Back in October, Sony announced the Cyber-Shot RX10, a 24-200mm camera that had the particularity of featuring a lens with a fixed f2.8 aperture, regardless of how far you zoom. Inside, it shares most of its hardware with its famed RX100 older sibling which was built for ultra-compact low-light performance. When I previously covered the RX10, I imagined that it would be a great “do it all” camera since most people I know love having the flexibility of a long zoom.
Most high-powered zoom lenses aperture will get smaller as you zoom far away. This means that less light hit the sensor and of course, that has a big impact on noise and image quality. That’s why the RX10’s fixed f2.8 aperture is so great – you get all the long-zoom benefits, without the obvious drawbacks. I had an opportunity to put the theory to the test yesterday: here are some photos and video that I have captured with an RX10 loaner that I had on hand for a few hours yesterday.
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The swing is an important part of many sports, ask any golfer and they’ll tell you its as much about having a perfect swing as it is about making proper contact with the ball without digging too much into the fairway. Baseball or tennis players rely on their swing too, which is why dedicated players keep on training and practising. Zepp Labs has created a nifty little device that will help players in their pursuit of a perfect swing. The Zepp 3D motion sensor is a tiny sensor that can be attached using specific mounts to baseball bats, golf clubs and tennis rackets. It captures, measures and analyzes the swing in 3D and records 1,000 data points per second.
The sensor itself and the mounts are designed in a way that users won’t even notice they’re attached to the bat, club or racket. Weighing just 6.3 grams, the sensor offers an eight hour battery life, enough to last a normal practise session. Baseball players can track bat speed, path, timing, impact angles, trends and more. When attached with a golf club, the sensor tracks speed, tempo, club plane, hand path, hip rotation, backswing position and more. Tennis players can track shot type mix, power and spin, apart from other things. Data beamed via Bluetooth to the companion iOS and Android app can be used to compare swings to pros and friends, it can also be shared with others. The app also provides analysis, drills, coaching, and personalized tips. Zepp 3D motion sensor is available through Apple and Verizon and also through Zepp’s website for $149.99.