• March 20, 2017

Canon EOS M10 vs. M3 vs. M5 – Comparing the Mirrorless Cameras with EF-M Lens Mount

When it comes to mirrorless cameras, Canon has long been in the race with one foot constantly on the brake. There was no flagship model, a very limited selection of lenses, and probably a lack of motivation on Canon’s side to really make an impression on the mirrorless-market.

Since the introduction of the EOS M5 however, these notions seemed to have been overcome. The camera is a worthy opponent to the it’s rivals by Sony, Fuji, and co.

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  • March 16, 2017

Microsoft “turns its back” again on Windows 10 Mobile

The results Microsoft is obtaining with the mobile version of Windows 10 are much worse than what the firm expected in the beginning, even more so if you consider the market penetration this system currently has, if you compare it with other proposals like iOS or Android, it is practically nonexistent.

In fact it’s getting to a point in which, given some of the latest movements from the people at Redmond, it would seem that they are finally starting to give up on their Windows 10 Mobile development. Over the last few months we have seen how Microsoft itself is updating and improving, in many ways, its applications on other mobile platforms such as Android and iOS, rather than Windows 10 Mobile itself.

Windows 10 Mobile

Well, the last movement we saw from Microsoft, does nothing but confirm this assumption, this was done in the last monthly update that was just made available to the general public. In this you can see that, once again, the Redmond firm has ignored the security errors detected in the mobile version of Windows 10, which shows that Windows phones are not exactly one of the main priorities of the company these days.

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  • March 16, 2017

Fujifilm X-T20 vs. XT2, what’s the difference?

First announced in January 2017, and available since March, the Fuji X-T20 is Fujifilm’s latest APS-C hybrid. It completes the X line of products which also includes the X-T2 and the X-Pro2 and it replaces the Fuji X-T10 which was released in June 2015.

This new release serves as a good opportunity for us to revisit the strategy behind Fujifilm’s line of products. What is the difference between the X-T20 and the X-T2 – from which it has borrowed many of its technical characteristics?

The X-T20, a mini X-T2?

Without yet having been able to test the X-T20, we can already say that its case makes it seem like a small version of its larger brother – the X-T2, just as the X-T10 was to the X-T1. It reuses the same sensor: the APS-C X-Trans III with a 24,3 Mpx resolution – with no low-pass filter, accompanied by the latest image processor – the X Pro. Moreover, this is the processor used in the X-Pro2 and the new X100F.

X-T20

Fuji has harmonized its whole X product line by using the same image processor in all of its models: the X100F, the Xpro2, the X-T20 and the X-T2. By doing so, a photographer, going from one model to another, will always end up with the same image. This might seem like an insignificant detail, but for a photographer who uses several devices, knowing that the image will always be the same is a real advantage.

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  • March 15, 2017

Canon G7X vs. G7X Mark II vs. Sony RX100 III vs. RX100 IV vs. RX100 V vs. Panasonic LX15: The Professional Compact Cameras Comparison

Should I get the Canon G7X Mark I or Mark II, or a Sony RX100 III? Or maybe even a camera that supports 4k video shooting? If so, the Panasonic Lumix LX15 or Sony’s RX100 IV?

Are you asking yourself these questions? Me too. That’s why I have tested all of them.

I personally owned a Sony CyberShot DSC-RX100 III and loved it. The only drawback being that I managed to break it. I replaced it with a Panasonic Lumix LX15.

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  • March 4, 2017

Best Monitor for macbook Pro and Mac Mini/Air 2017

Because of the Apple PC’s excellent screen, the presentation of color gradation, hue, and contrast is much better than that of traditional PC computers. Thus it is the main choice for many professional video and photograph editors. In particular, the recent launch of the Apple MacBook Pro and MacBook Mini with retina screens further established that Apple has the professional user in mind. The only drawback is that MacBook Pro’s 13 or 15.4-inch screen is too small. In fact the MacBook Air only has an 11.6-inch screen. If you usually use your Mac only to browse the web, screen size it is not so important. But for those who run complex software (such as Xcode or Photoshop), the MacBook’s screen cannot cope with all the windows. Users will need to keep pressing Option-Tab to switch between windows. An external monitor does allow you to have more display space, and helps you get the job done more efficiently.

macbook Pro

It is worth mentioning that not only does an external monitor offer a larger display space, but there is also some software optimized for multi-display software (such as Aperture and iMovie) that offers more convenience. For example, if you use iMovie to edit video on a single display, the movie preview windows will be pushed to the upper-right corner of the screen by other windows. If you have two monitors, you can use one screen exclusively for the movie preview and put the other windows on the second monitor.

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  • March 3, 2017

Best Monitor for Photo Editing and Photography (March 2017)

If you are a digital photographer, 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 use just any monitor, you have to choose with care.

Best Monitor for Photo Editing

This may mean knowing how to decipher mysterious new acronyms and compare technical characteristics that seem to be made to be understood only by an engineer.

Of course you can find monitors that are extremely costly, designed for professionals with deeper pockets. But luckily there are affordable alternatives that are, in any case, a leap in quality when compared to the monitor based on a laptop or a desktop computer.

In this article I introduce the main features to consider in the selection of a monitor for photography and photo editing.

Vade retro portable

Purchasing a new monitor may be particularly useful if you use a portable computer, as many people do today. Reading the characteristics which follow, you’ll discover how laptops concentrate all the negative aspects.

In addition, a good monitor for photograph must have the option to be calibrated. Calibrating the monitor on a laptop is usually more difficult and sometimes we do not do so precisely.

What are the characteristics to assess in the choice of the monitor?

As is the case for any technology product, if you start delving deep into the technical specifications for computer monitors it seems like the lists are as numerous as confetti. Fortunately, however, the number of features to keep in mind for photographic use is limited.

Let’s look at them one by one.

Size

This is an easy-to-understand feature, certainly, the larger monitor is better. The difficult part is deciding which is the minimum size that allows us to work comfortably while not spending too much.

When choosing a monitor for your computing needs, you should first think about your desk size, vision acuity and the distance you’re sitting from the monitor. People who struggle with a tiny 13 inch notebook screen not only invite eyestrain but also poor posture. Displaying a highly detailed photograph or other image on a small screen like this does not help you see how it really is supposed to look.

Most laptops have 15 inch screens, but this is hardly better than the smaller option. What you gain in convenience and portability forces you to lose out on display quality and comfort. Photographers and artists need a larger and higher quality display in order to properly view and edit their pictures.

From what I’ve read, and according to my personal experience, I would recommend you do not drop below 24 inches, 27"-32" is a nice size for editing. If your budget is very tight you can settle for a 23-inch.

Monitors of this size are large enough to justify the expense. Furthermore, they allow you to view your pictures at a good level of magnification and simultaneously hold all the toolbars and panels typical of photo editing software and post-photographic production.

In particular, these dimensions relate to screens with proportions of 16:10. I believe the old 4:3 is no longer available, while the 16:9 favor the width too much when compared to the height and can make awkward access to functionality of the various programs.

The monitor’s 16:10 fits perfectly into pictures taken with the landscape orientation and also leave a generous amount of space for the various toolbars arranged vertically in many image editing programs.

Finally, this is the dimension that at the moment it offers the best price/performance ratio.

TN or IPS?

The Twisted Nematic (TN) is a very well known form of technology and it is also considered to be the oldest as well. Its best feature is that it gives short response times, which is why it is great for a gaming platform, but unfortunately is not good for a photographic use. When combined with LED lighting, a Twisted Nematic monitor can provide a lot of brightness and use less power than other technologies of its kind.

However, TN also has features that are not as advantageous. For instance, it has color distortions that happen when viewing wide angles. These monitors have 6 bit color technology. They are not able to show all the colors of the 24 bit color range that most video cards can show you, which add up to around 60 million colors. There are huge differences in certain products, but the ones that are on the low end will have a color for just the medium range angle changes. You will be able to recognize a Twisted Nematic monitor because of such color modifications, if you are looking at the picture from the top or from the sides.

In Plane Switching (IPS) is a contemporary technology that uses other types of technologies such as S-IPS, AS-IPS, H-IPS and E-IPS. The main reason that you want to use IPS panels is because they are either 8- or 10-bit technology. They produce a minimum of 125 percent of the colors that are available in the NTSC gamut. Also, these colors are not distorted when you look at them from various angles. The majority of them can be viewed well beyond 170 degrees. Previously, the only problem had to do with emphasizing the black colors, which usually meant that there were going to be some problems with the contrast. Also, IPS panels tend to be pricey and they are also slow at first.

Manufacturers have begun to produce Super IPS panels, but at cheaper prices. The response times have been reduced a lot and the contrast has been greatly enhanced. Also, the color display and the selections to calibrate the colors are a lot better than other panels of this kind. There is no distortion, even when you are viewing at shaper angles.

IPS monitors have not really been affordable, but the gap is starting to close. Just one year ago, most IPS monitors were three times expensive than the regular TN monitors. However, the 23 inch screens can be bought for around three hundred dollars these days. If you want professional graphic monitors that utilize IPS technology, you will have to still pay about a thousand dollars for it.

So the IPS monitor is the best monitor for photography mainly for two reasons:

  • Allows you to play a very large number of colors (close to 100% of the color space sRGB),
  • Provides a visual angle very high.


VA is another good technology
, but it is not used as much. Similar to IPS panels, this type of technology utilizes a minimum of 8 bit technology, provides good coverage and the colors are not distorted when shown at different angles.

Matte screen or Glossy Screen?

Glossy Screen

Matte screen

Indoors, the glossy can still reflect a great deal of light.

If you make a turn at any electronics store, you’ll notice how the monitors of portable and those for fixed computer screens have glossy screens.

The glossy appearance favors the contrast and vibrancy of colors and is designed for the use of the computer that is dedicated to the entertainment, but unfortunately, as far as sexy may seem, these monitors have several disadvantages that are particularly evident in photographic work.

For example, the glossy screens reflect the sources of light and even the shapes of what lies in front of the monitor, by altering the perception of what is shown, saturation and contrast do not correspond to the content of the photo, especially once it is printed.

The monitor is not glossy are said matte. They are easily recognizable in each case, you’ve worked a monitor of this type.

If you buy on the internet, you can’t recognize at a glance if a monitor is matte or glossy. You should be able to discover by looking between the technical characteristics or possibly looking for on Google the name of the monitor associated with the word glossy.

My advice:

If they will be shown on just one screen, both of them are no problems. If they will be utilized for print, then opt for matte, which will have better saturation as a result of the glossy screens. Glossy is not the same as what you will get with print.

Bit depth LUT

Monitor display calibration is limited no matter what model you own. Owners of digital monitors should resist any changes from the factory settings because this can result in a loss of colors and shades. One way to counteract this is by buying a monitor with a higher bit depth LUT. This not only affects the specificity of the calibration, but also allows the monitor to utilize more colors in its display.

Bit depth LUT

Note: Since the input values for the display remain the same, a higher bit depth LUT will not display more colors at the same time. A video card with a higher bit depth LUT will not improve accuracy of calibrations if not paired with a similarly equipped monitor.

In a system with a low bit depth, the darkest (1) and the brightest (4) shades merge with white (5) and black (0) because the shades themselves are rounded up or down to the closest output available. A system with a high bit depth LUT does not need to round shades to the closest output value that can use additional intermediate values. Because of this increased precision, posterization of image and color banding are not a problem for even the oldest and most color-changed displays.

Most currently available monitors have 8-bit LUT, though 6-bit and higher 10-bit LUT’s are also on the market. For most purposes, 8-bit options deliver quality calibrations and clearer, color-true pictures. There are also monitors, usually LCD and marketed specifically to gamers, that sacrifice bit depth LUT for higher refresh rates. This process is the quick change of animated graphics in that many games with more quality and smoothness, but is no importance for those interested in viewing photos and still graphics.

Standard Gamut or Wide Gamut (Extended Gamut)?

RGBAll physical devices have restrictions when it comes to the types of colors that it can provide. An inkjet printer does not have the ability to produce a better shade of yellow than what is provided by the ink cartridge. The shade of red that your monitor shows is restricted by the hardware that is utilized in the LCD panel. This is known as the device’s color gamut.

A majority of monitors have a color gamut that matches the SRGB color gamut. You might already know that the sRGB color gamut does not have as much as the more commonly utilized Adobe 1998 version. Also, a lot of the Adobe colors that can be printed via your inkjet printer are actually not in the range of the SRGB colors. As a result, your camera can provide these colors and they can be printed with your printer. However, you cannot see them on your monitor. Basically, you will view an estimate of these colors because they are restricted by the monitor’s color gamut.

Wide gamut monitors get rid of this issue because what they have is matched up with a bigger amount of what the Adobe 1998 has. You can find this amount in the monitor’s specs. The benefit of this is that you can view colors in your pictures that look brighter than the regular gamut monitor. This gives you the ability to see all of the colors in your pictures.

It is best to have a wide gamut display because this is the way of the future. This is practically what is available right now. To utilize this type of display, you have to know about color managed workflows and possess a display that has the right calibration. You also have to utilize a color managed app such as Photoshop. This is not that hard to manage, but you have to know exactly what you are doing in order to be successful with it.

How to choose:

Depending on your photo and graphic display and editing needs, you need to choose a monitor that covers the sRGB spectrum and possibly the Adobe RPG spectrum as well. The first specification is found on every single quality monitor on the market today.

The sRGB spectrum is more than sufficient for web-based photographs and all graphics that are intended to be displayed on a monitor in their final form. For artists that print their work, the Adobe RPG spectrum capable monitor will result in better clarity, color correctness and ultimately higher-quality work.

Currently, nearly all monitor can cover more than 99% of the sRGB spectrum however not all of them can cover most of the Adobe RGB spectrum.

LED Monitors

You are entering the market monitor LCD backlit LED. in this case too there are different types, corresponding to different acronyms.

For photographic use, ask attention to buy a monitor RGB LED and not el-wled . The second option does not provide a color reproduction sufficiently faithful.

Viewing Angle

The first LCD monitor for your computer suffered from an angle of view very reduced. What does that mean?

With a reduced visual angle, moving left to right, top or bottom with respect to the central axis of the monitor, the colors are transformed and the contrast changes . You can imagine how it is absolutely recommended in a monitor to use for photo retouching.

The monitor of more recent production, allow you to move to the right or to the left relative to the monitor without noting obvious changes in the image. Choose a monitor with at least 120° of visual angle horizontal and possibly the same for the vertical.

Resolution

On this aspect there is little to say, the available resolutions are not a lot, especially, the resolution is also determined by the size of the diagonal.

For a monitor by 23 or 24 inches, the size that I advised before, do not fall under a native resolution of 1920 * 1200. Recalls that LCD monitors should be always used to their resolution, so don’t think you can use a resolution higher or lower than the one specified.

Should You Buy a 4K monitor?

Any full-size image on a 4K monitor will be displayed with enough detail and beauty for a photographer’s appreciation. Your palettes tools can also be set to an incredible number.

These pictures also require the ability to zoom in and out in a photo editing program like Photoshop and also to display text and fonts clearly and at the correct size. This differs from standard video, television or gaming monitor usage.

Most computer software applications are designed to make use of full high definition resolutions, which results in text that is easily viewed from a standard distance away. In 4K format, text minimizes to an uncomfortable level in the same programs and software apps.

4K is becoming highly active in the 2016 market but this display technology is outpacing some of the older programs that people still use every day. If you combine software usage from even two or three years ago with the new 4K option, the size of your text will be unreadable. This makes for very difficult computing and a lot of frustration between modern technology usage and keeping older but not yet obsolete software.

In order to get the best benefit from 4K, you need to make sure that the programs you use work well with it. Many of the standard Windows applications work well with 4K already although some Windows desktop ecosystems may lag behind this technology.

By far the most popular graphics and photography editing software, Adobe Photoshop, is already working well with 4K displays. Even the largest pictures can be viewed with full detail at high resolutions and in actual size without the need to zoom in or out or scroll the workspace. The entire Photoshop interface scales easily so you have no problem accessing all your favorite tools and palettes. If you are regularly engaged in photography or graphics editing or work with videos, a 4K monitor is virtually essential.

To conclude, my personal opinion is that the 4K display capabilities are very attractive but not quite yet practical for all uses. In your excitements about this new technology, it is still important to hang back a bit and make sure all your existing hardware and the programs you use regularly work with the 4K monitor before you purchase one.

Digital connection

Now all of the monitors should be equipped with a digital connection, HDMI or DVI. Be careful not to buy a fund of magazine that has only the VGA.

Also, check which ports are available on your computer. Don’t worry, however: adapters exist able to convert any format.

Best Monitor recommended for photo editing

Monitors that incorporate all the features that i listed abut on prices between 100$ to 2000$.

With a little patience, however, you can find offers that will make saving a few dozen dollars. As I wrote before, if your budget is tight, of the features that I have described can find a compromise on size, but not on the other.

My recommend:

Here are some models that I have identified are looking for a monitor for you.

Disclaimer: Clicking on a “Details on Amazon” link will bring to you to the appropriate Amazon.com product listing, where you can check the price, customer reviews and more information about the product or similar products.

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  • February 28, 2017

Sony RX100 IV vs. RX100 V: what’s the difference?

So, Sony just announced their 5th generation of the RX100 series of cameras as sort of a side note.

Naturally, such an announcement really excites me and of course, the RX100 V is a great camera … I am still somewhat disappointed however.

Sony RX100 V

But let’s start from beginning.

The most important technical data of the RX100 IV & V

RX100 V RX100 IV
Dimensions (WxHxD) 101.6 x 58.1 x 41.0 mm
Weight incl. Battery and memory card 299g 298g
Sensor Exmor RS 1″ with Phasen-AF Exmor RS 1″
Focal length (KB) 24-70mm
Max.cover f/1.8
Min. cover f/11
Exposure time 1/32000s – 30s
LCD swivel 180/°45°
Display Size 3″ (4:3)
Display Resolution (pixels) 1.228.800
Optical viewfinder Yes
Internal image stabilizer Yes
Image processor BIONZ X
ISO sensitivity 80 – 12.8000
Accessory shoe No
Microphone input No
Headphone output No
Video bit rate 4k 100MBps (XAVC S)
ND filter Yes
Wi-Fi & NFC Yes
Recording 24 frames / second 16 frames / second
GPS nein
Autofocus 315-point phase detection Contrast detection
Battery life (CIPA) 220 280
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Sony RX100 V vs. RX100 IV – How is the New One Better?

Autofocus

The biggest improvement inside the RX100 V is the new sensor that now offers phase-detection autofocus. It sports 315 phase-detection AF-points that cover around 65% of the image.

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  • February 28, 2017

Canon EOS Rebel T7i vs EOS 77D vs EOS 80D, what’s the difference?

When the entry-level EOS Rebel was rolled out into the market by Canon some years back, launched simultaneously with it was the Rebel T61. Basically, both have a striking resemblance and more or less showcase the same set of features. In terms of body-mounted controls, the T6s definitely had more to offer, as well as a small LCD display which has been designed to appeal to users with more experience, who require having more control. 

Fast track to just two years and canon is at it again, with the roll out of the EOS Rebel T7i, as well as the 77D which will comfortably rank among the company’s best entry-level camera. (More information about T7I and 77D, please read this article)

To make things a bit clear and ensure that Canon’s model numbering is well understood, the EOS T6i will be replaced by the EOS T7i, whereas in canon’s enthusiast EOS DSLR range, the successor of the T6s is the EOS 77D and ranks just a little below EOS 80D.

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  • February 23, 2017

Canon T7i vs 77D vs T6i vs T6s, what’s the difference?

The latest product in the long chain of entry level Canon DSLRs are the Canon EOS Rebel T7i and EOS 77d. The origin of the Canon DSLRs can be traced back to the original EOS Digital Rebel that was introduced sometime in 2003.

From then till date, all the updates and iterations following it have all been generally accepted as a market choice by both experienced and new users. The latest EOS Rebel T6i/T6s from Canon has proven to be a market best choice entry-level DSLRs. It comes with features that make it suitable for new users, while its polished handling makes its usability easy.

The T7i and the 77D can be considered as two different models of the same product. While the T7i follows the model style of the classic Canon XX0D series in manipulation, the 77D takes 80D as an example, as it is not only equipped with a top LCD display but also has an installed Quick Canon Control dial, forming the classic double-command dial control style of Canon.

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  • February 21, 2017

Canon EOS 77D, information and hands-on of the new advanced DSLR

After a few days of rumors, Canon has made official the launch of three new models of digital cameras including a mirrorless, the EOS M6, and two SLR, the EOS 77D and T7i, the first of which opens a new tier in the firm’s catalog of DSLR models. We’ll tell you all the details about the camera and our impressions based on a short hands-on made with a pre-production model.

Canon EOS 77D

The Canon EOS 77D arrives to be positioned immediately below the EOS 80D, model with which it shares many features (which are also common to the other two cameras presented today), mainly the 24.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor with Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology, the next-generation DIGIC 7 processor, the rear touch screen and the low power Bluetooth connection in order to maintain a constant connection between the camera and a smartphone.

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