Tuesday, 19 February 2013

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Sunday, 17 February 2013

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Saturday, 16 February 2013

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iWatch by SamsunG...


Samsung working on 'smart watch' to take on Apple's 'iWatch'




Samsung is working on a smart watch called the 'Galaxy Altius' to take on rival tech giant Apple, new leaked images have suggested.


The images, which were posted on a South Korean messageboard, purport to be screens from a forthcoming Samsung smart watch.


One image features the name Samsung Galaxy Altius, while others show a music player, clock and an email app, the Telegraph reports.


The pictures suggested that the Altius runs a modified version of the Google Android operating system.


The provenance of the images is unclear and, tho
ugh some websites have identified details that suggest they are genuine, it's entirely possible that they are mock-ups for an abandoned project or even fakes made by a fan, the paper said.

The images have emerged a week after it was reported that Apple is about to launch a smart watch.


The product, which has been referred to as the 'iWatch', is apparently being worked on by a team of 100 engineers, suggesting that it is more than an experiment.



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Playstation 4...soon to come !!!


The most happening news for the video gamers is sizzling the world with the release of playstation 4 this year . The news of release of PS4 is wandering over the minds of everyone .


The rumors of release of Sony’s next gaming console , Playstation 4 has heaten up the gaming world . As per reliable sources , Sony’s vice president of home entertainment has hinted that the PS4 release date could be as early as May 2013 .



What would PS4 be called ?


Though everyone is calling it by the name of Playstation 4 or PS4 but they are not its final name and can never be as the final name comes only after the release .


But still two names have come up for it – Orbis and Thebes . Most of the sources think that “Thebes” is the internal codename for the Sony PS4 project , while” Orbis” is potentially the final name for the console . But Orbis could also be just a codename too.So for its final name, you have to wait till its release .


When would it be released ?


Sony’s biggest competitor for Playstation 4 would be Microsoft’s Xbox 720 , which would be heading its release this year only .

There has been rumors that Micorosoft is heading Xbox’s newest game console, Xbox 720 at E3 in june . E3 is the world’s premier trade show for computer and video games and related products . Its the largest video gaming conference which is held every year .

To catch up with its rival, Sony might make PS4’s release at E3 . So , there are two dates expected the  playstation 4 release . It might be at E3 or  in early May. 

So this year E3 is going to be very interesting as Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft , will all get us excited about their new hardware, not just games and entertainment.


Final specs of PS4
It will provide good performance with low power consumption.
It has integrated CPU and GPU .
STORAGE : It has Blu-ray drive, which is posed to have very high speed . It also have single layer (25GB) disc.
NETWORKING : it has 1 Gb/s Ethernet , 802.11b/g/n WIFI and Bluetooth . It also has dual camera.
EXTRAS : It has  Audio Processor (ACP)
SYSTEM MEMORY : 8GB.
VIDEO MEMORY: 2.2 GB.
For output of Audio , it uses Optical as well as HDMI.
Surely , Playstation 4, unlike PS 3 is going to be a great gift of 2013 for the video gamers  .
Stay updated with Geniusses for further  news and reviews about  playstation 4  :)



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Friday, 15 February 2013

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Prey–Track your Laptop, Phone or Tablet in case they are MissinG..


Laptops, Smartphone are some of the most valuable things in someone’s daily life. These things are valuable not just by their price but also the sensitivity in data stored in them. But, in case they are stolen, it can cause serious troubles depending upon the sensitivity/privacy in the data it contains. In such situations, you’re left with no other option except searching on google about how to track your laptop or phone/tablet.


A few days ago, 2 laptops from my hostel were stolen during the day hours directly from their rooms. Now they are left with no option other than trusting police in their investigation.

So, here at Geniusses, I’ll teach you how to track your laptop, Smartphones, Tablets and find them in case they are stolen..

Steps for USE:

1) Download and Install this software from its official website, preyproject.com
  • It comes for various platforms like, Windows, Android, Apple, and Linux/Unix.
2) On start, it will ask you to register a account which will be an online process.
3) Now, in case your device (Laptop/Phone/Tablet) is stolen or misplaced, simply visit their website (listed in step 1) and Login using details that you filled during registration in step 2
4) After Loging in, you can report your device stolen.
5) As soon as you report your device stolen/misplaced, following actions will be done:
  • Your Device’s will be locked down and no one would be able to use it unless they provide a deactivation code.
  • Your Device will start alarming loud, so that in case it is misplaced, you can locate it easily
  • In few minutes, as soon as your device catches internet, you will be able to see its correct geological location and you could even click the images of thieves who stole your device.
 How it Works?
When installed, it waits for a remote signal for activation, which is given by the user by loging in to preyproject.com



This signal tells information regarding the current geological location, hardware/network status of the device. And thus, you are able to track your laptop, phone, or tablet easily.
For any doubt, or further reading, please comment below using the comment box. ;)

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After Android,its "Tizen ©", a new open source OS by Samsung..!!!

According to a report Samsung has confirmed to launch many devices including smartphone running on open source Tizen operating System this year. This project will be carried out by Samsung in collaboration with Japan’s largest mobile phone carrier company, NTT Docomo.


This will surely give a strong competition to current mobile device giants like Google and Apple’s iPhones. Other than Docomo, Vodafone (UK), France Telecom, Panasonic and NEC carrier companies are also interested in this  project.




Samsung, which has already sold more than 10 million Samsung Galaxy devices since 2010, has confirmed this news by saying that Korean mobile device developers are going to bring these Tizen based Operating System in the market by 2013.

According to Japanese newspaper journal, Daily Yomiuri, “Docomo, which is the largest telecom company of Japan, is currently the only mobile carrier which does not serve Apple’s iPhone. Hence, a large amount of people are looking for some sort of mobile alternates. Thus, Samsung is looking forward for a great response from the same situation.”


What exactly is this “Tizen” Operating System?

Tizen is an open source Operating system whose main components includes:Linux kernelEnlightenment Foundation Libraries (EFL) and Webkit RuntimeIt’s an open source and standards based software which supports multiple devices like, smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, and more.Moreover, it provides a flexible environment for application developers, based on jQuery and jQuery Mobile. The software development kit (SDK) allows developers to use HTML5 and related web technologies to write applications that run across multiple device segments.

Tizen SDK


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Thursday, 14 February 2013

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Intel..Planss 4 ONLINE TV..


Intel Corp's plan, if successful, would go further than products currently offered by Apple, Amazon and Netflix by offering live programming as well as on-demand content.

Intel to launch online TV service

Hundreds of Intel employees and their families are already testing a set-top box that the company will sell as part of the service.
The company is negotiating with content providers as it prepares to move into a market in it lacks experience and relationships.

The move puts it into competition with heavyweights like Apple, Amazon and Google that are seeking to establish a share of the $100bn (£64bn) cable television market.
"We have been working for (the past) year to set up Intel Media, a new group focused on developing an internet platform," Erik Huggers, vice president and general manager of Intel Media.

"It's not a value play, it's a quality play where we'll create a superior experience for the end user."
Intel plans to offer consumers smaller bundles of content than those currently offered by cable operators.

Intel has struggled to get its virtual television service off the ground due to unwillingness on the part of major media content providers to let the company unbundle and license specific networks and shows at a discount to what cable and satellite partners pay, sources told Reuters.
Silicon Valley has been taking aim at the US cable television market - dominated by major distributors such as Comcast and DirecTV Group and programme makers like Walt Disney Co and Time Warner Inc. Technology companies see opportunities due to reasons ranging from shifting viewer habits to mounting programming costs.
"There is an opportunity to offer a bundle that can be curated by the consumer, an opportunity to create smarter bundles," Mr Huggers said.
Intel's set-top-box will also have a camera that could be used to automatically steer content and ads toward specific users.
"There's a scenario where the TV recognises that it's you and says 'Hey, I know what you like. I know what you want to watch', versus the environment we're in today where the TV literally is not interested in you at all," Mr Huggers said.
Some media executives are sceptical that Intel will be able to convince content providers to agree to terms that are attractive enough to make its service viable.

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Apple Reduces Price on MacBook Pro With Retina Display


PHOTO: Apple's 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display starts at $1,699.President Obama mentioned Apple's plans to make some Mac computers in America during the State of the Union last night, and today Apple's following up that Mac momentum with an announcement that it's lowering prices on some of its MacBooks.

The MacBook Pro with Retina Display, which was first introduced last June, is being refreshed with new processor options and the smaller, 13-inch version is now $200 cheaper.

You may recall that we bemoaned the $1,699 starting price of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina when we reviewed it in November. Now the 128GB version will start at $1,499, and $1,699 will buy you the version with a faster 2.6GHz processor and 256GB of storage. Apple's also dropping the price of the 256GB 13-inch MacBook Air to $1,399 from $1,499.

The larger 15-inch MacBook Pro Retina display doesn't get a price drop -- it still starts at $2,199 -- but is getting some new internal organs. It will be available with a faster 2.4GHz and 2.7GHz quad-core processors and up to 16GB of memory.

So why is Apple lowering prices now on these computers? According to Ben Bajarin, a principal analyst at Creative Strategies, it has to do with the falling prices of components -- RAM, flash storage.

"When prices of components come down, they are willing to lower prices when they can," he said. "We don't expect Apple to make the cheapest products on the market, but they are committed to being affordable in the market."

In its last quarter, Apple reported lower sales of Mac products (4.1 million, down from 5.2 million in the same quarter the year before). Tim Cook attributed it to component supply and the iMac hitting shelves later in the quarter than he would have liked. He also said that Apple was aware that the iPad was cannibalizing part of the Mac business.

"I think cannibalization is a huge opportunity for us," Cook said on an Apple earnings call. "Our base philosophy is to never fear cannibalization. If we do, somebody else will just cannibalize it… We know iPad has cannibalized some Macs, and that doesn't worry us."

Bajarin said he doesn't believe the price drops on the Macs today have anything to do with those Mac earnings, however.

"I don't think they looked at their last Mac quarter and started freaking out," he said. "The PC business is in decline; they know no one is going to turn that around."

Last month Apple announced a $799 version of the iPad with a 128GBflash drive, which gives it as much storage as some laptops. Apple, unlike Microsoft with its Windows 8 operating system, continues to keep its laptop and iPad lines separate, even though some iPad features have made their way over to the Mac. Cook has famously said converging the two would be like trying to combine a refrigerator and a toaster.

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Wednesday, 13 February 2013

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HTC Butterfly..!!!


The Butterfly is yet another stylish high-end Android phone from the Taiwanese device maker HTC. From Sensation to One X, the company's mobile phones are known for their extraordinary touchscreen, superior technology and stunning design.

HTC

But the Butterfly seems to have marked the arrival of the era of the smartphone with full high definition screen; it is equipped with a 5-inch super LCD 3 display with full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels). As a comparison, Apple's iPhone 5 has a pixel density of 326ppi while the Samsung Galaxy Note II offers 267ppi.

The design of the phone makes a great first impression. The Butterfly has a 5-inch display size but once you hold it with one hand, you won't really think it's that big. It is constructed largely from plastic, a major deviation from many of HTC's previous aluminium unibody designs. This 140 grams device (model X920d) looks very fine with its slim body.
The real attraction, though, is the 5-inch full HD super LCD 3 screen—it's truly a sight to behold. The super LCD 2 seen in HTC's previous flagship One X was arguably the best panel on the market, but we think its successor is the new champion. Colour reproduction is excellent, the 440ppi resolution is astonishing, viewing angles are superb and brightness is almost unrivaled.



SPECS

Dimensions: 14.3 x 7.05 x 0.9 cm
Display: 12.7 cm super LCD 3 touchscreen with full HD 1080p resolution
SIM card type: Micro SIM
Platform: Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
CPU speed: Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro 1.5 GHz, Quad Core
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Total storage: 16 GB
Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, Micro-USB port
Estimated street price:Rs 49,900




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Tuesday, 12 February 2013

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Swipe MTV Volt Phablet Launched...!!!


Swipe MTV Volt Phablet Launched at Rs 12999


Owing to increasing penetration in the Indian market in a very short span, California based tech firm Swipe Telecom has now come up with a phablet. The recent offering - MTV Volt has been launched in collaboration with music and entertainment channel MTV at Rs 12,999.
MTV Volt has several highlights including a 6 inch display, dual core processor, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS and many more. It is to be noted that MTV Volt is the first 6 inch device launched in India with Karbonn A30 following it with a 5.9 inch display.


Specifications

Lets have a look at the specifications of Swipe MTV Volt below.

Dimensions & Weight: MTV Volt carries a dimension of 158.5 x 88.6 x 11.3 mm weighs in at 239 grams, making it extremely comfortable for handling.

Display: MTV Volt comes with a 6 inch 5 point multi-touch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels.

Processor: The handset is equipped with a 1GHz dual core MediaTek MTK 6577 processor for blazing performance.

Operating System: MTV Volt comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system.

Camera: The phablet has an 8MP rear camera and a 1.3MP front camera for video calling.

Storage: The handset packs 4GB internal storage, 512MB RAM and a micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB additional storage.

Connectivity: MTV Volt has Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, micro USB 2.0 and 3G.

Battery: The phablet is loaded with a 3,200 mAh Li-Po battery of unknown backup.

Price & Availability

Swipe MTV Volt is priced at Rs 12,999 and it will be available on almost all the major online retailer sites across the nation including Flipkart, Snapdeal, Infibeam, eBay, and more shortly.


Swipe MTV Volt: Potential Rivals

As the over-sized devices called phablets have become a fashion statement, everyone in the nation wants to own one. Hence, to fulfill the demands of the consumer and grab sales from the growing category, various local and global smartphone vendors have come up with numerous choices satisfy the needs.
The Indian market has excelled by proving plethora of large screen phablets at really affordable price combined with the likes of dual SIM support, Android Jelly Bean, multi-core processor and more.
By entering this growing trend of offering Jelly Bean phablets at budget price points, Swipe has entered the arena of budget phablet fight. Below is a slideshow showing the potential rivals of the new phablet launched in collaboration with MTV.


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LG Optimus L3 II, L5 II and L7 II specs & features


LG Optimus L3 II, L5 II and L7 II specs & features 

Some of LG’s new line of Android phones for MWC 2013 release has been leaked. The company had earlier offered to roll out a range of handsets for the year at the upcoming mobile trade fair in Spain. As per rumors, a trio of the Korean firm’s Optimus L-series Android phones has emerged out. The devices, to be called the Optimus L3 II, L5 II and L7 II, will come as the second upgrades to the particular handsets.
LG is to put its three new phones on display at MWC. “A Korean source has just unveiled three new smartphones that the company LG intends to present at the Mobile World Congress 2013,” says the blog (machined translated). They “can be called LG Optimus L3 II, LG Optimus II L5 and L7 LG Optimus II and of course there are three small upgrade of the current LG Optimus L3, L5 and L7,” the site added.

Here are the specs of the new LG handsets.


LG Optimus L3 II: This is the base model of the series. This entry-level device will come with a beefy 1GHz processor and an advanced 3.2-inch IPS display panel. Well, it offers the same resolution (240 x 320) of its predecessor. The phone has a 5MP rear camera, which replaces the 3.2MP sensor of its old model. It may run on the latest Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. With a small price, the L3 2 will be competing with the low-price models of its rivaling tech makers.


LG Optimus L5 II: The L5 II is yet another lower-end phone to come from LG. As per reports, it is going to get a 1GHz Cortex-A9 processor and a PowerVR SGX531 graphical processor. Compared to its predecessor, the device gets a better processor (an upgrade from 800MHz Cortex-A5). The phone is to keep the same 4-inch WVGA display. Under the hood, the software will be the new Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. The first generation L5 has a 5MP rear camera and no front camera.


LG Optimus L7 II: The L7 II is also to come with added CPU power. From its original version, the device differs with a 1GHz dual core processor (Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8225 chipset), 768MB of RAM and Adreno 203 graphical processor. Its original version has 1GHz Cortex-A5 (MSM7227A Snapdragon chipset), 512MB of RAM and Adreno 200 GPU. The Optimus L7 II is to feature a 4.3-inch WVGA display, 8MP rear camera and a 2,460mAh battery, reports say. It will also be running on Android 4.1.2 at launch.


LG’s Other Possible Products for MWC
LG is gaining in popularity as a key maker of Android phones. Its last year flagship the Optimus G2 is still creating waves in markets. Apart from the above three phones, LG is to launch some more devices in the event. The company is most likely to surface a set of Windows Phone 8 handsets as well. As per rumor mills, LG is to join the WP 8 bandwagon following Samsung, Nokia, HTC and Huawei. But, there is no clue on the possible Windows Phone 8 handsets from the Korean tech maker.
LG has to compete with a host of tech makers in Android front this year. All major Android product firms have launched some great quality devices for the year. From Sony to ZTE, all famous mobile firms have launched devices that feature quad core processors, 1080p displays, 13MP cameras and more. That is, things won’t be much good for LG devices that should fight innumerous numbers of midrange and low-price handsets as well.


Samsung and Sony have recently launched too many midrange and budget phones under the Android platform. Along with the new line of FHD handsets, tech firms have also surfaced enough bottom-line phones. The new LG phones will join the battle to take control of the market, where lots of customers wait for quality midrange devices.

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Sunday, 10 February 2013

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Micromax A116 Canvas HD Available From Feb 14..


Micromax A116 Canvas HD Available From Feb 14: What Are The Goods and Bads Of Jelly Bean Phablet?


It can be said that the India based manufacturers has reaped the trending phablet segment and the local vendors have now started gaining benefits from the harvest. Initially, the budget phablets were based on Android ICS, however, in 2013 most of the renowned companies have started coming up with Jelly Bean phablets in the nation.
Micromax is one of the leading India based tech company, which is involved in making smartphones, phablets and tablets at reasonable price ranges and with an eye to take over the market as a dominator. The company has already launched a couple of Android ICS tablets in 2012 with dual SIM and pretty decent specifications at Rs 9,999.
In January 2013, Micromax took a giant leap by penetrating deep into the phablet market with the launch of A116 Canvas HD. Interestingly, the phablet is equipped with a quad core processor, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and a few other high-end specifications under its hood.

Key Specifications

As far as specs are concerned, A116 Canvas HD houses a 5 inch HD IPS capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, 1.2GHz quad core MediaTek MT6589 processor, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system, 8MP rear camera, VGA front camera for video calling, 4GB internal storage, 1GB RAM, micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB additional storage, 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS/A-GPS and a 2,100 mAh battery.

Micromax A116 Canvas HD Available From Feb 14: The Goods and The Bads

Preloaded Applications

Micromax A116 Canvas HD is loaded with applications including M!Store, M!Buddy, M!SMS, M!Zone and Hook Up.

Price & Availability

At the time of launch, Micromax has not disclosed the official pricing of its latest Canvas offering - A116 Canvas HD. However, the tech experts estimated that the device will be priced in the sub Rs 15,000 price range.
Now, Micromax has posted on its official website that Canvas HD will be available only at www.micromaxinfo.com from February 14, 2013, thats Valentine's Day.



A116 Canvas HD - The Goods

Micromax has been long awaited for a Jelly Bean based device with impressive specifications. With the launch of A116 Canvas HD, a day before the unveiling of Samsung Galaxy Grand in India, the former has been making rounds in the Indian tech news for the latest quad core HD phablet. Moreover, the phablet has enough features listed below to claim its one of the best offerings in the market currently.

IPS HD Display

IPS (In-Plane Switching technology) is used for LCDs to solve the limitations like relatively slow response, small viewing angles and low quality color reproduction. Further, these displays offer consistent and accurate color from any viewing angle and have the ability to offer clear images.
The advantage of IPS display is combined with HD resolution in A116 Canvas HD. The phablet sports a 5 inch display with 1280 x 720 pixel resolution. Hence, the content appears with excellent quality in all aspects.

Quad Core MediaTek Processor

The quad core MediaTek MT6589 chipset integrates a power efficient ARM Cortex A7 processor and PowerVR Series5XT GPU offering a powerful performance at a very competitive price. Further, the processor offers innovative and advanced dual SIM solution, high-end multimedia capabilities with support to up to 13MP camera and full HD LCD support.

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS

This the first time, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean launched in June 2012 is being incorporated on a Micromax device. The platform has new features including Project Butter for smoother and more responsive interface, expandable and contractible notifications, resizable app widgets, live wallpaper preview, high resolution contact photos, improved Android Beam, better camera interface and improved Google Now.



A116 Canvas HD - The Bads

Wi-Fi

Of course, Canvas HD has Wi-Fi connectivity, however, it lacks dual band Wi-Fi, that operates on more than two different network frequencies. With the dual band Wi-Fi, consumers can enjoy the benefits of a stronger internet connection.

Internal Storage

Though the handset comes with a micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB additional storage, it has only a mere 4GB internal storage on board. Given that the applications will be stored on the internal storage be default, such a less capacity is quite disappointing.

8MP Camera

The 8MP rear camera with a resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels in Canvas HD comes with LED flash and fares well for normal usage. However, it lacks BSI sensor that is present in a few other budget offerings. The BSI sensor will improve the quality of low light photography to a great extent.
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Monday, 21 January 2013

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Opera Launches New "ICE" Browser..iOS..;;

Opera Launching New "Ice" Browser for iOS, Android

 

Opera Ice will take a new approach in web browsing on mobile devices.


 


While Opera really didn't offer anything new to see for the North American market at CES 2013, the company has revealed to Pocket-lint that it's preparing a new web browser for the iOS and Android platforms called Opera Ice. It's in development for both smartphone and tablet form factors, and will focus on presenting rich applications rather than stuff the screen full of buttons and tabs.

"This is a full touch and tablet-focused browser," the project manager told the site. "Most are taking a PC Browser and squishing [it] into a tablet, or they are taking a mobile browser and blowing it up to fill the space."

Opera wants to hide as much of the actual browser as possible, allowing the user to navigate the web using gestures instead of the typical forward and backward buttons. Tabs will reportedly be replaced by icons on a homepage, and new pages will be accessed by either typing in the URL or using the browser's search function. To bookmark, users simply tap a part of the screen and drag the icon to the home screen.

"We need to go into a new phase, we need to lift our games on certain areas to ensure we continue to grow," said Lars Boilesen, CEO of Opera. "We need to focus on getting strong products out on iOS and Android. These are the two leading platforms we will focus on… They are the ones phones are being sold for."

That said, the new browser is slated to arrive on both mobile platforms first. It may also arrive on the Windows Phone platform in the future, but that project won't become a priority until the Windows Phone device sales begin to pick up.

As for Opera Mini, the company doesn't have any plans to dump the popular scaled down browser. "Mini is super important," Boilsen added. "It needs to be a platform where we create users and then migrate those users to over to our smartphone products."

Opera also plans to launch a desktop version in March (presumably Opera Ice), so stay tuned for an official announcement soon.

 

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Sunday, 20 January 2013

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HCL ME Y3...just launched.;;

After dual-SIM feature phones and smartphones, it looks like there will soon be a flurry of dual-SIM tablets in the Indian market. HCL seems to be foraying in this space with its HCL ME Y3 tablet. HCL ME Y3 features a 7-inch capacitive multi-touchscreen with a resolution of 1024x600 pixels. There is a 1GHz Cortex A9 processor on-board and it will run on Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) operating system.

 

HCL ME Tablet Y3 with dual-SIM support is now available from online retailers Saholic and Snapdeal. It has a 7-inch (1024 x 600 pixels) capacitive touch screen display, powered by  1 GHz Cortex A9 processor and runs on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). It has dual-SIM support with dual standby and lets you make voice calls and use data from both the SIM cards.


    

The HCL ME Y3 comes with 2-megapixel rear camera and a 0.3-megapixel one in the front. There is 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage, which can be expanded up to 32GB via microSD card. Connectivity options include, 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. One can make voice calls from both the SIMs and it also supports FM Radio. It comes with a 3,100mAh battery. So far it is not clear whether the tablet will support 3G data on both the SIM or just one of them.

The tablet is already listed on the deal site snapedeal.com for Rs. 11,999 and the site is promising to ship it within five business days.

HCL is already offering around a dozen tablets in the Indian market, which range from Rs. 6,700 to Rs. 14,999. However, HCL ME Y3 is the first dual-SIM tablet by the company. Apart from HCL, Swipe and iBall are currently offering dual-SIM tablets in India.

Swipe had launched its Swipe Tab All in One in October 2012 for Rs. 11,999. This tablet comes with 7-inch TFT LCD full-HD capacitive touch screen with 5 point multi- touch and has a resolution of 1028X768 pixels. Swipe Tab All in One runs on Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and has a 4,000mAh battery. This tablet comes with 1.5GHz dual-core processor with 1GB RAM and 8GB of internal storage.

The iBall Slide 3G 7334 on the other hand is available in the market for Rs. 10,990. It is a 7-inch tablet that sports a resolution of 1024x600 pixels and 4,400mAh battery. Powered by Cortex A9 1GHz processor, iBall Slide 3G 7334 comes with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. It runs on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and supports 3G on both the SIMs. Just like the HCL ME Y3 tablet, even iBall Slide 3G 7334 supports FM radio.


                             


HCL ME Tablet Y3 Specifications

  • 7-inch (1024 x 600 pixels) capacitive touch screen display

  • Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS

  • 1 GHz Cortex A9 processor

  • 2MP rear camera, VGA front-facing camera

  • 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio and FM transmitter

  • 3G HSDPA 7.2Mbps, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.0, mini HDMI

  • 1GB DDR3 RAM, 4GB internal memory , 32GB expandable memory with microSD

  • 3100 mAh battery

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Friday, 18 January 2013

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OLED technology SmaRT PhoNEs..

Toshiba Excite 7.7

The Excite 7.7 is a small tablet with a 7.7" 1280x800 Super AMOLED Plus display and a quad-core Tegra 3 CPU. It's very slim (7.6 mm) and light (380 grams).

The Excite 7.7 is now shipping. The 16GB model cost $499.99 and the 32GB costs $559.

OLED type: 

7.7" 1280x800 Super AMOLED Plus



Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7

The Galaxy Tab 7.7 is the world's first tablet with an OLED display, a 7.7" Super AMOLED Plus panel, offering 1280x800 resolution. Other specs include Android v3.2, Dual-core 1.4Ghz processor, HSPA+ radio, 16GB to 64GB internal storage and a microSD slot, Wi-Fi, GPS and two cameras (3MP and 2MP).


Amazon.com is now offering the Tab 7.7 for $555. This is an unlocked international model. 

OLED type: 

7.7" 1280x800 Super AMOLED Plus


 

Samsung Galaxy Note

Samsung's Galaxy Note is a large Android v2.3 phone (or mini-tablet?) with a 5.3" Super AMOLED display with an HD resolution: 1280x800. Samsung simply calls this Super-AMOLED because it uses PenTile technology (it appears they are not using the Super AMOLED HD brand, they simply calls this an HD Super AMOLED display). Other specs include a dual-core 1.4Ghz processor, 8mp camera, touch display with pen input (it has a stylus). The phone is 9.65mm thick and weights 178 grams.


The Note is now available for AT&T with LTE for $249.99, and you can get it unlocked for $680.  The Note is also shipping in the UK - £592 without a contract and in Korea.

OLED type: 

5.3" 1280x800 Super AMOLED


 

Miutech redesigned HDPC

The new Miutech HDPC is a redesign of their older design. It features the same hardware - an external phone (ARM9, 2.4" external OLE and a keypad) and an internal Windows CE or Linux PC. It includes 1Gb of RAM, WiFi, USB and GPS, microSD slot, 32Gb (or larger) SSDs, HDMI and HD audio outputs and T-DMB. It includes 3 different cameras, too.

The HDPC is priced at 500$ for the basic unit and 900$ for the premium one. No release date yet...

OLED type: 

External 2.4" 320 x 240 AMOLED



 

OQO UMPC Model 2+

The OQO UMPC Model 2+ is an Ultra-Mobile PC with a 5" touch AMOLED (800x480). Other features include a new Intel Atom processor (1.86Ghz), 2GB of RAM, 120GB H/D, cellular 3G connectivity and it can run Windows Vista or XP..

 
OQO Model 02+ photo

OLED type: 

5" touchscreen OLED, 800x480 (WVGA).

 


 

MIU HDPC

The HDPC MIU is a 'dual' computer - it actually has '2' computers in one - with 2 screens, 2 processors and 2 operation systems. The first is a PDA, running Windows XP on an Intel Atom processor, with a 4.1" LCD (800×480). When the device is closed it's using an ARM processor with a Windows CE OS, and a secondary AMOLED display.

 
MIU HDPC

OLED type: 

Secondary 2.4" AMOLED screen (320×240)

 

 

TurboLinux Wizpy

A linux running "MP3" player. It has 4GB of memory (The linux takes 1.5 of that). It has an FM radio, and supports all sort of music formats. It comes with Turbolinux Fuji, and comes with several apps, including Thunderbird, firefox and skype. It's about the size of an iPod nano (But twice as thick). It will be launched in Japan in February, and will cost around 255$.

 

OLED type: 

1.71" OLED panel

 

Sony Clie PEG-VZ90

Sony's Clie PEG-VZ90 is a palm-OS powered PDA that has a 3.8" 480x320 AMOLED display. In fact it's the first PDA with an OLED display.

OLED type: 

3.8" 480x320 AMOLED

 

 
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Nikon D90 lenses and autofocus

 

Nikon D90 with 18-200mm lens

The Nikon D90 features an F-mount which can accommodate most Nikkor lenses, with the DX-format sensor resulting in their field of view being reduced by 1.5 times. As with all Nikon DSLRs, you’ll need recent lenses to support the full focusing and metering modes. There’s a compatibility chart in the D90 manual or specification sheets, but just briefly you’ll need a Type G or D AF (including AF-S and AF-I) Nikkor to support all functions including the most sophisticated 3D Colour Matrix Metering II system. We’re pleased to report that unlike the entry-level D40, D40x and D60 bodies, the new D90 retains the built-in AF motor required to autofocus non AF-S lenses.



Nikon D90 - lens mount


Unlike Nikon’s D300 and D700, there’s no means to manually enter details for non-CPU lenses (allowing them to exploit more sophisticated metering), and the AF fine tune of the D700 is not present here.

The D90 is available body alone, or in a kit with the Nikkor DX 18-105mm f3.5-5.6 VR lens. This is a new lens launched with the D90 which may have a slightly shorter range than the DX 18-135mm typically supplied with the earlier D80, but now crucially features Vibration Reduction to counteract camera shake. 

 

The DX 18-105mm VR has a 5.8x range that’s equivalent to 27-158mm; this takes you from wide angle to reasonable telephoto and we have examples of how you might use this in our D90 Sample Images page. The telephoto end may be 30mm shorter than the lens commonly bundled with the D80, but it’s 50mm longer than most kit lenses, and you can see an illustration of this coverage in practice below.


Nikon D90 with Nikkor DX 18-105mm VR coverage


DX 18-105mm VR at 18mm (27mm equivalent)
 
DX 18-105mm VR at 105mm (158mm equivalent)


The design and build quality of the DX 18-105mm VR are very similar to the older DX 18-135mm. It’s comfortably larger than the typical 18-55mm models supplied with entry-level models (see our design page), but also a step-up in construction and features. For starters it’s an AF-S model which means it features a built-in SWM focusing motor. This allows the lens to focus faster and much more quietly than most kit lenses, although remember it’s still a budget model so there are quicker lenses in the Nikkor range.

There’s also a slim manual focusing ring with full-time operation, although no window with distance markings. This ring is fine for most manual focusing applications, although if you really get into the D90’s movie mode, you’ll want something smoother and with distance markings.

We’re pleased to report the end section of the barrel does not rotate while focusing, which is good news for users of polarising filters. Nikon also supplies the DX 18-105mm VR lens with a hood and pouch – Canon, are you listening?

So the new kit lens is a classy step-up from rival kit models and we’ll have a full report on it in the near future, but remember it adds around $300 USD to the body-only price of the D90, which is halfway to buying the Nikkor DX 18-200mm VR superzoom. As such it’s well worth thinking carefully about whether you’d be better-off buying the D90 body-only and complementing it with a more sophisticated lens from day-one.

Nikon D90 focusing

The Nikon D90 inherits the 11-point AF system of its predecessor and employs the same Multi-CAM 1000 module with a single cross-type sensor. There’s three main AF modes: AF-S (Single Servo AF), AF-C (Continuous Servo AF) and AF-A (an Auto mode which selects between them depending on whether the subject is in motion – this is the default option).

The AF mode is changed by pressing and holding the AF button on the top surface of the body while turning the thumb dial. A switch to the side of the lens mount sets the camera to auto or manual focus. Unlike many more affordable DSLRs which strobe their built-in flashes for AF assistance, the D90 employs a dedicated lamp – it’s pretty bright, but much more discreet than the flash flickering.

Nikon D90 - AF area

 

There’s four AF Area modes: Single Point, Dynamic Area, Auto Area, and new to the D90 over its predecessor, 3D Tracking. In Single and Dynamic Area, you can manually adjust the focusing point using the multi-selector, with Dynamic Area also considering surrounding focus points if the subject moves. In Auto Area, the D90 chooses the focus point automatically.

In the new 3D Tracking option, you manually select a focusing point, after which the D90 will attempt to keep the original subject in focus even if you recompose the shot. 3D Tracking also exploits the metering sensor to use colour information to help track a subject. Nikon recommends using Dynamic Area for erratically moving subjects, and 3D Tracking when recomposing photos with relatively static subjects.

We’ve detailed the Live View auto-focusing options on the previous Design page, but just briefly here, the D90 exclusively relies on contrast-based AF in Live View, with the choice of three modes: Normal Area, Wide Area and Face Priority. Nikon claims face detection is also used outside of Live View to recognise and expose for human subjects.

In use, the D90’s phase-change AF system worked very well. Set to the default Auto Area it generally did a good job of recognising the primary subject and locking the lens onto it, with the active AF points highlighted. In Dynamic mode with AF-C, subjects placed under the manually chosen focus point were tracked effectively as they moved towards or away from the camera – we found the D90 with the DX 18-105mm kit lens zoomed-in had no problem keeping vehicles in sharp focus which were approaching face-on at 40kph.

Finally, the new 3D Tracking option was effective at following subjects moving around the frame or as you recomposed with a static subject; this worked particularly well with strongly coloured subjects which stood out from the background, although as Nikon recommended, it’s best-suited to more leisurely motion.

As with all DSLRs which offer a variety of AF options, it’s a case of experimenting to see which works best for your particular application. But if you’re shooting a subject in motion and can keep it within the diamond area covered by the 11 AF points, the D90’s Dynamic Area and 3D Tracking modes should keep it sharp.

 

Nikon D90 metering, exposures and bracketing


The Nikon D90 offers three main metering modes: Spot, Centre-weighted and 3D Colour Matrix II. These are selected by pressing and holding the metering button on the camera’s top surface while turning the thumb dial.

Nikon D90 - centre weight area Nikon D90 - metering custom menus

3D Colour Matrix II employs the same 420-segment RGB sensor as its predecessor, which while less sophisticated than the 1005 pixel sensor of the D300 upwards, still does an excellent job of evaluating the composition. Note you’ll need a type G or D lens to deliver distance information; other CPU lenses do not include range data, and therefore fall back on Colour Matrix Metering II. Custom option b3 lets you change the diameter of the centre-weighted area to 6, 8 or 10mm, with 8mm being the default setting. Spot metering on the D90 uses a circle with a 3.5mm diameter. 

 

The D90 offers shutter speeds from 1/4000 to 30 seconds plus a Bulb option. Exposure compensation is available in a wide range of +/-5EV in 0.3 or 0.5 steps. The shutter block is tested for 100,000 cycles, compared to 150,000 on the D300 / D700 and 300,000 on the D3.

Exposure bracketing is available with two or three frames in steps of 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1 or 2EV. Flash bracketing is available with the same settings. White Balance bracketing is also available, again with two or three frames, and with steps of 1, 2 or 3. Exposure bracketing with 2EV steps is nice to have for HDR work, but specialist photographers will much prefer the 9-frame option on the D300.


Nikon D90 anti-dust

New to the D90 over its predecessor are anti-dust facilities, which are implemented in the same way as the D300 and D700. Like those bodies the D90 vibrates the low pass filter in front of the main sensor in an attempt to shake-free any foreign particles. You can set the D90 to perform this process at startup, shutdown, both or neither. You can also activate it manually at any time, along with recording a dust reference frame for automatic dust removal of images in the optional Capture NX software.

Nikon D90 - clean sensor

 

Following our usual DSLR torture-test we left the D90 face-up without a lens, inside and outside for ten minutes each; we can’t know how much dust entered the body during this time, nor even how much was present to start with, but we know such a process would result in dust being a problem for most models.

With Cleaning set to take place at startup and shutdown we then powered the camera on and off twice, before taking a series of photos at every aperture setting of a plain white surface at close range with the Nikkor DX 18-105mm VR lens set to 50mm and manually focused to infinity. Dust marks normally become most apparent at the smallest apertures (eg f16 and f22), but it’s also important to test at more common apertures. 


Nikon D90 dust example at f22 / f8


100% crop, 18-105mm at 50mm, f22
 
100% crop, 18-105mm at 50mm, f22

We started as always by examining the f22 sample, as the worse-case scenario, but much to our relief (and surprise), no obvious dust marks were visible. Applying extreme Levels in Photoshop revealed a number of marks, and we’ve cropped a 100% sample of the worst above right. The exact same area is shown above left without Levels, and you’re welcome to download it and apply the Levels command to verify.

Since dust marks become less visible at larger apertures, it’s safe to say there weren’t any offending particles in the other images. This is a great result for the D90, although since we believe it employs a similar – or even the same – anti dust system as the D300, we suspect the result here also has a factor of good luck. But as always, a picture of the effectiveness of anti-dust systems can be built-up by anecdotal evidence, so here’s one in the good camp. If you own the D90, we'd be interested to hear your own experiences with dust in the Nikon section of the Cameralabs forum. 


Nikon D90 sensor and processing

The Nikon D90 is equipped with a 12.3 Megapixel CMOS sensor which conforms to Nikon’s DX format and measures 23.6x15.8mm. These specifications are identical to the D300’s sensor, although Nikon describes it as a newly developed sensor with technology directly inherited from the D300. As we’ll see there’s some similarities, but also some differences, at least when considering the complete imaging pipeline.

The maximum resolution is certainly the same: the D90 generates 3:2 aspect ratio images with a top resolution of 4288x2848 pixels and there’s the choice of two lower resolutions, along with three JPEG compression levels: Fine, Normal and Basic. Normal is the default, but we used Fine for all our test shots. 


Nikon D90 - resolution Nikon D90 - compression

RAW files can be recorded either alone or accompanied by a JPEG with Fine, Normal or Basic compression; the JPEG will be recorded with the selected resolution, but the RAW file will always be at the maximum resolution. The major difference between the D90 and D300 are that the former records RAW files with 12 bits of tonal detail, whereas the D300 can opt for 12 or 14 bits. The D300 additionally offers further compression options for both RAW and JPEG files, along with a TIFF mode, which aren’t present on the D90. It’s a shame the D90 doesn’t support 14-bit data as this is now available on cheaper rivals including Canon’s EOS 450D / XSi.

The D90’s best quality Large Fine JPEGs typically measure 6MB each, while RAW files measure around 10.8MB (Nikon’s figures). The D90 achieves relatively small RAW file sizes by applying lossy compression to the data whether you like it or not – to put them into context, the D300 with the same resolution typically delivers 12-bit RAW files measuring 13.6MB with lossless compression, or 14.2MB with no compression at all. It’s always good to save space, but we’d sooner the D90 employed lossless compression on its RAW files, or at least gave you the option. For that you’ll need the D300.

Nikon supplies its basic View NX conversion software for RAW files, but the more sophisticated Capture NX 2 remains an optional purchase with a free trial. It’s a shame Nikon still doesn’t bundle Capture NX, at least on its mid-range DSLRs upwards – remember all Canon DSLRs come with its Digital Photo Professional software for free.

Nikon D90 - sensitivity control Nikon D90 - high ISO NR
   

The D90 shares exactly the same sensitivity range as the D300, running between 200 and 3200 ISO with additional L1.0 and H1.0 options representing 100 and 6400 ISO respectively. High ISO Noise reduction is applied at 800 ISO and above, but you get the choice of four settings: Low, Normal (the default), High, and Off, although even when ‘Off’, there’s some noise reduction applied at 4000 ISO and above. You can see how the same image looks at all sensitivities and NR settings in our Nikon D90 High ISO Noise results pages.

Image processing duties are carried out by Nikon’s EXPEED processor. White Balance can be set to Auto, Incandescent, Fluorescent (with seven sub-presets), Direct Sunlight, Flash, Cloudy, Shade, a manually set colour temperature or a custom preset. Each can be fine-tuned, and bracketing is also available.

Nikon D90 - WB adjust

 

Like other recent Nikon DSLRs, EXPEED automatically removes – or at least greatly reduces – the effect of lateral chromatic aberrations, also known as purple fringing. This correction is applied automatically to all JPEG files whether you like it or not, but not to RAW files, which gives us a chance to make a comparison.

Below are crops taken from our resolution test chart taken with the D90 and DX 18-105mm lens at 35mm f8. We shot this using the RAW plus Large Fine JPEG mode. Below left is a crop taken from the JPEG file which is virtually bereft of any coloured fringing. Below right is the RAW file with Capture NX’s default CA Correction applied, which has totally eliminated any coloured fringing – indeed it almost looks like the file has been turned to greyscale.

In the middle though is the same RAW file, again processed in Capture NX, but this time with CA Correction disabled. Now you can see the actual optical aberrations of the lens, and equally how the D90 can greatly reduce them either in-camera or using software afterwards. Note: the D700’s Vignette Control is not offered in-camera, although you can apply it using Capture NX afterwards.

Nikon D90
JPEG from camera

Nikon D90
RAW without Auto CA

Nikon D90
RAW with Auto CA
Nikon D300 - JPEG from camera   Nikon D300 - RAW without Auto CA   Nikon D300 - RAW with Auto CA
18-105mm at 35mm f8, 100% crop

18-105mm at 35mm f8, 100% crop

18-105mm at 35mm f8, 100% crop

The headline processing feature remains Active D-Lighting which adjusts the tonal curve of images in an attempt to boost darker areas without blowing highlights. Unlike Nikon’s earlier D-Lighting system, the Active version applies the adjustments to JPEG files as they’re being processed, although normal D-Lighting is still offered in the Retouch menu for existing images.

Nikon D90 - Active D-Lighting
 

Active D-Lighting is offered in Low, Normal, High, or new to the D90, Extra High settings and is non-reversible on JPEGs; you can however opt for a bracketing option which takes one picture with Active D-Lighting and the other without. There’s additionally an Auto mode which adjusts the Active D-Lighting depending on the conditions – that’s the default setting, so the one we’ve used in our main Results and Gallery pages.

The current Active D-Lighting setting is also stored with RAW files and applied as you open them in Capture NX, but the software allows you to adjust the setting, or switch it off entirely if preferred. You don’t however get this option on RAW files if they were taken with Active D-Lighting switched off.

Active D-Lighting preserves highlight areas by first reducing the exposure slightly, then boosting the darker areas with a tone curve. You can see two examples of this below taken with the D90 in Aperture Priority at f3.5 and 200 ISO. The first image, on the left side is a normal exposure without Active D-Lighting, and the camera metered a shutter speed of 1/8. To the right is an image taken with Active D-Lighting set to its maximum setting of Extra High, which with the same aperture and sensitivity resulted in a faster exposure of 1/13 of a second. 


Nikon D90 Active D-Lighting

 
     

Active D-Lighting Off: 200 ISO, f3.5, 1/8 sec
 
Active D-Lighting Extra High: 200 ISO, f3.5, 1/13 sec

The histograms below each image illustrates exactly how Active D-Lighting works. The shorter exposure above right has retained more highlight detail, which in turn has meant the bright window areas are less burnt-out. At the other end, dark shadow areas have been reduced, while mid shadows have been boosted, brightening the dimmer portions of the scene. Boosting shadow areas, especially in conjunction with a shorter exposure, inevitably increases noise though, and this has become more apparent in the dark areas.

More traditional image processing options are applied using a series of Picture Controls. The Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Portrait and Landscape Picture Controls all offer adjustment of Sharpening (0-9), Contrast (+/-3), Brightness (+/-1), Saturation (+/-3) and Hue (+/-3), while the Monochrome Picture Style swaps Saturation and Hue for nine Toning and four Filter Effects. If you’re in a real hurry, a Quick Adjust option can boost or lessen a group of settings in one go. Note: the Portrait and Landscape Picture Controls are new to the D90. Custom Picture Controls can be created in-camera or using the supplied software.



Nikon D90 - picture control Nikon D90 - picture control adjust Nikon D90 - picture control grid
     

As always we used the default processing option for our test shots – in this instance the Standard Picture Control. As you’ll see in our Results and Sample Images Gallery pages, the D90’s default JPEG output is quite different to its predecessor. The D80 delivered vibrant, consumer-friendly images out of the camera, which could sometimes appear over-saturated under already bright and colourful conditions. In contrast the D90 is much more refrained, delivering output similar to that from the higher-end Nikon DSLRs – indeed the colour and tone settings in the D90’s Picture Controls are the same as those on the D300, D700 and D3.

As such, the D90’s default output can appear quite subdued compared to the D80, and this can come as a bit of a surprise if you’re upgrading from one to the other. If you miss the D80’s processing strategy though, simply opt for the Vivid Picture Control as your default, or manually tweak the colour and tone settings until you get the result you desire. Better still, shoot in RAW and make the adjustments later.

Nikon D90 drive modes

The Nikon D90 offers six Release options: Single Frame, Continuous Low, Continuous High, Self Timer, Delayed Remote and Quick Response Remote. To adjust these settings, press and hold the drive button on the camera’s top surface while turning the thumb dial.

Nikon D90 - CL shooting
 

Continuous Low shoots at 1 to 4 fps depending on custom setting d6. Continuous High records at the D90’s top speed of 4.5fps, which is a significant boost of its predecessor’s 3fps. It’s also comfortably quicker than the 3.5fps of the Canon EOS 450D / XSi and the Olympus E-420 / E-520, although for pretty much the same money, the D90 is up against Canon’s EOS 40D which can shoot at up to 6.5fps.

Nikon D90 - self-time delay
 

The Self Timer can be set to 2, 5, 10 or 20 seconds using custom option c3. The two Remote options are designed for use with the optional ML-L3 infra-red remote control; the Quick Response option takes the photo straightaway while the Delayed option releases the shutter two seconds after you press the button which is handy to avoid self-portraits or group shots showing the photographer pointing the remote at the camera.

There’s no explicitly-named Mirror-lockup facility, but enabling custom option d10 introduces a delay of about one second between the mirror raising and the shutter opening. The built-in Intervalometer facilities of the D300 and D700 are sadly not available here.

To test the D90’s continuous shooting capabilities we fitted it with a SanDisk Ultra II 1GB SD memory card and set the Release mode to High; the shutter speed was 1/500, the sensitivity 200 ISO and Active D-Lighting set to its default Auto. With the D90 set to record Large Fine JPEGs, we fired-off 50 frames in 11.3 seconds, before the camera began to slow, corresponding to a rate of 4.46fps. Beyond this, the D90 kept firing, but at a slightly slower rate.

Next we set the D90 to RAW mode and fired-off nine frames in exactly two seconds, corresponding to a rate of 4.5 fps; the D90 took ten seconds to subsequently clear its buffer and write the data to our card.

So the D90 delivered its quoted rate of 4.5fps in practice, which is a decent upgrade over the 3fps of the D80, although again slower than the 6.5fps of the Canon EOS 40D body which costs the same.

PC-based remote control of the Nikon D90 is possible with the optional Camera Control Pro 2 software. This is another area where Canon takes the lead as its EOS Utility offers full remote control of the DSLR (including focusing and Live View), and is supplied free of charge with all current EOS DSLRs including the budget EOS 1000D / Rebel XS. Nikon should rethink its strategy of charging for RAW processing and remote control software when its biggest rival gives them away for free even with the cheapest models.


 

Nikon D90 Movie Mode

The Nikon D90 may feature a number of upgrades over its predecessor, but the one grabbing the most headlines is its new D-Movie mode – this isn’t surprising since the D90 is the first DSLR to offer the facility, although shortly after Nikon’s news, Canon announced its 5D Mark II would also feature movie recording. During the D90’s lifespan we’d also expect most other manufacturers to start offering DSLRs with movie modes.

But back to the pioneer: the D90 can record video at 320x216, 640x424 or 1280x720 pixels, all at 24fps and with optional mono sound recorded using a new built-in microphone just above the D90’s logo. The first two modes use the same 3:2 aspect ratio as the D90’s still images, while the 1280x720 mode is genuine high definition video in 16:9 using the 720p format.

 

 

Nikon D90 - movie settings

 

Video is compressed using the ageing Motion JPEG system and stored in an AVI wrapper. The maximum file size is 2GB, although additional restrictions limit the HD mode to five minutes and the lower resolution modes to 20 minutes. The D90 will stop recording at whichever comes first: the time limit or file size. Our clips worked out at an average of about 2.5MB per second for the HD mode with audio, which corresponds to a bit rate of around 20Mbit/s.

The D90’s movie mode is an extension of Live View: with Live View running, you simply press the OK button to start filming and again to stop. If you’re using the lower resolution modes, the image will fill the same screen area as normal Live View, but if you’re shooting in 720p, there’ll be thin grey bars at the top and bottom of the image to indicate the wider 16:9 frame. 

 

Nikon D90 - movie record Nikon D90 - movie play

Since the D90 could be about to record stills in Live View mode, the camera allows you to manually set the aperture, shutter, ISO and almost any other value as normal. However only a handful of settings will have any impact if you start recording video instead. The aperture value can be set before shooting, but tests indicate smaller apertures are ignored; we’re confirming with Nikon, but believe the actual operating range may only be from the maximum aperture to around f8. Metering is fixed to Matrix and the shutter and sensitivity adjusted automatically while filming, although you can lock them or apply compensation before starting. VR is supported while filming to reduce camera-shake, but at the cost of higher power consumption.

Probably the biggest limitation though regards focusing: you can autofocus before you start filming, but once the D90 starts ‘rolling’, it becomes manual focus only. This is why having a lens with a smooth focusing ring and distance markings is very useful with the D90. The D90 manual also warns of banding under artificial light and ‘distortion’ if the camera is panned horizontally or an object moves at high speed through the frame.

That’s the theory, now for the practice. In use the D90’s video facility is a mixed bag: embrace the unique qualities a DSLR brings to video recording and you can enjoy spectacular results which would otherwise be difficult or impossible to achieve with a conventional camcorder. Fail to work within its limitations though, or simply become unlucky, and you can end up with very disappointing output.

 

Nikon D90 video grab example

 

Let’s start with the good news. DSLRs have large sensors compared to traditional camcorders, which allows them to perform better in low light, and also achieve a smaller depth of field. In practice this bears-out with the D90. The D90’s video really is much cleaner in low light than a typical consumer camcorder (see lens caveats below), and the potential depth of field much smaller.

You can easily throw the background out of focus, or switch focus from one subject to another – a technique we’re all familiar with from professional filming, but something that’s almost impossible to achieve on a consumer camcorder. DSLRs also have the flexibility of interchangeable lenses, allowing you to film with exotic models including fisheyes and long telephotos, or those with macro or perspective control. Try doing that with your camcorder. The audio is also not bad considering it’s coming from a small built-in microphone, but beware as both focusing and zoom adjustments can be heard as faint scraping in the background.

 
Nikon D90 video grab example
 

Now for the bad news. Hollywood and the pro movie industry may be used to manually focusing their lenses while filming, but most consumers aren’t. It takes some practice to get it right, and ideally requires a lens with a very smooth focusing ring and distance markings. It’s best-suited to rehearsed sequences with marked focus distances than spontaneous situations.

You’ll also notice zoom lenses for still cameras weren’t designed with video in mind: adjusting the focal length is just not as smooth, proportional or even quiet as a camcorder. It’s almost impossible to manually zoom the lens without severely shaking the camera, and DSLRs are simply the wrong shape to be held comfortably in front of your face while filming video for any length of time.

Speaking of lenses, it’s also important to compare like with like. If you buy the D90 kit, you may be surprised to find its video footage actually suffering from greater noise than your camcorder under low light. This is because the D90’s kit lens at f3.5-5.6 is typically four to eight times slower than an average camcorder lens. So under the same light, a camcorder could be operating at a low sensitivity, while the D90 could be pushed to a considerably higher one. If both cameras were operating at the same sensitivity, then the D90 would deliver cleaner results, but with the kit lens, the Nikon will almost certainly be working at a much higher sensitivity and effectively lose much of its advantage.

 
Nikon D90 video grab example
 

The D90’s video mode also suffers from motion artefacts often referred to as wobble, skew or jello.  This is a well-known issue with CMOS sensors with rolling shutters which record each frame from top to bottom before returning to the top again for the next one. Should the camera or subject move during this process, the image can appear to tear, skew or wobble. Now many video cameras, both amateur and professional, employ CMOS sensors, but some suffer more from this effect than others. Sadly the D90 suffers more than most. Panning or zooming, fast-moving subjects or simply handheld work can often result in very undesirable artefacts.

This is all why most of Nikon’s approved sample footage is taken under ideal conditions where the camera will impress: fixed camera positions or gentle motion, along with its unique selling points of unusual lenses, low light or focus switching (the last two with optically fast lenses). Indeed, making the most of the D90’s video involves learning what kind of motions best avoid the skewing effect and working around them.

Finally, the D90’s video eats through both your card and battery at a rate of knots, so always carry spares or you will get caught short.

 
 
Nikon D90 video grab example
 

Ultimately the D90 will not replace your camcorder and if you try and use it in the same way for ‘normal’ shooting it will invariably disappoint or frustrate. Whether it’s the discomfort of holding the body, jerky zoom operation, necessity of manual focus, risk of skewing artefacts or the basic mono sound, it’s just not a viable video camera for all situations.

But the D90 can be a great complement to a camcorder, grabbing sequences with which would otherwise be compromised or even impossible. It has the potential to excel in low light and deliver an unusually small depth of field, and can also exploit unusual optics. In each of these respects it can thrash a conventional camcorder and approaches the capability of pro models costing a small fortune, but for the best effect you’ll need to learn its foibles and ditch the kit lens for something brighter with superior manual focus.

So if you’re an amateur film maker or a videographer wanting to insert a few unusual shots in your standard footage (differences in frame rates permitting), the D90 can be a wonderful tool. Just understand its limitations, work around them and realise it will never replace a normal video camera or the way you’d use it.

It would also be remiss of us not to mention Canon’s EOS 5D Mark II, the second ever DSLR to offer video. The EOS 5D Mark II trumps the D90 with nothing less than full 1080p video and stereo sound via an external microphone socket, all recorded using a modern H.264 codec. It does however cost just over two and a half times that of the D90, so is in a completely different category.

Note: despite featuring a built-in microphone and speaker, the D90 strangely does not offer the recording of voice annotations.

 

 







 
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