Richard BaguleyMacworld

Richard Baguley has been writing about, testing and breaking technology for the past 20 years. He has written for Wired, Macworld, USA Today, Amiga Format and many others

Premiere Elements 12 review: A compelling choice for video newbies

New features in Premiere Elements 12 will be great for beginning videographers, but existing Elements users can easily skip this version

What’s the best way to charge your mobile devices?

Does it take forever to recharge your phone or tablet? The charger you use may be to blame.

Mobile batteries: Everything you need to know

Ever wonder how batteries work? Find out more about how batteries keep your devices powered.

10 tips to keep your mobile devices charged and happy

Your mobile devices contain batteries that are miracles of engineering, holding amounts of energy that their predecessors couldn’t come close to equaling. Properly using this potential can help your mobile batteries last longer on the road. Here are our tips for optimum battery performance.

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Tablet apps for photo pros

What do pro photographers use on their tablets? Find out which apps help them take better shots.

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photo apps

Must-have apps for photography nuts

Tablets can be a valuable complement to your camera, or a capture tool on its own.

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Keep your mobile device clean

Tired of all the grunge on your screen? Follow these steps to clean your mobile phone or tablet—and keep it that way.

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JVC GR-X5US MiniDV camcorder

The JVC GR-X5US has an interesting design, but its setup may not be to everyone’s taste, and its poor battery life and the omission of a viewfinder are serious problems.

JVC GR-D396US MiniDV camcorder

The JVC GR-D396US is one of the least-expensive camcorders available. However, many users will find that its lack of advanced control is limiting, and its poor video quality will put off all but the most budget-minded shooters.

Canon Elura 100 MiniDV camcorder

The Canon Elura 100 is a good choice for budget shooters; although the image quality isn’t great, it’s a compact, easy-to-use camera that won’t confuse novice filmmakers.

Sony DCR-HC36 MiniDV Handycam

The Sony DCR-HC36 MiniDV Handycam is a budget camcorder that takes adequate video in daylight, but its poor performance in low light will be a problem if you want to shoot videos indoors—at a party, for instance.

Panasonic PV-GS500 MiniDV camcorder

The Panasonic PV-GS500 MiniDV is a great pick for shooters who want the benefit of automatic control and the flexibility of manual control. And it takes great-looking video and stills.

Panasonic PV-GS300 MiniDV camcorder

The Panasonic PV-GS300 MiniDV is a great choice for shooters who don’t mind spending a little extra for quality, but who don’t want to lay out a lot of cash for a high-end camera.

Digital video essentials

Before you can tap into your inner Spielberg, you need a video camera. To help you find the right one, I’ll lead you through your list of options and explain which features make a difference and which you can live without. I’ll also share a few surefire tricks for getting great video every time.

More digital video tips & tricks

Here’s a guide to some technical terms and jargon you’re likely to encounter, as well as some tips to get you started.