Cameras – Review Tech http://reviewtech.info Best Product Reviews Thu, 16 Nov 2017 01:26:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9 GoPro Hero5 Black vs. GeekPro EOV1 Plus http://reviewtech.info/best-action-camera-gopro-geekpro/ http://reviewtech.info/best-action-camera-gopro-geekpro/#respond Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:09:35 +0000 http://reviewtech.info/?p=3231 Action cams are extremely fun to use with all types of outdoor activities. If you’re planning on buying one for the first time, you’ll be really glad you did because you’ll love using it. You’ll be surprised at how many different things you can use it for. Having one will motivate you get out of ...

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Action cams are extremely fun to use with all types of outdoor activities. If you’re planning on buying one for the first time, you’ll be really glad you did because you’ll love using it. You’ll be surprised at how many different things you can use it for. Having one will motivate you get out of the house more often and go make some videos. Action cams make excellent gifts for teens and young adults. Everyone loves them because they make a casual outing a lot more fun. Since whether you want to buy one or not has probably already been settled, now it’s time to figure out which one to buy.

The Price Difference is Huge, is this a Fair Comparison?

Before we even get into the details, we need to settle something. Just because GoPro is the top action cam brand in the world doesn’t necessarily mean that it is the best, especially when it comes to value for the money. The lesser known GeekPro cameras pack a real punch that might be overlooked by brand-loyal elitists. At first glance, the GoPro might seem much better, but first let’s take a look at what GeekPro has to offer before we jump to conclusions.

Features of the GeekPro EOV1 Plus

GeekPro EOV1 Plus
GeekPro EOV1 Plus
The GeekPro looks and functions quite similarly to a GoPro camera. So if you are already used to using a GoPro, you’ll have no trouble adjusting to it. It records in four different video modes, 4K at 25fps, 2.7K at 30fps, 1080p at 60fps and 1080p at 30fps. 4K looks noticeably slower than 2.7K. The extra 5fps really makes a difference. 30fps 2.7K and 1080p both look great, but 60 fps at 1080p looks incredible. Videos come out looking life-like and vivid. Being able to record videos of anything you want at that level of clarity and realism is truly amazing, although that’s not something that the GoPro can’t do. The difference here is that the GeekPro costs far less but can deliver comparable results.

As can be expected from a 4K camera, still images are extremely detailed. The camera itself has two screens, one very small one on the front to display which mode you’re currently in, and a 320×240 resolution 2” screen on the back to display what is being recorded. There is a small remote control included that can be worn around your wrist like a watch. It also includes a sturdy waterproof case and a very wide variety of mounting accessories. The case is good for depths of up to 30 meters (100ft). The camera itself measures at 41mm x 59mm x 21.4mm and has an 80-90 minute battery life.

It has built-in Wi-Fi so you can link it up to the accompanying app. The App allows you to use your phone or tablet as a remote control with up 30 meters distance, but only supports 1080p. Some of the GeekPro EOV1 Plus’ functions include loop record, burst photo, time stamp, exposure, continuous lapse, and time lapse. For the price, this is an excellent camera that is capable of producing extremely good videos. It’s a great alternative for anyone who doesn’t want to spend a lot on a newer GoPro model.

Pros

  • Excellent quality recording comparable to GoPro
  • Very cheap price
  • Lots of accessories included
  • Dual screens

Cons

  • 4K video has a noticeably slow framerate
  • Less settings, modes, and extra features than the GoPro

Features of the GoPro Hero5 Black

GoPro released two new cameras in fall 2016, Hero5 Black and Hero5 Session. The Session is virtually the same as the Black but lacks GPS and a screen. It is extremely small though at only 37.9mm x 37.9mm x 36.1mm versus Hero5 Blacks’s 61.7mm x 44.4mm x 24mm. The GeekPro is only slightly larger than the Hero5 Black.

The coolest thing about the new GoPro is that it has voice control that recognizes 7 languages. You simply say, “GoPro, start recording,” to start. There is a variety of commands that it recognizes, such as in-video highlight tags that will appear as text while your video is playing. It can also be controlled with the Smart Remote.

Another great new feature is that it is totally waterproof without the case. Unlike its cheaper competitor, if you get it totally wet it doesn’t matter. With the waterproof housing on, it’s good for underwater depths of up to 60m. It also comes with digital image stabilization that helps a lot to prevent shakiness, even on bumpy bike rides. It records in the same resolution as the Hero4, 4K at 30 fps, 2.7K at 60 fps, 1080 at 120 fps, and many, many more recording speeds to choose from in a huge variety of different resolutions.

The Black features GPS, Wi-Fi connectivity with a versatile companion app, and a solid 2 hour battery. Unlike the GeekPro, this model has a touchscreen back. They both have a mini LCD screen on front for displaying the current mode and capture settings. This camera is compatible with the Karma drone for detailed aerial shots, which if you can afford to buy both will give you amazing angles that would otherwise be impossible to capture.

Pros

  • An incredible amount of video settings and recording options
  • Waterproof up to 10m without housing
  • Accurate voice control
  • Compatible with Karma drone
  • Has a touchscreen back
  • Improved noise cancelling mic
  • Effective image stabilization

Cons

  • High retail price

Conclusion

The only issue with the Hero5 is that it has a very premium price when compared to the EOV1 Plus. It is unquestionably better though, so if you’re still on the fence, you ought to decide which features from the GoPro are actually worth the extra money and how much you really need them. The EOV1 Plus can’t do everything the Hero5 Black can do, but it is an excellent bargain and a great camera to have if you’re willing to settle on something really good instead of something amazing.

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Neewer TT560 Flash Review http://reviewtech.info/neewer-tt560-flash-review/ http://reviewtech.info/neewer-tt560-flash-review/#respond Mon, 21 Nov 2016 17:20:59 +0000 http://reviewtech.info/?p=3021 Cheap doesn’t always mean poor quality as the Neewer TT560 Flash Speedlight proves. For its price range, it could just be the top dog on the market in terms of overall value for money spent. The Neewer TT560 Flash Speedlight is designed to use with different types of cameras especially with Canon models,and so it ...

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Cheap doesn’t always mean poor quality as the Neewer TT560 Flash Speedlight proves. For its price range, it could just be the top dog on the market in terms of overall value for money spent.

The Neewer TT560 Flash Speedlight is designed to use with different types of cameras especially with Canon models,and so it is rightly called the best external flash for Canon cameras. I don’t do too many camera accessory reviews, but the features and specifications of the TT560 drove me to write about it. You can use it with a Speedlight trigger or hot sue and also for having different light effects and having a slave flash.

You need to charge the flash first by putting the switch on and waiting for few moments. The test button provides a great help to you by allowing you to take a test of the flashlight before you start shooting with your favorite DSLR. When the red light flashes, it means that you are ready to take pictures. If the indicator light holds a glint, then it’s time to replace the batteries.

The power output control has eight steps and helps you to adjust the perfect light needed to take a picture with the support of Neewer TT560.

Design Quality

Neewer TT560 FlashMade from durable hard plastic and with a matte black finish, the Neewer TT560 is available for budget price margins. The full range of vertical and horizontal rotating angles make it perfect for shooting in every kind of environment. While not having an LCD screen, it has 8 LED sensors on the back side of the flash with other buttons including power, output control, mode selection, and test flash.

The TT560 is larger and bulkier than Bower SFD728C TTL Autofocus Flash as the Bower Flash has telescoping abilities and the TT560 features stationary height. In summary, the TT560 is more robust and cheaper than the SFD728C.

Features and Specifications

Neewer TT560 FlashThe Neewer TT560 is a flashlight for DSLRs which can be bought at a price of under $40. For that price, you cannot expect that the flash will be loaded with tons of advanced features. It runs on four AA alkaline batteries and has power saving features. It is advisable to invest in powerful rechargeable batteries if you are going to work a lot with the flash.

Check the features and specifications of TT560 Canon Speedlight flash below:

  • It has 0-270 degrees of vertical rotation and 0-90 degrees of horizontal rotation
  • Specially designed for the Canon Digital EOS and Nikon DSLRs
  • It is also compatible with Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, and other DSLR cameras
  • Eight manual settings for full power to 1/128th
  • It has built-in wide angle diffuser and reflection board
  • A perfect power management: in ‘M’ mode it kicks into power saving mode in 30 Minutes and in ‘S’ mode, it takes 60 Minutes, the indicator light flashes while charging
  • If it gets overheated, then it automatically shuts down which prevents the accidental damage; the cooling off period is 10 minutes
  • The listed color temperature is 5600K ± 200K
  • If the charging indicator light turns into red and flickers every 1s, then it means the battery is low
  • It has dimensions of 4×8.7×3.2” and shipping weight of only one pound

What the Neewer TT560 does not have:

  • It doesn’t have any sort of TTL
  • When it is fully charged, you will not get any audible signal from it
  • You will not find any instruction on the manual to use the charging socket as well as the type of device you can plug it in
  • No zooming features
  • You will not find any trigger volume listing in the guide, but there are rumors that it has 3V

As compared to Bower SFD728C, the TT560 does not have an E-TTL mode, which makes you adjust and get the proper flash light manually. For a beginner, setting a correct light output in each cycle for having the right balance light may become too overwhelming. But you will be happy to find some online tutorial with understandable language and graphics which help you to learn the basics.

The feature I like most, actually love about the TT560 is its slave functioning. If you are passionate about photography and building your career in the field, then you will surely go for the high-end flashes gradually. And for those who are not familiar with the term ‘slave flash’, I would like to mention that it is the term defined as a primary (master) flash that triggers automatically to the secondary (slave) flash for a remote fire. It is used commonly when a single flash doesn’t work to get the proper light.

Another helpful thing with TT560 is the tripod attachment it comes with. Most of its competitors in the same price rangedo not come with one. The tripod attachment is the best for using in slave mode. A soft fabric storage bag protects the TT560 when it is not in use.

Performance

I have been testing the flash for the past week, and I am greatly impressed with the performance it gave to me, especially with such kind of price tag. It perfectly fit on my EOS as expected and is more stable than the SFD728C. The S1 optical sensor, low battery warning indicator, and PC sync all work fine with it.

For the amateur photographer, the TT560 is quicker and better compared to other flashlights in its category. It has overcome the issue of recycling which is the largest among the other Speedlight flashes. I mounted it on the tripod and tested the slave function. I got the perfect shots time after time as it fired correctly.

The rear LED indicators make it easy to operate the Neewer TT560, which is ideal for DSLR owners who are not familiar with advanced configurations. The highly adjustable design, as mentioned before, didn’t pose any issues while pointing the flash at the place I wanted. The Neewer TT560 Flash has met all of my expectations and more.

Conclusion

For an entry-level photographer, you can’t find a better flash Speedlight than the Neewer TT560. With the relatively low price tag it has and features it offers, it is the top most choice among beginner photographers as well as pros. The controls just couldn’t be easier.

With the large and unwieldy design and robust build quality, the Neewer TT560 provides a solid performance compared to the pricier Bower SFD728C. If you are in need of a Nikon/Canon flash light at an affordable price or an entry-level photographer who want to improve the low-light performance of your DSLR, then I recommend the Neewer TT560 Flash without a doubt. If you have a higher budget and want an E-TTL support and LCD included, you can go for either Neewer TT680 or Neewer NW680 Speedlight flash.

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Sony Action Cam vs GoPro http://reviewtech.info/sony-action-cam-vs-gopro/ http://reviewtech.info/sony-action-cam-vs-gopro/#respond Tue, 12 Apr 2016 01:29:21 +0000 http://reviewtech.info/?p=2722 Sony FDR-X1000V Action Cam vs GoPro Hero4 Black Body mounted video cameras, action cams, extreme sport handy cams, whatever you want to call them, they’re just plain awesome. If you’ve ever used a GoPro or similar device, then you know how much fun they are. You probably also have hours of footage of your friends ...

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Sony FDR-X1000V Action Cam vs GoPro Hero4 Black

Body mounted video cameras, action cams, extreme sport handy cams, whatever you want to call them, they’re just plain awesome. If you’ve ever used a GoPro or similar device, then you know how much fun they are. You probably also have hours of footage of your friends doing all kinds of insane activities while wearing one. And that footage is so much fun to see months or even years later.

If you’re at all into doing anything that would justify using an action cam, then buying one is definitely a good idea because they are very entertaining. You’ll undoubtedly capture some priceless moments.

So here we’ll compare two of the best models in the action cam game, the Sony FDR-X1000V and the GoPro Hero4 Black. Let’s see how they stack up against each other in each category.

Sony FDR-X1000V Action Cam
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Sony FDR-X1000V Action Cam
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Size and Weight

First of all, the FDR-X1000V is shaped differently than any GoPro. It has an elongated shape reminiscent of a normal camcorder. It’s quite a bit smaller than any normal camcorder though. At 24.4×51.7×88.9mm, its size is comparable to that of the Hero4, just shaped differently. The Hero4 is 41x59mmx30mm so there is just a minor size differential. The Sony Action Cam weighs 114g vs 89g for the Hero4. They’re both definitely small enough to use for anything.

Sensor Resolution and Picture Quality

The FDR-X1000V sports a 1/2.3in CMOS, just the same as the Hero4. It’s capable of capturing 4K video at 30 fps. So is the GoPro4. As you can see in this comparison video, the Sony produced vibrant video that is a bit oversaturated, while video shot with the GoPro looked a bit washed out. Actually the GoPro records colors more accurately, but the Sony creates more colorful images. If you like colors that really jump out at you, then Sony is the way to go.

Operation

The overall operation of the Hero4 is simpler than the Sony FDR-X1000V. The GoPro Hero4 Black is more intuitive to use. They do both have a companion app that can be used on pretty much any iOS or Android device.

With the FDR-X1000VR version of the Sony Action Cam, the RM-LVR2 live view remote is included. It can also be bought separately from Amazon for just under $150. It fits on your wrist and allows you to control the Action Cam remotely for a wide range of tasks. It’s also waterproof and also can be used with other Sony cameras.

AV Connections

Both the FDR-X1000V and the Hero4 include Micro HDMI input and 3.5mm microphone input. They each have Micro SD slots. The FDR-X1000V has an M2 memory stick slot built in as well.

Waterproof Case and Mounts

The GoPro Hero4 can go deeper at 40m vs the 10m offered by the FDR-X1000V. Sony does sell a replacement case that protects the camera for depths of up to 60m. That’s the Sony AKA-DDX1 Replacement Dive Door, which costs roughly $35.

As for mounts, GoPro has a huge and readily available selection to choose from, so there’s no way Sony can compete with them in that section yet. But Sony does offer some decent options to start with.

Recording modes and still images

The GoPro records video at 4K30, 2.7K60, 1080p120 and 720p240. You can have 720 video in slow motion at 240fps. It also takes 12mp still images. The Sony Action Cam matches those figures when using their proprietary video codec. When recording in MP4 format, it shoots 1080p video at 60fps, 720p at 100fps and 240p in 200fps. The Action Cam offers 8.8mp for still images.

Price

Both the Sony FDR-X1000V Action Cam and the GoPro Hero4 retail for around $350. Both include a one-year warranty.

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Conclusion

The GoPro is lighter and a bit more compact. It has more mounts and a wider selection of accessories. Though the GoPro Hero4 has a remote available, the Sony FDR-X1000V’s live view display is quite a bit better. Or you could just use the app for either one.

The Hero4 is a bit easier to use. It shoots fantastic quality video and is highly regarded as being the best action camera. The new kid on the block has a lot to offer though. It has an awesome wristband remote, and bright and vibrant video that makes the colors pop out.

If you’re not going to get the Sony RM-LVR2 live view or any remote, then the Hero4 is slightly better for ease of use and compatibility. If you do plan on getting the remote, Sony’s Action Cam is pretty much just as good as the Hero4.

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DxO One: World’s Smallest 1-inch Sensor Camera http://reviewtech.info/dxo-one-camera/ http://reviewtech.info/dxo-one-camera/#respond Mon, 21 Sep 2015 17:54:43 +0000 http://reviewtech.info/?p=1964 DxO’s new camera attachment for the iPhone or iPad, the DxO One, boasts DSLR-quality images in a super compact, easily pocketable add on. The tiny 2.65” tall cam has a sleek aluminum body, and weighs only 108 grams, but packs a 1.8/f lens with a 1-inch CMOS BSI sensor capable of capturing 20.2 megapixel images. ...

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DxO’s new camera attachment for the iPhone or iPad, the DxO One, boasts DSLR-quality images in a super compact, easily pocketable add on. The tiny 2.65” tall cam has a sleek aluminum body, and weighs only 108 grams, but packs a 1.8/f lens with a 1-inch CMOS BSI sensor capable of capturing 20.2 megapixel images.

DxO One
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The One comes with a special setting they call SuperRAW Plus that captures high-quality images in very low lighting conditions. The SuperRAW Plus functionality is particularly handy for recording those sudden, special night shots, like when a bear attacks your campsite in the middle of the night. The SuperRAW setting operates much the same HDR does on your smart phone or point-and-shoot camera. It takes four RAW images, and blends them together to get the best all around exposure.

“It’s possible to shoot crystal-clear images under moonlight, which is incredible for a camera this small. The shallow depth of field and bokeh of the lens at f/1.8 is absolutely perfect for portrait photography,” says Jerome Menire, DxO’s founder and CEO.

When hooked up, the iPhone or iPad can rotate 60 degrees in either direction. It’s capable of full 1080p video capture at 30 fps, or 720p at 120 fps. A neat bonus is that the iPhone can act as a camera stand allowing you set it down and to get in the shot.

All settings on the camera can be controlled manually on the iPhone through the accompanying iOS app. For a limited time, DxO is also offering two bonus apps with the purchase of the One, DxO FilmPack, a $129 value, and DxO OpticsPro, a $199 value. If you’re at all into using photo editing software to enhance your captures, this is a very nice addition to the package.

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The aperture on the One can be adjusted from f/1.8 to f/11. Shutter speed ranges from 15s to 1/8000s, and ISO from 100 to 51200. Preset capture modes include aperture priority, speed, and a pretty good selection of scene modes. The One comes with a built-in micro SD card slot, and has its own lithium ion battery, meaning you won’t need to drain away all the juice or clog up all your storage space in your iPhone by having the One be dependent on it.

DxO has designed the One to fully integrate with your phone so you can flex on Instagram without any transferring or uploading from your device to your phone. You can also set the One to automatically upload images to your iCloud upon capture, that way your files will be instantly backed up.

So just how convenient is DxO’s new iPhone attachment? Well, it may be very compact and capable of high-quality images, but how fast you can get it attached, switched on, and ready to go? The answer is just a few seconds, as when the DxO One is plugged into the lightning jack on your iPhone, the DxO One app begins running automatically and will be all set to capture those Kodak (DxO rather) moments before they slip away. Better yet, the DxO can snap pictures without being attached to your iPhone at all, though without a viewing screen, kind of like a GoPro but NOT waterproof. Do not bring the One on your jetski.

Though the DxO One may pack a big punch in a tight bundle, it’s by no means a replacement for a DSLR camera. It’s meant to bridge the gap between a smart phone camera, and a DSLR, but not really be a replacement for either one necessarily. “…in between the two [smart phone and DSLR], there’s a need for something that offers very high quality and is incredibly compact,” commented Kirk Paulsen, Senior Vice President for Marketing at DxO. The One fills that void.

The DxO one can currently be preordered from DxO’s website (www.dxo.com) and is expected begin shipping later this month.

The One is not so cheap, but for convenience and quality in such a small, pocket-sized device, the DxO One looks like a pretty nifty gadget indeed.

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Best Action Cameras for Summer 2015 http://reviewtech.info/best-action-cameras-for-summer-2015/ http://reviewtech.info/best-action-cameras-for-summer-2015/#respond Sat, 04 Jul 2015 19:42:20 +0000 http://reviewtech.info/?p=1862 There is a big difference between action cameras and the average cameras that you get in the stores these days. Action cameras are basically designed to provide more functionality, higher resolution and the finest quality in situations that other cameras would definitely struggle to impress. From the moment you decide to get an action camera, ...

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There is a big difference between action cameras and the average cameras that you get in the stores these days. Action cameras are basically designed to provide more functionality, higher resolution and the finest quality in situations that other cameras would definitely struggle to impress.

From the moment you decide to get an action camera, you need to rest assured that everything else about your experience will be about finesse. These cameras deliver quality resolution like no regular camera can. At the moment there are so many such cameras in the market that even deliver 4K resolution.

When summer comes by, there are lots of activities that entice a lot of people. School is over and there is a lot of fun going around. With this in mind, it would be a good idea if you had one of the best cameras with which to capture some of these moments. For the ultimate fun lover, the action cameras are a welcome addition to your arsenal when you are planning some fun activities for the summer.

Thinking of activities that involve surfing, speed cars, helmets, jumping off tall buildings, bungee jumping, that rollercoaster ride? Well, leave not your action camera behind while you are packing. The following are some select few that are popular in the market so far.

GoPro Hero4 Black Review

GoPro Hero4 BlackGoPro Hero4 Black has always been considered the best ever action camera in the market. Backed by lots of innovation and intuitive ideas, there are very few cameras that can compare against the GoPro Hero4 Black. From as early as 2004 GoPro has been delivering some of the finest action cameras especially for those who are cut out for high adrenaline activities. It does not come as a surprise that they were awarded the Best Technology and Engineering in 2013 at the Emmy Awards.

With GoPro Hero4 Black, you are able to get 4k footage (full frame), and all this at an incredible 30 frames per second – take note that this is something giants like Nikon are yet to achieve, even with Nikon 1J5 which is a mirrorless camera.

One of the main reasons why the GoPro Hero4 Black and all the other cameras in the GoPro line of 4K cameras are a heartthrob to many is because they are specifically built to be inconspicuous, almost invisible. While they have managed to achieve this, it is incredible how they still manage to maintain the desirable ergonomic dimensions for the users. As a matter of fact, GoPro Hero4 Black in comparison with the predecessor Hero 3+ still share similar sizes, at 41x59x30 millimeters.

For all the performance that is built into it, the GoPro Hero4 Black comes in at 88 grams, but with the waterproof case this shoots up to slightly over 150 grams. In the event that you are going to use the camera in different locations, it is important for you to carry this housing.

There are two LED indicators that are built next to the LCD screen, to indicate the status of wireless connectivity and the other acts as a battery indicator and an indicator for the status of the camera. The shutter button is built just atop the camera and a settings button to the left side of the camera. This is a slight difference from what was available on Hero 3+, but the concept is to make access and use of the program more convenient.

The camera is designed with a 12 megapixel 1/2.3 inch CMOS sensor. You also have an ultrawide angle lens with an F2.8 aperture. GoPro Hero4 Black can record footage to 3840 x 2160, and record 1080 pixel videos at 120 frames per second.

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HTC RE 16.0MP Waterproof Digital Camera

Labelled the camera that looks like a periscope, HTC really outdid themselves with the HTC RE 16.0 MP waterHTC RE 16.0MP Waterproof Digital Cameraproof digital camera. With the incredible features that are built into it, the camera surprisingly retails at less than $200. Of course you cannot expect it to be a beast like GoPro, but rest assured that you will be surprised at how much you can do with it. It is one of an increasing number of cameras that come with Wi-Fi enabled, but there is a twist to this – you do not necessarily need to have a phone to use this function.

With stiff competition all over the place, there are a lot of models that are currently just copying one another and adding a few features to their latest releases. However HTC RE is a different story altogether. It really works well, not like you would expect of an average camera though. It feels as though it is a perfect combination between an awesome smartphone and a functional camera.

Interestingly enough this camera does not need/have a power button. Well, that’s something new, huh? In short you no longer need to wait some time for the shutter to open up or wake up for you to take a shot. How many incredible moments of magic have passed you by in this way? Well, with HTC RE all you have to do is to shoot, and keep shooting. As long as it is in your hands, it is ready to go. Apart from that, when you are using the HTC RE, you will be able to shoot without using any viewfinder. In terms of control you can get some power to the camera through your iOS or Android device. This feature allows you to hold your phone and take shots without necessarily struggling to fumble with your hands to get the best frame for the shots.

The lens of the HTC RE is built slightly wider than you might think it is when you see it at first sight. As a result, it will take you some time to adapt to the 146 degree shooting angle – even some of the best photographers in the world have admitted to struggling with this. However once you get used to it, there is so much fun that you can have with this camera.

Since there is no viewfinder on the HTC RE, you will get awesome shots if the scene you are shooting is closer to you. However, in the event that you are taking shots from so far, you must be prepared for some sort of distortion.

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Panasonic HX-A500E

Panasonic HX-A500EBefore we venture into anything else about this camera, we have to mention the fact that this is actually the first ever 4K action camera designed by Panasonic. Of course it wasn’t the first ever in the world, but a first and surely an incredible entry into the market for Panasonic. While we are at it, the first ever 4K action camera was GoPro’s HERO3 Black Edition.

The Panasonic HX-A500E is specially designed, making it a class above all the other action cameras. It is practically divided into two sections. One section has a fixed lens, mono microphone assembly and the other has a recording system. The recording system on this camera has a 1.5 inch LCD screen, complete with control buttons. There is a navigation joystick to make the work of the user a lot easier.

Based on the IPX8 standards, the Panasonic HX-A500E is waterproof, but only up to 3 meters. On the other hand it is also resistant to dust under IP5X. So far there has not been any specifications labeled on this camera with respect to impact resistance, so when you are using it, you need to be really careful. However, we must not forget to mention that the camcorder is well-built, complete with a plastic cover to protect the LCD screen from damage.

The Panasonic HX-A500E camera is also designed with a special power-saving feature which forces the screen into automatic shutdown when it has not been in use for a while. When you are using this camera, you can record up to 3840 x 2160 pixels. This is possible at 25 frames/second. This means that you are actually recording at 4X the normal resolution when you are using full HD. While others would refer to this as 4K, it is technically Ultra HD, especially since this amounts to 4096 x 2160 pixels against an aspect ratio of 19:10.

Sadly, with the quality you are milking out of this camera, it operates at 72 MB/second. This basically means that with a 32 GB SD card, you might only be able to fit perhaps an hour or less of a film.

You are however free to choose to record at different resolutions, from Full HD, 720p or whichever other resolution you fancy. Ideally you have in your possession a camera that you can use to record some action for all situations, even capturing stills to a resolution of 5376 x 3024, which might perhaps require some interpolation.

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Garmin VIRB Elite

Garmin VIRB EliteThe Garmin VIRB Elite is one of the best action cameras in the market this year, especially with the ANT + sensor and remote connectivity. Apart from that, the designers have also placed an emphasis on connectivity, with Wi-Fi connectivity built into the model. While we can admit to the fact that you will get really good image quality, recording Full HD images up to a speed of 21 Mb/sec perhaps is something worth looking at. The recording on this camera is stored by default in MP4. The screen is a 1.2 inch CMOS offering 16M pixels.

The wireless connectivity is a very good feature, and it gets better due to the fact that you can use your smartphone as a remote controller. This actually works for Android and iOS devices. However, in the event that you are looking for a camera that allows internet streaming live, the Garmin VIRB Elite is not the one for you. If lack of live internet streaming irks you from owning this camera, wait till you learn that you cannot zoom on it either – what kind of a camera does not offer zoom functions?

The target market for the Garmin VIRB Elite according to their marketing and advertising personnel is to aim for those individuals who might already own any of the outdoor activity products that are designed by Garmin. The design of Garmin VIRB Elite is rugged, at least that conforms to most of the other models that are available in the market at the moment. Besides that, it is also waterproof up to IPX7.

For the action enthusiasts, there are mounts that are available on the camera, which can be so helpful when you need to attach the camera on to equipment such as a helmet.

We must also notice the fact that they have done something that is not so common in the market so far, providing a Chroma display of 1.4 inches. This is a feature that is only available with the likes of GoPro HERO3 and JVC ADIXXION GC-XA2. In as much as the screen is an incredible concept, as a buyer you have to understand the fact that this will certainly come at the expense of the battery life. In an attempt to solve this however, Garmin managed to build a screen that is not backlit. Therefore the screen uses up less power than a normal LCD screen.

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Conclusion

Of these cameras, different users have different preferences. It is close to impossible to make an ultimate choice for an individual, considering that the choice of which camera to purchase will depend on lots of things such as your budget or your preferred brand of choice.

At the same time, we must also mention that this is not an exhaustive list, with lots of other brands available in the market from which you can make your pick. Either way, what we know for sure is that when you are getting ready for your summer holiday you will not want to leave your action camera behind. With all the fun that you will have when you take time off with your friends and family members, be sure to tag along your favorite action camera to capture every single magical moment.

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Olympus TG-4 16 MP Waterproof Digital Camera with 3-Inch LCD http://reviewtech.info/olympus-tg-4-16-mp-waterproof-digital-camera-with-3-inch-lcd/ http://reviewtech.info/olympus-tg-4-16-mp-waterproof-digital-camera-with-3-inch-lcd/#respond Fri, 26 Jun 2015 15:37:26 +0000 http://reviewtech.info/?p=1850 Hot on the heels of the successful Olympus TG-3 from last year, Olympus has once again rolled out another incredible camera, Olympus TG-4, waterproof, with a 3 inch LCD screen. It is a rugged camera though they have not done so much in as far as the style of the exterior is concerned, or the ...

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Hot on the heels of the successful Olympus TG-3 from last year, Olympus has once again rolled out another incredible camera, Olympus TG-4, waterproof, with a 3 inch LCD screen. It is a rugged camera though they have not done so much in as far as the style of the exterior is concerned, or the control scheme. Those who are looking for changes of a significant magnitude will need to look elsewhere, for most of the improvements on the Olympus TG-3 that brought about Olympus TG-4 have taken place under the hood.

We see the introduction of more modes for scenery captures, GPS tracking has been upgraded and is now faster than before. Just in case you are looking for a camera that will guarantee you high quality images, you are making the right choice. RAW capture will certainly turn a few heads, even though others have done it before. We can perhaps appreciate the fact that you can actually shoot RAW files across all the major shooting modes. However, the aperture priority and program exposure will bring more value to the scenery that you are shooting. Scene modes have been updated and the filter effects are incredible.

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Olympus Live Composite mode has been included in the design of Olympus TG-4, as was the case with the earlier model E-M10. With this feature, you are able to get awesome shots at night, capture some incredible landscape shots, take impeccable shots of the city at any given time of the day or night, irrespective of the prevailing weather conditions. To add on to that all these shots are taken in real time. This means that you no longer need to worry about processing your photos later on, or taking more time later on to build lots of presentable images.

Camera Olympus TG-4 16 MP TopThe AF target selection is a feature that has been long overdue, and coming from Olympus, this is an incredible trendsetter. We can expect lots of developers to tow this line in the future, even on smartphones. With this feature you are able to make use of directional control buttons that go either way to shift the focus point wherever you want. As a result, you can now choose and frame your shots the way want.

We cannot round off this review without mentioning the waterproof capacity of the Olympus TG-4. With a maximum depth of 50 feet underneath the seas, you can make good use of the underwater HDR mode and deliver some pristine shots.

Olympus TG-4 16 MP BackFor someone who is looking for one of the best cameras in the market so far, there is quite the variety from which you can make your selection. However, the Olympus TG-4, waterproof, with a 3 inch LCD screen is sure to be one of the best cameras that you can get your hands on so far. If you really fancy ultra HD 4K and some of the best resolution for action shots, this is definitely what you need to get your hands on.

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