Panasonic LUMIX G3
Panasonic’s LUMIX G3 is pitched as the world’s smallest and lightest interchangeable lens system camera. Using a 16MP sensor, the G3 comes with built-in fixed and free-angle touch screen LCD viewfinders.
A 16MP Live MOS Micro Four Thirds Sensor promises noise levels of less than one third of a conventional sensor. The Venus Engine VI FHD, incorporates Advanced Intelligent Resolution image processing and Intelligent D-range Control. Users can take clear, high resolution photography even at high ISO sensitivity levels, without the bleeding of colours. Autofocus can track up to 23 focus areas, Face Detection, and AF Tracking meaning the G3 can lock onto any subject and keep it in focus even in motion. Burst shooting capability manages 4fps for stills at 16MP, and 20fps at 4MP for video.
The G3 uses the full HD AVCHD 1920×1080, 50i recording format to produce almost double the recording time compared to regular Motion JPEG. Full-time AF and AF Tracking functionality allows you to shoot movies without losing sharpness when tracking selected objects moving at speed.
Touch control shooting on the LCD display allows users to select anywhere on the screen to identify what to focus on where the image clarity can be set immediately to the subject, or to the background.
An Intelligent Auto Plus (iA+) mode includes uses optical image stabilising (OIS) to prevent blurring from hand-shake, and Intelligent ISO Control for maintaining sharpness by adjusting the ISO sensitivity if the subject moves as the shot is taken.
With Intelligent Scene Selector the camera automatically switches to the appropriate mode according to the subject touched. Seven preset effects are included in-camera: Expressive, Retro, High Key, Sepia, and High Dynamic, alongside a custom mode for manual colour, brightness and saturation level adjustment.
Price: From €619.99
Acer Revo 100
Winner of Best Choice and Design & Innovation awards at global conference Computex in Taipei, Acer’s Revo 100 is a nettop PC designed as a media management device for the front room capable of streaming content from multiple sources.
Featured on the Revo 100 is clear.fi, an application that runs on your home network. It automatically detects all your household devices and lets you find, share, play, store and enjoy all your multimedia content anywhere in your home.
The Acer Revo 100 is powered by AMD Athlon II Neo dual-core processor and features next-generation NVIDIA ION graphics for 1080P full HD. TAlso included are a configurable TV tuner and a choice of either a DVD burner or a BD Combo optical drive. The BD Combo option provides full 1080P 3D playback when cionnected to any 3D enabled HDMI display. It supports up to 4Gb of DDR3 memory has a 750Gb hard drive. It also comes with with three USB ports and a multi-in-one card reader, wireless and wired LAN and is preloaded with Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit operating system for more traditional PC usage.
Price: From €715