Category Archives: Digital Cameras
So, for the nth time we visited MOA.
Awwwww cute dog! Well, still a cynophobe, though (huhuhu).
Oh well, so there are plenty of options when you’re in MOA.
Yes, there is our cosplay queen Alodia! Hooray for being nationwide popular! Haha!
So we ate at Teriyaki Boy and boy, we finished everything in no time! Haha!
So there’s the ferris wheel!
We soon went to Greenhills just to hunt for gadgets (gadget-hunting has always been my outdoor hobby ever since LMAO) and it seemed that it was more fun if we did not ran out much time from walking. At the highest floor of the shopping mall itself, well, that was was the haven for the cheapest gadgets in Metro Manila.
Most sellers there are Muslim people. Well, too bad I did not take a photo of the place although I’d like to do so. Most gadgets there are legit ones that are either brand new or second-hand. The place itself is more of a horror-themed gadget shop since there are many second-hand gadgets there that were stolen from their original owners. I could see that these salespeople have little knowledge in gadgets–in other words, it’s a jeje-mall (IMHO!). Well, hey! They still sell iPhone 3GS and 4 models (brand new or second-hand). It’s very weird since most of these gadgets are not China phones or shanzhai products, which makes it as a safe heaven for power users and anti-shanzhai people to lure the place itself. However, speaking of iPhone cases, they have the most beautiful and good-looking ones. Also, they’re much cheaper (whether it’s a gadget or a casing) compared to those sold at Apple Resellers and shops such as Infomax.
Here’s what I’ve got from GH:
See? They range from 250-300 Php which make them very affordable if your budget is in a maximum of 3,000 Php. I would recommed GH if you’re going to shop for cheap and affordable items such as casings and accessories, but for gadgets, stay vigilant.
The ambience resembles Quiapo’s Hidalgo and Beijing’s Wangfujing corner (looking in photos). However, if you visit the second to the highest floor, you’ll appreciate it there more if you could afford them.
Sadly I did not bring my digital SLR, but it’s alright. I’ll still consider this place when buying external flash guns. (:
I forgot what mall is this located, however, I’d say it’s within Lucky Plaza.
Yes, bitches. This is one shop to avoid (the set-up is shown, eh) when you wanna go to Singapore. Get your arses off to Funan Digital Mall if you don’t want your money to be burned in hell.
Maybe people might be wondering why I chose Canon.
There are many reasons why I chose it over Nikon, or Sony, or Olympus. In the case of Sony, I like their Cyber-shot line. For Olympus… I like their waterproof series. In Nikon’s case, maybe their film cameras.
Now that’s what I was thinking of… maybe because:
– Canon’s EF and EF-S lenses are actually designed as if a graphic designer designed it. Notice its appearance and you really wanna treat it as a museum object.
– You don’t need to worry about the autofocus dilemma in Canon — one reason why Canon was the original in terms of the autofocus system.
– Memorizing the terms L DO IS and USM is easy. Okay, for instance, EF, EF-S, TS-E, MP-E –> they’re not hard to memorize at all. Canon has this reputation for being “organized.” Naming of lenses, camera bodies and the like –> they’re labelled in a very organized way, so Canon fans find this convenient.
– Another thing about the Canon EOS camera bodies — they have more beautiful and stylish designs, but never sacrificed build quality and ruggedness.
– Starting year 2009 onwards, focal lengths of lenses are labelled by using the Myriad Pro font (except for the 70-200mm L IS II USM) and cameras that are released starting 2010 are already featured with a 3:2 (720×480) LCD monitor, which is conducive to view your photos as if you’re viewing their native 3:2 aspect ratio. In fact, 3:2 LCD monitors are considered “widescreen.” Semi-pro and entry-level cameras (within the xxD and xxxD range) usually feature this articulate LCD monitor.
– The Canon EOS system is intended for obsessive-compulsive people.
– Regardless of megapixel count, DiG!C quality is really impressive, similar to that of BIONZ + EXMOR combined.
– User-friendliness is another thing. With regards to exposure compensation, Canon’s pointer is the same with Sony and Olympus.
– Nikon did never hit the 18 Megapixel count (actual count is 17.9), but Sony achieved this.
– Canon’s Clear View LCD monitor almost has the same quality with Apple’s Retina Display, which is very much conducive for viewing photographs. I think Nikon failed to provide this, even for the D3000.
– Telephoto lenses are dirty white. Also, they’re stylish.
– Canon EOS bodies are generally lighter despite looking wider and bulkier.
– Their marketing style is “what-you-see-is-what-you-get” in terms of style, and their marketing strategy is at-par with Sony.
– Talking about wider range selection of lenses, I think Canon is the best when it comes to those things.
There are some other things, however, that are not in Canon (or let’s say, needs improvement)
– Image Stabilization in-camera: This is a Sony Minolta Alpha feature (Super Steady Shot). Whether everyone likes it or not, it’s OK to buy lenses that feature NO image stabilizer/vibration reduction/vibration compensation/optical stabilizer if you’re asking for a lens for the Sony A-mount.
– More superzoom lens options: Nikon has this 18-105mm lens, I really do not know with the rest (you know me, Canon-biased!), but Canon only has the following flexi-lenses: EF-S 18-135mm IS, EF-S 18-135mm STM, EF-S 18-200mm, EF 28-300mm… et cetera. Superzoom lenses are often lacking full-time manual focusing, so that’s why I really do avoid those kind of lenses.
– EOS M’s underrated status: I think Canon is not yet ready to market their EOS M system just yet. They’re still starting and they’re focusing on the DSLRs first to find new ways on developing their EOS M series
– Biased between the 7D and the 6D: Supposedly, full-frame cameras should have 100% viewfinder coverage. While some of you might wonder why the Canon EOS 6D only has 97% viewfinder coverage, well for me, it’s a true embarrassment. While the 7D has 100% viewfinder coverage, why can’t it also be for the 6D (This case scenario is really much worse than the 5D Mark II’s 98% viewfinder coverage)? After all, the 6D is a FULL-FRAME camera, whether it is a consumer-level one or not. This made me push through the 5D Mark III dream, though.
– Japanese version of EOS camera bodies have limited language options: Another embarrassment! This is a very tough job for lazy people, but having only English and Japanese as your only language option is the worst case scenario for those of you planning to buy a DSLR in Yodobashi Camera. I think, most Japanese people will really be very insulted with this one, because it doesn’t have to mean that Japan-targeted products = two-language options only. The only way to solve this problem is to update the firmware, but make sure that the firmware should come from non-Japanese Canon websites. (Okay correction, I think even updating the firmware does not help. There’s something in the camera that is exclusively for a certain region.)
– Lens hood for non-L series: This is one of the most sensitive topics ever, I believe. Unlike Sigma, Tokina and other third-party lens manufacturers, Canon only provides lens hoods and other accessories for their L-lenses. I do understand that since they do observe “hassle-free” investments, but for lenses that are not part of the L-series, they do not include a lens hood or a lens pouch. BAH, we need to work our arses off to get that freaking lens hood! One thing why third-party lens manufacturers could actually be venerated — they OFFER lens hoods, included with the lens!
– The 1D series deserves more megapixel count than the 5D series: Seriously, who does not want a tall full-frame camera with MOAR megapixels, right? This should also be the same for tall Nikon D’s.
– More EF-S wide angle lenses: I seriously don’t get it why Canon hasn’t released any wide-angle lens with a 12-24mm/11-24mm zoom range. Actually, this is really beneficial to those who are using APS-C cameras. It’s like supporting the fact that APS-C is meant for telephoto, full-frame for wide-angle shizz… which shouldn’t be actually happening.
– EF 24-70mm f/2.8L with an IS: This never happened at all. Reverse zoom or not, I don’t care. For as long as there is IS on it, I’ll definitely go for it.
– 35mm lens with a 58mm filter thread: I hope this might have IS too!
– Canon shops (with the Canon logo, ok? Like Apple stores with its signature logo/icon) do not provide the 15-85mm lens: HAHAHA, this is the severe problem, I think Infomax is more prepared after all (yep, my favorite shop! Much better than Hidalgo, swear that!).
Canon isn’t only about photography
Not your typical Digital ELPH/IXY/IXUS, PowerShot or EOS provider, but come to think of it, they also do offer printers, scanners, calculators (hahahah, yeah this is very unusual) and other products. It is the same with Sony (almost, actually since Canon never did offer any mobile phone or laptop, which would appear WEIRD if that really happens), but the difference is, Sony is somewhat the Japanese version of Samsung (yep, from radio, stereo, TV, laptop, mobile phone, camera…) for their versatility and flexibility — and their diversity to offer a lot more for their fans.
Okay, I’m really Canon-biased, but that’s because their marketing strategy and err… manuals and the like are very much like Sony. I think Sony started their Alpha line when it merged with Minolta because they’re the only Japanese company left behind not pioneering their very own DSLR technology. I think, Canon never needed to merge with any other company, same with Nikon. Same with Olympus, Pentax, any company that does not need that strategy. Maybe if I were to go full-frame, I think the 5D Mark III is the only thing I’m waiting for.
I hope that Canon does everything in my second list! There are a lot of things that they should improve, since I told a while ago, that it is for obsessive-compulsive people. Oh, dear. Yep, those things I have mentioned are a huge embarrassment for Canon, and another thing is that, why do they have to put ONLY TWO FREAKING SPRACHEN in their Japanese version?
Disclaimer: All photographs are taken from dpreview.com and gsmarena.com
If consumer digital cameras and mobile phones are becoming more mainstream, let us remember how these gadgets changed the image of technology through their precisely-crafted design through imaginative engineering by the world’s most venerated pioneers (wonder who they are BTW).
Before Gadgets Magazine became the “norm” to techie lovers and those who have gadget fetish, T3 used to be the leading gadget magazine in the world (well, IMO) due to its palatable layout and presentation. You’ll really feel mouth-watering satisfaction when you see these gadgets. Also, T3 Magazine is a stone age version of DigitalRev because they “magnify” things. The only difference is, T3 is more detailed in terms of err… technical information.
Now here are some of the gadgets that caught my attention…
The green and/or blue navigation keys that you see in the phone itself is not easy to use. Also, these errrr… three “sensor” buttons are also not easy to deal with. Believe it or not, it makes a good camera but… I don’t think this is user-friendly.
Pretty smartphones such as the K850i isn’t only a “pretty” phone, but it’s also like your “Swiss knife.” Usually, I would look for a phone with a proper Bluetooth, Internet capability, memory card slot, decent storage, MP3 player, camera, voice recording capability… and other multimedia features. But with the rise of the smartphones, everyone has forgotten these important features ever since the apps and Internet convenience invaded the minds of these techies (like me!). Well, the only advantage of smartphones over the previous phones is that you could access the Internet through Wi-Fi and 3G and download lots and lots of apps.
Ever since the boom of digital photography, this is where the Sony Cyber-shot P-series ended. No, not even a single camera with a distinctive curve did ever succeed the P200. However, in person this looks prettier and much looking more sophisticated. It is thin, light… but long. Well, that shouldn’t be a problem, but before, I was never a fan of huge 2.5″ LCD screens on a digital camera. What I usually look at is at least, the screen should have a 2.0″ screen, and I’m happy with that… not until the boom of digital photography… 2.7″ screen became the norm and replaced the 2.5″ standard. 3.o” LCD monitors are reserved for DSLRs and touchscreen-capable digicams.
If you’re not familiar with MP3-like phones, this Nokia 7380 is the best example of this stick-looking phone. Everyone will think of you as someone using a giant cigarette lighter as a cellphone or like, “What does he/she use to call people? A giant cigg lighter!?” Yeah, very funny, but you might be disappointed about its “limited” features despite the awesome mirror screen and a 2MP camera. You only get a non-expandable 52MB internal memory which sucks! Another thing is, you might feel hassle when making a phone call or maybe send a text message. This phone is only stylish in design, but it’s definitely not for busy people and those who do apps, of course!
Okay, when it comes to ultra-compact fetishism, you get the L1. Yes, that’s the only L-series in Sony Cyber-shot cameras (too bad you were expecting for a Canon L-series lens, but NO) and guess what? It’s like the “ultimate successor” to the Cyber-shot U-series. When Cyber-shot cameras were still “Made in Japan,” yeah say that again, they were somewhat costly but when Cyber-shots were already Made in China, there comes the bad news: Where are the “aesthetics”?
Sorry to say, but there is no longer such thing as “aesthetics” ever since most camera companies moved their factories to China due to labor cost issues. To tell you the truth, Sony Cyber-shot camera designs are getting crappier and crappier as their technologies improve. That’s sad news if you’re going to check out dpreview.com where you’ll notice that the “magic” in Cyber-shot camera designs are no longer there… they’re bastardized, as a matter of fact.
Sony has lost its magic when it comes to aesthetics. Ever since they moved their factories to China, that’s where the “bastardization” started. I was very disappointed when I saw the TX waterproof series in person, when I realized that “Oh my God! I think these things are prettier in pictures… but in person it seems like fucked up!” No wonder there are no more G-series and the N-series (yes, I’ll feature the N1, don’t worry), same with the P-series and the ones with rotating lenses. OMG, Sony needs to revive its good reputation once more… by changing the design director, if ever there’s such a thing.
Everything does not stop there! In fact, I noticed that most Sony Cyber-shots would have this problem of oversaturation. Why!? Because in FLASH ON mode, the screen becomes brighter and when it’s FLASH OFF, it becomes darker. Upside down, isn’t it? Once more, Sony failed to err… improve and improve. God, what happened to the company that I used to admire?
But anyways… let us move to err… something else.
The N1 indeed is the most err… best invented camera in the history of mankind. Frankly, I wanted this camera BADLY but yeah… forget it. (Side note: Tech illiterates get more beautiful gadgets than power users do, which is NOT FAIR AT ALL! GRR!)
One of the reasons why I pushed myself to get an iPhone 4S (boo me for not touching the Nokia N70 fully), and another thing that I like in the N1 is its huge screen! The N1’s screen, however, is an ideal DSLR feature and notice that the screens of previous DSLRS before the 450D were too small… too small. Another thing is, it’s touchscreen, and I believe it’s fun to use.
I hope Sony would make cameras with LCD screens with 3:2 aspect ratio rather than four-thirds, because 4:3 aspect ratio is TOO digital unlike 3:2 which is more traditional.
Another example of a compact camera comes from Canon (that time, I was a Cyber-shot loyalist). This camera is really damn hot, and it’s like you wanna EAT it rather than use it. Gah… fuck this baby out here! Guess what? It’s the first IXUS with decent optical zoom… with a 1.5″ inch screen (that’s what I like before).
People missed that part when it comes to compacts. Choosing something that is super-duper handy may be like, “OMG, it’s so classy,” compared to the usual nerdy thing. I used to think that Canon’s are hard to use, but it was only that me bro owned the latest IXUS (which has a plastic-y look and feel BTW) and it seemed that it’s easy to use as well. Now that’s how Canon improved itself — it does not fail to cater everything to its products, whether it’s an IXUS, Powershot or an EOS. Overall, the EOS is the most outstanding.
If you like a silver camera or a pink or blue one, this is the best thing the world has to offer… and it comes in 7.1 MP! The look and feel is more glossy and despite its size, its megapixel count is like, “WHOA!” This is the i-Zoom’s successor and its err… hmm, can’t think of any word!
Stylish phones such as this Alcatel one actually had this mirror screen, which seems unusual for a mobile phone. T3 stated that its only known for its design and nothing else more could tell about the overall evaluation. In fact, its memory is only 3MB. BOO.
Samsung may be known for being the “Apple of Korea,” but the latest news would tell you that Apple sued Samsung because of copyright issues…? Being the “Apple” of a certain country does not make you extremely popular, but come to think of it, Sony used to hold this “crown” of being the “Apple of Japan,” but it seems like it’s no longer observing proper aesthetic standards.
Before the Galaxy series emerged from the market, Samsung has achieved a lot of innovations, as well as some inventions that we might probably do not know about. This is the original “magic” of Samsung, from end call buttons as power switches to an actual touchscreen world, it’s not mistake that Samsung made a one big leap towards global popularity… being the “Apple of Korea.”
Now why did I gave Samsung the “Apple of Korea” and Sony as the “Apple of Japan”? If you’d notice, their gadgets are really… innovative, and somehow really consumer-friendly. You’ll notice that they had several inventions… and that’s it!
Back to the F300/F500…
The F300 is a “back-to-back” mobile phone which is a multimedia toy on the front, but behind it is a useful mobile phone for texting and calling. It’s not the only phone with this distinctive feature, maybe you might check this out…
Wait until you see another “invention.” That way you’ll mistake it as a sideways 3-D camera…
Recently, Kodak filed for bankruptcy due to its diminishing sales. What do expect from Kodak? They’re not even continuing their legacy for being an iconic model for photography… and that’s where it is… it’s now a nobody. However, Kodak has made a remarkable achievement which inspired a lot of cameras to create the perfect wide-angle end of their zoom lenses… you might not know that they pioneered something because the only wide-angle end actually before was 35mm, and below that, it’s impossible unless you get an add-on lens.
This is the first (I think) dual lens camera that I ever seen in me whole entire life. I really do not know if some people are actually buying it due to its dual lens feature (one is a super wide-angle lens and the other one is a normal zoom lens). This is actually the inspiration behind most consumer digicams that we know today in terms of wide-angle zooming.
Before, people who owned a digital camera with a 35mm wide-angle end would find it difficult to fill the frame when they photograph architecture. I really do feel the same way as well, but when I started shifting to digital SLR photography, that’s where I started to discover how “wide-angle” photography really works. It’s actually from the sensor which dictates the focal length of the lens. You do not expect a normal digicam with a full-frame sensor and you know that 4 megapixels during the ancient times of digi-photography was the beginner when it comes to prints, but now, digital cameras should at least have 10 megapixels as their minimum megapixel count because below that, you should leave those to the camera phones.
Imagine owning a lens with two lenses for wide-angle convenience. During that time, it was really an “innovation” and a good invention, but now, it’s all history. You cannot go back to the past and rant, “Go make some more like these, please?” Remember, aesthetic designs in the tech industry are becoming bastardized rather than “more beautified.” The reason why I’m saying this is because, Kodak also lost its charm and magic at the same time, just like Sony and Olympus (BTW, Olympus was one of the first camera companies that used to have better aesthetics). Companies such as Casio, Panasonic, Nikon and Canon are now taking the seat of “better aesthetics” due to their continuing legacy of replacing the “original giants.” These original giants I’ve mentioned were those who used to have better aesthetics, but is/are now bastardized. If Apply would produce cameras, they won’t ever bastardize their products, however, there are signs that it’s now starting to lose its good reputation because of negative reactions regarding the iPhone 5.
If only Kodak DID continue producing these cameras, that should be good news to them, but usually, companies with a good reputation go down when people choose to go “digital” just like in the case of people switching from film to digital photography — no one wanted to go back to film. This is similar to those who switched from Windows to Mac. That way, Mac users choose NOT to buy again a Windows PC.
Maybe if Apple agrees to make the Mac OS accessible just like MS Windows, there will come a time that HP, Toshiba, Acer, Asus, etc., would choose to adopt Mac OS (maybe a modified version maybe) as their main platform rather than MS Windows. Of course, there’s always Windows Mobile, but if there’s such thing as MS Windows following Mac OS’s layout, I think Windows Media Player will synchronize all apps to a Windows Mobile Phone (I kid, I kid).
During the time of gadget rise, the Apple Macs were considered as real luxury items
I won’t ever lie when I say that Apple Macs were luxury items during the time of Nokia and Sony Ericsson, but it seems that BlackBerry, Apple, HTC and Samsung are now leading the mobile phone market industry (hahaha, correct me with this description, I really don’t know it). I was never a fan of Apple Macs that time and I only patronized the iPod. Okay, I have to admit that the iPod was the only thing that I liked about Apple, but when the Macs became mainstream, it made me decide to switch from a PC to a Mac, and with that, it seemed that I made a right choice. I loved the Mac so much that I stayed away from that MS Windows upgrade drama and all that stuff. When the term “MacBook” was not yet existing, there was the PowerBook (MacBook Pro today) and the iBook (consumer MacBook). I wanted to have an Apple laptop, but it wasn’t fulfilled before the emergence of mainstreaming Macs. Overall, I decided to own a DSLR, a MacBook Pro (I’ll be buying a MacBook Pro 13-inch with Retina display soon if that comes) and an iPhone 4S to get rid of those novelty thing drama. I think it’s the most peaceful when I went away from a “third-world” life to a “provided” life. I was so like in heaven when I learned on my own, evaluating gadgets by myself, and that’s how I became a power user.
Make use of technology the right way
I really don’t know if this is true, but before I make the official hiatus for the thesis, I think I have to leave this blog post to you guys… and enjoy reading it!
dpreview.com|Samsung PL210 in blue.
dpreview.com|The rear side.
14-Megapixel CCD sensor
3.0″ LCD monitor
10x optical zoom (27mm – 270mm)
miniSD card slot (seriously!)
Of course, this also has Beauty Mode, Frames Mode and of course, there are lot of features which you can use here. Also, it’s image quality is the same with the newest digital cameras, SLR-like.
I used this digicam for shooting fireworks due to the fact that I didn’t even have to mind charging my cam’s battery! So, I had no choice but to use this one. So, it turned out to have good results:
It’s only by using night mode. Although my hands were shaky during that time, of course, it is not mistaken that I have good shots simply because of the Image Stabilizer in the cam itself.
Yes, it’s a must if you’re really a camwhore. It’s really a good camera and of course, since it has miniSD card slot, you may insert it on your cellphone for viewing.
Author’s Note: At last, I’m back in the blogosphere! So, yeah. I won’t be posting opinionated things here for a while and yeah, I think that reviewing gadg
What are the features of this digital camera?
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX5 is a 12-megapixel digital camera which zoom range covers from 24-120mm in focal length. Its screen size is 2.8″ in 4:3 aspect ratio.
This digital camera has BIONZ image processor and EXMOR CMOS sensor, which makes it a digital camera with the quality of a DSLR. I was really impressed with the results of this digital camera. However, despite all the features shown in the digicam itself, I think it is still lacking. There is no macro-capable option and the adjustments are not enough to y’know…
But the good news is, it has Intelligent Auto and Sweep Panorama. It also has a smile shutter which only works when there are people smiling. So, yeah.
Do I recommend this digicam?
Image Quality: Outstanding
Overall: 2.5 (GPA standing)
Shot taken in October 2. 🙂
I really had an interest in photography. Being the artistic person that I am, I usually envy those people who have digital cameras… not until I have my first one in 2005. Yes, I really fell in love in photography and I started to transfer photos in computer. HAHA, yes I’m really a techie… and my dream as a computer scientist started… there.
What is really my interest? The arts, or technology? It was only then I realized that photography is really my passion, despite having a course that belongs to the general Liberal Arts, not in the Fine Arts, that is.
My interest in photography was only evident when I came to college. I wasn’t the type of person who would be obsessed with specific type of technology, but there is something in photography that I wanted best, and that is all about… being a passionate one, someone who gets noticed.
It all became true in deviantArt.com… I receive the appreciation that I truly deserve.
I was really very happy as I post more photos in my other Tumblr account (you can find it there… Molybdenum Studios Everywhere), just so you know that most people reblog and like interesting photos. Right now, I am using RAW format just to edit my photos. Indeed, the discipline is still there although I use RAW. It’s simply because I want to make my pictures “vintaged.” The vintage effect in that photo brings a new type of emotion that you’ll feel… and that was those destinations years ago… even before you went to high school, that is. There’s something in vintage photos that… I dunno.
Also known as: Canon PowerShot SD1300 (Nordamerika)/IXY 200F (Japan)
12.1 Megapixel CCD
2.7″ LCD monitor
4x optical zoom (28-112mm eq. focal length)
5.6x crop factor
Supports SD/SDHC/SDXC and MMC cards
This light-weight, compact and user-friendly hottie doesn’t fail to please your eyes. With an image quality which is almost the same as a typical DSLR, there is no distinction between its image quality and the quality of the 550D if ever it is used in ordinary events.
I used to create such nonsense reviews about my digital cameras, but that doesn’t stop me from reviewing such gadgets. I believe that reviewing them and posting them in a blog would help people decide whether to buy this product or not.
Here are sample photos from the IXUS 105:
You may think its quality is at-par with the DSLR, but the thing is, there’s no bokeh. It is more convenient to have the IXUS 105 if you wish your photos to be bokeh-free.
Honestly, reading the manual is optional since the buttons are there to guide you.