Snap Inc. Challenges the Camera Industry with the Stylish Spectacles

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In a surprise move late last year, Snapchat became the latest tech company to reinvent itself. It changed its name to Snap Inc., repositioned itself as a camera company, and then quickly released its first physical product: a pair of sunglasses equipped with a camera that will connect directly to your phone and Snapchat account. These Spectacles are something of a spectacle themselves, requiring potential buyers to locate a roving Snapbot, wait for a long time in line and, then, if you are lucky, you will eventually be able to purchase a pair. With the dramatic changes happening in the camera industry over the past few years, the attention these Spectacles are receiving is something we should watch.

Any time a new camera company joins the scene, we take notice here—normally it is with a more conventional approach, even if the camera itself is loaded with unique technology; take Lytro and its light field cameras, for instance. But what Snap Inc. is doing is completely different, and the manufacturer claims to want to reinvent the camera. Spectacles are not a camera in the normal sense, since they require you to wear them and use the Snapchat app. So why are people putting so much effort into tracking down a pair? Well, the best way to find out is to go get a pair for ourselves.

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Why I Switched from Canon to Nikon

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According to Seth Resnick, camera companies have very loyal followings. “Nothing that happens is going to get in the way of a fan’s Canon, or their Nikon,” he says.

While generally considered a positive attribute, loyalty does have its drawbacks. “On the positive side, fans are so loyal, but on the negative side, it becomes hard to really accept things that are necessarily wrong with a product,” he notes.

Although Resnick’s 2013 switch from Canon to Nikon had less to do with product faults than politics, he admits, “If I had to be completely blind and pick based on what I now know, I would go with Nikon.”

This is the sixth in a series featuring the many stories and myriad reasons prompting users to switch camera brands. Make sure to follow the links at the end to read about other photographers who switched between DSLR brands, from DSLR to Mirrorless and from digital to analog film.

Photographs © Seth Resnick

The Backstory

For 18 years of his prolific career, Resnick held an enviable spot as one of the first 50 photographers selected for Canon’s worldwide Explorers of Light program. He had started out a Nikon shooter as a student at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. After graduation in 1979, he quickly ascended the ladder of the editorial world, mixing a full-time position at the Syracuse Newspapers with magazine freelancing and the lecture circuit.

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V60 microSDXC Memory Cards from Delkin Devices

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Capture 4K content from a drone, take RAW photos in burst mode, or even record and store multiple files simultaneously from a 360-degree camera with the new 1900X UHS-II microSDXC Memory Card from Delkin Devices. This memory card is available in 64GB and 128GB capacities and offers enhanced data read speeds of up to 285 MB/s and data write speeds of up to 100 MB/s. With transfer rates this fast, you can streamline your workflow by offloading large files quickly, allowing you to get back to work sooner.

What sets this card apart from its counterparts is its V60 rating. This rating denotes a minimum write speed of no less than 60 MB/s, allowing it to support tasks such as recording 4K content, capturing photos from action cameras, and much more. In addition to the V60 rating, this microSD memory card supports the U3 Speed Class rating and comes equipped with a UHS-II bus interface, which makes it compatible with UHS-I and UHS-II devices.

If the high-performance standards aren’t enough, the memory card is also waterproof, shockproof, and X-ray proof, so you can take it with you virtually anywhere you go. You can even insert the microSD card into the included UHS-II SD adapter to transfer files to devices with an SD card slot. 

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Podcast: Around the World, with Daniel Kordan

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On today’s show, we continue our conversations on landscape photography with Daniel Kordan, one of the most interesting nature and landscape photographers working today. Amongst his many accomplishments, he can count having an image used as wallpaper for Apple computers, and while that is indeed impressive, if you dig deep into his Instagram feed or website, you’ll soon realize that his talents run wide and deep. From Greenland to Ushuaia, and Russia to Japan, the work he produces is consistently breathtaking, and we speak with him on a range of subjects from his thoughts on post-processing, to lens choices, to shooting in isolated locales, to whether he prefers to shoot alone or with members of the many workshops he now leads. Join us for this inspirational episode and be sure to check out our new podcast page on the B&H website for more images by Kordan, and our complete library of podcast episodes.

Guest: Daniel Kordan

Photographs © Daniel Kordan

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In the Field with the Nintendo Switch

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Among the many things that ran through my head as I watched Nintendo’s late-night unveiling of its latest console, the Switch, was an unfortunate sense of déjà vu, as the company reps showed off several games that either relied entirely on or prominently used motion control. “We’re doing motion control?” I couldn’t help but think. “Really? Again?” Though I was ultimately excited by what I saw in that presentation, I was still a bit apprehensive about the decision to once again rely on what seemed like gimmicks. But, less than twelve hours later, as I found myself holding a pair of “Joy-Con” in my hand and swinging my arms strategically in a match of the 3D fighting game ARMS, it all made sense. I finally understood what they were going for.

I understood what they had been trying to go for, the past 11 years.

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Nintendo Joy-Con with Joy-Con Straps

I’ve always loved Nintendo, and I think I probably always will… but our relationship has changed over the years. The SNES was the first home console I played; the N64 the first I owned. I waited in line overnight in the freezing cold for a Wii. And for many years, I was a Nintendo apologist. Any time anybody was annoyed by one of its many strange or (let’s face it) bad decisions, I would come rushing to the company’s defense. I was annoying. I got over that.

I got over that because I had to, because Nintendo has, for the past decade or so, made it hard to be an unabashed fanboy. The company is still home to some of the best developers in the world, but it can be hard to appreciate the quality of the world when it’s mired in all sorts of weird business decisions. I mean, did you know the Wii U has already been discontinued? I like my Wii U. There were some great games for it. But it’s dead now. And it’s been replaced by, honestly, what it should have been the whole time.

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A Brief History of Shure Microphones

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In this B&H YouTube video, join Sonic Scoop’s Justin Colletti on location at Shure headquarters, in Niles, Illinois, for a one-on-one chat with company historian Michael Petterson. From the company’s creation as a microphone distributor in the 1920s to its move into manufacturing, as a supplier of microphones and earphones during World War II, to its latest technological innovations in digital wireless and more—this rich discussion provides new insights into the history and overall design philosophy of one of the biggest and best known pro audio brands around. We hope you enjoy the video, and invite you to view the wide selection of other instructional and informative videos at BandH.com.

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New from Pentax: Get a Grip with the KP DSLR

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Blending a sleek design with versatile shooting capabilities, Pentax has released the KP DSLR, which is poised to be both the compact APS-C model in their DSLR lineup, as well as an apt performer for low-light shooting. Additionally, in typical Pentax fashion, the exterior of the body can be customized with a trio of grips for improved handling and it is weather resistant for use in harsh climates.

In terms of imaging specs, the KP uses a 24.3MP APS-C CMOS sensor, which omits the anti-aliasing filter from its design to achieve a high degree of sharpness and resolution. In-body 5-axis Shake Reduction II (SRII), which is commonly used to minimize the appearance of camera shake by up to 5 stops, also benefits the sensor by offering an AA Filter Simulator function to mimic the effects of an optical low-pass filter to reduce moiré and aliasing when needed. Also, the SR unit lends itself to capturing even more detailed files with Pixel Shift Resolution, where the sensor shifts in small increments in between exposures to gather increased color information and clarity, while also reducing noise. In addition to the sensor’s unique design, a PRIME IV image processor also enhances image quality by enabling a sensitivity range up to ISO 819200 for working in low light, and the processor also avails Full HD 1080p/30 video recording and 4K interval movie, as well as continuous shooting rates up to 7 fps, a 1/6000-second top mechanical shutter speed, and a top electronic shutter speed of 1/24,000-second.

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Metabones Reveals Fifth-Generation Smart Adapters

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It has been five years since Metabones first revolutionized the adapter industry with its original EF to E Smart Adapter, marking the first time Canon EF-mount lenses could be adapted to another camera while maintaining electronic communication. Now, the company has just announced its fifth generation of smart adapters, beginning with the EF to E T CINE Smart Adapter, EF to E T CINE Speed Booster ULTRA, EF to E T Smart Adapter, and EF to E T CINE Speed Booster ULTRA. These adapters permit Canon EF/EF-S mount lenses to be used on Sony E-mount cameras, including the recent PXW-FS7 Mark II, with full electronic communication and support for the latest features. The Speed Boosters have the added benefit of optics that will increase the apparent field of view by 0.71x and increase the maximum aperture by 1 stop, effectively compensating for the crop factor of APS-C cameras.

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Metabones Canon EF Lens to Sony E Mount T CINE Speed Booster ULTRA 0.71x

Beyond the simple improvements to operation brought by new programming and the high-speed 32-bit processor, these fifth-generation adapters now feature rubber gaskets to protect the camera mount from dust and moisture entering, an LED light to show users the adapter’s current mode or status, and a dedicated switch that will control the in-body image stabilization of select Sony cameras. Also, the CINE models sport a positive-lock lens mount that holds your larger and heavier lenses more securely.

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Ikan Releases Two 4K Field Monitors and Two Teleprompter Kits

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New to B&H are ikan’s Postium 17″ and 24″ 4K field monitors. Both monitors support 4K video in DCI and UHD and share similar features and capabilities. The OBM-U170  is the 17″ monitor, which features a 1920 x 1080 panel that displays Full HD, as well as 4K UHD and 4K DCI by scaling the image to fit. The OBM-U240 is the 24″ version, and it features 3840 x 2160 panel that displays 4K UHD natively, while scaling both HD and 4K DCI to fit. Two 12G-SDI, two 3G-SDI, in and out connectors provide for a wide variety of input signals and pass-throughs, including single-link, dual-link, and quad-link SDI. The monitors also have an HDMI 2.0 and an SFP optical connector for added versatility, allowing these monitors to be used in a wide range of productions spanning indie, corporate, house of worship, and high-end broadcast.

Though differing in size and resolution, these monitors are notably alike in features and functions, making switching between the two virtually seamless. Each model features a 10-bit panel, can display HDR images, has adjustable gamma, and allow you to apply 3D LUTs to your image. The application of 3D LUTs also allows the monitor to display images in a variety of color spaces, including DCI-P3, BT 2020, and REC. 709. A useful feature is the capability to split the screen between the clean input image on one side of the wipe, while the other part of the image displays the applied LUT and Gamma adjustment. The wipe position on the screen is adjustable side-to-side, in real time, with video playing.

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For Your Listening Pleasure: Wired versus Wireless Headphones

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With each year, the variety and quality of wired and wireless headphones improves for a wide range of consumer and professional applications. Apple’s removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack in the iPhone 7, as well as the recent release of the company’s Airpods, would seem to indicate that the trend is toward wireless, though there remain plenty of situations in which a wired set of headphones is preferred. Here are a few points to keep in mind when selecting your next pair of headphones.  

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Apple AirPods Wireless Bluetooth Earphones

Convenience

The clear advantage to wireless headphones is being untethered from your mobile devoice. This is especially true with physical activities, such as jogging, aerobics, or lifting weights. If you prefer to keep your mobile phone in your pocket or bag, a pair of wireless headphones will likely be more practical when commuting on crowded public transportation.

The design, comfort, and especially how the headphones are worn or stored when not in use (such as whether the earcups can rotate flat to rest on your shoulders, or if the headband can fold inward for storage) will also directly influence how often and in what situations they are worn. In my experience, I’ve found the LG Tone Bluetooth headsets to be among the most comfortable and practical, because of their small size, extended battery life, and the way they seem to disappear from notice when not in use due to their neck-worn design.  

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