Got a friend who’s interested in personal photography … from unusual angles? Well, for aerial selfies, the ZeroTech “Dobby” will do the job just fine. It comes with a 13 megapixel camera for taking stills, or full HD video.
You can aim the camera even while it’s flying – for up to nine minutes per charge.
Actually, we wouldn’t mind one of those for ourselves, although we’d probably point the camera elsewhere.
Bose may do headphones well (see below) but its origins and bread and butter are in loudspeakers, and with the SoundTouch 300 it offers a beauty. This can act as a sound bar doing the work of the front left, right and centre speakers in a home theatre system. But it’s also part of Bose’s multiroom system. Control it with an app and it can join with other Bose speakers, filling a home with beautiful sound.
House of Marley Get Together Mini Bluetooth speaker – $199.95
How’s that for cool? Your gift of a Bluetooth speaker doesn’t have to be one with utilitarian styling. House of Marley offers its with a bamboo front, a bamboo rear panel (which doubles as a passive radiator for stronger bass), and a recycled fabric cover for the rest.
It can be plugged into a power point or run on the built in rechargeable battery for up to ten hours. It can even charge your phone while it’s playing.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 Interchangeable Lens camera – $1699 (with lens)
Sure, everyone’s got a camera in their pocket, but if your loved one is serious about their photography, an interchangeable lens camera is a necessity. Panasonic’s latest second-from-the-top model includes very useful features that weren’t available at all in last year’s flagship.
Such as focus stacking, so you can create pictures with incredible depth of field. There’s also 4K video capability, a large touch screen display that swings out to help framing shots taken from odd angles.
And weather sealing. We loved the photos we took with it.
The headphone outputs on some Android phones are woefully low in level. The headphone outputs on new iPhones are … hah! Only kidding. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 plus don’t have headphone outputs!
Anyway, if you want good sound from your phone, this Oppo headphone amplifier and DAC (digital to analogue converter) with do the job to the highest of hifi standards. You can plug the headphone output of your phone into it, or the microUSB B output of your Android phone, or Lightning output of your iPhone into it and get the best possible sound. All cables included.
It’s less than 15mm thick, and just 1.36kg in weight, but comes with everything you need with processor options from the Core i3 to the Core i7 and solid state drives from 128GB to 512GB. A full HD 13.3 inch screen shows you all you need to see.
When we’re out and about talking to other techhead professionals, it’s amazing how many of them use Bose headphones as their reference models. Not surprising really. Bose more or less invented the noise reducing headphones, and we still use a pair that we acquired ten years ago.
But things have come a long way since then. These ones not only reduce noise, they’re wireless with the convenience of a Bluetooth connection to your device. Our reviewer was certainly impressed!
Australian firm Laser can get your loved one’s home wired for sound, without the wires. This speaker is part of a whole collection, including two larger models and a nifty wireless adaptor which you can plug into your own stereo to make it part of the system.
As with all these things, everything’s controlled by an app (iOS or Android). Speakers can be grouped or each fed its own music. And the best thing? It’s compatible with the system used by several other brands so you can mix and match.