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I Installed The “Camera FV-5” App On My Google Pixel 2 — Best $4 I EVER Spent!

by Anura Guruge


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Study the detail … like the FUZZ on the yellow flower.

No post-processing whatsoever!

 


Click to access Android APP at the Google Play Store.


Click to access the official Homepage for the APP.



The Google Pixel 2 Camera APP has NO manual controls whatsoever! I kid you not.

Google believes that the APPs AI-based workings is far superior to what a human can achieve. That could very well be the case.

But, I miss not having any MANUAL control over focus.

‘Camera FV’ is brilliant on this score. Has a very easy to use MF mode along with Focus Assist magnification. To me that is THE BIGGIE. Changing ISO etc. is nice, BUT the Google Pixel 2 has a fixed aperture lens. So, this won’t get me that much.

Being able to change the metering mode, on the fly, however, is nice.

Also, you can ask it to give you digital camera like file IDs. Brilliant. I had struggled with the lack of that daily.


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The Demise Of ‘Focus Magic’ Lytro, The New Huawei P20 Pro 1/1.7″ Sensor & The Google Pixel 3.

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I am fairly sure that there will be a Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL for Christmas 2018 — given that the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL were launched for 2017.

When the Pixel 2 (XL) was unveiled it was considered to have the best camera on any smartphone and captured the highest ‘DxO’ rating given to a camera phone; ‘DxO’ a test for overall camera image quality. The Huawei P20 Pro has beaten the Pixel 2 by over 10 points in the ‘DxO’ rating! Google is not going to like that. Part of the P20s success comes from his unprecedentedly large 1/1.7″ sensor. For a phone that is huge. Google will have to combat that somehow.

I doubt whether the Pixel 3 will have a triple-camera like the P20 Pro, but I suspect we might finally get a dual.

But, this is where the Lytro technology can prove to be so intriguing.

I have watched Lytro since they introduced the Illum and even rented one for a week in 2016 for Devanee to play around with. She liked it; I was not impressed. I am not, as I point out DAILY, into post-processing of images. So, I always suspected that Lytro would fold and now they have.

I am sure that Google can IMPROVE on Lytro’s magic and incorporate into its ‘Computational Photography‘ capabilities. That would be sweet.

So, this was a big week: Lytro and the Huawei P20 Pro.

I suspect we will start getting hot rumors of the Google Pixel 3 in September 2018.

Just remember where you read all of this first. {Smile}



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Meditation Is NOT Yoga, Yoga In Itself, Is NOT Meditation.

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It both amuses and disturbs me to see how folks in the West have complicated meditation. Meditation was never meant to be complicated. Complicating meditation defeats its whole purpose!

As some of you know I teach meditation classes every once in awhile. I have had folks tell me, at these classes, that they get stressed because so much emphasis has been put on ‘staying focused on one object’ and they are worried that they might NOT be able to do that. That is crazy. Nothing about meditation should be stressful.

This is why, I took the time, to write this “Quick & Easy Meditation” book, this Summer, though I was in the midst of writing a book dear to my heart (to do with THINKING) and already have a 300+ page book in my head about Buddhism.


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Nikon’s New D850 vs Sony Mirrorless a9 In Terms Of Focus Points & Drive Speed.

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From “DPreview.com“, of course. Where else?



Given it is a Nikon, and a Full-Frame at that, the just announced Nikon D850 is getting a boatload of attention.

From my own personal point of view, the 47MP resolution is just way too crazy for my comfort level. Right now I am happy with 24MP and can’t see why I would double that … But, I know that the high resolution is required by Pros. So, c’est la vie.

I, as ever, was interested in the focusing vis-à-vis the Sony a9 and curious as to the drive speeds. Wow, the Sony a9 leaves the Nikon D850 in the dust. That was worth knowing.

Right now, for the first time in months, if not years, I am very content with my Sony a7 II — so much so that I hardly use my even newer Sony a6500, let alone my Nikon P900. I do not plan to get another camera this year! Honest.


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Meditation For The Day — Need To Regularly Focus, Center & Calm Your Brain.

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Meditation For The Day — Step Into The Sandals Of The Figure In The Foreground.

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That thinker in the foreground, meant to be Greek philosopher Heraclitus, is thought to be likeness of fellow, contemporary great, Michelangelo of Sistine Chapel fame.


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Meditation For The Day — The 5-Precepts Of ‘Brain Meditation’

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Meditation For The Day — The Vastness Of The Universe.

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Meditation For The Day — Acts Of Kindness.

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Meditation For The Day — Being A ‘Thoughtful Person’

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