Canon 70 D vs Canon 60 D: Captures It All With The Latest DSLR From The Arsenal of Canon

An interesting piece of news for all serious photographers, Canon has recently launched its newest DSLR, the Canon EOS 70D, a successor to the Canon 60D.

With innovative APS-C format sensor, this camera is designed with pixel count raised from 18 to 20.2 million.

Holding a 3-inch 1,040,000-dot vari-angle display, the EOS 70D boasts a touch-sensitive screen with adjustable settings. Users can easily scroll through images in review mode using the device’s touchscreen.

For a traditional touch, Canon 70D holds all button and dial controls balanced.

A new sensor-based autofocusing system, touted as Dual Pixel CMOS AF is also included in the 70D for quick focus and easy Live View and video modes.

Considering other features, Canon has included an upgraded version of standard phase detection autofocusing system with a dedicated sensor in the camera that’s used when images are in the viewfinder.

With 19 AF cross-type points, the EOS 70D also holds the Digic 5+ processor with a native sensitivity range of ISO 100-12,800 with an expansion value of ISO 25,600. Maximum continuous shooting rate of 7 frames per second (fps) in this camera is 1.7fps greater than the Canon 60D. This frame speed can be sustained for 16 full resolution raw files or 65 JPEG images. Other features include Wi-Fi connectivity.

Expected to go on sale by August end, the Canon EOS 70 D will cost £1,079.99 (around US$1,645 / AU$1,790) body only.

The kit package of the device will cost £1,199.99 (around US$1,830 / AU$1,990) with the 18-55mm STM lens and £1,399.99 (around US$2,135 / AU$2,315) with the 18-135mm STM lens.… Read the rest

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A Success Story: 40% of Worlds’ Top Brands Grips Instagram

Around 40 percent of the world’s top 100 Interbrands believe in the fact a picture is worth a thousand words. This saying comes clear as we see how Instagram has picked up recognition among global companies. Now owned by Facebook, Instagram cites the welcoming of an era of photo sharing world. It is reported that around 40 percent of top brands use Instagram to get the best picture quality.

With an aggressive growth and popularity, Instagram now tails behind some social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.

It is believed that this rapid growth has marked Instagram’s name among top brands that have now embraced it seriously.

As per reports, Instagram’s top brand is MTV with around 813,201 users, followed by Starbucks with 758,146 users. Some of the top brands in Interband list are Burberry, Nike, GE, and Gucci.

It was also noted that the majority of brands on Instagram use them actively, with 25 percent posting at least one picture weekly. It is expected that Instagram will reach a total of 100 million users by early fall. The brand started in October 2010, andin 2011 had 15 million users and now that number has jumped to 80 million users.

In Interband list, luxury brands that dominate the list include Audi, Tiffany & Co., Hermès, Gucci, Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Armani, and they all are reported to use thevisual site to attract customers. There are also reported some brands that use Instagram alone, rather than simply using it as an app to cross-post to Facebook and Twitter.

As per the reports, some top ranking brands on Instagram emerged as leader in the number of followers, photos, likes, and comments. As expected, there is believed to be a strong association between number of followers and engagement per photo.

There were also noted to be around 45 percent photographs that were cross-posted. That shows thateven after Facebook has bought Instagram, there are many brands using it independently.… Read the rest

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Instagram: What’s It Really Doing to the Art of Photography?

I love photography. Ok, maybe not as much as all those DSLR-toting self-confessed photographers, but whenever I go somewhere and see something nice, I love to capture it with my camera. Now, my love for photography made me invest in a bit of a clunky bridge camera, which, obviously, I was unable to lug around with me wherever I went. So, in most places I had to make do with my Android phone camera – which was pretty decent too. Until I came across the formerly exclusive wonder, Instagram – and started lusting after it.

Before Instagram came to Android, I often wondered how people clicked all those lovely images with vibrant hues and effects. And I used to envy their skills and cameras. But all that changed when I downloaded the Instagram app, and I saw just how easy it was to click stunning photos with intensity and depth. It may be one of the world’s favorite apps, but now, avid photography enthusiasts are crying foul about how the app’s effects let everyone click great photos, and how it has become hard to separate original talent from images where filters or effects have been added.

True, Instagram users have upped the game for professional photographers by clicking great photos with their ordinary mobile phone cameras, like the way the latter would do with their oh-so-fancy DSLRs. But we have to ask, who is Instagram really hurting? Ordinary folks, we love all these apps – Instagram, Hipstamatic, Camera 360, etc. that let us also capture photographs with beautiful effects. And of course, we get to share them instantly with our friends on social networks too.

While some folks may take it to the extreme by clicking just about anything random and uploading them for the world to see (and of course, comment), at its heart, all these apps were designed with a simple philosophy – to give a chance to all normal people to also tell stories with their pictures.

I may sound a tad philosophical when I say that too much of something is never a good idea, and that everything in moderation is enjoyable. Likewise, with Instagram, maybe if all its users respected the app enough to use it only to add a little extra something to their most memorable pictures, and not “Instagram” just about anything, I think it’s safe to say there might not be as many haters up in arms against the app.

Basically, I think it’s just the sheer frustration of seeing so many artsy photos up on our Facebook newsfeed every time we log in, because every second friend of ours seems to think he/she has become pro, all thanks to Instagram and other similar apps. On a lighter note, perhaps we’d prefer Facebook’s customization feature to ignore all such future updates so we don’t dislike the app so much.… Read the rest

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