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Why a gimbal makes all the difference

Take your handheld video to the next level. Thanks to a gimbal, you can shoot stable footage every time, without a tripod. And it’s not only videographers who can benefit – birdwatchers are getting in on the act, too. One thing’s for certain – once you’ve got one, you’ll wonder how you ever managed without it.

Why your next lens should be a Fisheye

Put off by a fisheye because you can’t live with the distortion? Think again. Used in the right way, a fisheye lens can give you unique shots that you’d never guess were taken with a special lens (even if you’re shooting from a drone)

Lizzie James Instax SQ6 Review

'On first glance, the SQ6 is a beautiful looking camera. Being an avid Instax Mini 8 user myself, it’s a pleasant change to have something sleek and more sophisticated looking hanging around my neck than the kitsch bubble style camera'

Top 5 gifts for someone special

Whether or not the special somebody in your life is into photography, there’s a whole raft of special gifts you can buy them from Jessops. Show them just how much you love them with a printed gift of a special moment - there’s tonnes of choice available, including photobooks and canvases, right through to cushions, bags and snowglobes.

Lizzie James DJI OSMO 2 Review

'I absolutely loved the DJI Osmo Mobile, so when it was announced that they would be releasing a second version, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it to see what they could have improved on.'

5 Best Camera Buys

Stuck for ideas of what to buy your photography loving friend or relative this year? There's a huge range of different options, with something to suit just about every budget. Have a look at some of the ideas below to get the ball rolling.

Panasonic G9 - 10 Things You Need To Know

Panasonic's latest compact system camera is the most versatile yet, perfect for wildlife, sports and action photographers. Its high-spec design is aimed at capturing the perfect moment: here are ten of the best features that will get your shutter finger twitching.

Sony RX100 Series

For many photography enthusiasts, it is essential to always be ready to capture the perfect image even when they unexpectedly come across an impressive scene. However, the accustomed system camera gear might not always be on hand.

Sony's Macro Lenses

For the best close-ups, use a designated macro lens, which has a high magnification power to reproduce life-size images of a subject. Usually, the closest distance you can get with the standard kit lens is approx. around 30cm, but the Macro lens can get even closer at up to 9.5cm (SEL30M35) or 16cm (SEL50M28) and get an 1:1 magnification while providing corner-to-corner sharpness.

Sony Travel Lenses - Take The Best Holiday Photos

Never knowing what subjects you will encounter on your adventures, lenses suitable for holidays offer a large variance of zoom, being flexible enough to shoot both wide angle and telephoto images.

Smaller and lighter than comparable lenses, the SEL18200LE covers a versatile focal length range from wide to telephoto. An ideal high magnification "travel" lens.

Sony's Wide Angle Lens

Wide angle lenses let you stage your subjects in the most creative ways. From dramatic landscapes to striking interior shots, wide angle lenses open up whole new perspectives on expressing yourself as a photographer.

Great for capturing superb detail, it's a fantastic choice for landscape photos. It gives you amazing resolution and fast, precise autofocus.

Utlising Sony's External Flashes

Lighting is the key to creating a mood that effectively conveys your artistic intent. Here wey'll introduce a few lighting tools and techniques you can use to capture professional quality images.

Sony's G-Series - Take The Best Sports & Wildlife Photos

Sports and wildlife subjects have one thing in common: there is no second chance for your best shot. Unlike a model in a studio, athletes hardly will reenact this decisive moment they just went through in front of your lens.

Even less will the wild animal you have been sitting on watch for the whole morning. This is why you need equipment you can absolutely rely on.

The New Impossible Project & Polaroid

In 2008 the much loved Polaroid brand shut their doors to instant film, and it wasn't long after, that Impossible stepped in and bought the last remaining factory before it closed its doors forever. They were left with no formulas and no machinery intact, so it seemed as though their hopes for keeping instant photography alive were going to be impossible.

Buying The Perfect Lens For Your Camera

Did you know that in 2017 it is anticipated that approximately 1.2 trillion photographs will be taken worldwide? Subsequently, with photography vastly becoming a daily occurrence for most, more and more technology is being introduced to ensure you get the best picture possible.

What you need to know about the Nikon D850

We now have the full specifications of Nikon's hotly anticipated new full-frame camera. It's the ideal camera for professionals and advanced enthusiasts looking for a fantastic all-rounder, and follows on from the excellent D810. In this blog post, we'll take a look at the key new features...

Key Features Of The New Canon EOS 200D

Getting into DSLR photography is made simple and easy with Canon's latest release.
Canon has announced its latest DSLR, the EOS 200D. Aimed squarely at the beginner market, this new camera is designed to help those new to this type of photography get great pictures.

Things You Need To Know About The Canon EOS 6D Mark II

Canon has unveiled its latest full-frame camera, which arrives almost five years after its predecessor. The Canon EOS 6D Mark II is aimed at those wanting to make that leap to full-frame photography for the first time.

Here we take a look at seven key things about the new release - are you tempted to get your order in?

What You Need To Know About The Sony A9

Sony has created quite a stir with its latest full-frame launch. The Sony A9 is a professional level camera, which, on paper at least, takes on - and in many areas, beats some of - the best professional DSLRs currently on the market.

A Day Out With The DJI Osmo

When it comes to handheld gimbals there is a world of choice and knowing which one to go for can be a daunting challenge.

First of all, I guess it would be helpful to understand why you might want to use a handheld stabiliser.

10 Things About The Olympus Tough TG-5

Olympus has launched a new tough compact - the Olympus Tough TG-5 - which is ready for all the adventures you want to throw at it. It replaces the Olympus Tough TG-4 with some new and exciting specifications, including an all new sensor, 4K video recording and improved handling.

Fujifilm X-T20, X100F And XF 50MM F2 R WR Lens

The X-T20 is a new mirrorless camera from Fujifilm which packs powerful imaging capabilities into a highly portable and stylish body. With magnesium-alloy top and base plates, plus three aluminium dials for quick adjustments, it's clear that this newest Fujifilm is definitely part of the X-series family.

Facts You Need To Know About The New Fujifilm GFX 50S

At Photokina 2016, Fujifilm made what was arguably the most exciting announcement of the year - a brand new digital, mirrorless medium format camera called the GFX 50S. As it arrives for pre-order, we take a closer look at the camera that made the photography press cheer...

Six Reasons To Buy A Premium RX Camera

The image sensor is core to the performance of a camera system: the larger the sensor, the better the light gathering performance. This allows you to capture more detail in the shadows and low-light situations with less noise , leading to greater image quality and creative freedom.

Why Buy A Digital SLR?

The image sensor is core to the performance of a camera system: the larger the sensor, the better the light gathering performance. This allows you to capture more detail in the shadows and low-light situations with less noise , leading to greater image quality and creative freedom.

Meet The Panasonic HC-X1

Inside the Panasonic HC-X1 is a 1-inch type sensor with approximately 9.46 million pixels which enables it to record 4K (4096x2160) footage at 24p. Naturally, lower resolution video such as Ultra High Definition (3840x2160), Full HD (1920x1080) and...

DJI Spark Drone Announced

Drones are some of the most exciting and innovative products currently on the photography market, but they're often expensive, and can feel too complicated for the average user to consider buying one.

Olympus PEN-F: This Beauty Is A Beast

The Olympus PEN series is one of the camera world's most successful digital ranges. Launched back in 2009, the modern mirrorless Olympus PEN was based on a popular film camera manufactured by Olympus in the middle of the last century.

Total Beginners Guide To Audio Part 1

Audio part 1: In this three part total-beginner series we're going to tell you how to get professional audio from your DSLR or mirrorless camera. We'll explore some of the easiest options available to you...

Total Beginners Guide To Audio Part 2

This three part series is about how to unlock professional audio on your DSLR camera. In Part 1 we established the importance of good sound - you can get away with a bad picture and good sound, but not the opposite.

Total Beginners Guide To Audio Part 3

In this final chapter we explore some acoustics principles that affect our ability to get good audio, how to go one step further for even better results, and what solutions are there when our VideoMics are beyond ideal distances for capturing audio.

Exciting Updates And New Products From Panasonic

Panasonic's kicked off 2017 with a exceptionally exciting range of new cameras and lens updates - so if you want to give your photography a fresh new look for the year ahead, perhaps Panasonic could be the system for you…

Big Island Lava - Daniel Fox

Having the best tools never guarantee the best results but it sure helps. I travel light, by myself, and am gone for long periods of time - so everything I have in my bag must be extremely reliable - if not bulletproof!

Introducing The Ricoh Theta SC

Since it was first launched back in 2013, the Ricoh Theta line has been a huge hit, allowing people to shoot 360 degree images and video for the first time. In 2015, the high-end Theta S came along to address the needs of serious users and being put to specialist applications.

Challenging Professional Wildlife Photography With A Bridge Camera

Chris Schmid is an award winning wildlife photographer, currently putting together a documentary on endangered species across Africa titled “The African Survivors”. On a recent trip to Estosha, Namibia, Chris took with him Sony's RX10 III and put it to work alongside his professional gear.

Meet The Go Pro Hero Session

GoPro is the action cam market leader and the Session is the company's most compact model to date, coming in at 50% smaller and 40% lighter than the flagship Hero4 Black. What's more, it's waterproof down to 10 metres without a housing, which means it can be mounted in tight spaces...

Stargazers Buying Guide

Astronomy is perhaps the oldest of sciences and most people, at some point in their lives, have marvelled at the sight of a dark star-filled sky. Choosing a telescope to get you up close and personal with the many astronomical wonders can seem like a daunting task...

Lens Buying Guide

When you own an interchangeable lens camera you soon discover there's a lens for every scene and situation you find yourself in - the ability to switch between them is the true joy of a system camera. However due to having so many options available choosing which lens to buy can be...

Mirrorless Camera Buying Guide

Mirrorless cameras are getting more and more popular as photographers realise the benefits of a lighter system. Which is best for you? Read on for our guide. They're not just a point-and-shoot, but they're not a chunky DSLR either. They're mirrorless cameras, and they're getting...

DSLR Camera Buying Guide

DSLR cameras are ideal for photographers who require the best possible image quality and performance, as well as total creative control. DSLR cameras offer the ultimate flexibility of interchangeable lenses, flashguns and accessories, so you aren't limited to a single photographic genre...

Compact Camera Buying Guide

Today's digital compact camera market features a huge range of options so that there is literally something to suit everyone. From hikers looking for a camera with wide angle lens to capture stunning landscapes through to parents who want a point and shoot...

How To Choose Your Next Digital Camera

Choosing a new digital camera can be a daunting task. Before you get down to the tricky task of choosing the best model within your budget and to fit your personal shooting specifications, you must of course have already made a firm decision as to what type of digital camera best fits your needs.

How Do I Know What Camera To Buy?

Thinking of upgrading? Want to treat yourself? Or just getting ready for some Black Friday bargains? Whatever your reasons, we're here to help you out: here are our handy pointers to guide you towards the camera of your dreams.

The Essential Christmas Gift Guide For Photographers

For every photography lover in your life, there's a perfect Christmas gift.

Our guide has everything you need.

Why Has 360 Suddenly Become Popular?

Ever been in a situation where action's happening all around you, and wished you could shoot in every direction at once? Or found yourself watching a video and wondering what was going on behind the camera?

Well, say hello to 360 - your new favourite format.

Introducing The Fujifilm X-T2

It's been over 2 years since we received the announcement of the Fujifilm XT-1, which has turned out to be a firm favorite in the X-Series and has been responsible for converting many DSLR users over to the X-mount system. Now, in 2016, Fujifilm have unveiled another new member...

Photography Is For Life (Not Just For Christmas)

Too many Christmas presents are forgotten by Boxing Day - stand out from the crowd and give a gift that could lead to greatwness... It's a real struggle to find the perfect Christmas gift. All too often Boxing Day sees living-room carpets across the country littered with broken toys...

Meet The New Arrivals: A Post-CES Round-Up

January's always the same: Christmas has become a distant memory, you've broken most of your resolutions, and it's really rather cold outside - and then - as if by magic, a whole shiny heap of exciting new photographic goodies are launched...

Meet the manufacturer: Vanguard

You've more than likely seen Vanguard's bags, tripods and cases before, but we thought we'd shove them into the spotlight and take a closer look at this woman-owned, independent yet global company as it celebrates its 30th birthday.

Happy Pancake (lenses) Day!

Lenses that fall into the pancake category were traditionally primes, without any zoom at all. Though you might be tempted to stop reading here, prime lenses can be fantastic for your photography: they force you to physically move yourself closer to your subject...

What's the difference between all the types of compact cameras?

Congratulations! You've finally decided it's time to invest in a proper camera, rather than relying on your phone to record your memories. Having a specific gadget for creating photos and video is a tremendous step forwards: it'll allow you to capture pictures that you could previously only dream of...

Photograpy Project Ideas For The Bank Holiday

Bank holiday photography projects are a great way to have some fun and develop your photography skills. No matter what the weather, you can take part in some of these ideas for photography projects.

What Is A Penumbral Lunar Eclipse?

A penumbral lunar eclipse occurs when the Sun, Earth and Moon are almost in perfect alignment at the same time as a full moon. This imperfect alignment means that when these conditions are met, the Earth will block a portion of the sun's light and will cast its shadow onto part of the moon...

Rough, tough and ready for anything: the Pentax K-1

Pentax has been quiet of late so we were delighted when we got an invitation to have a look at its brand new full-frame DSLR, the Pentax K-1.

5 Things You Need To Know Before Buying Binoculars

On the lookout for a new pair of binoculars? Here's what we think you need to know...

7 reasons why you need a proper camera bag

You've got the camera. You might own an extra memory card or two. If your camera allows it, you may even have a few lenses knocking around. The chances are that if you're into photography, you're starting to accumulate kit. And that's no bad thing: but sooner or later...

Five reasons why we're falling hard for the new Olympus TG-Tracker

Part action cam, part 4K camcorder, 100% awesome: the TG-Tracker is the latest Tough camera from Olympus - and here's five reasons why you need it in your life.

ISO 101: everything you wanted to know (but were afraid to ask)

Along with aperture and shutter speed, ISO is one of the main camera settings, and adjusting it will change how your pictures look. ISO affects how sensitive your camera is to light. A low ISO is less sensitive, and a high ISO is more sensitive - so you'd use a high ISO in dimly lit situations.

On a KeyMission: meet Nikon's new action cams

Action cameras are absolutely huge right now, and with good reason. These tiny, super-tough devices are brilliant fun and watching back footage captured on them is a fantastic way to review your adventures - especially if your hobbies are of the extreme variety!

Sensor size and resolution - what's it all about?

Behind the lens of a modern digital camera lies a sensor that has millions of tiny light receptors, often referred to as pixels. When light exits the lens and hits the sensor, each receptor generates a signal - the strength of which is determined by the brightness (or amount) of the light that reaches it.

Snow's Up

The nights are longer and the weather's on the turn, which for adrenaline junkies can only mean one thing: it's winter sports season and with the new line-up of GoPros you'll be ready to capture the magic whether you're spectating or taking part.

Beside The Seaside

To celebrate the opening of our new Brighton store, this week's blog is all about how to capture pictures of coastal delights! Whether you've got a compact, a mirrorless or a DSLR in your kitbag, read on to pick up inspiration and advice for your next seaside shooting sessions.

5 reasons why you already want the new Canon EOS M5

Could this be the camera you've been waiting for? Canon's newest launch, the EOS M5, takes all the best bits of Canon's DSLRs and packs them into a mirrorless body that's small, light and easy to take with you wherever you go. We think you're going to want this if…

5 questions to ask yourself before buying your first telescope

Keen to stargaze for yourself, but don't know where to start? We've got advice for you: here's our top questions to ask yourself before you take the plunge...

Five reasons why your next camera should be TOUGH

We've all heard about them, but why would you actually want one? Turns out these extreme cameras aren't just for action sports fans - they're perfect for anyone who likes a gadget that'll survive a bit of rough and tumble.

The New Nikon D5600

Nikon has just announced the fabulous new D5600 and it's a great choice for anyone wanting to take creative photographs. Why? Well, here are 5 great reasons...

Meet the new Canon EOS-1D X Mark II

Notice the earth move this morning? If you felt everything shift into a new gear, that's because Canon unveiled the newest DSLR, the brand new EOS-1D X Mark II. And boy, does it have the X-factor...

The new Sony a6300 and three G-Master lenses

Blink and you'll miss it: the new Sony A6300 and three G-Master lenses 0.05 seconds, or 50 milliseconds, is not a lot of time at all. It's about the same time that small, frantic birds like finches take to beat their wing.

The Impossible Project

The Impossible Project began life with a simple aim: to keep the Polaroid dream of instant photos alive. Its founders wanted to ensure that all those much-loved Polaroid cameras had something to spit out that we could watch develop into pictures.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

One of the most eagerly anticipated cameras of recent times is finally here, and the specification looks fantastic. Now available for pre-order, the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV has plenty to entice enthusiast photographers - and even owners of the Canon 5D Mark III are going to want to upgrade...

Fujifilm X-A3 Announced

Fuji's fantastic X-series mirrorless cameras have proved enormously popular. The newest X-A3 is no exception: it looks like a great camera for selfie-lovers and anyone wanting to take their photography more seriously - and here's why...

Meet The Superzoom Panasonic LUMIX FZ2000

At Jessops, we just love a bridge camera: sometimes you can't beat that winning combination of super long zoom in a compact and highly portable body. They're great for travel, wildlife, everyday use - pretty much every scenario you can think of...

4 Ways We Love The New 4k Panasonic G80

Panasonic's mirrorless cameras are much loved by their owners and experts alike, and this new arrival looks set to be no exception: small and perfectly formed, the new LUMIX DMC-G80 (to give it its full name) is crammed with features and the latest imaging technology...

Beauty and Brains: Meet The Olympus E-PL8

Olympus's line of mirrorless cameras, the PEN series, is much loved by the blogger community and with good reason: they're always stylish, small enough to carry wherever you go and extremely straight-forward to use. They also take fantastic photos without the user having to know...

10 Things We Love About The New Sony A99 Mark II

To celebrate Sony's 10th year of producing Alpha cameras, the company decided to celebrate with a surprise: and gosh, it's a big one. Announced at Photokina 2016 the Sony Alpha 99 Mark II is an extremely exciting new SLT (single lens translucent) camera with a full-frame sensor...

10 Reasons Why You Need To Pre-order the OM-D E-M1 Mark II

It's finally here! First announced at Photokina back in September, this new flagship mirrorless camera from Olympus is now available to pre-order - and we've got a whole load of offers to tempt you into putting your name down! So we thought we'd take a look at ten reasons...

Get The DL On The New Nikon DL Premium Compacts

Nikon has unveiled a small collection of premium compact cameras, called the Nikon DL series. The name of the camera is your first clue to working out which might be right for you: the DL bit of the trio's names stands for “Digital Lens”, and the numbers after that indicates the focal length...

The Picture-Taker's Guide To Spring

Warmer weather, longer days and brighter evenings - spring is everyone's favourite picture-taking season, but after so many months of chilly confinement it can be difficult to work out where to start. So if you're wondering “What should I take pictures of in Spring?”

Best For Blogging

Joining the popular PEN range of cameras and the latest offering strutting its stuff in the Olympus lineup is the retro-inspired and fashion-focused PEN E-PL7. Olympus user and fashion blogger Laetitia Wajnapel describes her PEN as “the ultimate fashion blogger camera” - and it's easy to see why.

Sony a7 Cameras

Sony's Alpha 7 (Sony a7) range has been one of the most exciting ongoing surprises in the camera world over the past few years. Ever since the firm dropped a proverbial bombshell into the camera market by bringing out two full-frame small mirrorless models with beefy resolution capabilities...

Canon 80D, With Power Zoom and Lens

The creative all-rounders: presenting the Canon EOS 80D, Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM and Power Zoom PZ-E1. Canon's latest kit has hit on the perfect blend of a user-friendly experience and pro-quality images or video - so should the EOS 80D be your next camera?

A Camera For All Emotions: Canon EOS 1300D

It was once said that the key to excellent photography is actually pretty simple - “you just react to what you see, and take many, many pictures.” Well, at Jessops HQ, we've had a very strong reaction to Canon's new DSLR camera.

Five Types Of Photographer Who Are Going To Love The New Nikon D3400

Nikon's DSLRs have a strong reputation for build quality, performance and image quality that has put them in the hands of many happy photographers across the globe. The new D3400 is the latest entry-level model that replaces the incredibly popular D3300 and it looks set to be a big hit...

Introducing The NEW Canon EOS M6, EOS 800D And EOS 77D

Launches from Canon are always exciting, and these three updates are no exception to the rule. We've got a new mirrorless model - the EOS M6; an update to Canon's entry-level DSLRs, the EOS 800D; and a more advanced model in the form of the new EOS 80D DSLR. Let's have a look at all of them!

Take A New View

Get incredible reach this winter with a fantastic pair of binoculars. We've got a huge range of binoculars to suit all needs and budgets, so why not try a spot of birdwatching and see what you can discover.

New Nikon D7500

Nikon has announced the new Nikon D7500, a new APS-C (DX format) DSLR - which utilises some of the same specifications from the top-of-the-range D500. This means that enthusiasts can now get their hands on a camera with the same image quality, but in a smaller and cheaper body...

GoPro Hero5 Black & Session

You wait ages for a new GoPro, and then two come along at once. At Photokina 2016 the legendary action cam manufacturer revealed its very latest creations - and what creations they are. 4K, voice control, touchscreens galore: even GoPro itself says that...

Nikon Unveils Nikon D5 & Nikon D500 At CES

On the camera calendar the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas, known as CES is a big one! We've already seen Canon announce a flurry of new compact models, video cameras and a printer, now it's Nikon's turn.

Cheetas Join The Safari Caravan

Getting to go on safari is one of the perks of the job. It's something I always look forward to - being out in the wild, close to nature, is such a special time. My safari this year was no exception. Animals are unpredictable, so you always have to be ready for anything, And this year a cheetah...

Tamron Lenses

Having the right lens for the occasion can make the biggest difference to your photography and although some will suggest specific fixed focal length lenses lens as being “ideal” for a given scene, this is not how the majority of us live our lives.