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Coros Vertix, $599, With NO Built-In Maps, Is A Joke & No Competition, Whatsoever, Even To A Garmin 5!

by Anura Guruge



I have a bit of spare time on my hand — for a RARE (bloody) treat. So, I am gainfully using it to see what is new on the smartwatch front.

I started by looking at Coros — which is trying hard to be a Garmin competitor.

I looked at their latest — the $599 Vertix.

I was struck fairly early on that its working temp. does not go below -20°C (-4°F). That is NOT good. In my youth I used to ski in -20°F up here in New Hampshire. -4°F is not uncommon in a normal February in New Hampshire. So, that had my antenna up.

They make a BIG DEAL about breadcrumb navigation. So, I looked into that. Then I discovered that breadcrumb trails have to be MANUALLY loaded in. Did more digging. NO MAPS.

Ah?

No built-in topo maps? Ah?

I didn’t believe my eyes.

So, I joined the Facebook Coros group and asked. Yes, I was right.

No maps.

No THANK YOU. I am not going to bother looking at Coros anymore. What a JOKE.

$599. Hilarious. What clowns.


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New $500 ‘Suunto 7’, With GPS, HR, Maps, OLED Display, Music, Pay etc., Is A Definite Competitor To The Garmin Fenix 6.

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No, it is definitely not as feature rich as the Garmin Fenix 6. For a start, it does not have sleep monitoring nor VO2 Max — not to mention esoterics like ‘Body Battery‘.

But, it does have a compelling OLED display and runs ‘Wear OS‘ by Google. With Google’s acquisition of Fitbit, Google is going to become a key figure in the smartwatch sector and with that the significance of ‘Wear OS’ will be on the rise.

If you are in the market for a semi-high-end smartwatch you should definitely look at this Suunto 7. They have been around for awhile and are know to make very competitive watches.


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Shock HORROR II! I Returned My Samsung NX500.

by Anura Guruge


Shock HORROR I” was on July 27, 2016 when I decided I was not going to get the Fuji X-T2, because of autofocus concerns, after I had spent months believing that it was the bespoke, dream-camera for me.

This is as such is the second “Shock HORROR“. There were times, days on end when I was absolutely in love/awe with my Samsung NX500. I sang its praises. Marveled at it. I even thought about getting a second body as a backup.

THEN …

On Sunday, October 30, 2016 it all unravelled. A confluence of fast moving events and the timing could not have been worse in terms of that day. I had ordered the Samsung NX500, from Amazon, on October 1, 2016. So my 30-day window for a ‘hassle free’ return was fast closing. I had to make up my mind that day itself. Actually that night, just before midnight. AND I PULLED THE TRIGGER.

There were 4.5 factors. Four of them had cropped up that fateful Sunday. The two pictures below, taken that day, 8 hours a part will explain two of my prime reasons.


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The 4.5 Reasons Why I Returned My Samsung NX500
after 26-days of use.

1. The very nice organic light-emitting diode (OLED) panel on the NX500, when using manual focus with peaking, makes you believe an image is in perfect focus when it is NOT! First picture. I spent a few minutes focusing this to perfection, manually, on the OLED. I thought it was going to be incredible. Then I got the above. [Now, you know I nail focus most of the time. So it isn’t that I don’t know how to focus.] Basically the OLED ‘paints’ an inaccurate picture of focus. Makes it look better than it is.

2. There is no digital zoom capability, whatsoever. We went to the ‘Indigo Girls‘ concert, in Concord, that evening. My Nikon P900, though it would have been ideal, was too big for a venue like that. The 50mm zoom just didn’t cut it.

3. Second picture. It is difficult to shoot concerts at the best of times. With the 50mm there was ZERO definition on the faces! There was nothing that I could extract even using software. That was frustrating.

4. It happened during the concert and it had happened before. I would random error messages. They would go away if I played around. At the concert, in addition to getting two error messages, the display went HAYWIRE for a few second. That scared me. Had had this happen on another Samsung in December 2014. Didn’t want a repetition.

So those were the 4 BIG reasons.

Discountinued camera. Not sure what the warranty would be like. Amazon return window was closing. I had to submit the return — or run the danger of getting stuck with this camera. It wasn’t a super expensive camera but I would rather not lose money on it. So this is why I scrambled like crazy. after getting home from the concert, and seeing the picture quality, to file the return.

And then there was an auxillary consideration in the back of my mind.

IF (and it is still an ‘if’) I get a Sony a6500 I would NOT need a compact camera — and I had bought the Samsung NX500, 5-days ahead of the Sony a6500 announcement, to be my compact camera — alongside a ‘big’ APS-C camera (not counting the Nikon P900).

The Sony a6500 with a 16-50 zoom or a 50mm prime is a compact camera.

So that is what happened. That is why you haven’t seen any Samsung NX500 pictures since October 30. I took 1,337 pictures with that camera in 26-days. 51 a day.


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Rumored Panasonic Lumix LX200 Unlikely To Offer 20MP & Needs A Lens Tweak To Make It Special.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. From ‘Daily Camera News’. See link below.

Click to read whole story from ‘Daily Camera News‘.


The inevitable rumors of a Panasonic Lumix LX200 — the successor to the widely popular Lumix LX100 (which I own) — have surfaced again today, with a vengeance.

The LX100, announced in September 2014, is now getting old in the tooth and Panasonic no doubts knows that the LX100 owner base, including I, will happily cough up $900 for the follow-on, if it is the LX200.

But the rumored specs. don’t reflect reality from the PERSPECTIVE of one that owns and uses, near daily, a Lumix LX100.

The sensor more than likely will be a micro four thirds 20 megapixel from Sony. OK. But that doesn’t mean the LX200 will be a 20MP camera IF Panasonic perseveres with its ‘cropping’ approach. The LX100 has a 16MP sensor but the MOST you get is 12.7MP at the 3:2 aspect ratio. IF the LX200 follows suit the most we will get, at 3:2, is 15.2MP.

SO STOP TALKING 20MP unless we know what the crop is going to be. Yes, of course, Panasonic could OEM a 26MP sensor and then, with that crop, we could get 20MP.

Panasonic’s ‘Depth of Defocus‘ (DFD) autofocus would be nice BUT if you have a LX100 you will know that autofocus is not half bad. Plus I use Manual Focus at least 50% of the time. Isn’t that the point of owning a ‘real’ camera like the LX100?

Larger OLED viewfinder. Yep, that would be nice, BUT not a huge game changer. The electronic viewfinder on the LX100 isn’t great BUT it isn’t bad either.

Of course higher ISO will be nice BUT with a micro four thirds what price will we pay in terms of noise?

Built-in ND filter? Not a biggie for I and as such NOT a game changer for I.

Built-in flash. I just had a look at my LX100. Not sure WHERE they could put one WITHOUT making the body bigger and bulkier and the current LX100 is about as BIG as I am willing to contend.

What would be really nice is more zoom and more SPEED. SMILE. Might be hard to do. But even another 25mm would help. That would be a biggie.

So the bottom line is let’s be realistic. Folks who are propagating the rumors (and I THANK them for it) aren’t LX100 aficionados and as such are not thinking things through

But I will most likely upgrade to a LX200 the minute it is available. Deanna has already said, knowing my propensity to get new cameras every few months, that she will have the LX100. That is good. I won’t have to sell it and it will still be around. I do like the LX100. SMILE.


My Panasonic Lumix LX100.

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by Anura Guruge