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Simon Crisp

Simon Crisp
Simon is a journalist and photographer who has spent the last ten years working for national UK newspapers - but has never hacked a mobile phone - and specializes in writing about weird products and photography technology. When not writing for Gizmag, Simon is often found playing with LEGO and drinking far too much coffee.
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. Read More
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. Read More
Kids love tablet computers, whether it's filling yours with their apps, or having their very own. But no one likes seeing their little ones turned into screen zombies disengaged from the world, and people, around them. Osmo is an iPad gaming device which aims to bring real world and social play to the iPad, by transforming the space in front of the tablet into an interactive environment. Read More
Sony has announced the third iteration of its RX100 camera, and the new point-and-shoot looks like it could be one of best compact cameras on the market. It features everything that was great about previous RX100 cameras, plus a faster zoom lens, Sony's speedy BIONZ X image processor, and a built-in pop-up electronic viewfinder. Read More
Nikon has updated its 2014 mirrorless camera line-up with the launch of the Nikon 1 S2, and the announcement that the previously revealed 1 J4 will be making its way to the US. Despite being the new entry-point into the 1 Series, the S2 features a 14.2 megapixel CX-format sensor, a new 135-point autofocus system, and can shoot at speeds of up to 20 fps with continuous autofocus. Read More
If you're looking for an inexpensive mirrorless camera, look away now! With the addition of the Leica T, which we recently took for a spin, there are now two luxury offerings on the market for photographers with deep pockets and a desire to own a mirrorless camera which stands out from the crowd. Here Gizmag compares the specifications (and substantial price-tags) of the new Leica and the Hasselblad Lunar, to see how they stack up. Read More
Sony has revealed the A77 II, its latest enthusiast-focused DSLR, which has an autofocus system said to be quick enough to rival many professional models. A follow-up to the A77, the new A-mount camera boasts a 79-point autofocus sensor, a 24.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, and Sony's BIONZ X image processor. Read More
Children get to join in with all the major technology trends nowadays. They can have their own smartphone, tablet computer, and now fitness tracker. The LeapBand from LeapFrog is a wearable activity tracker aimed at four- to seven-year-olds, which uses a virtual pet and the chance to unlock additional games and bonuses to encourage kids to keep active. Read More
While many camera manufacturers are releasing retro-looking mirrorless offerings, Leica, arguably the king of old-school style, has revealed a thoroughly modern new line of interchangeable lens shooters. The Leica T is a minimalist camera which is milled from a solid block of aluminum, uses an APS-C sensor and features a new lens mount. It also boasts a redesigned touchscreen interface, Leica's fastest autofocus, and built-in Wi-Fi. Read More
When Lytro announced plans for consumer-oriented light field cameras, we were instantly smitten by the idea of being able to re-focus images after taking them. However, the quirky kaleidoscope-like form factor and low resolution of its first camera meant it was only ever going to be a hit with the most ardent early-adopter. Now the firm is back with a second-generation light field camera, the Illum, and things have got a lot more serious. Read More
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