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Is the Canon EOS M100 mirrorless camera a Which? Best Buy?

The latest digital camera results from the Which? test lab have uncovered a trio of great new Best Buys. Products we put through their paces include Canon’s smallest mirrorless camera, an all-rounder bridge model from Sony and interchangeable lens cameras that allow you to capture the best-quality photos. We put five of the latest to the test, including the Fujifilm X-E3 and Olympus OM-D E-M10 III mirrorless cameras and Nikon D850 DSLR.

The three models that stood out from the crowd bring together high image quality, fast shutter and autofocus speed and a wide range of features that make all three cameras unique in their own right. Most of the cameras we tested also feature updated designs, with improved menus and settings, and larger grips. This means you’ll be snapping fantastic photos in little to no time.

Read on to find out what each of the five models has to offer, including their key specifications and features that could make them worth a look. Top five bridge cameras for 2017[1] – we reveal the top cameras to buy.

Which? digital camera reviews

The full list of cameras just tested is below – click the model names to read our reviews:

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV (GBP1,799) is the latest update to Sony’s high-end bridge camera series. It has DSLR styling, weighing more than some DSLRs, and includes some similar features.

With a big and fast zoom lens, is this the best all-in-one on the market? We ran it through a gauntlet of tests to find out. Read our full Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV review[2] for details.

Canon EOS M100

Pitched as Canon’s smallest mirrorless camera, and the compact model you’ll always want with you, the Canon EOS M100 (GBP539) aims to take over photography duties from your smartphone.

It features a touchscreen, instructions for beginners and a flip-up screen for selfies. But does it do enough to be worthy of a coveted Best Buy award? Find out more in our full Canon EOS M100 review[3].

Fujifilm X-E3

The third iteration of Fujifilm’s X-series, the Fujifilm X-E3 (GBP1,124) is the latest mid-range mirrorless camera to hit the market.

It’s very similar to the DSLR-like X-T20 in terms of specs, so we’re expecting big things based on previous performance. Does the X-E3 live up to expectations? To see how it performed, read our in-depth Fujifilm X-E3 review[4].

Olympus OM-D E-M10 III

More of an update than completely new, the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III (GBP649) is a mid-range mirrorless camera that aims to top the previous two models in this series.

It produces great photos and is compact in size, but what is it like to use on a daily basis? Our thorough testing uncovers all. Find out more in our full Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III review[5].

Nikon D850

One of the most anticipated releases of 2017, the Nikon D850 DSLR (GBP3,559) has big boots to fill behind its predecessor, the D810.

This full-frame sensor camera brings a raft of new improvements and features, including high resolution and high speed.

But does it live up to our lofty expectations?

We tested it to find out – read our full Nikon D850 review[6].

References

  1. ^ Top five bridge cameras for 2017 (www.which.co.uk)
  2. ^ Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV review (www.which.co.uk)
  3. ^ Canon EOS M100 review (www.which.co.uk)
  4. ^ Fujifilm X-E3 review (www.which.co.uk)
  5. ^ Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III review (www.which.co.uk)
  6. ^ Nikon D850 review (www.which.co.uk)

Which? reveals five new Best Buy headphones for Black Friday

October was a stellar month in our headphones lab. We tested 10 pairs and half of them were good enough to be Best Buys. Our exhaustive tests use an expert listening panel to pick out exemplary headphones that will impress even the most discerning listener.

Whatever style you prefer, we’ve got you covered with in-ear, on-ear, over-ear and wireless headphones running our testing gauntlet. And Sony fans will have lots of options to pore over, with no less than six new reviews. Read on to see which ones came out on top and which ones you should leave alone even if you spy them with a reduced sticker on Black Friday.

Best Buy headphones – see which models we recommend.[1]

Sony WH-1000XM2

A flagship Sony pair of over-ear headphones packed to the brim with features, these aim to provide the ultimate wireless headphone experience. In the search for perfection, they even sense the atmospheric pressure around you and optimise their sound settings accordingly, whether you’re on a plane or in your living room. Sporting noise cancelling, microphone, NFC (near-field communication) and the ability to tweak the soundscape through a smartphone app, these headphones desire to please even the most demanding audiophile.

Can’t hear the announcement at the train station? Just hold your hand to one of the touch-sensitive cups to let in sound from around you. Can Sony really pull all this off and send you to audio heaven?

Find out in our Sony WH-1000XM2 review[2].

Sony WH-H800 h.ear on 2 Mini

For those who don’t want the bulk of over-ear headphones, Sony’s also got you covered with this on-ear pair. Part of the h.ear 2 range with great looks, you’ll be able to fit these in your bag more easily. They also have the same ability to tweak the sound profile through a smartphone app, so there’s no need to worry about whether they will be too bassy out of the box.

NFC support and a built-in microphone are here too, plus the claim of a highly respectable 24-hour battery life. But do they have a good seal to block out background noise? Our experts give their verdict in the Sony WH-H800 h.ear on 2 Mini review[3].

Sony WI-H700 h.ear in 2 Wireless

If you want a listening experience on the move, Sony gives you this feature-packed in-ear experience.

Available in a wide range of vibrant colours, the WI-H700’s neckband packs in the electronics. But Sony has aimed not to compromise on flexibility with the lightweight design. This model has the ability to play high-end digital music files, NFC and, again, it can adjust the sound profile via Sony’s smartphone app for headphones.

Sony says the battery lasts seven hours but this is nowhere near the impressive 24 hours it claims for its WI-C400[4] headphones, also just tested. The WI-H700 is just one of six new Sony headphones in our latest tests. Can Sony maintain a high standard across so many different sets?

Check out the Sony WI-H700 h.ear in 2 Wireless review[5] to find out.

JVC HA-FX38M

At only GBP10, these are one of the cheapest pairs of earbuds we’ve ever tested. They have a simple, lightweight design for those who just want to plug in and listen. JVC claims the earbuds are like a ‘spongy marshmallow’ for maximum comfort.

They’re aimed at anyone on a tight budget who wants a pair to carry around all day without having to worry about charging a battery. There’s no microphone or in-line controls, but if you only listen rarely or frequently lose your headphones, could this be the way to go? See what we thought in our JVC HA-FX38M review[6].

Skullcandy Hesh 3 Wireless

Skullcandy typically aims at the lower end of the market, but at GBP100 this pair is priced at the serious end.

Brimming with bass, this over-ear pair claims to have a battery life to last throughout the day, with fast-charging technology to minimise any downtime. Is this pair a good alternative to more expensive headphones from bigger brands? The Hesh 3 Wireless has some strong competition in this price bracket.

See how it measures up in our Skullcandy Hesh 3 Wireless review[7].

Audio-Technica ATH-DSR7BT

Aiming to please audiophiles, Audio-Technica has the ambition to provide crystal-clear sound to even the most discerning ear. This wireless Bluetooth pair’s signature feature is sending the digital music directly to its speakers without converting it to an analogue signal first. Audio-Technica says this gives the pair pure sound that is a cut above the rest.

With a top-end price of GBP295 and a surprisingly middling 15-hour battery life, does this pair deliver a new level of audio design?

Read what we found when we put it through its paces in our Audio-Technica ATH-DSR7BT review[8].

Even more headphones tested

As well as the models featured above, you can also read new reviews of the following:

References

  1. ^ Best Buy headphones (www.which.co.uk)
  2. ^ Sony WH-1000XM2 review (www.which.co.uk)
  3. ^ Sony WH-H800 h.ear on 2 Mini review (www.which.co.uk)
  4. ^ WI-C400 (www.which.co.uk)
  5. ^ Sony WI-H700 h.ear in 2 Wireless review (www.which.co.uk)
  6. ^ JVC HA-FX38M review (www.which.co.uk)
  7. ^ Skullcandy Hesh 3 Wireless review (www.which.co.uk)
  8. ^ Audio-Technica ATH-DSR7BT review (www.which.co.uk)

Which? uncovers the best portable Bluetooth speakers for summer

If you’re simply looking for something to throw in your backpack before you head out the door or a speaker that’s a little more special, there’s plenty to choose from this summer. From ?50 to a few hundred pounds, we’ve reviewed portable Bluetooth speakers from Bose, Sony, Ultimate Ears and more. Here, we take a look at the latest speakers at a range of price points, most of which promise rigorous, waterproof design and portability, without compromising on sound quality.

Our panel of expert ears has carefully listened to every wireless speaker, judging sound quality across a range of genres. Our rigorous lab tests uncover the easiest speakers to use and those that will last the longest, with one speaker playing for a remarkable 29 hours. Wireless and Bluetooth speaker reviews[1] – see lab results for all the models we’ve tested

Best portable Bluetooth speakers under ?100

Sony SRS-XB10, ?50

Despite its diminutive size, this Sony speaker bears the ‘Extra Bass’ branding that promises a bigger hit at the lower end. For a palm-sized speaker, the claimed 16-hour battery life is impressive. But did it last that long in our tests?

And was sound as punchy as promised? Read our expert Sony SRS-XB10 review[2] to find out.

Ultimate Ears Wonderboom, ?80

Ultimate Ears has become well known for its durable, lightweight portable speakers. The Wonderboom is one of the smallest yet, but with all the same hallmarks as its bigger brothers, it’s set to impress.

The 10-hour battery is more modest than the Sony’s, but is sound quality better? Find out in our full Ultimate Ears Wonderboom review[3].

Sony SRS-XB20, ?100

Officially the slightly larger sibling of the Sony speaker above, looking at the shape and style of the SRS-XB20 you’d hardly realise they were related. This one comes in a more traditional oblong shape but with an unusual flashing light-show effect.

It won’t be to everyone’s taste, but is it worth seeking out for sound quality alone? Our Sony SRS-XB20 review reveals all.[4]

Best portable Bluetooth speakers under ?150

JBL Flip 4, ?120

The cylindrical shape is a staple of the wireless speaker market now, promising a better spread of sound around a room. This one from audio specialist JBL is its latest offering.

Available in a variety of eye-catching colours, the Flip 4 certainly stands out from the crowd. But did it stand out for sound in our tests, too? Find out in our JBL Flip 4 review[5].

Bose SoundLink Color II, ?130

The second crack of the whip of a popular Bose wireless speaker, the SoundLink Color II arrives amid huge expectations.

It now comes with an easier-on-the-eye waterproof design. Despite its great reputation, the American audio stalwarts have missed the mark on occasion. Find out if this is a hit in our expert Bose SoundLink Color II review[6].

B&O Beoplay P2, ?135

You know you’ll get a well-made piece of kit from B&O, but sometimes it’s style over substance.

However, the Beoplay P2 seems to have put style to the side. Although it still has a touch of B&O’s signature design, this is a compact, understated Bluetooth speaker. It’s more expensive than most in this size, but is it worth the extra cash?

Take a look at our full B&O Beoplay P2 review[7] to find out.

Sony SRS-XB30, ?150

Another Sony Bluetooth speaker from the ‘Extra Bass’ line-up, the SRS-XB30 has the same flashing light show as the SRS-XB20, but promises a bigger 24-hour battery to accompany the louder sound. It’s big enough to produce some proper power but it’s not all about the bass. Is this the perfect portable wireless speaker you’re looking for?

Find out in our expert Sony SRS-XB30 review.[8]

Best premium portable Bluetooth speakers

Bose SoundLink Revolve, ?200

A new addition to the Bose wireless speaker line-up, the SoundLink Revolve sees it finally jump on the cylindrical-speaker bandwagon. Designed to spread sound all around a room, this Bluetooth speaker promises great party sound, whether that’s indoors or out. But will it have your friends dancing or leaving?

Find the full results of our independent tests in our Bose SoundLink Revolve review[9].

B&O Beolit 17, ?400

A big and bulky speaker, the B&O Beolit 17 promises hi-fi quality sound in a handy battery-powered form. But at ?400 this is one of the most expensive portable Bluetooth speakers we’ve put through our lab tests. So is it worth splashing out on this high-price speaker, or are you simply paying a premium for stylish design?

Read our expert B&O Beolit 17 review[10] to find out.

References

  1. ^ Wireless and Bluetooth speaker reviews (www.which.co.uk)
  2. ^ Sony SRS-XB10 review (www.which.co.uk)
  3. ^ Ultimate Ears Wonderboom review (www.which.co.uk)
  4. ^ Sony SRS-XB20 review (www.which.co.uk)
  5. ^ JBL Flip 4 review (www.which.co.uk)
  6. ^ Bose SoundLink Color II review (www.which.co.uk)
  7. ^ B&O Beoplay P2 review (www.which.co.uk)
  8. ^ Sony SRS-XB30 review (www.which.co.uk)
  9. ^ Bose SoundLink Revolve review (www.which.co.uk)
  10. ^ B&O Beolit 17 review (www.which.co.uk)

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