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2024-07-17 12:00:02| Engadget

As it teased earlier, Canon has launched the R5 II, a successor to the powerful but imperfect EOS R5. With a new 45-megapixel backside-illuminated (BSI) stacked sensor, it not only has superior specs for video, shooting speeds and more, but also adds advanced features like eye-controlled AF. The R5 II was launched alongside Canon's new flagship, the EOS R1, which I've covered in a separate post. With the new R5, Canon has mostly dealt with the original's primary problem: overheating while shooting video. To see whats different and try out some of the new features, I spent some time with an R5 II pre-production camera in Phoenix, Arizona. The R5 IIs body is largely the same as before, but there are a couple of key changes. First off, Canon has moved the power switch over to the top right, next to the mode dial. On the left, where the on/off switch used to be, the company added a dedicated video and photo switch. That should make it easier for hybrid shooters to switch modes and keep settings separate. Other controls are mostly where they were. The original R5 was already a sweet-handling camera, with a comfortable grip and logical control layout, so Canon wisely left well enough alone. Also unchanged is the flip-out rear touch display, but the R5 II does have a new OLED electronic viewfinder. It has the same sharp 5.76-million dot resolution on par with other models in this price range but is brighter than before.  It supports both UHS-II SD cards and CFexpress Type B, with a slot for each. If you want to shoot 8K RAW or sustain long shooting bursts, youll need to use CFexpress cards, which are much faster but considerably more expensive. Canon introduced three new battery grips for the R5 II, with one containing a cooling fan. That largely reduces heating issues, as Ill discuss shortly. Another grip is designed to improve vertical operability, making the R5 II handle more like the R1. The third grip adds 2.5G base-T ethernet for studio shooters. With the new stacked sensor, the EOS R5 II is faster than ever. You can shoot blackout-free bursts at up to 30 fps in electronic shutter mode, or 12 fps using the mechanical shutter. Rolling shutter is also substantially reduced. The R5 II has a large buffer as well, supporting up to 93 RAW and 20 compressed RAW shots before it fills in electronic shutter mode.  Steve Dent for Engadget Autofocus is improved in nearly every way, too. Like the R1, the R5 II comes with Canons new EyeAF II eye-tracking autofocus that sets focus where you look. Canon touts it as the fastest way to to move the AF tracking point. It needs to be calibrated, and won't work with all eye types, but in my brief experience it worked for me. It can be a bit twitchy and isnt 100 percent reliable, but I didnt have enough time to really shake it out so stay tuned for a full review. Canon also added sports-related features like an action priority mode, subject crossing and the ability to register multiple faces. Face- and eye-tracking is improved, and it supports animals, birds and vehicles, too. Of course, it has 5-axis in-body stabilization with 8.5 stops of shake reduction, up from 8 before. Shooting in the basketball scenario Canon set up, I found the AF to be generally reliable. The new pre-continuous shooting feature is also a nice bonus, helping ensure you capture shots even before fully pressing the shutter. However, some new things like action crossing require practice to get used to and I didnt have enough time with the camera to adapt. Its hard to evaluate image quality in pre-production cameras, and Canon warned us that it was still working on RAW processing. Still, the benefit of a 45-megapixel sensor is seriously sharp photos. JPEG images appeared color accurate with pleasing skin tones, as youd expect from Canon. Using the companys software, I was able to process the 14-bit RAW images and found that they offer plenty of latitude for pushing and pulling in post. Like the R1, the R5 also supports Canon's new in-camera upscaling, which quadruples resolution to around 179 megapixels. This uses deep learning to reduce noise, but Canon didn't explain precisely how it works. A lot of my shooting was done in a gym with relatively low light, but the R5 II handled the high ISOs without generating excessive noise up to ISO 6400 or even beyond. Its not in the same league as the R1, though, so youll need fast lenses if shooting action in dark spaces. Steve Dent for Engadget The R5 II is a seriously powerful video camera, right up there with Nikons Z8 or Z9. You can shoot 8K DCI RAW video at up to 60 fps, or 4K RAW at 60 fps. It also offers 8K MP4 support at up to 30 fps, or 4K DCI at 120 fps with pixel binning. 4K profiles at up to 30 fps use the full sensor width in fine mode, or you can capture higher frame rates with pixel binning. Full HD can be recorded at 240 fps with pixel binning as well. Most 4K modes can also be captured cropped to an APS-C frame size. The addition of RAW recording and C-Log2 boosts dynamic range, and all the oversampled video modes are very sharp. Canons RAW is also easy to work with in Premiere Pro or DaVinci Resolve. That takes us to the most glaring issue: overheating. The original R5 certainly struggled in this respect, with temperature limiting recording times in some modes. Steve Dent for Engadget With the new camera, the only modes affected are 8K 60p RAW, which is capped at 18 minutes, 8K 30p limited to 37 minutes and 4K 120p, which shuts down after 22 minutes. Adding the fan accessory removes most of those limitations and increases operating times at 8K 60p RAW and 4K 120P. With incredible video and photos specs, Canons R5 II could retake its old crown as the best hybrid camera. The only model that can keep up with it for photos is the $6,500 Sony A1, but it's over $2,000 more expensive. Nikon $3,500 Z8 can match it video-wise with 8K RAW at up to 60P. However, it isnt as good for photos as the R5 II, because speeds are limited to 20 fps and it lacks a mechanical shutter. The R5 II will be more expensive than the Z8, however, at an estimated $4,300. It will arrive in stores sometime in August. Canon paid for this contributor's travel and accommodation for the launch of its new cameras in Phoenix, Arizona. This article was produced independently for Engadget, with no oversight from Canon.This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/canon-eos-r5-ii-hands-on-nifty-eye-tracking-autofocus-and-reduced-overheating-problems-100002588.html?src=rss

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2024-07-17 02:20:35| Engadget

Amazon Prime Day 2024 has brought a bunch of solid tech deals on some of our favorite gadgets. The annual shopping event is a great time for Prime members to put that subscription to work and actually get some good deals on gadgets including tablets, earbuds, robot vacuum cleaners and more. This year has been, for lack of a better word, typical. Most of the best Prime Day deals have been exclusive to Prime members, with a few decent stragglers that anyone can buy. Not every Prime Day deal is worth your time or money, though, so weve scoured Amazons site to find the best of the best when it comes to tech deals. Weve gathered the best Prime Day tech deals on tech that we could find here, and well be updating this post regularly throughout the duration of the Amazon Prime Day sale, so check back to see the latest discounts. If you're looking for even more Prime Day deals, check out Engadget's Prime Day hub where you'll find all of the best tech deals you can get for the shopping event this year. In addition to Amazon devices, Prime Day is typically a great time to pick up big-ticket items like tablets, laptops and robot vacuums, and accessories like power banks, streaming devices, Bluetooth speakers and the like. Best Prime Day deals: Engadget top picks Apple AirPods Pro for $169, $80 off Apple 10th-gen iPad for $299, $50 off Apple AirTag for $24, $5 off Google Pixel 7a for $249, $250 off Dyson V15 Detect Plus for $550, $200 off Sony WH-1000XM5 headphones for $298, $102 off iRobot Roomba Combo Essential robot vacuum and mop for $190, $110 off Amazon Echo Show 8 for $85, $65 off Sonos Era 100 for $199, $50 off Anker Soundcore Space A40 earbuds for $49, $30 off Best Prime Day tech deals Apple AirPods Pro for $169: The Pros are the best pair of wireless earbuds that Apple sells and one of our top picks overall. They'll be hard to beat if you live in the Apple ecosystem and appreciate the conveniences provided by the built-in H1 chip. Apple AirTag for $24: We think these are the best Bluetooth trackers you can buy if youre an iPhone user. They rely on Apples vast Find My network that calls on every nearby iPhone to anonymously pinpoint an AirTags location. We found their locating features to be eerily accurate. Apple Watch Series 9 for $280: We consider the Series 9 to be the best smartwatch available today, period, and it's a no-brainer accessory for iPhone owners. If you want to spend less and get most of the code features found here, you should consider the more affordable Apple Watch SE. AirPods Max for $395: We gave this pair a review score of 84 when it arrived way back in December 2020. Despite its age, the Max remains one of the more premium sets of wireless headphones you can buy. Apple 10th-gen iPad: This is the best iPad for those on a budget thanks to its modern design, USB-C charging, solid battery life and solid performance for the price. Its even compatible with an optional folio keyboard if you want to turn it into a productivity machine. Apple MacBook Air (M3, 13-inch) for $850: Apple's 2024 MacBook Air has a 13.6-inch Liquid Retina Display that can support one billion different colors. We gave it a 90 in our review thanks to offers like a 1080p FaceTime HD camera, three mics and up to 18 hours of battery life. Apple MacBook Air (M2, 13-inch) for $799: If you're coming from an older, Intel-based MacBook, any M-series machine will feel like a big upgrade. This M2 laptop excels thanks to its stellar performance, excellent screen and thin-and-light design. Amazon Amazon Echo Dot for $25: Amazons smallest smart speaker has dropped to $25 for Prime Day. Its one of the best smart speakers you can get right now thanks to its compact design, physical button controls that compliment voice commands and its solid sound quality for its size. The Kids version is also on sale for $28 for this sale. Amazon Echo Show 8 for $85: The smart display has dropped to $85 for Prime Day. This is our current top pick for the best smart display with Amazons Alexa thanks in part to its 8-inch touchscreen, 13MP camera that supports auto-framing for better video chats and its built-in Zigbee smart home hub. Amazo Kindle for $85: The base Kindle is on sale for $85 for Prime Day. Its our top pick for the best budget ereader out there, and its an even better value when you can snag it on discount. In addition to giving you access to Amazons vast Kindle ebook library, the entry-level Kindle has a good number of page customization options (for text size, font, margins, etc) and Audible integration, which lets you listen to Audible audiobooks if you have a pair of Bluetooth headphones. Engadget Sony WH-1000XM5 for $289: These are our top pick for the best headphones on the market today it doesn't get much better than the XM5. If you're on a tight budget and still want the core features in these cans, consider the previous version, the Sony WH-1000XM4. Anker Soundcore Space A40 for $49: These buds top our guide to the best budget wireless earbuds due to its impressive ANC, wireless charging and multi-device pairing support, comfy fit and 8-10 hours of battery life. Google Pixel Buds Pro for $120: The Pixel Buds Pro made our list of the best wireless earbuds for a number of reasons. First and foremost, we love the sound. These earbuds offer deep and punchy bass, which is a rarity with this class of device. They also have decent ANC, reliable touch controls and wireless charging. Beats Fit Pro for $150: These are our top picks for the best headphones for running thanks to their comfortable, IPX4 design, great sound quality with adaptive EQ, good ANC and transparency mode and solid battery life. Sony WF-1000XM5 for $228: The XM5 earbuds stand out thanks to their improved design, good sound quality, impressive ANC and special features like adaptive sound and Speak to Chat. These are the best true wireless earbuds to get at the moment. Bose QuietComfort Ultra earbuds for $229: Bose has consistently provided the best wireless earbuds for noise cancellation, and the QC Ultra are the latest and our top pick at the moment. Engadget LG C3 OLED TV for $1,097: This is a 2023 model, but at this price its a nice value if you want the deep contrast, wide viewing angles and fast motion response of a quality OLED panel. Samsung The Frame TV with white bezel for $998: Youd mainly get a Frame TV for the aesthetic, as the whole thing is designed to mount flush against a wall and hang like a piece of art. You can even use it to display actual artwork and photos when you arent watching something. Its image quality is still decent as well, though its not on the level of the best LED TVs in this price range. Roku Streaming Stick 4K for $29: One of the best streaming devices available today, this model supports 4K HDR content, long-range Wi-Fi, Apple AirPlay and private listening through the companion mobile app. Sonos Ray for $199: In our testing, this soundbar provided good sound quality for both TV audio and music, impressive bass performance for a soundbar of its size and an attractive, compact design. Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra for $975: This handset is probably overkill for most users, but nevertheless, its our top pick for the best premium handset in our best Android phones guide. It stands out for its luxe build quality, speedy performance, excellent cameras and handy new AI tools. Google Pixel 8a for $449: This is our top pick for the best midrange smartphone you can get right now, as it builds off of the solid foundation found in Googles Pixel 7a. The 8a boasts a colorful 120Hz OLED touchscreen, excellent cameras, solid performance and a good battery life. Anker MagGo Power Bank 10K for $63: Anker's MagGo Power Bank was one of the earliest Qi2-certified devices on the market, and this early 2024 model is impressive, to say the least. The 10,000mAh and 15W capacities provide you with fast wireless charging. The power bank can bring an iPhone 15 from near-dead to half-charged in just 45 minutes. Sonos Era 100 for $199: In our testing, this speaker impressed with excellent sound quality (along with even better stereo-pair sound), easier TruePlay tuning, Bluetooth and in-line support and a simple yet attractive design. It's on our list of the best smart speakers you can get thanks to its Alexa compatibility and it's ability to work with Sonos' own voice assistant Engadget Ninja Creami ice cream maker for $150: This machine earned a high score of 90 in our review, with our reviewer saying it makes your frozen dreams come true. Dyson V15 Detect Plus for $550: The V15 Detect is our top pick for the best cordless vacuum you can get right now because it has fantastic suction power (making it great for pet owners as well as anyone else), a lightweight design and good battery life plus it comes with a number of useful attachments. Dyson Airwrap bundle for $550: In addition to the Airwrap and its storage case, the bundle includes six attachments: two long barrels, three brushes and the Coanda smoothing dryer, plus a filter cleaning brush, a detangling comb and another storage bag. That's enough to achieve a bunch of different hairstyles with one tool, and you get a couple of ways to store the machine when you're not using it or when you need to travel with it. iRobot Roomba Combo Essentials for $190: This model ups the ante a bit by adding in mopping capabilities to the usual robot-vacuum formula. Its the most affordable vac-and-mop machine that iRobot makes, and its an even better buy at this sale price. Shak AI Ultra robot vacuum for $295: A version of one of our top picks for the best robot vacuums, it supports cleaning schedules and home mapping, plus it comes with a self-emptying base that can hold up to 60 days worth of debris. The base is also bagless, so you don't have to buy and replace proprietary garbage bags in it over time. Theragun Mini 2.0 for $149: The runners on the Engadget staff appreciate this percussion massage gun for its compact size, three speeds and swappable attachments. Fitbit Charge 6 for $100: The Charge 6 sits at the top of our list of the best fitness trackers you can get precisely because it has such a comprehensive feature set. It also has a seven-day battery life, so you won't have to worry about recharging it for days on end. Your Prime Day Shopping Guide: See all of our Prime Day coverage. Shop the best Prime Day deals on Yahoo Life. Follow Engadget for Prime Day tech deals. Hear from Autoblogs experts on the best Amazon Prime Day deals for your car, garage, and home, and find Prime Day sales to shop on AOL, handpicked just for you.This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/the-31-best-amazon-prime-day-deals-on-our-favorite-gadgets-are-up-to-50-percent-off-071542018.html?src=rss

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2024-07-17 01:05:51| Engadget

AMC and Netflix have inked a deal to bring several series from the cable network to the streaming platform later this summer. Variety reports that the agreement includes seasons 1-8 of Fear the Walking Dead, season 1 of The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon, seasons 1-4 of Preacher, seasons 1-3 of A Discovery of Witches, seasons 1-3 of Into the Badlands, seasons 1-2 of Kevin can F*** Himself, seasons 1-2 of Dark Winds, seasons 1-2 of Gangs of London, season 1 of Anne Rices Interview With the Vampire, season 1 of Anne Rices Mayfair Witches, season 1 of Monsieur Spade, season 1 of That Dirty Black Bag and season 1 of The Terror. All of them will join Netflix on August 19 and will be available for one year. The first seasons of both The Walking Dead: Dead City and The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live will land on Netflix on January 13. Budget-minded viewers may also appreciate that these AMC shows will be available to watch ad-free, even for people on Netflix's ad-supported standard plan. The same is true of all eleven seasons of The Walking Dead that are already on the streaming service. "These curated titles are also being strategically windowed to drive interest in current and upcoming seasons on our direct-to-consumer and partner platforms," AMC Networks CEO Kristin Dolan said of the arrangement. "We believe this significant expansion of our Netflix relationship will drive viewership and engagement on Netflix, while also raising awareness and interest in our award-winning content on AMC-branded and partner platforms across our distribution ecosystem. The cable company pursued a similar, even shorter-term deal to get Fear the Walking Dead and other programming in front of the Max streaming audience in 2023. The companys own streaming service, AMC+, had 11.5 million subscribers as of May 2024.This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/amc-is-bringing-fifteen-shows-to-netflix-for-one-year-230551808.html?src=rss

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2024-07-17 00:15:56| Engadget

The sudden and tragic passing of Kevin Conroy, the revered voice actor who voiced Batman/Bruce Wayne for Batman: The Animated Series and the Batman Arkham games and died in 2022 at 66, somehow felt worse with the release of the Suicide Squad game. Rocksteadys disappointing open world DC Comics game almost marked the last time that Conroy would voice The Dark Knight and an evil Batman at that. Even if the game was good, it wouldnt feel right letting Conroys credit list end on such a down note. Thankfully, a new Warner Bros. Animation trilogy based on the Justice League: Crisis of Infinite Earths DC comics series will feature the final voiceover performance of Conroy as Batman. The climatic scene showing his final moments found its way to X yesterday. Conroy's final voiceover occurs in the final film of the trilogy. If you dont want to know how it ends before youve had a chance to watch the whole thing, you should stop scrolling down right now. This is a much better way to End Conroys performance as Batman. I loved the dialogue here, I miss Kevin so much pic.twitter.com/2qpd15eVGQ BrutalVengeance (@BVengeance267) July 16, 2024 The whole scene feels like a purposeful nod and tribute to Conroy and his contributions to the animated and pixelated Batmen. The scene starts with lightning as the virtual camera pans down to Batman. Hes standing on a building overlooking Gotham City just like in the opening credits of Batman: The Animated Series, the 90s afternoon TV cartoon that first glued Conroys voice to the image of Batman. The Joker, voiced by Troy Baker, sneaks up behind ol Bats and tries to sucker punch him but fails. He strikes Joker to the ground and Joker says with a smile, Im flattered. The end of the world and you wanted to spend it with me. I didnt know you cared. Some kind of destructive force envelopes the city and sky. Batman remarks just before the world implodes, I care, Joker, about Gotham, about justice and if it has to end, at least I go out like this. Being Batman. We also shouldve included a Kleenex warning because its such a touching way to pay tribute to Conroy and his legacy to the Batman series.This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/hear-kevin-conroys-final-performance-as-batman-in-crisis-on-infinite-earths-221556477.html?src=rss

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2024-07-17 00:00:46| Engadget

Anthropic announced that its Claude chatbot is now available as an Android app. After introducing the platforms free iOS app in May, Android owners can now also play with the company's AI on their mobile devices. The Android app is free and works with both the Pro and Team plans for paid users. Conversations with Claude can happen across hardware, with both of the mobile apps and the web version connected to each other. This platform is one of several large-language model AI chatbots currently available to the public. OpenAI and its ChatGPT tool have attracted the lion's share of attention. ChatGPT is already available in both Android and iOS app form, and it underlies many features of the new Apple Intelligence. However, it's possible that Claude may have more powerful skills. According to Anthropic, the Claude 3 version of the platform performed better than both ChatGPT and Google's Gemini on some important benchmarks. The Claude 3 Opus version scored top marks in March and the Sonnet 3.5 version did the same in June. We always need to take that kind of comparison from one of the companies in question with many grains of salt. But even the leaps between the Sonnet and Opus over the course of a few months do appear to be impressive. This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/anthropics-claude-chatbot-is-now-an-android-app-220046355.html?src=rss

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