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Canon RF 70-200mm f2.8L IS USM review so far

31 Mar 2020 Gordon Laing

The Canon RF 70-200mm f2.8L IS USM is a bright telephoto zoom for the full-frame EOS R mirrorless system. It’s shorter and lighter than the EF version and focuses closer too, although the barrel now extends as you zoom it. Ahead of my review, check out my sample images!

Sony FE 20mm f1.8 G review

30 Mar 2020 Thomas

The Sony FE 20mm f1.8 G is an ultra-wide prime lens designed for Alpha mirrorless cameras. It captures comfortably more than a 24mm, making it ideal for expansive landscapes, tight interiors, wide astro photography, as well as vlogging or environmental portraiture. Find out why you'll want it in our in-depth review!

Tamron 20mm f2.8 Di III M1:2 review - sample images

28 Mar 2020 Thomas

The Tamron 20mm f2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 is an ultra-wide prime lens for Sony’s E-mount mirrorless cameras. It's part of a three lens series from Tamron all of which let you focus closer than most rivals. Ahead of my full review I have a selection of sample images for you!

Fujifilm X100V review

16 Mar 2020 Gordon Laing

The Fujifilm X100V is a high-end compact camera featuring a 26 Megapixel APSC sensor, fixed 23mm f2 lens, hybrid viewfinder, tilting touch-screen and 4k video. It features a raft of upgrades over its predecessors including weathersealing. Check out my final in-depth review!

Canon EOS R5 review - preview

13 Mar 2020 Gordon Laing

The Canon EOS R5 is a high-end full-frame mirrorless camera with built-in stabilisation, 20fps shooting, 8k video and dual card slots. The third EOS R body looks set to transform Canon’s full-frame mirrorless system. Find out all the facts so far in my preview!

Rode NT-USB Mini review

11 Mar 2020 Gordon Laing

The Rode NT-USB Mini is a compact USB microphone designed for gamers, podcasters, musicians, streamers or voiceovers. It’s a smaller and more affordable alternative to the original NT-USB from 2014, a microphone I personally use for most of my YouTube video voiceovers. In my review I’ll compare the features and quality of both mics.

Canon SELPHY Square QX10 review

09 Mar 2020 Gordon Laing

The Canon SELPHY Square QX10 is a portable wireless photo printer designed to make small square prints of images on your phone. Squarely targeting the popular INSTAX format, I've compared them in my review!

Fujifilm INSTAX Mini 11 review

04 Mar 2020 Gordon Laing

The INSTAX Mini 11 is the latest low-cost instant camera to use Fujifilm's popular INSTAX Mini film. Find out why it's the best yet in my review!

PowerVision PowerEgg X review

02 Mar 2020 Adam Juniper

The PowerEgg X is a drone, a gimbal-stabilised camcorder and camera. Buy the more expensive Wizard edition and it can even fly in the rain and land on a pond. Find out if it's right for you in Adam's review!

Fujifilm XT4 preview

26 Feb 2020 Gordon Laing

The Fujifilm X-T4 is a high-end mirrorless camera with a 26 Megapixel APSC sensor, 4k up to 60p, 15fps bursts, built-in stabilisation and a fully-articulated touchscreen. I went hands-on for my preview!

Canon EOS 1Dx III review

24 Feb 2020 Gordon Laing

The EOS 1Dx Mark III is Canon's latest flagship DSLR aimed at professional sports and wildlife photographers. I've been testing a final production body to bring you new tests, samples and a new video review of the movie mode!

Olympus OMD EM1 III review so far

12 Feb 2020 Gordon Laing

The Olympus OMD EM1 III is a high-end mirrorless camera aimed at photographers and videographers who value speed, robustness and portability. It has a 20 Megapixel sensor, 4k up to 30p, built-in stabilisation with up to 7.5 stops of compensation and 18fps bursts with autofocus, all packed into a tough weather-proof body. I went hands-on for my review-so-far!

Samsung Galaxy S20 review so far

11 Feb 2020 Gordon Laing

The Galaxy S20 is Samsung’s flagship phone for 202 and its best yet for photography. Available in three models, the top-end Ultra packs three cameras, one with 108 Megapixels and another with a 10x optical zoom. All can also film 8k video. Find out more in my hands-on preview!

Vintage bits: Canon 400D XTi 14 years later

07 Feb 2020 Gordon Laing

Back in 2006 I posted my very first review on YouTube. 14 years later, I look back at the Canon 400D / XTi and see how technology and my own presentation have changed!

Sigma saves Canon EOS-M

29 Jan 2020 Gordon Laing

Sigma has finally released its fabulous triplet of f1.4 APSC mirrorless lenses in the EF-M mount, transforming Canon's neglected EOS M system. Find out why you'll want them in my video review!

Fujifilm XT200 review - preview

23 Jan 2020 Gordon Laing

The Fujifilm X-T200 is an entry-level mirrorless camera, featuring a 24 Megapixel APSC sensor, built-in viewfinder, fully-articulated 3.5in touchscreen, mic input and uncropped 4k video. Find out more in my preview!

JPEG vs HEIF: Canon commits to HIF

22 Jan 2020 Gordon Laing

Time for JPEG to retire? With the 1Dx III, Canon becomes the first traditional camera company to back the more efficient HEIF format which delivers better quality in smaller files. Here's how Canon makes it work.

Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 DG DN Art review

13 Jan 2020 Thomas

The Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 DG DN Art is a general-purpose zoom with a bright and constant f2.8 focal ratio, designed for full-frame mirrorless cameras and available in the native Sony E and Leica L mounts. Find out if it's a viable alternative to Sony and Panasonic's own premium zooms in our full review!

Nikon Z 70-200mm f2.8 VR S review - preview

08 Jan 2020 Thomas

The Nikon Z 70-200mm f2.8 VR S is a professional telephoto zoom designed for Nikon’s full-frame Z-series mirrorless cameras. The ninth Z-mount lens becomes only the second zoom in the series with a fast f2.8 focal ratio and complements the Z 24-70mm f2.8 S standard zoom; and it is the first Z-Nikkor to have optical image stabilization. Find out more…

Nikon D780 review - preview

07 Jan 2020 Gordon Laing

The Nikon D780 is a DSLR with a 24 Megapixel full-frame sensor, uncropped 4k video with autofocus, 7fps bursts and a tilting touchscreen. Essentially upgrading the best-selling D750 with the live view and movie benefits of the Z6 mirrorless, it looks set to be a tempting option for those who still prefer DSLR viewfinders and bodies. Check out my preview.…

Nikon COOLPIX A1000 review

30 Dec 2019 Ken McMahon

The Nikon COOLPIX A1000 is a pocket super-zoom camera with a 35x range that updates the earlier A900 with a decent electronic viewfinder, touch screen, some new controls, and RAW shooting, all at a price that’s very competitive. In his full review, Ken compares it against its major rival from Panasonic!

How to photograph fireworks

28 Dec 2019 Gordon Laing

Firework displays can be spectacular but present a number of challenges to capture on-camera. In my simple guide I'll share my tips and techniques for photographing fireworks whether you're shooting New Year, 4th July or any other celebration!

Zhongyi Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm f0.95 III review

23 Dec 2019 Thomas

The Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm f0.95 III is an exotic and unusual lens: one of only three f0.95 models available for full-frame bodies at the time of writing, and by far the cheapest too. Available in Sony E, Canon RF and Nikon Z-Mounts, we tested it against luxury f0.95 rivals in our full review!

Panasonic Lumix TZ95 ZS80 review

16 Dec 2019 Ken McMahon

The Panasonic Lumix TZ95 / ZS80 is a pocket super-zoom camera packing a 30x optical range, 20 Megapixel sensor, 4k video, flip-up touchscreen and built-in viewfinder. It updates its predecessor with a more detailed viewfinder and Bluetooth for easier wireless. In his full review, Ken compares it against the Nikon COOLPIX A1000 and other rivals!

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