Home » Archive

Articles in the Camera reviews Category

Camera reviews »

[3 Jan 2012 | One Comment | ]
Panasonic Lumix GX1

Panasonic’s Lumix GX1 takes a step backwards in order to move forwards: the camera may look much like the three-generation-old Lumix GF1, but manages to squeeze both the advanced controls and feature set of the Lumix G3 into its premium-build body.
Premium build
And very premium it is too. The GX1’s aluminium chassis body is finished with metal buttons and a raised leather grip to the front (though it feels more like rubber than leather to us). We’re yet to see a better-built compact system camera.
The build is complemented by a series …

Camera reviews, Other devices »

[29 Dec 2011 | No Comment | ]

Thunderbolt and lighting

With all new Apple laptops comes a new port – Thunderbolt. It promises to deliver super-fast transfer speeds to Thunderbolt drives or devices, so getting a file from A to B isn’t something that takes you longer than getting across town on a Friday night in rush hour.
So can the super-fast, super-expensive Little Big Disk solve your storage needs?
Design
It’s called the Little Big Disk because it is just that – an oxymoron – Big in file size, small in actual size – geddit? Anyway, random naming jokes aside, …

Camera reviews, Other devices »

[28 Dec 2011 | No Comment | ]

Get off the sofa

You’ve eaten too much, you’re feeling rather fat, and you need to do something about it. In steps Fitbit Ultra promises to track your movement before displaying it all on the accompanying website for you to digest.
So can something so simple really help you shave off the pounds? Or is it a device you buy during the madness of new year resolutions, and stop using two weeks in to January? To find out, we lived with the Fitbit Ultra for almost a month.
Design
The Fitbit Ultra is,?essentially?a high-tech …

Camera reviews, Other devices »

[28 Dec 2011 | No Comment | ]

We like our noise with no noise

We all like noise when it comes to headphones. But only the noise coming out of our earbuds, we’ve no time for ghastly outside noise such as traffic, noisy commuters and helpful people shouting at us when we’re about to walk into a lamp-post.
So, to keep the peace, we thought it best we took the Sony MDR-NC13 noise cancelling headphones for a spin. Noise cancelling tech is becoming ever more common, with advances in technology meaning that the feature is often available in …

Camera reviews, Other devices »

[26 Dec 2011 | No Comment | ]

Spotify rival

Back in October, Pure, the radio specialist, officially announced Pure Music; a streaming service that sees it going head-to-head with Spotify. Although you won’t hear a Pure employee mention the S word, the similarities are obvious and it is impossible not to compare the two. Pure, however is keen to stress that its music streaming platform is built for an already existing ecosystem. That ecosystem is, of course, the numerous internet radio devices that bear the Pure name, as well as its online “Lounge” portal and its mobile …

Camera reviews, Other devices »

[26 Dec 2011 | No Comment | ]

Keep track of your life

Get ready with those new year resolutions. If one of them is going to include trying for a fitter, healthier you in 2012, Jawbone is here to help. Jawbone is best known as the maker of excellent Bluetooth headsets and a great portable speaker, the Jambox.
Its latest innovation is a wristband with built-in motion sensor. The idea is that if you’re trying to be healthy, just being conscious of your daily activity is likely to increase how active you are. The Up aims to be your …

Camera reviews, Other devices »

[23 Dec 2011 | No Comment | ]

Don’t lose face

Personal TV is here. Sort of. If you’re the type of person who endlessly fiddles with a TV’s settings mid-movie to howls of abuse from your co-habitees – largely to undo others’ ruinous work, obviously – Toshiba’s 37UL863 might just be the TV for you.
Using face detection tech from a built-in camera, this lounge-friendly 37-inch LED TV saves preset picture parameters and other customised info, instantly loading them whenever you slump in front of it. Customised settings can include login details and various tweaks in Toshiba Places, a …

Camera reviews, Other devices »

[23 Dec 2011 | No Comment | ]

Sounds for Androids

The Klipsch Image S4a are specifically designed for Android devices, which makes them something of a rare breed. “Made for iPhone” has been around for a number of years, but “Made for Android” hasn’t. It’s only really in 2011 that we’ve seen the move to accommodate Androider’s needs through the likes of the Philips Fidelio AS851.
The Klipsch Image line does also cover those Apple products, as well as generic PC uses, coming from a line of headphones that are no stranger to quality, so we have high expectations. …

Camera reviews, Other devices »

[23 Dec 2011 | No Comment | ]

To 3D or not to 3D?

Whether or not you’ve been impressed by 3D enough to have it at home, would you seriously consider buying a big, expensive TV that couldn’t flirt with the third dimension at all?
Panasonic has taken this quandary of modern times, and thus designed a plasma to suit. Measuring 50-inches in the diagonal and boasting online features galore, the ST30 doesn’t come with any 3D glasses.
Optional extras
That explains the low price, then. Unfortunately the 3D glasses needed for this active shutter 3D plasma screen cost north …

Camera reviews, Other devices »

[23 Dec 2011 | No Comment | ]

Shut the world up

Headphones, or more accurately in the case of the Digital Silence DS-321D, earphones, with noise cancellation technology are nothing especially new. But the technology continues to improve, and more importantly they are getting less bulky and consume less power.
But style is nothing without performance, so we need to establish how good the DS-321Ds are at filtering the nonsense of travel and other unwanted noise. So we put these earphones to the test, because, as they say, silence is golden.
Design
Physically, the Digital Silence headphones are small and …