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Canon launches new instant cameras

Canon has released two instant cameras, the Canon Zoemini S and C, which print 5 x 7.5cm sticker photos.

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Building on the success of the original Canon Zoemini, which launched in 2018, a new product range of all-in-one instant camera printers offers pocket-sized companions for encouraging creativity with easy-to-print, peel-and-stick photos on the go.

The Canon Zoemini S is ideal for those wanting to capture, print, and share their holiday adventures, a spontaneous selfie, photos with friends, or an Instagram-worthy plate of food. It consists of an eight-megapixel camera, front-mounted mirror, ring-light and remote shutter capability.

It comes in three stylish finishes – rose gold, matte black and pearl white – and fits seamlessly into the palm of a hand, pocket or backpack for convenient portability.

Both cameras shoot and print mini photos in a matter of moments on 2×3-inch (5 x 7.6cm) Zink sticky-backed photo paper. 

The Canon Zoemini S is supported by the Canon Mini Print App (iOS/Android), which enables users to print their images directly from a smart device using Bluetooth as well as edit from an array of creative filters and frames. Users can also remove the challenge of capturing group selfies, by using the Canon Mini Print App’s remote shutter and self-timer function.

The app enables users to connect withInstagram and Facebook, as well as Google Photos and Dropbox, so they can print physical copies while out and about.

For those seeking a streamlined version of the Zoemini S, the Zoemini C is available without the Canon Mini Print App compatibility and packs a five-megapixel camera, a selfie-supporting reflective mirror and a Micro SD card slot. It is available in four colours: bubble gum pink, bumblebee yellow, mint green, and seaside blue.

Both the Canon Zoemini S and Canon Zoemini C come with 10 sheets of sticky-backed, smudge- and tear-proof Zink printing paper, making it easy to print and decorate anything from a bedroom wall to a fridge or smart device. Additional paper is available to purchase in packs of 20 or 50.

Both models will be available from the end of May 2019 throughout South Africa. 

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Samsung to release Galaxy Note10 Lite in SA

The Samsung Galaxy Note10 Lite, unveiled at CES 2020 two weeks ago, will be released in South Africa next month.

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Samsung has unveiled the new Galaxy Note10 Lite at a preview event in Johannesburg. Building on the legacy of the Galaxy Note series, this Lite model brings key premium features like the latest camera technology, signature S Pen, immersive display and a long-lasting battery, at a more accessible price point. The Galaxy Note Lite is positioned between the Galaxy A Series and Samsung’s flagship devices. It will be launched in South Africa in February, with a recommended retail price of R12,999.

What’s different from the Note10?

The Note10 Lite drops support for wireless charging, waterproofing, and a curved screen. Other than that, it’s a very capable device at a far lower price

“The Galaxy Note devices have met consumer demands around the world and has proven to be popular in South Africa,” said Justin Hume, director of integrated mobility at Samsung South Africa. “These devices represent our continuous effort to deliver industry leading innovations, from performance and power to intelligence and services. The Galaxy Note10 Lite will make the experience more accessible to South Africans.”

To read the full breakdown of device specifications, click here.

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Sony Xperia 5 scores high

The latest compact flagship from Sony, the Xperia 5, scores a high 95 in DxOMark.

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The Sony Xperia 5, announced in September 2019, is the latest compact flagship, intended as a more affordable, pocket-friendly alternative to the full-sized Xperia 1. Key features on the Xperia 5 include a 6.1-inch OLED display, as well as the high-end Snapdragon 855 chipset with 128GB of internal storage and 6GB RAM. Storage is expandable up to 1TB via micro SD.

The main camera boasts the same triple sensor and lens setup as on the Xperia 1. All three sensors offer 12MP resolution, with a large 1/2.55-inch sensor for the main camera, and a smaller 1/3.4-inch sensor for each of the ultra-wide and telephoto modules. The main sensor is coupled to a 26mm-equivalent f/1.6 aperture lens; there’s also a 16mm-equivalent f/2.4-aperture ultra-wide-angle lens, and a 52mm-equivalent f/2.4-aperture lens offering x2 optical zoom shots.

Other features include 5-axis optical image stabilization (OIS) and predictive Dual Pixel PDAF autofocus on the main and telephoto cameras, eye-tracking autofocus, HDR, and LED flash. 4K video is available for 2160p@24/30fps capture on the Xperia 5, but the Sony’s 5-axis gyroscope-enabled OIS only kicks in for HD video recording at 1080p@30fps.

Key camera specifications:

Triple camera

  • Primary: 12MP 1/2.55-inch sensor with 1.4µm pixels and 26mm f/1.6-aperture lens
  • Ultra-wide: 12MP 1/3.4-inch sensor with 1.0µm pixels and 16mm f/2.4-aperture lens
  • Telephoto: 12MP 1/3.4-inch sensor with 1.0µm pixels and 52mm f/2.4-aperture lens
  • Predictive Dual Pixel PDAF autofocus & 5-axis OIS (main & telephoto)
  • LED flash, HDR, eye-tracking
  • 4K 24/30fps video with HDR
  • Full HD 1080p@30fps video with 5-axis gyro-EIS
  • Although not officially launched in South Africa, it is available from some online outlets.

Click here to see samples of the photography on DxOMark’s website.

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