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New arrival: Sony A7 III full-frame mirrorless camera

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

The new Sony A7 III camera and SEL2870 lens will be available in selected Asia Pacific countries in March 2018. Prices TBA.

The A7 III is capable of continuous shooting at up to 10 fps with either mechanical shutter or silent shooting and full Auto Focus/Auto Exposure tracking.

The A7 III is capable of continuous shooting at up to 10 fps with either mechanical shutter or silent shooting and full Auto Focus/Auto Exposure tracking.

The Sony A7 III ships with a newly developed full-frame 24.2-megapixel back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS image sensor with Evolved Image Processing.

The AF III is equipped with a 5-axis optical in-body image stabilisation with a 5 step shutter speed advantage.

The AF III is equipped with a 5-axis optical in-body image stabilisation with a 5 step shutter speed advantage.

It has a wide ISO range of 100 – 51200 (expandable to ISO 50 – 204800 for still images) and 15-stop dynamic range at low sensitivities.

The AF system features 693 phase-detection AF points covering 93% of image area, 425 contrast AF points and fast and reliable Eye AF.

The camera is capable of high resolution 4K movie shooting with full pixel readout and no pixel binning across full-width of full-frame sensor.

Sony boasts that the A7 III has the longest rated battery life of any mirrorless camera – at 710 shots per charge.

Other upgraded operability and functionality include the addition of a joystick for adjusting focus points, Dual SD Card Slots, and SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.1 Gen 1) USB Type-C Terminal.

More details from the press release below.

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New arrival: Canon launches EOS M50, EOS 1500D & 470EX-AI

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

Canon launched globally two new entry interchangeable lens cameras (EOS M50 & EOS 1500D) and an Auto Intelligent flash 470EX-AI. Prices & availability TBA.

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The Canon EOS M50 mirrorless camera will be available in three kit options: EF-M15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM kit, EF-M15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM + EF-M55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM kit and body only.

The new 24.1-megapixel EOS M50 is the entry-level camera for Canon’s line-up of mirrorless cameras.

The first Canon camera to be equipped with the new DIGIC 8 image processor the EOS M50 ships with 4K movie shooting ability and an improved Dual Pixel CMOS AF.

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Sony Electronics opens sixth store in Singapore @ Wisma Atria

Friday, September 30th, 2016

The new store is the second store along Orchard Road in Singapore, and is located on the 3rd floor (#03-01/01A) of the popular mall Wisma Atria.

Sony Store Wisma Atria is the brand’s sixth retail outlet in Singapore.

Sony Store Wisma Atria is the brand’s sixth retail outlet in Singapore.

The new store will showcase the latest consumer electronics from the Japanese company.

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Sony Store Wisma Atria will be opened to the public from 1 October 2016, from 10:30am to 9:30pm daily.

These include the recently announced top-of-the-line Z9D series of BRAVIA 4K TVs, as well as the new flagship range of Signature Series High-Resolution Audio (HRA) products.

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Sony launches a99 II flagship A-Mount camera at Photokina 2016

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

The new a99 II will be available at all Sony Stores, Sony Centres and selected Sony authorised dealers in Singapore from November 2016. RRP TBA.

The new a99 II is the successor to the a99 and includes Sony’s Hybrid Phase Detection AF system and A-mount features such as Translucent Mirror Technology (TMT).

The new a99 II is the successor to the a99 and includes Sony’s Hybrid Phase Detection AF system and A-mount features such as Translucent Mirror Technology (TMT).

Sony positions the a99 II as a professional level camera appealing to sports and wildlife photographers.

Key features of the Sony a99 II are listed below.

Full-frame 4D Focus: Hybrid Phase Detection AF system with accurate 79 hybrid cross AF points enabled by 79-point dedicated and 399-point focal-plane AF sensors and continuous shooting at up to 12fps.
• High resolution 42.4 effective megapixels 35mm Full-frame Exmor R CMOS sensor.
• Newly developed optical 5-axis in-body image stabilisation system.
Better operability and reliability in newly designed downsized body.
• Internal 4K movie recording in XAVC-S format with host of pro-orientated movie features.

Check out the details in the press release below.

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Olympus unveils new cameras & lenses at Photokina 2016

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

Some new cameras and lenses from Olympus that we can look forward to in the coming months. Most of the prices and availability are yet to be announced.

The flagship OM-D E-M1 Mark II with battery grip, being flanked by three PEN E-PL8 compact mirrorless cameras.

The flagship OM-D E-M1 Mark II with battery grip, being flanked by three PEN E-PL8 compact mirrorless cameras.

The list of new cameras and lenses include the following.

  • OM-D E-M1 Mark II flagship mirrorless camera
  • PEN E-PL8 compact mirrorless camera
  • M.Zuiko 12-100mm F4 IS PRO lens
  • M.Zuiko 25MM F1.2 PRO lens
  • M.Zuiko 30mm F3.5 Macro lens
  • FL-900R external flash

A quick summary of each is included below.

OM-D E-M1 Mark II

Olympus announced the development of the new flagship OM-D E-M1 Mark II, with a 121-point all cross-type On-chip Phase Detection AF, and an 18 fps high-speed sequential shooting in AF/AE tracking.

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New arrivals: Leica SL mirrorless system camera in Singapore

Friday, October 30th, 2015

The Leica SL (Type 601) body will be available in Singapore from 16 November 2015. The body is priced at S$11,000 while the Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24–90 mm f/2.8–4 ASPH zoom lens will retail for S$6,850.

The Leica SL was first unveiled in Wetzlar, Germany on 20 October, 2015 and launched in Singapore on 30 October.

The Leica SL was first unveiled in Wetzlar, Germany on 20 October, 2015 and launched in Singapore on 30 October.

The Leica APO-Vario-Elmarit-SL 1:2,8-4/90-280mm ASPH lens will be available Q2/2016, and the Leica Summilux-SL 1:1,4/50mm ASPH will be available Q4/2016.

Those interested can now pre-order their SL from all Leica Stores and Boutiques located at ION Orchard, Raffles Hotel Arcade and Mandarin Gallery, as well as authorised Leica dealers.

Below are more details from the press release.

The LEICA SL mirrorless system camera sets new standards in terms of speed, picture quality and versatility

Wetzlar, 20 October 2015 – The Leica SL system marks the beginning of a new era of professional photography made in Germany.

The Leica SL mirrorless system camera is impressive on account of its innovations in exceptional Leica quality. Its 24 MP full-frame CMOS sensor and perfectly matched components – from superiorquality lenses to its electronic viewfinder – guarantee exceptional imaging performance.

EyeRes viewfinder and touchscreen display for total control of every picture

Developed especially for the Leica SL, this electronic viewfinder is the first of its kind to feature Leica EyeRes technology.

With a latency time below the threshold of perception, an impressive resolution of 4.4 million pixels and a magnification reminiscent of a medium format camera, this electronic viewfinder offers an entirely new visual experience and numerous advantages.

The EyeRes viewfinder is activated simply by looking through it.

The EyeRes viewfinder is activated simply by looking through it.

The final image is visible in the viewfinder before the shutter release is pressed, which enables optimum control over the final picture in any situation.

In addition, the Leica SL also features a 2.95″ back panel display with a viewing angle of up to 170° that enables reliable viewing of pictures and efficient touchscreen menu navigation.

Maestro II processor for maximum performance

The high-performance Maestro II series processor guarantees that photographers never miss even the fastest-moving subjects and that the camera responds instantaneously to all commands.

Together with 2 GB of buffer memory, the processor makes it possible to capture consecutive exposures at rates of up to 11 frames per second at full 24 MP resolution and 4K video with a frame rate of 30 frames per second.

Pictures can be saved simultaneously to an SD memory card as both a JPEG and DNG in line with the fast UHS II standard.

Pictures can be saved simultaneously to an SD memory card as both a JPEG and DNG in line with the fast UHS II standard.

Thanks to its Maestro II series processor, the Leica SL achieves the best performance currently possible in the professional camera class and underlines the innovative character of the camera.

24 MP CMOS sensor for exceptional picture quality in 35 mm full-frame format

The 24 MP CMOS full-frame sensor guarantees impressive dynamic range, excellent contrast rendition, exceptional sharpness, the highest resolution, and noise-free images in almost all lighting conditions.

The shutter provides speeds from 30 minutes to 1/8000 sec.

The shutter provides speeds from 30 minutes to 1/8000 sec.

The sensor reveals its full potential in combination with Leica SL lenses, especially in available-light situations, and captivates users with atmospheric exposures in superior quality at ISO settings up to a maximum of 50,000.

What’s more, it is optimised for use with Leica M-Lenses and, in addition to supporting all their functions, delivers the excellent picture quality with which Leica has been synonymous for more than 100 years.

The new movie star: professional video in cinematic resolution

The Leica SL is much more than a professional still-picture camera with video recording capability: it fulfils even the most stringent demands of moviemakers as a fully-fledged video camera.

Thanks to its 24 MP CMOS sensor and highperformance Maestro II series processor, the Leica SL enables the production of professional videos in 4K resolution.

“This milestone for Leica Camera is a testament of Leica Camera’s commitment towards innovation. The Leica SL is the perfect tool for professional photographers; with the fastest autofocus in the professional full frame camera class,” says Sunil Kaul, Managing Director for Leica Asia Pacific.

Videos can be recorded in UHD at 30 frames per second or even in Cine4K at 24 frames per second.

In full HD, the Leica SL records video at up to 120 frames per second and makes use of the entire sensor area.

Here, the logical and intuitive handling concept of the camera makes a clear distinction between still- and motion-picture recording.

As soon as the camera is in video mode, the display shows only relevant information for video recording, such as safe area, aspect ratio, zebra function or the recording level of the microphone.

An optional audio adapter allows you to connect an external microphone and the audio recording level can be set without accessing the menu.

Videos can be output in 4:2:2 10-bit format in 4K resolution over HDMI 1.4.

Aluminium body for robust performance in everyday photography

From the beginning, resilience and robustness were at the focus of the Leica SL’s development.

Body components machined from solid aluminium and precisely engineered seals around controls and in the lenses provide optimum protection against dust, moisture and splashes for the sensitive technology inside.

“I’m confident this camera will befit photographers from all disciplines to make this their tool of choice. You have to try it for yourself,” Kaul adds.

At the same time, integrated ultrasonic sensor cleaning removes dust and dirt from the sensor.

The glass covering the back panel display is extremely scratch-resistant and features an anti-reflex coating.

All these properties make the camera an ideal tool for use in the rough, everyday conditions faced by professional photographers.

In the interplay between its equally classic and functional design and its distinctive lines, the Leica SL is another example of Leica’s fine art of engineering.

A new generation of lenses for excellent picture quality

The combination of outstanding imaging performance and the fastest autofocus currently possible makes working with the Leica SL an entirely new experience and enables photographers to produce images in a quality never before seen in 35 mm format.

True to Leica’s principles, the new lenses specific to the Leica SL are distinguished by superior optical and mechanical precision.

Leica SL body with three new lenses specifically designed for the camera.

Leica SL body with three new lenses specifically designed for the camera.

With its wide range of focal lengths and high speed, the Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24–90 mm f/2.8–4 ASPH is the ideal standard zoom lens in the Leica SL-System portfolio.

The zoom range of the fast Leica APO-Vario-Elmarit-SL 90–280 mm f/2.8–4 follows on directly from this and the current lens portfolio is rounded off by the Leica Summilux-SL 50 mm f/1.4 ASPH, the new reference lens for this focal length.

Further Leica SL lenses will follow.

What’s more, the exceptional compatibility of the Leica SL-System grants photographers access to almost all Leica lenses ever made.

For instance, all lenses for the Leica T camera can be used without an adapter.

In addition, appropriate adapters allow Leica S, M, and R system lenses and lenses from other manufacturers to be mounted on the Leica SL.

New arrivals: Canon EOS M10, PowerShot G5 X, PowerShot G 9X

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Canon has launched three new cameras: the mirrorless EOS M10 (S$TBD) and two PowerShot compact cameras, the G5 X (S$999) and G9 X (S$619).

Update (17 November, 2015):

The EOS M10 will be available in Singapore from end of November at Canon authorized dealers at the following recommended prices.

Models SRP
EOS M10 Kit 3 with EF-M15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM & EF-M55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM lens S$1,099
EOS M10 Kit 2 with EF-M15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM &EF-M22mm f/2 STM S$899
EOS M10 Kit 1 with EF-M15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens S$749
Camera face jacket S$79
Three new cameras for the amateurs and advanced users (from right): Canon EOS M10, PowerShot G5 X and PowerShot G9 X.

Three new cameras for the amateurs and advanced users (from right): Canon EOS M10, PowerShot G5 X and PowerShot G9 X.

Both the PowerShot G5 X and PowerShot G9 X will be available in late October while the price and availability of the EOS M10 will be announced later.

A brief description of the three new cameras are included below.

EOS M10

The EOS M10 is Canon’s latest addition to the EOS M range of mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras.

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Olympus firmware updates for OM-D E-M1 & E-M5 Mark II cameras

Monday, October 5th, 2015

Olympus will release – in November 2015 – v4.0 firmware update for OM-D E-M1 and v2.0 firmware update for OM-D E-M5 Mark II cameras.

v4.0 firmware update for the Olympus OM-D E-M1 (left) and v2.0 firmware update for OM-D E-m5 Mark II (right) cameras will be available in November 2015. Exact availability dates will be subsequently announced.

v4.0 firmware update for the Olympus OM-D E-M1 (left) and v2.0 firmware update for OM-D E-m5 Mark II (right) cameras will be available in November 2015. Exact availability dates will be subsequently announced.

The v4.0 firmware update for OM-D E-M1 (left) professional camera brings 18 new feature enhancements to video recording, macro photography and stealth shooting capabilities.

The v2.0 firmware update for OM-D E-M5 Mark II enthusiast camera will bring 9 new feature enhancements with the introduction of video specific enhancements for professional use.

More details of the updates are in the press release below.

E-M1 firmware v4.0

The fourth iteration of the OM-D E-M1 camera firmware (v4.0) introduces an extensive number of new or improved features that significantly broaden its imaging capabilities.

For video recording, 24 and 25P frame rates have been added to the camera’s existing Full HD video recording capability.

The video stabilisation algorithm has been completely revised to deliver a much higher level of dynamic image stability in handheld operations.

Two powerful new focus stacking and focus bracketing modes assist to improve depth of field for close-up imaging.

A new silent electronic shutter mode provides stealth shooting operation in delicate wildlife, concert and stage photography environments.

Other new feature highlights include 4K time-lapsed video recording, and a simulated optical viewfinder (S-OVF) mode that uses high-dynamic range technology for a traditional SLR viewfinder experience.

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POTD: Corridor in Masjid Abdul Gafoor in Singapore

Monday, August 10th, 2015

Amidst the searing heat of the afternoon sun, the mosque offers a cool refuge and respite for worshippers and visitors.

The corridor is still empty, although in an hours’ time, worshippers will arrive for the Friday prayers. Photo taken using a Canon EOS 5Ds and EF 50mm F1.4 USM prime lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

The corridor is still empty, although in an hours’ time, worshippers will arrive for the Friday prayers. Photo taken using a Canon EOS 5Ds and EF 50mm F1.4 USM prime lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Masjid Abdul Gafoor was gazetted as a national monument of Singapore on 13 July 1979.

Gowns for worshippers’ perusal in the Abdul Gaffoor Mosque. Photo taken using a Canon EOS 5Ds and EF 50mm F1.4 USM prime lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Gowns for worshippers’ perusal in the Abdul Gaffoor Mosque. Photo taken using a Canon EOS 5Ds and EF 50mm F1.4 USM prime lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

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POTD: Prayer hall in Masjid Abdul Gafoor in Singapore

Friday, August 7th, 2015

The prayer hall is the most sacred part of the mosque and is at the core of the building, directly below the cupola and tower on the roof of the mosque.

Beautiful calligraphic inscriptions decorate the prayer hall. Photo taken using a Canon EOS 5Ds and EF 50mm F1.4 USM prime lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Beautiful calligraphic inscriptions decorate the prayer hall. Photo taken using a Canon EOS 5Ds and EF 50mm F1.4 USM prime lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Only worshippers are allowed into the prayer hall.

Visitors/tourists and women are not allowed inside.

Caps/songkoks for use for worshippers. Photo taken using a Canon EOS 5Ds and EF 50mm F1.4 USM prime lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Caps/songkoks for use for worshippers. Photo taken using a Canon EOS 5Ds and EF 50mm F1.4 USM prime lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

The following descriptions are from the Wikipedia article on Masjid Abdul Gaffoor.

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