Did you know that in 2018 over 19 million digital cameras were manufactured?

From this, we learn that despite their improving functionality, smartphones do not dominate the camera market yet.

Also, that not all digital cameras are created equally. In fact, one of the reasons manufacturers continue to produce them is that they are used in many different ways.

Are you looking for a camera for a professional shoot? Or maybe you are a budding videographer and need 4K quality video? Or perhaps you just want to be able to keep precious memories from your vacation?

If you are one of these people, we can help you find the best camera for your needs.

Check out our list of the top 10 digital cameras

1 Fujifilm X-T3

With an average salary of $50.000, many are tempted to enter the professional videography world. If that is you, we can’t recommend the Fujifilm X-T3 enough for you.

This is the best camera for sports, video or all-round photographic subjects. It boasts 4K video up to 60fps to help you produce professional standard video and beautiful still photographs.

It is backed up by the Fujifilm’s latest 26.1-megapixel APS-C format sensor. While it does not have in-body stabilization, considering the rest of its capability, this is a minor issue.

2 Olympus OM-D E-M10 III

This is the scientist of the list. The Fujifilm X-T3 boasts awesome all-round capability. So much technical ability, in fact, that it may be too much for some users. With 16.1 megapixel capability, it can shoot the 4K video that videographers need.

To add variety, it includes a number of arty filters that can be applied whilst shooting to save you doing this in post-production. The size of this camera makes it a great travel camera too!

3 Nikon D3500

Admittedly this is the first camera on the list that does not shoot in 4K. Yet, we rate this camera highly. Why? Because of the 24-megapixel sensor that delivers super-sharp, super-high-quality images,

This camera generally sells at a far lower price than its rival. It is the perfect introduction to the DSLR world and interchangeable lens cameras.

Thanks to its high-quality sensor this is also a good quality camera for your first commercial photo shoot. A high quality sensor is needed to be able to produce appealing stirring images such as those taken by this trusted professional.

4 Canon EOS Rebel SL3 / 250D

This 24.2MP camera includes vari-angle touchscreen technology to make it easier to use than its rivals. What separates this from the crowd is the advanced Dual Pixel CMOS AF system. Basically, this live view autofocus, seen from the rear screen, is extremely fast and responsive.

This increases the speed with which you can select and execute your shots. It shoots in 4k making this both an excellent beginners’ camera for both video and still photography alike.

5 Sony Alpha 6000

If you want the functionality of a DSLR camera without the bulk and learning curve, this 24.3MP camera may be the one for you. The Alpha 6000 rivals higher-end cameras thanks to its 179-point phase detect auto-focus system.

This means that it is particularly adept at tracking moving items. Whilst it captures video at a maximum of 1080p, it punches way above its weight for a camera of this size and weight.

6 Panasonic TZ200/ZS200

When you are traveling, do you like to take pictures on the move without stopping to consider all technical elements of a shot? If yes, this camera may be for you.

Whilst it is a travel camera, the TZ200/ZS200 has a 1-inch sensor and 15x zoom. This is impressive for a compact camera – it is small enough to fit into a pocket.

It has the perfect compromise between a quality camera with advanced capabilities and a travel camera that takes pictures on the go.

7 Canon Ixus 185 HS

Canon are famous as a quality manufacturer of cameras. However, this camera is a budget edition that the entire family can use.

Canon ensures a high level of manufacturing quality yet also a high practical value. It maintains functionality such as an 8x optical zoom which is higher than smartphones yet is easily dropped into a suitcase.

Its interface is simple meaning there is no learning curve for adults who simply want to point and shoot.

8 Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III

So, you want to use a camera that does not have the size and weight of a DSLR, but still can take fantastic pictures? Look no further than the G1 X Mark III.

This 24.2MP camera can shoot in full HD and hosts an APS-C sensor that is the same size as much larger SLR cameras.

It is easy to use as it has a full electronic viewfinder and touchscreen display. This is the top camera from canons PowerShot lineup and with this quality of image, we fully agree!

9 Canon EOS 6D II

This isn’t the newest camera on the list but definitely one of the highest build quality cameras. This is the cheapest full-frame DSLR that Canon offers.

Newer cameras may have a higher spec. The Canon EOS 6D II has a control layout, vari-angle touchscreen, and live view autofocus that excellent handling.

Despite being a few years old, it produces quality images thanks to its 26.2 megapixels and full HD video capability.

10 Nikon Z 6

This is a good quality, full frame camera, that professional photographers everywhere recognize. True, it is a sibling to the other more powerful Nikon products. Yet it’s mirrorless design, 24mb 4K video functionality makes a vital part of any professional photographer’s kit.

The price is generally more than $1000. Yet this is a professional item for anyone looking to get into the world of full-frame mirrorless cameras.

How Can You Know the Best Camera for Your Needs?

As we have seen there is a universe of cameras available. The key is to know what specifically you will use it for before you purchase it. Then you will know the best camera for you.

Check out our technology blog to keep up with the latest technology and see how you can use it to benefit you and your business.

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3 IPOs to Watch in 2016

Whether you are curious about stock or any other form of financial trading or simply enjoy seeing a success of the startups – IPOs are a great to watch. Not only you get to learn how undervalued or overpriced a certain company was, but you also get to see a rapid development a company can achieve with the funds it raised.

We are entering the middle of 2016 and so far there has not been too many interesting IPOs. When looking at the financial industry, it is possible to highlight the listing of the largest Dutch bank – ABN Amro. Next to this, a few ECN currency brokers flipped an IPO this year.

X-Trade Brokers, just got listed roughly a month ago, which signified the largest initial public offering in Poland during the last 365 days. Also, a leading UK brokerage, CMC Markets, started listing its stocks in February this year. Nevertheless, this IPOs weren’t too exciting. There is much more to expect in the coming month from the tech sector.

The most promising

Airbnb, a company that lets everyone lend their house, flat or a room is expected to start issuing stocks this year and this is certainly the most interesting IPO to keep your eyes on. The reason for this is very simple – apart from nearly $25Bn valuation, Airbnb actually generates some significant revenues.

What also tells us that this IPO will be a successful one is the lack of legal issues behind the business processes. Even though some laws in Germany were prohibiting the usage of such peer-to-peer services, the whole legal framework behind Airbnb is rather favourable. In addition to this, there is quite a strong support for the shared economy nowadays and, hence, this company might be seen as the safe-haven investment.

The most interesting

Do you remember last time you used a landline for calling? Well, thanks to this company, quite soon you might not remember last time you ordered a taxi. Yes, you got it right, we are talking about Uber. Even though there is no certainty whether Uber will flip an IPO this year, it is quite probable.

What makes this IPO the most interesting one? The whole legal situation behind Uber. Clients love it for its pricing and simplicity. Taxi companies hate it. Without a doubt Uber is a successful company, yet its operations strongly depend on the legal decisions of the local authorities.

While strikes against Uber happen frequently, those are the local regulators that will have a final word in determining Uber’s success in terms of market coverage and, hence, revenues.

The most amusing

Without a doubt previous two companies are here to stay. Both of them offer quite an advanced technology that simplifies people’s lives and provide cost benefits. However, there is another company that looks for an IPO this year, and many investors are laughing about it.

We are talking about Snapchat, the company that allows millennials communicating with each other, sticking funny noses on their selfies, the company that struggles to produce hardly any revenues.

While some investors laugh about this IPO, others see it as a great opportunity. Snapchat may not look like a goldmine, but it certainly has some potential. The main question is whether investors will be patient enough to see Snapchat implementing powerful advertising solutions while sustaining the growth of its user base.

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The Near Future of Artificial Intelligence (The Road to Super Intelligent Apps and Machines)

Artificial intelligence (AI) is here to stay. The AI revolution is changing lives but scaring millions. AIs are already everywhere, supporting the human mind in the pursuit to make the world better and our way of life even easier.

They’re in your phones and favorite apps, helping you stay connected and do what you do best in the shortest possible time. And they’re doing a better job than anything else could.

The opportunities are endless and uncertain. Human development cannot be stopped. The future can only be better but with lots of questions.

I am no expert in artificial intelligence. But the rise of super intelligent machine and software is upon us and I am just as curious as you are about what AI can (and will ultimately) do. The future of AI is bright but frightening.

Technology giants are cashing in on the next big thing. Mark Zuckerberg made a $2 billion bet on Oculus Rift (a virtual-reality headset) in 2014. And Facebook has over 50-person AI lab. Google wants a breakthrough in AI that could change history, hence the acquisition of the DeepMind team last year. Google’s DeepMind defeated legendary Go (an ancient Chinese board game that has long been considered one of the great challenges faced by AI) player Lee Se-dol in historic victory earlier this month. IBM has bet billions on the success of Watson, its Jeopardy question-answering supercomputer.

Meanwhile, a russian millionaire is exploring ways to upload the human brain to a computer. “The ultimate goal of my plan is to transfer someone’s personality into a completely new body,” he says.

“Within the next 30 years,” promises Dmitry Itskov, “I am going to make sure that we can all live forever.”

Elsewhere, Elon Musk wants to start selling self-driving cars next year. His company, Tesla and other car manufacturers like Honda, Nissan, Ford and more are testing semi-autonomous cars. Even Uber is seeking to buy self-driving cars.

Musk’s Tesla Motors assembly plant is powered by lots of intelligent machines. Tesla is reinventing the American auto industry. And don’t forget Musk has been sending rockets to space for sometime now. His SpaceX company has partnered with NASA to explore reusable rockets.

Richard Branson has not given up on getting millionaires to other planets as tourists after that fatal accident. Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin is also exploring spaceflight technology. Billionaires are now counting on super machines to do things humans could only think of as of the seventeenth century.

It’s Musk, again. He wants to build Hyperloops that will make it possible to work at the far east of the US and still be able to live at the far west. He is already considering designs.

MIT student engineers won a competition to transform Musk’s idea into a design for a Hyperloop to move pods of people at high speed.

The Hyperloop is a high-speed ground transport concept proposed by Musk to transport “pods” of 20 to 30 people through a 12-foot diameter tube at speeds of roughly 700mph (1,127km/h). How cool is that?

In other news, Google has fallen out of love with robots. Alphabet, the parent company is trying to sell Boston Dynamics, the high-profile robotics startup it bought in late 2013.

With all the hype, AI is still in infancy. There is still a lot to explore and experiment. But the rate of technological impact in recent times means that humans are closer to getting machines to do our current jobs.

Employees in big companies don’t like that. Actually, nobody is secured about their jobs. Robots are eating jobs. But most businesses value profits more than anything. And they will do everything in their power to reduce their reliance on humans to do routine jobs.

Robots are now becoming supremely capable in medical diagnosis, manufacturing, assembly, packing and packaging, surgery, weaponry, research and more. Are we headed into a jobless future?

What AI apps are already doing

You are probably using a lot of AI apps. Facebook uses AI to make sure your newsfeed is exactly what you want. Apple’s Siri uses AI to learn your voice and to translate your vocal requests into search, search them, and provide you an answer.

Google’s search function enables you to find what you’re looking for. Microsoft’s Cortana helps you get things done by letting your PC and smartphone work together.

Apps like GetYana, Tempo, Microsoft Fetch, Blippar, Bernie, Virtual Talk, Snips, Alice and a lot more are using artificial intelligence in one way or the other to help people get the right information and service they want.

What will AI apps do in the future?

Smartphones are still not very helpful at getting us information or data based on what we are already doing. We still have to touch a lot of apps and buttons to access exactly what we want. With all the power in our hands, we should be doing better.

AI apps of the near future will practically blow your mind. Based on what innovators are experimenting and exploring, your smartphone promises to be the best mobile super computer you can ever own.

You will be able to download advanced AI apps like other apps int the future. And they will possibly spread out into other devices and computers you permit them to. Even your walls, clothes, office, car, luggage. Internet of Things (IoT) will be a lot more beneficial and interesting tomorrow or the next decade.

AI apps will be able to not only read your email and write responses but they could go through them, find you what matters and what doesn’t, monitor which ones were read and report back to you.They will log on to all your apps, using your passwords, check updates, respond to them.

They will even change your passwords if they are compromised without your knowledge. And if you are worried about big brother watching you, you AI apps will handle your encryptions and keep your data private.

Reading news and summarising them for you will be basic. You won’t even have to flip through all those news apps you have installed.

Investing will solely be done by intelligent apps that will be made public. You won’t have to study the stock market and trends. You will be able to assign research tasks to machines whiles your AI apps take care of where to invest your money.

AI investment apps will know when to exactly pull out of a deal and when to cash in. They will give you reasons why those stock options are best for you based on your age and interests.  Technology-driven brokerage will operate with significantly less overhead.

AI apps will soon file your tax returns like humans. Your accountants will be very worried, but you will choose machines over them.

The combination of super intelligent computers, intelligent software, and APIs will open up new opportunities for even smarter apps that will be able to do a lot more than we will be able to imagine.

As impressive as the AI powered suggestions for replies to your emails are, they’re just not very useful yet. The likes of Siri, Google Voice, Cortana and Robin have a lot to learn.

What will you do with all the free time on your hands when machines are busy at work?

But there are downsides to a utopian world where machines and intelligent software rule and make lives better, faster and more efficient.

The big question is: why, then are humans interested in building machines whose intelligence will overwhelm us and even scare the hell out of us?

Humans evolve. That’s how we have come this far. The people of the fourteenth century will be amazed at what we have been able to accomplish today. It’s human nature to learn as much as we can and to build the best machines and tools we can.

And we will stop at nothing to do what we think it’s possible. Technologists, engineers and innovators are in business to build the most potent machines they can, not to worry about consequences, at the moment.

The basics of life like awesome cars, fast trains and aeroplanes, super computers, smartphones etc are all innovations that have changed how we work. But we want more than that. We are not impressed. Every generation expects more. We thrive on improved technology.

Are we there wet?

AI today is nowhere near understanding the human mind, yet. There is still a lot to do and comprehend. But the good and scary news is that corporate giants are investing billions of dollars into super computers, robotics, Internet of Things etc.

It’s a race of the giants. The more we learn, the more carefully, critically and intelligently we can observe what AI can do and the limits we need to overcome.

Geoffrey Hinton, an artificial intelligence (AI) expert and Google AI ‘godfather’ believes machines could match human abilities in five years.

On whether people should fear AI, he said in an interview with Macleans off the back of Google DeepMind’s victory against AlphaGo:

“Any new technology, if it’s used by evil people, bad things can happen,” said Hinton. “But that’s more a question of the politics of the technology.”

He continued: “The main thing shouldn’t be, how do we cripple this technology so it can’t be harmful, it should be, how do we improve our political system so people can’t use it for bad purposes?”

The risks of AI are real. Can we handle it?

Dr. Joscha Bach of the MIT Media Lab and Harvard Program for Evolutionary Dynamics says:

“The risks brought about by near-term AI may turn out to be the same risks that are already inherent in our society. Automation through AI will increase productivity, but won’t improve our living conditions if we don’t move away from a labor/wage based economy.

It may also speed up pollution and resource exhaustion, if we don’t manage to install meaningful regulations. Even in the long run, making AI safe for humanity may turn out to be the same as making our society safe for humanity.”

Technologists, innovators and engineers will continue to do everything they can to get machines as intelligent as possible. But no artificial mind will ever come close to the human mind. No computer will ever feel anything like we do. Software can only simulate feeling.

The human mind is no static, rational machine. Feeling and consciousness can only happen (so far as we know now) to organic beings and animals. It can’t be produced, no matter what, by mere software on a computer.

Our machines are here to serve us but will they take over our lives? Will our robots outthink us and even harm us?

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