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5 best smartphones for vlogging

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These days, you can do almost everything with your smartphone — this includes shooting vlogs!

Gone are the days of lugging around big video cameras and DSLRs; all you ever need can be found in the palm of your hands. While today’s capable technology allows you to shoot great quality photos and videos with phone cameras, it’s still a matter of finding the right one for your needs.

Before anything else, I’d like to point out that so many smartphones now have high specifications, but that’s not the only thing we considered for this list.

Here are my top picks for the best vlogging smartphones, depending on what type of vlogger you are:

Sony Xperia XZ Premium, if you’re a sucker for slow-motion shots

Aside from looking pretty sleek, the Xperia XZ Premium packs a punch in terms of video features. It has 960fps video recording, which means smoother slow-motion output — a pretty cool effect for your vlogs! This smartphone also has good image stabilization resulting in better handheld shots.

The Xperia XZ Premium is also one of the very few phones to have a 4K resolution display.

READ MORE: Sony Xperia XZ Premium review

LG G6, when you want more scenery in your videos

Shooting with the LG G6

LG’s flagship is waterproof and shock-proof, which is great for all-around shooting. Whether it be a travel vlog on a mountain or at the beach, this smartphone can and will go the distance.

The best part? This dual-camera phone has wide-angled shooters so you can capture more scenery in your videos!

READ MORE: LG G6 review: Back to basics

HTC U11, if you’re very particular about audio

The HTC U11 on a table

Based on our tests, the HTC U11 and the Google Pixel both take great photos and videos. However, the U11 won out because this particular smartphone is capable of 3D audio recording for clear audio no matter which direction the sound is coming from. Additionally, the U11 can zoom in and target a specific subject to capture specific audio — definitely a great feature for your video storytelling.

Bonus feature: The phone’s smooth, shiny back is not only pretty, it doubles as a selfie screen because it’s so reflective. Definitely great for checking your face on those lengthy video monologues.

READ MORE: HTC’s upcoming U11 might make brand relevant again

OPPO R11, when you always want to look your best on camera

Pink haired girl holding OPPO R11

OPPO has always been known for being the selfie expert, but they’ve outdone themselves this time. The R11 camera has a built-in live beauty mode for video — that means you’ll be looking fresh in videos anytime, anywhere. Adjust the filter level depending on your preference and never have a bad on-cam day ever again.

READ MORE: OPPO R11 Review

Moto Z2 Play, when you still prefer the feel of a real camera when shooting

Moto Z2 Play with mods

For those who still enjoy the feel of holding a camera when shooting, the Moto Z2 Play may be the perfect smartphone shooter for you. The Z2 Play can be fitted with different mods, and one of them is the Hasselblad True Zoom — yes, from that famous camera company. Shoot like a real pro in a snap!

READ MORE: Moto Z2 Play Review: To mod or not to mod


SEE ALSO: 5 photo-editing apps you must download

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OPPO Reno8 T: Ultra Night Portrait

Taking the Reno8 T on date night

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We’re taking a closer look at the latest OPPO Reno8 T. A modern and sleek-designed smartphone that’s sure to turn heads. 

OPPO Reno8 series has been making waves in the market for its impressive camera capabilities. So I wanted to see for myself how well it performs in different light situations.

We went to a rooftop cafe that I’ve been wanting to visit, where we watched the sunset and spent a lovely night out.

We chose a spot with minimal light since I really wanted to see how the Reno 8T would handle shooting portraits in low-light conditions.

I took a few shots on the same spot trying out the portrait, photo, and the night mode. 

I was totally impressed but not surprised by the results. The background was well-lit, giving out a more professional look. 

Even in these busy surroundings, I’m still amazed by the clarity and popping color of these photos. Of course, foodie shot for my instagram updates. 

Aside from the outstanding camera performance, I’m loving the upgraded orbit light and fiberglass-leather design finish plus the new leather stitching. And oh, look at that dazzling sunset orange color which adds a bit of personality to the phone. it feels comfortable to hold this since it’s also lightweight.

Another night well spent captured by the ultra night portrait feature of the oppo reno 8T—really a game-changer.

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Logitech Valentine’s accessory gift guide

POP series, Aurora Collection, more

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Logitech Valentine's

Logitech has just released its Valentine’s season gift guide for Singapore.

The list includes a great range of gaming peripherals they are known for, including the POP series, Aurora collection, and MX mechanical keyboards.

POP Series

Logitech Valentine's

 

For a minimalist and beautifully retro-themed setup, the POP Keys and POP Mouse are perfect additions.

The keyboard resembles a typewriter with its scooped mechanical keys, but also comes with 8 swappable emoji keys. The mouse features a top button that opens emoji menus for one-tap convenience.

These products are available in 5 fun and vibrant colors, giving playful aesthetic to users.

  • POP Keys: SG$ 169
  • POP Mouse: SG$ 54

Aurora Collection

Logitech Valentine's

Wanting a drift away from usual RGB gaming products? The Aurora Collection has a softer aesthetic with its dreamy take on headsets, keyboards, and mice.

Products under this line include the wireless gaming mouse designed for players with smaller hands, thanks to its compact form and sculpted thumb rest, and wireless gaming headset with rotatable ear cups.

The gaming keyboards, meanwhile, have a compact, tenkeyless layout, and adjustable height for comfortable all-day long gaming.

  • Logitech G735 gaming headset: SG$ 329
  • Logitech G715 gaming keyboard: SG$ 299
  • Logitech G713 gaming keyboard: SG$ 269
  • Logitech G705 gaming mouse: SG$ 162

MX Mechanical keyboards

Mechanical keyboards from the MX range deliver high-performance mechanical typing to boost productivity in the workplace.

The MX Mechanical, specifically, features the Tactile Quiet key switch to make it one of the quietest keyboards, while the MX Master 3S has an 8,000 DPI optical sensor.

  • MX Master 3S: SG$ 189
  • MX Mechanical: SG$ 339
  • MX Mechanical Mini: SG$ 289

Lastly, customers may also want to check the following devices:

Logitech G502 X PLUS – SG$ 255

Coming from the G502X series, this gaming mouse has some of the most advanced gaming technologies all rolled into an iconic form factor to help users achieve an unrivaled experience.

ERGO K860 wireless split keyboard – SG$ 229

Designed to improve typing posture, the ERGO K860 has an ergonomic design which showcases a curved, split keyframe. It includes a pillowed integrated palm rest.

Lift Vertical Ergonomic Mouse – SG$ 119

With a unique 57-degree vertical design, this mouse is a great fit for small and medium-sized palms as it takes the pressure off the wrist for a more relaxing grip.

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Apple Music launches ‘Rihanna’s Road to Halftime’

In anticipation of Super Bowl 2023

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Apple Music Rihanna

After succeeding Pepsi as NFL’s official Super Bowl Halftime Show partner, Apple Music is pulling all the stops as it braces for its first ever show in the sports event, which features music icon Rihanna.

In anticipation of her upcoming Super Bowl LVII halftime performance in Glendale, Arizona on February 13, Apple Music has launched Rihanna’s Road to Halftime”, letting streamers experience the superstar’s music catalogue in deeply-enriched multidimensional sound.

Apple Music Radio will also be holding a Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show press conference on February 10, with Nadeska Alexis interviewing Rihanna herself ahead of her highly-awaited performance in United States’ annual sports spectacle.

An 8-episode “Rihanna Revisited Radio” will also keep fans engaged as the countdown to Super Bowl LVII continues ticking.

Even after the performance itself, Apple Music will have people covered with its Halftime Recap Radio” to wrap everything up.

Meanwhile, the new Apple Music Sing feature will also allow subscribers to take the mic and reenact Rhianna’s hits on compatible iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV 4K models.

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