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We all love gadgets, but they can be outrageously expensive. Yahoo! News’ Becky Worley shows off some surprisingly useful tech gear for under $25, approximately Php 1000+ only!

Bottle Cap Tripod $9.75

Don’t you just hate when your shaking hand makes your photos turn out all fuzzy? Or that the photographer never gets to be in the pictures? The Bottle Cap Tripod is the perfect fix. It’s a rubber cap that you screw into the tripod mount built into almost all cameras, then you push it onto the top of a full half-liter water bottle, and you’ve got a portable platform for picture-taking! It’s also tiny and easy to throw into a small camera bag.

iWatchz Q Collection Wrist Strap for iPod Nano $24.95

Ever wanted to wear your 6th-generation (square) iPod Nano as a wristwatch? Just slide it onto the iWatchz Wrist Strap, and it snaps into place using the iPod’s own clip. The iWatchz’ flexible silicone wristband comes in eight different colors, to match the iPod Nano’s shades. And it lets you get to your iPod’s control buttons, earphone jack and charging connector even while it’s plugged in. Can you say Dick Tracy watch? This is a great gift for any gadget-hound who already has a Nano.

Aerobie Aero Press $21.72

The Aero Press makes great espresso-strength coffee in under a minute! Just pour in hot water and coffee grounds, mix, then press it all through the filter you can vary the strength of your coffee by mixing or pressing it longer. It creates a vacuum seal to really pressure the water through the coffee, so it’s a much stronger taste than the traditional French press coffee. Cleanup is also really easy, since the grounds and the filter are compacted into a cookie-like wad, and the Press’ parts are all made of dishwasher-safe plastic. A pack of 350 replacement filters sells for just $5.

Oster Electric Wine Bottle Opener $17

Opening a wine bottle is hard work, but the Oster electric wine opener makes it dead simple no twisting required. Place it onto the top of the wine bottle, press a button, and in 10 seconds the cork is extracted; absolutely no human effort required. The Oster Electric Wine Bottle Opener can open 30 bottles on a single charge, and it has a rechargeable battery.

Car Power Inverter $19.99

This simple, plug-in adapter is one of the cheapest ways to turn your car’s cigarette lighter into an AC outlet, the same as you’d find in your house. And for a few dollars more you can get .

The PowerCup $26.91

It’s a little over $25, but the PowerCup Mobile Inverter has two AC outlets, plus a USB port for recharging gadgets that you’d normally plug into your computer. So you can charge your laptop, your phone, and your Bluetooth headset … all from your car’s cigarette lighter, using the same plugs you use in the wall outlets in your house. Plus, the PowerCup’s quirky design (it looks just like a white coffee cup) fits in a generously-sized cupholder. Just don’t accidentally try to take a sip from it.

WAGAN Tech Easy Quick Jumper $19.99

Staying with the car’s cigarette lighter, remember when jumping your car’s battery meant popping the hood and attaching those cables to it? With the Easy Quick Jumper, you don’t need to open the hood; you don’t even need to know what your car’s battery looks like. Just plug each end into the cigarette lighters in the car with the dead battery and the car belonging to the person who’s helping out, and wait 5 to 10 minutes. It’s especially handy for newer cars, that don’t have accessible battery connections.

Grill Daddy BBQ Brush Cleaner $14.98

As Seen On TV! It may be an infomercial product, but it does what it says on the label. Just heat your barbecue grill up and add water to the Grill Daddy, and it steam-cleans your grill with two sets of stainless steel bristles; a row of smaller, narrower bristles on top help the Grill Daddy reach hard-to-clean areas. You can even clean your grill before cooking on it, to get rid of black char marks on food.

Source: Yahoo! News

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Nikon D3100

Saturday, my papa woke up me around 11 am, said we’ll go to Hidalgo. I was shock, because it only means one thing. He will finally buy me a cam in replacement of my Olympus cam. It’s so confusing on which camera to buy, Nikon or Canon.

Of course, I jump all over the stores to canvass. My papa just sat on a Canon reseller store. Such lazy! First stop is Henry’s, they offer the newest offering of Canon which just came out last week, Canon 1100D, 12MP with HD Recording.

If my memory serves me right it’s about P 28, 000. But i opted to ask other models, 550D, 500D and 1000D because it’s also on the budget. :) Then i got into Watson Photography, they offer Nikon D3100 for about P 27, 500 with 4G SD card. I think that is reasonable. they offer Canon 1100D for 28, 000.

I skipped from store to store, I forgot the names. The only store that offers the cheapest Canon 1100d for 26,000 is on the right side if you came from SM Manila, it has 3 year Canon warranty and 4G SD card. Almost on the end of the street, the stores there offer lomo cameras and 2nd hand Dslr’s. I even caught a guy selling his Nikon D5000 for 17, 000! What a steal! I just did not find time to ask the reason for selling.

After almost an hour of deliberating with my thoughts, i decided to go back to Henry’s. Men, they were crowded! I can’t tell how many, but the store is not that big enough, good thing I’m a little girl that fits everywhere. Haha

Oh at first I want to go back at avenue but then decided to go back! Haha. Finally made up my mind and wanted to get the Nikon D3100. I bought the kit, then decided to get lens soon.

14MP and it has HD recording too. And it took quality photos! It’s not like the price-y DSLRs, but it’s better for me :) I bought it for P 27, 000 with 8G SD card and a bag! :) The other freebie option was a tripod. But i thought I don’t need it for now.

The prices I posted here was  the price last April, 2, 2011. At Henry’s they change price whenever the supplier called in. The minute I bought mine, the owner shouted the Nikon D3100 is now up for 27, 500 that quick! Now i’ll be posting some of my quirky photos at tumblr! :) Because here in WP, it’s a personal blog and I don’t want to turn this in some kind of a photodump. So please follow me, click here!

Now, i’m thinking what lenses to buy.

First option is AF-Nikkor 50mm F/1.8D

 

It is among Nikon’s sharpest lenses ever, and it took images with a highly blurred background. Ideal for scenery or full-length portraits. But I don’t know the price yet.

2nd option is getting a AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G

Enhanced optical formulas, engineered to produce exceptional sharpness, contrast and color, render outstanding image integrity. I need Madam Auring to choose one! Haha

Camcorders

Not long time ago, bulky camcorders we’re a flick on market. These are very huge and cannot just simply put into your purse just like what we did with digital cameras now. But still lot of people enjoyed having them, especially if you’re really a video person, if that’s what you call it. My papa gave me years ago a Sony DCR-TRV480 Camcorder as a gift,

Digital Zoom – 990.0 x
Digital Video – Format MPEG EX
Max Shutter Speed – 0.00025 sec
Type – Zoom lens – 2.5 mm – 50.0 mm – F/1.6-2.4
Focal Length – 2.5 mm – 50.0
Lens Aperture – F/1.6-2.4
Optical Zoom – 20.0 x
Viewfinder Resolution – 90000.0 pixels
Display Format – 123000.0 pixels
Weight – 1.8 lbs
Source: CNET.com

Here are some of the random specs i got from the cnet.com, i don’t know if that would help! Haha

I admit it’s huge for a girl like me but i love how it record videos plus the fact that I have an option whether to use a digital8 tape or a memory stick.

I think it’s great. Because if i just wanted to record a full event i could use up the whole digital8 tape, and if I wanted to record just random things in my life i would use the memory stick. It really depends on you!

But due to typhoon Ondoy last 2009, my first camcorder swam into flood. I cried because of that! I can’t get it to Sony Service Center because it’s out of warranty and it would probably cost me a lot than buying a new one! It took me a long time to move on.

Months after, my papa gave me my first digital camera naman. Yey!

Which I really love because of the lovely photos it captures and medium quality videos. Plus the other specifications of it

Image Sensor 8.0 Megapixels (effective), 1/2.5” CCD (1.0cm)
Focal Length/Lens Configuration 6.2 – 31mm (37 – 185mm equivalent in 35mm photography, 9 Lenses in 7 Groups, 3 Aspherical Lenses
Zoom 5x Optical Zoom + 4x Digital Zoom (Seamless to 20x)
Maximum Aperture F3.2 – F4.8
Display 2.5” (6.4cm) LCD, approx. 154,000 dots 2 Steps Brightness Adjustment
Focus System CCD Contrast Detection
Focus Range (from lens surface) Normal mode: Wide: 15.8″ – infinity (0.4m – infinity) Tele: 27.6″ – infinity (0.7m – infinity) Macro mode: Wide: 7.9” – infinity (0.2m – infinity) Super Macro mode: 2.0″ – infinity (5cm – infinity)
Focus Mode iESP Auto, Face Detection AF
Shutter Speed 1/2000 sec. –1/2 sec. (up to 4 sec. in Night Scene mode)
ISO Sensitivity (SOS: Standard Output Sensitivity) Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 640 (equivalent)
Shooting Modes 17 Shooting Modes; Auto, Program Auto, Digital Image Stabilization, Scene Preset (1. PORTRAIT, 2. LANDSCAPE, 3. NIGHT+PORTRAIT, 4. SPORT, 5. INDOOR, 6. CANDLE, 7. SELF-PORTRAIT, 8. SUNSET, 9. FIREWORKS, 10. BEHIND GLASS, 11. CUISINE, 12. DOCUMENTS, 13. AUCTION), Movie
Panorama Up to 10 frames automatically stitchable with OLYMPUS Master software when using Olympus brand xD-Picture Card™

Source: Olympus America

After a year now I think it finally gave up on me because of over usage. Haha. Slow focus, battery life not enough, & sometimes blurred.

So now I’m thinking to acquire a camcorder again! :) And I know there’s a lot, after the bulky camcorder there’s the left and right release of smaller versions of camcorder to make your life easier.

Of course the ever famous, Flip Mino Hd.

They just don’t catch my attention though. I’m fiddling with Kodak Zi6 / Zi8 which I know for a fact they are old models. But I found them suited with my likes!

Click here for their specs Kodak

I also like HP’s camcorder V5020u

Click here.

Somebody, help me decide please :D They are all stylish and the specs, for me, is awesome too. I’m so tired to read reviews because I know for a fact that they are 99% all lies, joke! Haha. They are a bit help if you wanted to seek advice on buying things, I’m just bored reading them. Anyway, in time i’ll blog what will I buy! :D