Seven-inch tablets go screen-to-screen, smartwatches arrive and camera lenses lose their bodies in the latest consumer technology reviews.
Nikon 1 AW1
"The world's first waterproof/shockproof interchangeable lens camera" is part of Nikon's 1 series of "Compact System Cameras" (CSCs). Smaller than a traditional dSLR, and with a range of standard lenses already available, the AW1 adds waterproofing to 15m (with waterproof flash also), drop-proofing to 2m and freeze-proofing to -10°C to the more standard features list of 14.2MP sensor, 6400 ISO and 15fps continuous shooting with autofocus (60fps without). Launched alongside the AW1 are new waterproof lenses and accessories to match. Coming soon is also a separate, more powerful waterproof flash.
Google Nexus 7
The original Nexus 7 was hands-down the best value mini tablet around. The new 2013 version looks set to keep that crown with a 7in Full-HD/1080p screen, quad-core 1.5GHz processor with 2GB RAM, and dualband Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and optional 4G LTE as the spec list, all for under £200 (under £300 for the LTE version). Android now firmly leads Apple on many elements of the tablet experience. Only high-definition games on the Google Play Store lag behind its iOS rivals. But for productivity apps, basic user-interface and obvious value, the Nexus 7 wins for now.
HP Envy 17 Leap Motion SE
This 17.3in screened laptop features a tiny sensor slot to the right of the trackpad that's potentially revolutionary for computer control. This is the first laptop with Leap Motion's amazing motion-sensing technology built in. Leap Motion takes similar motion-sensing technology to that found in Microsoft's Kinect or Nintendo's Wii, but vastly improves response lag and accuracy - so it can sense your fingers moving individually and accurately. Integrating the technology does mean a battery hit, of course. Elsewhere, the laptop features Intel Core i7 chip, 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive, as well as optional nVidia graphics.
The Hudl, produced by Archos for Tesco, significantly undercuts the Nexus 7 on price, but also on specifications. The 7in screen boasts 1,440x900 resolution (rather than 1,920x1,080 on the Nexus 7), the rear-facing camera is 3MP (versus 5MP Nexus 7) and there's 1GB RAM (2GB on the Nexus). That's still far better than most budget mini tablets around the £100 mark, and with a kids bumper case and screen protector available at launch, the Hudl is clearly making a bid for being a fine family/first tablet for those who don't need the Nexus' top-end features.
Samsung Galaxy Gear
Smartwatches are hailed as the next big thing. But so far none have cracked the right mix of features. While the Galaxy Gear features notifications, a camera and voice control, it's not waterproof and it will only show you the fact you have emails, not allow you to scroll through them while its main rivals, the Pebble and Sony Smartwatch 2, show snippets of emails. They also work with a wide range of Android devices while the Galaxy Gear works only with a select couple of Samsung devices (the Note 3 and soon S4). But they don't get a camera or voice control.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX10/QX100
Eyes without a face? These are lenses without a camera - or rather, lenses that don't need a camera, but a smartphone. The sensor is built into the lens itself (a 10x optical zoom and 18.2MP sensor for the QX10, a 3.6x optical zoom, F1.8 lens and 20.2MP sensor for the QX100) and links via Wi-Fi to your smartphone, which replaces a traditional camera body - with the screen acting as the preview and touch controls and the phone storing pictures. Of course, as the connection is wireless, you can put your lens down in one place and shoot from another.