Mobile Photography

Hands-on | Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom Shoots the PyroMusical Olympics

It’s the age of dual-lens cameras on smartphones and there’s a good reason behind it. Much like our eyes, dual-lens delivers better autofocus, bokeh, sharper details and clarity. Photography-focused smartphones have already arrived from several manufacturers and Asus won’t be left behind. Their Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom is their 12MP dual-lens cameraphone with more than enough shooting power coming from its high capacity 5,000mAh battery. I had the chance to use the ZenFone 3 Zoom last week to shoot the final day of the PyroMusical Olympics. I thought it was an opportunity to test out the capabilities of the Dual-lens especially on low-light. See below out of the camera photo and video samples.


How do manufacturers test my laptop for durability?

In the ever changing world of technology it is imperative that computer companies stay ahead of the competition, which includes thinking of every possible way to break a laptop before it reaches the consumers hands. Laptops are computers on the go, which means they are exposed to infinitely more hazards throughout their lifespan. To stand up against these ever changing conditions, laptops are subject to thousands of hours of testing before they hit the shelves. Companies test buttons, hinges, drop and shock resistance, shipping damages, environment, and excessive battery heat. If you are interested in learning more about the products that test equipment click this link.

The first stage of testing is making sure the product will work as designed over several thousand uses. Companies program machines to repeatedly press buttons on the laptop and open and then close the CD-ROM like a hyperactive two year old. Hewlett Packard uses a robotic arm that will constantly open, then close the laptop to test the durability of the hinges approximately 27,000 times. These tests may sound entertaining, but they serve an incredibly important role in ensuring the customer’s overall satisfaction with the longevity of the product.

Hinge test
Hinge test

One test that all companies use is the drop test. This can look many different ways, but one common form is a platform that can be raised off the ground to various heights. After the platform is raised to a specific height, it drops the laptop with the press of a button. This tests the shock resistance when it hits the ground and then workers will check all of the internal components of the computer. Some companies even test damages that packages can endure during the shipping process. This looks like a hydraulic press crushing a package and then employees investigating the damages to ensure the packaging protected the laptop.

The best part of having a laptop is the portability. Some laptops are capable of going on expeditions in the most extreme climates this world has to offer. Dell uses an atmospheric test chamber to simulate conditions for these expedition ready computers. The chamber can be set to below freezing temperatures and can reach upwards of 100 degrees Celsius to simulate whatever climate the consumer may encounter. Dell also has special rooms where they pump in dust to try and clog vents on the laptop making them overheat and malfunction. These added levels of testing ensure that a customer can safely use the computer no matter where they go.

The most dangerous malfunctions in a laptop are failures that create excess heat that could result in an exploding battery. HP has performed hundreds of torture tests in their labs and have found the major causes for battery malfunctions. HP has a hooded chamber in which they cause many explosions caused by extreme temperatures and low voltage scenarios. The company has done such extensive testing that a consumer would have to purposely cause a malfunction to cause a fire or make the battery explode.

Written by: Quintin Bentley Crevling

Mobile Photography Technology

Field Test | ZenFone 3 Max 5.5 Camera and Video Sample Gallery

As a travel photographer, I’m more inclined to smartphones with exceptional camera and lasting battery life. The new iteration of Asus max series of phones, the Zenfone 3 Max 5.5 (ZC553KL) seems to be going to that direction. I had the first generation Zenfone Max and to compare, the new ZC553KL looks thinner and sleeker. The improved design incorporates a new 16MP F/2.0 rear camera, Android 6 Nougat with ZenUI 3 and 4,100 mAh battery. Let’s find out on how it fares on real world use as I take the ZC553KL with me on my recent travels. This first of a two-part review of the Zenfone 3 Max 5.5 (ZC553KL) tackles on the camera performance. The images used here are straight out-of-the-camera and the only processing done was the watermarking and resizing.


Capturing Streaming Tech Videos on Mac with Movavi Screen Capture for Mac

As you probably know there are a lot of really great tech videos out there and they cover practically any sort of tech developments, news, tips, and guides that you may be interested in. Most of these videos can generally be found in the form of streaming videos, either on YouTube or other video sharing platforms, or directly from websites.

Of course because streaming videos require an active internet connection, you won’t be able to watch them if you’re offline. In fact, most streaming videos don’t come with any sort of option for you to save them so that you can watch them later – but with Movavi Screen Capture for Mac you can work your way around that.

As a screen recorder, Movavi Screen Capture for Mac will let you record video footage directly from your screen. In this case that means that if you want to use it to capture streaming tech videos then you just need to set it up to record the area of your screen where the video is playing.

That is actually not that difficult, and all you need to do is:

  1. Launch Movavi Screen Capture for Mac and select ‘Record screen’.
  2. Draw a frame over the area where the tech video is on your screen using the mouse cursor.
  3. Check that the ‘System Audio’ icon is highlighted in green so that audio is recorded directly from your speakers – and click on it once if not.
  4. Click ‘REC’ to start recording after a 5 second delay and play the video during that duration.
  5. Click ‘Stop’ when the video is done.
  6. If you want to can trim out unwanted parts of the video that was recorded by positioning the marker and using the ‘scissors’ icon to split the video, then selecting the segment that you want to remove and clicking on the ‘trash can’ icon.
  7. Click ‘Save as’ and choose a format or use one of the presets to automatically optimize your video for a particular device or platform.

For more detailed instructions of the entire process, just click here.

Make no mistake, Movavi Screen Capture for Mac will give you a range of other features that may be worth looking into as well. It will enable you to adjust the frame rate, capture keyboard and mouse actions, schedule the recording to start and stop at a particular time, or manage it using convenient hotkeys.

All in all you should have everything you need to easily capture streaming tech videos of any kind and from any platform or website. In fact, why not try using Movavi Screen Capture for Mac to do that right now?

Mobile Technology

Traveling with the Asus ZenPower Pro Power Bank

It was so timely that I got a new Asus ZenPower Pro power bank as I was shopping around for a new power bank to use for my travels. We won the prize when our group got 3rd place overall in an event. On paper, it fits the criteria of what I was looking for – high capacity at 10,050 mAh, handy credit-card size, functional with two USB fast-charging ports and an extra LED light for emergencies. Looks like a sweet spot for power banks but does it perform as it says. Brought it for a week long trip up the Cordilleras to find out.

Mobile Photography Tips

Asus ZenFone 3 Laser Smartphone vs DSLR on Astrophotography

The realm of digital astrophotography used to be exclusive to large-sensor interchangeable lens cameras. But it seems that with the advancement of mobile imaging, smartphones are quickly narrowing the gap. Recently, Asus Philippines invited a few media influencers from tech, lifestyle, photography and travel to try out their new ZenFone 3 line of smartphones. And I must give them credit for choosing Batanes as the destination. There’s no better place to try astrophotography as the province has little light pollution in addition to the stunning landscape. I was handed a ZenFone 3 Laser to play around with during our photo tour and one of our challenges was to capture a galaxy or the night sky. I thought it was a good way for me to assess how far mobile camera imaging has gone by pitting it with the quality of my own DSLR, the Nikon D7100.