Review: Motorola Moto Z Play With Hasselblad True Zoom

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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.

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Review: Canon 80D

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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.

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How I’m Learning to Avoid Editing Photos on My Computer

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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.

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No Photographer Should Underestimate the Power of Printing

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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.

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How to Conserve the Battery Life of Your Mirrorless Camera

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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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How to Photograph an LCD Screen When Using a Flash

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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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Review: Nokia Lumia 925

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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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Samsung’s Galaxy Mega is Basically The S4 But Slightly More Mega

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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.