The Playstation took the gaming world by storm when it was first released in Japan on December 3rd, 1994. 20 years later they revolutionized the gaming world again with the amazing Playstation 4 system. To celebrate the iconic system’s 20 year run, Sony revealed today the 20th anniversary edition PS4 which pays homage to the original system.
With most smartphones constantly improving their cameras, you would think buying an actual camera is almost an after-thought, but that hasn’t been the case. If anything it seems like camera phones are making everyone into budding photographers and camera companies are constantly updating their designs to stay ahead of the smartphone makers and make them easier to use. Here are our list of some options to snap up.
Nikon 1 AW1 – $800
One of the reasons why cameras still can’t be replaced by smartphones with cameras is durability. Nikon has combined equal parts of toughness and sexiness and given us the Michelle Rodriguez of cameras, the Nikon 1 AW1. The AW1 is waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof and comes with in a silver silicone frame making it the perfect companion anywhere you plan on shooting. The camera itself can shoot up to 60 frames per second in fixed focus and extras like GPS and an electronic compass will make sure your trips end happily.
Samsung Galaxy NX – $1700
As Smartphones camera enthusiasts look to step up to real cameras the move might be a little daunting. But, the guys at Samsung have got you covered. The Galaxy NX gives you a real camera experience but with the familiarity of an Android smartphone interface. The camera comes with tutorials to help you get acclimated with settings, frame rates, and other photo jargon. The Android interface lets you download apps that let you post your images directly to Facebook, Instagram or any other app. The NX can also use any of the NX series interchangeable lenses
Sony QX100 – $500
The camera on everyone’s list is Sony’s Cyber-shot QX series. The Lens contains all of the camera parts and connects to your Android or iOS smartphone or tablet to act as the display. The camera takes great pics and videos as it utilizes much of the same imaging tech as the Cyber Shot RX 100.
Canon 5D Mark III – $3000
When it’s not broke don’t fix it, just tweak it a bit and that’s exactly what Canon has done with the Mark III of their uber-popular 5D brand. 22 megapixel full frame sensor, dual SD slots, Built in HDR, multiple exposure modes, and it shoots video and static pictures brilliantly making it the DSLR of choice for most professionals. Even if you don’t know what you’re doing with it, you at least can look the part.
Canon Elph 330 HS – $149
Appropriately named, the Elph is compact in size but big in performance. Canon’s Elph pulls double duty as a great portable camera that can take both great quality pictures and videos. With a price tag just under $200, you can get the camera and still afford to make some memories to take pictures of. It’s also small enough to not make you look like a tourist when you are snapping away.
By: Ian Freeman
Recently, actor-singer-songwriter and Black Nativity‘s rising star, Jacob Latimore met up with a few fans, supporters, friends and some of NY’s elite media/press groups at SONY’s – Sony Wonder Technology Lab. Check out more after the jump…
The guys over at Rockstar created a monster when they introduced The Grand Theft Auto franchise to the world. For those who can’t wait for the release of Grand Theft Auto V on September 17th, you can start pre-ordering today. Rockstar has also announced the details of the Special Edition and Collector’s Editions of the game.
- Collectible SteelBook with Exclusive Artwork
- An Exclusive 21.5″ x 26.75″ Blueprint Map
- Special Ability Boost for characters
- Stunt Plane Trials
- Bonus Outfits, Tattoos and More
- Additional Weapons
- Exclusive case
- Grand Theft Auto V Security Deposit Bag with Logo
- Grand Theft Auto V New Era 9FIFTY™ Spapback
- Custom Characters for Grand Theft Auto Online
- Unique Vehicles and Garage Property
As an additional incentive anyone pre-ordering before September 17th gains access to the Atomic Blimp as an in-game vehicle to pilot.
Today, Microsoft gave the press its first look of their highly anticipated next gen system to challenge Sony’s Playstation 4 revealed earlier this year. The Xbox 360 successor which was worked on under the code name Durango has been dubbed the Xbox One.
Named for Microsoft’s mission to, “design and build an all-in-one system to light up a new generation of games, TV and entertainment,” as said by Microsoft’s president of Interactive Entertainment Business Don Mattrick, the Xbox One aims to be the centerpiece of a new entertainment experience. The game console is now taking on more of a multimedia role, a trend that was already starting with Playstation 3’s integrated Blue Ray player, but the Xbox One aims for true integration. The Kinetic voice and motion controller is now a part of the package and allows for hands free operation of your system. It also is said to be able to instantly recognize various users allowing for different settings based on the user. Owners will be able to switch games, channels or going from gaming to TV to browsing the internet by voice alone. Voice prompts like “Show me what’s on ESPN” will take the place of those dang hard to set preset channels on your current remotes.
Other features include, practically silent operation, a new controller that has a new ergonomic design, dynamic impulse triggers with built in feedback, Xbox smart glass, of course faster processors, more memory, and a built in DVR.
Overall the system looks a bit large in contrast to the current slim systems and not much emphasis was focused on the actual gaming of the system, as there was only a few clips of upcoming games, but it is clear that this presentation was targeting the mainstream market. A stark contrast to and maybe planned move by Microsoft as Sony’s reveal of the Playstation 4 was primarily touting the system’s gaming ability and aimed at gamers and developers.
We are excited by the prospects of the new system, but are reserving judgement for more details including possible integration with cable systems (as it resembles a cable box anyway) and more importantly finding out when it will actually launch and how much we have to shell out for it.
Written by: Ian Freeman