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It's a fact of modern parenting that the only way of getting to use your tablet computer is to wait until your child is asleep, or get them a tablet of their own
. LeapFrog is hoping its new kid-friendly LeapPad 3 and LeapPad Ultra XDi tablets could be the devices you choose to pry your little ones away from your smart devices long enough for you to send that email.
Fujifilm has launched its first weather-resistant XF lens for the X-series lineup of interchangeable-lens cameras. The new lens, which would pair particularly well with the weather-tough Fujifilm X-T1
, offers a versatile focal range and features an impressive five-stop image stabilization system which uses high precision gyro sensors.
Lego has revealed a new line of play kits which are designed to combine its traditional brick-building and app-based gaming. The new Lego Fusion range will allow children to photograph their physical creations using a smartphone or tablet, and then see them brought to life in virtual worlds.
Bridge cameras, with their fixed super-zoom lenses, have traditionally offered users a great focal range, but not necessarily the image quality to match. That changed with the Sony RX10, which used a large one-inch-type sensor to boost photographic quality. But now there's a new challenger on the block, the Panasonic FZ1000, which offers much of what makes the RX10 great, and a bit more too. Here Gizmag looks at how the two cameras compare.
Following in the footsteps of the Sony RX10, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 is another DSLR-style bridge camera featuring a large one-inch-type 20-megapixel sensor. But this model has a few extra tricks up its sleeve, including a lens which can zoom to an impressive 400-mm equivalent, the ability to record 4K video, and a lower price tag.
VTech has revealed its upcoming lineup of tablet computers for children, including an Android-powered top-of-the-range model. The InnoTab Max features a 7-in touchscreen, built-in Wi-Fi, and the Android 4.2 operating system. In addition to VTech's own apps and learning software, it will also boast access to a selection of more than 200 educator-endorsed Android learning games.
The Ricoh GR might be more than a year old, but the fixed focal length camera isn't slowing down as it gets older, in fact it's getting faster. Ricoh Imaging has just released a firmware update for the large-sensored compact which promises to deliver improved autofocus times.
The Pentax 645Z
could have other medium-format camera manufacturers looking at its spec sheets and scratching their heads. Despite using the same 51-megapixel sensor as the Hasselblad H5D-50c
and the Phase One IQ250
it has faster continuous shooting, can record Full HD video ... and costs considerably less. Gizmag recently went hands-on with the camera to see if it can deliver all that it promises.
When your child insists on listening to the "Everything Is Awesome" song from The LEGO Movie
for the 28th time in a single morning, it's probably time to plug in the headphones. But chances are you don't want to hand over your Marshall Monitors
. HeadFoams are child-friendly, child-proof headphones which offer a limited volume level and are tough enough to survive in the hands of a three-year-old.
The recently announced Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III
looks set to be one of the best compact cameras on the market with its fast zoom lens, built-in EVF and large sensor. But how does it stack up against Sony's previous offering, the RX100 II
? And if you already own that one, is it a worthy upgrade? We take a look at the specs and features of both cameras to see how they compare.