• August 24, 2014

Sony A6000 review

Sony A6000

Even though for marketing reasons NEX brand has stayed on the middle of the road, the main character of our analysis is the spiritual heir of the Sony NEX-6, one of the best surprises of last year in the CSC sector. With the A6000, the Japanese brand wants to consolidate itself in the market of the users that search for the newest generation of technology and high quality pictures without having to carry a reflex.

“If it Works, don’t touch it” says the technology maxim that Sony appears to have put in practice while developing its new camera. The chassis is practically identical to that of the NEX-6, although the handle is bigger to improve ergonomy, the assembly is improved and on an aesthetic level, the bets are on the straight lines that already characterize Sony’s new series and that give them an elegant touch that suits them very well.

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  • July 25, 2014

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom Review

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.

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom

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.

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  • July 4, 2014

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II

The reviews received for the first PowerShot G1 X left a tough outlook for its successor. It was not an easy task, but Canon made note of all the comments received and, with this new revision G1 X Mark II, has blown the rest. We must talk about our experience with it and its features.

A few weeks ago, we had the exclusive opportunity to unbox the new G1 Mark II, the new Canon trademark vessel in the PowerShot range. Now, we must put to the test its final version, a model that promises to give a lot to talk about in the next few months. These were our impressions on it.

Two years of work and a lot to improve on

The PowerShot G1 X, introduced in 2012 as the first of the G kind with a CMOS sensor, measured an inch and a half, only 20% smaller than an APS-C that low-end reflex cameras have.

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II

That model consisted of a 28-112 mm optic (equivalent 35 mm) with a brightness of 1:2,5-5,8. However, price-wise, it competed with the mid-range reflex cameras and with interchangeable-objective compact models. Its zoom range and brightness were modest for a model of its category, its AF precision needed improvement, and its flash performance was limited to 6 pictures at 4.5 fps. There was a lot of criticism about this camera, but it seems that Canon was listening to the consumers.

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  • June 11, 2014

Sony A5000 Review

During this month of May we have been lucky enough to try out one of the most interesting models of the latest batch of Sony: the Sony A5000. We are before the entry model of spectrum of the popular CSC of the brand, with a very competitive price. We have also to highlight that it is presented as the smallest and lightest camera with APS-C sensor and interchangeable optics of the market.

First contact

We have to be honest, the Sony A5000 surprises because of its small size and its lightness. The sensation as we grab it is that what we have in our hands is a prototype model. It is however a camera with a CMOS sensor size APS-C, like many Reflex, with a Bionz X processor, which is the same as the one from the last A7 or A7r, one of the most powerful of the market.

Sony A5000

It is very well designed, and even if it is small, one has no trouble using it even with big hands. The buttons are where they need to be in order to avoid weird contortionisms with the hands. The trick is that it breathes from its four flanks the essence of the old NEX, whose culmination point was model NEX7. Now, the NEX denomination has disappeared in favor of ALPHA. Everything stays the same, with the image quality that has been its main source of success.

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  • June 3, 2014

Putting the Galaxy S5 Camera to the Test

The section in which smartphone manufacturers are mostly focusing efforts is to improve their cameras. Especially in the high end models, because that is the feature that marks the difference between high end and low end phones.

Galaxy S5

It is perhaps because of this, Samsung faced with the S5, the challenge to overcome the quality and performance of the camera from its previous version, the Galaxy S4, one of the most balanced we’ve seen on a mobile device. We must also overcome, or at least match, the photographic abilities of the top rivals: iPhone 5s, HTC One (M8), the high end Nokia Lumias, the Sony Xperia Z2 and some Chinese devices.

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  • May 7, 2014

LEICA T: First impression

LEICA T

We were invited to try the new camera of Leica at the company’s site in Los Angeles, U.S.A. We have been privileged to have in our hands this valuable camera that has been in the make in the last two years. This German manufacturer has incorporated the trendy “touch screens”, without leaving behind all the other important factors that set this camera among the high ones. The design, elegance and quality are all present in this new Leica T.

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  • May 6, 2014

Which is better: Lightroom or Photoshop?

This is a very common question, and the answer isn’t easy. The best thing to do is analyze their advantages and shortcomings separately.

I can’t count the times I’ve been asked this question, that’s why I’m writing this article. I hope this can be of help to everyone asking themselves this.

Differences

Both programs allow us to work with our pictures, but they don’t do the same, or at least in the same way. The purpose is the same, but the means are different.

Lightroom has a much more modern and user-friendly interface . In a way it is a summary of Photoshop , it is the poor son . But it would be a very brief way to explain it . Although it may seem crazy to say so, it seems the fruit of a wild orgy between some programs Adobe suite , as if their codes had been crossed and had given birth to a son endowed with some of its virtues but with some limitations .

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  • May 5, 2014

Sony a6000 analysis: a solid but conservative bet

Most mirrorless cameras in APS-C format are able to take a great photo. The Sony a6000 reaches this sector increasingly crowded with the intention of highlighting a handful of new tricks and updated technology, but it is too similar to the camera it replaces, the 2012 Sony NEX-6.

What is it?

The Sony NEX series may be gone, but it has only been done as a trade name. Its excellent cameras are very much alive under the umbrella of the Alpha (a) range. The a6000 is a mirrorless camera with mid-range sensor of 24 megapixel and APS-C size, and the E-Mount from Sony. It costs $650 USD body only and $800 USD with a 16-50 mm f / 3,5-5,6 lens.

Sony a6000

Why is it important?

It is the first camera restructured Alpha line pointing to a higher input level (not counting , of course, the powerful Alpha a7 and A7R full format). It is important because it replaces the NEX -6 and probably also the NEX -7, which was revolutionary when it came out in 2011.

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  • April 25, 2014

Nikon D610 Review

The new Nikon D610 is described as a model that overcomes the serious mistakes caused by the D600, related to oil stains in the sensors. This new model shows what Nikon and their Full Frame models are capable of.

The new Nikon D610 is the response to the errors caused by the previous model, the Nikon D600, which had oil stains on the sensor. If you own a D600, you can take it to a customer service center so they give you a D610.

The technical specs show this is a high-performance model with a Full Frame CMOS sensor with a 35.9x24mm size and a resolution of 24.3MP, just like the Sony A7. The EXPEED 3 processor has an ISO range of 50-25600.

Nikon D610 Sample Image

It features a burst mode of 6fps capable of maintaining this speed constantly. The 3.2-inch LCD screen has a 921000-pixel resolution, the second best on the market (the best so far is 1040000 pixels). Sadly, it doesn’t have tilting system, despite not being a product aimed at videographers.

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  • April 15, 2014

Panasonic Lumix ZS40 Review

These are not easy times for compact cameras. The Smartphone phenomenon, the progressive decline in prices of the SLR cameras or the recent release of the newest Micro Four Thirds only make it harder for these kinds of cameras to stay afloat. That’s why manufacturers like Panasonic have changed the strategy, and are now releasing specialized compact cameras, like the super zoom model we will now review.

 

Panasonic Lumix ZS40

The new Panasonic Lumix ZS40 keeps the 18-megapixel CMOS sensor its predecessor, the TZ40, already had, but adds some interesting new features such as a 0.2-inch electronic viewfinder with a 200000 pixel resolution, as well as a 30x zoom (ten more than in the previous generation), offering the equivalent of 24-720 mm and a brightness of f3.3 -6.4.

A common handicap of this type of camera is the stabilization, especially if we take advantage of the tremendous zoom it has. Using a tripod is useful, but not everyone has access to one. Panasonic has therefore incorporated the new HYBRID OIS+ system (Hybrid Optical Image Stabilizer Plus), a 5-axis stabilizer that works in both photo and video modes.

Panasonic Lumix ZS40

A common feature of the TZ series is the manual control. The Panasonic Lumix ZS40 features a full manual mode, RAW shooting (for the first time ever in this series), and a frontal ring to change parameters in real time and see the changes on the screen, instead of using the menu system. It has a peaking focus system to aid users in manual mode.

In recent years, manufacturers have taken the automatic mode in compact cameras to an impressive level, partly due to improved image processors and better software. The smart mode of this Lumix camera is perfect for beginners who only want to worry about pressing the shutter button. The 15 creative filters it has are great for those who do not want to post-process their photos.

The Panasonic Lumix ZS40 features Wi-Fi, GPS and NFC, vital features for a camera that has to compete against Smart phones. We especially liked the ability to remotely control the camera from a phone or tablet.

Panasonic Lumix ZS40

Conclusions

Panasonic’s newest camera is a versatile and with a lot of options. The focus system is excellent and the lens is amazing. The machine behaves outstandingly at 800 ISO and can even produce good results at 1600 ISO when lighting conditions are good. However, the normal limitations of a compact camera lens are noticeable sometimes.

The Panasonic Lumix ZS40 is one of the best compact cameras on the market, especially recommended for those looking for an advanced device with manual control possibilities and a good lens. The Panasonic Lumix ZS40 costs around 438 Dollars.