September 28, 2012
Anyone Can be a Filmmaker
The Handycam NEX-VG900E is Sony’s first Handycam with a 35mm full-frame sensor. This has a number of important merits: among other things, it permits beautiful “bokeh” (defocus) effects with a growing range of lenses, and its high sensitivity ensures extremely clear, low-noise images. The large sensor size ensures excellent reproduction of the finest tonal gradations, helping the most demanding cinematographer realize their creative vision. With a resolution of 24.3 effective megapixels, the Sony-developed Exmor CMOS sensor inside the NEX-VG900E is around 40 times larger than the equivalent in ordinary consumer camcorders and more than twice the size of the APS-C sized sensor found in other interchangeable-lens Handycam models.
Time in Parentheses
Rado, the Swiss manufacturer of luxury watches, has unveiled breakthrough technology in hi-tech ceramic models from its new Rado HyperChrome Collection. Sophisticated injection molding has enabled the creation of a one-piece (monocoque) hi-tech ceramic case. Differentiating this case from others is the full integration of the lugs and surrounding brackets into the hi-tech ceramic form. These watches come in sleek black or pure white. Literally bracketing together the 27-strong Rado HyperChrome family is a design incorporating contrasting elements on either side of the case to resemble elegantly elongated parentheses. Mirroring the heat-intensive processes pioneered by Rado to create its innovative materials, these watches harmoniously unite hi-tech ceramic, Ceramos and diamonds. A selection of hardened metal versions in golden- or silver-colored steel adopts the same construction, presenting a classical alternative.
Perfect Complexion in a Brushstroke
Clarins Skin Illusion Foundation is now available as a mineral-based powder with an ultra-fine, silky texture offering the coverage of a foundation and the lightness of a loose powder. It contains mineral and plant-based ingredients that work in harmony with the skin to illuminate the complexion’s appearance with a radiant matte finish and a natural, bare skin effect.
The key ingredients of the product are Clarins’ Light-Optimizing + Complex with light-reflecting pigments and Plant Micropatches. Thanks to pink algae plant extract, Skin Illusion Foundation offers energizing and hydrating benefits to the skin. Extracts of white tea and succory dock-cress help protect the skin all day long. The foundation comes in a jar that looks like a perfume bottle. A soft brush snapped into the lid lets you decide the coverage—from light to medium.
Big Bang Sound
New BeoLab 12-2. surround speakers from Bang and Olufsen are the company’s first dedicated wall speakers created for rooms featuring flat screen televisions. With their diminutive form factor and sculptural elegance, finding room for them on most walls becomes an aesthetic pleasure rather than a decorating compromise. Despite their modest size they are exceptionally outgoing and generous in their acoustic performance.
New ICEpower amplifier technology and a slimmed down power supply deliver no less than 320 watts, more than enough to keep pace with the wildest action scenes from Hollywood and ample power to fire up any music collection.
The choice of the flat, 6-inch CosCone woofer was inspired by Bang & Olufsen’s extensive experience in high-end automotive audio systems to ensure crisp bass.
Topping off the sound spectrum is the ingenious tweeter powered by Bang & Olufsen’s proprietary Acoustic Lens Technology. This shapely dynamo spreads high frequencies horizontally in a full 180 degrees, so you can sit anywhere in front of the speakers and still enjoy razor-sharp definition.