Digital compacts http://www.stuff.tv/digital-compacts/reviews en-GB 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