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Fujifilm X10 Digital Camera - (12MP EXR CMOS, 4x Optical Zoom) 2.8 inch LCD Screen (discontinued by manufacturer)
Fujifilm X10 Digital Camera - (12MP EXR CMOS, 4x Optical Zoom) 2.8 inch LCD Screen (discontinued by manufacturer)
Offered by MegaDeals UK
Price: £259.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect bridge camera!, 15 Jan 2014
I needed a decent camera. Phones are great these days and my wonderful Galaxy Note 3 does a sterling job, however, nothing compares to the quality output from a real camera. I was going to South Africa and had the choice of taking my rather hefty Canon 50D, or save money and rely on my phone. What I wanted ideally was something cheap, small, light, portable, with great battery life, and with near-DSLR settings and quality, but also with the ability to point-and-shoot with similarly stellar results.

So does the X10 tick all these boxes?

Well... there are two caveats. The first is price. You get what you pay for. I paid £300 for the X10 so it is a little pricey on that front. Secondly, the other reviews that mention battery life are fairly accurate - however, Amazon sells compatible batteries like these - B001NJ4NFK - which are a fiver each and work perfectly. So as long as you carry charged spares and recharge your depleted every night for longer shoots, you'll be fine. Generally a single battery got me through two three-and-a-half-hour game drives. I needed to reach for the spares if I was also filming (in 1080p).

But the verdict once back home was clear. Images from this camera are supremely wonderful. Pin sharp, bags of clarity and rich saturation (if that's how you set it up). The EXR mode employs a subtle HDR effect that perfectly captured South Africa's variably dynamically ranged terrain and weather. There's not much of a zoom on the camera, but this wasn't an issue. Image quality is so good, you can always zoom in as much as you can, then crop later in post. Its build quality is stunning - the camera may boast cosmetic retro stylings, but it also feels reassuringly hefty in the hand (though never heavy). A far cry from all the plastic bodies out there. And with hindsight, the £300 price tag is definitely worth it. Yes there's a newer model now - the X20 - but a comprehensive trawl through photography and photographer blogs and sites rate the X10 as well as its successor, with some even preferring the former model.

This case: B00726655O enables you to pop the magnetic cover and expose the lens and shoot without removing the camera from its case, and its soft interior protects the camera and lens and means you can stow the X10's lovely metal lens cap back home and just have it protected by the case.

If in doubt, just Google X10 in 'images' or look for other reviews outside Amazon. A great, great buy.

HTC Micro USB Car Charger for Desire HD/HD7/Trophy 7/Desire Z/Desire
HTC Micro USB Car Charger for Desire HD/HD7/Trophy 7/Desire Z/Desire
Offered by IUEG
Price: £5.52

1.0 out of 5 stars Simply doesn't charge!, 26 May 2013
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At first I thought that my hTC One was needing more power than the charger was able to provide (using SatNav app, data connection, bluetooth etc), but after quitting all applications and sleeping the phone, battery STILL WENT DOWN even with the charger plugged in! Rubbish product. Avoid like the plague. LIKE. THE. PLAGUE.

Let Me In [Blu-ray]
Let Me In [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Chloe Moretz
Price: £10.94

3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a patch on the original..., 7 Feb 2011
This review is from: Let Me In [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
...which is a shame because I was really looking forward to seeing this. I use a website called Metacritic that takes all the major international press reviews of any given film, assigns it a rating based on the tone of each individual review, and then works out an overall average score as a representation of how the movie was received. I loved the original - Let The Right One In - and was interested to see this got a Metacritic score of 80/100. Wow! Maybe not a pointless, Americanised remake after all! Alas I was really disappointed. If LTROI had never existed, I would have come out of seeing Let Me In thinking it was an interesting take on the whole Coming Of Age/Vampire genre. Unfortunately, and it's no one's fault, LTROI got there first, making Let Me In kind of redundant. It's not a bad film, it's just unnecessary. The tone, thematic exploration, composition of shot, pace, characterisation, narrative, score and performances are just better in the original. I'm not going to say "avoid", just make sure you watch the original as well. You'll see what I mean.
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Let the Right One in [DVD]
Let the Right One in [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kåre Hedebrant
Price: £3.50

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film, but..., 22 May 2009
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This review is from: Let the Right One in [DVD] (DVD)
...will it have the Theatrical Subtitles or the botched DVD ones that have caused all those buying the Region 1 version in the US to return their copies? Google "Let The Right One In Subtitles" for more info...
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POF-820 - Coaxial-to-Optical Audio Converter - PCM to Optical
POF-820 - Coaxial-to-Optical Audio Converter - PCM to Optical

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does the job with gusto, 8 May 2009
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This clever little box is no bigger than a matchbox and converts, as if by witchcraft, an electrical digital coaxial signal into a digital optical signal. My old Sony DVD/Surround sound system only had scart out which looked rubbish on my LCD TV. My new HDMI DVD player made the visuals look peachy but I had no true 5.1. I was so sad. But using the DVD player's coaxial out, the old DVD/Surround sound system's optical in, and this little thing in between, it's like having an Odeon in my living room. But, you know, without the grumpy 16 year old ushers on work experience, sticky floors, and 500% mark-up on popcorn.

Fisherman's Woman
Fisherman's Woman
Price: £11.18

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars nothing brings her down..., 3 Feb 2005
This review is from: Fisherman's Woman (Audio CD)
I had the fortune to catch Emiliana Torrini at Spitz in London a while back, and what struck me most about the performance was not the way her playful nature defiantly shone through her shy and unassuming demeanour, but that this self-effacing banter and gentle whisper of song achieved a magical symbiosis with the natural beauty and form of her music. Fisherman's Woman, like the gig that consisted almost entirely of the album's tracklisting, is wonderfully sublime and quite possible the most unpretentious thing you'll ever hear; an album, written and performed by a musician, purely for music's sake, and that, in this day and age, is surely a rare thing.

Piano Works
Piano Works

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars softer, slower, and more reflective, 4 Jun 2004
This review is from: Piano Works (Audio CD)
Stripped of his usual orchestral flourishes and bombastic swirling strings, Piano Works finds Armstrong in a quieter, more contemplative mood - swapping his trademark, full-on symphonic/electronica for some delicate electronic treatments of his piano.
Some of the re-visited works here benefit little from a re-working; Laura's Theme from The Space Between Us merely imitates what the urgent strings achieved on the original, but elsewhere, particularly on the newer material, Armstrong displays a tenderness and a longing often swamped by the lavish structure of his orchestral pieces. Fugue employs some nifty aural-trickery and his Theme from Orphans is elegant in its simplicity.
If the ending Sunrise leaves you feeling a mite short-changed, then wait a bit longer for the hidden track that resolves the album in a more deserved way.
Armstrong doesn't quite seem to have found his niche yet. That he nimbly hops from solo-album to soundtrack to collaboration is to his credit, yet despite all his diversity, one yearns for the sense of grounded recognition one establishes with favourite artists; Piano Works is possibly this first indication of true style we've been looking for - direct, measured in its composition and at times, staggeringly beautiful, this is a worthy addition to the impressive Armstrong canon.

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