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Everything posted by ThePointblank

  1. As someone else noted, cameras for birding and their lenses can get expensive quick. You might have better luck looking at the used/refurbished market. For example, a used Canon 7D mark II with the Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens will set you back about $900 USD for the body (in good shape), and about $1000 USD for the lens (in excellent shape) off of B&H's used section. You might be able to find cheaper cameras in excellent shape off eBay. If you really want to get serious, that's where the big bucks start being spent.
  2. I'm considering the LG 27GL850, the Asus TUF Gaming VG27AQ, and the Aorus AD27QD as my options; all three come in at about the size I can handle, and all have high refresh rate IPS panels while being close to the price point I want. Which is my best option?
  3. I think your best option is to get a DSLR, hook it up to an external power source either via USB or via a false battery, and get an intervalometer (if the camera doesn't have one already), and use that. You can cover the camera and lens with a plastic cover or bag, and leave a hole around the front of the lens to weather proof it; there are also plastic rain covers you can also use as well.
  4. Step up to the PIXMA G5020 then. It has automatic double sided printing, but it is solely a printer.
  5. How about the Canon PIXMA G3200 inkjet? It's part of Canon's Megatank printer lineup, which uses a refillable ink reservoirs.
  6. Would a mirrorless camera work for you? Something like the Sony A6500 or the Canon EOS M6 II?
  7. I'm looking at what my options are for a monitor that can do dual duty for photo editing (where colour accuracy is important), and gaming (which requires fast pixel response and refresh rates). I'm currently driving the Asus VG248QE, which is good for gaming, but it's a little lacking in terms of colour accuracy, as it is a TN-panel based monitor. I primarily edit photos in both Lightroom and Photoshop, and in terms of gaming, I lean more towards the more casual side of gaming, playing stuff like War Thunder, Anno 1800, etc. Don't really care about pivot mode, or extensive height adjustment, nor do I care about it being curved. I also have a desk size limitation; I can't have a monitor that's bigger than a 27", as my current 24" monitor a bit of a tight squeeze already. Looking to keep the cost of the monitor under $500 CDN if possible. Thanks.
  8. Same 45 point all crosstype AF for autofocus, but uses a new 220k-pixel metering sensor. Video AF is handled by Canon's Dual Pixel AF system.
  9. Have you considered using a DSLR for video work? The new Canon 90D should fit the bill, and it's compatible with your existing Canon EF glass: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1502488-REG/canon_3616c016_eos_90d_dslr_camera.html
  10. Recap of today's Amazon hardware event: https://www.engadget.com/2019/09/25/amazon-echo-alexa-devices-event-recap/ New devices: Echo Show 8 smart display - $129.99 - https://www.amazon.com/Echo-Show-8/dp/B07PF1Y28C Echo Studio premium speaker - $199.99 - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07G9Y3ZMC?ref=ODS_v2_FS_AUCC_oe Echo Glow smart light - $29.99 - https://www.amazon.com/Echo-Glow/dp/B07KRY43KN/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Echo+Glow&qid=1569446955&s=amazon-devices&sr=1-1 Echo Earbuds - $129.99 - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07F6VM1S3?ref=ODS_v2_FS_AUCC_pt Echo Loop smart ring - $129.99 - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07JPK4XJ6?ref=ODS_v2_FS_AUCC_hk Echo Frames smart glasses - $179.99 - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01G62GWS4?ref=ODS_v2_FS_AUCC_zr Echo Flex smart speaker - $24.99 - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07MLY3JKV?ref=ODS_v2_FS_AUCC_cst Amazon Smart Oven - $249.99 - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07XSCBSN5?ref=ODS_v2_FS_SH_bi Amazon Sidewalk Eero mesh WiFi system - $249.99 - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07WMLPSRL?ref=ODS_v2_FS_SH_co3 Ring Indoor cam - $59.99 - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07Q9VBYV8?ref=ODS_v2_FS_VICC_ht Updated devices: Echo smart speaker - $99.99 - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07R1CXKN7?ref=ODS_v2_FS_AUCC_pl Echo Dot - $59.99 - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07N8RPRF7/ref=s9_acsd_al_bw_c_x_5_w?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-1&pf_rd_r=75VQKGB3BTN1YPVGAQJN&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=ba35b473-d674-4b5a-9fa5-ff635647f5b3&pf_rd_i=9818047011 Alexa-related announcements: New auto-delete feature to allow users to automatically erase video recordings Alexa will now be able to mimic celebrities; they demoed Alexa mimicing Samuel L. Jackson. You can purchase the various voice actors for $0.99 each in 2020 Multi-lingual mode for Alexa; French, Spanish, and Hindi languages will be supported, with more languages to come Parental control features for Alexa, to control whom a child can speak to through a whitelist
  11. Amazon announced the Amazon Fetch, which is a pet tracker at the event, which integrates with Sidewalk. That's the first official application of Sidewalk so far.
  12. Reading the specs, should be a better solution, as Amazon's version has Bose noise cancellation technology, and is cheaper to boot. If these have decent sound quality, these should be an absolute home run for Amazon, and first appearances says yes, the quality is there: https://www.theverge.com/2019/9/25/20883934/amazon-echo-buds-hands-on-photos-wireless-earbuds-noise-reduction-alexa So, good sound quality, Bose noise cancellation technology, 5 hours of playback time, IPX4 water resistance, can auto-pause automatically when you take them out of your ear, and Amazon Alexa integration all for $129.
  13. Continued so far: New Echo Flex for $25, so you can get Alexa throughout your house cheaply: https://techcrunch.com/2019/09/25/echo-flex-is-a-small-25-echo-that-plugs-directly-into-the-wall/ New Echo Show 8, with Food Network TV integration, so you can watch your favourite Food Network programs, and be able save recipes, and ask Alexa about the ingredients: https://www.engadget.com/2019/09/25/amazon-echo-show-8/ Confirmation of the Amazon Echo Buds, which features Bose Noise cancellation technology: https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2019/9/25/20879665/amazon-echo-earbuds-noise-reduction-fitness-tracking-fprice-release-date-alexa Still more being announced...
  14. The Amazon event is currently live, with the announcements so far: Confirmation of a new Echo, the Echo Studio, with higher end audio: https://www.engadget.com/2019/09/25/amazon-echo-studio-immersive-audio-200-dollars/ Updated Echo Dot, now with a digital alarm clock: https://www.engadget.com/2019/09/25/amazon-echo-dot-clock/ Updated Echo: https://www.engadget.com/2019/09/25/amazon-2019-echo-better-sound-same-price/ GM is planning on rolling out Alexa to their cars, starting in 2020, with the 2018 model year and newer vehicles: https://www.engadget.com/2019/09/25/amazon-alexa-newer-gm-vehicles-2020/ New Echo Glow: https://www.engadget.com/2019/09/25/amazon-echo-glow/ They are still rolling off the announcements, so stay tuned.
  15. Because it won't suck your phone's battery life, and you will have always on connectivity.
  16. The HP is a convertible which can be used as a tablet, and has cellular connectivity options as well.
  17. Update: See this post for the recap of all of the announcements made during the Amazon hardware event: Via CNBC: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/09/23/amazon-plans-alexa-earbuds-with-fitness-tracking-echo-with-subwoofer.html?__source=twitter|main Basically, a new field for Amazon's hardware division, getting into personal fitness trackers, in this case one that's built into a set of wireless ear buds. The fitness tracker will have the basic accelerometer, and be able to monitor things like distance run, calories burned and pace of running, while being able to summon the Alexa assistant. You will still need a Bluetooth connection with your existing Android or Apple device for functionality. Expected price for this would be under $100, which will undercut many of their competitors, when compared to similar offerings from either dedicated audio companies and headphone makes. Also, Amazon is also expected to unveil a new higher end Echo speaker, which is expected to be bigger and bulkier than the old Echo. This new Echo is expected to have better sound quality due to a higher quality speaker and a subwoofer as it is meant to be the central speaker in Alexa’s core home market. Amazon is hosting a hardware event this Wednesday, so we could see full details in an unveiling then.
  18. Don't need a Red, and don't need a ton of money. You need to figure out what you are shooting, what sort of circumstances, and your level of expertise. That will dictate the equipment. But first, focus on your knowledge and skill; there are videos, books, and courses (both online on Youtube and in class) that can start teaching you the basics.
  19. The Aukey and RAVPOWER banks are pretty decent quality battery banks; I personally have a RAVPOWER 20100mAh USB PD battery bank myself. It works just fine to charge my camera, which is picky about the types of power sources being used (it only accepts USB-PD or the optional OEM USB charger).
  20. Be warned that not all card readers perform the same; many of the cheaper USB 3.0 card readers don't actually perform to their full potential, and when you compare them to a good card reader from a reputable company, the difference is immediately obvious. You might just want to outright replace the card reader; I personally use the ProGrade Digital Dual-Slot SD card reader: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1450886-REG/prograde_digital_pgrwsdhcxcana_pgd_sdxc_uhs_ii_usb.html Not cheap, but it is the fastest and most well built card reader on the market. But it is money well spent if you are processing large files.
  21. Per Anandtech, the result is based upon MobileMark 2014, which is a fairly light use case scenario.
  22. From Anandtech, Tom's Guide and Ars: https://www.anandtech.com/show/14878/hp-elite-dragonfly-a-13-3-inch-convertible-notebook-with-24-hr-battery-life https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2019/09/hp-debuts-elitebook-dragonfly-2-in-1-with-ultra-light-chassis-24-hour-battery-life/ https://www.tomsguide.com/news/hps-elite-dragonfly-is-the-macbook-air-apple-should-have-made This is a new 2-in-1 ultrabook out of HP's Elite lineup. Prices start at $1549 USD, and will be available October 25th. The laptop weights in at around 2.2lbs, which HP touts as being the lightest business laptop, and is made from lightweight magnesium alloy machined via CNC. The chassis is certified to the MIL-STD-810G military standard so it will withstand drops and shocks better than most other laptops out there. Hopefully, this is a Linus-proof laptop based upon this spec. The screen is a 13.3" affair, with either a 1080p with 400 nits of brightness, or 1080p panel with 1000 nits of brightness with HP's Sure View privacy filter, or 4K with 550 nits of brightness available. All screen options will have Corning Gorilla Glass 5 to cover them. It will have 85.6% screen-to-body ratio, with 360 degree folding screen, so you can use it as a tablet, with it's included Active Pen G3 in the box. Other specs include options of a 8th generation Core i3/15/i7 Whiskey Lake CPU (no 9th or 10th gen options yet as they don't have Intel's vPro) with up to 16GB of RAM and 2 TB of SSD storage. The RAM is not upgrade-able, while the SSD being offered is either a SATA drive for the lower end or specialized SKU's (there's an option for a FIPS 140-2-certified drive), and for higher end SKU's, it will be a PCI-E 4x SSD. Connectivity-wise, you got WiFi 6 and Gigabit 4G LTE, two Thunderbolt 3 ports, one USB 3.1 Type A, HDMI 1.4, and a headphone jack. It will also feature four Band & Olufsen-badged speakers as well as a microphone array as well. Long battery life is being claimed; the base battery is a two-cell 38 watt hour Li-ion battery that should provide 16 hours of battery life, but there's an optional four-cell, 56.2 Wh model with an estimated 24 hour battery life as well. The 4-cell battery will push the weight beyond 2.2 pounds though. As part of the Elite business lineup, there are some security features as well; a 720p webcam with a built-in shutter to cover the webcam when not in use, there's an option for an IR camera, and a fingerprint reader for Windows Hello. The Elite Dragonfly will also support HP's Sure Sense, Sure Recover, and Embedded Reimaging technologies, a TPM 2.0 module, and an Absolute persistence module. Full spec sheet is here (from Anandtech): Overall, this looks like a very good effort by HP, with a nice, clean design, and decently packed in terms of specs.
  23. *checks the calendar to make sure it isn't April 1st* So.. the fried chicken chain KFC is releasing an official anime dating game on Steam later this month. The Steam page is here: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1121910/I_Love_You_Colonel_Sanders_A_Finger_Lickin_Good_Dating_Simulator/ From IGN: https://ca.ign.com/articles/2019/09/10/smooch-colonel-sanders-in-this-official-kfc-dating-sim?sf108668094=1 This does fall into what sort of mind-altering substances was the marketing team at KFC on when they came up with this?
  24. For what he intends on doing, the EOS M100 kit with lens will suffice. It's only when he gets more serious and comfortable with video work (and has a bigger budget) would I recommend something else.