Smartphone cameras are great, allowing you to take spontaneous pictures on the fly. But their one drawback has always been how they perform in low-light settings, where pictures usually end up too dark and grainy.
Until now. The iblazr is a small external flash that plugs into your device’s headphone jack, allowing you to illuminate the scene and take better photos. The iblazr provides users with the same illumination capabilities that a high-end camera provides, and the flash swivels so you can use it with your front or back camera, ensuring that perfect shot or selfie every time.
The iblazr is a small, rectangular box that plugs directly into your audio jack. It’s made up of four small LED bulbs, with a discrete power button at the top of it that controls power and light intensity levels. And since the iblazr has a built-in, rechargeable 200mAh battery, it won’t drain your smartphone’s battery when you use it. A single charge is good for more than 1000 flashes or up to 40 minutes of constant light, so you shouldn’t have to carry around the USB charging cable with you everywhere you go.
This video from their Kickstarter campaign shows you how it works:
Using the iblazr is a pretty simple affair. You simply fire up the iblazr camera app (available for iOS and Android), plug in the iblazr to the headphone jack, and hit the power button to turn it on. Then you can start shooting. On my iPhone 5, I had to turn my phone upside down to make sure the flash was on top, since the headphone jack is on the bottom of the phone. It’s not a huge deal, but just something to remember when you’re using this. Most other phones have the headphone jack up top, so it’s not an issue with those devices.
Overall, I was pretty impressed with the results. The iblazr evenly lit the frame, resulting in warmer pictures with more realistic hues. The included silicone diffuser can be used to soften the harshness of the flash as well. While casual users might not see the need for something like this, I think it’s a great accessory for the Instagram buffs who want to shoot the perfect selfie or food photo.
The iblazr retails for $49.99 and can be purchased from www.bitemyapple.co.
New DJI Mavic Air Drone Is Small Enough To Fit In Your Pocket
There’s no question about it, drones are pretty awesome, allowing people to capture some pretty spectactular footage like never before. The problem is that most drones are HUGE, and traveling with them is a pain in the ass. As such, many people who bought them with grand ideas rarely use them.. Sound familiar?
DJI and GoPro both addressed this issue with lightweight, compact drones that folded up to take less space. The $999 DJI Mavic Pro was a huge success, while the GoPro Karma crashed (literally) and burned, with GoPro eventually getting out of the drone business completely.
Now, DJI has unveiled an even smaller, more lightweight drone, the DJI Mavic Air. And it looks to be a total game-changer. Not only is the Mavic Air half the size of a Mavic Pro, it’s also about half the weight at just 15 ounces. When folded up, it’s barely bigger than a smartphone, allowing you to put it in your pocket for the ultimate in portability. And at just $799, it’s very affordable.
Every aspect of Mavic Air’s camera has been designed for maximum performance. Its recessed three-axis mechanical gimbal is suspended from dampeners to further reduce vibration providing superior protection and steadier shots. A powerful camera housing a 1/2.3” CMOS sensor and the equivalent of a 24mm F2.8 lens (on a 35mm full frame sensor) captures high-quality photos and videos.
Mavic Air photographs 12MP still images utilizing new HDR algorithms that preserve more highlight and low light details, allowing you to capture stunning aerial pictures from sunrise to sunset. It can also shoot smooth stabilized 4K video at 30fps with a maximum bitrate of 100 Mbps. And preserving the action in dramatic fast-paced scenes is now possible through its ability to shoot 1080p slow-motion video at 120fps.
The Mavic Air is DJI’s first drone with 8 GB of onboard storage letting you save photos and videos directly to the aircraft on the go, plus a micro SD card slot for additional storage capacity. The newly-added USB-C port makes exporting captured footage easy and fast.
Flight time is quoted at 21 minutes, the drone a flight range is 2.4 miles, and it has a top speed of 42 miles per hour (a smidge faster than the Mavic Pro, and 11 mph faster than the Spark).
If that’s not enough, the DJI Mavic Air is now easier to fly (dare we say uncrashable?) thanks to even more advanced obstable-avoidance tech, which can sense obstacles up to 66 feet away and steer clear of them, before returning to its original path. Now that’s seriously cool!
Overall, it sounds like DJI has another hit on their hands with the Mavic Air, delivering a compact drone with all of the bells and whistles that amateur photographers want in a package that’s easy to travel with.
What do you guys think about the DJI Mavic Air?
Isn’t It About Time You Upgraded That Old Camera Of Yours?
When I started getting serious about photography, I decided to invest the money in a quality DSLR. And after lots of research, I decided on the Canon Rebel T3. It was a great “starter” DSLR, and I have captured some truly remarkable photos with it as I’ve traveled around […]
Disclosure: I’ve partnered with KEH Camera to show you how easy it is to trade in your old camera gear, but all opinions are my own.
When I started getting serious about photography, I decided to invest the money in a quality DSLR. And after lots of research, I decided on the Canon Rebel T3. It was a great “starter” DSLR, and I have captured some truly remarkable photos with it as I’ve traveled around the world. But it’s getting a little long in the tooth, and I’m ready to upgrade to a newer camera so I can take my photos to the next level.
The two cameras on my short list are the Canon 5D Mark III or the Canon 6D, which are both great cameras in their own right. But if you’ve ever looked at these cameras, you know that they’re both SUPER expensive, with the 5D Mark III costing over $2,000, and that’s just for the body. Ouch!
Luckily, I discovered KEH Camera, the world’s largest online used camera and photography equipment store. KEH has been around since 1979, and they buy and sell used cameras and other camera equipment. I saw that they had a few used Canon 5D Mark III cameras in stock, including one in “Excellent Plus” condition for $2,089. So I decided to see what they’d give me for my trusty Canon Rebel T3 and 50mm lens.
The process couldn’t have been easier. I simply entered my camera details in the “I want to sell…” box on the website. From there, they asked me a few questions about the condition of the camera, what’s included with it (battery and charger or body only), and an optional serial number. Based on the information I provided, they gave me a quote of $173.25 for my camera and lens.
If you’re happy with the quote, you can continue the checkout process, where you choose how you would like to get paid (check, PayPal, or KEH Cash). If you’re plan on buying some camera gear for them, use the code LUCKY7 to get 7% off your order (Expires 7/31/17) and if you choose KEH Cash / Gift Card to receive an additional 5% bonus payout.
Afterwards, you simply send your camera to KEH (free shipping), where they will give it a gentle yet thorough cleaning, after which they’ll evaluate the condition. If it’s as you described it, they’ll send you the payment. If they feel it’s in lesser condition, you can either choose to accept their new quote or have it sent back to you (also free shipping). Worst case scenario, you get your gear back cleaner than it was before.
Overall, I couldn’t be happier with the whole experience. KEH has over 35 years of experience in buying and selling used cameras, and the offer great value, excellent service, and quality equipment. I haven’t pulled the trigger just yet, as I still can’t decide between the 5D Mark III and 6D. But once I do, you can be sure that I’ll be ordering it from KEH for a fraction of the price, and using the LUCKY7 promo code to get 7% off my order.
So what do you say? If you’ve been thinking of trading in that old camera of yours for the latest and greatest, visit KEH.com and get a hassle-free quote today. Trust me, you’ll be glad you did.
Yuneec Adds LIVE Social Sharing Features To Popular Selfie Drone
Last year, Yuneec International introduced an action selfie drone caled the Yuneec Breeze, designed to take aerial photos & videos from the perfect vantage point, allowing you to capture truly memorable footage. And best of all, it was designed with consumers in mind – compact, easy to use, and hard to crash.
Originally, you would have to wait until you completed your flight to download the photos and videos through the Breeze Cam App to share across social media. But Yuneec recently introduced an update to the app that allows the Breeze to live stream your adventures in real time with your social media followers and make them feel like they’re part of the action.. or rub it in their faces!
Imagine being able to share your paddleboarding, mountain biking, or snowboarding experiences LIVE with your friends and family and get instant feedback from them, how cool is that?! We think this is a real game-changer, and I might have to get one of these bad boys for myself..
The Yuneec Breeze is currently on sale for just $399.99. For more information, visit yuneec.com.