Our monthly roundup of new gadgets
As technology advances, so do filmmaking tools. There are cameras out there now that would have been science fiction even five years ago. And no camera sums that up better than the Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera, which puts incredible cinematographic power in, literally, the palm of your hand. Blackmagic is notable in general for their lowbudget, powerful Blackmagic Cinema Cameras. Their 4K camera is small and costs just Rs 1,98,000. And they’ve been making smaller and smaller cameras as they push the envelope of size and power. Still, the Micro Cinema Camera is a new frontier. It shoots Full HD, and it has interchangeable lenses, albeit the Micro-Four Thirds mount, which while popular isn’t exactly the full glass many digital videographers prefer to use. Still, the big selling point is the size: At 3.25 x 2.74 x 2.57, it’s the size of a standard Rubik’s cube, just for a little perspective. It’s light as well, weighing less than a pound. That’s easily the smallest camera with interchangeable lenses you can buy. And even better, everyone can buy it. It’s priced at just Rs 6000, although that doesn’t include lenses if you don’t already have them.
It’s true that high-resolution video will only get better, and you can, in theory, get higher resolution in a smaller package; current Go Pros can offer 4K video if you shell out for the high end. But you’re not going to get interchangeable lenses, and you’re also not going to get the professional ports and other tools you need with an action camcorder. So, if you’re making tiny films, or need to fit a camera in a smaller space, you finally have the camera of your dreams.
The 400S is an awesome home air purifier that filters environmental toxins with two industrial-grade HEPA filters. An economical HEPA Class: H13 air purifier, the Airmega 400S uses two industrial-grade (H13) HEPA filters to remove contaminants from the air, and due to its unique design, the machine can run relatively quietly (52 dB) even on its highest airflow setting.
Aesthetically, this machine rocks the boat. Its unique design is visually appealing in any space. A multicoloured light ring on the front of the device is used to indicate air quality (colours range from blue-green, green-yellow, orange-red, and pink). Even the purifier’s electrical cord is wrapped in a nice two-tone fabric. Conway really spent time with the finer details on this machine and it shows.
Equipped with Wi-Fi, the Airmega can be controlled remotely, and the company’s mobile app provides a superior machine interface not only for controlling the device, but also for monitoring air quality. The 400S features a Smart Mode which adjusts purifier performance based on air quality, and a differential pressure sensor which detects filter performance and alerts the user when it’s time to install a set of new filters.
Side panels are attached via two clips near the handles and two embedded magnets at the bottom. Lifting the base of each panel allows for easy access to each filter assembly. Something else worth mentioning – this is the very first air purifier that we’ve received which has filters wrapped individually in place. Buyers should ensure they follow the manufacturer’s quick start guide located on the box to ensure that filter packaging is removed before starting the machine for the first time. Coverage Area: 1,560 Sq. Ft. Price: Rs 42,834.