Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV

Digital Photography Review has published a full review of Sony's fourth iteration of its high-end compact digital camera.

Snippets from the conclusion follow:

"The RX100 IV is an incredibly responsive camera; fast and ready to churn out high quality images and video with tools designed to help you achieve your vision."

"The quick and responsive RX100 IV has a number of features that make candid photography easy, including face and eye detection, a tilting LCD, silent shutter, and a fast continuous shooting mode in Raw with AF."

"If your end goals are the pictures and video, there isn't a better pocketable camera, and the RX100 IV offers compelling capabilities that easily surpass its predecessor and allow it to punch well above its weight."

"The RX100 IV garners our top award for its pure ambition. Its class-defining image and video quality raise the bar even further, widening the gap between it and any potential competition. As such, the RX100 IV is, today, peerless."

Price: £800

Monday, July 27, 2015

BauBax Travel Jackets

Entrepeneur reports: [edited]

The BauBax jacket is a multi-purpose jacket intended to keep travellers organised with 15 features that include a built-in neck pillow, koozie drink pocket and iPad pocket, among others. So far, it has raised nearly $3 million from over 15,000 backers on Kickstarter.

The jacket comes in four different iterations (sweatshirt, blazer, windbreaker or bomber) and ranges from $109 to $129.


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Danish Wind Farms becoming increasingly viable

The Guardian reports: [edited]

On an unusually windy day this July, Denmark found itself producing 116% of its national electricity needs from wind turbines yesterday evening. By 3am on Friday, when electricity demand dropped, that figure had risen to 140%.

Interconnectors allowed 80% of the power surplus to be shared equally between Germany and Norway, which can store it in hydropower systems for use later. Sweden took the remaining fifth of excess power.

“It shows that a world powered 100% by renewable energy is no fantasy,” said Oliver Joy, a spokesman for trade body the European Wind Energy Association. “Wind energy and renewables can be a solution to decarbonisation – and also security of supply at times of high demand.”

A surge in windfarm installations means Denmark could be producing half of its electricity from renewable sources well before a target date of 2020, according to Kees van der Leun, the chief commercial officer of the Ecofys energy consultancy.