Friday, April 18, 2014

Olympus Stylus 1 Photo Essay: Space Derby

I'm still working on Part 2 of the Olympus Stylus 1 review.  But in the meantime, here is a photo / video essay.  All photos and videos here are from the Stylus 1.

Each year, many boy scout troops hold a space derby where they race propeller-driven "rockets" they build.  The race is a fun activity for the scouts and their families.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Spike iPhone keyboard

I am writing this review on my iPhone. No, it's not some form of punishment for Lent. Rather, I'm demonstrating the usefulness of the Spike keyboard for the iPhone.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Freezing Time With Flash


What you see above is the result of a lot of spare time. Almost every year, me, my brother, my cousin and my cousin's cousin gather in a deserted flat in the countryside for two days, for no other purpose but to spend some "male" time together, and do a lot of photography. Let me take you behind the scenes.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Free Full Frame DSLRs From Kodak!

In a bid to bring back its days of dominance, Kodak will be launching an innovative marketing program where it will be giving away full frame DSLRs for free!  The catch: it uses a proprietary file format that cannot be used until it is "developed" through Kodak processing.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Olympus Stylus 1 Review (Part 1)

         In this post we review the Olympus Stylus 1, a point and shoot camera that features a constant f/2.8 zoom of 28-300mm (in 35mm equivalent terms) and fits in your coat pocket.  In this part of the review, I will be discussing the camera itself, specifically:
  • Body.  Size, construction, etc.
  • Handling.  
    • Shooting. The controls and how well they work.
    • Menus.
  • Shooting Experience and Performance.  LCD vs. viewfinder, metering, autofocus, manual focus, lag, battery life.
         In Part 2 of the review, we'll take a closer look at the camera, including its lens and sensor quality. I will also discuss its special functions (including Wi-Fi), its application, and its usage, to analyze whether and how the Stylus 1 may fit your needs.

         1.  I have had several point and shoot cameras but I have not used an Olympus point and shoot before, and I will be writing from that perspective.

         2.  Notes: All sample images are by me unless otherwise noted.  The product shots are from the LX5.  As for the Stylus 1 shots, they were edited in Lightroom (i.e. simple changes, minor dodging and burning) with no sharpening or noise reduction unless otherwise noted.

UPDATE 3/26/14: for shooters with no previous experience with Olympus, I added some information (mostly in the Menus section).  [Thanks Ed!]

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Sony RX100: Pocket Rocket


The Sony RX100 has been in my posession for one year to date, and since my initial review, I hardly mentioned it, so I think it is time now to give it some front page headlines.