1. Nikon D3200 Image Sensor and the EXPEED 3 Processor

    To be honest, I was quite surprised when Nikon announced the D3200 with a 24.2 MP sensor. Since all previous entry-level DSLRs had relatively less resolution, I expected the D3200 to be around 14-18 MP. There is both good and bad when dealing with such high resolution sensors. The good is that you get plenty of resolution for large prints, more cropping options and with a good downsampling technique you can significantly reduce the amount of noise in images, as I have demonstrated in my previous reviews. The bad is large files, more visible blur and more visible noise at pixel level. So for an experienced photographer that knows how to take advantage of high resolution, the sensor on the D3200 is capable of producing very impressive images. Landscape and architectural photographers will be happy. However, for those who are just starting out in photography, I believe that 24 MP is an overkill. And since the D3200 is targeted at that specific group, I believe Nikon should have been a little more considerate and should have used a lower resolution sensor. The excellent 16 MP Sony sensor that many manufacturers, including Nikon have been using for the past couple of years would have been a much better choice for this particular camera in my opinion. Take a look at the Sony NEX-5R, for example. Its pixel level performance is superb and the images are pretty clean even past ISO 1600.

    Now mind you, I am not saying that the sensor on the D3200 is bad. On the contrary; as you will see from the camera comparisons page of this review, it is a very capable sensor. All I am saying is that 24 MP just feels like a lot for a beginner, especially when higher-end DSLRs like Nikon D5200 and D7100 also have 24 MP sensors. When the D3200 came out, I thought that it sported the same 24 MP Sony sensor that we have seen on such cameras as Sony NEX-7. However, my assumptions proved to be false – the sensor on the D3200 has been fully developed by Nikon. The 24 MP sensors on the Nikon D5200 and the D7100, on the other hand, were developed by Toshiba. So it seems like Nikon has been moving away from using Sony sensors in its recent DX cameras.

    As for the processor, Nikon did not go short on that one either. The Nikon D3200 has the same EXPEED 3 processor as on high-end cameras like D600, D800 and D4. This means that you can expect the D3200 to handle high-resolution files very quickly and effectively, with superb response times. It also means that the D3200 is capable of handling high definition video. The camera can record 1080p at up to 30 fps and 720p at up to 60 fps.

  2. The S4 Camera Dual Shot Reviews

    By far our favourite of the various fun photography modes is dual shot. The concept is actually quite simple, the S4 uses both the front and back cameras to simultaneously capture two images, which it combines into a single image.

    Now you might just ask why not just take two shots and fit them together later, but that would miss out on the immediacy of Samsung’s take. This way you take one picture, hit share and get a great shot up on Facebook, plus your smug, smiling mug in one easy step. It’s the next logical step for the much-beloved ‘Selfie’ style of photography, and unless Samsung has a patent we can see this appearing on every other smartphone by next year.

    Samsung Galaxy S4 photo modes
    This vertiginous dual-shot captures our News Editor’s love of heights

    Now Samsung’s take on Dual Shot is to put proud parents in the shot with the mewling darlings – not a bad idea given that one parent is often noticeably absent from a whole holiday’s worth of snaps. In practice though we found it a great little creative tool, the ability to juxtapose two images together on the fly is great fun and can create some quite striking compositions.

    You can change the size and shape of the second, superimposed image, with various shapes or just a plain box. It will even take the two full images and tag them side by side into a super-widescreen effort – good for more serious efforts or adhoc vistas. You can also switch the cameras around at a tap, making you fill the screen with just a small image of your surroundings to add context.

    Samsung Galaxy S4 photo modes
    There’s a good range of frames for the shot-in-shot mode

    Best of all, it just works, what you see is what you get. It can be a little hard to line up at first, but you soon get used to it and then you’re away. It even has its own shortcut, so no messing with the mode menu to activate it.

    The fun doesn’t end there though, as Dual Shot can also be used with video. You get all the same options as to how it combines the two images and the ability to switch. It really adds something to short clips and could be great for those who love to shoot and talk to camera.

  3. Couponing Tips Online

    Tip #1 – Use Your Coupons Opportunistically.

    As you saw in the video, a coupon is just a piece of paper which at times can be worth so much more than the $0.50 value on it.  It’s all about timing – when to use the coupon and when to hold onto it.  At the very minimum my tip is to never use a coupon if they item is not also on sale, unless of course you absolutely need that item right then.  If you can wait, it’s very likely that you’ll be able to get that item for much less on sale with a coupon.  Paying retail is so yesterday’s style.

    Tip #2 – BOGO + BOGO = 2 FREE!

    Aaah, this tip makes me smile.  I can remember so many items I’ve gotten for free with this simple tip.  Here are a couple of examples…

    If Pantene Shampoo is on sale BOGO (Buy One Get One Free) for $3.99 you would pay $3.99 for 2 bottles.  If you had a $2.00 off 1 Pantene Shampoo coupon, you could use 2, since you are buying 2 products.  The store has 1 on sale for free – but you are STILL buying that product, you aren’t stealing it :)   Your final price would be $0.00 or FREE for 2 bottles!

    Pantene Shampoo – BOGO $3.99/2
    Use (2) $2.00/1 Pantene Shampoo Coupons
    Final Price: 2 FREE

    If Pantene Shampoo is on sale BOGO (Buy One Get One Free) for $3.99 you would pay $3.99 for 2 bottles.  If you had a BOGO Shampoo coupon you would automatically get them both free!   The store has 1 on sale for free and the manufacturer is giving you the other for free with the coupon.  The sale and coupon cross each other out.

    Pantene Shampoo – BOGO $3.99/2
    Use (1) BOGO Pantene Shampoo Coupon
    Final Price: 2 FREE

    Tip #3 – Stacking Coupons

    This is another way we often see free or close to free sales – by stacking (using 2 coupons on 1 item) a manufacturer’s coupon and a store coupon either from their ad, website, or booklet.  The most important thing to note here is to make sure that nowhere on the store coupon does it say “manufacturer’s coupon” if it says store coupon – you’re good to go! 

    Tip #4 – Read Your Coupons

    So many times, it’s in the text and not the picture.  A manufacturer simply can’t add the picture of all the variations of a single product on one coupon.  So if it says ANY Tide product, that would mean all “flavors” of Tide.  More importantly if it doesn’t limit you to a size – you’re able to use this coupon on a trial size getting that item possibly for free! 

    Tip #5 – Look for Try Me Free Rebates

    Try Me Free Rebates are just that FREE products!  That is if you make sure to send in your receipt.  Often times too if you use a coupon when you buy that item you can turn it into a money maker.  In the example I used in the video, I like to hunt for Try Me Free Rebates throughout the store if I have a $5/$25 coupon – it helps me get to the $25 total while also ensuring I’ll get that money back.  You’ll have to wait awhile to get your money back, so this isn’t necessarily a good option if every dollar in your budget is needed right then, but it can help you to get more items free – not just that particular item.

    Tip #6 – Buy at least 2 Sunday Papers

    So this might seem a bit crazy, but our family buys 6 papers.  We buy 1 for each member of our family, it seems to be a good formula for us and has helped me greatly when a stock up price hits the stores.   We have 3 delivered from different local papers and purchase 3 more.  With the deals we’re getting we are paying just over $4 per week for our papers.  There are many ways to get FREE Sunday papers as well…

    1. Ask a Friend, Relative, or Neighbor for their coupon inserts, it’s likely they just toss them aside as it is.
    2. Visit your local coffee shop Sunday afternoon and do one of 2 things.  Look through the recycling bin and gather the coupons that have been left behind or ask the manager if they’d be willing to let you take and recycle the left over Sunday papers at closing.  I know my Starbucks just tosses them out!
    3. You could dumpster dive like this post written by our resident Dumpster Diva, but I can’t say I’ve ever done it.

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