Have you ever wondered how all those 360-degree photos and videos you’ve seen on YouTube and Facebook are made? They look like they were shot with several cameras at the same time, but in reality, there are single, affordable cameras out there that can do everything — just ask LG.
LG’s 360 Cam is a fantastic entry point into the world of shooting virtual reality content. Using two 13-megapixel wide-angle cameras, you can take 180-degree or 360-degree shots with a press of a button.
Sounds all well and good, but there’s more to the 360 Cam than just its cute figure. Here are five legit reasons why we’d recommend getting one of your own.
It literally fits in the palm of your hand
Gone are the days when you had to stick numerous wide-angle cameras together to get a panorama photo. The LG 360 Cam is easy to grip, thanks to smooth curves and enough space below the lenses for your hands.
It also weighs only 75 grams, so it can easily fit in your jeans pocket or handbag. Just make sure to slide it into the bundled case first — that’ll keep the lenses in tip-top condition.
The case doubles as an extended grip
We simply love cases that serve two purposes. While shooting, you may attach the protective case to the bottom of the unit, in order to reach higher heights and peek around corners.
It’s also imperative to use the extended grip if you want to eliminate views of your hand or the floor during 360 shots. Trust us, our captures looked so much better after making this a habit.
Controls are very intuitive
With a total of two physical buttons on the 360 Cam — one power button and a shutter key — you can get the hang of the controls during your first run. How’s that for user-friendliness?
But that doesn’t mean you’re limited to only a couple of functions. For example, tapping or holding the shutter button provides two different commands, namely taking a photo or video, respectively.
It’s so easy to pair with
Something that worries us whenever we get a hold of a shiny new gadget is compatibility. There are times when a device would only work with a certain brand or operating system; this instance isn’t one of them.
We were able to pair the 360 Cam with a selection of different Android smartphones, including LG handsets of course. If you have an iPhone, that’ll work, too. Just download the LG 360 Cam Manager app and you’re good to go.
Shoot photos and videos shoot without a hitch
We’ve talked a lot about simplicity and ease of use, but how about actually shooting with it? Fortunately, all those positive qualities apply here, too. You can take a photo or video by pressing the shutter button on the camera itself, or the virtual key in the app.
Here’s a sample of a 180-degree photo:
Here’s a sample of a 360-degree photo:
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Here’s a sample of a 360-degree video:
All files go straight to a microSD card you insert underneath. You can then plug that card into your computer, or download all your shots wirelessly to your phone through the proprietary app. Transfers are done through Wi-Fi, so it’s way faster than Bluetooth (although the latter is used for pairing with your device of choice).
Bonus: It’s really affordable
Best of all, you don’t have to rob a bank to afford an LG 360 Cam. It currently retails for $200, and you can find some sweet discounts this holiday season. That’s a great deal for a camera that captures and transfers with ease!
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Canon officially brings the EOS R6 Mark II to the Philippines
Taking hybrid to the next level
The union of systems
The Canon EOS R6 Mark II is a mirrorless camera featuring a 24.2MP full-frame CMOS sensor. Paired with the DIGIC X processor, it promises better quality photos with reduced noise. Speaking of noise, the camera can reach an ISO of up to 102,400 and low-light sensitivity below EV -6.5.
If you’re concerned about display when shooting, the EOS R6 Mark II offers a fully-articulating 3″ LCD with touchscreen that enables you to shoot in various angles, whether overhead or low down.
Not a fan of screen shooting? The EOS R6 Mark II has a 0.5″ OLED EVF (Electronic View Finder). With 3.69-million dots and a refresh rate of up to 119.88 fps, it’s as great as how you look at Optical View Finders found on DSLRs.
If you’re shooting a lot of action, Canon has the improved Dual Pixel AF CMOS II system with an outstanding AF zones of 1,053 and approximately 100% AF coverage.
Other than that, there’s the EOS iTR AF X (Intelligent Tracking & Recognition Autofocus) that can now track horses, trains, and airplanes aside from people, animals, and other vehicles. There’s even Deep Learning-based Subject Tracking and Auto Subject Detection as well for better tracking. This also makes an 80% faster AF performance than its EOS R6 predecessor.
For burst mode shots, you can shoot 12fps under Mechanical Shutter and 40fps with Quiet Mode support under Electronic Shutter. That’s very ideal for concerts and wildlife shoots.
If you’re that serious in videography, the EOS R6 Mark II not only offers the usual 4K/60p video recording, it also supports a jaw-dropping 6K/60p with 10-bit RAW HDMI out. And if you’re a sucker for slow motion, this hybrid camera can also shoot slo-mo Full HD at 180p.
Worried about shaky footages? Canon combines three image-stabilizing systems in one with Coordinated Control. That’s the fusion of 5-axis In-Body Image Stabilizer (IS), Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS), and Movie Digital IS. There’s even the Canon Log 3 if you prefer flat-looking shooting profiles that allows you to be versatile in color grading.
Much like iPhone’s Cinematic Mode, the EOS R6 Mark II can seamlessly change focus points regardless if one tries to change the focal length through Focus Breathing Correction. You can even select several focusing speeds to match the effect and speed of the subject.
Durability-wise, the Canon EOS R6 Mark II is rated to last up to 400,000 cycles. That’s more than enough for the continuous use and abuse of the hybrid mirrorless camera compared to conventional bodies of the same kind. And if you shoot under harsh weather conditions, its body is made from a durable magnesium alloy chassis that’s also dust and drip-resistant.
Other notable feature is the Dual Card Recording which allows simultaneous recording on both SD cards. That’s one 4K/60p shooting and FHD/180p on the other or just record footages and stills all at once. Lastly, the R6 Mark II uses the specialized set of RF and RF-S lenses just like any other mirrorless cameras of Canon.
A true 6ame ChangeR
Canon Philippines has finally held an in-person event ever since the launch of the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III — which I attended before the pandemic lockdown happened in the country.
We were welcomed by Canon PH’s several ambassadors on the board. They were also able to use the EOS R6 Mark II for two weeks all before the launch event took place. Those include Ian Celis together with his daughter, Eyah Celis under Ian Celis Productions based in Antipolo, Rizal.
During the small talk, Ian Celis showed us a reel showcasing his work using the EOS R6 Mark II. He even mentioned that his favorite feature has got to be Focus Breathing Correction and the FHD/180p slo-mo feature very ideal for wedding footages. Meanwhile, Eyah talked about how the camera’s lightweight body was able to help her shoot extreme lengths despite her slimness and petiteness during a marathon event.
Another in the ambassador lineup were Pat Dy and Chissai Bautista of Team Pat Dy. It started when they showed us Chissai’s interview on the large projection. As a wedding shooter, she told everyone that wedding events are always fast-paced.
But with the fast and precise AF system of the Canon EOS R6 Mark II, she expounded that she was able to quickly grasp the situation around and shoot fast-moving subjects blurry-free. That’s also possible thanks to the very lightweight body of the mirrorless camera.
More so, Pat Dy has explained and showed us how the EOS R6 Mark II is a true game-changer. From its lightweight body, one-handed camera use thanks to better camera controls and ergonomics, and more about how it’s a true “hybrid” by having the ability to shoot great stills and footages all at once are just some of the great feats of Canon’s newest mirrorless camera.
Before the wrap up, Pat even did a live demo of how he shoots wedding portraits under controlled-environment situations such as a movie theater with one source of light and a diffuser. Remarkably, we have witnessed how the EOS R6 Mark II greatly-performed without compromises despite such shooting condition.
Pricing and availability
The Canon EOS R6 Mark II will be available in the Philippines starting as early as January 2023. The body only configuration will cost you PhP 179,998. There’s also a bundled RF 24-105mm f/4-7.1 IS STM configuration that retails for PhP 199,998.
Other than that, Canon has also introduced a new RF 135mm f/1.8 L IS USM being sold at PhP 160,998 as well as a lighter external flash unit Speedlite EL-5 for PhP 30,998.
If you pre-order the EOS R6 Mark II from December 3 to January 16, you’ll get added perks like a free 128GB SD Card, additional 2 years warranty aside from the usual 1-year warranty, and a special PhP 25,000-worth Creator’s Access Membership that includes:
- Free Membership Fee
- Priority Service
- While-you-wait service
- Four (4) working days of expedited service
- Free external cleaning
- Service unit
- Lens loan for three (3) months
- Show/Event Support
- Printing Services with discounted rates
Sony A7R V combines hi-res sensor with AI
Hardware and software in tandem
It’s been three years since the launch of the Sony A7R IV. So, it’s about time that Sony released its successor — the Sony A7R V (Sony Alpha 7R V).
The Sony A7R V is hardware and software working in tandem to provide the best images possible. It has Sony’s highest resolution image sensor with a new AI processing unit. One that’s dedicated to AI-based image recognition. It’s the first of its kind on any Sony Alpha camera. It also has the BIONZ XR image processing engine which is a first in the “R” full-frame lineup.
The new A7R V offers 61 MP still images plus the an 8-step image stabilization system. That bodes well for shooting video which you can shoot in refined 8K movie output.
The AF (Autofocus) has also been improved with advanced accuracy and broader subject recognition. Real-time Recognition AF, using AI subject recognition, has been developed to include several subject types, including animals, vehicles, and insects. The Alpha 7R V also includes continuous shooting at up to 10 fps with AF/AE tracking.
These beloved Sony Alpha features have also been improved:
- Tenacious Real-time Tracking
- Faster and more precise wide-area, high-density AF system
- Silent, vibration-free shooting at up to 7 fps
- Continuously shoot up to 583 compressed RAW images at high speed
Cinematic video capabilities
The A7R V isn’t just for taking breathtaking stills. It also ffers advanced video capabilities. Sony’s newest camera delivers 8K1 24/25p video, 4K video oversampled from 6.2K without binning, a high-efficiency MPEG-H HEVC/H.265 codec, intra recording, 10-bit 4:2:2 recording, and more for high image quality and flexible editing. It also includes evolved subject recognition for unprecedented real-time tracking reliability, breathing compensation and the ability to use camera metadata for post-processing and advanced in-body image stabilization.
Price and availability
The Sony A7R V will be available for pre-order starting October 28, 2022, until November 27, 2022. The camera can be pre-ordered with just the camera body or preferred accessories and through different payment options. Suggested pre-order net cash price starts at PhP 239,999.
Fujifilm X-T5 camera now available for pre-order
New macro lens also revealed
As the year winds down, it’s ideal for freelancers to invest in the right equipment should they pursue a career in the creative industry.
At X Summit Tokyo 2022, Fujifilm unveiled the Fujifilm X-T5, the latest iteration in its line of compact mirrorless cameras under the prestigious X Series.
It has a high-resolution 40.2MP X-Trans CMOS 5 HR sensor which has an enhanced image-processing algorithm to boost resolution without compromising quality.
And with X-Processor 5, the camera delivers twice the processing speed of its predecessor.
Among the X-T5’s features are:
- Three top-plate dials – for ISO, shutter speed, and exposure
- Five-axis IBIS system for up to 7.0 stops of compensation
- Three-way tilting LCD
- 19 film simulation modes to recreate classic colors and tones
- Al technology-driven Auto White Balance
- Subject-detection autofocus
- Pixel Shift multi-shot for ultra-high-resolution 160MP image
- 1/180,000 maximum shutter speed
And while the X-T5 focuses more on photography, it is also capable of shooting 6.2K videos in standard 30fps.
For pre-orders, the Fujifilm X-T5 body is priced at PhP 109,990. Customers can avail of the 18-55mm Kit for PhP 134,990 or the 16-80mm Kit for PhP 141,990.
Pre-orders come with a free Manfrotto backpack and one (1) year extended service warranty.
As an option, Fujifilm has also revealed the XF30mmF2.8 R LM WR macro lens to pair with the camera.
This lens is capable of 1:1 macro, features advanced auto-focus, and is weather-resistant for users to be able to shoot in virtually any condition. For sample images, click here.
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