From TV to DSLR’S, Cameras, Camcorders , Blu-Ray Players, SAT-NAV in this post we have provided it all. The top of the list products which you should buy right now are listed here and we have provided you options .. yes five options to choose from..
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TOP 5 TVs
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
1 LCD or plasma? LCD edging closer to victory simply because it’s so much cheaper to implement. Plasma-based TVs are pricier but technically superior, though you won’t find Full HD ones under 40 inches.
2 Full HD Screens described as ‘Full HD’ support a 1080p signal, the highest resolution video currently commercially available. They also come with an HDMI port, allowing you to pipe Full HD content from a Blu-ray player or games console. Aim for HDMI 1.4a, which supports auto switching to 3D modes.
3 3D There are two types: active shutter and passive (or polarizing). Both require glasses: for now, the former offers superior quality.
4 Extras the scrabble for remote controls can be resolved with a classy universal wand, and don’t skimp on cables, especially that all-important HDMI cable.
1. Samsung UA55C9000 (3D) $ 8052
Not only is Samsung determined to stay at the top of their game (and this page) when it comes to 3D TV’s but their designs are quickly becoming masterpieces. At 8mm deep, the brushed metal C9000′s dimensions are thinner than an iPod’s. Tucked behind the chrome base are abundant inputs including two USB ports which can be used to enable Wi-Fi. As expected, it has Internet@TV which will enable you to Tweet, Facebook or get videos from YouTube. Its Touch Remote control is a ground-breaking gadget on its own: it streams video from the TV and plays it on its Touch screen display, even if you’re in a separate room. You can watch TV on the remote control, while playing DVDs or Blu-ray on the main TV display.
KILLER FEATURE : Design, both inside and out
2. Samsung UA40C7000 $ 1708 *****
As we’ve said before, this is the most future-proof and flexible television we’ve ever tasted, it plays both 3D and 2D, has embedded Wi-Fi and Internet@TV, and you get an optional between rechargeable or battery-powered 3D glasses.
3. Sony Bravia 46NX700 $ 4270 *****
A TV without internet access just doesn’t seem good enough. Sony’s NX700 understands that, and with Bravia Internet Video, Bravia Internet Widgets and integrated Wi-Fi, this web-savvy LED TV has us hooked. The Full HD 1080p with 100Hz motionflow runs Sony’s premium Bravia engine 3.
4. Samsung LED 8000 (3D) from $ 2928
The LED 8000 has had a bit of a facelift, and we’re not complaining. The slim 1080p screen is Full HD as well as delivering 3D with amazing color contrast, a digital noise filter and its PVR ready. It’ll also let you share videos with the Internet@TV ConnectShare Movie function.
5. LG Infinia LX9500 from $tba *****
You guessed it! The LG LX9500 is a Full HD, LED 3D splendor. The “Borderless” TV with “invisible” speakers also has Video Call. Talking a step into the wireless era with its Wireless AV Link means more connections and fewer cables.fewer cables.
Top 5 DSLR’S
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
1 Continuous shooting if you’re into action photography you’ll appreciate a camera that can fire off shots like a machine gun. Average is 3fps, but 6fps and above is ideal.
2 Live View Useful mostly for close-ups and tripod-based shots, this lets you frame the subject on the LCD screen, like you would when shooting with a compact camera.
3 Image stabilization (IS) Anti-shake technologies is built into more expensive lenses, but if you’re buying a load of extra lenses you’ll save money if there’s an image stabilizer built into your camera’s body.
4 Kit lens Most SLRs can be bought with a standard lens, which is usually around 18-55mm (or14-42mm on a Olympus or Panasonic). That’s OK for starters, but you’ll want more length to get closer to the main event with sports and action.
1. Canon EOS 600D $ 1293.2 (with 18-55mm lens)
The EOS 550D spent a long time at No.1, and the 600D has all its 18MP virtues. The 600D is a truly excellent entry-level DSLR, with the same low-light and video capabilities. Improvements? The 600D can shoot at ISO12 800, has some new creative filter effects including the Lomu-like Toy Camera, and a beautiful articulated 3in/7.6cm flip-n-twist screen.
KILLER FEATURE The lightweight, optically stabilized EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens
2. Canon EOS 550D *****(with 18-55mm IS lens kit) $ 976
Not the cheapest entry-level DSLR but the sheer breadth of abilities makes it an instant classic. The 550D is the same size as the 500D-chunky enough to sit nicely in your mitt – with an 18MP sensor. Full HD video quality is stunning.
3. Nikon D300S from $ 2074 *****
An update to the camera that bridges the gap between the serious amateur and the professional ranks. With the same 12MP sensor, it offers faster frame rates and dual CF/SD card options. You can also do basic video editing of the HD movies you shoot.
4. Nikon D7000 $ 1586 *****
Replacing the popular D90, it’s a more serious DSLR – not really an entry-level-with magnesium alloy body, twin SD card slots, a 16.2MP CMOS sensor, 1080p Full HD Video and 39 point AF system. That’s a lot of camera.
5. Canon EOS 1100D ******(with 18-55mm DC lens kit)$ 610
Although the 1100D sits firmly at the entry-level of Canon’s DSLR range. it bosts many tried and tested components found way up Canon’s food chain, such as the tip-top metering system from the classy EOS7D. And that family pedigree shows in the 1100D’s still image quality.
TOP 5 CAMERAS
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
1 Resolution megapixel is the headline spec on any camera, and these days you should be looking at around 12MP from a compact. The quality of the lens and the sensor will also have a major part to play in the final image quality.
2 Zoom A 3x optical zoom should be expected as standard. Higher-class zooms are still fairly rare: a5x zoom is very good for a compact camera, while 20x is incredible. Digital zooms are to be avoided as they merely expand the pixels.
3 Image stabilization this helps if you regularly shoot indoors or if your camera has a decent zoom. Optical image stabilization is far superior to the digital variant.
4 High sensitivity Cameras are offering increasingly higher ISO figures, allowing them to shoot in darker conditions, or at higher shutter speeds in good light. The trade-off is loss of detail and additional grain at high ISO.
1. Canon PowerShot G12 $ 707.6
Canon’s upgraded their SLR looking compact. The G12 is a sharper version of the G11 and it a few significant additions. It’s the first G-series to combine a10MP CCD sensor and a DIGI 4 processor which lets you shoot clear pics regardless of your lighting conditions. For a compact it’s still physically bulky with a LCD which protrudes and rotates to almost any direction. But what’s this coming round the corner? It’s the remarkably similar Nikon P7100 and retro-tastic Fujifilm X10. We’ll have a head-to-head soon.
2. Nikon P7000 from $ 732 *****
The new 10MP P7000 has a rugged finish, 28-200mm zoom lens, excellent 3in/7.6cm LCD and HD video. How’s it shape against the G12? Difficult decision. The Nikon’s LCD doesn’t flip out like the G12′s, but it offers longer zoom and better low-light performance.
3. Canon PowerShot S100 $tba *****
Then S95 is no slouch, but this new upgrade offers a wider, longer 24-120mm lens, faster DIGIC 5 processing built-in GPS. New 12. 1MP CMOS sensor and dedicated movie record button. And of course it shoots Full HD movies with optical zoom. Sweet.
4. Canon PowerShot S95 $ 524.6 *****
The star of this hard-wearing compact is the control ring around the lens. This lets you change settings and focus in a more direct and intuitive way than poking around in menus. Its 10MP shots are bright and accurate and there’s 720p video,too.
5. Sony NEX-5 from $ 915 *****
Sony’s compact interchangeable-lens camera strips back the controls for a sleeker from and its superior video keeps it ahead of the new 16.2MP NEX-C3. Pictures are stunning, so are 3d sweep panoramas.
Top 5 CAMCORDERS
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
1 Format The two most popular storage formats are hard-drive and flash. Hard-drive camcorders offer the most storage, but are larger and more vulnerable to bumps and knocks. Flash models can be more expensive, but are more durable and have better lives. Tape’s a good option for value and quality. while DVD models are OK if you want instantly playable results without editing.
2 Zoom Some models now offer up to 70x optical zoom, but most will have between 10x and 20x zoom. Remember to separate claims about optical and digital zoom – digital significantly reduces picture quality, since it mimics your art software’s zoom function.
3 Digital stills If you want to use your camcorders are still capable of only email-quality resolution, and while they can do stills, most cheap compacts cameras will do a better job.
1. Canon Legria HF G10 $ 1952
Canon’s Full HD G10 continues the Legria ranges reputation for quality. This time around they’ve added professional features to a consumer cam. The G101 has an HD CMOS Pro sensor and a 30.4mm wide-angle HD video lens commonly used in their professional range, with 32GB on-board memory and dual SDXC card slots. It also converts HD footage to SD. Menu navigation is via a 3.5in/8.8cm touch screen. The Legria HF G10 excels in virtually every shooting situation, and the array of filming options gives-including face detection and creative cinema – you complete creative control.
KILLER FEATURE The 30.4mm wide-angle HD video lens
2. Sony NEX-VG10 $2440 *****
Picking up where Sony’s NEX-5 interchangeable lens camera leaves off, this uses the same SLR-sized 14.6MP sensor and E-mount lenses for professional creative possibilities. It’s heavy; but its 1080i/50fps footage is amazing. Photos are good, too.
3. Canon Legria HV40 $ 1342
This Legria has a more refined look than its predecessor, the HV30. Recording at 20p progressive shooting to tape will give you great quality videos. This Full HD 1080i camcorder also shoots 2MP stills. A great upgrade from the HV20, but not worth the change if you own the HV30.
4. JVC Everio GS-TDI $2318 *****
3D video comes of age with JVC’s twin-lensed, twin-sensored Wall-E lookalike. The TD1 can also play back three-dimensional footage on its stereoscopic screen and take 3D stills, with uniformly great results. Lacks frills of its 2D rivals, though.
5. Samsung H-204 $610 *****
This Full-HD shooter has a built more than you’d expect from camcorders in its league. Its BSI CMOS sensor is more light-sensitive, so you can shoot at liberty, no matter where the sun is. You can also boost the 16GB solid-state drive with an SD card.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
1 Size and positioning Safety first, people, Pick a sat-nav sized to suit your car – if it’s too big, it’ll affect visibility and be overly distracting. Put it bottom right, not center-middle, so it sits near the A-pillar. It’ll bring the screen closer to you.
2 Ease of use A difficult thing to ascertain until you’ve spent some time with a sat-nav, but ease of use is crucial for a smooth journey. Learn to use your sat-nav efficiently and always set it up before you set off.
3 What about free-nav? You know, like Google Navigation on Android phones, and Nokia’s Ovi Maps. They’re free! And damn good. But don’t forget the roaming charges abroad.
4 Mapping Do you go to Europe regularly? Or the US? Most devices will let you busy extra maps to upload for your trip, but buying one pre-loaded might be worthwhile if you’re a bit of a knight on the road.
1. TomTom Go LIVE 1000 $390.4
TomTom’s flagship device is faster(with a more powerful processor) and more interactive than the Go 750 which topped this list, with a pinch-to-zoom 4.3in/10.7cm touch screen that allows you to flick through menus with your fingertips. It’s a winner. The magnetic mount is very secure, though you can’t apply it with one hand as you can with TomTom’s lighter quick mount. The Live link also enables weather forecasts and local search through Google, all free for a year from purchase, $61 per year thereafter.
KILLER FEATURE Getting you home even faster
2. Garmin Forerunner 310XT $536.8 *****
This came out tops in the GPS category of the Stuff Gadget Awards for 2009 and although it is a niche product it really does stand out from the crowd. With the ability to time multiple events and measure each separately it makes it a must-buy for the overactive athlete.
3. Garmin Edge 705 from $666.12 *****
Not in-car sat-nav, but the Garmin Edge is such a good GPS for cyclists that we had to include it. Primarily it records data about your ride – speed, distance, altitude and even cadence – but it will also store routes, navigate you to allocation and show basic maps.
4. Garmin nuvi 1410 $427 *****
The Nuvi 1410 will brighten up any car with its 5in/12.7cm screen and includes features such as text to speech. Bluetooth and a refurbished user interface and slim design. You also get live traffic reports over FM in South Africa now!
5. TomTom Rider $366 *****
With this kind of technology, the bikers deserve a place in the Top 10. The sturdy Rider’s hooded 3.5in/8.8cm touch screen is designed for use with thick gloves. Comes with SD card, carrying pouch and a Bluetooth headset for voice instructions and calls. Volume is speed-linked.
TOP 5 BLU-RAY PLAYERS
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
1 BD-Live and Profile 2.0 These will give you access to extra Blu-ray disc features via the internet, either wirelessly if the player has built-in Wi-Fi or through a wired Ethernet connection. Some Players also offer access to streaming video providers such as BBC iPlayer and LoveFilm.
2 HD audio Make sure your player or AV amp can cope with hi-def audio formats. There are various flavours(including Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio, as well as uncompressed PCM), which will give you a much more immersive experience with a Suitable Sound System.
3 3D The most up to date players feature HDMI 1.4a and can output 3D video at 1080p quality. Whether you think you’ll use it or not, it’s worth having for the sake of futureproofing.
4 Decent cables A poor HDMI cable will degrade the digital signal, so it is worth investing for optimum video and audio transfer.
1. Sony BDP-S470 $488.
The BDP-S470 is everything most buyers will need from a BLU-ray player. Like the ‘S370(NO.3,below),It’ll stream content via DLNA, access online services and play Blu-rays to a very high standard. The ‘S470 is Wi-Fi ready, has 1GB of a build-in memory(to support BD-Live),7.1-channel outputs and, most impressively, 3D playback. OK, so if we were being really picky, we’d say it lacks a second HDMI socket for order AV amps, but it’s still amazing. This will soon be replaced by the BDP-5480.
KILLER FEATURE One of the cheapest, and best, 3D Blu-ray players you can buy
2. Samsung BD-C6900 $488 *****
The first 3D-enabled Blu-ray player we tested and a great deck in many ways, with a strong picture and sound, Wi-Fi, DLNA support, 1GB of internal storage for BD-Live, and now also LoveFilm streaming. Compared to the Sony above though, it’s a bit pricey.
3. Sony BDP-S370 $95.2 *****
Sony’s budget Blu-ray decks ARE AMONG the most popular in SA, and this one will be no different. Offering exceptional performance plus an extra ordinarily flexible spec for its price – it’s simply a great buy, but won’t be available for long. It’ll soon be replaced.
4. Cambridge Audio Azur 650BD $1220 *****
Can one box really do it all? Cambridge Audio thinks so. The DVD-Audio and SACD-friendly 650BD is aimed squarely at audio enthusiasts, but it still delivers a great Blu-ray experience. OK, so there’s no 3D, but that won’t matter to some folk.
5. Marantz BD7004 $1464 *****
This is an expensive deck in the current Blu-ray market, especially when you consider the Marantz’s comparatively basic spec. But both picture and sound quality have a surgical precision, the latter in both multi-channel and stereo.