• November 25, 2016

Nikon D3300 vs Nikon D3400, what’s the difference?

Nikon has presented their new D3400, an entry level DSLR camera with which they intend to win the hearts of newbie photographers who wish to have a camera with much more features than a smartphone camera or a compact camera. However, it doesn’t have a lot more features than the Nikon D3300. That is why we’re comparing them. Which camera should you buy and why?

Almost the same technical specifications

If you’re wondering if there’s going to be a big difference between the photos that these cameras take, the answer is no. On a technical level, you have the exact same possibilities with both cameras. They have the same sensor, the same processor, the same ISO range and the same shutter speed. This means that the new features aren’t present in these aspects. Video quality also isn’t improved; it remains Full HD. This means that if you want a relatively cheap quality camera, with which you can take good pictures, there’s no reason to buy the Nikon D3400 over the D3300. Even though this is logical, there sure are differences between both cameras.

The specs comparison of Nikon D3300 and Nikon D3400:

  Nikon D3300 Nikon D3400
Picture Nikon D3300 Nikon D3400
Sensor 24.2MP 24.2MP
Processor EXPEED 4 EXPEED 4
LCD Fixed 3.0" 921k-dot LCD Fixed 3.0" 921k-dot LCD
AF System 11-point (one cross-type) 11-point (one-cross type)
ISO Range 100-12,800 (expansion to 25,600) 100-12,800 (expansion to 25,600)
Viewfinder magnification (coverage) 0.85x (95% coverage) 0.85x (95% coverage)
Connectivity  With optional WU-1a Mobile Adapter Bluetooth LE (Works with SnapBridge to enable photo sharing. )
Video Capture max res. 1080/60p 1080/60p
Continuous Shooting 5 fps 5 fps
Built in Flash (Range) Yes (12m) Yes (7m)
Sensor Cleaning Ultrasonic No
External Mic Port Yes No
Weather Sealing No No
Battery Life 700 shots 1200 shots
Dimensions 124 x 98 x 76mm 124 x 98 x 76mm
Weight 460g 395g
More information More information and user reviews on Amazon More information and user reviews on Amazon

Nikon D3400

Why buy the Nikon D3400?

What could make you choose the Nikon D3400? Well, there are two innovative features on this camera. One of them is integrated Bluetooth connectivity and compatibility with Nikon Snapbridge platform,  thanks to which we can share pictures we take instantly with our smartphone and upload them to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc. It’s a feature we expected, only because more and more users are sharing their pictures, and this can be a deciding factor if you’re someone that uses social media a lot.

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  • November 25, 2016

Canon 80D vs Nikon D7200, What’s the difference? Which is better?

Canon 80D vs Nikon D7200

Like in football, the photo has its classico, in this case, the confrontation of the two famous DSLR brands, Canon and Nikon. The recent release of the Canon 80D of Canon is the perfect opportunity to organize a duel with the latest Nikon D7200 (released almost a year ago…).

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  • November 18, 2016

The mirrorless Full Frame Canon will be compatible with EF lenses

Canon is working in a mirrorless camera with a Full Frame sensor. They have recently released the Canon EOS M5 with an APS-C sensor and no mirror, a novelty in the catalog, but we are still waiting for the Full Frame. Now news tells us that the mirrorless Canon will be compatible with all EF lenses of the brand.

Compatible with your lenses

If you have a Canon camera with Full Frame sensor, obviously you also have a whole series of high quality lenses to use.

Canon

Compatible with Canon EF lenses

Some of them could be remarkably costly. And of course, the idea of moving to a mirrorless if that means having to renew all your lenses, is not very striking. However, that will not be the case with Canon’s new mirrorless Full Frame sensor camera. The latest news coming from Canon Rumors are very clear in this regard. The new body of the Canon mirrorless will be compatible with Canon EF lenses.

Canon Full Frame Mirrorless

We still do not know, of course, the characteristics the camera will have, and it is impossible to get an estimate of the resolution of the sensor, or it’s speed. Keep in mind that unlike what happens with Sony or Fujifilm, Canon has DSLR cameras that would compete with this one in the market, and they do not want to steal sales from themselves, so they could limit the specs on this Full Frame camera. It would not be ideal for users, but we’ll see which way Canon follows.

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  • November 18, 2016

The Huawei Mate 9 is the second bet of Leica on smartphone

Leica has been able to create its own place in the world of smart phones allying itself with one of the most growing brands in the market. And gradually they are consolidating more and more that relationship. The new Leica dual camera comes integrated in the Huawei Mate 9, which has two sensors with notable improvements over the Huawei P9.

Leica Dual Camera

Leica’s first dual camera came with the Huawei P9. It was a camera that had two sensors with the same resolution: 12 megapixels.

Huawei Mate 9

But there was a difference between them. One of these was monochrome, so it captured the image in black and white, while the other sensor was RGB and captured the color image. Thanks to this, the monochrome sensor was able to capture more light, useful for combining the two captures in a single one that had more light data of the image, but with an also surprising level of color detail. The Huawei Mate 9 continues along the same path, but improving on it.

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  • November 6, 2016

Best Gaming Monitor

You might be a serious hardcore gamer, or even a skilled weekend PC warrior, but if your hardware is not up to the task, you will be staring defeat in the face no matter how good you are. Sure, you can play the latest FPS games on older equipment, but it lags, leaving you vulnerable when playing competitors online. To get a smoother playing experience, a gaming PC which has a powerful graphics card combined with a quality, flicker and blur free monitor are needed. This guide is dedicated to helping you choose a display which will enhance your gaming experience.

How to choose a gaming monitor?

Size and Resolution

You may already have a monitor size in mind. Perhaps you want a large 27 inch monitor for your desk, or maybe even two of them! Perhaps a smaller one would suit your needs and situation more? Whatever size you decide on, the most important thing, is what resolution the monitor is.

The resolution of a monitor indicates how many pixels it displays, and this in turn reflects how sharp the image is. 1080P monitors are very common, and at screen sizes up to 23″ produce nice, sharp images. On biggers screens, such as 27” though, the image quality is not so great. A higher resolution is needed such as 2560×1440 in order to get that ‘sharp’ screen. This resolution also provides more screen space for your icons, browsers, and other things. Size and Resolution

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  • October 26, 2016

Guide To Buying the Best External Flash 2017 For Your Nikon/Canon DSLR camera

If you already bought your ideal SLR camera, you practiced with it, you dared to leave behind the manual mode, and you made your first steps in portrait, you’ve probably passed from the “The flash fires on it’s own and does what it wants but it’s ok” phase to the “the flash fires on it’s own and does what it wants and I hate it” phase, or eventually to the “i just block it and forget it exists” phase. Well, I wrote this article because I’ve gone through those phases. Through all of them, but the truth is that not all flashes are created equal, built in flashes do their function the best they can but luckily there are other alternatives that will make you believe in them again.

Flash

Now if you’re already in the second chance phase, you have probably gone to the internet in search of the best brands, options, user comments, etc and you probably were overwhelmed by all that nomenclature and names worthy of physics nobel prizes (Can’t they really find simpler names?) and you have no idea where to start. Well, do not despair, we’ve all been through it. The trick is to simplify (like when we compose a photograph) and focus on knowing what you want, what acronyms have been devoted to name the thing you want, and not paying attention to what you don’t need.

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  • October 24, 2016

Best DSLR Cameras For Beginners 2017

If you are about to purchase your next digital reflex camera, then keep reading. In it I will present which, for me, are the best digital reflex cameras for beginners and hobbyists. This is a very important purchase decision, because it will determine if you’re going to have a satisfactory and loving relationship with photography or if you’re going to have one of hate, frustration and incomprehension.

While making this list, I took into account my own personal experience and opinions, after many years of being a photographer and after almost 7 years working at Blog del Fotógrafo, helping and giving recommendations about digital reflex cameras to readers of different levels, as well as several sources and comparison sites.

Before choosing a DSLR camera

Before choosing a reflex camera I need you to keep three very simple but important things in mind if you want to be successful:

  • First: There is no best camera. Each brand and each model offers different features. There are recommendable cameras and today I am going to mention the most recommended cameras from people who have used them, but it’s important for you to know that the best camera doesn’t exist.
  • Second: What do you want? What are you looking for? It’s important to know very well which features are important to you. Are you interested in a camera with a rotating screen? Must it have good video quality? Will you be taking many pictures at night? These questions will help you rule out certain models and keep the one that best suits your needs.
  • Third: Don’t be intimidated by the terminology and the technicalities. I recommend you keep this document open while you keep reading, since in it I explain, in a simplified way, all the terms and specifications about cameras that could possibly scare you.

The best digital reflex cameras for beginners

And I add the “for beginners” part because we could include more cameras, much more powerful ones, but a good reflex for beginners is a camera that must be simple and easy to use, easy to learn, without hassles. You need a simple camera which will make the task of taking amazing pictures easy, and not a complicated and cumbersome one which will you make you want to stop taking pictures. Also, it must be very affordable.

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  • October 15, 2016

Sony RX100 V, the fastest compact in the world

It is clear that the wheel cannot stop spinning. We haven’t even finished digesting the new products presented at Photokina and manufacturers are back already with a new set of releases. Soon there won’t be any gaps in the calendar to avoid overlapping each other’s releases. Not content with just announcing the new and impressive Sony A6500, the Japanese giant renews its range of Cyber-Shot compacts with the new Sony RX100 V.

Sony RX100 V: speed above all

One of the biggest differences when using a compact camera compared to higher performance equipment, was the sluggishness of its AF system and shutter… until now. Sony announces its new Sony RX100 V as the fastest compact in the world. It is true that in recent years there have been many good steps in improving this critical part of compact cameras but the figures we handle according to official information released by Sony are certainly outstanding.

Sony RX100 V

New hybrid AF system

For the first time a camera from the RX series carries a fast hybrid AF system. It combines phase detection and contrast systems and achieves, thanks to its 315 AF points in its sensor (the highest AF points count in a sensor in a compact in the world), the greatest speed of AF achieved to date in a compact: 0.05 seconds (under equipment test conditions). The 315 AF points cover 65% of the frame which allows excellent tracking of moving objects, making this camera stand out in areas so far banned for compacts, such as sports or wildlife photography.

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  • October 15, 2016

The Sony A6500 is out, with features never seen on a compact camera

Never before have we seen a compact camera capable of technology and features of such a high level as the Sony A6500 which was officially launched today unannounced. 4K video, 5-axis stabilization, new image processor and a incredibly fast focus system. All of this in a surprising and extremely small camera.

Sony A6500

Earlier this year Sony introduced the A6300, a camera that arrived as part of the A6000 family, improving on the latter, though not simply as a successor, but as a different higher level camera. In the same vein comes the Sony A6500. A better camera than the Sony A6300 capable of getting better results, with very similar design. In fact, it seems that the objective of the Japanese company was to integrate better technologies into a camera with the same size and concept.

Sony A6500

Sony A6500 comes with a handful of features that make it impossible for us to remain indifferent. Its design is similar, it’s a camera with electronic viewfinder and E-mount, but the new features included are striking.

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  • October 12, 2016

The Sony A5100 has been discontinued, is the Sony A5200 coming?

It was bound to happen. The Sony A5200, or the Sony A5300, depending on what the name will be, was going to arrive this year, 2016. There were rumors, but Sony hadn’t threatened to launch a camera of this sort. Now, however, the Sony A5100 has been discontinued, which clearly indicates that a successor will arrive very soon.

Sony A5100, discontinued

The Sony A5100 is a great option for users who are looking for a good camera, small, capable shooting in RAW, and with a folding screen. All of this with the option of utilizing any lens with an E mount from Sony and other brands. Without a doubt, the Sony A5100 is a unique camera. That is why its reveal is highly anticipated, now more than ever, since we waited for it a few months ago, and it still hasn’t arrived. The problems at the factories where Sony makes their sensors have delayed the launches of several of the company’s cameras. They have only presented a Sony A99 II in Photokina 2016. And it wasn’t the camera we expected, so there should be more launches before this year (2016) ends. Of of them would be this Sony A5200.

Sony A5200, the new compact camera with interchangeable lenses.

A mirror-less camera doesn’t have to be compact. That is the case of the Sony A7 for example. However, if there is a camera that can truly claim to be compact, it’s the 5000 series from Sony. Specifically, the one that’s about to arrive would be the Sony A5300, or the Sony A5200, depending on the final name of the camera. This last name would be the logic one according to the numbering, but A5300 would also make a lot of sense if we consider that the camera will be very similar to the Sony A6300, which also skipped several numberings. Either way, if we have to bet on a name, I would say it will be called Sony A5200. The arrival of the A6300 didn’t cause the discontinuation of the A6000, but this will occur with the last version.

A5200

Anyhow, it seems that this new camera from Sony will stand out for having some features similar to the Sony A6300, like the same sensor and same processor. Thus, we will see an APS-C 24-megapixel sensor. The camera will probably also stand out for introducing 4K recording, a key feature for competing with some models Panasonic launched this year. All of that without forgetting something that’s unique to this camera, its 180 degree foldable screen which will allow us to record or photograph ourselves. All of this without forgetting about an improvement on the focus, which, while it won’t be as good as the focus on the A6300, the fastest and most precise of its class, it will be an improvement over the A5100.

Its launch though, is still unknown. We are expecting a lot more cameras from Sony this year, from the renovation of the A7 series, as well as the arrival of the new A9s, and this A5200. We’ll see when they decide to present one, or all of these developments.