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LEGO 70623 Ninjago Destiny’s Shadow – Special Price

Join Lloyd and Cole on their boat/flyer and glide into Vermillion territory. Fire the stud shooters to fend off Vermin’s hover board attacks or flip out the wings and launch into the sky. Then detach the canoe and paddle silently through the swamp to surprise the enemy. Whatever you do, you must keep that Pause Time Blade in ninja hands!

  • Build the Ninja’s swamp vehicle, Destiny’s Shadow, that both sails and flies, with stud shooters, flip out wings for flight mode and two detachable canoes
  • Includes three minifigures, Lloyd, Cole, and Vermin plus two katana and Vermin’s vermillion axe
  • Destiny’s shadow measures over 8cm high, 30cm long and 10cm wide in boat mode, and 23cm wide in flight mode. Vermillion hoverboard measures over 6cm long, 6cm wide and under 3cm high
  • LEGO NINJAGO building toys are compatible with all LEGO construction sets for creative building
  • Featured in the hit TV series LEGO NINJAGO: Masters of Spinjitzu.
  • 360 pieces – For boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 14 years old

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Which? digital camera tests reveal three new Best Buys and two to avoid

The latest digital camera results from the Which? test lab have uncovered three new models worth buying. However, our tough testing also found two cameras that scored so poorly that they were close to being Don’t Buys. Typically, new cameras to market include a wealth of new features and options but how much do you need to spend to get what you need?

We’ve looked at five digital cameras in our latest round of tests, including the mirrorless Fujifilm X-H1 and Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9, plus a compact camera and two bridge cameras. They range from as little as GBP99 to a hefty GBP2,649, so click on the links to our reviews below to see whether you get what you pay for. Best Buy mirrorless cameras[1] – see which are the best of the best.

Compact camera

Panasonic Lumix TZ200, GBP729

The highly anticipated upgrade to the TZ100, the Panasonic Lumix DC-TZ200 is the latest addition to the TZ-series from Panasonic.

Billed as the camera for all your travel needs, this model is pocket-sized and packs a serious 20Mp sensor and 4K video recording. Does it live up to our high expectations? Read our Panasonic Lumix DC-TZ200 review[2] to see whether this camera achieved Best Buy status.

Mirrorless cameras

Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9, GBP729

Adding to the GX series of cameras, the Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9[3] is the update to the two-year-old GX8.

Aimed at the enthusiast user who wants a high-performance camera in a compact form, the GX9 is available in a choice of two colours (silver or black), and with two different lens configurations. The DC-GX9M includes the larger but more versatile 12-60mm f/3.5-5.6 lens (GBP879), while the DC-GX9K includes the more compact 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 lens (GBP789).

Fujifilm X-H1, GBP2,649

The new flagship in Fujifilm’s mirrorless X-series, the Fujifilm X-H1 is a comprehensive camera with some exciting features. With a faster and quieter shutter mechanism, plus in-body image stabilisation, does the X-H1 tempt DSLR owners to switch to a mirrorless camera?

Find out whether this camera is a contender for your shortlist despite its high price (which includes a GBP949 lens) by reading our Fujifilm X-H1 review[4].

Bridge cameras

Kodak AZ401, GBP99

Available in a red or black finish, the Kodak Pixpro AZ401 aims to entice budget-minded photographers with its 40x zoom lens. It has a light and compact design, but it lacks some of the features seen in more expensive cameras. Is this the right model for you?

Read the Kodak Pixpro AZ401 review[5] for our expert opinion.

Kodak AZ527, GBP239

The Kodak Pixpro AZ527 is a new superzoom camera that provides a massive 52x zoom lens and is competitively priced. Our testing found it has a zippy operating speed and a decent LCD screen, but are these the AZ527’s only advantages? Read our full Kodak Pixpro AZ527 review[6] to find out.

What makes a good digital camera?

With a range of cameras available from well-known brands such as Canon, Nikon, Olympus and Sony, there are plenty to choose from for all budgets.

However, there are big differences in picture quality, advanced features and how easy they are to use. So if you want to find the best camera for your needs, here are the key specifications to consider:

  • Megapixels (Mp) A higher megapixel count is no guarantee of quality when it comes to actual results, however, even a 5Mp camera can produce good prints at 4×6, 5×7 or 9×10 inches – the kind that easily fit in a photo frame. Most cheap digital cameras offer at least 14Mp.
  • Zoom When you want to zoom in on faraway subjects, such as buildings, optical zoom is important – the camera’s lens magnifies the image for much sharper results.

    Aim for 10x optical zoom as the minimum to get the best results.

  • Sensor sizes This is one of the most important factors when buying a camera – the larger the sensor, the more light it can let in, which results in more detailed photos and video. For more on the importance of sensor size, see camera sensor sizes explained[7].
  • Build quality Some digital cameras may be pocket-sized and lightweight, but you shouldn’t settle for one that feels flimsy. Be sure to choose a camera with a metal or high-density plastic casing that feels robust in your hands.

    Additionally, if you plan to use your camera out in the elements, look for a model that has weather-resistant casing (also called weather sealing).

References

  1. ^ Best Buy mirrorless cameras (www.which.co.uk)
  2. ^ Panasonic Lumix DC-TZ200 review (www.which.co.uk)
  3. ^ Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9 (www.which.co.uk)
  4. ^ Fujifilm X-H1 review (www.which.co.uk)
  5. ^ Kodak Pixpro AZ401 review (www.which.co.uk)
  6. ^ Kodak Pixpro AZ527 review (www.which.co.uk)
  7. ^ camera sensor sizes explained (www.which.co.uk)

China’s first private rocket launch kicks off the country’s commercial space race

China celebrated the country’s first rocket launch by a private spaceflight company this week. OneSpace Technologies, based out of Beijing, launched its OS-X rocket from an undisclosed location on a suborbital trajectory on Wednesday, reaching a reported altitude of 25 miles and traveling about 170 miles before falling back to Earth. It’s the first demonstration of what the company says will become a scalable business built around sending small satellites into space.

Until now, China’s space industry has been dominated by the government’s space agency, the China National Space Administration (CNSA).

The agency has sent satellites, science missions, and even people to space. It has also put robots on the Moon, placed two space stations in orbit, and has big plans for the coming decades.

After about half a century of a national space program, China decided to get private enterprise into space, too. President Xi Jinping made it a particular priority for the country in 2012, when he said he wanted China to become a “spaceflight superpower.” And in 2014, the Chinese government formally allowed private companies to start working toward launching satellites.

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OneSpace is the first private Chinese company to launch a rocket, and it has big plans.

The company’s CEO, Shu Chang, told state-run news outlet China Daily that he hopes OneSpace becomes “one of the biggest small-satellite launchers in the world,” and that it plans to perform 10 launches in 2019.

Shu also likened the company to SpaceX in an interview with CNN Money. It’s a comparison that other outlets have drawn, but one that doesn’t totally bear out. For one thing, OneSpace is using different technology.

While Shu says the company plans to eventually build rockets capable of lifting larger satellites (and potentially humans) into space, its current rocket stands just 30 feet tall and can only carry about 220 pounds into orbit. That’s less than half the 70 foot height of SpaceX’s first rocket, the Falcon 1, and far below the height (230 feet) and lift capacity (more than 50,000 pounds) of its current rocket, the Falcon 9. OneSpace also uses solid rocket fuel, which is generally more stable and simple to build, but means the rocket boosters can’t be reused; SpaceX, meanwhile, uses liquid fuel, and recovers its rockets after launch.

Shu told CNN that “this is the first rocket developed and built entirely with homegrown technology,” but the outlet noted that he previously worked for a “state-owned aerospace company.” OneSpace was reportedly founded with money from the State Administration for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense, and this particular flight was paid for China’s state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation, according to Quartz.

And the rocket’s other name (the “Chongqing Liangjiang Star”) is a nod to state-run Chongqing Liangjiang Aviation Industry Investment Group — which OneSpace is partnering with to build a research and manufacturing base that will be part of the Chinese government’s massive Belt and Road initiative.

However, OneSpace is emulating SpaceX by straddling the line between being privately-run and government-funded. While Elon Musk’s spaceflight company is private, it has benefitted greatly from a number of NASA contracts throughout the years as it built up its commercial customer base — including one that essentially saved the company from an early collapse in 2008.

It’s not yet clear whether OneSpace will shake up the small satellite market. There is a rush of competition aiming at specifically launching small satellites, from big corporations like Virgin to small startups like Rocket Lab to mainstays like Orbital ATK, all of which are trying to grab ahold of a nearly half-trillion dollar global business.

It’s also not clear whether US or other western satellite companies would be able to even buy a ride on a OneSpace rocket.

The US government places strict controls on the export of satellites, which until a few years ago were still classified as weapons. “Chinese rockets are not an option for US companies,” a spokesperson for Planet, one of the leading operators of Earth-imaging satellites, tells The Verge.

OneSpace already has plenty competition at home to deal with, too.

The loosening of restrictions in 2014 has lead to the creation of around a half-dozen spaceflight startups, all of which are looking to launch satellites, all while the government’s space program turns its eyes to bigger, bolder projects like a permanent space station and an ambitious robotic Mars mission in 2020.

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