Get a Samsung mirrorless camera and WiFi tablet for only Php30,990

If by any chance you’re looking for a prosumer camera and an Android tablet, then you’re in luck because Samsung is offering their Dream Camera and Tab Package promo. Until June 18, 2013, Samsung is offering their NX1000 interchangeable lens WiFi camera, and their Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 WiFi as a bundle for only Php30,990. To give you an idea on how much savings you’ll get from this package, the NX1000 has an SRP of Php29,990 while the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 WiFi has an SRP of Php12,990. The Samsung NX1000 is the ideal camera for both photography novices and pros that enjoy being able to share their captured images on the go. A new entry-level mirror-less interchangeable lens camera, the NX1000 boasts a 20.3 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor with quick auto-focus and high speed capture capabilities. The 100 to 12,800 ISO range, built-in Wi-Fi connectivity and 1080 HD movie recording makes this a potent camera. 8fps continuous shooting, sweep panoramas and the i-Function lens unique to Samsung products is just icing on the cake for photography junkies and techies alike. In order to enhance the convergence capabilities of Samsung’s products, the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 WiFi comes with this package thanks to its 1GHz Duel Core Processor, 7.0” WSVGA LCD screen and 4,000mah battery. With WiFi connectivity, GPS, Bluetooth and Full HD (1080p) Playback & HD Recording capacities, the Galaxy Tab allows users to transfer files from the NX1000 to the tab with ease. Edit your films and photos with the Tab to create fabulous movies, clips or images of the highest qualities with no hassle at all. Again, this special Samsung promo is available until June 18, 2013 only. Related posts: Samsung NX1000 Mirrorless WiFi-enabled Camera...

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Epson launches new Ink Tank System printers for 2013

Along with the 20th anniversary of the Micro Piezo printhead technology, Epson formally launched their 2013 lineup of ink tank system printers to build on the high success of the models launched over the last two years. Epson M100 and M200 Monochrome Ink Tank System Printers Building on the success of Epson’s L-series ink tank system printers, the new Epson M100 and M200 Monochrome ink tank system printer models provide customers a better alternative to monochrome laser printers of similar price. The Epson M100 is a single function monochrome ink tank system printer while the M200 is the all-in-one ink version. These two Epson M-series printers achieve a laser quality speed of 15ppm that matches entry-level laser printers and makes them the fastest Epson ink tank system printers for black text printing. With Epson’s ink tank system technology, these M-series printers are able to print a very high volume of 8,000 pages with the initial bundle of inks, and 6,000 pages for each refill. The printers also have a long life span rated at 50,000 pages which is the highest among Epson’s ink tank system printers. These printers also use genuine Epson pigment ink that ensures sharp, crisp printout which doesn’t fade and are water resistant. Epson L355 and L550 Color All-in-One Ink Tank System Printers The Epson L355 is the first model in Epson’s ink tank system printer range to feature WiFi connectivity making it ideal for sharing among users. It is also an all-in-one printer and with the WiFi capability, it can connect with Epson’s iPrint app that allows users to wirelessly print from, or scan images to Apple iOS or Android mobile devices. The Epson L550 is Epson’s most fully featured genuine ink tank system printer. It is the first to have an integrated fax, Ethernet connectivity, and an Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) which allows users to scan, copy, or fax multi-page documents unattended. It it also compatible with Epson’s iPrint app. Both of these new L-series printers use high capacity...

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Epson celebrates 20th anniversary of their Micro Piezo Technology

It was 20 years ago when Epson differentiated itself from other inkjet printers with their Epson Stylus 800, the first printer to use the their proprietary “Micro Piezo” inkjet technology. The 1993 Epson Stylus 800: The first printer to use the Epson Micro Piezo inkjet print head Even up to their current lineup of inkjet and ink tank system printers, Epson still uses the Micro Piezo print heads which Kochi Endo developed in the early 90s. Back in the early 70’s, Epson begun work on a quiet, high-resolution printer that did not use impact technology of the dot-matrix printers popular back then. That’s when piezoelectric print heads was born. A decade later, Epson decided to direct resources into improving the piezo system which lead to the advanced development of the Micro Piezo print head. This allowed for reduction of size of the print heads thereby reducing the driving voltage. Inkjet printers traditionally use thermal technology but Epson’s Micro Piezo printers are advantageous in three key areas: Improved printing quality and precision due to their ability to eject ink droplets in varying sizes. Lower operating temperature that makes them more power efficient and allows for the use of a wider range of inks, and on a wider range of media. Higher reliability that allows Epson to build its print heads into the printers instead of cartridges. This makes the cartridges cheaper to produce, more affordable, and easier to recycle. The high reliability of Micro Piezo technology enabled Epson to create the world’s first genuine ink tank system printer in 2010. And they’re still the only branded ink tank system printer maker in the world because of this. Related posts: Epson ME Office 535, world’s smallest all-in-one printer Epson intros cost-effective eco-solvent-based printer Epson launches SureLab SL-D3000, their first inkjet-based dry photo...

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Epson launches new 3D and interactive projectors in the country

Mar 12, 13 Epson launches new 3D and interactive projectors in the country

Posted by in Imaging & Photography, Tech News

Epson, the no. 1 projector maker in the world, recently launched four new 3D and six new interactive projector models, each with its own set of capabilities and features that are engineered to fulfill the needs of a diverse range of both home and business users. EB-W16 and EB-W16SK These are Epson’s first 3D projectors for educational and business users. The EB-W16 is an active 3D model that offers an easier setup and lower hardware requirements to deliver a 3D experience, whereas the EB-W16SK is a passive 3D setup using two stacked projectors that offer brighter 3D images, and uses affordable, non-powered, polarized 3D glasses that require no power. The EB-W16 is better suited for users that need to set up a 3D projection system on a tighter budget for smaller audiences and darker rooms. The EB-W16SK is more ideal for larger venues as it presents brighter 3D images; and because of its more affordable 3D glasses, it is better for large audiences. EH-TW6100 and EH-TW8100 These are two high-end 1080p home theatre 3D projectors able to generate the world’s brightest 3D images. The Epson EH-TW6100 and EH-TW8100 models replace the older Epson EH-TW6000 and EH-TW8000, respectively. Both are full HD 1080p capable, and are able to deliver the brightest 3D images of any projector in the world, thanks to their unique Epson 480 hertz frame refresh rate that is twice as fast other 3D projectors, and which minimizes the “blackout time” between 3D image frames. The main feature that differentiates the TW-8100 is its lens shift capability that optically corrects distortions even if the projector is placed off-center from the screen. This allows users to place it anywhere they wish with no image compromise. EB-400 and EB-1400wi series interactive projectors The new Epson EB-400 series and EB-1400wi/1410wi are new models that extend Epson’s market leading range of projectors with integrated interactive technology. The new EB-400 series short-throw projectors offer users who want integrated interactive capabilities a more affordable solution compared to Epson’s ultra-short...

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Samsung launches their NX300, mirrorless camera that can shoot 3D

At the 2013 Samsung SEA Forum we saw the latest camera from Samsung, the NX300, a huge improvement from their NX200 line, and has that retro vibe as well. Rangefinder anyone? Although it uses the same 20-megapixel APS-CMOS sensor as the NX210, the NX300 comes with a hybrid autofocus system consisting of 247 contrast-detection AF points and 105 phase detection points. This results to a faster and better focusing which I can personally attest to when I tried it out in the showroom. Another improvement is the faster shutter speed (up to 1/6000 sec) and an improved 8.6fps burst mode. One of the main features of this camera is that it can shoot 3D photos and videos. Although digital 3D photography is not new, what’s new here is the Samsung NX 45mm F1.8 2D/3D lens – the first 3D-capable one-lens system which captures still and full HD video in 3D. That’s 3D coming from the lens itself instead of the usual software-side 3D processing of yesterday’s digital cameras. Samsung also introduced a 3.3-inch AMOLED touchscreen on the NX300 that can be tilted for easy shooting in high and low angles. It also has WiFi capability via a dedicated dial so you can easily share and transfer photos to other devices or online wirelessly. If you’ve used the Smart apps on other Samsung cameras, you’ll easily notice the crude implementation when it comes to the apps. Samsung made some improvements on the apps for the NX300 though so that’s something you can look out for. I saw something cool for the NX300 by the way, the Gold Package Special Edition, which we probably won’t see here. Instead of aluminum, some sections of the body are gold-plated which I’m sure is headed towards the Middle East market. Related posts: Samsung NX1000 Mirrorless WiFi-enabled Camera...

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Canon launches 2013 line of PIXMA all-in-one inkjet printers

Early this week we saw Canon PIXMA’s latest line-up of business multifunctional printers. We saw the MX927, MX527, MX457, MX397 and the Ink Efficient E610. These printers allow you to print, copy, scan, and fax, and provides various printing solutions suitable for your home office. The PIXMA MX927, MX527, and MX457 offers wireless printing which you can also take advantage by printing straight from your smartphones or tablets via Google Cloud Print and Apple Airprint. All of these new printers use Canon’s FINE (Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering) technology to maximize the print quality of an image or text. Its Hybrid System allows black text to be printed using Pigment Blank ink, and photos to be printed using Dye Color inks. These printers come with the fully-integrated ADF (Automatic Document Feeder), which can automatically print, scan, and copy up to 30 pages in one go. The MX927 can print up to 35 sheets at a time and can also scan/copy both sides of the documents with auto-duplex capability. There’s also the Ink Efficient PIXMA E610 which allows printing of up to 800 pages per black cartridge and 400 per colored cartridge. Aside from requiring less cartridge replacement, replacing ink on the E610 is more convenient with the FastFront design feature. The faxing function of these printers are outfitted with an optional feature that asks users to enter the fax number twice to avoid sending of private documents to the wrong recipients. Scanning and creating password-protected PDF documents is also possible with these printers. The PIXMA MX927 is equipped with advanced features such as Double Front Paper Cassette that lets you load two different sizes of paper at the same time without adjusting the printing properties. It also has a slot that allows you to print directly to discs. It also comes with Auto Duplex Print (also available in the MX527) that lets you print both sides of a page automatically. New programs are also available in these printers that allow users to easily and spontaneously...

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Sony launches its latest full-frame camera line

Sony unveiled three new models ranging from full-frame digital cameras to a full-frame, full HD camcorder. The Sony RX1 is the world’s first 35mm full-frame compact camera. It has a 24.3-megapixel Exmor CMOS sensor, a bright Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* f/2.0 35mm fixed focal length lens, and a hi-fi BIONZ image processor. You’ll get high-end DSLR-quality photos on a small package. The latest from the DSLR line (actually DSLT) is the Sony a99 which was launched last year. Like the RX1, the a99 has a 24.3-megapixel, 35mm full-frame Exmor CMOS sensor. It has the Translucent Mirror Technology, which amazingly replaces the swinging mirror of DSLRs with a stationary translucent mirror that directs light to the auto-focus sensor and image sensor. Sounds too technical but what it really does is that it improves subject tracking and focusing precision. Another key feature is the XGA OLED Tru-Finder that allows you to adjust your viewfinder for clearer and precise focusing. According to Sony, “It eliminates the guesswork in achieving your vision”. What you see, is what you get. The third new update, this time coming from the Handycam line is the Sony NEX-VG900. Packed with the same full-frame features of the RX1 and a99, the NEX-VG900 is for digital moviemakers and cinematographers. It has a 16.1-megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS image sensor, a Quad Capsule Spatial Array Microphone for high-quality stereo (5.1 channel sound), and a progressive recording capability. You can also pair it with the optional adaptor so you can use your A-mount lenses. Here are the suggested retail prices for these full-frame Sony cameras: Sony RX1 – Php139,999 Sony a99 – Php139,999 Sony NEX-VG900 – Php149,999 All three comes with a 3-year warranty. Related posts: Sony Alpha a99 DSLT camera, a lot of “firsts” for...

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Canon treats media partners to an Amazing Race, previews new printers as well

Feb 18, 13 Canon treats media partners to an Amazing Race, previews new printers as well

Posted by in Imaging & Photography, Tech News

Canon recently treated its dealers and media partners to a day of fun activities with its first ever Canon Pixmazing Race, held in the historic Corregidor island. It’s their own derivation of the popular Amazing Race TV show where participants try to be the first team to complete a series of challenges and tasks. The day started with a boat ride to the island where Canon showed a presentation of their product ambassadors, as well as the rules of the game. Shortly after docking, everyone boarded tourist trams to take them to the starting point of the game. After a short break and an introduction, the game commenced. Fortunately for those with older legs, the game wasn’t that long, as there were only a few roadblocks to go through. The game was over in just half an hour with the hardest part being the uphill run to the lighthouse, which was located at the highest point of the island and mercifully the last stop of the race. Right after the race everyone had a sneak preview of the printers that they’ll be launching on Tuesday, February 19 at the SM North EDSA City Style (Annex). They will be introducing 10 new models (MX and Pro series) that they say will continue the evolution of excellent print and digital imaging. The standout feature would be the wireless printing options available: PictBridge, Google Cloud Print, AirPrint, mobile printing via the Canon Easy-PhotoPrint app and internet printing via their own Pixma Cloud Link interface. The Pixma MX927 features a multitude of features including WiFi and 2-sided printing as well as Direct Disc Print. It will be available for Php 12,995. The participants were also treated to a tour of the island, with the highlight being the lights and sound show at the Malinta tunnel. To those who haven’t yet been to Corregidor, I highly recommend that you do, as you will be amazed by its history and be very much entertained by the knowledge and humor of...

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Epson L350 All-in-One Ink Tank System printer review

Jan 30, 13 Epson L350 All-in-One Ink Tank System printer review

Posted by in Featured, Imaging & Photography, Reviews

For the past few years, a lot of people convert their printers into continuous ink systems to lessen ink costs. It’s a popular choice for Filipinos looking for ways to save. Epson introduced their first ink tank system printer a couple of years ago to give us the low cost of continuous ink system without the hassle of conversion and voiding warranties. The Epson L350 is one of the second generation of ink tank system printers from Epson and combines the functionalities of a colored printer, scanner and copier in one desk-friendly machine. This printer is made for small businesses or medium-sized households requiring print/scan/copy for business or school purposes. The L350 printer is quite easy to set up and operate. It is bundled with four bottles of dye-based ink (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black), plus two additional bottles of black ink. Additional ink bottles costs P295 each. There are only four buttons for you to worry about. The Power button, the Copy buttons (one for monochrome and another for colored), and the Cancel button. Below the Cancel button are two LED indicators for Paper and Ink status. At the back is the power port and on the side is the USB port which you need to connect to a computer for scanning purposes (requires installing the bundled software). First thing you need to do to use the L350 is fill up the tanks with your inks. Don’t worry, it’s not messy as long as you’re careful. Make sure the rubber caps are secured before closing the tank holder. Note: After plugging the printer, it’s important that you charge the inks first before you can start printing for the first time. You do this by pressing the Cancel button for three seconds until you see the Power button flashing. Charging the ink takes about 20 minutes and it will be finished once the Ink status lights up. Performance Printing on the Epson L350 is remarkably fast as it boasts of speeds of up to...

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HP Officejet Pro X, best-in-class when it comes to business inkjet printers

For business use, it’s no surprise that laser printers are the printer of choice. They’re fast and they provide consistent quality printouts that doesn’t wear out easily. Last week, we got a glimpse of how HP’s Officejet Pro X inkjet printer overcome the limitations of inkjets for corporate use and even best some of their laser printers. The HP Officejet Pro X is an inkjet printer designed for business use and it was really impressive seeing it churn out sheet after sheet of printouts in blazing speeds consistently. It has a maximum 70ppm printing speed for “draft mode” which is good for internal office use, and still can do 42ppm for printing in 1200 dpi resolution. This printer can also print back-to-back pages at the same speed which you probably haven’t heard of coming from an inkjet printer. If you’re wondering how it achieved that fast printing speed, the Officejet Pro X features HP’s PageWide technology that combines 10 printer heads into a single unit, bringing together more than 42,000 nozzles. These can fire over a billion ink drops per second onto each printout propelled by the delivery mechanism at up to 70 pages per minute. The ink cartridges are rated at 2,500 pages for color and 3,000 pages in monochrome. There are also high capacity cartridges that bump the yield to 6,600 and 9,300 respectively. Cost per page is significantly lower compared to using toners on laser printers. Cartridges come with pigment-type inks for better printout durability that doesn’t smudge when it becomes wet. HP says the Officejet Pro X is rated for a monthly duty cycle of 4,000 pages which is perfect for small but busy offices with 50 employees or less. Inkjet printer of this caliber is a really attractive proposition for business if you find laser printers expensive and pricier to maintain. These printers also have a lower power consumption, smaller environmental footprint and a notably less noisy. Related posts: A+ printing with celebrity parents and HP Ink Advantage...

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