The Sync phone stabilizer is designed to fit most smartphones with screens up to 5.5″ including all iPhone models up to iPhone 6, sports a 90-degree controllable tilt with 2 axis stabilization powered by 32bit CPU and a gyroscope that can predict your moves, as well as a brushless motor with a reaction time of 20,000 reactions per second for easy and seamless operation.
The TG-860 comes in three color versions (Black, White and Orange) and it’s built to last. The Olympus action camera sports a 1/2.3 16MP BSI CMOS sensor, 21mm (equivalent) ultra-wide lens, 5x optical zoom and lens shift image stabilization, 1080/60 p video recording, GPS for easy picture location tagging, Wi-Fi and Eye-Fi compatibility for easy sharing, a rechargeable Li-Io battery that allows up to 300 shots or 90 minutes of continuous video shooting on a full charge and a 180-degree flip LCD to help you find the best point-of-view when recording your memories!
More than that, the Olympus Tough TG-860 is waterproof down to 50ft (15m), shockproof for falls from up to 7ft (2.1m), crushproof at 220lbf (100kgf), freezeproof down to 14°F (-10°C) and dustproof – just perfect to have it on you anywhere your adventure takes you!
The FDR-X1000V sports 170-degree ultra wide Zeiss lens, a 1/2.3″ back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS 12.8MP sensor capable of recording in 3840 x 2160 pixels with up to 240p HD / 120p HD, sports Steady Shot image stabilization, has easy control external buttons which allow you to control the camera even when wearing winter gloves, has WiFi connectivity for easy files transfer and remote control, GPS for location and track recording, loop recording and slow motion mode, NFC for easy setup and syncs with Sony TV units via Bravia Sync. More than that, the Sony X1000V is shock, dust and waterproof, can be controlled via iPhone and Android devices as well as via Sony’s LiveView Remote (purchased separately) and comes with a wide array of accessories to match all your recording needs.
While the premium quality, the strong build and the extra set of features make the GoProaction cameras the favorite choice for all extreme sports lovers (and many more), we have to admit that lower end models pack just enough power for casual use and for most regular people out-there! You know what I mean, Mr Regular Guy going on a motorcycle vacation with a couple of friends, Mr Family Guy going to the beach with the kids, Mr Student going on a camping trip or the neighbor’s 10 years old kid recording his biking adventure to impress grandma and grandpa …
Let’s take a closer look to the Midland XTC-280. This action camera is small and light enough to be worn without feeling it and packs a lot of power. It records Full HD (1080p) and HD (720p), it sports a large ON/OFF recording button so it can be easily used by someone wearing motorcycle or ski gloves, wide angle lens, microphone, 5.2MP, image stabilization to make sure you get crisp and stable recording and comes with a submersible case (down to 200 feet or 60 meters) and an universal mount which allows users to use it attached to helmets, motorcycles, snowboards and basically anywhere you can stick an adhesive pad.
We used the Midland XTC-280VP for about a week and and the recordings as well as the camera usability and packed features were OK. The quality could have been better at some points, but hey, don’t forget this is a $90 action camera, not a $400 GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition! Check the attached video to see it for yourself.
When Amazon first released it’s Kindle Fire tablet back in 2011 it shook the world of digital gadgetry by it’s quality, low price and wide range of features and apps included. 3 years later, the Original Kindle Fire scores a whopping 4 stars (out of five possible) based on over 22,000 Amazon reviews.
Why am I telling you all these? Because Amazon is getting ready to release their first smartphone to the markets – The Amazon Fire. The Fire is set to release next month (July 25th, 2014) and comes with a 4.7″ screen (1280 x 720 resolution with 315ppi), a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2.2GHz processor, Adreno 330 graphics, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of on-board storage, 4G, Bluetooth, NFC and runs on Fire OS 3.5.0 which is an Android based operating system.
On the media side, the Amazon Fire sports a 13MP back camera with optical image stabilization, 1080p movie recording, dedicated camera button for snapping pictures in less than a second, intelligent HDR (High Dynamic Range) which merges multiple exposures into a detailed, vibrant image even in low light conditions and automatic media backup into Amazon’s Cloud Drive (free unlimited cloud storage included in price). The audio sports Dolby Digital Plus designed to auto-adjust volume and automatically optimize the audio profile based on what the user is doing, watching or listening.
On the software side, the Fire comes with 3D Dynamic Perspective (“a custom-designed sensor system that responds to how you hold, view, and move your phone“) which adjusts any 3D image on the screen to match the user’s head position. A dedicated FireFly button was added to the phone and allows easy information scanning followed by pre-defined actions. Simply scan a phone number and call it, scan a web address and open the website, scan a business card and save the info to contacts. FireFly also recognizes songs, TV shows, QR codes, magazines, movies and books allowing you to get instant information on over 70 million products.
The Amazon Fire will be available starting at $199 US with AT&T contracts or at $649 US without contract.
Let’s hear you in the comments. How do you feel about the Amazon Fire? Do you think it will be as successful as its older brother, the kindle Fire series?
The new HV model is an outstanding camera build on the bases of the popular Sony A99 and comes equipped with a 24.3 MP full-frame CMOS sensor, 35 mm full-frame HD movie recording, 2.5 EV to 4.5 EV in shutter speed, 19 points AF, ISO ranging from 50 to 25,600, continuous shooting, SteadyShot image stabilization, sports Carl Zeiss 24-70mm f/2.8 lens out of the box and is fully compatible with any Sony A-mount or DT-mount lens.
While the technical specs will probably not make you pay $11,500 US for the Hasselblad HV, you have to keep in mind that the Swedish camera manufacturer not only makes digital cameras but also creates camera fashion statements! You know … just like that Bentley we’re all dreaming about, but it takes pics!
The German built 20x60mm binoculars feature Zeiss exclusive image stabilization technology based on gimbals mounted eracting systems which is not dependent by batteries and doesn’t make any noises. The unit sports eyepieces with rubber eye-cups which allow a full field of view (with or without glasses) and it’s casing is made of rubber coated metal which also confers the binoculars water resistance and allows you to safely take these binoculars with you wherever you go! On the optical side we find premium coated lens and high performance optical glass which makes the Zeiss 20x60mm to be recognized by most users as one of the best binoculars of it’s class.