XtremePro Action Cam Is Cheaper Than GoPro

Action Cam That Is Much Cheaper Than GoPro

The XtremePro Action Cam is much cheaper than GoPro and is now on offer at $69.99.  The cheapest 4K camera at the GoPro store is $300, or $400 for the latest model.  So what could be more cheaper than the XtremePro?

The XtremePro Action Cam

The camera has 4K recording ability at 25fps or you can use the incredibily smooth 1080p at 60fps for faster paced action.  Its 12 MP still photo resolution gives you crystal clear imaging.  You can take photos in ultra HD which has 4 times the resolution of traditional HD cameras.  It has built in WiFi and its companion app allow for screen mirroring on your smartphone.  Its waterproof casing is rated at 98 feet deep.

The XtremePro also has a wireless wrist remote which lets you take pictures remotely from up to 33 feet away.

XtremePro Action Cam’s Mounts And Accessories

The camera has various mounts.  You can attach it to virtually anything.  “Anything” means your car, bike, helmet, or any part of your anatomy.  If you want to make sure that all your friends in social media sites will be able to see how much fun you are having, get the XtremePro Action Cam.

The retail price of the camera with all its accessories is $150.  But if you want to settle for just the camera, it is on offer at $69.99.  Its accessories include a 20-in-1 Accessory Kit.  These accessories are designed to securely fasten the APB to anything.

Mounts and accessories include head strap, bike, pole, and Velcro wire, just to name a few.  You do not need to buy accessories separately.

More About the XtremePro Action Cam

The camera has a 2″rear LCD screen Video Resolution.  12MP/8MP/5MP/2MP 170 Degrees Super Wide Angle Lens.  Built in 1050mAh Lithium Ion Battery.  The 2.4G Wireless and Waterproof Wrist Remote.  It has 7 universal mounts which include the head strap, handle bar, pole, helmet, and 4 more universal clip multi Velcro bandages, tethers, and adhsive clips.

So if you are always on the go and want a reliable but inexpensive action cam, try out the XtremePro Action Cam.

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Samsung S9 and S9+Flagship Smartphones: Is it Worth the Upgrade?

Programmed obsolescence is the norm among the big names in tech and Samsung is no exception with its release of Samsung 9 Series, barely 10 months after Samsung’s S8 wowed the public. Like all launches, media was all agog over its launch in Barcelona during the Mobile World Congress (MWC)- and for a good reason, Samsung has touted it as the “Camera – Reimagined! The revolutionary camera that adapts like the human eye.”

Truth be told, it doesn’t look very different from its predecessor – just a bit thicker, sleeker, and heavier. There is no major overhaul – just more of the good stuff. One nice thing is that the price is not that much higher than the S8 series. Big brother S9+ at $840 is just over $100 more expensive than the handier S9 at $720.

Initially, it seems like a lot  features are common to both the Samsung 8 (Android v7 Nougat) and the Samsung 9 (Android v8 Oreo):

  • 5.8″ display S9, 6.2″ display on S9+
  • 64 GB storage
  • 12 MP Camera
  • 4 GB Ram  (6GB Ram in S9+)
  • 12 MP Camera
  • Dual Sim, Nano size
  • Network (4G, 3G, 2G)
  • Processor (Octa-core); S9 has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor
  • Water-resistant, dust-proof, fingerprint resistant
  • Super AMOLED display,  1440 x 2960 pixels resolution, 568 ppi
  • Infinity display
  • Stereo jack, USB-C, expandable SD
  • Fast charging battery; wireless charging

But there are fine differences like the change in position of the fingerprint sensor that totally avoids smudging the rear camera lens (as it did in the S8). It’s no longer beside the camera but below it. The speakers have vastly improved; now stereo, largely as a result of Samsung’s acquisition of Harman Kardon, with sound now coming from the top and the bottom. The display is re-engineered to be a bit more curved than the angular S8 series.

And now, the icing on the cake, the incredible camera that performs like an SLR with its variable aperture. This means that you have absolutely better control and can take pictures even in dim lighting conditions. In the past, you either had to depend on flash (which can distort and wash-out color) or make do with dim photos and edit them even if the resulting shots are annoyingly grainy or ‘muddy’. The Samsung 9 series gives you the freedom to take larger aperture portrait shots for more accurate exposure and wider angle selfie shots. Both models have the variable aperture lens which can open up to 1.5 in dim light and close to 2.4 if you are in a well-lit environment.  Samsung is hyping up the “slow-mo” that can shoot 960 frames per second and the HD video which is crisper and smoother. The S9 has a single camera while the S9+ has a dual camera (with wide angle and telephoto lens) which is perfect when you want to create “artistic” shots with variable amounts of blurring. In the past, controls were more digital or software-dependent. This time, true to professional standalone cameras, there is an aperture that is physically adjusting to variance in light. So, if you are one of those who won’t get satisfied with selfie sticks or run-of-the-mill poorly exposed shots. then you’ve found your match. It makes the once venerable Carl Zeiss lens quite outdated and is a far cry from the usual point and shoots.

Back to the question – is it worth the upgrade? Judging by the reactions of those who attended the Barcelona launch, it’s most definitely an improvement. And with very little price difference, it could even be considered a bargain!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Budget Smartphones With Cameras to Beat

As smartphone cameras continued to improve in this IG-fixated generation, sales of compact cameras and DSLRs nose-dived, especially since budget smartphones are now fully-featured, camera-wise. GenXers made the camera brand Kodak iconic because these cameras were ubiquitous in “times of your life” moments – something millennials capture fuss-free, cheaply, and vividly; with images stored in the cloud and retrieved from practically anywhere connected.

“…98.4% of the consumer cameras sold in 2016 were built into smartphones – only 0.8% were compacts, 0.5% DSLRs, and 0.2% mirrorless.”

-Sven Skafisk  (Photographer as interviewed on Petapixel)

 

On-cam editing apps, filters, stabilizers, and controls make even the most inexperienced shooter take professional-looking shots that aren’t blurry even when the subject is in motion. Scan and print from your camera – documenting seasons of your life simply. These days, photos create such an impact that diners no longer consult Michelin guides on where to dine but instead scour FB and IG for the place to go to eat “beautiful” food. On the spur moments, travel, and motion shots used to be shot with additional lenses, stands, and light sources – not anymore! And yes, you can make movies without breaking the bank even when you are concerned with the aperture, white balance, exposure, saturation, zoom, and motion stability. Budget ones have most of the best-loved features of the higher-end babies. Of course, all these won’t matter if all you need is decent-face recognition and portrait mode to catch selfie after selfie.

With so many choices and price ranges available in the market, which one is right for you if you aren’t eyeing the ultra expensive iPhone X, Samsung Galaxy S8 and Google’s Pixel 2? Do you really need to spend close to a $1000 when there are affordable models almost 1/3 of the price, with specs that dovetail with your needs?

Let’s take a look at megapixels – obviously higher resolution sensors allow you to print large format photos without pixelating. Thing is, you don’t need that much clarity and it jacks up the price substantially. Another feature that might not be necessary is the presence of dual cameras at the rear or front. This can increase the cost of the smartphone made from the same manufacturer, by a hefty 30%. But for those who love the zoom or telephoto capabilities of a second rear camera, going back to a single back camera dampens creativity and story-telling capabilities.

Before iPhone came out, pricey Carl Zeiss and Leica lenses were the ones to beat. However, in 2017, budget phones on the market snapped photos worthy of the expensive ones. It was no surprise that big names are vying for superiority; Big Brother Samsung and iPhone have basic models, with returning ones like Nokia. Sony and Lenovo/Motorola (Moto) as well as Chinese brands like Huawei and Xiomi making the grade. The one disruptive phone, the Sagus V Squared held so much promise but then again, some promises were meant to be broken.

A few budget smartphones that can happily snap 2018 people, events, and places for you:

  • Honor 8 Pro (Honor 6 is cheaper)
  • iPhone SE
  • Asus Zen Phone 3
  • Samsung Galaxy A3
  • LG C6

Some Tips for Choosing a Camera:

  1. If you don’t plan to print or enlarge photos, choose a camera with low f-stops or wider aperture. This means that the lens can open more to let in more light in low-light situations
  2. Check what the dual rear camera is for;
  3. Check whether the camera is capable of just zooming in or true telephoto.
  4. Check whether the portrait mode can be achieved by tweaking the controls of the cheaper smartphone
  5. Review the video and sound; does it lag and what effects are possible?
  6. Last but not least, check color vividness, sharpness, and contrast. Watch sample videos, look at photo close-ups and read online reviews.

2018 will come out with newer models but when looking for a smartphone with a good camera, you don’t need to wait for one that is cutting-edge. One that feels good in your hands, have no glitches, and priced right will keep you happy on a budget.

 

 

Three New Photography Apps Are Launched By Google

Taking pictures is part of our daily routine nowadays — whether you admit it or not. Most people prefer selfies in order to have something to post in different social media sites. Now, Google is launching three new photography apps for both Android and iOS users.

With so many photography apps, people still look for better ones. Three new apps are coming our way and here is a sneak peek of their features.

Three New Photography Apps

  • Storyboard

Created for Android users only (sorry iOS peeps), this helps you transform your videos and images into comics. You can choose different layouts and designs. Customize all you want. Storyboard projects can be used for your business presentations or school projects, etc.

  • Selfissimo

Have your very own personal photographer in your phone. Strike a pose and it will take your picture. Feel free to move for a different pose and when you stop moving, the app will automatically capture it. How cool can it get?

  • Scrubbies

Last but definitely not the least is an app made for iOS users. Scrubbies lets you make video loops. It lets you manipulate the speed and direction of a video playback.

Whether you’re an Android or iOS user, these apps are worth trying.

iPad owners can now enjoy the Camera+ app on their tablets

Camera+ is very popular amongst iPhone users and thus ,iPad owners were somewhat disappointed when the developers of the app never made an app that would be compatible for their devices.

Now, their frowns will turn into huge smiles, as Camera+ is making its way to the iPad after two years.

The premium Camera+ has been downloaded about 9 million times, making it the most popular paid photo app in the Apple App Store.

What Tap Tap Tap developed for the iPad app is the seamless syncing between your iPad Camera+ app and your iPhone Camera+ app.

With the iPad version now out, iPad users will benefit from Camera+ functions including taking better images. The popularity of the app rose because of its excellent editing feature. Though not as advanced as editing softwares out there, Camera+ can hold its own when pitted against editing apps that are currently present in the App Store.

What’s more, the Camera+ Lightbox can be synched between devices using Apple’s iCloud. By syncing your iPhone and your iPad Camera+, all images you take with your iPad can be viewed in your iPhone and vice versa. This includes the editing you made in the photographs.

Try the Camera+ on your iPad and become a believer!

Image Source: taptaptap.com

Sigma wants to make Nikon 1 lenses

Now, Sigma is confirming that they would like to have the opportunity to produce lenses for the Nikon 1 range of cameras.

Before they can do this, they need to secure the technology from Nikon first before they can venture in to delving to the Nikon 1 lenses.

Sigma just recently started offering lenses for compact cameras. Their two latest lenses, the 30mm and 19mm for Sony E-mount cameras.

They were able to produce such lenses for the compact camera due to the fact that Sony released the information needed by Sigma to produce the lens.

Third party lenses are cheaper compared to those that are manufactured by the big named brands.

Graham Armitage of Sigma UK told TechRadar that,”We’d like to provide lenses for everybody, but they don’t [Nikon] haven’t released the tech yet. It will also depend on how successful the initial two lenses perform as well.”

Nikon currently has only three compatible lenses for their Nikon 1 line.

Other third party manufacturers like Tokina and Tamron are also intrigued by this venture. They have signified their intention to produce such lenses.

Image source: isp101.net

Gerber unveils Steady multi-tool

MacGyver would want to have a gadget such as this.

Multi-tools such as the Swiss Army Knife and all other seemingly harmless apparatuses have flooded the market. The typical things that come with a set are a knife, pliers, screwdriver and a whole lot more.

Now comes the Gerber Steady. So what differentiates this gadget to others you might ask? Well, this contraption has a foldable camera tripod. Though there are tripods out there in the market that are small and sturdy. But I guess that none of them comes with a built in survival kit.

The steady is priced at $64 comes with a 2.5 inch serrated knife, needle nose pliers and a fine-edged blade. What it has that others don’t is a suction based cellphone mount. The latter screws onto the camera tripod. It has a solid construction and a nice heft the also provides you with a firm grip.

Imagine yourself going to an adventure trek with no bulky tripod that forces you to slow down your pace. At the same time, you have a tool that can basically safe your life when you are in trouble.

It also a Gerber product so it means that it was designed with quality and efficiency in mind.

Rumours on Canon mirrorless camera continue

With the influx of affordable cameras in the market, people have now begun to take photography as a hobby. Unlike those days were cameras and lenses were expensive and were a few people only had an SLR, today individuals can own one even if you’re not earning 5 figure salaries.

Rumors have been circulating that American brand Canon will release a mirrorless compact system camera in the months to come.

Being a big brand, it comes as a big surprise that they don’t have a compact system camera in their line-up.

Japanese brand Nikon entered the market at the end of 2011 and have seen a success with their V1 and J1 models.

Canon announced the Canon G1 X premium compact camera. This features an almost APS-C sized sensor with a 4:3 ratio. Many say that this sensor will eventually lead into a mirrorless camera.

It looks like this year is going to be a big year for the company. With rumors of an impending Canon 5D II upgrade, a Canon 5D X or a Canon 5D Mark III.

Pentax has also launched its K-01 model that features a K-mount and a large body. Old lenses are compatible with this camera.

The DSLR race looks like blooming.

Photobombers? Scalado has a solution for that!

Don’t you hate it when you pose for a picture with your loved ones and when the cameraman presses the shutter button; someone out of nowhere suddenly pops and destroys the wonderful scene you’ve printed in your head?

Photo bombers are those irritating individuals that you see on your photos. They don’t have to be there and should have never been in the first place. Some do it accidentally while others do it intentionally.

Here comes Scalado’s Remove enters. This new patented object removal technology enables you to remove these from unwanted persons from the image. What it does is takes a moment to frame the shot before snapping the picture. Those little seconds before the shutter closes allows the app to record objects from the scene most importantly those stationary. Users can then pick out moving objects in the frame that the program deems impermanent in the photo. You just have to tap it then it quickly gets removed from the photo.

It is Adobe Photoshop in its simplest sense. No need for you to use a computer to edit your photos.

Unfortunately, Scalado is not a downloadable app as they will partner with major phone makers such as Sony Ercisson, Motorola and HTC.

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