Monday, June 10, 2013

Samsung Galaxy Digital Camera Review

 Samsung has inevitable that the company would bring its Android know-how to a full-fledged digital camera. Samsung Galaxy Digital Camera not only boasts the speed and smooth operation of Google's Android 4.1 platform (Jelly Bean), but also includes both Wi-Fi and either 3G or 3G/4G wireless data connectivity.

For its photo-taking capabilities, the Samsung Galaxy Camera far outpaces what's offered in your typical smartphone, providing a 16.3-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, a 21x f/2.8-5.9 lens that delivers a 23-483mm equivalent range, optical image stabilization, Full HD 1080p video (30fps) and a huge 4.8-inch LCD Super Clear Touch Display.
The most exciting about the Samsung Galaxy Camera is its ability to save and share your photos to the cloud and on your social networks the moment you take them, via the Auto Cloud Backup and Share Shot feature. You can also connect the Galaxy Camera to a range of other Samsung Galaxy devices via Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi with Dual Band and Channel Bonding, or 3G/4G .

Like any Android-based device, Samsung Galaxy Digital Camera lets your browse the web and download a host of apps for both work and play. It comes with both Google's Play store, and 
Samsung's S Suggest application.

Samsung Galaxy Digital Camera comes with built-in memory -- the amount varies depending on your version, with 4GB, 8GB, or 16GB variants available. Many of Samsung Galaxy Digital
Camera's features are aimed at making it easier for photo novices to take, edit and manage pictures with ease. Samsung Galaxy Digital Camera's Smart Pro mode -- analogous to the Scene mode found on many cameras -- has 15 different options that configure the camera appropriately for preset photographic scenarios, ranging from Macro to Action Freeze.

Pros: Powerful zoom lens; Fast processor; Huge and bright display; Modern Android operating system; Vast selection of available apps.

Cons: Large, heavy body; Expensive price tag; 3G/4G data plan adds to cost; Sedate performance; Image quality doesn't compare well to other similarly sized / priced cameras.


Monday, June 3, 2013

Olympus PEN E-P5 Review

Olympus Pen E-P5  

Olympus introduced the original Micro Four Thirds PEN E-P1 almost 4 years ago in June 2009, it was the first mirrorless interchangeable lens camera to adopt a compact, 'rangefinder-style' body that made no pretence to look like an SLR.. The PEN E-P5 - the fourth model in the E-P range - continues this theme, while adding an array of updates that make it easily the most desirable PEN yet. It includes many of the features that made the E-M5 such a compelling package, such as the same 16MP MOS sensor, advanced '5-axis' in-body image stabilization (now with automatic panning detection), 9 fps continuous shooting, and tilting rear touch screen. It also inherits the refinements debuted on the PEN E-PL5, such as enhanced in-camera RAW conversion, a broad-range 'HDR bracketing' mode, and the ability to specify whether you wish to use in-lens or in-body image stabilization with Panasonic OIS lenses.

 Olympus PEN E-P5 specification highlights:
  1.  16MP MOS Four Thirds format sensor 
  2.  Twin control dials (front and rear) with '2x2' dual-mode option 
  3.  1/8000 sec top shutter speed, 1/320 sec flash sync 
  4.  '5-axis' image stabilization with automatic panning detection ('S-IS Auto') 
  5.  ISO 'LOW' (100 equiv) - ISO 25,600 
  6.  Up to 9fps shooting (5.0 fps with continuous AF) 
  7.  Focus 'peaking' display • Intervalometer and Time Lapse movie creation 
  8.  1.04m dot 3" LCD touchscreen display - tilts 80° upwards and 50° downwards 
  9.  Built-in Wi-Fi for remote shooting (iAuto only) and image transfer to smartphone or tablet 
  10.  Optional VF-4 electronic viewfinder: 2.36M dot LCD, 0.74x magnification (equiv), eye sensor

Additional features 

AF' mode that allows extremely precise positioning of the AF point when using magnified live view, very much like the one seen on recent Panasonic models. It gains timed intervalometer shooting, along with the ability to assemble time-lapse movies in-camera. The Live Bulb mode, that allows you to monitor the progress of long exposures while the shutter is open, now features an on-screen histogram to help monitor exposure build-up. The image stabilization system is also now always active by default, to provide a stabilized live view feed (especially useful when using telephoto lenses). The E-P5 also gets Olympus's 'Photo Story' feature that first appeared on the XZ-10 enthusiast compact. This is essentially an In traditional Olympus fashion the E-P5 gets a few new features compared to previous models. There's a 'Super-spot extension of Art Filters, allowing you to generate multi-image composites rather like the pages of a photo book, in a wide variety of themes. It may not be something enthusiast photographers will use all the time, and arguably better suited to lower-end PEN models. 

One key change compared to previous E-Px models is a rearrangement of the controls - gone are the thumb roller and tiny rear dial, replaced by 'proper' front and rear dials that protrude horizontally from the top plate. The E-P5 places emphasis on speed: it has a top shutter speed of 1/8000 sec, which Olympus says should help make best use of the company's F1.8 prime lenses, allowing them to be shot wide open in sunlight.