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Hands on with the DXG-A85V Pro Gear Camera
I had a chance to review the DXG-A80V a few months ago, and I was fortunate to review what looks to be the follow-up, the DXG-A85V.
The cameras certainly look alike, and they are both 1080p video-capable with a 3 inch Touchscreen display. One of the upgrades is that the DXG-A85V has a 12X Optical Zoom instead of the 5X that the A80V has. Both are capable of 1080p at 30fps (frames per second), but the A80V can do 1080i in 60fps, while the A85V can do 720p at that 60 frame rate.
The A85V has a very advanced Manual Focus System and allows focusing by tapping on the touchscreen. I had a hard time making this feature work, but I will say that the camera is very good at catching whatever I wanted to focus on.
The DXG-A85V also has Dual Capture Mode for “recording video and pictures simultaneously”. The camera itself includes an HDMI cable, and it can support SD cards up to 16GB. It is also compatible with a remote, but it doesn’t come with one.
Hands on with the iPhone Horn Stand
Today I received the Bone Collection iPhone Portable Amplifier Horn Stand in the mail. The Horn Stand is designed to increase the volume of your iPhone by 13 decibels without the use of batteries.
That is probably because there is nothing electronic or even metal in this amplifier. I heard of this product a few weeks ago, and I assumed that it was made of hard plastic. As it turns out, it is made of rubber, and smells kind of funny when you put your nose up close.
So does it increase the sound? Perhaps on an iPhone, yes. I tried it out on my iPod Touch, and I could barely hear a sound increase. I hope the effect on an iPhone would be equivalent to the iPod Gramophone or PhonoFone II.
As the name implies, the Horn Stand also works as a stand for the iPhone. So for those who like watching movies on your iPhone screen in portrait mode, this is for you.
When it came out to the box, I found the horn was on the wrong side. The YouTube video I was watching was upside-down and the button was also on the wrong side, but fortunately, the horn part is detachable and reversible.
Kingston announces SSDNow V100 solid state drive
Kingston wants to boost its solid state drive credentials with the SSDNow V100 which hails from the SSDNow V Series family of solid state drives (SSD). Targeting mainstream consumers, the Kingston V100 SSD is touted to offer the best performance for your buck, being the most cost-effective upgrade path for desktops and notebooks without having to go through the hassle of a total system replacement. Just what kind of performance figures can we wax lyrical about? Well, you can check it out in the extended post if you want to kill the cat.
The V100 is an expansion of the V Series line, bringing in another 256GB capacity drive. Of course, if you feel that your budget cannot fit 256GB worth of storage space, there are always smaller alternatives in the form of 64GB and 128GB capacities. Kingston’s new V100 also comes with Windows 7 TRIM support, featuring an optimized controller and advanced NAND Flash technology that will increase read and write performance. Folks who are looking forward to extending the life cycle of their current system will be able to see that installation of the V100 will result in quicker bootup and application load times, not to mention a faster overall user experience with the new V100.
The SSDNow V100 drives will ship as either a stand-alone unit or as an upgrade bundle kit. If you opt for the desktop bundle kit, that will include the SSD, cloning software, cables (SATA data and power), and 3.5-inch″ hard-drive mounting brackets and hardware. As for the notebook bundle, it will include the SSD, cloning software and a 2.5″-inch external enclosure that lets the replaced hard drive to be used as additional storage – gotta love the idea of recycling, eh? Certainly doesn’t put anything to waste. All purchases will come with a three-year warranty and round-the-clock live technical support. Other features and specifications of the Kingston SSDNow V100 include :-
- Interface: SATA 1.5Gb/sec. & 3.0Gb/sec.
- Sequential Speed: up to 250MB/sec. read; up to 230MB/sec for 128GB & 256GB, up to 145MB.sec. for 64GB write
- Silent: runs silent and cool with no moving parts
- Reliable: less likely to fail than a standard hard drive
- Shock-Resistant: no moving mechanical parts so the SSD handles rougher conditions
- Supports S.M.A.R.T.: Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology
- Supports TRIM: ensures maximum performance on compatible operating systems
- Power Specs: Active 6.4W (TYP) / Sleep 1.0W (TYP)
- Storage Temperatures: -40 degrees C to 85 degrees C
- Operating Temperatures: 0 degrees C to 70 degrees C
- Weight: 114.76g (stand-alone unit); 302.91g (notebook bundle); 328.40g (desktop bundle)
- Vibration Operating: 2.17G (7-800Hz)
- Vibration Non-operating: 20G (10-2000Hz)
- Life Expectancy: 1 million hours MTBF
Panasonic announces Lumix DMC-GF2
Panasonic has announced the successor to one of the highly sought after Micro Four Thirds shooter to date known as the Lumix DMC-GF1, which is the logically named Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2. This compact mirrorless camera is also Panasonic’s smallest and lightest interchangeable lens system camera, where it will feature a built-in flash to boot.
The Lumix GF2 will play nice with lenses from the Micro Four Thirds standard, which means the system is not only small but compact, and yet will not compromise ease of operation or image quality. Not only that, the Lumix GF2 will also be able to work with Panasonic’s new 3D interchangeable lens, which is the LUMIX G 12.5mm/F12, letting you snap 3D photos without missing a beat.
Just how much more compact do you think GF2 has become? Well, its size was reduced by approximately 19% in size and approximately 7% in weight, and managed to do so while retaining its signature built-in flash. Seems to be a future-proof camera of sorts to us, considering it is able to handle 3D lens. Thanks to a newly-designed user interface, the Lumix GF2 is a snap to use, and will make room for anyone and everyone to set the focus or shutter release with but a touch of the fairly generous 3-inch LCD display.
Whenever you lock on to a subject by touch, the Lumix GF2 will go on and track the subject with the AF tracking function, never mind if the subject starts to move around, making life a whole lot easier. Of course, this doesn’t work if you’re trying to shoot a Formula 1 car in full glory, but it works great with little children running around at a party. Not only that, you can choose from a wide range of AF (Auto Focus) modes such as multiple-area AF with up to 23 focus areas, 1-area AF with a selectable focus area, Face Detection, and AF Tracking.
All of Panasonic’s Lumix G-Series DSLM cameras will be equipped with the highly-efficient Dust Reduction System, and the GF2 is no exception either. Should dust get inside the camera when you change lenses, a supersonic wave filter is located in front of the Live MOS sensor to repel dust and other particles by vibrating vertically around 50,000 times per second.
Boasting a quality and solid aluminum body, the Lumix GF2 will come in black, silver, white, and red shades alongside the following kit options: DMC-GF2C – 14mm F2.5 Lens Kit and DMC-GF2K – 14-42mm Zoom Lens Kit. No word on pricing just yet, but expect to see the LUMIX GF2 hit the market sometime next January.