images so you get several film effects which each shot you snap.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We mentioned above that Wi-Fi is on board the X30, but having struggled for several minutes to get it working with our Google Nexus 4 and its Fujifilm app without success, we can&rsquo;t really say how good it is. Just that it needs fixing. Sadly, this isn&rsquo;t unusual with cameras equipped with Wi-Fi &ndash; in fact it&rsquo;s the norm &ndash; and from the snappers we&rsquo;ve recently reviewed, we can only say that Sony&rsquo;s wireless implementation works consistently well.</p> <p>The new OLED electronic viewfinder fares much better. It doesn&rsquo;t create the &ldquo;looking through a window&rdquo; effect of the EVFs found on pricier cameras, but it does offer an excellent alternative to the rear screen when it comes to composing and framing your images. And holding a camera up to your face keeps it steadier than holding it out in front of you, which helps your shots remain sharper.</p> <p>The lens ring is another useful addition. Set it to control a certain function &ndash; aperture, ISO, film simulation mode etc. &ndash; and it takes a bit of trickiness out of making adjustments.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-camera-2/review">Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The X30&#039;s screen is bigger and sharper than the X20&#039;s" alt="The X30&#039;s screen is bigger and sharper than the X20&#039;s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fujifilm-x30-hand.jpg?1415862244" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fujifilm X30 tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Sensor</strong>: 2/3in 12MP CMOS</p> <p><strong>Lens</strong>: 4x optical zoom</p> <p><strong>Max. aperture</strong>:&nbsp;f/2.0-2.8</p> <p><strong>ISO range</strong>: 100-12800</p> <p><strong>Video</strong>: 1080p MP4 @ 60fps</p> <p><strong>Screen</strong>: 3in 920,000-dot tilting LCD</p> <p><strong>Viewfinder</strong>: 0.39in 2,360,000-dot OLED</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong>: Wi-Fi, micro HDMI, micro USB 2.0, mic/shutter release</p> <p><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 118.7 x 71.6 x 60.3mm</p> <p><strong>Weight</strong>: 423g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fujifilm X30 verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Having recently reviewed the Sony RX100 III, it&rsquo;s hard to recommend the X30 over it if you&rsquo;re looking for a compact camera in the higher end range &ndash; the Sony is smaller and offers better image quality and features. That said, the X30 is &pound;480 to the RX100 III&rsquo;s &pound;700, and its looks make it an arguably more charming and loveable piece of kit.</p> <p>Fujifilm has added some genuinely useful new features to the X20&rsquo;s base here, but if you already own the 2013 camera you shouldn&rsquo;t expect the X30 to offer anything superior in the way of image quality. In fact, with the X20 still on sale, unless you&#39;re determined to own a camera with an electronic viewfinder, you may as well just buy the older model and save yourself over &pound;100.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a refresh that addresses a few issues and boosts usability, but next time we&rsquo;d like to see a real improvement in the photos and videos Fuji&rsquo;s high-end compact produces &ndash; because at this point Fuji is losing pace with its ever-evolving rivals.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/cameras/top-ten">The 10 best compact digital cameras on the planet</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="If you own the X20, there are only minor reasons to upgrade" alt="If you own the X20, there are only minor reasons to upgrade" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fujifilm-x30-final.jpg?1415862244" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> stills </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> video </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>An evolved X20 with equally gorgeous looks but a tad more user friendliness</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fujifilm X30 review </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fujifilm/fujifilm-x30/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/fujifilm/fujifilm-x30/review#comments Cameras Digital compacts Fujifilm X30 Thu, 06 Nov 2014 15:11:03 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1452290 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony Cyber-Shot RX100 III http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-cyber-shot-rx100-iii/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The first two RX100 models were fantastic, but three really is the magic number </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The RX100 III&#039;s flip-up screen is a selfie addict&#039;s dream" alt="The RX100 III&#039;s flip-up screen is a selfie addict&#039;s dream" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-rx100-iii-bookshelf_0.jpg?1415786739" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There&#39;s a new king of the compact cameras, and it&#39;s RX100 III-shaped.</p> <p>Which of course means it&#39;s also <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-rx100/review" target="_blank">RX100</a> and RX100 II-shaped because as the name so helpfully suggests, this is the third edition of Sony&rsquo;s RX100 premium point-and-shoot camera - and not a great deal has changed in the looks department.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £700.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Superb image and video quality </div> <div class="field-item even"> Pocket-sized </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Great build and features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pricy </div> <div class="field-item even"> Short optical zoom range </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> So what’s new? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The most arresting change is the addition of an electronic viewfinder, which pops up from the left side of the RX100 III&rsquo;s top plate. Sony has done a fantastic job of cramming an EVF into such a tiny camera and, while it&rsquo;s not particularly large, bright or detailed (at least in comparison to the class-leading EVFs on bigger Sony cameras such as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-a7r/review">A7R</a>) it&rsquo;s likely to prove invaluable to most users.</p> <p>Why? Because it means you don&rsquo;t have to solely compose your shots using the screen anymore. On bright, sunny days, the ability to frame photos using a well-shaded viewfinder is something owners of the previous RX100s might miss, but it&rsquo;s here. Also, holding the camera up to your eye keeps it steadier than holding it out in front of you, which means sharper images.</p> <p>There is a screen, of course, but this time the 3in LCD is more dextrous than before, flipping up a full 180 degrees in a move that selfie addicts will find eminently useful.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s also a brand new lens on board, a Zeiss-designed 2.9x optical zoom that starts at 24mm equivalent rather than the older models&rsquo; 28mm &ndash; that&rsquo;s a nice slice of extra wideness that&rsquo;ll help with landscape and interior shots where you want to fit in as much as possible. The lens doesn&rsquo;t offer quite as much reach at the telephoto end, however (70mm as opposed to 100mm).</p> <p>The final big change is the inclusion of the firm&rsquo;s latest BIONZ X image processor, which Sony says improves noise reduction in high ISO shots and makes your photos and videos look richer, cleaner and more natural.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The pop-up electronic viewfinder is a little engineering marvel" alt="The pop-up electronic viewfinder is a little engineering marvel" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-rx100-iii-evf.jpg?1415786739" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Photo quality </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>That brings us nicely to a discussion of the RX100 III&rsquo;s image quality which, it has to be said, is pretty much bulletproof for a compact camera (and yes, we know what you&rsquo;re thinking: most compact cameras don&rsquo;t cost &pound;700).</p> <p>The superb lens and physically large sensor lay down the foundations by (a) sucking in more light during short shutter speeds, which means you don&rsquo;t need long exposures in lower light situations; and (b) allowing you to achieve a narrow depth of field (and hence bokeh eye candy) in situations where most compacts would keep everything in the frame in sharp focus.</p> <p>The RX100 III is a monster when it comes to low light conditions, snapping clear, sharp images in situations in which 95 percent of cameras its size would struggle to deliver anything usable at all. And Sony&rsquo;s noise reduction tech plays as big a part as the lens/sensor combination here, we suspect &ndash; it does a stellar job of cleaning up grain without softening the overall picture.</p> <p>The camera is also a dab hand at trickily lit scenes thanks to a deft, idiot-proof HDR mode, which we found rendered all but the most dynamic scenes detailed and rich in both light and dark areas. Oh, and autofocus is incredibly fast and accurate too.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography-what-bokeh-and-how-do-i-get-it/feature">Stuff&#39;s Photography Guide: What is bokeh and how do I get it?</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="1800" title="The image was taken handheld in a darkened room" alt="The image was taken handheld in a darkened room" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-rx100-iii-neko-dark.jpg?1415786739" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="800" title="Sony RX100 III test shot" alt="Sony RX100 III test shot" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-rx100-iii-test-dof.jpg?1415786739" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="800" title="Sony RX100 III test shot" alt="Sony RX100 III test shot" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-rx100-iii-test-macro.jpg?1415786739" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="800" title="Sony RX100 III test shot" alt="Sony RX100 III test shot" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-rx100-iii-test-trees.jpg?1415786739" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony RX100 III tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Sensor</strong>: 20.1MP 1.0&rdquo; Exmor R CMOS</p> <p><strong>Lens</strong>: 24-70mm Zeiss (2.9x optical zoom)</p> <p><strong>Max. aperture</strong>: f/1.8-2.8</p> <p><strong>ISO range</strong>: 125-26000</p> <p><strong>Image stabilisation</strong>: Optical</p> <p><strong>Video</strong>: AVCHD (up to 1920 x 1080 @ 50fps) or MP4 (up to 1440 x 1080 @ 25fps)</p> <p><strong>Screen</strong>: 3in, 1,228,800-dot 180-degree tilting LCD</p> <p><strong>Viewfinder</strong>: Pop-up electronic viewfinder</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong>: Wi-Fi, NFC, USB 2.0, Micro HDMI</p> <p><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 101.6 x 58.1 x 38.3mm
</p> <p><strong>Weight</strong>: 290g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Video quality </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Compact cameras aren&rsquo;t usually much cop when it comes to video recording &ndash; they do the job but generally turn out footage that looks dull, flat and lifeless. Not so the RX100 III, which (again, we think this is down mainly to the large sensor and great lens) can achieve a short depth-of-field in video clips that makes everything look much more &ldquo;professional&rdquo;.</p> <p>Video can be captured in AVCHD or MP4 formats at up to 1080p full HD quality, and both look excellent: smooth and sharp, with image stabilisation keeping things steady even if you&rsquo;re filming while trudging around. Audio, captured by stereo microphones on the camera&rsquo;s top plate, is pleasingly clear.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Build quality and design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Like its predecessors, the RX100 III is a true compact camera that&rsquo;ll fit into a jacket or jeans pocket. Sony has done a great job of keeping it sleek, with the lens the only real protrusion (and that&rsquo;s just about a centimetre and a half) when the camera&rsquo;s powered down. There&rsquo;s a purpose to this, too: the lens ring twists and can be used to manually control select functions such as focus, zoom and aperture.</p> <p>The camera&rsquo;s not so lightweight that you won&rsquo;t know you&rsquo;re carrying it, but the trade-off is that it has a full metal body that looks great and feels solid in your hand. But that&rsquo;s to be expected for a snapper in this price bracket.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Look how small it is! Look!" alt="Look how small it is! Look!" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-rx100-iii-in-hand.jpg?1415786739" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&rsquo;ve covered a lot of the new features above, but one that remains from the RX100 II is Wi-Fi, which allows you to connect the RX100 III to your smartphone, tablet or computer.</p> <p>NFC means that suitably-equipped devices can simply be tapped onto the side for the camera for near-instant pairing, and we found that it worked smoothly with our Nexus 4, equipped with Sony&rsquo;s PlayMemories app (also available for iOS, although the NFC pairing won&rsquo;t work on an Apple device and you&rsquo;ll have a bit more fiddling to do to get them connected) which, once connected, can be used as a remote viewfinder and to change settings. You can also have the camera send a lower-res version of a shot automatically to your phone each time one is taken; this image can then be shared to Facebook, Instagram or your social network of choice.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony&#039;s Wi-Fi mode is a lot more reliable than most other camera makers&#039;" alt="Sony&#039;s Wi-Fi mode is a lot more reliable than most other camera makers&#039;" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-rx100-iii-app.jpg?1415786739" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you already own a great premium compact camera (such as one of the other RX100 models) then there may not be quite enough here to warrant what would be an expensive update.</p> <p>But if, on the other hand, you&rsquo;re currently compact-bereft and looking for the best tiny snapper around, this is it. Excellent image quality, fast autofocus, a useful viewfinder and much more, all squeezed into a truly tiny package.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re smitten. In this case, third time really is the charm.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/cameras/top-ten">The 10 best compact cameras in the world right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Sony RX100 III might be the best compact camera on the market" alt="The Sony RX100 III might be the best compact camera on the market" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-rx100-iii-outside.jpg?1415786739" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> stills </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> video </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The best small compact camera around? We think so</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-cyber-shot-rx100-iii/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-cyber-shot-rx100-iii/review#comments Cameras Digital compacts RX100 III Sony Tue, 04 Nov 2014 17:09:47 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1452077 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Oculus Rift gets its first feature film, PlayStation 4’s Share Play demoed, and the Pentax K-S1 offers pastel variants http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/fully-charged-oculus-rift-gets-its-first-feature-film-playstation-4-s-share-play-demoed-and-p <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Start the week with our breezy morning roundup of the latest tech news </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Banshee Chapter" alt="Banshee Chapter" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/banshee-chapter-oculus.jpg?1414393450" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> First Oculus Rift film released </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Virtual reality headsets like the Oculus Rift are primary thought of as platforms for games, but they should provide an intriguing way to experience any visual art form - given the right tweaking, of course. Well, here&rsquo;s an early test case to try out should you have a Rift development kit.</p> <p><em>Banshee Chapter</em>, a solidly well-reviewed horror film from last year starring Katia Winter, has been adapted for the Oculus Rift, letting you experience the shocks and scares like you&rsquo;re there in the scene. The 3D version of the film was converted for the Rift, letting you look left and right around the image as it plays.</p> <p>A studio called Jamwix handled the conversion, and it&rsquo;s not just for&nbsp;<em>Banshee Chapter</em>: apparently, this tech can be used with any 3D film, potentially opening the door for more flicks to hit the platform without too much hassle.&nbsp;<em>Banshee Chapter: Oculus Rift Edition</em>&nbsp;is available free&nbsp;<a href="https://share.oculusvr.com/app/banshee-chapter-oculus-rift-edition">from the Oculus developer portal</a>, but only for Mac users at present.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://mashable.com/2014/10/24/banshee-chapter-oculus-rift/">Mashable</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/new-oculus-rift-crescent-bay-prototype-headset-revealed-built-audio/news">New Oculus Rift Crescent Bay prototype headset revealed with built-in audio</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/IkwdDFMBm5k" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> PS4’s Share Play feature walkthrough </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sony&rsquo;s big 2.0 version firmware update for the PlayStation 4 is due out tomorrow, and one of the biggest additions is Share Play, which lets a game owner invite an online friend in to play - even if the guest doesn&rsquo;t own the game. And you won&rsquo;t even need to download the game to join in.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s all handled through streaming game technology - like that used for the PlayStation Now service - and if you&rsquo;re curious about how it&rsquo;ll work, you can catch a glimpse of it above. You&rsquo;ll need a PlayStation Plus subscription to use most of the functionality, but this could be an appealing enough perk to convince anyone not already swayed to join up.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocJeVjGIFfY">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/gamescom-2014/share-play-coming-ps4-plus-playstation-tv-and-playstation-now-dated-uk/n">Share Play coming to PS4, plus PlayStation TV and Now dated for UK</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ocJeVjGIFfY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pentax K-S1 Sweets Collection adds a pastel touch </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If the dozen different launch styles didn&rsquo;t grab you last month, perhaps the new Sweets Collection series of colours for the Pentax K-S1 will do the trick. You&rsquo;ll soon be able to snag the company&rsquo;s latest digital SLR in Strawberry Cake (pictured), Lime Pie, and Blue Cream Soda variants, with the colour coming as a distinctive accent on a white-and-silver body.</p> <p>[Sources:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ricoh-imaging.co.uk/en/PENTAXK-S1SweetsCollection">Pentax</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.slashgear.com/pentax-k-s1-sweets-collection-adds-rainbow-of-colors-24352429/">SlashGear</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pentax/pentax-k-s1-striking-dslr-sharp-snapshots/news">The Pentax K-S1 is a striking DSLR for sharp snapshots</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Pentax K-S1 Sweets Collection" alt="Pentax K-S1 Sweets Collection" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pentax-ks1-sweets.jpg?1414393450" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> SnapDonate lets you snap… to donate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The easier it is to donate funds to charity, the more generous folks are likely to be. That seems to be a driving factor behind SnapDonate, at least, as the new &ldquo;magic lens&rdquo; app for Android and iOS lets you snag a photo of a charity&rsquo;s logo and quickly be able to send money.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s powered by JustGiving and you can donate to more than 13,000 UK charities, although the app only recognises a few dozen logos to start. If you don&rsquo;t have cash on the street to give, or simply have an urge to send some money to people and organizations that need it, SnapDonate can get it there quickly and securely.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://snapdonate.org">SnapDonate</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/fully-charged-homefront-revolution-gets-new-makers-google-s-self-driving-car-hangout-and-char">Fully Charged: Homefront: The Revolution gets new makers, Google&rsquo;s self-driving car Hangout, and a charity begins accepting Bitcoin</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="800" title="SnapDonate" alt="SnapDonate" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/snap-donate.jpg?1414393079" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/fully-charged-oculus-rift-gets-its-first-feature-film-playstation-4-s-share-play-demoed-and-p#comments Android apps Cameras Gaming iOS apps Oculus Pentax PlayStation 4 Rift Sony Mon, 27 Oct 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1451461 at http://www.stuff.tv HTC RE hands-on http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/htc-re-hands/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HTC&#039;s first non-smartphone in years is a cuddlier, more family-friendly take on action cameras </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="HTC RE action cam" alt="HTC RE action cam" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/IMG_0045.jpg.jpg?1413514947" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It&rsquo;s small, lightweight and looks somewhat like an inverted asthma inhaler. But regardless of its quirky exterior, HTC&rsquo;s new RE action camera is something that many will be taking about.</p> <p>For one, it&#39;ll be going up against the pioneer of action cameras: the GoPro. That&#39;s no simple challenge, especially within the niche action camera market. But more importantly, this is a departure for the Taiwanese firm&#39;s usual staple of smartphones (and the one tablet that shall not be named).</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default"> stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Get a grip </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You know how you&rsquo;ve got to turn on/off a device whenever you want to use it? You don&rsquo;t have to do that with the HTC RE &ndash; it&#39;s got a grip sensor that automatically turns the camera on when touched and turns it off when put down. Don&#39;t be puzzled by the absence of an on/off button - it&#39;s not meant to exist. Which also makes it more natural for you to grip and use the camera almost immediately.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s also small enough to be used with just one hand, so you can be a part of the scene you&rsquo;re capturing. Kind of makes sense, since you&#39;ll spend less time performing a balancing act with your smartphone while you grab that fleeting moment.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="HTC RE action cam" alt="HTC RE action cam" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_0050.jpg.jpg?1413514947" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> And... action camera! </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The RE has a 16MP CMOS sensor and f/2.8 ultra wide-angle lens, and can capture 1080p footage at 30fps as well as time-lapse and 720p 120fps slow motion. Too many numbers to absorb? Here&#39;s the gist - this means you might have a better chance at capturing Usain Bolt as he crosses the finishing line.</p> <p>Time-lapse? That&#39;s basically capturing hours of footage and squeezing them into mere minutes. Much like those videos of growing plants that you see, except now you&#39;re the one filming it.</p> <p>Taking a picture is as easy as just tapping a button, and if you want to take a video, you just press and hold that same button. This activates an LED light that tells you what mode you&rsquo;re on. Wouldn&#39;t it be easier to control all these options via a screen, you ask? Thing is, there&#39;s no screen on the RE camera.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="HTC RE action cam" alt="HTC RE action cam" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_0084.jpg.jpg?1413514947" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What, no screen? How... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>That was our initial reaction. And then we remembered: this is an action camera. Much like GoPro&#39;s and Sony&#39;s portfolio, these cameras are meant to capture sequential shots and videos, based on your random movement rather than a well-scripted choreography.</p> <p>But still, how do you even review what you&#39;ve captured, without actually seeing it? Then, a HTC smartphone came into the picture during the demo session, along with an Android app. Oh, and HTC plays nice too with its competitors too, because there&#39;s also an iOS version of the app.</p> <p>The app is the connection between your smartphone and the RE camera, showing you the images or videos you&rsquo;ve taken via the action cam. In essence, your phone has become a viewfinder, allowing you to&nbsp;instantly see if you&rsquo;ve got the perfect shot. You can also enable the Remote Viewfinder, that will allow users to livestream footage direct to YouTube in a future update.&nbsp;</p> <p>In one hand, you&#39;ll be gripping the RE action cam, and the other would be preoccupied with the smartphone. Which is okay, considering the size and structure of the RE camera. Its buttons are strategically positioned at the front and at the back, so there will be no chance of you accidentally pushing them while you&#39;re on the smartphone.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="HTC RE action cam" alt="HTC RE action cam" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_0075.jpg.jpg?1413514947" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Waterproof </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Another of RE&#39;s merits is its rugged nature. It comes waterproof out of the box; we didn&rsquo;t really have much time with the RE action cam to see it at work, but apparently it can be safely submerged up to 1 metre for up to 30 minutes. That means you don&rsquo;t have to worry about it malfunctioning in the beach, rain, or if it falls into a sink.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s also a cap you can purchase separately that lets you take it another 3m into water for up to two hours. Presumably, that&#39;s great for shallow dives, and you can capture the aquatic world without worrying about a short circuit in the camera.</p> <p>As for reviewing the videos and photos you&#39;ve taken? Do it later when you&#39;re next to a smartphone. And trust us, finding one&nbsp;that can accompany the RE action camera on those deeper swims? Almost impossible, and you won&#39;t really need to constantly check the captures while you enjoy the view.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="HTC RE action cam" alt="HTC RE action cam" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_0072.jpg.jpg?1413514947" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Instant connection </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The brilliance of the RE camera is that it&#39;s platform agnostic, supporting both iOS and Android devices. Furthermore, it automatically transfers captures images to the adjoining smartphone - much like most compact cameras with Wi-Fi capabilities.</p> <p>You can also choose to upload it to the cloud, or just leave it stored on your smart devices, in addition to having a choice of which if you want to keep the photos on the camera itself.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="HTC RE action cam" alt="HTC RE action cam" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_0071.jpg.jpg?1413514947" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Battery life </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The battery life itself is said to last about 1000 pictures (or about 2 hours in terms of video life) which is pretty remarkable for a tool of this size.</p> <p>HTC claims it&#39;ll charge from dead to full in a matter of two hours too. Of course, these are numbers based on papers. Take it with a pinch of salt, and wait for our final verdict when we push a review unit to the limit.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s also a battery extender, which screws on to the RE Camera (it looks like an extension to the RE action cam) and gives the unit a boost (approximately double) to its battery life.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="HTC RE action cam" alt="HTC RE action cam" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_0077.jpg.jpg?1413514947" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HTC RE initial verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>By all accounts, the RE action camera is a fresh approach by HTC, and one that should get you excited with how you capture videos and images on-the-go.</p> <p>In truth, there are some mixed reactions. Try strapping a smartphone to yourself while you roam the streets and capture those crazy action shots. The user experience is somewhat of a question mark, and that&#39;s where the RE camera comes in - a standalone camera that lets you focus on the things around you, while it does its imaging job automatically.</p> <p>But on the flipside, while most smartphone makers try to bring the experience together, HTC chose to add another layer. Does it complicate things? Perhaps, but like all gadgets, conquer the learning curve, and you&#39;ll be amazed at the possibilities it brings.</p> <p>With or without a smartphone, the RE has a lot of potential, what with its dust- and waterproof features that&#39;ll protect it during action sequences. But for the initial phase, it feels like you&#39;re thrown back to the days when you act on pure blind faith, hoping that the shots you&#39;ve captured turn out fine.</p> <p>The RE is expected to hit retail shelves sometime in early November. Pricing hasn&#39;t been confirmed, but we&#39;re crossing our fingers that it&#39;ll be close to or even lower than the standard wedge you&#39;re paying for a GoPro action camera.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/desire-eye/htc-desire-eye/review">HTC Desire Eye hands-on preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="HTC RE action cam" alt="HTC RE action cam" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_0082.jpg.jpg?1413514947" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/htc-re-hands/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/htc-re-hands/review#comments Action Cam Cameras HTC Fri, 10 Oct 2014 14:21:29 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1449903 at http://www.stuff.tv HTC RE action cam is gunning for GoPro http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/htc-re-action-cam-gunning-gopro/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HTC enters an entirely new market with this handy, app-friendly waterproof video camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC RE action cam is gunning for GoPro" alt="HTC RE action cam is gunning for GoPro" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/htc-re-green.jpg?1412850420" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Well, we knew <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/htc-s-action-camera-recamera-leaked-photos/news">pretty much everything about it weeks ago</a>, but today HTC officially unveiled its new action camera, the RE.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The RE has a 16MP CMOS sensor and f/2.8 ultra wide-angle lens, and can capture 1080p footage at 30fps as well as time-lapse and 720p 120fps slow-motion. Pictures and video are stored on microSD card (an 8GB card will be included in the box), but use the dedicated Android or iOS app and you can also back them up to your phone or the cloud automatically. The app also acts as a remote viewfinder for the camera and, in a future update, will allow users to livestream footage direct to YouTube.</p> <p>The RE, which is also dust- and waterproof and has a battery enabling up to an hour and 40 minutes of footage to be recorded, will be available to buy from early November. HTC has yet to announce a price.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/gopro-hero-3-silver-edition/review">GoPro Hero3+ Silver Edition review</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The shape is designed to aid handheld filming" alt="The shape is designed to aid handheld filming" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-re-white.jpg?1412850420" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/htc-re-action-cam-gunning-gopro/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/htc-re-action-cam-gunning-gopro/news#comments Action Cam Camcorders Cameras HTC Wed, 08 Oct 2014 20:50:14 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1449699 at http://www.stuff.tv HTC’s action camera, the RECamera, leaked in photos http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/htc-s-action-camera-recamera-leaked-photos/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Here’s our first look at the reported 16MP GoPro challenger </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC RECamera" alt="HTC RECamera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/htc-recamera-leak1.jpg?1412763279" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>HTC hasn&rsquo;t been terribly subtle about its next tech foray, with an October <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/reports-claim-htc-about-launch-action-camera/news">event invitation and teaser video</a> both making it clear that a GoPro-esque action camera is imminent. And now it has leaked.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>These images came from HTC&rsquo;s own unpublicized (and now pulled) RECamera site, discovered by a Reddit user, and the info also hints at a companion app called REMoments for smartphones.</p> <p>All of this ties in well with the Bloomberg&rsquo;s previous report on the device, which claimed that it will be a waterproof 16-megapixel camera with both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, with the ability to pair with both Android and iOS devices.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="744" title="HTC RECamera" alt="HTC RECamera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-recamera-leak2.jpg?1412763279" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;ll also be great for high-resolution selfies (as seen in the second image), in case you needed another camera to provide such a thing. HTC&rsquo;s &ldquo;Double Exposure&rdquo; event takes place in New York on 8 October, so we&rsquo;ll know a lot more within mere weeks.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://phandroid.com/2014/09/24/heres-photos-of-htcs-recamera-taken-from-their-site/">Phandroid</a>, <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-09-12/htc-said-to-develop-waterproof-camera-to-challenge-gopro.html">Bloomberg</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/reports-claim-htc-about-launch-action-camera/news">Watch out, GoPro: HTC may be about to launch an action camera</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/fi33uGiloGg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/htc-s-action-camera-recamera-leaked-photos/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/htc-s-action-camera-recamera-leaked-photos/news#comments Action Cam Cameras GoPro HTC Thu, 25 Sep 2014 19:55:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1448570 at http://www.stuff.tv Photokina 2014: 5 cameras we wanted to bring home http://www.stuff.tv/fujifilm/photokina-2014/photokina-2014-5-cameras-we-wanted-bring-home/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We stalked the halls of the world&#039;s top camera show looking for sexy snappers... and here&#039;s what we found </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="2448" height="2448" title="That&#039;s not a camera. Just in case you&#039;re confused" alt="That&#039;s not a camera. Just in case you&#039;re confused" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/IMG_7964.JPG?1411395168" /> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">From the sleekest of compacts to the most feature-packed of DSLR-style lens swappers, there was something for every camera fan at Photokina 2014.</p> <p dir="ltr">Of course with 11 halls packed to the rafters with photographic delights, getting a good look at everything was no easy task.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/melvin-tang" title="View user profile.">Melvin Tang</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fujifilm X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">The X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition and X100T might both be product updates and not new models in Fujifilm&rsquo;s acclaimed X-range of cameras, but they&rsquo;re still great additions. Making good cameras better is always welcome, after all. Both cameras also get the Classic Chrome film simulation mode first seen in the X30, which gives great documentary-style images without the need for editing. </p> <p>The Graphite Silver edition of the X-T1 is largely similar to its predecessor, but the new finish on the camera&rsquo;s metal bits is really quite something. The gun-metal like colour looks fantastic, the result of a complicated six-step process, and the smooth texture succeeds in offering a greater sense of refinement.</p> <p>Button haptics for the arrow pad when pressed are greatly improved with satisfying clicks too, which was one of the few bugbears on the original X-T1. Most of the other upgrades including the electronic shutter will soon be on all X-T1s with a firmware update though, so the only reason to get this would be for the new finish.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fujifilm/fujifilm-x-t1/review">Fujifilm X-T1 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="4896" height="3264" title="Fujifilm X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition " alt="Photokina 2014: 5 cameras we wanted to bring home" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCF3319.JPG?1411395168" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="4896" height="3264" title="Fujifilm X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition " alt="Photokina 2014: 5 cameras we wanted to bring home" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCF3322.JPG?1411395168" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fujifilm X100T </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">As for the X100T, it&rsquo;s a nice evolution of last year&rsquo;s X100S, upgrading the advanced hybrid viewfinder with a new graphic interface. More importantly, there&rsquo;s now an electronic rangefinder, placing a live view focus electronic viewfinder window in the optical viewfinder. It&rsquo;s quite a nice touch, though we&rsquo;ll have to take it out and shoot to see how useful it really is. </p> <p dir="ltr">The camera still feels great to carry around and use, but there are also some subtle cosmetic changes to appreciate, as you can see from the side-by-side comparison. The LCD screen has been improved in terms of brightness and resolution, there&rsquo;s new detailing on the top dials, the revolving ring on its predecessor has made way for a regular arrow pad, and the function buttons on the rear panels have been changed too.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fujifilm/fujifilm-finepix-x100s/review">Fujifilm Finepix X100S review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="4896" height="3264" title="Fujifilm X100T" alt="Photokina 2014: 5 cameras we wanted to bring home" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCF3332.JPG?1411395168" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="4896" height="3264" title="Fujifilm X100T" alt="Fujifilm X100T" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCF3329.JPG?1411395168" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Leica X </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Leica&rsquo;s new digital offering is surprisingly light given its M camera-like size. Being so thick, it&rsquo;s rather easy to grip, with the premium materials in its construction giving a good solid feel. Many of the settings can be adjusted easily via the buttons on the back and a jog dial, but the shutter speed and aperture dials are still a nice touch.</p> <p>Focusing is also quite a simple affair, with the focus ring&rsquo;s smooth operation also pulling up a rangefinder window on the frankly disappointing LCD screen. Looks like you&rsquo;ll still have to wait till you get home to see how your 16MP shots really turned out. The 35mm equivalent F1.7 lens is quite quick though, with autofocus being nice and snappy. The round built-in flash is quite a nice design touch, though we wish the camera came with a viewfinder instead of having to buy the EVF attachment.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="4896" height="3264" title="Leica X" alt="Photokina 2014: 5 cameras we wanted to bring home" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCF2710.JPG?1411395168" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="4896" height="3264" title="Leica X" alt="Photokina 2014: 5 cameras we wanted to bring home" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCF2716.JPG?1411395168" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="4896" height="3264" title="Leica X" alt="Photokina 2014: 5 cameras we wanted to bring home" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCF2723.JPG?1411395168" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="4896" height="3264" title="Leica X" alt="Photokina 2014: 5 cameras we wanted to bring home" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCF2725.JPG?1411395168" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung NX1 Smart Camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">A marked difference from Samsung&rsquo;s other NX cameras, the NX1 is huge in comparison, almost reaching full DSLR size and weight. Similar to their approach with smartphones, Samsung has stuffed the NX1 full of impressive features, which helps to explain the bulk. It even has a plasticky feel to go with it...</p> <p dir="ltr">But we weren&rsquo;t kidding when we said the features were impressive: the top has an LCD display like a pro DSLR, the camera can shoot up to 15fps, it&rsquo;s capable of 4K video, it&rsquo;s got a 205-point autofocus system, and it&rsquo;s the world&rsquo;s first 28MP APS-C backside illuminated CMOS sensor. Talk about overachieving. </p> <p>However, it&rsquo;s still got a way to go in terms of usability. It might be able to shoot really fast, with a decent electronic viewfinder and vibrant images appearing beautifully on the tilt-enabled touch display, but adjusting settings isn&rsquo;t quite so speedy. Might just be a matter of getting used to where all the dials and buttons are. The camera does live up to its &ldquo;Smart&rdquo; moniker though, with connectivity encompassing Wi-Fi, NFC, and Bluetooth for seamless communication with smart devices.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="4896" height="3264" title="Samsung NX1 Smart Camera" alt="Photokina 2014: 5 cameras we wanted to bring home" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCF2742.JPG?1411395168" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="4896" height="3264" title="Samsung NX1 Smart Camera" alt="Photokina 2014: 5 cameras we wanted to bring home" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCF2739.JPG?1411395168" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="4896" height="3264" title="Samsung NX1 Smart Camera" alt="Photokina 2014: 5 cameras we wanted to bring home" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCF2746.JPG?1411395168" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="4896" height="3264" title="Samsung NX1 Smart Camera" alt="Photokina 2014: 5 cameras we wanted to bring home" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCF2745.JPG?1411395168" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Olympus PEN E-PL7 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Another camera for the selfie-takers, the E-PL7 is suitably portable, being very compact and light. It looks good too, carrying Olympus&rsquo; retro genes well in both black and white. Operation is also made simple with the command dial on top, with a wide range of creative modes to choose from to boot. Yes, that includes a few portrait modes, which isn&rsquo;t a surprise given the camera&rsquo;s selfie-taking emphasis. </p> <p dir="ltr">In that regard, the highlight is undoubtedly its folding touch-enabled screen, which can manoeuvre into a variety of positions, not least one that flips 180 degrees to face front below the lens. We didn&rsquo;t take any selfies, but the camera is light enough to be used in any position in search of favourable angles, with the bright and clear screen capable of showing your face superbly.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-qx1/review">Sony QX1 review</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="4896" height="3264" title="Olympus PEN E-PL7" alt="Photokina 2014: 5 cameras we wanted to bring home" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCF2701.JPG?1411395168" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="4896" height="3264" title="Olympus PEN E-PL7" alt="Photokina 2014: 5 cameras we wanted to bring home" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCF2702.JPG?1411395168" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="4896" height="3264" title="Olympus PEN E-PL7" alt="Photokina 2014: 5 cameras we wanted to bring home" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCF2705.JPG?1411395168" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="4896" height="3264" title="Olympus PEN E-PL7" alt="Photokina 2014: 5 cameras we wanted to bring home" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCF2697.JPG?1411395168" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Photokina 2014: 5 cameras worth your time </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> If only we can bring these shooters home </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Fujifilm%20X-T1%20silver%20graphite.JPG?1411395168" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fujifilm/photokina-2014/photokina-2014-5-cameras-we-wanted-bring-home/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/fujifilm/photokina-2014/photokina-2014-5-cameras-we-wanted-bring-home/feature#comments Cameras Fujifilm Leica Olympus Photokina 2014 Samsung System Cameras Mon, 22 Sep 2014 14:12:51 +0000 Marc McLaren 1448287 at http://www.stuff.tv Lomo’s LC-A range goes medium format http://www.stuff.tv/lomography/lomo-s-lc-range-goes-medium-format/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The LC-A 120 might be the most compact 120mm film camera of all time </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The LC-A 120 might be the most compact 120mm film camera of all time" alt="The LC-A 120 might be the most compact 120mm film camera of all time" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-lomo-lca-main.jpg?1410579139" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>This looks just like the existing Lomo LC-A+&hellip;</strong><br />It might do, but it&rsquo;s a whole new model &ndash; one that takes 120mm film rather than the &ldquo;normal&rdquo; LC-A&rsquo;s 35mm rolls.</p> <p><strong>So it&rsquo;s medium format? Aren&rsquo;t medium format cameras usually massive?</strong><br />It is, and they often are. But the LC-A 120 is only a wee bit larger than its 35mm counterpart, and Lomo says you can easily tuck it in a handbag or manbag when you&rsquo;re heading out.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Remind me: what&rsquo;s the advantage of medium format?</strong><br />The main benefit is the physically larger size of the film, which means two things. Firstly, more resolution can be captured &ndash; great if you want to get your shots blown up without seeing tons of grain or blur. Secondly, a larger format makes achieving a narrow depth of field a little easier. You can read about why you might want to do that <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography-what-bokeh-and-how-do-i-get-it/feature">here</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Lomo LC-A 120 has a 38mm glass lens" alt="The Lomo LC-A 120 has a 38mm glass lens" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/new-lomo-lca-lens.jpg?1410579139" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Tell me about the specs</strong><br />Well, there&rsquo;s a 38mm f/4.5 wide angle lens (made of glass unlike most Lomo camera lenses, which are plastic). That might not sound very wide, but in normal 35mm terms, it&rsquo;s equivalent to a 21mm lens, which is plenty wide. The photos are in square format, focus is done manually and exposure is programmable and automatic.</p> <p><strong>What about ISO?</strong><br />It&rsquo;s a film camera, remember &ndash; the ISO depends on what film you&rsquo;ve put inside. But you can use anything between 100 and 1600 ISO.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Lomo LC-A 120" alt="Lomo LC-A 120" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/new-lomo-lca-controls.jpg?1410579139" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="299" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//player.vimeo.com/video/105029071?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=70cfd6" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="532"></iframe></p> <p><strong>And a flash?</strong><br />A flash will be available as an accessory, as well as a tripod. A cable release and batteries will come in the box though, and maybe a strap (Lomo has yet to confirm that).</p> <p><strong>When is it available?</strong><br />You can <a href="http://shop.lomography.com/gb/lomo-lc-a-120" target="_blank">pre-order the LC-A 120 now for &pound;339</a>. But the first batch is limited to 500 models, so don&rsquo;t hang about. Lomo says they&rsquo;ll be sent out in time for &ldquo;the holidays&rdquo;, so we&rsquo;re thinking late November sounds like a good bet.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://microsites.lomography.com/lca-120/" target="_blank">Lomography</a>]</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff">FOCUS ON MORE HOT STUFF STORIES</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Cameras Hot Stuff Lomography Fri, 12 Sep 2014 10:36:47 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1447329 at http://www.stuff.tv Is this the Canon EOS 7D Mark II? http://www.stuff.tv/canon/canon-eos-7d-mark-ii/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> “Leaked photo” apparently shows updated DSLR ahead of likely launch next week </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Is this the Canon EOS 7D Mark II?" alt="Is this the Canon EOS 7D Mark II?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/canon-eos-7d-mkii-leak.jpg?1414404463" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It&rsquo;s the annual Photokina photography technology expo next week, and among the new cameras on show could be an updated edition of the wonderful Canon EOS 7D DSLR.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lots of new or improved features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Japanese site Digicame-info claims to have obtained a leaked image of the 7D Mark II, as well as specifications. The camera will apparently have a dust-proof magnesium alloy body; a 20.2MP CMOS sensor; dual-pixel autofocus with 65 AF points; 10fps continuous shooting; dual DIGIC6 engines; a max ISO of 16,000; a new 150,000-pixel metering system; full HD video capture at 60fps; and built-in GPS.</p> <p>We should find out if these claims are on the money next week &ndash; not to mention pricing and availability details. Stay tuned, photography fans.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://digicame-info.com/2014/09/eos-7d-mark-ii-18.html" target="_blank">Digicame-info</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/canon/canon-eos-7d/review">Canon EOS 7D review</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The next Canon DSLR revealed in leaked snap </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/canon/canon-eos-7d-mark-ii/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cameras Canon System Cameras Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:11:57 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1447313 at http://www.stuff.tv Fujifilm X100T features the world’s first electronic rangefinder http://www.stuff.tv/fujifilm/fujifilm-x100t-features-world-s-first-electronic-rangefinder/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Manual focus advocates will adore the third generation of the X100 for more than its retro looks </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Fujifilm X100T features the world’s first electronic rangefinder" alt="Fujifilm X100T features the world’s first electronic rangefinder" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/fujifulm-x100t-silver-front.jpg?1410399499" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Fujifilm has unveiled the X100T, the third generation of its superb <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fujifilm/fujifilm-finepix-x100/review">X100</a> compact camera &ndash; and it&rsquo;s the first snapper on the market to offer an electronic rangefinder.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Other new features include a simulation of Fujifilm&rsquo;s Classic Chrome film (expect muted tones and deep colours, say Fuji); seven customisable Fn buttons; a sharper, higher resolution screen; an electronic shutter that can shoot as fast as 1/32000 of a second.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s a 16.3MP X-Trans CMOS II sensor; sensitivity up to ISO 51200; built-in Wi-Fi which allows you to control the camera from a smartphone, or send images directly to one; and 1080p video at frame rates up to 60fps.</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll be able to buy the Fujifilm X100T in the UK from November this year, priced at &pound;1,000. It&rsquo;ll be available in silver (shown) and black finishes. We&rsquo;ll endeavour to get our hands on one ASAP to find out how much it improves on its predecessor, the wonderful <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fujifilm/fujifilm-finepix-x100s/review">X100S</a>.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.fujifilm.eu/uk/news/article/news/fujifilm-announces-the-third-generation-x100t-premium-digital-compact-featuring-the-worlds-first/" target="_blank">Fujifilm</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fujifilm/fujifilm-finepix-x100/review">Fujifilm Finepix X100 review</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Fujifilm X100T features the world’s first electronic rangefinder" alt="Fujifilm X100T features the world’s first electronic rangefinder" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fujifulm-x100t-silver-top.jpg?1410399499" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Fujifilm X100T features the world’s first electronic rangefinder" alt="Fujifilm X100T features the world’s first electronic rangefinder" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fujifulm-x100t-silver-back.jpg?1410399499" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fujifilm/fujifilm-x100t-features-world-s-first-electronic-rangefinder/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cameras Digital compacts Fujifilm Wed, 10 Sep 2014 10:11:50 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1447186 at http://www.stuff.tv The Pentax K-S1 is a striking DSLR for sharp snapshots http://www.stuff.tv/pentax/pentax-k-s1-striking-dslr-sharp-snapshots/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Its illuminated body might have minor practical benefit, but the K-S1 is a head-turner </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Pentax K-S1" alt="Pentax K-S1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/pentax-k-s1-silver.jpg?1409177280" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>So what&rsquo;s the deal with the lights on the grip?</strong><br />It&rsquo;s what Ricoh is calling &ldquo;an innovative illumination interface system.&rdquo; Effectively, the lights shine green when taking photographs, but turn red when shooting video.</p> <p><strong>What&rsquo;s the benefit of that?</strong><br />We suppose it allows you to see at a glance which setting you left the camera on, or maybe allow camera-savvy bystanders to know if they&rsquo;re being filmed or captured in stills. But really, it&rsquo;s just kind of cool-looking and distinctive.</p> <p><strong>Just like the colour schemes then.</strong><br />Indeed. The K-S1 launches in a dozen different style options, and while the black and white options look fairly common, others fall into the &ldquo;Fabric&rdquo; and &ldquo;Night Sky&rdquo; collections, delivering intriguing combos like Linen Brown and Denim Blue in the former and Dusk Gold and Moon Silver in the latter.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Is this a case of style over substance?</strong><br />We&rsquo;d wager not, considering the specs. This digital SLR looks like a winner, thanks to its new CMOS sensor with 20.12 effective megapixels, ultra-high ISO 51200 sensitivity, and a shutter speed of 1/6000 second. It&rsquo;s not quite as high-end as the K-3, but we gave that shooter <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pentax/pentax-k-3/review">a five-star rating</a> this past spring, so there&#39;s a recent legacy of quality here.</p> <p><strong>What else can I expect?</strong><br />The K-S1 has a 3in LCD display with a new, easier-to-use UI, plus if you use a Flucard for Pentax memory card, you can control the camera via an iOS and Android app - ideal for mounting the camera and snagging perfectly-considered shots.</p> <p><strong>When can I join the light-up camera revolution?</strong><br />Ricoh says the Pentax K-S1 will debut in mid-September at a price of &pound;549.99 for just the body. You can add in an SMC DA L 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 lens for a bundle price of &pound;599.99, or drop &pound;679.99 to toss in yet another lens, an SMC DA L f4-5.6 AL 50-200mm AL.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pentax/fully-charged-pentax-q-s1-launching-40-colour-pairings-bioshock-coming-ios-and-white-xbox-one">Fully Charged: Pentax Q-S1 launching with 40 colour pairings, BioShock coming to iOS, and the white Xbox One will finally reach consumers</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Pentax K-S1" alt="Pentax K-S1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pentax-k-s1-orange.jpg?1409177280" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Pentax K-S1" alt="Pentax K-S1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pentax-k-s1-black.jpg?1409177280" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Pentax K-S1" alt="Pentax K-S1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pentax-k-s1-blue.jpg?1409177280" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/pentax/pentax-k-s1-striking-dslr-sharp-snapshots/news#comments Cameras Hot Stuff Pentax Ricoh System Cameras Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:01:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1446029 at http://www.stuff.tv Nikon Coolpix AW120 http://www.stuff.tv/nikon/nikon-coolpix-aw120/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A rugged camera that&#039;ll document your wild exploits and live to tell the tale </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nikon Coolpix AW120 review" alt="Nikon Coolpix AW120 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nikon-aw120-tripod-front.jpg?1415788867" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A replacement for last year&rsquo;s AW110 (which we <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/coolpix-aw110/nikon-coolpix-aw110/review">liked very much</a>), the Nikon Coolpix AW120 is a rugged, all-weather compact camera designed to be as comfortable documenting your extreme outdoor exploits as it is snapping photos of a condensation-covered cocktail glass or your cat asleep in an amusing pose.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £270.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> (Mostly) good picture and video </div> <div class="field-item even"> Almost indestructible </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Compact and light </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Occasional metering issues </div> <div class="field-item even"> Near-unusable Wi-Fi </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Build: ruggedness personified </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The AW120 is truly one of the toughest cameras on the market: its armoured hide means it can withstand a two-metre fall onto a hard surface. We dropped it onto a hardwood floor to test this and it suffered no ill effects bar a small chip in the paintwork &ndash; the locking latch on the battery/card door ensures that it won&rsquo;t pop open in the impact too.</p> <p>It doesn&rsquo;t stop there. Rubber sealing around the buttons and battery/SD card hatch makes the AW120 fully dust-proof and waterproof to a depth of 18m. While we didn&rsquo;t take it that far below the surface, we did subject the camera to a fairly rigorous bout of rinsing in the dishwasher. After eight solid minutes of intense spraying, it emerged in perfect working order (not to mention markedly cleaner).</p> <p>Finally, Nikon claims the camera can withstand temperatures as low as -10 degrees celsius. Even British summertime and the snowcapped peak of French mountain l&rsquo;Aiguille du Midi couldn&rsquo;t furnish us with that, but we did whack it in the freezer (substantially colder than -10, it should be said) for a few minutes. Again, it emerged unscathed.</p> <p>Aside from its powers of survival, the AW120 impresses with its size and weight: it&rsquo;s very pocket friendly, and will slip into jeans or a jacket without causing any discomfort.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Nikon AW120 is one tough cookie" alt="The Nikon AW120 is one tough cookie" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nikon-aw120-stones_0.jpg?1415788867" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="All buttons and ports are fully sealed against dust and water" alt="All buttons and ports are fully sealed against dust and water" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nikon-aw120-stones-rear.jpg?1415788867" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Image quality </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Rugged compact cameras aren&rsquo;t generally the go-to snappers for people seeking excellent photo and video quality. There&rsquo;s generally a feeling of compromise when you buy one: you&rsquo;re paying for a decent quality camera that&rsquo;s nigh-on impossible to break rather than a camera built primarily for superb picture quality. They&rsquo;re tough, but the tradeoffs are that the sensors are small, the lenses don&rsquo;t offer much in the way of zoom, the controls are somewhat stripped back etc. etc.</p> <p>The AW120 doesn&rsquo;t do much to dispel this feeling. While we found it offered the best still images out of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/unbreakables-rugged-cameras-put-test/feature">the three tough cameras we recently reviewed</a>, it won&rsquo;t outperform or match compacts like the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-cyber-shot-hx60v/review">Sony HX60V</a> or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fujifilm/fujifilm-x20/review">Fujifilm X20</a> (try dropping those in the bath, though). We found the metering can be a little off when you zoom in, and the low light performance (sans flash) is a tad disappointing, even with the aperture fully open at f/2.8 (while this setting is only available with the lens fully zoomed out, it&rsquo;s a sizeable upgrade from the AW110, which had a maximum aperture of f/3.9).</p> <p>That said, it has a decent (for a rugged camera) x5 optical zoom range and photos and videos taken in good lighting look lovely: detailed and clean. The HDR mode works well in tricky scenes where there&rsquo;s both bright and dark areas to expose, and full HD 1080p videos are crisp and smooth. Basically, it&rsquo;s an above average compact, and that&rsquo;s about as good as you can expect in a ruggedised model.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/unbreakables-rugged-cameras-put-test/feature">The Unbreakables: rugged cameras put to the test</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="1600" title="Nikon AW120 sample image" alt="Nikon AW120 sample image" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nikon-aw120-test-main.jpg?1415788867" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Nikon AW120 sample image" alt="Nikon AW120 sample image" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nikon-aw120-test-1.jpg?1415788867" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Nikon AW120 sample image" alt="Nikon AW120 sample image" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nikon-aw120-test-2.jpg?1415788867" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="4608" height="3456" title="Nikon AW120 macro sample shot" alt="Nikon AW120 macro sample shot" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nikon-aw120-macro-test.JPG?1415788867" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GP-Yes and Why-oh-Wi-Fi </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of the main differences between the AW120 and its predecessor the AW110 is a bevy of additional sensors. The AW110 had GPS and could automatically tag photos and videos with location data, but the AW120 adds an electronic compass (so you&rsquo;ll know which way you were facing as well as where you were when you took that shot), Points of Interest (which it plots for you on a viewable map) and functionality for measuring water depth, water pressure, altitude and atmospheric pressure. That might sound overkill, not to mention a surefire way to drain the battery, but we&rsquo;re certain that a lot of adventurous shutterbugs will see them as useful. And if you&rsquo;re not one of them, you can simply turn them all off.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s also built-in Wi-Fi, which allows you to connect wirelessly to a computer or mobile device. Now, Wi-Fi on compact cameras tends to be a bit hit-and-miss, and that&rsquo;s the case here &ndash; at least as far as our experience goes. The AW120 did not want to connect to anything we tried to pair it with, and after 10 minutes of poring over the menu settings to try and work out how to remedy that we gave up in a rage. It&rsquo;s a good thing this camera is difficult to break, because we feel a lot of potential Wi-Fi users are going to be hurling it across the room after similar experiences.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The maps feature Points of Interest as well as geotagging" alt="The maps feature Points of Interest as well as geotagging" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nikon-aw120-gps.jpg?1415788867" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nikon Coolpix AW120 tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Sensor</strong>: 16MP CMOS</p> <p><strong>ISO range</strong>: 125-1600 (3200 and 6400 in Auto mode)</p> <p><strong>Lens</strong>: 5x optical zoom f/2.8-4.9</p> <p><strong>Screen</strong>: 3in, 921,000-dot LCD</p> <p><strong>Video</strong>: 1080p @ 30/25fps, 1080i @ 60/50fps</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong>: Wi-Fi, USB, micro HDMI</p> <p><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 110 x 66 x 26mm</p> <p><strong>Weight</strong>: 558g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Useful USB charging </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The AW120 is USB rechargeable (another upgrade over its predecessor), which will mean you can more easily top up the battery in the field (solar chargers etc. will work), features an acceptably sharp screen and offers a potentially useful (if unintuitive) motion control system which could come in handy when you&rsquo;re wearing thick gloves.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nikon Coolpix AW120 verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While the AW120 is far from a perfect compact camera, it&rsquo;s important to remember that it&rsquo;s going after a different market than the image quality-focussed premium point-and-shoots that currently populate our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/cameras/top-ten">Top Ten</a>. This is a camera designed primarily for survival in harsh conditions and risky situations, and image quality comes second to that. Image quality, as it happens, isn&rsquo;t too bad, so adventurers seeking a companion that&rsquo;ll document their exploits and live to tell the tale should put Nikon&rsquo;s hard case on their pre-expedition shopping list.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/cameras/top-ten">The 10 best compact cameras right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="A soaking is no big deal for the AW120" alt="A soaking is no big deal for the AW120" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nikon-aw120-wet.jpg?1415788867" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> stills </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> video </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> smarts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Want a compact camera that&#39;ll withstand some serious rough and tumble? This is the one to get</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nikon Coolpix AW120 review </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nikon/nikon-coolpix-aw120/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cameras Coolpix AW120 Digital compacts Nikon Rugged Waterproof Thu, 14 Aug 2014 15:21:19 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1444743 at http://www.stuff.tv