What is the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom? A camera? A smartphone? A plane? Superman? We had the same question when we reviewed this phone’s predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom, and we’ll see at the end of this review if we can arrive at an answer. Because it’s hard to say.
It was especially hard to answer that question for the S4 Zoom, which was a good attempt by Samsung to get the public used to these kinds of phone-camera hybrids. However, its design was far from making it an attractive, easy-to-use day-to-day device, at least as a mobile telephone.
You might understand the public’s joy upon hearing that the Korean company has made an effort to change its design in the Galaxy K Zoom, which is much easier to use and infinitely more comfortable in your pocket than the previous model.
MIOPS, behind this name hides the new project of NeroTrigger in Kickstarter, to control your camera from your smartphone. The project consists of two elements: the receptor which is placed over the camera and the application we install in the smartphone.
MIOPS promise to offer the overall characteristics necessary to realize high velocity with only one unit and advantages of using the application on the smartphone via Bluetooth.
Of course, besides high velocity we can control the cameras other functions. The receptor is light-weight, compact, and has an LCD screen, is rechargeable through USB, actualizes firmware via USB and is compatible with a great number of digital reflex cameras.
MIOPS also has three types of different sensors: light, sound, and laser. This allows the camera to trigger with lightning, fireworks, or by interfering with the laser beam. These sensors are connected via an input port. It’s also commented that you can connect through a pressure sensor, for example, under a welcome mat, we could take a picture every time someone comes home. Anyway, there are many possibilities.
Who has not thought that it is a stupid rule that you’re not allowed to use flash in museums? I’ve seen this in several museums and always wondered what the reason was for this ban to exist. I would have understood if they banned all photography in general, due to copyright issues or a desire that no images taken within it, encouraging people to visit the museum rather than visit them virtually. While some do it, the prohibition of using flash is always present and there has never seemed to have been a proven scientific basis that this type of shot with light has any effect on the exhibits. The rumor was that it was just a baseless rule that came from long ago, and was passed from hand to hand until present day.
But apparently this is true and the flash really does have an effect on the paintings and museum exhibitions. Someone had the same doubt as me and asked this question on Skeptics.SE where the replies were very revealing.
The Fujinon XF 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR
is now in stock at Japanese stores and it will not be many more days before it reaches the showcase real or virtual of our favorite stores begins to be put for sale at various European stores. Meanwhile, on the web we begin to see the first gallery samples with high resolution and articles in English commenting on experiences with the lens.
In first place we have the Fujifilm official gallery, where we see a good series of photo samples taken at a maximum size with the Fuji X-T1 and the Fujinon XF 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 R LM, OIS WR. Which cover the total range of the lens and various alternative apertures of the diaphragm.
In Photographyblog they have also published a good bunch of high resolution photos. Also, they have realized an in depth analysis of the lens and spotlight the absence of chromatic aberrations, a soft bokeh thanks to the diaphragm with rounded blades, vignetting control and that of the distortions, and a very good sharpness in the center of the image. The least negative point has the least sharpness at the corner at the angular extreme (18mm), although things get better in the rest of the focal points.
Right at the moment when the Fujinon XF 27 mm f/2.8 “pancake” was announced, many considered a potential alternative kit for diehard fans of the fixed focus. Even though its launch, which took place simultaneously with the Fuji X-M1, makes them a logical pair with this reduced equal dimension camera, it was not, until a year later tha the Fujifilm offered the Fujinon XF 27 mm f/2.8 with a kit objective, even though it is only available for the Fuji X-E2.
With this offer, costumers can get the Fuji X-E2 and the Fujinon XF 27 mm f/2.8 for $1299. Buying it at the price of $849 only gives you the camera’s body with only €450 left over, which is less than half the actual price of the Fujifilm “pancake” found in most Spanish closets.
The fight for the most wanted premium compact camera with optic zoom tends to have the Fuji X20 and the different Sony RX100 versions as contenders. The latter’s latest line is the third contender (the Sony RX100M3) and contains a 1 inch sensor that offers some more dynamic range performance and high ISO sensitivity level when compared with the Fuji X20 2/3 inch sensor.
If photographers to digital, you will need a computer and a monitor to see your photos, in order to evaluate or retouch them. And if you want a job well done, as often happens in photography, you can’t rely to a monitor any but you have to choose with care.
Does this mean to know how to decipher new mysterious acronyms and compare technical characteristics that seem to be made to be covered only by an engineer.
Of course, you can find monitor extremely costly, designed for professionals who can give background to pockets more capacious, and luckily, there are affordable alternatives that are, in any case, a leap in quality compared to the monitor based on a laptop or a desktop computer.
It’s been years since the craze of megapixels in cameras broke out, not to say that, since the beginning of digital photography, manufacturers (rather marketing departments) and users have been obsessed by the number of pixels (or photocells sensitive to light) that have the sensor of a determined camera.
And not without reason that in the early days of photography, as we know it today, the resolution is so low that little could be done at the time of printing photos if one wanted to obtain a high density of points. However, currently any compact camera has a pretty decent resolution that can make small prints at 300 DPI.
And when it seemed that everything had already passed and that, finally, manufacturers, experts and users were clear that megapixels weren’t the only thing that mattered, again we return to trip over the same stone, this time in the mobile telephone market.