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Canon Takes On Sony’s A7 Series With The Full-frame EOS R6 Camera

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Canon has unveiled the 20.1-megapixel EOS R6, the little brother to the gobsmacking 8K EOS R5 camera it unveiled at the same event today. At $2,499, the R6 is everything we hoped the EOS R
would be (and more) and a much better rival to the Sony A7 III, Nikon
Z6 and Panasonic S1. Canon is finally playing to its strengths (the RF
mount and Dual Pixel autofocus) and like the $3,899 EOS R5, it has few
weaknesses on paper.

To make things clearer, Canon is now lining
up the names of its full-frame mirrorless cameras with its DSLRs, with
the R5 flagship corresponding to the 5D-series DSLR flagships, and the
R6 model matching its more budget-oriented 6D-series DSLRs.

The R6 appears to have a similar sensor to its Canon’s flagship 1DX Mark III DSLR, so image quality should be on par. It should offer equally good low-light capabilities, with an ISO range from 100-102,400, expandable to ISO 204,800.

It has a nice large grip and fully articulating 1.62 million
dot rear display that should make it an outstanding vlogger camera. It
has mode-selection dial where the LCD display sits on the R5 and,
thankfully, a joystick is used in place of EOS R’s not-well-liked
touchbar. It looks very similar to the R5, but weighs quite a bit less
at 680 grams compared to 735 grams.

Thankfully, the R6 has in-body
stabilization (IBIS) that works for both photos and video. Canon has
promised up to 8 stops of stabilization, provided you’re using a
compatible RF lens with it — easily beating Sony’s A7 III, the Nikon Z7
and Panasonic S1. It has a decent 3.69 million dot OLED EVF, dual UHS II
card slots and the same LP-E6NH battery found on the EOS R. Canon has
yet to say how many shots per charge you’ll get, but if it’s not enough,
it’s offering the BG-R10 camera grip as an option.

The R6 matches
the R5’s shooting prowess with burst speeds of up to 12 fps with the
mechanical shutter and 20 fps using the electronic shutter. That’s
supplemented by Canon’s excellent Dual Pixel autofocus (AF) system with
100 percent coverage and 1,053 AF areas, that works in all photo and
video resolutions. It has face and eye detection, along with “head
detection” autofocus brought over from the 1DX Mark III — helping the
camera keep a subject in focus even if they turn away. Like the R5, the
R6 has Canon’s all new animal detection mode.

Canon EOS R6 full-frame mirrorless camera

Video
is an area where the EOS R6 goes beyond what Sony can do. Like the 1DX
Mark III, it can shoot 4K at 60 fps and 1080p at 120 fps. It can handle
10-bit video using Canon’s C-Log mode both internally and externally,
though unlike the R5 or 1DX III, it has no RAW capability. Still, C-Log
and 10-bit video will allow videographers to shoot HDR video and have
plenty of options when color-correcting the footage in post.

Better
yet, 4K video only cropped a little, using 93 percent of the width of
the sensor, unlike the EOS R with a huge 1.7X crop. At the same time,
video is demosaic-ed and then downsampled from a 5,130 x 2,886 size,
which should result in very crisp video. On top of C-Log, Canon has
introduced “HDR PQ” capture, letting you view footage that can be viewed
directly on HDR TVs, with little color grading needed.

Canon EOS R6 full-frame mirrorless camera

All
that should make the EOS R5 much better for video than Sony’s A7 III
(albeit it at a higher price), and on par with the similarly priced Panasonic S1. However, Canon’s Dual Pixel system should outperform the contrast detect AF found on Panasonic’s cameras.

On
top of the cameras, Canon unveiled a raft of new lenses for the R5 and
R6. The two weirdest and most interesting models are the RF 600 f/11 and
RF 800 f/11 models, priced at $699 and $899, respectively. While that
f/11 number seems crazy slow, the lenses are incredibly light at 930
grams and 1,260 grams, respectively, and the prices are very cheap for
lenses that long, too. Canon also revealed the $599 RF 85mm f/2 IS STM
prime model, a $2,699 RF 100-500mm f/4-7.1L zoom and RF 1.4X and 2X
extenders.

As for pricing, the EOS R6 will cost $2,499 without a lens, $2,899 with the RF 24-105mm f/4-7.1L IS lens or $3,599 with the RF 24-105mm F/4L IS USM lens. It’s expended to ship at the end of August, 2020.

– www.engadget.com

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Samini Unveiled As Product Ambassador For FBN Bank [WATCH]

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After inking an ambassadorial deal with the bank about a month ago, Samini joined staff of FBN Bank on Thursday, September 24, 2020 to open a modish facility in the capital, Accra. The mega launch of the ultra-modern branch at Ring Road (Accra) and also came with the launch of a new product called FBN Premium Banking Service.

Elated Samini in a conversation with BeenieWords.com says he was lucky to have made it back to Ghana and be present for the occasion. “I prayed the flights start working so I could make it. Lo and behold, The President opened the airport and I returned to make up for the occasion. It was a colourful ceremony.” — SAMINI

Samini was announced on August 3, 2020 as a Product Ambassador for FBNBANK. It came with varied social media campaigns and billboards erected with his face across the city.

Here’s a brief performance of Samini during the launch:

Source: Elorm Beenie

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Stonebwoy Tours Big Boss Energy Drink Factory

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Exercising
one of his due responsibilities as a brand ambassador and franchisee,
the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Burniton Music Group (BMG), Stonebwoy,
has, on Wednesday, September 23rd, paid a visit to Bel Beverages; a
Ghanaian producer of a variety of top of the range non-alcoholic drinks,
including the widely accepted Big Boss energy drink.

His visit
was to categorically “inspect and authenticate” the new labeling which has his
photo printed on it. The inspection
was followed by an aerial tour of the factory where variety of drinks are
produced and how every step of the production is manned by a workforce of
people passionate about delivering quality unparalleled refreshment to our
customers.

Stonebwoy and
his entourage later took a trip to Ashaiman where he was born and bred to make
some giveaways of the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) vetted and approved energy
drink, and to have an intimate interaction with the natives of the town and
most importantly, ardent followers of his craft who amassed in their numbers to
give him an experience.

Barely two months after he secured an ambassadorial deal with the non-alcoholic producing firm, Ghanaian Reggae/Ragga & Dance-hall artiste, Livingstone Etse Satekla fully purchased the owning rights of the energy drink, Big Boss. The deal saw the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards winner take control of the energy drink’s franchise and act as the president, while it’s still produced by Bel Beverages.

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Facebook To Open Its Second African Office In Lagos, Nigeria

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Facebook is set to open its second Africa office in Lagos in the second half of 2021, after it opened its first Africa office in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2015., which will house a cross-section of Facebook teams from sales, policy, and communications to engineering. It is the company’s latest commitment to Nigeria—Africa’s largest internet market, after it opened a hub space in partnership with Co-Creation Hub, a leading Nigerian startup accelerator, in 2018.

It is essentially a major play for talent and proximity to an important, fast-growing market—and it is not happening in isolation: Google and Microsoft have grown their local presence in Nigeria over the past decade. In fact, Microsoft’s moves have included a $100 million commitment to build software development centers on the continent and employ 500 African developers by 2023.

With more Nigerians using Facebook than anywhere else on the continent and the suite of high-ranking executives at Facebook’s global offices being a ringing endorsement, Facebook is moving closer to where the talent is. Nigeria ranked among the fastest growing developer communities in Africa last year.

The global tech giant is in the business of serving and monetizing eyeballs, hence a more hands-on operation in Nigeria, and across Africa, and being closer to the world’s fastest-growing population of young people is a shrewd move. Africa’s population, already the youngest in the world, is expected to triple by 2100 while the rest of the world shrinks. And Nigeria will play a key role in that growth spurt by becoming the second most populous country in the world, ahead of China.

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The Best Just Got Better; Introducing Samsung’s 2020 QLED TV Range

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In 2019, the Samsung QLED TV range received
universal praise for its innovative display quality, sound, design and numerous
pioneering features. This year Samsung added a welcome twist to an incredible
story. With the 2020 QLED range, the best just got better. You
can now turn
the ordinary into the extraordinary with immersive sound, endless detail,
minimalist design and unrivalled technology. This is Samsung’s most complete
television ever. This is no surprise coming from the brand
leading the way across the world and acclaimed by experts.

“Our goal is to continue Samsung’s unparalleled legacy of providing
leading TV viewing experiences by combining the advantages of our
next-generation displays with AI technologies, immersive technologies and
breath-taking sound quality – a personalised journey that turns a TV into a
series of incredible adventures,” said Dudu Mokholo, Chief Marketing Officer at
Samsung Central Africa.

Any great movie has an equally great trailer. Below are the highlights
that showcase the greatest QLED in show-stopping action:

  • Long-lasting, burn-in free picture
    quality with brightest and most vibrant colours
  • Brightest colour and true
    details with anti-reflection at night or day for Movies, Sport and Gaming
  • Rich surround sound with 6 speakers
    firing from top, bottom and sides
  • Sleek and elegant design, which
    creates an immersive cinematic experience

This is a TV
that will change your expectations of what a TV can do

QLED offers an unparalleled visual and auditory adventure from the
comfort of your living room. Available in 4K or 8K and from 43″ to 85””, the QLED series
was designed with options to fit any space and budget. It’s simply a matter of
choosing your viewing pleasure:

  • QLED 4K features stunning
    scenes with 8 million pixels – that’s four times the pixels of Full HD
  • QLED 8K offers unreal clarity
    with 33 million pixels – that’s 16 times the pixels of Full HD

Experience
jaw-dropping detail and resolution – Real 8K resolution with Quantum Processor
8K

With QLED’s brightest and vibrant colours, you can choose to watch
everything in 8K by advanced AI upscaling. Feel the power of every frame with
33 million pixels and a resolution four times that of 4K. Quantum Processor 8K
ensures you always have 8K, no matter the source quality of the original content
¹

Get even
closer to the action with dynamic sound that tracks the story

We all know that action movies with amazing sound arrangements provide
the most realistic experiences when experienced at movie theaters. So how can
this realism be recreated in the home? Samsung’s sound developers came up with
Object Tracking Sound+ technology, in which sound follows movement onscreen
through six speakers built into the TV.Thanks to this technology, a video’s
audio follows the action on-screen in real time. When a car moves from the left
to the right-hand side of the screen, so will the sound it makes; and when a
heavy object drops from the top to the bottom of the screen, so will the audio.
Doesn’t that sound good.

Experience
maximum picture, minimum distraction – Infinity Screen

You can now push your viewing experience to the limit with a
nearly-invisible bezel. In the flagship Q950TS-series, black edges are shrunk
to almost nothing, and an ultra-slim frame removes any distractions so you can
get a more immersive viewing experience. Explore the magic of Infinity Screen², a truly bezel-free design that removes any distractions
for the most immersive TV experience.

Be the star of the
show

QLED Smart TVs, powered by Tizen, makes it easier to find the content you
love with personalised recommendations. It’s time to discover TV designed just
for you. Want to watch what’s on your TV and your smartphone on the same screen?
With MultiView, you can. Whether it’s live stats for sports or cheat videos for
games, simply connect your phone and dual-screen like never before. To make
sure you’re always in control, the TV is powerfully integrated and simple to
use.  The 2020 Samsung TV also comes with
a brand-new feature for mirroring your phone’s screen. Tap view feature allow
phone’s screen to be displayed on your TV so you can enlarge photos, show
friends a video, or maximize a spreadsheet for easier viewing. Set up Tap view
in the SmartThings app and on your TV to start transferring your phone’s screen
with a simple touch.

Take Control

Ultimately, QLED puts the power in your hands. With the Samsung OneRemote
you have effortless access and control. Devices that are automatically
recognised by QLED can be easily controlled—no need for separate remote
controls. But the power doesn’t stop there. You can also do amazing things
through’s Samsung’s Intelligent virtual assistant – Bixby3. You can
ask Bixby for show recommendations, make quick title searches or control
connected devices. Bixby knows what you like and makes sure you don’t miss out
by suggesting shows you’re interested in but might not be watching at the
moment.
And because we live in a connected world, you’ll enjoy your SmartThings Dashboard, where you can put all of your connected devices on
one screen. Simply set up the QLED SmartThings Dashboard to receive
notifications as well as monitor and control your other smart home devices.
With all this digital magic you’ll start to feel like anything is possible.

This year,
Samsung has created truly unrivaled flagship TVs that give new meanings to
picture perfection. With the 2020 QLED, the best just got better.

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