GoPro Hero vs. Sony Action Cam

GoPro Hero 3 vs. Sony Action Cam

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If you’re considering adding a “POV cam” to your photographic arsenal, two excellent choices offered by Omega Photo are the GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition and the Sony Action Cam HDR-AS15. Although both have similar features, there is much discussion about which is the best camera for capturing videos of extreme sports.

GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition  GoPro
$399.99

  • 4K, 2.7K, 1440p & 1080p HD video
  • Capture 12MP, 7MP or 5MP still photos
  • 12-Megapixel low-light image sensor
  • Time-lapse video in 0.5, 1, 2, 5, 10, 30 or 60 second intervals
  • Camera housing waterproof to 197′ (60 m)
  • Built-In Wi-Fi with 600′ Transmission Range
  • Basic Mounts Included
  • MicroSD Card Slot & Micro HDMI Output
  • Control Up to 50 Cameras at a Time

Sony Action Cam HDR-AS15         SonyActionCam2
$269.99

  • 1920 x 1080/30p HD video
  • SteadyShot Image Stabilization
  • Exmor R CMOS Sensor
  • Ultra-wide angle Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens (170° viewing angle)
  • Rugged Design & Built-In WiFi Capability
  • Waterproof Housing with Tripod Mount
  • Waterproof Case Goes Down to 197′ (60 m)
  • Wide Angle Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens
  • Built-in stereo microphone / External audio output jack
  • Two HD slow motion modes:  60 or 120 fps
  • HDMI Output & Built-In Stereo Microphone
  • Memory Stick Micro & MicroSD/SDHC Slot

Both cameras are currently in stock at Omega Photo. Stop by to have a look, ask questions and decide for yourself.

Until then, here are a few videos comparing the relative merits of both cameras…

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For more information and all your photo supplies, stop by Omega Photo at our new location in downtown Bellevue.

Omega Photo
210 105th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
(Located between NE 2nd & NE 4th behind Safeway)

(425) 455-2126

Call or “click” below for information regarding our photo processing and print services, full line of cameras and lens sales, and our comprehensive passport photo service.

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Tuesday Tutorial: Sensor Cleaning

Menu 2156 600pxSensor dust.  The bane of  DSLR photographers everywhere…

The hot, dry summer months, along with increased camera use during vacation adds up to lots of dirty sensors. Considering that most photographers have likely never cleaned their sensors,  it’s a sure bet that most digital cameras in use today have a significant amount of debris on their sensors.

Not your camera, you say? Trust me, if you have never cleaned your sensor, it’s filthy – you just don’t know it.  And don’t try the “But I never take the lens off…” excuse either.  Camera systems are not hermetically sealed and all brands and models are prone to contamination when used regularly.  Ironically, the bigger the sensor the more likely it will have dust.

Since most photographers shoot  between  f/4 and f/11, they don’t realize that their sensors, actually the anti-aliasing filter protecting the sensor, is dirty.  At that range the depth of focus is relatively shallow so any dust on the sensor may not be visible. Once you start shooting at f/16 and smaller it is likely you will observe some dust spots in the areas that have consistent tonal values, ie:  the sky.

Check your DSLR sensor for dust:

Take a photo of a piece of white paper while stopped down at f/22 or smaller (do not blow out the highlights). On your camera’s LCD monitor, zoom in and review the image at 100% magnification using the scroll-wheel to inspect it. If you see some blurry dark spots, those are dust specks.

The question is: Do you send the camera in for cleaning (about $125 and two weeks down-time), or do you attempt it yourself?

Frankly, it’s not that scary or difficult and you can easily clean your own sensor with the right materials.  The first step is to determine if you  actually NEED to clean the sensor at all. Although there’s certainly some dust on it, you should only attempt a cleaning if there’s visible dust on your images.  

Dry vs. Wet Method

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There are many different methods for cleaning sensors and much debate on which method is best.  Generally speaking, they’re categorized as either  “Dry” or “Wet”.  The “Dry” method uses a blower (not compressed air!) and/or and special brush. The “Wet” method uses a special solution such as methyl alcohol and a swab. The most challenging jobs will require both.

Cleaning Your Own Sensor

1) Determine if you really need to clean the sensor by reviewing a test image shot at the lens’ minimum aperture (f/22 – f/32)

2) Activate the Manual Sensor Cleaning mode on your DSLR .  Make sure the battery is fully charged before starting.

3) Use the “dry method”  first using a handheld blower “Rocket” type blower. It’s best to face the camera in a downward position while blowing off the sensor.

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4) If needed, continue by using one of the many specially designed sensor-cleaning brushes. These are use micro fiber bristles that are specially treated for cleaning sensors. Do not use a small paintbrush. Those are too harsh and will scratch the sensor.

5) For stubborn dust specks still remaining, you’ll need to switch to the ‘wet” method using a swab wetted with sensor cleaning solution.  Apply a very small drop of solution to the swap and, working quickly, swipe across the sensor in a firm and smooth motion.  The motion is similar to running a squeegee across a window.

6) Discard the swab. Do not use it again. Don’t even think about it.  If the sensor requires another pass, use a fresh swab

7) Repeat as needed.

Cleaning your sensor can seem like a daunting task, but with the right tools (most available at Omega Photo), the instructions above, and some basic common sense, you can save a lot of time and money by doing it yourself.

For more information and supplies, stop by Omega Photo at our new location in downtown Bellevue.

Omega Photo
210 105th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
(Located between NE 2nd & NE 4th behind Safeway)

(425) 455-2126

Call or “click” below for information regarding our photo processing and print services, full line of cameras and lens sales, and our comprehensive passport photo service.

Omega Photo website

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Upcoming Photography Workshops

If you are looking to expand your photographic horizons, both literally and figuratively,  nothing beats a good seminar or “hands-on” workshop with an experienced professional. You will absorb more in one day than you could ever learn by reading books, magazine articles, or surfing the web. 

Here are some upcoming seminars, workshops, and photo excursions that are produced by Omega Photo, our vendors, and  affiliated photographers. 

iPhone & Smartphone Photo Class
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Instructor James McDaniel will cover the fundamentals of iPhone & smartphone photography and discuss their strengths and limitations. Discover camera apps like Hipstamatic and Instagram, and how to “develop” the results on your smartphone or tablet.
“The best camera is the one you have with you” , and if you want to make the most of the camera in your pocket, this class is for you!

Cost: $30 and includes $15 store voucher.  
Call Omega Photo (425) 455-2126 to register.

 

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Canon Live Learning Seminars & Workshops

Designed for intermediate and advanced Canon DSLR users, these EOS Immersion Seminars and Workshops provide the tools you need to take your photography skills to the next level. Learn about Canon DSLR functions, Canon Speedlite fundamentals, and brilliant storytelling techniques utilizing your DSLR’s HD video.

Saturday Seminar: $89
Sunday Workshop: $325
Seminar & Workshop Combo: $$379

Seattle  May 18-19    – Great group both days. Thanks Seattle!
New York City June 8-9
Tampa  TBD
Phoenix TBD
Chicago TBD
Boston TBD
Nashville TBD

 

2013 Durango Photography Workshop
July 8-11, 2013
dsng-bannerLed by local photographer and Omega Photo regular Jeff Greene, this intensive four-day photography & video workshop will capture the striking beauty of Durango and Southwestern Colorado.  Photographic highlights include  the world famous Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, Mesa Verde National Park, mountain bikers, 1800′s mining town Silverton, CO, and much more

 

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Fun Film Photography Class 
New date TBD

This class is dedicated to the world of film photography using novelty cameras, Lomography, instant film, pinhole, and vintage cameras. Instructor James McDaniel will lead this two-hour class at Omega Photo in Bellevue and tickets are limited.
Cost: $30 and includes $15 store voucher.
Call Omega Photo (425) 455-2126 to register.

 

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Nikon School

Nikon School will inspire your digital SLR photographic efforts, whatever your level of experience. For more than 30 years Nikon School has been helping photography enthusiasts master new techniques and improve their picture-taking skills by providing clear, direct information on a wide range of technical and creative topics.