The GoPro Hero 11 Black is at its best price so far

(Pocket-lint) – The GoPro Hero 11 Black is still fresh on the scene, and it’s one of our favourite action cameras ever.

Despite being newly released, GoPro has still managed to give a staggering discount on its flagship camera ahead of Black Friday 2022.

What’s more, this deal is live in both the UK and the US, so most of our readers can get in on the action.

The only catch is that it relies on having a GoPro subscription, so you’ll need to sign up for $49.99 / £49.99 a year to take advantage. Even then, it’s a cracking deal, and the lowest price we’ve seen this camera at so far.


If you’re skiing this winter, or just looking for a camera that can handle whatever life throws its way, the GoPro Hero 11 Black is likely the best tool for the job.

The new sensor allows for vertical and horizontal crops of the same footage, meaning you can cover all of your favourite social media platforms with one clip.

As always, it’s rugged and waterproof, while class-leading slow-motion makes for some epic action shots.

If you’ve been thinking of investing, now might be the time, as the prices are likely to climb once the sale ends.

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Writing by Luke Baker.

Nikon’s Photomicrography Competition gives you a new view of th

(Pocket-lint) – Each year the International Small World Competition plays host to some seriously impressive Photomicrography images that astound, amaze and leave us aghast. 

The competition has been running since 1975 and there have been some incredible winners over the years that have passed. This year’s entries are pretty incredible, so we’ve selected some of the most interesting for you to enjoy. We’d highly recommend taking a look at the full gallery of winners and entries from this year too. 

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Human cardiomyocytes (heart cells)

A lot of these photomicrography images are fascinating and eye-opening because they give you a new view, that you’ve likely never seen before, of something you’ve probably encountered in everyday life. 

In this instance, the image is of a human heart cell. It was taken by Hui Lin and Dr. Kim McBride from the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, USA. And was selected as the 20th-place winner in this year’s awards. 

This image was crafted using 60 x magnification and the Fluorescence imaging technique. This uses high-intensity lighting to excite fluorescent molecules and results in longer wavelengths and beautiful images like this

Bacterial biofilm on a human tongue cell

Some of these images appear beautiful, colourful and intriguing. Then you find out what they and wish you hadn’t seen it. 

This, for example, is an image of the bacterial biofilm on a human tongue cell. Now imagine what your tongue looks like, then go and give it a good brush. 

This Confocal image got 19th place in this year’s awards. 

A zebrafish intestine

Here’s another colourful view and one you’re unlikely to guess what it is. This is a 60 times magnified view of the white blood cells in a zebrafish intestine. Curiously pretty. 

Alaskan Sand

We love when these photomicrography images show us how beautiful the world is. Sometimes it’s simple minute details in things we’d never normally see this close up. This is sand viewed at 10 times magnification, yet it looks like colourful gems. 

Blood vessel networks

This is another of those beautiful images that actually is thoroughly unpleasant when you learn what it is. This colourful view is a 10 times magnified view of the blood vessel networks in the intestines of a mouse.  

This image by Satu Paavonsalo and Dr. Sinem Karaman from the University of Helsinki was selected for the third-place winner for this year’s competition. 

Slime mould

It seems that mould is one of those things that’s fascinating when you look up close. Colourful and intricate in its minute detail. 

This photomicrograph image required the use of both reflected light and image stacking, but the results are pretty incredible. 

If you like the look of this one, there are a lot of other mould entries from previous years worth looking at too. 

Carbon candle

This mesmerising view shows unburned carbon particles releasing from a candle wick. The level of detail on these close shots is impressive, even at just 2 and a half times magnification. 

A fly and tiger beetle

The 10th-place photo in the photomicrography competition shows a view of a fly falling prey to a tiger beetle. 

These close views of insects are fascinating with the intricate details including tiny hairs and even the lines on their eyes. 

Agatized dinosaur bone

Dinosaur bones are already fairly impressive, but if you take a close-up look at them, as with this 60 times magnified view, then you get to see even more incredible detail. 

Human colon

This is a colourful view of what looks like something floral but is actually a human colon. It was taken with a Brightfield photography technique at 20 times magnification.  

Midge larva

This photomicrography image was captured using polarised light and shows a Midge larva collected from a freshwater pond. This sort of photography certainly makes these creatures appearing more visually appealing and wonderfully colourful. 

A cell dividing

At 60 times magnification, you can even see the details of what happens when a cell divides. Certainly not something you’d be able to witness in everyday life with ease. 

A traumatic brain injury

If you had to imagine what a brain injury might look like then we’re pretty sure that you wouldn’t think it would be this colourful or curious. 

This is an intriguing view of a murine sensory-motor cortex following mild traumatic brain injury in a transgenic mouse. It was taken by Dr. Andrea Tedeschi from The Ohio State University and selected as 33rd place in this year’s awards. 

Butterfly egg

Butterflies are already impressive enough, but have you ever seen their eggs magnified like this? This is image is seen at 10 times magnification with an image stacking technique to show the beauty of nature even on the smallest scale. 

Ancient winged ant

This view might not be as magnified as the others on the list (or in the gallery) but it’s certainly no less impressive. 

This is a close look at a winged ant that’s been trapped in amber for around 20 million years. Incredible. 


We’ve never really thought of ants as being terrifying. This image though might change our minds. A really close-up and personal view of an ant’s face makes them seem worryingly evil. 

Dental drill bit

If you’re already not a fan of going to the dentist then this image probably won’t help. It’s a four times magnification view of a dentist’s drill bit which has been encrusted with diamond chips. 

Jumping spider

Most people would say that spiders aren’t cute. Even if you’re not an arachnophobe you probably wouldn’t fancy a cuddle with a spider, but this little chap sure is photogenic.  

Writing by Adrian Willings.

The GoPro Hero 11 Black Mini is now shipping

(Pocket-lint) – The GoPro Hero 11 Black Mini, as the name suggests, is a miniaturised version of the brand’s latest flagship action camera.

It was originally slated for launch in October, but delays pushed the launch back. As of today, though, the diddy action camera is finally shipping.

The GoPro Hero 11 Black Mini is essentially the same camera as its chunkier sibling, only the screens have been removed to reduce the size, as well as increase durability.

This makes the Mini ideal for applications like FPV drones, where you won’t be looking to frame your shot, but instead worrying about weight, size and robustness.


Another key difference is that the battery is built-in and non-removable, however, GoPro says it still uses their newer Enduro battery technology, so it’ll perform well in low temperatures.

The Hero 11 Black Mini also adds an additional set of mounting tabs to the rear of the camera, which means that it can be mounted in a wide variety of locations.

It utilises the same 8:7 sensor as the Hero 11 Black, allowing for 360-degree horizon locking, shot reframing and the new HyperView digital lens.

Since there are no proper screens, you’ll need to pair the camera with the GoPro Quik app to access the more advanced settings. However, if you’re a GoPro subscriber, the camera can automatically upload edited highlight videos to the cloud every time it’s plugged in to charge, pretty handy.

The GoPro Hero 11 Black Mini is available at $299.98 / £299.98 for GoPro subscribers, its normal MSRP is $449.98 / £449.98.

It’s available today from GoPro’s website, with other retailers to follow.


Writing by Luke Baker.

Labpano PilotPano camera – A live streaming game-changer

(Pocket-lint) – Whether you’re an amateur vlogger or a professional streamer, you need a camera that consistently provides unmatched performance. Unfortunately, customers are all too familiar with devices that fail to deliver on the promise of supposedly brilliant specifications.

That all changed when Labpano, one of the most reputable panoramic algorithm providers, introduced its Pilot Era devices in 2019. The first panoramic camera in the series featured a built-in touchscreen with a smart operating system for seamless streaming.

After impressing customers with the subsequent releases of the Pilot One, Pilot Lock, and Pilot Insight camera, Labpano is ready to introduce another game-changing product – the PilotPano Versatile 360 AI camera.


Let’s break down the most notable features of this superb product.

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Here’s what customers can expect from this compact high-performer.

Smooth design

With a 3.1-inch HD touchscreen, the PilotPano is a portable device that stands out from other professional cameras of recent years. With dimensions of 138 mm x 54.5 mm x 45.7 mm, most users will have no difficulty handling the camera with one hand.

Best of all, it won’t take up much space in your kit bag. The camera has two F2.0 fisheye lenses and sits on the top of the body, right above the touchscreen. The design is intuitive. Most users will feel like they’re playing with their smartphone, not operating a cutting-edge professional camera.

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Unmatched image quality

Labpano used 1/2.3-inch Sony CMOS sensors to ensure the camera provides 5.7 HD images. The photos look realistic and are full of vibrant colours. The consistent image quality will surely bring out your creative streak.

Street view capture

PilotPano boasts a precise GPS module compatible with most satellite navigation systems. Choose between two shooting modes (interval photo and street view video) and capture clear 5.7k shots at a speed of 7 FPS. No need for additional gear – upload your videos and photos directly from the camera!

PilotSteady real-time stabilization

This camera relies on the PilotSteady real-time stabilization system to erase jittery displacement from the footage. If you’re shooting an action-packed scene or accidentally move your hand, the camera’s nice-axis gyroscope and shake compensation algorithm have got you covered. The technology will register the displacement motion, correct the photographic pattern, and deliver uncompromised footage quality each time.

Open API ecosystem

One of PilotPano’s most impressive features is its open-source API, which is based on Android operating systems. Users can install apps from independent developers or third-party vendors, and the API guarantees they’ll work together without a hitch. Labpano is continuously improving the software and rolling out new updates to enhance customer experience.

2300 mAh swappable battery

When developing this camera, Labpano strived to pair it with an equally impressive battery. The 23000 mAh model has undergone rigorous testing and delivers up to 100 minutes of runtime. This swappable battery will fuel the camera without difficulty. Bolster it with the exclusive charging accessory, and the PilotPano will never let you down, no matter how long your shoot or stream.

Clear sound quality for an immersive experience

In addition to premium images and resolution specs, the PilotPano offers crisp sound quality. The PilotPano camera is a one-stop shop that allows users to declutter their streaming stations. Instead of combining a microphone, speaker, and camera, all you need is this versatile device.

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Panorama and aspect ratio

Switching between a traditional and panoramic camera view is a breeze.

You can capture stunning 90°, 120°, 135°, and 150° videos without losing any sharpness or vibrancy. Furthermore, you can choose from the readily available 9:16, 16:9, and 1:1 aspect ratios and apply the preferred video format for all major social media platforms.

If you’re creating content for TikTok, Facebook, Instagram, or YouTube, the PilotPano camera will help you get the perfect shot every time.

User-friendly editing app

With the PilotPano camera, there’s no need to use multiple devices to edit your photos and videos. The Pilot Go App boasts AI auto-tracking, AI editing, beautifying, reframing, and filtering features. You can tweak your creations and upload them to your social media accounts with a few simple clicks.

Seamless live streaming with real-time stitching

The product captures 4K video at 30 FPS (frames per second). Most animation and cinematography studios use an FPS standard of 24. The higher frame rate of this camera offers more stability, capturing scenes with lots of movement and action in great detail. All you need to do to start a live stream is connect to a stable network, and that’s it. Thanks to the camera’s functionality, you don’t need to waste time on third-party devices and post-production.

The product supports streaming on Facebook and YouTube. Since it adheres to the RTMP/RTSP/SRT live streaming protocols, it’s also compatible with customized platforms.

Works with VR goggles

The product is compatible with Skyworth and Pico mainstream headsets, allowing you to explore VR landscapes.

About Labpano

Established in 2012, Labpano’s primary purpose is improving panoramic technology. The company follows the latest industry practices to develop innovative products that inspire users to create eye-catching visual content. Labpano continues to push boundaries by releasing user-friendly yet feature-packed devices.

Now we just need some lenses

(Pocket-lint) – The R7 is Canon’s flagship APS-C camera, it launched alongside it’s cheaper sibling the R10, and the two bodies are the first APS-C cameras to utilise the brand’s RF mount – previously reserved for full-frame cameras.

The R7 is effectively the successor to the long-standing Canon 7D series of DSLR cameras. But, since it’s 2022, it’s now a mirrorless body. This means it gets an electronic viewfinder and a slightly sleeker body, along with some speedy burst shooting capabilities and superior autofocus.

The 7D was always a great pick for wildlife and sports shooters, and on paper, this sounds like it should best it on all fronts. So, how does the Canon EOS R7 fair in the real world? We’ve been putting it to the test.

Our quick take

The Canon R7 provides impressive autofocus, speedy shooting, excellent colour science and solid stabilisation. It does it all at a reasonable price, too.

The problem lies with the lens ecosystem as a whole. At the time of writing, there are only two lenses designed specifically for APS-C RF mount cameras, and neither is particularly impressive.

If you already have a collection of full-frame RF glass, and like the idea of having a smaller body or the extra reach of a cropped sensor, then it might make more sense. Otherwise, the lenses available are both too expensive and too large for most to consider for APS-C usage.

You can adapt EF-mount lenses, too, and the camera is often available bundled with this adapter. However, the autofocus performance isn’t as good with these lenses, so you lose out on one of the R7’s strongest features.

Hopefully, we’ll see Canon release some more compelling glass in the months to come, when that happens, the Canon R7 will be much easier to recommend.

Canon EOS R7 review: Now we just need some lenses

  • Great autofocus and subject recognition
  • Capable IBIS system
  • Ergonomic design
  • Speedy burst shooting
  • Good value for money

  • Very few RF lenses designed for APS-C
  • The new rear wheel isn’t great
  • Slow sensor readout can introduce rolling shutter



  • Body: 132.0 x 90.4 x 91.7 mm
  • Weight: 560g (612g with card and battery)
  • Weather sealed body
  • New AF point selector and rear control wheel

Aesthetically, the Canon R7 matches the rest of the Canon lineup with its smooth sweeping curves and hardy plastic construction. If you’ve used any Canon bodies, even DSLRs dating back decades, you’ll no doubt find the button layout familiar and intuitive.

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One thing that’s new, though, is the placement of the rear wheel. It now encircles the AF selector joystick and is placed high up to the right of the EVF. We’re not sure what the logic is behind this positioning, but we aren’t particularly taken with it.

We found it harder to use when looking through the EVF and often found ourselves accidentally nudging the wrong control when aiming for the joystick or the wheel. For the most part, it works as intended, but we much prefer the traditional layout found on cameras like the R6.

The on/off switch now has a movie mode function added, which makes it very convenient to switch to video shooting. It remembers your settings when you switch between modes, too. We’re big fans of this addition.

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Around the front, there’s an AF/MF switch that’s positioned near your ring finger when the camera is in use. We found this fairly easy to operate and could imagine it coming in especially handy if you’re using the camera to film yourself.

Elsewhere, the buttons and their layout are fairly familiar. We were pleased to find that almost everything is within reach of your right hand, making one-handed shooting nice and easy. 

When the camera is turned off, the shutter closes to protect the sensor during lens swaps. We love this feature and would like to see other manufacturers adopting it, too, it makes changing lenses in less-than-ideal conditions a much less stressful affair.

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Overall, it’s a very ergonomic design and feels very comfortable in the hand. It doesn’t quite have the same premium feel as a body like the Fujifilm X-H2, but it feels robust enough and is weather resistant for added peace of mind.

Connectivity and displays

  • Dual SD card slots
  • Micro HDMI, 3.5mm headphone and mic sockets, USB-C
  • Flip out 2.95-inch 1.62 million dot LCD
  • 2.63 million dot OLED EVF

The Canon R7 features dual SD card slots, there are no fancy video codecs in use here and so no need for expensive CFexpress cards. We’re glad to see two slots included, as this allows you to either bolster your storage space or, more likely, back up your files on the fly.

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Port selection is crucial for any hybrid shooter, and Canon has done a good job here. A full-size HDMI would have been nice, but Micro HDMI gets the job done, it’s just a little less sturdy. If you want to record externally, the HDMI can output YCbCr 4:2:2 10bit when HDR PQ is enabled, at other settings it’s 8bit 4:2:0.

We praised the Fuji X-H2S for its port layout, which allowed you to access the HDMI and microphone ports with the screen flipped out, but actually, what Canon has done here is even better. In this case, you can’t access the HDMI, but you can access both the headphone and microphone sockets. Since the HDMI would most likely be feeding an on-camera monitor, it’s less likely to be needed, so this is probably preferable for most users.

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The LCD is a 2.95-inch touchscreen with a 1.62 million dot resolution, the same one found on the Canon R6. It gets the job done handily and is clear and responsive, but it’s nothing to write home about.

The same can be said of the EVF. It works well and is pleasant to use, but it’s significantly smaller and lower resolution than that of the Fuji X-T5. It is, at least, 120Hz, which makes motion very smooth when looking through the eyepiece.

Photos and videos

  • APS-C CMOS sensor – 32.5MP stills
  • Sensor shift IBIS: up to 8-stops
  • Up to 30fps burst shooting /  15fps with mechanical shutter
  • Up to 4K 60fps / 1080p 120fps video
  • 4:2:2 10bit colour when CLOG3 or HDR PQ is active

Photo performance is strong, with speedy burst rates available and a quick and effective auto-focus system. There’s plenty of resolution and some of Canon’s colour magic that provides saturated and lifelike tones.

We found that ISO speeds up to around 6400 provided nice clean JPEGs without muddying the image too much. At 12800 and beyond there’s too much noise reduction to be used for any serious work.

There is a range of subject detection options that work across both video and photo modes, this includes tracking for people, animals and vehicles. All do an admirable job, but, as usual, it’s most reliable with human subjects. In any case, we were very pleased with the high success rate.

Overall, we were impressed with the images that we were able to capture with the R7 and, really, only noticed one significant downside. The sensor has a relatively slow readout speed, this means that when shooting bursts with the electronic shutter it’s fairly easy to introduce rolling shutter effects that manifest as wobbly lines that should be straight.

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If you stick to the mechanical shutter, this effect disappears entirely, but you’ll be stuck at a maximum of 15fps and lose the luxury of silent shooting. For us, this wasn’t a major issue, but it may be off-putting for sports and wildlife photographers.

When it comes to video, performance is pretty great, too. The oversampled 4K, or 4K Fine as it’s called in camera, looks particularly nice, but you are limited to a maximum of 30fps. Meanwhile, the subsampled 4K mode allows for up to 60fps, at the cost of a slightly less detailed image. 

You get 10bit colour when shooting in CLOG3, which is great for colour correction, but there are no professional-grade codecs onboard. You could, of course, use an external recorder if you need something like ProRes.

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We found the lack of slow-motion options to be a bit disappointing, you can record at up to 120fps in 1080p, which is nice to have, but lags behind competitors. Many similarly specced cameras will allow for 240fps at 1080p, and in an ideal world, we’d have some high-speed options for 4K, too.


To recap

The Canon R7 is an extremely capable and well-priced camera but it’s let down by its lack of lens options. If Canon releases some more compelling glass for the RF-S system, it’ll be much easier to recommend.

Writing by Luke Baker. Editing by Verity Burns.

Fujifilm X-H2 review: Less speed, more resolution

(Pocket-lint) – When Fujifilm released the X-H2S this summer, we all knew that an X-H2 would be arriving at some point, but few were expecting the specifications that have come along with it.

It has the highest resolution sensor that we’ve ever seen in an APS-C mirrorless camera, along with 8K video recording and it comes at a significantly lower price than its speedy sibling.

Fujifilm’s latest hybrid body is an appealing prospect, indeed, but what’s it like to use in the real world? We’ve been putting it to the test.

Our quick take

The Fujifilm X-H2 is a very compelling hybrid shooter. It has the same excellent robust chassis as the X-H2s, along with a higher-resolution sensor and a lower price tag.

In our testing, we found that the X-H2 didn’t hold us back in photography at all, with 15fps bursts being more than fast enough for our purposes. We also loved having the extra resolution to crop in on our images when our lens wasn’t quite long enough.

For video shooting, however, we really missed the 4K 120fps mode, which is far more useful to us than 8K resolution – especially with its poor rolling-shutter performance.

Whether the camera is right for you all depends on your needs. If you’re likely to shoot a lot of locked-off talking head videos, then the rolling shutter won’t present much of an issue, and the extra resolution allows you to punch in significantly.

In any case, the X-H2 is undoubtedly one of the best APS-C bodies on the market today. If you don’t need the speed of a stacked sensor, you can save a wad of cash and get much of the same experience, along with even more detailed photos.

Fujifilm X-H2 review: Less speed, more resolution

Fujifilm X-H2

4.5 stars – Pocket-lint recommended


  • The highest-resolution ASP-C sensor on the market
  • 8K video capture
  • Internal ProRes recording
  • 160MP pixel shift multi-shot
  • Significantly cheaper than the X-H2S

  • Rolling shutter is noticeable at 8K
  • No 4K 120fps shooting
  • Still expensive for an APS-C body


Design and connectivity

  • Dimensions: 136.3 x 92.9 x 84.6mm
  • Weight: 660g
  • Displays: 1.28-inch settings LCD, 3-inch flip-out monitor, OLED EVF
  • Ports: Full-size HDMI, USB-C, 3.5mm headphone and mic sockets


The X-H2 utilises the same great chassis as the X-H2S. Aside from the little white “X-H2” text on the rear, and the lack of an “S” badge on the front, the two cameras are identical. They both come in at the same weight, too, so you can’t really tell them apart in the hand.

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This means that it benefits from the same deep hand grip and ergonomic design, and despite being a bit hefty, it manages to be one of the most comfortable camera bodies to hold. The large settings display is still present on the top, and as was the case when we tested the X-H2S, we found it extremely handy. The standout feature was the ability to check our remaining battery life and storage space without even needing to turn the camera on. That’s the kind of thing you really miss when you switch back to your daily shooter.

The displays and connectivity are the same on this camera, too. The flip-out LCD is great and usable in almost all lighting conditions, while the 3.68 million dot OLED EVF is sharp and clear. You get a full-sized HDMI port, along with headphone and microphone sockets and a USB-C port. As with the X-H2S, the USB can be used for charging or data transfer, but it doesn’t allow you to record to a portable SSD.

Photographic performance

  • X-Trans CMOS sensor – 40.2MP stills
  • Up to 20fps burst (1.29x crop) / 15fps with mechanical shutter
  • 160MP pixel shift multi-shot
  • Maximum electronic shutter speed 1/180000

The biggest advantage offered by the X-H2 is its extremely high-resolution sensor. It’s a traditional back-side illuminated sensor, rather than the stacked sensor found on the X-H2S. This means it can’t offer the same extremely fast burst rates, but instead produces a much more detailed image that’s more suitable for large-format prints or cropping in.

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We tested the camera with a combination of the XF 18-120mm, XF 16-55mm and XF 56mm F1.2. Across the board, we were very impressed with the results that we were able to achieve. Images are sharp and detailed, whilst also benefitting from Fujifilm’s renowned colour science.

Film simulation modes are sometimes considered a bit of a gimmick, but we found ourselves using them quite frequently on the X-H2. There are 13 to choose from, including a couple of black-and-white options. These modes essentially apply a LUT in camera, saving you some editing time after the fact. We’re quite keen on the “Nostalgic Negative” preset, which gives images a bit of warmth and a slight shift toward magenta tones.

With high-resolution sensors, noise is often a concern. Thankfully, we found that ISO settings up to around 3200 are extremely clean and noise-free, and results are usable up to around 12800. Very impressive stuff.

As we mentioned, the X-H2 is no match for the X-H2S when it comes to burst rates, however, it offers the same speed when you’re using the mechanical shutter. And 15fps with autofocus is not to be sniffed at. We did think that the autofocus was a little less reliable for fast-moving subjects, but it does a pretty excellent job overall.

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Interestingly, there’s one area in which the X-H2 is the fastest, and that’s the maximum electronic shutter speed. It goes all the way up to an astonishing 1/180000 sec. Does anyone need a shutter speed this high? We’re not so sure, but if you’re looking to freeze motion entirely, and have enough light, this could be the camera for the job. It could also be handy if you need to take a photo of the surface of the sun at f/1.2 with no ND filter.

Finally, we have a feature called pixel shift multi-shot, wherein the camera physically moves the sensor and takes 20 images of a scene that can be combined into one gigantic 160MP photo. You need a tripod for this, along with a completely static subject for it to work, which severely limits its usefulness. Nonetheless, it’s a pretty cool feature that was previously exclusive to Fuji’s more expensive GFX lineup of medium-format cameras. The images aren’t combined in the camera, which we found a little disappointing, but it’s easy to do using Fujifilm’s Pixel Shift Combiner software on Windows or Mac.

Video performance

  • Up to 8K 30fps/ 4K 60fps / 1080p 240fps
  • Internal ProRes 422, HQ and LT support
  • 7-stop in-body image stabilisation
  • 2x digital zoom at 4K with little to no loss in resolution

With video shooting, it’s a similar story, the higher-resolution sensor allows you to shoot video at up to 8K resolution, rather than 6.2K on the X-H2S. However, you also give up some speed, losing 4K 120fps recording, which was one of our favourite modes on the X-H2S.

The 1080p 240fps slow motion is still available, but it suffers the exact same issues that we saw on the X-H2S. We’re not sure what makes this mode so grainy and unpleasant, but we’ve still got hope that Fujifilm can clean it up in future firmware.

On this model, you still get all the same internal ProRes recording options as the pricier X-H2S, along with the ability to output up to 12-bit RAW video to a compatible recorder over HDMI. 

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In our testing, the X-H2 performed quite similarly to the X-H2S in terms of stabilisation, dynamic range, autofocus and colour reproduction. Given that it’s about $500 cheaper, and can also record 8K, that’s a pretty big win.

The X-H2 also has a digital zoom function, that utilises the higher-resolution sensor to allow for up to 2x digital zoom at 4K without any noticeable loss in quality. This can come in handy, especially for wildlife shooting, and is a feature that’s not available in the X-H2S.

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However, there’s one area that lets the X-H2 down for video, and that’s its rolling shutter performance. Depending on how you shoot, this could be a potential dealbreaker. In 4K standard mode (which offers up to 60fps) the rolling shutter is roughly on par with the Sony A7 III, which is not bad at all. However, when you bump things up to 4K HQ (oversampled) or 8K recording, the rolling shutter effect gets progressively worse, and it’s very noticeable at 8K.


To recap

We think the X-H2 is one of the best APS-C cameras on the market today. If you don’t shoot slow-motion video or high-speed bursts, you can get much of the X-H2S experience at a significantly lower price. Plus, it has advantages of its own, like more detailed images and 8K recording.

Writing by Luke Baker. Editing by Verity Burns.

Sony Alpha 7R V initial review: The new autofocus champ

(Pocket-lint) – Sony last updated the Alpha 7R camera in 2019 and – having already updated the A7 and A7S in recent years – it was about time to push out an update to the highest-resolution model. But how exactly do you push further when the A7R already featured a mega 61-megapixel full-frame sensor? 

The manufacturer’s answer – seemingly – is to make it smarter. The A7R Mk5 has landed with the same sensor as before, but with a much smarter autofocus brain and an updated, fully-articulating monitor. We went hands-on with the latest Alpha to see what it was like. 

Our quick take

Sony’s latest ‘R’ series camera cranks things up a notch, adding impossibly smart autofocusing and tracking capabilities to a camera that was already very good. We suspect it’ll become the camera of choice for experienced photographers who do a lot of shooting of moving objects, whether that be cars, animals or athletes. 

With a price tag that’s pretty much bang-on four grand, it’s right at the top end of the consumer camera bracket, and that will price it out of reach for a lot of consumers. However, those who take photography seriously will undoubtedly be tempted, especially if they’re already using an older model Sony Alpha. 

Sony A7R V initial review: Hands on with the new autofocus champion

  • Really smart and fast autofocus
  • High-resolution sensor
  • Shoots up to 8K videos
  • 5-axis stabilisation
  • USB-C Power Delivery charging

  • It’s not cheap
  • You’ll need CFExpress Type A to get the most out of it
  • 8K is cropped


Familiar looks

  • 131.3 x 96.9 x 82.4mm – Magnesium alloy body
  • Dust and moisture resistant – anti-dust system
  • E-mount 
  • Fully articulating LCD touch monitor


Sony’s approach to the full frame market has consistently focused on the idea of creating solid, but compact devices that last even in not ideal conditions. That’s not changed with the new Alpha 7R V. The body is made from magnesium alloy, which is lightweight and sturdy but is also sealed against water and moisture for shooting in inclement weather. The sensor also features an anti-dust system, to ensure that dust isn’t attracted to it. 

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One new addition is the LCD monitor that flips out from the side. It can be rotated and angled in almost any direction, making it the most versatile monitor in Sony’s current Alpha lineup. You can flip it out to the side and have it facing you when recording yourself, or flip it down and around so that it’s primed and ready for portrait shots. Plus, it’s not just touch-sensitive, but the user interface has been redesigned so that you can control all of it with a swipe or tap on the touchscreen. 

The touchscreen is joined by the electronic viewfinder which – this time – features a 9.44 million dot display and 120fps refresh at its full resolution, making it a very sharp and smooth EVF. 

You get Sony’s traditional cluster of buttons and dials, most of which live either on the back of the camera, to the right of the viewfinder and monitor, or on the top of the camera. Sony still on insists on having the menu button to the left of the viewfinder, away from all the other buttons you’d use to control that menu, which remains puzzling. 

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Otherwise, it feels like a well-proportioned camera, with a good grip around the front and on the back, making it really easy to hold. Although, with a good G Master lens on it, you will feel the weight. 

Living the autofocus dream

  • AI-powered autofocus – dedicated chip
  • Human body, face and eye tracking
  • Animal face and eye tracking
  • Plane, train, car and insect recognition

Sony’s Alpha cameras have offered fantastic autofocus for a few years now, in fact, it’s one of the primary reasons to choose the company’s cameras over the competition. Offering fast and accurate focus with smart features like face and eye detection with real-time tracking has set it apart from other brands. 

For 2022, with the Alpha 7R V, Sony is ramping it up further and has built a processing unit with AI-powered ‘deep learning’ capabilities dedicated to autofocus. 

It can now recognise more than just eyes and faces and can detect entire human bodies, understanding where the head, face and eyes are in relation to the shoulders, hips and knees. Moreover, it can track the entire person in real-time, for both stills and video. 

It’s hard to show a sense of what it’s like to use and we’ve only had a relatively brief session to test it so far, however, it really is impressive seeing it work in the flesh. 

With fast-moving subjects – like the break-dancers in the gallery above – it was able to focus on the dancers’ faces accurately. Even when they weren’t facing us head-on, or when their face was upside down or partially covered, the camera seemed capable of keeping the relevant area in focus, and it does so really quickly, shooting bursts of photos. 

The new AI recognition and focus capabilities also extend to other objects. You get animal tracking and focus, which includes mammals and birds. For the first time, however, you also get insect recognition as well as vehicles like cars, trains and planes. The idea is that you can quickly shoot a burst of photos in autofocus, and keep the desired object pin-sharp in the frame, even if it’s moving quickly. 

Sensor and video capabilities

  • 61MP backside illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor
  • 35mm full-frame – 3:2 – 693 PDAF points 
  • 8K video at 24/25p – 4K at 50/60p 
  • 5 axis 8-stop in-body stabilisation

The ‘R’ in A7R stands for ‘Resolution’, because – typically – this is the model with the highest resolution sensor. In fact, the new model uses the same 61-megapixel backside-illuminated Exmor R sensor that was featured in the previous A7R IV. That gives you the ability to crop quite far into the sensor while retaining a pin-sharp image. 

Along with a new Bionz XR image processing engine and an upgraded graphite heatsink for heat dissipation, it’s enabled some pretty high-end video capabilities. You’ll be able to shoot up to 8K resolution at 24/25 frames-per-second and do so for up to 30 minutes continuously. Or – if you like – shoot 4K up to 60 frames-per-second, or shoot a Super35 4K with 6.2K oversampling. 

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It is worth noting here that there is a 1.2x crop on the highest resolution 8K shooting, so you won’t get as wide a shot as you can if you use the 4K mode. In stills mode you can shoot up to 10fps bursts with full AF/AE using the mechanical shutter, or 7fps with the electronic shutter. 

To aid the enhanced autofocusing, the latest sensor has both contrast detection and phase detection autofocus, with the latter offering an impressive 693 points of detection, covering almost 80 per cent of the sensor, ensuring you can tap to focus even towards the edges of the frame. Add that to the 5-axis, 8-stop in-body stabilisation, and you should have sharp images, in most light conditions even if your subject is moving. We can’t wait to test it further. 

Ports, battery and charging

  • USB-C with Power Delivery – USB 3.2 up to 10Gbps
  • Bluetooth 5.0 – Wi-Fi built-in
  • 3.5mm ports for headphones and mic
  • Multi-interface shoe – Dual CFExpress Type A slots (UHS-II SD compatible)
  • NP-FZ100 battery – up to around 530 shots 

Just like other high-end full-frame Alpha-series cameras, the A7R V is equipped with all the ports and connection options you could need. There’s a USB-C port that can accept power, so you can use Power Delivery capable adapters to refill the battery quickly, plus it’s USB 3.2 and can handle data transfer rates up to 10Gbps. Wireless transfer and connectivity should be speedy too thanks to Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi with 2×2 MiMO. 

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You get two memory card slots that are compatible with CFExpress Type A and SD/SDXC (UHS-II). Of course, to get the most out of the camera and its fast burst shooting the CFExpress is the one to use, although that costs considerably more than an SD card. 

You get 3.5 ports for mic input and headphone output, plus the digital multi-interface shoe for connecting hot-shoe accessories to the top of the camera. 

As for the battery, that’s the Sony NP-FZ100 which can handle up to 530 shots on a full charge when using the LCD display or 440 with the viewfinder. You get 150 minutes of continuous video recording on a full charge. 


To recap

Sony’s latest ‘R’ series camera cranks things up a notch, adding impossibly smart autofocusing and tracking capabilities to a camera that was already very good. We suspect it’ll become the camera of choice for experienced photographers who do a lot of shooting of moving objects, whether that be cars, animals or athletes. 

Writing by Cam Bunton.

Sony A7R V adds super-fast whole-body tracking, and 8K video to

(Pocket-lint) – Sony has unveiled its latest top-of-the-line high-resolution Alpha series camera, and it’s got a lot of power under the hood. 

The A7R V comes with a similar full-frame 35mm 61-megapixel sensor to its predecessor, but with an all-new image processing system and AI-powered autofocus to make it even faster and smarter than before. 

A big part of its new AI capabilities is built entirely on making autofocus smarter. Where previous models could autofocus and detect human eyes and faces, as well as animal eyes, the new model can do entire bodies and tracks in real-time as people or objects move. 

The improved object recognition – combined with 693 phase detection autofocus points – also means it can automatically recognise, track and focus on cars, trains and planes, as well as insects. Ensuring that whatever your subject is, it can do that hard part for you and automatically keep it sharp and in focus whether you’re shooting video or stills. 


What’s more, if you are shooting a person and they’re wearing sunglasses – as an example – and covering their eyes, the camera can estimate where the eye is accurately, lock it in and keep it sharp. 

If you’re shooting a group of people you can tap to target a specific person in a group, and it’ll keep locked on them even if other people step closer to the camera, or get in the shot. 

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Other improvements include a 5-axis, 8-stop in-body stabilisation system for minimising hand shakiness or movements, as well as the ability to shoot in 8K resolution at 24/25 frames-per-second. 

4K can be recorded at 50/60p, with a 4K option over-sampled from 6.2k at up to 30 frames-per-second. 

The camera body is built from a magnesium alloy and is sealed against water and dust, even featuring an anti-dust system to help keep dust off the sensor, and a feature where the shutter shuts automatically when you switch the camera off. 

A new graphite heatsink helps dissipate heat so that you can shoot for long periods without it overheating and shutting down. In fact, it can do 30 minutes of 8K/24, 10-bit, 4:2:0 footage before needing a break. 

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There’s a new LCD monitor which rotates and flips in pretty much every direction and features a 2 million dot resolution. Plus, it has a new user interface that pushes all the data to the edges and lets you control the camera using touchscreen gestures, as well as using the usual buttons and dials on the body. 

If that wasn’t enough, there’s a new battery – capable of lasting over 500 images on a full charge using the touchscreen monitor. Plus, with its USB-C Power Delivery compatibility, it can refill more quickly than the previous version too. 

All in all, it sounds like a really impressive high-end camera from Sony. Although, as you’d expect, this performance all adds up to a fairly high cost. 

The Sony A7R V will be available from mid-November with $3899.99 cost and a UK price set at around £3999 for the body only. Like nearly all of its recent cameras, it features the E-mount, so any existing lenses will fit. 

Writing by Cam Bunton.

Fuji’s top hybrid shooters compared

(Pocket-lint) – Fujifilm impressed us earlier this year with the X-H2S, its most powerful hybrid mirrorless camera to date. We were expecting an X-H2 to arrive at some point, given the naming scheme, but when it did, the specs were quite surprising.

Not only does the X-H2 come at a lower price point, but it also shoots at a higher resolution in both photo and video modes.

So, it seems like the X-H2 is the one to buy, right? Well, not so fast, there’s much more to the story here. We’ve done a deep dive into both cameras to find out where they differ, and who will benefit from them the most. Let’s get into it.



  • Both: 136.3 x 92.9 x 84.6 mm 660g
  • 1.28-inch settings LCD, 3-inch flip-out monitor, OLED EVF
  • Full-size HDMI, USB-C, 3.5mm headphone and mic sockets


Both cameras use the exact same body and tip the scales at the exact same weight. The only difference you’ll find is in the name printed on the rear and the presence, or lack, of an “S” badge on the front.

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What this means is that they both benefit from the same top-notch weather-resistant build quality and wonderful ergonomic grip and thumb rest. The design is less photography centric than we’re used to seeing from Fuji, there’s no shutter speed or ISO dials. Instead, you get a single mode selection wheel with an extremely generous amount of custom preset options.

The status LCD is present on both models and is very nice to have, it allows you to see your remaining shots, record time and battery life without even having to turn the camera on. The port selection is the same across both models, too, featuring a full-size HDMI port, headphone and mic jacks and USB-C.


  • X-H2:  X-Trans CMOS sensor – 40MP stills
  • X-H2S: Stacked CMOS sensor – 26MP stills
  • X-H2: Up to 20fps burst (1.29x crop) /  15fps with mechanical shutter
  • X-H2S: Up to 40fps burst shooting / 15fps with mechanical shutter

The main difference between the two models is the sensor. The X-H2S uses a stacked CMOS sensor which allows it to shoot at incredibly fast burst rates, as well as having speedy autofocus tracking. The X-H2 uses a more traditional sensor, which is slower, but much higher resolution. In fact, it’s the highest-resolution sensor we’ve ever seen in an APS-C body.

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Interestingly, the X-H2 also increases the maximum electronic shutter speed to a staggering 1/180000 sec (up from 1/32000 on the X-H2S) so there is at least one area where the X-H2 has the speed advantage.

Both cameras use the same hybrid autofocus system with phase detection and contrast detection points. Both benefit from animal, bird, car, bike, plane and train subject detection modes, too. The X-H2 has more PDAF points, thanks to its higher resolution sensor, but the X-H2S should be better at tracking fast-moving subjects.

The X-H2 offers pixel shift multi-shot, whereas the X-H2S does not. This means that you can mount the camera on a tripod and it will physically move the sensor to combine 20 frames into an ultra-high resolution 160MP photo. This feature was previously only offered on the brand’s very expensive GFX medium format cameras.

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The main disadvantage of the X-H2, for stills shooting, is that it can only shoot at up to 15fps burst without applying a 1.29x crop, then, even with the crop, it can only handle 20fps. The X-H2S on the other hand can shoot up to 40fps bursts with no crop.


  • X-H2: Up to 8K 30fps/ 4K 60fps / 1080p 240fps
  • X-H2S: Up to 6.2K 30fps/ 4K 120fps/ 1080p 240fps
  • Both: Internal ProRes 422, HQ and LT support
  • Both: 7-stop in-body image stabilisation

When it comes to video shooting, the X-H2 offers 8K recording, whereas the X-H2S maxes out at 6.2K. Just as was the case with photos, the lower-resolution X-H2S finds its advantage with its speed. It can shoot at 4K 120fps, whereas the X-H2 only offers 4K at up to 60fps.

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You might expect the cheaper X-H2 to skimp on some of the professional video features offered by the X-H2S, but surprisingly, that’s not the case. Both bodies offer in-camera ProRes recording at up to ProRes 422 HQ.

Aside from the lack of 4K 120fps recording, the disadvantage with the X-H2 comes from its rolling-shutter performance. This means that it’s not suited to fast panning shots, and sports shooters will definitely be giving this model a miss. It’s particularly bad during 8K recording, at a mere 1/33 sec.

The X-H2 offers a digital zoom function that can crop in on the 40MP sensor to provide a 2x zoom at 4K resolution with no noticeable loss in quality. This is not achievable with the lower-resolution sensor on the X-H2S.

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Both cameras have the same IBIS system and both can utilise the optional fan accessory to prevent overheating at higher settings. Though, in our testing, we haven’t managed to get either camera to overheat so far. This accessory may be more beneficial in warmer climates.


Pricing and verdict

  • X-H2: $1999 / £1899
  • X-H2S: $2499 / £2499

The X-H2 carries an MSRP that is around $500 lower than the X-H2S, making it a very appealing option, especially when you consider the resolution gains offered in both video and photo shooting. The pixel shift multi-shot could be a big draw for landscape photographers, too.

However, many video makers are likely to value 4K 120fps slow motion over 8K resolution. And, unless you favour locked-off shots more than handheld, the rolling shutter present at 8K will make it much more troublesome to use.

It’s really impossible to say which camera is better, it just depends on what you need to shoot. The X-H2S is superior for event and sport shooting thanks to its extremely high burst rates, whereas the increased resolution of the X-H2 makes it more suitable for portraiture and advertising.

In any case, both bodies are fantastic and offer wonderful construction along with a wealth of useful features and configuration options. If you’re hunting for the best APS-C camera around, these two should be high on your list.

Writing by Luke Baker.

These Redditors are sharing incredible photos of wonderful weat

(Pocket-lint) – There’s one subreddit that’s dedicated to showing off amazing photos of interesting weather formations. The photos are something special. 

From all over the world people are uploading images of amazing storms, breathtaking views or just incredible photos of our world. We’ve collected some of our favourites for you to enjoy. 

An eerie storm

This photo is almost picturesque. A beautiful photo of a field and a classic red barn with a curious storm forming above. 

A colourful storm

Some of these weather formations are particularly interesting for just how colourful they are. This one from Edmonton Canada and appears to have turned the sky pink. 


A very green storm

This photographer managed to capture a very green view of an inbound storm at Sioux Falls in South Dakota. 

No filters were applied to the image, it was merely the result of natural colours created by the storm. 

Supercell thunderstorm

Some of these weather conditions are simply astounding. This one is apparently a supercell thunderstorm that was forming over Bolton, Kansas. 

It looks like there’s been an explosion from a distant volcano that’s then spitting its angry dustclouds into the skies above. 

Moose Jaw thunderstorm

From southern Saskatchewan in Canada comes this magnificent photo of a thunderstorm over Moose Jaw. 

We especially like this one because of the deep colours of the green fields below the storm and the deep dark blue of the sky too. 

A tear in the sky

This one looks like a tear in the clouds as if the entire sky was made of clouds and then something cut them in half. 


Some of these photos are of incredibly dangerous weather formations and yet somehow they end up looking like beautiful marvels of nature. 

This tornado captured near Akron, Colorado is one such sight. One Redditor commented that it looked like a painting. 

Apocalyptic sky in Northern California

Some of these views are interesting because they’re influenced by different things. This is not only a glorious weather pattern but also is this colourful because of nearby wildfires. 

A massive Supercell

This is an incredible supercell storm that was photographed over Western Texas. It was around 60,000 feet high and remarkably impressive. 

We thoroughly appreciate astronomy photography and images of the night sky in general. This one is particularly impressive with the mix of weather and the wonder of the stars. 

A Crazy Twister

The United States sure has some wild weather. This photo shows a pretty daunting twister making its way through Wyoming in the US. 

A crazy thunderstorm

This is one ferocious thunderstorm. Not one you’d want to be out and about in. The lightening has made some really cool patterns in the sky. 

A clear day

Not all of the weather photographs on this list are of angry and foreboding storms, twisters or tornadoes. Some are just of beautiful clear days with golden fields stretching off as far as the eye can see.  

Stormy sunset

Though the weather might look foreboding, we like this image because of the framing of the beachline and the brilliant lines that have been created.

Microburst in the sunset

Another brilliantly framed photo, this time from Poland. Here we see a wonderfully straight road with curious weather happenings on both sides of it. 

Writing by Adrian Willings.