Tag Archive: Cameras


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” One of the best ways to save a little money is to buy stuff used—whether we’re talking computers, smartphones, or even cars. Buying used comes with a bit of extra responsibility, though. Here are some guides on how to avoid getting screwed, no matter what you’re buying.

  We’ve shared a ton of tips for selling your old junk online, but what about when you’re buying? That’s a little trickier, since you not only want a good deal, but you also want a product that’s working, reliable, and in good condition. Here are some of the guides and tips we’ve featured over the years on buying used stuff.”

 

 

Here’s the dope on used car buying

 

 

” There’s a lot of debate over whether buying a used car is better than buying new, but we won’t get into that here—this pros and cons list at Car and Driver should help you out. However, if you are set on buying a used car, we’ll leave it to our friends at Jalopnik to help you avoid getting screwed. Their advice? Inspect the owner, not just the car, and have your own mechanic look at it. Most importantly, do some serious research on the model you’re looking at. Forums are a great resource. That way, you know its pain points, what a fair price is, and repair costs (which is so often ignored). Check out their guide for more.

  Those aren’t the only items you can buy used, of course, but they are some of the most common—and some of the ones that really require your due diligence. No matter what you’re buying, don’t be afraid to walk away if you don’t trust the seller—and if you can, buy locally so you can do your inspection in person. Good luck!”

 

 

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Lytro Changed Photography. Now Can It Get Anyone To Care?

 

 

 

 

 

 

” “Okay, can I take it out of the box now?”

  Lytro product director Colvin Pitts wants to show me the camera he’s been working on since 2007. He cautions that it’s just an early model, then gently lifts the stark, black device out of an unmarked box. It looks like a cross between a DSLR and a futuristic weapon. It’s big, with a wide round lens and a large grip, but it weighs less than 2 pounds and is perfectly comfortable in my hands. Its back face is slanted, like someone chopped off part of a larger camera to form this one. Its big, 4-inch touchscreen is glowing. I hold the camera up, point it at the black Sharpie on the table in front of me, and press the shutter. Nothing happens. I press it again. Still nothing.

“ Now this is the part where I go back to that caveat at the beginning,” Pitts says. “My camera has frozen in the box.” It’s stuck on the menu screen and won’t budge. The camera, which Todd Roesler, senior director of hardware engineering, quickly swaps for a functioning model, is one of a handful of first-run production models delivered from China. It’s less than three weeks before launch, less than four months before the product codenamed Blitzen is scheduled to ship to customers, and Lytro has just gotten its first taste of how the product will look and work. There’s clearly a lot left to do. “This is the final form,” Pitts says, “but the colors and a lot of things are off. The rings are awful: we screwed up making them, so when you feel it, this is nothing like what the product will feel like.” Even now, it feels solid and polished, with just the right controls in the right places and an instantly familiar usability. The rings do feel horrible, though, loose and rubbery and too quick to turn.

  A few tweaks here and there and this black brick will be Lytro’s Illum, a brand-new $1,599 camera designed to show professional photographers, and the world, the power of light-field photography. It’s the company’s second camera, the follow-up to its eponymous point-and-shoot that could refocus a photo after it was shot. The Illum does that better, and takes much better and more versatile pictures in general. But for Lytro, the real plan is only beginning to unfold. The company’s job, its mission, is to fundamentally change the way we think about images. To not just provide better, faster cameras that take beautiful pictures, but to reimagine what a picture is in the first place. That part hasn’t changed since the dawn of photography nearly two centuries ago, and Lytro believes it holds the keys to the next phase.”

 

 

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