• October 7, 2017

Best Monitor for Photo Editing and Video Editing (October 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.

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.

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Dan
Dan

Hi, I'm new in photo editing. I'm looking to upgrade my monitor and came across a ViewSonic model VP2468, has…
nilesh
nilesh

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JD
JD

Hi Dan, I too have been looking at the Viewsonic VP2468. I have 4 Viewsonics and they have all…
Andre B
Andre B

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Jeff
Jeff

I was looking at getting the LG 31MU97, but now the new LG 32UD99 that was at CES this year…

  • October 6, 2017

iOS 11: 15 hidden expert functions

Available since the 19th of September, iOS 11 has introduced quite a few innovations for the iPhone and has radically changed the iPad user-experience. While Apple has put the emphasis on augmented reality, its new control center and the iPad user-experience – now similar to that of a Mac, iOS 11 has also introduced other innovations. PCGAMER presents 15 hidden functions that will give you better control over the latest Apple update.

Screen capture as a video

Requested for years by its users, the possibility of recording the screen’s content as a video is now possible with iOS 11. Once enabled within the new control center, it activates quickly and is even able to record the sounds emitted by the device. It can also record sound from the microphone on demand.

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  • September 29, 2017

Best Instant Cameras and Films 2018

In the last few years, there has been a resurgence in the popularity of instant photography (Polaroid, Instax or other devices that allow instant printing of photos). This type of camera has been around since the end of the 1940s, but the market is currently undergoing expansion and attracting a growing number of consumers – both professionals and people who have never owned a camera before. Young people are also interested in this return to film photography in its most basic expression.

We were able to test quite a few of the available options – both different types of cameras and films. Here is our instant photography buyer’s guide which we hope will help you make the best choice with respect to your needs and budget.

Why buy an instant camera?

instant camera

Having an instant camera allows you to quickly share your photos with someone as well as to keep a "tangible" memento of an experience. With instant photos, you could easily illustrate a personal travel log or quickly give someone a photograph you have taken of them, etc.

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  • September 27, 2017

Photo lab – The Nikon D850 vs.the D810 vs. Sony A7R II vs. Canon EOS 5DsR, which is better?

It’s brand new, it’s beautiful, and above all, it has arrived at our photo lab: the Nikon D850. And what a joy it is! It’s enough to make us happy to have returned from holidays. And we are full of energy and motivation as well as curiosity: so, how does its 45.7 megapixel BSI CMOS 45,7 sensor stack up against the current kings of high definition?

It was not difficult to make a selection of cameras able to compete with the Nikon D850 as its only serious competitors are: its predecessor – the D810, the Sony Alpha 7R II and the Canon EOS 5Ds R. In order to avoid favoritism, for the purposes of this test, all of these cameras will be mounted with a Sigma Art 35 mm f/1.4 DG HSM lens (one with a Nikon F mount and one with a Canon EF mount). The two questions we will be asking are: what can Imatest tell us about the resolving power of the Nikon D850? And, how does the camera behave at high ISO sensitivity values?

Imatest: a well-designed 45.7 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor

The Imatest software, in association with SFRplus chart, is able to measure the resolving power of a given lens relative to a given sensor. In other words, while using the same lens, this test will determine a camera’s ability to distinguish very fine details in three distinct zones: the center, periphery, and edges of the frame. The graphs it produces are very easy to read: the higher the curves, the better (as far as resolving power is concerned), and the closer the three curves are to each other, the better (in terms of the lens’s homogeneity at a given aperture opening). You can click on the images below to enlarge them.

Nikon D850 vs.the D810

Nikon D850 vs.the D810

Nikon D850 vs.the D810

Nikon D850 vs.the D810

Compared to the D810, the D850 is more precise at wider aperture, despite being equivalent at f/8. However, the D850’s increased definition makes it more susceptible to diffraction effects. If you commonly operate at f/11 and beyond, the D810 would probably be better suited to your needs.

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  • September 23, 2017

iPhone X, this is how the best Apple phone to date looks like

The new iPhone already has a name: it is the iPhone X and it is the best Apple phone that has ever existed to date. It is the highest-end model of the three phones that have just been launched by the company in its new Steve Jobs theater at the Apple Park (the other two are the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus) and the most striking feature of its design is the introduction of a screen format that goes from edge to edge. However, this is only one of the novelties brought by this 10th-anniversary launch.

iPhone X

The iPhone X coincides with a very special moment for the company: the iPhone’s 10th anniversary, which explains Apple’s decision of giving its new phone this curious name (the ‘X’ stands for ten in the Roman numeric system) in an unprecedented change of strategy. It all started with the original iPhone that was launched back in 2007, but ten years have passed since then and with this new model we find an absolute renewal over the latest iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

What has changed in Apple’s new iPhone? Out of all the novelties, the most striking one is that the new iPhone 8’s best model sports a screen that virtually covers the phone’s entire front. As we have already seen in the Samsung Galaxy S8, the LG V30 and many others, bezel-less displays are now the hot new thing that is featured on high-end phones, and Apple also wanted to take on this new trend. Let’s take a closer look at all of the iPhone’s novelties.

The new iPhone X changes everything for Apple

After years of being faithful to a design that has undergone few modifications as the years have gone by, Apple has decided to shake things up with the iPhone X: bid farewell to the screen bezels, to the dual-camera horizontal layout and to Touch ID. With what we have seen from the iPhone 6 onwards, those looking for similarities in terms of design will not find a significant resemblance.

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  • September 20, 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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Nancy Nafziger
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Jill

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Denise

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Cheryl Martens

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  • September 17, 2017

iPhone X vs. iPhone 8: which should you buy?

Yesterday, Apple announced the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X specs, pricing, release dates, and we got to try them out. But which of these three phones is right for you? It depends on your hobbies and daily activities, of course, but I’ve broken it down to what’s most worth it depending on what you’re looking for. If you are in desperate need of a phone immediately, it’s important to note that the iPhone X won’t be out until November 3rd, and the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus come out September 22nd, so you might settle for an iPhone 8 or have to tide yourself over with a cheaper iPhone 7 Plus in the meantime.

iPhone X

First, let’s consider the iPhone 8 compared to its predecessor. The iPhone 8 offers some improvements to the iPhone 7, but if you just bought an iPhone 7 last year, I recommend skipping the 8 this time. It has an all-new glass design, wireless charging capabilities, and an A11 Bionic chip, with faster cores. The battery life in both the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus remains the same as the 7 and 7 Plus, too, but this year’s phones have True Tone display, which changes the screen to look better to your eyes based on ambient light around you.

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  • September 8, 2017

Vernee puts Xiaomi in check with their new Vernee MIX 2

The Chinese manufacturer Vernee hasn’t stopped with their new releases. The Mars Pro, the M5, and now the new MIX 2, a terminal with a virtually borderless screen that aims to compete with the Xiaomi MIX 2, both by features and by name. We tell you as little as we know.

Not so long ago, dual camera phones were a hit, but now smartphones with their front almost completely occupied by their screen have taken that place, like the Xiaomi MIX 2, and now the Vernee MIX 2. The latter manufacturer puts Xiaomi, the world’s most recognized Chinese manufacturer, in check, by naming their latest smartphone exactly the same, and with similar specs, but with a more competitive price, trying to get the public’s attention in some way.

Vernee MIX 2

At the moment, little is known about the new device. In Xiaomi’s advertising, they announce their phone as "bezel-less 2.0" (without edges 2.0) and presume that it has an almost perfect design, so that the entire front is occupied by the screen. However it seems that Vernee goes the same way since they announce it as "not only bezel-less 2.0" (not only without edges 2.0), making it see that it has "something more" than expected. It is not known what surprise will hide the brand’s new model.

There is a real filtered photo of the device, although it must still be a prototype. Because of the size of the device, it appears that its borderless screen has an 18: 9 aspect ratio, being twice as long, and almost exactly as wide. The edges of the screen have 2.5D curvature, giving a feel similar to the one given by the Samsung Note 8’s "infinity display", but no other specs are yet known. However, knowing the precedents of this manufacturer, it will not be long until we know the complete technical characteristics, price and launch date of the new device.

  • September 2, 2017

Canon M100: the mini EOS M Mirrorless is coming!

Today, Canon announced the release of a new entry-level hybrid camera which will become the newest member of its EOS M product line: the Canon M100. Equipped with a 24.2 megapixel APS-C sensor, the EOS M100 seduces by its compactness and cuteness in addition to incorporating much technology which was developed for higher-end mirrorless cameras.

Canon M100

It measures 10.82 x 6.71 x 3.51 cm and weighs in at 302 g (without a lens). It is the smallest and most lightweight of all of Canon’s hybrids. In fact, this camera more closely resembles a conventional compact camera than a hybrid.

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  • August 29, 2017

Nikon D850: overview and technical characteristics

For its 100th anniversary, Nikon has announced the release of the Nikon D850.

This pixel rich reflex camera will replace the Nikon D810 to satisfy the needs of photographers who are looking for a camera with the best possible performance characteristics which is also capable of producing very high definition photos and videos.

Nikon D850

Nikon D850: overview and technical characteristics

Just as for the Nikon D5, the announcement of the D850’s release was done in two stages: a pre-announcement in July during which time no technical specifications were given, and an announcement in August accompanied by the details of the camera’s technical data sheet.

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