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Best camera glasses 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]Last Updated September 1, 2020
Best camera glasses of 2018
Welcome to my website! If you plan to buy camera glasses and looking for some recommendations, you have come to the right place. There’s a product for every kind of user on the list of affordable options below. Check them out and decide which one suits you the best to splurge upon. Below you can find 3 reviews of the best camera glasses to buy in 2018, which I have picked after the deep market research.
Test Results and Ratings
Why did this camera glasses win the first place?
The material is stylish, but it smells for the first couple of days. I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product. I am very happy with the purchase. It is definitely worth its money. The product is top-notch! I really enjoy the design. It is compact, comfortable and reliable. And it looks amazing!
№2 – PogoCam: Tiny
Why did this camera glasses come in second place?
I really liked it. It is amazing in every aspect. It did even exceed my expectations for a bit, considering the affordable price. The design quality is top notch and the color is nice. I like this product. For such a low price, I didn’t even hope it to be any better. It’s decently made. Seems that the material is good. It has a very beautiful color but I don’t really like the texture.
№3 – Sunglasses Camera
Why did this camera glasses take third place?
It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment. This price is appropriate since the product is very well built. We are very pleased with the purchase — the product is great! It is inconvenient to use due to the size. I am going to get something different next time.
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What is it s it for? Short answer: professional drone users. The BT-300FPV Drone Edition is perfect for anyone who makes a living shooting photos and videos with a drone or uses one to inspect structures (e.g., wind turbines).
What is it
The transparent display, called a Glass Pod, is also removable this time around. That means you can detach the display from the included frames and use it with safety goggles or prescription glasses instead. s it for? Google Glass EE is strictly for business use, but that still covers a wide swath of professions. Anyone from factory workers to surgeons could use it. The only group it’s definitely not for is regular consumers.
Vuzix Blade AR
What is it? Vuzix’s latest entry in augmented reality is designed to look as unassuming as possible. These aren’t AR goggles; they’re smart sunglasses, and they feature a full-color display capable of mirroring almost everything on your smartphone in bright, vivid detail.
You control Varia Vision using a built-in touchpad. You can even use it with gloves, which is great for serious cyclists. s it for? Cyclists. You could probably find some other uses for Varia Vision, but it’s really meant to be used only by bikers.
Sony Alpha aIII
Our Buying Guides cover virtually every major camera on the market, most of which we’ve tested in-depth. This includes testing of sensor performance and image quality, experience with the video shooting and extensive real-world photography in a range of situations. We selected our recommendations by prioritizing the features and performance aspects central to video shooting.
Focal length is expressed in mm and a higher number means a bigger zoom, while a lower number mean the lens can be used for wider shots. As a rough reference, the human eye is said to see about the equivalent of 30-50 mm on a full frame camera (more on that later). A number lower than 30-50 mm will take in a bigger view than you naturally see, while higher numbers mean focus will be on a smaller aspect of your view.
If the lens has a focal length range with two numbers (say 24-80 mm) this means it’s a zoom lens and is capable of zooming and being used at any point across that range. However, if there is a single focal length number (50 mm for instance) it’s a prime lens, so taking in more or less of the view will require you to get closer or further away from your subject. Traditionally, primes have been considered to be optically superior to zooms, because trade-offs have to be made when producing zoom lenses. But that’s not to say that some zooms are not better than some prime lenses.
To make understanding focal length more difficult, the same focal length lens gives different views on cameras with various sensor sizes, because of the crop factor (the sensor only takes up part of the projected image). As a result, many manufactures give a 3mm-format equivalent on lenses designed for cameras with smaller sensors and in this article descriptions are based on on 3mm-format. Therefore, if your camera has a smaller sensor, and there’s a good chance it does, you’ll need to consider this when deciding which lens you need.
If you’re using a full frame camera there’s no calculation needed, a lens will give you the field of view you’d expect from its number. If your camera has an APS-C sensor (Nikon DX DSLRs, Sony NEX…) it has a crop factor of 1.- meaning you multiply the lens focal length by 1.to get its equivalent 3mm-format focal length. For Canon APS-C cameras that number is 1.6, for Micro Four Thirds cameras it’s 2.0 and for the Nikon series it’s 2.7.
That means a 3mm lens would give a field of view equivalent to 5mm on an APS-C camera like a Canon 70D and equivalent to 70 mm on a Micro Four Thirds camera like the Olympus OM-D E-MOn a Nikon it would act like a 9mm lens does on a full frame camera.
It goes without saying that you want to buy a lens that will attach on your camera, and this is known as the lens mount. Camera manufacturers generally make lenses with proprietry mounts which will only fit their devices, sometimes having multiple lens mounts for different camera lines. The major exception to this is Micro Four Thirds lenses which can be used on respective Olympus and Panasonic cameras. Third party manufacturers also make lenses with mounts to fit various brands.
It’s important to know which mount your camera uses before heading out to buy a lens. Example lens mounts for DSLRs include the Nikon F-mount, Canon’s EF or EF-S, the Pentax K and Sony’s Alpha (A) mount. For mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras, these are things like the Canon EF-M, Fujifilm XF, Nikon 1, Sony E, Samsung NX and Pentax Q. As mentioned earlier, Olympus and Panasonic Micro Four Thirds cameras take any Micro Four Thirds mount lenses.
In addition to being able to mount the lens on your camera, you need to be sure it will produce an image big enough to cover the image sensor. Because different cameras use different size sensors, manufacturers produce specific lenses to work with them.
For example, while Nikon DSLRs come with full frame or APS-C sensors – and both take F-mount lenses – its DX lenses only produce an image big enough to cover the smaller of the two sensors. Meanwhile, FX lenses cover the full frame and can also be used on DX and even Nikon cameras (with an adapter). This is done because lenses designed for smaller sensors can be physically smaller and lighter themselves.
What they are: Ultra Wide angle lenses have a focal length of around less than 2mm (in 3mm-format), this means they can take in a wider scene than is typical, though they’re not only about getting all of a subject into a shot. Rectilinear ultra wides help keep straight lines, just that, while fisheyes will reproduce buildings with curved walls.
Image characteristics: Because of the wide field of view, shots with ultra wide angle lenses typically feature a large depth of field. Images tend to pull in subjects that are close, and push away more distant ones making them appear further apart. Perspective distortion of ultra wides can give falling-building-syndrome (where vertical lines converge) but this can be corrected in post-processing, or minimized with good technique.
What they are: Typically covering a focal length between 2mm and 3mm, Wide Angle lenses are available as primes or zooms and come with either variable or fixed maximum aperture. Offering a wide field of view, they often also boast close minimum focusing distances.
Image characteristics: Wide angle photographs can magnify the perceived distance between subjects in the foreground and background. Wide angles suffer less distortion than their ultra wide counterparts, but you still get an exaggeration of lines and curves which can be used artistically.
What they are used for: Many people only reach for a wide angle lens when trying to get the whole of a subject in frame, whether that’s a building, a large group of people or a landscape. However, while those are perfectly good uses of one, they can also be used for interesting portraits where you want to place a subject in a situation. Just be careful not to distort faces unflatteringly by shooting too close.
What they are: Telephoto lenses are those with a focal length in excess of 70 mm, though many people would argue that “true” telephoto lenses are ones which exceed 13mm. They focus on a much narrower field of view than other lenses, which means they are good for focusing in on specific details or distant subjects. They are generally larger and heavier than equally specified wider lenses.
Image characteristics: Because they have a narrower angle of view, telephoto lenses bring far away subjects closer. They can also have the effect of compressing the sense of distance in a scene and making objects appear closer together. A narrow depth of field means that a subject can be in focus with a blurred background and foreground.
What they are used for: In addition to being used to photograph subjects you can’t (or don’t want to) get close to – like sports or wildlife – telephoto lenses can be used for shooting portraits and even landscapes where their normalization of relative size can be used to give a sense of scale.
What they are: Superzooms are do-it-all lenses which cover focal lengths from wide to telephoto. They can be good for uses in situations where you can’t or don’t want to be changing lenses and they normally change in length as you zoom.
Image characteristics: Because compromises have had to be made producing a do-it-all lens, superzooms do not have the same image quality of more dedicated lenses and often have slower and variable maximum apertures.
What they are used for: Offering a one-lens package, superzooms come into their own if you can’t (or don’t want to) change lenses. This could be when in situations where it wouldn’t be safe to switch lenses, or when travelling – you don’t necessarily want to be weighed down by five lenses when on holiday with the family.
What they are: One of the more specialist lenses, marco lenses are technically those which are capable of reproduction ratios greater than 1:However, the term is frequently used to refer to any lens which can be used for extreme close-up photography. Macro lenses typically have focal lengths somewhere between 40-200 mm.
Image characteristics: Macro lenses normally have excellent image sharpness, though it’s worth noting that when working at close distances they also have a tiny depth of field. You can often end up with a shot of an insect where only a fraction of it is in focus.
What they are used for: Though normally used for close-up photography (at which they excel), macro lenses can also be great for portraits thanks to their typical sharpness and focal lengths.
I want to do street photography
Street photography can be done with almost any lens, though a 300 mm F2.might raise a few eyebrows from your subjects. However, a focal range of around 35-50 mm is often seen as the ideal for capturing the moment in urban areas.
Unless you want all of your subjects looking directly at the camera, you’d probably be best served by something discrete. It’s also important that street photography lenses feature a fast maximum aperture for lower-light situations. This means that something like the Fuji XF 2mm f1.R Lens would be a great selection. The Sigma 3mm F1.DG HSM has also been very well received by many DSLR street shooters.
Many people shell out for a DSLR or mirrorless interchangeable lens camera when they have a child, but by the time that child starts running around, the kit lens struggles to keep up, both in terms of aperture and focal range. This is especially true if you’re trying to photograph the kids running around in the garden or on the sports field.
This means you need something with a bit more reach, but probably without the bulk and weight that a professional lens would bring. A zoom lens will allow you to keep your shots framed as you want while your subject moves around in front of you. So, if you feel you just need some added reach, the EF-S 55-250 mm f/4-5.IS II could get you closer to the action. But if you want a bit more speed (and to be the best equipped parent at the game), there’s the Canon EF 70-200 mm f/4L USM.
I want to take landscape photographs
Focal length is key here, and you’ll only get some landscapes if you’ve got an ultra wide angle lens. You could go for either a prime or a zoom, but most people in this situation are probably going to be best-served by a zoom. A lens like the AF-S DX NIKKOR 10-2mm f/3.5-4.5G ED could be good for APS-C Nikon shooters, while the Olympus 9-1mm f/4-5.ZUIKO would do the job on Micro Four Thirds cameras.
After a while you might find that you’ve simply outgrown your kit lens. You suddenly find that it’s stifling your creative ambitions and preventing you from taking the photos that you want, even if they are within its focal length reach.
This is the ideal time to get yourself a fast prime lens, and the good news is that you don’t have to spend a fortune to do it. Getting something like a Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 3mm f/1.8G or the Sony E 50 mm f/1.OSS will mean you can play around with shallower depths of field, and shoot naturally in conditions that would have otherwise required a flash. Because they are primes, it also means you need to zoom with your feet, which will in turn probably mean you spend more time thinking about how you compose shots. Never a bad thing.
As the name suggests, these threaded filters are designed to protect the front element of your lens from all manner of scrapes, as well as from dust, dirt, moisture and fingerprints. Because they are essentially just clear glass, they don’t have any discernible effect on the amount of light entering the lens (and therefore they don’t affect exposure time).
The rule of thumb here should be, as ever, buy the best that you can afford. Remember, the light will have to pass through the filter before travelling through the lens and onto the camera sensor, so the higher the quality of that glass, the better. Realistically, this equates to ensuring you get the sharpest pictures possible.
Ok, so these aren’t actually filters, but it’s worth mentioning a couple of accessories which come handy when using filters. First of all, filters are no good if they are dirty, so make sure you keep them perfectly clean (free from dust, fingerprints etc) right up until the time you need to attach them to the front of your lens. Dedicated pouches and sleeves are available, complete with soft, no-scratch lining. Secondly, for those occasions when you do get a mark on them, be sure to have a soft, lens-friendly cloth to hand to gently remove the offending smudge.
A solid combination between protecting your eyes and capturing important moments without being noticed, the Powpro PP-SG1is one of the best pairs of spy sunglasses that money can buy. They look very stylish to allow you to lead a double life as a spy and the best part about them is that they’re quite affordable.
To start recording, all you need to do is to press the special button found on the side of the glasses. The camera is placed right in the center of the sunglasses, in the space between the lenses. As opposed to many other models who use a cheaper kind of plastic that’s not very durable, Powpro uses a high-quality rubber pad which also contributes to the overall sleek design of the glasses.
One of the most important aspects of a good spy glasses model is the battery. This unit comes with a built-in 500 mAh lithium battery that should provide about 1.hours of continuous filming after taking a full charge. This means that these sunglasses are adequate for longer recording sessions and are great to have with you on an adventure as they’re surprisingly portable to carry.
Thanks to the fact that these glasses accept microSD memory cards, they can store more videos and photos and you can conveniently get your media uploaded to any computer or view it on other compatible devices. It would have been nice if Powpro included a card in the package but that’s already asking for too much at this price.
Considering that this pair of sunglasses has a powerful camera, polarized lenses, and a long-lasting battery, it’s safe to say that this represents a worthy investment if you’re looking to purchase quality spy glasses. Whether you want them to record memorable moments during outdoor activities or you wish to film something more discreetly, the Powpro PP-SG1is highly recommended.
Powpro Pspy PP-GL0720P HD 65degree Sunglasses
Another great option from Powpro, the PP-GL0is packed with good functionality and fits more budgets thanks to its lower price. It offers 6degrees wide-angle lenses that can record more from your peripheral vision and the HD camera can record footage with a decent quality. Let’s see what this pair of spy glasses can do.
If you want to take pictures you can do so and it works in full HD quality with an image scale of 4:For storage, you will need a microSD card and this model can support one with a maximum capacity of 32GB. There isn’t one included so you will have to make this purchase separately. It’s recommended to get a high-speed Class one for the best performance.
In terms of battery life, you can expect around 60 minutes of recording when fully charged. This will be useful when you’re doing any outdoor activity that keeps you far away from a power outlet. This unit has a sturdy design fitting for going on an adventure though they are less suited for formal events or investigations as the camera has this orange element around it that makes it rather conspicuous.
If you put all the features of the Powpro PP-GL0in balance with its cost, you can easily see that this one should be strongly considered as an option if you’re looking for some cool-looking spy glasses. They are reliable for recording what happens in front of you and they feel very comfortable so they are definitely recommended.
One great advantage of this spy glasses is that it comes with an 8GB microSD card already in the package which means that you won’t have to support the additional expense that comes with buying one separately. It’s very convenient because you can start recording right out of the box. After you finish obtaining the footage you can easily check it by connecting the mini camcorder to the PC or Mac. Optionally, you can use a card reader or insert the memory card in a compatible device.
The battery capacity of 350 mAh is not particularly impressive but it should offer you about hour of continuous recording. Make sure that you insert the microSD card correctly as it can sometimes not be recognized and the camera shuts down immediately after turning on. If all else fails, you will have to format it on a computer.
A creative way to take pictures and record what you’re seeing, the Jiusion sunglasses are recommended for anyone who needs a reliable pair of spy glasses. With such a small price and considering the versatility of the mini camcorder as well as the quality of the footage taken, this model can offer you a fun experience if you learn to operate it well.
It’s what’s known as a prime lens, one that doesn’t zoom at all. The magnification it captures is close to what the human eye naturally sees, so as big as something is in your normal vision, that’s about the size it’ll be in the photo. Prime lenses are also good tools to get you more comfortable with your gear, since they require you to think a bit more about framing and moving yourself around — zoom with your feet, as the saying goes.
The converse is also true. If you are too far away from your subject, their features become compressed in appearance. I find this look far more attractive than the big nose look and often prefer to use longer focal lengths for my people subjects (celebrities often prefer this look as well) but be aware of what is happening in your images. Being too far from your subject makes communication difficult. Physical obstacles (such as a wall) can also inhibit the use of longer focal length lenses.
Conventional teaching is that the 85-135mm focal length range is ideal for portrait photography.
HD PENTAX DA 70mm F2.Limited
The workhorses of many photographers bags, the short telephoto can be used for group shots, wide angle landscapes, weddings, and even for some sports. While they don’t get as much attention as the big telephotos do, they earn their keep by being sharp and usable in less then ideal situations.
With ultra-to medium-telephoto coverage, this versatile lens can be used in a wide variety of applications including landscape, snapshots and portraits. The tightly sealed, weather-resistant and dust-resistant construction enhances durability for use in both rainy and dusty conditions, making it a perfect companion for the weather-resistant PENTAX DSLR bodies like the Pentax K-50 and K-II.
HD PENTAX-D FA★ 70-200mm F2.8ED DC AW
One of Pentax’s most anticipated lenses, the HD PENTAX-DFA★ 70-200mm F2.8ED DC AW lens offers outstanding performance in the mid to telephoto zoom focal range. It really is a much needed addition to the Pentax lineup with the launch of their full frame K-1. The lens will significantly enhance sporting (when attached to a Pentax K-II or another crop body), portraiture and wildlife photography in any weather environment.
All In One Telephoto Lens
An all-in-one zoom for APS-C cameras, the Sigma 18-300mm f/3.5-6.DC MACRO HSM Contemporary Lens provides users of Pentax K-mount cameras with an extremely versatile focal length equivalent of 27-450mm.
Long Telephoto Lenses
With its wide coverage over medium- to super-telephoto ranges, the smc PENTAX-DA 55-300mm F4-5.ED is perfect for a wide range of telephoto applications, including portraits, sports and landscapes. Incorporating two ED (extra-low dispersion) optical elements, it offers superb optical performance, with minimal chromatic aberrations over the entire zoom range.
HD PENTAX- D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.ED DC AW
The HD PENTAX- D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.ED DC AW is the longest zoom amongst all PENTAX lenses. With its 3-times zoom ratio, capturing a variety of distant objects is made easy. Along with impressive mid to super telephoto capabilities, the HD PENTAX- D FA150-450mm lens offers outstanding operability at an affordable price. Your photography will not be jeopardized due to unforeseen weather with high build quality, and weather-resistant construction. With a total of 2seals throughout its body, changes in the weather will not be an issue during your outdoor photography. Focusing on your subject has never been easier with the all-new Preset Button, developed to record a focus point and save it.
Wide Angle Lens
In photography a wide-angle lens refers to a lens whose focal length is substantially smaller than the focal length of a normal lens for a given film plane. This type of lens allows more of the scene to be included in the photograph, which is useful in architectural, interior and landscape photography where the photographer may not be able to move farther from the scene to photograph it.
Another use is where the photographer wishes to emphasize the difference in size or distance between objects in the foreground and the background; nearby objects appear very large and objects at a moderate distance appear small and far away.
For the purpose, there are a couple of options available for Pentax users. Each have their own strengths.
The smc PENTAX-D FA Macro 100mm F2.WR lens is designed for digital and film SLR cameras. It utilizes curvature and positioning of optical elements to virtually eliminate flare and ghosting for clear, high-quality images. Achieving life-size (1:1) magnification, it features our acclaimed multi-layer coating to lower surface reflection, reduce ultraviolet rays, and deliver clear, high-contrast images. PENTAX SP (Super Protect) coating keeps the elements at bay, while the Quick-Shift Focus System allows for instant switching from auto to manual focus. The aluminum construction with weather resistant seals offers excellent reliability in damp, inclement conditions. At 100mm, it is long enough that you can stand back a bit and not have to crouch to get all of the shots you want.
In traditional 35mm film photography, the size of the negative is 24mm x 36mm. A DSLR camera with a sensor that registers an image in the same size is known as a full-frame camera. Full-frame DSLRs are typically the most expensive cameras and are more likely to be used by professional photographers.
The camera manufacturers have also developed DSLR cameras with an APS-C sensor, which is approximately 24mm x 16mm, or less than half of the 35mm negative. APS-C is Advanced Photo System type-C. DSLR cameras with APS-C size sensors are generally less costly and are marketed to hobbyists, enthusiasts and amateurs who want the professional experience, but don’t need the highest quality of full-frame cameras.
In the Nikon lens example at the beginning of this guide, Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18–300mm f/3.5–5.6G ED VR Lens, “DX” signifies this lens as being built primarily for an APS-C camera.
The major camera manufacturers offer two sets of lenses: for full-frame cameras and APS-C cameras. As with APS-C sensor DSLRs, the compatible lenses are less costly than lenses for full-frame cameras. Hobbyists and enthusiasts are more likely to photograph a wider range of subject matter than professionals, who typically focus on one or two genres. Manufacturers, therefore, offer APS-C lenses for general-purpose photography, which means there are typically more zoom lenses than fixed focal length lenses. The professionals are more likely to use them.
It’s important to remember that full-frame lenses are compatible with APS-C cameras, but APS-C lenses are not compatible with full-frame cameras. This is an important factor in your lens-buying decision, especially if you aspire to become a professional. If you buy an APS-C system of camera and lenses today, then you won’t be able to use those lenses if you upgrade to a full-frame camera later.
More recently, there is a third type of DSLR camera, which is known as Micro Four Thirds, mirrorless or interchangeable lens system. In essence, these are miniature DSLR cameras, closer in size to compacts, but with more DSLR-like features. A Micro Four Thirds sensor size is typically 1x 13.5mm. PhotographyTalk has created a separate buying guide with all the details of Micro Four Thirds cameras.
The following photo shows the angle of view for a selection of focal lengths, using a camera with an APS-C size sensor.
Another important characteristic of lenses is that the focal length, or angle of view, can be expressed in two ways, depending on what sensor-size camera is being used. For example, the major manufacturers often bundle an 18–55mm with their APS-C cameras for beginner DSLR photographers. With an APS-C sensor format, this lens is described as having a focal length range of 18–55mm. Attach this lens to a full-frame camera, however, and the angle of view changes; and in this case, becomes narrower. Remember, the sensor on a full-frame camera is approximately 1.times larger than an APS-C sensor, which, therefore, narrows the APS-C lens’ angle of view. The 18–55mm lens is said to have a “35mm equivalent” of 28–90mm.
Aperture refers to the size of the opening inside the lens. A series of thin leaves (for example) are arranged in a circular, overlapping pattern to create a diaphragm. Selecting various apertures opens and closes the diaphragm, permitting more or less light to enter the lens and camera and register on the sensor. The selection of apertures on a lens is known as “f” numbers, or f-stops: The smaller the f-stop, the larger the opening and vice versa.
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Google has even been throwing in a free pair of frames or premium shades with all new orders since mid-April. Moreover, new apps and updates to the linear operating system that weren’t available at launch make the current Google Glass Explorer Edition a tempting buy.
How to get Google Glass
Google undoubtedly wanted Glass in the hands of developers who will make the experience better, more so than curious individuals who want it for personal use. Therefore, developers were the first to qualify for Google Glass invites.
Signing up for the normal Google Glass waitlist in June of 201after Google IO gave me access to an Explorer Edition beta code in November, while my friend who registered in December received an invite less than three weeks later. That alone shows how much easier it became to receive an invitation.
Strict rules still limit who can ultimately take advantage of the invite code and purchase a prototype. For example, you must be 1years old and a US or UK resident, so adults living in the other parts of Europe or Australia aren’t eligible. These age and country-specific rules are still in place.
Google Glass now ships to US and UK addresses, though the company still encourages beta testers to pick it up in person at its New York, San Francisco or Los Angeles offices. In the UK, “base camp” is in King’s Cross, London. But across the pond in LA, specifically Venice Beach, is where I went for my “fitting experience” with a friendly Glass guide named Frank.
Within ten minutes it looked perfect, or at least as perfect as one can appear with a wearable computer sitting on their face.
Though pliable, the titanium head band remains durable as it stretches from ear to ear. It runs alongside a plastic casing that hides Glass’ key components and gives it an overall clean look. This subtle style makes the exposed parts like the camera lens in the front stand out even more – for better or worse.
Too big to carry in a pocket
The Google Glass dimensions are 5.25-inches at its widest point and 8-inches at its longest point. It’s too long and wide to fit into my pocket, even though I’ve been able to carry a Nexus tablet in my jeans’ back pocket with a little squeeze.
Society has banned fanny packs and the titanium head band doesn’t collapse, so storage options are limited. When out and about it’s either on my face or in the complementary case, which I stow in a backpack. There’s no in-between.
Google Glass comes in five colors
The new Google Glass is almost indistinguishable from its predecessor, and the fact that it comes in the same colors doesn’t help you tell them apart. The options are black, orange, gray, white and blue. Or, as the Glass guides insisted: charcoal, tangerine, shale, cotton and sky.
Charcoal and cotton, the two non-color colors, appear to be the most popular, as they were initially sold out when I first entered my invite code to buy Google Glass. Luckily, before my seven-day invite expired, both options became available and I chose white. The choice made online actually didn’t matter until I got to the on-site appointment. I was given one last chance to switch colors during the moment of truth.
The battery bulges behind the ear
The glaring exception to Glass’ svelte design is the battery that rests behind the right ear and juts out rather noticeably. It’s too big, yet it’s not big enough for a full day’s charge. Battery performance did improve with the Android KitKat update in April, but more power from this energy-eating wearable is still a priority of Explorers.
Also prevalent among beta testers that I’ve talked to was Google Glass succumbing to summer heat. I experienced this problem first-hand on a hot, but not-too-hot day of horseback riding. Air bubbles began to distort the reflective mirror that caps the Glass prism.
The funny this is that horseback riding, with two hands occupied, was one of the most useful moment I’ve had as an Explorer. I was able to issue photo and video voice commands while properly holding onto the reigns and saddle. But my experience, and that of almost every other Explorer I’ve talked to recently, proves that Google Glass is still very much a gadget in beta.
Even with the bulkiness of the battery and durable frame, Google Glass is extremely lightweight and comfortable resting on my face. It weights just 4grams (1.4oz) and because everything, including the screen, is just out of my line of sight I often forget I’m wearing it.
Google Glass is surprisingly light
At first, Google Glass did give me slight headaches as I strained my right eye to focus on the tiny prism in the top right corner of my vision. The team at the Venice headquarters did forewarn me about temporary Google Glass headaches, instructing me not to use Glass for more than a few hours the first couple of days. It’s incredibly unnatural to have just one eye focus on a screen while the other goes without use, but my eyes and brain adjusted to the phenomenon in a few days to the point where it’s now intuitive.
Like a modern smartphone, there are few physical buttons and ports on Google Glass. That’s because most of the interaction is done via a long 3.25-inch touchpad on the right side. Underneath the touchpad is a micro USB port for charging the device and on the top is a camera button that’s great for quick snaps in noisy environments.
At their heart, cameras are about recording light and color. Controlling how light interacts with a scene can mean, among other things, using a flash to get rid of shadows, reflecting a different shade of light to best illuminate a portrait, or tweaking the colors of a photo to make them more accurate. Some of these tasks involve tools that few people will need, but for other tasks certain tools are invaluable. And being able to take control of lighting and color can radically improve your photography.
An automatic flash
Reflectors “bounce” or reflect light onto an area in shadow. Simply adjust the angle of the reflector until it fills the darker area with light. White, the most common option, offers the softest, most muted light. Silver and gold reflective panels, the two most common add-ons, produce a higher-intensity light, and the gold in particular adds warmth. A black panel blocks light instead of reflecting it, allowing you to add dramatic shadows to your scene, while a translucent diffusion panel can help to soften harsh sunlight.
A 40-inch circular reflector like the Westcott Basics model 30is big enough to use for a small family portrait, but it collapses to a 15-inch-diameter package when you store it in its carry bag, so it’s compact enough for you to carry it around all day. Larger reflectors, particularly those with oval shapes, can be much more difficult to collapse to storage size—hence the large number of YouTube videos explaining just how to do so.
Photo tents—also called light tents or shooting tents—are made from translucent fabric that softens any light source coming from the outside. The result is a gorgeously lit photo for selling your jewelry on Etsy, say, or an artistic still life for your portfolio.
The Digital Light Shed has greater versatility than competing photo tents. For starters, it sports zippered openings on both the front and top panels. When you’re shooting highly reflective objects, a zipper allows you to seal the tent fabric around the camera lens so that nothing else in the room reflects in the surface of the object you’re shooting. With the Digital Light Shed, you can use zippers when shooting both overhead and front-view compositions.
And the Digital Light Shed’s bottom panel is removable for times when you want to photograph your object on a non-seamless surface like the wood tabletop shown in the photo above.
The Digital Light Shed comes in four sizes ranging from 1to 3inches wide. The 36-inch XL model is overkill unless you’re shooting large objects such as punchbowl sets or large groupings of smaller objects. For most people we suggest the 27½-inch model, which offers plenty of room to stick your arms in and arrange objects but will fit on even a small desk.
Let’s get this out of the way first: Most photographers probably don’t need a color chart—shooting raw and using your camera’s built-in white balance will be more than enough. These sets of swatches serve to create particular color fixes under specific lighting so that you can get the most accurate images. And if you’re getting into high-end portraiture, still life, or art reproduction, or if you really, really care about color accuracy, maybe you do want one.
We have two recommendations if you fall into one of those categories. The Datacolor SpyderCheckr offers a unique folding design that will keep it in better condition for longer, as well as a fade marker that will tell you when it needs replacing. If you want something more portable but with similar protection, consider the X-Rite ColorChecker Passport.
A color chart gives you a grid of specific color swatches of precisely known values, like Pantone numbers. When you set up a scene, you first take a photograph of the chart under the same lighting you intend to use, and then you shoot as normal. Once back in your studio, you use an included workflow tool to analyze that sample image, compare the color values in the image against what they’re meant to be, and tweak accordingly. You then apply that edit to all of the photos you took under the same light. However, while using a color chart does give you more true-to-life color, it also takes time and extra gear, and you need to redo the procedure each time the light changes.
Full-size color chart
The best full-size color checker chart is the Datacolor SpyderCheckr. Unlike other such tools, it comes with a built-in, easily transportable iPad-size locking hard case that protects the swatches from fading and damage. It also has a fade swatch that you can check to see if the colors have changed from what they’re meant to be, and it can sit mounted on a tripod. It comes with exposure and white balance cards as well, and you can get replacement swatches rather than having to buy a whole new color checker.
Unfortunately, the workflow of the SpyderChecker is slower than we would like. You need to crop and align your reference photo down to just the color chart, position the reference swatches in an editor inside of Lightroom that doesn’t allow for rotation (so you have to be sure you’ve cropped it perfectly straight), export a custom color profile based on that data, quit and relaunch Lightroom, and then apply that color data. And you need to repeat the process each and every time for each and every lighting situation—but the same is true with every color chart, and it’s the only way to get hyper-accurate colors if you need them.
After spending half a dozen hours shooting beside drizzly waterfalls and streams, and doing an equal amount of research online, we’ve emerged from the glass and plastic field of lens filters with recommendations in three categories: UV (ultraviolet), ND (neutral density), and polarizing filters. Budget-conscious photographers can find good filters from Tiffen and Marumi, while anyone seeking opportunities to scale up in quality (and cost) should consider Breakthrough Photography, B+W, and LEE Filters.
Why consider a filter in the first place? A lens filter gives you more control over how much light strikes the camera’s image sensor. You’re literally bending light to your own ends. An ND filter, for example, blocks light waves so you can leave the shutter open longer to smooth motion (such as rushing water). A polarizer (and to a limited extent, a UV filter) blocks specific wavelengths to control which light the camera records.
Physically, you’ll run across two types of filters. Fixed-size versions screw onto the end of a lens of the same diameter; make sure to match the sizes to the lenses you own (get a 77-millimeter filter, for example, to mount to your 77-mm lens), or look into converter rings that, for example, mount a 77-mm filter onto a 52-mm lens. A more expensive but more versatile alternative is to buy filters as glass sheets that fit into lens adapters with mounts. That way, the same filters can work with any lens in your bag or with lenses you purchase in the future—all you have to do is buy new adapters.
With hundreds of filters available, where do you start? Let’s break down the major categories and why you’d use them.
For UV protection when you need it
Suitable for shooting in situations where UV light can affect the image, Breakthrough Photography’s XUV filter provides 1layers of UV-resistant coatings.
UV filters are inexpensive and clear, with a coating on the glass that blocks ultraviolet light waves. This kind of accessory is helpful in some out-of-the-ordinary situations, such as photographing at high altitudes where the increased amount of UV light can affect clarity. (For a good explanation of how UV filters work, see this 200LensTip review of UV filters.) However, a more common use for a UV filter is to act as physical protection for the much more expensive lens: I’ve had a brave UV filter sacrifice itself during a drop, sparing the lens.
For photographers who want to try their hand at landscape, architectural, macro, or long-exposure photography, a tripod is a must. A good tripod will be flexible enough to work on any terrain with almost any combination of camera and lens, and will keep your camera stable for the sharpest possible image—regardless of how long of an exposure you’re taking. We have individual guides with great recommendations whether you need the support of a full-size tripod or a lightweight, portable travel tripod for shooting on the go.
After consulting with a number of experts, we’ve concluded that you should stick with a camera maker’s proprietary batteries for the best, safest, most-consistent, and most-reliable performance. Typically such batteries also come with excellent warranties. However, these batteries also come with hefty price tags, costing far more than comparable-watt-hour rechargeables in other forms (such as USB battery packs and AA cells).
That’s where third-party batteries come into play. In a survey by PhotographyLife of more than 600 people, the vast majority of respondents had no complaints about third-party batteries. So we spent hours on researching and testing batteries from six manufacturers, after which Green Extreme prevailed as the best third-party battery manufacturer, with Watson coming in a close second. The Green Extreme and Watson units provided the largest real-world capacities and turned out to be the most reliable performers of the group; the Green Extreme’s much faster charging times made it our overall choice.
We tested LP-E6/N battery models in a Canon 5D Mark III by recording 1080p video continuously until the battery was completely drained. We then timed recharging the battery with a Kill A Watt meter, and tested capacity again by shooting video continuously a second time. The Watson unit averaged hours, 1minutes, while the Green Extreme averaged hours, minutes. These were the only two units in our test group capable of breaking the two-hour ceiling.
After our benchmark testing, we took the Green Extreme and Watson units on a professional photo shoot, tossing both into a battery grip. After seven hours of shooting with a constantly transmitting wireless SD card, both batteries still sat at roughly 50 percent. On a second day, we used a set of Wasabi batteries and shot for only five hours under the same circumstances; the batteries drained to a capacity of roughly 3percent.
Both the Green Extreme and Watson batteries charged in the OEM Canon charger and provided battery information on the camera screen, performing in the same way as a genuine Canon battery would.
One mark against Green Extreme and Watson are their one-year warranties. Two other units we tested, from Kastar and Wasabi, come with three-year warranties, so if you value coverage more than performance and capacity, those brands are worth looking into. However, as far as we can tell, none of them cover damage to the camera itself, so if you’re worried about safety, stick with the manufacturer’s own option.
While most cameras have proprietary battery systems, AAs and AAAs still come in handy for camera accessories—most notably flashes and radio triggers. After running our battery analyzers for more than 600 hours and performing 20 hours of real-world tests, we found that Energizer Recharge Universal batteries are the best rechargeable AAs. These batteries are affordable, and in balancing capacity and long life they offer a combination that will keep you shooting for years.
The Energizer batteries have a stated capacity of 2,000 mAh, and we measured an average discharge of 1,88mAh in controlled bench tests—roughly 30 percent more capacity per dollar than we saw from their main competitors, Panasonic Eneloop batteries. Going beyond our bench tests, we also soldered six batteries together to run the motors of a high-powered RC car around a competition track in a stress test. (Don’t try this at home.) Our battery pack lasted 1minutes, 2seconds, longer than the Eneloops we tested did.
Photo inkjet printer
After 7hours of research and side-by-side testing of four different models, we found that the Epson SureColor P600 is the best photo inkjet printer for most photo enthusiasts. It delivers professional-quality color prints, plus black-and-white photographs that are as close to traditional darkroom prints as you’ll find from any digital printer. Its prints last longer than anything you’d get from a typical online photo service, too. You can print on a wider variety of media than with its rivals, and the P600’s LCD touchscreen control panel makes setup and maintenance easy.
Over the past few years, we’ve brought in several photo printers for a real-world look at their ease of use, performance, and, of course, print quality. We’ve printed on both glossy and matte papers using the printers’ default resolutions. To evaluate print quality, we viewed prints from each inkjet printer along with those from two online print services using professional color-corrected viewing booths.
The P600 can handle thicker media than most. It can even print on inkjet-compatible metal sheets if you like to get creative. The printer has built-in Wi-Fi support, and Epson offers a free mobile app for direct printing from mobile devices. These wireless options are slow, however, nearly doubling print times compared with a wired connection.
The CP9is quick to set up, and subsequent prints take about a minute each: We delivered our first print from smartphone to hand in about 1minutes. Quality is comparable to that of drugstore photo-lab prints—not perfect, but perfectly acceptable for everyday borderless snapshots. At by by 2.inches and 1.pounds, the device is about the size of a thick paperback novel.
Other perks include red-eye reduction and backlit image correction, and the CP9accommodates printing directly from SD, miniSD, and microSD cards as well as from Wi-Fi-enabled cameras or computers. Compatible printing paper, along with ink cartridges, is available in the 4-by-6-inch size in packages of 10prints or in the 2-by-3½-inch size in packages of 36.
Our wide-angle lens pick
This wide-angle lens has the same advantages as the tele version but lets you get in a lot more of the world around you in a single shot.
Experimenting with triggers and timelapses
If you’re a trigger-happy shooter looking to explore more advanced shutter-control photography such as astrophotography and other timelapse scenarios, Triggertrap is a wired accessory that offers a plethora of options via an app on your smartphone. You can use it to fire your camera when a loud noise occurs, at regular timed intervals (or GPS coordinates) for a timelapse, and more.
The Triggertrap dongle connects your smartphone to your camera, which you can then control via a free app. The app offers 1trigger modes, including shutter control via sound, motion, and facial recognition. (A paid version of the app offers more complicated intervalometer settings.) Your smartphone is tied up while you’re using Triggertrap, though an older phone you’re not using could become a perfect remote.
If you had to get a zoom lens for your videography businesses, then this is the king of the crop, especially if you’re Sony camera fan boy. It is definitely the best lenses for wedding videography. It has a constant F2.max aperture to maintain quality exposure and depth of field regardless of focal range.
Things To Consider
Even though drones are not expensive as they used to be, buying one still requires you to dig deep into your pocket. The price of a drone is pretty much dependent on its functionality. Toy drones are the cheapest but they lack some basic features, like a GPS tracker or normal flight duration.
There are a couple of reasons why flying a drone can be very difficult.
People tend to look down on drones as they will think you are capturing their faces on camera without their permission. This is one of the reasons that drones are difficult to use in populated areas with a lot of people around.
The third reason would be finding places where you can legally fly your drones. This might not be a huge issue for countries other than the US since the trend is yet to catch on, but the US takes remote-controlled flying devices very serious. Before making your first flight, be sure to check where you are legally allowed to fly. Certain areas such as urban downtown or national parks are off limit and fines can be quite hefty. Also, the US government requires all drones weighing between 0.5pound and 5pounds (250 grams – 2kilograms) to be registered with the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
DJI Phantom from DJI
A nice feature goes by the name of Sport mode. When this mode is activated, the drone can move at a higher speed (up to 4mph/72kph). If you connect first-person goggles, you can enjoy this speed from a great perspective. If you want to have complete control over your camera drone, you will need the iOS or Android application which lets you adjust various settings, view the camera, and take action. There are various smart traveling modes which use a GPS to provide the best experience. -Easily one of the most beautiful and well-designed drones on the market. -Simple to maneuver and it’s great for people who want to enjoy their first drone to the limit. -Its numerous modes made us fall in love and experiment for a long time before quitting. -You will feel a lot safer knowing that OSS will keep your drone from hitting things.
Syma X5C Explorers
After a couple of professional camera drones for users who are willing to pay for a high-quality gadget, it’s time to review a smaller, cheaper toy drone available for people who just want to have some fun.
Syma X5C ’s price is very affordable and it’s a great choice some fun in your backyard. It comes with a 720p HD camera and a microSD card with 4GB of storage available. -All of its parts are completely replaceable and the manufacturer has even provided a guide on how to take it apart. -It’s very cheap and it can be a fun activity for your kids as long as you are around. -The camera is pretty decent for a toy drone and it can shoot 720p videos. -A great choice for beginners looking to practice on cheaper models before buying their first professional camera drone.
Ehang Ghostdrone 2.0 VR
Ghostdrone stand out from its competition. Also, The price it goes for is lower than some of the professional models on the market by almost 50%. Note that this is not a camera drone for professional purposes even though its specifications sound awesome. However, it almost checks out every item on our extensive list of features a drone for a beginner drone. -When it comes to camera drones for casual users, this is almost the perfect product. -The battery can endure a full 25-minute flight, which is great for a low-priced drone like this one.
When it comes to
Yuneec Typhoon H -Some of its features such as a rotating camera and operable landing gear are unique for this range of camera drones. -The camera quality is great and it can easily shoot professional 4K videos. -Replacement parts are cheap and can be easily found online. -It can handle strong winds without sacrificing balance. -Some instability issues can cause you to crash after a couple of minutes since the drone is prone to losing control.
Pocket Drone by Odyssey Toys -Its small and compact design easily makes it one of the best toy drones available on the market. -The small drone size means it can easily be used indoors as long as you are careful. -The camera quality is good as long as you don’t expect to take professional shots. -It balances at the same altitude automatically and you won’t need to control that aspect. -The drone can only capture what’s directly in front of it because you can’t tilt or rotate the camera. -Videos and pictures are not stabilized and they often don’t end up that high of quality.
DJI Inspire 1
DJI Inspire is a advanced drone for professional purposes. Funny enough, it comes with a price tag suitable for those with deep pockets. The resolution of its built-in camera is nothing less than 4K with a smooth video quality and great stabilization. Even if that doesn’t sound good enough, you can replace it yourself with your own personal camera.
The Inspire looks terrific and frightening at the same time. It’s somewhat larger than other drones on our list but still a bit slim. The camera can be rotated 360 degrees and can be tilted 12degrees. This is one of its greatest feature since you can simply turn the camera with the drone standing still. It uses both GPS and GLONASS (Russian positioning system) to provide the best positioning feedback available. However, its battery life is not that great and you can only hope to receive around 1minutes of flight time under perfect conditions. -There are some great flight modes to test out such as a waypoint navigations system or the well-known Follow Me. -The video quality is almost unmatched and it can even be improved by third-party cameras of your choice. -If you use two controllers, one person can control the camera while the other controls the flight.
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First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your camera glasses wisely! Good luck!
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