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    Thursday, 2 August 2012

    SONY XPERIA U REVIEW / SPECIFICATIONS


    SONY XPERIA U REVIEW/SPECIFICATION ( SONY ERICSSON XPERIA ST25i KUMQUAT)
    Sony Xperia U Back
    Sony Xperia U


    Sony Xperia U On Hands


    Sony has created a whole new experience of smartphones among the youths. Along with the recent hit Sony Xperia S  Sony has side-by-side launched Sony Xperia U. There is a special style in Sonys' Phones that inspires users to purchase it. Apart from sleek design sony even has charming features along with DLNA. Its Sony's smart cover effects that has succeeded in creating a wonderful impression among its users. This phone supports ANDROID GINGERBREAD v2.3.x Which is upgradable to ANDROID JELLY BEAN v4.0. This phone has DUAL CORE 1 GHz STE U8500 Chipset. It has MALI - 400 MP Graphics. It even has a Secondary camera which is very rare in Android Phones. 

    SO AFTER A BRIEF REVIEW LETS MOVE ON TO THE SPECIFICATIONS:-

    1) OPERATING SYSTEM - ANDROID GINGERBREAD v2.3 ( UP-GRADABLE TO JELLY BEAN v4.0 )

    2) PROCESSOR - DUAL CORE 1 GHz CORTEX A9

    3) CHIPSET - STE U8500

    4) GRAPHICS - MALI 400MP

    5) 2G/3G NETWORK - 850/900/1800/1900/2100

    6) HSDPA/ HSUPA - 14.4 MBPS/ 5.76 MBPS

    7) GPRS/ EDGE - 107 KBPS/ 296 KBPS

    8) WiFi - 802.11 b/g/n WITH  WiFi HOTSPOT, DLNA

    9) DISPLAY TYPE :- LED BACKLIT LCD , CAPACITIVE TOUCHSCREEN WITH 16 M COLOURS

    10) RESOLUTION - 854 * 480 PIXELS DIAGONALLY - 3.5 INCHES

    11) MULTI-TOUCH - UPTO 4 FINGERS

    12) PROTECTION - SCREEN RESISTANT GLASS, SONY MOBILE BRAVIA ENGINE, TIMESCAPE UI

    13) CARD-SLOT - NO

    14) INTERNAL MEMORY - 8GB, 4GB USER ACCESSIBLE

    15) RAM - 512 MB

    16) CAMERA - YES, 5 MP 2592 * 1944 MEGA PIXELS, LED FLASH, GEO-TAGGING WITH SECONDARY CAMERA.

    17) VIDEO - YES, 720p HD

    18) BATTERY - STANDBY - 260 to 472 HRS.
                             - TALKTIME - 5.5 to 6.5 HRS.
                             - PLAYBACK TIME - 48 HRS.

    19) GPS - YES WITH A-GPS

    20) JAVA - YES, VIA JAVA MIDP EMULATOR

    21) SENSORS - PROXIMITY SENSOR, COMPASS, ACCELEROMETER

    22) OTHER FEATURES  - SNS INTEGRATION
      - ACTIVE NOISE CANCELLATION WITH DEDICATED MIC
          - MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV PLAYER
          - MP3/EAAC+/WMA/WAV PLAYER
          - GOOGLE SEARCH, MAPS, GMAIL,
              YOUTUBE, CALENDAR, GOOGLE TALK
          - ORGANIZER
          - DOCUMENT VIEWER
          - VOICE MEMO/DIAL/COMMANDS
          - PREDICTIVE TEXT INPUT


    PRICE - AROUND ` 16,500 OR € 243 

    Sony Xperia U Classics
    PROS OF SONY XPERIA U
    • DLNA SUPPORTED
    • BUDGET-SUPPORTED PRICE
    • FAST PERFORMANCE WITH 1 GHz
    • HD RECORDER
    • EXCHANGEABLE COVERS
    • LOUD AND CLEAR SOUND
    • GOOD GRAPHICS
    CONS OF SONY XPERIA U

    • NO MicroSD CARD SUPPORTED
    • ONLY 4GB INTERNAL STORAGE
    • COMES WITH ANDROID GINGERBREAD v2.3 ( IT ALTHOUGH CAN BE UPGRADED)
    • POOR BATTERY PERFORMANCE
    • LOW QUALITY FRONT-FACING CAMERA (0.3MP)
    • AFTER 8-9 MONTHS THE SPEAKER SOUNDS START CRACKING
    • LOW BLUETOOTH PROFILES

    SHOULD YOU PURCHASE SONY XPERIA U??

    - MY ANSWER IS ABSOLUTELY YES. THE NUMBER OF PROS OUTSHINES THE NUMBER OF CONS ALTHOUGH I HAVE NOT GIVEN MUCH. PROPLE WHO HAVE EXPERIENCED THIS PHONE HAS GIVEN THESE RATINGS:-

    • STYLE - 9.2
    • PERFORMANCE - 8.6
    • USER SATISFACTION - 500 RATINGS HERE


    WHERE YOU CAN PURCHASE SONY XPERIA U ??



    SO HOPE THAT YOU LIKED MY REVIEW AND MADE UP YOUR MIND TO PURCHASE THIS PHONE FROM THE LINK THAT I GAVE...

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    Sunday, 22 July 2012

    SONY XPERIA S REVIEW AND SPECIFICATIONS

    SONY XPERIA S REVIEW AND SPECIFICATIONS

    Sony Xperia S side
    Sony Xperia S









    Sony Xperia S has been a new talk of the market with a Quad - Core CPU and Sleek, Stylish Design.
    Sony has done a great job in launching this type of Smartphone in an affordable price. This phone or what we say these days, Smartphone has well accommodated in it very smart and reliable features. This phone 
    Supports ANDROID GINGERBREAD 2.3 And Can be Upgraded to Android Ice- Cream Sandwich.
    THIS PHONE HAS A SMART 720p resolution and Dual Core 1.5 GHz Scorpion CPU. 


    If We talk About its description or features we can note down these 
    amazing specifications of Sony Xperia S:-


    SONY XPERIA S SPECIFICATIONS

    Stylish Sony Xperia S



    1) 2G/3G SUPPORT - 850/900/1800/1900/2100


    2) RELEASED ON FEB 2012


    3)OPERATING SYSTEM - ANDROID GINGERBREAD(2.3.x), UP-GRADABLE TO 4.x


    4)CHIPSET - QUALCOMM MSM8260 SNAPDRAGON


    5)CPU - DUAL CORE 1.5 GHz SCORPION CPU


    6)GPU - ADRENO 200


    7)GPS - YES, A-GPS SUPPORT AND GLONASS


    8)EDGE - YES UP TO 230 KB/s


    9)3G SPEED - HSDPA-14.4 MBPS AND HSUPA-5.8 MBPS


    10)WLAN - YES, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA AND HOTSPOT


    11)BLUETOOTH - YES, v2.1 WITH A2DP, EDR


    12)USB - YES microUSB 2.0 AND USB ON THE GO


    13)TOUCH TYPE - CAPACITIVE LED TOUCHSCREEN WITH 16M 


    14)RESOLUTION - 720*1280 PIXELS, 4.3 INCHES


    15)CAMERA - 12 MEGAPIXEL, 4000*3000 PIXELS, 
     AUTOFOCUS, GEOTAGGING, LED-FLASH


    16)SECONDARY CAMERA - YES, 1.3 MP


    17)DIMENSIONS - 128*64*10.6 mm


    18)OTHER FEATURES - MicroSIM card support only
                                           - TV launcher
                                           - SNS integration
                                           - HDMI port
                                     - Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
                                           - MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player
                                           - MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV player
                                           - TrackID music recognition
                                           - Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
                                               YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk
                                           - Document viewer
                                           - Voice memo/dial/commands
                                           - Predictive text input

    19)BATTERY LIFE:-

    Stand-by              Up to 450 h (2G) / Up to 420 h (3G)
    Talk time              Up to 7 h 30 min (2G) / Up to 8 h 30 min (3G)
    Music play           Up to 25 h


    PRICE - 400 EUROS

    Sony Xperia S Smartphone
    SO THIS WAS ALL ABOUT SONY XPERIA S ... HOPE YOU LIKE AND PURCHASE IT. PLEASE COMMENT.

    Thursday, 21 June 2012

    BEST COMPACT TRAVEL CAMERAS AND SUPERZOOM CAMERAS


    BEST TRAVEL COMPACTS AND SUPER-ZOOMS




    BEST COMPACT CAMERAS: TRAVEL COMPACTS



    -->NIKON COOLPIX S9300

    Price: £260/$330
    Specs: 16MP CMOS sensor, 18x zoom with optical VR, 1080p video, GPS


    NIKON COOLPIX S9300



    Nikon has managed to squeeze an impressive 18x zoom lens with optical Vibration Reduction into a slim camera body that is only 30.6mm thick. The Vibration Reduction system will help increase the chance of taking sharp images, especially at the telephoto end of the zoom range, and it will also help steady the image on the 3-inch LCD screen, for easier composition.
    A 16MP rear-illuminated CMOS sensor coupled with the latest Expeed C2 image processing chip should provide better quality images at high sensitivities and smoother video than previous processor generations.
    Nikon's usual comprehensive array of automatic scene modes and a wide range of special effects will help beginners to be creative. GPS technology can be used to track your location and share where images were taken when uploaded to many popular image sharing websites.


    -->CANON POWERSHOT SX260 HS

    Price: £330/$350
    Specs: 12MP CMOS sensor, 20x image stabilized optical zoom, 1080p video, GPS


    CANON POWERSHOT SX260 HS



    Sporting a 20x zoom lens offering an angle of view equivalent to a 25-500mm lens on a 35mm camera, the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS should be very well equipped for those who wish to travel light.
    A 12MP rear-illuminated CMOS sensor, coupled with the latest DIGIC 5 image processor, enables this camera to take great quality images, even in low light. The image stabilizer system will also help with taming camera shake when shooting at low shutter speeds.
    Full HD video can be recorded and output via the built-in HDMI interface and global positioning information can be recorded for sharing on image and video sharing websites. Advanced photographers will also appreciate the inclusion of manual exposure options, whereas a wide range of automatic shooting options are also included for those who are less technically inclined.


    -->SONY CYBER-SHOT DSC-HX20V

    Price: £400/$400
    Specs: 18MP CMOS Sensor, 20x optical zoom, 1080p video at 50fps, GPS



    SONY CYBER-SHOT DSC-HX20V



    An 18MP Exmor R sensor promises excellent quality low light images, despite the relatively high resolution. A 20x optical zoom lens providing an angle of view equivalent to a 35-500mm lens on a 35mm camera should cover most photographic situations when traveling.
    High quality Full HD 50p videos can be recorded, and a GPS function is included for tagging images with your position. Plenty of artistic picture effects and easy creative options are also included to get your creativity flowing.


    -->OLYMPUS SH-25MR

    Price: £190/$350
    Specs: 16MP CMOS sensor, 12.5x zoom, take still images while recording HD video, dual Image Stabilization


    OLYMPUS SH-25MR



    Although a 12.5x zoom range may seem quite modest when compared to other travel compacts on offer, the 24mm wide angle will certainly be handy for shots in cramped conditions, or large buildings you may encounter on your travels.
    Just like many other travel-orientated compact cameras, GPS tracking is included and a rear-illuminated 16MP CMOS sensor should provide decent quality in low light conditions.
    Unique to this camera is the ability to take still images at the same time as recording video clips, enabling you to capture high quality stills to complement your high definition video.


    -->PANASONIC LUMIX DMC-TZ30/ZS20

    Price: £279/$290
    Specs: 14.1MP CMOS sensor, 20x optical zoom, 1080p HD video, touchscreen interface, 3D still images


    PANASONIC LUMIX DMC-TZ30/ZS20




    The TZ30 (or ZS20 in the US) replaces the TZ20 (ZS10) as Panasonic's flagship TZ camera and pushes the zoom range from 16x to 20x, with a focal length equivalence of 24-480mm.
    In other respects the TZ30 is very like the TZ20 having the same touchscreen LCD display, GPS technology and a raft of automated shooting modes as well as more advanced options for experienced photographers.
    However, HD video can be shot in 1080p at 50 frames per second rather than the TZ20's 1080 interlaced. And, although the sensor is still a 14MP 1/2.33-inch device, it has been redesigned to produce cleaner images across the sensitivity range.
    There's a lot packed into this relatively small camera.


    -->FUJIFILM FINEPIX F770 EXR

    Price: £300/$345
    Specs: 16MP EXR CMOS sensor, 20x optical zoom, ISO 12,800, 1080p video, 8fps high speed continuous shooting


    FUJIFILM FINEPIX F770 EXR



    If you've ever struggled to capture the perfect shot of Minky the Whale jumping through a hoop at Sea World, then the Fuji F770 EXR has the solution. It is capable of taking full resolution shots at a blistering pace of eight frames per second, and if you wish to share where the image was taken via popular image sharing services, GPS information can be recorded too.
    The rear-illuminated 16MP EXR CMOS sensor has a few tracks up its sleeve too. It can be optimized to take high resolution 16MP images or images with improved dynamic range at reduced resolution.
    By combining neighboring pixels, sensitivities of up to ISO12,800 are also possible, making this camera ideal for shooting with in adverse conditions.


    BEST COMPACT CAMERAS 2012: SUPERZOOMS


    -->CANON POWERSHOT SX40 HS

    Price: £335/$420
    Specs 12.1MP CMOS sensor, 35x image stabilized optical zoom lens, 1080p HD video, swivel LCD screen


    CANON POWERSHOT SX40 HS



    An impressive 35x zoom lens equivalent to 24-800mm on a 35mm camera adorns the Canon Powershot SX40 HS. Unlike its predecessor, the SX30 IS, this camera uses Canon's HS system, which combines a high sensitivity sensor with the latest DIGIC 5 image processor to provide, clean and sharp images, even in low light conditions.
    Both casual snappers and experienced photographers are catered for a comprehensive range of scene program modes, Smart Auto and full manual control. 1080P HD video clips can also be recorded using either the electronic viewfinder of Vari-Angle LCD screen for composition.


    -->NIKON COOLPIX L310

    Price: £199 (about $320)
    Specs: 14MP CCD sensor, 21x stabilized optical zoom, 720p video, smart portrait system


    NIKON COOLPIX L310




    This budget offering from Nikon aims to make picture taking as easy as possible, while providing a raft of impressive features, for not a lot of money.
    For starters the 21x optical zoom lens is equivalent to a 25-525mm lens on a 35mm camera, and features Nikon's Vibration Reduction technology to tame camera shake. For close up images, the macro facility enables focusing as close as 1cm from the front element of the lens.
    The Smart Portrait system uses Smile Detection, Red Eye Fix, Skin Softening and a warning if the camera detects that your subject may have blinked in the picture. This system should make taking pictures of family and friends a foolproof affair.


    -->OLYMPUS SZ-31MR

    Price: £280/$400
    Specs: 16MP CMOS sensor, 24x optical zoom, take still images while recording HD video, dual Image Stabilization


    OLYMPUS SZ-31MR



    As well as including a 24x zoom lens covering a range equivalent to a 26-600mm lens on a 35mm camera, the Olympus SZ-31MR has a few other tricks up its sleeve.
    1080p videos can also be recorded, and if you spot an opportunity for a still image, one can be captured while recording video. Standard definition video at frame rates up to 240fps can be recorded for creating slow motion effects.
    The dual image stabilization system should tame camera shake in images taken in low light, or at high telephoto settings. Still images can also be taken in 3D, which is a fun addition.


    -->SONY CYBER-SHOT DSC-HX200V

    Price: £470/$480
    Specs: 18MP CMOS Sensor, 30x optical zoom, 1080p video at 50fps, GPS


    SONY CYBER-SHOT DSC-HX200V



    Not to be outdone by anyone else, Sony's HX200V can take an impressive 10 frames per second in burst mode, and its 30x optical zoom should provide plenty of flexibility for many a shooting scenario. The 18MP CMOS sensor provides an improvement in resolution over its predecessor, too.
    Panoramic images can be taken by sweeping the camera across the scene, with the camera automatically stitching a sequence of shots together for you, and 3D images can also be taken. GPS information can be recorded for adding to popular image sharing websites.


    -->PANASONIC FZ48/FZ47

    Price: £270 (about $435)
    Specs 12.1MP CCD sensor, 24x optical zoom (25-600mm equivalent), Optical Image Stabilization, manual exposure control


    PANASONIC FZ48/FZ47



    Known as the FZ47 in the US, this mini SLR style camera provides for casual snappers and experienced photographers alike with a wealth of exposure modes - though raw file recording is not possible.
    Autofocus speed is faster than the average superzoom camera's, which makes it a good option for sport and action photography - especially coupled with the 3.7fps burst mode.
    The pixel count may only be 12.1 million, but this benefits the camera because the low sensitivity images have a decent level of detail. This combines with great exposure and good color reproduction to make the FZ48 a well rounded performer.


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    BEST COMPACT CAMERAS OF 2012









    Best compact camera 2012: 


     Get the best digital camera for your needs




    Best compact camera 2012: 27 reviewed

    The Fuji X100 and its hybrid viewfinder is king of all compact cameras.

    Finding the best compact camera for your needs is never going to be easy, because the compact camera market is a very crowded place.
    There are hundreds of digital compact cameras out there, waiting for you to ogle them, to scratch your heads over them, and eventually hand over your hard-earned cash for them.
    Once the transaction is complete and you're unboxing your newest purchase, a nagging doubt enters your mind: did I make the right choice?

    Whichever compact digital camera you might be looking for, we've pulled together a selection of what we believe are the best compact digital cameras on the market now.The right choice, of course, depends on what you want from your digital camera. Maybe you're looking for a high-end compact camera or perhaps you want something more basic to help someone else get started in photography.

    Best compact cameras 2012: 

    Fujifilm Finepix X100

    Price: £695/$1,200
    Specs: 12.3MP APS-C format CMOS sensor, 23mm f/2 lens, hybrid viewfinder






    Best compact cameras

    Fuji created a stir when it announced this retro-styled compact with an 12.3 megapixel APS-C sized CMOS sensor. The fixed 23mm f/2 lens provides a bright aperture for low light shooting and an angle of view roughly equivalent to a 35mm lens on a 35mm camera.
    Its design is aimed to appeal to experienced photographers and enthusiasts, who like direct exposure control with an aperture ring, shutter-speed dial . It also sports a raw image mode and has a unique hybrid viewfinder that combines an electronic and optical finder in the same view.

    Fujifilm Finepix X10

    Price: £390/$600
    Specs 12MP CMOS sensor, 4x f/2-2.8 optical zoom, Manual zoom ring, 1080p HD video






    Best compact cameras


    Manual controls are easily accessible and pictures can be recorded in a raw image format. Even the zoom ring is operated manually, which is unusual for a compact camera and a large bright optical viewfinder is provided for those who prefer this to using the screen for composing images.Another retro-styled camera from Fujifilm, although this one is quite different to the X100. A 4x zoom lens with a bright maximum aperture of f/2-2.8 is fitted to a metal camera body containing a 1 /2.3î EXR CMOS sensor.
    Add in 1080p HD video recording and you have a highly specified camera that justifies the high price tag.

    Canon Powershot G1 X

    Price: £700/$800
    Specs: Large 14.3MP CMOS sensor, 4x optical zoom, 1080p HD video, swivel LCD screen






    Best compact cameras

    Although the zoom range is limited when compared to other Canon G-series cameras, the trump card of the Canon G1 X is its unusually large sensor. A larger sensor has more surface area to receive light, improving image quality at high sensitivities and boosting dynamic range. Interestingly, Canon has opted to stick with the 4:3 aspect ratio, rather than 3:2 as most APS-C sensors are, even though the sensor in the G1 X is roughly the same height as APS-C format.
    In order to make the most of what the sensor can offer, Canon has equipped the G1 X with the latest DIGIC 5 processor, which promises better control over noise at high ISO sensitivities, faster operation and smoother 1080p video recording.
    The 4x zoom lens provides an angle of view equivalent to a 28-122mm lens on a 35mm camera, and the usual array of direct controls found on G-series cameras should make manual operation a pleasure.

    Canon PowerShot G12

    Price: £400/$420
    Specs: 10MP CMOS sensor, 5x stabilised optical zoom lens, 720p HD video, swivel screen






    Best compact cameras

    Canon's G-series cameras have been the benchmark by which other high-end compacts are judged ever since the G1 released at the turn of the century. The G12 continues this tradition with it's strong magnesium body, highly sensitive 10MP CMOS sensor, 720p video, 5x Image Stabilised zoom lens and DIGIC 4 image processor.
    Experienced photographers will enjoy the direct exposure controls, HDR capability and raw image recording, whereas more casual photographers are catered for by a wide range of automatic scene programs and face detection.
    Add to this multi-aspect shooting, and you can see why this compact camera gives interchangeable lens cameras a run for their money.


    Ricoh GR Digital IV

    Price: £435/$600
    Specs: 10MP CCD sensor, 28mm (equiv) f/1.9 lens, 1,230,000 dot 3-inch LCD screen






    Best compact cameras

    A pocketable camera with a high quality lens, equivalent to a 28mm lens on a 35mm camera, and a fast f/1.9 maximum aperture. The GR Digital IV follows in Ricoh's tradition of producing high quality compact cameras that are ideal for street photography.
    Despite the compact dimensions, manual controls are easily accessible and a 3-inch LCD screen with an extremely high resolution of 1,230,000 dots has been squeezed onto the rear. Images can be shot in raw formats too.
    Strangely Ricoh hasn't followed the trend of including HD video capability, the GRD IV will record video, but only at VGA resolution.

    Nikon Coolpix P310

    Price: £235/$315
    Specs: 16MP CMOS sensor, 4.2x zoom with a fast f/1.8 aperture, Full HD video, Optical VR






    Best compact cameras

    The Nikon Coolpix P310 builds on the features its popular predecessor sported with a higher resolution 16MP rear-illuminated CMOS sensor, which should enhance the camera's ability to take images in low light. Couple this with a bright f/1.8 lens and you have a formidable, pocketable camera for taking pictures in a wide range of conditions.
    If tinkering with raw image files is a feature you desire, this camera may not be for you, since images can only be recorded in JPEG format. But given the bargain basement price, it still represents excellent value.

    Olympus XZ-1

    Price: £310/$500
    Specs: 10MP CCD sensor, 4x optical zoom lens with a maximum aperture of f/1.8, 720p HD video






    Best compact cameras

    As well as being one of the most stylish high-end compact cameras on the market, the Olympus XZ-1 sports a larger than normal CCD sensor and a 4x zoom Zuiko lens with a maximum aperture of f/1.8, which both enable this camera to take excellent pictures in low light conditions.
    Full manual control is possible, but also a comprehensive range of automatic exposure programs and fun art effects that can be applied to images. Add in the 720p HD video mode and the Olympus XZ-1 is well worthy of consideration.



    Canon PowerShot S100

    Price: £360/$390
    Specs: 12.1MP CMOS sensor, 5x image stabilised zoom lens with 24mm wide angle and f/2 maximum aperture, 1080p HD video






    Best compact cameras

    Canon's latest advanced compact raises the bar set by the S95 by including a 12.1MP high sensitivity CMOS sensor, manual control, and Full HD video.
    The combination of a large 1/1.7-inch sensor with Canon's latest DIGIC 5 image processing chip and the bright f/2 lens delivers excellent quality at high sensitivities. The compact body also provides full manual control, with adjustments applied directly via the bezel around the lens and the ability to record raw images.
    A strip of rubber on the front of the S100 gives it extra grip over the S95.

    Nikon Coolpix P7100

    Price: £349/$449.95Specs: 10.1MP 1/1.7-inch CCD sensor, 3-inch 921,000 dot LCD, 7.1x zoom






    Best compact camera 2012

    Nikon's P7100 is a close match for the Canon G12 in terms of specification, having the same size sensor with 10.1-million effective pixels and a f/2.8-5.6 7.1x zoom lens with a focal length equivalence of 35-200mm and Vibration Reduction (VR). The 3-inch 921,000 dot screen however, is a tilting unit rather than being fully articulated.
    The solid-feeling body is liberally covered with buttons and dials, that give the user plenty of direct control over the most important shooting parameters.
    Image quality is generally good, especially from raw files, but colours can be a little on the vivid-side.

    Sony RX100

    Price: £579/$648
    Specs: 20.2MP 1 inch Exmoor CMOS sensor, 3.6x zoom, 1080p video, Bionz processor, f/1.8-4.9 lens






    Best Compact camera 2012: 26 reviewed

    Though it's a relative small compact camera, the Sony RX100 has a larger than average sensor. In fact its 20.2MP 1-inch CMOS device is the same physical size as the one in the Nikon 1 V1 and Nikon 1 J1, which arecompact system cameras.
    We love the build quality of the RX100 and it provides all the controls that demanding enthusiasts expect, plus the ability to record raw files. We especially like the control ring around the 28-100mm (equivalent) f/1.8-4.9 lens that can be used to adjust a selection of features including aperture.
    Our tests reveal that the RX100 performs well across the sensitivity range (ISO 125-6400) and it produces, bright punchy images that aren't excessively vibrant.
    SO NOW ITS UPON YOU TO THINK WHICH CAMERA TO BUY

    SONY TELEVISION (KDL- 32HX7530)

    Sony TV ( Sony KDL-32HX7530 )





    Sony KDL-32HX753 review


    Can its mid-range smart TV continue Sony's resurgence?


    In the nick of time, Sony has finally got its flatscreen TV act together, delivering with its flagship HX853 series arguably the best-performing LCD TVs ever. So it's with real enthusiasm that we take receipt of the first model from the brand's new step-down series, the Sony 32HX753. If this can manage to deliver most of the quality of the HX853s for a bit less money, then happiness surely awaits...







    The Sony KDL-32HX753 follows the latest evolution of Sony's Monolithic design by adding a glimmer of silver around the bezel's outer edges - though it doesn't feel as well built as the HX853 televisions.
    So far as its features are concerned, the 32-inch TV's headliners are itsactive 3D playback - now supported by a native 200Hz panel versus the 100Hz one used on last year's disappointing EX7 series - and its use of Sony's new, video-rich SEN online platform.
    What's more, the Sony 32HX753 supports its online functionality by providing built-in Wi-Fi.



    Sony KDL-32HX753 review


    The Sony 32HX753 costs £699 (around $1,095) in the UK, but if you want something a bit bigger than the 32-inch TV, you can also get the 40-inch 40HX753 (£899), 46-inch 46HX753 (£1,199) and 55-inch 55HX753 (£1,549), while if you want the absolute best Sony picture quality currently available you should step up to the 46HX853 or 55HX853.The core technology behind the 32HX753's screen is LCD with an Edge LED lighting system. It should be stressed right away, though, that the 32HX753 doesn't use the local dimming system that was put to such superlative use with the HX853 models.
    Rival models are tricky to define precisely, given the huge wealth of televisions available this year, but the most likely direct competitors would be the Panasonic DT50 or possibly Panasonic ET50 series, the LG LM660 series and Samsung ES6800 or ES6300 series.

    Features

    After undertaking an extensive round of consumer research, Sony has this year softened the striking but rather stark and masculine look of its Monolithic TV design approach by reducing the bezel size a bit, softening corners, and applying a sliver of outer silver trim to its TV's extremities.
    The Sony 32HX753 looks fine on the back of this shift, though its reduced build quality means the design doesn't look quite as elegant as it did on the step-up HX853 Sony TVs.
    The relatively small size of this 32-inch TV also doesn't really give the design quite enough room to shine, so that it doesn't stand out from the crowd as much as Sony's previous Monolithic TVs have tended to.



    Sony KDL-32HX753 review

    On the upside, though, the way the TV sits low and slightly angled back on a pair of minimalistic legs is very pleasant and reduces the extent to which the set intrudes into your living space.
    Connections are ranged helpfully around the side and bottom edge of the Sony 32HX753, making it easy to wall-hang the set. They're also pleasingly plentiful for an affordable 32-inch TV, including four HDMIs, a pair of USBs, and both LAN and integrated Wi-Fi for accessing material stored on a DLNA PC or Mac and Sony's SEN online content platform.

    As for the LAN/ Wi-Fi, this is supported by Sony's mostly likeable new Homestream software (free to download for Mac as well as PC) to enable streaming of a wide variety of material from almost any computer. Or, of course, it can provide your portal to the Sony Entertainment Network online system.Clearly the features associated with some of these connections warrant further attention. The HDMIs are v1.4 in spec, so that they're compatible with Full HD 3D Blu-ray feeds. The USBs, meanwhile, can play back a good if not exhaustive selection of multimedia video, photo and music formats, as well as enabling recording to USB flash drives from the built-in Freeview HD tuner.
    Pressing the new SEN button on the remote control thankfully immediately throws up a new 'hub' for the online services that's light years ahead of the cumbersome, ugly menu system used by last year's Bravia Internet Video TVs.



    Sony KDL-32HX753 review

    On the left you get a reduced version of the picture you were watching, along with - if you wish - a ticker-tape presentation of your Twitter feed. This is an excellently unobtrusive way to integrate social media into a TV environment.
    Ranged across the screen to the right of the reduced TV picture are various sections of content under Apps, Video, Music and Favourites headers. The presentation for all these sections is impressive, with lots of HD icons, and the content levels are impressive too.

    Among the highlights of what's on offer are BBC iPlayer, Demand 5 (Channel 5's catchup service), BBC News, Sky News, Skype (if you add an optional extra camera), Twitter, Facebook, Lovefilm, Netflix, EuroSport, YouTube, Sony's own 3D content channel, Euronews, Crackle, aolHD (featuring Engadget and Huffington Post content, among other things), WIRED, Blinkx, BillaBong, style.com, DailyMotion, eHow.com, golflinks and Moshcam.You don't get the sheer overwhelming number of services and apps found on the Smart TV platforms from Samsung and LG, perhaps, but Sony's tradition of quality over quantity where online content is concerned continues to impress.
    Sony also includes its own app content, in the form of a Sony Entertainment Television library, its increasingly impressive Video Unlimited film and TV streaming service, and Sony's (also increasingly excellent) Music Unlimited service.



    Sony KDL-32HX753 review

    We guess some might take issue with the way Sony gives its own content platforms their own large Video and Music categories while rivals such as LoveFilm and Netflix get shoved together on the second page of the Apps section. But Sony has at least provided these alternative film sources, so it's not like they're actually forcing you to use only their own music and video platforms.
    Sony has also started to introduce a few smaller apps, such as a couple of fairly basic games and on-board clock and calendar widgets. But it's the extensive selection of video streaming sources that matters and continues to make Sony arguably the most satisfying online TV service provider.
    If you're a die-hard picture tweaker, the Sony 32HX753 is reasonably well equipped with fine tuners to keep you happy. There's a solid selection of thematic picture presets (some perhaps unhelpfully stored under a separate 'Scene Select' section) to get you started.

    There are a few other processing elements you might want to explore as well, such as detail and Edge enhancers, and a 'Clear White' white level booster. But chances are that you'll get the best results for most of the time if you leave these peripheral options turned off.In here you can tweak the backlight, brightness and contrast settings separately; the amount of MPEG, dot and standard noise reduction; the type of motion processing being used; the level of black level and contrast enhancement; the set's basic gamma level; and the bias and gain of the red, green and blue colour elements.
    The motion processing warrants a bit more investigation. Because while the Sony 32HX753 'only' uses a MotionFlow XR 400 system versus the 800Hz-like XR 800 system of the HX853 series, it still has the same surprisingly wide-ranging selection of different processing options. To be honest, most of these are best avoided - even the new Impulse mode, which sounds interesting on paper but ultimately leaves the picture flickering like an old 50Hz CRT.

    Two final points to mention are that the Sony 32HX753 only has Sony's X-Reality processing engine rather than the HX853's Pro version, and that the TV uses frame dimming rather than the HX853's local dimming for its Edge LED lighting.The only mode you will probably consistently get much joy out of without feeling images look a little syrupy or over-processed is the Clear setting.
    With respect to the X-Reality situation, it means that the Sony 32HX753 won't be as adept at upscaling standard definition TV content - especially heavily compressed content from the internet.
    As for the use of frame dimming rather than local dimming, this means that while the TV set can reduce and increase all of its lights at once in response to picture content, it doesn't join the Sony HX853 series in enabling different segments of LEDs to deliver different levels of brightness. This has the potential to significantly reduce the 32HX753's contrast performance versus its more expensive siblings.



    Value

    Although the Sony 32HX753 isn't spectacularly cheap for a 32-inch TV, at £699 (around $1,095), let's not forget that it sits only one step down from the top of Sony's new 2012 range. Admittedly this step down is quite a large one from the stellar Sony HX853 televisions, but the set is still capable of producing some superior picture quality so long as you are very careful with its settings.
    It also helps justify its price with the impressive extent and quality of its online services and multimedia playback capabilities.


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