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adminSeptember 26, 2018
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Recently, Fujifilm has just announced the launching of a new camera, the X-T3, which is the newest addition to Fujifilm’s X Series lineup. It is the first APS-C sensor size mirrorless camera that is capable of recording in 10-Bit internally. Read below to learn more about this fantastic camera.

Fujifilm’s New X-T3 Camera

Key Specifications
  • 26MP BSI “X-Trans CMOS 4” sensor
  • The 425-point hybrid AF system
  • Improved AF Tracking and Face/Eye Detection AF
  • 20 fps shooting with AF
  • 30 fps shooting in 1.25x crop ‘Sports Finder’ mode
  • 69M-dot electronic viewfinder
  • Two-axis tilting touchscreen
  • 10 bit 4:2:0 H.265 internal video capture
  • UHD/DCI 4K/60p from 1.18x crop region
  • Internal F-Log
  • Dual SD card slots
  • USB C-type connector
  • Headphone and Mic Sockets
A Short Introduction

If you’re a fan of Fujifilm’s cameras, then I’m sure you know that something very exciting is happening right now. Fujifilm always did produce great cameras, and you could see that from the X-T1 and the X-T2; in fact, the X-T2 was the first Fujifilm camera to ever include 4K recording and F-Log picture profile.

Fujifilm became aware that shooting video with large sensor mirrorless cameras is what the public wanted, and so they started producing cameras that answer their needs. The most recent Fujifilm camera that showcases Fujifilm’s creative genius is the X-H1, which is the ideal camera for the creative video shooter. The X-H2 offers In-Body Stabilization System, Internal F-Log recording, and the ETERNA film simulation picture profile, among many others.

Overall Impression

Being considered as the best camera right now, the X-T3 boasts a 26.1-megapixel sensor, which enables it to shoot 4K video at 60 fps. It ensures that users will get only the best auto-focus system today.

Compared to the X-T2, the X-T3 feels a tad heavier and is somewhat larger although it still possesses the same design and button placement. It also has a built-in headphone jack that you can use for audio monitoring and a lockable pull-out diopter. In addition, it also has a USB-C port that you can use for battery charging.

The X-T3 also has a significantly sharper electronic viewfinder with its 0.5-inch OLED display. It has a refresh rate of 100fps and a display time lag of about 0.0005 seconds. As for the rear LCD, no visible changes have been made aside from making it a touchscreen, which lets users focus or fire off a shot just by tapping on the screen.

Another great feature of the X-T3 is its brand new back-illuminated X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor and X-Processor 4, a quad-core CPU, which makes it more efficient and gives it more power to perform better than any of its predecessors. Moreover, the camera’s face and eye detection have also been improved, which results to higher hit rates for the autofocus system, not to mention that it also has all of Fujifilm’s standard film simulation filters as well as a new color chrome effect.

With regard to its video features, the X-T3 boasts being the first to have a mirror-less digital camera with APS-C, or larger sensor, which is capable of internal SD card 4K/60P 4:2:0 10bit recording and 4K/60P 4:2:2 10bit HDMI output. The X-T3 supports H.264, but it also includes H.265 for more efficient compression. By going for HEVC, the X-T3 lets users set a high-quality bitrate of 400 Mbps when shooting 4K at 30 or 24 fps.

Having said all that, the X-T3 proves to be a great upgrade of the X-T2. Having a new sensor, faster processor, greatly improved autofocus, and much better EVF, there is no reason why you wouldn’t like the X-T3. That’s even before you consider its velvety-smooth 4K60P video capabilities.


adminSeptember 24, 2018
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6min

With the launching of its latest flagship phone, Google is set to conquer the hearts, as well as wallets, of consumers today. The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are now available for purchase, and many people are curious whether the device is worth every penny.

With Pixel 3 XL, it is evident that Google has invested in things that people want out of a smartphone: great screen, great camera, and a sizeable battery life, among many other elements that make a great phone. Whether the claim rings true or not, let’s try to find out.

 

Pros

  • Improved screen
  • Superb front-facing speakers
  • Exceptional camera and wide angle front camera

Cons

  • Awkward notch
  • Rear finish is prone to scratches
  • Limited availability from US carriers and internationally

 

Screen and Display

If you’re curious what the biggest improvement on Google’s newest release is, I would say that it’s the quality of the screen. The screen of the Pixel 3 XL is absolutely wonderful as it uses OLED technology, which displays vibrant and bright colors, as well as deep blacks, and significantly lowers the power consumption of the device.

Looking at it as a whole, one could easily conclude that the company has spent a lot of its time and resources to make its flagship device worthy of being called just that by means of enhancing almost every aspect of the device, including longevity, brightness, and color accuracy.

Another great thing about the Pixel 3 XL is the new color mode that Google is using as a default scheme, and it is called adaptive. Adaptive considerably enhances the vibrancy of the colors on the screen without making human skin tones look out-of-this-world. Of course, it still doesn’t compare to the screen technologies of Samsung Galaxy S9 and iPhone X, but you will notice that the purples and the reds can be quite flattering.

Going back to the screen, the Pixel 3 duo are indeed significantly larger than the previous models, which they owe to reduced bezels and taller aspect ratios. It is especially true for the Pixel 3 XL since it has been extended to the top corner, which gives it a chin and a notch.

The notch can be quite annoying for some people, but you will see that the often you use the phone the notch becomes kind of unnoticeable. Actually, it looks way worse in photos than it does in real-life.

As for the speakers, they have indeed been improved. The company is claiming that they are 40% louder, but there isn’t that much extra volume when tested out. However, instead of the extra volume, it seemed like the quality of the sound had been improved.

Hardware

Now I can finally say that the latest Pixel phones are worthy of their price tag. These top-tier models cost a thousand bucks, and I believe that it’s worth every penny. It’s not to say that it’s better than Samsung’s and Apple’s flagship devices, but it’s finally on par with these high-end phones. As a matter of fact, it’s the little things that actually make these phones feel premium.

The Pixel 3 XL finally features a Gorilla Glass 5 front and rear panel and, more importantly, its overall fit and finish are way better than the previous models. It also comes in three color: “not pink”, “clearly white”, and “just black”. You’ll also be delighted to see that the only logo you will see on the whole device is a single G on the back, which is one of Google’s logos.

Camera

The camera is definitely one of the major reasons why someone would choose to buy the Pixel 3 XL. Google didn’t really change much about the traditional camera specs as there is still only one camera at the back with a 12.2 megapixel sensor located behind an image-stablized f/1.8 lens. In addition, the Pixel 3 XL also makes use of an updated Pixel Visual Core chip for image processing.

The biggest hardware update so far is the second wide-angle selfies camera located on the front portion of the device as well as a flicker sensor at the back, which means that most of the changes would come from the software. Most of the camera capabilities and tricks are still the same although they are significantly better at it now.

Should you choose the Pixel 3 XL as your new device? Well, it depends on your preference. If you want to have a great Android experience and the best phone camera, then you should definitely try out the Pixel 3 XL.

 



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