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Sony Z1 compact

Well, apart from it being waterproof the Xperia Z1 compact does come with a nice camera which also says “20.7MP” on the box. So I went out, took a few shots which all looked very nice and thought: Well done Sony! Once I was back home looking at image on the computer screen I noticed that the pictures were not 20.7MP but rather 8MP. Which is still fine for a smartphone cam.But what about the 20.7MP (which is more than my Canon 6D does)? Well, the chip is capable to produce 20,7MP images. You have to switch to manual mode and you lose (not selectable) all the in camera shooting modulations (like Document, Landscape, Night…) but you can shoot images at this kind of resolution.

The above image is the 8MP version, the below image is the 20.7MP version – both have been processed with noise reduction, sharpening and contrast enhancement.

You might say: “Doesn’t look bad?” but this is only because of the processing. The original 20.7MP image (which I will attach at the end) are in my opinion not directly usable from the phone. In the end I think it is nice to be able to take a high res image when you know that you are going to postprocess a lot anyway. But for +90% of the time I will probably stick to the 8MP resolution. I did not check for the flash problems some people are reporting because I barely use the phone flash and it was mainly reported for the white version of the phone.
After all I still have my QX10 for more zoom and more MP, enjoy!

Timelapse for the QX10

One thing I did not understand when Sony released the QX10 was that the standard app, PlayMemories, did not feature obvious additional shot modi like timelapse. But thanks to Thibaud Michel this has changed: Timelapse – Sony Camera is here!

And even better: The source is available on github to show that it is possible to create your own stuff for/with the camera. Up to now the QX10/100 as well as NEX6/NEX5-R and the RX-10/RX100-mk2 are supported.

As you can see on the image above the UI of the app is clean and simple. After first connecting to the camera, which is just as simple as for the Sony app (start app, switch on cam, select type of camera, connect), you can take a test shot and adjust some settings for the scene you want to capture (see image below).

After that the app lets you adjust just what you would expect from a timelapse app: Initial delay, Interval and number of frames (see below). The app can show you the last captured image but the actual images are stored on the camera and will not flood your phones memory (!).

All in all a very helpful little app that I was looking for for quite some time now. So don’t forget to rate the app on the app store and check out the project on github. Enjoy!

Rock On Theresienwiese

Rock On Theresienwiese on Flickr.

“The photographer should suffer, not the audience.” is what Danny Rubinstein once said. I guess he was, amongst other things, referring to the suffer when changing the perspective, e.g. laying down on the ground.
So it is a good thing when you can put the camera on the ground (or anywhere else) and take a whole new perspective without having to lay down. How many pictures have you “missed” because you wouldn’t lay down on the floor?

The DSC-QX10 Toy

Finally, as promised, I got me the Sony DSC-QX10!

As I might have mentioned before I am a little excited about the new wireless camera by Sony and I just wanted to quickly give you some first impressions. As you can see below there is actually not much hardware to  talk about. It has no built-in screen or optical view finder. But that is the idea…

For those of you who haven’t heard about the cam: It is explicitly designed to work with a smartphone or tablet (wohoo!) and connects to the device via WLAN. You need the Play Memory App to actually use the cam but the app is free of course. There are some reports that the app is not very stable under iOS but with my android devices it works nice.

I posted an obvious first shot on flickr yesterday but here is the setup shot with a Nexus 7…

and the resulting first shot on the tablet…

One really has to get used to the concept of having the screen separated from the cam. Especially because there is a “trigger” on the device and in the app. You can also zoom (up to 10x) via the device and the app. If you are working with a smartphone than you can use the included clip to attach the cam to the smartphone. But be careful: Sony smartphones have an extra button for the internal cam which will not work (up to now) for the QX10 (but instead will take a crappy pic with the internal cam of the backside of the attached QX10…). If you do not have a micrSD card you can still use the cam. You can transfer the images directly via WLAN – in full res. This of course takes a bit of time. Overall there is some delay with the live view and the transfer but you can downscale the transferred images to 2MP which still is enough for social media and such. With a card you can also take photos without an additional device. But also without seeing what you shoot. This can be interesting and I will try it some time soon. Back to the old days – sort of…

The above image was transferred full res to my smartphone. Without zoom the cam has ok macro functionality (not as good as on a Canon but still ok). Since it is a small high res cam there are also some roboticists already thinking about using the cam – but up to now it is not supported by e.g. gphoto2. However, once the WLAN protocol is known things could speed up. We will see…