Sunday, 31 March 2013
Friday, 29 March 2013
Thursday, 28 March 2013
This one was testing out the iZoom functionality at 2.0X. I am coming to get the impression I may as well just crop images rather than use the iZoom. I thought initially it maybe used the sensor differently to get the magnification, but now thinking it is simply cropping, which I could just do myself.
Tuesday, 26 March 2013
Saturday, 23 March 2013
Though right now struggling with a choice - I really wanted the NX300 for its imrovements, but really want an additional camera, as I want to keep the NX1000 as a backup on my coming holiday to Costa Rica.
I am just not sure now the NX300 will be realeased in time, so am considering maybe getting the NX20 to use as primary. I don't want to leave purchase til last 2nd...
Friday, 15 March 2013
THIS IS NOT THE CASE!
It is one cash back reward per household/person period!
And make sure that your billing and invoice details are the same, or they will try to mess you around on that too!
I have now sent in two promotion forms, and it is currently looking unlikely that I will receive cash back on either!
I am now considering returning all Samsung camera products purchased, as I am now pissed off, and not sure I can be bothered putting up with the video problem when they are trying to screw me over like this.
Seriously, one unhappy customer right now.
After contacting Samsung and being a bit forceful, They have said they will honour the claim.
I will not say to what extent, but I will say that at least they have made the effort, and I will stick with the NX cameras - already had all the returns set up on Amazon, so was a close call.
Thursday, 14 March 2013
Having had a brief look this morning, all I can say is that it looks like a dull update. From the info available, doesn't look like an awful lot has changed.
Very different story to the NX210 to NX300 update, which seems to bring a huge number of updates to the table.
Certainly, if I weren't upgrading to the NX300, I would not even consider the NX1100 as an upgrade to the NX1000.
Well, have at least found a work-around, which I'll detail in case anybody should ever find they have the same problem and a search turns this up.
Below a certain light threshold on this camera, there seems to be some odd relationship between iso and shutter speed.
While I would normally try and stick to 180 degree shutter, so 1/60th for 30 fps, when the light of scene drops really low, to prevent the flicker, if I use 400 iso and set shutter to 1/125 it seems to stop the storing. For 800 iso it seems to be 1/125 and iso 1600 1/250 and iso 3200 i think was 1/400.
For some reason, as I move down from 1/60th, the scene darkens as I would expect, but when I hit these "optimal" shutter speeds, it brightens again a bit...
It's not ideal, but it seems to cure the problem of strobing, which would render any footage more useless than it simply being dark.
It's not that I am likely to be in such low light situations often where I will need to do this, but there will be some night-time creatures I will want to video on holidays.
There does not seem to be a problem with "medium" and good light situations.
I believe the NX300 is out next Friday, and I am definitely buying, but I do hope it does not exhibit the same issue.
At least I know how to work around it if it does...
Monday, 11 March 2013
Getting a replacement sent out, but I really hope this restricted to my current camera, and not a general fault, cause it would ruin all videos taken, and I am not losing all my footage from my upcoming trip to Costa Rica!
Tried a number of things last night, but was always able to replicate this. This morning I tried in a well lit room, pointed at a dark item, and could see the same behaviour.
This is with auto/manual focus, forced aperture, forced iso, forced shutter, with and without adjusted image3 settings, high quality, low quality, different SD cards, different lenses... Tried reset to default, am on latest firmware (Which I will avoid with the new camera for testing).
I have to try to remember to use NTSC setting and see how that goes. I think I tried it, but am not 100% sure.
Oddly, this behaviour is not present, or at least not as obvious in the smart/auto modes...
I MUST remember to upload a sample of this behaviour!
Replacement here tomorrow (Gotta love Amazon). Here's hoping this is a fault with my current camera only.
Sunday, 10 March 2013
Saturday, 9 March 2013
Knew it had "a couple of marks" according to the listing on Ebay, but it's got a bit of a DENT in one part.
It seems to function fine, though the focus feels a bit stiff in comparison to all my other Samsung lenses.
Will have a play today, and decide.
Got some plans for photos today, and would like to do a 30 second snail video (using 60mm macro only probably) - seemed so easy yesterday as there were tons of them, but today they seems scarce.
Thursday, 7 March 2013
Snails are starting to come out though, so will look at making a 30/60 second clip of them :)
Any excuse to use the macro lens!
Just hoping that get some time without rain at weekend...
I kept going between getting this lens or the 45mm f1.8, but that lens was going to cost me over £250 and, quite frankly, I have spent more than enough on camera stuff recently.
Still, got a decent arsenal now with the 20-50mm kit lens (quite good actually), the 18-200mm video zoom (not the best optically, but versatile and with awesome stabilisation), the 60mm macro (which I love), and now the 30mm pancake (which will be awesome for compactness and lower light).
Weather going to be awful here for some time, so lots more indoor stuff. Hopefully I can learn how to light a subject decently...
Wednesday, 6 March 2013
So not had a chance to play with camera much due to gout and rubbish weather, so back to indoor sstuff.
Got a lot to learn about how to light a subject nicely. Dozens of shots and this is the closest I could get to something decent, and still not happy with it.
No fault of the camera - just me sucking at lighting.
Monday, 4 March 2013
Friday, 1 March 2013
Think I will keep to just using the 18-200mm.
Of course, depends on what the bloody weather like as well.
Otherwise, purchase of flowers and small vases in order, and more use of the mini studio.