18 April 2012

Travelling With Agfaphoto Eclipse Explorer


If you have to come up with a list of objects prone to abuse, the camera would definitely rank on top of the roster. These gadgets are inadvertently dropped, submerged, or haplessly tossed about by the users on a regular basis.
This is possibly the reason why manufacturers see to it that the offerings that they come out are both functional as well as durable. But often times, in the course of coming up with a hardy camera, functionality and overall effectiveness suffer. Agfaphoto’s Eclipse Explorer, tries to stand out from all the other handy digital cameras by being both rugged and functional.
The Eclipse Explorer has non-descript appearance and proportions of a brick with keys thrown all over its fa├žade as an afterthought.  Given these, it nonetheless exudes an impression of durability. It’s a solidly built block packed with sockets, lids, and buttons. As anybody who had worked with real cameras would state---including those who have been hefting image capturing devices before the age of digital devices---you can tell a good camera by how much it weighs. 

Weighing in at 145 grams and having dimensions of 105mm x 55.5mm x 20.1mm, you can tell the camera apart from the cellphone in your pocket by the difference in mass.
The Eclipse Explorer’s compact design utilizes all of its available surface area. In contrast to the more common horizontally-oriented cameras, the camera is oriented vertically for a smaller footprint and maximized viewing screen area. Its rear side features a 2.5-inch LCD screen and nine buttons for navigating the camera functions.
Though it could take some time to get used to, the camera itself is easy to navigate as the buttons themselves are bound to perform only one specific action when pressed. But the simplicity comes at a price, it does not possess features normally found in other similar cameras such video and photo effects.
As a video camera, the Explorer is more than just decent. It is capable of filming in High-Definition at 1080p and does the job in a swift manner. Perfect scenes don’t wait and the Explorer won’t. A simple button press prompts the camera to immediately capture videos. Once you have the videos, immediate viewing can be done through the use of an HDMI cable connected on an end device.
The camera does not stop in taking vivid videos as it is also proficient in capturing videos in cinematic 3D. With just one press, the camera is then able to take full 3D videos, and it does so with ease. On a side note, the camera has a 4x Digital Zoom and employs Digital Image Stabilization.
As a camera, the Explorer is able to take a 5MP still shot. It employs in-camera features such as Face, Smile, and Blink Detection, Red Eye Removal and Panorama Pan Capturing. It may not be the best camera when it comes to taking still shots, but as a second functionality, the Explorer is not bad.
The camera functions well even underwater and is waterproof to approximately 5m (16.5ft) of depth. This feature makes it perfect for outdoor swimming adventures and snorkeling. But what if you accidentally drop it? Even if you do it deliberately, the phone is made to withstand about 1.5m or approximately 5ft of fall.
Agfaphoto’s Eclipse Explorer is a no frills camera built for abuse. It has the functionality and the capability to acquire videos, but it also solidly build for the rigors of the job. This video camera is God-sent to people who love to go on travels, nature trips, or even to those who are simply clumsy. 
By JOSE GAMALIEL FELONGCO
mb.com.ph

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