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Simon Crisp

Wearables

Garmin's vivoactive HR gets heart rate monitoring and a makeover

When we reviewed the Garmin vivoactive last year, our biggest complaints were the lack of heart rate monitoring and dubious styling. It looks like Garmin was listening, as the firm has now announced the vivoactive HR, an updated model which adds heart rate monitoring, and gives the device a much-needed makeover. Garmin also announced the vivofit 3 tracker which pairs year-long battery life and a backlit display.Read More

Digital Cameras

Canon’s G7 X Mark II premium compact gets a speed boost

Canon has revealed the latest iteration of its premium large sensor compact camera with the PowerShot G7 X Mark II, and this one promises to be quick. The first camera to be bestowed with Canon's new Digic 7 image processor, the G7 X Mark II claims faster autofocus and tracking, and improved low light performance. Also announced is the PowerShot SX720 HS which packs a very big zoom for a pocketable camera.Read More

Digital Cameras

Canon focuses on budding videographers with the EOS 80D

Canon has announced the EOS 80D (its follow-up to the 70D), another videographer-pleasing DSLR which looks set to deliver the goods whether it's shooting stills or video that does it for you. With a new 45-point autofocus system, improved Dual Pixel CMOS AF, and built in Wi-Fi, the EOS 80D looks a solid upgrade, and one which could have the Nikon D7200 looking nervously over its shoulder.Read More

Digital Cameras

Pentax finally joins the full frame DSLR club with the K-1

Pentax has finally revealed its upcoming full frame K-1 DSLR. The 36.4-megapixel camera boasts a number of features which have impressed elsewhere in the Pentax lineup, including five-axis shake-reduction, Pixel Shift Resolution and robust weather sealing. The US$1,800 DSLR also debuts a new cross-tilt LCD monitor and operation assist LEDs to help you use it in the dark.Read More

Children

Mattel brings back ThingMaker as a 3D printer for kids

Mattel has announced that it's bringing back ThingMaker, its toy making kits which launched in the 1960s. But this time around ThingMaker will get a modern make-over and consist of a fully functioning US$300 3D printer designed specifically for kids. Used with a companion app, this will allow young creators to design and print their own toys at home.Read More

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