Sony CyberShot DSC-QX100 Review

The Sony QX10 and QX100 were announced earlier in the year 3rd quarter of 2013 and I shared about the press release and information in an earlier post here! Personally, I was intrigued with the 2 lens-style camera designed by Sony and I was wondering with great interest how do I go about using it in my photography adventures? My wish was granted when I was given the opportunity to take the Sony QX100 for 2 weeks to play, test and review this niche segment of photography lens/accessory.

IMG_5986

Just like the Sony QX10 review, I took the Sony QX100 out for different events, wedding lunch, technology events, food photography, daily walkabout and night street photography at Tiong Bahru Estate. It was a fun experience bringing the Sony QX100 out during these two weeks. From the Sony QX100 photographs collection slideshow, let me bring you through my eyes, heart and soul, my photography adventures and events with the Sony QX100.

DSC00255

The review for the Sony QX10 was completed earlier and you can read my review post here! The Sony QX100 and Sony QX10 is pretty similarly designed lens-style camera, the key differences/comparisons are compiled below for your easy reference and perusal.

Comparisons/Key Differences between Sony QX100 and Sony QX10

Sony QX100 Sony QX10
Optics Carl Zeiss Sony G
Physical Size Approx. 62.5 x 62.5 x 55.5 mm Approx. 62.4 x 61.8 x 33.3 mm
Megapixels Approx. 20.9 Approx. 18.9
Focal Length f=28-100mm f=25-250mm
Price RRP – SGD $649 RRP – SGD $349
Max Aperture F1.8 (Wide angle)- F4.9 (Tele) F3.3 (Wide angle)- F5.9 (Tele)
ISO Sensitivity ISO160-6400 (iAuto), ISO160-25600[3](Superior Auto), ISO160-3200 (Program Auto), ISO160-3200 (Aperture Priority) ISO100-3200 (iAuto), ISO100-12800[4](Superior Auto), ISO100-1600 (Program Auto)
Image Sensor 1.0 type (13.2 x 8.8mm) 1/2.3 type (7.76mm)

DSC00166

Having the Sony QX100 for review during these two weeks, what are the pros and cons of this lens-style camera besides the key differences/comparisons mentioned above? Overall, the pros and cons are pretty similar to the points that I wrote in my earlier review of the Sony QX10 and you can refer to them for my compilation and write up with reference to the Sony QX100.

Besides the key differences/comparisons between Sony QX100 and Sony QX10, here are my thoughts/views on the Sony QX100 that reinforces the points between those two similar models.

–       Sony QX100 is slightly heavier than Sony QX10

–       Sony QX100 has better optics and photo output quality than the Sony QX10

–       Sony QX100 experience more lag when connecting with the smartphone/tablet as compared to the Sony QX10

–       Aperture priority is a pretty nice feature for the Sony QX100

–       Sony QX100 is similar to the Sony RX100 II in terms of the technical specifications based on the optics and image sensor. The Sony QX100 is an accessory style camera lens and Sony RX100ii is a compact digital camera.

DSC00195

Sony QX10 vs. Sony QX100, how would you choose between these two models?

Sony QX100

~ You would choose Sony QX100 because of the following points

–       Optics

–       Quality of the photos

–       Versatility

–        Portability

Sony QX10

~ You would choose Sony QX10 because of the following points

–       Lightweight

–       Price

–       Versatility

–       Portability

(Based on my humble personal opinions, analysis and comparisons)

The Sony QX100 has similar technical specifications to the Sony RX100 II and there is a review that I did earlier that you are able to visit and read! The review will be helpful for you to compare between the Sony RX100 II, Sony QX10 and Sony QX100. If I have to choose between the Sony QX100 and Sony QX10, I would choose the Sony QX100 for its optics and quality output.

DSC00141

In my personal opinion, with the entry level photography and leisure photography segments currently fragmented even further and changing a lot over the past few years, especially with the boom and rise of the smartphones with powerful cameras and photography apps available.  With compact digital cameras facing a huge battle on its own, along with mirror-less cameras stealing the market share and making headlines, innovative products such as the Sony QX100 would be able to provide an alternative solution to the smartphone users with a photography lens and accessory for their smartphone.

The Sony QX100 is innovative and revolutionary; it will definitely be suitable for some of you smartphone users/photographers out there! If the lens-style camera suits your needs and usage, whether you are a smartphone user or a photographer, the options of the Sony QX100 and QX10 are both available to you.

* I would like to thank Sony Singapore and Waggener Edstrom Worldwide for the opportunity to review the Sony CyberShot DSC-QX100 *


Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR.

N.E.mation! 8 Watch, Vote and Win Prizes!

This is my third year running that I am involved with the N.E.mation! movement, starting from N.E.mation! 6 to N.E.mation! 8 today. What is N.E.mation! all about? Here’s a recap – N.E.mation! is an annual inter-school animation competition for students from secondary schools, junior colleges and centralised institute(s) to express their thoughts on Total Defence (TD). More than 9,500 students have participated in N.E.mation! since its inauguration in 2007. The theme for N.E.mation! 8 is “Because You Played A Part” and all of you can play a part in the N.E.mation! 8 adventure too, just by Watching, Voting and you can stand to win attractive prizes!

2T2J8755

I was happy and honoured to be invited and be part of N.E.mation! 8 journey, starting with “Are You Ready to Kick Start?“, a rally call to students out there to step forward and be a part of N.E.mation! 8. I visited the top 10 teams of N.E.mation! 8, with a behind the scenes and the making of adventures during their intensive preparation of their animation clip. The experience was very fun, speaking to all the 10 teams of N.E.mation! 8, listening to their stories and experiences, understanding more about their ideas and choice of animation style. I think that when each team had to present, share and chatted with John and myself during the visit, it also helped them prepare for their Downtown Picnic event!

IMG_6234

On the 18th January 2014, N.E.mation! organised a Downtown Picnic at The Plaza, National Library Building. The top 10 teams of N.E.mation! 8 were there to introduce themselves to the public and supporters, sharing their stories, experiences and to showcase their final product, the animation clip from their 3 weeks of intensive preparation! Joining me at the N.E.mation! 8 Downtown Picnic were fellow social media friends, DK, Sue, Andy and John who also came down to support the N.E.mation! 8 adventures! I took the time to revisit the top 10 teams again and it was nice chatting with them again especially those that still remembered me from my visit during their 3 weeks of intense preparation!

For the past two seasons N.E.mation! 6 and 7 (and including this season, N.E.mation! 8), I witnessed and experienced first hand the quality and talents of the young and future generations of Singapore. From having zero experience in animation, the final products, their animation clips produced by the students, were really impressive and heartwarming. Likewise, N.E.mation! 8 promises to be just as exciting and when you start to watch all the 10 animation clips, you might have a hard time (which s a good problem to have!) to vote for your favourite 3 clips! There are exciting prizes to be won and let me share with you the information and steps for you to vote and what are the exciting prizes to be won! Drop by N.E.mation! website  and my previous post to check out the Top 10 Teams and their impressive animation clips! Remember to vote after watching all the Top 10 animation clips! Voting ends on 15th February 2014!

4 Ways to Vote !

4 Ways to Vote

Picture Courtesy of N.E.mation!

Attractive Prizes !

Top PrizesPicture Courtesy of N.E.mation!

2T2J8763

To all the Top 10 Teams of N.E.mation! 8, great job and well done! Everyone of you that participated in the N.E.mation! 8 journey is a winner! Good luck and all the best in your future endeavours! 

Sandcrawler Singapore

The world of Star Wars is here in Singapore! Lucasfilm inaugurate the Singapore Sandcrawler, a modern state of the art premises at One-North in Singapore. For the Star Wars fanatics, you will remember the Sandcrawler in the Star Wars Trilogy and the new building in Singapore is modelled after the Sandcrawler! The official opening of the Singapore Sandcrawler made many headlines in both local and international news!

2T2J8767

I am a Star Wars fan, it’s one of the first movies that I watched when I was a young kid watching A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. After the Singapore Sandcrawler was officially opened, I went down together with DK (big Star Wars fan) to check out the Sandcrawler. We explored the surroundings and different angles to capture the Sandcrawler’s famous design. There is a beautiful lush green garden inside the Sandcrawler compound where we found Jedi Master Yoda!

2T2J8777

Having paid a pilgrimage to Jedi Master Yoda at the Sandcrawler, the feeling is like Jedi Master Yoda wise words echoing through the garden “May The Force Be With You”!


Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR.

Sony CyberShot RX100 II Review

The Sony CyberShot RX100 II is based on the successful and popular predecessor, Sony CyberShot RX100 with enhanced picture quality and convenient new features such as Wi-Fi and easy One-touch smartphone connection with NFC. The Sony CyberShot RX 100 II was a handy and compact digital camera, I brought it out with me for my daily use, leisure and attending events during a two weeks period with the Sony CyberShot RX 100 II review unit.

DSC01354

There are a lot of features packed inside the Sony CyberShot RX100 II and one of the key features is TRILUMINOS™ Colour technology that gives the RX100 II even richer, more natural colour reproduction with the new generation of BRAVIA televisions featuring TRILUMINOS™ Display. The technical specifications for the Sony CyberShot RX100 II are attached below for your reference!

DSC01614

Here is a compilation of my thoughts and views on the Sony CyberShot RX100 II –

Pros

–       Small and compact

–       Light aluminium camera body

–       Hot shoe can be useful for external flash and electronic view finder

–       Material and built of the RX100ii is pretty sturdy and solid

–       Front ring allows the photographer to change the aperture without touching the buttons behind (in manual mode)

–       3.0-type White Magic™ LCD tilts up or down. The tilt screen is useful and allows the photographer to hold it in different positions e.g. waist level or at upper body level when screen is tilted 90 degrees

–       Panoramic function is great function to have and it is very useful

–       Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar glass optics

–       The outputs from the Sony RX100M2 is pretty good in quality and sharpness

–       Auto focus is pretty fast

–       Optical SteadyShot Image Stablisation compensates for camera shake

–       With the Sony PlayMemories Mobile App, the photographs can be viewed and shared with family and friends

–       Full HD 24p/25p movie for rich, cinematic video footage

–       TRILUMINOS™ Colour for richer, more natural colours

Cons

–       LCD User interface has too many features and it can be confusing

–       Buttons and Controls Interface on camera body can be tricky and a bit difficult to remember (it takes a while to get used to it)

–       Tilt screen is not able to flip upright or out to the side if the need arises

–       Photographs shot at ISO at 12,800 and at aperture wide open at f/1.8 is grainy

–       A little big on the heavier side for a compact digital camera

–       Price is a bit on the higher side for a compact digital camera

–       Adding an electronic view finder or optical view finder adds to the overall cost of the camera

 DSC01492

From the various photographs that I took with the Sony CyberShot RX100 II over the 2 weeks, it had been a fun and interesting time with this compact digital camera. The “straight out from camera” jpeg file photographs that I took had been impressive, quite accurate in the photograph output and rich in colours. With the specifications and features packed inside the Sony CyberShot RX100 II, in my personal opinion, the RX100 II belongs to the range of high end powerful specifications compact digital camera at a quite a value for money price tag.

DSC01588

The Sony CyberShot RX100 II is an ideal compact digital camera for travel and daily camera for leisure usage. For street photography fans, you can consider the Sony CyberShot RX100 II as a street photography camera and you have the option to add the optical viewfinder or electronic viewfinder (at an additional cost). The interface and controls might be a bit tricky to master and might take a while to get use to its interface and controls. With the Sony PlayMemories Mobile App, you can choose to share with your family and friends on the social media channels and platforms!

DSC01475

If you are planning to look for a compact digital camera, the Sony CyberShot RX100 II is definitely worth your time to look into for your consideration, that you can compare with other similar compact digital camera models, on the technical specifications and pricing. The Sony CyberShot RX100 II is now available, with a retail recommended price of SGD $999.00.

DSC01624

I would like to thank Sony Singapore and Waggener Edstrom for the opportunity to review the Sony CyberShot RX100 II.


Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR.

Specifications Sheet

Model RX100 II (DSC-RX100M2)
Image Sensor 1.0-type (13.2 x 8.8mm) Exmor R™ CMOS sensor with back illumination technology

(Effective resolution) Approx. 20.2 megapixels

(Gross resolution) Approx. 20.9 megapixels

Lens Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T*, with 7 elements in 6 groups (4 aspheric elements including AA lens); F1.8 (Wide) – 4.9 (Tele); focal length = 10.4-37.1mm; 35mm effective focal length (Still Image 3:2) = 28-100mm
Zoom range Optical: 3.6x; Clear Image Zoom 7.2x
Screen 7.5cm (3.0-type) (4:3) / 1,229,000 dots / Xtra Fine TFT LCD; adjusts up 84° / down 45° (approx.)
Image stabilisation (Still image) Optical SteadyShot

(Movie) Optical SteadyShot Active Mode with electronic compensation (anti-rolling)

Focus modes Single-shot AF (AF-S) / Continuous AF (AF-C) / Direct Manual Focus (DMF) / Manual Focus
Focus area Multi point AF (25 points) / Centre weighted AF / Flexible spot / Flexible spot (tracking focus) / Flexible spot (face tracking)
Sensitivity (still image) Auto (ISO160-12800, selectable with upper/lower limit), 160/200/400/800/1600/3200/6400/12800 (Expandable to ISO 100/125)

Multi Frame NR: Auto(ISO160-25600),200/400/800/1600/3200/6400/12800/25600

NB: ISO25600 is achieved by using overlay burst shooting

Continuous shooting Speed Priority Continuous Mode: Approx.10 fps

Continuous mode: 2.5 fps (AF-S)

Shooting modes Superior Auto, Intelligent Auto, Program Auto (Program shift available), Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual, Scene Selection, Movie, Sweep shooting
Picture Effect modes Toy Camera, Pop Colour, Posterisation, Retro Photo, Soft High-key, Partial Colour, High Contrast Monochrome, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, Miniature, Watercolour, Illustration
Other Shooting functions Face Detection, Face Registration, Smile Shutter, Dual Rec, Grid Line, Digital Level Gauge (pitch and roll), MR (memory recall), Exposure Bracketing, White Balance Bracketing, Peaking, MF Assist, Auto Framing, Photo Creativity, Shooting Tips
Movie record AVCHD: 28M PS (1920×1080, 50p/60p) / 24M FX (1920×1080, 50i/60i, 24p/25p) / 17M FH (1920×1080, 50i/60i, 24p/25p)

MP4: 12M (1440×1080, 25p/30p) / 3M VGA (640×480 25p/30p) *NTSC formats selectable as Setup menu option

Battery life (Still Image) Approx. 350 / Approx. 175 min. (CIPA standard)

(Movie) Approx. 80 min.( AVCHD, MP4, shooting in factory preset mode)

Dimensions (WxHxD) Approx. 101.6 x 58.1 x 38.3mm (CIPA compliant)
Accessory terminals Multi Terminal, Multi Interface Shoe
Weight Approx. 254g (body only)

Approx. 281g (with battery and Memory Stick Duo)

Supplied accessories Rechargeable Battery Pack NP-BX1, Micro USB cable, Wrist Strap, Shoulder Strap Adaptor, Instruction Manual

 

Bidadari Woodlands

Bidadari Woodlands, a gorgeous, tranquil and peaceful green belt in Singapore. It is a former cemetery, one of the oldest in Singapore. The last burial at Bidadari Cemetery was in 1972, in the year 1996, the government announced future redevelopment plans for Bidadari, earmarked for future housing developments. In 2002, exhumation of the graves began and Bidadari transformed into a temporary park space in 2006. The future plans for Bidadari was recently announced around August 2013 inside the Draft Master Plan 2013 and the new housing estate development plans are in place in the years to come.

2T2J8250

Here are some useful links and information on Bidadari

Bidadari Cemetery on Wikipedia

Draft Master Plan 2013 ~ Bidadari Estate

National Heritage Board ~ Bidadari Memorial Garden

Housing Development Board ~ Weaving Through Bidadari – A Community in a Garden

Nature Society Singapore ~ NSS’s Position on Bidadari 

Facebook Group ~ Saving Bidadari for Birds and People

I visited Bidadari Woodlands a few times, exploring, photographing the beautiful green landscapes, observing and photographing the avian community, the local and migratory birds that make Bidadari Woodlands home or transit/rest point. Bidadari Woodlands has an extensive list of birds that were spotted there. It’s a haven for bird watchers and bird photographers especially during migration season when the birds fly into Singapore’s Bidadari Woodlands and rest there for a while before continuing on their migration journey. I went to Bidadari Woodlands for bird photography exploration a few times and I hope to photograph more of the birds before the Bidadari Woodlands is changed into a new housing estate.

2T2J8223

Recently, I joined a group morning hike with friends to explore Bidadari Woodlands together, starting from Bartley MRT station, towards Mt Vernon and hiking across the Bidadari Woodlands towards Woodleigh MRT station. During this trek, my emphasis was on the landscape and greenery, capturing and documenting as many different landscape scenes inside Bidadari Woodlands. I am planning to go back again a few more times, for both bird photography and more landscape photography. I just want to share the beautiful and lush green nature belt known as Bidadari Woodlands. Do check out my Flickr on the photographs that I took at Bidadari Woodlands!

2T2J8230

There are many different areas that Bidadari encompasses, history, heritage, culture, conservation, preservation nature and wildlife for you to explore and know more about Bidadari Woodlands. Do go and explore them!


Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR.

Naoko Tosa – Sound of Ikebana: Four Seasons

The Art Science Museum, at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, is having her facade transformed with a beautiful light show by Naoko Tosa‘s Sound of Ikebana: Four Seasons. It’s an amazing light show display with beautiful music that lights up Marina Bay Sands and the Marina Bay area! The light show will be shown from 16 – 19 January 2014 from 2025hrs to 2055hrs and 2150hrs to 2220hrs.

2T2J8546

2T2J8619

It’s always nice to see light show projections on the Art Science Museum facade! Do drop by and visit Art Science Museum, watch and enjoy Naoko Tosa Sound of Ikebana: Four Seasons under the stars!


Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR.

5ive Foot Way – Days We Met Photography Exhibition

The world of photography is very beautiful, from the art of capturing a moment, to admiring and learning from fellow photographers artworks. This particular collective group of 5ive Foot Way photographers, whom I have known some of them for a few years, Callan and Jing Wen, during street photography outings. As time goes on, chatting and catching up with them, I got to know Aik Beng at a later stage through the Instagram network and their first group exhibition. In their second group exhibition titled “Days We Met”, I got to meet Donna and Adam and was glad to have a chat with them about their wonderful photography artworks too!

The 5 of them are talented photographers in their own rights, with an eye and perspective of photography that is unique, interesting and sometimes abstract. Their photographs will definitely be able to bring you a journey through their eyes, perspectives and how they express their feelings and thoughts through them. At their second group exhibition, “Days We Met”, there will be 30 photographs, in colour, and also black and white. The photographs will share the group members’ exploration in experiencing life through own experiences and journeys.

“Days We Met” will be hosted by Objectifs Centre for Photography and Filmmaking, and open to the public from 10th to 24th January 2014. Admission is free, and exhibited prints are available for sale at $150 each. You might be thinking, who are the photographers that make up 5ive Foot Way and where are they from? 5ive Foot Way is a Singapore-based photography collective consisting of 5 members:

Adam Abd Rahim — http://www.thestreetsamurai.com/

DSC01582

Aik Beng Chia — http://www.aikbengchia.com/

DSC01575

Callan Tham — http://www.callantham.com/

DSC01578

Donna Chiu — http://donnachiu.4ormat.com/

DSC01584

Tham Jing Wen — http://www.thamjingwen.com/

DSC01570

https://www.facebook.com/5iveFootWay

http://5ivefootway.com

There is an Artists’ Talk – Behind 5ive Foot Way and “Days We Met” on Saturday 18th January 2014, 2pm-4pm at Objectifs – Centre for Photography and Filmmaking. Do drop by and visit the Days We Met photography exhibition and chat with the 5 photographers too!

The folks from 5ive Foot Way have been a great bunch of photographers whom I learned from, encouraging, willing to share and chat everything about photography. They produce their own photography books, that are an inspiration to me, not just in their works, they also shared on how to go about doing it and getting there through their own personal experiences. When the time is ready to produce my own photography book, I will know who to look for guidance and advice!

Photography is not just about photographing and capturing the moment. The elements of friendship, helping, sharing and learning together with other fellow photographers will make your photography adventure/journey so much more interesting and fun, along with encouragement and support to make you strive and excel in what you want in your photography.

 Having photography friends and groups such as 5ive Foot Way, I am sure you will enjoy and appreciate photography even better!


Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR.

Canon launches PowerShot S200

Canon launches the PowerShot S200, a pocket-sized digital camera built for users on the go who are looking for superb image quality. Users can also look forward to enhance their artistic expression through Creative filters and smart AUTO technology. With built in Wi-Fi technology, images and videos taken with the camera can be instantaneously shared on social networking sites.

powershot-s200-img2

Superior digital imaging system within its small size

Weighing in at a mere 181g and 26.3mm thick, the PowerShot S200 packs a punch despite its minuscule size. Featuring a sharp 24mm extra wide angle lens with a bright aperture of f/2.0 and maximum 5x optical zoom, users will be able to capture wide, all-encompassing shots with ease. Equipped with Canon’s High-Sensitivity (HS) system, which combines a powerful DIGIC 5 image processor and a 10.1 megapixel CCD image sensor, low-noise exceptional imaging can be achieved even in low light conditions. Users will be able to experience seamless full resolution continuous shooting with AF speed of up to 4.5 frames per second (fps) as shooting and processing are now performed in tandem.

The intuitive design of the PowerShot S200 makes it easy to operate, especially for users who are keen to experiment with manual controls instead of relying on auto mode. With a turn of the control ring and control wheel, users can easily adjust settings such as exposure, ISO, zoom and aperture quickly to capture their desired image. With a 3 inch LCD screen and a built-in stereo microphone, the PowerShot S200 also allows the user to record stunning 720p High Definition (HD) videos.

powershot-s200-img6

Caption your photos and share on the go via Wi-Fi

With built-in Wi-Fi Technology, the PowerShot S200 enables images and videos to be easily shared on social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickror via email through the Canon Image Gateway. Users can also download the free Canon CameraWindow app to their compatible iOS or Android device and upload the images from virtually anywhere. In addition, users will be able to input text when posting updates to Twitter and other social networking sites, which effectively allow them to document their treasured moments.

powershot-s200-img5

Pricing and Availability

The Canon PowerShot S200 will be available in two colours, black and white, from Canon authorised dealers at $399 in mid January 2014

For more information on the Canon S200, check out the website here!

* Information, Details and Photographs Courtesy of Canon Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations *

Sony Introduces Alpha 5000

Sony recently introduces the Alpha 5000 at CES 2014, the latest addition to the Sony Alpha family. The Sony Alpha 5000 is the world’s lightest interchangeable lens digital camera, with built in Wi-Fi and NFC, punches far above its weight when it comes to beautiful pictures and creative control. Packing a large 20.1 effective megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor and BIONZ X processor, the 5000 produces exquisite images, despite its small size.

Alpha A5000 - Black (2)

A serious step up from ordinary point-and-shoot cameras, the new 5000 puts pro-style picture quality in a beautifully designed body that fits easily in your pocket. Small and light enough to take anywhere, it’s a perfect alternative to your DSLR. While weighing just 210g (approximately, without lens attached), its compact body accommodates a built-in flash to brighten dimly-lit scenes. The camera’s handgrip is also re-styled for sure, steady handling with any E-mount lens attached.

Alpha A5000 - Pink (1)

Picture quality is boosted with a DSLR-sized 20.1 effective-megapixel Exmor APS-C HD CMOS image sensor that captures huge amounts of fine picture information. Images are further enhanced by the new-generation BIONZ X processor shared with the acclaimed 7 and 7R full-frame cameras. Detail reproduction, area-specific noise reduction and diffraction reducing technologies ensure even finer textures and lower noise. What’s more, sensitivity is now adjustable manually right up to ISO 16000 for impressive pictures in fading light.

Alpha A5000 - Silver (3)

On-board Wi-Fi allows one-touch connection with your Xperia or NFC-compatible Android smartphone or tablet. It’s easy sharing of photos wirelessly on your mobile[1]. A single touch also activates Smart Remote Control, linking the camera with a smartphone or tablet to view shots, or fire the shutter from a distance.

Alpha A5000 - White (5)

PlayMemories Camera Apps[2] enhances your photo experience even further with a growing range of free and paid apps, spanning exciting creative effects, utilities and more. Currently, only free apps are available in Singapore, and these include an upgraded Time-lapse Ver.2.0, which can now smoothly track changes to ambient brightness in a scene, as well as the brand-new Sync to Smartphone, which automatically transfers shots to a pre-registered smartphone or tablet each time the camera’s switched off. The transferred photos can then be automatically relayed to your PlayMemories Online account if the mobile device has the PlayMemories Online App installed and the All Sync feature enabled

Specifications Sheet

General

Camera Type Interchangeable lens digital camera with built-in flash
Lens compatibility Sony E-mount lenses

Image sensor

Type APS-C type (23.2 x 15.4mm) “Exmor™” APS HD CMOS sensor
Number of pixels (effective) Approx. 20.1 megapixels

Recording system

(still image)

Recording format JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver.2.3, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format)
Image quality modes RAW/RAW+JPEG/JPEG Fine/JPEG Standard
Picture Effect 13 type: Posterisation (Colour, B/W), Pop Colour, Retro Photo, Partial Colour (R,G,B,Y), High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera, Soft High-key, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, Miniature, Watercolour, Illustration

Recording system (movie)

Recording format AVCHD format Ver. 2.0 compliant;

MP4

Recording system

Media “Memory Stick PRO Duo”/”Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo”/”Memory Stick XC-HG Duo”/SD memory card/SDHC memory card/SDXC memory card

Focus system

Type Contrast-detection AF
Focus point 25 points (contrast-detection AF)

Exposure control

Metering type 1200-zone evaluative metering
ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index) Still images: ISO100 to 16000, AUTO (ISO100 to 16000), Movies: ISO100 to 6400 equivalent, AUTO (ISO100 to 6400 equivalent)

LCD screen

Type 7.5cm (3.0-type) wide type TFT
Number of dots 460,800 dots (total)
Field coverage 100%
Adjustable angle Up by approx. 180 degrees

Wi-Fi

View on smartphone

Yes

Send to computer

Yes

View on TV

Yes

NFC

Yes (NFC Forum Type 3 Tag compatible,

One-touch remote, One-touch sharing

PlayMemories Camera Apps

Yes

Drive Speed (approx., max.) Continuous mode: max. 2.5 fps
Speed Priority Continuous shooting: max. 3.5 fps
Power Still images Approx. 420 images (CIPA standard)
Dimensions (W x H x D) excluding protrusions Approx. 109.6mm x 62.8mm x 35.7mm
Weight Approx. 210g (body only)

Approx. 269g (with battery and Memory Stick PRO Duo included)

* Information, Details and Photographs Courtesy of Sony Singapore and Waggener Edstrom Worldwide *


[1] Only for smartphones or tablets with Android OS (Version 4.0 or later). The latest PlayMemories Mobile™

application must be installed on the mobile device.

[2] Availability of each software service varies according to country or region. Requires a valid Sony Entertainment

Network account. Some apps may require a fee.

Profoto B1 500 Air TTL Experience

A photographer’s journey is full of learning, playing and enjoying the art and beauty of photography. As the photographer goes on in their photography exploration and experimentation, they will enter into the world of flash photography. When I started learning flash photography a few years ago, it was quite a challenge and a bit of a steep learning experience. One of my mentors, Daniel from The Camera Workshop taught me very basics of flash photography, it had been a fun learning hands on journey with speedlight photography.

DSC01295

 As I take the next step into advanced flash photography, it started with using 3 Canon Speedlite 580ex2 to light up my alumni mater Gan Eng Seng Dragon Scout Group Anniversary Dinner Group Photograph in the school hall. It got me started to learn more about using off camera flash and multiple flashes. I slowly read up and researched by reading photography sites, youtube videos and e-guides. One of the key sites was strobist where I started learning basics and built up my basic lighting photography setup kit. During that time, I chanced upon 2 e-guides by Profoto, titled “The Profoto Advantage: For Wedding and Portrait Photographers”. The 2 e-guides introduced Profoto products such as the Profoto D1, modifiers and accessories. There is an article inside titled “Profoto D1 vs Speedlights” and it gets me thinking ahead.

DSC01339

My strobist flash photography journey gets more interesting and exciting after working with Weili, photographer and owner of Poisonous Online Boutique Store. Weili is very knowledgeable and experienced with strobist/studio lighting photography using Profoto lights. I learned a lot from him by asking him questions and learning from him over coffee sessions. Recently, I was given the opportunity to be his photographer assistant for his Dance Photography Shoot and this was my miaden entry into strobist lighting photography. The experience was great, nothing beats being hands on learning from the expert!

The highlight and euphoria for me came when I was invited by Weili, the golden opportunity to loan and review Profoto latest technology, the Profoto B1 Off-Camera Flash for 2 days over the weekend. This was an excellent and golden opportunity that I grabbed with both hands eagerly! I brought the Profoto B1 out for 2 days and I had a very fun self learning, testing and sharing with fellow social media friends and photographers on the Profoto B1.

What are my thoughts and views of the Profoto B1 during the 2 days review period? Here they are below –

 Pros

–       Not too heavy and easily portable

–       Versatile for different photography needs, indoors and outdoors, portraits, products, pets, fast action photography

–       Powerful ~ 500Ws

–       Energy Range ~ 9 f-stops

–       Compact and cordless

–       Good battery life

–       Consistent lighting output

–       Good recycling time for quick burst shoot

–       High speed sync

–       Profoto Air Remote is versatile and can be used on different cameras

–       If equipped with the Air Remote TTL-C for Canon, makes it easier for photographers to carry out their assignment faster.

–       No electrical cords

Cons

–       Price is on the high side for the Profoto B1 light (standalone)

–       Addition of accessories will add up the cost further e.g. remote, modifiers, accessories

–       Too good and smart with the Air-Remote TTL-C feature, that might make photographers lazy

2T2J7925

During the 2 days with the Profoto B1, I went to test and get hands on feel of the Profoto B1 personally, starting with my family dog at home and at the office furniture showroom before meeting my friends later. I had a fun photography testing and sharing session with fellow social media friends/photographers DK and Ridz on a Saturday night at the Esplanade area. The Saturday night shoot and sharing with DK and Ridz was fun and we were able to see for ourselves how 1 off camera flash such as the Profoto B1 can have the impacts to portrait photography!

IMG_6330

Model: Ridz

Photographer: DK

Photographer Assistant: Myself (holding the Profoto B1)

On the Sunday afternoon, I met fellow photographer friend David Tay from David Tay Photography for outdoor portrait photography. We took turns being the photographer and model, exchanging tips, posing, camera settings adjustments while experimenting with the Profoto B1. During this shoot, I had a better understanding and control of the Profoto B1 that gave me two nice portraits that I really like, check them out here on 500px!

DSC02143

Photographer: David Tay

Model: Myself

If you are looking to buy a studio light or planning to upgrade your studio light, the Profoto B1 Off-Camera flash definitely should be part of your choices for selection. The Profoto B1 can be purchased via Poisonous Online Boutique Store; check out the single unit Profoto B1 or the dual travel kit Profoto B1 package! 

You get what you pay for and for the amount of money invested in the Profoto B1, it’s definitely worth it. Their marketing slogan from Profoto website “Once You Try It, It Changes Everything”, definitely lives up to their branding, marketing and publicity. From a photographer who just entered into advanced strobist lighting and having the Profoto B1 for 2 days, the Profoto B1 lives up to its reputation and quality. I am pretty confident that I am able to tap on the full maximum potential of the Profoto B1, shooting with multiple B1 lights in the future with the TTL capability. The Profoto B1 sounds like an excellent investment for me in the future when I do sports photography shoot/portraits!

I would like to thank Weili from Poisonous Online Boutique Store for the Profoto B1 loan review opportunity.


Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR.