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How To: Low-light photography, videography on an iPhone

Take out your lightsabers and record Star Wars-themed content!

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Gone are the days where our smartphones struggle from shooting when there’s a lack of proper lighting. Nowadays, most smartphones — flagships specifically — can record amazing videos and stunning photos in low-light conditions.

For instance, FightSaber Singapore, a premier Lucasfilm-recognised lightsaber performance organization recorded a Star-Wars themed video using only the iPhone 12 Pro Max. FightSaber Singapore used lightsabers from SaberMach, Singapore’s first and only professional combat saber company, to highlight NeoPixel blades that astonishingly lit up the room.

 

Nonetheless, taking gorgeous stills and videos in low-light situations is now possible using just your smartphone. Fret not, you don’t need to be a pro; you just need to follow simple tricks.

Tips and tricks

First, make sure to turn on High-Efficiency Image File Format before you start shooting. Next, adjust HDR (high dynamic range) on your camera settings which will help you capture vibrant stills in high-contrast situations. If you plan on capturing light streaks, set your settings to 4K with 24 FPS. For smooth movements, adjust it to 4K with 60 FPS.

When you start shooting, lock the exposure and maintain auto-focus. Tap the spot on your screen that you want to adjust. On iPhone, you can also press and hold on the screen until you see AE/AF lock to keep the focus and exposure in the same spot.

Moreover, you can create a quick whip zoom effect while recording by tapping on the individual lenses. No need for post-production!

On a non-technical tip, don’t forget about varying your camera angles. Low-angle shots tend to add drama while high-angle shots provide an overview of the scene.


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Steelseries unveils new Prime lineup of gaming peripherals

Get your head, and hands, in the game

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Steelseries has a knack for creating some of the best peripherals in Esports. This time around, they’re looking to expand their growing library of Esports peripherals with some “pro” help. After collaborating with over 100 competitive professional players, the company unveils its new Steelseries Prime lineup of gaming peripherals.

Within the Prime lineup, Steelseries introduces three new gaming mice: the Steelseries Prime, Steelseries Prime+, and Steelseries Prime Wireless. For the company, these three gaming mice bring their own set of features and customization depending on the user’s style of play. Although, all three mice come with a TrueMove sensor that provides proper tracking performance fit for competition.

Along with these, Steelseries also introduces the Steelseries Arctis Prime gaming headset. Built on the heritage of the Arctis franchise, this headset provides great sound quality in a comfortable and lightweight package. Also, the Arctis Prime comes with new noise-isolating ear cushions to eliminate background noise during playback.

The Steelseries Prime lineup is currently available in Steelseries’ official stores on Shopee and Lazada and select authorized dealers. For the SRPs, the gaming mice are priced at SG$ 119 (Prime Gaming Mouse), SG$ 149 (Prime+ Gaming Mouse), and SG$ 299 (Prime Wireless Gaming Mouse). Meanwhile, the Steelseries Arctis Pro retails for SG$ 179.

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Huawei FreeBuds 4: Price, availability in Singapore

Another quality TWS from Huawei

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File Photo: Freebuds 4i

Huawei’s FreeBuds 3 is a great true wireless stereo (TWS) earbuds, and the company is set to launch its successor soon in Singapore. Launching this July 24, the FreeBuds 4 brings improved noise cancellation, audio quality, and design to rival premium TWS earbuds in the market.

Improved noise cancellation

The headlining feature of the FreeBuds 4 is its improved noise cancellation. It now has Open-fit Active Noise Cancellation 2.0, which builds upon the FreeBuds 3’s pioneering open-fit noise-cancellation technology. Indeed, this is a pioneering piece of technology since the earbuds don’t rely on seals yet still manages to cancel out noise.

Huawei says that this technology is a combination of innovation on both the hardware and software front. True enough, this technology builds upon dual-microphone noise-cancelling technology. The earbuds also tout adaptive ear-matching (AEM) noise-cancelling technology, which matches the earbuds’ noise-cancelling setup to the user’s ear shape.

A more immersive audio quality

Huawei FreeBuds 4 also feature a bigger 14.3 mm dynamic driver, which means a more powerful and immersive bass. Combined with a Liquid Crystal Polymer, the earbuds deliver a much richer and immersive audio quality too. Plus, the AEM technology also adjusts the audio effect for the users so they can enjoy the higher audio quality regardless of how they wear the earbuds.

Quick charging is also here to stay, with Huawei claiming 2.5 hours of battery life with just a quick 15-minute charge. With the case, the total battery life of the FreeBuds 4 is at 22 hours. As for the earbuds, both have a rated 4 hours of battery life without ANC and 2.5 hours with ANC.

Lightweight build and smart connectivity

Huawei claims that it made a number of design optimizations to the FreeBuds 4. The end result is a lighter-feeling earbuds with improved ANC. The casing also went optimizations and features a rounded design first seen on the FreeBuds 4i.

Various connectivity smarts also made it into the mix of features. Users can pair the earbuds via proximity pairing or automatically with Huawei devices. The earbuds also support dual device connection, and can be managed through the Audio Connectivity Center.

Price and availability

Pre-orders for the Huawei FreeBuds 4 rans from July 17 to 23. During this period, users can pre-order the earbuds at SG$ 20 off and receive a protective casing too. Come July 24, the earbuds will retail at its usual price of SG$ 198. It will be available in a choice of two colors: Ceramic White and Silver Frost.

Users may avail of these earbuds on all Huawei Experience Stores, selected consumer electronic stores including Best Denki, Challenger & Hachi.tech, COURTS, Gain City, Harvey Norman, Sprint-Cass Online as well as official online stores on Lazada and Shopee.

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Razer launches its new Barracuda X wireless headset

One headset compatible for all your gaming devices

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Razer recognized the value of the wireless headset as a preferred audio device for gamers. Whether you play at home or on-the-go, it’s a device worth investing in to maximize the gaming experience. However, it’s rather difficult to find a headset that just connects to all your gaming devices seamlessly. Well, Razer has a solution to that in the form of the Razer Barracuda X Wireless Multi-platform Gaming and Mobile Headset.

As its name suggests, the Barracuda X wireless headset supports multiple platforms that you play games on. The headset is fully compatible with your PC, PlayStation consoles, the Nintendo Switch, and Android smartphones. Along with the headset, Razer included a USB-C dongle that allows it to connect seamlessly on these platforms. In essence, you don’t need Bluetooth or additional software to get this going.

When it’s connected to your device, the Barracuda X provides high-end audio performance for an immersive experience. Inside the headset, you will find Razer’s TriForce 40mm audio drivers that deliver clear audio with frequencies tuned for rich bass and clear treble. Also, the headset comes with a detachable Razer HyperClear Cardioid Mic for ultra-clear voice audio during in-game voice chat.

The Razer Barracuda X Wireless Multi-platform Gaming and Mobile Headset is available now, and retails for PhP 4,995 / SG$ 154.90.

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