Pixlr, the cloud-based set of image tools and utilities, which was acquired by American multinational software giant Autodesk in 2011, has one of the best photo editing apps on Android, iOS and Windows – Autodesk Pixlr. While the suite itself was intended for non-professionals, the apps can be used for both simple and advanced photo editing on PC, smartphones and tablets. Time ranked Pixlr on its top 50 websites of 2013. Here I’d like to focus on the app as seen on smartphones and tablets.
Downloadable on all smartphones/tablets, the app is well designed, with an easy-to-use minimal interface, which works well even if you are completely clueless when it comes to photo-editing and retouching. The most striking thing about Pixlr is its user-friendliness. Despite the divine complexity of the app, with the ability to layer, transform, fix, use a variety of filters or even adjust levels in photographs, Pixlr retains about it a simplicity that makes it so desirable to use, pushing it above its peers.
Sony has added a new product, Cyber Shot RX100 III, for the penchants of photography. Cyber Shot RX100 III comes with a bigger sensor than its immediate predecessor. This means that there will be better photo and video quality, assuring success in this choosy generation. The camera maintains a pragmatic balance between zoom range and lens speed, making it a dynamic performer for those who love speed while capturing distant subjects. The RX100 III comes with a new lens, 24-70mm equivalent, F1.8-2.8 lens, which starts with a wider angle and evens up at the telephoto end.
This camera has a stronger low-light performance and shallower depth of field at the telephoto end than most other enthusiast compacts. It comes up with a new feature of a pop-up electronic viewfinder, which has never been done before. This gives you the flexibility of having an EVF available at all times, without adding significant bulk to the camera.
The newly announced Olympus PEN E-PL7 is finally here! It is a camera expected to create excitement among photographers, especially those casual shutterbugs who are active on social media but don’t mind quality images. This 16.05MP Live MOS image sensor camera is marketed as a selfie-friendly camera - a factor that will surely propel it to do better in this selfie crazy generation. One aspect that catches your eye when you first see the camera is its external beauty. It has a manly metallic body and a leathery coat, giving it a classic look as well as classy demeanour.
Olympus PEN E-PL7 is a 16.1MP Live MOS image sensor Micro Four Thirds camera that features a 3-inch, 1.04 million-dot touch screen that flips downward 180 degrees. Olympus cameras have hardly disappointed; there is always something novel about each new piece. We believe there is something about this one too; let’s find out.
There is a level of sophistication that is periodically being introduced to photography. Cameras are becoming better and more complex but so are the photos or videos they take. For photography to be successful, there are other areas associated to it that need improving too. One of the most talked about accessories in photography is the humble tripod. Many times, the tripod has been described as a photographer’s best friend. Even though some people may say that a tripod is the most overrated accessory, the truth of the matter is that there are times when taking some photos may be impossible without a tripod.
There are a many companies that make good tripods to serve the perfection-crazy generation today. One of those companies is the Vanguard. Recently, the company announced a new line of tripods called the Alta CA. One of the tripods in this series is the Vanguard Alta CA 203AGH. It’s an aluminum alloy tripod with the GH-30 pistol grip, which is designed to meet the requirements of the enthusiast photographer.
It’s true that cameras are becoming cheaper, making it easier for consumers to afford what were otherwise tough gems a few years ago. It is not unlikely to see casual snappers walking about with mid to high-end cameras around their necks when they have no idea what depth of field is. This is all thanks to the reduced prices of such cameras. But even if that is the case, don’t plan the funeral of digital compact cameras yet. That line which started the affordable digital camera revolution is still alive and kicking. In fact, what has happened is that digital compact cameras have become so advanced that what used to be DSLR functions are now embedded on small digital cameras.
One such camera that has all the makings of a professional machine is the new Nikon Coolpix P340. Nikon Coolpix P340 is a pocket size compact camera that features 1/1.7-inch back-illuminated 12-megapixel CMOS sensor. Though this is a small camera, it is designed for serous enthusiasts and it is expected to do well in the market. This is why…