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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A Review: HTC Hero

October 20, 2009

I bought a HTC Hero last friday. Comes in a very small white hard box, so small you might thought it’s a budget, no frill phone.
First impression when I took it out of the box: Robust, heavy, feels good in the hand.

Power up the phone and I waited for maybe more than a minute to be able to start using the phone.

The optical ball seems like a good idea, but i seldom used it once I get used to poking the screen. The only time I used it is for the camera. You have to press the ball to capture an image, not good for self portrait. Second thing not good: no flash! So night shot is dark. Third thing not good: slow to take a picture. So, not really a camera replacement. Only good, u can pin point where you want the camera to focus by touching the screen.

The design is the update of the once-upon-a-time Nokia banana phone. That is not good as it does not work on a standard phone holder in the car, I dropped it thrice due to its shape. Now I placed it horizontal, since the screen can tilt anyway (it has accelerometer) but still not as secure.

Now all the good parts. The phone can be charged using your laptop via USB. Charging takes about the same time as most power hungry phone.

Touchscreen buttons are always not as good as a physical keypad but I managed to survive by used the virtual keypad, after a while, I can be equally as fast. As an after thought, it took me just as much time as any other phone to learn it, there after it’s fun all the way. I am still learning it now since I am still exploring, but it’s great dicovery.

Like most interactive user interface that is not an apple or microsoft, you can customise your “desktop” with the applications that you will use most of the time. The widgets are great. One thing that surprizes me (might not be new to others) is the clock that updates itself without any setting up. Actually, the phone did not need much of a setting up. It is up and running within a minute. It even telling me the weather of the exact location, not the country or city but the town! WiFi is auto, and no set up for the internet as well.

SMS is like a chat platform. Contact search is the same just that it doesn’t go back to the top when you have gone to the bottom, so that’s a boring part but the contact itself is now linked to facebook and twitter, and that is very neat! You can read about your contacts’ everyday living just like the facebook lite and, you can scroll through their recent updated photos just the same way as you would in your photo gallery, meaning, it’s fast and efficient. Viewing the photo, I have to add, is like 

Its Android so it is everything google. Gmail is already there for you. Google map is great as a simple GPS, signal is good. Internet upload is fast. As is most latest touchscreen, you can pinch to enlarge or reduce and move through a full webpage, so I don’t need to view lite versions any more and the bookmark is like google chrome, I like! I tried the Youtube last night, streaming is fast, or maybe it’s already loaded somewhere. So far, all the applications I have used, there is no lagging!

Call wise, it’s loud and clear although sometimes it’s broken reception. Could be the service provider and not the phone’s fault though, I do not know for sure.

Synchronising with the PC takes a bit of setting up but after that its working the same way as most phones.

Power consumption is bad the last few days. I had to charge everyday, but what do you expect, I am exploring and using all the functions extensively… so not a good benchmark.

I am still happy as of today, it’s a definite major upgrade from my Nokia E71. Good phone!

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HTC Diamond

May 11, 2008

The HTC Diamond. it’s powered by a 3D graphics processor and Qualcomm MSM7201A clocked at 528MHz. it has 192MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage. It’s compact with dimensions of 102 x 51 x 11.3mm and comes with a VGA display. It comes with a full suite of connectivity features including Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth. It is HSDPA and capable of HSUPA. It has a decent camera with 3.2 megapixels. It’s not iPhone…

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Nokia 500 Auto Navigation

August 29, 2007


In-car GPS Navigator has been around for a while, then Nokia thought of a mobile navigator… and then Nokia realised, “Hey! If I have the facilities, capabilities and brand name, why don’t I just make standalone navigator and take the big market share!”

The GPS unit doubles as a Bluetooth handsfree set, and the regionally-tuned mapping software can offer up contact details of points along the way, which means a quick click-to-call without looking up numbers for, say, hotels and restaurants.
A built in MP3 player will beam tunes to your car radio via FM, and there are photo slideshow and video functions for times when the split screen traffic info service fails to bail you out of gridlock. Due in Europe this fall for €300, with a Worldwide rollout soon after.
Oh my… its affordable…

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Nokia 6110

February 26, 2007


Mobile phones latest built-in function and getting popular… the Global Positioning System Navigator because people likes to get lost. 3G, GPRS, HSDPA, Bluetooth, Quadband, 101 x 49 x 20 mm, Symbian OS, microSD, Stereo headset, 2.2-inch QVGA screen with 2 mega pixel camera, and and up to 11 days of standby time… phone manufacturers must be running out of steam because I am not excited at all. What makes a phone a phone and what makes a phone special… that wow factor?

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February 21, 2007

The PetsCell™ is the first voice enabled waterproof GPS cell phone optimized for animals. Meaning if your companion goes missing you’ll be able to track their exact location through software on your PC. It also allow you to setup a virtual geo-fence boundary around your property and the collar will automatically alert you when the dog has stepped outside of that area. Finally you can also call your dog to say good boy when it gets too far and you don’t want to shout…

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Motorola T815 MOTONAV

February 20, 2007


The T815 is a GPS unit that will take you to where you need to be.  Linked via bluetooth to your smart phone,  with door-to-door directions, the T815 finds the best route to your destination and gets you back on track if you miss a turn. 

It seems very useful and intelligent as describe in the motorola site, but what I like about this is the pleasing design as compared to most of the rest in the market.

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This I must have… €699, this luxurious GPS sports a 4-inch touchscreen, SiRF Star III receiver, 400MHz processor, 64MB of RAM, 64MB of flash memory, SD / MMC slots, USB 1.1 connectivity, 3.5-millimeter audio output, 2-watt integrated speaker, and a connector for an external antenna. With MP3 / WMA playback,  JPEG viewer, and houses NAVTEQ maps of 37 European countries. A list of speed radars will always be on tap thanks to its connection to the SCDB database. I wonder if there will be a Singapore version…

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The HP iPaq rx5900 Travel Companion delivers a sleek all-in-one navigation, productivity, and entertainment device to mobile professionals. It not only offers the benefits of a Windows Mobile PDA but also integrates GPS into the mix. 

The travel-friendly handheld measures just 120.5 x 76 x 16.5mm and weighs 170g ounces, has a 3.5-inch, QVGA touch screen, 400 MHz processor, 2Gb ROM, 64Mb RAM, SD, SDIO, MMC expansion slot, Removable, rechargeable 1,700mAh Lithium-ion battery, Windows Mobile 5.0, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, USB. It is slow to acquire an initial satellite fix and as subpar battery life…

Design wise, its very different from the current PDAs, and has a portrait view for navigation.