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Sony Alpha A7R III review: Mirrorless, but certainly not pointless

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You need a lot of patience to review cameras. You also need some time, you need to be in a place that inspires you and you need good luck. Getting all these together is rare. In the two weeks I have had with the Sony Alpha 7R III, I have had a mix of one or two of the three, and a couple of rare occasions when all three fell in place together.
Sony Alpha A7R III
The Sony Alpha A7R III is the new version of what has been one of Sony’s most popular cameras recently. The mirror-less camera has not changed much in terms of design and is a bit more compact than most DSLR, though it packs the same features or more. The camera offers a great grip and even with a heavy zoom lens, like the FE 4/24-105 one used by me in the review, it stays stable in your hand. The body is packed with dials and custom buttons and there seem to be more than two ways to do something. There is a good recoil one you click, almost to make you believe this could be a DSLR with a mirror flicking inside.
There is so much about the Sony Alpha A7R III that it is impossible to cover all aspects. I will stick to a few elements that impressed me and would be the primary reason for picking up a camera like this.
Sony A7R III, Sony A7R III mirrorless camera, Sony A7R III review, Sony A7R III camera review, Sony A7R III specifications, Sony A7R III features, best mirrorless cameras, Sony The camera offers a great grip and even with a heavy zoom lens, like the FE 4/24-105 one used by me in the review, it stays stable in your hand.
Also read: GoPro Fusion review: 360-degree video becomes easy to handle
Sony Alpha A7R III specifications
42.4MP full-frame CMOS sensor|ISO 100-32,000, ISO 50-102,400|Hybrid AF with 399 phase-detection points|5.5-stop in-body IS| 10fps continues shooting|Sony E-mount lenses compatibility
Sony Alpha A7R III price in India: Rs 2,64,990 onwards
The 42.4MP Sony Alpha A7R III offers a very versatile auto-focus system that is good enough to cover most use cases you might have. It does not have as many AF points as some other cameras these days, but with the right mode you will be able to manage some stunning results. I was lucky in a garden at Ambala Cantonment capturing a bee headed for pollen heaven. After a while, I discovered that you can use the touchscreen to select where you want the camera to focus. But this is not that obvious as the screen is not touch otherwise.
Mirrorless cameras are supposed to be really good with the low light given their extremely high ISO ranges. The Sony Alpha A7R III is no different and can give you good photos even when you are in pitch darkness. Also, this means this camera is really good at capturing anything that is happening at night. I capture some full moon photos while on the move on the Grand Trunk Road — capturing the lunar spectacle at full zoom from a moving car.
The Sony Alpha A7R III can also be really fast. Even with single shot mode on, I got some good action photos. The continuous shooting is also a galloping horse, but you will need a really good card to be able to take in this stream of photos. Also, the camera offers good slow-motion that too at a different frame and bit rates. The camera also offers a stunning 4K video which will put any video camera to shame.
The Sony Alpha A7R III is also one of the easiest cameras when it comes to smart connectivity. Like the rest of the camera, here too there are multiple options, via the Sony Play Memories app. I used the Bluetooth transfer feature — the link is made easy via a simple QR code scan on the phone — to transfer photos when I was on a drive and send the images to my office in Delhi. This is the easiest smartphone connectivity I have seen in large cameras. Also, you can easily control the camera with your phone.
Sony Alpha A7R III review: Issues
The Sony Alpha A7R III is a pretty complicated camera, because the menu hides a lot of great features. There are pages after pages of stuff you can do, but it will take ages for you to find those. Thankfully, there is favorites tab which you can use to filter the ones you use the most. The viewfinder is great, especially when you framing a picture for clarity, but at times the visual looked a bit unnatural and too electronic for my liking.
Sony A7R III, Sony A7R III mirrorless camera, Sony A7R III review, Sony A7R III camera review, Sony A7R III specifications, Sony A7R III features, best mirrorless cameras, Sony The body is packed with dials and custom buttons and there seem to be more than two ways to do something.
Sony Alpha A7R III review: Verdict
The Sony Alpha A7R III is easily one of the best cameras you can buy at the moment. I think we are slowly coming to a point where professional cameras don’t need to be traditional full frame DSLRs. The time of the mirrorless camera has truly come and the Sony Alpha A7R III is the proof.


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Realme 3 Pro With 25-Megapixel Selfie Camera, Up to 6GB RAM Launched in India

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Realme 3 Pro is official. The Chinese smartphone maker Realme on Monday unveiled the new smartphone at a press event in New Delhi. The new Realme offering improves upon the Realme 3 by packing a better camera, faster SoC, and a larger display with a higher resolution among others. The Realme 3 Pro comes equipped with a 6.3-inch full-HD+ display and is powered by the Snapdragon 710 SoC, while ColorOS 6.0 based on Android Pie handles things on the software side. The Realme 3 Pro comes in a trio of colours and also sports a layer of Gorilla Glass 5 for protection. It will be competing with the Redmi Note 7 Pro smartphone in the country, which currently retails starting Rs. 13,999. In addition to the Realme 3 Pro, the company also introduced the new Realme C2 budget smartphone.

Realme 3 Pro price, sale date, and launch offers

The Realme 3 Pro has been priced at Rs. 13,999 for the base variant with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage, whereas the 6GB + 128GB variant carries a price tag of Rs. 16,999.

 

The Realme 3 Pro comes in Carbon Grey, Nitro Blue, and Lightning Purple colour options with a gradient finish. As far as availability is concerned, the Realme 3 Pro’s first sale will be conducted at 12pm (Noon) on April 29 via Realme online store and Flipkart. While the Carbon Grey and Nitro Blue colours will be available from day one, the Lightning Purple colour option will be released in May.

Ahead of the April 29 availability, Realme will also be organising a pop-up store at 04:30pm on April 27 in Pacific Mall, Subhash Nagar, New Delhi, where the company will give the consumers a chance to purchase Realme 3 Pro before the first official sale.

According to Realme, the first 1,000 customers to buy the Realme 3 Pro on April 29 via the company’s online store will get free Realme Buds. Additionally, the Realme online store buyers will also be eligible for 15 percent supercash cashback (up to Rs. 1,500) on payment via Mobikwik.

The consumers getting the Realme 3 Pro via Flipkart will get flat Rs. 1,000 discount on payment via HDFC Bank credit cards, debit cards, and EMI transactions. The Flipkart buyers will also be eligible for no-cost EMIs up to six months.

Additionally, the Realme 3 Pro buyers, regardless of where they are purchasing the phone from, will get benefits worth Rs. 5,300 from Reliance Jio.

In addition to the Realme 3 Pro, Realme also launched the new Realme C2 at the event, which has been priced starting at Rs. 5,999.

Realme 3 Pro specifications, features

The dual-SIM (Nano) Realme 3 Pro runs ColorOS 6.0 based on Android Pie and packs a 6.3-inch full-HD+ (1080×2340 pixels) IPS display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio and 2.5D curved glass that is protected by a layer of Corning Gorilla 5. The display has a peak brightness of 400 nits with a contrast ratio of 1200:1. Under the hood, the Realme 3 Pro draws power from the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 SoC clocked at 2.2GHz, ticking alongside Adreno 616 GPU and up to 6GB of RAM.

Realme 3 Pro camera

In the imaging department, the Realme 3 Pro packs a 16-megapixel primary camera (IMX519 sensor) with f/1.7 aperture , paired with a 5-megapixel secondary camera (GC5035 sensor) with f/2.4 aperture. On the front is a 25-megapixel selfie snapper with f/2.0 aperture. Talking about camera features, the Realme 3 Pro brings support for 960fps super slow motion video recording, Ultra HD mode for capturing 64-megapixel images, and optimised Nightscape among others.

For authentication, the Realme 3 Pro packs a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. The phone also comes with Widevine L1 certification to let users stream HD content from services like Amazon Prime Videos and Netflix. Additionally, the phones features up to 128GB of onboard storage, which can further be expanded via a microSD card (up to 256GB).

The latest Realme offering’s connectivity suite includes Bluetooth 5.0, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2.4GHz+5GHz), a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a Micro-USB port. The device comes equipped with a 4,045mAh battery with support for VOOC 3.0 fast charging. The dimensions of the Realme 3 Pro are 156.8×74.2×8.3 mm and it tips the scales at 172 grams.

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Blaupunkt SBWL-01 Soundbar With Wireless Subwoofer Launched

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After years of focusing on the car audio and in-car entertainment segments, Blaupunkt has taken on consumer audio in a big way. The company has launched various products including headphones, wireless portable speakers and soundbars in India, with competitive pricing. The latest product from Blaupunkt is the SBWL-01 soundbar, which is priced at Rs. 13,990. The new soundbar features wireless connectivity and also has a wireless soundbar included. The new soundbar will be available to buy both online and offline in the country.

The Blaupunkt SBWL-01 soundbar has a rated output of 200W, and comes with a wireless subwoofer. This means that the subwoofer can be placed away from the main speaker, and will receive its audio signal wirelessly. However, the subwoofer does still need to be plugged into power. The main speaker itself is a two-channel one with 3-inch drivers. The soundbar is also Dolby Digital tuned, promising better sound quality.

In terms of connectivity, the Blaupunkt SBWL-01 can be used with Auxiliary, Bluetooth, RCA, Optical, and HDMI ARC. This allows for various connectivity options when connected with either a TV or any other source device such as a smartphone, tablet, or computer, for audio playback. The soundbar also has its own remote for ease of use.

 

The new Blaupunkt soundbar is available both online and offline, and can be purchased via Amazon, Flipkart, and a variety of other stores. The new soundbar is the latest in the range, which also includes the SBW-100 and SBW-02, which are also available on Amazon for under Rs. 10,000 right now. Blaupunkt had also recently launched new earphones, including the BTW-01 truly wireless earphones.

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Microsoft Starts Reminding Windows 7 Users to Upgrade, Recommends Buying a New PC

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Earlier last month, Microsoft had made it clear that it will start pushing notifications to Windows 7 users, asking them to upgrade their machines. Windows 7 users must upgrade to Windows 10 as Microsoft is set to end support for the operating system by January 2020. Some Windows 7 users have reported that they’ve started receiving such notifications. Such users can continue to use Windows 7 after the support period ends, but they’ll be putting themselves at risk.

The notification pop-up seems to appear when users boot up their Windows 7 machines. It reads, “After 10 years, support for Windows 7 is nearing an end.” This is the same notification that was reported earlier last month. Users on Reddit are claiming they’ve started receiving these notification pop-ups from April 18, 2019. The Reddit reports over Microsoft’s Windows 7 notification were first spotted by Windows Latest.

As of now, the users with Windows 7 Home Premium and Windows 7 Ultimate are receiving the notification. Enterprise users still have the option to use Windows 7 until 2023, while paying for Extended Security Updates (ESU).

 

The nagging notification can be turned off by checking the ‘Do not remind me again’ option on the bottom left-hand corner of the notification pop-up. In case users close the pop-up directly, the notification is likely to appear again.

Microsoft has linked a support page with the notification pop-up, explaining the end of support for Windows 7 and what options users have right now. The final security update for Windows 7 will be released on January 14, 2020.

The support page clarifies that without software and security updates, Windows 7 users will be prone to malware and viruses. Microsoft is asking users to switch to Windows 10 and claims it is ‘not recommended’ to install Windows 10 on your older device, and users should buy a new machine.

In case you’re still using Windows 7, you should look at upgrading your machine right away. You can upgrade to Windows 10 or switch to a Linux distribution of your choice.

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