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  • Fujifilm X70 brief review: small in stature, expensive in industry

    Petite and durable are two words you can use to describe the Fujifilm x70. It's small but is fitted with an all-metal body with a tilting LCD that allows for users to take high quality selfies. The x70 forms part of Fuji's X series. As such the camera offers nothing new excerpt the petite body and the new function, touch screen, Fujifilm's first, and a tilting screen. The Fujifilm X70 has fixed-lens APS-C compact camera that has a 16.3MP X-Trans sensor and a fixed 18.5mm lens. The X70 supports the digital tele-converter mode and users can select mount either a...

  • Canon EOS 80D vs Canon EOS 70D: a worthwhile improvement?

    The Canon EOS 70D was an impressive camera and naturally its updated version, the EOS 80D had a lot to live up to. The EOS 70D capabilities, with its Dual Pixel CMOS AF and touch screen, allows one to simply tap the screen and move focus to a different point in the frame, were not gimmicks but important features. And now comes the EOS 80D, a camera that looks identical to its predecessor which itself looked similar to the 60D. The 80D has kept all the good features of the 70D and has added a few of its own, but...

  • Fujifilm XT10 review: analogue aesthetic meets modern muscle

    The Fujifilm XT10 is one of the best mirrorless cameras in the market right now. Released in 2015, after the release of the Fujifilm XT1, its functionality, old-style design and size are without much fault. There are issues with the design, that is namely in terms of button spacing from each other, but this is largely a problem only those with enormous hands will face. Often my thumb accidentally bumped buttons whilst trying to get a good grip on the camera, but once my thumb knew where to rest, this was not an issue. Fujifilm XT10: petite sibling of XT1 The XT10...

  • Canon EOS 80D gunning for developing photographers, movie makers

    Canon has today announced its new DSLR camera -- the EOS 80D -- featuring a number of enthusiast features and a wad of new technologies to boot. The body's aimed at consumers looking to improve their video and photography skills, while there's also enough on paper to keep top level snappers very happy. The Canon EOS 80D features the company's new 24.2MP CMOS sensor alongside the company's DIGIC 6 processor, a 45 cross-point autofocus system and a 7fps shooting rate -- features that will appeal to those looking for a multi-use DSLR. Canon notes that the autofocus system can be tweaked as...

  • Pivothead Kudu review: shades with a third eye

    If smart glasses send suspect shivers down your spine, you might want to skip this review, but for those who fancy becoming members of the Kingsmen, read on. There's something fascinating about the third eye. Some believe in it so wholeheartedly, that often the notion becomes more than just an idiom. In fact, thanks to technology's never ending steamroller of innovation, the third eye is now obtainable, albeit more a camera than an eye (for obvious logistical reasons). Pivothead, a company that made a name for itself in this very space, is now back with a new set of smart glasses...

  • TomTom Bandit review: solid camera, marvellous app

    The TomTom Bandit is one of those disruptive devices, not largely because it's doing anything revolutionary in the smart camera space, but it provides an adequate alternative to the GoPro range. And that's a godsend for consumers. It's also something fresh, and different, and that's a good thing too, but perhaps that's not enough to defeat GoPro's immense marketing budget. TomTom at least acknowledges this, and arms its camera with a bevy of extremely useful tools, software wizardry and design decisions. Essentially, the TomTom Bandit tries to beat its competitors by rectifying others' shortcomings. I previously had a go with the Bandit...

  • GoPro goes budget with the $199 Hero+ action camera [update]

    Update: South African pricing figures have finally arrived, with the Hero coming in at R2250, and the Hero+ sitting at R3900. The Hero4 Session is now R5300. Have a look at the complete lineup with pricing details below: - Hero4 Black: R8500 - Hero4 Silver: R6900 - Hero4 Session: R5300 - Hero+ LCD: R5300 - Hero+: R3900 - Hero: R2250 The Hero+ will be available in South Africa from 5 October. GoPro isn't exactly a company known to craft budget devices, but even the big shots need to humble down a little to cover the entire market. With TomTom creeping down its neck, and the likes of Drift...

  • TomTom Bandit hands on: extremely different

    Ask a common consumer to name an action camera and they'll almost immediately say "GoPro." But that doesn't have to be the case. Although the American marque is there on merit launching some great devices at perfectly timed intervals, the world of action gadgetry is taking an interesting turn. More and more companies that haven't trudged this space before are finding that there's one massive market here, especially for South African weekend warriors, who enjoy getting their bikes dirty in the Cederberg. That's where the TomTom Bandit slots in. Although it launched the device in Amsterdam back in July, TomTom has only...

  • GoPro Hero4 Session launched: smaller, lighter, more extreme

    If you haven't strapped a GoPro to your head and proceeded to do something ridiculous, you're probably living too safe a life. Founder and CEO of the miniature camera giant, Nicholas Woodman, has built the company's current net worth to around US$2.4-billion in a decade. And with its new device, it looks like GoPro is keeping it even simpler, in the true nature of stripping away outside bits and pieces to gives us the beating heart and brain, to remake the beloved mini-cam. How mini? The new GoPro Hero4 Session is 50% smaller and 40% lighter, so extreme athletes will be...

  • GoPro to launch drone camera rig in 2016, dabble in virtual reality

    Late last year we heard whispers of GoPro's future plans and expansion into the drone space. The company has now officially revealed that it's working on a cube-like camera rig for drones with virtual reality support dubbed the "Six-Camera Spherical Array". Sounds very awkward, right? GoPro CEO Nick Woodman told Re/Code that it would be anything but. "It’s incredible to see our world from new perspectives," Wordman mentioned. "It’s a real ‘Oh my God’ moment. “We did that with our GoPro cameras, and we see a similar opportunity in the quadcopter market. It’s something that’s in our DNA, and we are excited...