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Canon launches 4K camcorder

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Canon has unveiled the Legria GX10 video camera, offering 4K shooting capabilities along with a range of other features for creating professional videos.

Canon provided the following information:

Future proof picture quality

The Legria GX10 captures image quality that will stand the test of time. Equipped with 4K 50p shooting capabilities, it provides four times the resolution of 1080p Full HD, reproducing even the smallest detail and making those special moments come to life on screen. Offering a versatile recording experience, the Legria GX10 supports shooting in MP4 at either 35Mbps for Full HD, or in 150Mbps for 4K 50p – perfect for fast-paced action. Capturing up to 100fps, this new in class camcorder enables you to produce a variety of content from time-lapse to 0.25x slow motion effects.

Professional quality made easy

The Legria GX10 facilitates the making of professional quality videos in a simple and easy way. It’s the first camcorder with a 1.0-type sensor that integrates Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology, providing a shallow depth of field and responsive, accurate and customisable focus. Three optical ND filters deliver two, four or eight stops of exposure control for superb image quality in the darkest and brightest conditions, whilst the newly developed wide angle 4K lens with 15x zoom further ensures you get the quality that 4K promises.

Thanks to the Wide Dynamic Range (DR) mode, the DR is extended to 800% to capture greater detail in highlights and shadows for clear, vibrant images that are ready to share without editing. The large, instinctive, vari-angle touchscreen gives you fast and easy access to essential functions needed in dynamic shooting scenarios such as parties, weddings or action-packed holidays. At the same time, the camera’s 5-Axis Image Stabilisation (IS) is optimised to ensure you get steady footage throughout the zoom range.

Convenient and reliable

A compact, lightweight and robust camcorder, jam-packed with professional functions, the Legria GX10 is a reliable video recorder for any occasion. The ergonomic design mimics that of professional camcorders featuring a tilt-adjustable viewfinder, professional style zoom rocker and custom function buttons. The full manual setting enables you to vary your level of control based on your needs and experience, whilst the automatic mode offers complete ease of operation. With dual SD card slots for backup and continuous recording, you won’t miss a moment. This, alongside the long battery life, makes the Legria GX10 the perfect companion for capturing incredible adventures, from safari to skiing.

With dual band Wi-Fi, you can shoot remotely and transfer files on the go to capture and share those important moments. The camera also includes a wireless remote control, which allows you to direct the camera from a distance.

Ready to progress with you

Whilst the powerful built-in stereo microphone provides impressive sound quality, the additional 3.5mm microphone input, Mini Advanced shoe and 3.5mm headphone output allow you to tailor the Legria GX10 to all your audio needs. This simple accessory connection empowers content creators to turn their passions and hobbies into a career.

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Low-cost wireless sport earphones get a kickstart

Wireless earphone brands are common, but not crowdfunded brands. BRYAN TURNER takes the K Sport Wireless for a run.

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As wireless technology becomes better, Bluetooth earphones have become popular in the consumer market. KuaiFit aspires to make them even more accessible to more people through a cheaper, quality product, by selling the K Sport Wireless Earphones directly from its Kickstarter page

KuaiFit has an app by the same name which offers voice-guided personal training services in almost every type of exercise, from cardio to weight-lifting. A vast range of connectivity to third-party sensors is available, like heart rate sensors and GPS devices, which work well with guided coaching. 

The app starts off with selecting a fitness level: beginner, intermediate and advanced. Thereafter, one has the ability to connect with real personal trainers via a subscription to its paid service. The subscription comes free for 6 months with the earphones, and R30 per month thereafter. 

The box includes a manual, a USB to two USB Type B connectors, different sized soft plastic eartips and the two earphone units. Each earphone is wireless and connects to the other independently of wires. This puts the K Sport Wireless in the realm of the Apple Earpods in terms of connection style. 

The earphones are just over 2cm wide and 2cm high. The set is black with a light blue KuaiFit logo on the earphone’s button. 

The button functions as an on/off switch when long-pressed and a play/pause button when quick-pressed. The dual-button set-up is convenient in everyday use, allowing for playback control depending on which hand is free. Two connectivity modes are available, single earphone mode or dual earphone mode. The dual earphone mode intelligently connects the second earphone and syncs stereo audio a few seconds after powering on. 

In terms of connectivity, the earphones are Bluetooth 4.1 with a massive 10-meter range, provided there are no obstacles between the device and the earphones. While it’s not Bluetooth 5, it still falls into the Bluetooth Low Energy connection category, meaning that the smartphone’s battery won’t be drastically affected by a consistent connection to the earphones. The batteries within the earphones aren’t specifically listed but last anywhere between 3 and 6 hours, depending on the mode. 

Audio quality is surprisingly good for earphones at this price point. The headset style is restricted to in-ear due to its small design and probable usage in movement-intensive activities. As a result, one has to be very careful how one puts these earphones, in because bass has the potential of getting reduced from an incorrect in-ear placement. In-ear earphones are usually notorious for ear discomfort and suction pain after extended usage. These earphones are one of the very few in this price range that are comfortable and don’t cause discomfort. The good quality of the soft plastic ear tip is definitely a factor in the high level of comfort of the in-ear earphone experience.

Overall, the K Sport Wireless earphones are great considering the sound quality and the low price: US$30 on Kickstarter.

Find them on Kickstarter here.

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Taxify enters Google Maps

A recent update to Taxify now uses Google Maps which allows users to identify their drivers, find public transport and search for billing options.

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People planning their travel routes using Google Maps will now see a Taxify icon in the app, in addition to the familiar car, public transport, walking and billing options.

Taxify started operating in South Africa in 2016 and as of October 2018 operates in seven South African cities – Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni, Tshwane, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth and Polokwane.

Once riders have searched for their destination and asked the app for directions, Google Maps shares the proximity of cars on the Taxify platform, as well as an estimated fare for the trip.

If users see that taking the Taxify option is their best bet, they can simply tap on the ‘Open app’ icon, to complete the process of booking the ride. Customers without the app on their device will be prompted to install Taxify first.

This integration makes it possible for users to evaluate which of the private, public or e-hailing modes of transport are most time-efficient and cost-effective.

“This integration with Google Maps makes it so much easier for users to choose the best way to move around their city,” says Gareth Taylor, Taxify’s country manager for South Africa. “They’ll have quick comparisons between estimated arrival times for the different modes of transport, as well as fares they can expect to pay, which will help save both time and money,” he added.

Taxify rides in Google Maps are rolling out globally today and will be available in more than 15 countries, with South Africa being one of the first countries to benefit from this convenient service.

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