Cameras

Insta360 EVO is a folding 360 camera that can shoot 3D videos

Hands-on with this tiny camera that will fit your purse

Published

on

They say it’s not the size, but the performance that matters. If camera manufacturer Insta360 had a say, I bet they’d agree. After all, they do make teeny cameras that see the big picture, literally — all 360 degrees.

It comes as no surprise that they just unveiled another incredibly small but power-packed camera. Meet the Insta360 EVO.


This small camera — and I mean tiny — fits in the palm of my tiny hands nicely.

It shoots 360-degree videos and photos in 5.7K. If capturing all angles of the scene in video format with one go isn’t something that excites you, know that there’s more to it than shooting 360 video.

Insta360 also has an amazing app that allows you, even editing novices such as I (in theory), to edit the 360 videos into normal 16:9 films with the luxury picking which point of view from the footage you’d prefer. Here’s sample footage from a previous Insta360 release:

But, that’s not even the best part: The Insta360 EVO unfolds.

And, it turns into this two-camera setup. Though I never thought I’d ever like the idea of a folding camera, the form factor weirdly works. It’s simple enough: You can fold by unlocking the hinge on the top and locking the hinge on the side, and vice versa. Plus, it doesn’t feel fragile with the locks which is a big plus.

With this dual shooter, the EVO can shoot 180-degree 3D video that you can watch on your Oculus Go or Samsung Gear VR. Just imagine: A whole new level of sharing your unique experiences!

In case you don’t have an Oculus Go or a Samsung Gear VR, Insta360’s got you. With their Foldable VR glasses and the Insta360 app, you’ll be able to watch 3D videos on your phone. 

The camera works standalone, ala screenless GoPros of olden times. You can toggle between video mode or photo mode with a dedicated button up top. A single press of the second button, the bigger round one, records immediately.

By folding and unfolding the camera, you also automatically switch shooting modes from 360-degree content to 3D video. If you want visuals, you can easily connect to your phone via Wi-Fi and you’ll be able to see what your camera sees.

I’ve been shooting with the Insta 360 EVO for the past few days and it’s been fun and pretty interesting. Until I get a full review up (stay tuned!), enjoy this photo — my favorite from what I’ve shot so far:

The Insta360 EVO starts at US$ 419 and this basic bundle includes a tiny tripod (pictured in first photo) and the VR glasses.

Cameras

4 photography tips for solo travelers

Take the best photos even when you’re alone!

Published

on

By

Traveling solo is a therapeutic activity when you badly need a break. It’s also a good time to immerse yourself in a new place, learn its culture, and take wonderful photos of your adventures.

Most places aren’t safe for solo travelers. It’s even more difficult to take photos of places where there’s a possibility of dropping your camera or having it stolen. Reality check: These are common issues we deal with when we travel, and the risk is higher when you’re traveling solo.


Singapore and Taipei are cities with low crime rates, safe for solo travelers. But even during my travel in both cities, I still find it difficult to shoot and ask a local to take my portraits. I have this constant fear of trusting a stranger with my camera.

Fortunately, Sony Alpha photographer Charmaine Yap of TriPeaksImagery hosted a talk providing tips on taking the best photos during your solo travel. She was using Sony’s newest a6400 and the photos she presented were breathtaking.

Yap knows the struggle of every solo traveler, and more importantly, she’s a photographer. Here’s what I learned:

Bring only what you need

When you’re traveling solo, every pocket of space counts. Instead of bringing different cameras, plan your trip and decide what you need.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Charmaine Yap / 📷 (@charmainewanders) on

Yap highlights the importance of having a flexible setup. As a photographer, it’s tempting to bring different lenses for different occasions, but you don’t really need all of them.

What you can do: Bring a mirrorless camera to remove excess weight in your baggage, and a lens ideal for the place you’ll visit.

Choose a camera that can be your travel companion

Yap took the Sony a6400 on her recent trip to Hanoi, Vietnam and she instantly fell in love with it. The a6400 is a lightweight camera with a flip screen for selfie-takers and vloggers. Its interval shoot function is perfect for time-lapses and taking travel photos of yourself without an additional remote control, as you can set the number of photos to be taken once you press the shutter button.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Charmaine Yap / 📷 (@charmainewanders) on

Since you need to capture scenes quickly, you’ll need a fast camera. Yap’s advice is to make sure you set the autofocus mode to AF-C, expand the flexible spot, and set the drive mode to continuous shooting. Whenever your subject moves, your camera will track it and capture with accuracy.

Photo by MJ Jucutan | GadgetMatch

Check out this video I took when I was in Singapore’s IT SHOW 2019 and see for yourself how incredible the a6400’s real-time eye AF and tracking are.

Go slow, but move fast

The best moments happen in the blink of an eye, but you won’t notice one if you’re quick to look away. You need to observe your surroundings the instant you step into a new place. Take cues and look around. If you’re always rushing from one place to another, you won’t be able to capture a place’s story. However, you need to shoot quickly because once the moment is done, you won’t have another chance.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Charmaine Yap / 📷 (@charmainewanders) on

Have a list for uninspired days

Yap said, “People think photography should be spontaneous and emotional.” However, it’s not always the case. There are days when you can’t get up and bring yourself to express creatively. Take a break, think of the days ahead, write an uninspired list, and see how you can capture the stuff you want to shoot to the best of your abilities.

Remember that life is not a competition of who has the most spontaneous or most emotional photo; rather, it’s a collection of moments savored from your journey. So, where’s your next solo destination?

Continue Reading

Cameras

Insta360 EVO review: Give your vlogs a new perspective

And it folds, too!

Published

on

Insta360’s newest camera is here and it folds. The Insta360 EVO not only has an interesting form factor, it also allows you to shoot in 360 and in 3D. How will that look and what exactly can you do with the footage? Is this US$ 420 camera worth it? Watch the video to find out.

In case you’re having trouble viewing, watch HERE.


SEE SIMILAR STORIES: Her GadgetMatch

Continue Reading

Cameras

Canon EOS RP: Price and availability in the Philippines

The company’s smallest full-frame camera

Published

on

Canon EOS RP | GadgetMatch

Canon‘s smallest full-frame camera is now in the Philippines. About a month after its initial announcement, the EOS RP is immediately coming to more markets. It’s the company’s second full-frame mirrorless camera after the EOS R; it’s not a successor though, but rather a smaller and cheaper variant.

For starters, the EOS RP has a 26.2-megapixel full-frame sensor, ISO range of 100 to 25600, DIGIC 8 image processor, and Dual Pixel CMOS AF with 4,779 autofocus points. The new camera has a continuous shooting speed of up to 5fps and 4K video recording at 25fps.


It has an OLED EVF and a 3-inch vari-angle touchscreen LCD. It also has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for wireless transfers, and USB-C for charging. It uses the new RF-mount system as well.

Canon EOS RP | GadgetMatch

Interested buyers can get the Canon EOS RP starting at PhP 89,998 for the body only. For those who wish to have a kit lens, it’ll come bundled with an RF 24-105mm USM lens for PhP 156,998.

Canon has a pre-selling offer from March 11 to 25 which includes a free EF-EOS R mount adapter, extra LP-E17 battery, a 128GB SD card, and lens discount. The camera will be available in stores by the end of the month.

SEE ALSO: Canon EOS RP is company’s cheaper and smaller full-frame mirrorless camera

Continue Reading

Trending