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Southeast Asian vloggers unite at Singapore through #VlogWithSony event

There are a lot of reasons why these vloggers choose Sony

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I can still remember that “blogging” was just another tech-related term that people were not that familiar with when I was a kid. Little did I know, it was really destined to become the next big thing. With the continuous growth of people using the internet, the popularity of blogging made people experiment on it even further — specifically blogging through videos. Thus, the birth of the “vlogging” generation.

A couple of days ago, Sony held an event at the ArtScience Museum in Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, which gathered vloggers around Southeast Asia, particularly those from the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand.

It wasn’t just about Sony displaying their existing cameras in front of the crowd; they talked more about how creating these imaging solutions (specifically the Alpha, RX, and Handycam lineup) paved the way in helping vloggers capture quality content, and get recognized for the vlogs they have been doing for the past years.

What surprised everyone, however, was the sudden announcement of the Sony RX0 II during the event. After the product announcement, this happened:

There were queries answered by the General Manager himself, including questions about certain devices, plus the lack of ports and features on select devices. He was also asked about choosing his own camera if he were a vlogger himself. He bravely answered that he would choose the Sony A9 as his vlogging companion. It was even said that the reason why Sony focuses on the Southeast Asian market is all because of the steady popularity of vlogs that you can’t find elsewhere — not even in their home country, Japan.

Female vloggers from the Philippines (left to right): Ana Victorino, Ella Gatchalian, Rei Germar, and Avelovinit

There were also presentations made by some vloggers about how the use of Sony cameras and equipment helped them in making quality content. One talk was presented by beauty vlogger Rei Germar.

More talks happened:

Cutting the story short, these vloggers choose Sony cameras for their performance, portability, usability, and even durability over time. The fact that Sony also listens to its customers is what makes them a reliable imaging brand over anything else.

After all the talks, the event was successfully concluded by Sam Tsui, a globally renowned YouTube superstar with more than three million subscribers. Talking about how this popular brand showcased a lot of popular icons, these vloggers lined up to have a star-studded photo opportunity with him.

Sam Tsui singing his own title track “Shine”; beside him is the newly announced RX0 II

At this event, I realized that vlogging isn’t just about taking videos; it also leans more on self-expression. Vlogs may focus on beauty, travel, lifestyle, and fun, to name a few.

Bottom line is these people don’t do vlogs just because they are bored; they do it because it is their passion and they want to express themselves more to those who are watching behind their screens. After all, people are getting more invested in vlogs as another form of entertainment, and at the same time, they serve as helpful information for most people.

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Olympus bids goodbye to its camera business

Bought by Japan Industrial Partners

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Olympus is a well-known brand due to its reliable DSLR cameras that offered alternatives to mainstream competitors like Canon, Sony, and Nikon. However, its camera business could soon be over. The company recently announced that it is selling its business to Japan Industrial Partners (JIP) — the same company that bought the iconic VAIO laptop line.

The announcement means an end to Olympus’ presence in the camera market. The company has been producing cameras ever since the 1930s. Some of its iconic products include the Olympus Pen and Zuiko lenses.

An ever-shrinking market for dedicated cameras and a much competitive market resulted in losses for its camera division in recent years. As such, the company decided to sell its camera division to JIP to streamline its operations.

However, that doesn’t mean an end to Olympus cameras. JIP said that they are going to continue releasing new OM-D DSLR cameras as well as Zuiko lenses.

To formalize the acquisition, both Olympus and JIP will sign a definitive agreement this September. Specific details about the acquisition are yet to be announced by both companies.

Source: The Verge

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Sony’s new ZV-1 camera is built for vlogging

Shipping in June

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How much personalization do you want your cameras to have? Some purists prefer completely manual cameras, allowing for absolute control over every aspect of their photos. Other professionals prefer a more consumer-friendly approach to photography, balancing easy-to-use functions with stellar photo quality.

Combining both aspects, the recently launched Sony ZV-1 is an all-in-one compact camera built specifically for casual video shooters. A boon to the vlogging community, the ZV-1 maintains both uncompromising video quality with ease of use.

Featuring a 1.0-type stacked Exmor RS CMOS image sensor and the latest BIONZ X image processor, the camera shoots at 4K resolution with in-body image stabilization. Inside, a 24-70mm f/1.8-2.8 large-aperture lens allows for dynamic bokeh control. Named the Bokeh Switch feature, the camera can increase and decrease background blur according to preference without losing its main focus.

In the same vein, the new Product Showcase feature allows for an easy transition between different focal points, such as switching between a subject’s face and a focused object. As the name suggests, the feature helps vloggers easily unbox and review products.

A Face Priority autoexposure feature automatically adjusts the device’s exposure settings depending on the brightness of the background. It will prioritize the subject’s face, ensuring correct exposure settings regardless of background. With the feature, it’s easier to shoot in bright sunlight, low-light conditions, and transitioning quickly between the two.

Besides what’s inside, the camera is also built ergonomically for a casual shooter’s hands. Instead of the traditional vertically flipping screen, it carries a horizontally flipping LCD screen, allowing users to easily see what’s being caught on camera. It comes with a 3.5mm microphone jack and a wind screen accessory to reduce wind interference.

Sony will start selling the ZV-1 at authorized Sony stores and through Lazada starting June 2020. It will retail for US$ 799.99.

SEE ALSO: Sony Xperia 1 II camera phone now available for pre-order

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Use your Canon camera as a laptop webcam

Up the quality on your video call meetings

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Video conferencing is the new normal as most of us continue to work from home. Canon hopes to make the experience better with the EOS Webcam Utility Beta.

You may have noticed though that the video quality from your laptop’s webcam is not up to par with your smartphone’s front camera. Most manufacturers tend to put sub-par cameras on laptops. The reason: your laptop’s webcams were not that highly used before the whole COVID-19 situation.

To address this, Canon recently released a tool that will level up your video quality over online conferencing apps. The idea is to transform your Canon camera into a portable webcam. Simply plug-in an EOS or a PowerShot camera to your laptop, configure the software, and you now have a powerful webcam at your disposal.

The utility is called “EOS Webcam Utility Beta”. It’s a software that automatically configures your Canon camera into a portable web camera over a USB connection.

The caveat though is that only select EOS DSLR, EOS Mirrorless, and PowerShot cameras are compatible. The software is still in beta, but if you’re really determined to level up your video calling game, you can view the full list of compatible cameras here.

Grainy and lifeless videos will be a thing of the past for Canon users with this new tool. If you own a Canon EOS or DSLR camera, make sure to give this utility a try to improve your video chats with friends, family, or your fellow co-workers.

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