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XSories: New GoPole Range of Accessories from A-tek

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Never Miss a Single Photo-Worthy Moment Again with the New GoPole Range of Accessories from A-tek!We had the privelage of testing some of the lastest and radest gear from Xsories!
We will give you our thoughts on 2 essential pieces of equipment for your GoPro! The 1st and most essential piece of equipment that every GoPro owner should have is a great case.
We have done our research in this and yes you could get a cheap one off eBay but the chances of it arriving and being what it says is another story. It is essential to have a case that will not only fit all your gear but also protect it from the elements. The Capxule from Xsories is absolutely brilliant.

 

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From the outside the Capxule is made from lightweight but durable material which will definitely keep your gear safe. The case is thermoformed and features a custom fitted interior for a GoPro HERO action camera, UShot, and a few accessories.

 

xsories-7The camera compartment will hold the GoPro in its housing. Along one side there is a spot for the UShot hand grip while it is collapsed. Finally there is a secondary square compartment for a charger, mounts, or other sundries. In addition, the lid features a mesh pocket on the underside that provides space to organize
The 2nd piece of gear that I know you GoPro addicts out there will want/need is the Xsories U-Shot!

 

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Man this little piece of gear is fun and oh so handy (You’ll sew why, keep reading!) It comes with a carabiner which screws onto the bottom allowing you to clip it onto your belt/bag for quick easy on-the-go access. It also comes with a handy (Excuse the pun) grip loop so that your U-Shot doesn’t go flying while you’re jumping off a mountain or tucking onto that barrel. The head of the u-Shot is a 1/4″ universal screw which will fit any of your devices (Handy.) The U-Shot features an Aluminium Ball head and thumb screw which allows you to quickly swivel to get the shot you need. A big thing for me is the fact that this bad boy is made with a hard anodized finish to prevent rusting! So water sports are a go, a quick rinse with fresh water and you’re good to go.

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The U-Shot is super comact but extends to a length of 49cm – giving you that awesome perspective all you action junkies like – then folds up and slots back snuggly into the Capxule case!

 

Shots Taken with the U-Shot
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Where can you find these awesome goodies I hear you ask?

You can find them at Incredible Connection or go straight to the source and get them from A-tek!

A-tek Distribution is an accessory and software provider that caters to the needs of retailers, resellers and everyday consumers. The Xsories and GoPole range are a great This range of products maintains a sense of effortless innovation, making it possible for anyone from the professional photographer to the average happy snapper to capture their most treasured moments in a flash. With the help of the GoPole, taking a picture doesn’t have to be so laborious, thanks to a host of accessories that enhance each photographic experience with ease.

A-tek continues to keep up with the latest and most effective software and accessories in order to provide customers with a high quality range of tools. With A-tek’s Xsories and GoPole range, a picture is worth more than a thousand words. The Xsories and GoPole are now available at Incredible Connection.

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Canon 70D Review

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The Canon EOS 70D is a mid-range SLR for enthusiast photographers that is the upgrade to the Canon EOS 60D. It features many of the best bits from Canon’s existing DSLRs, including the autofocus sensor from the EOS 7D (WIN), the fully articulated touchscreen from the EOS 700D (WIN), and built-in Wi-Fi from the EOS 6D (WIN).

On the inside it has an entirely new sensor that is is amazing. At 20.2MP resolution, it uses a ‘Dual Pixel CMOS AF’ design in which every single pixel is split into two separately-readable photodiodes. Nerd talk aside it has a really great autofocus system!

It uses the same 19-point AF sensor as the EOS 7D for viewfinder shooting and it can fire shots off at 7 – 65 frames per second in JPEG (Yeehaw) or 16 in Raw, and its standard ISO range is amazing and ranges from 100-12800, with ISO 25600 as an expanded option! Image processing is via the DIGIC 5+ processor first seen in the EOS 5D Mark III. There will be the full spec list at the bottom.

We used this camera over the past few weeks and have to say that we love it. The interface is great and easy to use, picture quality is amazing and the auto-focus is amazing!

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Canon EOS 70D Specs

Image Sensor: 20.2 million effective pixels.
Metering: 63 zone, centre-weighted, spot, partial.
Lens Mount: Canon EF/EF-S.
Exposure Modes: Program AE, shutter and aperture priority, manual.
Effective Sensor Size: APS-C 22.3x15mm CMOS.
35 SLR Lens Factor: 1.6x.
Shutter Speed (stills): 30 to 1/8000 second and Bulb; X-sync at 1/250 sec.
Continuous Shooting: 7 fps.
Memory: SD/SDHC/SDXC cards.
Image Sizes (pixels): Stills: 5472×3648 to 480×480.
Movies: 1920×1080 (30p/25p/24p), 1280×720 (60p/50p), 640×480 (30p/25p).
Viewfinder: Optical plus 7.7cm LCD screen (1,040,000 pixels).
File Formats: JPEG, 14-bit RAW, JPEG+RAW, MPEG4.
Colour Space: sRGB, Adobe RGB.
ISO Sensitivity: Auto, 100 to 12800, 25,600 (expanded).
Interface: USB 2.0, HDMI mini, WiFi, mic, remote.
Power: Rechargeable lithium ion battery, DC input.
Dimensions: 139x104x79 WHDmm.
Weight: 855 g (inc battery).

Canon engineers spent months ensuring that the cutting-edge Dual Pixel CMOS AF on the EOS 70D is compatible with over 100Canon EF lenses, greatly expanding creative possibilities. Built-in wireless technology and the EOS Remote app* further enhance shooting versatility, as well as enable easy sharing. Brilliant image quality is provided by the EOS 70D’s 20.2 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor, a first for an EOS camera with an APS-C sized sensor. A powerful DIGIC 5+ Image Processor supports continuous shooting up to 7.0 frames per second, as well as an extended ISO range of 100–12800 (H: 25600) that allows shooting in a wide variety of lighting conditions. Stunning photos can be accomplished using the remarkable 19-point all cross-type AF system with a high precision dual cross f/2.8 center point, and advanced display options available on the Intelligent Viewfinder supply exceptional control. In-camera imaging features like HDR, HDR Backlight Control, Multiple Exposure, Handheld Night Scene, and Creative Filters available in real time help turn even simple images into spectacular photos. Elevating the possibilities of creative expression to extraordinary new heights, the powerful EOS 70D with Dual Pixel CMOS AF places the ability to capture both amazing stills and video right in your hands.

 

 

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Canon LEGRIA mini

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The Canon LEGRIA mini has become a functional and valuable part of my camera bag! The ultra wide camera lens and the fact that it’s so compact makes it the ideal travel companion. Small enough to fir in one hand, this nifty little beast comes with a built in LCD touch screen and a really handy stand.

Capturing both photo and video the LEGRIA is made for the YouTube generation. This camera allows you to easily record whats going on around you or yourself doing the next crazy thing on the internet.  Don’t be fooled though, the image quality is second to none but that’s to be expected from a Canon product – video at 1920 x 1080 with sterio sound and capturing pics with is 12.8mp CMOS sensor (awwwww yeeah!).

RecommendedRetail price is approximately R3699. It is available at all major retail and photographic stores nationwide and for more info visit www.canon.co.za & Check out the bottom for the full breakdown!

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Capture a new perspective

The innovative design of the LEGRIA mini enables unrivalled self-expression by giving users the freedom to explore different and creative angles from which to tell their stories and share their interests. Available in black, silver and white, the portable and lightweight form breaks from traditional camcorder design, and thanks to its built-in stand, gives enhanced flexibility in hands-free recording and allows users to come out from behind the camera and participate in their videos. Hobbies and pastimes can be brought to life, turning road trips into road movies or making dinner into a video cooking class.

With a Canon-designed ultra-wide angle f/2.8 lens, which captures Full HD movies at 160° and stills at 170° for easy framing, the LEGRIA mini enables users to capture even more of the world around them. Those wanting to film in a more conventional style can simply tap the capacitive LCD screen to reduce the field of view to a close-up angle of 71°.

The innovative vari-angle 6.8cm (2.7”) LCD touchscreen can be flipped out to either the rear side or subject side, giving users an array of different shooting options and styles to play with.

For example, the screen can be flipped into a front-facing position to enable accurate self-shooting, or kept closed to capture creative low angles.  The camera’s rotation detection switch system also ensures the image is always displayed the right way up, no matter how the device is held.

The built-in stand is perfect for hands-free recording, supporting the device at a wide range of angles up to 60° and reducing the need for a tripod. This also supports a variety of creative shooting angles, perfect for filming a beauty tutorial from a make-up table or capturing a dance routine from a studio floor.

Quality video for creative results

Canon’s renowned image quality is central to the LEGRIA mini. The HS System combines a Canon-engineered high-sensitivity back-illuminated 1.2/3” CMOS sensor with Canon’s own highly-advanced DIGIC DV 4 processing platform, to deliver video and still images with minimal artefacts and noise. Crisp and vivid Full HD (1920 x 1080) video, with outstanding low-light performance and wide dynamic range is produced, alongside beautiful stills in 12.8 MP resolution.

The LEGRIA mini also offers high-quality audio for all videos thanks to the built-in stereo microphone, ideal for situations such as filming a tutorial, or for recording conversation in a busy area. To boost this performance, users can choose scenarios such as Music or Speech from the Audio Scene Select function.

Share your passions with seamless Wi-Fi connectivity

For those that love to share their videos across different devices and social networks, the LEGRIA mini features built-in Wi-Fi connectivity to enable the sharing of high quality video. This includes a Live Streaming Remote Control feature, which allows iOS or Android users to shoot remotely via an application on their smart phone or tablet.

The Remote Browser feature enables images and videos taken with the LEGRIA mini to be viewed on other devices, such as tablets or large-screen monitors, via browsers such as Safari or Internet Explorer, eliminating the need to use specific software. For wirelessly uploading to social media platforms such as YouTubeTM and FacebookTM without the need for a computer, users with Apple iOS devices can take advantage of Canon’s free and easy-to-use Movie Uploader application.

Others can access the Canon Image Gateway to upload video without the need for a PC. DLNA support means that users can also wirelessly stream their video to compatible TVs or PCs.

Unleashing creativity

The LEGRIA mini has been designed with creativity and expression in mind – whether capturing hobbies, an alternative perspective on a trip or making engaging content for a video blog. Users have the option to manipulate time through Time Lapse Recording, with intervals ranging from five seconds to ten minutes, for fascinating footage of busy locations or slow activities such re-decorating a room.

The Fast Motion Capture function, which records at a maximum speed of 4x, can help create entertaining tutorials in areas such as cooking or beauty. Slow Motion Capture can be used to record at ¼ and ½ speeds – particularly helpful for people such as dancers looking to observe and learn techniques. Additionally, the Mirror Image Recording/Playback function, where the image is flipped horizontally, allows users to review their footage to help refine their moves.

For those looking to bridge the divide between still and video for extra effect, Video Snapshot mode records a four-second movie every time the shutter is pressed for a still photo, then merging them into a short movie of a day’s events.

The LEGRIA mini is now available in South Africa and is awesome!

LEGRIA mini – key features:

  • 170° ultra-wide angle lens

  • Vari-angle LCD screen and built-in stand

  • Switch between ultra-wide and close-up

  • Wi-Fi; live streaming and sharing

  • Full HD recording

  • HS System: 12.8 MP CMOS, DIGIC DV4

  • Built-in stereo mic, Audio Scene select

  • Detection orientation

  • Mirror image recording/playback

  • Slow & Fast motion; interval recording

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