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“Dark Knight” self-portrait series part one

Back in November of 2015, I ordered a garment called “Knight Hoodie” from an American online shop that sells just this one piece of clothing. I had discovered the product while browsing 9GAG, in a post with the words “want” and “nerdgasm” in the title – my thoughts exactly. Previously, I had acquired an inexpensive black cape from Amazon and had been positively surprised by its quality and sleek appearance. And now, I had a stunning hoodie to match that would eventually start an ongoing self-portrait photography series. Continue reading “Dark Knight” self-portrait series part one

Summertime is Polaroid time!

In case you were wondering what I was doing the past weeks, here’s your answer: I was out and about to take some summertime Polaroid pictures!

For your enjoyment: my latest Polaroid series,
“Summertime is Polaroid time!”
(taken on Impossible B&W factory seconds)

 As  you might have noticed, there are only six photos in this series even though every Impossible film pack contains eight images. That’s true!
The first image that’s not included here shows my sister (1.5 y old) and her friend, the neighbour’s daughter (2 y) playing together. I gave this image to our neighbours.
The second shot shows a woman making huge soap bubbles. She loved it, so I decided to give it to her!

What do you think of these pictures? I’ll meet you down in the comments!

My Camera

Overview

For Christmas, I got a Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX50V Digital Camera. It features a great 20 MP sensor with good low-light performance, 30x optical zoom, 1080p AVCHD video recording with stereo sound and many fancy capture modes and manually adjustable settings.
In addition, it is capable of Wi-Fi photo transfers and features automatic GPS geotagging.

A First Look

The camera, turned on. One can see the zoom lens.
The Sony DSC-HX50V after unboxing.

What’s in the box?

Next to the device itself, there is a *huge* manual in way too many languages, a USB cable and charging adapter, a wristband and the rechargeable battery. Nothing ground-breaking. Note that there is no SD Card included (!).

The Device

Holding it in my hands for the very first time was a great experience.
It feels to extraordinary good, I almost forgot it is plastic. Every detail, from the adjusting wheels over buttons to just the housing – all of it feels very high-grade and valuable.

First Snaps

That doesn’t stop at performance: the camera starts up relatively quickly and takes amazing images at up to 20 megapixels. Colors appear vivid on the 3″ high-resolution display and navigating through the menus is very comfortable and easy thanks to nice UI design and a lot of on-screen help texts. The so-called “In-Camera Guide” is nicely designed, too. No need for that chunk of a manual 😉 .
The few videos I recorded are of very high quality and rival the framerate of professional camcorders. However the “movie” button, which triggers video recording from anywhere, is poorly positioned. I found myself accidentally recording minutes of video after holding it wrong (not kidding, the button is where one would naturally place one’s thumb).

Wi-Fi picture transfer is very simple, I was able to copy photos to my iPhone from scratch in a matter of minutes using the PlayMemories Mobile app. Remote controlling the camera is fun, too.

Resumé

The Sony DSC-HX50V is a solid digital camera that satisfies all your needs in photography at this price level.
If you’re looking for a nice companion to your DSLR or a nice and easy-to-use beginners camera that still has lots of manual options, this model is what you’re looking for.

Links

Official Sony Product Page (Germany)
Official Sony Product Page (UK)
Amazon Offer (Germany)

Amazon Offer (UK)