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Review: Nikon J5 Camera
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             As seen on: Channel Girls’ Generation, Episode 6

 

 

The members of Girls’ Generation are often seen at the forefront when it comes to discussions about the marketing and trending effects idols have on consumers, both in Korea and abroad. I’m sure many of you have been influenced into either making a purchase or debated a purchase just for the fact that it was either worn, advertised or used by one of the members. I’m guilty of this when it comes to the tech they make use of, as being the only male member on the team…many of the fashion items they wear just aren’t made for me. However, this being a camera review, this is right up my alley, and something I hope many of you read should you be interested in snapping pics like Yuri did during Channel SNSD.

As mentioned before, the members tend to be very trendy when it comes to both fashion as well as technology. The Nikon J5 is no different, being Nikon’s newest mirror-less camera as of it’s release date of April 2015.  With it’s small size and good image quality, it’s no wonder Yuri made use of it on the show for her paparazzi-esque needs, and that many other reviewers and sites gave it high-marks. Given Nikon’s track record, this is not surprising. It’s a very good camera. But it does have it’s downsides, and a few of those may be enough of a deal breaker to warrant passing over the model. There are a lot of benefits too, and I’ll start with what makes this camera good.

For some, size is the biggest factor. Not everybody has hands large enough(or enough arms strength) to comfortably hold a Canon 1D with a 70-200 f/2.8 USM IS II. Much less, not everybody needs to do that in the first place. Some people just want something they can fit in their purse or bag and take with them for those shots when a camera phone just won’t cut it. And the Nikon shines great in this regard. Weighing in at less than .5 lbs/.23 kg, it’s far lighter than a bulkier DSLR like the Canon 7D or the Nikon D7100, even if you factor in the lens. Much more, this is something that will fit into a purse or bag without issue, while those models require a dedicated camera bag or a large backpack. For some people, that’s enough to convince them this is the model for them. Nikon offers a variety of lenses to suit ones purpose, and whether you need a wide-angle lens to capture Singapore’s Marina Bay in all it’s grandeur or a zoom-lens to nab that shot of Tiffany waving during a Phantasia concert(and I do envy you if that’s the case!), there are lens that will do that. Add on the ability to record 1080p at up to 60fps(think of the fancams!), and you’ve got a very versatile camera in your hands. Or bags, purse, what have you. And whatever images you do capture, you can rest assured that it’ll be leagues better than what a cellphone is capable of. Despite the slightly larger footprint compared to say an iPhone 6S+, the photo quality will make you happy that you brought it out to handle picture duties instead of Apple’s flagship. Much like the iPhone, it also has WiFi capabilities, so you can transfer images from the camera to your computer without the hassle of finding your memory card reader or having to ever take the memory card out of the camera. Useful? I’d definitely say so. Adding in all of my previous praises, and you can see that there’s certainly a lot going for it, and rightfully so.

Downsides? There’s not many, but they do exist. A big one to mention is although there are a few lens for this type of camera, they are dwarfed by the amount you can find for regular Nikon D-model’s. Many camera rental places will stock these newer models, but you’ll not have the same variety to choose from. Another issue, this one may be specific to K-pop fans/concert goers, is that although it’s fairly small, it may not pass the criteria that it’s not a professional camera, and you may not be allowed to take it in to certain events or venues. If you just plan on using it for fun, this isn’t an issue, but if you’re looking to be the next fansite master, you may have trouble getting this one in. Speaking of fansites, that brings me to my next con. The quality you get will exceed smartphones, no question about it. But it’s not quite up to par with larger dSLR’s. For most pictures, you won’t notice much of a difference. However if you are a fan of concert photography, comparing your low-light shots from the J5 to the larger models fansites use, and you’ll see they managed to get clearer and overall “better” pictures. Of course, their camera was about 4x heavier than yours and tens of centimeters longer, but it’s still something to note. Lastly, battery life is a little on the low side. It’s rated at 250, which is likely enough for a standard day-out, but if you are somebody that thinks they’ll take it to a lot of events and will be snapping away for hours, or wants to do a lot of fancamming, you may have to invest in another battery to be able to make full use of it over a long time period.

Well, there you have it! I apologize if any terms I used were too technical or need more explanation, and I’ll be happy to answer any questions left in the comment section or clear things up. Overall, this is a great little camera that many people will find is just enough for them, but may not be suitable for power users or those that crave the most powerful camera on the market. Still, for it’s size and the price, I’m going to go ahead and recommend it, giving it a rating of 4.5/5.

Thank you again for reading, and hope this helped any of you on the fence about buying!

Nikon: J5 Camera @ nikonusa.com $499.95

 

 

Get This Look: Hyoyeon @ Incheon Airport (04/15/16)
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1. LUCLUC: Pink Pockets Boyfriend Coat @ lucluc.com $24.99
2. Forest Girl: V-Neck Short-Sleeve T-Shirt @ yesstyle.com $13.90
3. AJ Morgan: Round Sunglasses @ asos.com $24.26
4. Love Generation: Simple Knot Open Bracelet @ yesstyle.com $32.90
5. ERANZI: Distressed Boyfriend Jeans @ yesstyle.com $52.11
6. kitsch island: Layered Ring @ yesstyle.com $9.81
7. ASOS: Cactus Ring @ asos.com $9.71
8. Forever 21: Studded Faux Leather Crossbody @ forever21.com $27.90
9. EYE: Flip Flops @ yoox.com $82

Total cost = $277.58

Get This Look: Tiffany @ Miu Miu Fashion Show (03/09/16)
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1. KAY YAY: Patterned Cardigan @ yesstyle.com $29.90
2. BeiBaoBao: Faux-Leather Quilted Cross Bag @ yesstyle.com $15.90
3. Accessorize: Freshwater Pearl Stud Earrings @ accessorize.com $11.50
4. soo n soo: Rhinestone Ball Open Ring @ yesstyle.com $13.90
5. Only: Gingham Shirt With Frill Detail @ asos.com $23.72
6. Nasty Gal: Tulle Box Tutu Skirt @ nastygal.com $58
7. ASOS: Open Triangle Ring @ asos.com $8.47
8. Madden Girl: Ohnice @ 6pm.com $34.99

Total cost = $196.38

Get This Look: Seohyun @ Incheon Airport (01/29/16)
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1. Miamasvin: Open-Front Check Coat with Sash @ yesstyle.com $96.90
2. Missguided: Button Faux Leather Mini Skirt Black @ missguidedus.com $42.50
3. Soft Luxe: Turtleneck Sweater @ yesstyle.com $28.90
4. Sunny Eyewear: Round Sunglasses @ yesstyle.com $6.90
5. Forever 21: Pebbled Faux Leather Satchel @ forever21.com $27.90
6. Boohoo: Martha Block Heel Over The Knee Boot @ boohoo.com $60

Total cost = $263.10

Get This Look: Taeyeon Rain Music Video
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1. Derek Lam: V-neck Cashmere Sweater @ shop.nordstorm.com $495.00

2. Eastern Mountain Sport: Icebreaker Women Everday Cami @ ems.com $40.00

3. Columbia: Women PFG Solar Fade Shorts @ columbia.com $35.00

Total price: 570.00

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1. Vakko: Faux Suede Fringe Bolero Jacket @ lastcall.com $129.00

2. Sheplers: Cripple Creek Women’s Embroidered Fringe Jacket @ sheplers.com $199.99

3. Abercrombie&Fitch: Sublimation Tee @ abercrombie.com $25.00

4. Forever 21: Cinched-side Denim Cutoffs @ forever21.com $19.90

Total price: $373.89

REVIEW: Adidas Originals Superstar Sneakers
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Review on Adidas’s Superstar shoes as seen on Hyoyeon and Sooyoung.

You’ve seen it on Tumblr. You’ve seen it on Instagram. You’ve seen it on Hyoyeon and Sooyoung. Maybe you’ll see it in your shoe cabinet? What am I talking about, you ask? I’m talking about the ever so popular Adidas Superstar shoes!

The Superstar is a sneaker created by giant sportswear company Adidas and is one of their most well recognised sneaker due to the prominent three stripes that signify the corporation, making it one of their most classic footwear. Despite being created in 1987, it is safe to say that the shoes only gained widespread popularity at the beginning of this year, particularly among teenagers and those who are fashion conscious. With this new found fame, it is without a doubt that these shoes have shown up literally everywhere – most particularly on social media platforms where teenagers most frequent; such as Tumblr and Instagram. Is the shoe actually worth the money? What contributes to it’s high profile greatness? Let’s take a look.

The sneaker is very minimalistic. The only distinct feature it has are the three stripes at each sides of the shoe. It is primarily white, and the stripes differ in colour depending on what colour you choose to get. Due to its minimalistic look, the shoe matches with almost everything. One can wear the shoes with pretty much any type of outfit, and one would still look put-together. The style of the shoe is rather unique. Some sneakers have the tendency to be quite flat at the top, making the overall shape of the feet and shoe rather awkward. However, these particular pair of sneakers have the right amount of bulkiness, encompassing the feet in a subtle and flattering manner. Although I mention bulkiness, the shoe isn’t actually all that bulky and is quite portable – it is just like any other sneaker. Moreover,  the shoe sits right below the ankle, allowing for an even more flattering look to any outfit. Another great element to the shoe is that it’s unisex! It is not limited to a specific gender and anyone can rock it – showcasing once again just how versatile this pair of sneakers are!

A large factor that results into its stardom is the comfiness. This is without a doubt one of the most comfortable pair of sneakers I own. The shoe is snug and there is sufficient cushioning. Occasionally, I wear these shoes to go sprinting. The cushioning is enough for the soles of my feet not to hurt, in stark contrast to the Onitsuka Tiger Sneakers, which hurts the sole of my feet when I perform any type of sports. Although I do not know how the Superstar fares when running for long periods of time, but for sprinting, the cushioning is definitely thick enough. Furthermore, the shoe does not need any breaking in and I have never encountered any blisters while wearing the Superstar.

I have worn these shoes countless of times now, and I have encountered two problems, albeit not very major. The first problem I encountered is how quickly it becomes dirty. Since the shoes are primarily white, it will inevitably become dirty easily and quickly. The Superstar I have is the exact same as Hyoyeon’s and I have coffee stains on it among other blemishes. I have not attempted to clean the shoes yet so I cannot comment on how uncomplicated or strenuous the process is. However, this is not a major problem since in my opinion, the dirtier the white shoe is, the more unique it becomes. The second problem I encountered has to do with the bottom lining of the shoe. After a few wears, the lining of the shoe started to rub off. As I am typing this, the lining of my shoe has rubbed off to the point where it became a nuisance, and so I removed the entire lining on both sides. This isn’t a vital issue, but since the shoe is manufactured by such a well renowned company, I expected the quality to be better.

I find these pairs of sneakers to be on the reasonable side in terms of price. The shoes retail for $80, a price significantly cheaper than sneakers made by competitor brand Nike. In my opinion, the price tag of the sneakers can be justified with all of it’s merits as detailed above. All in all, I believe these shoes are worth opening your pockets for.

Rating: 4.5 / 5

You can browse through the different variations of the shoe and purchase the ones you like here