It's been a busy couple of weeks in the Which? test lab. In the run-up to the New Year, we published reviews covering smartwatches, phones, dash cams and TVs to help you shop the January sales.
Our rigorous lab tests have uncovered a host of new Best Buys. We've seen one of the best digital cameras we've tested, along with an OLED TV that tops many rivals more than twice as pricey.
Keep scrolling for a closer look at some of our most recently-reviewed products.
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Taking aim at Apple's latest wearable is the . It's cheaper, at around £250, and has a 36mm-diameter AMOLED touchscreen - there's a 'virtual' rotating bezel that you run your finger around to cycle through the menu.
Our list of recently-tested smartwatches includes:
'We've just tested much-anticipated new releases from Apple and Samsung, as well as some feature-packed smartwatches from rival brands that won't break the bank. There was more evidence this month to prove that buying a more expensive smartwatch isn't always the way to go, especially if you're only looking for something that will do the basics well.'
Rebecca Duff, smartwatch expert, Which?
If you're keen on not overspending, then you'll definitely want to learn more about the £56 . The small camera module has a 140-degree viewing angle and plugs into a Nextbase front-facing dash cam to give you a view of the inside of your car.
Unusually, the £180 has a built-in battery, which lets you activate a basic parking mode even without a permanent power supply. Of course, this only works for short periods - for longer spells you'll still need to hardwire it.
Our list of recently-tested dash cams also includes:
'Over the past few weeks, we've seen plenty of dash cams packed with interesting features. Many have a parking mode, which allows them to turn on and start recording when they detect any impact or motion around your vehicle. This usually requires you to hardwire the dash cam into your vehicle's battery, which can be fiddly, or require expert installation.
Felix Wilson, dash cam expert, Which?
Prices for digital cameras can creep beyond the £1,000 mark, so make sure you consult our expert reviews to ensure you're getting good value for money.
We've recently been hands-on with the £600 , a mirrorless camera with an interchangeable lens. This Sony model uses an APS-C sensor, shoots 4K video and has a bokeh switch that creates a unique blur effect on out-of-focus parts of your snaps.
If you've got more money to play with, check in with our (£1,000). The 80s-styled Nikon Z fc uses a mirrorless system that makes it feel like a compact camera despite having interchangeable lenses like a DSLR.
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'This winter, we've tested one of the most impressive mirrorless cameras to come through our test lab, based on image quality and key performance benchmarks like autofocus speed and tracking, face detection and low-light performance. Newly-released DSLR cameras are drying up fast and most new cameras are mirrorless, with electronic viewfinders and lighter bodies. If you're thinking of buying your first high-end camera for the new year, mirrorless technology is as good an investment as ever as the library of lenses grows, too.'
Jake Massey, camera expert, Which?
If you're shopping for a capable Android mobile, the £600 might be one to add to your shortlist. This phone has a 6.4-inch display, 8GB of Ram (ideal for running multiple apps at once) and runs on the new Android 12 update.
Meanwhile, the (£779) has also been fighting for a Which? Best Buy title. This latest release has a 6.1-inch OLED display and two 12Mp cameras on the back - the main camera has a sensor-shift image stabilisation that was included in the (from £849).
Our list of recently-tested mobile phones also includes:
'Towards the end of 2021, we found Best Buys to suit different budgets in our smartphone tests. From Google's highly anticipated Pixel 6 range, to more budget-friendly models from Nokia and Xiaomi, we were impressed with wicked-fast processors and long battery lives. But not every model lived up to expectations, so be sure to check our reviews.'
Amy Axworthy, mobile phone expert, Which?
OLEDs continue to take up more space in most brand's annual line-ups. While new high-end OLEDs (such as LG's OLED evo TVs) continue to command big prices, the changes aren't all one way. Philips has managed to release several OLED TVs for less than £1,000 and the £979 has more advanced features than LG's entry-level A1 OLED range.
Our list of recently-tested TVs also includes:
'OLED prices are coming down and so are sizes. The (£1,499) is 48 inches and 2021 is the first year Panasonic has released OLEDs this size. You're spoiled for choice when it comes to OLEDs, whether you want a smaller size or smaller price.'
Martin Pratt, TVs expert, Which?
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