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GoPro Hero4 Session
3:02 am | November 9, 2018

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The simple square box style has been growing in popularity for action cameras, and with the HERO4 Session GoPro becomes the latest manufacturer to launch a camera of this style, following the likes of Polaroid’s Cube and Cube+, and the Rollei 500 Sunrise.

[Update: the Hero Session has now be discounted by GoPro, with it’s cube design no-more. If you’re looking for an decent entry-level action camera, your best bet is the latest GoPro Hero7 White. It doesn’t shoot 4K video, but has a solid overall spec.] 

The design certainly has its advantages – it’s 50 percent smaller and 40 percent lighter than previous HERO4 cameras – and it incorporates other improvements as well: the Session is waterproof to 10 metres without a housing, and a simple one-button operation makes capturing the action easier than ever.

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There’s little to fault with the design of the Sessi[……]

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Panasonic Lumix ZS50 / TZ70
3:00 am | November 8, 2018

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The Essential Review

This is TechRadar’s review summary that gives you all the key information you need if you’re looking for quick buying advice in 30 seconds – our usual full, in-depth review follows.

It was Panasonic which began the trend for making compact cameras that are specifically designed for travellers and those heading out on holiday, and the ZS series (known as the TZ series outside the US), is still one of the most highly regarded of the genre. 

It may no longer be the newest model in the ZS/TZ range (that honor goes to the Lumix ZS70 / TZ90), but the Panasonic Lumix ZS50 / TZ70 shouldn’t be overlooked.

In a change from the norm of ever increasing pixel counts, Panasonic opted to actually reduce the amount of pixels to 12MP in the Lumix ZS50 / TZ70 compared to 18MP in the Lumix ZS40 / TZ60 and it’s all the better for it. With less pixels crammed on the sensor[……]

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GoPro Hero review
3:00 am |

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The GoPro Hero is the company’s latest entry-level action camera, and while it may have gone on a bit of diet as far as features goes, to the extend of dropping 4K video capture, there’s lots to like about this budget cam. 

[Update: the GoPro Hero has recently been replaced by the new Hero7 White. The exterior design is virtually unchanged, while there’s the same 2.0-inch touchscreen and 10m waterproofness. Like the Hero (2018), the Hero7 White doesn’t feature 4K video capture, but image stabilization is said to be improved. The newer model costs the same as the model it replaces, so while we’re yet to test the Hero7 White, on paper at least, it looks like the better buy.]

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Insta360 One X
3:00 am |

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Producing great video is about two things; capturing the action, and slick editing. So what if you could do both with an action camera and an app? With dual fisheye lenses and some unique time and perspective-manipulation special effects – such as slow-mo, scene-freezes and time-shift – the One X is making a play for the title of most full-featured action camera around. Is it just a 360°-shooter? Although the One X is definitely capable of 360° video, it’s far less about VR and more about just producing great widescreen videos. 

However, with 5.7K resolution and some silky new image stabilisation, the One X (US$399.95 / UK£409.95) is aiming to best its two competitors, the GoPro Fusion and the Yi 360 VR.

Features

  • Records video in 5.7K resolution
  • Features FlowState, new IS tech
  • Cinematic Slow-Mo and Time-shift modes

Forget 360°; the One X has some uni[……]

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Canon EOS M5 review
3:00 am |

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While Canon has, along with Nikon, long dominated the DSLR market, it has struggled to replicate that success with mirrorless cameras. The EOS M was underwhelming to say the least, with poor autofocus performance, while the EOS M3 and M10 haven’t really progressed the range that much.

The arrival of the M5 could shake things up a bit though. Sitting at the top of Canon’s (albeit still modest) mirrorless range, the M5 is designed to appeal to experienced users, with Canon hoping it will appeal to current higher-end EOS DSLR users looking for a more portable alternative to their DSLR.

Features

  • All-new 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • Great touchscreen control
  • Only 1080p video capture

The EOS M5 sports an all-new 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor, though its DNA can be traced to the excellent sensor we’ve already seen in the EOS 80D enthusiast DSLR, with a sensitivity range running from 100-25,600. [……]

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Canon EOS Rebel T7 / EOS 2000D review
3:00 am |

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The EOS Rebel T7 (known as the EOS 2000D in the UK and the EOS 1500D in Australia) is Canon’s latest entrant into the competitive entry-level DSLR sector, replacing the EOS Rebel T6 / EOS 1300D. 

With a relatively low price point (entry-level DSLRs can be noticeably cheaper than a lot of compacts and bridge cameras), these are the cameras that traditionally introduce new users to a brand, with manufacturers hoping it’ll be the one they stick with as they expand their knowledge and grow as photographers. 

While the EOS Rebel T7i (EOS 800D outside the US) is Canon’s more premium entry-level offering, the EOS Rebel T7 / EOS 2000D is aimed at the more cost-conscious user who’s prepared to sacrifice a few features for a more affordable price. But is the EOS Rebel T7 / EOS 2000D a compromise too far?

Features

  • Main features unchanged from T6 / 1300D
  • New 24.1MP sensor replaces 18.1MP chip[……]

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Sony Alpha A7 II review
3:01 am | November 7, 2018

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Sony caused a major stir in the photographic world when it introduced the 24MP Alpha A7 and 36MP Alpha A7R, because they were the first mirrorless cameras to have full-frame sensors – the same size as a 35mm film frame. 

[Update: the Alpha A7 II has since been replaced by the Alpha A7 III – one of our favorite cameras right now. There’s a number of improvements on the new model, with an all-new sensor and highly sophisticated 693-point AF system, while handling and performance has been improved also. However, the Alpha A7 II is still a great buy and can be found at heavily discounted prices, making it a very tempting proposition.]

What’s more, these two cameras (subsequently joined by the 12MP Sony Alpha A7S) are incredibly small for full-frame cameras, not too dissimilar in size to the Micro Four Thirds Olympus OM-D E-M1, and offer a similar level of control.

Now Sony has create[……]

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Canon EOS Rebel T6 / EOS 1300D review
3:01 am | November 6, 2018

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Despite their low price point ‘entry-level’ cameras are incredibly important for manufacturers. These are the cameras with which the consumer starts their journey with a brand – and many of those consumers will stay with that brand for a very long time.

[Update: The Canon EOS Rebel T6 (badged as the EOS 1300D outside the US) has since been replaced by the EOS Rebel T7 / EOS 2000D, with the biggest change the arrival of 24MP sensor on the newer camera.]

Because of this, you can get a lot of camera for relatively little money these days. The Canon EOS Rebel T6 / EOS 1300D is Canon’s latest entry-level proposition, and it’s available at a great price for beginners, students or anyone new to DSLR photography. In fact, it’s cheaper than a lot of average compact cameras.

The Rebel T6 doesn’t represent a major upgrade from its predecessor however, the EOS Rebel T5 / EOS 1200D – which i[……]

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Fujifilm Instax Square SQ6 review
3:01 am |

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The Essential Review

This is TechRadar’s review summary that gives you all the key information you need if you’re looking for quick buying advice in 30 seconds; our usual full, in-depth review follows.

Fujifilm’s hugely popular Instax range of instant cameras is showing no sign of losing its sheen right now, but the company is still diversifying its range to ensure things remain that way.

The SQ6 is one of three SQUARE models, its stablemates being the original SQ10 and most recent SQ20, but it’s the only fully analogue option to accept square-format prints. These measure 62 x 62mm (2.4 x 2.4-inches), which is 1.3 times the size of the instax Mini prints common to most of the other Instax options like the Instax Mini 8.

A pack of 10 prints will set you back around £10/$12, although you can make thing most cost effective by buying a twin pack for around £17/$20[……]

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Fujifilm XF10 review
3:00 am | November 3, 2018

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This is TechRadar’s review summary that gives you all the key information you need if you’re looking for quick buying advice in 30 seconds; our usual full, in-depth review follows.

With a 24.2MP APS-C sensor, a wide-aperture prime lens equivalent to 28mm and 4K video recording, Fujifilm’s XF10 compact camera appears to promise a lot for its meagre asking price. 

Theoretically it should be able to deliver the kind of results that we’d expect from entry-level DSLRs and mirrorless cameras, but its portability also means you’re more likely to take it where interchangeable-lens cameras aren’t practical.

While its core specs should ensure it appeals to traditionalists, it fuses these with a handful of modern advances. An Instagram-friendly SQUARE mode can be called upon by swiping the screen, while Wi-Fi and Bluetooth also feature, as does USB charing and a t[……]

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