DJI unveiled their next-generation smartphone gimbal, the DJI Osmo Mobile 2, at this year’s CES, where it was overshadowed by other pie-in-the-sky products that had more “sizzle”.. But truth be told, this looks to be a real game-changer for people who shoot a lot of video with their phone.
The original DJI Osmo Moble smartphone stabilizers was designed to allow users to capture smooth videos and panoramic shots without worrying about shakes and bumps, using three-axis gimbal technology (the same stuff used in their drones) to cancel out unwanted movement in three directions, so you didn’t end up with shaky, unwatchable footage.
While the original Osmo Mobile was incredibly popular for iPhone filmmakers, vloggers, and the likes, it did have its drawbacks. There weren’t any zoom controls, the battery lasted just 4-5 hours, shooting footage in portrait mode was challenging, and it was hard to maintain balance if you had a larger/heavier phone.
The redesigned Osmo Mobile 2 addresses all of these issues (and more), while coming in at half the price at just $129. It now features an integrated battery that lets you shoot for up to 15 hours. It also comes with a new button layout that makes it easier for you to control and aim your phone while shooting. It’s also lighter, and it can now hold your smartphone in portrait mode as well.
We had a chance to play with one briefly at CES, and my first impressions of it were pretty favorable. Having used the original Osmo Mobile in the past, I could definitely see the areas of improvement, and I was pretty impressed with it. That super low price tag was just icing on the cake.
Personally, I think the DJI Osmo Mobile 2 is a must-have for people who are serious about video, and I think I’m going to pick one of these up myself, even though we don’t shoot a ton of video (yet). If you’re still on the fence about getting one, just check out this hands-on video from The Verge:
Super cool, right? You can learn more about the DJI Osmo Mobile 2 by visiting their website at www.dji.com.
The Nikon COOLPIX P1000 Has A Massive 125x Optical Zoom Lens
Feast your eyes on the upcoming Nikon COOLPIX P1000 DSLR camera, with an eye-popping 125x optical zoom, giving you the equivalent focal range of 24mm to 3000mm, allowing you to capture any subject no matter how far away it is.
With this insane zoom, you’re able to shoot objects that are literally miles away, depending on your vantage point. Wildlife enthusiast can capture detailed photos of deadly lions in the wild without risking life and limb for that perfect shot. NASCAR fans can shoot incredibly detailed photos from the cheap seats. Heck, astronomy buffs can capture not just the moon, but the craters, peaks and valleys of its surface!
Man, talk about a game-changer.. No more bags of bulky lenses to swap between, just a simple camera to carry with you, ready to shoot at a moment’s notice. And it’s not super heavy either, weighing in at a reasonable 3.1 pounds.
The Nikon’s massive lens is joined by a 16MP sensor that has a Dual Detect Optical Vibration Reduction system for image stabilization, a 3.2″ vari-angle LCD, a 0.39-inch 2.36 million dot electronic viewfinder, and 4K capability that’ll let you get those close up shots in full Ultra HD resolution. And for greater control of your videos, manual mode allows you to adjust focus, exposure and more during recording.
Even more impressive than the features is the price, coming in at a very reasonable $999 when it hits shelves in September. I spent more on my Sony with a few lenses, and they don’t even begin to offer the versatility of this bad boy.
Still need convincing? Just watch this video showing the camera in action. That first scene in Central Park is beyond impressive.
A commenter said it best: “With this camera, you don’t actually need to travel. Just get up on a high enough building and photograph the place you would have otherwise flown to.” 🙂
Click here for more information on the Nikon COOLPIX P1000.
Thanks To DUO, You Can Now Take Your Second Screen With You
I don’t know about you, but I’ve had a dual monitor setup for nearly 10 years now, and I don’t think I could ever go back to a single screen, no matter how big the monitor.
That’s actually the only reason why I still use a desktop computer instead of a laptop, because there aren’t any dual-screen solutions for laptops that don’t involve clunky docking stations and the like. Heck, that’s why the Razer Project Valerie was such a hit at CES, because there’s a real need for a multi-screen laptop for power users out there.
Mobile Pixels has come up with the perfect solution to this problem, and it’s called the DUO. As the name suggests, DUO is a portable monitor (weighing only 1.5 pounds) that is designed to work with virtually any laptop, through a simple, plug-and-play USB connection.
Seriously, how genius is this? As you can see from these photos, DUO attaches to the back of your laptop screen, sliding out on either side and providing a full 270° rotation, allowing for the optimal viewing angle for any situation. When not in use, it tucks away cleanly, making it a breeze to travel with, adding very little bulk to your laptop.
Available in a 12.5″ screen size, DUO was designed to artfully fit any laptop, regardless of size, and the video driver helps reduce battery drain and give users a long-lasting battery life.
The innovative laptop accessory has raised over $400,000 after just a week on Kickstarter, and is on pace to raise over $1.5M in pre-sales alone. So apparently I’m not the only one who can’t live without their dual-screens. 🙂
The DUO is currently available for pre-order for the early-bird price of $179, with an estimated delivery date of January 2019.
Is The Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer Really Worth The $400 Price Tag?
When the $400 Dyson Supersonic hair dryer was first introduced, we were a little taken back by the steep price tag. How could Dyson improve on something as basic as a hair dryer… and get away charging such a premium for it?
Since I regularly shave my head, I never gave it much thought. But a few months ago, my wife was getting a blowout, and the stylist used the Dyson Supersonic on her. She came home and couldn’t stop talking about how great it was, and how much she wanted one. FML.
Now here’s the thing. My wife has a LOT of hair, and she spends a good 30-45 minutes drying her hair whenever she washes it. According to her, the Dyson hair dryer would allow her to dry her hair faster, quieter, and with less damage to her hair.
Curiosity got the better of me, so I reached out to our friends at Dyson to see if we could test one out for ourselves. You should have seen my wife’s face when the box arrived. 😀
First impressions? The Supersonic comes in beautiful packaging, really befitting the premium price tag. The hair dryer itself is very distinctive, with a unique color combo and matte finish, and a sleek design that looks nothing like your traditional hair dryer, with a tiny motor in the handle that gives the Supersonic more balance and a lighter feeling in your hand.
Included with the Supersonic are a smoothing nozzle, a styling concentrator, and a diffuser, all which attach magnetically. There’s a very long power cord, which comes in handy if you don’t want to be stuck in one spot while you’re drying your hair. Some people might have an issue with the bulkiness of the cord, but it didn’t seem to get in her way.
Aesthetically, Dyson knocked it out of the park, with a hair dryer that you won’t want to stash underneath your sink, but rather proudly display it on your countertop for everyone to see.
Dyson has been called the “Apple of home appliances”, and I can see why. Their attention to detail is second to none, and they’ve managed to take something as common as a hair dryer and give it a stylish, premium look.
Looks can only go so far, especially when we’re talking about a $400 hair dryer. But how well does it actually work? That’s what we were about to find out. My wife hopped in the shower, washed her hair, and then patted it dry before reaching for the Supersonic.
Seeing as how this process normally takes 30-45 minutes (because she has thick, curly hair), I went into the other room to watch some TV while she did her thing. About 20 minutes later, she came out, with her hair completely dry, and looking smoother and shinier than normal. Honestly, I thought it looked as good as when she gets a blowout at the salon.
Furthermore, the Supersonic is considerably quieter than other hair dryers, so I didn’t need to turn the TV volume up to 11 while she was doing her hair. Same token, she won’t be waking me up in the morning when she’s getting ready, as she gets up WAY earlier than I do.
Overall, she couldn’t have been happier with the Dyson Supersonic, as it really delivered on all fronts. Dyson’s engineers spent over four years developing the ultimate high-tech hair dryer, and they knocked it out of the park. But the question remains – Is it worth the money?
“Absolutely, without a doubt,” said my wife. To her, the extra money was worth it given that it cut her drying time in half (saving her roughly 26 hours per year), while delivering a better end result that looks like it was done by a professional.
Still not convinced? Consider this. If she can do her own blowouts with the Supersonic rather than spending $40+ at the salon, then you might actually save money in the long run. At least, that’s how my wife is trying to sell me on it.. 🙂
Me, I’m just happy that I don’t have to wait forever for her to get ready anymore! That to me is well worth the price of admission.