Canon has introduced the new queen of its high-end compact camera. As you well know, this range is known as PowerShot -EOS refers to its DSLR range. And the new protagonist that crowns that variety is the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III. This new model is thinner, less heavy and bets for reflex-type controls and ASP-C sensor.
The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III is a small camera that does not have interchangeable lenses. In contrast, the included one has three increases (equals 35 mm) with a brightness f 2.8-5.6. Also, the sensor is ASP-C, and the company compares it with that equipped with one of its reflex models, more specifically the EOS 80D. To this sensor must be added the last image processor of the Japanese (DIGIC 7) and the inclusion of a dual-focus Auto Pixel CMOS AF. The latter manages to capture the images quickly and accurately. The company offers the figure of 0.09 seconds, which is not bad at all.
What else can we tell you? Well if you take a look at its design, you can check that we are not before a regular compact camera. Canon has opted to include a distribution of its controls very close to what you could find in your SLR. What’s more, this Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III looks like a small DSLR.
On the other hand, according to the company, this model is 14.8 millimeters thinner than its predecessor, as well as 16% smaller. Meanwhile, in this model have opted to include an OLED viewfinder throughout the center of the body, as well as a touch screen 3 inches fully flip and thus offer more possibilities at the time of the shooting.
Finally, the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III offers Bluetooth, WiFi, NFC and microHDMI connections. Meanwhile, its rechargeable battery has a range of 200 shots on a single charge. Now, you can reach 250 balls if you use the “ECO” mode. According to the brand explains, this style extends its autonomy by 25% more. According to Canon’s online store, this PowerShot G1 X Mark III would arrive late next month at a price of $ 1,300.
Nowadays when we refer to the index of the photographic sensitivity of a film, photosensitive surface or of a sensor, we speak of the ISO. Not everyone will know that ISO means International Standard Office, but even less, especially those who have little time in this photography and if they have only shot digitally they will know that ISO is something new.
In the past, the ISO sensitivity values were known as DIN (Deutsche Industrie Normen), and later it was renamed ASA (American Standard Association). The ASA and ISO values are identical, just changed the name, but being handled in DIN, things were different, because when the sensitivity is doubled, the DIN value increases by three units, while in the ASA and ISO values it is multiplied by two.
Then you have the equivalences between ISO-ASA and DIN.
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As a curiosity to say that in the Soviet bloc used a different scale of sensitivities, called GOST (Gosudarstvenny Standart meaning state standard) that remained until 1987. The level ISO-ASA / GOST is this:
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I hope you have found it curious this brief review that we have given to one of the most critical pillars of photography.
Some time ago we saw what the approach was and how to use it. Well, this time we will see some tips so that, if you have just leaped compact cameras, it is easier for you to get entirely focused images.
1.– Use the peripheral focus points of your focus screen. These are placed around the central point of focus (the most accurate) and offer the convenience of not having to change the frame to focus. But as in everything, there is a but; these peripheral points are less precise than the central location, so we can not obtain optimal results. Personally, I only recommend this technique for those who are newcomers to the world of SLRs, for more experienced photographers I recommend the approach method that follows. 2.– Frame, focus and reframe. We will use this technique when the subject we want to focus on the image is not in the center of it. As we said before, the central focus point of the viewer is the one that has the greatest sensitivity to the focus, so it is the point that we will use.
To do this we choose the final frame of our photograph and stick the top part of the viewer firmly to the eyebrow (this seems a bit complicated for those of us who have glasses …). Now, without moving the head or the body, and moving the camera while it is attached to the eyebrow, we place the central point of focus on the subject. We reframed and fired.
In this photograph I used the “Frame-Focus-Reframing” method
In this way what we have achieved has been to maintain the distance of focus with respect to the subject by not having moved. Thus, we will achieve a good focus on the subject, although I already told you that this technique needs a lot of practice to get us out correctly. 3.– Look for contrast zones to be able to focus. Sometimes, when we try to photograph a surface with little contrast, the focus goes crazy. This happens because the AF of our camera needs a contrast zone, where the lighting changes abruptly so that the camera identifies those points as focused points. If we try to focus with any of the points of focus on a surface too smooth our AF will go crazy. Therefore we will try to focus on an area with high contrast (inside our subject, obviously).
For example, if we want to photograph a smooth wall with a lamp and we want to place the lamp off center, we will have to use the framing, focus and reframe method (or the peripheral focus points) so that the focus point is placed on the lamp and So get a correct approach without having to use manual focus.
4.-Use the manual pre-focus. This advice applies to dynamic scenes, in which subjects move quickly and when we focus, the subject has moved and is out of focus. To understand it I will give a practical example.
Let’s think that a dog comes to us and we want to take a picture of him in front while he runs. In AF mode, the camera focuses on the dog, but by the time the picture is taken, it has already moved enough to make it out of focus. In these situations what we should do is focus in AF mode at a fixed point on the ground. We remember this point in which we have focused on taking some element of the ground as a reference. We change to manual focus mode, in this way, as long as we do not move, we will have the reference point focused. When the dog passes by that point we shoot.
In this way we will have the dog perfectly focused. Maybe not on the first attempt, but with a little practice and intuition is easily achieved.
5.– Use LiveView mode with manual focus. If our camera has LiveView mode we can use it to achieve a better focus in manual mode. For this we have to use the zoom button (the same one we use if we want to enlarge a photo in the camera itself) while we have the LiveView. In this way, we can obtain a detail of the area to focus and so we can “spin finer” with manual focus.
The Samsung WB250F is intended for an audience that is looking for a compact camera with the latest technological advances, an excellent optical zoom, 14.2 Megapixels and a wide angle to cover more field of vision in each picture.
Despite all its features, the camera has a user interface that guides us at all times and explains the different options we have available. Do you want to know what features we talk about?
The Samsung WB250F camera comes in a small box in which we can see in a few seconds its most remarkable features. Fortunately, the best thing is inside it so after removing the little seal and opening the packaging, the first thing that remains because of the user is the camera.
In our case, it is the WB250F in white, although there are other available colors: gray, red and blue.
At the bottom of the whole, we find more material accompanying the camera. Here we can see the USB wall charger, micro USB cable, documentation, the battery and a string that we will put in the chassis of the camera to secure it while we use it.
As you can see, the equipment is the classic that all cameras usually have so, first of all, we will need an SD card to be able to store all the videos and photographs that we make.
After taking an initial look at the camera, we can see that it has a very cool aesthetic, being one of the most attractive in the market right now.
The white color helps to provide that pristine image of the well-finished product although it may be the least recommended color due to the dirt issue.
For its manufacture, Samsung has used plastic as the primary material that has been given a soft touch and a matte finish instead of the typical glossy plastic. Again, this point favors the overall finish of the product since having this camera in your hand is very pleasant.
After examining it externally, it is necessary to insert the battery, turn on the camera and start the initial configuration process. The most advisable thing is to set the language first so that the rest of the options are much easier to understand if we do not know English.
The camera is already set up in just a few seconds, and we can start using it as it deserves.
To control the Samsung WB250F camera, we have a hybrid system that combines the classic buttons and the three-inch capacitive touchscreen.
The combined use of both will make navigating the camera interface become a virgin. For the menus, we may get better results through the four-way pad and the central button, however, the touchscreen seems necessary to enter text and select some more complex options that with the switches take more time to choose.
Of course, each one is free to choose the modality that best suits them, and that is where we see that this camera adapts to the needs of all types of users according to their preferences.
In the upper part of the camera we find the classic selector wheel that allows us to choose one of the different modes that the product offers when taking photographs:
Auto: the camera is responsible for selecting the type of scene that best suits the circumstances.
Program: allows us to take a picture with the settings that we have manually set
ASM: it is the manual mode in which we can give opening priority, shutter priority or adjust both values manually.
Smart: the camera shows us different situations, and we choose the one that best suits our needs.
Better face: make several photographs, detect faces and show them to us so we can choose the one that interests us. Ideal to take pictures in a group and avoid someone leaving with eyes closed or clueless, that is, it is almost mandatory to use the tripod to prevent the background from moving.
Filters to edit photos and videos from the camera
Settings menu in which to configure the main aspects of the camera
to use the functions MobileLink, Remote Viewfinder, Backup, Email, AllShare Play, SNS, and Cloud.
Taking pictures with the Samsung WB250F
As we mentioned at the beginning of the post, we have a compact camera that allows you to make quality photos without frills by pressing the shutter button.
However, we find quite useful the ASM mode with which the user can play with the aperture and shutter speed to get fascinating results.
The macro mode allows you to approach the surface of objects almost until you touch them with the objective and the optical zoom of 18 increases is more than enough to capture objects that are at a considerable distance without losing quality in the final photograph.
For night shots it is likely that we need the help of a flash and for this, the Samsung WB250F incorporates one that protrudes from the body of the camera when we press a button behind the shutter release button. To save it, we will only have to push down, and it will be protected until the next time we use it again.
In short, the photos taken with this camera are excellent in all aspects thanks to the versatility of the Samsung product. If we want simplicity, we just have to activate the automatic mode, and if we prefer something more complicated, this camera offers a large number of ways and parameters that we can modify at will.
Wi-Fi connectivity for everything
Another of the great attractions of this camera is its Wi-Fi connectivity that we can use for very different tasks.
For example, we can send the photos we make with the WB250F to our Smartphone through the Samsung Smart Camera application. This application can also be used to control the camera remotely, ideal to use the phone as a remote trigger, being able to see the photo made on your screen without having to go to the camera.
We also have other possibilities such as transferring the photos to the computer wirelessly, sending the images by e-mail from the camera itself or viewing the snapshots through a device compatible with the AllShare Play protocol.
Undoubtedly, the Samsung WB250F is a compact camera that offers the latest technology and connectivity to make photos easy, regardless of our knowledge in this world.
Its price is around 220 euros although in the network there are already some stores that offer it below the barrier of 200 euros.