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Apple iPad 2

Posted by Ub3rG33k on Apr 12, 2011 in Apple, iPad, Tech

As you know, I already have the original iPad, or should I say, I had the original iPad (C is now the proud owner of a shiny, carefully used, original iPad).

I decided that due to my iPad 2 shipping early (the 9th, and not the 15th that they originally stated), and C was working away for a week, I could survive a couple of days without the iPad and handed it over on Friday night. To be honest, you don’t realise how dependant you become on tech, I felt like I’d lost a limb…..that was until today when my iPad 2 turned up 🙂

A few noticeable things,  it’s definitely a lot thinner, and seems a lot lighter….as for the speed…much snappier

Like most people getting the iPad 2, I threw on Infinity Blade to see how it looked. Infinity Blade is one of the games that has been enhanced for the iPad 2….and yup, the additional textures really do make it look at lot better, make me almost forget that it’s the same resolution as the first.

To be honest, I was slightly annoyed at the official announcement of the iPad 2, and how it was keeping the same screen and same resolution. Being an iPhone 4 user, the resolution difference is very noticable.

The only other real addition that affects me is the front and rear facing camera. I’ve had a quick go on Facetime with C, and all worked well, but I can’t see me really using it much. I currently have a front facing camera on the iPhone 4, but can’t remember the last time I used it, and with the recent purchase of the Panasonic DMC-TZ10, I don’t really see a use for the rear camera.

The improved gyroscope is a god send, as I couldn’t play Rage HD on the iPad as I’d got so used to playing it on the iPhone. As for the rest of the games, to be honest, it’s still early for the new hardware, and expect more developers to hit the “More Textures” button as time goes on, as they did with the Retina Display patches they provided. Right now, I’ve just got a thinner, faster, lighter iPad.

All in all, it’s new, it’s shiny and it’s Apple 🙂

One last thing, before I had the official case for the original iPad, this time I thought I’d give the Nude Case a go as it was meant to be lightweight…..to be honest I’m blown away buy it, you can hardly tell it’s protected 🙂

Unboxing photos below.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC TZ10

Posted by Ub3rG33k on Mar 19, 2011 in Brain Dump

 

I’ve been on the lookout for a new camera for a while now, as my previous Acer CR-6530 camera was getting a tad old. Now don’t get me wrong, the CR-6530 is still a great camera, but the battery was on it’s way out, and it’s not quite as portable as the newer camera.

I was lucky enough to received the Panasonic HDC-SD200 HD Camcorder for my birthday a couple of years ago, and was blown away by how good the camera quality was…so since then, I’ve been on the lookout.

The thing that really caught my eye about the TZ10, was the ability to meta tag your photos with the GPS co-ordinates. Now I know this is a little geeky, and not everybody’s cup of tea but it’s just something I’ve got used to with the iPhone 4.

Each photo I take on the iPhone get meta tagged with the co-ordinates and passes this information to iPhoto and then to Flickr. Now granted you can do this manually, but where’s the fun in that !.

Now I know that the new model has just come out (the TZ20, 14.1 megapixels and a touch screen), but this was the perfect time to buy, as the price of this little beauty has dropped like a stone. When I originally looked at it around Christmas time, it was sat at £250+, now it’s £190.

So, now you know why I’ve gone for Panasonic, and why this model….so how is it…..it’s pretty damn good. This camera is so feature rich, after a week of playing with it I’ve still not scratched the surface, I could attempt to describe how good it is, or just look at the bottom of this post for some images I took in the back garden, the rest can be found on my flickr public gallery

Below, are the unboxing pics, as well as tech specs

 

Product Features

 

  • LUMIX super zoom digital camera with intelligent auto mode and optical image stabilizer
  • 12.1 megapixel, 25mm Wide-angle 12x optical zoom with LEICA DC lens
  • Intelligent resolution technology and 16x intelligent zoom
  • HD movie in AVCHD Lite and HDMI compatibility featuring VIERA television link
  • Travel mode with GPS for easy organizing images of travel

Technical Details

Product type: LUMIX Super Zoom Digital Camera
Lens: 12x Optical Zoom 25mm Ultra Wide-angle LEICA DC Vario Elmar (25mm to 300mm equivalent) featuring Power O.I.S.
Effective Pixels: 12.1 Megapixels
Optics
Camera Effective Pixels: 12.1 Megapixels
Sensor Size / Total Pixels / Filter: 1/2.33-type / 14.5 Total Megapixels / Primary Color Filter
Aperture: F3.3 – 4.9/ Multistage Iris Diaphragm (F3.3 – 6.3 (W) / F4.9 – 6.3 (T))
Optical Zoom: 12x
Focal Length: f=4.1-49.2mm (25-300mm in 35mm equiv.)
Extra Optical Zoom (EZ): 14.7x (4:3 / 8M), 18.8x (4:3 / 5M), 23.4x (under 3M)
Intelligent Zoom: 16x
Lens: LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR / 10 elements in 8 groups / (2 Aspherical Lenses / 3 Aspherical surfaces / 2 ED lenses)
2-Speed Zoom: Yes
Optical Image Stabilizer: Power O.I.S. (Off / Auto / Mode1 / Mode2)
Digital Zoom: 4x / ( Max. 48.0 x combined with Optical Zoom without Extra Optical Zoom ) / (Max. 93.8 x combined with Extra Optical Zoom)
Focusing Area: Normal: Wide 50 cm – infinity / Tele 200 cm – infinity / Macro / Intelligent AUTO / Clipboard: Wide 3 cm – infinity / Tele 100cm – infinity
Focus Range Display: Yes
AF Assist Lamp: Yes
Focus: Normal / Macro, Zoom Macro, Quick AF On/Off (On in Intelligent Auto), Continuous AF On/Off, AF Tracking
AF Metering: Face / AF Tracking / 11pt / 1pt HS / 1pt / Spot
Shutter Speed: Still: 60 – 1/2000 sec / Starry Sky Mode : 15, 30, 60sec.
Shutter Interval: approx. 1.0 sec
Recording
ISO Sensitivity: Auto / 80 / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / High Sensitivity (ISO 1600-6400)
Face Recognition: Photo
Optical Image Stabilizer: Photo & Movie
Intelligent ISO Control: Photo
Face Detection: Photo & Movie
Intelligent Scene Selector: Photo (Portrait, Scenery, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Sunset, Macro) & Movie (Portrait, Scenery, Low Light, Macro)
Intelligent Exposure: Photo & Movie
AF Tracking: Photo
Digital Red Eye Correction (Red-Eye Removal): Photo
Intelligent Resolution Technology: Photo & Movie
File Format: Still Image: JPEG(DCF/Exif2.21) / Image with Audio: JPEG (DCF / Exif2.21) + QuickTime / Motion picture: AVCHD Lite / QuickTime Motion JPEG
AVCHD Lite REC NTSC / PAL (Depends on Region)
Mode Switch: [Recording] / [Playback]
One-Touch Movie Button: Yes
Mode Dial / Mode Button: Intelligent Auto, P, A, S, M, Custom, My SCN 1, My SCN 2, SCN, Clipboard
Still Image Scene Mode: Portrait, Soft Skin, Transform, Self-Portrait, Scenery, Panorama Assist, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Food, Party, Candle Light, Baby1, Baby2, / Pet, Sunset, High sensitivity, Hi-Speed Burst, Flash Burst, Starry Sky, Fireworks, Beach, Snow, Aerial photo, Pinhole, Film Grain, High Dynamic(Standard, Art, B&W), Photo Frame, Underwater
Movie Scene Mode: Portrait, Soft Skin, Transform, Self-Portrait, Scenery, Low Light, Food, Party, Candle Light, Sunset, Beach, Snow, Aerial, Pinhole, Film Grain, nderwater, High Sensitivity, High Dynamic(Standard, Art, B&W) / (Activated by selecting Still Picture Scene Mode then pressing movie button. Still Picture Scene Modes: Without corresponding Movie Scene Mode is recorded in Normal Mode)
Continuous Shooting Mode: Full-Resolution Image, 2.3 frames/sec Max. 5 images (Standard mode), Max 3 images (Fine Mode) / High-speed Burst Mode: approx. 6.0 frames/sec (image priority) / approx. 10 frames/sec (speed priority) / (recorded in 3M for 4:3, 2.5M for 3:2, 2M for 16:9)
Flash Burst Continuous Shooting Mode: Max. 5 images (Standard mode)
Motion Picture Recording: [4:3] VGA: 640 x 480 pixels, 30fps (Motion JPEG) / QVGA: 320 x 240 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG) / [16:9] WVGA: 848 x 480 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG) / [HD Movie] 1280×720 pixels, / NTSC Mode: NTSC model: 60p(CCD output is 30p) / PAL model: 50p(CCD output is 25p) / (AVCHD Lite, GSH, SH: 17Mbps / GH, H:13Mbps / GL, L:9Mbps ) / 30fps (Motion JPEG)
AVCHD Lite with picture quality set to [SH] (Continuous recordable time): Approx. 100 min
MOTION JPEG with picture quality set to [HD] (Continuous recordable time): Approx. 100 min
AVCHD Lite with picture quality set to [SH] (Actual recordable time): Approx. 50 min
MOTION JPEG with picture quality set to [HD] [[SH] (Actual recordable time): Approx. 50 min
Exposure: Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual
Exposure Compensation: 1/3 EV step, +/-2 EV
Backlight Compensation: Yes (only in Intelligent AUTO mode)
Auto (AE) Bracketing: +/- 1/3 EV ~1EV step, 3 frames
Multi-Aspect: Yes
Light Metering: Intelligent Multiple / Center Weighted / Spot
Aspect Ratio: 4:3 / 3:2 / 16:9
Still Picture Recording: [4:3] 4000×3000(12M) / 3264×2448(8M) / 2560×1920(5M) / 2048X1536(3M) / 640X480(0.3M) / [3:2] 4176×2784 (11.5M) / 3392×2264 (7.5M) / 2656×1768 (4.5M) / 2048×1360 (2.5M) / 640×424 (0.3M) / [16:9] 4320×2432 (10.5M) / 3552×2000 (7M) / 2784×1568 (4.5M) / 1920×1080 (2M) / 640×360 (0.2M)
Image Quality: Fine / Standard
White Balance: Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Halogen / White Set / (Selectable at Portrait, Soft Skin, Transform, Self-Portrait, Sports, Panorama Assist, Baby, Pet, High Sensitivity, Highspeed Burst, Pinhole, Photo Frame, High Dynamic, Underwater)
Quick Menu: Yes
Color Mode / Color Effect: Standard, Black & White, Sepia, Cool, Warm, Happy (only in iA Mode)
Picture Adjustment: Contrast ±2steps / Sharpness ±2steps / Saturation ±2steps / Noise Reduction ±2steps / (can be adjusted in Film Mode)
Still Image with Audio Recording: 5 sec
GPS: Yes
Real-time histogram: Yes
Composition Guide line: Yes (2 pattern)
Auto Review: 1sec, 2sec, Hold
Easy Zoom / Zoom Resume: No / Yes
Optical Zoom in Motion Picture: Yes
Macro Zoom: Yes
Orientation Detector: Yes
Scene Mode Help Screen: Yes
Self Timer: 2sec / 10sec
Focus Icon Select: Yes (in Face Recognition only)
Playback
Playback Mode: Normal Playback, Slideshow, Category Playback, GPS Playback, Travel Playback, Mode Playback, Favorites Playback
Thumbnails / Zoomed Playback: 12,30-thumbnails / Max 16x
Calendar Display / Dual-Image Playback: Yes / No
Set Favorites / Rotate Image: Yes / No
Playback Still Images with Audio: Yes
Playback Motion Picture: Yes ( AVC HD Lite/ Motion JPEG)
Slideshow Mode: All / Still Images Only / Motion Picture Only / GPS Area / Travel / Category / Favorites / BGM Effect (Natural / Slow / Swing / Urban / OFF)
Show Histogram: Yes
Delete Image: Single / Multi / All / All except Favorites
DPOF Print Setting / Set Protection: Yes / Yes
Resize / Trim / Aspect Conv. / Leveling: Yes / Yes / Yes / Yes
Copy / Title Edit / Text Stamp: Yes / Yes / Yes
Cut Animation: Yes
Video Divide: Yes
PictBridge Support: Single / Multi / All / Favorites / DPOF
Setup
Movie REC Guide: Yes
Wind-Cut in Motion Picture: Yes
Travel Date / World Time: Yes / Yes
Metrics
Dimensions: (W x H x D) 103.3 x 59.6 x 32.6 mm (4.07 x 2.35 x 1.28 in)
Weight: Approx. 218g with Battery and SD Memory Card (0.48 lb) / Approx. 196g without Battery and SD Memory Card (0.43 lb)
Others
LCD Monitor: Field of View : approx. 100% Wide Viewing Angle / AUTO Power LCD mode, Power LCD mode
Built-in-Flash: Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off / 0.6 – 5.3m (Wide/ISO Auto), 1.0 – 3.6m (Tele/ISO Auto)
Recording Media: Built-in Memory, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card
Built-in-Memory: Approx. 15MB
Microphone / Speaker: Stereo(Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator) / Yes
Interface: AV Output (NTSC/PAL, NTSC only for N. America), mini HDMI, USB2.0 High speed
Viera Link: Yes
HDMI output: Video: Auto / 1080i / 720p / 480p(576p for PAL) / Audio: Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator
Power: ID-Security Li-ion Battery Pack (3.6V, Minimum: 895mAh) (Included) / AC Adaptor (Input: 110-240V AC) (Optional)
Battery life (approx.): 300 pictures (CIPA Standard)
Included Software: PHOTOfunSTUDIO 5.1 HD Edition (5.0 Edition for China). / QuickTime.Adobe Reader
Standard Accessories: Battery Charger, Battery Pack, Battery Case, AV Cable, USB Cable, AC Cable, Hand Strap, CD-ROM
Further Specifications
NOTE: • Motion pictures can be recorded continuously for up to 29 minutes 59 seconds in European PAL area.
Substance Information under EU Regulation 1907/20

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Finally bought an iPad

Posted by Ub3rG33k on Nov 30, 2010 in Apple, iPad, Tech

As with most things Apple, I’ve been toying with the idea of getting an iPad since I knew of their existence, however was always put off by the lack of multi tasking, however the recent release of iOS 4.2.1 has fixed that problem.

In the recent tech news, there are already a lot of rumours flying around about the iPad 2, suggesting it will have a USB port, a front facing camera, a rear 8 Megapixel camera, carbon fibre back, etc etc. With all these reports, and the release of the new OS, the iPad is back onto my radar.

Tonight (thanks to Tony Lunn), I bought one !….now don’t start saying, “Ooo, did Tony buy you one, what a nice guy ?”, it was due to him I couldn’t resist and bought one.

So here’s how it happened, Text from Tony around 6ish “I’ve been offered a iPad for x amount, what do you recon ?”, I then spent the next 30 mins googling to see what prices they were going for……somehow ended up with one in my basket, then checked the opening times and the nearest store with stock (turned out to be the Leicester store of Comet), jump in the car, drove to Leicester, got lost, spend 20 minutes running through Leicester trying to find the place…..and finally walked out of Comet, 5 minutes before it was closing with a shiny iPad and case.

So, how is it ?…..it’s bloody lovely !

As you know, I’ve got an iPhone 4, had the iPhone 3GS before that, before that had the iPod Touch 2nd Gen….this is the next step up the evolutionary chain.

It does, (as you would expect) everything any other iOS Device does, but just on a bigger screen. To be honest, seeing the difference between the iPhone 3GS screen and the iPhone 4, I was a little worried how this screen would look in comparison to the retina display, but have to say I’m very impressed !, It’s sharp, bright, and everything you would expect from an Apple product.

The model I went for was the 16GB Wi-Fi model, as I plan on buying the next gen when it comes out. Not wanting to scratch it, I also bought the official iPad case thingy with it, which as you can imagine, fits like a glove 🙂

When I’ve had a good play with it, I’ll update the post, but for now, it’s play time 🙂

As always, unboxing photos below.

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