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Sony A9 mirrorless camera makes its way to the Philippines

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If you want an all-around full-frame mirrorless camera in the smallest package possible, you go for the Sony A7 series. But what if you need more speed — something really fast? You’d have to save up a lot, because the A9 is the next level, but it comes at a heavy cost.

Beginning July 1, Sony Philippines is offering its latest mirrorless camera, the A9, for — get this — PhP 239,999! That’s just a little over the base price of $4,500 in the US. But what sort of technical wizardry justifies such a price tag?

Any serious photographer must already be familiar with the power backing this beast and can stop reading here, but for the less informed, get ready for a large dose of numbers.

The A9 prides itself in having the first full-frame stacked CMOS image sensor. Already confused? Let me explain: By having additional layers of circuitry on the sensor, the A9 can handle image processing and delivery to the memory much faster. It basically allows the system to skip steps in getting the photos to your display.

This leads to a blistering burst of 20 frames per second (FPS) while still being able to autofocus. That’s just four FPS short of cinema-level videos (24fps), so it’s almost like shooting a movie with each frame at a full resolution of 24.2 megapixels! Process that for a moment with your non-stacked brain.

And since this is a mirrorless camera as clearly shown in the photo above, there’s no mirror slapping involved like on a traditional DSLR, meaning there are no distracting and potentially image-ruining vibrations to endure while shooting at max speed.

Sony’s excellent 5-axis image stabilization is once again built in, just in case your hands are too unworthy to handle this monster. And if you’re still unconvinced to splurge on an A9, realize that there’s a grand total of 693 autofocus points covering a remarkable 93 percent of the viewfinder. No cat, dog, or unruly child is going to escape the A9’s sights.

If all else fails, you have an ISO range of 100 to 51200 (expandable from 50 to 204800) to play with, ensuring you’ll always have enough light entering your shots no matter how difficult the lighting situation gets.

My A7 II suddenly looks really stale, but I’m sure owners of every other camera feel the same. That’s how far mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras have come, and the A9 is leading the charge like no other.

SEE ALSO: Sony A7R II Hands-On

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Insta360 Nano S hands-on: What’s new?

An improved 360 camera!

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Last year, I first tried out the plug-and-play Insta360 Nano and I was introduced to the world of 360 videos. Boy, did I have fun with it. From 360-degree Facebook Live shows to cute tiny planet videos, there were a lot of media possibilities. And, it didn’t stop there. Later on in the year, the Insta360 ONE was released and it was a 360 camera game-changer with 4K video capabilities and standalone recording functions.

This year’s release is the Insta360 Nano S: An updated version of that first camera with the best qualities of the second.

It looks and feels like the Insta360 Nano. It’s almost identical and it still connects via Lightning port to your iPhone. But, it can do a lot more.

Unlike the Insta360 Nano, this camera can work without being plugged to a phone since it has a microSD slot.

This thing has two 20-megapixel fisheye cameras that are capable of shooting 4K 360-degree videos or 20-megapixel photos.

Basically, it can take cool shots like this:

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It’s the multiple export modes, though, that makes the Nano S more fun. You can save photos and videos using the different MultiView modes to get different perspectives. I’m not just talking about 360 videos, either. This option below gives you both front and back views simultaneously.

This one gives you three different perspectives all at the same time because why not!

The tiny earth effect, a classic Insta360 favorite, is still available as one of the export modes.

Think of all the great things you can capture!

Of course, this camera comes with FreeCapture capabilities first introduced to us on the Insta360 ONE. This just means that you can edit the 360-degree video you’ve already shot and export it as a normal video. The best part? You can choose what specific POV you’d want on that 2D video as the Insta360 app allows you to pick out scenes and edit to your liking. There’s also real-time stabilization for smoother video, which is always a great thing.

The Nano S combines the best that Insta360 has to offer. If you’re interested in getting yourself a 360 camera, this might be worth looking into.

Tough luck if you aren’t an iPhone user, however. Although the company has announced that an Android version may be coming, there isn’t any concrete news on this yet. The Insta360 Nano S retails for US$ 239.

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The new Instax Square SQ6 is here and it looks awesome!

What a good-looking camera

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Fujifilm has just added another instant camera to their Instax line and it’s one photogenic shooter! The Instax Square SQ6 was unveiled and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

It comes in three colors. One is in gray or graphite. This basic look is more classic and neutral.

There’s also one that comes in a clean, crisp white — because we’re seeing more white devices in 2018.

And my favorite, of course, a rose gold variant.

This pretty thing has an auto exposure function which means the camera adjusts to different lighting scenarios and even a selfie mode for optimum instant selfies! There’s also a double exposure mode, macro mode, and landscape mode. It shoots with Fujifilm’s square format film.

These freshly announced cameras look less bulky and definitely more stylish compared to the brand’s previous release, the SQ10 that I reviewed last year. Of course, the SQ6 is also simpler than its predecessor: It doesn’t look like you can edit the photos before printing, which isn’t really a deal breaker for these types of cameras. The best part? It retails for only US$ 130 in the US and PhP 8,000 in the Philippines (which is basically half the price of the high-end SQ10).

The SQ6 will be available starting May 25. In the Philippines, it will be in stores starting June.

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Sony A7 III launches in the Philippines with price and availability

The basic model of Sony’s latest full-frame mirrorless cameras

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The latest addition to the full-frame mirrorless camera family of Sony has finally landed in the Philippines. The A7 III is positioned as the base model of Sony’s third-generation A7 series, sitting below the A7R III which was launched late last year, but it’s not just a “basic model” in the series.

The camera boasts a 35mm full-frame sensor with 24.2 megapixels and built-in 5-axis image stabilization. The sensor is complemented by an upgraded BIONZ-X processor making it possible for the camera to shoot 10fps in both RAW and JPEG formats. It also has 693 autofocus points and an Eye AF feature for fast detection of subjects.

As for its video capabilities, the A7 III can capture 4K HDR up to 30fps with 100Mbps bitrate. It also supports S-Log3 and 120fps slow-motion capture in 1080p resolution.

The body has an OLED viewfinder, LCD touchscreen, dual SD card slots, USB-C port, and complete suite of wireless connectivity. It’s also compatible with all E-mount accessories.

The A7 III is already available through Sony concept stores and authorized retailers in the Philippines for PhP 115,999 for the body only and PhP 129,999 with the FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens.

SEE ALSO: Sony A7 III First Impressions

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