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Nikon COOLPIX 300 retro review

07 Nov 2021 Gordon Laing

Launched in 1996, the Nikon COOLPIX 300 was more than just a digital camera. Sure it could capture 0.3 MP images, but also let you jot notes or record voice memos. In this retro review, I tried out the COOLPIX 300, 25 years after its launch!

Sony Mavica MVC FD5 retro review

04 Oct 2021 Gordon Laing

Back in 1997 Sony had a cunning plan: forget expensive cards, built-in memory or non-standard ports, the new Digital MAVICAs would record photos onto standard 3.5in floppies! 24 YEARS later I retro-review the first model!

Sony Cyber-shot S70 retro review

17 Sep 2021 Gordon Laing

In early 2000, Sony launched the Cyber-shot S70, packing the latest 3 Megapixel sensor with a Carl Zeiss-branded zoom and a wealth of features at a price that undercut most rivals. It became my first digital camera and 21 years later I've powered-it up for my latest retro review!

Canon PowerShot G1 retro review

23 Jul 2021 Gordon Laing

In October 2000, Canon launched the PowerShot G1, the first in a series of hugely popular cameras aimed at enthusiasts that continues over two decades later. Find out the story behind it 21 years later!

Nikon COOLPIX 100 retro review

02 Jul 2021 Gordon Laing

In 1996 Nikon entered the consumer digital camera market with the COOLPIX 100. It cost $500, had one third of a Megapixel and was built-into an industry-standard PCMCIA card, so you could simply slot the camera into a compatible laptop. 25 years later I review it once more!

Canon PowerShot Pro90 IS retro review

11 Jun 2021 Gordon Laing

The Canon PowerShot Pro90 IS was a high-end super-zoom camera launched in 2001, sporting a 10x / 37-370mm equivalent range, and becoming Canon’s first digital camera to include optical image stabilisation! Find out how it performs 20 years later!

Nikon COOLPIX 900 retro review

04 Jun 2021 Gordon Laing

The COOLPIX 900, launched in 1998, was Nikon’s third digital camera, but I’d argue their first aimed at photographers. 1.2 Megapixels, a 3x optical zoom, white balance presets and a cunning split-body, the 900 had it all! Find out why it was one of my favourites in my retro review!

Lunar Eclipse Photography

21 May 2021 Gordon Laing

A Total Lunar Eclipse is one of Nature's most spectacular displays and a great deal easier to photograph than a Solar Eclipse, not to mention more frequent too. In my guide I'll explain how to photograph a lunar eclipse or blood moon!

Canon PowerShot 600 retro review

20 May 2021 Gordon Laing

The PowerShot 600 was Canon’s first consumer digital camera, launched in 1996 and sporting a fixed 50mm equivalent lens, PC Card storage and half a Megapixel. In this episode of Dino Bytes, I’ll see how the PowerShot 600 compared to rivals at the time and how it performs 25 years later!

Sony DSC F1 retro review

09 May 2021 Gordon Laing

Sony launched its first consumer digital camera, the DSC-F1 in 1996. It boasted 0.3 Megapixels, 4 MB of built-in memory and a lens housing that rotated 180 degrees for comfortable waist-level shooting or selfies. Find out how it all began in my retro review!

Canon EOS R5 fw v1.3 update

30 Mar 2021 Gordon Laing

In March 2021, Canon released new firmware for the Canon EOS R5, R6 and 1Dx Mark III which brings a selection of updates. In this article and video I'll show you what's new!

Best vegetarian meals

10 Jan 2021 Gordon Laing

I love cooking and wanted to increase the number of vegetarian dishes for everyday family meals. Here are my favourites: quick, easy and very tasty!

Black Friday best camera deals 2020

26 Nov 2020 Gordon Laing

It's that time of year when we're bombarded by bargain offers, so I've sifted through the deals to find the best buys on camera gear. So if you're shopping for a new camera, lens or accessory, check out my guide to the best deals this Holiday Season! PS - check back for updates!

How to photograph fireworks

05 Nov 2020 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!

Moon Photography Tutorial

02 Nov 2020 Gordon Laing

The Moon is one of my favourite subjects to photograph and in this tutorial I'll show you how to take great photos of it including exposure, phases, Earthshine and how to plan a Moon-rise with a landscape in the foreground!

How to photograph bees

08 Sep 2020 Alan Adler

Find how to take great photos of bees without dedicated macro gear or even leaving your home. Guest writer Alan Adler is not just the inventor of the legendary Aeropress but also a passionate photographer who reveals his favourite cameras for bees don’t have to be specialist or expensive!

MacBook Air battery repair

03 Jun 2020 Gordon Laing

Has your MacBook battery failed? Is Apple quoting a fortune for a repair, if it's even possible? Find out how I fixed my 2011 MacBook for only $55!

Benefits of mirrorless vs DSLR

21 May 2020 Gordon Laing

I switched from DSLRs to mirrorless cameras over ten years ago. While I was initially drawn by their smaller size and weight, it's the technological advantages that sealed the deal. Find out my top benefits of mirrorless vs DSLR!

Best travel coffee: Aeropress Tutorial

06 May 2020 Gordon Laing

My favourite coffee maker is a compact, human-powered brewer that costs only 30 pounds or dollars: it’s the Aeropress, it can be used indoors or out, and in my tutorial I’ll share all the tips and tricks I’ve learned from using one over the best part of ten years!

Tidal Hifi review

30 Apr 2020 Gordon Laing

This is my one-year review of Tidal, a music streaming service with Hifi sound quality that on some albums even exceeds CD quality. In my review I'll explain how to enjoy the best quality from Tidal and upgrade your music streaming!

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!

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.

What happened to PCW magazine

01 Jan 2020 Gordon Laing

Personal Computer World, Britain’s first and longest-running IT magazine, ceased publication on June 8th 2009 after 31 years in the business. This is my obituary of the magazine from a former Editor's perspective.

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