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A some-more critical compress camera

The Canon PowerShot G5 X is a second of a company’s new 1-inch sensor compress cameras, and is a higher-end kin to a Canon PowerShot G9 X.

If character is what you’re after a you’re in a wrong place. Instead, with a PowerShot GX 5, Canon has attempted to make a many advanced, complete-feeling camera probable in a 4cm-thick frame. we had a play with a £629 Canon PowerShot G5 X forward of a full examination to see what it has to offer.

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Canon G5 X – Design and Features

Last year we met a Canon PowerShot G7 X, a company’s initial 1-inch sensor compact. The new PowerShot G5 X builds on a concept, make-up some-more facilities into a still-smaller frame.

However, a PowerShot G5 X isn’t going to fit in a trouser pocket. Coat pocket? That will work.

It measures 112.4 x 76.4 x 44.2mm and weighs 377g, creation it significantly incomparable than a 101.6 x 58.1 x 41.0mm Sony RX100 IV.

The PowerShot G5 X does broach on that surer feel that comes with carrying a palm grip, charity a small-but-pronounced territory on a front. It looks some-more critical than probably each 1-inch sensor compress out there.

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The look-and-feel is considerable then, though a PowerShot G5 X also has implausible primer control. It has some-more dials than many DSLRs – and a initial impressions are that Canon does a good pursuit of not creation a controls feel too cramped.

There’s a ring around a lens, a dedicated bearing dial on a tip plate, a dial on a front usually cry a shiver symbol and a ring around a D-pad on a back of a camera. The latter dial predictably feels a tiny small and fiddly, though we suppose this will be a control on a Canon PowerShot G5 X used slightest during shooting. The 3 non-exposure dials are entirely customisable, so we can get a camera handling more-or-less usually as we like.

Among a peers, usually a Panasonic Lumix LX100 gives a sense of carrying been done to interest to DSLR/enthusiast shooters.

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Although a Canon PowerShot G5 X’s viewfinder adds bulk to a camera, it’s value it. This is a high-quality 2.36m-dot EVF, that is a same fortitude found in many high-end CSCs. Canon hasn’t enclosed an EVF in one of a high-end compacts in some-more than 10 years – a final indication to underline one was a PowerShot Pro1 from 2004.

The PowerShot G5 X shade is some-more critical than many other identical cameras too. It’s entirely articulated, permitting we to pierce it to usually about any angle, rather than usually a selfie position. As standard, a arrangement measures 3 inches across.

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Canon G5 X – Lens and Sensor

All of this is usually flint if a PowerShot G5 X doesn’t have a lens to match. Luckily, a focal operation of 24-100mm and max orifice of f/1.8-2.8 are both really good too. You get a longer wizz than a Sony RX100 IV, with no cost to compensate on max aperture.

What a Canon PowerShot G5 X lacks is a measureless speed of a Sony RX100 IV. It can’t fire video during a absurd 1,000fps or detonate stills during 16fps. Video tops out during 1080p, 60fps, and detonate stills sharpened is a required 5.9fps though autofocus or 4.4fps with it.

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However, it does have a 3-stop neutral firmness filter, that will concede we to use a full border of a f/1.8 lens in sincerely splendid conditions. Unlike some ND-equipped cameras, a Canon PowerShot G5 X can automatically switch to regulating a filter as needed, rather than forcing we to conduct into a menu complement to spin it on.

The sensor itself is a same as that of a PowerShot G7 X – a 20.2-megapixel, 1-inch indication that creates a good concede between distance and picture quality. We design to see identical images to those of final year’s model, though we’ll demeanour during that closer in a full review.

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First Impressions

Packing all a facilities that final year’s Canon PowerShot G7 X lacked, a G5 X is an apparent choice for DSLR shooters looking for something that isn’t so most of a duty to lift around. You won’t have to adjust your sharpened character too most either, with DSLR-grade primer control. It’s usually a distance that competence take some removing used to. The Sony RX100 IV and Panasonic Lumix LX100 should watch out.

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Serious compacts get even slimmer

Fancy a compress able of holding CSC-grade images that will simply fit in your pocket? In a past, a Sony RX100
array has been a go-to recommendation, though Canon has
released an alluring alternative. The PowerShot G9 X is a stylish,
1-inch sensor compress that during £399 is half a cost of a Sony RX100 IV.

I took a closer demeanour during this modernized compress forward of a full review.

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Canon G9 X – Design and Features

Although it’s a 1-inch sensor compact, a Canon PowerShot G9 X’s pattern is closer to a Canon PowerShot S120
– a renouned ultra-compact model, though one with a many smaller 1/1.7in
sensor. Most considerable is a fact that such models are tiny adequate to
fit in your pocket.

At usually 31mm thick, it’s 10mm slimmer than a pocketable Sony RX100 IV – and it doesn’t demeanour bad, either.

The Canon PowerShot G9 X is accessible in possibly two-tone china and tan, or a some-more regressive all-black version.

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apparent doubt is how Canon has managed to make a PowerShot G9 X so
slender? The association has private many of a elements found in 1-inch
sensor biggest-hitters to furnish a device that an gifted camera
user might need some time to bed into.

For example, there’s no
D-pad on a behind of a camera, or a viewfinder. For a many part,
using a PowerShot G9 X will centre around a touchscreen arrangement on
the behind of a device.

That’s not to contend it’s a camera that
doesn’t yield any control. A primer control ring sits around a lens,
and there’s a customary mode dial on a tip image providing entrance to
the common orifice and shutter-priority modes.

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has achieved good change with a PowerShot G9 X: The camera is
serious adequate to let we hurl a orifice from one impassioned to the
other with a discerning movement, though infrequent adequate to trip into your trouser

If we can’t penetrate a miss of bearing dial, viewfinder
and behind D-pad, afterwards you’d be improved off checking out a Canon
PowerShot G5 X instead. The numbers might advise that it’s lower-end, but
this isn’t a box – it’s a G9 X’s photo-nerd sibling. It sells for
£629 and gives we extras, such as a hotshoe, that will expected please
some-more picky buyers.

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Canon G9 X – Lens and Image Quality

More poignant sacrifices have been done to
achieve a Canon G9 X’s low price, however. Its lens isn’t as versatile as
that on many other 1-inch sensor compacts, including final year’s now
similarly labelled Canon PowerShot G7 X.

28-84mm lens offers max orifice of f/2-4.9. This is a satisfactory bit slower
than a f/1.8-2.8 of a PowerShot G5 X, that also offers a greater
zoom range. I’ll have to check during my examination accurately how
quickly a G9 X drops down to f/4.9 aperture. The disproportion between
f/1.8 and f/2 might be easy to swallow when a physique is losing 1cm
thickness, though a dump from f/2.8 to f/4.9 isn’t.

PowerShot G9 X’s visual opening is usually unequivocally allied with the
first dual Sony RX100 models (from 2012 and 2013), not a newer and more
costly ones.

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a Canon PowerShot G9 X shows a really engaging diversification of
the 1-inch sensor camera market. The final collection of cameras seemed to be
aimed during a high-end buyer, since this indication is out to greatfully those
who are after loyal portability.

In terms of opening and
periphery connectivity features, a Canon Powershot G9 X is as you’d
expect. It can fire during adult to 6fps, or 4.3fps with autofocus, and has
both WiFi and NFC.

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First Impressions

has put 1-inch sensor cameras on a diet. The PowerShot G9 X offers a new turn of portability, and for those who
believe a aged observant that a best camera is a one we have with
you, this is large news.

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Full-frame all over again

Think all compress cameras are rubbish? The Sony RX1R II proves that speculation wrong. This is a camera we can fit into your cloak pocket, yet has a same-size full-frame sensor as models like a Canon 5D MKIII, that we competence onslaught to fit in some rucksacks.

Sony’s no visitor here, though. This is a follow-up to a much-desired Sony RX1, adding a garland of facilities including an inventive pop-up viewfinder and an visual low-pass filter we can effectively switch off.

Before we strech for a credit card, a one obstacle is a price. Set to sell for £2600, it’s usually £300 cheaper than a Leica Q (Typ 116). And, well, no one expects a Leica to be affordable.

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Sony RX1R II – Design and Handling

None of this is news to a Sony RX1 fans, though. And conjunction is a Sony RX1R II’s design. It looks and feels unequivocally identical to a initial camera, only as a Sony RX100 IV is identical to a 3 predecessors.

That’s no bad thing. The Sony RX1R II is impossibly well-made and petite for a camera with as large a sensor as you’ll find in a camera done for normal and mostly-normal people. It has an discerning feel that done me not wish to put a thing down. And not only since we had roughly £3000’s value of camera in my hands.

A peek creates we ask: what’s new? The biggest change is a electronic viewfinder. This is something a RX1 didn’t have, causing some of a camera posh brigade to call a aged indication a toy.

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Borrowing some of a crafty tech seen in a RX100 IV, a EVF pops-out of where a peep used to sit. Despite being compact, it’s a good EVF too.

Its 2.4-million dot fortitude and 0.74x magnification meant it comes opposite as uncompromised notwithstanding a Sony RX1R II’s size. Like all a best EVFs, it has a sensor that auto-switches a camera between a back arrangement and EVF automatically when your face gets close, and a picture is clear.

The EVF gives we a clarity of carrying a most some-more approach attribute with a camera than we get with a strange RX1. There was an discretionary EVF appendage for a RX1, yet a new setup is distant some-more convenient. The 3-inch shade now tilts adult and down too, rather than being fixed, creation it most some-more stretchable too.

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The Sony RX1R II lens is common with a prior model, and it’s a good sailing travel photographer’s tool. A 35mm focal length is ideal for this purpose. It’s only somewhat some-more ‘zoomed in’ than your normal smartphone.

It’s certain to be of glorious peculiarity judging by a RX1’s formula too. The max orifice is f/2, and this is a totally bound non-zoom lens.

That’s a partial that competence put some of we off, detached from a cost. However, this kind of ‘deliberately limited’ photography is value perplexing out. It unequivocally creates we get to know your camera most softened than a indication that can fire anything from wherever we stand.

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Sony RX1R II: Image Quality

There’s also huge operation for gathering into images too as a Sony RX1R II has a 42.4-megapixel sensor, adult from 24-megapixels in a RX1. The fortitude boost comes yet changing a camera’s ISO attraction operation too. It can go from ISO 100-25600, with 51200 and 102400 extended modes on hand.

What’s unequivocally new about a Sony RX1R II is a ‘variable’ visual low pass filter. A low-pass filter is used to stop moire sound in photos, yet tends to revoke fact a small too. Here a glass clear covering is used in partial of a OLP array, and a voltage upheld by it alters a effect.

You can spin a low-pass filter off, use a customary setting, a ‘high’ one, and there’s a bracketing mode that shoots all 3 in method for we to demeanour during later. It’s smart.

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Focusing speed has been significantly softened as well. The Sony RX1R II has a hybrid AF complement regulating 399 proviso showing points that cover around 45% of a field. Sony says it focuses 30% faster than a RX1R. we didn’t get to try this out good adequate to come to any conclusions, yet it sounds a yet a RX1R has some of a focusing mojo of a A7R II.

The Bionz X processor let we fire during a important with 5fps with autofocus too.

However, while it unequivocally kicks adult a assign in some areas, a Sony RX1R II’s video sounds a bit pedestrian. We still don’t get 4K capture, only 1080p during adult to 60 frames per second. This stays a stills camera predominantly.

And one for critical photographers, or during slightest those who wish to seem serious. However, Sony’s preference to assign us for additional modes like time relapse (£7.99), suit shot (£3.99) and light portrayal (£3.99) in a £2600 camera deserves, during a unequivocally least, an arched eyebrow.

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First Impressions

The Sony RX1R II is a camera easy to lust after. A full-frame sensor in an ultra-portable body? It’s a detailed dream come true.

However, some-more importantly it takes some of a crafty tech from a RX100 array and a A7 array to make this a some-more complete-feeling, critical camera than a initial RX1. Is it softened than a Leica Q (Typ 116)? We’ll leave that for a full examination to discover.

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What is a Panasonic HC-W570?

At initial glance, a Panasonic HC-W570 is a comparatively low-end camcorder, though appearances can be deceiving. Although a core specifications are entry-level, a camera allies them with a series of facilities from higher-end models.

It incorporates a fill-in camera for grabbing a second angle or exegesis selfie alongside a categorical video. It also offers some-more elaborate design stabilisation than I’ve come to design during this cost bracket.

Panasonic HC-W570 – Main Sensor and Lens

Although Panasonic’s other camcorders featuring a delegate cameras offer high-end inner specifications, a HC-W570 uses a comparatively tiny 1/5.8in backside-illuminated CMOS.

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The lens is comparatively mid-range, dropping down to a decent f/1.8 during full far-reaching angle though rising to f/4.2 when zoomed in. The camera offers a estimable 62x zoom, and this can be increased to an even some-more estimable 90x regulating a Intelligent Zoom option, that crops into a sensor. This means it doesn’t remove utterly as many fact as a quite digital zoom.

A digital wizz is also available, though it provides a absurd 3,000x factor, and is best avoided. It’s also value observant that a tip visual wizz is reduced when several design stabilisation facilities are enabled.

Where many camcorders during this cost turn tend to rest on electronic design stabilisation, a HC-W570 boasts a higher-end visual system. Panasonic’s been heading in this space for some time, and it’s good to see this turn of stabilisation accessible during this price.

The visual complement is supplemented with digital assistance to make it even some-more absolute – hence a Hybrid name – permitting it to yield an Active mode to well-spoken handheld camerawork while walking or running.

Panasonic HC-W570 – Twin Camera

The title underline of a HC-W570 is a delegate lens, that sits on a dilemma of a LCD shade on a rotating mount. This means we can indicate it during yourself, or use it to get another angle on a action.

The sensor is identical to a categorical one: 1/5.8in in erratic and sporting 2 megapixels, again with a backside-illuminated format. The lens is a fixed-focus f/2.8 one, that would proportion to 30.6mm on a 35mm camera – so comparatively far-reaching angle.

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By default, a Twin Lens faces into a physique of a LCD panel, that turns it off. But once rotated out of this position, a delegate window appears on-screen and we can also adjust a lens lean regulating a dial on a side. Without serve settings, we can start recording and a video will be prisoner with a delegate window embedded.

There are menu controls for a aspect ratio and plcae of this window, though a usually let we collect that dilemma it is in. There are also apart controls for white change and bearing bias. However, these aren’t a full operation of controls accessible for a categorical lens.

I was gratified to see that there’s now a Backup for Twin Camera function, that annals both a picture-in-picture footage and usually a footage from a categorical lens in dual apart files. This means it’s probable to take off a delegate lens footage if we want.

You could, for example, use a Twin Camera footage usually when you’re indeed narrating what’s going on, though constantly carrying to stagger a lens into a off position. The second tide isn’t accessible in 50p mode, however.

Panasonic HC-W570 – Recording Formats, Manual Controls and WiFi

As a non-4K camcorder, a HC-W570 offers Full HD recording, both in AVCHD and MP4 formats.

Video can be accessible during adult to 1080/50p, or 1,920 x 1,080 during 50 on-going frames per second. Unlike some Panasonic camcorders, a information rate options tip out during 28Mbits/sec for both AVCHD and MP4 – there isn’t a 50Mbits/sec setting. With MP4, there are also 720p and iFrame (960 x 540) resolutions available.

However, we was unhappy to see that there’s no slow-motion capability.

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You do get a time-lapse choice in a Creative Control sharpened section, that includes a ability to emanate a roughly tilt-shift Miniature Effect, as good as a Silent Movie, with a latter providing a black-and-white design with high contrast. You can’t use these with any of a other primer settings – of that there are many.

This is one of a aspects I’ve always desired about Panasonic camcorders. Detailed primer controls are accessible in even a cheapest members of a range.

In Auto mode, usually backlight remuneration is available. But switch to Intelligent Auto and colour and bearing controls are enabled. Both modes are assisted by involuntary showing of sharpened conditions, that afterwards enables suitable stage modes.

You can also name one of 11 opposite stage modes manually. However, a full primer mode gives we finish control over focus, white balance, shiver and iris.

Manual focusing is a tiny formidable to control with a touchscreen LCD, though a remaining options work well. There are dual outward and dual indoor white-balance presets, and wholly primer and automobile mode.

The shiver can be sundry from 1/50th to 1/8,000th, and a iris from f/16 to f/1.8 during full far-reaching angle (f/4.2 when zoomed in), with adult to 18dB of video benefit accessible on tip of a wholly open shutter. It’s good to see this turn of primer control in a sub-£300 camcorder.

Wi-Fi control is accessible too. As good as providing remote-control recording, we can use a smartphone app to yield an choice Twin Camera function. There’s a baby guard choice that lets we couple a device to your home Wi-Fi and remotely entrance a camera from outward – or play a accessible footage on a DLNA-compatible device such as a intelligent TV. It’s also probable to tide video live around Ustream.

Panasonic HC-W570 – Image Quality

The HC-W570′s tiny CMOS sensor really outlines it out as a bill camcorder, though design peculiarity is still flattering good. The fact and colour fealty in splendid lighting is commendable, and a visual design stabilisation works superbly. Regular, amiable up-and-down vibrations are roughly wholly smoothed out.

Performance in low light is surprisingly decent too, deliberation a tiny sensor. You substantially won’t be regulating this camera to record film noir, though it copes ideally good with comparatively murky indoor conditions. There isn’t many pointer of grain, and a design stays bright, creation it means to constraint a immeasurable infancy of family events that you’re expected to wish to record.

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Should we buy a Panasonic HC-W570?

The Panasonic HC-W570 is a good entry-level camcorder, with a combined reward of a second lens. This gives it around a £50 reward over a differently really identical HC-V270, nonetheless it still comes in during good underneath £300.

Whereas a second lens is a tiny whimsical (and some-more of a premium) in a range-topping Panasonic HC-WX970, in a low-end HC-W570 it creates some-more sense. Throw in a primer controls, good design quality, Wi-Fi and visual design stabilisation, and a outcome is a flexible, good-value family camcorder.

Related: Panasonic HC-V770 review


With visual design stabilisation, Wi-Fi, and a selfie-orientated delegate lens, a Panasonic HC-W570 offers an glorious operation of facilities for a money.

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What is a Garmin VIRB XE?

The VIRB XE is Garmin’s latest movement camera. Although it might seems peculiar that GPS manufacturers are now creation camcorders, a erosion of their marketplace interjection to smartphones, and a apparent tie between GPS record and impassioned outside activities, creates a growth logical. The VIRB XE builds on a strange VIRB Elite, that had copiousness of novel facilities to make it value considering.

Rather than being an expansion of a initial VIRB generation, a XE is a totally new model. Unlike a bullet-camera format of a original, a XE is some-more GoPro-like and facilities many innovations that seperate it from a crowd.

Garmin VIRB XE – Physical Features and Battery Life

Garmin doesn’t quote any accession insurance (IP) ratings, yet a association does explain a VIRB XE can work during temperatures from -20C to 45C. It can even withstand 5 atmospheres of pressure, that equates to a abyss of 50m underwater. This is achieved with a secure locking row on a front of a device, that would be intensely formidable to hit open accidentally.

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Releasing a row reveals a 980mAh removable battery, rather than a 2,000mAh of a VIRB Elite. The smaller battery means a XE has a two-hour quoted battery life, rather than three, nonetheless this is still some-more than many movement cameras offer.

Also note that a simply removable battery means we can move spares, that cost about £15 any online.

A larger beating is that a accessible shade on a strange VIRB has been lost. Although we won’t simply be means to use this when you’re hurtling down a noble piste, it positively helps with angling a camera correctly, so we don’t need to rest on a smartphone.

In a place is a monochrome LCD panel, that does during slightest concede we to configure settings though a need for a smartphone tie – distinct some movement cameras, such as Panasonic’s HX-A1ME.

Garmin VIRB XE – Shooting Options and Specification

So, detached from a detriment of a video display, a earthy construction of a VIRB XE is impressive. On paper, a inner selection and sharpened options are too.

Where a strange VIRB maxed out during Full HD and offering usually a WVGA (854 x 480) 120fps slow-motion mode, a VIRB XE raises a limit to 1440p (1,920 x 1,440) during 30fps – yet sadly it doesn’t underline 4K. It can also fire 1,080p during adult to 60fps, 960p during adult to 100fps, and 720p during adult to 120fps. Then there’s a full slow-motion 480p mode during 240fps.

However, a underlying sensor is a same 1/2.3in in size, and indeed has a reduced 12.4-megapixel resolution. Unlike a infancy of movement cameras, a VIRB XE facilities picture stabilisation. Although this is essentially electronic, a VIRB XE also uses gyro-detection to raise a capability. we found this did have some certain effects on a jerkiness of video. While it isn’t as effective as a good visual system, it’s value having.

Garmin VIRB XE – Mounting Options and Settings

Garmin has been pretty inexhaustible with a ascent bundle. There are glue mounts for prosaic and winding surfaces, alongside prolonged and brief linkages. However, there’s no tag or tripod mountain in a box. So if we wish to insert a VIRB XE to your wrist – or a bar though regulating glue – or a tripod, you’ll need to supplement discretionary extras.

There’s a outrageous operation of additional ascent kits available, however, including harnesses for both prolonged and brief dogs!

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Using a built-in LCD, a VIRB XE offers a operation of settings. The margin of perspective can be configured with dual levels of electronic zoom, and there’s built-in lens exaggeration improvement that can be enabled. You can also record video upside down – accessible if a camcorder is unresolved beneath, rather than adhering adult on tip of, a mount.

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There are Pro Settings accessible too, including clear or flat-colour curves, white-balance presets from 2,800K to 7,500K, and 3 levels of video sharpening. The auto-exposure can be singular to 6400, 1600 or 400 ISO, so we can change picture liughtness with grain. Although there’s no approach control over shiver or iris, there is an bearing disposition accessible with 13 stairs between +2 and -2.

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Exposure can be locked, too, that is accessible if there will be occasional extremes of lighting, such as flitting headlights or a camera spasmodic indicating towards a sun. These settings are roughly matching to a Protune controls on a GoPro, so should greatfully users of a HERO range. All of these settings can also be tranquil around a smartphone app, that provides a common live preview and trickery to toggle recording or stills capture.

Garmin VIRB XE – Sensor Connectivity

One of a arch offered points of a VIRB Elite was a built-in GPS and ability to record from other Garmin sensors. The VIRB XE has identical functionality, nonetheless Garmin is now job this G-Metrix, yet a VIRB XE doesn’t have a built-in altimeter, that was benefaction in a VIRB Elite.

The sensor information can be displayed alongside a video, so we can uncover your speed or heart rate as it changes during a video recording.

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Compatible sensors embody heart rate, speed/cadence, energy and temperature. The ANT+ tie is used for these, and also provides connectivity to Garmin’s apart remote control.

Bluetooth is accessible for joining outmost audio inclination and some sensors. Garmin provides a possess program – VIRB Edit – for integrating a sensor information onto a video and outputting a results, or even edition directly to YouTube.

Garmin VIRB XE – Image Quality and Performance

The VIRB XE’s decent-sized sensor promises means picture quality, and we found a finish formula were commendable. In 1080p Full HD, a information rate of some-more than 20Mbits/sec is used, that allows for comparatively low compression. However, we did see a small density in a peculiarity of footage, even if colour fealty is really good. Sharpness is softened in good lighting, however, implying that this is a video benefit issue.

Here is some representation footage shot with a Garmin VIRB XE during a 1080p fortitude during 60fps.

Despite this, we was utterly tender by a low-light performance. The VIRB XE captures splendid and charming footage in utterly bad enlightenment – indeed a small improved than my possess eyesight – and a pellet isn’t significantly worse.

In fact, here a VIRB XE surpasses Panasonic’s HX-A1ME. we also bending adult an ANT+ heart-rate guard though any problems, and was means to perspective a information around a VIRB Edit program though a need for additional program configuration.

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Should we buy a Garmin VIRB XE?

Although a movement camera marketplace is apropos increasingly crowded, Garmin has managed to furnish an impassioned sports camcorder with adequate novel facilities to make it value considering.

The miss of a 4K sharpened choice is a shame, yet differently there are some glorious fortitude and frame-rate choices available, accessible primer settings, sensor connectivity and good picture quality. There’s also a cheaper VIRB X to consider, yet that loses a 1440p and aloft frame-rate video options, so a XE is value a additional £80.

See also: GoPro Hero 4


The VIRB XE is another means movement camera recover from Garmin, with a strong build and a ability to superimpose GPS and sensor information onto your footage.

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What is a Pentax K-3 II?

The Pentax K-3 II is a high-end APS-C 24-megapixel DSLR, a final stop before we finish adult in full-frame sensor territory. It arrives twin years after a predecessor, and while several of a core facilities seem similar, it improves a few critical areas including visual picture stabiliation (OIS) and tracking AF.

You’ll compensate £749 for a Pentax K-3 II for a physique alone. Or, it’s accessible from £849 with a 18-55mm pack lens.

Is it a estimable choice to a Nikon D7200 and Sony Alpha A77 II? It is, if we can pardon a sketchy JPEG estimate for a sold strengths. These embody good hand-held sharpened in low light and a ability to take good photos of a night sky. That’s right: it aims for niche audiences as good as for those who only wish a good APS-C DSLR.

See also: Best cameras 2015

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Pentax K-3 II – Design and Handling

The Pentax K-3 II is a sincerely vast camera in a class. While it has classical DSLR styling, it’s both bigger and heavier than models such as a Nikon D7200, one of a closest rivals.

At 800g with battery, yet though lens, it’s on a complicated side for an APS-C DSLR, and both a abyss of a physique and reason are scarcely pronounced. There are some flattering good excuses for this: The Pentax K-3 II’s visual picture stabilisation will some-more than transparent a bulk for many of you. But it does meant that doing might take a small removing used to.

I consider that many photographers will like a certain reason that a economically contoured, low reason offers – yet we didn’t now tumble in adore with it. It feels really opposite from many other APS-C cameras.

I won’t hit a construction, though. The Pentax K-3 II has a magnesium-alloy outdoor frame, providing a finish and resilience of a high-end camera.

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It’s also weatherproof, with no fewer than 92 tools creation adult that water- and dust-resistance. You’ll need a weather-resistant lens to match, yet a common 18-55mm pack lens offers this.

Backing adult a Pentax K-3 II’s credit as a critical camera is a really far-reaching array of primer controls. As good as twin control dials, we get a accessible on/off switch right by a lens, and adequate buttons around a back and tip picture to let we control only about any parameter with a really discerning motion.

It requires some flesh memory to spike down operation, yet thereafter this is a camera for a fan rather than someone who only skeleton to take it out for a spin a few weekends any year.

It’s also value profitable sold courtesy to a blueprint here: as a Pentax K-3 II has a delegate LCD adult on a tip plate, a mode dial has been shifted to a left side. Again, if we only wish a infrequent camera with good picture quality, we might cite something a small simpler.

Using a K-3 II isn’t difficult, yet this control blueprint does meant we need to get your second palm involved.

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Pentax K-3 II – Screen and OVF

Pentax DSLR cameras tend to offer glorious viewfinders, and this one it no different. With a pentaprism design, 100% coverage of what a sensor sees and 0.95x magnification, it’s a tip model. Big, splendid and clear, it’s among a improved viewfinders you’ll find for reduction than £1,000.

Of course, where regulating a pentaprism viewfinder in a Pentax K-S2 was a genuine achievement, in a some-more costly K-3 II it’s closer to “par for a course”. Still, it’s a good VF.

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The shade is good too. It’s 3.2-inches opposite and 1.04-mdot resolution, with an LCD panel. Going that bit serve than only plugging in a decent screen, Pentax also lets we tweak a display’s colours and contrast, providing a range to get a loyal illustration of a images you’ll capture.

Or not, if you’re going to heavily routine them thereafter anyway.

The Pentax K-3 II’s shade isn’t hold operated, and doesn’t lean either. These omissions are flattering common for a some-more critical camera such as this.

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The full-frame DSLR killer

Compact systems cameras are suspicion of by some as a median residence between a compress camera and a DSLR. You get a smaller frame, yet either in sharpened opening or picture quality, there’s going to be something lacking compared to a big, corpulent DSLR. Not so with a Sony Alpha A7R II.

With a spec register that reads like a Christmas wish list of a camera nerd, this is each bit as sparkling as a initial Sony A7 and Sony A7R twin from 2013. They were a initial full-frame CSCs, yet this one improves probably each part.

You’ll compensate an eye-watering £2,599 body-only for a Sony Alpha A7R II, yet during each spin it seems to have a chops to block adult to full-frame DSLRs like a Nikon D810 and Canon EOS 5D MKIII. We took a closer demeanour during a camera forward of a common review.

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Sony Alpha A7R II: What’s new?

There’s so many new in a Sony Alpha A7R II that we can’t list a lot with a pummelling we with specs. The sensor is one of a many engaging parts, though.

It’s full-frame and ups a fortitude from 36.3 megapixels in a A7R to 42.4 megapixels. That’s some-more than a 36.3-megapixel Nikon D810, some-more than a 22.3-megapixel Canon EOS 5D MKIII. You have to conduct to a Alpha A7R

Sony Alpha A7R II: Design and Handling

Of course, flexibility is zero new to a A7 series. When initial looking during a Sony Alpha A7R II what we beheld initial was a new design.

The aesthetics are rather identical – a complicated pattern with nods to a same classical film DLRs Olympus references in a OM-D series. However, a feel has changed.

The Sony Alpha A7R II hold is many deeper than that of a strange A7R, creation it feel many some-more substantial, and removing we a surer grip. As you’d wish during a cost , this is a magnesium amalgamate construction that feels clever too. It’s continue hermetic as well, creation it a ideal outdoors-y camera once interconnected with a right weather-sealed lens.

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Some controls have changed too. The shiver symbol and front control dial have been shunted forwards onto a tip of a grip, creation them lay some-more naturally underneath your finger. A7R owner? Naturally you’ll wish to gets your possess hands on a A7R II to see a improvement, yet we consider it’s substantial.

Sony Alpha A7R II: Performance and AF

The AF changes are many reduction subjective. The Sony Alpha A7R II has a 399-point on-sensor proviso showing system, a outrageous alleviation over a comparatively diseased AF systems of a A7 and A7R.

As it’s on a sensor, a proviso showing AF can be used with any lens, including non-native lenses that need an adapter. we even got to review opening with an A7R, regulating a Canon 50mm lens attached. The Sony Alpha A7R II was an sequence of bulk faster than a predecessor.

If you’re meditative about switching from a DSLR to a Alpha series, this is a flattering constrained evidence for a move.

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So is a EVF. It’s maybe a best we’ve seen to date, with XGA fortitude (or 2,359,000 dots), 100 per cent coverage and 0.78x magnification. That’s a top magnification of an EVF we’ve seen. It’s big, transparent and bright. The A7R has a good EVF too, yet this one should seem somewhat larger.

One scapegoat of an impossibly high-res full-frame camera is sharpened speed. The Sony Alpha A7R II’s 5fps sharpened speed means it’s not for pro sports photographers. However, that’s a same speed as a Nikon D810, and one support per second faster than a initial A7R. It’s not bad.

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Sony Alpha A7R II: Video

One area where a Sony Alpha A7R II soundly beats a DSLR foe is video. It can fire during 4K resolution, though wanting an outmost recorder like a A7 S.

The Sony Alpha A7R II annals regulating a XAVC S codec, during adult to 100Mbps during 4K resolution, or 50Mbps during HD. There’s also a special Super 35mm stand mode that emulates a margin of perspective of cameras like a Red Epic while regulating oversampling during a rate of x1.8 to assistance revoke noise.

With additional facilities like Time Coding and sharpened modes that pattern for post-production grading, a Sony Alpha A7R II should be means to simply corner out a Panasonic GH4 as a CSC of choice for video shooters. For those that can means it, during any rate.

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First Impressions

The Sony Alpha A7R II is a dream camera for many. It takes all that done a A7 and A7R so important, afterwards adds and improves so many it absolutely outpaces a rate of improvements we see from Nikon and Canon in their DSLR ranges. Sony is not treading water.

This is a complement camera that should seductiveness professionals as good as only penetrating hobbyists, while a considerable video skills meant it’s anything yet a stills-only specialist.

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What is a Panasonic HX-A1ME?

The HX-A1ME is Panasonic’s entry-level movement camera – a baby hermit of a HX-A500E. As an entrance spin movement camera a HX-A1ME cuts a few corners on hardware. Where a HX-A500E boasts a 4K video fortitude and a apart recording unit, a HX-A1ME usually offers Full HD and uses a some-more customary bullet camera format. Making adult for this, a HX-A1ME is also about half a price.

Panasonic HX-A1ME – Design

Thanks to a bullet-camera figure and 45g weight, a HX-A1ME is one of a smallest movement cameras you’ll come across. It creates a GoPro HERO3 demeanour like it needs to go on a diet, nonetheless a recently expelled HERO4 Session is also tiny. There’s no built-in screen, and there are usually 3 buttons on a tip for control. It’s accessible in black and radiant orange.

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Panasonic has led a approach with standards-based imperishable camcorders, and a HX-A1ME continues a tradition. It’s waterproof and dust-proof to IP68 standard, that means it’s totally cool to dirt and waterproof to inlet over 1m, nonetheless Panasonic claims usually 1.5m.

It’s also shock-proof to MIL-STD810F Method 516.5-Shock, that confirms that it will tarry a dump from adult to 1.5m onto a tough surface. It can also withstand temperatures down to -10C, that will be good news for a ski and snowboarding community.

Panasonic HX-A1ME – Core Specification

The HX-A1ME doesn’t use utterly such a vast sensor as a HX-A500E, though with a 1/3-inch back-side-illuminated CMOS sporting 3.54 megapixels it’s forward of a lot of movement cameras – utterly a cheaper options.

This bodes good for picture quality, generally in reduce illumination, and potentially places a Panasonic movement camera in a critical joining in a class. However, it will be formidable to chase GoPro from a plinth.

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As we mentioned earlier, for this model, Panasonic sticks with Full HD rather than 4K as a tip resolution. This might put some off a HX-A1ME now that an augmenting series of movement cameras are charity 4K, and during full support rates.

The 1,920 x 1,080 choice is shot during 30 on-going frames per second, with a reasonable though not superb 15Mbits/sec information rate. This information rate is also accessible for 720p when shot during 60 on-going frames per second, or we can fire 720p during 30fps and 9Mbits/sec information rate. It’s also probable to squeeze 2.7-megapixel still images during 2,176 x 1,224. There’s a 848 x 480-pixel mode too. A microSD container is used for storage.

So there are lots of sharpened options, though maybe a many engaging ones are a slow-motion choices. There’s a 720p mode that shoots during 60fps though outputs 30fps, for half-speed. The 848 x 480 fortitude can be shot during 120fps and played behind during 30fps for quarter-speed.

These modes will be useful for capturing fast-paced action, though we’d have favourite to have seen a customary support rate high-bitrate choice larger than 50Mbits/sec – as a HX-A500E offers – given not carrying this will make a HX-A1ME reduction appealing for professionals anticipating to get their footage broadcast. The slow-motion options are also behind even an iPhone 6, that can record during 240fps.

Panasonic HX-A1ME – Mounting Options

Panasonic has been a tiny some-more inexhaustible with a enclosed ascent options than TomTom has been with a simple Bandit bundle.

There’s a screw wise for a tripod, though also a tag wise with a round joint. This can be trustworthy to a velcro support that comes with double-sided adhesive, enabling we to hang it to a helmet or any prosaic or curvy surface. There’s a velcro wrist-strap for use with this mountain as well, that could also be used for any wrist-sized bar such as a automobile hurl cage.

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The camera straps onto these mounts around a hoop that secures it firmly. This attaches to a final third of a HX-A1ME, that looks a bit uncertain though won’t nudge when entirely tightened. Attaching a hoop some-more mainly would problematic a control buttons.

Further discretionary extras embody a twin-mount and a conduct mount. The former is for sharpened in dual directions, such as your face as good as a action, or attaching a light – in sold an infrared flame for use with a camera’s 0 lux capability.

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The dual ends of a section unscrew. The back can be transposed with an open cap, that allows a micro-USB tie to be accessed, so a camcorder can be employed as a webcam or powered externally.

The back can also be transposed with an discretionary additional battery, adding an additional 2hrs 45 mins, while progressing a waterproofing. On a own, a HX-A1ME manages reduction than an hour of recording, so this is a endorsed accessory.

A deputy potion cover for a lens is also included. This is noted IR and is meant for use with a apart infrared light, that isn’t included. However, these can be purchased alone for as tiny as a tenner. The multiple means a HX-A1ME can fire in finish darkness, creation it good for capturing nightly wildlife in action.

Panasonic HX-A1ME – Controls, Settings and Wi-Fi Smartphone Connection

The 3 buttons on a tip of a HX-A1ME spin on a device, toggle recording, and switch between video, still image, and slow-motion modes. A longer press on a mode symbol enables a Wi-Fi connectivity, that is essential if we wish to take advantage of a camcorder’s full operation of settings. This works with Panasonic’s Image App, that is accessible for iOS and Android.

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Image App is a usually approach to change a sharpened resolution, and provides entrance to a white change options, that embody daylight, cloudy, dual indoor modes and fluorescent, alongside involuntary and user-configured.

Backlight remuneration and sharpened discipline are also available. You can switch a USB mode between storage device and web camera. Once we have a HX-A1ME configured a approach we want, Image App can be used for live preview and toggling record.

Panasonic HX-A1ME – Image Quality

Without 4K resolution, and due to a increasingly swarming movement camera market, a HX-A1ME unequivocally indispensable to broach top-notch Full HD video quality. However, while colour fealty is good, footage is merely decent otherwise. There is a tiny softening of detail, that would have been alleviated by a accessibility of a aloft information rate. However, a HX-A1ME copes pretty good with contrasts in brightness, and auto-exposure reacts utterly fast to changes in illumination.

There’s also tiny justification of application artefacts or sound in good lighting, highlighting a underlying peculiarity of a CMOS sensor. However, while colour is confirmed good in low light, a conspicuous volume of sound develops as enlightenment falls.

We don’t design movement cameras to do as good here as reward models, though we’ve also seen improved performance, utterly from Panasonic’s possess HX-A500E. As with many movement cameras, a lens is also set to an aggressively far-reaching angle, and this causes conspicuous tub exaggeration during a edges of a frame.

Should we buy a Panasonic HX-A1ME?

The Panasonic HX-A1ME is a able movement camera, with a tiny distance and imperishable construction creation it utterly appealing to impassioned athletes. The infrared 0 lux sharpened gives it a singular nightly capability, and a slow-motion options will be welcome.

However, picture peculiarity is merely good and there’s unbending foe from GoPro and a series of other manufacturers. For movement videographers during a draining edge, a miss of 4K will also be a disappointment. Nevertheless, during good underneath £200, this is a good-value movement camera with some decent capabilities.

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The Panasonic HX-A1ME has a integrate of surprising abilities, and is pleasingly rugged, though it isn’t amply special to be an award-winner.