De­sign

A close eye on style

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Ku­dos must go to the Pana­sonic HX-A500E for its unique snake cam (the cam­era is at­tached to the record­ing unit by a flex­i­ble cable) al­low­ing in­ter­est­ing set-ups – and, of course, it is wear­able, un­like the DSLRshaped cam­eras.

The HERO3+ has gone for the stan­dard and recog­nis­able GoPro lit­tle box de­sign: clas­sic and stylish though a lit­tle dull. The Lu­mix FZ1000 has a rather dis­ap­point­ing cheap, pla­s­ticky feel when com­pared to its big brother, the Lu­mix GH4, which has a well-placed grip and but­tons. Both have nice flip-out screens, but the FZ1000’s poorly placed bat­tery and mem­ory card com­part­ment was in­fu­ri­at­ing. The Sony FDR-AX100E’s clas­sic matte black fin­ish, well-placed but­tons and ‘proper video cam­era’ shape is lovely to be­hold, but the win­ner with sheer wow fac­tor is the Canon EOS-1D C. It is a mas­sive, solid mag­ne­sium al­loy vari­a­tion of the clas­sic pro DSLR look and cries out ‘I am ex­pen­sive’ – which, in com­par­i­son to the other mod­els tested, it re­ally is.

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