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Best camera 2019: 10 of the best cameras you can buy right now

Latest Tech News - Thu, 02/28/2019 - 09:00

What's the best camera you can buy right now? Okay, we admit it – it's an impossible question to answer, but we'll do our best to make sure you end up buying the right camera for you. 

You see, the best camera for a pro photographer is a million miles away from the best camera for an adventure sports nut or a novice shooter just making their first steps in photography. 

But if you just want to know what we think are the top ten cameras that are available right now – regardless of user level or price point – then keep on reading.

What we've done then is to pick out what we think are the standout cameras in their fields, so you'll find everything here from cheap and cheerful compact cameras to advanced full-frame DSLRs. 

This will mean that while some have some mouthwatering features and performance, others make the grade because they're amazing value for what they offer or because they are just brilliant at the job they've been designed for.

All these are cameras have been extensively tried and tested by ourselves, so if you want to know any more about any of them as well as check out sample images, just click the link to the full review.

Along the way we'll explain some of the jargon and the differences between cameras, though if you need a bit more help deciding what kind of camera you need, you can get a lot more information from our special step-by-step guide: What camera should I buy?

On the other hand, you may already have a clear idea of the kind of camera you want, in which case you could go straight to one of our more specific camera buying guides at the bottom of the page. Otherwise read on to find out our picks of the best cameras available right now...

Best cameras in 2019

Our top mirrorless camera until recently was the brilliant Alpha A7 III from Sony, but the arrival of Nikon's new Z6 means it now just misses out, though it's very close. Nikon has been late to the full-frame mirrorless party, but the wait's been worth it. Launching alongside the 45.7MP Z7, the Z6 is hard to beat for the price and offers a stunning blend of features and performance that makes its a brilliant choice for the enthusiast photographer or pro looking for a second body. The 24.5MP full-frame sensor is excellent, while the 273-point AF system (while not quite as sophisticated as the 693-point AF in the A7 III) and 12fps burst shooting should mean you'll never miss another shot. Handling is polished too, while the large and bright electronic viewfinder is a joy to use. Excellent.

It may be expensive, but if you're looking for the best DSLR money can buy right now, then Nikon's fabulous D850 DSLR pretty much ticks every box. Packing in a brilliant 45.4MP full-frame sensor, image quality is simply stunning. But that's just half the story. Thanks to a sophisticated 153-point AF system and 9fps burst shooting speed, the D850 is and incredibly versatile piece of kit, just a home shooting action and wildlife as it is landscapes and portraits. The arrival of the Z6 and Z7 might overshadow the D850, but this is still a brilliant camera. 

The X100F is a thing of beauty both to look and and to use, but it's not for everyone. It's a relatively large, retro-styled compact camera with a fixed focal length 35mm equivalent f/2.0 lens, and designed for photographers who hanker after the weighty feel and manual external controls of traditional 35mm film rangefinder cameras. It's a relatively specialised camera and most owners are likely to have other cameras too. It may be a touch pricey, but there's nothing quite like it – it's an exquisite camera to look at and to shoot with.

Nikon's D3500 is our top pick when it comes to entry-level DSLRs. While it shares quite a few features with the D3400, upgrades for the D3500 include a new 24.2MP sensor, better battery life (to a staggering 1,550 shots) and refined exterior controls. The D3500 is a great camera to pick up and use if this is your first DSLR, with its clever Guide Mode a useful learning tool that gives real-time explanations of important features. There's no touchscreen, but otherwise, this is our favorite entry-level DSLR right now. 

While the main specification of the OM-D E-M10 Mark III doesn't offer a huge upgrade from the Mark II, Olympus has refined and tweaked one of our favorite mirrorless cameras to make it an even more tempting proposition for new users and enthusiasts alike. Some will criticise the smaller Micro Four Thirds sensor format (roughly half the area of APS-C) but the effect on image quality is minor and it means that the lenses are as compact and lightweight as the camera itself. Sporting a 5-axis image stabilization system, decent electronic viewfinder, an impressive 8.6fps burst shooting speed and 4K video, it's no toy – the E-M10 Mark III is a properly powerful camera. If you can wait a little be longer, then Fujifilm's X-T30 looks like it might be the camera to dislodge the E-M10 Mark III. However, we won't know until we've fully tested it. 

The Panasonic Lumix ZS200 (known as the Lumix TZ200 outside the US) is the best travel zoom camera right now. This is thanks in part to the camera using a large 1.0-inch sized sensor that enables the pixels to be about 2.4x bigger than they are in models like the Lumix ZS70 / TZ90, and this helps the ZS200 produce much higher quality images. The zoom isn't quite as broad as some though, but the 15x zoom should be more than enough for most shooting situations, while there's a built-in electronic viewfinder that makes it easier to compose images in bright sunny conditions. Add 4K video recording, along with Panasonic's 4K Photo mode to help capture 8MP images of fleeting moments, and you've got a very capable travel companion. If you're looking for even more performance (and have deeper pockets), check out Sony's brilliant Cyber-shot RX100 VI.

While it can shoot stills quite happily (although at a pretty limited 10.2MP resolution), the Lumix GH5S should be seen first and foremost as a video camera – if you want to do both you've got the Lumix GH5 to fill that brief, thanks to it's 20.3MP sensor and built-in image stabilization system. The GH5S's breadth of video features is incredibly impressive, including the ability to shoot cinematic 4K footage at up to 60fps. If you want to shoot professional-quality footage without remortgaging your house to buy a pro video camera, you won't find a better video-focused camera right now. 

The Tough TG-5 from Olympus is built to survive pretty much anything you could throw at it, literally. Waterproof down to depths of 15m, don't mistake it for being merely an underwater camera; being waterproof is also useful for hikers, bikers, kayakers, and skiers. In fact, any outdoor pursuit is game for the TG-5, which is crushproof to 100kg and drop-proof from 2.1m. It can even be used in temperatures as low as -10°C. Olympus has taken the unusual step of actually dropping the pixel count from 16MP on the TG-4 to 12MP on the TG-5. Add in raw file support and this makes image quality that bit better than its predecessor, while it can shoot 4K video at 30p or high speed footage at 120p in Full HD. Our pick of the waterproof bunch.

We don't normally like bridge camera very much because the ultra-zoom design forces the makers to use titchy 1/2.3-inch sensors the same size as those in point-and-shoot cameras. You get the look and feel of a DSLR, but you certainly don't get the image quality. But the Panasonic Lumix FZ2000 (known as the FZ2500 in the US) is different. It sacrifices a huge zoom range in favour of a much larger 1.0-inch sensor - a compromise most serious photographers will applaud. While the zoom tops out at 480mm equivalent, which is relatively short for a bridge camera, that's still plenty for all but the most extreme everyday use. We'd certainly sacrifice a little for of zoom range for better and faster optics. We love the FZ2000 because it delivers both image quality and zoom range, while also offering full manual and semi-manual controls, the ability to shoot raw files and 4K video.

The GoPro Hero7 Black is without question the best action camera you can buy. It's pricey compared to some of the competition, but it's got a wealth of features, including shooting 4K footage at up to 60fps, as well as super-slow-motion 1080p video at 240fps. The improved HyperSmooth image stabilization system is brilliant, as well as footage offering a wider dynamic range and better low-light performance compared to the Hero6 Black. That's not forgetting it's waterproof down to 10m, has a useful 2-inch touchscreen, while the updated user interface makes it a much more polished piece of kit. If you want the best action camera, you're not going to go wrong with the Hero7 Black.

Looking for a great camera that that might not be the latest and greatest, but is still worthy of consideration? While Fujifilm's X100F is our choice when it comes to a premium compact, if you're looking for something smaller and more affordable, then Canon's PowerShot G7 X Mark II is a great buy. With a 24-100mm zoom lens, it might not have the longest focal range out there, but it makes up for it with its fast variable maximum aperture of f/1.8-2.8. There's a great touchscreen and plenty of manual control (and auto modes), while the 20.1MP 1.0-inch sensor will deliver images noticeably richer in detail than a smartphone camera, making this a great option for those looking for a premium pocket compact camera.

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Xiaomi aims to disrupt smartphone market with the aggressively priced Redmi Note 7 Pro

Latest Tech News - Thu, 02/28/2019 - 08:51

After months of teasing, Xiaomi launched its latest Redmi Note 7 and Note 7 Pro in India. The launch took place at a huge event in New Delhi, where the company launched two phones, its new wireless sports headphones, and the 32-inch Mi TV 4A Pro.

The key highlight of the show was the Redmi Note 7 Pro, which also made its global debut today. With its new Note, the company aims to “redefine” design, performance, and camera.

For the first time ever, Xiaomi has gone with a glass design for its Redmi Note series in India. “Aura design”, as the company calls it, is more or less similar to what other OEMs like Honor, Realme and Vivo have been using. It has 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass 5 on both the sides of the phone with gradient finish on the back. The phone comes in three colors -- Neptune Blue, Nebula Red, and the least reflective Space Black.

The front of the phone looks a lot like the recently released M-series phones from Samsung. It has a shrunken dot notch that results in 19.5:9 aspect ratio and a 6.3-inch display. Xiaomi has opted for an FHD+ LTPS in-cell display technology this time around, which is claimed to consume less power and generate lesser heat.

The two biggest highlights of the Redmi Note 7 Pro is the cameras and performance. While it’s the second phone to come with Snapdragon 675, which is a big leap over Snapdragon 636. It comes in standard 4GB and 6GB RAM variants with 64GB and 128GB storage respectively. 

Anuj Sharma, Head of Marketing, Xiaomi India also emphasized on the fact that the Snapdragon 675 features two Kryo 460 high-performance cores that are also present in the flagship Snapdragon 855 chipset. With Adreno 612, the chipset is expected to offer best-in-class gaming performance for games like PUBG Mobile. 

The Redmi Note 7 Pro is also the first phone to have a USB Type-C instead of a micro USB, which also supports Quick Charge 4.0. It draws power from a 4000mAh battery, which has been a standard in the last three generations of Redmi Note phones. It runs on Android Pie with the latest MIUI 10. 


For optics, it has a whopping 48MP primary camera on the rear, which can be accessed from the Pro mode in the camera UI. It is coupled with a 5MP secondary sensor to gather depth information. It’s worth noting that the Redmi Note 7 Pro uses Sony IMX586 sensor with f/1.79 aperture, that is 27% larger than the one on the iPhone XS Max. The rear camera can record 4K video at 30fps and is aided by EIS for stabilization. On the front, it has a single 13MP camera. There are tons of features in the camera this time, which we will explore in our full review. 

Redmi Note 7 also announced 

Xiaomi also launched the Redmi Note 7 as expected by many. Design-wise, the phone is quite similar to the Redmi Note 7, but the internal is very different. It runs on the Snapdragon 660 clocked at 2.2GHz and comes in 3GB and 4GB RAM variants with 32GB and 64GB storage respectively.

Unlike its Pro sibling, the Note 7 has a 12MP + 2MP camera pair on the back and a 13MP sensor on the front. 

Apart from this, it also gets a USB Type-C port for charging with QC 4.0 and a 4000mAh battery. It comes in Onyx Black, Ruby Red, and Sapphire Blue.

Rest of the features remain the same as on the Redmi Note 7 Pro. Notably, both phones are now claimed to be more durable. Although they are not certified by any entity, they are said to have a thicker glass at 0.8mm and glass edge polishing to stay void of scratches and cracks. Also, Xiaomi says the phones are splashproof, which means they can be exposed to splashes, raindrops and sweat but cannot be submerged into the water. 

In addition to the phones, Xiaomi also launched the Mi LED TV 4A Pro 32-inch and Mi Sports Bluetooth earphones.

Price and availability

The Redmi Note 7 Pro starts at Rs 13,999 for 4GB+64GB and the 6GB+128GB variant is priced at Rs 16,999. It will go on sale starting March 13 at 12 noon on Mi Home, mi.com, Flipkart and Mi Partner stores. 

The Redmi Note 7 is priced at Rs 9,999 for the 3GB+32GB and Rs 11,999 for the 4GB+64GB variant. It will go on sale starting March 6 at 12 noon on the same platforms as the Note 7 Pro. 

Mi LED TV 4A Pro 32-inch is priced at Rs 12,999. It will be available starting 12 noon from March 7 across all Mi stores and Flipkart. The Mi Sports Bluetooth earphones are priced at Rs 1499 and they are available on Mi.com from today onwards. 

Xiaomi has also launched a Perforated case for phones at Rs 349.

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The best PS4 Pro games: push your console to its 4K HDR limits

Latest Tech News - Thu, 02/28/2019 - 08:33

The PS4 Pro may be one of the best consoles your money can buy right now, but when it comes to stocking up on games it's definitely worth doing some research before splashing the cash online or at your local retailer.

The reason? Because not all PS4 Pro games are created equal.

The thing is, even calling them PS4 Pro games isn’t entirely accurate. Sony has mandated that all PlayStation 4 games going forward should be able to work on both the oldest and newest PS4 consoles. 

What that means is that developers need to get creative in order to make a great experience that'll scale to both machines. That endeavour is something that some seem to have been able to manage better than others. While some merely use it to firm up the performance of titles that stutter on the less powerful, older hardware.

However, let's not focus on the missteps. Instead, if you'd like to take advantage of the PS4 Pro in all its 4K or HDR glory, these are the very best games to show off your new console with.

Trying to decide which PS4 set-up to get? Watch Jon and Gerald discuss the differences between the PS4, PS4 Pro and PS4 VR.

The most hotly-anticipated game of 2018? Definitely. The best game of the year? Arguably yes. Rockstar has once again pulled it out of the bag with Red Dead Redemption 2.

A giant western open world epic, it lets you live the cowboy life, riding horses into the sunset, saddling up with a posse and brawling your way through every bar in the old West. It has Rockstar's signature attention to detail, with the 4K capabilities of Sony's PS4 Pro console bringing the era to life.

However, there's still some work to be done on Red Dead 2's HDR offering, which seems to be using a system that doesn't use the high dynamic range setting to its full potential. While its 4K detail is stunning, an update to improve the HDR tech would make this a real stand-out, eye-candy showcase for all PS4 Pro owners. Either way, it's a monumental game that should not be missed.

Want more from Red Dead Redemption 2? Check out our guide to the game

Spider-Man on PS4 Pro is absolutely gorgeous - even if it's not native 4K. When played on Sony's ultra powerful console, Spider-Man is able to achieve a native resolution of 1440p at a rock-solid 30fps framerate, which is then upscaled to 4K. This impressive feat is possible thanks to dynamic resolution scaling that will raise or lower the level of detail depending on how frantic the action is. 

That said, before you go and bemoan the fact that it's 30 frames per second - the game looks absolutely gorgeous and plays beautifully on the console. In our time with the game, we barely noticed the lower framerate and the uprezzed visuals more than made up for it in the long run. 

If you need a colorful, HDR-ready showcase for the system, this is it.

Need more info? Don't miss our full Spider-Man review

No Man's Sky is a love-it-or-hate-it kind of game. It serves up a near-infinite, procedurally-generated universe to explore, with unique biomes and aliens to discover. For some that's ridiculously exciting. For others it's a bore-fest.

This July sees the launch of No Man’s Sky Next. It's not a new game, but it's a huge update that adds all kinds of things to the original title, including character customization, and a long-awaited multiplayer mode. 

For fans of the game it'll be a more-than-welcome update. For those who had issues with the original, it may now prove to be the game No Man’s Sky always promised to be. 

Read our guide: to everything new to No Man's Sky Next and why now is the perfect time to begin your space odyssey. 

Easily one of the most visually stunning games on the PlayStation 4 (or on any console for that matter), the new God of War takes the series to epic new levels when it comes to presentation. The game looks incredible when played on a standard PS4 console, demonstrating just how absurdly talented the team at SIE Santa Monica Studio when it comes to optimisation. However, when played on a PS4 Pro, the game kicks things up a notch. In the game's settings, you'll find two graphics modes: favor resolution and favor performance. Naturally, the former makes the game look especially crisp and clean, bringing the resolution up to checkerboard 4K and holding steady at around 30fps, while the latter displays at 1080p and sticks close to around 60fps for the majority of the time. As cinematic as it is, we had no problem playing God of War on the favor resolution setting, as we were able to enjoy the incredible detail put forth by the game — utilizing the additional resolution to see pores and lines on characters' faces, and the insane level of artistry in their costumes and armor, just makes the whole game even more impressive (if you ask us). It also helps to makes the game's HDR presentation even more eye-popping. 

Full review: God of War

Considered one of the greatest video games of all time, Shadow of the Colossus is back and better than ever on PS4, with its Pro update giving the game some big enhancements when it comes to visuals and performance. 

Shadow of the Colossus offers two graphical settings: 'Performance Mode' offers smooth gameplay targeting 60 FPS at 1080p, while the 'Cinematic Mode' plays at a higher 'Dynamic 4K' resolution with enhanced textures, all while holding a solid 30 FPS.

Regardless of the mode you choose, the team at Bluepoint have brought some other tasty visual treats to their remake of the Japanese classic, including a beautiful new lighting engine (which looks incredible when combined with the game's HDR support) and some advanced rendering techniques, which make things like fur on the Colossi look especially realistic.

Simply put, the enhancements offered by the PS4 Pro version make this the definitive presentation of Shadow of the Colossus, offering a visual experience unlike any other. 

Full review: Shadow of the Colossus

Though the first Destiny game did not end up receiving a PS4 Pro update, much to the chagrin of its fan base, its sequel has come roaring out of the gate with some terrific graphical improvements. 

Using checkerboard rendering to achieve a resolution of 2160p, Destiny 2 looks astonishing on PS4 Pro. Admittedly, developer Bungie employs a few tricks to display its game at 4K, including dynamic resolution scaling on the horizontal axis, meaning that the game will dynamically shift its horizontal pixel count from 3840 to 3072 (but seriously though, you won't even notice). 

At launch, Destiny 2 did take advantage of the PS4 Pro's high-dynamic-range (HDR) capabilities, though that has since been rectified, with the game sporting a colour palette that makes its predecessor look black and white by comparison. 

One thing in Destiny 2 that doesn't get enhanced when played on the PS4 Pro is its framerate, with the game locked to 30fps across all consoles. While we would've liked to have seen an optional high framerate mode included, Destiny 2 is still a must own title for those who want to push their PS4 Pro to its limit. 

As the first game if the series to be built on EA's impressive Frostbite engine, Madden NFL 18 looks amazing on PS4 Pro. Developer EA Tiburon has managed to get the game running at a native 4K resolution, resulting in what is undeniably the best-looking Madden game of all time. 

During core gameplay (as in when the ball is actually in play), the game is displayed at a rock-solid 60fps, only dipping during replays and television broadcast-style cutaways. That said, EA has stated that Madden NFL 18 will run at 60fps at all times when played on a PS4 Pro that's hooked up to a 1080p set (we haven't been able to test this, unfortunately).

On top of this, a recent update has brought HDR support to the game, meaning that lighting, skin tones, uniforms and stadiums all take advantage of the format's wider color gamut to achieve a look that's even closer to the real thing. If you love Madden, this is definitely the best way to play it. 

If you’re looking for a PS4 Pro showstopper, Ratchet and Clank is a great place to start. It’s like playing a Pixar movie, with its colorful visuals, loveable characters and world-hopping sci-fi plot.

And, it’s actually a great case for the merits of not-quite native UHD 4K on the PS4 Pro. Rather than pumping up the resolution count to its maximum, Ratchet and Clank makes clever use of a technique called Temporal Injection. It’s essentially a very efficient and fancy upscaler, pushing the image quality up to a 2160p standard and removing jaggies without the strain of a native resolution push. At a capped, consistent 30fps and with HDR support switched on, you’re left with a blisteringly beautiful shooter that looks out of this world.

If you insist on a native 4K showcase for your PS4 Pro, EA’s latest and greatest FIFA 18 is perhaps your best option. Making up for what FIFA 17 was lacking, FIFA 18 supports HDR and it’s running at the max resolution the Pro can manage, without 'cheating' with upscaling techniques. Keeping a consistent 60fps throughout, it’s an impressive achievement - even if the beautiful game naturally wouldn’t have environments as complex as some of the more fantastical games listed here.

Other small enhancements include higher-quality grass (you’ll be looking at enough of it, so that’s no bad thing) and better depth of field effects.

Sure, it’s an older title getting a PS4 makeover, but Rez was always made for a silky visual set-up. Running at a native 4K / 60fps on Sony’s latest console, it’s an astonishing, trance-inducing, Tron-like shooter that’s never looked better than on the PS4 Pro. That it’s one of the best music-focused games of all time is a bonus, too, we suppose...

And, if you’re one of the lucky few to have that ultimate PS4 Pro / PS VR combo, then you’d do right by your eyes, your gear and your endorphin levels by firing up Rez Infinite on Sony’s virtual reality headset too, where it’s a subtly smoother experience.

Now here’s an interesting one. While it doesn’t offer native 4K throughout nor HDR, Diablo 3 shows Blizzard cleverly taking advantage of the PS4 Pro’s additional horsepower. It’s using a dynamic resolution scaler to allow the dungeon crawler better fidelity on consoles and improved lighting techniques, while maintaining a solid 60fps framerate.

When you’re in simple interior sections like the tavern in New Tristram or Deckard Cain’s house, you’re hitting that native 4K resolution, but when you’re more chaotic locales it can fall anywhere between 1080p and that top-end 3840 x 2160 wonder. For the most part it’s dramatically better than 1080p, scaling imperceptibly in motions and maintaining a high framerate to boot. It’s slick, and advanced bloom effects and ambient occlusion seal the deal to make it onto this list.

Sony’s smash hit conclusion to Nathan Drake’s globe-trotting adventures makes good use of the PS4 Pro, though don’t expect it to massively alter the already sumptuous feel of the original.

The PS4 Pro update for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End pushes the resolution up to 1440p, which is a marked improvement over the original’s full HD limits, even if the intense action makes a 30fps target the goal. What is appreciated though is the HDR implementation - traipsing through old tombs by lamplight, or seeing the sun filter through dilapidated shanty town and jungle trees looks astonishing on the PS4 Pro.

Another resolution scaler, and another great way to show off the fidelity of your UHD screen thanks to its HDR features, too. Deus Ex Mankind Divided sits somewhere between 1800p and 2160p, using checkerboard upscaling to dynamically tweak the resolution depending on what’s happening on screen.

For the most part, it’s a wonderful experience, with the stealth-cyborg ‘em up looking gloriously futuristic - particularly in its Blade Runner esque slums where the HDR lighting effects come into full force. However, some stuttering and a recent revert to an adaptive v-sync in an attempt to ease the stuttering mar an otherwise smooth upgrade.

This one’s been a bit of a poster boy for the PS4 Pro hardware, and it’s easy to see why - with First Light previously a PS Plus giveaway, many prospective Pro owners will already have a high-quality test-subject to put their new machines through its paces.

Both Infamous Second Son and spin-off First Light are using a checkerboard effect rather than native resolution jumps, but you’d be hard pressed to notice the difference in the way it’s implemented here. Pushed to a not-quite-but-pretty-much UHD resolution of 1800p, the open world superhero title shimmers with HDR lighting effects, bringing fingertip flames and neon powers to life on premium displays.

Whether you’re hooked up to a 1080p screen or an eye-popping 4K number, Rise of the Tomb Raider is a sight to behold, with improvements offered optionally across the board.

As we’re most concerned with visual fidelity here, you’ll be pleased to hear that the 2160p checkerboard effect is once again put to great use. Sticking close to the 30fps target, even without a HDR mode the icy adventure looks super cool. It’s pin-sharp and gloriously detailed, perfect for capturing brag-worthy screenshots with.

It may be getting on a bit now, but Shadow of Mordor has been given so much love that it’s well worth revisiting on the PS4 Pro. Though it’s using a dynamic scaler again, for the most part the game now lives at a full 2160p resolution, rolling back rarely and imperceptibly. 

There’s no HDR feature at play here, which is a shame as those night-time orc encampment hunts would have benefitted from it. But for a rich and large open world to be running at a near-consistent UHD top-end, Tolkien’s world has never looked better on a console.

A full-on enhancement for the most ambitious Final Fantasy game yet, Square-Enix has yet to finish tinkering with PS4 Pro performance here, but it’s still looking a treat. Provided you can stomach a slightly jittery frame-rate (nowhere near game-breaking, we assure you), Final Fantasy 15 uses a checkerboard 1800p upscale, along with improved shadows and texture filtering. It’s a feast for the eyes.

And, if you’ve access to a HDR TV, it gets even better. Square-Enix makes full use of the high dynamic range afforded the PS4 Pro, making for blisteringly bright desert sun lights and deep dark cavernous dungeon blacks.

Think Jurassic Park, but with robot dinosaurs, and you're on your way to the breathtaking action that Horizon: Zero Dawn offers.

From the minds behind the Killzone series, the open world action adventure was a revelation when it launched in early 2017, being one of the most sophisticated sandbox titles available to PS4 owners. From sneaky stealth sections to gigantic face-offs with hulking mecha-rexes it got the heart pumping.

But perhaps most impressive was its visuals. It particularly shone on the PS4 Pro, where its 4K HDR visuals brought the flora and fauna of for a post-human future dazzlingly to life. It's a PS4 Pro showstopper, and a great way to show off the machine's capabilities.

Strangely enough, there wasn’t a huge amount of hype about Hitman 2 before its official release. However, much like Agent 47 himself, the game sneaked up on us and quickly became our favorite action game of 2018.

Admittedly, Hitman 2 doesn’t do much to drastically change the series’ formula (except for the introduction of multiplayer Ghost mode), but we found that’s what we love about it - plus, assassinating drug lords in Colombia with poison is always a recipe for a good time.

Full review: Hitman 2 hands on

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BT hires 1,600 apprentices ahead of EE 5G launch

Latest Tech News - Thu, 02/28/2019 - 08:13

BT is recruiting more than 1,600 apprentices and graduates as it rolls out its ultrafast broadband and 5G networks.

The roles will be created in multiple parts of BT’s business, including engineering, customer service, TV production and cybersecurity.

The company is “steadfast” in its belief in apprenticeships, arguing they ensure its workforce is skilled and prepared for future developments. To this end, one in five of the roles will be based at BT’s R&D Labs at Adastral Park in Suffolk.

BT apprentices

Combined with the recent expansion of Openreach’s own recruitment drive for 3,000 apprentice engineers, the BT Group has more than 6,000 learners.

“We’re proud to be a leading employer of apprentices and graduates in the UK, investing in training thousands of people to give them the digital skills they’ll need to prosper,” said Alison Wilcox, HR director at the BT Group.

“Through our apprenticeship and graduate programmes, we are able to attract people from all walks of life, allowing us to bring in new perspectives and develop a highly skilled, committed workforce. I look forward to welcoming the new recruits who are joining BT at such an exciting time.”

Openreach is currently rolling out ultrafast broadband across the UK using a combination of G,Fast, which speeds up copper connections, and fibre to the premise (FTTP). The aim is to reach 10 million homes and businesses by the mid-2020s.

Meanwhile, EE is planning to launch 5G later this year. The new network will be available in the busiest parts of 16 cities with upgrades taking place at 1,500 sites.

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These new SIM only deals from iD are the best around for low data points

Latest Tech News - Thu, 02/28/2019 - 08:00

Recently, we've been absolutely inundated with big data SIM only deals. Between Three's unbeatable unlimited data option, Smarty's commitment-free AYCE offer or Vodafone's massive 100GB tariff - we've been spoilt for choice (find out more from our news story). The one thing we haven't really had is a brilliant, cheap SIMO offer...until now. 

iD Mobile - Carphone Warehouse's very own network - has released a set of SIM only deals at an incredibly affordable price. iD has added 50% of extra data on each of its SIM plans, elevating its already favourable pricing to a position of market-leading excellence.

Our standout pick from these offerings is a 4.5GB of data SIMO for just £8 per month. No other network or retailer can beat that price for a data limit that will suit the large majority of smartphone users in the UK.

You can see all of the best picks from iD below or, if you're having second thoughts and feel like you would rather go for all out on a SIMO, then take a look at our unlimited SIM only deals page.

The standout iD SIM only deal iD SIM only deals: the best of the rest

4.5GB not sound like quite enough data for you? Do your podcast downloading habits and Google Map navigating surpass that amount? Well iD's 50% extra offer extends to higher data points, too. You may find that one of these three tariffs is a better fit for you:

iD | 1 month contract | 7.5GB data | 500 minutes | Unlimited texts | £10pm

iD | 1 month contract | 9GB data | Unlimited minutes and texts | £12.50pm

iD | 1 month contract | 12GB data | Unlimited minutes and texts | £15pm

What is iD Mobile?

iD Mobile is a sub-section of Carphone Warehouse so you can rest assured that it is a trustworthy source for your new phone deal. It piggybacks off the Three network's coverage, so pretty good for most parts of the UK. And you can use roaming in 50 destinations around the world.

  • You can check out the competition by heading to our dedicated SIM only deals guide
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Kingdom Hearts 3 DLC is on the way

Latest Tech News - Thu, 02/28/2019 - 07:04

It's official – Kingdom Hearts 3 DLC (downloadable content) is in the works, according to the game's director. 

During an interview with Dengeki Online, Kingdom Hearts 3 director Tetsuya Nomura confirmed development is underway for Kingdom Hearts 3 DLC. 

Nomura revealed that the post-launch content will include Critical Mode – an increased difficulty mode for hardened fans – and story expansions which aim to fill in some plot holes that may have some players a bit confused.

Image credit: Square Enix

When can we expect Kingdom Hearts 3 DLC?

According to Nomura, the aim is to get all the downloadable content out before the end of 2019 before releasing a "Final Mix" which will encompass both the game and all the DLC. While the priority is to introduce free updates, premium DLC will be introduced later.

"I think that free DLC will be issued in the form of additional updates from what I can do, but pay DLC is planning to put out several elements at once as a batch," Nomura told Dengeki Online. 

"As a result, I am pleased that it will take some time to produce a fee-based DLC, but as soon as possible within the year as soon as possible, I would like the team to undertake the next work."

Let's hope this premium DLC means more Disney-inspired worlds to explore...

Kingdom Hearts 3 is available now on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order will be revealed on April 13

Latest Tech News - Thu, 02/28/2019 - 07:01

It's been a long time coming, and shrouded almost in as much secrecy as the film franchise's finale itself, but we finally now know when we'll see our first proper glimpse of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.

The new game by Apex Legends developers Respawn will be showed off an April 13 as part of the annual Star Wars Celebration event in Chicago.

Star wars Jedi: Fallen Order will be showcased as part of a panel chat at the convention, which suggests we could get some meaty details beyond a mere trailer for the game. That'd be ace, considering we're not far from the game's anticipated release date of "late 2019".

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order details

Without even platform information to share yet (though PC, Xbox One and PS4 releases would be safe bets), there's little yet to know about Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.

So far though we've been told that the game's story will center around “a Padawan who survived Order 66,” set “in the time after the fall of the Jedi Order.”

For the Star Wars nuts among you, Order 66 will be very familiar – it's the one decreed by the evil Emperor Palpatine that saw the Jedi wiped out by rogue Clone Troopers towards the end of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. So you can be sure that the mood will be sombre, and the Jedi (or what's left of them) will be on the back foot.

Also set to be announced at the event is update details for MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic, news on the progress of Star Wars TV show The Mandalorian, and most likely our first glimpse at Star Wars: Episode IX.

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Empowering marketing and creative teams with project management software

Latest Tech News - Thu, 02/28/2019 - 07:00

Coordinating an effective marketing campaign is a difficult task in and of itself but what happens when suggestions, requests and updates get lost in spreadsheets and emails? Well the process becomes even more difficult for marketing and creative teams who now have to waste valuable time and resources searching for the information they need to complete their project.

To help address this disconnect, the work management platform Asana has launched a new solution designed to make it easier for teams to manage their entire marketing and design process from start to finish. TechRadar Pro spoke with the company’s CMO Dave King to learn more about Asana for Marketing and Creative Teams as well as its upcoming plans.

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New GoPro Hero 7 action camera deal comes with essential accessory freebies

Latest Tech News - Thu, 02/28/2019 - 06:16

If you want the best in action cameras, you'll struggle to find anything to match the GoPro Hero 7 Black. And today we've found a deal that provides some essential accessories to help provide the best recording experience.

The most up-to-date camera of all the GoPro's main improvement over the also really rather brilliant GoPro Hero 6 Black is the enhanced image stabilisation technology. And given the intense nature of most GoPro activities, you most definitely want that. The voice-activated controls are also much improved this time and if you're wanting to show of your skills in real time, you can now live stream with the GoPro Hero 7 Black.

As we've seen over on our GoPro prices and deals guide though, the best in new technology doesn't come cheap. Today's offer, directly from the GoPro, certainly goes in the right direction though by providing a selection of free bonus content.

Every option provides exceptional value given those accessories cost £49.99 when sold separately and you're looking at around £7-£10 for the memory card depending what brand you pick up elsewhere.

So how does that compare to the cheapest standalone price for a GoPro Hero 7 Black action camera? We've shopped around and found it at John Lewis for just £342 instead of £379.99. So yes, that's £38 cheaper, but if you can see yourself getting some use from one of the bundled accessories with the offer at GoPro, then that's clearly the best value option for you given you're getting a £50 item (plus the memory card) for the extra spend. Just want the camera and happy to pick up a memory card yourself? Then the John Lewis deal is the best for you today.

Still not sure? Check out our 5-star GoPro Hero 7 Black review to find out why we think this the best in the business.


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Macaulay Caulkin is now a videogame producer

Latest Tech News - Thu, 02/28/2019 - 06:11

You may remember Macaulay Culkin as the cute kid who played Kevin McAllister in Home Alone, but it's been three decades since Kevin first starting assaulting burglars trying to break into his home, and Culkin is all grown up. Kind of.

It turns out Macaulay Culkin is a huge fan of the ToeJam & Earl series, so much so that he is an executive producer on the upcoming sequel ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove, being funded on Kickstarter. Yes, Macaulay Culkin is officially a videogame producer.

The first ToeJam & Earl game launched on the Sega Genesis in 1991, proving a cult hit despite low initial sales. While sequels came again to the Genesis and later the first Xbox console, it's been nearly two decades since the last title in the series.

Back in the groove

How did that happen? Well, Culkin has been pretty open about his love of the ToeJam & Earl series. During a Reddit AMA he revealed that ToeJam & Earl is his favorite series ever (he plays the 1991 Sega Genesis ToeJam & Earl daily apparently), he included the duo in a parody March Madness Mega Bracket as a favorite to win, and even tweeted that he’d rather play it than watch the 2018 Oscars (see below). 

All this fanboying eventually caught the attention of HumaNature, the studio developing ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove, who invited Culkin to its headquarters to check out an early build of the game. It seems Culkin enjoyed it, as he is now an executive producer on the upcoming sequel.

"I'm honored to be producing the new ToeJam & Earl because it is literally my favorite video game of all time," Culkin said in a press release. "Plus, Greg Johnson is the tits!" 

ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove is releasing for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC and Nintendo Switch on March 1, 2019.

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The best business broadband deals in 2019

Latest Tech News - Thu, 02/28/2019 - 05:57

All prices are exclusive of VAT

When you're looking for the best business broadband service, the one you choose is about more than just price. You need fast, reliable internet, with expert support when it matters most.

But when it comes to the price, it's easy to be taken in by promises of market leading tariffs and discounted deals. That's where TechRadar comes in. So that you don't have to waste your time (and, therefore, your money) searching high and low for the cheapest plans, we've put in the hard yards to track down the cheapest business broadband deals in the UK today.

Our comparison chart features some of the most attractive business broadband packages currently available, with our choice of the best at the very top of the chat. With different options depending on whether you want the very fastest fibre optic broadband speeds, or simply the least impact to your bottom line. You can use the filters to narrow down the best broadband for your business.

Best broadband for your business

With businesses chasing every customer online, it's vital for your company to have a broadband service that can deliver the performance you need today, and handle your needs in the future.

Choosing a broadband service for your business may seem like child's play, with these services becoming almost a commodity. However, it is critical to carefully consider the service in use, since this can have a massive impact on performance, and ultimately on the profitability of your company.

Claire Sadler, head of marketing at BT Broadband's business division, advises: "Traditionally business-grade services are slightly more expensive, but that's because they include things such as greater levels of support - both during and outside of normal office hours and guaranteed fix times - as well as more consistent speeds where business traffic gets priority at peak times.

"One other area to look at is whether it includes a free Wi-Fi connection outside of the office, which can enable staff to work effectively wherever they are - whether that's on a laptop, tablet or smartphone."

For business users of broadband services the service level agreement (SLA) is all-important, because the SLA governs how the broadband service will be supported. Richard Phillips, managing director of CUP Classic Cars, says: "As with anything these days, you need to do your homework and know what you need.

"Choose a reputable supplier that really understands your requirements and works with your business needs, so they can give you advice on the best service for you. You have to be comfortable with your supplier and know that problems are going to be resolved quickly should anything go wrong."

Need for more than just speed

Buying broadband services is more complex than simply choosing the fastest speed. Business broadband services also mean data management, backup and recovery, and of course email. Look closely at any services on your shortlist and ensure that they are not consumer grade, and are built with business users in mind.

Cost of course is a clear driver here but the devil is in the detail, as Andrew Ferguson, editor at thinkbroadband.com, says: "A good business connection should come with clear information on what speeds you can expect. So while cheap services will use the classic 'up to' marketing phrase, those services aimed at the business sector should talk about things like committed rate and burst speed. Do not be afraid to ask for explanation, though be wary of sales staff who trot out the line 'our consumer services are 50:1 contention and business is 20:1'... this sales person's patter is eight years out of date."

No discussion of business broadband would be complete without considering the impact that the cloud is now having. Small business users can clearly see the advantages that cloud-based services can offer. What is also vital is the connection that is available to the cloud, which is where a reliable, fast and robust broadband connection becomes essential.

David Barker, technical director of 4D Data Centres, says: "SMBs need to make a decision on what their immediate requirements are to meet the business's needs. Usually for a first connection this is a small office or sole trader, so a basic business ADSL line will suffice. But, if you are looking to grow your staff quickly or if you're planning on using cloud services for your day-to-day activities, then you might want to look at a faster connection such as fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) or even a leased line which can offer speeds from 10Mbps to 1Gbps and is usually able to scale the speed as your business grows."

Top tips for business broadband buyers

To ensure your business chooses the right broadband service for its needs, use the checklist below to help you define your needs, and then locate a broadband supplier that can become a trusted business partner:

1. Perform a data audit

Before choosing a broadband service, look at how your business uses the data it is creating, storing and analysing. This will give you a benchmark to use that will ensure the broadband service has the capacity to handle these data loads. Is your LAN or WAN set up to handle high speed broadband?

2. Connect to the backbone

Your internet service provider (ISP) can be connected to the internet in one of three ways. These are referred to as tiers 1, 2 and 3. Look for a host that has a tier 1 connection, since this means they have their own portion of the internet that they control. These are the most expensive, but the most reliable.

3. Look for better bandwidth

The speed and efficiency of your website depends on how much data your server can send and receive. This is the bandwidth. Look for a hosting service that has bandwidth utilisation of below 50% to avoid bottlenecks.

4. Study service level agreements (SLAs)

Any hosting service worth their salt should offer you one of these. Look closely at every clause so you don't get any nasty surprises. Most items should be open for negotiation.

5. Seek cloud optimisation

As small businesses increasingly use cloud-based services, look for a broadband supplier that is set up to manage a hybrid cloud storage approach to data management, so your small business can use on-site servers and cloud services together.

6. Embrace data services

As more businesses embrace the cloud and the flexibility that this offers for teleconferencing, VPNs (Virtual Private Network), VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) and support so you can bring your own device (BYOD), choosing the right broadband service is more important than ever.

Phillips adds: "Don't think in the short term. Technology is changing so rapidly and now enables businesses to do all sorts of things that were unimaginable even five years ago - the internet is at the heart of that change. There is a wide range of options, but as with all things you need to buy the best you can afford, as you'll soon grow into the capacity, whether or not you think you currently need it."

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The best Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge deals in March 2019

Latest Tech News - Thu, 02/28/2019 - 05:50

We'll tell it to you straight, we like the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge A LOT. Until the Galaxy S8 came along in fact, it held the title of our very favourite phone in the world. Now two years since its release, the S7 Edge remains an exceptional mobile and one of the only models we've ever awarded a perfect five stars.

But age is now taking it's toll on the quality of deals available. Some major retailers and networks are now beginning to withdraw S7 Edge deals from sale and we're guessing that the availability of the Samsung's newer devices like the Galaxy S10 and Note 9 isn't a pure coincidence.

It means that the best tariffs now come and go in short order. You have to have your wits about you to bag the very best Galaxy S7 Edge deals. Sometimes there are decent offers for less than £20 per month - sometimes it's all sky high. At least you can narrow down the best tariff for you by using our interactive comparison chart below.

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The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge went straight to the top of the class when it was released in 2016 - we gave it 5 stars out of 5! It somehow managed to better the accomplished Galaxy S6 Edge, by adding a brilliant camera and gorgeous design tweaks.

Read TechRadar's full Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge review

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