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Leica aims for perfection with M10 rangefinder

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If there’s one brand that strongly resonates with the entire camera community, it’s Leica. While the iconic manufacturer isn’t as innovative as it once was during the film era, photographers around the world acknowledge the craftsmanship of every new iteration. Let’s take a moment to appreciate the just-launched M10.

As the company’s latest digital rangefinder in the long-running M series, the M10 clearly has the latest technology Leica could dig up. Gone are the bulky growing pains from the German company’s transition to digital designs; the M10 is just as slim as the M4 of 1967.

It’s Leica’s thinnest post-film rangefinder, as well. And that matters a lot, with models like the full-frame Sony RX1 making most new-age compacts look like disposable film cameras in comparison. Leica counters its closest competition by simply calling the M10, “The Camera.”

Bold words, but the refinement of the M10 after years and years of makeovers in the M series proves just how close to a perfect digital Leica it truly is. Within its traditional physique is an all-new 24-megapixel image sensor capable of pushing an ISO sensitivity as high as 50,000.

To make full use of the wider ISO range, Leica added a dial on the top plate, allowing you to adjust the setting even while the camera is turned off. Combined with the dials for aperture and shutter speed, all three exposure settings are as easy to access as the power button.

The M10 has really been scaled down to focus more on pure photography, rather than Instagram-like filters and a multitude of shooting modes. You’ll notice it lacks video recording, touchscreen functionality for its display, and connectivity ports. The back has only four control buttons: live view, play, menu, and the directional pad.

Although those seem like a step back, features such as built-in Wi-Fi for smartphone connectivity, a faster processor that allows up to five full-resolution photos taken per second, and an improved viewfinder make the experience all the more satisfying.

Of course, like any Leica available in the market, the M10’s price tag is not for the feint-hearted. If you’re actually interested, it’s already available for $6,595 or the equivalent of several other full-frame cameras combined. Color options are very expensive silver or really pricey black.

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DJI Osmo Pocket first look

It’s the ultimate travel camera!

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It feels like we’re already in the future as DJI just announced the Osmo Pocket. It’s their smallest handheld camera which literally fits all sorts of pockets. However, being small doesn’t mean it’s terrible. It can shoot videos up to 4K at 60 frames per second.

It has a three-axis gimbal that reduces shakes and jitters plus it has an extension rod that makes taking selfies a breeze. It’s also featured-filled!

It has facetrack technology which focuses on your face while activetrack focuses on any moving subject; FPV mode follows fast-moving shots. Lastly, there’s motionlapse that captures better timelapses and can take your videos to another level. It can also stitch together images with 3×3 panorama and take great low-light photos with nightshots.

If you like to go to the beach, the Osmo Pocket can come with you thanks to a waterproof case. It’s definitely the ultimate travel camera!

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Her Holiday Gift Guide: Presents for the different types of women in your life

Tis the season!

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May it be a sister, a mother, a friend, or a lover, this holiday season is the perfect time to appreciate the women in your life. But, different women have different needs so I’ve rounded up a number of great gift ideas and the type of ladies they’d be perfect for.

You’re welcome.

For the skincare lover

Something to pamper her with! The Foreo UFO offers a home facial mask treatment like no other. Great skin has never been this attainable! This tiny thing is capable of LED light therapy, thermotherapy, and cryotherapy. There are also a number of great face sheets to choose from.

For the fitness buff

For those who aspire for a healthier life, the Fitbit Versa is the perfect gift. Doing what Fitbit does best, the Versa tracks all your health data plus it has smartwatch capabilities! It comes in rose gold and looks pretty with all the great-looking strap options.

For the stylish

Cutting-edge tech for hair styling comes in the form of Dyson’s Airwrap. It’s every girl’s mane dream (pun intended). This iron uses hot air and the British brand’s vacuum technology to make sure hair is curled and not damaged in the process. Oh, and it doesn’t only curl; there are different hair attachments for multiple hair types so you can achieve many looks.

For the sentimental

To help her capture priceless and fleeting moments, get her a Polaroid OneStep+. This pretty camera looks reminiscent of the original Polaroid OneStep; yes, it’s very pretty! Aside from taking great Polaroid photos, this instant camera can now connect to an app. Talk about added fun!

For the traveler

Make her feel safe and look good. Travelon anti-theft bags are perfect to bring on trips. Equipped with RFID-blocking tech, slash-proof material, and locking zippers, these are bags that will leave you with peace of mind without compromising your outfit.

For the homemaker

Make cleaning a breeze with Xiaomi’s Mi robot vacuum. This smart device will clean every inch of your home with a tap on your smartphone. With the Mi Home app, you’ll be able to check which areas the robot has vacuumed and you can even schedule cleaning sessions remotely. And no, this thing won’t fall down the stairs or run over your pets.

For the audiophile

 

iPods are not a thing anymore but this awesome music player is! The Mighty Music Player is a music streaming device — yes, that means you can listen to your Spotify sounds even without your phone. It comes in yummy colors, too.

For the woman on the go

These colorful Bluetooth earphones are not only wireless, but they’re also smart. Honor’s new Flypods look cool with the teal color option, plus it can answer calls, has wireless charging, and responds to touch control.

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Tech for the strong, independent, and happily single woman

Because it’s Singles’ Day!

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November 11, or 11.11, has been dubbed as Singles’ Day. While some may believe this to be a reminder of persistent loneliness and that dreaded single status, I believe otherwise. Singlehood is and should be a celebration of your independence. Being single is not necessarily a bad thing.

That being said, I’ve rounded up a number devices for the strong, independent, and happily single woman.

Google Pixel 3 

In a sea of dual camera phones, the Pixel stands its ground with one shooter, proving that in a lot of instances, one is enough.

Sony H.ear On

To shut out the naysayers, and look good while doing so. Sony’s H.ear On headphones, aside from sounding amazing, are Bluetooth-enabled which means that you’re not tied to anything. If that isn’t symbolic, I don’t know what is.

GoPro Hero 7

To document your own adventures and tell your own story! With electronic image stabilization, your footage always comes out smooth AF. At least this camera is stable — more than I can say about those boys you dated.

Samsung Galaxy Watch

To remind you that it’s time to be your own woman and that you don’t and shouldn’t have time for other people’s crap. Consequently, it also looks cute and tells you the actual time.

Honda CR-V

So you can drive your own future! The CR-V is equipped with tech to make your drive a cinch. This thing will get you places.

Peak Design Everyday Tote

Because the only weight on your shoulders should be the weight of your stuff! Let go of excess/exes baggage. 😎

 

Joby Gorillapod 1K

Since you can stand on your own, like this tripod. Big plus for shooting your own IG photos with this — no need for IG boyfriends!

Happy 11.11, ladies! Always remember that the only person who can complete yourself is you. 💁🏽‍♀️✨

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