The new D610 is Nikon’s fastest and lightest full-frame format D-SLR, with a compact form factor power-packed with features to meet image quality and the demands of professional and everyday users. D610 is equipped with a 24.3 Megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor and the EXPEED 3 image processing engine, along with an ISO range of 100 to 6400 (expandable from 50 to 25,600). The D610 is compatible with over 70 premium NIKKOR AF and AF-S lenses, the camera’s built-in flash works with Nikon’s Creative Lighting System and the Advanced Wireless Lighting feature allows users to control multiple speedlights.
Mophie has released new Juice Pack charging battery cases available in a variety of colours and styles to match iPhone, Galaxy, Samsung and HTC phones. Also available from Mophie is the OutRide accessory which transforms an iPhone into a wide angle sports camera with an impact resistant case and mounting system. As it’s waterproof it can be taken anywhere from the surf and snow to the street. Also new, Power Station is a universal battery that can charge almost any USB powered device. Available in two convenient sizes, the smaller is perfect for pockets and handbags with the larger having a durable case for outdoor use. And whilst outdoor, the PowerAll is the perfect accessory for motor and boating enthusiasts; it’s pitched as the ultimate portable battery with its ability to jumpstart a car, boat or bike. Conveniently small, it is made to fit in the glove or tool box and even comes with its own jumper cables.
Plantronics’ BackBeat GO 2 is the newest generation of wireless stereo earbuds. BackBeat GO 2 allows users to easily switch between listening to music, watching videos and taking voice calls. Improved power management delivers extended listen and talk times. An optional charging and storage case further increases operating time by two full charges, for approximately 10 hours. Other features include: sweat proof coating with P2s moisture protection, voice prompts to alert the user about charge remaining, DeepSleep hibernation mode that keeps earbuds charged and ready to use for up to six months, battery status meter for iPhone and iPad.
The new RIG headset and audio mixer is the first in a new line of RIG gaming products from Plantronics to help multi-screen and multi-device connected gamers manage their digital life. RIG systems blend superior game audio and chat with mobile audio, music and apps, and lets users take calls simultaneously. The RIG headset delivers audio performance, with precision stereo, three EQ profiles, including Seismic Mode, allowing users to “feel the bass”. Bass tube technology drives low-octave audio without distorting the mid and high frequency audio cues essential to gamers.
Along with a host of other GALAXY products, Samsung recently released the Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 Kids, specifically built for people aged three and up, with educational tools and safety features that appeal to both young people and their parents. GALAXY Tab 3 Kids comes pre-loaded with kid’s apps and Samsung’s brand new Kid’s Store aimed at driving the educational possibilities of technology for youngsters. Pre-loaded content includes educational games, entertainment and e-book apps. The Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 Kids offers a Time Management feature that enables parents to set specific periods of time. When the designated use time is up, a password protected lock screen appears, requiring a caregiver to enter the password to unlock the device. With 1.2GHz dual processor, 1GB RAM, 3 megapixel front-facing camera and 1.3 megapixel rear-facing camera, Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 Kids has the power and performance typical of a Samsung GALAXY tablet.
The SmarTab Junior Tablet is designed specifically for children aged four and up and provides entertainment that children can use right away. Once powered, the tablet can read Spiderman comics, play Sugar Rush or aid children in learning their ABCs. The tablet is pre-loaded with over 50 books, educational apps and popular Disney and Marvel games, including Wreck-it-Ralph, Spiderman and Mickey Mouse. Entertaining videos made for kids are accessed with the included Kids Vids and Toon Goggles apps. Powered by Android, the SmarTab Junior Tablet can be set up in just one minute. It comes with a safe web browser and parental controls that allow parents to decide whether it’s time for kids to learn or play. The 7” tablet is available in four colours and features a rubberised chassis for protection against bumps and drops.
Brother has launched an upgrade of its A3 Inkjet All-In-One range. MFCJ6520DW is an upgrade on the MFCJ6510DW model while MFCJ6920DW is an upgrade on the MFCJ6910DW. Both printers come with a print speed up to 22/20 ipm, automatic 2-sided print/scan/copy, a 250-sheet standard tray, web connectivity, mobile printing and Brother apps. The MFCJ6520DW has a 2.7” LCD touchscreen, and is the newer of the two models having been released November this year. MFCJ6920DW has been available since September and has a 3.7” LCD touchscreen.
HTC his making the HTC One mini available in New Zealand through Telecom New Zealand and Vodafone New Zealand. The HTC One mini is a compact version of the HTC One. Distilling the design of the HTC One, this new addition to the range combines a 4.3” HD 720p screen and a dual-core 1.4 GHz processor. It also runs the latest version of Android with HTC Sense. Other features include the HTC BoomSound; HTC BlinkFeed and a HTC UltraPixel Camera.
Sony Mobile Communications recently launched the Xperia M, exclusive to Telecom New Zealand. Xperia M is designed to bring a range of technologies to the market including: a high quality screen for sharp viewing; smart camera functionality; battery stamina mode and Sony’s signature media apps for music, photos, movies and games on the go. The key features for the Xperia M include: one-touch functions with NFC and screen mirroring, to display content on TVs or share files between devices and a 5 megapixel fast capture camera with auto-focus and HDR for photos, and dedicated shutter key.
LG’s newest flagship smartphone, the G2, has been released into the New Zealand market. The LG G2 has been built with the customer at the centre of its innovation. Featuring an ergonomic design, advanced hardware and software enhancements, the G2 is LG’s most advanced smartphone to date. The G2 will be available as an unblocked handset exclusively through retailer Harvey Norman in a 16GB version in black and white.
Also new from LG is the G Flex (pictured above), a smartphone curved to follow the contour of the face, the first device with such a design in the smartphone market. The vertically curved design of the LG G Flex reduces the distance between the user’s mouth to the microphone when the device is held against the ear, as traditional telephone handsets used to. The curved form increases the sound level by 3dB compared to flat smartphones and also offers a reassuring grip and fits comfortably into back pockets.
Breville has introduced its new Quick Touch microwave, making the preparation and cooking of meals easier, all with the touch of a button. To operate the microwave, simply turn the Amount dial to select the weight and then push the Type of Food button to select the ingredient of choice, the Breville Quick Touch then calculates the precise cooking time required. Alternatively, there are smart food options on the shortcut panel that includes a variety of culinary choices. As well as the smart food and other new settings, also included with the Quick Touch is a bonus set of Breville electronic scales for food measurement. Other accessories available include a 12 inch crisper pan and a bamboo cutting board that fits on top of the microwave. The Quick Touch is available in stainless, cranberry, black sesame and sherbet.
New from Belkin is the Express Dock for iPad, the first dock with an adjustable dial to make it easier to dock your iPad without removing its case. The new Express Dock has an adjustable dial integrated into the back of the dock which, when turned, raises or lowers the Lightning connector that connects to an iPad so it can work with a variety of case sizes and styles. For charging or syncing an iPad, connect the dock to your computer with USB. The Express Dock also fits any iOS device with a Lightning connector including the iPad 4th generation, iPad mini, iPhone 5/5S/5C or iPod touch.
To mark the 25th anniversary of its HD 25 cans, Sennheiser has created the new HD 25 ALUMINIUM, continuing the longstanding sound signature of the HD 25 with a distinctive premium aluminium finish. Individually lathed from single blocks of aluminium, the metal earcups give the headphones a unique appearance while improving sound quality by further minimising the resonances in audible range. The sound performance controls bass and detailed pressure while handling high sound pressure levels. The rotatable capsules offer attenuation of background noise, while staying comfortable for long periods.