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EZVIZ S2 Action Camera: A road trip companion

Dashcam and action camera in one!

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Nowadays, it’s hard to choose an action camera to accompany you on your adventures. Everyone’s top-of-mind is the popular GoPro Hero series and DJI’s new Osmo Action. However, I find these two cameras too much, both for me and my wallet.

On top of it, I’m not a professional adventurer nor a sports enthusiast who would need a high-end action camera. All I need is something I can take with me on my water activities to capture moments occasionally while I’m living in the moment. In search of an affordable action camera that would fit anyone’s budget, I found the EZVIZ S2 2-in-1 Action Camera, which also doubles as a dash camera.

Lightweight and small, this camera is easy to bring wherever you go.

It has a 2-inch IPS LCD touchscreen panel.

You can find an uncovered mini HDMI and micro USB port.

On the other side is the power and settings button which lets you navigate the camera and access different modes.

Found on top are its speaker grilles and shutter button…

… while the bottom sports the battery, micro sd slot, and a hole for the mounts.

While driving to the Bicol region in the Philippines, my friends and I used this camera momentarily to test its capabilities. Thankfully, this camera comes with mounts and accessories like a waterproof case in its box. However, it’s difficult to navigate it as a dash camera since you need to place it inside the case before you can mount it on your windscreen.

Furthermore, the case’s buttons need to be pressed hard. It felt like a marketing ploy since this camera could be better if sold as just an action camera.

But if you look at it on a different perspective, a 2-in-1 camera like this would be nice to have on road trips. Imagine finding a serene spot in the middle of nowhere, and you grab your dash camera. Instantly, you have an action camera to immortalize your precious moments.

Capture your adventures

Then again, if its capability as an action camera we’re talking about, the EZVIZ S2 is enough. Sure, we always want the best of the best. However, in some cases, we don’t really need an expensive camera.

For instance, most people don’t care about the camera you’ve used to take a photo. No matter how wonderful it is, they’ll care about the place, the way you took your photo or the story behind the moment you’ve captured.

This is the reason why it’s perfectly okay to use a cheaper action camera like the EZVIZ S2, in case you have doubts. The samples I took has good color reproduction, average white balance processing, and noticeable grains. Due to my incredibly high standards, I find it difficult to like the camera’s outputs — but my friends did. As I asked around, I find that most people have no qualms about the image quality.

The photo mode has three shooting options for you to choose from — Single shot, Burst, and Timelapse. The mode also gives you the option to shoot in different sizes: 2MP, 4MP, and 8MP. There’s a professional mode, too, in case you want to experiment with your shots. You can customize the white balance, adjust the ISO and exposure value, and even apply filters.

Better for videos

The EZVIZ S2 focuses on video recording. It has a dashcam mode with an emergency recording feature, which prevents the footage from being deleted. This is useful as a piece of evidence, especially during crucial and unforeseen accidents.

There’s also a video mode where you can record at 1080p in 50 fps. The camera can handle three different shooting modes such as video, video+photo, and timelapse. If 1080p is too much, there’s a 720p recording, too, which can cap off at 120fps for slo-mo recording. Additionally, there’s a pro mode for you to adjust your settings the way you like it.

Here are some stills that were taken from the video clips I shot. As long as there’s sufficient light, you can capture photos and videos without any worries.

Is this your GadgetMatch?

The EZVIZ S2 2-in-1 Action Camera is perfect as a travel companion, especially for those who love taking road trips. You get an action camera and a dashcam in one for only PhP 4,299 (US$ 84), complete with mounts and accessories. You can choose between black, orange, yellow, and blue for the unit. For this price range, it’s a sweet deal. This is being distributed by VST-ECS Philippines.

This camera is also helpful for starters pursuing underwater and adventure photography; a stepping stone before they upgrade to more professional gear.

Moreover, the EZVIZ S2 is helpful when documenting your adventures every now and then. During my stint with this device, I realized that sometimes, we don’t really need the best. All we need is something that’s enough to capture precious moments while we live our lives to the fullest.

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Canon’s full-frame EOS R5 mirrorless camera can shoot 8K

It’s also the first EOS R with in-body stabilization

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With the announcement of the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III in the Philippines, it was also revealed that the EOS R5 is already in the works. Rumors have finally come to an end after Canon confirmed its existence.

EOS R is Canon’s full-fledged mirrorless lineup that was launched last 2018. The EOS R and EOS RP haven’t aged that much, but another successor is already being developed.

Both models received mixed bags of praises and criticisms. However, one known problem is the lack of stabilization. Older models rely only on stabilization found on the RF lenses. The R5 will finally have in-body image stabilization (IBIS) and it’s the first EOS R camera to do so.

Another highlight feature is the ability to shoot 8K videos. It can be extracted as high-resolution images — most likely 33-megapixel stills just like in the Galaxy S20 series. 8K footages can also be downscaled to higher 4K quality for crisper details.

There’s also the high-speed continuous shooting which Canon has aced in their DSLR bodies over the years. It can approximately take continuous shots of up to 20fps through Electronic Shutter (ES) and 12fps when Mechanical Shutter (MS) is in use.

Shooting with 8K means you need a lot of storage space. Dual media card slots will be implemented, similar to the recently announced EOS-1D X Mark III. They’re also creating a system setting that will automatically import images through Canon’s cloud system.

Other than R5’s sudden announcement, Canon also plans to release nine new RF lenses this 2020 — including the RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM, Extender RF 1.4x and Extender RF 2x. These are just some improvements made by Canon to alleviate the concerns of EOS R’s concept when it comes to speed, comfort and image quality.

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Canon officially launches the EOS-1D X Mark III in the Philippines

Beyond exceptional full-frame DSLR

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After four years, Canon Philippines has finally launched the EOS-1D X Mark III. This full-frame DSLR camera is Canon’s latest flagship model, replacing the old EOS 1D-X Mark II from 2016.

Their latest DSLR is their best offering for both professional photographers and videographers alike. Aside from its superior image quality, power users can also enjoy recording high-quality 4K videos.

Canon is very clear with their intended market. This full-frame camera is meant for professionals who are into sports, action, wildlife, and news coverage.

The Ultimate EOS

Canon has developed a new 20.1-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor for the 1D X III. There’s also the enhanced DIGIC X image processor which promises 380 times faster computational processing. It’s also three times faster than the previous DIGIC 6+ found inside 1D X II. The main processor is paired with the DIGIC 8 which helps in auto exposure, auto focusing, and color profiles.

With an upgraded processor, the ISO sensitivity maximizes up to 102,400 (expandable up to 819,200). This means better output even in low-light conditions. The increased number of AF (autofocus) points — from 61 to 191 — helps in shooting details with precision. Also, there are 65 cross-type AF points when you set the aperture at f/8, a helpful feature for extenders especially when you shoot for sports or wildlife photography.

Speed

With a new image sensor in mind, the latest full-frame DSLR offers 40 times faster performance compared to its predecessor. There’s also a new mirror system which helps achieve higher rate in burst shooting — from 16fps, if you’re using the viewfinder, or up to 20fps when you shoot using Live View.

For fast-moving subjects, Canon has Eye Tracking as well as Face and Head Tracking. If you turn on silent shooting, you can shoot up to 20fps burst speed, ideal for sensitive situations or those that require full silence and concentration. The dual CFexpress card slots allows the 1D X Mark III to have a burst rate of approximately 1000 shots — both RAW and JPEG.

Quality

Image and video quality are both exceptional with the 1D X Mark III. This is the first EOS DSLR that’s capable of storing 10-bit HEIF file, which is half the size of a JPEG file but four times better in quality with improved color data and lesser artifacts. The added HDR PQ support improves the shot’s dynamic range, reducing the need for RAW and additional color correction. You can also do HEIF conversion to JPEG with the almost the same quality as shot with HDR PQ.

If you’re a videographer who’s thinking of getting this beast, it can record 4K UHD videos without cropping. It’s also capable of shooting 4K with the DCI standard. This isn’t exclusive to cinematic films as broadcast-quality footages can also be shot through 5.5K 60p RAW.

There’s also the support of Canon Log 10-bit video output ideal for HDR footages and high-contrast scenes that require advanced editing. If you’re concerned with high-speed shooting, this DSLR can shoot 120p and 100p videos in Full HD resolution.

Reliability

This latest DSLR has a newer camera build. It’s now built with a sturdier magnesium alloy that’s both tough and light at the same time. It’s also weather-sealed with dust-and-moisture resistance features, ideal for harsh weather conditions.

The shutter mechanism is reliable enough that it will last you up to 500,000 cycles — a significant improvement over Mark II’s 400,000 actuations. On top of that, there’s a bump in battery life even when it uses the same battery as its predecessor — from 1200 shots up to 2800 shots — in the newer model.

File transfer speeds are improved, thanks to the new built-in WiFi plus Canon’s SuperSpeed Plus USB 3.1 Gen 2. It’s also equipped with built-in GPS, Bluetooth for better connectivity, and geo-tagging. The optional wireless transmitter (WTF-E9) comes with dual antennas that are compatible with fast Dual Band speeds.

Pricing and availability

Canon EOS-1D X Mark III’s Suggested Retail Price (SRP) is PhP 399,998. It will be available on authorized Canon Dealerships nationwide by the end of February 2020. For early buyers, you can save as much as PhP 7000 if you’ll buy their Special Promo Bundle worth PhP 26,698 which includes a 512GB CFExpress card and reader.

With Canon’s commitment to excellent service, they offer the CPS (Canon Professional Services) Membership with dedicated service support, discounted repair costs, unlimited cleaning, and free lens trial of up to three times.

If you also register through the Red App, it will give you an additional year of standard warranty, invites to exclusive events, and points to get gifts and vouchers.

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The Fujifilm X100V makes viewfinder-shooting fun again

Classic-looking, packed with modern features

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Fujifilm just announced the fifth-generation of X100 — the Japanese company’s premium compact digital camera. With its classic and sophisticated design, the X100V exudes a vintage vibe while packing modern features.

For starters, it has a tilting rear LCD monitor, enabling easier shooting in difficult scenarios. However, it also has an evolved version of its Advanced Hybrid Viewfinder. It lets you switch between optical and electronic viewfinders.

If that sounds martian to you, optical viewfinder lets you capture your subject as it is. On the other hand, electronic viewfinder reflects any adjustments you make to suit different shooting conditions.

Additionally, the X100V is equipped with the latest X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor and X-Processor 4 for better image processing, combined with Fujifilm’s signature color reproduction technology. Now, everything will look premium!

Lastly, Fujifilm specifically designed a lens for the X100V, which uses two aspherical lens elements to deliver extreme sharpness in high resolution and contrast.

The Fujifilm X100V will retail for Php 79,990 (US$ 1575).

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