Polaroid Zip Instant Mobile Printer Review

1943 was the year when Polaroid had revolutionized the field of photography when it launched the first instant camera. The company has not stopped from making such bold steps in the industry and earlier this year, they have launched another product that presents the same experience that is utterly inclined with today’s trends.  The Polaroid Zip Instant Mobile Printer renders instantaneous printing in a small, phone-sized device. This device simple allows the users to print out photos from their devices using either Bluetooth or NFC technology. Read more about this device in this Polaroid Zip Instant Mobile Printer Review.

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The Polaroid Zip Instant Mobile Printer is simply a stand-alone, mobile photo printer that allows you to immediately print out 2 by 3 inch border-less color photos, directly from your mobile devices. Unlike the Fujifilm Instax cameras, the user need not to wait for the photos to get developed. Aside from that, the photo paper used for printing is cheaper too and it also does not need those messy ink or ribbons for printing.

What are the best features of this Mobile Photo Printer?

The Polaroid Zip Instant Mobile Printer is only as small as your smart phone or more appropriately more like an external hard drive – thus making it ultimately portable. It approximately measures 2.91 by 4.72 inches and weighs about 186 grams or 0.41 lbs. It has its own rechargeable 500mAh lithium polymer battery which is capable of printing up to 25 sheets with an hour and a half charging time. Printing quality is quite decent and does not come close to inkjet photo printers however this product is not a direct competition for those kind of printers. This printer also showcases a free App for both Android and iOS users where you can make basic photo ID cards or create mini collages or even a vision board – thus enhancing photo printing and user’s artistic abilities.

A feature that takes this printer to another level and makes it noticeable in the market is the fact that is uses the groundbreaking ink-free Zero Ink Printing technology which was actually industrialized by ZINK imaging. Now, how does this printing system works? The main approach lies on the branded ZINK Paper. These specially-made photo papers are embedded with dye crystals (cyan, yellow and magenta) along with a shielding-polymer coating. With the use of heat, ZINK-enabled Printer then activates and makes colors with these crystals. The procedure then brings full-color, great quality, enduring and smudge resistant images without the use of pesky and messy ink cartridges, ribbons or toners.

PROS

  • Small and lightweight, ultra-portable (fits your pocket)
  • Direct printing from mobile devices with Bluetooth and NFC technology
  • Fast printing (less than a minute)
  • No Ink, No Toner, No Ribbons needed for printing (less messy)
  • Makes smudge-proof photos and stickers
  • Rechargeable 500mAh Lithium battery charges for 1.5 hours (capable of approx. 25 prints)
  • Easy to use (one single button – turning on the device)
  • Comes with a very useful App with lots of editing features
  • Sheets of Photo Paper used for this device are not as expensive as Fujifilm Instax

CONS

  • Not the best printing quality
  • Can only print on 2 x 3 inch size photo paper (Zink Paper)

If printing quality is a big issue, this is not the best photo printer as  other printers like Canon Selphy printers create better resolutions and bigger images. However, for a mobile printer with this size and portability, by far as of the moment nothing comes close to its functionality if we are to compare this printer with other printers of the same class.  As from this writing this product has a full 5 Star rating form Amazon.

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DJI Phantom 2 with Zenmuse H3-3d 3-axis Gimbal Review

The DJI Phantom 2 with Zenmuse H3-3d 3-axis Gimbal is indeed a must have for film makers, adventure junkies or those who are in to aerial photography. The Phantom 2 Quadcopter is impeccably engineered to provide a great aerial platform for creating a steady video with your GoPro HERO3 or HERO3+ camera. This device is the second generation Phantom quad-rotor RC helicopter from DJI and it has a larger battery as well as a much enhanced prop design, and flying time. DJI’s upgrades of this device made it sure that it will be much more appealing to a wider variety of users, which includes RC aircraft hobbyists who want to make a recording of their flights, videographers and photographers looking to take their camera into a whole new era of shooting possibilities. Know more about this devices through this DJI Phantom 2 with Zenmuse H3-3d 3-axis Gimbal Review.

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This device is incredibly small, and lightweight yet delivers a stunning professional performance – making it more ideal for essentially everything from extreme sports to making spectacular films. With the upgrades, the battery now lasts to up to 25 minutes as compared to the older model that has around 14 minutes of aerial time.

What are the best features of this 3-axis Gimbal aerial platform?

The Zenmuse H3-3D 3-axis gimbal is a motor-powered stabilizer that is used to mount your GoPro HERO3 or HERO3+ action camera that inevitably depletes the vibrations that came from the the rotors thus giving you the the smoothest possible aerial video. Also, the camera tilts between -130 to +50° with a precision of ±0.08°, which keeps the GoPro camera tilted in a constant position no matter what angle the Phantom 2 is on, granting you a smooth and shake-free footage. This “ready-to-fly” edition of the Phantom 2 Quadcopter is equipped with a 6-channel, 2.4 GHz transmitter which is already pre-bound with the aircraft. It highlights an operational range that goes for up to 3,280′ line-of-sight, depending on climate or weather conditions.

The H3-3D gimbal is powered by identical advanced algorithms, accurate sensors and brushless motor designs that are utilized in professional Zenmuse gimbals, making it remarkably stable. Thanks to its independent high-precision Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) users will get precise attitude information and well-defined control. It also uses intelligent long lasting, high capacity, high performance 5200mAh Lithium Polymer battery with a span of up to 25 minutes of flight time. The same battery feautes built in intelligence that offers battery capacity data, over charge/discharge protection, as well as maintenance cues making the battery extremely dependable and safe.

PROS

  • Small and lightweight
  • Easy to assemble
  • Delivers smooth and stabilized Shooting with your GoPro HERO3/3+
  • Transmitter inlcuded: 6-channel, 2.4 GHz Radio Transmitter
  • Up to 3,280′ Line-of-Sight Radio Range
  • 3-Axis Brushless Gimbal Stabilizes GoPro
  • Uses Naza-M V2 Flight Control System
  • GPS-Based Autopilot with Return to Home
  • Intelligent Orientation Control (IOC)
  • Supports Dual Flight Control Modes
  • LED Indicators & Low Voltage Protection
  • Self-Tightening Prop Design

CONS

  • Does not offer a complete first-person view (FPV) experience unless you would add a wireless video transmitter
  • New battery design cannot be charged with all-purpose balance chargers

Word of Caution: Do not use the DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter with your GoPro camera when both devices have their Wi-Fi systems turned on. The DJI Phantom’s Wi-Fi and the GoPro camera’s Wi-Fi run on the same frequency, using them together when both Wi-Fi systems are engaged will make the the DJI Phantom’s transmitter lose the ability to communicate with the DJI Phantom Quadcopter. If this happens, you will not be able to tell the Phantom where to fly. This may result in loss of property or damage to your equipment.

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PAPAGO P1 Pro Dashcam Review

Upon its entry to the US market last year (2013), PAPAGO! has made quite a head-turn especially with their pioneered dashcam products like the PAPAGO P1 Pro Dashcam, which is a product that will not fail to be your witness on those unforeseen occurrences on the road. This car dashcam has a 130-degree wide viewing angle and most impressively records in Full HD. Although this device is not the latest amongst its products (P3, P2Pro are the latest models), its features has gained its merit and popularity in Russia, China, Singapore, and Japan. Know more about this device through this PAPAGO P1 Pro Dashcam Review.

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Thanks to its Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) function and 3.5 mega pixels CMOS sensor, this dashcam records a better quality video even in situations where there is poor lighting. It offers many safe driving alerts as well as temperature protection. It also has an HDMI output for an easy HDTV playback.

What are the best features of this In-car Dashcam?

The PAPAGO P1 Pro Dashcam has the dimensions of 3.75″ x 2.50″ x 2.40″ and it weighs around 0.25 lbs. It has a glossy white finish and a 2.4” LCD panel with 320×240 pixels resolution display. The best part that makes this device ahead of the other dashcams in the market are its safety features. These safety features are the Stop and Go Alert that tells you to go when the front vehicle has moved, a light reminder that will tell you to turn on the headlights when driving in the dark, and lastly a driver fatigue alert at which a timer can be set to remind the driver to rest after a specified hours of driving. All these three features can only be found in PAPAGO! driving recorder series products.

The recording features of the P1 Pro will make you like this dashcam even more. Aside from its auto-recording feature that allows non-stop loop recording upon turning the device on, there is also a G-sensor that instinctively backs up the video to prevent overwriting on the files in situations where there are unexpected force to the driving recorder. The temperature sensor also makes sure that the device is protected for high and low changes of the temperature in the environment.

PROS

  • Compact and lightweight design
  • 2.4″ LCD display for viewing from driver’s side
  • Uses Aptina 3.5 Mege-Pixel Image Sensor for clearer images
  • 130 Degree Wide Viewing Angle field of view
  • Records Full HD 1080P high resolution video 30 in frames per second
  • Diagonal WDR (Wide Dynamic Range) technology creates clear and balanced videos
  • Snapshot Feature can take still photos
  • HDMI output is available for HDTV playback
  • Can be mounted in the car’s windshield or dashboard
  • Loop recording allows old file to be replaced automatically with new files
  • Car safety features: Stop and Go, Driver Fatigue Alarm, Lighting Reminder
  • Protects the device on low and high temperatures
  • Can extend external storage to a 32GB SD Card HC

CONS

  • No GPS capability (but this feature is available in Papago! P2 Pro Dashcam)
  • Does not have the best resolution on its LCD display but nonetheless give out quality HD videos on playback.

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Canon VIXIA HF R500 Digital Camcorder Review

Last January of this year, Canon announced their release of their revitalized VIXIA HF R-Series lineup of camcorders. The Canon VIXIA HF R500 Digital Camcorder is one of these new products in the line-up. This video recording device records Full HD with 1920 x 1080p resolution straight from a removable memory card. Know more about this camcorder through this Canon VIXIA HF R500 Digital Camcorder Review.

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This digital camcorder boasts on its top class quality images along with its easy and convenient shooting capabilities. Thanks to its  3.28 Megapixel Full HD CMOS Image Sensor and DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor, this device is able to capture exceptionally striking and realistic 1920 x 1080 on 60 frames per second in Full HD video.

What are the best features of this Digital Camcorder?

The Canon VIXIA HF R500 Digital Camcorder is a compact camera that weighs approximately 10.1 ounces including its BP-718 battery, memory card and grip belt. From its size and weight, it makes it very convenient to bring it along wherever you go. It features a 57x Advanced Zoom that marked the upgrade from previous the model. Users will certainly experience enhanced the image quality along with its dual function capabilities with live streaming and high-quality remote monitoring. It also has a SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization, and a three-inch capacity touch panel LCD on a fast and intuitive interface.

The SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization is a really useful feature of the Canon VIXIA HF R500. What it does is that it corrects camera shakes almost instantly, which makes it very ideal for those who does not have steady hands (more likely not a pro). Hence, even if a handheld video is taken at long focal lengths it will appear to be sharp and steady. This Dynamic Image Stabilization system of this camcorder stabilizes rotational camera shake where the entire zoom range will also be continuously adjusted, making corrections to a broad range of motion.

PROS

  • Lightweight and small (easy to bring when traveling)
  • Capacitive 3″ LCD Touch Panel Display
  • DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor
  • Canon 3.28MP Full HD CMOS Sensor
  • Supports AVCHD & MP4 Recording Formats
  • Advanced Baby Mode
  • 57x Advanced Zoom
  • Records up to 1920 x 1080 in 60 fps HD Video
  • Intelligent IS with Four Shooting Modes
  • SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization
  • Smart AUTO & Audio Scene Select
  • With SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card Slot
  • With microphone input and headphone jack (also with HDMI, USB and A/V terminal)
  • High-capacity battery pack (BP-718)

CONS

  • No Built-in Light/Flash
  • No Wi-Fi capability

The best feature of the Canon VIXIA HF R500 Digital Camcorder would be its ability to control the horizontal, vertical and roll axis rotational camera shakes. This enables any user to get a smooth and distortion-free video – even when you’re walking while shooting.

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Jumbl High-Resolution 14MP Scanner/Digitizer Review

Another handy device that helps you in organizing your old films and slides is the Jumbl High-Resolution 14MP Scanner/Digitizer.  This device showcases a compelling sensor and flawlessly converts 35mm negatives & slides to 14-megapixel digital images. Read more from this Jumbl High-Resolution 14MP Scanner/Digitizer Review to know more about this device.

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With this digitizing device, you have the option to do a 14-megapixel scan or have the built-in software to enable an interpolation of the image which impressively increases the quality of the photo to up to 22 megapixels.

What are the best features of this scanner/digitizer?

The Jumbl High-Resolution 14MP Scanner/Digitizer has a small and compact design yet despite its small size, this device will be able to scan and transform your lovely old memories and sweet moments from negatives and slides into sharp, vibrant and crisp digital images in JPEG format. These images can also be viewed on your TV, your computer or even from your mobile devices or better yet, have it printed out as regular photos.

All there is that’s needed to be done for the scanning and digitizing your films and slides comes right out of the box in this device. That being said, it will not need a connection to a computer to do its job. It is very easy and straightforward to operate too! All you you have to do is simply load the film or slide onto the negatives or positives holder. Then follow the included instructions to slide the holder into place, and press the “Scan” button when ready – and it’s done! The images will then be converted and saved to the internal memory or an optional SD card.

PROS

  • Small and compact (3.4 x 3.4 x 4 inches; 8.8 ounces)
  • With 2.4-inch color LCD screen will display your digitized image
  • Comes with a jack for viewing of images on the TV
  • Easy to operate right out of the box
  • Great in converting 35mm Negatives & Slides to 14-megapixel digital images
  • Built-in software interpolation is capable to improve images to up to 22 megapixels
  • Compatible to both Mac and PC
  • Capable to saves scans in its internal memory or Optional SD/SDHC memory card
  • Provides standalone film and slide digitization, One-Button operation
  • Computer/Software Required
  • USB connection makes transferring photos extremely easy

CONS

  • Can only convert images, not videos
  • Limited type of negatives to convert (only for 35mm and slides)
  • Has inlcuded 128MB internal memory but needs a computer when transfering the slides on it to another host if you want to use the internal memory

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Jumbl High-Resolution 14MP Scanner/Digitizer – Converts 35mm Negatives & Slides to 14- or 22-Megapixel Digital JPEGs Using Built-In Software Interpolation – No Computer/Software Required to Operate – Features 2.4″ Color LCD & TV Out