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:
Media representatives from Southeast Asia are gathered to welcome Hatano-san and talk about queries and curiosities about Sony’s imaging lineup, including RX0 II, their specs and features, and the importance and connection to vlogging as a whole.#VlogWithSony#GadgetMatchLIVE pic.twitter.com/rYnKwegkQR
— Vincenz (@peanutBITTER_) March 26, 2019
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.
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.
Rei Germar (@reigermar), a popular beauty vlogger from the Philippines, talked about how Sony RX100 VA helped her in doing makeup vlogs (especially with the HD quality and skin tone accuracy). The smooth skin tone also comes handy.
— Vincenz (@peanutBITTER_) March 26, 2019
More talks happened:
More vloggers from Southeast Asia had a quick talk and presented their vlogging equipment with the Sony camera lineup.
They also tackled how great Sony cameras are when it comes to producing quality content.
— Vincenz (@peanutBITTER_) March 26, 2019
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.
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.
4 reasons the new Instax Mini LiPlay is perfect for any occasion
Small but packed with features
Fujifilm recently announced their new hybrid instant camera, the Instax Mini LiPlay. It’s the newest addition to the company’s lineup of Instax instant cameras and by far the smallest and most lightweight in its series.
Despite being small, it’s packed with features that every girl would love to have in different situations. Here are the reasons why:
1. You get to celebrate occasions in a special way
The Instax Mini LiPlay is not your typical instant camera. It comes with an LCD so you can review photos you’ve captured, and choose which one to print.
It also has a “Sound” button which is capable of recording up to ten seconds of audio. The Instax Mini LiPlay then converts the audio’s data into a QR code and adds it to the photo printed. Users can play and replay for at least a year by scanning the QR code. This function is perfect for adding greetings, songs, and other messages you’d love to share through the printed photo.
2. Definitely a travel companion
This hybrid instant camera is different compared to Fujifilm’s instant cameras. Its promise of being the smallest and most lightweight makes it an easy-to-carry travel-sized camera (that won’t take too much space in your bag).
In addition, solo and group travelers can enjoy the remote shooting feature, which remotely takes a photo and print it on the spot using your smartphone. Furthermore, it has a direct print feature so you can transfer your photos from your smartphone and print it using the instant camera’s film. Whatever device you use, the Instax Mini LiPlay is a travel companion you’ll love to bring anywhere you go.
3. For the times when you want to express yourself
If you love shooting flat lays or OOTDs, the Instax Mini LiPlay may be useful as a prop or as an accessory. It has a stylish design that matches your aesthetic, and it comes in three beautiful colors: Stone White, Elegant Black, and Blush Gold.
Moreover, it has an array of design frames. The camera comes with ten pre-installed frames, which you can select during or after taking a photo. When you download the free Instax Mini LiPlay app, you get to enjoy 20 additional design frames.
4. Enjoy taking photos wherever you go
Say goodbye to AA batteries that make you feel like you’re using a device from the early 2000s. The Instax Mini LiPlay uses micro-USB for charging and takes two to three hours to fully charge the device. Its battery can last up to 100 printed photos. Photos are also saved onto a microSD card so you can keep on shooting until your memory card is full!
The Instax Mini LiPlay is priced at PhP 9,999 and will be available around late June to early July in the Philippines.
DJI debuts the Osmo Action, their first action camera
This is DJI’s direct answer to GoPro
When DJI released the Osmo Pocket months ago, everyone went crazy because it’s the only stabilized camera that can fit in anyone’s pocket. Now, DJI has announced another camera creation, the Osmo Action.
Focusing on the camera, it can shoot videos of up to 4K resolution at 60fps. The lens is composed of three aspherical layers which reduce glare and distortion. It even has an anti-fingerprint coating that also repels water, oil, and other smudges while shooting. In harsh light conditions, it can shoot with enhanced HDR. You can attach a neutral-density (ND) filter on it as well.
So done with gimbals? The Osmo’s action camera has RockSteady technology that combines electronic image stabilization with other complex algorithms in order to achieve shake-free footage. The camera can survive the extremes — up to 11m (or 36ft) in the deep waters, and as cold as negative 10 degrees Celsius when shooting with the device.
The camera features various creative shooting modes like 8x slow motion and the Custom Exposure Mode that can shoot as long as 120 seconds — great for capturing the dazzling night sky. A Timelapse Mode is present, as well as a Timed Shooting Mode with support for shooting RAW file format.
The device is equipped with dual screens: one at the back for controlling the device and another in the front for framing yourself. With DJI’s custom ActionOS, you can use voice control to power up and operate the device. It has a Custom Mode which lets you choose your frequently used shooting modes, while a QuickSwitch button (labeled as QS) is present to let you switch modes in an instant.
The Osmo Action is priced at US$ 349, which is about the same price as the GoPro Hero 7 Black today.
Samsung announces the world’s first 64-megapixel phone camera
Better cameras are coming!
For a while now, the smartphone photography business has hovered around 48-megapixel cameras. Last year, the market released the first 48-megapixel smartphone cameras. Since then, more smartphones have adopted the new standard. Of course, progress never stops.
Already, Qualcomm is anticipating even greater heights for smartphone photography this year. Fulfilling the prophecy, Samsung has announced the first 64-megapixel camera sensor. The brand is expanding its 0.8μm lineup, adding the 64-megapixel Samsung ISOCELL Bright GW1.
Much like other 48-megapixel sensors today, Samsung’s new shooter uses the contemporary pixel-merging Tetracell technology. Further, the sensor will improve HDR shooting capabilities. The GW1 supports an HDR of up to 100dB. According to Samsung, the current industry standard goes up to only 60dB. (The human eye can detect up to 120dB.) Samsung’s HDR images should look more realistic compared to other market offerings.
Similarly, the GW1 optimizes collected light. Basically, the sensor should have fewer problems in low-light conditions. Image sharpness is supposedly sharper as well.
For video taking, the GW1 supports Full HD recording, shooting at up to 480 frames-per-second. The new feature is a huge improvement for slow-motion videos.
Besides the 64-megapixel GW1 sensor, Samsung is also releasing a new 48-megapixel ISOCELL Bright GM2. Though lower, the 48-megapixel sensor also offers the same capabilities as the GW1.
Currently, Samsung is sampling the new sensors for the market. The brand expects to proceed with mass production in the second half of the year. Unfortunately, Samsung has not revealed which smartphones or brands are on the market. Regardless, the new development is a huge and speedy step for smartphone photography. If Qualcomm’s other predictions ring true, we’ll see 100-megapixel cameras soon, too.
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