Panasonic Lumix ZS70 / TZ90

Panasonic Lumix ZS70 / TZ90

Back in 2006, Panasonic launched what it claimed to be the world’s smallest compact with a 10x optical zoom, the Lumix ZS1 / TZ1. This was arguably the camera that started the now-popular travel zoom compact category, and Panasonic has contributed consistently to it over the years with very well regarded models. Last year it refreshed its ZS / TZ range with two new additions. The Lumix ZS60 (known as the TZ80 outside the US) blended

DSLRs you can buy right now

DSLRs you can buy right now

For decades, the DSLR (digital SLR) has been the top choice for anyone who wants to take their photography to the next level. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, a DSLR offers three key ingredients: manual controls, excellent picture quality and interchangeable lenses. Mirrorless cameras are another option of course. They’re smaller, mechanically simpler and, like DSLRs, they take interchangeable lenses. If you want to know

Digital cameras iof the 2017

Digital cameras iof the 2017

Okay, we admit it – it’s an impossible question. The best camera for a pro photographer is a million miles from the best camera for an adventure sports nut. So what we’ve done is pick out what we think are the standout cameras in their fields. This may be because they have the most amazing features and specifications, because they’re amazing value for what they offer or because they are just brilliant at the job they’ve been designed for.

ZTE AXON 7 mini

ZTE AXON 7 mini

Pretty soon, IFA feels like it is going to overtake Mobile World Congress for smartphone and mobile type launches. With all the announcements already out, ZTE has one as well – a companion device to their recently launched flagship. The AXON 7 gets the AXON 7 mini as a smaller sibling, with the idea being that a number of the features of the AXON 7 are migrated down into a 5.2-inch

Canon EOS 80D: Review

Canon EOS 80D: Review

Introduction and features The new 80D, which replaces the 70D launched in July 2013, sits smack in the middle of Canon’s SLR line-up, above the 760D and below the 7D Mark II. That puts it in prime enthusiast territory which means it needs to appeal to people who want to shoot a range of subjects in a variety of conditions. These users also want an extensive feature set with plenty of control options, but they don’t need a full-on

Panasonic GX80/GX85

Panasonic GX80/GX85

Introduction and features One of the main complaints levelled at the high-end Panasonic GX8 is that it’s a bit on the big side for a camera with a Four Thirds type sensor. Well the GX80 introduced below it in the company’s flat-style range of cameras is set to address that by offering a smaller alternative. The downside of course is that it doesn’t offer the same range of direct controls on the top-plate, but there is still

Fuji X70: Review

Fuji X70: Review

Introduction and features Fuji’s compact cameras have proved very popular, but some find the APS-C format X100T too big and the 2/3-inch sensor in the X30 too small. Well the X70 could be just right. This new camera has the same 16.3Mp APS-C format X-Trans CMOS II sensor and EXR Processor II as the X100T. However, these are joined by a new Fujinon 18.5mm f/2.8 lens which gives an effective focal length of 28mm, significantly

Panasonic TZ100/ZS100: Review

Panasonic TZ100/ZS100: Review

Introduction Panasonic entered the digital camera market in 2001, and in 2006 produced the first of its popular TZ range, a series of cameras with a small body and a large zoom range designed to appeal to travellers. It’s safe to say that in the 10 intervening years, lots of advancements have been made, many of which Panasonic itself has been first to introduce. TZ cameras have proved a big hit over the years, and

Pentax K-1

Pentax K-1

Introduction Pentax is one of the big traditional photographic brands to make the transition from film into digital camera manufacturing and it always seemed likely that it might one day make a full-frame digital SLR. However, it wasn’t until February 2014 that the company announced that it was planning to take that step. And now, after two years of seeing mock-ups under glass domes at trade shows, we finally have the Pentax

Olloclip Photo Lens 4-in-1 review

Olloclip Photo Lens 4-in-1 review

I am not a photographer, so the idea of lugging around a big fat camera with two, or more, lenses is not to my taste. I am not into tweaking the camera with the right settings for each shot either. I love carrying as little as possible on me, and I just hate spending too much time working on capturing a magical moment instead of enjoying it. When I go on a vacation, my smartphone is my travel companion

Pentax K-1: set to go on sale

Pentax K-1: set to go on sale

Introduction Pentax is one of the big traditional photographic brands to make the transition from film into digital camera manufacturing and it always seemed likely that it might one day make a full-frame digital SLR. However, it wasn’t until February 2014 that the company announced that it was planning to take that step. And now, after two years of seeing mock-ups under glass domes at trade shows, we finally have the Pentax

FLIR and Seek: Thermal Imaging at CES

FLIR and Seek: Thermal Imaging at CES

Thermal imaging has become more accessible to the average consumer, thanks to advances in the development of low-cost infrared sensors / microbolometers. FLIR was one of the first to make a breakthrough in this segment with the development of the low-cost Lepton sensor (80×60) that was used in the first-generation FLIR One Thermal Imager for iPhone 5/5s. In the meanwhile, Seek Thermal,

Nikon D500: Hands-on review

Nikon D500: Hands-on review

Introduction and features I had a hunch that Nikon would have something more enthusiast focused than the D5 up its sleeve at CES, and I wondered if it might be the D400, the fabled replacement for the D300S. Well the name might have changed to sit more comfortably alongside the company’s new top-end full-framer, but make no mistake, the D500 is the camera that many Nikon users have been holding out for. The D500 sits