Archive | February, 2015

Panasonic Lumix CM1 Preview

Posted on 27 February 2015

Fulfill all your photography needs with the all new Panasonic Lumix CM1. The device is easy to use and combines the latest Android OS with innovative camera technology. The camera will allow you to share rich, high quality images, thereby allowing others to better view the world from your perspective. Here is what makes this camera special:

Design
The device has a smooth texture and only comes in black. It is compact and can be easily carried in a small pouch.

Features and Specifications
The Panasonic Lumix CM1 has a 4.7-inch HD display, Android 4.4.4 software and a 2.3 GHz quad-core processor, which is one of the fastest that any camera technology has to offer today. Its users can operate it like an Android phone and can also enjoy the support of 4G LTE for fast data transfer. The CM1 sensor is designed to take in more light, thus providing clear shots even in dim light. The sensor has 20 megapixels and utilizes Panasonic’s Venus image engine, this technology provides the user with clarity, contrast and good overall noise reduction. The images taken by the camera are in raw format, this makes it difficult to use them with many Android apps. Though this may be a slight “turn off” for its users, its compatibility with other computing devices such as a personal computer somehow compliments this issue.

The camera has Leica DC Elmarit lens, which is why it is able to produce images of such immense quality. It has a focal length of 28mm, which is not considered as extremely wide. Therefore you may have to move around when trying to take a shot from a difficult angle. The camera has an aperture from f/2.8 to f/11, which is good for all categories of users.

Conclusion
The Panasonic Lumix CM1 comes with a bulky price tag, though the score of features this camera comes packed with greatly justifies the cost. The device is famous for delivering images that will stand out ahead of many of the product’s rivals. So, if you want to fulfill your photography desires and consider yourself as an amateur photographer at best then this camera is an ideal choice for you.

Photo credit: Panasonic

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Preview: Replay XD Prime X

Posted on 26 February 2015

If you want to purchase an action camera that is small, light, waterproof and provides full HD videos then choose Replay XD Prime X. Just after single use, you will surely become a fan of its features. Here is why purchasing this device is a good idea:

Design
The camera consists of a tubular aluminum body that measures at 30 by 98 mm or 1.2 by 3.9 inches and weighs just 99.2g or 3.5 ounces. Comparatively, it is almost the size of a single US quarters roll, but not even half its weight. These design specifications allows the camera to be easily placed at places where other devices won’t fit. Its sturdy design allows it to avoid damages caused by accidental falls on hard surfaces.
A slight point of concern is that the camera can only be put in place using supporting gear such as duct tape or zip ties. If you are short of these then there is no way the camera can be placed on its own, though it’s adaptable design envelopes this concern for a vast majority of users.

Features and Specifications
The action camera consists of Mini-USB ports, Micro-HDMI and microSDXC slots. The device’s manufacturers also offer dive housing in case you desire to explore down to 60m. Prime X comes with some very handy accessories that include SnapTrays and a 3M adhesive pad. Once properly locked into its SnapTray, the camera will stay still thereby letting you be stay stress free whenever taking complicated shots. You will also get a 4GB microSDHC card, a Mini-USB cable, a microfiber camera pouch, a printed user guide, stickers to place over mic in order to reduce wind noise and a nylon case for your storage needs. The 1,700mAh battery will allow you to do a recording of about 3.5 hours.

Conclusion
The Replay XD Prime X is one of the best action cameras that you can purchase. Its exclusive features and ease in adaptability makes it an ideal choice for all categories of users. So, do purchase it to fulfill all your adventure requirements.

Photo courtesyt: ReplayXD

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Preview: Netgear Arlo Smart Home Security Kit

Posted on 25 February 2015

Have the best quality indoor/outdoor home security with Netgear Arlo’s Security Camera. The device offers you a security mechanism that can be compared with highly secured places such as a bank. The device comes at an affordable price. Mentioned below are its details regarding the design and features:

Design
The camera comes in a white color and is almost the size of a palm. It can be easily carried in a pouch and due to its compatible spherical design it can be easily placed at locations of your choice, such as ceilings.

Features and Specifications
This security device allows you to have a stunningly clear vision of your setting. It has HD cameras that can give you live stream on your tablet or smartphone. Just use Arlo’s free app to activate the cameras on your smart devices. The device works impeccably on computers as well. You also get the option of recording security videos.

Arlo’s security camera system comes with a complete wire free design along with magnetic mounts that allows you to easily place the camera anywhere you want. The camera also has the option of night vision with High Definition clarity, allowing to record videos in dark and low light settings. The option of customizable activity alerts is designed to assist you in providing quick alerts in case of any emergency.

The system’s motion activated cameras are designed to pick up even the slightest of disturbances often undetected by common security devices. This means that nothing can hide from the camera, no matter how small or subtle.

The security system is weather proof and can be placed at both indoor and outdoor settings. It is easy to install and can be placed by any amateur without having any complications. Just follow the guidelines and you will have no problems in installing it.

Conclusion
All in all, the security system is an ideal choice for the average home owner. It comes with so many security options at an affordable price, thus making security more affordable for the general property owner.

Image credit: Arlo

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Preview: SkyBell Video Doorbell

Posted on 23 February 2015

Skybell delivers you the all new Wi-Fi Video Doorbell. This device is the version 2.0 and includes many improvements such as better Wi-Fi performance, refined camera, more memory and motion sensor capabilities. This latest doorbell replaces the age-old model of doorbell commonly used in homes and allows the home owners to remotely answer their doors via their smartphones. SkyBell Video Doorbell is easy to use, simple to set up and is directly connected with the company’s server that is designed to assist the customer in alerting them whenever they have a visitor. The bell allows you to see who is at the door without with the visitor being completely oblivious of the fact. You can also perform a 2-way verbal communication with the visitors.

Design
The bell is round in shape. It is almost the size of a thumb and comes in silver color. Its size makes it compact so you can place it at almost any setting of your choice.

Features and Specifications
The bell consists of exclusive “On-Demand” features that will let you know who is at the door via video feed. The bell also has the option of night vision, silent doorbell mode, wide-angle camera and plastic exterior to make the best use of Wi-Fi performance. The bell is waterproof and therefore can be easily used at an outside setting at any weather. If you are interested in buying this bell then you should be aware of the fact that the bell is not compatible with T-Mobile’s Samsung Phones, though the bell works well with almost all the other smartphones. Skybell also provides a 640×480 video imagery. It has a wired-only setup, but lacks the option of an activity log. The users are also provided a tutorial video that will assist them in almost all of their issues regarding the installation and use of the equipment.

Conclusion
The Skybell Video Doorbell is an excellent choice for home owners of all categories. Whether you are single, married or living with family, the door bell is designed to make your life simple. Due to its exclusive features, you will be able to easily keep a check on your visitors, thus allowing better safety and protection for yourself and for your residence.

Photo credit: Skybell

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Preview of Marantz NR1605

Posted on 20 February 2015

Buy the all new Marantz NR1605 and wirelessly stream all of your favorite music tracks with ease. The device has a built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi system so you can have access to your content in your tablet and smartphone. You can also connect the device with your Mac or Pc and stream your content. This can be done without any hard-wired LAN hookup. Mentioned below are some details in regards to device’s design and other specifications:

Design
The receiver is small as compared to many of today’s commonly used big home theater models. Like other Marantz receivers, the NR1605 model has rounded resin edges and an aluminum front panel. There are two knobs at the boundaries; one is for source selection whereas the other is for volume.
A great addition to the design feature of NR1605 is its menu system. This is easy to use and allows the user to access almost all online services from the company’s website. Plus, you can also use Spotify Connect.

Features and Specifications
The Marantz NR1605 system has a power rating of 50-watt-per-channel. The device’s receiver is one of the best when compared to some of the company’s earlier models. It provides the option of the most amounts of powered channels along a variety of connectivity selection options. The model has eight HDMI inputs that are compatible with HDMI 2.0. It also has one coaxial digital, one optical and three analog inputs.
NR1605’s users can avail the benefits of a front-mounted USB port and Bluetooth connectivity. The facility of Wi-Fi is associated with a number of tools that can be utilized by the user, such as internet radio and AirPlay, SiriusXM, Flickr and Pandora.

Conclusion
The Marantz NR1605 is a great improvement and offers a ton of different features to its users that were absent from the company’s previous models, which makes this one all the more unique. However, the best feature of the Marantz NR1605 is its sound quality. So, if you don’t consider yourself as an extreme power user, but want something trendy, then this device is an excellent choice for you.

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Preview: Samsung SSD 850 Evo (1TB)

Posted on 18 February 2015

Samsung’s new SSD 850 EVO offers you computation at fast speeds primarily due to its RAPID mode. It also works flawlessly and critics are yet to point out any significant flaw about the drive. Here is why you should buy it:

Design
The device is compact and can be easily carried from one location to another. It is also light in weight therefore will not burden your PC.

Features and Specifications
Some of its specifications are as follows:
o 2.5″-7mm thick drive
o Samsung MEX controller
o Flash memory of 32 layer 3D V-NAND
o Interface of SATA III (6Gb/s)
o Max sequential read of 540 MB/s
o Max sequential write of 520 MB/s
o Max random read of 98,000 IOPS
o Endurance (TB written) of 150
o Endurance (GB written) of 80
o Low power consumption active of 4.4W
o Warranty of five years

The 850 Evo is flexible with the TurboWrite technology. This allows the drive to run a part of its flash memory in a virtual high-performance mode that is of single-layer-cell flash memory. This feature is often found to be present at much costly SSDs, as a buffer zone. Throughout any write operation, data present in the host system is first written to the mentioned buffer zone at very high speeds. And afterwards during idle periods, it is moved to the primary storage location. This results in a quicker write performance for the user.

The 850 Evo features a dynamic thermal guard that is able to constantly maintain and monitor the perfect temperature for the drive. This allows the drive to work in the best possible conditions and therefore ensures solid integrity for your data. Whenever the drive’s temperature heats up more than the optimal threshold then its Thermal Guard will act and bring the temperature down. This function is highly effective for the safety and protection of your data and it also maintains a high degree of responsiveness that ensures the computing system is safe from overheating.

The device comes with an easy-to-use Install Navigator that allows users to conveniently transfer data from their existing drives to the 850 Evo.

Conclusion
Due to its user-friendly features and an affordable price tag, the device is ideal for the average user.

Photo credit: Samsung

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Preview: Fujifilm XQ2 (Black)

Posted on 16 February 2015

If you desire the best quality photography experience at an affordable price then look no further. The XQ2 model offered by Fujifilm will fulfill all your photography requirements, regardless of whether you’re pro or an amateur. Here is what makes this camera so special:

Design
The Fujifilm XQ2 comes in a beautiful design. This high-end pocket camera has a top quality metal body. It has a unique upper control deck and a black body that provides a crepe touch, giving you a premium feel whenever you use it.

Features and Specifications
Here is what makes this camera truly special:
o Lens Features: Fujifilm has made considerable advancements when you talk about the internal lens of the camera. This includes the use of newer generation coatings that has given it a positive difference when compared with its predecessors. Though it is still similar to Fujifilm’s other recent version cameras when compared with the aspects of closet focus, focal/zoom and aperture range.
o Autofocus Mode: You will thoroughly enjoy the multi-target AF mode offered by this camera. This will allow you to expand the focus on any area, with better precision.
o Benefits during Movie making: The camera offers you advanced automatic settings during video recording and has an added movie making time.
o Chrome: Just like other quality cameras of the same series, the XQ2 offers you the slide film effect preset.

Some other specs of this camera include:
o Sensor effective resolution of 12MP X-Trans CMOS II
o Sensor size of 2/3-inch
o Lens of 25-100mm
o Closet focus of 1.1 in/3cm
o Burst shooting of 3fps 200 JPEG
o Autofocus of hybrid contrast
o Shutter speed of 30 – 1 / 4,000 sec
o Metering of 256 zones
o Best video capability of H.264 QuickTime MOV 1080/60p
o Max best quality recording time of 14 minutes
o Optical zoom while recording
o LCD of 3 inches fixed 920,000 dots
o Memory slot of 1 x SDXC
o Wi-Fi connection
o Flash capability
o Battery life of 240 shots
o Size of 3.9 x 2.3 x 1.3 inch
o Body operating weight of 206 g

Conclusion
The Fujifilm XQ2 will give you a more fulfilling and quality photography experience with everlasting results.

Photo credit: FujiFilm

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