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Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II

Two years ago, in November of 2015, Canon released the smallest camera with a nice 1-inch sensor – the PowerShot G9X. The camera was a big hit – it utilizes 20.1-megapizen 1” type CMOS sensor and a 3x zoom lens all in compact form that you could easily fit inside of your pocket. Recently, at the CES in Vegas, this Japanese manufacturer announced the Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II, which is an upgrade. This new camera will be using the same lens and sensor, but it will have a faster image processor and numerous new features, all while retaining the same compact form of the predecessor.

It’s Very Compact

Looking at the Canon G9X, it looks identical to its predecessor, which means it maintains the sleek and compact design. The dimensions come out to 3.9 x 1.3 x 1.2 inches and weighs around 7.3 ounces, even with the memory card and battery inserted.

The Rear Display

While it is very compact, this camera doesn’t skip out on a nice rear display. The camera comes equipped with a 3-inch touchscreen LCD display with a total of 1.04 million dots. You won’t be able to tilt the display, because it is fixed, but the fixed design helps keep the camera thin.

On the right side of the display, you’ll find four buttons as well as a thumb grip. The camera doesn’t have any sort of navigational or directional buttons, but this should be okay as you can easily use the touchscreen to navigate the menus. In fact, many people prefer using a touchscreen over buttons.

The Top of the Camera

On top of the camera, you have a shutter release, mode dial, and a rotating switch that you can use in order to control the focal length. There is also a power and playback button. Looking further, the camera also has a cool pop-up built-in flash with a flash release. As for the flash, it has a range of 1.6 feet to 20 feet at the wide focal length and at the telephoto focal length, it has a range of 1.6 feet to 7.9 feet.

Speaking in focal length, that reminds me – the Canon G9X II has a built-in lens with a focal length range between 10.2 to 30.6mm. The 3x zoom lenses maximum aperture is f/2 at 28mm and it narrows to 4/4.9 by 84 mm. On the lens barrel, there’s a ring that can be used in order to control a variety of shooting settings. Using the touchscreen, you can control the ring’s function.

Canon plans to ship this new camera out starting in February – it retails for $530.

Conclusion

If you’re looking for a decent camera at a good price, then the Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II might be a viable option for you. It takes good pictures and is so compact that it can fit in your back pocket.

GoPro Karma

With a large array of drones currently on the market, it makes it hard to pick the best one. The Karma, yet another quadcopter, was recently released and because of the quality of GoPro’s cameras, it’s safe to automatically assume the picture quality is top notch. However, is the GoPro Karma, as a drone, everything you’d expect it to be? Let’s not waste any time in finding out …

Basically, GoPro created an accessory for GoPro cameras – that’s what it is. Don’t get me wrong, if you use the drone on its own, it’s fantastic. However, when you compare it with others that are currently available, you’ll see that it’s missing quite a few key features, but from what I have read, despite those key features being gone, people are still satisfied with the drone because they purchased it as a GoPro camera accessory.

A Nice Bundle

GoPro bundles this product with a nice backpack case, a unique controller and a steady-cam mount. Let’s go back to that controller for a second – when holding the controller, it feels like you’re holding a portable game system …it’s definitely a great controller.

As far as the price goes, at the time of writing this review, without a camera, it sells for $799. If you already have a Hero 4 camera, this is a good buy. If you would like it bundled with a Hero 4 or Hero 5 camera, expect to pay between $999-$1099. With these price points, the Karma is competitive with the DJI Phantom 4 and the DJI Phantom 3 Advanced.

GoPro Flying Mount

Long story short, the Karma is a decent drone. Instead of thinking of it as an autonomous aerial vehicle, though, you need to look at it as a flying GoPro mount. It lacks follow-me abilities and collision detection, which just so happen to be the latest features in most drones at this price point.

Great for Beginners

It doesn’t take long to get the GoPro Karma up and running. In only a matter of seconds, you can take the Karma out of its case and launch it into the air. Even if you’re a beginner, and have never flown a drone before, you shouldn’t have a problem with this one. Staying in the air is a piece of cake with this drone and that is something that really stands out from the crowd.

Auto Take-Off

There’s an auto take-off button you can use in order to make things easier on you. However, when you’re ready, you can go full manual. You have flight modes like Cable Cam, Orbit, Dronie, and Reveal that will take care of your complex moves. This way, even if you don’t know what you’re doing, you will be able to get some pretty good footage.

Conclusion

Yes, the Karma is missing the Follow Me mode, which helps you run through trees, but this doesn’t take away from the fun! With the GoPro Karma, you can capture some amazing footage and I’m pretty sure that is exactly what GoPro intended with this device.

 

Sony Sports Camera FDR-X1000V-Product Review

The Sony Sports Camera FDR-X1000V combines many of every adventurer’s favorite things: a sports action camera, 4K quality, Wi-Fi and GPS functionalities, all packed in a heavy-duty high-performance body and a waterproof case.

1 How Much Is The Sony Sports Camera FDR-X1000V?

This action cam from Sony has a suggested retail price of $499.00.

 

 

 

Who Would Buy The Sony Sports Camera FDR-X1000V?

Sports enthusiasts and lovers of the great outdoors are now making it a point to document their activities and adventures using cameras. However, more often than not, what they are able to capture does not even come close to the real thing. It’s not clear enough, or the action is not captured as vividly as they want. Worse, the captured moments are not rendered as well as they had hoped. With the Sony Sports Camera FDR-X1000V, those concerns are greatly minimized and even eliminated. They can now watch those adventures come to life over and over again, thanks to this action camera’s fool-proof performance.

Things We Like About The Sony Sports Camera FDR-X1000V

An action camera with limited features is not an investment worth making. Fortunately, the Sony Sports Camera FDR-X1000V is packed with so many features and functionalities that would make every action lover’s mouth water.

Sony incorporated its ultra-efficient XAVC S codec in this camera, so it is able to record videos at 4k 100Mbps, something that other action cameras cannot even claim to be able to do. The 4k video is of such great quality that the results look like they have been taken by a pro.

It also lives up to its name of being an action camera, since it can perform even when in motion. Blurring is often a problem with these types of cameras, but the FDR-X1000V rectified that with its built-in image stabilization, the SteadyShot. On top of that, image quality is not compromised, because it also comes with white balance control and exposure compensation.

The ultra-wide ZEISS Tessar lens also allows a panoramic 170-degree viewing angle, and the Exmor R CMOS sensor makes it ideal even for shooting in dark settings.

9Things We Did Not Like About The Sony Sports Camera FDR-X1000V

Several have already complained how the droplets of water can smear the lens casing, but that is just a minor gripe.

Guarantee?

The Sony Sports Camera FDR-X1000V is covered by Sony’s standard manufacturer’s warranty for both parts and labor.

Is The Sony Sports Camera FDR-X1000V Worth The Money?

At its price, it can go head to head with even the existing action and sports cameras, and come out on top with its outstanding features. So, yes, it definitely is worth the money.

Where Can I Buy The Sony Sports Camera FDR-X1000V?

Electronics stores and other stores selling cameras are sure to have the Sony Sports Camera FDR-X1000V on their shelves. Of course, you can also refer to online stores. Amazon is one such store, offering products at competitive prices and even throwing in Free Shipping along with it!

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Final Thoughts For The Sony Sports Camera FDR-X1000V

When it comes to design, features, performance and image quality, the Sony Sports Camera FDR-X1000V definitely delivers, and we should all pay attention!

Panasonic Lumix CM-1 – Product Review

The Panasonic Lumix CM-1 is a communication camera that boasts an ultra-slim design, and operates using the latest Android operating system. It is equipped with a 20-megapixel 1-inch Sensor, a 4.7-inch full HD Touch LCD, and Wi-Fi and NFC capabilities.

1How Much Is The Panasonic Lumix CM-1?

The Panasonic Lumix CM-1 comes with a hefty price tag pegged at $1,599.00.

 

 

Who Would Buy The Panasonic Lumix CM-1?

It’s not a rare sight to see people lugging two gadgets with them: a smartphone on one hand, and a compact camera on the other. Things would definitely be much easier if they can have only one unit that performs the function of the two. That is where the Panasonic Lumix CM-1 comes in. This is ideal for users who prefer a no-fuss option to having a camera AND a separate smartphone.

Things We Like About The Panasonic Lumix CM-1

The Panasonic Lumix CM-1 is a compact gadget that combines the best things about Android smartphones and compact digital cameras. Best of all, it comes in one of the slimmest units you’ve ever laid your eyes on.

Photo quality of the images captured by this camera will never disappoint. This is thanks to the 20-megapixel image sensor, which measures 1 inch – quite huge, but it does the job of capturing stunning and ultra-realistic photos. In fact, it produces, in most likelihood, the best-quality photos taken by a smartphone.

The construction of this unit is also solid. It is well-built, and also looks good, so you won’t feel at all uncomfortable toting it around.

“Serious” photographers will not be disappointed with this unit, since it still gives them full control of the shooting process. It shoots in both RAW and JPEG, and users can make use of full manual control of the settings, to obtain the best results.

Performance-wise, you know you have a powerful unit when you find out that it comes with a 2.3GHz quad-core processor. It also runs in the latest Android software, the Android 4.4.4 KitKat.

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Things We Did Not Like About The Panasonic Lumix CM-1

Unfortunately, the price – which is anything BUT cheap – can be a turn-off for some. It is pretty expensive, so bargain-hunters are bound to have second thoughts.

Guarantee?

Although there are no official releases on warranty terms, you can be sure that Panasonic has them properly in place for this unit.

Is The Panasonic Lumix CM-1 Worth The Money?

Packing two gadgets in one high-performance unit certainly makes the Panasonic Lumix CM-1 a keeper. It is expensive, yes, but the quality is more than satisfying, so it’s well worth it.

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Where Can I Buy The Panasonic Lumix CM-1?

Stores selling electronic stores are sure to have the Panasonic Lumix CM-1 in stock. Another good option would be online stores, and one of the most reliable is Amazon. Not only do they offer competitive pricing, they also have Free Shipping deals that you can avail of to get more bang for your buck.

Final Thoughts For The Panasonic Lumix CM-1

Cameras are definitely getting smarter, and the Panasonic Lumix CM-1 is one solid proof of that!

Panasonic Lumix CM-1

1The Panasonic Lumix CM-1 is a communication camera that boasts an ultra-slim design, and operates using the latest Android operating system. It is equipped with a 20-megapixel 1-inch Sensor, a 4.7-inch full HD Touch LCD, and Wi-Fi and NFC capabilities.

How Much Is The Panasonic Lumix CM-1?

The Panasonic Lumix CM-1 comes with a hefty price tag pegged at $1,599.00.

Who Would Buy The Panasonic Lumix CM-1?

It’s not a rare sight to see people lugging two gadgets with them: a smartphone on one hand, and a compact camera on the other. Read the rest of this entry