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Panasonic HDC-HS9

The HDC-HS9 is Panasonic's second flagship high-def camcorder for 2008; launching alongside the nearly identical-sounding HDS-SD9. (A note to store owners: expect some confused customers in your foreseeable future.) Unlike its SDHC-flavoured sibling,...

CorelDraw Graphics Suite x4

CorelDraw Graphics Suite x4 is the vector editing application of choice for people unwilling to fork out for an expensive Adobe software bundle. Unlike Adobe Illustrator, which is a stand-alone drawing application, x4 is an all-in-one suite; combinin...

Samsung VP-HMX10 (XSA)

After a frankly ridiculous amount of procrastination, Samsung is finally set to release its first ever high-definition camcorder, the VP-HMX10. As implicated by its low price tag, the HMX10 is very much a budget-orientated high-def model aimed square...

Power Charger (BCG-34HLD)

When it comes to cool gear, the Sony Power Charger (BCG-34HLD) isn't exactly what you would call an 'exciting' piece of hardware – not by a long chalk. With its rather drab purpose and even drabber appearance, it certainly isn't something you'd...

Lumix DMC-FS3

The Lumix DMC-FS3 is the obligatory runt of Panasonic's new compact 'FS' camera litter. It sports an 8.1-megapixel sensor and 3x optical zoom (as opposed to the Lumix DMC-FS5/DMC-FS20's 10.1-megapixel sensor and 4x optical zoom). While it doesn't qui...

CrazyTalk5 Pro

CrazyTalk5 Pro is the latest and arguably greatest version of Reallusion's quirky 'face puppet' animation studio. If you've never heard of CrazyTalk before, it basically lets you create a talking three-dimensional avatar from any photo or image (BMP ...

Sony Xacti VPC-CA65 (EXW)

Midway through last year, we reviewed Sanyo's Xacti VPC-CA6; a water-resistant flash memory-based camcorder that seemed to be tailor-made for the encroaching holidays. While it performed adequately for a standard-definition camera, the image quality ...

DMW-MCFS5 marine case

The majority of consumer-level underwater cameras are, to use the technical term, a bit rubbish. Because they are 'niche' products with a limited user base, most vendors are hesitant to invest in production costs, resulting in cheap models with rudim...

Panasonic Lumix DMC-SF20

In recent years, it has become customary for camera manufacturers to release a tiered range of models at barely distinguishable prices; presumably in an attempt to cover every shopper's budget. For proof, look no further than the Lumix DMC-FS20, a pr...

Panasonic DMC-FS5

It doesn't take a genius to know what makes a good compact camera. Along with decent battery life and a slim, lightweight design, the primary ingredient is the ability to take great looking photos - and here's the important bit - with a minimum of fu...

Panasonic SDR-SW20

As we enter the simmering heart of summer (it says here), most camcorder enthusiasts would rather be swimming in the water than shooting on land. On the one hand, beach and poolside frolics offer a perfect opportunity for memorable home movies, but o...

Panasonic HDC-SD9

When it comes to releasing new hardware, Panasonic certainly isn't a company to rest on its laurels. Early in 2007 it unveiled the world's first high-definition SD/SDHC camcorder (the HDC-SD1); a model that was superseded less than six months later b...

Acer Aspire 2920-302G25Mn

The Aspire 2920-302G25Mn is the first notebook in Acer's flagship 'Gemstone' range to offer truly ultraportable specifications. With similar specs and a near-identical appearance, it kind of resembles an Aspire 5920G which has been left to shrink in ...

Sony DVDirect VRD-MC5

The DVDirect VRD-MC5 is primarily targeted at camcorder owners who want to make DVDs of their footage without using a PC. Perhaps you find computer technology to be scary and unknowable, or maybe you require an easy way to burn discs while on the roa...

Toon Boom Storyboard Pro

Nine times out of 10, the difference between a good film and a great film will come down to the pre-production phase. Meticulous preparation is the key to a successful shoot, with a detailed storyboard one of the most essential ingredients. To this e...

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