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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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HCL launches app dedicated to Indian classical music

Called “HCL Music”, the app is available for both Android and iOS users.

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New Delhi, June 22 (IANS) There is some good news for Indian classical music lovers as HCL has launched a free music app dedicated to catering to their taste in music.

Called “HCL Music“, the app is available for both Android and iOS users, HCL said in a statement.

The app features recordings of live performances from legendary artists, high quality studio recordings featuring maestros, forgotten collections of legends and an assortment of crowd sourced music by young and aspiring artists.

The app houses a collection of Indian classical music across genres including Hindustani, Carnatic and fusion music, HCL said, ading that the aim is to make the app the largest ever repository of classical content and also give upcoming artists a platform to showcase their talent.

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Facebook launches free version of ‘Workplace’ for NGOs

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San Francisco, June 21: Making inroads into the non-profit segment, Facebook has launched a free version of its enterprise communications app ‘Workplace’ to make work better, smarter and faster for charities and non-governmental organisations.

Named “Workplace for Good”, the app would donate work-essential mobile, video, communication and collaboration tools free of charge to organisations like World Wildlife Fund, United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) and more.

“We’re giving ‘Workplace for free’ to non-profits and staff at educational institutions globally, so they can build meaningful communities and create change around the world,” Annette Gevaert, Head, Workplace For Good, Facebook, wrote in a blog post late on Wednesday.

Additionally, the app also comes integrated with tools like “OxBot” which is a jargon-busting bot that provides a link to internal sources of information, increasing accessibility options.

“We’re also renewing our commitment to #ImpactCloud, a coalition of technology companies including Workplace, Salesforce, Box, Okta and Microsoft, working together to help accelerate digital transformation and impact for humanitarian and disaster relief organisations,” Gevaert added.

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‘Twitter Media’, a new home for publishers, is here

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San Francisco, June 20: In an apparent attempt to get close to publishers, Twitter has launched “Twitter Media” — a website dedicated to helping small publishers get the most from its platform.

Kay Madati, Global Vice President and Head of Content Partnerships officially introduced the new site.

“With Facebook disappointing publishers for the last few years Twitter saw an opportunity, and now it’s launching ‘Twitter Media’, a website dedicated to helping small publishers get the most from its platform,” tech website WeRSM reported late on Tuesday.

“Twitter Media” would feature best practices from content publishers across Twitter, curated by Twitter’s news, sports and entertainment partnerships teams.

The micro-blogging site said that “Twitter Media” will be updated regularly with case studies and success stories and will also feature a blog to help publishers stay up-to-date with tools for publishers.

The website would also include information about new products and features designed specifically for content publishers and there would be an easy-to-navigate help section curating answers to the most common questions Twitter gets from content publishers.

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