Today, Sony is announcing their brand new Sony a9 camera that has been rumored for a really, really long time now. We’re currently live at the announcement and so more details are coming in. Stay tuned!
If you’re a Sony camera user, then I’m positive you’re aware of how terrible the Sony camera battery life is at any given point. Surely, it’s nothing like a DSLR or any of the other mirrorless camera manufacturers. No matter what though, Sony’s battery life has never been that stellar. The joke is that you buy one camera, one lens and five batteries. But over the past couple of years of being a Sony a7 camera user, I’ve found ways to incrementally tweak and get more out of the battery. Earlier this month, I was able to get around four days out of it and I repeated that all over again this past weekend.
So here’s how I did it.
Sony camera users have known for a long time that the battery life on their cameras tends to be pretty bad overall. This is especially the case with their mirrorless camera lineup. If you’re using your Sony camera professionally, you’re going to need to bring a lot of batteries with you to a gig if it’s a day long event. But if it’s a quicker gig, then it does the job.
Of course, there are many things you can do to get just a bit more juice out of your camera.
When you look at the state of camera phones today, you’ll find loads of interesting options out there–and today the Motorola Moto Z Play & Hasselblad True Zoom phone are yet another option available that’s trying to really stand out from all the rest. It seeks to appeal to a person’s specific interests by allowing various peripherals to be connected to the phone; and with the case of the Hasselblad True Zoom peripheral, you have a 10x optical zoom with a camera, a zoom rocker, and a shutter button that work pretty well. Indeed, it makes a load of sense and truly embodies the evolution of the point and shoot camera.
At the same time though, it has its share of problems that Motorola promises will be fixed very soon.
While the name can often confused when verbally addressed, the Canon 80D is a camera targeted highly at the semi-professional market of photographers. It’s a step above their Rebel DSLRs but below the 7D Mk II flagship camera in the APS-C realm. However, it has features that lots of the lower end crowd may really like.
To be very honest, there are lots of things about the 80D that make it my favorite that Canon has put out in a while. But on the other hand, there are things about it that make me wonder what the heck they were thinking.
It seems like Apple and the entire web are trying to move photographers towards editing and working off of tablets. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing; but we all know that RAW files are how you can get the most out of the images that you shoot. For what it’s worth though, editing a JPEG is also a very viable option that many photographers do when trying to quickly promote something or get the news out there about something specific.
In the past two years in fact, Iv’e found myself wanting to sit and edit less and less–instead opting to work on the files on my phone or tablet.
While most people view images online or behind screens these days, the idea that the printed image can still have an effect on someone is synonymous to the idea of many simulated experiences as opposed to in-person events. One big example: the cinematic experience of surround sound and a giant screen vs being inside to Netflix and chill.
For years now, printing has diminished with the emphasis on the digital image and viewing photos online vs in person. Generally, it was also just bigger during the film days. Think of it this way: print magazines have seen a major decline as folks have stopped reading them and instead reading content online.
But printing an image is a different experience, and as photography is part of the cultural arts, there is no good reason why any photographer should undervalue what a solid, powerful print can do for them.
If you’re a mirrorless camera user, then you most likely know that your battery life in’t the greatest. There are many reasons for this–and much of it is owed to the natural designs of the cameras in how they function. For years, there have been ways to prevent the juice from draining so quickly from your device. And for the most part, much of that advice still applies. But there are even more methods that you can do with your camera that will help its battery life last much longer.
Here are some ways to make your battery life last longer based on a recent outing where I needed to tweak a mirrorless camera to get at least eight hours of battery life from it.