THAT’S FATHER’S DAY SORTED
LUMIX GF8 PANASONIC
The focus of this pocket-sizeded snapper is on the photographer. Panasonic’s Lumix GF8 is proudly designed for selfies, as its 3- inch touchscreen flips up 180 0 degrees to face the user, triggering a Soft Skin filter too ensure you and those aroundd you look fresh. The 16-megapixelel weighs just 266g, you can swap its 12-32mm lens, and it has plenty of creative modes and scene settings. It lacks a hot shoe and 4K video capture, but it delivers a lot in a small, retro form.
$699 / PANASONIC.COM/AU
EXTRA BASS SRS-XB3 SONY
The addition of an “extra bass” button is there to prove a point. Hit the button and the pencil case-sized gadget will make the table shake with bass. The SRS-XB3 is splashresistant, easy to pair with a smartphone and its battery will last for up to a day. It will also deliver phone calls, and features buttons to control volume and some functions. Those buttons won’t pause tracks, unfortunately.
$249 / HARVEYNORMAN.COM.AU
Organise Dad’s life, or his bedside table, with this interlocking bamboo stand that hides a five-port USB hub that can charge his devices overnight. There is a shelf for glasses, a slot for a wallet, and a slim extension bar for watches and activity trackers.
$129 / BUYSMORGASBORD.COM
Bose has thrown a lot of technology into this headset that a fit father should appreciate. First, they’re sweat resistant and good for an Australian summer. Second, they’re wireless so you can hide your smartphone away while rocking out to tunes on the treadmill. Third, the winged shape of the silicon earbuds keeps the headphones where they belong. Other handy features include NFC for quick pairing to Android phones, a six-hour battery life, an in-line remote control, and, of course, great sound for a wireless headset.
$249 / BOSE.COM.AU