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New Nokia 5 Android with excellent price

The new Nokia 5 has a 5.2in IPS HD display within a neat, compact body (149.7×72.5×8.05mm) that’s smooth, sleek and comfortable to hold thanks to rounded edges. It’s made from a single block of 6000 series aluminium for a premium finish, and
uses Gorilla Glass to add durability to the display.The Nokia 5 will be available in Matte Black,Silver, Tempered Blue or Copper. We particularly like the blue option, but think that all four colours look gorgeous.

The three mid-range phones are the first Android Nokia phones ever

We’ve already mentioned the 5.2in display, which looks gorgeous with tiny bezels and seems to blend right into the chassis. Its downfall though is that its display’s resolution isn’t as high as we’d have liked at 1280×720 HD. It was still vivid
and bright, but when compared with the likes of the Moto G5’s Full HD offering on a phone with the same price tag it’s a bit of a shame that the Nokia 5 misses out.
Inside the phone is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor, which is the same one you’ll find inside the Nokia 6 as well as the Moto G5. That’s paired with Adreno 505 graphics and 2GB RAM.We’ll have to hold of on our final verdict about the Nokia 5’s performance until we’ve put it through its paces in our benchmark tests, but we expect it to cope with launching apps and switching between apps perfectly well, while struggling a bit with more heavy-duty multitasking or gaming.
There’s 16GB internal memory with support for up to 128GB extra via microSD.
When it comes to cameras, the Nokia 5 has a 13Mp camera on the rear with a dual tone flash,while the front-facing camera offers 8Mp for selfies.There’s a non-removable 3000mAh battery that charges via Micro-USB and you’ll also
find Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, LTE 4G, among its connectivity specifications.newnokia

Software
All three of the new Nokia Android phones ship with Android Nougat 7.1.1 and HMD Global has We’re impressed by the Nokia 5, particularly when considering the price tag. It’s good-looking with decent specs and we love addition of
Android without over complicating it with any sort of overlay. We expect that it could become a really popular choice for anyone in the market for a mid-range phone, and a strong contender for the Moto G5.
Specifications:
5.2in (1280×720, 282ppi) IPS touchscreen
Android 7.1.1 Nougat
1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 CPU
Adreno GPU
2GB RAM
16GB storage
MicroSD up to 256GB
13Mp main camera, dual-LED fl ash
8Mp front camera
Bluetooth 4.1 4G LTE
GPS
NFC
Fingerprint scanner
FM radio
3000mAh non-removable battery
149.7×72.5×8.05mm

Price-£160

source:android advisor,nokia.com

Smartwatch review Samsung Gear S3-superb battery

In stark contrast to most smartwatches, the Samsung Gear S3 has great battery life: charge it to 100% and it’ll last you almost five days. The first four days with normal operation and then, when it hits 5%, more than 24 hours of use in power-save mode. That’s fantastic stamina for any smartwatch, let alone one with a colour AMOLED display. Then there’s the aesthetics. The Samsung Gear S3 is available in a couple of flavours – the Classic and the Frontier – and both look stunning. The Frontier is a real looker, finished in smoky, gunmetal grey, with a burly rubber wristband (both large and small sizes are included in the box), butch knurled buttons, and an aggressively notched bezel that rotates with a light clicking action, just like on a dive watch.Samsung Gear S

The difference is that this bezel isn’t simply for adornment or timing purposes; it’s part of the fabric of the way the watch works. Spin it and the watch face whirls away to reveal a galaxy of different notifications and widget screens. It’s also used to scroll through items in lists and alter settings, depending on whereabouts in the UI you fi nd yourself. The Gear S3 watch still has a responsive touchscreen, but I found myself using the bezel whenever possible because it leaves the screen free for reading. The 1.3in panel has a resolution of 360 x 360, and it’s topped with Corning’s wearable-specific scratch- and shatter-resistant Gorilla Glass SR+. It’s comfortably readable in most conditions at the default setting of seven and, handily, it automatically dims in low-light conditions, so it won’t annoy everyone in the cinema when you check the time. The problem with the Samsung Gear S3 is that it’s a bit beefy. At 46 x 12.9 x 49mm (including the lugs), it’s thicker than most smartphones, and I found that with some shirts it wouldn’t slip under the cuf s comfortably. If you have more slender wrists, you may prefer to stick with the Gear S2.

There’s NFC, 4GB of storage for music, wireless charging via the WPC standard, and a dual-core 1GHz Samsung Exynos 7270 chip with 768MB of RAM. It only slowed down while playing Fruit Ninja – but that’s not what the S3 was made for. In every other respect, it responds smoothly and instantly to touchscreen dabs  and clicks of the bezel.

But, the Samsung Gear S3 isn’t properly waterproof like the Apple Watch Series 2; it’s water-resistant and rated to the IP68 standard. This means that, although the watch can be submerged to a depth of 1.5m in freshwater for up to 30 minutes, you can’t take it for a swim. That sets the Samsung Gear S3 at an immediate disadvantage to the Apple Watch Series 2, which has a decent swim-tracking mode in addition to GPS and heart-rate monitoring. But the Samsung hits back with excellent automatic tracking and stats-packed activity monitoring. Walk briskly for a few minutes and the watch will quickly pick that up and log it as an activity. The same happens if you take it for a run and forget to manually hit start. It will also auto-pause when you stop to cross the road, and it reports a rich bank of data to your phone once you’re done, from the usual average speed, distance and average heart-rate data to the more unusual average and maximum cadence.

It all feeds into the S Health app on your phone, which syncs the data and presents it in a more digestible manner. If you’re familiar with the app through owning a Samsung phone, there will be no surprises here: the app presents your goals at the top of the main page with a couple of key stats on graphs beneath (steps and sleep by default), with specifi c data, from your stress levels through SpO2 and floors climbed, encapsulated in a series of square panels below that.Note that Gear watches are no longer limited to working with only Samsung phones. Although the Gear S3 runs Samsung’s Tizen wearables OS, you can pair it on any modern Android phone via the Samsung Gear app.samsung Gear S

The Gear S3’s Wi-Fi connectivity means you don’t have to be within Bluetooth range of your phone to receive notifications and make/receive calls, so if the phone rings you can answer even if you’ve left your phone by the bed. The speaker also allows the watch to double as an interactive fitness coach while you’re working out. It will gee you up when you start to fade and deliver timely audible info as you pound the pavement. The only problem is that the speaker isn’t loud enough to hear over the rush of breath from your lungs and the blood pounding in your ears, so you’ll have to use the Gear S3’s Bluetooth connectivity to hook up a pair of headphones instead. These new capabilities build on the Gear S2’s already-impressive collection. There’s an optical heart-rate monitor that continuously tracks your pulse during exercise and keeps tabs on your resting rate with spot checks during the day. There’s an altimeter/barometer and an associated app, keeping tabs on your altitude and atmospheric pressure. The fitness side of things is particularly strong, offering most tools that fitness fanatics need to log exercise and keep motivated. Notifications work just as well as on Android Wear watches. The big bonus, though, is that the Samsung Gear S3 combines all of those things with superb battery life and luxurious high-end design. It feels like a luxury watch and a high-end smartwatch combined. It’s a pleasure to use, to wear (as long as your wrists aren’t too slim) and to train with, and even at a price of $500, it’s now the Apple Watch alternative to beat. If you own an Android smartphone and you’re looking to invest in a smartwatch, you should put the Samsung Gear S3 at the very top of your list.

$499 – www.samsung.com 1.3in 360 x 360 AMOLED display • dual-core 1GHz processor • 4GB memory • 768MB RAM • GPS • 802.11n Wi-Fi • Bluetooth 4.2 • heart-rate sensor • IP68 water and dust resistance • 380mAh battery • 1yr RTB warranty • Samsung Tizen 2.3.2 OS • 46 x 12.9 x 49mm (WDH) • 62g

source:pcauthority

AfterShot Pro 3 software-organise and tweak your photos

AfterShot Pro 3 is a program aimed at photographers of all skill sets; it’s a package for organising, tweaking
and sharing your photos. Although it perhaps isn’t as advanced as more expensive programs
on the market, it positions itself as compact and capable at the basics, making it easy to process photos while offering the ability to watermark shots and fantastic layering options.
The first thing that really grabs you about AfterShot 3 is not just how clean the layout of the program is but how responsive and
quick it is too. AfterShot feels really easy to use but boasts new correction tools to help fix chromatic aberration and lens distortion, and the presets included in the program are useful for making simpler edits to your pictures.
The layers panel is what really makes AfterShot feel so user-friendly though; while the editing tools themselves vary in terms of
how sophisticated they are, the layers panel breaks them down into far more manageable editing steps. The sliders within the program,that can help control everything from basic  adjustments to advanced exposure options,are also easy to use and of fantastic quality.
AfterShot is considerably cheaper than a lot of RAW processing programs on the market,and in all honesty, it does feel so. But while it does take a more simplistic approach than some of its rivals, it’s not without its marquee features that set it apart from others. It’s still quick and powerful and offers a lot to hobbyist photographers as well as professionals.AfterShot Pro

Powerful non-destructive photo editing

Apply adjustments exactly where you want them with unique Layers and Regions capabilities that isolate precise areas of your photo for adjustment.

Whether you’re shooting in RAW or JPEG, you can alter your photos using a wide variety of adjustment tools, including Crop, Straighten, Highlight Recovery, Noise Removal, Color, Temperature, Exposure, Highlights, Fill Light and more.

Easily make adjustments to multiple versions of your master photo without ever changing your original file. Make an unlimited number of versions of one image, with a wide variety of corrections and customizable presets, including Black & White, Cross Processing and more.

Create impressive photos with intense visual contrast using High Dynamic Range (HDR) tools. Combine multiple exposures to create a single, stunning HDR photo. Within the AfterShot HDR module, apply Smart Photo Fix, White Balance, Brightness/Contrast, Fill Light/Clarity, Local Tone Mapping, High Pass Sharpening, and Digital Noise Removal.

AfterShot Pro integrates well with Photoshop. With AfterShot Pro as your batch-photo processor and image manager, you can quickly process your RAW photos. Then, when you’re ready for more detailed editing, simply click the “Edit with External Editor” button to export in TIF directly to PhotoShop.Sort, organize and view all your photos in one place, quickly and easily with flexible file management options–no importing required.

source:dphotographer

AOC AGON AG271QX 27″impressive Gaming monitor-144Hz refresh rate

AOC AGON AG271QX-An impressive 2,560×1,440 gaming monitor, with a 144Hz refresh rate and good all-round performance.

The number of dedicated gaming monitors on the market continues to rise, and AOC’s new AGON line of monitors adds another fair few to the list. The TN-panelled AG271QX is the first we’ve seen from the range, and with its aggressive red and black design, it certainly looks the part of a serious gaming display. The specs suggest it has a lot to offer performance-wise, too. Running at 144Hz and 2,560×1,440, at £420 it’s simultaneously expensive for a 1440p screen and significantly cheaper than our current favourite 27in gaming monitor, the Acer Predator XB271HK – that does have a 4K resolution, but the AOC’s higher refresh rate (plus the fact that 1440p is less graphically demanding) makes it better suited to playing at high frame rates.AOC AGON AGQX

The AGON AG271QX is stacked with features, chief among them support for AMD FreeSync. When it’s hooked up to a compatible AMD graphics card, the AG271QX synchronises its refresh rate with the GPU’s output, greatly reducing screen tear for smoother gaming. What’s particularly good about the AGON AG271QX in this regard is its range – some FreeSync monitors can only engage FreeSync within a limited refresh rate range, so games running at lower frame rates don’t see the benefit. This monitor, however, has a Freesync range of 30-144Hz, so the effect works even at 30fps. That’s great if you’ve got a budget card or are playing a relatively demanding game. It’s also very well made, with a sturdy stand that offers full pivot, height and tilt adjustments, and it looks great, with a red and black theme and a matt-silver foot. The bezels are nice and thin as well. On the side is a handy fold-out arm, which can be used to hook your headphones on to the right-hand side of the monitor. You’ll find four USB3 ports at the rear, two to the right (one of which can be used to fast-charge your phone) and two beneath the screen. The monitor also has a pair of 3.5mm jacks for your mic and headphones, and video inputs include DisplayPort 1.2, DVI, VGA and a pair of HDMI sockets, one of which is MHL-compatible. Despite being part of the AGON gaming line, the monitor shares the same onscreen display (OSD) as other AOC monitors, and that’s a good thing: we’ve always found the AOC interface easy to use and feature-rich.AOC AGON AGQX

The AG271QX employs a 2,560×1,440 TN LCD panel, which means its viewing angles aren’t as fantastic as an IPS panel. On the plus side, its 1ms response time is impressive – more on this below. In our tests, the monitor achieved 96.5% sRGB colour gamut coverage, a great result for a TN panel that suggests it may have been calibrated in the factory. Speaking of colours, we found colour accuracy was impressive, too. With an average delta-E of 0.8, media editors and designers can be confident that what they see onscreen will be a close match to real-world printouts and broadcasts. Brightness is perfectly fine at 307cd/m2 in sRGB mode (it will go brighter, but this mode limits brightness to 90%) and we measured the contrast ratio at 1,078:1. The latter isn’t a bad result by any means, but it does lag behind VA panel monitors, which stretch out to 2,000:1 and beyond. If you’re used to gaming on such a screen, the colours might look a little washed out to you, despite the high colour accuracy and gamut coverage. Of course, the AGON AG271QX has one purpose – gaming – and at that, it’s very good indeed. When playing Counter Strike: Global Offensive, a twitchy shooter, we found the AG271QX to be extremely responsive, and its Low Input Lag mode does exactly as it says. The monitor’s already minimal response time can be reduced still further using overdrive, but we found that enabling the Strong Overdrive setting produced noticeable ghosting, which was unpleasant. Troublesome overdrive features seem to be a common theme with gaming monitors; even the much more expensive Asus ROG Swift PG27AQ  saw added image artefacts with it switched on.

If you’re not going to be gaming competitively, the Medium Overdrive setting provides that sweet spot of relatively low response time and little to no ghosting, and this, combined with an impressively sharp 1440p panel, means games look great. It’s safe to say that gaming is the AOC AGON AG271QX’s forte: it’s very responsive and offers low input lag. It’s ideal for those looking to upgrade from a Full HD 60Hz screen. Still, what’s impressive about this monitor is that – with the exception of its contrast and viewing angles – it’s strong across the board. It’s not only a great gaming screen but also a capable all-rounder, with accurate colours, fantastic build quality and design, plus a wide range of inputs and outputs.

author/source:Christopher Minasians computershopper

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Ambilight TV 4K HDR Philips 43PUS6401 with DVB T/C/T2/T2-HD/S/S2 tuner

The Philips 43PUS6401 doesn’t carry the UHD Premium badge the Samsung does, not least because it has a maximum
brightness of only 350 nits -a UHD Premium set needs at least 1000 nits-.
HDR is still technically possible on this set, but you’ll need to make sure you have the most recent firmware update.
Once you do, the PUS6401 will recognise an HDR source automatically and tweak its settings to suit, though annoyingly
Philips TVs still don’t support HDR on Netflix or Amazon content.

Philips 43PUS6401 have two-sided Ambilight, shining a little added light on proceedings. It’s easily toggled on or off from a dedicated menu button, but we enjoy it when watching movies (setting it to follow the on-screen picture works best for us). The solid white light option also proves handy for softer bias lighting, which is particularly useful because we find the PUS6401’s
panel to be quite reflective.Philips unique Ambilight technology makes your screen much wider—and your viewing experience more immersive—by emitting an extra wide glow from two-sides of your TV screen onto the surrounding wall.

Connectivity wise you’re fairly well covered, with four HDMIs (two support HDCP2.2), three USBs and single
component and analogue ins. There’s even a SCART for older connections and a single optical out for outputting your
TVs sound to a soundbar.Philips PUS

There’s wi-fi or ethernet for hooking up to your home network, and once you’re online, you’ll be able to access the
TV’s on-board Android TV system. It’s not our favourite user-interface by a long shot , but it is slowly improving.
With apps for Netflix and Amazon, it ticks many boxes. The ability to cast from portable devices helps, but Android
TV is still behind its rivals when it comes to choice.
Once set up, the Philips’ lack of brightness  is noticeable in its more subdued picture performance and colour palette.
On the whole, colours lack the same level of accuracy, with reds looking a touch orangey while blues and greens  are overly bold. It’s not unexpected at this level, but something we weren’t able to balance out with the regular settings.
Philips Quad Core processor meets the power of Android to deliver an exciting gaming experience. And with Android on your TV you’ll navigate, launch apps and play videos in a way that is super fast, super intuitive and super fun.

HDR pictures lack the punch in colour and brightness to really get the usual benefits of the technology across. You’ll
see a touch more subtlety and sparkle in highlights compared with regular SDR content, but it isn’t capable of hitting  home with the same intensity.It’s in dark scenes where the picture is most lacking, with the set not capable of deep enough blacks, nor shadow detail,to give a murky scene much impact.Philips PUS
Watching in a darkened room helps, but emphasises the rather poor backlight uniformity that can become noticeable
in darker scenes. The set ultimately lacks a good grip on contrast – introduce a bright element to a dark scene and it will
struggle to balance out the two. And outlines could be better etched.With no motion processing employed,fast-moving pans look a little unnatural.Setting the Philips Natural Motion settings to minimum helps.4K Blu-ray pictures will benefit the most from the capabilities of this set, but it struggles with darker scenes and, even with its price tag in mind, the overall lack of brightness takes the sparkle off a little.Compromise is the word here, and  there’s plenty of those to be made with this set. You may find saving up a touch more means fewer compromises where it really matters.
source:Philips  What hi-fi

Entry level D-SLR Camera Nikon D5600-REVIEW

The Nikon D5600 is an upgrade to the D5500,with new features such as SnapBridge connectivity enabled by NFC and
BlueTooth Low Energy, along with time-lapse video mode.
If you hide the model number from the cameras, both D5500 and D5600 look and feel identical. Constructed
with similar polycarbonate materials,finished with identical controls and screen, the exteriors have not changed
at all. Both have deep textured rubber grips too. The only give-away seems to be the yellowish piece within the
AF illuminator. The camera has a solid build quality and both the lens mount
and tripod receptacle are metal.Nikon D

The D5600 uses a 24.2 megapixel DX format (23.5 mm x 15.6 mm) CMOS sensor and EXPEED 4 image
processing engine. The camera autofocusses with AF-S, AF-P, and AF-I lenses. It uses Nikon Multi-CAM
4800DX autofocus sensor module employing TTL phase detection.The device uses 39 focus points
including 9 cross-type sensors. Lens servo option include Single-servo (AF-S), Continuous-servo (AF-C),
Auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A) and Manual focus (MF). AF Area mode provides options such as Singlepoint,
9, 21, 39- point dynamic-area AF, 3D-tracking and auto-area AF.LiveView uses Contrast-detect AF.
The D5600 makes use of an electronically-controlled vertical travel focal-plane shutter, providing
shutter speeds from 30 to 1/4000 seconds along with Bulb and Time modes. Metering is handled by a
TTL system using a 2016-pixel RGB sensor. Metering methods include Matrix, Centre-weighted and Spot.
Exposure can be compensated up to +/-5 EV in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV.Sensitivity ranges from ISO
100 to 25,600 in steps of 1/3 EV.Active D-Lighting provides options of Auto, Extra high, High, Normal,
Low and Off. Picture Control modes include Standard, Neutral, Vivid,Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape
and Flat.

Drive modes include S (single), CL (continuous low), CH (continuous
high), Q (quiet shutter) and Self-timer (along with interval timer). The camera
offers maximum continuous shooting of up to 5 fps for JPEG and 12-bit Raw
and up to 4 fps for 14-bit Raw. The selftime can be set to 2, 5, 10 or 20 sec for up to nine exposures. White Balance
options are Auto, Incandescent,Fluorescent (7 types), Direct sunlight,
Flash, Cloudy, Shade and Preset manual.Still images can be captured in NEF (Raw) or JPG format with a maximum
size of 6000 x 4000 pixels. Raw can be 12 or 14 bit. You can record both Raw and JPEG simultaneously. Videos can
be recorded in MOV format at the best quality of 1920 x 1080 at 60p, 50p, 30p,
25p or 24p. Shooting modes available are Auto, Program (P),Shutter-priority auto (S), Aperturepriority
auto (A), Manual (M), Scene and Special effects.

The camera provides HiSpeed USB interface with Micro-USB connector, Type C HDMI connector and
Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5mm). Wireless connectivity options are Wi-Fi, NFC and BlueTooth. The device is
powered by one EN-EL14a rechargeable Li-ion battery (supplied). The camera weighs 465g with battery
and memory card and has dimensions of 124 x 97 x 70 mm.Nikon D

The Nikon D5600 has a deep grip with a textured rubber lining, which allows for superior handling.The thumb
rest is also large and rubberised. There is only one command dial, which is accessible with your
thumb. All controls are well within reach.A fully articulated LCD expands the possibility to explore various
perspectives. The body is light and easy to carry around.
The camera reproduced noise-free images up to ISO 800, and the images were usable up to ISO 6400 at
reasonable enlargements. Auto White Balance reproduced images with trueto-life colours under natural light. Any
minimal cast produced under artificial light sources were easily removable in post processing.

It is clear that the Nikon D5600 is essentially a re-packaged version of the D5500.If you are looking for a new camera, the Nikon D5600 might interest you,but if you can compromise on Bluetooth and NFC, the D5500 will serve you well.

No. of Pixels: 24.2 million
Still Image format NEF ( Raw) : 12- or 14
bit, compressed JPEG (Raw+JPEG possible)
Image Sensor Type: DX format (23.5 x
15.6 mm)
Processor: EXPEED 4
Metering method: Matrix, Centreweighted,
Spot
Shooting modes: Auto, Program (P),
Shutter-priority auto (S), Aperture-priority
auto (A), Manual (M), Scene; special effects
modes (night vision; super vivid;
pop; photo illustration; toy camera effect;
miniature effect; selective color; silhouette;
high key; low key)
Scene modes: Portrait, Landscape, Child,
Sports, Close up, Night portrait, Night landscape,
Party/Indoor, Beach/Snow, Sunset,
Dusk/Dawn, Pet portrait, Candlelight, Blossom,
Autumn colours, Food
Memory card: SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHSI
compatible)
Max. Continuous Speed: 5 fps
Shutter speed: 30 to 1/4000sec
Video Recording Format: MOV
Best Video Quality: Full HD 1920 x 1080,
60 fps
AF Points: 39
Sensitivity: ISO 100 to 25,600
Focus Method: Phase/Contrast detect
Monitor: 3.2-inch, 1037k-dot vari-angle
touch screen
Wi-Fi: Yes
NFC: Yes
BlueTooth: Yes
GPS: No
Dimensions ( W x H x D) : 124 x 97 x 70 mm
Weight: 465g

source: smartphotography

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Low-cost Lens-SIGMA 70-300mm DG MACRO

Sigma’s 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG Macro is a compact telephoto zoom lens.

You certainly can’t accuse this Sigma lens of being overpriced, yet it boasts some clever tricks. Most notably, it has a ‘macro’ facility which is available via a switch on the lens barrel. This reduces the close-focusing range from 1.5m to just 0.95m
in the 200-300mm sector of the zoom range. Thus if you combine the longest zoom setting with the shortest focus
distance, you can get as much as 0.5x macro magnification.rsz sigma mm

Optical highlights include an SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass element to reduce colour fringing, and a nine-blade diaphragm that gives better-rounded apertures than the Canon lenses.

One unwelcome omission,shared by some of the other lenses on test, is the lack of an optical stabilizer. This makes
it very difficult to achieve consistently sharp handheld shots, especially when used on an APS-C format camera that
boosts the effective maximum focal length to 480mm. The basic electric motor that drives  the autofocus system is also
quite loud, and the manual focus ring rotates during autofocus, as is the case with
many of these lenses.SIGMA mm
Performance Lens-SIGMA 70-300mm DG MACRO
Aside from the noisy and somewhat sluggish autofocus system, overall performance is reasonable for such a low-cost
lens. Image quality is pretty average in most respects but,while sharpness is very good at the short end of the zoom
range, it drops off considerably at 300mm.

Lens Construction14 Elements in 10 Groups
Angle of View34.3º-8.2º
Number of Diaphragm Blades9
Mininum Aperturef22-f32
Minimum Focusing Distance150*(95) cm / 59.1*(37.4) in
Filter Size (mm)58mm
Maximum Magnifications1:4
Dimensions
(Diameter x Length)
76.6mm x 122mm / 3.0in. x 4.8in.
Extended Dimensions208.30 mm / 8.2 in
Weight545g / 19.2oz.
Corresponding Mounts
SigmaDG
NikonDG
CanonDG
Sony/MinoltaDG
PentaxDG

Source: sigma , digitalcameraworld

New Honda Civic 2017-family hatchback with new petrol engines

Civic 2017- Reinvented family hatchback gets new petrol engines and less distinctive styling.

Of the Civic’s three available engines, two are new. These are the entry-level 127bhp 1.0-litre and  the 180bhp 1.5-litre turbocharged petrols. The latter should be the more popular of the two, and it’s the one we’re testing here. The 1.6-litre
diesel engine is the only major part carried over from the old Civic. Despite the adventurous styling of
the past two Civics, the car carved  out a reputation for reliability,simple quality and outstanding practicality. So, while Honda says it’s targeting younger buyers than before with this new model, it certainly hasn’t thrown the baby
boomer out with the bathwater.Even in Sport trim, which we’re testing here, the Civic is smooth and relaxed to drive. The 1.5-litre  engine is quiet in normal driving,but is nicely potent, with a punchy,modern-feeling power delivery that
no petrol Civic has offered before.Some rivals’ similarly-sized turbo engines feel stronger, but the Civic’s is nicely smooth and predictable unless you really work it hard.honda civic
However, the car’s strongest point is its ride. It has new, more  sophisticated suspension, and its body is 50% more rigid. Together,these mean the Civic now handles much more precisely without compromising on ride comfort.
Large bumps in the road no longer knock the car about like they used to, and it’s easy to hold it exactly where you intend to on the road.
This is helped by the steering,which is direct and nicely weighted,while the car has plenty of grip and little body roll in corners.

The biggest change inside is the absence of the incredibly practical ‘magic’ rear seats that were in the past two Civics; these folded like cinema seats, allowing you to carry bulky items in the rear foot wells.
These seats were possible because of the unusual positioning of the Civic’s fuel tank, but now Honda has
conventionally placed it just ahead of the rear wheels. The upside to this, though, is that the driver’s seat
is now lower, giving a better driving position and more head room.The Civic’s boot is still near-class leading, but it’s a shame it hasn’t grown, given the car’s increased size. Still, at 478 litres with the rear seats up it roundly beats the A3
Sportback’s 380 litres.Honda says the A3 was its target for the Civic on interior quality, but it’s missed the mark here. Although
everything is robust and well built,the materials are an inconsistent mix of soft-touch and hard plastics,and in general the interior ambience is dark, dull and plasticky.
Higher trim levels get a new Honda Connect 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system with the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
smartphone mirroring apps.However, it’s fairly unresponsive and tricky to navigate, and the Garmin sat-nav just isn’t up to
scratch for a car in this price range.honda civic

Prices and specs are still to be confirmed, so it’s hard to say how recommendable the new Honda Civic will be compared with its rivals.
However, those who’ll miss the old car’s ingenious rear seating and unconventional styling will likely be outnumbered by those who disliked its looks, meek, naturally aspirated petrol engines and frustratingly archaic infotainment,
and all those have been improved.However, while the new Civic is now a more realistic and credible alternative, it’s still not good enough to trump the class leaders.

  • 180-hp, 1.5-Liter, Turbocharged and Intercooled DOHC 4-Cylinder Engine with Direct Injection
  • Fog Lights
  • Textured Aluminium Pedals
  • Underbody Spoiler Kit
  • Dual-Mode Paddle Shifters (CVT model)
  • 18-Inch Alloy Wheels
  • Center Outlet Dual Exhaust System
  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Leather-Wrapped Shift Knob
    (Honda Sensing Suite Not Available on Sport)
  • Torque 177lb ft
    Doors 5
    Seats 5
    On sale March 2017

source:whatcar photo:Honda

GFX 50S New mirrorless digital format camera by Fujifilm

The retro designed Fujifilm GFX 50S carries much more than a passing similarity to stablemates in
the XT series.
The wraps are off Fujifilm’s new mirrorless digital medium format camera system and it
looks set to revolutionize the type with its dimension,functions and price.

A lot of options here beginning with JPEGs at three compression levels and two image sizes.
Max image size is 8256×6192 pixels and there’s a total of seven aspect ratios – 4:3, 3:2,
16:9, 1:1, 5:4, 7:6 and 65:24 . RAW files are captured with 14-bit RGB colour (RAF format) and there’s the
option of RAW+JPEG recording. RAW files are automatically captured with 12 MP thumbnail JPEGs.In-camera RAW-toTIFF
conversion.
Structured on a 256-zone metering system (from the imaging sensor) with multi-pattern, centre-weighted
standard,fully averaged and spot measurements.Program,aperture/shutter-priority auto and manual control
modes. Up to +/-5.0EV compensation and auto bracketing over two, three,five, seven or nine frames
at up to +/-3.0 EV/frame.FUJIFILM GFX S

Huge 8.1 cm LCD panel adopts the three-way tilt adjustments introduced with the X-T2 plus there’s
adjustments for brightness and colour balance.Image can be enlarged by up to 16.7x to support with
focusing. Resolution is 2.36 mega-dots and touchscreen controllability extends to Touch AF tap-to-focus.

Innovative NP-T125 lithium-ion pack is good for 400 exposures according to Fujifilm.The optional
VG-GFX1 vertical grip holds an additional battery pack and
can be used for re-charging.

3 GF Series lenses are available immediately,additional three by the end of 2017. Given
Fujifilm’s track record with the XF lenses, there’ll be more in 2018 with a longer telephoto possibly heading
the list. All the GF lenses are all weather-proofed.Current line-up is a 63mm f2.8 standard prime (equivalent to
50mm), 32-64mm f4.0 zoom (25-51mm) and a 120mm f4.0 macro lens (95mm). On the way is a 23mm f4.0 ultra-wide
(18mm), a 45mm f2.8 wideangle (36mm) and a 110mm f2.0 short telephoto (87mm).

The world’s first focal plane shutter especially designed for a digital medium format mirrorless camera
Speed range is 60 minutes to 1/4000 second with flash sync up to 1/125 second. Rated up to
150,000 cycles.There is also an electronic first curtain shutter to minimize vibrations
or a fully-silent sensor-based shutter which extends the top speed to 1/16,000 second and
eliminates all vibration.FUJIFILM GFX S
Exceptional level of photographic image quality,made by the integration of
a big 43.8 x 32.9mm optimised CMOS sensor and image design technology.

Source:Fujifilm

Philips OLED technology TV 55P OS901F/12-Fantastic!

Right from the off this 55in TV tickles you in all the right places. Its bodywork looks crisp and clean with slender lines and a bold, metallic finish. The gleaming soundbar hanging from its bottom edge promises better audio quality than you’d generally expect from a super-slim display, while the blade-like table-top legs do their best not to upset your Feng Shui. This being a Philips-branded TV, there’s the small matter of Ambilight to consider. This finds bold halos of colour radiating from the left, right and top edges of the bezel, via in-built LEDs. This can both make long-term viewing more relaxing on the eyes and increase your sense of immersion in what you’re watching. Do, however, restrict Ambilight’s brightness to around level two or three, and don’t set it to react too aggressively to changes in the image content or you’ll get an attention-grabbing light show. The Philips 55POS901F is well equipped with connections, including four HDMIs (all capable of 4K HDR at 60fps) and three USBs. The bulk of Philips’ online content options come courtesy of the Marshmallow version of Google’s Android TV platform, backed up by a smaller collection of apps housed under Philips’ own proprietary smart TV system.

The Philips app collection is integrated fairly neatly into the Android TV home page. Of the latter, I’d still prefer greater opportunity for customisation and a better sense of presentation priority. But I’ve been saying that for ages and Google isn’t listening. BBC iPlayer is the only one of the UK’s main catch-up TV services supported by the TV’s smart system. And, at the time of writing, the Amazon app only supports 4K, not HDR. The Netflix client, however, is fully up to 4K and HDR speed. Almost. The 55POS901F doesn’t join LG’s OLED TVs in supporting Dolby Vision HDR, a format that’s now available on both Netflix and Amazon, and will be supported by Philips’ own 4K BD players. Philips has, however, confirmed that the TV will be upgradable to support the Hybrid Log-Gamma format in the future. Bear that in mind if you’re shopping for a TV to cover all bases. The TV is supplied with a double-sided remote control – the back panel houses a QWERTY keyboard to make it easier to enter text into video apps, etc. It also has a centralised touchpad and voice search function. Philips says that the TV will display an onscreen message when the remote’s batteries are low.PhilipsPOSF

The Perfect Pixel Ultra HD processing engine driving the 55POS901F is Philips’ most powerful, featuring elements aimed at boosting contrast, colour, motion clarity, detail… every aspect of picture quality, basically. This may alarm the sort of AV enthusiast who prefers pictures to be tinkered with as little as possible on their journey from source to screen. However, powerful processing – when applied sensibly – certainly can improve image quality. This is a fact borne out by the Movie picture preset available here. This deactivates most of the processing engine elements, and delivers pictures that look less convincing and enjoyable than tweaked versions of some of the other presets. You need to pick your way through the features of Perfect Pixel Ultra HD and activate/deactivate to suit your tastes. For instance, I’d recommend turning off all noise reduction for 4K viewing, and only use the other processing options (especially the one that handles motion clarity) on their lowest power settings. At least Philips gives you the tools to make these corrections, though – and the result of your up-front tweaking efforts is some majestically good picture quality. The TV greets you with that familiar OLED impact when it comes to black level response. The shots of space around the Enterprise in the Star Trek: Beyond 4K Blu-ray feature black colours delivered with exquisite depth and naturalism. There’s not a hint of grey, nor any evidence of the sort of backlight clouding or striping around bright objects you would expect to see with an LED/LCD screen.

SPECIFICATIONS–3D: No 4K: Yes. 3,840 x 2,160 resolution HDR: Yes. HDR 10 TUNER: Yes. Freeview HD; satellite HD CONNECTIONS: 4 x HDMI inputs; 3 x USB inputs; Ethernet port; headphone jack; RF input; digital audio output SOUND: 30W BRIGHTNESS (CLAIMED): N/A CONTRAST RATIO (CLAIMED): N/A DIMENSIONS (OFF STAND): 1,228.6(w) x 751.9(h) x 49.4(d)mm WEIGHT (OFF STAND): 17.42kg FEATURES: Built-in Wi-Fi; USB multimedia playback; DLNA multimedia playback; Perfect Pixel Ultra HD processing engine; 3-sided Ambilight; Ultra Resolution; Perfect Natural Motion; Micro Dimming Premium; YouTube, Netflix, Amazon and BBC iPlayer apps; Android TV; USB recording/pause live TV; QWERTY keyboard on supplied remote; HDCP 2.2 on all four HDMI inputs

Clarity and sharpness are other strengths, and here Philips’ Ultra Resolution feature pays dividends. Activate this and you’ll see both native 4K and, especially, upscaled HD pictures looking markedly more detailed and crisp than they do on LG’s OLEDs. Sully’s New York landscape shots look so detailed, in fact, that they sometimes feel like they’ve crept beyond 4K. You need to reduce the Ultra Resolution sharpness setting a notch or two from its default position, though, or your eyeball enjoyment will suffer from noise and stressy edges. The 55POS901F proves excellent at motion handling. Even without motion smoothing in play, camera pans and fast-moving objects are crisp and free from judder. Use the lowest setting of Philips’ Perfect Natural Motion system and you can remove almost all judder without causing many unwanted side effects, or creating soap opera-style fl uid visuals. Although for some, one artefact is one too many. Philips’ in-built 30W speaker array sounds considerably better than the squawkers often used in super-thin TVs. The forward-facing soundbar delivers strong levels of clarity and attack in Star Trek: Beyond when the Enterprise takes on the baddies with the help of The Beastie Boys’ Sabotage, combining plenty of detail and punch with smooth, always intelligible vocals. A rear-mounted bass driver provides a decent amount of low-end heft, too, and none of the speakers succumb to distortion or crackling unless they’re driven to volumes well beyond anything likely to be comfortable for most rooms.

With all types of content, this Philips set is routinely brilliant, and – as mentioned – more accomplished when it comes to the fi ner points of image quality than previous OLED models. But there are areas where it’s not as impressive, of which potential buyers should be aware. Firstly, brightness is limited in comparison to incoming rivals – the newer OLED panels in LG’s 2017 range should push nearer to 800 nits, while LED-lit LCD TVs are marching on into the high 1,000s. As I cover in the feature on p20, this makes the Philips 55POS901F relatively limited in the amount of colour volume it can deliver. I was also slightly disappointed that the lowest input lag measurement I could get from the TV was 55ms. This isn’t disastrously high, but is nearly double what competitive gamers would like to see. Nor does this set cater for those with 3D Blu-ray collections. In keeping with Philips’ strategy with LCD TVs, 3D has been jettisoned. It’s also worth pointing out that you can get LG’s OLED55E6 for around £2,500 these days, saving you £300 on the launch price of this Philips. That model is also confi rmed to be getting HLG support to compliment its existing Dolby Vision and 3D playback talents, and uses the funkier WebOS user interface. Even judged purely on its performance, though, Philips’ OLED debut seems more than worthy of its £2,800 ticket, and is a great way to kick off the next stage of the OLED revolution.

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