Digital compacts http://www.stuff.tv/sg/digital-compacts/news en-SG Stuff Tripping: capturing World Cup 2014 with the Canon PowerShot SX700 HS http://www.stuff.tv/sg/world-cup-2014/stuff-tripping-capturing-world-cup-2014-canon-powershot-sx700-hs/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Suffering from football withdrawal? Here&#039;s the next best thing - beautiful shots from our World Cup 2014 visit </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Stuff Tripping: capturing World Cup 2014 with Canon S700 HS " alt="Stuff Tripping: capturing World Cup 2014 with Canon S700 HS " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/World%20Cup%20main.jpg?1405505040" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The World Cup&#39;s over. We know how you feel, sitting at home, moping and thinking of the exciting matches that made you sit on the edge of your seat.</p> <p>Us? We&#39;ve got something to keep the memories fresh - photos taken in Brazil, where we braved the score of football crazed fans and captured the essence of the scenery you won&#39;t see beyond the beautiful game.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/stufftv-0" title="View user profile.">StuffTV</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Christ the Redeemer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This is how you should use the 30x optical zoom of the camera - capturing Christ the Redeemer in the distance from a seat in the Maracana Stadium in Rio.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="942" height="1256" title="Christ the Redeemer" alt="Stuff Tripping: capturing World Cup 2014 with Canon S700 HS " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/World%20Cup%2001.png?1405505040" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Copacabana </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The view looking back on Rio&rsquo;s famous Copacabana beach from the top of Sugar Loaf mountain is just too lovely in real-life, pictures don&#39;t do it justice.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="942" height="707" title="Copacabana" alt="Stuff Tripping: capturing World Cup 2014 with Canon S700 HS " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/World%20Cup%2002.png?1405505040" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Humbling effects </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of the many effects settings on the camera put to great use here showing the humbled England team departing the field and the 2014 World Cup finals without winning a game.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="942" height="707" title="Humbling effects" alt="Stuff Tripping: capturing World Cup 2014 with Canon S700 HS " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/World%20Cup%2003.png?1405505040" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The right connections </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Friends in high places......Stuff managed to get this view of England vs Uruguay!</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="942" height="707" title="The right connections" alt="Stuff Tripping: capturing World Cup 2014 with Canon S700 HS " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/World%20Cup%2004.png?1405505040" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> An eye for low light </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The camera adapted perfectly to low light conditions as seen here as the teams enter the field for Australia vs Chile in Cuiaba.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="942" height="707" title="An eye for low light" alt="Stuff Tripping: capturing World Cup 2014 with Canon S700 HS " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/World%20Cup%2005.png?1405505040" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Artistic freedom </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Away from the football was the chance to capture some of the great street art visible around the laneways of Rio.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="942" height="707" title="Artistic freedom" alt="Stuff Tripping: capturing World Cup 2014 with Canon S700 HS " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/World%20Cup%2006.png?1405505040" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> School&#039;s out </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The next generation of Brazilian footballers putting their month off school to best use. This was the scene in every neighbourhood in Rio.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="942" height="707" title="School&#039;s out" alt="Stuff Tripping: capturing World Cup 2014 with Canon S700 HS " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/World%20Cup%2007.png?1405505040" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Football fans united </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Fans of all nationalities came together to savour a month long festival of football in the home of &ldquo;jogo bonito&rdquo; &ndash; Brazil.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="942" height="707" title="Football fans united" alt="Stuff Tripping: capturing World Cup 2014 with Canon S700 HS " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/World%20Cup%2008.png?1405505040" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don&#039;t cry for me, Argentina </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Argentina fans arrive at the Maracana Metro station full of anticipation of their opening game against Bosnia. Little did they know at the time but a month later they&rsquo;d return to this station and this stadium to see their team lose in the final 1-0 to Germany.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="942" height="707" title="Don&#039;t cry for me, Argentina" alt="Stuff Tripping: capturing World Cup 2014 with Canon S700 HS " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/World%20Cup%2009.png?1405505040" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The creative touch </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Get as creative as you want turning your snaps into impressive cartoons at the touch of a button.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="942" height="707" title="The creative touch" alt="Stuff Tripping: capturing World Cup 2014 with Canon S700 HS " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/World%20Cup%2010.png?1405505040" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/world-cup-2014/stuff-tripping-capturing-world-cup-2014-canon-powershot-sx700-hs/feature#comments Digital compacts World Cup 2014 Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:53:41 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1442143 at http://www.stuff.tv Stuff's Guide to Photography http://www.stuff.tv/sg/stuffs-guide-photography/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How to take great snaps on any camera, from your phone to a full-fat DSLR. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Shot at cat-purr-ture f1.8" alt="bokeh" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/bruce-extreme-bokeh%20%281%29.jpg?1403494662" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>While we spend a great deal of time figuring out which is <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/system-cameras/top-ten">the best camera you can buy</a>, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/lumia-1020/nokia-lumia-1020/review">best cameraphone ever made</a>&nbsp;and the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-cyber-shot-hx60v/review">only compact you&#39;ll ever need</a>, we don&#39;t spend a whole lot of time telling you how to use them. So, in this collection of straightforward mini-guides, we&#39;re collecting the best photography tips from Stuff&#39;s expert snappers.</p> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Part 1: it&#039;s all about background </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In a nutshell, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/stuffs-guide-photography-what-bokeh-and-how-do-i-get-it/feature">bokeh means blurred background</a>. One of the first things you should learn in photography is that you don&#39;t want all of your picture in focus - pick out the details you want the picture to be about and blur the rest, and your picture will have purpose. <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/stuffs-guide-photography-what-bokeh-and-how-do-i-get-it/feature">Here&#39;s how.</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="803" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/jenga-bokeh_0.jpg?1403494662" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> part 2: learn to zoom </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A zoom lens doesn&#39;t just magnify things, it <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/stuffs-guide-photography-how-little-zoom-can-make-big-difference/feature">changes the way they look</a>. Spend 10 minutes mucking about with the zoom on your compact camera, and you&#39;ll find your photos take a big leap forward. <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/stuffs-guide-photography-how-little-zoom-can-make-big-difference/feature">Here&#39;s the guide.</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/OxfordStreetShoppers_0.jpg?1403494662" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> part 3: go prime </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of the biggest mistakes you can make in photography is to buy a nice expensive DSLR or compact system camera, and then only use it with the simple &#39;kit&#39; lens that came with it. The first, best upgrade you can make is to attach a prime lens - <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/stuffs-guide-photography-how-and-why-you-should-buy-prime-lens/feature">here&#39;s why, and which one to buy. </a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nikon-50mm-f18_0.jpg?1403494662" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> part 4: pan for gold </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/lomography/stuffs-guide-photography-how-shoot-panoramas/feature">Panorama mode</a> might be something you&#39;ve used once or twice, but it&#39;s actually a startlingly powerful creative tool that can create amazing special effects - <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/lomography/stuffs-guide-photography-how-shoot-panoramas/feature">read this guide, and find out how</a>.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Global-Wobble-Montage-scaled_0.jpg?1403494662" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> part 5: family album </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&#39;re a parent, you probably take an average of thirty billion photos per year of your children.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/stuffs-guide-photography-how-take-better-photos-your-kids/feature">Follow this smart, simple guide</a>&nbsp;and learn to do it properly. &nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photography-tips-kids-main-01_3.jpg?1403494660" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Part 6: write with light </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>All kinds of photo-magic can be achieved by simply switching to a slow shutter speed. Find out&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/stuffs-guide-photography-how-shoot-long-exposures/feature" target="_blank">how to shoot long exposures</a>&nbsp;in our guide.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="378" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/namewriting_0_0.jpg?1403494660" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Part 7: go monochrome </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Want to turn your hand to the oldest type of photography? Check out our&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/stuff-s-guide-photography-how-take-dramatic-black-and-white-pictures/feature" target="_blank">guide to shooting black and white pictures</a>&nbsp;to add some vintage cool to your snaps.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo-guide-black-white-contrast_0_1.jpg?1403494660" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/stuffs-guide-photography/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/stuffs-guide-photography/feature#comments Cameras Digital compacts Photography 101 Smartphones System Cameras Tue, 10 Jun 2014 16:22:00 +0000 Elissa Loi 1438155 at http://www.stuff.tv Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II http://www.stuff.tv/sg/canon/canon-powershot-g1-x-mark-ii/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Another contender for the most powerful point-and-shoot camera in the world </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Canon G1 X Mark II review" alt="Canon G1 X Mark II review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/canon-g1x-mkii-wall.jpg?1403225560" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Canon PowerShot G1 X has been the Japanese company&rsquo;s premier point-and-shoot for the past couple of years, and now it&rsquo;s been replaced by a &ldquo;Mark II&rdquo; edition rather than an entirely new model. You could be forgiven for thinking this indicated a mere minor update &ndash; but that&rsquo;s not the case.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> S$1,099.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Large sensor </div> <div class="field-item even"> Fast f/2.0 maximum aperture </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Tilting touchscreen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> No viewfinder </div> <div class="field-item even"> Limited video options </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Same old sturdy stuff, but slinkier </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Canon&rsquo;s PowerShot G series has long been regarded as the gold standard for build quality in high-end point-and-shoots, and the G1 X Mark II won&rsquo;t do anything to dispel the notion. It&rsquo;s tank-like in its solidity in the hand, and this particular version (the one sold in Europe, the Middle East and Africa) has an extra-chunky grip that, in tandem with the wide, grippy barrel of the lens, keeps it securely in your hand.</p> <p>The Mark II looks a lot less chunky overall than its predecessor (although it actually weighs a small amount more), although it&rsquo;s still too large for a trouser pocket. There&rsquo;s no viewfinder this time (more on that below), but you still get a hot shoe for adding one or another accessory, such as a flash. It&rsquo;s also compatible with an underwater case that&rsquo;ll protect the camera up to 40m below the surface.</p> <p>One improvement we should note is that the lens cap is now automated and integrated. The first G1 X had a separate lens cap that was just asking to get lost, so we&rsquo;re much happier.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Mark II is a little less brutal-looking than the first G1 X" alt="Canon G1 X Mark II review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/canon-g1x-mkii-hand-front.jpg?1403225560" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Photo and video quality: slight improvements </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Picture quality-wise the Mark II might not appear to offer a lot over the model it&rsquo;s replacing: the sensor is the same 1.5in 13.1MP CMOS and the ISO range remains the same (100-12800). And the G1 X was one of the best compacts around for picture quality, chiefly thanks to that huge sensor (it&rsquo;s almost as physically large as a DSLR&rsquo;s APS-C sensor, which improves its light-gathering chops and shutter speeds, thus helping avoid noisy and blurry images; the optical image stabilisation, which remains here, helps too).</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="1798" title="The G1 X Mark II shows an impressive dynamic range and low noise" alt="Canon G1 X Mark II review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/canon-g1x-mkii-sample-1.jpg?1403225560" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="801" title="The wider angle lens lets you fit more in the frame than with the G1 X" alt="Canon G1 X Mark II review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/canon-g1x-mkii-sample-2.jpg?1403225560" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="801" title="A sample shot at full 5x zoom (with digital zoom providing another 5x)" alt="Canon G1 X Mark II review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/canon-g1x-mkii-sample-5.jpg?1403225560" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>But there are improvements, and they chiefly come courtesy of the new lens. The wider aperture not only makes the potential shutter speed even faster &ndash; and thus pictures even sharper and less noise-plagued &ndash; it also allows you to achieve a narrow depth of field more easily, making this one of the best compacts around for taking photos and videos with bokeh. And the lens&rsquo; rounded aperture blades make that bokeh look lovely and smooth, as you can see from the above shot. The new processor also helps speed up operation slightly. Oh, and you can still shoot RAW if you wish, which&rsquo;ll please enthusiasts who love to tweak images in Photoshop.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/stuffs-guide-photography-what-bokeh-and-how-do-i-get-it/feature">Stuff&#39;s Guide to Photography: What is bokeh &ndash; and how do I get it?</a></strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="333" mozallowfullscreen="" msallowfullscreen="" oallowfullscreen="" src="https://www.flickr.com/photos/99712217@N05/14272542408/in/set-72157645200788486/player/" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="500"></iframe></p> <p>The G1 X Mark II does however feel a little outmoded in terms of its video capture capabilities. It can capture 1080p, 720p and VGA video, but only at 30fps, and the lack of an external microphone input means you have to rely on the built-in stereo mics &ndash; not exactly a sign that Canon is taking video too seriously here. Video looks fine, but we don&rsquo;t recommend this for people for whom video is as important as stills.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="801" title="The wide aperture helps create bokeh in the background" alt="Canon G1 X Mark II review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/canon-g1x-mkii-sample-4.jpg?1403225560" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sorry, I haven’t a view(finder) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One change from the original G1 X that we can&rsquo;t get behind is the removal of the optical viewfinder. While viewfinders might seem like a relic from photography&rsquo;s analogue days, there are times when they&rsquo;re damn near essential. Framing a shot on the Mark II&rsquo;s LCD screen is fine when you&rsquo;re indoors or at night, but on a blazing sunny day it&rsquo;s hard to make out what&rsquo;s being displayed on there. A viewfinder eliminates that issue, and we were surprised to see neither the original model&rsquo;s simple optical or (even better) a new OLED electronic viewfinder here. Canon sells one of the latter as an optional accessory &ndash; but it&rsquo;s going to cost you another S$379 on top of the Mark II&rsquo;s S$1099 price. Bad move, Canon.</p> <p>The screen, however, is excellent when the conditions are right. At 3in it&rsquo;s the same size as the G1 X&rsquo;s, but slightly clearer thanks to a higher pixel count. It&rsquo;s also touch-sensitive (something that&rsquo;s far from essential on a camera, but occasionally handy here for quickly setting a focus area) and can be twisted to face almost any direction.</p> <p>The control layout has been rejigged, and the camera has not one but two rings around the lens. One (which turns smoothly) is always set to control manual focus, while the other (which moves in clicky increments) is customisable and can be set to control various functions including aperture, exposure compensation and ISO sensitivity. These will come in really handy for shooters who want to manually change settings quickly.</p> <p>Another tangible improvement is to autofocus, which feels a lot brisker and more accurate thanks the big increase in AF areas (Canon claims it&rsquo;s up to 42 percent quicker).</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The flexible screen can even turn 180 degrees for selfie purposes" alt="Canon G1 X Mark II review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/canon-g1x-mkii-hand-back.jpg?1403225560" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Canon G1 X Mark II tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Sensor</strong>: 13.1MP CMOS</p> <p><strong>Max ISO</strong>: 100-12800</p> <p><strong>Lens</strong>: 5x optical zoom f/2.0-3.9</p> <p><strong>Image stabilisation</strong>: Optical</p> <p><strong>Viewfinder</strong>: optional extra</p> <p><strong>Screen</strong>: 3in, 1,040,000-dot touch-sensitive LCD</p> <p><strong>Video formats</strong>: MP4/1080p, 720p and 480p at 30fps</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong>: Wi-Fi, NFC,</p> <p><strong>GPS</strong>: via connected mobile phone</p> <p><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 116.3 x 74 x 66.2mm</p> <p><strong>Weight</strong>: 558g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wi-Fi: Connect poor </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Does NFC stand for &ldquo;no fanks, chum&rdquo;? We&rsquo;re increasingly finding ourselves disillusioned with the technology, or at least the way in which camera makers are using it. The idea here is that you tap your NFC-equipped Android phone on the side of the G1 X Mark II and the two gadgets instantly connect via Wi-Fi, either for the purposes of transferring photos and videos across or so you can use Canon&rsquo;s app to remotely take photos on the Mark II. But, in a situation that we&rsquo;re finding all too familiar, after 15 minutes of having the two devices repeatedly attempt and fail to connect we gave up.</p> <p>We found it quicker to manually connect them &ndash; but once you do so, you realise that there really is little reason to go through the whole fiddly process. Canon&rsquo;s app feels like a gimmick at present, too simple to be of any real use &ndash; although to be fair to the manufacturer, the apps from Sony and Samsung come across as similarly pointless. NFC and cameras just aren&rsquo;t a compelling combo at the moment.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Canon G1 X Mark II verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Just like its predecessor, the Canon G1 X Mk II is one of the most powerful compact cameras on the planet.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s true that it&rsquo;s pretty hefty, that the zoom range is still fairly limited and that the video is fairly underwhelming compared to some rivals (this isn&rsquo;t a particularly versatile camera &ndash; something like the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-cyber-shot-hx60v/review">Sony HX60V</a> is far more adaptable) but in terms of sheer still image quality there aren&rsquo;t many non-system cameras around that can beat it.</p> <p>But it&rsquo;s pricey, and for this reason we suggest you might consider smaller system cameras such as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-a7r/review">Sony A7R</a> or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/fujifilm/fujifilm-x-t1/review">Fujifilm X-T1</a> before pulling the trigger.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/cameras/top-ten">The 10 best compact cameras in the world right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Canon G1 X Mark II" alt="Canon G1 X Mark II" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/canon-g1x-mkii-closed.jpg?1403225560" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> stills </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> video </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> smarts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Within its limits, the Mark II offers some of the best stills we&rsquo;ve seen from a compact &ndash; but several small flaws take off a little of the shine</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/canon/canon-powershot-g1-x-mark-ii/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/canon/canon-powershot-g1-x-mark-ii/review#comments Cameras Canon Digital compacts PowerShot G1 X Mark II Thu, 19 Jun 2014 15:13:24 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1439595 at http://www.stuff.tv Stuff’s Guide to Photography: How to take dramatic black and white pictures http://www.stuff.tv/sg/stuff-s-guide-photography-how-take-dramatic-black-and-white-pictures/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Want to turn your hand to the oldest type of photography? We’re here to help you go monochrome </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Stuff’s Guide to Photography: How to take dramatic black and white pictures" alt="Stuff’s Guide to Photography: How to take dramatic black and white pictures" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/photo-guide-black-white-main.jpg?1403748800" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Black and white photography might sound simpler than colour photography &ndash; after all, it&rsquo;s been around for a lot longer and it&rsquo;s basically just two colours. However, a quick glance through Flickr or Facebook should demonstrate that people still struggle to understand what makes a good monochromatic photo. But Stuff is here to help: we&rsquo;ve put together this short guide to try and help you grasp the black and white basics.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Contrast is key </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Because black and white photos remove colour, the viewer&rsquo;s attention is focussed on other things. Sharpness, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/stuffs-guide-photography-what-bokeh-and-how-do-i-get-it/feature">depth of field</a> and composition are of course important, but contrast is arguably the key factor in how much impact a black and white photograph holds.</p> <p>In most black and white images, you&rsquo;ll be looking for big contrasts between the darkest and lightest areas of the image. That&rsquo;s where the drama comes from. If your original photo doesn&rsquo;t have as much contrast as you&rsquo;d like, get it into Photoshop or another editing app and adjust the settings. Remember: a good colour photo won&rsquo;t necessarily make a good black and white one.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/stuffs-guide-photography-what-bokeh-and-how-do-i-get-it/feature">Stuff&rsquo;s Guide to Photography: What is bokeh &ndash; and how do I get it?</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Look to bring bright whites and inky blacks into close proximity" alt="Look to bring bright whites and inky blacks into close proximity" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo-guide-black-white-contrast.jpg?1403748800" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Polarising filters are your friend </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&rsquo;re shooting for black and white outside on a sunny day, attaching a circular polarising filter will help provide a more dramatic, contrasty monochromatic sky. The filter will darken the blue of the sky without darkening clouds, buildings or other objects in frame.</p> <p>Circular polarising filters don&#39;t start out particularly expensive (you can pick one up for under S$40) but make sure you buy the correct size to fit your lens&#39; diameter.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-a7r/review">Sony A7R camera review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="That sky comes courtesy of a polarising filter screwed onto the lens" alt="That sky comes courtesy of a polarising filter screwed onto the lens" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo-guide-black-white-polarising-filter.jpg?1403748800" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Shoot in RAW if you can, colour if you can’t </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If your camera can shoot in RAW mode (most DSLRs, compact system cameras and higher-end compacts can), it&rsquo;s advisable to use it if you&rsquo;re taking pictures to convert into black and white. Yes, RAW images take up a lot more space on your camera&rsquo;s memory card, but that&rsquo;s because they retain all the info captured by the sensor and that means you have much more scope to process images in Photoshop, Aperture or Lightroom than you would with compressed JPEGs.</p> <p>If your camera doesn&rsquo;t support RAW shooting, it&rsquo;s almost always best to simply shoot in colour JPEG rather than use your camera&rsquo;s built-in black and white settings. Colour JPEGs will contain more data than black and white JPEGs, and thus offer a little more post-processing freedom.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="800" title="RAW shooting will give you the most scope for editing images after exposure" alt="RAW shooting will give you the most scope for editing images after exposure" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo-guide-black-white-raw.jpg?1403748800" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Black and white portraits can hide a multitude of sins </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Black and white portraits often prove the most flattering, because skin blemishes disappear and the subject&rsquo;s most striking features stand out. Of course, upping the contrast too much can make wrinkles and fine lines more prominent than they&rsquo;d appear in real life, so moderation is key.</p> <p>As is lighting: light your subject too harshly and they can appear ghostly, cadaverous or just plain scary. It is, however, generally a good idea to contrast the subject and background: keep the subject&rsquo;s face lit and the background dark (or maybe vice versa if you&rsquo;re feeling adventurous).</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/leica-m-monochrom-revealed/news">Leica M Monochrom, the world&rsquo;s first black and white digital rangefinder, revealed</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="1680" title="Give your mate a gift they&#039;ll never forget: a kickarse new Facebook profile pic" alt="Give your mate a gift they&#039;ll never forget: a kickarse new Facebook profile pic" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo-guide-black-white-portrait.jpg?1403748800" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Going monochrome can save a noisy shot </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Taking photos at high ISO settings often results in noise: that colourful digital graininess that distracts your eye and obscures fine details. But flip the image to black and white and noise simply becomes simple grain: something that can serve to make a shot moodier or pleasingly scuzzy. So if you&rsquo;ve taken a shot you like but it&rsquo;s spoiled by noise when viewed in colour, give it a go in monochrome and see what happens &ndash; you may be pleasantly surprised.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/photography-101">All Stuff&rsquo;s Photography Guides in one place</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Ugly noise becomes gritty grain in black and white" alt="Ugly noise becomes gritty grain in black and white" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo-guide-black-white-noise.jpg?1403748800" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Photography 101: take dramatic black and white shots </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo-guide-black-white-polarising-filter_0.jpg?1403748800" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/stuff-s-guide-photography-how-take-dramatic-black-and-white-pictures/feature#comments Digital compacts Photography 101 System Cameras Fri, 06 Jun 2014 18:55:02 +0000 Elissa Loi 1438805 at http://www.stuff.tv Stuff's Guide to Photography: What is bokeh – and how do I get it? http://www.stuff.tv/sg/stuffs-guide-photography-what-bokeh-and-how-do-i-get-it/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Add atmosphere to your photos by becoming a master of beautifully blurred backgrounds </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Stuff&#039;s Guide to Photography: What is bokeh – and how do I get it?" alt="Stuff&#039;s Guide to Photography: What is bokeh – and how do I get it?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/bokeh-main.jpg?1405385889" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>So, &ldquo;bokeh&rdquo;: a Japanese word that has no English equivalent, but once explained a very simple concept for any camera-wielder to grasp. How simple? Well, this five-step guide will clue you in on all the blurry basics.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What is bokeh? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Put simply, it&rsquo;s the way in which a camera&rsquo;s lens renders out-of-focus points of light. So those attractively blurry backgrounds (and/or foregrounds) you see in shots with a short depth of field? That&rsquo;s bokeh.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The bokeh in the background gives this shot a dreamier quality" alt="The bokeh in the background gives this shot a dreamier quality" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bruce-extreme-bokeh.jpg?1405385889" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Glossary </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Aperture</strong><br />In photography, an aperture is the hole in a lens through which light passes. The width and shape of this hole determines the angle at which rays of light hit the image sensor. Wide apertures &ndash; represented by low F-stop numbers on your camera &ndash; mean faster shutter speeds (they let in more light in a shorter space of time) and, in general, a narrow depth of field. Small apertures mean a wider depth of field and longer shutter speeds.</p> <p><strong>Depth of field</strong><br />The distance between the nearest and farthest objects in a scene that are in focus. A narrow DOF (sometimes called &ldquo;shallow focus&rdquo;) will result in lots of bokeh, while a wide DOF (&ldquo;deep focus&rdquo;) will mean everything in the scene appears sharp and in focus. Various factors determine DOF including: sensor/film size; lens aperture; and distance from the camera to the objects in the scene.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> There is both “good” and “bad” bokeh </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Each lens&rsquo; characteristics &ndash; namely lens aberration and the shape of its aperture &ndash; determine the sort of bokeh it creates. Curved aperture blades, for instance, help create bokeh that looks more circular and, to most eyes, more pleasing &ndash; there are even lenses like Sony&rsquo;s STF 135mm F2.8 and Nikon&rsquo;s 105mm DC-Nikkor that are designed specifically to produce beautiful buttery smooth bokeh. Using a lens with fewer or straighter aperture blades can result in bokeh that&rsquo;s more angular and &ldquo;ugly&rdquo;.</p> <p><em>Image credit: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jerome_munich/4605866317/in/photolist-8uomq5-821gaz-821gAe-824qLy-dZAnHy-7SRPeA-k96ssp-k96svv-k98TqW-k974cH-czb2w3-84gU9-4QJPU5-8DHMaN-3dwnrE-cF9Fb5-6gzkgs-6C5Wwn-6oKVK6-6oKWhV-axDx1g-HL4jE-HsTHn-HsPTU" target="_blank">Jerome Marot</a></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="&quot;Good&quot; bokeh courtesy of Sony&#039;s STF lens" alt="&quot;Good&quot; bokeh courtesy of Sony&#039;s STF lens" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-stf-bokeh-shot.jpg?1405385889" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The wider the aperture, the more likely you are to get bokeh </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Bokeh occurs when portions of the image are in front of or behind the in-focus area, and the easiest way to achieve this narrow depth of field is to use a lens with a wide aperture: F1.8, F2.0, F2.8 etc. Alternatively, you can use a longer, lower aperture lens &ndash; let&rsquo;s say an 18-55mm kit zoom set at 55mm and F5.6 &ndash; and ensure the distance between subject and background is extensive.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="803" title="A wide F1.7 aperture setting is responsible for the bokeh here" alt="A wide F1.7 aperture setting is responsible for the bokeh here" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/jenga-bokeh.jpg?1405385889" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Compacts and smartphones can achieve bokeh – but it’s tough </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Because of their tiny apertures, it&rsquo;s difficult to get bokeh in shots taken with point-and-shoot and smartphone cameras. The only way to achieve &ldquo;real&rdquo; bokeh with most is to take a macro (i.e. a shot of something very close to the lens), which will likely result in a blurry background and sharp, in-focus subject.</p> <p><em>Image credit: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/rabrunzel/13850022255/in/photolist-kxqJsp-fjDi2F-dP37r4-dLSnqX-dNwqbX-dHMwvt-dLX1mJ-dJGSi3-dLjVdG-dKZNGE-dP2k56-dMTnQS-dHSwyf-dLX1ed-dHMfzz-dHSxeq-e4EvL9-n6SZ6a-n6SYR2-dL64wn-dS2gdC-dTTqHm-f8DRTg-dJGRRd-dT61PQ-dVfZMJ-emNwvq-dKPoJd-dPDpTc-dP3cax-dRXrxp-dG5dnv-dStXrz-e8UbJS-e6WJWt-eaSw3L-dT5Z3y-dStUwF-dVg4FW-dRaqc2-dSZnG2-dVaviF-dVg5db-dRXT4V-dVatkg-eaE1j2-e9zj6w-dUxmrD-dUxjB2-dP7UmC" target="_blank">Intensivtäteraggressor</a></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Bokeh in a macro shot taken with a Canon Powershot G15 compact" alt="Bokeh in a macro shot taken with a Canon Powershot G15 compact" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/canon-g15-macro-bokeh.jpg?1405385889" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> There are some software tricks, however… </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Many small cameras can use technical trickery to create fake bokeh. Android 4.4 KitKat&rsquo;s camera, for instance, uses a clever algorithm to simulate bokeh, but requires that everything in the frame remains still for a few seconds. Most of these techniques can&rsquo;t match the effect of real bokeh, but can deliver decent results in a pinch.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="768" height="1024" title="Android KitKat&#039;s camera does a passable job of creating fake bokeh" alt="Android KitKat&#039;s camera does a passable job of creating fake bokeh" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fake-android-camera-bokeh.jpg?1405385889" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stuff&#039;s Guide to Photography </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Create stunning shots with your phone or a full-fat DSLR </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bruce-extreme-bokeh_0.jpg?1405385889" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/stuffs-guide-photography-what-bokeh-and-how-do-i-get-it/feature#comments Cameras Digital compacts Photography 101 Smartphones System Cameras Mon, 19 May 2014 14:29:45 +0000 Elissa Loi 1437485 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/samsung-galaxy-camera-2/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung’s second smart snapper excels at sharing, but you&#039;ll pay for the privilege </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Don&#039;t worry - it&#039;s also available in black" alt="Samsung Galaxy Camera 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-galaxy-camera-2-flash.jpg?1398825798" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Samsung was the first manufacturer to introduce a &#39;proper&#39; compact camera equipped with Android in the form of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-camera/samsung-galaxy-camera/review-0" target="_blank">Galaxy Camera</a>, and one year later its successor has arrived, sporting a newer version of Android &ndash; but not a whole lot else in terms of innovation.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> S$638.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">6 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Android 4.3 means easy app sharing </div> <div class="field-item even"> Impressively large, sharp screen </div> <div class="field-item odd"> 50GB of free Dropbox storage </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Taste-free looks </div> <div class="field-item even"> Image quality is merely OK </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Almost unchanged from first Galaxy Camera </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Candy Crush snapper? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The 720p, 4.8in TFT display is the same as that on the original Galaxy Camera. With a pixel density of just over 300ppi, it&rsquo;s not as sharp as most smartphone screens &ndash; but it&#39;s sharper, and far larger, than most compact camera screens. The touch sensitivity works as well as could be expected, and overall it&rsquo;s a decent, if unremarkable display. Samsung claims its auto brightness mode means clear images even in bright sunlight, but we had trouble viewing it comfortably on a blazing morning without retreating into the shade.</p> <p>With very few physical buttons, the screen is used for tweaking settings and selecting the focus point. You can initiate camera mode&nbsp;while in &#39;normal Android&#39; by pressing the shutter button, and once within it you&#39;ll see dedicated on-screen buttons for capturing both stills and videos, as well as a Mode button which enables you to switch between Auto, Smart and Expert.</p> <p>Smart mode now&nbsp;has 28 presets, nine more than on the first Galaxy Camera, including&nbsp;tricksy modes such as &#39;Selfie alarm&#39; (which trips the shutter automatically when there are faces in frame, following a two-second warning tone), HDR and 4fps continuous shooting. You also get traditional scene presets including Landscape, Macro and Food.</p> <p>The&nbsp;Expert mode, meanwhile, allows you to adjust almost any setting, plus there&#39;s a My Modes option, which gives you quick access to the last few you&rsquo;ve used.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apps galore on the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2&#039;s home screens" alt="Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-camera-2-android.jpg?1398825798" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Having Instagram on a &#039;proper&#039; camera: so wrong, but so right" alt="Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-camera-2-instagram.jpg?1398825798" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Selfie help </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The 720p, 4.8in TFT display is the same as that on the original Galaxy Camera. With a pixel density of just over 300ppi, it&rsquo;s not as sharp as most smartphone screens &ndash; but it is sharper, and far larger, than most compact camera screens. The touch sensitivity works as well as could be expected, and overall it&rsquo;s a decent, if unremarkable display. Samsung claims its auto brightness mode means clear images even in bright sunlight, but we had trouble viewing it comfortably on a blazing morning without retreating into the shade.</p> <p>With very few physical buttons, the screen is used for tweaking settings and selecting the focus point. You can initiate camera mode&nbsp;while in &#39;normal Android&#39; by pressing the shutter button, and once within it you&#39;ll see dedicated on-screen buttons for capturing both stills and videos, as well as a Mode button which enables you to switch between Auto, Smart and Expert.</p> <p>Smart mode now&nbsp;has 28 presets, nine more than on the first Galaxy Camera, including&nbsp;tricksy modes such as &#39;Selfie alarm&#39; (which trips the shutter automatically when there are faces in frame, following a two-second warning tone), HDR and 4fps continuous shooting. You also get traditional scene presets including Landscape, Macro and Food.</p> <p>The&nbsp;Expert mode, meanwhile, allows you to adjust almost any setting, plus there&#39;s a My Modes option, which gives you quick access to the last few you&rsquo;ve used.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The main camera view" alt="Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-camera-2-camera-screen.jpg?1398825798" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Expert mode opens up all settings for tweakage" alt="Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-camera-2-expert-mode.jpg?1398825798" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Sound the Selfie Alarm, everyone" alt="Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-camera-2-selfie-alarm.jpg?1398825798" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Sensor:</strong> 16.3MP CMOS</p> <p><strong>Optical zoom:</strong>&nbsp;21x</p> <p><strong>OS:</strong>&nbsp;Android 4.3 Jelly Bean</p> <p><strong>Processor:</strong>&nbsp;Quad-core 1.6GHz</p> <p><strong>Movies:</strong> 1080p@30fps, 720p@60fps, 512p@120fps <p><strong>Screen:</strong>&nbsp;4.8in, 1280 x 720, TFT</p> <p><strong>Connectivity:</strong> NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, HDMI</p> <p><strong>Storage: </strong>8GB plus microSD up to 64GB</p> <p><strong>Battery:</strong> 2000mAh</p> <p><strong>Dimensions:</strong> 71.2 x 132.5 x 19.3mm</p> <p><strong>Weight:</strong> 283g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Quality control </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Galaxy Camera 2 has a 1/2.3in 16.3MP CMOS sensor and 21x optical zoom lens, which is (yep, you&rsquo;ve guessed it) precisely the same setup as the first Galaxy Camera. Ho-hum. We weren&rsquo;t particularly enraptured by the first model&rsquo;s photo and video quality, so for the replacement model to offer the same a year later&hellip; well, it&rsquo;s a big disappointment.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not that the images are terrible, because they&rsquo;re fine by mid-range compact camera standards. There&rsquo;s a pleasing amount of detail, noise isn&rsquo;t awful except at high ISO settings and colours are bright &ndash; but given that the Galaxy Camera 2 is being sold for more than S$600 and is one of the few compacts with Android, we were expecting something a bit more special.</p> <p>The 1080p and 720p videos are similarly acceptable without being excellent: smoother than you&rsquo;d expect from a smartphone thanks to the inclusion of optical image stabilisation, but really nothing special. There&rsquo;s no sign of 4K here, for instance.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/nikon/nikon-d3300/review" target="_blank">Nikon D3300 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="The 16MP stills are decent enough for a mid-range compact" alt="Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-camera-2-still-01.jpg?1398825798" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="There&#039;s a fair bit of detail on display..." alt="Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-camera-2-still-02.jpg?1398825798" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="...and noise is reasonably well controlled" alt="Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-camera-2-still-03.jpg?1398825798" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> White elephant? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Again, it&rsquo;s a case of spot the difference here, with the Galaxy Camera 2 sharing a shape and control layout with the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-camera/samsung-galaxy-camera/review-0" target="_blank">Galaxy Camera</a>. The buttons, pop-up flash and zoom rocker are all in the same places, as is the grip on the right side. Like its predecessor, it&rsquo;s surprisingly large and wide for a compact camera (a consequence of having such a big screen at the back) but not especially heavy &ndash; you can easily hold it with one hand.</p> <p>The variations are merely cosmetic, with the new model sporting a textured, leather-look (but hard plastic) body with silver panels at the top and bottom. Two colour finishes are available: white, which we were sent and were embarrassed to use in public due to its TOWIE-ness; and black, which seems like the sensible choice for anyone who spends less than half of their free time prostrated under a &#39;cheeky sunbed&#39;.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="It&#039;s solidly built, but the Galaxy Camera 2 isn&#039;t much of a looker" alt="Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-camera-2-front-2.jpg?1398825798" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 doesn&rsquo;t come across as an entirely new product, but more a minor update of last year&rsquo;s model &ndash; there are no significant changes, bar the slight update to the OS. It&rsquo;s a move that&rsquo;s somewhat out of character for a company such as Samsung, which thrives on innovating faster than most of its rivals.</p> <p>If you own the first Galaxy Camera, there&rsquo;s absolutely no point in replacing it with this one, and the S$638 price tag also seems steep for those looking to buy their first Android compact. The sharing and backup features remain impressive, but the photo quality needed a bump &ndash; and it hasn&rsquo;t got it here.</p> <p>For the same price you could buy Canon&#39;s excellent pro compact the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/canon/canon-powershot-g16/review" target="_blank">Powershot G16</a> or the supremely desirable <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/fujifilm/fujifilm-x20/review" target="_blank">Fujifilm X20</a>, and both would do a better job of giving you what you (presumably) want a camera for: great photographs.</p> <p>If you&#39;re more bothered about getting a snapper with photo-sharing and Android skills, maybe wait until the forthcoming <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung/samsung-galaxy-k-zoom-20mp-camera-and-10x-optical-zoom-will-launch-29-april/news" target="_blank">Galaxy K Zoom</a>&nbsp;appears; hopefully that will justify its price in a way the Galaxy Camera 2 can&#39;t quite manage to.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/cameras/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 best compact cameras in the world right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The 21x zoom lens comes in handy outdoors" alt="Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-camera-2-front.jpg?1398825798" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> stills </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> video </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> smarts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Minor improvements over last year&rsquo;s model make this feel oddly outdated, despite its Android smarts</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 review </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Smart snapper at a premium price </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-camera-2-flash.jpg?1398825798" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/samsung-galaxy-camera-2/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/samsung-galaxy-camera-2/review#comments Android Cameras Digital compacts Galaxy Camera Samsung Fri, 25 Apr 2014 09:36:40 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1436225 at http://www.stuff.tv Bye bye blur: Olympus Stylus SH-1 brings five-axis stabilisation to the compact world http://www.stuff.tv/sg/olympus/bye-bye-blur-olympus-stylus-sh-1-brings-five-axis-stabilisation-compact-world/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> OM-D tech in a point-and-shoot? Yes please </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1024" height="768" title="Bye bye blur: Olympus Stylus SH-1 brings five-axis stabilisation to the compact world" alt="Bye bye blur: Olympus Stylus SH-1 brings five-axis stabilisation to the compact " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/olympus-sh1.jpg?1396331132" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Olympus has announced the new Stylus SH-1 compact cam, and its standout feature is its Olympus&#39; previously praised five-axis image stabilisation.</p> <p>Originally debuting in the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/olympus/olympus-om-d-e-m5/review" target="_blank">Olympus OM-D E-M5</a>, the impressive image stabilisation tech takes into account the roll, pitch, yaw, vertical and horizontal movement of the camera when snapping away, resulting in crystal clear, sharp snaps with no blur.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>An f/3-6.9 25X optical zoom lens isn&#39;t anything to be sniffed at either, and a 16MP sensor, 3in LCD and the same TruePic processor found in the OM-D series isn&#39;t anything to sniff at either.</p> <p>Throw in built-in Wi-Fi with remote control and sharing functionality (via a smartphone), and an aluminium alloy finish all contribute towards a very tempting compact cam, with an equally tempting price tag.</p> <p>Pricing and availability for Singapore will be announced at a later date, so check back regularly for more details.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/o-md-e-m10/olympus-om-d-e-m10-hands-powerful-retro-compact-system-camera-you-can-afford/feature" target="_blank">Olympus OM-D E-M10: hands-on with the powerful retro compact system camera you can afford</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="879" height="659" title="Bye bye blur: Olympus Stylus SH-1 brings five-axis stabilisation to the compact world" alt="Bye bye blur: Olympus Stylus SH-1 brings five-axis stabilisation to the compact " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/olympus-sh1-back.jpg?1396331132" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/olympus/bye-bye-blur-olympus-stylus-sh-1-brings-five-axis-stabilisation-compact-world/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/olympus/bye-bye-blur-olympus-stylus-sh-1-brings-five-axis-stabilisation-compact-world/news#comments Digital compacts Olympus Mon, 31 Mar 2014 08:37:28 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1434627 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Taco Bell pioneering fast food by smartphone and Netflix bags Star Wars TV series http://www.stuff.tv/sg/netflix/fully-charged-taco-bell-pioneering-fast-food-smartphone-and-netflix-bags-star-wars-tv-series <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Start off your morning the right way: a cup of coffee and our round-up of today’s top tech stories </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Taco Bell pioneering fast food by smartphone" alt="Taco Bell pioneering fast food by smartphone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/taco-bell.jpg?1392434655" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> US fast food chain Taco Bell introducing smartphone order system </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Later this year US residents will be able to order Taco Bell food direct from their smartphones. The fast food chain has announced plans to roll out an app and ordering service in the coming months, allowing customers to choose whether to pick up their food in-store or via the drive-thru window and pay beforehand via credit or gift card. Your mobile&rsquo;s GPS will also be put to good use: because they&rsquo;ll know your location, Taco Bell employees will know exactly when to start cooking your food &ndash; no more cold takeaways.</p> <p>Taco Bell has reportedly been working on the system for two years and looks to have stolen a march on rival chains like McDonalds, who are currently still in the experimentation phase of mobile orders.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/2/13/5409230/taco-bell-will-accept-orders-via-smartphone-this-year?" target="_blank">The Verge</a>]</strong></p> <p><em>Image credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/58990192@N03/6912027161/in/photolist-bwMWS6-bwMXKD-bU9BeP-84qs1W-cNG3Nw-cNG751-cNG2VN-cNG6gS-cNG7wW-f1MJUh-9gQfUz-9LkSrQ-9jm1so-eaEVD5-87FgoC-8oQ9Gq-ixE5dg-9nQzQj-f1BExA-e5zNtG-9yuDZu-hUWcdZ-iboaLY-cNG4XQ-cNG5SL-8neN1B-boKWkU-8ebixU-e2EsE4-8HtGw5-8HtGud-8B2CS6-7BZTGk-a3R1da-a3QZZe-a3TQtE-a3TRrm-a3R1ht" target="_blank">time anchor</a></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Star Wars: The Clone Wars final season will be exclusive to Netflix </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Netflix has announced that it has bagged the exclusive rights to stream the final season of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars cartoon. The 13-episode season (known as &ldquo;The Lost Missions&rdquo;) will be available to Netflix subscribers from 7th March, along with the director&rsquo;s cuts of all five previous seasons and the original Clone Wars feature-length episode.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/02/13/netflixs-first-taste-of-star-wars-coming-with-exclusive-clon/" target="_blank">Engadget</a>]</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/T_jcl8wxSEI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sigma dp2 Quattro: the oddest-looking compact camera we’ve seen in years </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sigma has given its DP range of high-end compact cameras a new look &ndash; and it&rsquo;s certainly unconventional. The dp2 Quattro is a long, thin camera with only the chunky grip and fixed 30mm lens protruding &ndash; a marked difference from its rather more staid and traditional predecessor. They&rsquo;re similar in one regard however: like previous DP cameras, the dp2 Quattro features a Foveon image sensor, which separates colour in a different way to most camera sensors and uses three layers (20MP, 4.9MP and 4.9MP) to capture image data.</p> <p>No price or availability information has been revealed thus far.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://www.gizmag.com/sigma-dp2-quattro-camera/30827/" target="_blank">Gizmag</a>]</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> One bird-based mobile game isn’t going anywhere… </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Flappy Bird may have awkwardly flown off to the great aviary in the sky, but one mobile game franchise based on our feathered friends is still going strong: Angry Birds.</p> <p>We don&rsquo;t know anyone who still plays Rovio&rsquo;s cash cow, but obviously enough people do that there&rsquo;s yet another Angry Birds title on the way: Angry Birds Stella. Stella is a pink bird and, according to Rovio, a &ldquo;fierce, feisty character with a great group of friends&rdquo;. And we suspect those friends are going to be smashing into some blocks on a phone near you fairly soon.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://www.rovio.com/en/news/blog/463/angry-birds-stella-bffs-most-of-the-time/" target="_blank">Rovio</a>]</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="743" height="1100" title="One bird-based mobile game isn’t going anywhere…" alt="One bird-based mobile game isn’t going anywhere…" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/angry%20birds%20stella%20teaser.png?1392434655" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/netflix/fully-charged-taco-bell-pioneering-fast-food-smartphone-and-netflix-bags-star-wars-tv-series#comments Apps and Games Digital compacts Netflix Thu, 13 Feb 2014 22:15:30 +0000 Nigel Yap 1432430 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony’s new H400 Cyber-shot is a spy’s dream camera http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-s-new-h400-cyber-shot-spy-s-dream-camera/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The bridge cam has a whopping 63x optical zoom – and it’s one of six new Cyber-shots on its way in the next few months </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony’s new H400 Cyber-shot is a spy’s dream camera" alt="Sony’s new H400 Cyber-shot is a spy’s dream camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-hx400.jpg?1392191203" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Smartphones may be turning compact cameras into the next gadget dodo, but there&rsquo;s one weapon compacts still have left in their arsenal: zoom lenses.</p> <p>Yeah, Samsung has tried grafting an optical zoom on to the S4 &ndash; with patchy results &ndash; and yeah, the likes of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/lumia-1020/nokia-lumia-1020/review" target="_blank">Nokia Lumia 1020</a> fake a zoom through crazy cropping, but really, it&rsquo;s not like having a super-zoom in your jacket pocket.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/marc-mclaren" title="View user profile.">Marc McLaren</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> SONY CYBER-SHOT DSC-H400 AND HX400V </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>First up is the daddy of them all: the Sony Cyber-shot H400. This bridge camera has a slightly ridiculous 63x optical zoom, which makes the Galaxy S4 Zoom&rsquo;s 10x range look more than a little weedy in comparison. It&rsquo;s equivalent to 24.5-1550mm in 35mm format &ndash; which is basically meaningless, as a DSLR lens that size would probably be longer than most rooms.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s got more going for it than just length, though. There&rsquo;s 5-axis Optical SteadyShot tech inside it to ensure your image isn&rsquo;t dancing around as you try to frame it, it packs a 20.1MP CCD sensor, electronic viewfinder and it shoots 720p movies.</p> <p>We tried it out briefly, and can report that yes, it really does zoom a very long way. Shots aren&rsquo;t bad, either &ndash; it&rsquo;s no Sony Alpha A7, but it&rsquo;d probably make a fine holiday cam. We&rsquo;ll know more when we get a chance to put it properly to the test.</p> <p>Either way, it&rsquo;ll be available from April.</p> <p>Sony&rsquo;s second new bridge cam is the HX400V, which can&rsquo;t quite compete on range &ndash; it zooms to a &lsquo;mere&rsquo; 50x &ndash; but which is a far more premium camera in most other respects.</p> <p>For starters, it has a bigger 20.4MP Exmor R sensor inside it, a ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* lens, GPS, Wi-Fi and NFC. You also get 1080p full HD videos, proper manual controls, EVF, tiltable LCD and a more robust feeling build.</p> <p>The HX400V will be in shops in March.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> SONY CYBER-SHOT DSC-HX60/60V </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Take a look at our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/cameras/top-ten" target="_blank">Top Ten Compact Cameras</a> and you&rsquo;ll see the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-cyber-shot-hx50/review" target="_blank">Sony HX50</a> nestling at No.1. Well, not for much longer, because the HX60 is on its way.</p> <p>In truth, it&rsquo;s a fairly modest refresh of the HX50. The 30x optical zoom remains, as does the 20.4MP Exmor R sensor, full HD video and Wi-Fi. The processor upgrade to Sony&rsquo;s new Bionz X model will probably be the biggest change. It&rsquo;s apparently three times faster than the previous model, and should speed up burst shooting and improve low-light abilities. Area-specific noise reduction is another new addition &ndash; the shots we were shown looked impressively clean at high ISOs.</p> <p>Optical SteadyShot stabilisation is also included &ndash; quite handy when you&rsquo;re shooting at 30x zoom &ndash; and it&rsquo;ll even output 4k stills to your TV, in the unlikely event that you own a 4k TV. Finally, it&rsquo;ll be available in two models, with the &lsquo;V&rsquo; version adding GPS (and costing a tenner more).</p> <p>It&rsquo;s unlikely to be worth upgrading if you own the HX50, but if you&rsquo;re on the lookout for a new travel cam, it ought to be a contender. It&rsquo;ll be available in March costing and we&rsquo;ll test it as soon as we can.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony HX60" alt="Sony HX60" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-hx60.jpg?1392191203" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony HX60V" alt="Sony HX60V" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-hx60v.jpg?1392191203" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> SONY CYBER-SHOT DSC-WX350, WX220 AND W800 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Not had enough new Cyber-shot cams yet? There&rsquo;s also the WX350, WX220 and W800.</p> <p>According to Sony, the WX350 is the world&rsquo;s smallest and lightest compact camera with a powerful 20x optical zoom, which is a bit like saying England is the most populous nation on Earth that&rsquo;s also an island in the North Sea.</p> <p>It has an 18.2MP Exmor R sensor, packs the new Bionz X processor and has all the Wi-Fi and NFC gubbins you&rsquo;ll find in its big brothers above.</p> <p>The WX220, meanwhile, also gets the 18.2MP sensor but has to make do with 10x optical zoom, while the poor old W800 has a 20.1MP CCD sensor and 5x optical zoom lens.</p> <p><em>NOTE: All the cameras we had hands-on time with are pre-production samples, so features and image quality may be different in the retail models.</em><br />&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony WX350" alt="Sony WX350" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-wx350.jpg?1392191203" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-s-new-h400-cyber-shot-spy-s-dream-camera/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-s-new-h400-cyber-shot-spy-s-dream-camera/news#comments Digital compacts Sony Wed, 12 Feb 2014 07:43:23 +0000 Nigel Yap 1432320 at http://www.stuff.tv The Sigma DP2 Quattro is bent on photographic glory http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sigma-dp2-quattro-bent-photographic-glory/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Long, strong, and absorbs 40% more photons </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Crowbar shape makes it popular with burglars" alt="Sigma DP2 Quattro" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/05_0.jpg?1392169280" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/will-dunn" title="View user profile.">Will Dunn</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Something&#39;s long with this picture.</strong></p> <p>Yes, it might be a bit of a stretch, but we&#39;re rather taken by Sigma&#39;s crazy new compact. It&#39;s long, thin and bent at one end, like a hockey stick that can take photographs. And as if that unusual shape wasn&#39;t enough, Sigma refuses to give it a zoom or an interchageable lens mount. Instead, it&#39;s one of three, each of which sports a fixed-length lens (the one you&#39;re looking at is the 30mm version, with 19mm and 50mm versions to follow).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Sounds like they&#39;re trying to put people off.</strong></p> <p>In a way, they are. Sigma has made a range of&nbsp;difficult-to-use, fixed-length compact cameras&nbsp;before. For a lot of people they made eactly no sense, but for some their singularity of purpose, their good optics and their clever sensors made them exceptionally good. &nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/thisone.jpg?1392169280" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Why do I get the feeling you&#39;re going to mention vertically stacked photodiodes?</strong></p> <p>Because the unorthodox nature of Sigma&#39;s gloriously insane compacts doesn&#39;t stop at an unusual design. The sensor itself is unlike anything else you&#39;ll see in a compact, or an SLR for that matter. It&#39;s a Foveon sensor. Other camera sensors have one layer of photo-receptors which just sense light, in black and white, with some filters about to create colour. The Foveon sensor, which is only used in Sigma cameras, has three layers of photoreceptors. Sigma says this makes it work more like colour film, and photographers that love their cameras say it creates images that are sharper than a new razor, with incredible levels of detail.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/thisonea_0.jpg?1392169280" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>I want one but I don&#39;t want one!</strong></p> <p>Frustrating, isn&#39;t it? You know that it wouldn&#39;t be suited to 96% of your photos, but that remaining 4% would be absolutely superb. Luckily, you don&#39;t have to worry about that, because you can&#39;t have one - there&#39;s no price and availability yet, and when they do go on sale they&#39;ll probably be prohibitively expensive for all but a minority of professional photographers. Oh, now we want one even more.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>SNAP &#39;EM UP</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/cameras/top-ten">Stuff&#39;s Top 10 Compact Cameras</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/01.jpg?1392169280" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sigma-dp2-quattro-bent-photographic-glory/feature#comments Cameras Digital compacts Hot Stuff Tue, 11 Feb 2014 16:00:48 +0000 Nigel Yap 1432309 at http://www.stuff.tv