News: LG – Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS upgrade for G Tablet 8.3

16 April 2014 – LG Electronics Singapore announced the Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS upgrade for the G Tablet 8.3, is roll out for SG market.

Existing G Tablet 8.3 users / owners can now upgrade their existing software to enjoy faster speed while running applications and browsing the web of up to 17 percent, as well as improved battery efficiency.

Google Cloud Printer, a new handy feature, will also be made available to upgraded users, allowing them to print documents easily via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.

The Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS for G Tablet 8.3 is available via over-the-air (OTA) upgrade.
Users can proceed to activate the upgrade by accessing: Settings > About device > Software update > Check now.

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Hmm, the cloud printer does sound useful.
It will be extra handy if it works effectively and efficiently with other brands’ printers too.

Details as kindly shared by LG Singapore and SPRG.

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News: Sony’s A7S Full-Frame Camera Realises a New World of Imaging Expression

Sony announced its latest addition to the A7 and A7R family, the world’s smallest full-frame interchangeable lens camera: the A7S – a full-frame mirrorless camera made for videographers. The A7S model combines extraordinary sensitivity, low noise and spectacular 4K video quality all in one, giving professional photographers and videographers a camera to be truly excited about.

Featuring a newly developed 12.2 megapixel 35mm full frame Exmor® CMOS sensor paired with a powerful BIONZ X image processor, the A7S can shoot at a sensitivity range of ISO 50 – 409,600 with unprecedented dynamic range and low noise. This allows the A7S to collect dramatically more light than traditional cameras, to produce beautifully detailed images even in the darkest environments.

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The 7S is also the world’s first camera to utilise the entire width of a full-frame image sensor in 4K video acquisition, giving 4K video shooters the ability to fully maximise the creative benefits of this unique sensor. Additionally, the high-speed read out of the 35mm full-frame image sensor combined with the high-speed processing of the BIONZ X processor enables significant improvements in video quality.

Directly compatible with the growing family of E-mount lenses, the A7S camera can also be used with A-mount and others lens systems with optional adapters. Building on this, Sony has announced development of a brand new, full-frame power zoom 28-135mm F4 lens E-mount lens that is an ideal match for the powerful movie capabilities of the A7S model.

The pricing and availability of the A7S full-frame interchangeable lens camera for Singapore, will be announced at a future date.

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Seems like an interesting piece to own and use for photographers & videographers.
Especially when it’s light enough to bring around and for challenging light condition usage… such as, e.g. cave condition shooting / nature, sports, sunrise or sunset condition and even pre-weddings / actual day wedding … :)

My guess, it should be within the SGD2k – 3k range.
But confirmed pricing will be updated later.

Details as kindly shared by Sony Singapore and WE.

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A7S – Specifications Sheet

General
Lens mount    E-mount
Image sensor
Type 35mm full frame (35.6 x 23.8mm), Exmor CMOS sensor
Number of pixels (effective) Approx. 12.2 megapixels
Recording system (still images)
Recording format JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver. 2.3, MPF baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format)
RAW output 14 bit
Recording system (movies)
Recording format XAVC S / AVCHD format Ver. 2.0 compliant / MP4
Video compression XAVC S: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
AVCHD: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
MP4: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Audio recording format XAVC S: LPCM, 2ch
AVCHD: Dolby Digital (AC-3), 2ch, Dolby Digital Stereo Creator
MP4: MPEG-4 AAC-LC, 2ch
Image size (pixels) XAVC S: 1920 x 1080 (60p/50Mbps, 30p/50Mbps, 24p/50Mbps), 1280 x 720 (120p/50Mbps)
AVCHD: 1920 x 1080 (60p/28Mbps/PS, 60i/24Mbps/FX, 60i/17Mbps/FH, 24p/24Mbps/FX, 24p/17Mbps/FH)
MP4: 1440 x 1080 (30fps/12Mbps), 640 x 480 (30fps/3Mbps)
Movie functions Audio Level Display, Audio Rec Level, Auto Slow Shutter, HDMI info. Display (On/Off selectable), Time Code/User Bit, Picture Profile, Creative Style, Picture Effect, Rec Control, Dual Video Rec, Marker Setting
Picture Profile Yes (Off / PP1-PP7) Parameters: Black level, Gamma (Movie, Still, Cine1-4, ITU709, ITU709 [800%], S-Log2), Black Gamma, Knee,Colour Mode, Colour Level, Colour Phase, Colour Depth, Detail, Copy, Reset
Clean HDMI output
Output signal 3840 × 2160(30p/24p) / 1920 × 1080(60p/60i/24p)YCbCr 4:2:2 8bit/ RGB 8bit
Media
Media Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick XC-HG Duo, SD memory card, SDHC memory card (UHS-I compliant), SDXC memory card (UHS-I compliant)
Focus system
Type Contrast-detection AF
Focus point 25 points
Sensitivity range EV -4 to EV 20 (at ISO 100 equivalent with F2.0 lens attached)
Exposure control
Metering type 1200-zone evaluative metering
ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index) Still images: ISO 100-102400, Movies: ISO 200-102400 equivalent (both expandable to 409600,for still: expandable down to 50)
Viewfinder
Type XGA OLED, 1.3cm (0.5 type) electronic viewfinder (colour)
Total no. of dots 2,359,296 dots
Field coverage 100%
Magnification Approx. 0.71x (with 50mm lens at infinity, -1m-1)
LCD screen
Type 7.5cm (3.0 type) TFT drive
Total number of dots 921,600 dots
Adjustable angle Up approx. 90 degrees, down approx. 45 degrees
Other features
PlayMemories Camera Apps Yes
Interface
Wireless LAN (built-in) Wi-Fi Compatible, IEEE802.11b/g/n (2.4GHz band)*1
Playback of still images and movies on smartphones, PCs and TVs
NFC™ Yes (NFC Forum Type 3 Tag compatible, One-touch remote, One-touch sharing)
Multi Interface Shoe Yes
HD output HDMI micro connector (Type-D), BRAVIA Sync (link menu), PhotoTV HD, 4K still image playback
Shutter
Type Electronically controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type
Shutter speed Still images: 1/8000 to 30 sec., Bulb
Movies: 1/8000 to 1/4 (1/3 step), Up to 1/60 in AUTO mode (up to 1/30 in Auto Slow Shutter mode)
Electronic front curtain shutter Yes, On/Off
Power
Battery Rechargeable battery pack NP-FW50
Still images Approx. 320 shots (viewfinder) / approx. 380 shots (LCD screen) (CIPA standard)
Movies Actual*2: Approx. 55 min with viewfinder, approx. 60 min with LCD screen (CIPA standard)
Continuous*3: Approx. 90 min with viewfinder, approx. 90 min with LCD screen (CIPA standard)
External power AC Adaptor AC-PW20 (optional)
Weight
Body only Approx. 446g
Dimensions
W x H x D (excluding protrusions) Approx. 126.9 x 94.4 x 48.2mm
Operating temperature
Range 0-40°C
Specifications and features are based on information available at the time of printing and are subject to change without notice. 
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