TopBuy is considered one of the largest online retailers in Australia. It is wholly Australian owned and operated company that offers a huge range of products including electronics, home and office products, clothing, shoes,jewelry, toys, outdoor, sports and entertainment products and a lot more. It started its operation in April 2007 and since then, it has taken hundreds of thousands of orders from local online shoppers.

Price

“Top Brands! Top Service! Top Price!” – this is the catch phrase of TopBuy. It ensures to customers only quality service by carrying top brands and quality products and offering such products at the best possible price. TopBuy guarantees that its prices are the lowest among Australian online retailers. Should you find any other online store that offers a lower price than theirs, TopBuy will beat that.

Shipping & Return

Shipping takes about 2-4 days while in other parts of Australia, it takes up to 7 days. TopBuy delivers to residential, business and PO box addresses. Currently, TopBuy only serves Australia and does not ship outside the country.

On top of returns policy pursuant to the warranty attached to a purchase, Topbuy also offers a 14-Day Guaraanteed Return should a customer changes his mind.

Conclusion

If you are looking for quality items at an affordable price in Australia, TopBuy.com.au is definitely on top of the list of online stores to consider. With its quality service, low price and several discounted offers, you cannot go wrong with TopBuy.

>> Click Here to Visit TopBuy.com.au Website

Lazada –  Asia #1 Option

Of you are looking for an online super store that has not only quality but reasonable price in Asia, then you cannot miss out Lazada.

>> Click here to Visit Lazada Website

Taobao – China #1 Option

Lazada is mostly electronics and home appliances products. If you are looking for fashion, clothing, baby products, toys, furnitures and much more, then check out taobao.com!

>> Click here to Visit Taoboa.com

 MilanDirect – Quality Furniture

Taking about furniture, I just can’t resist to add one more website to the list here – MilanDirect.com. Milan Direct provides stylish and affordable furniture to Australia and UK.

>> Click here to Visit MilanDirect.com

 

 

 

 

Pond5 is an online hub for stock footage. You can buy or sell royalty free footage. The clips range in length anywhere from 3-60 seconds and they are each individually priced by the artist. From a quick scan, the average price range seems to be between $20 – $50 per clip. Some clips are even free and others are priced much higher for speciality footage.

Pond5 describe themselves as the “world’s most vibrant marketplace for creativity”. And in the opinion of many microstockers they are. Launched in 2006, Pond5 unlike other stock media agencies, started accepting videos first and thanks to their selling power shortly became the leader in video licensing. Pond5 also offers Music Tracks, After Effect Templates, Sound Effects, 3D Models and since 2011, Photos and Illustrations.

Pricing

Pond5 has just announced their new Prepaid Credit Packages. From now on they are offering up to 10% in free bonus credits with your purchase. You can choose one of the 3 basic packages or you can buy a credit pack with any custom amount.

The most popular is the $1000 Package where you can get %50 free bonus credits (5% saving). To save 10% you have to buy $5000 worth credits but you receive $500 extra for purchasing stock photos or other stock media, such as videos, music tracks and sound effects, illustrations, 3D and After Effects projects, and as announced last week Photoshop PSD layered files and templates.

Each credit is worth $1 (yes, that’s so simple) and it is valid for 2 years.

To reveive your Free Bonus simply register your free account on Pond5 and purchase any package that is suitable for your needs.

 

Dreamstime is a stock photography service that has one thing that separates themselves from the rest of their competition: they have thousands of free images available for download.

Pricing

More than 15 millions of royalty free images, presented on Dreamstime, can be purchased either on an individual or on a subscription basis.

Since the minimum payment constitutes only $9.99, almost everyone can afford single purchase of images at Dreamstime. The payment is transferred to your balance as 8 credits which can be spent within one year from the date of payment. Images and photos are priced from 1 credit for small-scale versions, which are good enough for blogs and websites’ posts. Medium- and large-scale images can be purchased for 3-5 credits.

Also it’s very convenient that Dreamstime offers its customers weekly subscription plans — from $44.99 to $139.99 per week. These short-term packages allow to use subscriptions in a more economical way than traditional monthly based plans. It’s useful for those of customers who are in need of subscription for a very short period of time.

Quality

When we saw that Dreamstime offered free images, we expected to find hundreds of pages of images that should’ve never seen the light of day, but that’s certainly not the case here.  Whether it’s their free images or the images you can’t get unless you purchase

Summary

Dreamstime is an underrated stock photography service that deserves more exposure than its getting.  The free image feature is something no one else in this category offers, which is reason enough for you to check them out.  They might not have the reputation and hype of their more prestigious competitors, but they’re getting there.

>> Click Here to Visit Dreamstime Website

 

 

PhotoDune is used for obtaining royalty free stock images for your blog, website and other marketing materials. At PhotoDune you can buy and sell royalty-free photographs and images starting at just $1. Items are priced on the size/megapixels of each file. They are part of the growing Australian digital empire Envato.

What’s Different About PhotoDune?

There’s no shortage of things that set PhotoDune apart from a regular microstock startup, and also distinguish it from the established agencies.

The primary difference is the background of the company, having successfully grown eight other digital asset marketplaces over the past five years. This experience not only gives Envato a head start with the technology experience, but brings a large existing customer base right in to PhotoDune.   Envato membership passed 1 million members in September, most of whom are buyers with registered payment details.

The team has also used some original ideas to differentiate the agency from established microstock agencies.   First, the previews are huge!   They’re heavily watermarked to make them un-usable, but buyers get a very detailed view of the image before making their buying decision. Second, extended licenses are priced based on the size purchased.   This original idea is based on direct buyer feedback and helps open up the market for extended usage while still generating higher prices for uses that require bigger files.

Our verdict

Great website with many features, and what is most important, with excellent financial reward opportunity for stock photographers. Contributors with skills, in the field of graphic design, 3D rendering, website theme design, videographers or music creators will find their place for selling stock media on other parts of Envato Market, such as ThemeForest, CodeCanyon, VideoHive, AudioJungle, GraphicRiver, 3DOcean or ActveDen.

>> Click Here to Visit PhotoDune Website

 

 

Shutterstock is one of the ‘Big 6’stock photo agencies on the internet today and refer to themselves as simple, elegant and user friendly. This is the largest microstock in the world which is currently selling around 20 millions of royalty free images, with this figures increasing by 90-100 thousands weekly.  With a long history of stock image selling and buying, Shutterstock caters to designers and corporate accounts that require large inventories of stock photos. For this reason their buying model is subscription only.

Subscription Options

Shutterstock is a subscription only stock photo agency. They offer standard license 25-a-day or on-demand subscriptions and have an enhanced subscription for alternate licensing options. Subscription buying options are transparent and clearly defined.

  • Subscriptions vary in criteria so check the parameters carefully
  • Image prices favor large downloads with the 25-a-day subscription option offering cheapest per image price
  • Minimum investment to buy images is $49.00 USD for on-demand and $249.00 USD for 25-a-day

Image Searching Tool

Shutterstock has a good search engine for their image database. Their categories are extensive, they have included keyword prompting, the search tool is conveniently located and they have included a colour option that is easy to use and specific to designers color requirements.

Selection

Although they offer over 10 million images, they offer a good variety including some illustrations, vector images, photo objects, clip art and a limited collection of editorial type photos.  Quality is never sacrificed for the sake of quantity at Shutterstock.

Conclusion

ShutterStock offers a good selection of quality images for a moderate subscription price.  It’s a stock photography service that’s on the up-and-up.  With its current growth, it’s sure to overtake some of its more prestigious competitors any day now.  We see nothing but good things coming from this company.

>> Click Here to Visit Shutterstock  Website

 

About DJI Company

DJI technology enables images that were once out of reach, can now be captured. Their flying and camera stabilization systems redefine camera placement and motion. Amazing photos and video, treasured personal memories, and high-end professional imagery are captured every day, in every corner of the world using DJI products.

Headquartered in Shenzhen, widely considered China’s Silicon Valley, DJI benefits from direct access to the suppliers, raw materials, and young, creative talent pool necessary for sustained success. Drawing on these resources, they have grown from a single small office in 2006 to a global workforce of over 2,000. Their offices can now be found in the United States, Germany, Japan, Beijing and Hong Kong.

In this post, we will be reviewing the DJI Phantom 2 Vision+.

DJI Phantom 2 Vision+

The DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ is what I consider to be a 4th generation quadcopter. The ease of use, stabilization, and GPS functionality make it one of the easiest multi-rotor copters to fly. If you go out of range or otherwise lose signal, the Phantom will return back to the point of takeoff and even land automatically.

On its own the Phantom 2 Vision+ is a high-end radio-controlled and camera-equipped quadcopter, or more commonly known as a “drone.” But it also integrates with Apple’s ecosystem of devices, namely the iPhone and iPad, to greatly enhance its capabilities for aerial footage.

Specs

Supported Battery: DJI 5200mAh LiPo Battery
Weight (Battery & Propellers Included): 1242g
Hover Accuracy (Ready To Fly): Vertical: 0.8m; Horizontal: 2.5m
Max Yaw Angular Velocity: 200°/s
Max Tiltable Angle: 35°
Max Ascent / Descent Speed: Ascent: 6m/s; Descent: 2m/s
Max Flight Speed: 33mph (Not Recommended)
Diagonal Motor-Motor Distance: 350mm

Camera Specs

Operating Environment Temperature: 0?-40?
Sensor Size: 1/2.3?
Effective Pixels: 14 Megapixels
Resolution: 4384×3288
HD Recording: 1080p/30, 1080i/60, 720p/60
Recording FOV: 110° / 85°

How to get the most out of Phantom 2 Vision+

Pictures and slow moving video certainly look pretty good but any fast motion video smears and pixelates very bad. For best results keep your bird moving nice and slow, especially when turning left/right. To minimize the fisheye effect, either have the camera pointed straight down or straight out, anything in between will enhance the fisheye look which looks really bad on video. It is best to edit the footage and remove up/down camera moves.

Also set the camera to the narrow field of view to help minimize distortion. If shooting stills, the best tool for editing them is Adobe Lightroom as it has a preset for the Vision that will reduce the fisheye effect. If you are using Lightroom or Photoshop, be sure to turn on DNG Raw format so you are working with the best quality images.

>> Click Here to Check Out The DJI Phantom 2 Vision

The DJI Vision app

We had also tested DJI’s official Vision app earlier this year, but since then it’s seen a number of improvements — some available for all Vision devices, and others tailored specifically for the Vision+ flagship device.

Perhaps most welcome is the Ground Station feature, which previously required its own iPad app and a hardware accessory to communicate with the device. Now, it can be done over Wi-Fi and with an iPhone.

For Vision+ users, the app also has a “first person video” mode where the delayed camera movements of the gimbal are disabled. While this results in a bumpier picture thanks to flight movements, it also makes it easier to fly the Vision+ via live camera feed rather than line of sight.

>> Click Here to Visit DJI Website

 

DepositPhotos is one of the largest providers of high-quality stock photography and footage under a royalty-free license. You can browse for images, vectors, editorials, or even videos to look for something you like. The site contains a lot of categories to choose from. From people to objects, from fashion to technology, from abstract to nature, DepositPhotos has everything.

The uninitiated may ask: What is stock photography? Simply put, these are photos that are created to be used for either commercial or editorial purposes like brochures, articles, product packaging, and other advertising materials.

By working with photographers, illustrators, and videographers, Depositphotos provides dozens of categories that can be seen in its website, Depositphotos.com.

Getting Started

While browsing the website, you may be overwhelmed about what to do first. But fear not, because you can refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section located at the bottom part of the website. Or, if you want someone to assist you, Depostphotos provides first-hand customer service by live chat or online call.

Customize Your Plan, Maximize Your Budget

One of the great things about Depositphotos is that you can choose which plan works best for you in purchasing your images. You have three options: the Daily Subscription Plan, the Monthly Subscription Plan, and the Pay-As-You-Go Credits.

The Daily Subscription Plan lets you download photos and vector images of any size every day up to your daily limit. Your daily limit can be as low as 5 images per day to 200 images per day. By using this plan, you can purchase images for as low as $0.50 per image.

On the other hand, the Monthly Subscription Plan lets you download photos and vector images of any size any time up to your monthly limit that ranges from 5 images to 5,000 images per month. You can get the images you want at $0.63 per image.

If you need bulk images, then it’s also relatively cheaper to use the Daily or Monthly Subscription Plan. The higher the limit, the cheaper each image gets.

The Pay-As-You-Go Credits plan lets you download photos, vectors, and videos of any size, at any time, for up to one year using credits. The lowest credit is 30 while the highest is 500, or you can customize the credits you want to have.

Using the Pay-As-You-Go Credits, you can choose the image resolution together with its size and see the corresponding price in credits. For example, you have already found the image that you would like to purchase with the price of 10 credits. Therefore, simple math would tell you would have a balance of 20 credits, which is the equivalent of $18 since 1 credit is equal to $0.90. So for 30 credits, you can buy 30 standard images worth $27 only.

Conclusion

In the end, it all depends on your needs and capacity for the type of plan you’d like to use. And when you’ve decided on that, you’re all set into discovering and having the most amazing photos captured by the most amazing people on earth — all in one place.

>> Click Here to Visit DepositPhotos.com Website

 

Looking to create your own photobook? Check out our recommendations below for all occasions:

Picaboo.com

Picaboo was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Palo Alto, California. According to Picaboo’s site, its name owes its origins to the phrase, “peek-a-boo” and was chosen because it’s a common expression that induces smiles.

You are truly spoiled for choice when getting your photo book printed at Picaboo. Options include premium mini books, classic photo books, seamless lay-flat book and Madison photo book.

Don’t forget to check the main Photobook Deals page for all of today’s deals!

>> Click Here to Visit Picaboo.com Website

 

 

 

 

RitzPix is a fast and easy digital printing service. They differ from traditional online photo processors by offering 1-hour photo printing. Instead of uploading photos to their web site then waiting for your prints to arrive a few days later in the mail, you can pick up your prints in a hour at one of their network of brick and mortar photo stores including Ritz Camera, Wolf Camera and many more. Their prices are competitive with most photo services and you save time and delivery fees.Due to their nature, photo gifts are not available for 1-hour service.

Ritzpix offers numerous different types of prints and gifts you can order online and have delivered direct to your door. These are all pretty good quality and, although not the cheapest around, are priced quite competitively. Also, if you live near one of the participating collection stores, you can order your photos online and pick them up within the hour. Combined with the live online chat support and, unusual for many websites, a phone help line this all adds up to a good level of service.

Features:

  • Basic service for sharing photos online an ordering prints
  • Quickly share photos with your friends and family
  • Order prints and pick them up within 1 hour at various U.S locations
  • Create good looking online photo albums
  • Free secure unlimited storage
  • Free downloadable tool for uploading all your photos
  • Automatically finds all of the photos on your computer and uploads them
  • Order prints in a variety of different sizes and formats
  • Wide range of personalized gifts on offer
  • Regular newsletter and special offers
  • Phone or online chat based support
  • Works with almost any device that can run a browser

Pricing and Shipping Cost

So how does RitzPix.com measure up against the competition in terms of the rates that they offer?  Here’s an example to give you an idea of the prices that they have. If you order 4×6 prepaid Digiprints which is processed for one hour, the price per photo is $0.18.  If you order 100 prints of this size, the cost for shipping would amount to $6.49 via standard US Mail and $18 for overnight delivery.

Customers Feedback

From Scott,

I’ve used many different printing services for my images, especially being a border-line amateur to pro photographer. The prints that I’ve received from RitzPix have been consistently good in quality. Back in the day when I was shooting film, there was a wide latitude for the print color and density of the final prints. But for my digital prints I prefer them to be printed as is, which RitzPix does a great job with.

I’ve used ShutterFly and other services, but they may offer low cost prints, but they get you in the shipping costs. At least with RitzPix, I get free shipping if my order is for $30 or more. Plus I can get 100 4×6 prints for as low as only 11¢ each. That’s a great price when I’ve got tons of prints to get done in a single shot.

Overall, it’s been a great experience in working with RitzPix. My orders are processed and shipped in a timely manner.

Conclusion

One of the best things about Ritzpix.com is that you can make use of the information on their site which is entitled “Digital Photography 101”. This is where you can learn how to take better photos.  As compared to other digital photo printing service providers, the rates offered by Ritzpix.com are a bit higher – but they make up for it in convenience when it comes to the delivery options that they offer. All in all, Ritz Camera is definitely a company that you can trust when it comes to delivering the best digital photo printing services.

>> Click Here to Visit RitzPix.com Website


Now, are we happy to see the postman today! Here come our Canon 60D from BorrowLenses (all smiles).

When it comes to DSLR cameras, we highly recommend Canon. We have been wanting to setup a review section on cameras. Here an intro to start off this new section.

Canon 60D Review

Despite its name, the 60D is most definitely the Rebel T2i’s big brother, rather than the successor to the 50D. This is a completely different beast.

The most obvious differences are that it’s smaller than the 50D and is now made from a plastic shell, instead of a magnesium body. If you placed the Rebel T2i, the 60D, and the 7D side by side, you’d notice that the 60D is exactly halfway between the size of the other two models. The 60D is also Canon’s first DSLR camera to feature a flip-out LCD screen, allowing you to view shots from different angles. This is particularly useful in video mode, as it means you no longer have to hold the camera out at arm’s length.

It’s a bold step by Canon, but has it paid off?

Pros
  • Swiveling monitor
  • Excellent image quality
  • Great high ISO performance
Cons
  • Slow AF in video mode
  • Awkward mode dial
  • No continuous video AF

We’ve come to expect follow-on cameras to generally out-do the camera they’re replacing features-wise, and the 60D follows suit in most cases compared to the 50D. Sensor resolution is up and an HD video capability exists where none did before. The 3.0-inch LCD monitor is movable and viewfinder coverage is improved, albeit only 1% and only to 96% overall. A host of in-camera editing menus for both still and movie captures allow a lot of processing without resorting to a computer and external software.

In conclusion,

Canon seem to be trying to carve out a new niche with the 60D. It has some clever features, such as a pivoting LCD, in-camera editing and rating facilities, wireless flash control, and full HD movie capture. But getting the best results takes a little more effort than it should, which could be a problem, considering that Canon is now aiming this camera at enthusiastic amateurs.

At least its image quality is really good and, considering that the camera is now made with a plastic shell, it still feels robust and well put together. If Canon would just lower the price by $150 or so, then I’d say this was an ideal upgrade to those users with a Rebel camera.

BorrowLenses

A quick note on BorrowLenses, we must say this is the best place to get hold of different photography gears, especially when you are on the move or on vacation. Their service is superb and they are available in many cities for pick up and drop off. Best of all, the prices are reasonable.

And of course, besides the Canon 60D, BorrowLenses offers a wide range of equipment from Nikon, Sony, Pentax, Olympus and Leica. There is photography, video, and lighting equipment available. You can rent whatever you need for a reasonable price. There is also used gear for sale. That is a great way to add to your arsenal, or even get your first DSLR without spending full price.

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