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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.

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Samsung likely close to launching 450-megapixel camera

Say hello to the Hexa2pixel

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Galaxy S22+

Samsung is pioneering a new generation of smartphone photography. Amid the brand’s iconic smartphones, it is also developing new cameras that push the boundaries of what’s possible. For example, a 200-megapixel camera recently launched, opening the door for crisper photos. Now, Samsung is looking towards the future once again. According to a new leak, the next stop is a 450-megapixel shooter.

Such a large sensor shouldn’t be a surprise. In the past, Samsung already promised larger and larger sensors. The company clearly delivered with the new 200-megapixel sensor. Now, a new trademark has teased what’s next for the company’s cameras.

Recently, Samsung trademarked the name “Hexa2pixel.” On its own, the name doesn’t confirm much. However, popular Samsung leaker Ice Universe hinted at what the name means. The leaker’s tweet simply reads, “If X÷6²=12MP, then X=?”

The “62” offers a lot of insight as to what Hexa2pixel means. The new sensor will presumably use a binning method to compress the pixels into a crisper photo. As is standard with Samsung now, output photos are usually 12 megapixels in size. Though 200-megapixel sensors are impressive, it’s not practical to deliver photos of the same size. Users would have full phones almost immediately.

That said, if you solve the algebraic equation, you’ll get 432, the amount of megapixel needed to deliver 12-megapixel photos using the binning method. Samsung will likely round this up further to 450 megapixels, too.

Of course, a trademark is hardly indicative of what’s coming for sure. The company is still reveling in the glory of its 200-megapixel shooter. It will likely take some time before a 450-megapixel shooter makes it to the public.

SEE ALSO: Leaked Samsung teaser reveals two foldables

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Nikon Z 30 now official in Singapore

For vloggers and creatives

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Nikon Z 30

Nikon is making a new APS-C type mirrorless camera, the Nikon Z 30, available in Singapore.

With its high-performance video capabilities, the compact and portable camera is ideal for filming, especially for vloggers or those who want to start a career as a creative.

The camera shoots 4K UHD video with approximately 100 percent angle of view, and Full HD/120p for slow-motion filming.

In a nutshell, here are the camera’s features which make digital content creation a breeze:

  • Easy user interface
  • Dedicated focus modes: Eye-Detection Autofocus and Full-Time Autofocus
  • Up to 125 minutes of shooting time
  • 20 filter effects from Creative Picture Controls
  • Built-in microphone
  • Twist and touch 7.5-cm vari-angle monitor

Aside from the focus modes, users will get more out of its auto mode with Single Autofocus, Continuous Autofocus, and Manual Focus, as well as an Animal-Detection AF.

When it comes to shooting or filming for lowlight situations, the Nikon Z 30 boasts an ISO of up to 51200 for stills and 25600 for videos.

For more information on the new product, click here

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Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on June 30, 2022. It has been updated to reflect pricing and availability

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Nikon might exit the SLR business

Focusing instead on mirrorless

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For years, Nikon has been the paramount name in SLR photography. However, bulky SLR cameras have started falling in popularity. Now, most users have found solace in more advanced mirrorless cameras and strong smartphone cameras. Unfortunately, a decline in popularity means ill for the future of SLR cameras. According to a new report, Nikon itself might quit the SLR business.

According to source from Nikkei Asia, Nikon is reportedly considering a withdrawal from producing its famed SLR cameras soon. Instead, the camera company will shift its focus to the more popular mirrorless camera.

As with most things in technology, 2020 was a turning point for the age of SLRs. During the pandemic, Nikon released its last SLR, the D6. Also in the same year, sales for mirrorless cameras overtook SLRs for the first time in history. With everyone isolating and losing purchasing power, not everyone wanted to buy new cameras.

The report also states that the company will continue to produce its ongoing series of SLRs. Development will just refocus towards mirrorless cameras, instead.

If anything, Nikon has also shared their statement regarding the rumor. At this point, according to the company, nothing has been announced, and the company will continue to produce SLRs for the foreseeable future. Regardless, it’s still a possibility, though.

SEE ALSO: Nikon Z 30 to be available in Singapore

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