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The Pentax K-3 II is the latest flagship DSLR from Ricoh and one which, on paper, offers a number of interesting upgrades over its predecessors. We recently spent a couple of weeks with the surprisingly compact DSLR to see if features including an enhanced in-body shake reduction and a Pixel Shift Resolution mode can help the camera compete with the likes of the Canon EOS 7D II and Nikon D7200.
It will come as no surprise to parents that kids enjoy using tablets to watch their favorite shows and play games, but is it best to let them use yours or get them one of their own?Gizmag looks at some of the things to consider if you're looking for a kids’ tablet, along with our pick of the best child-safe and child-focused tablets on the market in 2015.
Sony has revealed the RX1R II, its latest full frame compact camera. This time the diminutive shooter packs a 42.4-megapixel sensor, a 35-mm F2 lens, and a pop-up electronic viewfinder into a device small enough to fit in your jacket pocket. The new camera also features an optical variable low pass filter which can be manually adjusted.
Canon has added a new pair of large-sensor-toting compact cameras to its G-series line-up. Following hot on the heels of the G3 X which was launched earlier this year, the PowerShot G5 X is an enthusiast-focused camera with a built-in high-resolution electronic viewfinder, while the G9 X sibling is a slimmer and more lightweight offering.
After finally giving its EOS M3 a wider release, Canon has now introduced a new entry-level mirrorless camera, the EOS M10. Designed to appeal to those looking to upgrade to an interchangeable lens system, but who might be put off by too many buttons and dials, the M10 boasts an 18-megapixel APS-C sensor, a tilting 3-inch touchscreen, and built in Wi-Fi and NFC.
Action cameras are continuing to get smaller and more powerful with the usual jumps in resolution and frame-rates. But they’re also gaining new skills such as the ability to communicate with external sensors, and automatically edit your extreme video in-camera. Gizmag compares the key specs of the current crop of action-cams to see which might be right for you.
Tablets for kids have come a long way in the past few years and are now much-improved over their low-resolution, slow and clunky predecessors. The LeapFrog LeapPad Platinum looks set to be one of the most popular tablets for children this year, so we decided to spend a bit of time with one to see whether it would make a good first tablet for your little one.
We were impressed with CubeSensors home and office environment sensors when we tried them earlier this year, though we did have some minor grumbles. Now, the firm behind them is hoping to crowdfund a trio of new generation sensors on Indiegogo. The Koto smart sensors are said to address most of the issues we had with the original CubeSensors, along with adding new features such as IFTTT support and storm warnings.
The Bloodhound team will aim to set a new land speed record of 800 mph (1,287 km/h) on October 15, 2016, it has been revealed. It will then aim for the 1,000 mph (1,600 km/h) barrier in 2017. But before then, members of the public are being invited to see the impressive, almost-complete Bloodhound Supersonic Car (SSC) at its world debut in London. Gizmag was invited along, and was left suitably awe-struck at the raw power and engineering on show.
While there are no shortage of ways to shoot in 3D, these typically
involve devices which are more bulky, complex, and expensive than
traditional digital cameras. However, a team of engineers has discovered
a way to unlock the previously unrecognized 3D imaging capability of
ordinary digital camera technology, by repurposing existing components.