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Nikon D500 — This speedy APS-C classic loves to be where the action is

These days, cameras like the Nikon D500 can seem a bit old-school – and not in the timeless, rangefinder sense either. After all, between mirrorless wonders like the Fujifilm X-T20 and full-frame monsters like Sony’s (unobtainable) A7R II, is there any room in your life for a R32,500 DSLR (body only) with an APS-C sensor? The answer, at least for anyone looking for a speedy, step-up DS...[Read More]

Canon EOS 800D – Does the well-specced 800D redefine the entry level?

An entry-level DSLR used to be a bare-bones device that swapped features and quality for a dirt-cheap price. But one look at the Canon EOS 800D tells you that’s no longer the case. This camera, which sits on the second-bottom rung of Canon’s DSLR ladder above the 1300D, has a new 24.2 megapixel sensor, Canon’s latest DIGIC 7 processor and plenty of bells and whistles. What it doe...[Read More]

Light Start — Apple camera advice, RIP MP3, Netflix without roots, and retro Knuckles

Apple wants you to get better at iPhone photography, posts lessons on YouTube Apple wants you to take more photographs using your iPhone 7 and they’re perhaps a little concerned that you’re not holding it correctly or something. So they’ve come out with a whole series of videos that are designed to improve your point-and-shoot skills. Covering everything from selfies to sunset, A...[Read More]

Leica M10 — Is this new take on the revolutionary rangefinder a modern classic?

There’s just no mistaking that iconic red dot, is there? Photography fanatics have been flocking to Leica for decades, because of its uncompromising focus on quality – in terms of the cameras themselves, as well as the pictures they take. The Leica M10, which follows the incongruously-named Leica M Typ 240, has all the retro stylings that any photographer with a keen sense of style (and heri...[Read More]

Expect GoPro’s 360-degree 5.2K Fusion camera to launch by year-end

When we think of fusion we think of the word ‘nuclear’. Or Dragon Ball Z. But given how GoPro has lent its name to pretty much every action camera around, perhaps the company’s newly announced Fusion 360-degree camera will wind up claiming that word for them too. But a plain-old 360-degree camera just isn’t going to cut it. Samsung has two on the market. Nokia makes a very ...[Read More]

Samsung PT Smartcam – Home Gadget of the Year 2016

It may look like something out of Dr. Who, but Samsung’s PT Smartcam is the best single-solution IP camera we’ve had the pleasure of freaking out our house guests with. The PT bit stands for pan and tilt, meaning one Samsung PT, cunningly placed, can provide visibility of a whole room. Add 1080p video to the mix and it can be a pretty big room, thanks to all the zoom flexibility that k...[Read More]

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II – A classy, though costly, compact

The Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II is a serious compact for serious photographers. Just take a look at that all-black colour scheme: your six-year-old nephew won’t want anything to do with it. It’s the kind of thing you’re meant to grab when a DSLR is too much of a bother, but you still want to be able to take a great snap. But is it good enough to claim the very top spot of the best pre...[Read More]

Fujifilm X-T20 – Is this the best camera of its size on the planet?

The Fujifilm X-T2 is pretty much the best all-round camera on the planet – a mirrorless mélange of wonderful photo quality, sparklingly sharp 4K video, rugged design and pro-friendly handling. That’s all well and good, but it also costs R25,000 without a single lens; a daunting sum for anybody who’s not totally invested in that shutterbug life. How great would it be, then, if you could take the bu...[Read More]

Your next smartphone will shoot 1000fps ultra slow-mo videos

Get ready for some Matrix-style slow motion – without the crazy expensive camera hardware. Sony has pulled back the curtain on a new smartphone sensor, one that’ll shoot Full HD 1080p video at a frankly ridiculous 1000fps. That’s about eight times faster than the rest of the smartphone world, according to Sony. The new sensor should be pretty handy when it comes to still photos, ...[Read More]

Fujifilm X-T2 – Meet the best camera on the planet

There’s a world of difference between a great camera and a camera that merely takes great pictures. Anything can take great pictures these days. A cheap compact will do it, your average smartphone will do it and pretty much any compact system camera or DSLR will do it with a nonchalant shrug. Taking great pictures is the easy part. The hard part is creating a camera that makes the shooting experie...[Read More]

LG X Cam – Two ways to look at the world

LG has been camera-happy since the LG G4 was the hot new phone on the market — so since about 2015 or so its opted to wander off the trail being blazed by Samsung and create somewhat quirky flagships. This year its also reinvented some of its mid-tier product lineup, with the first of these devices, the LG X Cam, finally appearing in South Africa. The question is: Does the X Cam, which borro...[Read More]

A rocket booster in action has never looked this good

If you want to find someone qualified to make video footage of a rocket booster in action then you need look no further than NASA. They’ve been doing it a long time and they haven’t been idle. Their new High Dynamic Range Stereo X (HiDyRS-X) camera has been designed to capture rocket engines at high resolutions and at high speeds using multiple exposures as once. What you can see above...[Read More]

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