I currently have an iPhone 5 and am planning to buy a 5S in the next couple of months. But over the weekend, I stumbled upon the link in GSMArena showcasing the camera comparison between the current flagship smartphones of the top manufacturers:
- iPhone 5S
- Samsung Galaxy Note 3
- Sony Xperia Z1
- LG G2
- HTC One
- Nokia Lumia 1020
On paper, there’s no doubt that the Nokia Lumia 1020 is second to none. It sports a 41-megapixel camera and the manual settings of a DSLR/point-and-shoot camera. I’ve also checked out some sites posting amazing photography using the Lumia 1020 and I am sold! I immediately contacted one of the online stores to inquire and they are offering me a low price of $590.90 bundled with a Camera Grip.
But this morning, I’ve seen some posts in Google+ sharing @evleaks’ tweet about Nokia’s new devices. I’m worried that Nokia might update the Lumia 1020 in just a few months.
I know the phone is amazing and has its rights to be called and the “best camera phone” in the world to date. I can actually deal with the current specs. I’m just concerned with the slow transition from shoot-save-shoot which might be addressed by the successor. If Nokia could only guarantee that it will update the firmware/camera software then I wouldn’t be having second thoughts in buying now.
What are your thoughts?
I’ve tried multiple apps in the App Store as an iPhoneographer. If you happen to see my Instagram, most of the earlier shots were modified in Magic Hour as it is easy to use and I could download filters that were made by other users. But when I learned about VSCO Cam, I have started deleting most of the photo-editing apps and just left Snapseed for that Drama and HDR Scene effects.
VSCO changed the way I edit pictures. The presets were astonishing. I no longer have to adjust the curves. It’s very easy to use! There were other apps available but VSCO Cam lets you adjust the presets until you achieve the look that you want to have. Sometimes, I’m surprised because you’ll discover that using a different filter other than you have in mind will make the photo look better.
With my addiction to photography, I never had second thoughts of purchasing the in-app presets, all of them. Good thing they have bundled all together at it saved me a lot of money.
VSCO mentioned that they won’t build another Instagram-like site. But I hope they’d change their mind. It’s an Instagram killer! Based on my feed, a lot of people are already using VSCO Cam instead of using those filters in Instagram. It doesn’t limit you. Plus the fact that Facebook bought that site and started putting ads, it just made me cringe.
So to all in VSCO, congratulations! Now that you have VSCO Grid Follow Beta, you are just a few steps away from conquering the photo-sharing world. Probably just modify your iOS app and you’re good to go! It really is the standard of mobile photography.
I was about to post the second part of my “user-experience” with my Fuji X100S but work really ate up my time, energy and motivation. It was about how great Fuji colors are and how good it performs in low-light condition, but last night, it was put to test again and I was a bit disappointed with the result. I promise to post it before the year ends.
Anyway, my team went out last night to celebrate the birthday of our director. It was so much fun drinking and dancing with the team. They started taking pictures with their smartphones so I brought my camera out and started capturing unguarded moments. It really had a hard time autofocusing in dark environments. Most of the photos I took were out of focus. I also had to use flash since all settings were on Auto mode except for the ISO which was set to 3200/4000. Good thing it’s unnoticeable because the flash looked like it was just part of the strobing and blinking lights in Prive Superclub. I didn’t bother to use manual focus since I had my glass of Bacardi on my left hand. My mistake, I guess is I didn’t play around the ISO setting, I could have set it to 6400.
I think Fuji is aware of the camera’s weakness and I hope they’ll address it not only by releasing a newer version of the camera but also by updating the firmware. They should. Man, this camera is expensive! But it was not really designed exclusively for low light environment, so yeah. Whatever.
iPhone 5′s camera received praises from photographers when they tested and reviewed it. Though it cannot replace their trusted DSLRs, it still renders good shots especially in daylight situations. And by using camera apps, you can make your photos extra ordinary, but setting the curves, manipulating exposure and saturation, adding contrast, tint and fade.
Personally, I use Snapseed and VSCOCam apps. Both are free and gives you the freedom to enhance your photos depending on what you want to achieve. Though VSCOCam has an in-app purchase to add more presets, I advise you take advantage of the limited time preset collection of 38 presets since you can save up to over 50% of the consolidated amount.
See the first photo? I took it earlier around lunch time. I set the HDR mode on and it gives a more realistic effect than the normal photo. Then I used the HDR Scape in Snapseed to give it more depth and brightness, as you can see on the second photo. Lastly, I used the K3 Preset of VSCOCam to make the colors stand out. On that note, I highly recommend both photography apps.
Super typhoon Haiyan is pounding the Philippines as of this writing. We, at the office, were allowed to go home early for our safety. I planned to meet my friends to have some drinks but with this kind of weather, I have decided to just go home as I don’t want to be stranded in some area, so I bought Jack Daniel’s and a bottle of Coca-Cola. And our friends from Monsters University are here to join the fun!
Globe Telecom had temporarily redirected all of the outgoing services of both of my postpaid lines this morning. According to them, I haven’t settled my unpaid balance of twenty-something thousand pesos.
If you are following me on Twitter, you’ll definitely notice that I have been always in touch with their Globe Specialists to check and correct my billing statements. It’s really annoying seeing that huge amount every time I receive my Globe bills. How the fuck it happened?
Well, last May 4th, I went to Globe Telecom Plaza Tower 2 in Mandaluyong to pick-up my pre-ordered Samsung Galaxy S4 with a new line of Plan 999. I was informed by their representative to look for Rowena Aniana and Donna Agutaya and so I did. When I went there, I stayed in their waiting area and a man, which I didn’t get the name, assisted me. The transaction took around 30 minutes since he had to go to another tower to pick my phone up and process the payments: cash-out of Php17,900 plus the advance monthly service fee of Php999. I was informed that the official receipt and the free Samsung S-View Cover will be delivered on May 9th. But it was never delivered.
So I’ve been following it up through their hotline and through Globe’s official Twitter account @talk2GLOBE. I spoke with different people but they can’t provide me any solution. It’s been 5 months when someone I know working at Globe asked me to email him my concerns. Maybe he just got tired of reading my rants againts Globe on Twitter. Thanks to him because Donna Agutaya called the following day. She promised to email me the scanned official receipt of my purchase. But she failed again. After more than 2 weeks, I forced the company to have Donna call me and explain the delay of my OR. Then after a couple of days, I received an email from her, attached is the scanned copy of the official receipt. So I thought the case was closed already. But no! Earlier, I received a text notification from them about the redirection of the outgoing services due to my unpaid balance. And even way before that, I was receiving text notifications about that fucking twenty somthing thousand pesos almost everyday.
I called their Talk2GLOBE hotline and tried to control my anger while talking to four of their specialists. I was with these call center agents on the phone for nearly 2 hours. I talked to May from their reconnection department, and Jamir, Jane and Maria from customer service department. After explaining everything and listening to their explanations, I was asked to email the scanned copy of the OR to email@example.com and their credit department will check on my bills and payments. I told them to reconnect my line since I have no other access to internet but my phones. Well, that’s why I have 2 postpaid lines with unlimited data plan right? So Jane reconnected my line after I asked for a supervisor. She instructed me to email the scanned copy of the OR right away so they could attach it to the escalation report and have the credit department review it.
I emailed the scanned OR and called the hotline again to inform them that I already did their request. This time, Maria answered the call. I gave her the reference number and I asked assistance to compute if there were other unpaid balance that I missed to pay. Remember the time when I received the overcharges? That was Bill 36 and I informed Globe from the moment I saw it that I won’t pay a cent if they won’t clear the overcharges. Anyway, she stayed with me on the line until she gave me the total outstanding balance that I still owe them. While on the phone, I paid the remaining thousand pesos through Citibank Mobile and gave her the reference number of my transaction.
It’s really frustrating to deal with this service provider. They blame the system migration for having delayed and incorrect computation of their bills. They’ve even made a publicity responding to the opinion article that was published last July in ABS-CBNnews.com. So, it was just a publicity. Shameful.