Garmin eTrex H Handheld GPS Navigator Review

Garmin eTrex H Handheld GPS Navigator Review

Garmin eTrex H Handheld GPS Navigator is affordable, which makes it one of the least expensive yet powerful GPS models to be found anywhere. The unit is comfy to hold, the buttons are convenient, and the tracking is accurate. We think you will see that the value truly is hard to beat.

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Features

  • Great technology in a starter unit
  • High-sensitivity, WAAS-enabled GPS receiver
  • Stores 20 routes with max 125 waypoints per route
  • Lightweight and waterproof
  • Easy One Hand Operation

The eTrex H is very easy to use. You may be hard-pressed to find a more simple-to-use GPS than this one. The LCD display is easy to read at virtually any time of day. It is waterproof and very durable. The eTrex H runs for about 17 hours on a pair of AA batteries. This is longer than most comparative models, another reason why this GPS is easier on your wallet.

In the box, you get the eTrex H Handheld GPS navigator along with a wrist strap and a user manual. There are many different carrying cases available which can be purchased for the unit, but this model is very durable so you may not need one. The eTrex H measures in at 2w x 4.4h x 1.2d inches and comes with a one-year warranty.

Garmin eTrex H Handheld GPS Navigator Review

Pros and Cons of the eTrex H Handheld GPS Navigator

The battery life goes a little longer than many comparable GPS models. You should still carry around a few pairs of AA batteries on your long hiking trips, but you will feel the value of the battery life this unit offers.

This is a great model for first time GPS owners, and if you enjoy geocaching, this model should be a great tool for you. If you are looking to do a lot of hiking, then you may have to consider purchasing additional maps from Garmin as the built-in maps on this unit are not as detailed and suited to all terrain as the built-in maps on other GPS units. This model does not come with extensive and detailed topographical maps. You will have to purchase them which could cost you more than the GPS itself.

You should be able to figure out the eTrex H with ease. The buttons are simple and it feels good in your hand. For many first time GPS buyers, this model is a complete win because it is so affordable and yet very fast and very powerful. It’s comfortable and accurate. It’s hard to beat for those on a tight budget. Why spend the extra money on a bigger more feature laden GPS when you don’t need all those extra buttons and maps? They may only slow you down.

Is this the right handheld GPS for you? It depends on the types of activities that you will be focusing on. If you are just trying to keep track of your location while on fishing trips, this unit should work surprisingly well because of its price and ease of use. Its simplicity puts it among the best outdoor GPS units. You probably wouldn’t need any extra maps. However, if you are looking for highly detailed topographical maps for your long hiking expeditions, then you may want to consider a different GPS model or factor in the extra price to purchase a good topographical map.

Nokia Lumia 925 – Get The Best Click With Nokia

Nokia Lumia 925 – Get The Best Click With Nokia

As compared to other Smartphones, Nokia Lumia 925 is gathering enough curiosity of a number of people. It has hit the market with additional features along with standard specifications. It is lighter and slimmer as compared to Lumia 920 and with improved features. The phone might just be the perfect opportunity for Nokia to increase its sales by multiple folds.

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Operating system:

Similar to the other Lumia phones, Lumia 925 comes with a Windows 8 OS and runs on 1.5 GHz Snapdragon dual core processor which offers smooth performance of the device and thus multi-tasking becomes easy.

Connectivity and media:

The phone supports 2G as well as 3G network in GSM 850/900/1800/900 and HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100 RM-892 , HSDPA 850/900/1700/1900/2100 RM-910, RM-893 respectively. The 4G network is also supported by this device. The Nokia Lumia sports Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and NFC like connectivity features. This device is a complete entertainment package.

Display and exterior:

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The dimensions of the phone is129x70.6×8.5mm and weighs almost 139g. This Nokia model has a capacitive touch screen (AMOLED) and supports multi-touch as well and displays 16M colors. The size of the phone is 4.5 inches and pixels offered are 768×1280. The screen is made of Gorilla Glass 2 and displays HD images and videos. The phone is very handy and comfortable to hold in a hand. Also, the corners of the curve are less curvy and so the chance of slipping the phone from the hand becomes less.

Memory:

In case of internal memory, Lumia 925 does a great job by offering 16 GB of it so that you can store lots of applications, files and documents. It has no card slot for external memory but you have access to cloud storage of 7GB for free.

Camera:

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The exceptional features of the camera are the specialty of Nokia models and 925 is no exception. The Nokia Lumia 925 sports primary camera of 8.7 MP with exclusive features like dual LED flash, autofocus and image stabilization etc. The front camera is 1.2 MP, which works good as well. The camera uses the optics of Carl Zeiss which is most important for camera lovers and that’s what make this model noticeable. Not only the camera holds the attraction but also the bunch of amazing features and options can make users fall in love with this phone.

With the dedicated button for camera makes clicking the picture easier and reduce the shake when you try to capture a picture. Bright sunlight is not a problem while viewing the screen. In fact, bright sunlight would be an advantage for aiming a shot as the picture looks very clear on the screen due to the light. It has a flash for extra good quality; you can turn it off or on, change the white balance, ISO and aspect ratio. The functioning of the camera is very quick; you can jump from one mode to another in no time and can take good pictures.

When you talk about lenses, there is a lot more to delve into; Lumia 925 has got something outstanding.First one is called as Bing Vision and it is not useful for taking photos but it can scan QR codes and barcodes as well.

Camera Features:

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The feature called as Cinema-graph could be of great use if you are trying to make a short clip for the special ones. It involves combining the pictures along with a video in order to make a clip. This tool captures footage for few second and then loops to create a movable image. You can cut down the length of it by adjusting beginning point and end point, make changes in the speed and then you can share it on social networks or through emails with your friends.

The next one is Panorama which helps user to develop a scene of the multiple shots taken by you and then stitching those numbers of photographs together. It is a good tool and works extremely well.

Last but not the least, the most fantabulous tool of the camera is Nokia Smart Cam. With this you can click list of images in a series and then allows you to choose one that is best from the rest. This could be the best tool as we never like our first picture and thus we don’t have to keep clicking the pictures one after another.

It’s still not done, suppose the pictures you have taken have movements, with this you can develop an action shot by merging the pictures in order to make kind of moving trail in which the same action can be seen at different points. Creating such type of action shot can be tedious sometimes as a small shake can even mess up the entire picture.

Nokia Smart Cam is actually very smart as it ends up choosing the faces where people have their eyes open and smiles on the faces. Also, if you don’t want any movement in the shot, you can remove it.

Battery:

It has a non removable battery of Li-ion 2000 mAh and has a standby time up to 440 h on 3G. The talk time supported by the device is 18 h 20 min on 2G network and 12 h 40 min on 3G network. Also, you can play music up to 55 h in long journeys and can have fun.

Basic features:

Along with the above mentioned features the device comes with basic features like SNS integration, MP4/WMV player, document editor, photo editor, voice dial through command and predictive text input.

Verdict:

The Nokia Lumia serves the best to the users looking for a stylish smart phone with a great camera. This phone has got everything that an individual would wish to have in his smart phone. Users can download unlimited music form the catalogs. It offers an amazing package of multimedia in a single device. You can take benefit of all the services offered by Nokia Lumia 925 at just Rs 31,780/-

A Brief Insight into Photo Stitching and Advanced Techniques

A Brief Insight into Photo Stitching and Advanced Techniques

Photo stitching is a common term in photography and professionals in this field are well aware of this technique. For beginners in photography who have not heard of this term, here’s a brief insight into photo stitching and the various techniques involved in the process.

Understanding the Process

So, what is a photo stitching all about? This is just the process of taking a sequence of overlapping pictures and blending them to make one picture. You can choose how to stitch photos, be it vertically or horizontally depending upon the subject; in fact, few photographers also opt to stitch photos diagonally in some of the cases.

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Why Is It Needed?

It is quite obvious that beginners would get a doubt as to why anyone would want to stitch a picture. The first reason in most cases would be that they would require a much bigger print with considerably more details than that in a single picture. If you make use of five stitched pictures to create a photo instead of one, you will be astonished at the size and clarity of the picture. This reason alone is sufficient to try stitching photos often, while few of them could also stitch photos if their subject is too near and they cannot shift back and don’t possess a lens wide enough to shoot the subject as a whole.

Benefits of Photo-Stitching

This unique method of stitching photos creates a picture that is wider than the average vision field generated by the human eye. This is a very popular method for capturing larger than life pictures and is usually used in landscape photography. Many different techniques can be used to create a panoramic image; few of these techniques can be more effective when compared to the others, but the outcomes are stunning in each method. This is particularly true when the picture is formed by an expert photographer by making use of state-of-the-art tools and many years of experience.

Top Photo-Stitching Tools

There are several photo stitching software programs available today that make the whole task of stitching photos a lot easier. One of the best among them is ArcSoft Panorama Maker, which can be purchased for around $80. With this unique software, the whole process can be executed in a professional manner without any hassles. The easy navigation and its intuitive interface can offer the user a fluid experience. This powerful program can convert your photos into one dazzling panorama masterpiece.

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Various Types of Panoramic Photographic Techniques

Speaking about a few of the techniques involved in the process of photo stitching, there are several high quality photo stitching methods, which include the options listed below:

  • Vertical panorama photography
  • Horizontal panorama photography
  • Circular stitching panorama photography
  • Square panorama photography
  • Rectilinear image stitching photography
  • Full frame image stitching photography

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Advanced Techniques

In each of these photographs, various methods are applied, like removing and replacing colors, removing colors and shadows, removing camera flashes, removing unnecessary wires and switchboard. Apart from these, the photos have to be checked in the following aspects: positioning of pictures, photo filter application, adjusting the levels and curves, and enhancing the definition and depth of the images.

Getting to know the ins and outs of panoramic stitching can take some time, but will require some practice also for amateur photographers to produce amazing images.

Author Bio: Jenifer Scott is a professional photographer, who has been working on photo stitching and advanced photographic like how to stitch photo techniques for quite a few years now.

TACT9000 Review – Best Tactical Flashlight?

TACT9000 Review – Best Tactical Flashlight?

A flashlight is one kind of mobile electric light. Everybody knows about it. But are you familiar with the term known as Tactical Flashlight? It is obviously a flashlight, but it is far more advanced than the average. Unlike the common one, this tactical light, mostly used in the military sector at first. With the passage of time, it becomes popular for regular use. It is used either as a part of a gun or for self-defense.

In tactical light, the beams are sharper than frequent. A common flashlight produces about 15-20 lumens whether a tactical one produces 70-80 lumens at least. Today I am going to share my first experience of using one of them, the model I used is Tact9000.

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The main attraction of this Tactical flashlight is its bright beams. It produces 1000 lumens with no dark spot! It can be used for regular household works as well as for personal safety. You cannot carry a gun to protect yourself everywhere. But no one will stop you bearing a tactical light. That is why I suggest you to use this non-lethal force. The Tact9000 Tactical flashlight is powerful and lightweight at the same time. It is powered by 3 AAA batteries instead of ordinary 1.5A ones. Also, you can use a 18650 Li-ion rechargeable battery if you wish. The body structure is made of aluminum and the finishing is quite good. The grip is so soft, so there will be no pain carrying it for a long time.

The world becomes unpredictable day by day. You have to be prepared to face any unfamiliar situation. If you are in a crisis and you may be attacked any time, this simple tactical light can defend your life. All you have to do is switching on the light to full brightness. No human eyes can tolerate this much amount of 1000 lumens. Your attacker will be blind for a couple of moments and it will be enough for escaping. Also, it can create serious wreck to the intruder’s retina. On the other hand, you might be camped in the forest side and got yourself lost in the jungle. This tactical flashlight can save you in this aspect too. You just have to aim the heavy light to the sky. Tact9000 has a range of 500m and it will make you seen to the search party.

Besides, this Tact9000 has aluminum body. If you hit anyone (who wants to hurt you) with this light, he or she will feel the ultimate pain of this light. Also, there is a strobe function to seek others attention. This time it gets a range of 1 KM radius and it is more than enough to be noticed. Above all, the vital function of a light is to search someone or something. This Tact9000 is 10 times more flashy than a constant one.

Now it seems quite interesting about the price. I guarantee you that the price is not going to disappoint you. It is $59.99 (according to their website) and I think it is not a big deal compared to other similar products. So what are you waiting for? You want yourself to be seized in the dark? If you do not, then grab your one and protect yourself.

Xperia Z2 vs iPhone 5S

Xperia Z2 vs iPhone 5S

Sony is coming up with the successor of Xperia Z1 called the Z2. The changes are very few and this new device is coming out just to make sure they don’t lag behind their rivals. This is a top of the line device and the comparison with iPhone is inevitable. The iPhone 5S is an impressive device that boasts of some impressive specs and features. And then there is the Apple name associated with the iPhone that works towards boosting its sales as well. The iPhone 5S comes with a fingerprint scanner and a motion coprocessor that give it an edge over other devices. We take a look at how the Xperia Z2 stacks up against the iPhone 5S.

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Design

Both of these are very well designed devices. The built quality is top notch and the design is good to use. Both of them carry the design from their predecessors with minor changes. The Xperia Z2 has got glass on the front and back and then there is an aluminium stripe running around it. It is slightly slimmer than the Xperia Z1 but the length is a bit more due to the increase in display size. It is completely waterproof like the Z1 and Z and it comes with a camera key so you can use it to capture underwater photographs. The speakers above and below the display are loud and give a very nice stereo effect when you hold the device in landscape mode.


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The iPhone 5S looks very much similar to the iPhone 5 except for a silver ring around the home key. This ring integrates the fingerprint scanner. The device is slimmer than the Z2 and is much smaller as well due to the relatively small display size. Handling the device with one hand is very easy due to the light weight and small size. Large part of the back is made out of aluminium which feels nice. The side is built out of metal as well and gives the device a solid feel. Both the devices are evenly matched here.

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Display

The Xperia Z2 comes with a full HD display that measures 5.2 inches. The LCD display comes with Sony’s Triluminous technology, which uses quantum dots to give you good colour replication. The display is bright which makes it easy to use outdoors. The gamma of the device isn’t very good and you lose on a lot of details due to the bright highlights. The viewing angles and contrast ratios are good, but not as good as you would find on an AMOLED display. The pixel density is a whopping 424 pixels per inch.

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The iPhone on the other hand comes with a 4 inch IPS LCD display. The resolution is 640 x 1136 which gives it a pixel density of 326 pixels per inch. This is a display density good enough for everyday use but high end android devices have taken the number game too far. The display has got superb viewing angles and the colours are replicated very well. The brightness can be varied across a wide range and is good for outdoor usage.

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Hardware

The Xperia Z2 comes with a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset that runs a quad core Krait 400 processor. The processor has a maximum clock speed of 2.3 GHz. It has an Adreno 330 GPU to handle the graphics and has got 3 GB of RAM. It can handle even the most resource hungry games and apps with ease. Apart from the internal storage, it also comes with an option to add external storage via micro SD card. Something that you won’t find on the iPhone.

The iPhone 5S has got an Apple A7 chip that is a 64 bit chipset. It runs a dual core processor and has also got a motion coprocessor. It supports Open GL 3.0 which allows the device to display some really high end graphics. While the processor is powerful to handle resource hungry games and apps, the coprocessor takes care of things that don’t require the power of the main processor. It is a low speed processor that receives data from various sensors and then uses the data to handle various device operations. The Wi-Fi and GPS are controlled by this coprocessor only so that power can be saved. Here, the Xperia Z2 has got its raw power to show with the latest and greatest hardware running under its sleek design against the smart hardware of the iPhone 5S. Another close match between the two devices.

Camera

You think things are simple here? Well, they are not. Read the numbers and you will say that the Xperia Z2 has got a better camera and that is it. The Z2 comes with a 20.7 megapixel camera with a large sensor and a lens with a large aperture of f/2.0 to allow for more light. It gives you some really stunning photographs in well-lit conditions and even in low light, the results aren’t exactly disappointing. It comes with Sony’s Exmor sensor to achieve this advantage. It allows for 4K video recording at 30 fps. You can also record full HD videos at 60 fps or semi HD video at 120 fps.

sony-xperia-z2-mobile-phone-large-4The iPhone 5S is no slouch either. While the resolution of image is relatively low at 8 megapixels, the sensor size is larger than other 8 megapixel sensor. Each pixel has a size of 1.5 m which results in crisp low noise images. The aperture is relatively larger at f/2.2. It also supports similar video modes as the Xperia Z2. It has got a smart flash system that has two LEDs of different colours. These LEDs fire at different intensities to take care of the white balance.

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Verdict

These devices are very powerful and the best these manufacturers have ever made. Both of them offer their share of benefits and it is up to you what device you pick. If you are looking for a large screen device with powerful hardware and high resolution camera, Xperia Z2 would suit you. If you need a smart device that can get things right without bothering you, get the iPhone.

Author Bio:The author has great interest in handset and technology reviews. Currently he is working with 91mobiles.

Canon EOS 1000D

Canon EOS 1000D

If you’re looking to take a step up from your current compact camera, then why not consider a Canon EOS 1000D. This camera is perfect for those that are looking to go a step further in their photography. It’s easy to use and easier to learn. It is the perfect entry level DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) for beginners or intermediate photographers. I have used this camera to take photos for my friends company CaptureMe.ie and they turned out great.

The weight of this camera is evenly distributed, add to that pistol like grip on the right hand hold, and you have the perfect moment capturing machine.

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As time goes on and your confidence grows you can also remove the lens and put other lenses on to suit the situation. The basic zoom lens (18-55mm) which comes with the camera, as standard, won’t let you photograph a celebrity clearly from 500 meters, but it will certainly do until you feel ready to move on to a bigger lens. Canon, being a very popular brand, have a lot of interchangeable lenses. The current lens is also quite good for macro and portrait shots, so again, you can get plenty of practice in.

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At the moment this camera is a few years old, but is still a very attractive proposition to those who are looking to improve their photo taking skills, and this model is very affordable to boot. It comes with 10.2 megapixels, which is slightly below newer, more expensive cameras. In addition to that it doesn’t have a movie function. Leaving that aside, it can still stand its ground against the newer models.

Canon are one of the most reliable camera brands on the market at the moment. The cameras are well built and are definitely worth the money you spend on them. There is also a big fan base and you’ll never be far from someone who will be able to give you a few hints/tips. The camera can also take a few knocks, so you don’t have to fear if you’re thinking of taking it with you into the great outdoors. Once you have taken the shots you can get prints of your shots put into a photo book here, so you and others can view your shots as your progress grows.

Using the Canon EOS 1000D will definitely help you make your mind up about expanding your photographic ability, without leaving you in debt. And hey, look at some of the photos you could capture with it:

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