Sony RX100 IV Review + Test: Worth It?

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If you are looking for the best pocket camera in 2015 then look no further. This is the Sony RX100 Mark IV review. Last year in 2014 the RX100 mark III came out and it took the crown for the best pocket camera. Well now the mark 4 is out and it’s even better especially for video. So if you’re a YouTuber and you’re looking for a camera this may very well be your best choice. Now when something is considered the best of a category it’s usually not cheap and it’s no different with this camera. This camera is $948 at the time the making of this video so it’s not cheap. It’s pretty expensive but it can be worth it for some people and that’s what this video is all about. We’re going to find out if this camera is worth it for you and whether or not you should buy it. Let’s start off with the main features of this camera. It has a new 20.1 mega pixel 1” sensor which allows it to shoot high-quality images and 4k video. It has a built-in Zeiss lens with the focal length equivalent to 24-70mm with an aperture of 1.8 at 24 millimeters and 2.8 at 70 millimeters. It has a super convenient and ultra crispy OLED true finder pop-up EVF. This electronic viewfinder comes in handy when you’re in a bright situation and you need to look through that to see all the controls that you wouldn’t normally be able to see on the LCD. Speaking of which, this has a 3” LCD screen on the back that flips up so you can be in ultimate selfie mode for pictures or videos. It can shoot slow motion video at 960 frames per second. It has built-in WiFi connectivity with NFC so when you’re out and about and take a picture with this camera and you can quickly transfer it to your smartphone and upload it to Instagram to improve your subscriber’s feed a little bit with some awesome looking pictures. In my humble opinion this is the best point and shoot camera you can buy right now and we’re going to get into why I believe that. First of all is the size. It’s small. It’s compact. It’s lightweight. It fits in the palm of my hand. It fits into my pocket easily as long as I’m not wearing my weekend skinny jeans. It has a built-in lens already so it’s not going to get any bigger. Its small compact size is great. Now about it not getting any bigger in size is kind of a letdown. It doesn’t have a hot shoe or a microphone input so you’re not going to be able to connect external microphones or anything like that on this camera. This is mainly just a point and shoot on-the-go camera that you can take places wherever it’s an inconvenience to have something bigger or larger like a DSLR. This comes in handy and this beats out those cameras because it’s small lightweight and it does the job. The articulating screen is one of the best features about this camera. You can flip it out and flip it all the way up so if you’re a YouTuber and you’re looking for a camera to start off with this will be perfect for you because you can flip that screen up and you can see yourself and you can position yourself however you want it and see how the video will look before you start taking video. In this day and age that’s a pretty popular feature to have. The popup electronic viewfinder is awesome as well. It has a super high resolution when you’re staring into it. It doesn’t add any other bulk to the camera. It goes right back into the side of the camera and you don’t even know that it’s there. And of course the two new best features of this camera are the 4K video capabilities and high frame rate video capabilities. The 4K video on this camera looks amazing if I do say so myself. The only problem I have with this 4K video is that it does limit you to 5 minutes of shooting. Well why is that? Because overheating. So it will automatically stop at 5 minutes when you’re shooting 4K video and you have to start the video over again, start the recording over again, to continue on the video. So you’re going to have pauses. You can’t shoot 4K videos more than 5 minutes. Now there is a problem with that as well because when you’re shooting 4K video and you shoot for the full 5 minutes and you go to shoot another 4K video it’s going to overheat. This happened to me. It overheated and it actually automatically shut itself down because it got way too hot. So the overheating problem is an issue but if you’re not looking to record more than 5 minutes of 4k video or if you’re just in an indoor setting most of the time and you’re taking videos indoors where it’s cool I think you’ll be able to get by with shooting multiple 5 minute 4K videos in a row because I was actually in my car in the summer outside so I don’t think it’ll be too much of a problem if you’re in a controlled environment or if you’re just taking short quick 4K videos. Shooting 4K is so much fun with this camera. It takes great quality video in the 4k mode. It does have that limit but it doesn’t have a limit for 1080. So if you’re shooting 1080p HD you’re going to be able to record up to 29 minutes each time. The high frame rate or HFR feature is awesome as well. You can get some cool slow mo video shots with this feature. Now it does shoot up to 960 frames per second but I tell you what if you do go up that high you’re going to get less quality in the video. So the slower you go the less quality your video is. So even though it can go to 960 frames per second I probably won’t use that as much as the 240 frames per second because the 240 frames per second slow-motion looks better than the 960 frames per second. But just having that option to record slow-motion in the camera itself is a huge feature for me. Another highlight of this camera that I absolutely love is the autofocus. It autofocuses really fast and is pretty accurate. It’s probably the best auto focus camera that I’ve owned myself. The autofocus is great with pictures and video so this goes back to YouTube. If you’re taking videos of yourself autofocus has worked extremely well for me when taking videos of myself. Now in order to shoot 4K video and slow motion video you need certain types of SD cards and this is the SD card I use and I highly recommend if you’re shooting 4K video. I use this for my GH4 and for the Sony RX100 mark four so I’ll leave a link to this card in the description below. Now a downside about this camera is that the battery life is not that great. If you’re shooting 4k video especially slow-motion video ba’tery’s not going to last you very long at all. My recommendation would be to get an extra battery then get a USB charger to take on the go because this does charge through a USB cable. I love how easy to use and intuitive this camera seems to be. Right out of the box it didn’t seem very overwhelming or complicated. I got right in there and was changing settings and I was able to start shooting manual 4K video pretty quickly without being too confused and I think this will be very easy to use for beginners as well. So Sony does make very intuitive cameras. Also I love the fact that it has an ND filter built into the camera because when you’re out in the sun you need some type of ND filter if you want that Boca look in the background, if you want that blurry background you’re going to need neutral density filters. And this has one already built in which is fantastic. I love that feature because I do plan on using this as a vlogging camera when I’m out and about and I will be out in the sun so that comes in handy as well. The zoom is very smooth even though it does make a slight noise when you’re in video and actually recording and zooming while you’re recording so just be aware of that. And probably zoom in or zoom out before you start recording or in between recordings so you don’t get that sound. Alright so here’s a side by side test of my three cameras that I have right now. My GH4 is what you’re seeing right now. Now I’m going to switch over to the Sony RX100 mark 4. That’s what you’re seeing right now and then this is my iPhone 6 and that’s what you’re seeing right now. So it’s just a side by side test comparison of all 3 of my cameras. Now of course the GH4 is the most expensive and the most professional quality camera that I have. Then this is the Sony RX100 mark 4 and the Sony is actually on automatic mode so I didn’t set any manual settings unlike the GH4 but I did that on purpose because this is how most people are probably going to use this camera when they’re shooting videos of themselves. And then of course this is my iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 is probably the lowest quality of all the cameras. But this is a good test comparison of all three cameras that I wanted to do for you guys. So overall I’m in love with this camera. The compact size, the dynamic range, the high resolution photos and videos, the quick autofocus, the built-in ND filters, the pop-up LCD, the EVF, everything about this camera. The lens is great. I love this camera. It is expensive like I said before. It’s $948 but it is worth it if you’re looking for a small lightweight camera that is able to shoot 4k video that you can take anywhere and also use as a secondary camera. So if you are a videographer or you YouTuber or just a photo enthusiast or video enthusiast, this is a must-have I feel like because I’m going to keep it myself. It’s going to be my secondary camera maybe for my b-roll or one I take out and about. It will be my main vlogging camera and I will add this to my gear that I take when I film weddings so I will use this in professional work as well. So even with the small amount of downsides of this camera: the short battery life, the 4K recording limit, overheating issue, no ability to add a microphone, and the expensive price point. With all that said I still believe this is the best point and shoot camera and one of the best cameras that you can buy right now if you are going to be serious about video and you want to start your own YouTube channel. This will be the perfect camera for you and at the end of the day you want a camera that you’re going to have with you at all times. That’s going to be your most valuable camera. This camera will do that for me. I will have this at all times probably wherever I go so I hope you enjoyed this video review of the Sony RX100 mark IV camera. So leave a comment down below and let me know why you’re getting this camera or why you’re not getting this camera. Thank you so much for watching. I’ll see you in the next video.

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Top 7 Parallels Features for IT Pros Using Macs

If you’re a follower of mine you know that I’m a big fan of Parallels Desktop for the Mac because I’ve already done two videos in the past on how to use Parallels to install Windows on your Mac.

Now that Parallels 10 is available I wanted to do a video showing you my top 7 favorite features of Parallels as it relates to IT professionals who use Mac OS X.

If you work in information technology like me and you use a Mac then Parallels is definitely one of the best apps you can have because it allows you to virtually run other operating systems inside your Mac without rebooting. Let’s get into this list.

1. OS Options

Not only can you run Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 with Parallels but you can also run Linux distros, Google Chrome OS, and even older versions of Mac OS X like Mavericks. It can handle all of those operating systems which is nice for scalability and machine diversity. I love being able to run both Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu on my Mac.

2. Fast Installation

Parallels makes the installation process of a virtual machine quick and simple. It has preset installation options that allow the machine to be set up within minutes. It doesn’t get much easier than this. This is also why I recommend it to non-IT folks too because it’s that darn easy.

3. Sandboxing

A virtual machine functions as a non-production machine that you can use to test certain installations or updates before releasing them to production machines. This is extremely important to have because certain software changes can affect other software and break a system’s configuration. Using a Parallels virtual machine is not only cost efficient but it lets you avoid breaking a user’s production machine by testing it first without any consequences.

4. Snapshots

With Parallels you can take snapshots or system images at any time in case you need to revert back to a particular system state with just the click of a button. For example, if you just did a clean install of Windows along with all the Microsoft updates you can then take a snapshot of the current system state. That snapshot will be saved. Then you can do whatever you want inside of that Windows virtual machine. You can install all kinds of applications, risk getting viruses, test whatever you need to test, and then revert back to that clean install snapshot whenever you want.

5. Multiple Viewpoints

Since you’re running two separate systems simultaneously you can have two different viewpoints for working or troubleshooting. For example, your Parallels virtual machine can be connected to a VPN while your Mac will still be on an external network connection so you can see from both perspectives. This comes in handy when you need to be able to have these two different angles but you only have one computer to do it on.

6. Seamless Sharing

You can easily share folders, files, text, and pictures between your Mac and the virtual machine. Instead of having to email files to yourself or upload them to Dropbox then download them on the virtual machine, with Parallels it’s all done through copy/paste or drag-and-drop. Plus, the default installation of Windows is set up by mirroring your existing folders on your Mac to your new virtual machine. That means all your current folders and files will be accessible on both operating systems.

7. Easy Switching

Most IT professionals use Mac laptops so that means you’ll have the trackpad which allows you to use quick three-finger swipe gestures to switch between the Mac and the virtual machine. This little feature will enhance your workflow and boost your productivity, and trust me you’ll never want to go back. The swipe gestures will get you hooked very quickly.

So those were my top 7 Parallels features for IT professionals using Mac OS X. I highly recommend this app. It’s one that I use on all my Macs, and it helps me get the best of all the OS worlds on one machine.

Click here to get your free trial of Parallels 10 so you can take advantage of these awesome features. Thanks to the Parallels team for sponsoring this post!

By Andy Slye

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How to Format an External Hard Drive on Mac OS X

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Hey guys it’s Andy, and in this quick video tutorial I’m going to show you how to format an external hard drive on a Mac. So if you’re on a Mac, and you want to format an external hard drive, maybe you want to back up your Mac using Time Machine or another backup program. Or you just want to use an external hard drive on your Mac exclusively this is how you’ll format it so that the Mac can read it. So the first thing you want to do is connect the external hard drive to your Mac. And you may need to power it on if that’s an option. But once it’s powered on and connected it will show up on the desktop of your Mac. Mine is called Untitled. Yours may be called something else, but once you see it you know that it’s connected. Next thing you want to do is go to Spotlight search. You can click the magnifying glass in the top right or you can hit Command Space. It’ll bring up the Spotlight search and just search Disk Utility and then hit Enter. It’ll bring up the Disk Utility and this is where you’re going to partition and format the external hard drive. On the list here you’re going to select the hard drive. You’ll see it’s got two options. You got the Untitled and then you got the main disk. Click on the one above it right here, the one above the name. And then once you have that selected you’ll see an option to partition that hard drive so click on Partition. Then you want to click on Partition Layout and choose 1 Partition. Then give it a name over here so name it whatever you’d like if you want to name it like Backup. I’m just going to name mine Wet Socks just because I want to. Then right here on the Format you’re going to make sure that the format selected is the Mac OS Extended Journaled. That’s what you want okay. And here’s a warning before you partition this drive. This will erase any current data that’s on the external drive. So make sure that you don’t need any of the data that’s on the external drive because this will erase it. And one last thing before we apply it is click the Options button and make sure that the GUID partition table is selected. And then hit OK. Now we can apply it and when you apply it it’s going to format your external hard drive and wipe it and erase it. Make sure you’re ready for that and then hit Apply. And it’ll ask you are you sure you want to partition the disk. Partitioning the disk will delete all the data on this disk. And we want to go ahead and partition. It should be fairly quick. Mine did it within a few seconds, depending on your hard drive size and your computer speed it might vary. But it should be fairly quick, and when it’s done you should see the new name over here on the left hand side. Once you see that new name that you just named it you are good to go. It is now been formatted for Mac OS X operating system, and there it is right there on my desktop with the new name. When I go into it there is no data on it and it’s ready to be used with Time Machine or any other backup program like Super Duper. And I actually did a video over how to backup your Mac using Time Machine. I will leave that link right here. You can click on that and check that out. Thank you so much for watching. If this helped you out make sure you give it a thumbs up and leave comment down below if you have any questions about it. And subscribe to this channel for more Mac videos in the future. I will talk to you guys in the next video.

Which Mac Should You Buy in 2015?

Which Mac should you buy? MacBook Buyer’s Guide 2015

Since I’m a Mac user and I’ve reviewed many Apple products I decided to make a Mac Buyer’s Guide video to help you decide which MacBook would be the best for you.

3 MacBook Models
MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro

MacBook

  • Brand new; available in April 2015; Base model starts at $1299
  • 1st MacBook to be available in silver, gold, and space gray (like iPads and iPhones)
  • 12” IPS Retina display with 3 million pixels
  • Intel Core M mobile processor
  • 8GB of RAM and at least 256GB of flash storage

 The MacBook is for you if you

  • Love having the newest Apple features (Force Touch Trackpad and new butterfly mechanism keyboard)
  • Care about looks more than performance (sexy; Retina display; colors)
  • Want something ultra portable & mobile; Apple’s thinnest & lightest laptop (2 lbs & 9 hours battery life)
  • Running basic applications like web browsing, email, productivity software, and nothing too CPU intensive (has a mobile processor)
  • Don’t use USB drives or other external devices often such as SD cards, cameras, charging phone/tablet, connecting to a monitor (has only 1 USB-C port for charging/input/output)
  • Don’t Skype/FaceTime much and don’t need to record HD videos with the webcam (only 480p)
  • Want something that resembles an iPad
  • Most of your digital life is all wireless and on the cloud
  • Have the budget for it (expensive for what you get)

MacBook Air

  • Comes in 2 sizes: 11” starting at $899 and 13” starting at $999
  • Does not have an IPS Retina display
  • 4GB of RAM (can be upgraded to 8GB) and 128GB flash storage (can be upgraded to 256GB)
  • 5th-generation Intel Core i5 dual-core processor (can be upgraded to i7)

MacBook Air is for you if you

  • Want a small, lightweight and thin laptop
  • Are always on the go (great for students and travelers)
  • Don’t mind having a non-HD display
  • Care about battery life more than anything (13″ gets up to 12 hours; longest battery life of any Apple laptop)
  • Run typical everyday applications and even do some light photo/video editing
  • Still need access to Thunderbolt & USB ports and an HD webcam (720p)

MacBook Pro Retina

  • Comes in 2 sizes: 13″ starting at $1299 or 15″ starting at $1999
  • Both models have IPS Retina displays (13″ has over 4 million pixels; 15″ has over 5 million pixels)
  • 13″ comes with 8GB RAM (can be upgraded to 16); 15″ comes with 16GB RAM standard
  • 13″ has 128GB flash storage (can be upgraded to 256GB or 512GB); 15″ comes with 256GB flash storage (can be upgraded to 512GB)
  • 13″ comes with 5h-gen Core i5 dual-core processor (can be upgraded to i7)
  • 15″ comes with 4th-gen Core i7 quad-core processor

MacBook Pro is for you if you

  • Want the best performance and fastest speed out of all the Apple laptops
  • Run CPU-intensive or graphics-intensive applications such as gaming, HD video editing, 3D modeling, CAD, virtual machines, Photoshop
  • Don’t mind having a heavier laptop compared to the other MacBook models
  • Want a desktop replacement
  • Need as many ports as possible (HDMI, Thunderbolt, USB, SD)

13″ or 15?

Get the 13″ if you want long battery life, the new Force Touch Trackpad, and fastest read/write SSD speed.

Get the 15″ if you want the bigger display and the best processor/graphics performance.

How to Play a Blu-ray on a Mac

In this quick tutorial I’m going to show you how to play a Blu-ray on a Mac. To do this you’ll need 2 things.

1. External Blu-ray Drive

Here’s the Blu-ray drive that I recommend. It’s a #1 best seller on Amazon from Samsung.

2. Mac Blu-ray Player

A Blu-ray player app is needed because Mac OS X does not come with a Blu-ray player by default. The MacGo Mac Blu-ray Player is the best Blu-ray Player for Mac by far. You can try it out for free, but you’ll want to get the full version to get rid of the free trial limitations.

Once you have the Blu-ray drive connected to your Mac and the Mac Blu-ray Player installed, insert your Blu-ray disc into the Blu-ray drive. Open the Blu-ray Player from your Applications folder. It may automatically start playing the Blu-ray disc. If not just click the “Open Disc” button then browse to the Blu-ray disc and select it.

That’s it. It should start playing your Blu-ray on your Mac. Now excuse me while I sit back and enjoy Guardians of the Galaxy in full 1080p HD. Just living the dream.

Best Wireless Mouse? Logitech Performance MX Review


This is my review of the Logitech Wireless Performance MX mouse. For a while I was on my quest to find the best wireless mouse, and after seeing a great review from Phil V and seeing many other tech YouTubers recommending this mouse I broke down and bought it. After using it for about a month I can say it’s one of the best wireless mice you can get. It’s rated 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon and the link to the best price will be in the description below. Now I almost didn’t get this mouse because it lacks Bluetooth. I really didn’t want a mouse that required a USB receiver like this Logitech MX does, but the unifying receiver isn’t so bad. Even though it takes up a USB port, it’s very small and it does allow you to connect up to 6 compatible wireless devices to it. So if you happen to get a Logitech wireless keyboard, this single receiver could handle both the mouse and keyboard.

The Logitech Wireless Performance MX mouse is the perfect mix of functionality and design. I love the looks of it with the sleek black and silver style. Kinda reminds me of a mouse that Batman would use. So I’m very pleased with the design and build quality. The first thing I noticed when I used this mouse is how well the mouse conformed to my hand. It has a very ergonomic build. The curved sides have a slight rubberized finish which gives a perfect place for my thumb. The mouse is big enough for my hand too. It takes up about the same real estate as my iPhone 6 just to give you a comparison. It also has a nice weight to it. It weighs more than expected, but it’s still light enough to be picked up easily with one hand. The only complaint I have about the build is how sensitive the right-click button is. When I just rest my hand on the mouse, the weight of my middle finger always seems to accidentally press down on the right mouse-click which is something I’ve had to get used to.

This mouse is packed with features. First the scroll wheel is a normal notch based scroll wheel, but with the press of a button it turns the scroll wheel into a smooth hyper-fast scroll wheel that comes in handy if you need to scroll down long documents or webpages so you can creep on people’s tweets from 5 years ago. The scroll wheel can also be moved left and right to scroll horizontally which is nice. There are forward and back buttons on the side for when you’re browsing the web and want to go back and forward through pages. It has a zoom button and a window switcher button as well. If you download the free Logitech software you can customize almost all of these buttons which is awesome. On the top there’s the DPI and battery indicator lights. On the bottom you’ll find the power switch. It’s also equipped with a Darkfield sensor which lets you use this mouse on virtually any surface even glass. So if you have a glass desk you’re in luck.

This wireless mouse comes with a rechargeable AA battery which you can charge while you’re using the mouse with the micro USB cable that comes in the box. I’ve had this mouse for about 4 weeks, and yesterday was the first time I had to charge it. So the initial charge on this mouse lasted me a long time, longer than expected. I did turn the mouse off when I wasn’t using it so that probably helped. Overall, the Logitech Wireless Performance MX mouse is the best wireless mouse I’ve ever used. Wireless, rechargeable, great design, and useful features. You can’t go wrong with it.

Sound Blaster Jam Bluetooth Headset Review

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If you know me or you’ve seen some of my videos you know that I’m a big fan of wireless devices. I’m also a fan of Sound Blaster products as I’ve done a couple reviews of their Bluetooth speakers in the past. That’s why I wanted to do this video review of the Sound Blaster Jam Bluetooth headset.

These are wireless headphones but not only can you connect them via Bluetooth you can also connect them via NFC if you have an NFC-enabled device. For me I’ve just been using the Bluetooth option because I have an iPhone 6. That’s all I’ve been using as I’ve been testing this headset for the past week. The Sound Blaster Jam headset comes with a red USB cable to charge it. I really wish it came with a power adapter so you could charge it anywhere, but you have to charge it through a USB port on your computer. The cool thing is you can use these headphones to listen to your computer’s audio while they’re charging.

After the first initial Bluetooth connection to your device these headphones will automatically pair with your device in the future when you turn it on. They’re very easy to use. Just use the button on the right side of the headphones. It’s an all-in-one button. Hold it down for power on and power off. It also has a play and pause button and volume control buttons so you can control your device right from the headphones.

The first best feature of the Sound Blaster Jam is the battery. The battery life is extremely long. When I first got the headphones I charged them for about 1 hour and since that initial charge I haven’t had to charge it since. I’ve been listening through the Bluetooth connection for almost 15 hours. 860 minutes to be exact. I’m loving how long the battery has been lasting.

My second favorite feature about the Sound Blaster Jam is how lightweight and comfortable it is. The first thing I noticed was it’s made entirely out of plastic, and it feels kind of cheap. It feels like I could probably break it in half if I tried, but the plastic is what makes it so lightweight. When I put these on I don’t even know that I’m wearing them, that’s how light it is. At one point I wore it for about 5 hours straight, and I had no ear strain at all when I was wearing them. It feels like wearing air. The soft padded ear cushions for your ears make these so comfortable to wear as well. I wore these around my apartment, to the gym, on a treadmill, while working out, and shooting basketball. No problem whatsoever.

The sound quality is pretty decent for how small, lightweight, and affordable the Jam is. Obviously these don’t produce the best most high-quality crisp sound like you would hear from a pair of Audio-Technica ATH-M50’s for example. But in the $50 price range you’re not going to find much better sound quality than what the Sound Blaster Jam gives. There’s also a Bass button on the right side of the headphones and when it’s enabled it gives a little bit of a bass boost within the headphones. I was not a big fan of that because when I enabled the bass boost it seemed like it boosted it a little too much for my liking. I usually listened to songs without the bass boost on. But if you’re a bass head then you’re probably going to like the bass boost feature.

There’s also a built-in microphone so when people call you can just answer right from the headset itself and talk into the microphone on the headset. When I tested the microphone out I used it on my iPhone 6 to call somebody else on an iPhone and they said they could hear a slight echo whenever I was using the Jam microphone. I don’t know if that was because of the microphone on the Jam or just my connection from my iPhone. But there is a microphone built into these headphones that you can use for calling.

Overall I’m a fan of the Sound Blaster Jam Bluetooth headset. I think this is going to be my go-to headphones whenever I go to the gym to workout or if I’m going grocery shopping and I want to listen to a quick podcast. They’re not going to replace my professional studio headphones that I use for video editing but these are perfect if you’re looking for a cheap Bluetooth headset that is extremely lightweight, that has long battery life, and is very comfortable.

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