I was off to a wedding last week and I made sure I took my Nikon D3100 with me. I was determined to capture as many charming moments as possible. Weddings, after all, are joyous and life-affirming occasions and not just for the involved parties. In my experience the spectator can get a great deal out of the spectacle and I don’t just mean a sit-down dinner and a free bar, though they are definitely among the attractions. Last week’s splicing promised to be a luxurious affair with a reception in a sort of country house-cum-castle. It had clearly been planned with the sort of attention to detail that suggested that the bride to be had been trained at the army’s Staff College and would have been able, at a pinch, to plan a repeat of the Normandy landings in 1944. My invitation came with a sheaf of documents and I have read less thorough company prospectuses in advance of a new share issue.
I have by no means always been a keen shutter-bug. In fact for many years I was cynical about the whole affair. All those posed groups, all those jolly instructions to say cheese, or to smile and look natural, and all those disappointing end results. If I was lucky then I emerged on the photograph looking just plain surly. If I was unlucky then – well, there is a photograph of me at a wedding reception that looks uncannily like a police wanted poster. In another I resemble Count Dracula looking for a quick snack. My own attempts to immortalise the moment with a variety of old fashioned cameras were similarly disastrous and a whole legion of decapitated mothers of the bride, out-of-focus maids of honour, blurred grooms, over-exposed dancing uncles and strange shots of people’s feet or the tops of their hats had convinced me that I was not cut out to wield a camera at a wedding, or indeed at any other occasion.
All of that changed when I discovered the Nikon D3100. This has been described often as the best entry level SLR digital camera on the market and I am sure that’s true. I think entry-level is a nice way of saying that it’s idiot-proof, which makes it just right for me. It certainly does take fine pictures, what with its CMOS sensor and its 14.2 effective megapixels and its EXPEED 2 image processing. It also takes a nifty movie, with the auto-focus keeping the subject clear and you can do a spot of editing in the camera. But what I really like about the Nikon D3100 is its good manners. It shows me how to take the picture I want and does not blind me with science or deafen me with jargon in the process.
As I am sure you have guessed, I am talking about the Guide Mode of the Nikon D3100. It has been a blessing to me. Do I want to snap bride and groom outside the church with the background artfully blurred? The camera tells me how to do it, explains how the aperture comes in that this point and suggests that I use a focal lens of less than 80mm. I follow its advice and hey presto – I have actually taken a proper photograph.
The wedding went off a treat, by the way. The bride was beautiful, the groom handsome, the mothers wept and fathers looked proud (and slightly relieved.) I captured it all and the reception and even with a free bar as temptation, my Nikon helped me take some pretty good pictures.
You can rely on a Nikon D3100. It is the best mannered camera I know.
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The holiday season again brings to the fore the extreme popularity of gadgets as a desired Christmas gift among the youth. Leading the pack are laptops together with iPhones and tablets. These are the three most popular in the eyes of the very socially active age group of 8 to 18 years old.
This comes as no surprise actually because of the obvious preference of the young to be always hooked up and connected through social media. These three can afford the most socially connected lifestyle anyone can desire. The margin of difference between them is so slim that they easily switch rankings in a day.
The preference for laptops is quite understandable since among these three, it offers the most features although it is not as portable as the other two. There are some functions however that can be so limited in the other two options that a laptop will still come out the favored item. Laptops such as the Asus Eee are always a welcome gift no matter what.
The fascination of people with gadgets as part of their Christmas wish list is not about to wane. In fact it has been increasing year after year as more electronic gadgets are introduced. People are scrambling to be part of a trend that is being dictated by gadgets.
The Christmas wish list of modern times is a lot different from that of yesteryears. When you look at one, it would appear that you are looking into a technological list especially when accompanied by technical specifications. There are advantages and disadvantages to this like in any other changes that have come to our life.
No, this isn’t a hack or anything. Apparently, there’s a Windows application available, called RemoteJoyLite, that turns your Eee (or any other netbook for that matter) into an external display for your PSP. Just plug your PSP in and play away.
It seems that Japanese distributor Dynamism is taking pre-orders for a 160GB Eee PC 1000. It will be available on September 24. The $449.99 price tag seems to be for the 40GB GD and I’m pretty sure we’d see a significant price increase for the 160GB model.
Here’s another rumor: MSI might come out with an ultraportable of its own. Via HLWT:
MSI looks like it is going to utilize Intels new 45nm Diamondville processor for its rumored ultraportable. The new Intel processor has been specifically engineered for low power portables but it looks like MSI may be the first out of the gate with an actual product with this new chip inside. The Diamondville will be officially announced in April yet but MSI has already gave word that when the chip is “ready” then their own project will be “ready”, too. Expect the new MSI ultraportables to be in the market by July or August this year.
Smallest MSI notebooks I’ve seen so far are sized 11-plus inches. So I think they won’t be far behind in developing an ulraportable close to the size and specs of the Eee. Question is–how soon?
The Eee is indeed among the hottest gadgets this Christmas shopping season. But what about other alternatives (Eees are sold out in many places, after all). Here’s one: the Everex Cloudbook. According to Ubergizmo, it could make for good competition to the Eee.
This Linux-powered UMPC touts to follow the Eee PC in many aspects, featuring a 7″ display, a 1.3 megapixel webcam, wired and wireless Ethernet connectivity, a 4-in-1 memory card reader, 512MB RAM, USB 2.0 and DVI-out. It ditches the Eee PC’s solid state drive and 900MHz Celeron processor in favor of a 30GB hard drive and a 1.2GHz Via C7 ULV processor. The Everex Cloudbook is tipped to ship this January 15th, retailing for $400.
I’m sticking with my Eee. The use of a non-SSD hard drive would probably make the device heavier than the Eee (unless it’s a microdrive similar to those used by iPods). Still, the spinning disc would probably cause battery life to be a bit shorter, and would be more prone to damage from shocks and bumps (an uncommon occurrence for devices this portable).