DJI Spark

The five colours of the DJI Spark:                                                                      Blue,Green,Red,White,Yellow.

The drone that I will be doing today is the DJI Spark. Its advantage is that it is light, has a very good camera, can sense obstacles and dodge it and has gesture controls. It is suitable for taking good pictures.But the gesture mode can only take pictures and it flies for a very short time.

The app is not very efficient , especially on phones with small screens and frustrates the user. In general, it a good camera in a small flying package.

With a affordable price of $468.49, like a efficient camera , you can get many good functions of this portable camera.At first, DJI Mavic Pro($999) with its features like the compact folding design, it went to the top ranking amongst the drones.But after the appearance of the Spark in may, everyone forgot the rest of the drones and only remembered this one.It has many features like the Mavic such as dual-band GPS and a visual positioning system to let it “float” 30 feet above the ground without falling.

For the Spark, there is a bundle for you to get a set of prop guards, extra props, batteries for only $699. You save $154, so why not get this bundle right?It comes in five colours- blue, green, red ,white ,yellow.

How do you operate it?Simple.

Just power on the blades of the Drone, put it in your hands and your face. facing the camera, tap twice of the power button.The camera scans your face.Simple as that.

I personally think this Drone is great for people who love flying objects, love to take pictures and people who likes cool and trending stuff. Basically, it has a great camera quality in a small package but it cannot hover in the air for long.

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DJI Phantom 4 Pro

The DJI Phantom 4 Pro is another drone for photographers to use. The DJI Phantom 4 Pro almost seems like it was made for that exact purpose with automated camera functions, robust controls, and a max speed of  72kph (45mph).

Specifications:

  • 1388g (3.06 pounds)
  • 350mm diagonally (13.7 inches)
  • Approx 28 minutes flight time
  • Controller with flight and camera controls (optional touchscreen)
  • 72kph (45mph)
  • Front and rear collision detection

The automated camera functions means that you do not need to control the camera on your own to do the same things over and over again. The 28 minutes flight time would mean that you do not have to constantly land your drone and recharge it and can continuously take a series of photographs. Having a controller with flight and camera controls to control the drone would be like playing a video game on your phone. Collision sensors on the sides would allow you to know when your drone bumps into something. The one on the bottom would allow for safer landings and the infrared sensors would allow it to know where it is in a confined space.

The return-to-home function has a range of 300 meters. The function allows the drone to go back to a specific location that you can set as long as that location is within the range. That is where the infrared sensors come in handy as you can get it to go into confined spaces like your house. The drone, using the infrared sensors, would be able to navigate through the area on its own when returning home.

The chunky controller has not changed from the DJI Phantom 4. Of course the price is more expensive due to the additional Pro features.

Now onto the drone itself. It has a carry case which as the name suggests can carry items in it. The propellers can be easily removed and clipped on for the ease of setup.

Camera Specifications:

  • 4K video at 60fps
  • Max video bitrate 100Mbps
  • 128GB MicroSD
  • 20-megapixel, 1-inch CMOS sensor
  • Mechanical shutter
  • Aperture control f2.8-f11

The specifications are what you would usually find in a camera drone.

2 of the drone functions include ActiveTrack and Tapfly mode. ActiveTrack allows the drone to follow a subject by flying sideways or backwards. Tapfly mode, which works backwards now, allows the drone to fly to a location which you will determine by tapping on the screen and you can rotate the drone or tilt the camera without changing its path. The software can handle the gimbal’s smooth sweeps and tracking better than you can, and that is what’s worth the price for interested photographers.

The drone comes with a beginners mode where it restricts the top seed and steering. Once you are more comfortable with flying it, you can always remove the beginner mode anytime you feel like.

I personally feel that the price is worth it for the wide variety of functions and the complexity of each function. The functions are easy to use and can easily help one out in sticky situations.

The DJI Phantom 4 Pro costs on an average of $1,500USD.

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Asus ZenFone AR

Asus ZenFone AR looks Daydreamy

Lets talk about the Asus ZenFone AR, a phone that amazes many. The first ever first phone that lets you use Google Tango AR and Google Daydream VR. Tango lets you see more of your world. Just hold up your phone and watch as virtual objects and information appear on top of your surroundings and also allow us to measure the distance between the chair and the coffee table by overlaying line segments in real time on the phone’s display. While the Google Daydream takes you on incredible adventures in virtual reality.

Daydream View

The phone also has a faster Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor and 6 or 8GB of RAM and this allows more apps to be kept running at the same time. Faster speed to run games, allowing smooth gameplay and able to enjoy your time. Its screen is a 5.7-inch screen that’s just a bit taller than the iPhone 7 Plus and also with a “Tri-Cam” systems that combines motion, able to sense depth and a 23-megapixel camera. The camera can take 23-megapixel photos and 4K videos which is pretty impressive. 

Now lets talk about its appearance and materials. With a glass front and a soft leather back with a ugly-like rear camera which made the phone looks like something out of a mad scientist’s laboratory.

With a affordable price of  $599 seems worthy and a much better offer than a Apple phone in my opinion.With a raised home button that doubles as a fingerprint sensor makes it look like a more modern, advance  andriod phone.

In my opinion, purchasing the Asus ZenFone AR is a good choice out of all phones. Although the Asus ZenFone AR  is lightly skinned with the version of Android Nougat 7.0, setting up Tango and Daydream will be easy and straightforward taking only a few minutes.

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Google Pixel

 

With the massive recall of the Note 7 and the recent release of iPhone 7, Google made a timely release on their latest device, the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL. Not only was the release of the Google Pixel at an opportune time, the device also have various outstanding perks.

One of its most outstanding feature would be its 12.3 megapixel camera. The camera is capable of focusing quickly and brings it does an excellent job at emphasising the contrast of colours. The camera also performs remarkably when taking objects that are far away due to it being able to sharpen the photos with ease. Another feature that it possesses would be its wide-angle camera lens which results in photo seeming like they were taken further away. Also, the camera’s flash is very natural and the light disperses very evenly, thus making its pictures look truly natural. Its front camera also performs well due to its wider angle, allowing its users to not stretch his or her arm too much. It can also take 4K videos and has a gyroscope which helps to steady your video shootings.

However, of course, the camera was not void of flaws. For example, even though its flash did a good job at brightening up the picture, it didn’t handle dim lighting as well. Also, it underperformed in taking portrait photos compared to its landscape pictures as it often is not able to identify the background fully. Also, the camera’s minimum focus distance isn’t extremely near and as such it is lacking in terms of close up shots.

 

Next, the device also has a decent voice search service. Its voice search service, Google Assistant, integrates with the Google search engine to dig up the results that you require. Some of its functions include searching on Google, scheduling events, playing music and finding pictures in your phone.

Though the Google Assistant doesn’t boasts many new functions, the voice search service works decently and its integration with Google search helps to make searching more convenient.

 

 

Google also implemented various tiny features in the Pixel. For example, you are now able to send GIFs using Google Keyboard. There is also a fingerprint reader for additional security when using services like Android Pay. Also, you can hold onto applications which allows you to access the additional menu options. It also runs on the new Android 7.1 Nougat, though developers have acknowledged that the newly released operating system still contain a few bugs.

 

The Google Pixel has a Snapdragon 821 processor which allows the Pixel to work smoothly. It is also able to handle high intensity mobile games without trouble.  It performed relatively well compared to other high end phones and were not inferior in terms of its specs.

 

Now, for some of the device’s drawbacks.

First of, it isn’t fully waterproof. Also, it had a very noticeable flaw in which it is challenging to view the screen in direct sunlight. Its battery is also average at most and there are various other phones which contain better ones.

All in all, the Google Pixel remains as an outstanding phone and a really good phone to consider. I would strongly recommend you to consider this phone as long as it is within your means.

 

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Motorola Moto G4

The Motorola Moto G4 is a budget phone that is claimed by many to also be good. Certain key features that might seem interesting is that the phone is able to survive being dunked into water and will not turn off immediately after it comes in contact with water. This is really useful for those who have tendencies of spilling or are generally much clumsier.

The Motorola Moto G4 is also pretty thin which is handy if you want to keep and take out of your pocket easily. The Motorola Moto G4 has a 14cm screen with a HD display with 1080p resolution. The colours are well saturated which is ideal for usage.

The Motorola Moto G4 comes with a battery life of around 13 hours which is quite a long usage time for an average user and is really useful if you’re unable to charge the phone. There’s also a fingerprint scanner at the front which is a nifty function as it is more convenient for those who finds typing in the passcode repeatedly to get into their phone a burden. Do note that this is not a home button and some long time apple or android users may mistake the fingerprint scanner for it.

The Motorola Moto G4 comes with octa-core processors which are adequate for video streaming or playing casual games. However, if you’re planning on using this phone for gaming, this phone isn’t ideal for it.

The camera of the Motorola Moto G4 is a 13-megapixel camera which produces generally satisfying images that are acceptable by society’s standards. Even in bright lights, it will still produce really decent images.

In conclusion, if you’re looking for a cheap yet decent phone to use for your everyday social media needs and have a battery that lasts for a long period of time. The phone can be bought at around S$269.99 at retail price. However, do not expect much from it if you’re using it for gaming.

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iPad Mini 2

I’m sure everyone has heard of the iPad by now, some people may want a tablet but find it too big for them, well the iPad Mini 2 might be for you. With its light and thin design, it would not be much of a burden to carry it around and is also easy to keep.

It uses the iOS 9 which is the most recent and secure version of the operating system. There is a 16GB/32GB/64GB/128GB models where you can choose from.

Don’t let the size of the iPad fool you, it is still able to perform basic tasks like surfing the internet or playing casual games. It is installed it with the A7 Chip which is quite responsive, powerful and power efficient, having a battery life of around 10 hours (may vary from users).

Using 802.11n with MIMO, it is able to provide a faster internet connection making streaming videos more enjoyable as the chance of it buffering is severely reduced. It also supports 4G which is small but makes a big significance as you’re able load things more quickly and stream videos on YouTube or any media sharing platform in high quality.

It comes with a 7.9-Inch Retina Display which are able to capture sharper and detailed photos. The screen is sharp and colourful so that it is enjoyable for viewing.

When you purchase the iPad Mini 2, it comes a Lighting to USB cable and a USB Power Adapter.

Overall, the iPad Mini 2 is good budget iPad if features aren’t a problem. Some who had used certain Apple Phones and Tablets may know that it comes with a TouchID Sensor which the iPad Mini 2 lacks. The iPad Mini is cheaper than most Apple products where it costs from S$398.00 to S$648.00. In conclusion, if you’re looking for a tablet to do basic functions like surfing the web, streaming videos or play casual games, this maybe a perfect tablet for you.

 

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Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge one of the most beautiful phone in 2016. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge has a extremely fast capture speed and now the camera was downgraded from 16 megapixel to 12 megapixel. The camera was downgraded because this can improve the low lighting condition on picture, this will gives the camera a faster auto focus.

The display was a Super AMOLED screen and the resolution is 1440 x 2560, the screen was 5.5 inches compared to Samsung Galaxy S7 which has a screen size of 5.1 inches. The fingerprint scanner on both of the Galaxy S7 and the S7 Edge was pretty quick and accurate. The front and back panel was made out of Corning Gorilla Glass 4.

The phone was slippery and also a fingerprint magnet. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is IP68 certified which means it is dust proof and it is water resistant over 1.5 meter for 30 minutes. It is running on the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

It has 4 GB of RAM, 32/64 GB of internal storage,you can also insert a MicroSD card up to 200GB . The Always-on display is a display that shows the time,date and etc even if the phone is standby mode. The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge has Quick Charge 2.0 which can charge the phone to 60% in 30 min on both wired or wirelessly.

The new Galaxy S7 Edge has a bigger battery which is a huge improvement compared to last year Galaxy S6 Edge. This has a consequences of increasing the phone thickness and the benefit was the camera hump on back of the phone was slimmer. Overall, this is definitely a smartphone worth picking up, it has a very good camera and overall a very well performed phone.

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Immedia Blink

Though it may not look like it, this is in fact a security camera. Simple and compact, this camera alone costs less than a S$100. Though lacking features that puts it up on a different level compared to other security cameras, I feel that this is forgiveable considering that it falls into the category of a low-budget camera

The device is cordless and battery operated. Despite its relatively low price, the Blink definitely does not neglect performance for its price. It had a solid connection with Wi – Fi and did not have interruptions. Though, the application for the camera was not flawless and gets frequent lags due to its system being busy.

Being in the shape of an exact square, the Blink measures approximately 7cm on each side. Along with the camera, two AA lithium batteries, a stand and mounting hardware will also come along with it. Made to be placed indoors, the Blink isn’t exceptionally durable largely due to the fact that the device is made from plastic. The lens has a 110 degree field of vision and has image quality worth 720p. It is also equipped with a motion sensor, infrared LED made for night vision and a micro-USB slot.

Together with the Blink, customers would also get a Sync Module, a white square accessory which includes a power adapter and performs various rather unique functions. For example, it would communicate with the Blink servers to prevent extensive draining of battery. Whenever the uses wishes to stream live videos, the Sync Module will change the performance mode of the Blink in order to maximize its performance via a radio channel. Furthermore, the Sync Module also has a USB port which can be used to install updates and setup the Blink application on the user’s phone. The application is relatively simple to set up. All you need to do is connect the Sync Module to any device and with Wi-Fi, the setting up should only take a moment. The Sync Module does help with connection and ease the camera of having a USB port but at the same time, this is at the cost of carrying the two devices around. In my personal opinion, I feel that the camera would do just fine without the Sync Module and it would actually be much simpler if everything was done on the Blink itself.

Though it has a pretty eye-catching price tag, its features aren’t really that much to brag about as it just lacks more unique functions to put itself in a league above the rest. There is also minor flaws in the motion sensor as it is unable to differentiate between a person, a pet or any other moving object. Compared to its rivals in its price range, there really isn’t much that sets the Blink apart from the rest but do expect more from the camera in future as Immedia has stated that more features and functions would be added to the Blink. However, as it is right now, the Blink does not stand out. Therefore, if you’re looking for a budget security camera, don’t take the Blink out of your consideration but taking a look at others would not be an unwise decision. With that said, I honestly would not put the Blink at the top of the list of budget security cameras.

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Panasonic Lumix CM1

The Panasonic Lumix CM1 is a smartphone with camera specs so stunning, photos taken with the phone could be mistaken for a photo taken by professional cameras. It does have a good look and great internal specs too but it definitely is quite pricey. It would be one of the most ideal phone currently for users who wants only one device to perform the functions of both a camera and a smartphone.

The phone has a rubber body which gives a metal and leather effect. Its body houses an extremely huge sensor of 1 – inch which is able to capture pictures of 20 – megapixels. Panasonic has named the phone as a “communication camera” due to the abundant amount of camera functions and features. It has a 4.7 – inch full HD 1,920 X 1,080 pixel display, runs on the Android 4.4.4 KitKat interface and has a 2.3GHz quad – core processor.

Due to its large sensor, the camera can take in huge amounts of lights and therefore, has excellent clarity in its picture and great performance when there is little light too. Its lens is a Leica DC Elmarit and it can be found in other cameras. However, its focal length is only 28mm, which isn’t that wide an angle. Fortunately, for what it lacks in its focal length, it makes up with it for fantastic photo sharpness and good – looking images.

It is also very suitable at taking great sceneries due till its excellent handling with exposures. The device is also capable of taking 4K footage but at 15 frames per second. For users who are not that used with the camera interface yet, it might seem a little complicated and difficult to understand at first but would not require that long period of a time to get used to it. Users are able to slide the physical wheel around the lens to change values. Alternatively, a full auto – mode will also be available. Other camera functions include the aperture priority and shutter priority. Users are also able to take full control in the manual mode. In it, there are lots of settings that can be tweaked, providing convenience for more experienced photo – takers.

The phone is undeniably an extremely expensive phone and it is only a realistic choice if you have lots of passion for photography. If you are someone who takes photo casually then this phone most probably isn’t the ideal choice for you.

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AirDog

The AirDog is a is an extremely accurate drone. This drone does not have  a large remote control and has the AirLeash, which is an armband which has a control pad on it. The drone is wirelessly tethered to the AirLeash by using very long – range Bluetooth connection. The drone will fly around the AirLeash in order to keep up with the user’s movement.

Its turning is very smooth and keeps up with movement smartly. Tests have shown that when the user stopped, the drone stopped and hovered. During takeoff and landing, it is completely autonomous. Alternatively, you can fly it with a radio transmitter by using the directional buttons on the AirLeash. It can also be folded into a tidy package. The propellers are able to be folded into half to make the AirDog more portable and easier to carry around.

It has a GoPro camera and weighs 1.85kg including its removable battery. Its battery life depends on how fast it is travelling and is estimated to last between 10 – 20 minutes. It has a maximum speed of 64kph. There is also a downloadable app which the user can use to program the AirDog to perform actions like hovering and  adjusting the angle of the camera or to just stay on the subject. The AirDog also comes with the AirLeash, a gyro – stabilised gimbal to mount the camera on, a battery and a charger.

Overall, this is a very creative and unique drone at quite a costly price. It most probably will have more features and improvements and is a product worth to take your eyes on.

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