Sony SLT-A55VL DSLR Camera

October 16, 2010

I bought a Sony DSLR camera last Sunday morning. I had original intended to upgrade to a prosumer after using a compact digital camera since the year of its availability to consumers and kept my fully manual Nikon FM2 to rot in the dry box. So I was looking at the Panasonic LX5, the Canon S95 and the higher end micro four third Sony NEX5. But after researching for awhile, I realised they will never quench my hunger for what an SLR can really do. So I searched more on the bulkier entry to middle level DSLRs and zoom in on 2 units, namely the almost new Canon 550D and the newer Sony Alpha SLT 55.
Why I bought the SLT? Because the sale guy in the shop said to…
DSLR has been around for a while, and its smaller relative the micro four third, made famous by Olympus EP1, has also been a few years. So what makes SLT different?
First, it’s in the name. SLT stands for Single Reflex Translucent. The revolutionary translucent mirror technology provide for faster shooting and auto-focus between shots, you will never miss a moment with 10fps.
The second different is what Sony has just introduced into the camera family, the 3D Sweep Panorama has seamless joints so you cannot tell that they are taken from several shots.
Third, Quick AF Full HD Movie Recording, which beats the Canon 550D hands down as the 550D requires manual focus.
Forth, it comes with a Tru-Finder that is shows 100% of the actual photo taken as compared to other view finders, and it extrudes out of the body and LCD, which for oily faces like mine is really a very good plus!
Fifth, the LCD screen tilts up or down and any angle for comfortable viewing in different shooting positions. It’s really useful if you’re not holding the camera close to your eye: for example shooting above a crowd or crouching down for an interesting viewpoint.
Sixth, with a built-in GPS (Global Positioning System), it can tag images with the geographical coordinates of the location where they were taken.
Seventh, it’s priced at SGD1,349.00 r.r.p., that’s affordable with all these features and I only need to eat less, but that’s a plus too.
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Quattro for iPhone

July 14, 2009

Metal with carbon fibre case for iPhone with interchangeable lenses.

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Fujifilm FinePix Z33WP

March 14, 2009

Fujifilm’s World’s Smallest (92 x 59.6 x 20.6 mm), 3m Waterproof  digital camera at 10 megapixels. It has new SR AUTO (Scene Recognition Auto) & Face Detection, High Sensitivity ISO1600, 60 seconds movie recording & Image Editing, versatile functions (Micro thumbnail and various slideshows). Specifications are not out of this world, but beautiful design, with 5 colours to choose from.

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Canon D10

February 23, 2009

Canon D10 with a body size 103.6 x 66.9 x 48.8mm is  waterproof to 33ft, freezeproof, and shockproof. It has a selection of strange looking accessories and interchangeable faceplates

Its got 12.1 megapixels resolution, 1/2.3-inch CCD, 3x Optical Zoom lens with Optical Image Stabilizer, Blink Detection and Digic 4 processor with Face Detection Technology that tracks the faces of moving subjects and lets the shooter enter the frame seamlessly with the Face Detection Self-Timer. Smart AUTO selects the 18 predefined settings for the camera based on  shooting situations. Click the link to see the full specifications.

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FujiFilm FinePix F200 EXR

February 5, 2009

FujiFilm FinePix F200 EXR, has 1/1.6-inch Super CCD EXR sensor. The sensor promises high resolution, high sensitivity, and a wide dynamic range without the noise typical of these compact shooters. 12 megapixel resolution, 3-inch LCD, 28-mm wide-angle 5x zoom lens with CCD-shift stabilization, a 5fps burst mode and 640 x 480 video recording in AVI (Motion JPEG) format, support for SD/SDHC and xD Picture Card storage, and automatic shooting modes as well as manual control over the shutter speed and aperture.
1/1.6-inch!!! That’s what you would get in a DSLR now…

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT1

January 31, 2009

When we talk about tough cameras, the first brand that usually comes to mind would be Olympus. However, Panasonic has recently join the fray with its first rugged shooter, the Lumix DMC-FT1. 12.1 megapixels camera with 96.3 x 63.1 x 23 mm dimension.

It is waterproof up to 3m, shockproof from drops of 1.5m and has airtight seals to prevent dust and sand from slipping into the innards.
4.6x optical zoom wide-angle lenses with range from 28mm  to 128mm. It can record HD-quality video clips using AVCHD compression.
Not freezeproof and crushproof like the Olympus Mju TOUGH, but still nice.

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Samsung TL100 Slim Camera

January 14, 2009

Samsung take idiot proof camera’s ease of use to a “new level” with the TL100 slim camera, capable of automatically detecting whether you’re taking a picture of a mountain or a person and toggling the appropriate mode accordingly.

It can even go ahead and just take the picture for you in certain modes, able to tell when everyone has their eyes open or is beaming a sufficiently big enough smile.
It will also take 800 x 592 videos at 20fps, and manages to pack a 2.7-inch TFT LCD into a body that is just 16mm thick.

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Fuji Instax Mini Camera

January 11, 2009

Fuji’s Instax Mini camera creates credit card-size photos in a camera that comes in pink, blue, and white.
Polariod may be gone but Fuji has produced the Instax with permission from Polaroid. Though Fuji’s Instax Mini is no Polaroid, it is a great alternative for photographers who like instant gratification. The 5-inch by 5-inch by 2.5-inch camera sells for US$130, and film is about US$1 a photo.

Operation is easy – simply check the LED exposure indicator and press the shutter, a credit card-size instant color photo is ready in minutes – sharp and clear on Fuji instax film. Auto focus; auto flash; built-in lens cover; instructions included.

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Opteka Hot Shoe three axis triple bubble spirit level for cameras if you really need to shoot things with such accuracy…

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This 1.2 MP Digital Camera GiftCard takes pictures and comes with 40 free prints and can be bought with value of USD50-USD1000. GiftCards may be reloaded at any Target Store too. Is it useful? It’s unique though. What else can you do with a giftcard? Makeup mirror? Origami? Hmmm…

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