Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810 Preview

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810 Preview

Along with one other Cyber-shot model and a new Action Cam, Sony has announced the DSC-W810, an extremely budget-friendly point-and-shoot digicam Sony says is so great in low light shooting conditions, they decided to give it a “Party Mode.” No kidding. In Party Mode, the W810 “automatically adjusts sensitivity, exposure, and color in low light social situations to get great party shots with minimal effort.” If that weren’t enough, its advanced flash “boosts the camera’s overall sensitivity and effectively extending flash range to make far-away subjects appear brighter.” As for more conventional specifications, the W810 boasts a 20.1MP CCD image sensor capable of recording 720p HD videos, which is made even easier thanks to the dedicated movie button so you don’t have to waste time searching menus or actively swapping modes. Lastly, the WX810 features a 6x optical zoom lens with F/3.5-6.5 maximum apertures.Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810 Features20.1-megapixel CCD image sensor6x optical zoom lensF/3.5-6.6720p HD Video Recordingwith Dedicated Movie ButtonParty ModeAdvanced FlashThe Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810 will be available this September (2014) in silver for about $100. Read More…

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This post was written by Isabella on July 31, 2014

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX220 Preview

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX220 Preview

While debuting two new Cyber-shot cameras and a new action cam, Sony announced the new budget friendly, pocket-sized DSC-WX220. For around $200 (MSRP), Sony delivers an 18.2-megapixel Exmor R CMOS image sensor mated to a 10x optical zoom G lens and the very same BIONZ X image processor that’s been boosting performance on much more expensive Sony digicams. The WX220 is capable of recording Full 1080/60p HD videos and, thanks to Steady Shot images stabilization, you’ll be able to capture shake-free video even when at full telephoto. High Speed AF (Auto Focus) is also included to help grab sharp images even when objects are fast moving (like sporting events). Finally, like many 2014 models, the WX220 includes built-in Wi-Fi that, when combined with a free app on a compatible iOS or Android smartphone or tablet, allows users to back up, transfer, or instantly share files on the web.We’ll have to reserve ultimate judgement until we can review in person, but if Sony delivers on promised performance and features, the WX220 is going to be The Afordable Point-and-Shoot to beat this holiday season.Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX220 Features18.2-megapixel Exmor R CMOS image sensor10x optical zoom G lensF/3.3-5.9BIONZ X image processorFull 1920 x 1080 HD Video @ 60pSteady Shot image stabilizationHigh Speed AF (Auto Focus)Built-in Wi-FiRequires compatible iOS or Android smartphone or tabletPocket-sizedThe Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX220 will be available in, in black or gold, this August (2014) for about $200.Additional Product View Read More…

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This post was written by Anna on July 31, 2014

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Sony HDR-AS20 Action Cam Preview

Sony HDR-AS20 Action Cam Preview

Sony continues to expand its GoPro-inspired Action Cam series with the all new $199.99 HDR-AS20. Boasting a 16.8-megapixel back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS image sensor, the AS20 has six unique video recording modes, including up to 4x slow motion and Full HD 1080p video in stereo sound (thanks, built-in microphone!). There’s also SteadyShot electronic image stabilization, but that reduces the camera’s F/2.8 ZEISS Tessar lens form 170 degrees field of view down to 120 when in use.The AS20 also features built-in Wi-Fi that, when paired with the PlayMemories Home app on a compatible smartphone or tablet, allows users to edit videos, share them to Facebook or YouTube, and even combine multiple angles with Video Merge. The camera, which comes standard with an underwater housing, is able to record up to 130 minutes of video when Wi-Fi is on, but can extend recording times up to 150 minutes if you leave the Wi-Fi off.While not included with the initial purchase, the optional RM-LVR1 Live-View Remote is also waterproof, has an LCD screen to act as an external monitor, and can control up to five Sony Wi-Fi-enabled Action Cams at once (a must for extreme multi-cam shoots).Sony AS20 Action Cam Features16.8MP Back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS image sensor6 Video ModesFull 1080p HD Video @ 28MbpsFlip Function automatically inverts videoSteadyShot electronic image stabilizationBuilt-in stereo microphone4x Slow MotionF/2.8 ZEISS Tessar lens with 170-degree field of viewBuilt-in Wi-FiPlayMemories Home appedit footageshare to Facebook and YouTubeVideo MergeIncludedRechargeable Batteryup to 150 mins of video with Wi-Fi OFFup to Read More…

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This post was written by Tyler on July 31, 2014

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Camera Review

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Camera Review

The first bridge camera with 4K video Read More…

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This post was written by Max on July 23, 2014

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Pentax XG-1 Preview

Pentax XG-1 Preview

Ricoh Imaging has debuted a budget-friendly new bridge camera, the Pentax XG-1. This all-in-one digital camera boasts DSLR-inspired styling, a 16-megapixel CMOS image sensor capable of recording 1920×1080 Full HD Video @ 30 frames-per-second, a 3.0-inch LCD display, ISO settings from 100-3200, and a whopping 52x optical zoom lens with an f/2.8-5.6 maximum aperture and a sensor-shift shake reduction (SR) system to reduce blurry photographs and shaky-cam video when in full telephoto mode. If you’re at a sporting event, you’ll enjoy the ability to engage High-Speed Continuous Shooting at 4.7 frames-per-second for up to 10 frames (in full resolution). If you enjoy stylistic nature or texture photography, the XG-1 is capable of capturing macro shots as close as 1 cm away from the lens. There’s also an HDR (High Dynamic Range) mode, which combines three images at multiple exposure levels — one over exposed, one properly exposed, one under exposed — to increase saturation and available details in the brightest and darkest sections of your composition.Pentax XG-1 Features:16MP image sensor52x optical zoom lens24-1248mm (35mm equivalent)f/2.8-5.63.0-inch LCD monitorFull 1080p HD Video Recording @ 30pISO 100-3200Sensor-shift-type SR (Shake Reduction) System4.7 fps High-Speed Continuous Shooting(for up to 10 frames)HDR (High Dynamic Range) Mode1 cm Macro ModeRetractable popup series-control Auto FlashThe Pentax XG-1 will be available this August (2014) with a $399.95 MSRP Read More…

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This post was written by Stella on July 15, 2014

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Nikon D810 Camera Review

Nikon D810 Camera Review

First Impressions: One of the most important new DSLRs of the year Read More…

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This post was written by Violet on June 26, 2014

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Nikon D810 DSLR Preview

Nikon D810 DSLR Preview

Nikon has announced a HD-SLR for professional photographers and cinematographers. The new D810 boasts at 36.3-megapixel full-frame FX-format CMOS image sensor with a 7360 x 4912 resolution and no optical low pass filter (OLPF), which helps overall resolution and dynamic range. An EXPEED 4 image processor suppresses false color and moiré, enhances noise reduction performance, and helps to achieve a higher ISO range. An Advanced Scene Recognition System with a 91,000-pixel 3D Color Matrix Meter III adjusts “exposure, AF, auto white balance, i-TTL flash control, and subject tracking” to balance exposure in “difficult scenes.”Nikon has added a “Clarity” setting to the available Picture Control adjustments as well as a “Flat” Picture Control Profile. Clarity is designed to “adjust mid tones to enhance details with in an image.” And Flat is designed for cinematographers who want to “preserve the most amount of detail in shadows and highlights”, effectively giving filmmakers maximum flexibility in post processing (digital color grading).Speaking of film production, Nikon’s D810 is much more than a still camera. It offers Full 1080p HD video recording at 24, 30 and 60 fps. There’s also a couple “crop modes” for a quick telephoto boost. The camera’s HDMI output can “relay uncompressed digital video to an external recorder.” There’s also an in-camera time-lapse and interval timer, as well as a built-in stereo microphone with audio control features (external stereo mics can also be attached). Full time AutoFocus is available, as well as Full Manual controls, including an expanded ISO range of Read More…

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This post was written by Sadie on June 26, 2014

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Tamron 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Macro Lens Review

Tamron 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Macro Lens Review

Quick Take Pros Compact lens with an incredible zoom rangeRubber rings make focus and zoom easy to controlTouch AF and VC switches don’t changed by accidentEasy to read numbers on the lensVery good image quality ConsNot as sharp as some available all-in-one lensesVC still left some of our handheld image soft/blurry Bottom Line The Tamron 16-300MM F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD lens is a versatile and affordable compact all-in-one lens that will greatly lighten your camera bag while traveling. Featuring the biggest zoom range of their AIO lenses, and one of the lowest price tags, it is great for those looking for a bargain.  Read more in our Full Conclusion. One of Tamron’s newest all-in-one lenses, the 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Macro features the most versatile zoom range of an all-in-one, plus macro capabilities, in a compact package. This lens is also much more affordable than other lenses with comparable features and range. It’s available in Canon, Nikon and Sony* mounts. A lens cap and hood are also included. *Sony mount lens does not include VC image stabilization.The maximum aperture of f/3.5 allows you to shoot easily in low-light situations. The assistance of the VC also helps in both low-light and any other handheld situations. The fast Piezo AF system focuses quickly and quietly on your subjects. This Di II lens is specifically designed for cameras with APS-C sized image sensors. Specifications: Model B016 Lens Construction (Groups/Elements) 12/16 Angle of View 82°12′ – 5°20′ Diaphragm Blade Number 7 (circular diaphragm)* Minimum Aperture F/22 Read More…

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This post was written by Olivia on June 19, 2014

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Amazon Fire Phone Preview

Amazon Fire Phone Preview

Amazon announced its first smartphone, dubbed the Fire Phone. An AT&T Exclusive, a 32GB version will cost as little as $199 with a two-year contract, while the 64GB version will run you $299 (also with a contract). Pre-orders are already being taken, units will ship on July 25th.The Fire Phone is build around a quad-core 2.2 GHz processor with 2GB of RAM. Running on the Android-based, Fire OS (operating system), it features Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technologies as well as access to 3G and 4GLTE cellular data networks. The Fire Phone’s standout feature may just be its 4.7-inch HD display. While not the largest, and nor does it have the most pixels (at 1280×720 with 315ppi), this new display boasts 590 nits of brightness, a circular polarizer, dynamic image contrast, and what Amazon calls Dynamic Perspective. What’s that? Technically, a “custom-designed sensor system that responds to how you hold, view, and move your phone. Basically, it’s a glasses-free 3D display that adapts to your head movement while adding helpful shortcuts when moving the phone itself.Next, let’s talk about the camera. Amazon has added a 13-megapixel CMOS image sensor with Optical Image Stabilization (O.I.S.) and a super-bright f/2.0 aperture lens. Full 1080p HD video at 30 fps is a must, though there is no word on any slow motion. There are also Panorama, Burst Capture, Lenticular, and Intelligent HDR modes. But here’s a pretty groundbreaking move: Amazon Fire Phone includes FREE unlimited photo (note: not videos) storage at full resolution via Amazon Read More…

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This post was written by Colin on June 18, 2014

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Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 Camera Review

Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 Camera Review

First Impressions: A superzoom that shoots in 4k Read More…

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This post was written by Gavin on June 12, 2014

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Preview

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Preview

Panasonic has announced the Lumix DMC-FZ1000 — the world’s first digital compact camera with the ability to record ultra high definition 4K video (previous 4K models had interchangeable lenses). At the heart of the FZ1000, you will find a 1.0-inch 20.1-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS image sensor designed to improve the camera’s signal-to-noise ratio. Part of this noise reduction is thanks to pixel density; the rest is handled by the Venus Engine image processor and its multiple built-in Noise Reduction systems. The Venus Engine also makes this camera super quick. It can start up in 0.66 seconds, while Auto Focus times have dropped to as little as 0.09 seconds using Light Speed AF thanks to “Depth from Defocus” technology.The FZ1000 also features a 16x optical (25-400mm equivalent) zoom lens with an F/2.8-4.0 maximum aperture, a 5-axis HYBRID optical image stabilizer, and a 5-step speed control zoom to help with quiet, vibration free zooming during video recording. Framing and composition are handled on a 921K-dot 3.0-inch “free-angle” OLED Live View Finder. The LVF rotates to the side up to 180 degrees, and can tilt up or down by 270 degrees.The FZ1000 can record all types of video at various resolutions and speeds. QFHD 4K (3840×216) can be captured at up to 30 fps, while Full 1080p HD can be recorded at 60p or in a high-speed mode at 120fps for a “slow motion” effect. There are also Creative Video Modes — such as Time Lapse Shot and Stop Motion Animation — Read More…

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This post was written by Samuel on June 12, 2014

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 review – hands on

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 review - hands on

We go hands on with Panasonic’s brand new bridge camera that can also shoot 4K video Read More…

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This post was written by Sophia on June 12, 2014

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Sony Alpha A77 II Camera Review

Sony Alpha A77 II Camera Review

The long-awaited A77 II iadds solid improvements all round, including superb AF Read More…

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This post was written by Sadie on June 11, 2014

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

Panasonic moves the goalposts for enthusiast-level video production Read More…

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This post was written by Lydia on May 21, 2014

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Preview

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Preview

Sony has updated its flagship compact camera for 2014. At first glance, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III seems like a retread of the RX100 and RX100 II, thanks to its 20.1 MP 1.0-inch back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS image sensor, Full HD 1080p video recording capabilities, 3.0-inch LCD display, and the plethora of Picture Effects and Shooting Modes. Heck, you might even be worried that the zoom lens only reaches 2.9x versus 3.6x. But look a little closer and you’ll see the RX100 III is brimming with upgrades and new features.First up, the new RX100 III is faster, thanks to the BIONZ X image processor that’s also in the recently announced Alpha 7/7R and Alpha 7S models. Next, that 2.9x optical zoom lens might be shorter, but with an f/1.8-2.8 maximum aperture, this Mach III captures twice as much light at 70mm as the previous generations. Also, this lens features ZEISS T coating to minimize flare and ghosting. Next, Sony has added an LED Tru-Finder Electronic Viewfinder (there was only an LCD display before) AND this year’s 3.0-inch LCD display now tilts — up by 180 degrees and down by 45.Video capabilities have also improved. The RX100 III is the first RX-series camera with Intelligent Active Mode, which reduces camera shake, and the first Cyber-shot with the ability to record in the XAVC S format. This allows for Full HD 1080p recording at 50 mbps, a much higher bit rate than the more compressed AVCHD format (which remains as an available option, since it’s better for sharing over Wi-Fi). Also, thanks to the BIONZ X processor, Read More…

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This post was written by Lily on May 16, 2014

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Sony RX100 III Camera Review

Sony RX100 III Camera Review

The best premium compact camera just got better Read More…

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This post was written by Lily on May 15, 2014

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Nikon 1 S2 joins compact system camera range

Nikon 1 S2 joins compact system camera range

Nikon has revealed a new entry-level addition to its compact system camera range, the Nikon 1 S2, which looks to improve on the outgoing Nikon 1 S1 Read More…

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This post was written by Thomas on May 14, 2014

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Canon EOS 1200D

Canon EOS 1200D

Canon’s latest SLR comes in at a startlingly low price Read More…

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This post was written by Gavin on May 14, 2014

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Nikon 1 J4 Preview

Nikon 1 J4 Preview

Nikon has announced the 1 J4, the newest entry to its 1 “system of compact interchangeable lens cameras.” The J4 features an 18.4 MP CX-format CMOS image sensor paired with the speed EXPEED 4A image processing engine. This translates to Full 1080/60p HD Video Recording, with slow motion capabilities at 720p, and 20 frames-per-second Continuous Shooting, which like the recently announced 1 V3, is currently the world’s fastest continuous shooting frame rate. The Nikon 1 J4 also has a wide ISO range (160-12800) and ISO Sensitivity Noise Reduction, which overlays four separate shots to reduce noise at higher ISOs. Auto Image Capture automatically saves 20 of the best, full resolution photos while you are recording videos. A number of Creative Modes have returned from previous years (Selective Color, Miniature Effect, Easy Panorama Mode), and there are even a few video specific modes (Jump Cut, Fast Motion, Four Second Video). Finally, the 1 J4 has built-in Wi-Fi to connect this ILC with a compatible smartphone, where you can easily back up, email, or share your digital images on social networks.Nikon 1 J4 Features18.4-megapixel CX-format CMOS image sensorEXPEED 4A image processing engine3.0-inch TFT-LCD Display (1M dots)Full HD Video Recording1080/60p up to 10mins per clip1080/30p and 720/30p Vibration Reduction (e-VR)120 fps slow motion 720pAuto Image CaptureSimultaneous Still Image and Video CaptureAutomatically saves 20 best shots during video recordingISO 160-12800ISO Sensitivity Noise Reduction20 frames-per-second Continuous Shooting171 contrast detect focus areas105 phase-detect AF pointsCreative ModesSelective ColorMiniature EffectEasy Panorama ModeCross ProcessToy CameraCreative PalletJump CutFast MotionFour Second VideoWi-Fi ConnectivityOptional Read More…

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This post was written by Max on May 14, 2014

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Nikon 1 S2 Preview

Nikon 1 S2 Preview

The Nikon 1 System of compact ILCs (Interchangeable Lens Cameras) has announced two new siblings. The more affordable version, the 1 S2, is quite similar to the $150-more-expensive 1 J4, but has a smaller image sensor and is missing a few features.Otherwise, the Nikon 1 S2 seems like quite the bargain. You get Full 1080/60p HD video recording courtesy of a 14.2 MP CMOS image sensor and the EXPEED 4A image processing engine which enables features like 20 frames per second Continuous Shooting (a world record speed incorporated from the Nikon 1 V3), Auto Image Capture (automatically captures 10 images while you record an HD video clips) and lots of Creative Modes, some of which have returned from previous years (Selective Color, Miniature Effect, Easy Panorama Mode), while others are new only for video (Jump Cut, Fast Motion, Four Second Video).The Nikon 1 S2 also features a wide 200-12800 ISO range with ISO Sensitivity Noise Reduction, which overlays four separate images to reduce the amount of noise at higher ISOs. Finally, while this ILC does not include built-in Wi-Fi for image back up and social network sharing, it is compatible with the inexpensive 1a Wireless Mobile Adapter.Nikon 1 S2 Features14.2 CMOS image sensorEXPEED 4A image processing engine3.0-inch TFT-LCD display (460K dots)Full HD Video Recording1080/60p up to 10mins per clip1080/30p and 720/30p Vibration Reduction (e-VR)Auto Image CaptureSimultaneous Still Image and Video CaptureAutomatically saves 10 best shots during video recordingISO 200-12800ISO Sensitivity Noise Reduction20 frames-per-second Continuous Shooting105 phase-detect AF pointsCreative ModesSelective ColorMiniature EffectCross Read More…

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This post was written by Logan on May 14, 2014

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Sony Xperia Z1S Review

Sony Xperia Z1S Review

Review posted 05/12/2014 Quick Take Pros Extremely easy to use camera featureFull HD touchscreen is sharp with 441 pixels per inchCamera’s image sensor is larger versus most smartphone camerasImage quality is good enough for sharing photos on social networking sites, and it’s easy to share photosNight photos are of a good quality versus other smartphone camerasOffers 32GB of internal memory plus up to another 64GB through an optional memory cardUnit offers waterproof capabilityBattery life for this smartphone camera is excellentDedicated shutter button on edge of smartphone makes this unit operate like a point-n-shoot cameraSharp looking, clean design ConsImages are limited to 8MP when shooting in Auto mode; must enter Manual mode to use 20MP of resolutionCamera’s shutter lag could be betterShot to shot delays could be betterImage quality doesn’t quite match what’s expected from larger-than-average image sensor size for a smartphoneSome indoor photos may have excessive noiseMay notice softness at the edges of still imagesSome people may not like the Sony user interface over the Android OSScreen has some wash out problems when viewed off-centerAlthough unit is very thin, it’s large enough that it may not fit in average-sized pocketsGlass on front and back of unit tends to attract dust and fingerprints Bottom Line The Xperia Z1S from Sony has some features and components that will make you excited about the camera built into this smartphone. The Z1S’s image sensor offers 20.7-megapixels of resolution in an image sensor that’s sized 1/2.3 inches, which is larger than what you’ll find in Read More…

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This post was written by Ella on May 12, 2014

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Samsung NX3000 brings the NX compact system camera range to a new entry level

Samsung NX3000 brings the NX compact system camera range to a new entry level

Samsung has officially revealed the NX3000, the company’s new entry-level NX compact system camera which takes the NX2000 as a base and simplifies it to save some cash Read More…

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This post was written by Isabella on May 8, 2014

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Samsung NX3000 SMART Preview

Samsung NX3000 SMART Preview

Samsung has announced a new retro-styled NX-series SMART camera, the NX3000. This stylish and compact ILC features a 20.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS image sensor (common in entry-to-mid-level DSLRs) capable of recording Full 1080p HD video, a fast 1/4000 shutter, and 5 frames-per-second Continuous shooting. The 3.0-inch Flip Up Display includes “Wink Shot”, which will take a delayed picture when any framed face winks — perfect for selfies.The NX3000 also includes SMART mode, a variety of presets designed for different shooting conditions, as well as integrated Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity. With both of these wireless connection options, you can set the NX3000 to automatically backup or share images, use a connected smartphone as a remote (secondary) viewfinder or even a baby monitor, and send multiple images to one or more friends. NFC alone adds the ability to Tap & Go. That is, it’s easy to pair the NX3000 to a compatible Android device simply by tapping them together.Finally, the included kit lens is a 16-50mm (3x) power zoom lens with optical image stabilization and a f/3.5-5.6 maximum aperture range. You also get a copy of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 bundled with every purchase.Samsung NX3000 Features20.3MP APS-C CMOS image sensorIncluded Kit Lens3x Optical Power Zoom16-50mmf/3.5-5.6Optical Image Stabilization3.0-inch Flip Up Display1/4000 Shutter5fps Continuous ShootingFull 1080p HD Video RecordingWink ShotSMART ModeBeauty FaceBest FaceLandscapeMacroActionFreezeRich ToneWaterfallSilhouetteSunsetNightFireworkLight TraceContinuous ShotKidsFoodParty/IndoorWi-Fi & NFCTag & Go (NFC only)AutoShareAuto BackupMobile LinkGroup SharePhoto BeamRemote Viewfinder ProHome MonitorHDMI 1.4a outputBundled SoftwareiLauncherAdobe Photoshop Lightroom 5The Samsung NX3000 will be available in black, white or brown, Read More…

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This post was written by Ella on May 8, 2014

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Motorola Moto X Review

Motorola Moto X Review

Review posted 05/05/2014 Quick Take Pros Editing effects are attractive Image quality is good in bright light Auto focus is fairly quickTouchscreen operation is smooth Body is compact Burst mode shoots without limitHDR brings out shadow detailGesture wake-up is convenient Tap subject on-screen for auto focus Video quality is good in bright light ConsImage quality is sub par in moderately dim light Videos look noisy in low light LED flash is weak No adjustable camera settings No shooting modes (only Auto) Bottom Line If you don’t want to carry a gargantuan smartphone, you’ll like this compact offering. You get descent image quality and fairly quick auto focus, though you won’t get a top-of-the-line touch screen or the quickest burst mode. The gesture wake-up feature is handy, and the photo filters are well done. Read more in our Full Conclusion. The Motorola Moto X is a mid-tier Android smartphone that can be purchased with a two-year contract, or in unlocked versions. It features a 1.7 GHz dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 4G LTE cellular network capabilities, and 16-32GB of internal storage. The 4.7-inch AMOLED display is large, but limited to a 1280×720 resolution. Thankfully, the 10-megapixel Rear Camera is capable of recording Full HD 1080p video. Other nice camera features include Autofocus, LED flash, touch focus, face detection, and HDR (High Dynamic Range) for both still images and video. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, and a full suite of Google apps are included too — including 50GB of Google Drive storage (“free” Read More…

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This post was written by Sophia on May 5, 2014

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Sony ILCA-a77 II (Alpha 77 Mach II) Preview

Sony ILCA-a77 II (Alpha 77 Mach II) Preview

Sony has announced the the ILCA-a77 II, otherwise known as the α77II or Alpha 77 Mach II. An updated version of Sony’s 2011 model, the SLT-a77, the a77 II features the same 24.3-megapixel APS-C sized Exmor CMOS image sensor, XGA OLED Tru-Finder, 12 frames-per-second Continuous Shooting, Full 1080p HD video recording, mini HDMI terminal, Auto HDR, and magnesium alloy body (with dust and moisture resistance) as its predecessor… Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.So, what makes the a77 II different? Basically, Sony has taken a very good mid-level DSLR and revised it for 2014, adding new performance features and wireless connectivity…And did we mention that it’s going to be $200 cheaper?Yup, the MSRP (for body-only and kit versions) will start at $200 less than the previous model, despite numerous improvements under the hood. With the top-of-the line BIONZ X image processing engine, Sony has upgraded the new camera’s ISO sensitivity (an expanded 100 – 25600 range) and AutoFocus system, which includes 79-point phase-detection, Lock-on AF, AF Range Control, and Eye AF. The a77 II has also increased the number of Picture Effects to 13, while adding Auto Object Framing, Multi Frame NR (Noise Reduction), a Multi Interface Shoe (for various accessories), and a new SteadyShot INSIDE mode to compensate for camera shake. Even the three-way tilltable LCD display has gonna a resolution boost to 1.228K dots. Finally, like most 2014 cameras, the a77 II now includes Wi-Fi and NFC (Near Field Communication) technologies, which will allow the camera to connect with compatible iOS and Android devices. From there, it’s Read More…

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This post was written by Alexander on May 1, 2014

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