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Nikon D850: Best full-frame DSLR now in town (Tech Review)

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New Delhi, Oct 30: Japanese major Nikon, which is celebrating 100 years in business this year, has unveiled its high-end “Nikon D850” — the first full-frame DSLR to earn a perfect score of 100 from the independent rating website DxOMark on both colour and dynamic range coming from the sensor.

The FX-format (full-frame) camera has an impressive 45.7MP sensor (up from its successor D810’s 36.3MP) with a native ISO sensitivity range of 64-25,600 and an upgraded 153-point autofocus system.

The device has seven frames per second (7fps) with continuous autofocusing (AF) which can be upgraded to 9fps with an additional battery grip.

Priced at Rs 254,950 (body only) and Rs 299,950 with the AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens, let us see what this mid-range model in Nikon’s full-frame DSLR camera line-up and successor to D810 has to offer to photo enthusiasts.

Design: The body design of the D850 is similar to the earlier D810, but this time, Nikon has done away with the built-in flash — keeping in mind the needs of professional photographers.

The D850 is undoubtedly one of the company’s fastest-shooting DSLRs. The camera comes with a touch-enabled, 3.2 inch diagonal tilting LCD with 2,359K dots.

The weather-sealed magnesium alloy body is resistant to dust and moisture.

The camera weighs 915 gms with a dimension of 146 x 124 x 79mm. Nikon has designed back-side illuminated (BSI) full-frame image sensor with no optical low-pass filter.

Sensor: The D850 has Nikon’s first-ever BSI full-frame image sensor (35.9 mm x 23.9 mm) with no optical low-pass filter which will improve the low-light performance and peripheral image quality.

The BSI CMOS sensor delivers superior image quality when compared to traditional CMOS sensors. The D850 offer the lowest base ISO (ISO 64) of any DSLR or mirrorless cameras.

Video shooting: The camera can shoot videos in full-frame 4K UHD with NIKKOR wide-angle lenses as well as full high-definition (HD), slow-motion video recording of up to 120fps.

Perfect for multimedia shooting, the D850 supports 4K videography and 8K time-lapse movie production with silent interval timer photography as slow as 0.5 seconds.

Videographers can easily fine-tune colour, exposure and brightness that is reflected in white blown-out areas with Nikon’s “Flat” Picture Control, all without any hassle.

Card Slot: The camera has two card slots — one XQD card and the other Secure Digital (SD) card.

Pros: Lowest base ISO, high-resolution and sharp details, new silent shooting mode, large viewfinder, tilt-angle touchscreen LCD, proven AF system, good battery life and 4K UHD video shooting.

Cons: No built-in flash, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connection lags.

Final Take: The D850 is probably the most well-rounded, full-frame DSLR camera from Nikon after Canon launched its 50 MPI (EOS 5DS) a few months back.

We, however, think Nikon has a slight edge when it comes to image quality.

The flexible shooting position and more focus points are helpful if you are covering fast-action games like football, hockey and badminton.

The continuous shooting mode is really fast and flawless with low sound. A small in-built flash could have make it much more attractive but the ISO expansion limit is so high and with good quality that the flash will not required in most of situations (at least in news photography).

The D850’s key strengths are its outstanding colour and dynamic range at base ISO where it edges past its rivals.

Overall, we recommend hybrid photographers and multimedia creators to opt for the best DSLR experience so far in Nikon D850.

By Partha Sarathi Mitra (IANS) 

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Nokia 7.1: HMD Global nearly perfects this one

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New Delhi, Dec 15: HMD Global, the Finnish company that manufactures and markets the iconic Nokia-branded phones, has launched devices in India at a steady pace this year.

Its mid-priced smartphones, including the Nokia 7 Plus that was launched in April, were received fairly well in the highly-competitive Indian smartphone landscape.

The handset maker’s focus has been on manufacturing value-for-money devices for the price-conscious Indian buyers with good hardware and neat Android One experience.

Its latest offering, the Nokia 7.1 Plus, is a new mid-ranger that comes in a single configuration of 4GB RAM with 64GB on-board storage for Rs 19,999.

The device is the first to feature “PureDisplay” screen technology for HDR10 cinematic-quality entertainment.

Here’s how the Nokia 7.1 fared in real-life usage.

Talking about its biggest USP — “PureDisplay” screen technology that enables HDR10 support on the display — indeed translated into deeper contrast and vivid colours on supported applications.

HDR10 essentially converts SD content into HDR content on supported apps.

The full HD+ 5.84-inch screen with 19:9 aspect ratio was the best feature of the smartphone.

However, the smartphone doesn’t compromise on design either, which was clearly visible as soon as we picked it up; the aluminium frame laid over glass rendered an appealing design to the phone.

Our gloss midnight blue review unit looked beautiful when held up in light. However, the glass back also meant the phone becomes a fingerprint magnet.

Despite the use of glass in the front and back, the phone felt every bit solid in our hands.

In the middle sits a vertically stacked dual-lens camera set-up while the fingerprint sensor sits just below it.

Talking about the front of the phone, there’s a notch, though it was smaller than many other handsets, thus giving us ample space to either side for the status bar.

The addition of a standard 3.5-mm headphone jack and futuristic USB type-C fast-charging surely were added bonuses.

The rear camera set-up includes a main 12MP sensor with an f/1.8 aperture, and a secondary 5MP lens. The ZEISS tuned camera let us take some pretty good pictures with enough details and good dynamic range. We particularly liked how the shooter handled close-up shots.

Low-light imaging was satisfactory and at par with most smartphones in the same price segment. There’s an 8MP lens in the front for selfies that also supports the much-talked about portrait-style Bokeh effect.

Thanks to Android One, this is an easy to understand device sans any bloatware which also means there are no unnecessary apps.

There’s a Qualcomm SnapDragon 636 system on chip (SoC) on-board which certainly isn’t a flagship chipset. However, the handset handled most tasks, including browsing multiple social media accounts and videos pretty smoothly.

What doesn’t work?

The 3060mAh battery is typically average and would barely last a day on a single charge. We also noticed the phone was performing a bit sluggishly on certain occasions that included heavy gaming.

Conclusion: The Nokia 7.1 stands out in this price segment, courtesy its design language. The sleek, glass sandwich design is to be considered and so does the neat Android One experience.

By Krishna SinhaChaudhury

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Pre-order Microsoft Surface Go now on Flipkart in India

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New Delhi, Dec 15: With an aim to take on the Apple iPad Pro and Samsung Galaxy Tab S4, Microsoft on Saturday brought its smallest and affordable Surface Go device to India, starting at a price of Rs 38,599.

Weighing at just 1.15 pounds and 8.3 mm thin, the 10-inch, two-in-one device is now available for pre-order with Flipkart, the company said in a statement.

The Surface Go with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage will cost Rs 38,599 while the 8GB RAM and 128GB variant can be purchased for Rs 50,999.

The Surface Go type cover (black) will cost an additional Rs 8,699 and the signature type cover (colour) will cost Rs 11,799.

Microsoft launched the Surface Go globally earlier this year.

The 2-in-1 device comes with the Surface Pen — with 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity and a 3:2 high-resolution “PixelSense” custom calibrated display designed to render the pages of most school textbooks.

Powered by the 7th Generation Intel Pentium Gold Processor 4415Y and protected by Gorilla Glass 3, the device offers up to nine hours of battery life.

Surface Go also has several ports for various needs, including Surface Connect for charging and docking, USB-C 3.1 for data, video, and charging, a headphone jack and a MicroSD card reader for storage expansion.

For users who require connectivity via video calls, the Surface Go features a 5-MP HD camera and rear auto-focus 8MP HD camera, along with dual microphones.

“Commercial customers can opt for Windows 10 Pro which brings essential business security features to protect devices and infrastructure from modern threats,” said Microsoft.

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6.8 million users possibly affected by latest photo bug: Facebook

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San Francisco, Dec 15: US top social media network Facebook admitted that about 6.8 million users may risk their private photos being exposed to third-party apps.

The company on Friday said more than 1,500 apps built by 876 developers may have also been affected by the bug that exposed users’ unshared photos during a 12-day-period from Sept. 13 to Sept 25, Xinhua news agency reported.

Facebook said it has fixed the breach and will roll out next week “tools for app developers that will allow them to determine which people using their app might be impacted by this bug.”

Those affected by the bug were apps “that Facebook approved to access the photos API and that individuals had authorized to access their photos,” Facebook added. The bug allowed those apps to see pictures of Facebook users that they were not granted access to.

Facebook said it will give its users notification about the possible exposure of their private photos, and that it will be working with developers to delete those copies of photos from impacted users.

The disclosure is another example of Facebook’s failure to properly protect users’ privacy that may drew more criticism of its privacy policy.

The world’s largest social media network has been grilled over the past year for its mishandling of user data, including its involvement in a privacy scandal in March when Cambridge Analytica, a British political consultancy firm, was accused of illegally accessing the data of more than 87 million Facebook users without their consent.

The private information of Facebook users was alleged to be used to influence the U.S. 2016 general elections in favor of President Donald Trump’s campaign.

Last month, Facebook announced that up to 50 million users could have their accounts controlled by hackers due to a security bug that its CEO Mark Zuckerberg called “very serious.”

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