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Tuesday Toys

Tech Excellence Awards person of the year Tom O'Connor with Billy Huggard, Mediateam

29 January 2013

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ40

Panasonic’s 18Mp Lumix DMC-TZ40 point-and-shoot camera comes with 20x Optical Zoom, 24mm Ultra Wide Angle LEICA DC lens, 3" LCD touch screen display, Wi-Fi and GPS.

It includes 1920×1080 50p Full HD AVCHD video recording and a stereo microphone.

A high dynamic range (HDR) shooting mode means natural images can be captured automatically even when shooting against the light and the Panoramic Shot mode enables you to take stunning panoramic shots just by swivelling the camera.




The Creative Control/Retouch feature includes many modes such as soft focus, toy effect and retro to tweak your images with.

Price: TBC (available from February)

Sony BDV-N9100W, BDV-E6100

As was seen as CES earlier this month, Sony is getting on board with 4K TVs but until they become mass market the thinking goes that now is the time to start looking at your audio set-up.

To this end Sony has released three home cinema system options, the BDV-N9100W and BDV-E6100.

On top of a choice of wired or wireless speakers, the upcoming systems include 3D Blue-ray playback, external hard drive connectivity, 4K upscaling and 5.1 surround sound. More interesting is the addition of near field communication, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. The systems can be controlled via Sony’s Android app and they can link through to Sony’s Entertainment Network for live streaming of music, movies and 3D content.

Price: TBC (Available in April)

Canon Ixus 255 HS

Canon’s latest Ixus point-and-shoot features a 10x zoom, 24mm ultra-wide lens and a 3" PureColor II G LCD screen.
Its HS System delivers 12.1MP pictures with CMOS and DIGIC 5 processing. This model adds Wi-Fi and GPS functionality for easier sharing and geotagging of content.

Other features include smart auto, face ID and full HD video capture.

Price: €289 (available from March)

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