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Chris Gampat the Phoblographer Sony A7s product images (3 of 8)ISO 4001-80 sec at f - 5.6

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.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Nokia Lumia 925 review product photos (1 of 9)ISO 2001-80 sec at f - 2.5

One of the toughest things to photograph at times can be an LED or LCD screen when a product is turned on. The reason for this because of reflections that could get caught in the screen or the fact that the viewer won’t be able to see very many details. In order to capture a screen while using a flash though, you’ll need to be able to strategically place your light and have a bit of knowledge about shutter speeds.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Nokia Lumia 925 review product photos (1 of 9)ISO 2001-80 sec at f - 2.5

Nokia’s Lumia 925 has been in our hands for a little while now, and when to comes down to just pure photography–this is the best damned phone you can probably get your hands on for a budget price. It also has a solid build quality and excellent LCD screen, but for what it’s worth, the phone also runs on the operating system that is behind the rest: Windows Phone. This results in a major disconnect if you’re coming from an Android phone or iOS device. But if you’re not tethered to either of those, the Lumia 925 is a nice option.

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When we reviewed the Samsung Galaxy S4, we fell in love with its beautiful display, super fast functionality and the way it felt. But Samsung though to themselves that they needed to go bigger with the new Samsung Galaxy Mega. The Mega has a 720×1280 6.3 inch display and has lots of the features that the S4 has such as Air View, Multitasking windows, Easy Mode for the iPhone user that crossed over to the dark side and more. And by the way, that screen won awards for being able to display 97% of the AdobeRGB Color Gamut.

It still has the same 8MP camera that the S4 has as well–which completely blew our minds.

But at the same time, even we have to admit that taking a picture with this thing might be like holding up an iPad Mini to take photos–let alone holding up to your ear to make a call. However, we have yet to fondle one–but phablets and tablets can both feel that way.

The Galaxy Mega comes in Nova Black and Polaris White color options and will be available beginning this month. AT&T, Sprint and US Cellular will carry the device – each carrier will announce their specific availability, colors and timing.


Who ever thought that a phone’s display could be so bad ass? We stated in our review that the Galaxy S4’s screen was really good, but now it has received an award. The 4.9 inch AMOLED screen can display 97% of the Adobe RGB color gamut–which means that it is potentially darned good for a reference monitor when it comes to printing. The only thing is that it needs to be calibrated–but if you can figure out a way to do this then you can use it to be able to print photos for your clients on the spot if you have a mobile printer with you.

This is quite interesting as the mobile phone is very centered around internet use, and so we wonder what its sRGB gamut output is.

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It’s been rumored for a while now, and guess what–it appears that the rumors were true. When I walked into my meeting with Olympus and saw the fabled EP5, I immediately asked them to take my credit card away from me. Today’s announcement marks the upgrade to the top tier of the Olympus Pen line of cameras. And in some ways it is outdoing its bigger brother, the Olympus OMD EM5. This is very typical of Olympus, though, as they often tend to cannibalize their own products very quickly and in different ways.

With that said though, there are some differentiating factors between this and the current king: the OMD.

Editor’s Note: The EP5 is available body only for $999.99 in black, silver and white or with the 17mm f1.8 and new VF-4 viewfinder for $1,449.00 in black or silver.

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