Canon EOS R – 1st Full Frame Mirrorless by Canon

Canon announced their first Full-Frame (35mm) mirrorless camera this past month.

It’s a combination between the EOS 5D Mark IV and the EOS 6D Mark II. But aren’t those two DSLR cameras? Yes they surely are! so what makes the Mirrorless by Canon so good?

Let’s take a look at the specs and see where it’s similar to 5D Mark IV: 

  1. 30.3 Megapixel CMOS sensor with Dual Pixel AF
  2. 35mm (Full Frame) 36.0 x 24.0mm
  3. RF Mount (brand new for this camera body)
  4. AF Points: Max at 5,655 (when manually selected with cross keys or touch screen focus)
  5. 100% vertical, 80% horizontal auto-focus area
  6. ISO range 100-40,000, with expanded H1 50-51,200 or H2 50-102,400
  7. 1/8000 to 30 sec shutter speed with bulb
  8. 8 FPS Max high-speed continuous shooting.
  9. Video Formats: 4K (UHD) 3840×2160 at 29.97, 25.00, 24.00, 23.93 fps
    Full HD (1080P) 1920×1080 at 119.9, 100.0, 59.94, 50.00, 29.97, 25.00, 24.00, 23.93 fps
    Full HD (1080P) 1920×1080 HDR at 29.97 & 25.00 fps

Specs that make this camera similar to the 6D Mark II:

  1. 1x SD/SCHC/SDXC memory card with support for UHS-II
  2. 3.15″ Vari-angle LCD with 100% coverage.
  3. 35mm (Full Frame) 36.0 x 24.0mm

That list up there are the basic specs that we’re interested in. The combination of these features on the EOS R is where the culmination of the best things from the above DSLR cameras.

Why is there only one slot on this camera? Well it is much smaller compared to both 5D and 6D, with a flange distance reduced to 20mm from 44mm (this is the distance between the sensor and lens). This also enabled the lens to be smaller compared to the DSLR cameras as visualized in this photo below from Canon’s website:

EOS R vs 5D MK IV with the same lens

I’m looking forward to checking out this camera once it arrives on the shelves. I know most reviewers have been playing with this camera for months before the launch.

Prime Day 2018 – Echo Palooza

Prime Day 2018, It came and it left so swiftly, it was longer than 24 hours though.. started around 3pm EST.. there were traffic jams, the amazon servers were crashing.. not too many ECS’s were going online 😉

I bought a few Amazon Echos for a steal! 40-50% off on the Echo and the Echo Dots, the 2-device bundle for the Echo was 40% off and 2-device bundle for Echo Dots came to 50% off.

Amazon Echo that I got came the next day. It’s the model that includes a decent speaker so you can listen to music, news and other voice based responses.

Amazon Echo Dot is the smaller version without the big speaker music focused but has all the other goodness of an Alexa system.

I got a total of 8 alexa enabled device 4 Echos and 4 Echo Dots (2 for gifting purposes) and the rest would go in around all of my house, here’s a list of where these alexa enabled devices would go:

  1.  Master bedroom 1x Echo
  2. Family room 1x Echo
  3. Kids room 1x Echo Dot connected to Sound Blaster Airwave speaker via bluetooth
  4. Basement workshop 1x Echo
  5. Basement office: 1x Echo Dot connected to speakers via Aux
  6. Living Room 1x Echo
  7. Library Bose Soundtouch 20 speaker via Wifi to Alexa

The above setup leaves some speakers that work with AirPlay and Also cover areas where I have no speakers yet.

Now since I already worked pretty hard to get AirPlay enabled speakers around the house to use with iTunes on the desktop (in the basement or library). I’m able to play music through out the house using AirPlay enabled speakers with Apple Music subscription in most of the rooms I’ve mentioned above so lets list those out.

  1. Master bedroom: Sound Blaster Roar Pro bluetooth speaker connected to AirPlay receiver via 3.5mm aux cable
  2. Family room iHome iW1 Airplay speaker (8 hour battery)
  3. Basement workshop: iHome iW1 Airplay speaker (8 hour battery)
  4. Kids room: Sound Blaster Air Wave bluetooth speaker connected to AirPlay receiver via 3.5mm aux cable
  5. Kitchen: iHome iW2 Airplay speaker
  6. Library: Bose SoundTouch 20 Series II (wifi enabled + airplay via receiver)
  7. Basement Office: Logitech Z2300 connect to a desktop with iTunes.

When setting up Alexa it was fun adding skills (not really) since the “app” is simply pulling up a mobile web page to walk through and add skills. Then I realized that I’m not able to connect Alexa to the Apple Music service, nor will it detect Wifi speakers unless they had software update to work with Alexa protocol, for example the Bose SoundTouch speaker was easily added to Alexa via the Bose skill. So does that mean that Apple needs to create an Airplay or Apple Music skill?

Anyhow due to this reason, I’m going to test the Alexa speakers for a few days and see how effective it is in controlling my smart home.

Reading up around the internet there’s a few services available that’ll let me connect my iTunes library to Alexa via a skill, but again they all require that I have a service running on my desktop that enables it as a living library for Alexa to read and play from.

Thanks for reading! feel free to leave a comment below or reach out to me via Twitter @superjunaid.

Light.co’s L16 Camera

Last year Light introduced us a camera that can fit in your back pocket and competes with the likes of DSLR quality cameras, offering high-resolution images up to 52 mp, compare that to Sonys’ Full-frame cameras which can go up to 42mp, and Canons 5DS which can shoot at about 50 mp.

So whats so great about this camera?

Well, one you don’t have to carry many lenses with you, with DSLRs or Mirrorless cameras the body might be light, but you still need a lens to capture beautiful photos, the glass can get quite heavy and you end up carrying about 10lbs of lenses just so you’re fully prepared for any situation, the other issue is that you have to switch between the different lens if you’re truly taking a variety of photos, but that’s amateur talk.

The L16 (as the name has it) comes pre-equipped with 16 lenses and sensors, that’s right. They took the dual-lens philosophy from Apple’s iPhone 6, 7, 8 and X and added 14 more lenses. Each lens also has its own sensor, the magic happens in onboard software as it combines photos from the different lenses into a single photo, ending up with a 52-megapixel photo.

What’s the software like?

The OS on the Camera is actually a flavor of Android which has a few settings that’ll let you control some of the features as a camera. There are very limited options on to how many types of photos you can take. It’s got Manual controls and Auto with Dynamic AutoFocus. The one thing that’s missing from the camera is an Aperture priority mode and it’s because the 16 lenses all have different apertures, once you’ve taken a photo, you can edit the aperture in their Lumen desktop application, after your edit you can export it as a DNG or JPG file and further edit the photo in your favorite photo application.

Does it take videos, continuous photos or time-lapse?

According to their site, with a firmware update, the L16 will be able to capture 4K video, my problem with that statement is this. Already the camera is slow in taking photos in fast succession, with no upgrades to the CPU on the device, I’m reluctant to count this camera’s ability to shoot 4K video, and if it will shoot 4K, will it be 15fps, 30 fps or 60 fps? It’s possible that it’ll offer 4K video at 24 or 30fps using HEVC or H.265 codec. But again I just don’t find myself waiting for these things to come to me. It just breaks my workflow, where it totally can support third-party applications to let you edit photos on the fly.

So is it a keeper?

For folks that are just getting into the photography and do not own a smartphone, or want to be on the cutting edge, this camera might be for you. I tried out the camera for a week, sure I didn’t take extensive photos as I should’ve for a full-review-worthiness. But here’s what stopped me from using it more. I’m very used to taking photos on my iPhone 8 Plus (portrait mode, videos, timelapse, you name it), and then I’d edit the photo on my phone on several different photo editing apps creating the look that stands out for me. Even DSLRs and mirrorless cameras these days have the ability to transfer photos to your smartphone or tablet, the L16 did not have that ability, I’m sure it’ll be a software update… but I just can’t find myself taking photos with a camera this advanced.

The other thing they talk about is competing with DSLR and full-frame sensors, are 16 sensors as good as one full-frame or crop sensor? They like to think so, but they aren’t. Being a photographer with an eye for detail the camera falls short in this department. There’s noise in low-light conditions and no matter what I was not able to get the results they boasted about on their site.

I’m very much set in my workflow of how I take photos and process them and L16 just falls short in that department.

 

For me, it’s not a keeper.

Check out more about the L16 camera at Light.co

Need to write the first post

This is the first post, first post of many posts (I hope); in this post I would like to write about things that would normally go on a tech blog. So many tech blogs already exist so how is this different? it’s not. It’s a tech blog but I’m doing the writing and that’s difference. I’m not featured on the other blogs although I’ve sent them emails.

So what do I like about tech. Everything. It has changed how we live our lives on a daily basis. We hold it in our hands in the form of a smartphone, we use it when watching a tv show or movie. We experience it in how we get around town and keep in touch with our family and friends.

Just in our time we’ve seen quite a few advancements in a much shorter period than the last 100 years to a couple of decades ago.

Not only do I plan on talking about hardware tech, but also software and mechanical tech, as well as the art of woodworking.

CoverAction, Actions for Covers

Cover Action Pro 2

This product will change the way you do business online, what does it include? Custom actions, designs and amazing 3D presentation software which will help you save hours of time on Photoshop trying to design that perfect looking page.

Click-through the image/photo above to get some idea on what I’m really talking about.

This is what it can do, and more!

Cover Action Pro 2

Here’s what its all about:

Cover Action Pro 2

Apple Tablet’s Name… iPad

So I’ve been following the rumors all-around for the amazing Tablet device that’s going to revolutionize this space with a contender that’ll simply take names and kick some solid @$$.

We’ve been speculating and contemplating what this amazing device is going to look like with 10s of mock-ups by all the great designers out there.

But it’s really going to be called the Apple iPad Tablet, as noted here, here, and here, and oh here too! not to mention this one

iPhone 3GS new feature: iDrain

Many of us 3G owners came to accept limited battery life as a trade-off for all the amazing things it did. So cheers erupted in offices nationwide from those of us eagerly following tweets and live blogs when Apple announced the new incarnation.
The company listed several new intriguing features, including video, increased storage, a faster processor, a better camera, hands-free voice control and, yes, longer battery life. Apple’s press release touts the souped-up battery longevity.
iPhone 3GS is not only faster, but with longer battery life you can watch more videos, listen to more music, browse the Internet or keep using your favorite apps even longer.
Well, as my colleague David Sarno points out here, not really.

battery-usageMany of us 3G owners came to accept limited battery life as a trade-off for all the amazing things it did. So cheers erupted in offices nationwide from those of us eagerly following tweets and live blogs when Apple announced the new incarnation.

The company listed several new intriguing features, including video, increased storage, a faster processor, a better camera, hands-free voice control and, yes, longer battery life. Apple’s press release touts the souped-up battery longevity.

iPhone 3GS is not only faster, but with longer battery life you can watch more videos, listen to more music, browse the Internet or keep using your favorite apps even longer.

Continue reading “iPhone 3GS new feature: iDrain”

Apple’s ‘active packaging’ tries to reinvent the box

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Electronics packaging has been growing steadily smaller and less annoying over recent times, but here comes Apple adding complexity where we didn’t know it was needed. The bright sparks at Cupertino envision powered, data-transmitting boxes that will ensure the device within is fully juiced, packing the latest firmware, and capable of pumping out video demos so that the packaging needn’t get in the way of wooing customers. Sure, up-to-date firmware and a full battery sound nice, but we can’t help but wonder about the price premium we’d have to swallow to be able to see our new toy dancing before we’ve even set it free from its box.

[Via Phone Arena]

RunPee Bathroom Break Tool Releases iPhone App

RunPeeiPhone/iPod Touch only: Remember previously mentioned RunPee.com, the ingenious website that tells you when to head for a bathroom break during a movie so you don’t miss any good parts? The site has released its first mobile version for iPhone users.

Built on the same premise as the website, RunPee’s iPhone app tells you the most opportune times to head out for a bathroom break (e.g., @ 35 mins.). Like the site, RunPee Mobile also lets you know how long each “PeeTime” lasts, and what happened while you were away.

The application also has a built-in timer (which you can start at the beginning of the movie) that will keep track of all RunPee times so you can decide whether to go then or, well, hold it until the next designated break time. It will also tell you which movies have extra scenes after the credits.

The creators are also working on more features that will be rolling out “every few weeks,” including a friendly vibrate reminder to alert you a few minutes before a RunPee time.

RunPee Mobile’s iPhone application is compatible with the iPhone (O.S. 2.2.1 or later) and iPod Touch, and costs 99 cents.

First iPhone 3GS Jailbreak Hits The Web

iPhone-UnLockedGeorge Hotz, the 20-year old hacker who originally unlocked the iPhone, has released a jailbreaking application for the iPhone 3GS codenamed “purplera1n.” It’s currently Windows-only (Windows 7 not supported), and requires the latest iTunes installed, and an iPhone 3GS with the 3.0 firmware.

Hotz mentions in a blog post that the jailbreak for Mac is “coming soon.” The iPhone Dev Team did release a unlock for 3.0 which did not work on the iPhone 3GS, but Hotz’s version does (although it doesn’t free you from your current carrier).

Hotz goes over the process of the jailbreaking on his blog:

Connect your iPhone normally. Click “make it ra1n”. Wait. On bootup, run Freeze, the purplera1n installer app.

Hotz does warn users that you’ll need to backup your data just in case, and emphasizes that the tool is still in beta. Hotz also mentions that normally he does not make tools for the public, and rather have the iPhone Dev Team figure out the unlock process. Hotz continues by explaining that Apple will probably find a fix for the loophole, release an update, and go back to work on finding the next loophole.

(via TechCrunch)