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28 Jun

DJI Spark: The Full Review

The latest and smallest drone has finally hit the market and the technology it packs does not disappoint. The DJI Spark is the most compact and portable drone to hit the shelves. Weighing roughly 0.5 pounds and as tall as your typical smartphone, the Spark is truly the most advanced compact drone. Now, just because it is tiny, it doesn't mean that it lost all of it's awesome technology. Photo via DJI On the contrary, the Spark now boasts Quick Launch with FaceAware technology that automatically detects your face and lifts off from the palm of your hand. By turning on the drone with the camera facing you and clicking the power button twice, the Spark will automatically detect...
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9 May

To Upgrade Or Not To Upgrade To The Mark IV

Canon's 5D series of DSLRs has been a cult favorite, serving full-frame photographer to a larger, wider audience while transforming the video market with Full HD video capture. Building on the features and performance of the Mark III, the EOS 5D Mark IV is really quite special. Here's how it matches up with the Mark III.                   1. Sensor There wasn't much of a difference in terms of resolution between the Mark II and the Mark III – from 21.1MP to 22.3MP – but the IV boasts a 31.7MP sensor that outputs images at an effective 30.4MP; and according to Canon, it's a brand new design. Worth the upgrade? Yes. 2. Expanded Sensitivity With a new sensor, the Mark IV has a slightly broader native ISO...
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13 Apr

DJI Phantom 4 Pro Video Review

If you were unsure of upgrading to the Phantom 4 Pro, look no further inspiration! The Phantom 4 Pro with its upgraded 1 inch sensor and 20MP camera produce stunning images across the board. With 5 direction of obstacle sensing, you can guarantee to fly safe up in the skies. Check out Lumoid to get your hands on the Phantom 4 Pro or even Mavic Pro today. We make it easy to capture breath taking aerial imagery!...
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16 Jan

Camera Sensors: When Bigger Really Is Better

Bigger isn’t always better, but when it comes to camera sensors, the stereotype holds true. If you’re in the market for a new camera, or are comparing the quality of two cameras, the first place to look is inside, at the sensor. Image quality is largely dependent on sensor size, meaning cameras with larger sensors will produce higher quality images than cameras with smaller sensors. This is due to the fact that larger sensors have larger pixels, which means they’re better at reducing noise, can record more information, have a larger dynamic range and perform better in low light. There are a few major camera categories, each of which has a corresponding sensor size. Medium Format Medium Format cameras have the...
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11 Jan

Lumoid’s Favorite Cameras of 2016

If you didn’t get the new gear you were hoping for during the holidays, it’s not too late for a little from-me-to-me present. And with some seriously powerful cameras released in 2016, why not start the new year off right and go for something that will completely change the way you shoot. So if you’re in the market for a new camera, or just want to drool over the new gear that’s out there, this list is here for you. 1. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV: Fans of Canon’s 5D series rejoice! The new Mark IV is even more powerful than the previous cameras in the series, with an upgraded 30.4MP full-frame CMOS sensor paired with an advanced DIGIC 6+ Image...
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14 Nov

Your New Favorite Lens: The Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM

If you're a Canon shooter in the market for a new, professional quality wide angle lens, then look no further because the Canon EF 16-35mm at f/2.8L III USM is here, and it's your new best friend. Measuring in at 3.5" x 4.4" and weighing in at 1.4 lb, this lens is slightly heavier than its predecessor, and slightly larger than a 24-70 f/2.8 II. Its exceptionally high quality makes it worthy of its L series designation, and will leave you drooling over its stunning results - whether you're a professional or amateur shooter. This lens has a large, 82mm filter size. You can always avoid the cost of the filter by simply not buying it, but only when the filter is...
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1 Sep

Coming Soon: Canon’s Newest Addition, the EOS 5D Mark IV

Emerging from a long line of well-loved DSLRs in the Canon 5D series, such as the original EOS 5D and the Mark II which introduced full HD video capture to DSLRs, the Mark IV certainly has a lot to live up to. Not to worry - it delivers! While not radically different in appearance from its predecessor (a strategic choice, as it allows photographers familiar with the other cameras in this line to be readily comfortable with it), it comes with amazing upgrades that make it one of the most complete DSLRs on the market. New features include a larger hand grip, 4k video capture, an upgrade AF system, built-in Wi-Fi/NFC and GPS, Dual Pixel autofocus, better weather-sealing and a 3.2...
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3 May

The Best Wearable for Cyclists: FitBit Surge vs Moov Now

The great thing about wearables is that there's one for every kind of person. Into managing your emails more than steps? Perfect. Grab the flashy Apple Watch. More an Android guy? Check out the Moto360. Only want to track steps? Wonderful. A Fitbit for you. Despite how recently wearables burst onto the scene, it's surprising how customized you can get. When it comes to tracking progress accurately and closely monitoring progress, there's perhaps no type of person more obsessed than the cyclist. There are several startups devoted, exclusively, to helping cyclists connect with each other, compare stats, and monitor their rides. Wearables have taken notice, too, designing their wearables with data-rabid cyclists in mind. Today, we'll be taking a look at...
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24 Jan

Alien Skin Exposure X: More Than Just a Bunch of Filters

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Alien Skin Exposure X was released late last year, and according to the company, it is an easy and faster way of organizing, editing and enhancing your images. While it does all of the above, I found it to be a better RAW image processor that gave me fast access to my files without having to upload them like I do in Adobe Lightroom. The Exposure X software can act as a stand-alone image-editing suite, or as a plug-in for both Photoshop and Lightroom. Over the last few weeks I have had the opportunity to use it, and here’s what I found. Organizing With Exposure X The Alien Skin Exposure X User Interface One of the strengths of Exposure...
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15 Dec

JBL Xtreme Review: Solid Sound from a Solid Build

Bluetooth portable speakers come in every variety, shape, quality and price. The trick is finding the right one for you - and manufacturers can take many approaches to make you choose their product. They can rely on strong branding with specific audio tuning or features for certain audiences. Other times they'll try their best to get the job done well for everyone and avoid polarizing decisions. JBL has tried to do a little bit of both with its JBL Xtreme Bluetooth speaker. It's rugged, clearly meant to be taken on adventures or sit by your pool, and blasts loud, crisp sound. It may not be interesting enough to get your friends talking about it, but the Xtreme will reliably deliver on its promise to bring...
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