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Gadget round-up

Michael Culligan, Furthr

7 March 2012

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon’s latest EOS DSLR, the 5D Mark III, will be looking to overtake its predecessor by improving on processing power and enhancing the video function that has seen it in use on US television.

A 22.3MP full-frame sensor offers the ideal balance of resolution for stills and HD movies and up to 6fps shooting, whilst a 61-point AF system and 63-zone metering provide greater speed, flexibility and accuracy, all powered by the new DIGIC 5+ processor.

Highly accurate exposures are provided by Canon’s acclaimed iFCL metering system, which incorporates a 63-zone Dual-Layer sensor linked to each point of the AF system. Focus information gathered from the AF system is analysed alongside colour and luminance signals measured by the metering sensor itself, enabling the EOS 5D Mark III to deliver consistently accurate skin tones and excellent results in a wide range of shooting situations.




A new Creative Photo button, which enables users to quickly select Picture Styles and capture multiple exposures, as well as offering direct access to the HDR shooting mode. In playback, pressing the Creative Photo button displays a new comparative playback function, displaying two images side-by-side to allow photographers to view, magnify and compare the quality of different exposures mid-shoot.

The same reinforced 8.11cm (3.2") Clear View II LCD screen provides high quality framing and playback in all conditions. 1,040k-pixels provide the resolution to accurately check image sharpness and focus, The inclusion of a UDMA 7-compatible CF card slot plus an SD card Compatible with SD, SDHC, SDXC cards and Eye-Fi connehpcted functions slot enables shooting to both cards simultaneously, auto switching when the one in use becomes full and the option to copy images from one card to the other in-camera.

Price: €3,569.99 RRP


A darling of last week’s Mobile World Congress, the HTC One series integrates Android 4.0 (ICS) with HTC Sense 4, the new version of HTC’s branded user experience. This version introducing ImageSense, a suite of camera and imaging features, Dropbox and Beats Audio integration. It runs off a 1GHz processor with 512Mb of RAM.

With ImageSense image capture time is reduced to 0.7 seconds and 0.2 second autofocus. The f/2.0 lens captures 40% more light than similar lenses available on other high-end phones. HTC One also includes high dynamic range functionality for brighter, sharper pictures through its 5MP camera capable of shooting 720p HD video.

As expected it comes with mini-USB, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3.5mm headphone jack.

Price: Varies by operator

HP Z820

A new entry in HP’s range of workstation PCs, the Z820 aimed at customers using computer-aided design (CAD), medical or media and entertainment applications.

The HP Z820 provides up to 16 processing cores, up to 512Gb of ECC memory, up to 14Tb of storage and dual NVIDIA Quadro 6000 graphics.

The new processors include Intel vPro Technology, integrated memory controllers and Intel Turbo Boost Technology.

Also featured is the latest third-generation PCI Express technology, for increased performance and seamless integration of new graphics cards.

The Z820 includes a 90% efficient power supply – reducing overall energy usage and waste heat released, and is over 90% recyclable by weight.

Price: €1,899

Samsung Galaxy Note

Not quite a tablet but bigger than a regular smartphone, the 5.3" Galaxy Note comes with a 1280×800 HD Super AMOLED touch screen. It runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread on a 1.4GHz processor and has 8- and 2- MP front and rear facing cameras.

Bluetooth, USB 2.0 and Wi-Fi connectivity are included, as are GPS, compass, barometer and optional NFC. It comes in 16Gb or 32Gb models with option to expand by a further 32Gb via an SD card.

For the business user a suite of enterprise applications is included. That it uses a stylus says a lot about the Note’s market positioning. Don’t expect it to be troubling anything with an ‘i’ in front of it any time soon. Blackberry however…

Price: €99 (+ 12-month contract) on Vodafone

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