January 29, 2016

Testing Sony HX400V in camera down sampling

Hello. I did some tests to see if, at high ISO, down sampling in-camera photos are better.
Please see attached bellow same picture at 20 MP, 10 MP and 5 MP.
I see no differences, 20 MP looks a little bit better regarding noise.
Also, no differences at sharpening.
I used tripod, manual focus, same WB, timer. ISO 2000.
So, I think that Sony HX400V cut the lines from sensor and did not do a smart pixels blending or any other technology to offer better images at small resolutions. This is too bad. Am I wrong?

The full images size can be seen or downloading for comparing here:
http://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3960057 

or here:



January 1, 2016

Sony Zeiss lens flare problem

Very disappointed. Got lens flare on Sony HX400v digital camera on all my new year fireworks photos! It is a shame for Sony or for Carl Zeiss? This problem is very bad.








Setting used: Scene - Fireworks. On this setting the camera use 2" shutter speed, ISO 80. But the lens flare are present in every mode, Manual, Aperture etc. This is too bad for Sony!

December 4, 2015

Samsung Smart TV bad software

http://www.tomsguide.com/answers/id-2622889/smart-hub-update-time-turn.html

I have the exact same problem. My Samsung suffered from the horrible firmware problem reported for months and months now. After doing everything suggested on the many threads about similar problems, including a factory reset, eventually we got it fixed. Or so it seemed.

Now, it cycles through the same BS every single time it's turned on. It hangs for a while not responding to the smarthub button, then reboots, turning off then on, on its own. Then it hangs again, telling me it's updating if the smarthub button is pressed, which takes anywhere from 1 to 15 minutes!!! Then it reboots itself again, and THEN goes to the smarthub when the button is pressed.

It does this every time, without fail, occasionally going through that whole cycle again one time more before we can actually use the TV.

This is well past asinine, and I honestly want to jump onto some sort of class action lawsuit at this point. This is very obviously some sort of critical error on Samsung's end, that they are either unwilling or unable to fix.

My wifi card/chip is definitely shot, it's plugged directly into the router with a LAN cable. The firmware is definitely the most recent update, confirmed repeatedly.

But yes, it seems to completely reinstall the entire smarthub update and who knows what else, every...single...time the TV is turned on.

October 27, 2015

Euroster 2006 TX review - how to mount it on floor stand

How to mount this Euroster 2006 TX on floor stand?
This was a very hard task for me. I figured after days and days that this unit must be dissembled and mounted by force on the stand.

First, you must open it from the lateral screw.
Look on the pictures and you will figure how to do this.
You must push that two bottom hooks till you hear a click.

Good luck. 






July 7, 2015

Sony HX400V - how to disable message "Raise the flash"

An annoying message to 'Raise the flash' message does appear on the screen to let you know that using the flash might be a good idea. This happens in Auto Mode.

 HOW TO DISABLE THIS MESSAGE?

Answer: The flash can be forced off from Menu. Please do it. The message will gone.

March 7, 2015

Sunrise - sunset photo

Anche se il Sole sembra "salire" dall'orizzonte, è in realtà il movimento della Terra che fa apparire il sole. L'illusione di un sole che si spostano i risultati di osservatori della Terra di essere in un sistema di riferimento rotante; questo moto apparente è così convincente che la maggior parte delle culture avevano mitologie e religioni costruiti attorno al modello geocentrico, che ha prevalso fino astronomo Niccolò Copernico prima formulato il modello eliocentrico nel 16 ° secolo

Beautiful sunrise clouds
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Architetto Buckminster Fuller ha proposto la "sunsight" termini e "sunclipse" per rappresentare al meglio il modello eliocentrico, anche se i termini non sono entrati nel linguaggio comune.

March 2, 2015

How to Repair Your Blade 400 Helicopter

The good thing about ready to fly rc helicopters like the Blade 400 is you don’t have to build them! The bad thing about ready to fly rc helicopters is you don’t have to build them! This means, when it comes time to repair crash damage, you don’t know what all of the parts do and where they all go.

Although, the Blade 400 is fairly simple, it can be somewhat intimidating to a new pilot, especially when you look in the manual at the parts listing and see all of those parts.

Fear not! With a little help from this website, you will learn how to take apart, put back together and repair your Blade 400.


The most common types of crash damages are:
Blade strikes into something (ground, tree, car, house, neighbor’s dog, etc...). This means replacing the Blades and most probably the Feathering Shaft, Main Shaft, Servo Gears and possibly the Main Gear.
Blade strikes into the Boom (AKA Boom Strike). This means replacing the above mentioned Blades, Feathering Shaft, Main Shaft, Servo Gears, Main Gear, Boom and maybe even the Tail Rotor Belt.
Tail Rotor strikes into something (ground, tree, car, house, neighbor’s dog, girl friend / boy friend, etc...). This means replacing the Tail Rotor Blades, Tail Rotor Shaft, possibly the Servo Gears, one or both bearings and sleeping on the sofa.
more info: http://www.repairblade400.com/


Helicopter repair team
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February 5, 2015

Save Rosia Montana!

SAVE ROSIA MONTANA! PLEASE SHARE.

(photo: THIS PROPERTY IS NOT FOR SALE)
Roșia Montană Project is a gold and silver mining project initiated by Roșia Montană Gold Corporation in Roşia Montană, Romania. If approved, it would become Europe's largest open-pit gold mine and it would use the gold cyanidation mining technique. Currently, the project is on-hold awaiting a parliamentary decision.

The benefits of the state consist of 20% of the shares owned by the publicly owned company Minvest Deva and the 6% royalties of the gold and silver extracted not taking into consideration other valuable metals such as Wolfram, Uranium, Tellurium, Germanium, Titan, Molybdenum, Vanadium, Nickel, Chrome, Cobalt, Gallium, Bismuth, Arsenic or the Potassium-Feldspar. a Romanian company established in 1997, in Alba County, based in Roșia Montană, whose shareholders are the State-owned mining company Minvest Deva - with 19.31%, Gabriel Resources – with 80.46% (listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (GBU symbol)) and other minority shareholders – with 0.23%.

The project met a significant resistance from environmental groups and from neighbouring European countries, culminating in the nationwide protests by thousands of people across the country since September.

A number of locals refuse to sell their properties to the Roșia Montană Gold Corporation and, in order for the project to commence, the state would need to exercise eminent domain. (source: wikipedia)


February 2, 2015

Clouds over creepy moon

Clouds over creepy moon. My last video footage approved for sale on Dreamstime.

Moon clouds wind move
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Clouds sky timelapse

Now Dreamstime accept 60 seconds lenght videos!

Clouds sky timelapse
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