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Seamus Phan does product reviews, for gadgets ranging from cameras, videographic and filmmaking gear, audio equipment, music equipment, computers, tablets, smartphones, etc.

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Gadgets Brief – March 2013

We chat about the Stormfly and the DashDrive Air.

20130324_stormflyStormfly
Yet another Linux on a stick, the Stormfly has a consumer-friendly design that is like a colorful and flexible wristband that unfolds and plugs into a 64-bit Mac or PC, and bypasses the resident storage on your computer. There is also a version for business (Stormfly Ultra) that comes in a hard disk or a solid state drive (SSD) variant. The Stormfly is great for those who like to use a computer as a guest without the need for configuring a guest account (just a reboot will do), or for those who need secure computing on the road. Visit www.nowcomputing.com.

20130324_dashdriveairDashDrive Air AE400
The DashDrive Air AE400 from ADATA is a wireless access point (AP), a portable 5,000 mAh power bank, and a USB and SD reader (up to SDXC). As a USB reader, you can plug in a SDXC card or a typical USB drive into the DashDrive Air, and wirelessly transfer files with mobile devices and laptops. The device can work in bridge or base station mode, providing 802.11b/g/n wireless access to up to 10 devices. Visit www.adata-group.com.

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Quick Look: Fujifilm X100s camera

A quick look at the ultra compact rangefinder Fujifilm X100S that in some ways, beat the Leica cameras by convenience and capabilities.

Quick Look: Panasonic Lumix GH3

A quick look at the Panasonic Lumix GH3 Micro Four-Third (MFT) HD DSLR, and why I think it is one of the best videography or filmmaking cameras for the enthusiast and corporate user, in terms of weight, features, usability, and imaging quality for video.

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Gadgets Brief – February 2013

We chat about the Vertu Ti, HTC One, and the Blackberry Z10.

202013_vertutiVertu Ti
Vertu is one of those brands that most of us would give a cursory glance and move on – mostly because it is out of our range. Nonetheless, Vertu has a new Android phone, the Ti, that has the dressing of Vertu and the heart of Android OS with a custom UI. Made of Titanium (remember the beautiful Titanium Powerbook from Apple?), the Ti is handmade out of 184 parts by a single craftsman in England. Vertu is not really about the phone, but the services, with the red Vertu Key button at the side of the new Ti phone, you can access Vertu’s services. Visit vertu.com.

022013_htconeHTC One
HTC has lagged behind Samsung and Apple not because its products aren’t great. In fact, I like their products and have owned some before. HTC’s latest Android and Windows Phone 8 devices are elegantly designed, and in no way behind the leading brands’ products. The new HTC One has BlinkFeed, which is a live stream on the home screen, almost like the Windows Phone idea, albeit running on Android. Unlike competing phone cameras, HTC One uses the “UltraPixel” technology which claims 3 times more light hitting the sensor compared to competing phone camera sensors, with a f/2 aperture lens. The phone does 1080p HD video capture as well. The phone features front-facing stereo speakers (BoomSound). Visit htc.com.

022013_blackberryz10Blackberry Z10
Yes, Blackberry (formerly Research In Motion RIM) has launched a new smartphone without a physical keyboard, joining the ranks of the iOS and Android smartphone camps. In my opinion, there is nothing like a physical tactile keyboard on a smartphone that responds like how we are used to, but if the market drives the industry in another direction, we as users can only adapt to what’s available. The new Z10 features a 4.2-inch display with a pixel density of 356dpi with 1280 by 768 pixels resolution. The phone features a 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage, a microSD expandable slot, with a 8-megapixel camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. The camera features the unique “time shift” mode which captures a series of shots before and after, so that you can select along a sliding scale the best picture you like, and save that image. Visit blackberry.com.

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Quick Look: Picosteady

A quick look at the Picosteady, a stabilizer offering steady video footage for smartphones, small video cameras, and lighter HD DSLRs (e.g. micro four-third).

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Gadgets Brief – January 2013

We chat about the Fujifilm X100S and the X20.

012013_fuji_x100s_100x100Fujifilm X100S
The Fuji X100S is the sequel to the X100, which was a unique fixed lens APS-C rangefinder with great image quality, albeit with some AF and other quirks that restricted its use somewhat. However, the new X100S took the best of X100 and improved it much further. It features the APS-C 16 megapixel CMOS II sensor with EXR Processor II without an optical low-pass filter, thereby improving the image quality much more. The AF has improved tremendously according to Fujifilm. The new X100S features HD H.264 video recording, and can work with an optional Fuji hotshoe mounted microphone via the USB 2.0 interface. This makes the X100S a great HD filmmaking tool if you are happy with a wide angle fixed lens, especially if you mount the camera on a shoulder rig. Visit fujifilm.com.

012013_fuji_x20_100x100Fujifilm X20
The little cousin of the Fuji X100S, and the sequel to the X10, the X20 features a 2/3-inch 12 megapixel X-Trans CMOS II sensor, with a optical viewfinder that is enhanced from the earlier X10. The new X20 features HD H.264 video recording, and can work with an optional Fuji hotshoe mounted microphone via the USB 2.0 interface just as the X100S can. Visit fujifilm.com.

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