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Motorola Moto 360 Camera: Capture Every Angle

Posted on 11 August 2017

Motorola’s latest addition to its Moto Mod add-ons family is a spectacular 360-degree camera. What makes this brand new product so popular? It combines a variety of desirable features, integrating them into one useful gadget!

The two-sided camera that rests on the top of your phone can be fixed to any Moto Z device. It allows the device to access vast sharp panoramic view, paired with 3D audio, for the ultimate media experience. The camera accessory comes with bunch of options: split-screen mode, panorama style mode and spherical fish-eye view. You are free to choose from any of these depending on how magnified or blurred you want your view to be. Capturing different angles from a device as big as your thumb is unbelievable, isn’t it?

Despite the fact this add-on is a little too big to be fastened to your phone; it is designed to magnetically attach to the phone. You can just as easily detach it when not in use. Moreover, the two 13-megapixel front and rear view cameras of the mod make it possible to record videos in 4k HD resolution. You can stream live videos to social media channels in addition to editing pictures and videos directly on your smartphone.

Feedback suggests that the functions of the camera are quite exciting for photography fanatics, except for speed. Some professionals claim that there is a short pause between the picture being taken and the button being pressed. Motorola has also designed this gadget in a way that it feeds itself on the phone’s battery. This calls for your phone being fully charged when the 360 camera is in use! Better turn on power saving mode when you plug the 360 in.

Despite its shortcomings, this accessory is definitely one that is worth buying if you enjoy photography. This module worth $299 will be available 10th August onwards. Make sure to get your hands on it of your phone camera isn’t as good as you thought it would be.

Photo by: Motorola

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Canon EOS Rebel SL2 For Creating Magical Moments

Posted on 05 July 2017

The Canon EOS Rebel SL2 has been just been released. It has been 4 years since the launch of its predecessor, the original EOS SL1. Keeping the duration of time between the SL1 and its successor in mind, you would expect the new product to have massive upgrades relative to the former model. However, despite enjoying the comfort of almost half a decade, Canon fails to provide significant novelty in their latest product.

Be that as it may, the Canon EOS SL2 still has a few tricks up its sleeve, which serve as key selling points when it comes to Canon’s smallest DSLR.

Features:
o Highly compact design with a first-class camera experience.
o Weighs only 453g.
o 24.2 Mega pixel CMOS imaging censor with Dual Pixel CMOS AF.
o Like the SL1 before it, the SL2 has a 9-point AF system.
o Full HD 1080p 60p movies with electronic image stabilization.
o There is also a user guided interface to provide help and support for new users.
o WiFi, NFC and Bluetooth Connectivity.
o Continuous shooting after 10 seconds. Self-timer from 2 to 10 shots.
o Better control over the camera from a more profound grip design.
o 3 inch fully articulating LCD touch screen

The Rebel SL2 is easily the smallest DSLR available, perfectly convenient and extremely portable. This one pound gadget is the best option for you if you happen to travel a lot. Despite its redundant affinity with the SL1, there are some vivid differences as well, which is why the SL2 is a very good gadget to have, especially if you have a problem handling large, massive DSLRs.

The developers at Canon made sure to give special significance to the design and handling. Available in 3 different finishes, namely white, silver and black, the Rebel SL2 has a deeper grip, which makes it much more convenient for on-the-go users. All in all, there may be subtle differences between the SL2 and its predecessor, they are just enough to label the SL2 as the “new” edition to Canon’s most popular franchise.

Photo by: Canon

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Sony RX100 V: Premium Compact Camera

Posted on 02 November 2016

The fifth generation model of the Sony RX100-series clearly focuses on delivering high quality performance. The Sony RX100 Mark V shoots high-resolution images at a stunning 24 frames per second, and that too with autoexposure adjustments and autofocus and between frames. Switch on to silent shooting at this rate and it won’t even distract your subject.

You can store up to 150 JPEG frames, that too at full resolutions, which means storage space is ample, and even amateur photographers can use the 24-fps burst to click as many as 71 frames. The new Sony RX100 V has possibly the world’s fastest AF speed, with the fastest continuous shooting rendered by a compact camera.

The camera is powered by a 1-inch Exmor RS BSI CMOS sensor, which delivers 20.1 megapixels. The camera has a native ISO range going from 125 up to 12,800 with video capture capabilities. The processor of the camera ensures you get a high processing speed along with a high ISO picture quality.

The camera shoots internal UHD 4K video without pixel binning. Other remarkable functions include S-Log2 /S-Gamut and Picture Profile. You can also get 8MP stills using the 4K movie frames. The camera includes NFC and Wi-Fi connectivity, an AF-A mode for letting the camera mechanically switch between continuous AF and single-shot, a pop-up flash and the capability of customizing the main 3 characters of photo file names.

The camera lacks a touch screen and the screen can only tilt up or down. Some users may feel that the cameras lack optical image stabilization, which is one of the biggest bonuses you get in the larger Sony a6500. Sony promises a newly designed sensor with the model. However, the specs indicate it’s virtually the same as its predecessor. That is a 1-inch sensor, with resolution of 20.1 megapixels.

The Sony RX100 V will be available in October 2016 and costs $1,400.

Photo courtesy: Sony

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Nikon D810 Review

Posted on 05 July 2016

Don’t let your old boring simple camera limit your capabilities and skills of photography. Only a smart D-SLR can help you take the first serious step towards photography. If you are looking forward to become a professional photographer, you must keep your pockets full because a good D-SLR camera is a bit costly but it is a smart investment that you make once, but the lenses can be bought as many as you want and whenever you want .

When it comes to buying the best camera in the market, Nikon comes to mind before any other brand. Nikon has always given its best in the field of technology and it strives hard to offer you even better and advanced technology. Now, you can expand your photography skills with a newly lunched, full frame Nikon Digital-SLR D810. The camera encompasses all the qualities and features that photographers look for.

Image Sensor
Nikon D810 is a 36.3-megapixel professional grade camera with a highly effective image sensor that allows you click perfect moments with CMOS sensor type, 35m sensor format, size 861.6mm2 (35.90mm x 24.00mm) and not only this, Nikon D810 is also comprised of 4.88 microns pixel pitch.

Image Resolutions
Nikon D810 enables you to take perfect, stunning high-resolution pictures with its sheer fine lenses. It allows one frame per second to a maximum of 5 frames per second with the highest resolutions. The image taken using a Nikon D810 can be formatted as JPEG (EXIF 2.3), RAW (NEF), 14 or 12-bit, SRAW, and TIFF

Can Be Used As a Perfect Video Recorder
The most prominent feature of Nikon D810 is that it is not a camera that only captures pictures but it can passably be used to record videos with high resolution (1920×1080 (60p/50p/30p/25p/24p)
1280×720 (60p/50p) so you can enjoy making videos with your Nikon D810 along with 30% better performance and finer noise reduction processing.

Photo courtesy: Nikon USA

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Leica’s Slick New Waterproof Camera X-U

Posted on 22 January 2016

Leica is known for its costly products; however, this year it brought a sleek new water proof camera. So, that is good news for people who absolutely enjoy underwater photography and filming. Plus, the camera really makes it easy to, especially because of the fact that you don’t have to worry about handling the camera with care.

And the incredible thing about this camera is not that it is easy to use and highly durable, but the fact that it is cost-effective.
This fixed lens shooter is inexpensive as well as dustproof. The price range is less than $3000 so still you have to be pretty rich to buy one or have to be some kind of crazy. But at least it is cheaper than other waterproof “DSLRs” in the market.

Functions
The new X-U works fine 50 feet deep inside water and is constructed with shock resistant materials. It comes with a fixed 23mm focal length lens, which is an equivalent to 35mm due to the crop factor 1.5x.These are technical features. Though it has no 4k features, but it can capture sharp images and shoot high definition films with a 1080p resolution. It has a 6.5-megapixel APS-C sensor with f/ 1.7 aperture -good for low-light photography.

Co-Designed with Audi:
The body is made of aluminum and is protected with thermoplastic rubber. The flash is located on top of the lens barrel. Plus, there are other pretty handy options given as well and all are simple to get used to, so that camera is quite user-friendly.

Another incredible thing about the camera is the fact that it is made in collaboration with Audi designs. The 5inch display screen is protected by the cover for underwater programming. The shutter and aperture dials are located on the top for adjusting exposures.
For underwater photography or video making, you can easily switch between the two.

All in all, apart from its attractive and user-friendly features, the fact that Leica has decided to market this new product at less than it usually does, should not be taken for granted.

Photo: courtesy Leica

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Olympus E-M10 Mark II Review

Posted on 30 November 2015

The Olympus E-M10 Mark II has incredible features with lots of options and fairly easy to use. It doesn’t matter if you are new to photography or a professional, the E-M10 Mark II can be used by anybody. The size of the camera is ideal for the on-the-go person. The camera has lots of customization features and produces high quality images. So let’s have a closer look.

The Look and Feel
The design of the camera is fairly similar to its predecessor Mark 1. The sleek black and silver camera has a firm grip on the front along with a thumb grip on the back. Overall the camera is very compact and it is able to accommodate all the control buttons without making it confusing for the user. It is also very lightweight, only 390g, which makes it highly portable. The size and weight of the E-M10 Mark II make it ideal for people who are travelling or participating in casual shoots.

Features
The basic features of the Olympus’ E-M10 Mark II are the same as Mark I. A few discernible differences include 8.5 fps in continuous shooting mode, AF targeting pad on the touchscreen, focus bracketing, silent shutter mode, 120fps high speed video and 4K time-lapse video creation. It also has a 16 megapixel Micro Four Thirds CMOS sensor with 5-axis image stabilization. Moreover, the electronic view finder has been upgraded to 2.36million dots, which is pretty high resolution. The touch screen can be tilted almost 3 inches and a pop up flash can be used for extra lighting.

The E-M10 Mark II can also be used on Wi-Fi to transfer images to your iOS or android device. All videos are recorded in Full-HD with stereo microphones. The time lapse features allows the user to click up to 999 images and combine them in a movie format.

The Good and the Bad
The camera is like this small box stuffed with great goodies. It is very high quality with electronic view-finder built-in, which makes it great for using it in the sunlight while the 5-axis image stabilization system makes it great for night time use as well. The camera also allows the user to use several options to customize images.
The camera does have a few issues. The viewfinder sometimes fails to show the image under very bright light. Also, its touchscreen options are not customizable, which sometimes make it difficult to get to the right option quickly.

Conclusion
The size, weight and features, all make the Olympus E-M10 Mark II a great purchase for casual and professional photographers. Professional photographers can use this camera as a compact alternate to larger high quality cameras while enthusiast photographers could buy this as an ‘on-the-go’ camera for travelling or outdoor activities.

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Fujifilm X-T10 Review: a Decent Camera for All Camera Enthusiasts

Posted on 05 October 2015

In the world of cameras, be it digital, vintage or SLRs, Fujifilm is an established name and has been a trusted brand for years. It is known for making reliable retro style cameras and recently it has launched the new X-T10. The X-T10 is promoted as one of the best vintage design cameras from the company with a durable height performance design. Along with this, the price is within the ‘affordable’ range and the size of the camera is also compact and small, making it a great option for every camera enthusiast.

The major audience of the product is people who are looking a professional mirror-less camera but don’t want to spend too much on it. This is why the new Fujifilm X-T10 offers basic features at a low price but with style and topnotch features. It is similar to the previous model from Fujifilm, the X-T1, with a whopping 16 megapixel lens sensor processor and a comparable digital viewfinder so there is not much innovation except the changes in the size and price.

For people who are not concerned much about premium features and want a basic camera that looks good and perfectly capture their moments, it’s definitely a good deal. Fujifilm has a reputation for producing solid retro style mirror-less cameras, and the latest, the X-T10, takes one of its most popular and high-performance bodies, the X-T1, and scales it down in terms of size and price.

A few prominent features of the new Fujifilm mirror-less camera are:
o 8-fps burst mode
o Upgraded focus feature with particular zone selection properties
o New and improved subject tracking functionality

These are some of the features that make it a great buy but there’s more to it as the X-T10 camera has an advanced video focus. A pop-up flash and the classic signifier of the camera add to its value. The X-T10 will be launched in June with an $800 price tag.

Photo credit: Fujifilm

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