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    24 December 2020

    Nafisa Akabor

    Top 5 gadgets for 2020

    It’s been a crazy 2020 but we’ve had a steady stream of gadgets come through during lockdown. Here are our top 5 picks for the year.

    It’s been a crazy 2020 but we’ve had a steady stream of gadgets come through during lockdown. Here are our top 5 picks for the year:

    DJI OM4

    DJI’s newest handheld gimbal, the OM4 is the perfect companion for your mobile. It is best suited for content creators, live streamers, and smartphone videographers. Say goodbye to shaky, blurry video thanks to its 3-axis gimbal that keeps video smooth. It features a new magnetic clip that is easier to attach to a phone and keep it level. It comes with loads of features on the app, such as active track, clone me pano, and a built-in story mode to help you make professional content with minimal effort. The story template simply requires you to populate it with footage. It comes with a compact carry bag.

    Price: R2 599 from DJIStore.co.za

    Nintendo Game & Watch

    For Mario’s 35th anniversary, Nintendo released a limited-edition Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros handheld gaming system. It’s perfectly timed for the holiday season if you’re looking to get your hands on one. It is super cute and serves two main purposes: to play the original Super Mario Bros. game and tell the time. It has the second Super Mario game and the inclusion of a Mario-themed Ball game. It’s a no-frills console that certainly takes you back to your childhood.

    Price: R1 299 from Store.Nintendo.co.za

    iPad Air 2020

    The new 10.9-inch iPad Air powered by Apple’s latest A14 Bionic chip weighs a mere 460g but is more powerful than most PCs. This beast of a tablet lets you edit 4K videos on the fly, supports USB-C, offers Touch ID for secure login, and works with the Apple Pencil. It features a 12MP main camera with 4K video recording, 7MP selfie-camera with HD video calling, dual mics, and stereo speakers, all of which make it ideal for working-from-home and entertainment on-the-go. The new Air comes in a range of shades: green, sky blue, rose gold, silver, and space grey.
    Price: R12 499 from iStore.co.za

    Sony ZV-1 Vlogging Camera

    For those who want to get into vlogging, Sony created the ZV-1 for beginners. It’s pocket-sized, lightweight and has easy-to-use features to make you look pro. It supports 4K videos, video bokeh for blurred backgrounds, autofocus that catches your eye or focus on any subject, which is ideal if you review products. It has a flip-out LCD screen to see what is recording and supports 960fps slow-motion videos. The vlogger accessories kit includes a grip with a wireless remote commander and a 64GB media card.

    Price: R16 999 from Takealot.com.

    UV Sterilizer with Wireless Charging

    It’s no secret that smartphones have ten times more bacteria than most loo seats. Samsung’s new UV Sterilizer with built-in wireless charging can kill up to 99% of harmful germs and bacteria, all within ten minutes. It has a magnetic cover and starts automatically when the lid is closed. Given the increased sanitization during the global pandemic, this is the perfect accessory to own. It works with any smartphone, sunglasses, keys, earphones, etc. It supports Qi wireless charging, suitable for iPhone, too.

    Price: R995 from Samsung.com/za

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    Nafisa Akabor