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5 seriously expensive gadgets you can’t afford

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The technology that makes our everyday life better comes at a price — and sometimes it can be steep.

At a time when it’s perfectly justified to spend hundreds of dollars just for a phone, when is pricey too pricey?

I’ve rounded up some ridiculously expensive technology to see just how they fare vis-a-vis the price of an iPhone 7 — because really, that’s the only way we put those sky-rocketing prices in perspective. My top picks go to…

Vertu Constellation

At a whopping $8,140, you could get a dozen iPhones instead! That’s one for each member of your family plus extras for your best friend and their family! Vertu has been known to manufacture “luxury smartphones” (as if having a plain smartphone isn’t luxury enough) and it seems they’ve outdone themselves with this leather covered handset. The smartphone sports a 5.5-inch display, dual-SIM slots, and a (genuine) ruby button (because why the heck not). A 24-hour concierge service also comes with the phone because, well, the price tag justifies a person’s actual salary. 

Register your interest to get this phone here

Acer Predator 21 X

For just one more iPhone, you can afford this all-powerful gaming laptop! $9,000 isn’t a game, but for a 21-inch curved display (the first of its kind), two GeForce GTX 1080 video cards, NVIDIA’s G-Sync technology, and its own cooling system, this 8.8kg beauty may just be worth its weight in gold. 

Buy it here, if you can afford it

Panono Camera 

This cool $1,996 camera is designed to be thrown around. Equipped with a total of 36 cameras capable of 108-megapixel photos and 16GB storage capacity, the cute contraption promises a different photo perspective with quality that should rival most 360-degree cameras in the market. For what it’s worth — and that’s three iPhones to be precise — it seems like a novel idea; I just don’t know if it’s worth the hefty price tag.

Buy it here and literally throw money around

Meneghini La Cambusa Refrigerator

Sure, buying a fridge worth 63 iPhones seems like it’s justified because it’s a fridge after all, yes? Not really. Fridge prices range from less than $1,000 to $2,000 depending on the model, but the La Cambusa just takes it out of the ballpark completely. With a starting price of $26,000, the fully customizable fridge can amount to a whopping $41,500 depending on what you add on. True that a beautiful icebox fully equipped with a flat screen and a top-of-the-line coffee maker with brass handles that match your walls sounds like a good idea, but at that rate, you probably won’t have money left over to afford that house you want to put it in.

Check out their website (if your dare) here

Sony Bravia 4K 100-inch TV 

The true star of this list is this amazing 100-inch machine. Priced at a whopping $60,000, this TV alone can probably buy you everything on this list and more. It’s not just the size that justifies the tag, as this top-shelf TV is allegedly designed for optimal viewing because it’s a “4K HDR Android TV, featuring a 4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme and LED Backlight Master Drive” — whatever that all means.

Just how many iPhones can you buy with this fortune that can probably end hunger in a small country? 92 iPhones — that’s one for every single relative I have since my great great great grandfather. 

Do we even need to bother with a “Buy Here” button for this?

Note: An iPhone 7 is priced at $650 and even that is something I find expensive.

SEE MORE: 8 iPhone hacks you’ve probably never heard of

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Olympus bids goodbye to its camera business

Bought by Japan Industrial Partners

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Olympus is a well-known brand due to its reliable DSLR cameras that offered alternatives to mainstream competitors like Canon, Sony, and Nikon. However, its camera business could soon be over. The company recently announced that it is selling its business to Japan Industrial Partners (JIP) — the same company that bought the iconic VAIO laptop line.

The announcement means an end to Olympus’ presence in the camera market. The company has been producing cameras ever since the 1930s. Some of its iconic products include the Olympus Pen and Zuiko lenses.

An ever-shrinking market for dedicated cameras and a much competitive market resulted in losses for its camera division in recent years. As such, the company decided to sell its camera division to JIP to streamline its operations.

However, that doesn’t mean an end to Olympus cameras. JIP said that they are going to continue releasing new OM-D DSLR cameras as well as Zuiko lenses.

To formalize the acquisition, both Olympus and JIP will sign a definitive agreement this September. Specific details about the acquisition are yet to be announced by both companies.

Source: The Verge

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Sony’s new ZV-1 camera is built for vlogging

Shipping in June

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How much personalization do you want your cameras to have? Some purists prefer completely manual cameras, allowing for absolute control over every aspect of their photos. Other professionals prefer a more consumer-friendly approach to photography, balancing easy-to-use functions with stellar photo quality.

Combining both aspects, the recently launched Sony ZV-1 is an all-in-one compact camera built specifically for casual video shooters. A boon to the vlogging community, the ZV-1 maintains both uncompromising video quality with ease of use.

Featuring a 1.0-type stacked Exmor RS CMOS image sensor and the latest BIONZ X image processor, the camera shoots at 4K resolution with in-body image stabilization. Inside, a 24-70mm f/1.8-2.8 large-aperture lens allows for dynamic bokeh control. Named the Bokeh Switch feature, the camera can increase and decrease background blur according to preference without losing its main focus.

In the same vein, the new Product Showcase feature allows for an easy transition between different focal points, such as switching between a subject’s face and a focused object. As the name suggests, the feature helps vloggers easily unbox and review products.

A Face Priority autoexposure feature automatically adjusts the device’s exposure settings depending on the brightness of the background. It will prioritize the subject’s face, ensuring correct exposure settings regardless of background. With the feature, it’s easier to shoot in bright sunlight, low-light conditions, and transitioning quickly between the two.

Besides what’s inside, the camera is also built ergonomically for a casual shooter’s hands. Instead of the traditional vertically flipping screen, it carries a horizontally flipping LCD screen, allowing users to easily see what’s being caught on camera. It comes with a 3.5mm microphone jack and a wind screen accessory to reduce wind interference.

Sony will start selling the ZV-1 at authorized Sony stores and through Lazada starting June 2020. It will retail for US$ 799.99.

SEE ALSO: Sony Xperia 1 II camera phone now available for pre-order

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Use your Canon camera as a laptop webcam

Up the quality on your video call meetings

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Video conferencing is the new normal as most of us continue to work from home. Canon hopes to make the experience better with the EOS Webcam Utility Beta.

You may have noticed though that the video quality from your laptop’s webcam is not up to par with your smartphone’s front camera. Most manufacturers tend to put sub-par cameras on laptops. The reason: your laptop’s webcams were not that highly used before the whole COVID-19 situation.

To address this, Canon recently released a tool that will level up your video quality over online conferencing apps. The idea is to transform your Canon camera into a portable webcam. Simply plug-in an EOS or a PowerShot camera to your laptop, configure the software, and you now have a powerful webcam at your disposal.

The utility is called “EOS Webcam Utility Beta”. It’s a software that automatically configures your Canon camera into a portable web camera over a USB connection.

The caveat though is that only select EOS DSLR, EOS Mirrorless, and PowerShot cameras are compatible. The software is still in beta, but if you’re really determined to level up your video calling game, you can view the full list of compatible cameras here.

Grainy and lifeless videos will be a thing of the past for Canon users with this new tool. If you own a Canon EOS or DSLR camera, make sure to give this utility a try to improve your video chats with friends, family, or your fellow co-workers.

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