The Canon EOS Rebel T7i (known as the EOS 800D outside the US) is the latest in a long line of entry-level Canon DSLRs that can chart their heritage back to the original EOS Digital Rebel (EOS 300D) that arrived back in 2003.
Since then, the various iterations and updates that have come and gone have been firm favorites with both new and more experienced users alike.
Canon’s current EOS Rebel T6i / EOS 750D has established itself as one of our favourite entry-level DSLRs. It’s packed with a range of features perfect for the new user, while the polished handling makes it a pleasure to use.
But that camera is now two years old and beginning to show its age, and with Nikon updating its entry-level range with the likes of the D3400 and D5600, and with a slew of new mirrorless rivals from various manufacturers being thrown into the mix, an update from Canon was always on the cards.
The EOS Rebel[……]
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 a 1/2.3-inch sensor with a 24-720mm (equivalent) zoom lens, while the ZS100 / TZ100 defied expectations by partnering its 25-250mm (equivalent) lens with a significantly larger 1.0-inch sensor – a first for such a camera.
Now, the new Lumix ZS70 (known as the TZ90 outside the US) appears to update the former of those two models, without quite dethroning the latter as the flagship model in the series.
The ZS70 / TZ90 doesn’t stray too far from the ZS[……]
GoPro has long been synonymous with extreme sports enthusiasts who insist on leaping off buildings with a camera attached to their head, rather than doing something more sedate of a weekend.
[Update: The GoPro Hero5 Black has not only been replaced by the Hero6 Black, but also the new Hero7 Black as well. The Hero6 Black offers 4K at 60fps, as well as improved image stabilization and numerous other tweaks, while the Hero7 Black delivers an even better image stabilization, improved user interface, as well as a host of other refinements and improvements. Don’t discount the Hero5 Black though – it’s still a cracking action camera that’s seen a hefty price drop in recent months. If you can live without some of the new features that the Hero6 Black and Hero7 Black brings, then the Hero5 Black is still a great buy.]
The footage captured by these sturdy little action cams (or POV cameras) has his[……]
GoPro overhauled its range of action cameras last year, adding more features to its ‘entry level’ point of view (POV) devices and further improving its top spec cameras to cement its reputation as king of the action cams.
[Update: Since the launch of the Hero 5 Session, GoPro has not only launched the Hero 6 Black, but also the Hero (2018) and Hero 7 Black. If you’re looking for the ultimate action camera, get the Hero 7 Black, but if you’re on a budget, unless you really need the ultra compact proportions of the Hero 5 Session, you’re probably better served getting the Hero 5 Black, which has seen a significant price reduction in recent months. If you can live without 4K and looking for an affordable action camera, the Hero (2018) is great choice.]
Granted, there are now plenty of rival offerings that aim to tempt buyers away from the biggest name in sports and action shooting, but[……]
Compact cameras such as the Sony Cyber-shot WX220 are designed to appeal to those who still want to carry a dedicated camera device, or aren’t quite satisfied with what their smartphone can do.
The Cyber-shot WX220 is a simple compact camera, but it offers quite a lot for its diminutive package. Probably the most appealing to those who already have a decent smartphone is the 10x optical zoom lens, which most smartphones just don’t offer.
Sony Cyber-shot WX220: features
- The 10x optical zoom lens offers a coverage of 25 to 250mm
- Isn’t aimed at those who want to take control of every setting
- Full HD video recording is available, as is built-in Wi-Fi and NFC
Along with that zoom length, there’s an 18.2MP Exmor R CMOS sensor. Exmor R is Sony’s term for back-illuminated, which should make the camera a decent performer in low light.
The 10x optical zoom lens offers a coverage of 25 to 250mm, making[……]
Looking at the tiny GoPro Hero6 Black, it’s almost impossible to tell it apart from last year’s GoPro Hero5 Black. There are, however, plenty of noteworthy differences on the inside.
[Update: The Hero6 Black has just been replaced by the Hero7 Black. While it shares the same video specs as the older model, the image stabilization system is a huge improvement, while the user interface and a number of other tweaks and refinements have made the GoPro Hero 7 Black are pick of the action cameras. With the price difference minimal between the two models, we strongly recommend skipping the Hero6 Black and getting the Hero7 Black. You won’t regret it.]
, along with the Alpha A7R, was Sony’s first entry into the world of full-frame photography. It’s since been replaced by both the Alpha A7 IIand our favorite mirrorless camera right now, the Alpha A7 III, but it’s still available and cheaper than ev[……]
It took its time, but the Nikon Z7 is finally here. Nikon was a little late to the mirrorless game with its original 1 system, and it wasn’t what a lot of people expected (nor wanted). With relatively small 1-inch sensors and bodies that were a little too devoid of physical control, there just wasn’t enough here to tempt the enthusiast away from either their DSLRs or rival mirrorless systems, and they quietly disappeared from Nikon’s website.
The company’s new Z system couldn’t be more different and the Nikon Z7 is the first camera in the line-up. With a fresh lens mount that’s been crafted with wide-aperture lens design in mind, and its first two models built around full-frame sensors, this is a system that many photographers had wanted from the start.
The more senior of the pair is the Nikon Z7, whose closest equivalent in the company’s DSLR lineup is the hugely successful D8[……]
The EOS R is Canon’s first full-frame mirrorless camera, designed to tempt you away from the likes of Nikon’s new Z6 and Sony’s brilliant Alpha A7 III.
While Canon has already dipped its toe into the mirrorless waters with its modest range of APS-C sensor-based EOS M cameras, including the EOS M6 and EOS M5, the EOS R is the debut model in a new line of full-frame mirrorless cameras, based on a new lens mount that will be known as the RF mount.
A lot of Canon users have been waiting a long time for the EOS R, so the question is whether it can deliver on its promise, and justify its price tag, in the face of some tough competition.
Canon EOS R review: features
- 30.3MP (effective) full-frame sensor
- New RF lens mount
- 4K video recording
The EOS R uses a full-frame 30.3MP sensor without an optical low-pass filter. If that sounds familiar it’s because Canon’s EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR shares the same pix[……]
GoPro hasn’t had the easiest time of late, but the company had shaped up and now looks like it’s on track to getting back where it wants to be.
It’s three-pronged attack on the action camera market has allowed it to offer a Hero for everyone, be they just after something relatively basic, decidedly accomplished, or something in between. And with its fresh Hero 7 Black flagship model, it provides a significant boost to the camera’s video stabilization technology, arguably one of the most critical features.
GoPro Hero7 Black review: features
- 4K video to 60p
- HyperSmooth stabilisation
While some may be disappointed to know that many of the core specs are essentially carbon copied from the Hero6 Black, GoPro’s thinking for this new model is clearly less about boosting frame rates and packing more pixels, and more about improving the actual experience of usi[……]
Long-focal-length prime telephoto lenses are typically big and bulky affairs, with the optics demanding large pieces of glass. This in turn usually means you’ll be restricted to using them on a monopod, as they’re just too heavy to hand-hold, while you’ll often see photographers lugging such lenses over their shoulders, as they’re a pain to transport.
They’re not cheap either, so why go to all that effort? It’s because, ultimately, these lenses deliver stunning image quality with fast maximum apertures, especially if you’re earning a living from taking pictures.
But what if you could get a lens that’s less than half the weight – and price – of one of these monster telephotos, and all you had to sacrifice was a stop difference in the maximum aperture available? Step forward the Nikon AF-S 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR.
- Phase Fresnel (PF) lens element
- 4-stop Vib[……]