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Camera Review: Olympus Stylus TG-2 iHS Digital Camera

By all accounts, except one, the Olympus Stylus TG-2 iHS a great little camera that can take the normal (and abnormal) bumps and bruises in stride that a camera will get when used in normal situations, let alone extreme ones. Images/videos are stored on either 22MB built-in memory or Secure Digital (SD) cards up to 128 GB capacity. Image/video write speeds are lightning fast thanks to its dual processor. There's only one real drawback to this camera, so keep reading to find out if it could be the right model for you. Key Specs For The Olympus Stylus TG-2 his RRP: $379.99 Year of release: 2013 Display size (inches): 3 Image resolution (MP): 12 Zoom: Optical: 4x Video Capture? 1080p HD Available Colors: Black, Red Olympus Stylus TG-2 iHS: The Pros Price: While a price of just under $400 is rather high, it is probably well worth paying due to the ruggedness factor, awesome macro feature and great image quality. Other point and shoot cameras have built-in ruggedness for less money, they lack the rest of the features that make this camera so great. Image Quality: With its 12mp CMOS processor and TruePic VI Image processor, its 3,968 x 2,976 pixel images at maximum resolution are finely detailed and displayed in true color, even when photographing in low light. This is also one of few cameras that can record video while simultaneously capturing still images. Rugged: As described by Olympus, this camera is “life-proof”. Along with being waterproof down to 50 feet, it is also: • Shockproof - With two protective frames supporting internal components such as shutter, aperture, lens and autofocus, the TG-2 can take a 7-foot drop without sustaining any internal damage. • Crushproof - It withstands up to 220 pounds of weight directly applied to the outside of the camera housing without any damage. • Freezeproof - It has been tested down to 14 degrees F. Even at that temperature, the TG-2 lens remains clear of condensation and the autofocus functions normally. • Dustproof - With its housing sealed, no dust or destructive dirt can get in can. Macro: Many point and shoot cameras are not good at recording images when shot close-up, but the TG-2 is different from the rest. When set to Microscopic Mode, it can shoot flowers, insects, or anything small for that matter, with stunning clarity from a distance as close as 1cm - yes you read that right, 1 cm or 0.39 inch. If you shoot close-ups, now there is a “WOW” factor for you! Aperture Priority Mode: Sporting an aperture-priority exposure mode, with an f-stop as fast as f/2.0 at the 25mm wide angle setting or f/4.9 at the 100mm telephoto setting, image quality is unsurpassed. When coupled with the teleconverter lens (sold separately), the telephoto focal length is extended out to 170mm while still at 4X optical zoom. GPS: Not only does this point and shoot have a GPS function, but with its e-compass and manometer functions, it can record the route you took while photographing, along with location, elevation and water depth; it even warns you when approaching it maximum rated depth of 50 feet. Shutter Responsiveness: Unlike most point and shoot cameras, the shutter lag - the time it takes once you press the shutter button until the shutter actually trips - is not only unnoticeable, it is instantaneous. OLED LCD Screen: At 610,000 pixels, it is one of the higher resolution screens of point and shoot cameras. Manufactured with several layers of protective coatings, scratching and condensation are adequately held at bay. The anti-glare technology used in this back screen make composing, shooting and playback much easier, even while in full sunlight. Olympus Stylus TG-2 iHS: The Cons Video Noise: This is the only drawback with this camera, however, it was also the major complaint with the TG-1 model; it did not get any better in the TG-2. There is still inherent noise that seem to come from the lens motor zooming in and out along with the noise associated with the autofocus function. However, the user should not be zooming in or out when recording video anyway. And of course, if you do not record video, then it will be a non-issue. Is The Olympus Stylus TG-2 iHS Worth Buying? While more expensive than many other rugged point and shoot cameras, this one is worth every penny due to it numerous useful features. Other point and shoot cameras boast several features, but many are rarely used (if at all) by most users. Besides those listed above, other useful TG-2 features include: • dual image stabilization (thus eliminating camera shake). • high speed continuous shooting (at 5 frames per second - great for action sequence shooting) • iAuto (which automatically detects the subject, lighting and scene, and then decides which settings would be best to use). • 21 Scene Modes (including four underwater modes). Due to its ruggedness and versatility, the TG-2 is a great little camera for general travel and especially well-suited for winter or water sports. And with its optional teleconverter and fisheye lenses, its versatility expands even further.


Apple Macbook & Macbook Pro: The Improvements Examined

When it comes to laptop computers, there's no denying the fact that both the Macbook and the Macbook Pro are some of the most popular and trendy available. However, if you're looking to buy one of these popular Apple laptops, it can be difficult to make a decision over which is best! Here's a guide that'll help you make the right decision. What Are The Main Differences Between the Two? Processing Power: The latest Intel Core i5 and i7 processors are a huge upgrade for the Macbook Pros, whereas the Macbook still uses older and less powerful technology. If you're going to be using very intensive applications, such as for graphics work, then the Macbook Pro may be the choice for you. If you mainly use word processors and browse the internet then it'll be hard for you to notice the difference. RAM: The standard Macbook comes with 2GB, but can be upgraded to have 4GB RAM maximum. The Macbook Pro can go a lot further, with 4GB as standard and a 16GB maximum. The greater the RAM, the better your Macbook will be at multitasking, and the less it will hang. Screen: There are far more options when it comes to choosing the screen of the Macbook Pro. Compared with the 13.3 inch glossy Macbook screen, with the Pro you can opt for 13.3 inch, 15.4 inch and 17 inch screens. The latter two options can also be bought in either glossy or matte. Keyboard: Both machines make use of a full-sized keyboard, but the Pro's includes a backlight. This is mainly an aesthetic touch, but could be useful if you want to type in the dark! Body: The Macbook features the striking white unibody design, while the Pro is made from aluminum instead. The one you choose will depend on your preference of what looks best, though many people claim that aluminum is much more sturdy and far less easy to scratch. Hard Drive: There isn't much difference when it comes to the standard hard drive option in all models (except for the storage size). However, the 15.4 inch and 17 inch Pros can be upgraded to include faster hard drives, or a solid state drive that reduces power consumption and is generally considered more reliable. Price: For many users, price is often the deciding factor. In this respect the Macbook certainly wins, although the cheapest version of the Macbook Pro is only a couple of hundred dollars more than the standard Macbook. Similarities Screen Size: Both the Macbook and Macbook Pro come in 13.3 inch screen sizes, though the Pro does have other options (see above). The Macbook and both Pro 13.3 inch screens also feature the same technology and resolution. Size And Weight: The differences in size and weight are negligible when you compare the lower end Macbook Pros to the original Macbook. However, the more expensive Pro versions are a couple of pounds heavier than the Macbook. Battery Life: The battery life is similar through all versions of the Pro and original Macbook. However, the latter just wins and may last a few hours longer than the Pro version. Which Should You Buy? The Macbook is designed as Apple's cheapest option, and is perfect for those who want a more budget computer (but still with Apple's quality) and don't need to use it for the most intensive applications. It's also the perfect choice if you have a main desktop you use for heavy work, and you just need something lighter and portable for those times when you're away from the desktop. It also has good enough graphics to play most games. If you want to choose the best machine for your money, however, the choice is probably going to be one of the Macbook Pro models. Although they do cost more, if you opt for the more powerful processors, extra RAM, and better graphics cards of the 15-inch plus models, you'll find that they just perform better than the original Macbook. Before you do decide, however, it's important to note that certain features can be tweaked when you order from Apple directly. For example, if you like the look of the 4GB RAM that comes with the Pro as standard, you can pay a little extra to get this on the standard Macbook without all the extra cost and features of the Pro. Similarly, if you want the most advanced machine possible be sure to take advantage of all the possible upgrades of the Macbook Pro. As you can see, there's no definitive answer as to which machine you should choose. However, if money isn't an issue - or if you simply want to get the best you possibly can right now - then the Macbook Pro is a fantastic choice for you.


The Benefits of Wireless Headphones

Wireless headphones are defined as headphones or small speakers that fit over your ears and transmit sound wirelessly. They deliver sound via infrared or radio signals. They can be used with mobile devices, MP3 players, and even televisions and stereos. As you might suspect, convenience is a huge benefit. However there are also some disadvantages to wireless headphones. The Pros of Wireless Headphones The benefits of using wireless headphones are numerous. Convenience is probably the biggest benefit. With a wireless headphone set you’re no longer tethered to your device. You can move about the room freely without tripping over wires. Additionally, you can use wireless headphones in just about any location. They’re perfect for travel. You can use them while driving in the car or riding on an airplane. They’re small too. When you’re done using your headphones you can tuck them into a pocket. They’re so small you’ll barely notice them. Finally, untangling your headphone cord can be extremely frustrating. Wireless headphones by definition don’t have any wires to get tangled up. When you want to use them all you have to do is pop them in your ears. The Cons of Wireless Headphones Range. One of the biggest issues with wireless headphones is managing the range. It can be frustrating to step out of range and lose your audio. That being said, once you become accustomed to and aware of your wireless range, you won’t get dropped too often. When you’re reaching the edge of your range you will also likely experience static and interference. It’s a sure sign that you’re pushing the limits. Headphones come with different ranges. When you’re buying wireless headphones look for a range that will meet your needs. If you need or want long range headphones expect to pay a bit more. Battery Power. The other downside to wireless headphones is the battery requirement. They can consume a lot of battery power quickly. If you depend on your wireless headphones, you may want to invest in rechargeable batteries and always keep spare batteries on hand. Should You Buy Wireless Headphones? Wireless headphones come in a variety of shapes and sizes. You can purchase wireless noise cancelling headphones, in the ear headphones and headphones with top quality sound. You can find them at a variety of price points. Some of the best wireless headphones on the market cost less than $350. If you find that you’re often frustrated with tangled cords or being tethered to your device, then wireless headphones may be ideal. You can achieve great sound quality without the frustration.


A Guide for Connecting Your iPod to Your Car Speakers

As a portable device, the iPod is often used by people who want to hear their favorite music and audio while they're on the go, driving in their car. If you want to use your iPod while you're driving, but aren't sure of the best way to go about it, then here is a guide to the many options available. Connecting Your 3.5mm Stereo Connector In most cases, you can simply use an extension 3.5mm stereo connector. Connect one end to your iPod headphone jack, and the other end to the aux input of your car stereo system. You may then need to select the aux input feature on your car's audio control panel. If your car doesn't have the right input jack, but has a cassette tape deck, then take advantage of a cassette adaptor. These are sold online and in a huge number of car stores, and are extremely easy to use. Using Your iPod After It's Connected The beauty of these connection methods is that it's still extremely easy to use your iPod after it's been connected to your car stereo system. In fact, it's exactly the same as if you had your headphones plugged in! Just browse your songs and select music or playlists as you normally would. More Advanced Gadgets For Connecting and Charging Your iPod (And More!) On The Go Although it's easy to connect your iPod to your car speakers using the methods above, some people are searching for more advanced accessories that mean you can also charge your iPod while you're driving. This is extremely convenient as it means you'll never run out of battery, even if you're in the car for the best part of the day. iPod Car Chargers: There are a range of charging docks available from a number of manufacturers. These work by plugging into your car's cigarette lighter, and making use of an adaptor to connect to your iPod's standard charging port. FM Transmitters: FM transmitters, such as the iTrip, broadcast the music you're playing on the iPod to the nearest open FM frequency, allowing you to listen to the music through your own speakers. Car Mounts: If you regularly use your iPod while driving then it'll make things a lot easier if you make use of a car mount. They can keep your iPod secure and easy to access while you're driving, and are easy to set up and dismantle. In many cases you'll find that some accessories combine more than one of the features listed above - perfect if you love your music and are always driving around! You can even use your iPhone for navigation in your car, by downloading an appropriate app and connecting your iPod to a hands free mount!


Home Theater System Review: LG LHB536 1100W

If you're looking for a budget home theater option that comes with 3D Blu-Ray, surround sound and internet functions included as standard then the LG LHB536 is one of the most cost effective options currently available on the market. But does the low price mean that LG have scrimped on features? Keep reading to find out more. LG LHB536 Key Specifications RRP: $500 Speaker Setup: 5.1 Wireless Rear Speakers? No Total Power (Watts): 1100 HDMI Inputs: 2 Internet Services? Yes 3D Blu-Ray Player? Yes Upscaling? Yes 2D To 3D Conversion? Yes Average Amazon.com Rating: 3.9 Benefits Of The LG LHB536 Price: Take a look at the main rivals in this price bracket and you'll find that the LG LHB536 is one of the best all-in-one home theater solutions you can buy. For a few hundred dollars, you'll get 5.1 channel surround sound, an excellent quality Blu-Ray player and some very useful internet functions. Sound Quality: This 5.1 channel surround sound system boasts impressive sound quality, both in the treble and bass. Although the speakers may not be wireless as you can find with home theater systems in a similar price bracket, and will never produce the kind of sound you can expect from a system that costs $1000+, the speakers are well made and create a great listening experience for the price range. This model can outperform many similarly-priced soundbar systems that don't feature all the extras. IPod Dock: If you want to listen to music on this system, as well as movies, then the iPod dock comes in handy for owners of the iPod/ iPhone 4. The dock means you can charge your music and feed it through the surround sound system without any extra effort. The inbuilt control functions, however, can be a little clunky and slow to navigate through your music collection, and it's worth changing the sound mode as some are better suited to movies and TV shows than music. Blu-Ray Picture Quality: The included Blu-Ray player provides a crisp HD picture and comes with the ability to upscale standard definition to HD. Both HD images and upscaled content look fantastic, and the player is one of the best in its class. The discs load quickly and playback is generally very smooth with this system. 3D Capability: Since this is a 3D Blu-Ray player, it can support both 2D and 3D discs (as long as you have a compatible TV for the latter). The HDMI inputs and outputs are capable of passing through and switching 3D video. LG Smart TV/ Wi-Fi Connection: Built in Wi-Fi connectivity means you can connect the LG LHB536 up to your home broadband network without the need for wires. When you do, this will give you access to LG Smart TV, featuring a range of different apps, streaming services and more. Some of the included services include Netflix, Vudu, Amazon Instant Video and internet radio stations. The inclusion of these services provides excellent value for money, given that separate media streaming devices can sell for around $100 or more on their own. Extra Streaming/ Video Options: If you want the ability to play other media files, aside from the online streaming services, then the LG LHB536 also acts as a media server. You can play a variety of video formats (such as AVI or MKV) either from a plugged in USB device, or from a device connected via DLNA on your home network. This makes it easy to stream files without the bother of connecting your computer directly to your TV screen. You can even rip audio CDs to USB devices if you want to. HDMI Inputs: Thanks to the two included HDMI inputs, and the LG LHB536's ability to act as an HDMI switcher, you can connect a range of HDMI devices up to your home theater system using just the HDMI out from the LG receiver to your HDTV. Drawbacks Of The LG LHB536 Remote Control: The remote control for the LG LHB536 can be a little difficult to use, especially when using it to switch between various HDMI inputs. It isn't always clear how to do this, and you'll need to have a read through the instructions rather than relying on the unclear button markings. The remote also makes it difficult to type things into the included internet services, using an onscreen keyboard that you select letters from using the arrow keys. Should You Buy The LG LHB536? If you don't already own a Blu-Ray player, or are looking to upgrade an older system to something that both looks and sounds better, the LG LHB536 is a solid choice. For a decent set of speakers, 3D compatibility and a range of internet features, you get a lot in this package. At this price range, you can't expect much better quality, and it'll be a huge improvement on most living room setups.


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