Digital compacts http://www.stuff.tv/digital-compacts/features en-GB 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 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?1408514301" /> </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?1408514301" /> </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?1408514301" /> </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?1408514301" /> </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?1408514301" /> </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?1408514301" /> </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?1408514301" /> </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?1408514301" /> </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?1408514301" /> </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 The Unbreakables: rugged cameras put to the test http://www.stuff.tv/unbreakables-rugged-cameras-put-test/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Freezeproof, waterproof and unperturbed by your butter-fingered clumsiness, these snappers are truly mighty </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="Chilling out: the cameras having a cool time in Stuff&#039;s freezer" alt="The best rugged and waterproof cameras - tested" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/tough-camera-trio-freezer.jpg?1407855579" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Tough cams deserve a tough test - so that&#39;s what we&#39;ve given them.</p> <p>These three rugged point-and-shoot snappers are all nigh-on indestructible, according to their makers. In fact, withstanding water, dust, ice and impacts should all be in a day&#39;s work for the Canon PowerShot D30, Nikon Coolpix AW120 and Panasonic Lumix FT5.</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"><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>Well we weren&#39;t prepared to take their word for it.</p> <p>To see if the snappers lived up to their rugged billing, we put them through a series of (almost) Herculean trials: an hour in the freezer; a six-foot drop on to a hardwood floor; and &ndash; the&nbsp;<em>pièce de résistance</em>&nbsp;&ndash; an eight-minute rinse session in the dishwasher.&nbsp;</p> <p>You can see the video of the latter below (yep, if you&#39;ve ever wondered what goes on inside a dishwasher when the door&#39;s closed, you&#39;re about to find out), along with individual reviews of each of the cameras.</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>Ladies and gents, it&#39;s time for some tough love.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography/feature">Stuff&#39;s guide to photography</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/nQqovHpm3Vc" 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"> Canon PowerShot D30 (£260) </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>What&rsquo;s the story?</strong><br />Built to withstand a depth of 25m, a drop of 2m and temperatures as low as -10 degrees celsius, the D30 is Canon&rsquo;s toughest point-and-shoot ever &ndash; and performance-wise, the company claims it&rsquo;s a stunner both in low light conditions and underwater.</p> <p><strong>Tough or guff?</strong><br />The D30 lives up to Canon&rsquo;s rugged claims: an hour in the freezer drawer, a six-foot drop on to the hallway floor and 10 minutes at the mercy of our dishwasher&rsquo;s rinse programme did nothing to affect its performance or appearance.</p> <p>Despite having the fewest megapixels of the three cameras, its image quality in good light demonstrates a strong, dependable ability with colour, contrast and detail. There was lots of purple fringing at the edge of shots, however, and low-light performance isn&rsquo;t so hot: expect plenty of grain and ugly noise if you use the D30 indoors without a flash.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says</strong> <strong>✭✭✭✭✩</strong><br />Divers will appreciate the D30&rsquo;s sub-aqua talents, but its low-light skills are a little lacking.</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 D30" alt="The best rugged and waterproof cameras - tested" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/canon-d30-stones.jpg?1407855579" /> </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"> Canon PowerShot D30 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>: 12.1MP<br /><strong>Zoom</strong>: 5x optical<br /><strong>Max. video quality</strong>: 1080p at 24fps<br /><strong>GPS/Wi-Fi</strong>: Yes/No<br /><strong>Dimensions/weight</strong>: 109.4 x 68 x 27.5mm/218g</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"> Nikon Coolpix AW120 (£270) </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>What&rsquo;s the story?</strong><br />The AW120 is waterproof to 18m, shockproof against drops of up to 2m and freezeproof to -10 degrees celsius. So far, so standard. But it also comes with advanced GPS and GLONASS position tracking, an altimeter and a compass to record precise location data on all your outdoor photos and videos. Oh, and let&#39;s not forget the Wi-Fi.</p> <p><strong>Tough or guff?</strong><br />The bad news is that, predictably, the Wi-Fi&rsquo;s a complete dog &ndash; even after downloading Nikon&rsquo;s dedicated app to our smartphone, we couldn&rsquo;t get the camera to so much as attempt a connection. The good news is that the AW120 survived all the physical torments we&rsquo;d devised for it unscathed (save a tiny scratch in its metal shell). Better still, it takes lovely pictures in both good lighting and dimmer conditions. We found it offered noticeably cleaner images than the Canon in low light, and slightly less purple fringing in high contrast edge-of-frame areas.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says</strong> <strong>✭✭✭✭</strong><strong>✭</strong><br />It&rsquo;ll document your travels, map them out &ndash; and survive anything you chuck at it. A lovely travelling companion.</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 AW120" alt="The best rugged and waterproof cameras - tested" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nikon-aw120-stones.jpg?1407855579" /> </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<br /><strong>Zoom</strong>: 5x optical<br /><strong>Max. video quality</strong>: 1080p at 30fps<br /><strong>GPS/Wi-Fi</strong>: Yes/Yes<br /><strong>Dimensions/weight</strong>: 110.1 x 66 x 25.8mm/213g</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"> Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT5 (£300) </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>What&rsquo;s the story?</strong><br />Like the other models, the FT5 can withstand drops of 2m and temperatures of up to -10 degrees celsius. It&rsquo;s waterproof to 13m, which while not as deep as the other two should still be enough for most people, and built to take up to 100kg/f of pressure. GLONASS GPS, Wi-Fi and NFC make it one of the smarter ruggedised models on the market.</p> <p><strong>Tough or guff?</strong><br />As with its rivals, the FT5 sailed (or swam, in one case) through all of our trials with ease. Dropping, freezing, soaking &ndash; nothing impacted performance or left a mark on the camera&rsquo;s hardy hide. The NFC and Wi-Fi didn&rsquo;t work properly (we&#39;ve now reviewed around a dozen Wi-Fi cameras and we&rsquo;re honestly more surprised when NFC and Wi-Fi <em>do</em> work), but we managed to manually connect the FT5 and our phone &ndash; this allows you to transfer images and control basic camera operations remotely. Image quality-wise, the FT5 sits between the other models: it&rsquo;s a little better than the Canon in low light, but showed slightly less sharpness than the Nikon.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says</strong> <strong>✭✭✭✭✩</strong><br />A solid performer that excels at video &ndash; and at not getting broken.</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-FT5 " alt="The best rugged and waterproof cameras - tested" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/panasonic-ft5-stones.jpg?1407855579" /> </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 DMC-FT5 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>: 16.1MP<br /><strong>Zoom</strong>: 4.6x optical<br /><strong>Max. video quality</strong>: 1080p at 50fps<br /><strong>GPS/Wi-Fi</strong>: Yes/Yes (with NFC)<br /><strong>Dimensions/weight</strong>: 109.2 x 67.4 x 28.9mm/220g</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-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"> Verdict: who is king of the hardnuts? </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 have to say, we were quite disappointed to find out just how tough these cameras are &ndash; we had our fingers crossed for some spectacular breakages.</p> <p>(Un)fortunately, none of the snappers was going to accommodate us, and they all came across as so hardy that, in our opinion, if you destroy one of these you only have yourself to blame. The cameras are all of a similar weight, size and price, so there was nothing major to separate them in any of these criteria.</p> <p>There wasn&#39;t much between them when it came to performance either: when it comes to both stills and video, none of the trio will let you down horribly in any everyday shooting situation. That said, our time with the cameras suggested that the Panasonic FT5 was the best for video capture and the Nikon AW120 the best for stills. The Nikon also has the most complete suite of sensors and mapping tools, and while this is hardly a deal-breaker for most, it&#39;s something that we reckon buyers of tough, outdoorsy cameras may well appreciate.</p> <p>So it&#39;s the Nikon Coolpix AW120 that edges our test of the tough cameras.</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> <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="1200" height="900" title="Three tough sons-of-guns" alt="The best rugged and waterproof cameras - tested" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tough-camera-trio.jpg?1407855579" /> </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="Pro tip: A Gorillapod is the perfect way to secure a camera to your dishwasher" alt="The best rugged and waterproof cameras - tested" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/canon-d30-dishwasher.jpg?1407855579" /> </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"> Tested: rugged cameras </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Cameras Digital compacts Wed, 06 Aug 2014 17:21:39 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1444026 at http://www.stuff.tv Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II http://www.stuff.tv/canon/canon-powershot-g1-x-mark-ii/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Another contender for the most powerful point-and-shoot camera in the world </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="Canon G1 X Mark II review" alt="Canon G1 X Mark II review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/canon-g1x-mkii-wall.jpg?1403225560" /> </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 <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/canon/canon-powershot-g1-x-breaks-cover/news">Canon PowerShot G1 X</a> has been the Japanese company&rsquo;s premier point-and-shoot for the past couple of years, and now it&rsquo;s been replaced by a &ldquo;Mark II&rdquo; edition rather than an entirely new model. You could be forgiven for thinking this indicated a mere minor update &ndash; but that&rsquo;s not the case.</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"> £730.00 </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"> Large sensor </div> <div class="field-item even"> Fast f/2.0 maximum aperture </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Tilting touchscreen </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"> No viewfinder </div> <div class="field-item even"> Limited video options </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"> Same old sturdy stuff, but slinkier </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>Canon&rsquo;s PowerShot G series has long been regarded as the gold standard for build quality in high-end point-and-shoots, and the G1 X Mark II won&rsquo;t do anything to dispel the notion. It&rsquo;s tank-like in its solidity in the hand, and this particular version (the one sold in Europe, the Middle East and Africa) has an extra-chunky grip that, in tandem with the wide, grippy barrel of the lens, keeps it securely in your hand.</p> <p>The Mark II looks a lot less chunky overall than its predecessor (although it actually weighs a small amount more), although it&rsquo;s still too large for a trouser pocket. There&rsquo;s no viewfinder this time (more on that below), but you still get a hot shoe for adding one or another accessory, such as a flash. It&rsquo;s also compatible with an underwater case that&rsquo;ll protect the camera up to 40m below the surface.</p> <p>One improvement we should note is that the lens cap is now automated and integrated. The first G1 X had a separate lens cap that was just asking to get lost, so we&rsquo;re much happier.</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 Mark II is a little less brutal-looking than the first G1 X" alt="Canon G1 X Mark II review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/canon-g1x-mkii-hand-front.jpg?1403225560" /> </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 and video quality: slight improvements </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>Picture quality-wise the Mark II might not appear to offer a lot over the model it&rsquo;s replacing: the sensor is the same 1.5in 13.1MP CMOS and the ISO range remains the same (100-12800). And the G1 X was one of the best compacts around for picture quality, chiefly thanks to that huge sensor (it&rsquo;s almost as physically large as a DSLR&rsquo;s APS-C sensor, which improves its light-gathering chops and shutter speeds, thus helping avoid noisy and blurry images; the optical image stabilisation, which remains here, helps too).</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="1798" title="The G1 X Mark II shows an impressive dynamic range and low noise" alt="Canon G1 X Mark II review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/canon-g1x-mkii-sample-1.jpg?1403225560" /> </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="801" title="The wider angle lens lets you fit more in the frame than with the G1 X" alt="Canon G1 X Mark II review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/canon-g1x-mkii-sample-2.jpg?1403225560" /> </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="801" title="A sample shot at full 5x zoom (with digital zoom providing another 5x)" alt="Canon G1 X Mark II review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/canon-g1x-mkii-sample-5.jpg?1403225560" /> </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>But there are improvements, and they chiefly come courtesy of the new lens. The wider aperture not only makes the potential shutter speed even faster &ndash; and thus pictures even sharper and less noise-plagued &ndash; it also allows you to achieve a narrow depth of field more easily, making this one of the best compacts around for taking photos and videos with bokeh. And the lens&rsquo; rounded aperture blades make that bokeh look lovely and smooth, as you can see from the above shot. The new processor also helps speed up operation slightly. Oh, and you can still shoot RAW if you wish, which&rsquo;ll please enthusiasts who love to tweak images in Photoshop.</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 Guide to Photography: What is bokeh &ndash; and how do I get it?</a></strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="333" mozallowfullscreen="" msallowfullscreen="" oallowfullscreen="" src="https://www.flickr.com/photos/99712217@N05/14272542408/in/set-72157645200788486/player/" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="500"></iframe></p> <p>The G1 X Mark II does however feel a little outmoded in terms of its video capture capabilities. It can capture 1080p, 720p and VGA video, but only at 30fps, and the lack of an external microphone input means you have to rely on the built-in stereo mics &ndash; not exactly a sign that Canon is taking video too seriously here. Video looks fine, but we don&rsquo;t recommend this for people for whom video is as important as stills.</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="801" title="The wide aperture helps create bokeh in the background" alt="Canon G1 X Mark II review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/canon-g1x-mkii-sample-4.jpg?1403225560" /> </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"> Sorry, I haven’t a view(finder) </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 change from the original G1 X that we can&rsquo;t get behind is the removal of the optical viewfinder. While viewfinders might seem like a relic from photography&rsquo;s analogue days, there are times when they&rsquo;re damn near essential. Framing a shot on the Mark II&rsquo;s LCD screen is fine when you&rsquo;re indoors or at night, but on a blazing sunny day it&rsquo;s hard to make out what&rsquo;s being displayed on there. A viewfinder eliminates that issue, and we were surprised to see neither the original model&rsquo;s simple optical or (even better) a new OLED electronic viewfinder here. Canon sells one of the latter as an optional accessory &ndash; but it&rsquo;s going to cost you another &pound;250 on top of the Mark II&rsquo;s &pound;730 price. Bad move, Canon.</p> <p>The screen, however, is excellent when the conditions are right. At 3in it&rsquo;s the same size as the G1 X&rsquo;s, but slightly clearer thanks to a higher pixel count. It&rsquo;s also touch-sensitive (something that&rsquo;s far from essential on a camera, but occasionally handy here for quickly setting a focus area) and can be twisted to face almost any direction.</p> <p>The control layout has been rejigged, and the camera has not one but two rings around the lens. One (which turns smoothly) is always set to control manual focus, while the other (which moves in clicky increments) is customisable and can be set to control various functions including aperture, exposure compensation and ISO sensitivity. These will come in really handy for shooters who want to manually change settings quickly.</p> <p>Another tangible improvement is to autofocus, which feels a lot brisker and more accurate thanks the big increase in AF areas (Canon claims it&rsquo;s up to 42 percent quicker).</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 flexible screen can even turn 180 degrees for selfie purposes" alt="Canon G1 X Mark II review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/canon-g1x-mkii-hand-back.jpg?1403225560" /> </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"> Canon G1 X Mark II 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>: 13.1MP CMOS</p> <p><strong>Max ISO</strong>: 100-12800</p> <p><strong>Lens</strong>: 5x optical zoom f/2.0-3.9</p> <p><strong>Image stabilisation</strong>: Optical</p> <p><strong>Viewfinder</strong>: optional extra</p> <p><strong>Screen</strong>: 3in, 1,040,000-dot touch-sensitive LCD</p> <p><strong>Video formats</strong>: MP4/1080p, 720p and 480p at 30fps</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong>: Wi-Fi, NFC,</p> <p><strong>GPS</strong>: via connected mobile phone</p> <p><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 116.3 x 74 x 66.2mm</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"> 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"> Wi-Fi: Connect poor </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>Does NFC stand for &ldquo;no fanks, chum&rdquo;? We&rsquo;re increasingly finding ourselves disillusioned with the technology, or at least the way in which camera makers are using it. The idea here is that you tap your NFC-equipped Android phone on the side of the G1 X Mark II and the two gadgets instantly connect via Wi-Fi, either for the purposes of transferring photos and videos across or so you can use Canon&rsquo;s app to remotely take photos on the Mark II. But, in a situation that we&rsquo;re finding all too familiar, after 15 minutes of having the two devices repeatedly attempt and fail to connect we gave up.</p> <p>We found it quicker to manually connect them &ndash; but once you do so, you realise that there really is little reason to go through the whole fiddly process. Canon&rsquo;s app feels like a gimmick at present, too simple to be of any real use &ndash; although to be fair to the manufacturer, the apps from Sony and Samsung come across as similarly pointless. NFC and cameras just aren&rsquo;t a compelling combo at the moment.</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-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"> Canon G1 X Mark II 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>Just like its predecessor, the Canon G1 X Mk II is one of the most powerful compact cameras on the planet.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s true that it&rsquo;s pretty hefty, that the zoom range is still fairly limited and that the video is fairly underwhelming compared to some rivals (this isn&rsquo;t a particularly versatile camera &ndash; something like the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-cyber-shot-hx60v/review">Sony HX60V</a> is far more adaptable) but in terms of sheer still image quality there aren&rsquo;t many non-system cameras around that can beat it.</p> <p>But it&rsquo;s pricey, and for this reason we suggest you might consider smaller system cameras such as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-a7r/review">Sony A7R</a> or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fujifilm/fujifilm-x-t1/review">Fujifilm X-T1</a> before pulling the trigger.</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="Canon G1 X Mark II" alt="Canon G1 X Mark II" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/canon-g1x-mkii-closed.jpg?1403225560" /> </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"> 9 </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"> 6 </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"> 5 </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>Within its limits, the Mark II offers some of the best stills we&rsquo;ve seen from a compact &ndash; but several small flaws take off a little of the shine</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/canon/canon-powershot-g1-x-mark-ii/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cameras Canon Digital compacts PowerShot G1 X Mark II Thu, 19 Jun 2014 15:13:24 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1439376 at http://www.stuff.tv Stuff's Guide to Photography http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How to take great snaps on any camera, from your phone to a full-fat DSLR. </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="Shot at cat-purr-ture f1.8" alt="bokeh" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/bruce-extreme-bokeh%20%281%29.jpg?1410299437" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>While we spend a great deal of time figuring out which is <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/system-cameras/top-ten">the best camera you can buy</a>, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nokia-lumia-1020/review">best cameraphone ever made</a>&nbsp;and the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-cyber-shot-hx60v/review">only compact you&#39;ll ever need</a>, we don&#39;t spend a whole lot of time telling you how to use them. So, in this collection of straightforward mini-guides, we&#39;re collecting the best photography tips from Stuff&#39;s expert snappers.</p> <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"> Part 1: it&#039;s all about background </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>In a nutshell, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography-what-bokeh-and-how-do-i-get-it/feature">bokeh means blurred background</a>. One of the first things you should learn in photography is that you don&#39;t want all of your picture in focus - pick out the details you want the picture to be about and blur the rest, and your picture will have purpose. <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography-what-bokeh-and-how-do-i-get-it/feature">Here&#39;s how.</a></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="803" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/jenga-bokeh_0.jpg?1410299437" /> </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"> part 2: learn to zoom </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 zoom lens doesn&#39;t just magnify things, it <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography-how-little-zoom-can-make-big-difference/feature">changes the way they look</a>. Spend 10 minutes mucking about with the zoom on your compact camera, and you&#39;ll find your photos take a big leap forward. <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography-how-little-zoom-can-make-big-difference/feature">Here&#39;s the guide.</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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/OxfordStreetShoppers_0.jpg?1410299437" /> </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"> part 3: go prime </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 biggest mistakes you can make in photography is to buy a nice expensive DSLR or compact system camera, and then only use it with the simple &#39;kit&#39; lens that came with it. The first, best upgrade you can make is to attach a prime lens - <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography-how-and-why-you-should-buy-prime-lens/feature">here&#39;s why, and which one to buy. </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="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nikon-50mm-f18_0.jpg?1410299437" /> </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"> part 4: pan for gold </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 href="http://www.stuff.tv/lomography/stuffs-guide-photography-how-shoot-panoramas/feature">Panorama mode</a> might be something you&#39;ve used once or twice, but it&#39;s actually a startlingly powerful creative tool that can create amazing special effects - <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lomography/stuffs-guide-photography-how-shoot-panoramas/feature">read this guide, and find out how</a>.&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="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Global-Wobble-Montage-scaled_0.jpg?1410299437" /> </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"> part 5: family album </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&#39;re a parent, you probably take an average of thirty billion photos per year of your children. <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography-how-take-better-photos-your-kids/feature">Follow this smart, simple guide</a> and learn to do it properly. &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="604" height="453" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photography-tips-kids-main-01.jpg?1402678237" /> </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"> Part 6: write with light </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 kinds of photo-magic can be achieved by simply switching to a slow shutter speed. Find out <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography-how-shoot-long-exposures/feature" target="_blank">how to shoot long exposures</a> in our guide.</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="378" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/namewriting_0.jpg?1402678237" /> </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"> Part 7: go monochrome </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>Want to turn your hand to the oldest type of photography? Check out our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuff-s-guide-photography-how-take-dramatic-black-and-white-pictures/feature" target="_blank">guide to shooting black and white pictures</a> to add some vintage cool to your snaps.</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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo-guide-black-white-contrast_0.jpg?1402678237" /> </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-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/nikon-50mm-f18_0_0.jpg?1402678237" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography/feature#comments Cameras Digital compacts Photography 101 Smartphones System Cameras Tue, 10 Jun 2014 16:22:00 +0000 Will Dunn 1437339 at http://www.stuff.tv Stuff’s Guide to Photography: How to take dramatic black and white pictures http://www.stuff.tv/stuff-s-guide-photography-how-take-dramatic-black-and-white-pictures/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Want to turn your hand to the oldest type of photography? We’re here to help you go monochrome </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="Stuff’s Guide to Photography: How to take dramatic black and white pictures" alt="Stuff’s Guide to Photography: How to take dramatic black and white pictures" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/photo-guide-black-white-main.jpg?1403748800" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Black and white photography might sound simpler than colour photography &ndash; after all, it&rsquo;s been around for a lot longer and it&rsquo;s basically just two colours. However, a quick glance through Flickr or Facebook should demonstrate that people still struggle to understand what makes a good monochromatic photo. But Stuff is here to help: we&rsquo;ve put together this short guide to try and help you grasp the black and white basics.</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"><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"> Contrast is key </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>Because black and white photos remove colour, the viewer&rsquo;s attention is focussed on other things. Sharpness, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography-what-bokeh-and-how-do-i-get-it/feature">depth of field</a> and composition are of course important, but contrast is arguably the key factor in how much impact a black and white photograph holds.</p> <p>In most black and white images, you&rsquo;ll be looking for big contrasts between the darkest and lightest areas of the image. That&rsquo;s where the drama comes from. If your original photo doesn&rsquo;t have as much contrast as you&rsquo;d like, get it into Photoshop or another editing app and adjust the settings. Remember: a good colour photo won&rsquo;t necessarily make a good black and white one.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography-what-bokeh-and-how-do-i-get-it/feature">Stuff&rsquo;s Guide to Photography: What is bokeh &ndash; and how do I get it?</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="Look to bring bright whites and inky blacks into close proximity" alt="Look to bring bright whites and inky blacks into close proximity" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo-guide-black-white-contrast.jpg?1403748800" /> </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"> Polarising filters are your friend </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&rsquo;re shooting for black and white outside on a sunny day, attaching a circular polarising filter will help provide a more dramatic, contrasty monochromatic sky. The filter will darken the blue of the sky without darkening clouds, buildings or other objects in frame.</p> <p>Circular polarising filters don&#39;t start out particularly expensive (you can pick one up for under &pound;20) but make sure you buy the correct size to fit your lens&#39; diameter.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-a7r/review">Sony A7R camera 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="That sky comes courtesy of a polarising filter screwed onto the lens" alt="That sky comes courtesy of a polarising filter screwed onto the lens" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo-guide-black-white-polarising-filter.jpg?1403748800" /> </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"> Shoot in RAW if you can, colour if you can’t </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 your camera can shoot in RAW mode (most DSLRs, compact system cameras and higher-end compacts can), it&rsquo;s advisable to use it if you&rsquo;re taking pictures to convert into black and white. Yes, RAW images take up a lot more space on your camera&rsquo;s memory card, but that&rsquo;s because they retain all the info captured by the sensor and that means you have much more scope to process images in Photoshop, Aperture or Lightroom than you would with compressed JPEGs.</p> <p>If your camera doesn&rsquo;t support RAW shooting, it&rsquo;s almost always best to simply shoot in colour JPEG rather than use your camera&rsquo;s built-in black and white settings. Colour JPEGs will contain more data than black and white JPEGs, and thus offer a little more post-processing freedom.</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="RAW shooting will give you the most scope for editing images after exposure" alt="RAW shooting will give you the most scope for editing images after exposure" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo-guide-black-white-raw.jpg?1403748800" /> </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"> Black and white portraits can hide a multitude of sins </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>Black and white portraits often prove the most flattering, because skin blemishes disappear and the subject&rsquo;s most striking features stand out. Of course, upping the contrast too much can make wrinkles and fine lines more prominent than they&rsquo;d appear in real life, so moderation is key.</p> <p>As is lighting: light your subject too harshly and they can appear ghostly, cadaverous or just plain scary. It is, however, generally a good idea to contrast the subject and background: keep the subject&rsquo;s face lit and the background dark (or maybe vice versa if you&rsquo;re feeling adventurous).</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/leica-m-monochrom-revealed/news">Leica M Monochrom, the world&rsquo;s first black and white digital rangefinder, revealed</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="1680" title="Give your mate a gift they&#039;ll never forget: a kickarse new Facebook profile pic" alt="Give your mate a gift they&#039;ll never forget: a kickarse new Facebook profile pic" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo-guide-black-white-portrait.jpg?1403748800" /> </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"> Going monochrome can save a noisy shot </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>Taking photos at high ISO settings often results in noise: that colourful digital graininess that distracts your eye and obscures fine details. But flip the image to black and white and noise simply becomes simple grain: something that can serve to make a shot moodier or pleasingly scuzzy. So if you&rsquo;ve taken a shot you like but it&rsquo;s spoiled by noise when viewed in colour, give it a go in monochrome and see what happens &ndash; you may be pleasantly surprised.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/photography-101">All Stuff&rsquo;s Photography Guides in one place</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="1200" height="900" title="Ugly noise becomes gritty grain in black and white" alt="Ugly noise becomes gritty grain in black and white" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo-guide-black-white-noise.jpg?1403748800" /> </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 Digital compacts Photography 101 System Cameras Fri, 06 Jun 2014 18:55:02 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1438718 at http://www.stuff.tv Stuff's Guide to Photography: What is bokeh – and how do I get it? http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography-what-bokeh-and-how-do-i-get-it/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Add atmosphere to your photos by becoming a master of beautifully blurred backgrounds </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="Stuff&#039;s Guide to Photography: What is bokeh – and how do I get it?" alt="Stuff&#039;s Guide to Photography: What is bokeh – and how do I get it?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/bokeh-main.jpg?1405385889" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>So, &ldquo;bokeh&rdquo;: a Japanese word that has no English equivalent, but once explained a very simple concept for any camera-wielder to grasp. How simple? Well, this five-step guide will clue you in on all the blurry basics.</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"><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 is bokeh? </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>Put simply, it&rsquo;s the way in which a camera&rsquo;s lens renders out-of-focus points of light. So those attractively blurry backgrounds (and/or foregrounds) you see in shots with a short depth of field? That&rsquo;s bokeh.</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 bokeh in the background gives this shot a dreamier quality" alt="The bokeh in the background gives this shot a dreamier quality" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bruce-extreme-bokeh.jpg?1405385889" /> </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"> Glossary </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>Aperture</strong><br />In photography, an aperture is the hole in a lens through which light passes. The width and shape of this hole determines the angle at which rays of light hit the image sensor. Wide apertures &ndash; represented by low F-stop numbers on your camera &ndash; mean faster shutter speeds (they let in more light in a shorter space of time) and, in general, a narrow depth of field. Small apertures mean a wider depth of field and longer shutter speeds.</p> <p><strong>Depth of field</strong><br />The distance between the nearest and farthest objects in a scene that are in focus. A narrow DOF (sometimes called &ldquo;shallow focus&rdquo;) will result in lots of bokeh, while a wide DOF (&ldquo;deep focus&rdquo;) will mean everything in the scene appears sharp and in focus. Various factors determine DOF including: sensor/film size; lens aperture; and distance from the camera to the objects in the scene.</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-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"> There is both “good” and “bad” bokeh </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>Each lens&rsquo; characteristics &ndash; namely lens aberration and the shape of its aperture &ndash; determine the sort of bokeh it creates. Curved aperture blades, for instance, help create bokeh that looks more circular and, to most eyes, more pleasing &ndash; there are even lenses like Sony&rsquo;s STF 135mm F2.8 and Nikon&rsquo;s 105mm DC-Nikkor that are designed specifically to produce beautiful buttery smooth bokeh. Using a lens with fewer or straighter aperture blades can result in bokeh that&rsquo;s more angular and &ldquo;ugly&rdquo;.</p> <p><em>Image credit: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jerome_munich/4605866317/in/photolist-8uomq5-821gaz-821gAe-824qLy-dZAnHy-7SRPeA-k96ssp-k96svv-k98TqW-k974cH-czb2w3-84gU9-4QJPU5-8DHMaN-3dwnrE-cF9Fb5-6gzkgs-6C5Wwn-6oKVK6-6oKWhV-axDx1g-HL4jE-HsTHn-HsPTU" target="_blank">Jerome Marot</a></em></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="&quot;Good&quot; bokeh courtesy of Sony&#039;s STF lens" alt="&quot;Good&quot; bokeh courtesy of Sony&#039;s STF lens" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-stf-bokeh-shot.jpg?1405385889" /> </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"> The wider the aperture, the more likely you are to get bokeh </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>Bokeh occurs when portions of the image are in front of or behind the in-focus area, and the easiest way to achieve this narrow depth of field is to use a lens with a wide aperture: F1.8, F2.0, F2.8 etc. Alternatively, you can use a longer, lower aperture lens &ndash; let&rsquo;s say an 18-55mm kit zoom set at 55mm and F5.6 &ndash; and ensure the distance between subject and background is extensive.</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="803" title="A wide F1.7 aperture setting is responsible for the bokeh here" alt="A wide F1.7 aperture setting is responsible for the bokeh here" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/jenga-bokeh.jpg?1405385889" /> </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"> Compacts and smartphones can achieve bokeh – but it’s tough </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>Because of their tiny apertures, it&rsquo;s difficult to get bokeh in shots taken with point-and-shoot and smartphone cameras. The only way to achieve &ldquo;real&rdquo; bokeh with most is to take a macro (i.e. a shot of something very close to the lens), which will likely result in a blurry background and sharp, in-focus subject.</p> <p><em>Image credit: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/rabrunzel/13850022255/in/photolist-kxqJsp-fjDi2F-dP37r4-dLSnqX-dNwqbX-dHMwvt-dLX1mJ-dJGSi3-dLjVdG-dKZNGE-dP2k56-dMTnQS-dHSwyf-dLX1ed-dHMfzz-dHSxeq-e4EvL9-n6SZ6a-n6SYR2-dL64wn-dS2gdC-dTTqHm-f8DRTg-dJGRRd-dT61PQ-dVfZMJ-emNwvq-dKPoJd-dPDpTc-dP3cax-dRXrxp-dG5dnv-dStXrz-e8UbJS-e6WJWt-eaSw3L-dT5Z3y-dStUwF-dVg4FW-dRaqc2-dSZnG2-dVaviF-dVg5db-dRXT4V-dVatkg-eaE1j2-e9zj6w-dUxmrD-dUxjB2-dP7UmC" target="_blank">Intensivtäteraggressor</a></em></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="Bokeh in a macro shot taken with a Canon Powershot G15 compact" alt="Bokeh in a macro shot taken with a Canon Powershot G15 compact" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/canon-g15-macro-bokeh.jpg?1405385889" /> </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"> There are some software tricks, however… </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>Many small cameras can use technical trickery to create fake bokeh. Android 4.4 KitKat&rsquo;s camera, for instance, uses a clever algorithm to simulate bokeh, but requires that everything in the frame remains still for a few seconds. Most of these techniques can&rsquo;t match the effect of real bokeh, but can deliver decent results in a pinch.</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="768" height="1024" title="Android KitKat&#039;s camera does a passable job of creating fake bokeh" alt="Android KitKat&#039;s camera does a passable job of creating fake bokeh" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fake-android-camera-bokeh.jpg?1405385889" /> </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"> Stuff&#039;s Guide to Photography </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"> Create stunning shots with your phone or a full-fat DSLR </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Cameras Digital compacts Photography 101 Smartphones System Cameras Mon, 19 May 2014 14:29:45 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1437250 at http://www.stuff.tv Be excited: the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX100 III is real http://www.stuff.tv/sony/be-excited-sony-cyber-shot-dsc-rx100-iii-real/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Third time&#039;s a charm for Sony&#039;s most impressive compact camera to date </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="Be excited: the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX100 III is real" alt="Be excited: the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX100 III is real" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/mSJ.jpg?1400235944" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>There&rsquo;s a reason we all need the new Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III camera: our bodies have become too precious to bear the neck-punishing weight of a clunky DSLR.</p> <p>Okay maybe not, but the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III camera, crafted in aluminium, claims to you top quality performance for a fraction of the weight of some DSLRs. Definitely for photographers who want both serious imaging and extreme portability.</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/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</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"> One feature-packed 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>Since we&#39;re living in an age of selfies, we&#39;re intrigued its 3.0-type Xtra Fine LCD that now flips up 180 degrees for effortless arms-length portraits. It&#39;s perfect when you want to work that angle, whether it&#39;s from a high or low position.</p> <p>Besides its 20.1MP 1.0-type back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS image sensor and Intelligent Active Mode that minimises the effects of camera shake, the RX100 III camera also boasts a newly-added 4K still image output, which allows photo viewing on 4K TVs.&nbsp;</p> <p>To sweeten the deal, Sony&rsquo;s also introduced a range of free and paid-for PlayMemories Camera Apps that let you improve your photography quality with effects, filters, utilities and more.</p> <p>But you have to hang on to your horses for a few days more. The Cyber-shot RX100 III will be available from June, and pricing hasn&#39;t been announced yet. We&#39;d imagine it&#39;ll fall close to the four-figure mark, however &ndash; so start saving. </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-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="Be excited, the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX100 III is real" alt="Be excited, the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX100 III is real" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/K6XPUB.jpg?1400235944" /> </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/sony/be-excited-sony-cyber-shot-dsc-rx100-iii-real/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cameras Digital compacts Sony Fri, 16 May 2014 09:34:13 +0000 Stephen Graves 1437316 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-camera-2/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung’s second smart snapper excels at sharing, but you&#039;ll pay for the privilege </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="Don&#039;t worry - it&#039;s also available in black" alt="Samsung Galaxy Camera 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-galaxy-camera-2-flash.jpg?1398825798" /> </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>Samsung was the first manufacturer to introduce a &#39;proper&#39; compact camera equipped with Android in the form of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-camera/samsung-galaxy-camera/review" target="_blank">Galaxy Camera</a>, and one year later its successor has arrived, sporting a newer version of Android &ndash; but not a whole lot else in terms of innovation.</p> <p>The Galaxy Camera 2&rsquo;s sensor, zoom lens and screen are all pretty much the same as those on its predecessor, so you&rsquo;re probably wondering: why upgrade? Read on and we&rsquo;ll tell you if you should.</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"> £400.00 </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">6 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"> Android 4.3 means easy app sharing </div> <div class="field-item even"> Impressively large, sharp screen </div> <div class="field-item odd"> 50GB of free Dropbox storage </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"> Taste-free looks </div> <div class="field-item even"> Image quality is merely OK </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Almost unchanged from first Galaxy Camera </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"> Candy Crush snapper? </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 original Galaxy Camera came with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, this one offers 4.3 Jelly Bean. It&rsquo;s not a major upgrade, in all honesty, but we won&rsquo;t gripe too much about it not being the latest 4.4 KitKat version of Google&rsquo;s operating system.</p> <p>Why not? Well, this isn&rsquo;t a smartphone, and 4.3 runs the necessary photo, video and social media apps well enough, while also allowing you to listen to music (there&rsquo;s a 3.5mm headphone socket on board), play games and so on. The idea of playing games on a camera is odd, we know, but you can fire up <em>Threes!</em> or <em>Candy Crush Saga</em> if you want and they&rsquo;ll run as well as on any phone.</p> <p>The photo app compatibility is the draw here though: as with the first Galaxy Camera, you can easily snap a good quality photo or video and upload it immediately to services such as Instagram and Facebook via Wi-Fi &ndash; and have it automatically backup to Dropbox (you get 50GB of free storage with the camera). The difference here? Not much, again. The Galaxy Camera 2 doesn&rsquo;t offer any connectivity options its predecessor didn&rsquo;t (both have a/b/g/n 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct and Bluetooth 4.0), but it does feature a very slightly faster processor: a quad-core 1.6GHz CPU as opposed to a quad-core 1.4GHz CPU.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s also a slightly bigger battery aboard, which Samsung claims delivers around 400 shots per charge versus 340 on the first Galaxy Camera. We found it lasted a good three or four days of moderate use before we felt it needed recharging.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lytro/lytro-introduces-illum-pro-level-light-field-camera/news" target="_blank">Meet the Lytro Illum - the pro-level camera that lets you refocus after you shoot</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="Apps galore on the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2&#039;s home screens" alt="Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-camera-2-android.jpg?1398825798" /> </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="Having Instagram on a &#039;proper&#039; camera: so wrong, but so right" alt="Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-camera-2-instagram.jpg?1398825798" /> </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"> Selfie help </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 720p, 4.8in TFT display is the same as that on the original Galaxy Camera. With a pixel density of just over 300ppi, it&rsquo;s not as sharp as most smartphone screens &ndash; but it&#39;s sharper, and far larger, than most compact camera screens. The touch sensitivity works as well as could be expected, and overall it&rsquo;s a decent, if unremarkable display. Samsung claims its auto brightness mode means clear images even in bright sunlight, but we had trouble viewing it comfortably on a blazing morning without retreating into the shade.</p> <p>With very few physical buttons, the screen is used for tweaking settings and selecting the focus point. You can initiate camera mode&nbsp;while in &#39;normal Android&#39; by pressing the shutter button, and once within it you&#39;ll see dedicated on-screen buttons for capturing both stills and videos, as well as a Mode button which enables you to switch between Auto, Smart and Expert.</p> <p>Smart mode now&nbsp;has 28 presets, nine more than on the first Galaxy Camera, including&nbsp;tricksy modes such as &#39;Selfie alarm&#39; (which trips the shutter automatically when there are faces in frame, following a two-second warning tone), HDR and 4fps continuous shooting. You also get traditional scene presets including Landscape, Macro and Food.</p> <p>The&nbsp;Expert mode, meanwhile, allows you to adjust almost any setting, plus there&#39;s a My Modes option, which gives you quick access to the last few you&rsquo;ve used.</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 main camera view" alt="Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-camera-2-camera-screen.jpg?1398825798" /> </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="Expert mode opens up all settings for tweakage" alt="Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-camera-2-expert-mode.jpg?1398825798" /> </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="Sound the Selfie Alarm, everyone" alt="Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-camera-2-selfie-alarm.jpg?1398825798" /> </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"> Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 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> 16.3MP CMOS</p> <p><strong>Optical zoom:</strong>&nbsp;21x</p> <p><strong>OS:</strong>&nbsp;Android 4.3 Jelly Bean</p> <p><strong>Processor:</strong>&nbsp;Quad-core 1.6GHz</p> <p><strong>Movies:</strong> 1080p@30fps, 720p@60fps, 512p@120fps </p><p><strong>Screen:</strong>&nbsp;4.8in, 1280 x 720, TFT</p> <p><strong>Connectivity:</strong> NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, HDMI</p> <p><strong>Storage: </strong>8GB plus microSD up to 64GB</p> <p><strong>Battery:</strong> 2000mAh</p> <p><strong>Dimensions:</strong> 71.2 x 132.5 x 19.3mm</p> <p><strong>Weight:</strong> 283g</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"> Quality control </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 Galaxy Camera 2 has a 1/2.3in 16.3MP CMOS sensor and 21x optical zoom lens, which is (yep, you&rsquo;ve guessed it) precisely the same setup as the first Galaxy Camera. Ho-hum. We weren&rsquo;t particularly enraptured by the first model&rsquo;s photo and video quality, so for the replacement model to offer the same a year later&hellip; well, it&rsquo;s a big disappointment.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not that the images are terrible, because they&rsquo;re fine by mid-range compact camera standards. There&rsquo;s a pleasing amount of detail, noise isn&rsquo;t awful except at high ISO settings and colours are bright &ndash; but given that the Galaxy Camera 2 is being sold for &pound;400 and is one of the few compacts with Android, we were expecting something a bit more special.</p> <p>The 1080p and 720p videos are similarly acceptable without being excellent: smoother than you&rsquo;d expect from a smartphone thanks to the inclusion of optical image stabilisation, but really nothing special. There&rsquo;s no sign of 4K here, for instance.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nikon/nikon-d3300/review" target="_blank">Nikon D3300 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="1600" height="900" title="The 16MP stills are decent enough for a mid-range compact" alt="Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-camera-2-still-01.jpg?1398825798" /> </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="There&#039;s a fair bit of detail on display..." alt="Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-camera-2-still-02.jpg?1398825798" /> </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="...and noise is reasonably well controlled" alt="Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-camera-2-still-03.jpg?1398825798" /> </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"> White elephant? </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>Again, it&rsquo;s a case of spot the difference here, with the Galaxy Camera 2 sharing a shape and control layout with the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-camera/samsung-galaxy-camera/review" target="_blank">Galaxy Camera</a>. The buttons, pop-up flash and zoom rocker are all in the same places, as is the grip on the right side. Like its predecessor, it&rsquo;s surprisingly large and wide for a compact camera (a consequence of having such a big screen at the back) but not especially heavy &ndash; you can easily hold it with one hand.</p> <p>The variations are merely cosmetic, with the new model sporting a textured, leather-look (but hard plastic) body with silver panels at the top and bottom. Two colour finishes are available: white, which we were sent and were embarrassed to use in public due to its TOWIE-ness; and black, which seems like the sensible choice for anyone who spends less than half of their free time prostrated under a &#39;cheeky sunbed&#39;.</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="It&#039;s solidly built, but the Galaxy Camera 2 isn&#039;t much of a looker" alt="Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-camera-2-front-2.jpg?1398825798" /> </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"> Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 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 Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 doesn&rsquo;t come across as an entirely new product, but more a minor update of last year&rsquo;s model &ndash; there are no significant changes, bar the slight update to the OS. It&rsquo;s a move that&rsquo;s somewhat out of character for a company such as Samsung, which thrives on innovating faster than most of its rivals.</p> <p>If you own the first Galaxy Camera, there&rsquo;s absolutely no point in replacing it with this one, and the &pound;400 price tag also seems steep for those looking to buy their first Android compact. The sharing and backup features remain impressive, but the photo quality needed a bump &ndash; and it hasn&rsquo;t got it here.</p> <p>For the same price you could buy Canon&#39;s excellent pro compact the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/canon-powershot-g16/review" target="_blank">Powershot G16</a> or the supremely desirable <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fujifilm/fujifilm-x20/review" target="_blank">Fujifilm X20</a>, and both would do a better job of giving you what you (presumably) want a camera for: great photographs.</p> <p>If you&#39;re more bothered about getting a snapper with photo-sharing and Android skills, maybe wait until the forthcoming <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-k-zoom-20mp-camera-and-10x-optical-zoom-will-launch-29-april/news" target="_blank">Galaxy K Zoom</a>&nbsp;appears; hopefully that will justify its price in a way the Galaxy Camera 2 can&#39;t quite manage to.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/cameras/top-ten" target="_blank">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 21x zoom lens comes in handy outdoors" alt="Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-camera-2-front.jpg?1398825798" /> </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"> 6 </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"> 6 </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"> 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"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><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"> 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>Minor improvements over last year&rsquo;s model make this feel oddly outdated, despite its Android smarts</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"> Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 review </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-camera-2/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Android Cameras Digital compacts Galaxy Camera Samsung Fri, 25 Apr 2014 09:36:40 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1436071 at http://www.stuff.tv Nikon launches Android-powered S810c and lens-swapping 1 J4 cameras http://www.stuff.tv/android/nikon-launches-android-powered-s810c-and-lens-swapping-1-j4-cameras/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> One’s built for social, the other’s built for speed </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 1 J4" alt="Nikon 1 J4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nikon-1-j4-orange.jpg?1397125938" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Nikon has ripped the wrappings off a pair of new cameras: the Nikon 1 J4 compact system camera and the Nikon S810c Android-powered point-and-shoot.</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>It comes with a 3in touchscreen and built-in Wi-Fi, which allows you to instantly share photos to your tablet or smartphone, as well as use a selection of apps to control creative functions.</p> <p>Nikon has yet to confirm pricing for the 1 J4, but has announced that it will be on sale from June.</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="Nikon 1 J4 in black" alt="Nikon 1 J4 in black" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nikon-1-j4-black.jpg?1397125938" /> </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="The 1 J4 is available in four colours: orange, black, silver and white" alt="The 1 J4 is available in four colours: orange, black, silver and white" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nikon-1-j4-silver-top.jpg?1397125938" /> </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 1 J4" alt="Nikon 1 J4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nikon-1-j4-white.jpg?1397125938" /> </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"> A second shot at Android </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 Nikon Coolpix S810c is the company&rsquo;s second shot at a compact point-and-shoot camera with Android (the first being the somewhat underwhelming Coolpix S800c, which we <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nikon/nikon-coolpix-s800c/review">reviewed</a> back in October 2012). Nikon describes it as a &ldquo;significant improvement&rdquo; over its predecessor thanks to a 12x optical zoom lens, 16MP CMOS sensor, wider 3.7in touchscreen, 4GB of built-in storage and the inclusion of Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean (no word of a KitKat upgrade as yet).</p> <p>Using the S810c&rsquo;s Wi-Fi connection, you can download photo apps like Instagram, Snapseed and VSCO Cam from the Google Play Store in order to edit and share your shots online. And of course you can also install the likes of Facebook, Flickr and Twitter and upload images and videos straight to them.</p> <p>The Nikon Coolpix S810c will be on sale from 24th April, priced at &pound;250.</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 S810c" alt="Nikon Coolpix S810c" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nikon-s810c-front.jpg?1397125938" /> </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 Coolpix S810c" alt="Nikon Coolpix S810c" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nikon-s810c-back.jpg?1397125938" /> </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/android/nikon-launches-android-powered-s810c-and-lens-swapping-1-j4-cameras/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Android Digital compacts Nikon System Cameras Thu, 10 Apr 2014 10:26:27 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1435197 at http://www.stuff.tv Bye bye blur: Olympus Stylus SH-1 brings five-axis stabilisation to the compact world http://www.stuff.tv/olympus/bye-bye-blur-olympus-stylus-sh-1-brings-five-axis-stabilisation-compact-world/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> OM-D tech in a point-and-shoot? Yes please </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="1024" height="768" title="Bye bye blur: Olympus Stylus SH-1 brings five-axis stabilisation to the compact world" alt="Bye bye blur: Olympus Stylus SH-1 brings five-axis stabilisation to the compact " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/olympus-sh1.jpg?1396331132" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Olympus has announced the new Stylus SH-1 compact cam, and its standout feature is its Olympus&#39; previously praised five-axis image stabilisation.</p> <p>Originally debuting in the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/olympus/olympus-om-d-e-m5/review" target="_blank">Olympus OM-D E-M5</a>, the impressive image stabilisation tech takes into account the roll, pitch, yaw, vertical and horizontal movement of the camera when snapping away, resulting in crystal clear, sharp snaps with no blur.</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/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</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>An f/3-6.9 25X optical zoom lens isn&#39;t anything to be sniffed at either, and a 16MP sensor, 3in LCD and the same TruePic processor found in the OM-D series isn&#39;t anything to sniff at either.</p> <p>Throw in built-in Wi-Fi with remote control and sharing functionality (via a smartphone), and an aluminium alloy finish all contribute towards a very tempting compact cam, with an equally tempting price tag.</p> <p>It&#39;ll be available from the end of April for &pound;350, so you might want to hold onto your wallets for a little while longer if you were thinking of picking up a new camera this weekend.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/o-md-e-m10/olympus-om-d-e-m10-hands-beautiful-retro-compact-system-camera-you-can-actually-afford/fe" target="_blank">Olympus OM-D E-M10: hands-on with the powerful retro compact system camera you can afford</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="879" height="659" title="Bye bye blur: Olympus Stylus SH-1 brings five-axis stabilisation to the compact world" alt="Bye bye blur: Olympus Stylus SH-1 brings five-axis stabilisation to the compact " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/olympus-sh1-back.jpg?1396331132" /> </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/olympus/bye-bye-blur-olympus-stylus-sh-1-brings-five-axis-stabilisation-compact-world/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/olympus/bye-bye-blur-olympus-stylus-sh-1-brings-five-axis-stabilisation-compact-world/news#comments Digital compacts Olympus Mon, 31 Mar 2014 08:37:28 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1434584 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Taco Bell pioneering fast food by smartphone and Netflix bags Star Wars TV series http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/fully-charged-taco-bell-pioneering-fast-food-smartphone-and-netflix-bags-star-wars-tv-series <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Start off your morning the right way: a cup of coffee and our round-up of today’s top tech stories </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="Taco Bell pioneering fast food by smartphone" alt="Taco Bell pioneering fast food by smartphone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/taco-bell.jpg?1392434655" /> </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-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> US fast food chain Taco Bell introducing smartphone order system </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>Later this year US residents will be able to order Taco Bell food direct from their smartphones. The fast food chain has announced plans to roll out an app and ordering service in the coming months, allowing customers to choose whether to pick up their food in-store or via the drive-thru window and pay beforehand via credit or gift card. Your mobile&rsquo;s GPS will also be put to good use: because they&rsquo;ll know your location, Taco Bell employees will know exactly when to start cooking your food &ndash; no more cold takeaways.</p> <p>Taco Bell has reportedly been working on the system for two years and looks to have stolen a march on rival chains like McDonalds, who are currently still in the experimentation phase of mobile orders.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/2/13/5409230/taco-bell-will-accept-orders-via-smartphone-this-year?">The Verge</a>]</strong></p> <p><em>Image credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/58990192@N03/6912027161/in/photolist-bwMWS6-bwMXKD-bU9BeP-84qs1W-cNG3Nw-cNG751-cNG2VN-cNG6gS-cNG7wW-f1MJUh-9gQfUz-9LkSrQ-9jm1so-eaEVD5-87FgoC-8oQ9Gq-ixE5dg-9nQzQj-f1BExA-e5zNtG-9yuDZu-hUWcdZ-iboaLY-cNG4XQ-cNG5SL-8neN1B-boKWkU-8ebixU-e2EsE4-8HtGw5-8HtGud-8B2CS6-7BZTGk-a3R1da-a3QZZe-a3TQtE-a3TRrm-a3R1ht">time anchor</a></em></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"> Star Wars: The Clone Wars final season will be exclusive to Netflix </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>Netflix has announced that it has bagged the exclusive rights to stream the final season of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars cartoon. The 13-episode season (known as &ldquo;The Lost Missions&rdquo;) will be available to Netflix subscribers from 7th March, along with the director&rsquo;s cuts of all five previous seasons and the original Clone Wars feature-length episode.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/02/13/netflixs-first-taste-of-star-wars-coming-with-exclusive-clon/">Engadget</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/T_jcl8wxSEI" 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"> Sigma dp2 Quattro: the oddest-looking compact camera we’ve seen in years </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>Sigma has given its DP range of high-end compact cameras a new look &ndash; and it&rsquo;s certainly unconventional. The dp2 Quattro is a long, thin camera with only the chunky grip and fixed 30mm lens protruding &ndash; a marked difference from its rather more staid and traditional predecessor. They&rsquo;re similar in one regard however: like previous DP cameras, the dp2 Quattro features a Foveon image sensor, which separates colour in a different way to most camera sensors and uses three layers (20MP, 4.9MP and 4.9MP) to capture image data.</p> <p>No price or availability information has been revealed thus far.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://www.gizmag.com/sigma-dp2-quattro-camera/30827/">Gizmag</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/kFdDblbHmRQ" 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"> One bird-based mobile game isn’t going anywhere… </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>Flappy Bird may have awkwardly flown off to the great aviary in the sky, but one mobile game franchise based on our feathered friends is still going strong: Angry Birds.</p> <p>We don&rsquo;t know anyone who still plays Rovio&rsquo;s cash cow, but obviously enough people do that there&rsquo;s yet another Angry Birds title on the way: Angry Birds Stella. Stella is a pink bird and, according to Rovio, a &ldquo;fierce, feisty character with a great group of friends&rdquo;. And we suspect those friends are going to be smashing into some blocks on a phone near you fairly soon.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://www.rovio.com/en/news/blog/463/angry-birds-stella-bffs-most-of-the-time/">Rovio</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="743" height="1100" title="One bird-based mobile game isn’t going anywhere…" alt="One bird-based mobile game isn’t going anywhere…" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/angry%20birds%20stella%20teaser.png?1392434655" /> </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> Apps and Games Digital compacts Netflix Thu, 13 Feb 2014 22:15:30 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1432389 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony’s new H400 Cyber-shot is a spy’s dream camera http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-s-new-h400-cyber-shot-spy-s-dream-camera/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The bridge cam has a whopping 63x optical zoom – and it’s one of six new Cyber-shots on its way in the next few months </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="Sony’s new H400 Cyber-shot is a spy’s dream camera" alt="Sony’s new H400 Cyber-shot is a spy’s dream camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-hx400.jpg?1392191203" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Smartphones may be turning compact cameras into the next gadget dodo, but there&rsquo;s one weapon compacts still have left in their arsenal: zoom lenses.</p> <p>Yeah, Samsung has tried grafting an optical zoom on to the S4 &ndash; <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/video-review-samsung-galaxy-s4-zoom-ultimate-cameraphone/video">with patchy results</a> &ndash; and yeah, the likes of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nokia-lumia-1020/review">Nokia Lumia 1020</a> fake a zoom through crazy cropping, but really, it&rsquo;s not like having a super-zoom in your jacket pocket.</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"><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"> SONY CYBER-SHOT DSC-H400 AND HX400V </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>First up is the daddy of them all: the Sony Cyber-shot H400. This bridge camera has a slightly ridiculous 63x optical zoom, which makes the Galaxy S4 Zoom&rsquo;s 10x range look more than a little weedy in comparison. It&rsquo;s equivalent to 24.5-1550mm in 35mm format &ndash; which is basically meaningless, as a DSLR lens that size would probably be longer than most rooms.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s got more going for it than just length, though. There&rsquo;s 5-axis Optical SteadyShot tech inside it to ensure your image isn&rsquo;t dancing around as you try to frame it, it packs a 20.1MP CCD sensor, electronic viewfinder and it shoots 720p movies.</p> <p>We tried it out briefly, and can report that yes, it really does zoom a very long way. Shots aren&rsquo;t bad, either &ndash; it&rsquo;s no Sony Alpha A7, but it&rsquo;d probably make a fine holiday cam. We&rsquo;ll know more when we get a chance to put it properly to the test.</p> <p>Either way, it&rsquo;ll be available from April and will cost &pound;250.</p> <p>Sony&rsquo;s second new bridge cam is the HX400V, which can&rsquo;t quite compete on range &ndash; it zooms to a &lsquo;mere&rsquo; 50x &ndash; but which is a far more premium camera in most other respects.</p> <p>For starters, it has a bigger 20.4MP Exmor R sensor inside it, a ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* lens, GPS, Wi-Fi and NFC. You also get 1080p full HD videos, proper manual controls, EVF, tiltable LCD and a more robust feeling build.</p> <p>The HX400V will be in shops in March and will retail at &pound;420.</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"> SONY CYBER-SHOT DSC-HX60/60V </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>Take a look at our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/cameras/top-ten">Top Ten Compact Cameras</a> and you&rsquo;ll see the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-cyber-shot-hx50/review">Sony HX50</a> nestling at No.1. Well, not for much longer, because the HX60 is on its way.</p> <p>In truth, it&rsquo;s a fairly modest refresh of the HX50. The 30x optical zoom remains, as does the 20.4MP Exmor R sensor, full HD video and Wi-Fi. The processor upgrade to Sony&rsquo;s new Bionz X model will probably be the biggest change. It&rsquo;s apparently three times faster than the previous model, and should speed up burst shooting and improve low-light abilities. Area-specific noise reduction is another new addition &ndash; the shots we were shown looked impressively clean at high ISOs.</p> <p>Optical SteadyShot stabilisation is also included &ndash; quite handy when you&rsquo;re shooting at 30x zoom &ndash; and it&rsquo;ll even output 4k stills to your TV, in the unlikely event that you own a 4k TV. Finally, it&rsquo;ll be available in two models, with the &lsquo;V&rsquo; version adding GPS (and costing a tenner more).</p> <p>It&rsquo;s unlikely to be worth upgrading if you own the HX50, but if you&rsquo;re on the lookout for a new travel cam, it ought to be a contender. It&rsquo;ll be available in March costing &pound;330 (&pound;340 for the HX60V) and we&rsquo;ll test it as soon as we can.</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 HX60" alt="Sony HX60" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-hx60.jpg?1392191203" /> </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="Sony HX60V" alt="Sony HX60V" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-hx60v.jpg?1392191203" /> </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"> SONY CYBER-SHOT DSC-WX350, WX220 AND W800 </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>Not had enough new Cyber-shot cams yet? There&rsquo;s also the WX350, WX220 and W800.</p> <p>According to Sony, the WX350 is the world&rsquo;s smallest and lightest compact camera with a powerful 20x optical zoom, which is a bit like saying England is the most populous nation on Earth that&rsquo;s also an island in the North Sea.</p> <p>It has an 18.2MP Exmor R sensor, packs the new Bionz X processor and has all the Wi-Fi and NFC gubbins you&rsquo;ll find in its big brothers above.</p> <p>The WX220, meanwhile, also gets the 18.2MP sensor but has to make do with 10x optical zoom, while the poor old W800 has a 20.1MP CCD sensor and 5x optical zoom lens.</p> <p><em>NOTE: All the cameras we had hands-on time with are pre-production samples, so features and image quality may be different in the retail models.</em><br />&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="1200" height="900" title="Sony WX350" alt="Sony WX350" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-wx350.jpg?1392191203" /> </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/sony/sony-s-new-h400-cyber-shot-spy-s-dream-camera/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Digital compacts Sony Tue, 11 Feb 2014 22:19:05 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1432296 at http://www.stuff.tv The Sigma DP2 Quattro is bent on photographic glory http://www.stuff.tv/sigma-dp2-quattro-bent-photographic-glory/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Long, strong, and absorbs 40% more photons </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="Crowbar shape makes it popular with burglars" alt="Sigma DP2 Quattro" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/05_0.jpg?1392169280" /> </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/will-dunn" title="View user profile.">Will Dunn</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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Something&#39;s long with this picture.</strong></p> <p>Yes, it might be a bit of a stretch, but we&#39;re rather taken by Sigma&#39;s crazy new compact. It&#39;s long, thin and bent at one end, like a hockey stick that can take photographs. And as if that unusual shape wasn&#39;t enough, Sigma refuses to give it a zoom or an interchageable lens mount. Instead, it&#39;s one of three, each of which sports a fixed-length lens (the one you&#39;re looking at is the 30mm version, with 19mm and 50mm versions to follow).</p> <p>&nbsp;</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>Sounds like they&#39;re trying to put people off.</strong></p> <p>In a way, they are. Sigma has made a range of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sigma-jenoptik-uk-ltd/sigma-unveils-46mp-dp1-merrell-and-dp2-merrell-cameras/news">difficult-to-use, fixed-length compact cameras</a>&nbsp;before. For a lot of people they made eactly no sense, but for some their singularity of purpose, their good optics and their clever sensors made them exceptionally good. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sigma-jenoptik-uk-ltd-dp2/review">Sigma DP2 Review</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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/thisone.jpg?1392169280" /> </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>Why do I get the feeling you&#39;re going to mention vertically stacked photodiodes?</strong></p> <p>Because the unorthodox nature of Sigma&#39;s gloriously insane compacts doesn&#39;t stop at an unusual design. The sensor itself is unlike anything else you&#39;ll see in a compact, or an SLR for that matter. It&#39;s a Foveon sensor. Other camera sensors have one layer of photo-receptors which just sense light, in black and white, with some filters about to create colour. The Foveon sensor, which is only used in Sigma cameras, has three layers of photoreceptors. Sigma says this makes it work more like colour film, and photographers that love their cameras say it creates images that are sharper than a new razor, with incredible levels of detail.&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="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/thisonea_0.jpg?1392169280" /> </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><strong>I want one but I don&#39;t want one!</strong></p> <p>Frustrating, isn&#39;t it? You know that it wouldn&#39;t be suited to 96% of your photos, but that remaining 4% would be absolutely superb. Luckily, you don&#39;t have to worry about that, because you can&#39;t have one - there&#39;s no price and availability yet, and when they do go on sale they&#39;ll probably be prohibitively expensive for all but a minority of professional photographers. Oh, now we want one even more.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>SNAP &#39;EM UP</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/cameras/top-ten">Stuff&#39;s Top 10 Compact Cameras</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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/01.jpg?1392169280" /> </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/sigma-dp2-quattro-bent-photographic-glory/feature#comments Cameras Digital compacts Hot Stuff Tue, 11 Feb 2014 16:00:48 +0000 Will Dunn 1432287 at http://www.stuff.tv Canon Powershot S120 http://www.stuff.tv/canon/canon-powershot-s120/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> With the S120, Canon hopes to lure the serious photographist with a bright lens, twisty ring control and discreet styling, but is that enough when others offer more for less? </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="Canon Powershot S120 review" alt="Canon S120" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/CanonS120-1.jpg?1384340533" /> </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/tony-horgan" title="View user profile.">Tony Horgan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>When compacts were for dummies and DSLRs for pros, "serious" compacts in the vein of the Canon S120 and Sony RX100 made a lot of sense. Now, flanked by fantastic do-it-all compacts such as the <a title="Sony Cyber-shot HX50 review" href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-cyber-shot-hx50/review" target="_blank">Sony HX50</a> on one side and far more flexible compact system cameras on the other, their niche is squeezed harder than ever.<br /></strong></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"> £450.00 </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"> Slim </div> <div class="field-item even"> Cool special modes </div> <div class="field-item odd"> RAW shooting </div> <div class="field-item even"> Solid build </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Excellent picture quality </div> <div class="field-item even"> Great image stabilisation </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Smooth, sharp video at 60fps </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"> 5x zoom is limiting </div> <div class="field-item even"> Unfriendly interface </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Poor Wi-Fi integration </div> <div class="field-item even"> Questionable battery life </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"> Staying slim </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 Canon S120's target customer already has a big camera. In fact they probably have a cupboard of cameras to choose from, and because this is meant to be a "day off" camera it's clealy been designed to be as slim as possible. That flatness makes it very pocketable but imposes limits on the space available for the battery and the extent of the zoom.</p> <p>Even so, there's room for a pop-up flash (which needs to be deployed manually) and a control ring that can be assigned to manual focus, zoom or aperture adjustment.</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 S120" alt="Canon Powershot S120 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/CanonS120-2.jpg?1384340533" /> </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"> Star mode </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>Before we get into the nuts and bolts, take a look at some of the unusual fun features. There are three Star modes which make it very easy to shoot night skies. Usually this is tricky on a compact as you'll typically be limited to a 30-second exposure and have trouble setting the focus in the dead of night. The S120's Star Trail feature handles all of that for you, exposing for about an hour and a half (battery permitting), building up a composite of long exposures over that time. You can call it quits whenever you like, and because you get a live preview on the LCD there's no guesswork involved. You can also opt for a single long exposure or make a timelapse movie of the night sky. It's also refreshing to have a generous maximum exposure time of 250 seconds in manual mode.</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 S120 Star mode" alt="Canon S120 star trails" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Stars-1_0.JPG?1384340533" /> </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"> Neutral Density Filter </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 can even take long exposures in daylight thanks to the internal neutral density filter feature. When this is switched on it has the effect of reducing the amount of light hitting the sensor, which allows you to keep the shutter open for longer without over exposing the image.</p> <p>It's fun to play around with, although a little disappointing that you're limited to somewhere between one and two seconds depending on weather conditions. The picture of the van hurtling down the road is on the verge of over exposing with a 1.6-second shutter speed, while the waterfall (OK, sewerage outlet) is crisper at 0.8 seconds.</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 S120 neutral density filter" alt="Canon S120 ND filter" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_0043.JPG?1384340533" /> </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="Canon Powershot S120 ND filter" alt="Canon Powershot S120 neutral density filter" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_0026.JPG?1384340533" /> </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"> Picture 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>Aside from those tricks, the most impressive thing about the Canon S120 is the image quality. It's not fool-proof in Auto mode and most of the time you'll get better exposures if you're in High Dynamic Range mode, but assuming you have got it set up correctly for your scene, the pixel clarity is excellent.</p> <p>There's a lot more to image quality than how clean your pixels are, but it's reassuring to see that, close-up, there's virtually no fringing, blurring or distortion, which gives you more potential for cropping and enlarging.</p> <p>&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="1200" height="900" title="Canon S120 sample shot" alt="Canon S120 sample shot" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_0025.JPG?1384340533" /> </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="Canon Powershot S120 sample shot" alt="Canon Powershot S120 sample shot" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/CanonS120-Test-4.JPG?1384340533" /> </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="Canon Powershot S120 sample shot" alt="Canon Powershot S120 sample shot" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/CanonS120-Test-5.JPG?1384340533" /> </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"> Canon Powershot S120 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> 12.1MP<strong></strong></p> <p><strong>Lens:</strong> f/1.8-f/5.7<strong></strong></p> <p><strong>Optical zoom:</strong> 5x<strong></strong></p> <p><strong>ISO range:</strong> 80-12800<strong></strong></p> <p><strong>Shutter speed range:</strong> 1/2500 sec - 250 secs<strong></strong></p> <p><strong>LCD:</strong> 3in capacitive touchscreen<strong></strong></p> <p><strong>Video:</strong> 1080p @ 60fps<strong></strong></p> <p><strong>Connectivity:</strong> HDMI, USB, Wi-Fi b/g/n<strong></strong></p> <p><strong>Storage:</strong> SD, SDHC, SDXC<strong></strong></p> <p><strong>Dimensions:</strong> 100x59x29mm<strong></strong></p> <p><strong>Weight:</strong> 217g</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"> Bright lens, low light skills </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 f/1.8 lens pays off when you're indoors, shooting under artificial light. You can capture great images without the flash while maintaining a reasonably fast shutter speed. For example, in regular domestic lighting you can expect the Auto mode to take a picture at 1/20 of a second at ISO 1600, which is sufficient to snap children playing with minimal motion blur and still retain crispness in the detail.</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 S120 mode dial" alt="Canon Powershot S120 modes" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/CanonS120-6.jpg?1384340533" /> </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"> 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>Video quality is also amongst the best of any compact. You can shoot in super-smooth 60 frames-per-second, aided by excellent image stabilisation. It loses out to the very best compact for video (that'll be the <a title="Sony Cyber-shot HX50 review" href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-cyber-shot-hx50/review" target="_blank">Sony HX50</a>) because with just a 5x optical zoom you're tempted into digital zoom territory too soon, and also because that image stabilisation can come unstuck if you move around a little too much.</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 S120 5x zoom" alt="Canon S120 zoom lens" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/CanonS120-4.jpg?1384340533" /> </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"> Control ring </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 like the idea of the control ring around the lens, and the ability to assign it to different functions gives you the opportunity to shoot the way you want. In practice it's a little too slow to communicate your input to the camera, so there's a slight delay between notching it round a point and the focus, ISO or aperture value changing.</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 S120 control ring" alt="Canon S120 control ring" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/CanonS120-5_0.jpg?1384340533" /> </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"> Interface and touchscreen </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>Over the last few years we've become accustomed to highly intuitive user interfaces on phones, tablets and the web, but unfortunately this is still not an area of expertise for many camera manufacturers. At times the S120's controls and menus are baffling and infuriating. There's no manual in the box, so unless you seek it out online and give it a thorough reading, you could easily miss some of the camera's features because they're so deeply woven into the operating system. At times, the markings on the physical controls seem to bear no relation to their current function, or refuse to perform a function at all.</p> <p>Usability is aided to a degree by the half-baked touchscreen implementation. Entering passwords and the like for the Wi-Fi set-up would be a lot harder without it, but this is countered by the disconcerting bleeps that go off randomly whenever you're holding the camera without actually shooting anything. It's possible to adjust the touchscreen's sensitivity or turn it off altogether, but that's not something a camera user should have to contend with.</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 S120 touchscreen" alt="Touchscreen" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/CanonS120-3.JPG?1384340533" /> </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="Canon S120 art filters" alt="Canon S120 art filters" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/CanonS120-Test-1.JPG?1384340533" /> </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-8"><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"> Wi-Fi and battery </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>Battery performance is disappointing. How long the battery lasts will depend on how you use it, but in our tests it ran out of juice worryingly quickly, cutting short our field trip as we returned to base to plug it into the mains charger. It's a problem that's magnified by the USB connectivity. There is a USB port (although it's not marked as such) but it's the older USB Mini B type rather than the Micro B type used on modern phones, and there's no USB cable in the box so you'll have to go hunting around for an old cable if you want to charge and transfer files via USB.</p> <p>That puts greater emphasis on the proudly badged Wi-Fi skills. Unfortunately the Wi-Fi features are almost a complete disaster. Out of the box there's very little guidance on how to set up the various, theoretically possible ways of sharing and transfering images and videos via email, Facebook and Twitter, or between other cameras, mobile devices and computers. For example, it's possible to apparently post a picture to Facebook without ever giving the camera your Facebook credentials. It just sails along with the process and tells you it's all fine when that can't possibly be the case.</p> <p>The one Wi-Fi aspect that does work fairly well is transferring pictures to an iPhone, iPad or Android device, but even then we were told that, with a full memory card in the camera, there was not enough space on that memory card to transfer the video clips from the camera to our iPad.</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 S120 battery" alt="Canon Powershot S120 battery" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/CanonS120-battery.jpg?1384340533" /> </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="Canon S120 Wi-Fi" alt="S120 wifi" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/WiFiScreen.JPG?1384340533" /> </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-9"><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 S120 review summary </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 S120 goes some way to delivering the look and feel of a high end camera in a compact form, but the best point-and-shoots will do just as good a job in many situations, and do it with less fuss. However, if clarity of image is paramount, the S120 will bring a smile to your face, and those long exposure modes alone could be enough to warrant a splash of your cash.</p> <p>Review by <a href="https://plus.google.com/106422809643177538618#106422809643177538618/posts">Tony Horgan</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="Canon S120 wide angle shot" alt="Canon S120 wide angle shot" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/CanonS120-Test-3.JPG?1384340533" /> </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"> battery </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"> 5 </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"> 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-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"> 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"> 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"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><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> <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>Neat tricks, sharp snaps and smooth video, but usability issues hold it back from greatness</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/canon/canon-powershot-s120/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/canon/canon-powershot-s120/review#comments Cameras Canon Digital compacts Wed, 13 Nov 2013 11:10:56 +0000 Tony Horgan 1428981 at http://www.stuff.tv