The Panasonic Lumix G3 may have lost out on the Best Digital Camera Award for 2011, but for me this camera is the perfect piece of kit to carry around with you. What camera you decide to buy for yourself (or even better, have bought for you) really comes down to what you want to use it for.
Could I spend a lot more money on a camera with better image quality and more features? Yes. Would I use those added features or really notice the improvement in image quality. Not really.
So, for me, the G3 offers the perfect combination of compact size, superb image quality, high ISO performance and incredibly fast AF. I want a camera I can chuck (carefully) in a back pack when I’m heading out the door. I want a camera I can quickly and easily set up and start taking photos with. And the G3 offers all this and more.
For under £500, I don’t think you can buy a better camera.
With Ultrabooks currently dominating the headlines, with their super slim profiles, fast start-up times and powerful processors it’s easy to forget about the poor ole MacBook Air which really began the trend a few years ago.
Don’t get me wrong, I like Ultrabooks, especially the Zenbook UX31 and for a moment I was swept up in the excitement surrounding Intel’s new platform and was about to put one on my wishlist – then I remembered that it ran Windows.
Yes, call me bigoted if you want, but I am a Mac OS fan and since my four-year-old MacBook is now beginning to creak at the edges a little, the beautiful-yet-powerful 13in MacBook Air is the one for me.
While it ain’t cheap, the 13in Air costs only a little over £100 more than the Zenbook and still bests it for build quality and design (in my opinion). The final reason I want a 13in MacBook Air is that Ed has an 11in one at his desk next to mine and I’m getting jealous.
All I want for Christmas is for the Higgs boson to come out of hiding so we can all just get on with our lives.
The little (or, potentially, huge) bugger has been in hiding now since physicist Peter Higgs came up with his theory in the 1960s and despite all the recent efforts of those working on the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Switzerland, it remains elusive.
In the build up to Christmas we’ve been hearing reports that it had been spotted but only briefly - then again maybe they didn't see it at all. Reports even emerged that someone saw it in Sainsbury in north London, but that just turned out to be a large slab of cheese.
The reason I would like to see it appear, is so that people can stop going on about it and most importantly they can stop referring to it as the “God particle”. Yes, yes I know it’s crucial to our understanding of the structure of matter and all that, but considering no one is even sure they have ever seen the pesky bugger, then I think I will refrain from bestowing it such a name until I see it for myself – which will hopefully be this Christmas.