The Asus/Google Nexus 7 is a great little tablet that's fun to use. While I may not be doing a review of the device, I can say that it has a pretty awesome use that I've never seen mentioned in a review: it's an awesome digital picture frame! While I always wanted one of those, I never got to buy one because I considered them too expensive for their price and features. Well, the Nexus 7 takes care of that quite readily! With a cheap price, an awesome 1080p screen, a great "daydream" feature that can be configured to be a slideshow, and access to the user's Picasa library there's no way to beat it for that function!
Photography is one of my hobbies as some may be able to tell due to the pictures I've uploaded on the site. My camera of choice is a Nikon D7000 and I'm hoping I'll someday be able to have enough disposable income (or to be able to come up with a really creative way to justify the expense) to purchase something like a D800E (or whatever is the new equivalent once I have the dough for it).
Anyway, as much as I love my D7000, and I really do enjoy carrying it around, it is a bit difficult to be subtle while holding a DSLR with a battery grip installed. With that in mind, I did some research into mirrorless camera systems, or EVIL (Electronic Viewfinder Interchangeable Lens) cameras as some call them and finally settled on the NEX-6 as my most likely culprit. I was also interested in the NEX-7 but ultimately decided I'd rather have a real shooting mode dial on top than the three navigational dials. I also read nice things about its autofocusing system.
Anyway, I've been using it for a week now, mostly on simple pet and child photos as I haven't had a choice to take it outside yet what with work and some other things going on in my life right now and I must say that I am impressed by this little imaging beast!
Yes, there are a lot of compromises to be made when moving from what many consider to be a pro-level DSLR (while it's not full frame, the D7000 is full of bells and whistles and many pros recommend it as a backup APS-C body to compliment a full frame Nikon) to a more consumer-oriented mirrorless ILC the NEX-6 offers great quality and is for the most part a lot of fun to use! I also look forward to appear in many more photos as the smaller NEX-6 is far less intimidating than the D7000!
So far I must say that I love the small size for the quality and the focus peaking feature. I also really dig the potential from the apps framework. The ISO performance is really impressive too. I'm not too in love with the focus system as it's not nearly as accurate nor as quick as the D7000's but it works. It's not easy to shift the selected autofocus point though - that is possibly the only true issue I have with it now. Battery life is also a big disappointment. Companies can fit a 2300 mAh battery in a 9mm cellphone, but the thick chunky brick that is the NEX-6 battery a bit less than half that capacity! Quite a setback. Anyway, it can be charged via micro-USB on the camera itself so that helps and as usual, I got a spare battery to keep it alive.
Anyway, once I am able to take some interesting shots with the NEX-6 I'll do some uploads with it as well. It's definitely not replacing my D7000 but it should help in having a high quality camera with me much more often, which is very important at the end of the day.
Oh yea, also wanted to add that I'm finally able to update the blog again. As I posted back in March, I now have a little one and life has been quite hectic since then. He's mellowing out a little though and that finally gives me a bit of extra time. Of course, most of that extra time is spent working on the sequel to Marduk's Mark, but I should be able to post more often now! I'm also writing a non-fiction book about my experiences related to my wife's pregnancy and my baby's first months, but that's going to take much longer.
I recently applied to publish with Barnes and Noble so Marduk's Mark should be available there as well soon. I say may be available because they're validating my account. I didn't have to be validated with Amazon but I've had a long business relationship with them and I've never done business with B&N. Then there's also the detail that I'm from Puerto Rico and that usually tends to complicate these things.
So my wife's OB/GYN had told us that our child would be born around March 22, 2013. That means I had about 3 more weeks to prepare, get some more writing done and just get things ready for that wonderful new step in our lives. Well, it just turns out that our little boy couldn't be bothered to wait that long!
After around 15 hours of labor from my wonderful, brave wife, our first child came into this world onb February 28 at 1:29 PM! No C-Section; my wife showed tremendous courage and strength as she pushed all the way for the first child she delivers! Our little bundle of joy was born slightly prematurely and weighed 5 lbs. so he wasn't the round little cherub I was expecting but he's still perfect in every way!
Anyway, this does delay some of my plans for a bit as we get acclimated to being parents while I finish many chores and other details that we hadn't gotten to because we thought we had a bit of extra time to get it done. Oops! Of course, this is great for another book I've been writing which is slightly biographical and slightly educational: the account of what I've learned and experienced as an expectant father!