Review: UPDATED: Astro Gaming A38 review

Introduction and design Bluetooth, by its very nature, is an unrestrictive platform. As a supplement to a standard 3.5mm connector, Bluetooth allows for freedom of movement unhindered by a 4-foot cord. Take away the standard 3.5mm input, however, and a system that once used Bluetooth as a great extra, now depends on it as the only way to connect two devices. Case in point: Astro Gaming’s first foray into the lifestyle headphone market, the Astro Gaming A38. While it may not function as the best desktop headset, the A38 succeeds as a phone and tablet-focused set of cans. The idea.... Read full article

Review: Samsung WB2200F


Overview The first impression you get of Samsung’s WB2200F smart camera is that it’s square. Vertical grips have been common on cameras for many years, with add on units available for most DSLRs along with smaller devices such as the Sony A7r and the Panasonic GH4. Canon and Nikon have gone for permanently attached grips before, with their top of the range offerings like the D4 and 1DX, but it’s unusual to see it on what can no longer be described as a compact camera. To go with the unusually large body you get an unusually large lens. It’s a.... Read full article

Review: Olympus Stylus TG-3


Introduction Last year’s TG-2 has proven to literally be a tough act to follow for Olympus, thanks to it blending rock-hard construction with a host of action-orientated features and the widest-aperture lens in the class. Consequently the TG-3 doesn’t mess with this recipe too much as it maintains the same lens and toughness credentials but adds a new 16 megapixel CMOS sensor to replace the TG-2′s 12 megapixel device. The TG-3′s new sensor boasts a sensitivity range of ISO 100-6400. It’s teamed with the same optics from the TG-2, giving 4x optical zoom, an f/2.0 maximum wide-angle aperture and a.... Read full article

Review: Leica M Monochrom


Introduction Despite the advent and ubiquity of colour film, it’s quite likely that a number of Leica cameras have been used exclusively for black and white pictures. Beyond the Ilford single use camera owner, Leica users are probably more apt to shoot in black and white. I point this out neither to mock or praise, but as a simple, if general, observation – so it makes sense that if a company is going to make a camera that shoots only in monochrome, it should be Leica. Leica’s M-Monochrom attracted a great deal of attention when it was first announced in.... Read full article

Review: Sony A7S


Introduction and features Sony now has three full-frame compact system cameras to give photographers a choice depending upon what is most important to them. Those wanting the ultimate in detail resolution should opt for the 36Mp Sony Alpha a7R, while photographers for whom low-light capability and video quality are of paramount importance should go for the 12Mp Sony Alpha a7S. The middle ground is occupied by the 24Mp Sony Alpha a7, a camera that’s capable of recording lots of detail, but has faster responses than the A7R. Like the A7 and A7R, the A7S has the Sony E-mount, but it’s.... Read full article

Review: Ricoh WG-4 GPS


Introduction and features If you’re after a camera that’ll survive some rough and tumble, the Ricoh WG-4 is built to shrug off plenty of abuse. It’ll survive a 14-metre-deep dunk in the drink, a two-metre drop and -10-degree temperatures, plus it’s crushproof to 100kg. Within this armoured exterior there’s a 16.0-megapixel sensor and a 4x optical zoom lens. Full HD video recording and GPS location mapping are present too, and all for around £309.99/$329.95. Alternatively the WG-4 is also available without GPS for £279.99/$279.95, making it a well-priced rival to the likes of the Canon PowerShot D30, Nikon Coolpix AW120,.... Read full article