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Sony DEV-50V: Read Only if You Have $2K

 Digital Media, Photography  Comments Off on Sony DEV-50V: Read Only if You Have $2K
Apr 242013

Ah, the marvels that troop out of Sony’s digital labs!

The Japanese electronics behemoth has put out a spiffy gadget (DEV-50V) that melds a binoculars and a digital still/video camera.

And boy, do the features of the DEV-50V look impressive!

Hooked, I am.

Sony DEV-50V

DEV-50V Capabilities

Whether you’re ogling your pretty neighbor across the street, gazing in awe at a majestic lion leaping for the kill in the Serengeti Park or watching an IPL cricket match in Mumbai from the last row, the DEV-50 looks like a great companion to look through.

The binoculars features auto-focus, image stabilization and 0.8x-12x optical zoom (up to 25x digital zoom).

Electronic auto-focus keeps moving subjects in focus at all times, without having to mess with manual focus as the scene changes.

Packing a built-in GPS, the ability to record AVCHD 2.0 video with stereo sound or snap 20.4MP pictures and enhanced low-light capabilities, the DEV-50 seems like a dream gadget for gadget freaks.

You can record in 2D or 3D (for playback on 3D compatible TVs).

Having owned different digital cameras, I feel that Sony makes optical lenses that are better than comparable offerings from the likes of Canon or Nikon.

That’s probably due to better sensors and processors inside Sony cameras.


DEV-50 should be available in June at Sony’s online store to those with two grand to spare.

It comes with a rechargeable battery (NP-FV70) that provides three hours of 2D recording on a single charge.

Sony is including a battery charger/adaptor, a A/V connecting cable and USB cable for PC connection, a lens cover, finder cap, carrying case, neck strap and large eye cups.

Jul 242012

Your favorite blog is now on Pinterest!

Oh well, idle minds have lots of time. ๐Ÿ˜‰ is on Pinterest

What is Pinterest?

Pinterest is a popular online pinboard where you can ‘pin’ your favorite photos.

The photos can be uploaded from your PC or ‘grabbed’ from some other web site.

On Pinterest, you can find tons of photos in virtually every category you can think of.

I’m happy to report that my favorite Indian movie stars Ajith Kumar and Abhishek Bachchan have been ‘pinned’ several times on Pinterest. That sure made my day!

Speaking of Indian movie stars, I found a rare 1970 Air India ad featuring the yesteryear oomph girl Zeenat Aman.

There are lots of other interesting India-related pictures.

Look, I even found a Bollywood board and pictures of my eternal South Indian favorite food Masala Dosa.

You can find your favorite blog at

Sob, sob. I have no ‘followers’ or ‘likes.’ :(

By the way, you can also find SI on Facebook and Twitter.

Feb 072012

Got $3,000 plus to spend on a camera?


Then keep moving because this post ain’t for you beggars.

Nikon’s hot new D800 Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera will be out in March this year for $2,999.95 (body-only, we presume).

Nikon D800 D-SLR Camera

Highlights of Nikon D800:

* Full frame camera

* High resolution 36.3-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor (7360 x 4912 resolution)

* New Advanced Scene Recognition System featuring 91,000-pixel 3D Color Matrix Metering III

* Four exposure modes: Aperture-Priority (A), Manual (M), Programmed auto with flexible program (P) and Shutter-Priority (S)

* 1/8000 to 30 sec shutter speed

* Native ISO range of 100-6400, expandable to 25,600

* Up to 4 frames per second

* New EXPEED 3 image processing engine

* Full HD 1080 video at 30/24p and HD 720 at 60/30p, stereo sound

* Built-in flash

* Magnesium alloy chassis for durability, sealed and gasketed for resistance to dirt and moisture

* Dual card slots for CF and SD cards, record backup, overflow, RAW/JPEG separation, with the option of shooting stills to one and video to the other

* 31.7 oz. (900g) body weight

* In-camera image editing

Nikon D800 D-SLR Camera Front

Nikon D800 D-SLR Camera Back

Nikon D800 D-SLR Camera Right

Nikon D800 – What 3 Grand gets You:

* Nikon D800 body
* AN-DC6 Strap
* EN-EL15 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
* MH-25 Battery Charger
* UC-E14 USB Cable
* BM-12 LCD Monitor Cover
* BF-1B Body Cap
* BS-1 Accessory Shoe Cap
* DK-17 Viewfinder Eyepiece
* NikonView NX2 CD ROM

Nikon D800 D-SLR Camera Top

Now if only our trusted Nikon D80 DSLR had one more zero wouldn’t that be nice. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Related Content:
* Full Specs of Nikon D800
* What’s a Full Frame Camera?

When Inhouse Chef is on Strike, SI Eats …

 Food, Photography  Comments Off on When Inhouse Chef is on Strike, SI Eats …
Feb 062012

Thank God for Chinese restaurants.

Edible food at cheap prices that can satisfy even the cheapest desi cheapskate comes only from a Chinese restaurant.

When our in-house Annadata (food provider) went on a flash-strike today, we gave praise to the Lord for letting the Chinese Migrants come to our shores.

So what if the Chinese accents are unintelligible – Yooo wah hah sau translates into Would you like hot sauce in normal English. ๐Ÿ˜‰

With rare exceptions, the food at most Chinese restaurants is edible, cheap and, hey, occasionally even palatable.

Chinese Chicken GarlicChicken with Garlic Sauce & Pork Fried Rice ($5.50)

Although labelled as spicy on the menu through the use of red-color, the Chicken with Garlic Sauce and Prk Fried Rice we had a short while ago at the local Chinese restaurant was anything but.

Mercifully, it still turned out to be flavorful.

Once we added the hah sau (hot sauce), the taste was enhanced by 10X.

Chinese Vegetable Lo MeinVegetable Lo Mein ($5.50)

Vegetable Lo Mein was spicy but we wouldn’t put it in the flavorful category.

Maybe, we were hankering after the Indian-Chinese version. :(

Considering we paid a mere $24 for the above plus takeout of Vegetable Fried Rice and Vegetable Lo Mein, we’re not complaining much.

By the way, if there’s a bigger bunch of cheap bastards than Indians it must be the Chinese.

Some 15-minutes into our lunch, the Chinese waitress came along to check with us about the food and stealthily removed our drinking straws (for water) that were lying unopened.

Of course, being cheap Indian bastards we waited two minutes and asked for a straw. ๐Ÿ˜‰