Friday, March 7, 2014

Nokia DT-900 Wireless Charging Plate Review (Video)


A review and a close up of the Nokia DT-900 Wireless Charging Plate. In the video, I demonstrate how the charger is not limited to Nokia devices but will charge any device compatible with Qi charging (including the new LG Nexus 5).

Threw my personal experience, my Nexus 5 does get a bit warmer than usual when charging wirelessly, but it isn't hot. Wireless charging take 3 hours on my Nexus 5 with this charging plate compared to the 2 hours required using the stock USB charger.

Overall, this is a great product for people who wants to charge their Qi compatible devices wirelessly. I rather put my trust in a bigger company (Nokia) than risking my device on a 3rd party charger. Also this charging plate was only $25 from the AT&T online store. Compare this to the $50 official Nexus wireless charger. This is why I bought this instead of the one made by Google.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Lexar 64 GB 133x Speed SDXC Memory Card Review

The front and back view of the Lexar 64 GB 133x Speed SDXC Flash Memory Card
Today, I will be reviewing the Lexar 64 GB 133x Speed SDXC Flash Memory Card. This is the memory card I purchased around 2 years ago during a Black Friday Deal on Amazon. The memory card is still working strong 2 years later, but the price of it has dropped a little bit below what I got it for during the Black Friday Deal.

For memory card reviews, most people want to know the speed of the card, so I will begin with that. The advertised speed of the card is at least 20 MB/s (didn't say read or write). Here are the results I got from the card. Please take note that these speeds may be limited by my computer hardware (such as the hard drive). Overall, I got an average speed of 14.5 MB/s on writing to the card and a 20 MB/s when reading from the card. So I guess the advertised 20 MB/s speed is for reading from the card, not writing.

After 2 years, the casing around the memory card is starting to chip, but I can still use it, and it doesn't seem to affect the performance at all. I never had files corrupted on this card through the 2 years. I use this card as a secondary memory card back then with my Canon EOS 7D with a SD to CF adapter, and now as a secondary memory card for the Canon EOS 5D Mark III. I am very happy with this card, however this card is considered a bit slow now as there are newer faster SD cards out there even for the Lexar Professional line of SD cards. Do remember I bought this 2 years ago, and the technology for electronics like this is progressing very fast.

If you are looking for a cheap memory card, this is definitely a great option, but if your budget is a little higher, I recommend you going for slightly faster cards available now. Also, if you enjoy photography and reviews like this, please visit my photography blog here. If you want to learn how I shot the above product photo, view my tutorial on my photography blog here.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Photive RC-6 Wireless Shutter Release Review

Photive RC-6 Wireless Shutter Release
The Photive RC-6 Wireless Shutter Release is a 3rd party alternative to the Canon RC-5 and Canon RC-6. The remote is compatible with many Canon cameras in the EOS line including the Canon EOS 7D and the Canon EOS 5D Mark III. This remote is an infrared remote, so the camera has to be set in the infrared remote mode in order for this to work. The remote works approximately 16 feet (depending on lighting conditions) from the front of the camera (because the infrared sensor is on the front of the camera). Obviously, due to the fact that it works via infrared, the remote has to work line-of-sight and will not work through obstacles.

With all that said, here are my opinions about the product. While the product is nice and compact, the uses of it is very limiting compared to a wired remote shutter release. This remote does have a immediate take or a 2 second delay which is nice, but again, the line-of-sight is very limiting. You have to point the remote at the front of your camera due to the fact the camera has no infrared sensor on the back. The remote does not have a "half press" to focus system, but instead pressing it will cause the camera to focus and take the photo. The second thing I don't like about the remote is that I had trouble removing the battery door to get the battery out. There is this little tab you have to press to get it out, but sometimes the door just jams up and you can't get it out. The unit itself is less than 1/2 of what Canon charges you for and at the time that I bought the product, I got it for around $8. At this price, you can pretty much get a new unit once the old one goes dead because button cell batteries cost about that much anyways.

Overall, the product is nice depending on what you want to shoot. If you are constantly taking photos of yourself and you have no other cameraman, this would be a great product for you. For me, since I am usually behind my camera, I've actually only used this remote twice and I've had it for years now. If you are like me, I recommend you just go for a wired shutter release and not bother with this product. That is pretty much it! Please share your opinions with me below. Also, if you enjoy photography and reviews like this, please visit my photography blog here.


Here is my video version of this review:

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Samsung Announces Samsung Galaxy NX (Video)


A video I made talking about Samsung's announcement on the Samsung Galaxy NX.  I do not have a demo unit, so this video is strictly only TALKING about this device. The Samsung Galaxy NX is the word's first mirrorless interchangeable lens camera phone and is built with a pop up flash and a 20.3MP APS-C sensor.

More details on the phone on Samsung's website here.
My article on Samsung's announcement here.

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Monday, July 1, 2013

Samsung Announces the Galaxy NX

Photo Credit: Samsung

You may be asking what is the Samsung Galaxy NX? Is it a camera? Is it a phone? Well it is the best of both worlds! This is the first ever mirrorless interchangeable lens camera phone! The device runs Android Jellybean 4.2 and has all the functions of a normal Android smartphone including phone capabilities, Wifi capabilities, and much more. What is interesting about this product is the fact that it has a 20.3MP APS-C size sensor built-in to the camera, a "real" pop up flash, and the fact that you can mount different lenses on it. My first impressions from looking at the camera/phone is that it is a very cool device and if reasonably priced, I may actually get one once it comes out. However, a few things I don't like about the camera/phone is the fact that there isn't a lot of buttons and dials on the camera itself. Being a professional photographer and photographing with top-of-the-line Canon cameras, I am used to pressing buttons and turning dials, than simply using a touchscreen interface. This is the one drawback of this camera/phone, but I have to say Samsung did a very good job combining the two. If you are interested in learning more about the device you can view detailed descriptions and images on Samsung's website.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

New Firmware for Canon EOS 5D Mark III (Firmware 1.2.1)


It has been almost 6 month since Canon has announced that there will be a new firmware update for the Canon EOS 5D Mark III and that firmware update just came out today and you can download if for free from here. The update it self is fairly simple. Make sure you have a charged battery or at least it is half charged. I did mine with a battery at 70% and had no issues. Then you copy the downloaded firmware into either your CF or SD card. Now press Menu and scroll until you find the one with your firmware version is listed. Go in and you can begin the update process. If you need more details than this, there is instructions in PDF format that came with your firmware download.

 Here is a screenshot of the camera confirming the firmware update. 

Here is the camera during the update process


After the update process, my camera did go down by 2% on the battery level. So technically you don't need a fully charged battery, but it is always good to have one. Don't want to brick your camera! Anyways, here are some of the new features of this firmware update.

Uncompressed HDMI Output Support
One of the two new features is Uncompressed HDMI Output Support. This feature allows uncompressed high-definition video (YCbCr 4:2:2, 8 bit) to be outputted via the HDMI socket of the Canon EOS 5D Mark III. This feature allows you to record high-definition video via an external recorder (with very limited degradation in quality) and you can also monitor the video in real time on an external display.

Improved AF Functionality
The other new feature is the improved AF functionality which has raised the central cross-type points AF ability to focus from f/5.6 to f/8. This is especially useful for users who are using telephoto lenses with a lens extender such as the Canon EF 1.4X III Telephoto Extender (still depends on the lens) and still want to use auto focus. This new firmware update will allow you to focus with any lens up to an aperture of f/8. The following is a list of lens combinations from Canon's website compatible with the new firmware update. The combinations marked with (*) are the newly supported combinations due to this firmware update.


To me, these 2 features are really cool as I was thinking about a set up with lens extenders, but I really wanted to keep auto focus. I hope you have enjoyed this news article. If you want to read the original Canon press release, you can do so here. Again, you can download the new firmware update from here. Please don't forget to share with your friends and family members! If you enjoy photography, please visit my photography blog here. On there, I showcase many photos I've taken and sometimes even offer you tips on photography, travel tips, and photography news.

Picture Credits: Some imagery in this article are from the Canon website. I do not claim credit for them. Use of the images permitted under Fair Use Law. 

Friday, April 19, 2013

Upcoming Canon EOS 5D Mark III Firmware Update

A Canon EOS 5D Mark III

It has been almost 6 month since Canon has announced that there will be a new firmware update for the Canon EOS 5D Mark III and that firmware update is going to come out soon! I am only telling you guys this news right now because I only found out about it. Anyways, the firmware update is scheduled to come out at the end of this month (end of April). The firmware will be free, you will be able to install it at home after downloading, and it is coming with two really cool nice new features for the camera.

Uncompressed HDMI Output Support
One of the two new features is Uncompressed HDMI Output Support. This feature allows uncompressed high-definition video (YCbCr 4:2:2, 8 bit) to be outputted via the HDMI socket of the Canon EOS 5D Mark III. This feature allows you to record high-definition video via an external recorder (with very limited degradation in quality) and you can also monitor the video in real time on an external display.

Improved AF Functionality
The other new feature is the improved AF functionality which has raised the central cross-type points AF ability to focus from f/5.6 to f/8. This is especially useful for users who are using telephoto lenses with a lens extender such as the Canon EF 1.4X III Telephoto Extender (still depends on the lens) and still want to use auto focus. This new firmware update will allow you to focus with any lens up to an aperture of f/8.

To me, these 2 features are really cool as I was thinking about a set up with lens extenders, but I really wanted to keep auto focus. I can't wait to get this update so I can install it! I hope you have enjoyed this news article. If you want to read the original Canon press release, you can do so here. Please don't forget to share with your friends and family members! If you enjoy photography, please visit my photography blog here. On there, I showcase many photos I've taken and sometimes even offer you tips on photography, travel tips, and photography news.

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