Sony a6500 Release V1.04 Firmware Update

Sony has released a new firmware 1.04 for their A6500 on 22nd August 2017.

What Does This Do?

This utility updates the camera firmware to version 1.04 and provides the following benefits:

Improvements over version 1.03

Improves image stabilization performance in movie mode

Download at:

A Serious GoPro Contender – Sony RX0 Waterproof & Shockproof Camera

At IFA, Sony revealed the RX0, a tiny (just 59 x 40 x 30mm) camera that Sony hopes will be start a new type of camera segment, something it is calling multi-view recording. The RX0 is small enough to mount almost anywhere, making it possible to capture a scene or event from multiple viewpoints. Think: mounting cameras on every musician’s instrument at a live show, film people singing karaoke in private automobiles without shooting through a windshield, or capturing point-of-view footage of Hobbits from inside a floating barrel. The RX0 could do all of this without sacrificing image quality, thanks to its 1″ Image Sensor, ability to output uncompressed 4K video, waterproof and shockproof build, and ability to record and sync timecode metadata wirelessly between multiple cameras.

It is tempting to compare the RX0 to action cameras based on its diminutive size and waterproof bonafides, but there are a few notable differences that make this camera distinct. First, the RX0 has a much larger 1″ sensor, more than four times as large as the 1/2.3″ sensors typically found in action cameras. Another difference is that the RX0 has a 24mm equivalent lens. While 24mm is relatively wide, it might as well be telephoto when compared to the 12mm equivalent lenses you see on most action cameras. This camera is for something different.

Before the RX0, if there was a shot you wanted that required the camera to be tiny and light, the only option available was action cameras. In fact, in the past few years an entire cottage industry has sprung up to try and make consumer action cameras work in a professional workflow, from camera modifications that replaced the soft, distorted lenses with higher-end optics to custom timecode generators that attach to the back of cameras. Even with those modifications, the resulting video quality was still hampered by the small image sensors, rolling-shutter artifacts, and low-bitrate recording to which consumer cameras are typically limited.

The lens of the RX0 is a ZEISS Tessar 24mm equivalent f/4.0 lens. Low-light fanatics hoping the four-times-larger image sensor would lead to four-times better low light might be disappointed by this. But the f/4 lens was a necessary compromise to get it into a package this small. However, there are plenty of other advantages to a larger sensor. With the RX0, you should see significantly better dynamic range, less noise at low ISOs, and increased overall clarity when compared to cameras that have a wider aperture on a smaller sensor. Also, thanks to the stacked CMOS sensor with DRAM on the chip, the rolling shutter on the RX0 will be greatly reduced.

One side effect of combining a larger image sensor and a narrower field of view is that the RX0 needs some sort of focus system. The RX0 has Auto Focus and Manual focus modes, with a minimum focusing distance of 20″, and the infinity focus point is at 39″.

The RX0 can record video internally in up to 1080p at 24, 25, 30, 50, and 60 fps, as well as 720p at 100 and 120 fps, all at 50 Mb/s in the XAVC codec. Advanced picture profile modes like S-Log are also available. For even higher-quality video, the RX0 outputs uncompressed UHD 4K video via HDMI for external recorders. The lack of internal 4K recording is a bummer, but even larger cameras with a 1″ sensor like the RX100 IV tend to overheat when recording in 4K, so it’s not really a surprise.

The camera can be controlled directly via on-camera buttons, or remotely via the Sony Play Memories app from an Android or iOS smartphone. Up to five cameras can be connected to one phone at once with no additional hardware, and more than five can be connected if there is a wireless router available. Via the app, you can control recording, as well as timecode, which should allow for the cameras to be edited easily in post. A wired solution through Ethernet hub to connect and control even more cameras will be available soon, expanding the multi-view capability further.

The RX0 is not designed to capture vacation surfing videos—its narrower, less distorted field of view will make it harder to see your feet while you surf, and extra features like timecode and the ability to focus on something other than infinity are probably over most people’s heads. What the RX0 allows is for professional videographers to mount cameras in places they have never been able to before and still get high-quality, timecode-synced video that can be integrated easily into a normal production workflow.

Nikon Malaysia I AM Super Deal PROMO

Nikon Malaysia I AM Super Deal PROMO Consumers Campaign

Model 1+1 Year Extended Warranty Consumers Campaign
D750 Kit & Body Free 1x AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G + 1x Nikon 100th Anniversary T-Shirt

(online redemption only)

D500 Body Free 1x COOLPIX B500 (Black) + Nikon 100th Anniversary T-Shirt
(online redemption only)
D7500 Kit & Body Free 1x AF-S NIKKOR DX 35mm f/1.8G + 1x Nikon 100th Anniversary T-Shirt (online redemption only)
D7200 Kit & Body Free 1x AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D + 1x Nikon 100th Anniversary T-Shirt

(online redemption only)

D5600 18-140mm Kit, 18-55mm Kit & Body Free 1x AF-P DX 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR + Nikon 100th Anniversary T-Shirt (online redemption only)
D5300 18-140mm Kit, 18-55mm Kit & Body Cash Back RM 350
(online redemption only)
D3400 Kit & Body Free 1x SB-300 Speedlight + Nikon 100th Anniversary T-Shirt
(online redemption only)
COOLPIX P900 Free 1x EN-EL23 Battery
(online redemption only)
Nikon 1 J5 Body, 10-30mm PD Kit & Double Zoom Kit Not Applicable

 Lens Cash Back Promo 

NIKKOR Lens Model Cash Back Amount (RM)
AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED 800
AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR 500
AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR 500
AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR 300
AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED 500
AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G 200

 Nikon Malaysia Redemption Program (“NMRP”)

Terms & Conditions:

  1. By registering in Nikon Club website (, you acknowledge and agree that Nikon Malaysia may use your Account name and password for all valid business purposes it deems appropriate, including, without limitation, to (a) access and update your Account information and records, and/or (b) assist you with applying for extended warranty or redeeming products which is offered by Nikon Malaysia.
  1. Nikon Malaysia reserves the right to amend, modify or cancel the promotion/campaign at any time, with or without notice.
  2. Subsidiaries/Business Partner/Dealers are strictly NOT allowed to participate in NMPR Campaign.
  3. By participating in this promotion, customers are bound by the terms and conditions herein contained.
  4. You are required to submit your product redemption/cash back promotion application online via
  1. The camera purchased must be an original Nikon Malaysia warranty set and it’s NOT valid for grey set.
  2. It is a condition that you are responsible for retaining information relating to the proof of date of purchase (ie. Purchase Receipt/Tax Invoice/Nikon Malaysia Warranty Card), which is required in order for Nikon Malaysia to fulfill the product redemption/cash back.
  3. You are only eligible for product redemption/cash back if the transaction dates in the proof of purchase (ie. Purchase Receipt/Tax Invoice) falls within the said promotion period.
  4. This promotion is valid for Nikon D750/ D500/ D7500/ D7200/ D5600/ D5300/ D3400/ COOLPIX P900 Nikon 1 J5/ AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED/ AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR/ AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR/ AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR/ AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED/ AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G and their respective body/kit combinations, purchased during the period 1st September – 30th September 2017 only.
  5. Online redemption of EW and all FOC items to consumers closes on 11:59pm, 7th October 2017. Late registration will not be entertained.
  6. Each serial number is valid for single redemption (free gift and/or cashback) only according to the promotion. Duplicate claim will be rejected.
  7. Please retain your proof of purchase (ie. Purchase Receipt/Tax Invoice) to apply for Extended Warranty, Product Redemption or Cash Back.
  1. Product Redemption or/and
    1. Product redemption is applicable for customers in Malaysia only.
  1. The delivery of free gifts is valid for address in Malaysia only and strictly no P.O. Box delivery.
    1. The redemption product(s) will be delivered to you within 7 to 21 working days upon approval. For smoother process, kindly ensure all the required details and documents are complete.
    2. The redeemed free product is non-refundable and non-exchangeable for cash or any other gift/products.
  1. This promotion is always subject to stock availability on a first-come-first-served basis.
  1. Cash Back Promotion
    1. Cash Back promotion is applicable for customers reside in Malaysia only.
    2. Upon approval, Nikon Malaysia will reimburse the cashback to customer’s personal valid bank account number via GIRO transfer ONLY within 30 working days.
    3. This cash back promotion is valid for bank(s) valid in Malaysia only.
    1. The cashback is non-exchangeable for any other gift/products.
    2. Nikon Malaysia shall not be liable or responsible for any inaccurate or wrong information provided by the customer.
    3. Nikon Malaysia will not entertain any alternative reimbursement and no cash or cheque payment shall be arranged to customer.
  1. The decision of Nikon (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd is final and binding; no appeal shall be entertained for any reason whatsoever.
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D750/ D500/ D7500/ D7200/ D5600/ D5300/ D3400/ COOLPIX P900 Nikon 1 J5/ AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED/ AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR/ AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR/ AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR/ AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED/ AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G

Nikon D850 is SOLDOUT

Yes, you read the title right.

Nikon D850 hasn’t been released yet, but the demand is so huge that its pre-order has been SOLD OUT even before its official release date in the USA.

Quote from Nikon USA

Apology and Notice of Delivery Delivery “Nikon D850”

August 28, 2017

Thank you very much for your continued patronage of Nikon products.

We have received quite a lot of reservations for the Nikon digital single lens reflex camera “D850” planned to be released on Friday, September 8, 2017. Therefore, We may get time to deliver the product.

We deeply apologize for causing serious inconveniences to the concerned parties, including customers waiting for products awaited.

Some customers who have already made reservations may not be able to deliver on the day of release date. In addition, it will be delivered to customers who will reserve it in the future, so it may take time to deliver the item.

We will make every effort to deliver it as soon as possible so we appreciate your understanding.

Nikon Malaysia has not released the pricing of the camera yet, and very likely there will be delay on the release of the camera due to the overwhelming demand worldwide. Yes, Nikon has made it right this time, putting all their best technology and knowhow into making a perfect camera and price is right (US$3300 or RM14k).

If you want to get your hands on a D850 in Malaysia, ShaShinKi is doing a PRE-ORDER of the camera now at its website with RM530 deposit:

Ricoh Introduces Pentax K-1 Limited Silver Edition

Pentax has made a tradition of launching silver-colored limited edition models of its DSLR line-up, and today parent company Ricoh has done just that, announcing a special edition of the Pentax K-1 36MP full-frame DSLR.

The silver K-1 is limited to 2,000 units worldwide, and features a high-grade silver-color coating on the camera body and battery grip to match the lineup of silver Pentax FA Limited lenses. There is also a limited edition metal hot shoe cover with logo, and the package includes a battery grip and two batteries. All the pieces come wrapped up in an exclusively designed product box.

The Pentax K-1 Limited Silver Edition will be available in mid-September. In the UK the recommended retail price is £2,150 (approximately $2755); no information on US pricing has been released yet.

Yongnuo Introduces Two High End Speedlights for Nikon – YN968N & TN568EX lll

Chinese lens and flash maker Yongnuo, known for their cheap lighting gear and lens knockoffs, has released a pair of new flash units based on existing models. The high-end YN968N is a new Nikon version of the company’s YN968EX-RT for Canon, and the mid-range TN568EX lll is an upgrade of the mark ll version.

The new Nikon-mount gun offers a guide number of 60m/197ft at ISO 100 and with the zoom set to 105mm. It features optical communication with Nikon’s and Canon’s own flash system as a slave, as well as radio connections with Yongnuo’s own 2.4GHz flash units. In radio mode it can support up to 16 channels and five groups depending on the flash units it is working with, and a built-in LED lamp in the lower side of the head serves as a modeling lamp or video light that accepts color correction filters to balance with ambient light sources.

The YN568EX lll features optical-only communication, and can also work in groups with both Canon and Nikon units. It can operate as a master in a Canon or Yongnuo set-up, and in this version recycling time from a full power burst is reduced from three to two seconds.

Both the new guns have USB ports so they can accept firmware updates as they become available.

The YN968N is on sale for $120, but the release date and price of the YN568EX lll have yet to be announced. For more information visit the Yongnuo website.

Apple Forcing Final Cut Pro 7 to Upgrade!

Apple has revealed that its aging-but-beloved video editing program, Final Cut Pro 7, will not be supported by macOS High Sierra. If they update Apple’s upcoming operating system, existing Final Cut Pro 7 users who want to continue using Final Cut for video editing will be forced to transition to Final Cut Pro X.

This puts video editors who use FCP 7 in a rough spot. If you don’t update to the latest macOS, you might expose yourself to security risks; if you do, you’ll be forced to adapt your workflow to Final Cut Pro X, which many professionals are less fond of. According to cinema5D, Apple has started to notify Final Cut users about the change in an email that informs users that they’ll need to upgrade to newer versions like Final Cut Pro X, Compressor 4 and Motion 5 ASAP.

“Older versions of Apple pro video applications — including applications in Final Cut Studio — will not launch on a computer running macOS High Sierra,” reads the email. “New versions of Apple pro video applications — including Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, and Compressor 4 — are compatible with macOS High Sierra. You can purchase these applications on the Mac App Store.”

Final Cut Pro 7 users who are interested in making the transition to the newer version are being directed to this page. Apple has also published a 22-page whitepaper for Final Cut Pro 7 users who are switching to X.

Nikon Announced D850 Full Frame Camera (45.7MP BSI FX-format sensor, 7 fps bursts, 4K video)


New Nikon DSLR Offers Incredible Combination of Performance, Image Quality and Thoughtful Features

MELVILLE, NY (Embargoed until Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 12:01 A.M. EDT) – Today, Nikon announced the new Nikon D850, a powerful full-frame DSLR camera that provides professional photographers and multimedia creators with an impressive combination of resolution and high-speed performance. The 45.7-megapixel D850 is Nikon’s first DSLR with an FX-format, back-side Illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor for image quality that is nothing short of majestic, allowing professionals to create stunning, high resolution still images and full-frame 4K UHD video. Despite its monumental resolution, the D850 is capable of an astoundingly fast capture rate of up to 7 frames-per-second (fps) or 9-fps with the optional battery grip and EN-EL18a/b battery, while offering a range of new user-friendly features requested by Nikon shooters around the world.

The Nikon D850 is a serious tool that expertly enables every kind of photographer. Whether capturing for client work or personal projects, the camera delivers intense clarity and accurate skin tones for portraits, with the added benefit of low-light ability for weddings and events. It is versatile enough to be used for landscapes and fine art where broad dynamic range is critical, for sports that require a high frame rate and decisive AF, or for video creators who want 4K UHD flexibility. Whether in the studio or on-location, from the catwalk or the scenic overlook, to a wedding ceremony or night sky, the Nikon D850 is the tool that can capture it all, with astounding resolution and speed.

“The Nikon D850 is much more than a camera, rather it’s a statement that Nikon is continuing to listen to customer needs, to innovate for the next 100 years, and bring to market a full-frame DSLR that exceeds the expectations of the professionals that rely on this caliber of camera to make a living,” said Kosuke Kawaura, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc.

“I have had the pleasure of putting this camera through its paces, and there is nothing like it. The Nikon D850 introduces a whole new generation of photographers to medium format quality; the resolution is out of this world, and the tonality and range are at a level I never thought possible from a DSLR,” said Nikon Ambassador and award-winning wedding photographer Jerry Ghionis.

The Ultimate Combination of Resolution and Speed
The Ultimate Combination of Resolution and SpeedThe Nikon D850 is the new benchmark in DSLR image quality, with an unprecedented combination of resolution, dynamic range, ISO and processing power. The 45.7-megapixel CMOS sensor approaches medium format-level resolution and forgoes an optical low pass filter (OLPF) to harness the maximum sharpness of NIKKOR lenses, with fantastic fidelity, tonality and clarity. This is also Nikon’s first DSLR to incorporate a BSI CMOS sensor, which captures light more efficiently, resulting in a wider dynamic range and low-noise image capture. Beyond the immense resolution, the Nikon D850 offers photographers superior performance:

  • High-Speed Capture: The D850 is capable of shooting up to 7 fps at full resolution, with full AF/AE or 9 fps at full resolution with the addition of an optional battery grip (MB-D18) and EN-EL18a/b battery (Buffer approximately 51 frames of 14-bit lossless RAW capture / 170 frames of 12-bit lossless).
  • Wide ISO Range: The D850 offers a wide ISO range from 64-25,600 (Expandable down to ISO 32, up to 102,400).
  • Flagship Focus System: The D850 uses the Nikon D5’s 153-point, Multi-Cam 20K AF system, which features 99 cross type sensors, 15 of which are sensitive to f/8.
  • EXPEED 5: Behind every great sensor is a great image-processing engine. EXPEED 5 is Nikon’s most powerful engine yet, allowing for fast data readout and swift image processing, improved low light performance, high speed shooting, full-frame 4K UHD video capture and greater power efficiency for longer battery life.


Innovation Built for the Needs of Professional Creators
In addition to its phenomenal performance, the Nikon D850 hosts a range of innovative and thoughtful new features that enhance workflow, and will leave every photographer or content creator wondering how they ever lived without them:

  • Tilting LCD Touchscreen: The 3.2-in., high resolution (2359k-dot) LCD monitor offers Nikon’s most extensive touch functionality ever.
  • Silent Shooter: The D850 offers the ability to operate with an electronic shutter in Live View. When in this mode, users can shoot in complete silence, which is ideal for weddings, ceremonies and events where the shutter sound is discouraged. The electronic shutter operates at up to 6 fps (AF/AE locked) at full resolution, while an additional mode enables 8.6-megapixel capture in DX image area mode at up to 30 fps.
  • Radio Flash Control: Like the D5 and D500, the D850 also supports Radio-controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting with the optional SB-5000 Speedlight and WR-A10 and WR-R10 accessories.
  • RAW Processing Power: Users can choose from 3 sizes of RAW files to enhance workflow, including Large (45.4-MP), Medium (25.6-MP) and Small (11.4-MP). Additionally, the D850 lets users batch process RAW files in camera, saving time in post-production.
  • Nikon’s Widest and Brightest Optical viewfinder: The 0.75x viewfinder magnification is the highest ever for a Nikon DSLR, and offers a wide and bright view of the frame to easily track and compose subjects.
  • Phenomenal Battery Performance: Shoot all day and well into the night with up to 1,840 shots at full resolution or approximately 70 minutes of video on a single charge. Users who opt for the additional control and handling benefits of the optional battery grip can expect up to 5140 shots (CIPA standard).
  • Dual Card Slots: The D850 features dual memory card slots — XQD for high-speed capture and transfer, as well as readily available SD media.
  • Illuminated Buttons: Buttons that light up at the turn of a dial increase visibility and allow easy shooting at night or in low-light scenarios.
  • Focus Stacking: Ideal for macro, product and landscape photographers, the Focus Shift Photography feature of the D850 is high resolution meets high magnification. This feature lets the user automatically shoot up to 300 shots at adjustable focus step intervals to infinity which can be easily assembled into a focus-stacked image using third party software.
  • Negative/Positive Scanning: With the optional ES-2 Film Digitizing Adapter and compatible Micro-NIKKOR lens, the camera enables super high-resolution digitizing of 35mm slides or negatives and converts them in-camera to positives
  • Durable Construction: Ready for any field assignment or production environment, the rugged and weather-sealed magnesium alloy body lets users work with confidence in a wide range of tough environments.
  • Square shooter: Photographers can choose from five formats, including FX-format, 1.2x, DX, 5:4, or 1:1 square with viewfinder shading for easy composition.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi1 & Bluetooth2 Connectivity: Users can seamlessly send images to their compatible smart devices through an always-on Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) connection or through Wi-Fi. Nikon SnapBridge3 also gives the ability for remote capture and preview.


Multimedia Production Ready
Multimedia content creators and filmmakers alike will appreciate a wide range of considerate, industry-leading new features that can help to elevate any production:

  • Full-frame 4K UHD at 24/30 fps: The D850’s FX BSI CMOS sensor allows 4K UHD output at a full-frame width at 16:9, to increase lensing options and provide a true field of view.
  • Slow Motion: Creators can also capture Full HD 1080p at up to 120 fps (4x or 5x) for dramatic slow-motion video capture.
  • Focus Peaking: When shooting Full HD or in Live View for stills, focus peaking can be enabled which highlights in-focus subjects in the frame to ensure sharpness.
  • 8K / 4K Time-lapse: Users can create 4K UHD time-lapse videos easily in-camera, or can use the built in intervalometer to capture images for an ultra-high resolution 8K time lapse that can be assembled in post for those who want the ultimate in video quality.
  • Zebra stripes: The D850’s highlight display mode uses zebra patterns to quickly spot overblown highlights. What’s more, the zebra patterns come in two varieties, selectable according to the patterns and textures of the subjects.
  • HDMI output: Using HDMI, users can record uncompressed, broadcast quality 4:2:2 8-bit 4K UHD footage, directly to an external digital recorder while simultaneously recording to a card.
  • Audio Control: The D850 features an onboard stereo microphone, as well as inputs for headphones and microphone. The camera also features a new audio attenuator to regulate sound levels.


THE FX-Format advantage
The amazing performance and image quality of the Nikon D850 is best coupled with the wide variety of NIKKOR lenses, heralded for their unmatched image quality, color reproduction and optical characteristics. For maximum fidelity, Nikon’s Gold Ring Series of lenses provide the highest caliber of optical performance needed for such immense resolution applications.


Price and Availability
The Nikon D850 will have a suggested retail price (SRP) of US$3,299.95* (RM14k), and will be available in September 2017. The MB-D18 Multi Power Battery Pack will have an SRP of $399.95*, while the ES-2 film digitalizing adapter will have an SRP of $149.95*. For more information on the latest Nikon products, please visit

Nikon D850 specifications

MSRP $3299
Body type
Body type Mid-size SLR
Body material Magnesium alloy
Max resolution 8256 x 5504
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 5:4, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 46 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 47 megapixels
Sensor size Full frame (35.9 x 23.9 mm)
Sensor type BSI-CMOS
Processor Expeed 5
Color space sRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter array Primary color filter
ISO Auto, 64-25600 (expands to 32-102400)
Boosted ISO (minimum) 32
Boosted ISO (maximum) 102400
White balance presets 14
Custom white balance Yes (6 slots)
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW + TIFF
JPEG quality levels Fine, normal, basic
File format
  • JPEG (Exif v2.3)
  • TIFF (RGB)
  • Raw (Nikon NEF, 12 or 14 bit, lossless compressed, compressed or uncompressed)
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lamp No
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 151
Lens mount Nikon F
Focal length multiplier 1×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Tilting
Screen size 3.2
Screen dots 2,359,000
Touch screen Yes
Screen type TFT LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.75×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Program
  • Aperture priority
  • Shutter priority
  • Manual
Built-in flash No
External flash Yes (via hot shoe or flash sync port)
Flash modes Front-curtain sync (normal), Rear-curtain sync, Red-eye reduction, Red-eye reduction with slow sync, Slow sync
Flash X sync speed 1/250 sec
Drive modes
  • Single-frame
  • Self-timer
  • Quiet shutter
  • Quiet continuous
  • Mirror-up
  • Continuous low
  • Continuous high
Continuous drive 9.0 fps
Self-timer Yes (2, 5, 10, 20 secs)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Highlight-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±5 (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB Bracketing Yes (2-9 exposures in 1, 2, or 3EV increments)
Videography features
Format MPEG-4
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 25p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 24p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 120p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 50p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 30p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 25p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 24p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1280 x 720 @ 60p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1280 x 720 @ 50p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II supported) + XQD
USB USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
HDMI Yes (mini HDMI)
Microphone port Yes
Headphone port Yes
Wireless Built-In
Wireless notes 802.11b/g + NFC + Bluetooth 4.1 LE
Remote control Yes (wired, wireless, smartphone)
Environmentally sealed Yes
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description EN-EL15a lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 1840
Weight (inc. batteries) 1015 g (2.24 lb / 35.80 oz)
Dimensions 146 x 124 x 79 mm (5.75 x 4.88 x 3.11)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes (4K or 8K movies)
GPS None

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Samsung Announced Galaxy Note 8 (12MP Stabilized Camera)

Last night, at around 11pm Malaysia time, Samsung announced the latest high-end device in its Note series of large-format smartphones: the Galaxy Note 8. The new model is the Korean manufacturer’s first device with a dual-camera on the back, but while Samsung is a little late to the dual-cam game, at least on paper, the Note 8’s camera specs look quite promising.

The camera module combines a 26mm equivalent 12MP wide-angle module (with 1/2.55″ sensor, F1.7 aperture and optical image stabilization) with a 52mm equivalent tele camera. Like pretty much all other tele implementations we have seen on smartphones, the secondary camera comes with a smaller sensor and slower aperture than the main module – 1/3.6″ and F2.4 to be exact.

However, the Note 8 is the first dual-cam smartphone we are aware of to feature optical image stabilization not only on the main camera, but also on the tele lens.

As you would expect, the dual-camera comes with a background-blurring portrait mode and can also record pictures with both cameras at the same time. 4K video, a 240 fps slow-motion mode at 720p, and an 8MP front camera are on board as well.

Images can be viewed and edited on a massive 6.3″ Quad-HD+ display that also allows for dual-window operation. Computing power is provided by an octa-core chipset that, depending on region, comes either from Qualcomm or Samsung’s Exynos in-house brand. All of these components are wrapped up in a water and dust resistant (IP68) metal unibody that comes with the S-Pen stylus that is characteristic for the the Note series and offers improved sensitivity over previous models.

The Note 8 will be released in stores on September 15th. US pricing for the unlocked model has not been released yet, through carrier T-Mobile the Note 8 will be available from US$930 (Around RM3975).

Key specifications:

  • Dual-camera
  • 26mm Wide angle with 12MP 1/2.55″ sensor (1.4 µm pixel size), F1.7 and OIS
  • 2x Tele with 12MP 1/3.6″ sensor (1.0 µm pixel size), F2.4 and OIS
  • PDAF
  • Dual-LED flash
  • 4K video, 240fps at 720p slow-motion
  • 8 MP / F1.7 front camera, 1/3.6″ sensor, 1440p video
  • 6.3″ Quad HD+ Super AMOLED display, 2.960 x 1.440
  • Octa-Core (2,3 GHz Quad + 1,7 GHz Quad) chipset (Exynos 8895 for EMEA /
    Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 for USA and China)
  • 6GB RAM / 64GB storage
  • Samsung S-Pen stylus

Sony Bags 7 Categories in 2017 EISA Awards

Sony has been recognised by the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) for delivering inspiring products to its customers that are redefining the boundaries of what is possible in the imaging and home theatre markets. This year, Sony was honoured with a record seven awards, more than any other manufacturer and more than Sony has ever won in a single year.

EISA Camera of the Year 2017-2018: Sony α9

The Sony α9 is a groundbreaking mirrorless camera that in many ways surpasses traditional DSLR rivals. Thanks to an innovative design, the 24.2 million pixel full-frame image sensor captures up to 20 frames per second in full resolution with no EVF blackout and offers completely silent, vibration-free shooting at up to 1/32,000th second. The new super-fast autofocus system, with 693 phase detection AF points covering 93% of the image area, ensures that even fast-moving subjects are in focus. The 5-axis image stabilisation allows a 5-step slower shutter speed. The oversampling process and full-frame pixel read-out result in excellent 4K movie quality.

EISA Prosumer Compact System Camera: Sony α6500

The α6500 is a very small compact system camera offering professional performance. Whether you are a 4K video or stills photographer, the α6500 offers excellent image quality with its 24.2 million pixel Exmor CMOS APS-C sized sensor, high speed and great choice of lenses. The 5-axis image stabilisation works with Sony E-mount lenses as well as A-mount lenses with adapters. The 425 phase detection AF points cover almost the whole picture frame, while the 3in tiltable touch screen lets you choose focus points with your finger. The camera supports up to 11 frames per second shooting with continuous AF and metering with a buffer that supports up to 269 pictures in one sequence.

EISA Compact Camera 2017-2018: Sony RX100 V

The Sony RX100 V is a high-tech masterpiece in a very compact body. Like its predecessor, it offers a 1.0-type sensor and an excellent retractable OLED electronic viewfinder. The new 20.1 million pixel Exmor RS CMOS image sensor, in conjunction with the fast BIONZ X image processor and a new front-end LSI, made it possible for Sony to shorten autofocus response time to 0.05sec and speed-up continuous shooting to 24 frames per second – with AF/AE tracking so that in a series of a moving subject, every picture stays in focus with the correct exposure. Besides the ability to shoot 4K videos, the RX100 V offers super slow motion up to 1000 frames per second, silent shooting and a multi-function control ring for personalised use.

EISA Superzoom Camera 2017-2018: Sony RX10 III

At just 1095g, the Sony RX10 III is the perfect camera for sports, nature and wildlife photographers looking for an easy to carry all-in-one solution. The stunning ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* 24-600mm lens provides a 25x zoom range with a fast f/2.4-4 maximum aperture, while the Exmor RS 1.0-type sensor, super-fast autofocus and Optical SteadyShot ensure sharp images free from camera shake. In addition to its incredible focal range, the RX10 III can shoot macro from as close as 3cm from the lens, while the silent shutter means you won’t disturb sensitive nature subjects. The RX10 III isn’t just great for stills – it also shoots 4K video and there is also the option to shoot at 1000 frames per second for a dramatic 40x slow motion effect.

EISA Compact System Lens 2017-2018: Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF GM OSS

This 100mm telephoto prime lens offers the outstanding resolution of the G Master series, combined with STF (Smooth Trans Focus) optics for breathtaking bokeh. This lens has been designed to produce extraordinarily smooth, natural bokeh without vignetting. It also features fast, precise, and quiet DDSSM autofocus, and is capable of shooting 0.25x magnification close ups. Built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilisation minimises any blur caused by camera movements during long shutter times. The Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF GM OSS upholds the premium G Master concept in all respects.

EISA Professional Compact System Lens 2017-2018: Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS

The Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS is an impressive lens covering the most popular angles for sports and action photography. Sharpness is extremely high and evenly distributed with almost no visible fall-off towards the edges. Sharpness is retained across the zoom range, even with tele-converters. It features a floating focusing system, implemented in an α zoom lens for the first time, that contributes to an impressive minimum focusing distance of merely 0.96m. The 11 rounded aperture blades ensure a beautiful bokeh, while the autofocus speed is super quick, in particular with the very fast Sony α9. Finally, the FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS is built for heavy use under all weather conditions.

EISA Home Theatre TV 2017-2018: Sony KD-65ZD9

Sony’s 4K flagship delivers an outstanding viewing experience, with excellent colour reproduction and best-in-class contrast, plus support of all major HDR formats (including a scheduled upgrade for Dolby Vision). Key to its stunning picture from Ultra HD Blu-ray and 4K HDR streaming contents– even in a bright room – is Sony’s 4K HDR Processor, X1 Extreme, and the direct full-array LED local dimming technology, Backlight Master Drive, that deliver superb picture quality. The KD-65ZD9 is a premium home theatre display with the performance power to match and realizes the ultimate 4K HDR visual experience with extraordinary brightness, contrast, and vibrant colour.

Olympus Merdeka Promo with FREE M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 45mm f/1.8 Lens + 3 Months Extended Warranty


In conjunction with our nation’s independence, Olympus Malaysia has a launched a very attractive Merdeka promotion to celebrate this joyous occasion.

From now till 17 Sept, get your hands on the E-M1 Mark II, E-M5 Mark II and the PEN-F and receive our favourite M.Zuiko Digital Premium 45mm F1.8 lens absolutely free!!

Consumers who purchase the OM-D E-M1 Mark II, E-M5 Mark II & PEN-F may logon to for Online Redemption to redeem the free gifts.

Online e-warranty registration at of selected models, OM-D & PEN purchased by consumers during the promotion period will be entitled to 3 months extended e-Warranty upon registration.

Canon’s EOS 5D Mk IV Won EISA Professional DSLR of the Year Award

Canon’s EOS 5D Mk IV has won the European Imaging and Sound Association’s (EISA) Professional DSLR of the Year award, making this the third year in a row that the brand has beaten Nikon to the top spot in the professional camera category. Neither company, though, managed to come out as well as Sony, which won a total of six titles for is compact system range.

One of Sony’s titles was the prestigious European Camera of the Year award—a prize the company hasn’t won in nine years—which went to the a9.

Sony’s other awards included Prosumer Compact Camera of the Year for the a6500, Compact Camera of the Year for the RX100 V, Superzoom Camera of the Year for the RX10 ll, Compact System Lens for its FE 100mm f/2.8 STF GM OSS and Professional Compact System Lens for the FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS.

Other notable lens awards went to Sigma for the 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art, and to Tamron’s 150-600 f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 and the 18-400mm F3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD. Panasonic’s Lumix DC-GH5 won Photo & Video Camera of the Year, while Prosumer DSLR of the Year went to Nikon’s D7500.

While this was the first year non-European countries were able to take part in the awards process, the Photography Expert Group remained entirely populated by magazine editors from Europe. For more information see the EISA website.
Photography awards in full:

Canon EOS 77D

Nikon D7500

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Fujifilm X-T20

Sony 6500

EISA CAMERA 2017-2018
Sony 9

Sony RX100 V

Sony RX10 III

Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5

Fujifilm Instax SQUARE SQ10

EISA DSLR LENS 2017-2018
SIGMA 135mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art

Tamron SP 150-600mm F5-6.3 Di VC USD G2

Canon EF 16-35mm F2.8L III USM

Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF GM OSS

Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS

Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-100mm F4.0 IS PRO

Tamron 18-400mm F3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD

EIZO ColorEdge CG2730

Huawei P10

DJI Develops Option For Pilots To Fly Without Internet Data Transfer

Still remembered the news where US Military banned ALL DJI products in their services? It seems like DJI is releasing an OFFLINE model now in damage repair. It is still in question if US military will revoke their decision, but this is definitely a good news for pilots and individual that do not want all their flight data to be sent to DJI.

Press release:

New Local Data Mode Provides Enhanced Data Privacy Assurances

August 14, 2017 – DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, is developing a new local data mode that stops internet traffic to and from its flight control apps, in order to provide enhanced data privacy assurances for sensitive government and enterprise customers.

DJI’s flight control apps routinely communicate over the internet to ensure a drone has the most relevant local maps and geofencing data, latest app versions, correct radio frequency and power requirements, and other information that enhances flight safety and functionality. When a pilot enables local data mode, DJI apps will stop sending or receiving any data over the internet, giving customers enhanced assurances about the privacy of data generated during their flights.

“We are creating local data mode to address the needs of our enterprise customers, including public and private organizations that are using DJI technology to perform sensitive operations around the world,” said Brendan Schulman, DJI Vice President of Policy and Legal Affairs. “DJI is committed to protecting the privacy of its customers’ photos, videos and flight logs. Local data mode will provide added assurances for customers with heightened data security needs.”

Because it blocks all internet data, use of local data mode means DJI apps will not update maps or geofencing information, will not notify pilots of newly-issued flight restrictions or software updates, and may result in other performance limitations. However, it will provide an enhanced level of data assurance for sensitive flights, such as those involving critical infrastructure, commercial trade secrets, governmental functions or other similar operations.

“We are pleased about how rapidly DJI’s customer base has expanded from hobbyists and personal drone pilots to include professional, commercial, government and educational users,” said Jan Gasparic, DJI head of enterprise partnership. “As more of these customers have asked for additional assurances about how their data is handled, DJI has moved to address their needs by developing local data mode to provide enhanced data management options for customers who want to use them.”

DJI recognizes the importance of data privacy to its customers. DJI does not collect or have access to user flight logs, photos or videos unless the user chooses to share those by syncing flight logs with DJI servers, uploading photos or videos to DJI’s SkyPixel website, or physically delivering the drone to DJI for service.

DJI publicly committed to protecting its customers’ data privacy in April 2016. In a March 2017 white paper, DJI became the first major drone manufacturer to advocate for protecting the privacy of drone users as the United States and European governments develop regulations to monitor drone flights. No other civilian drone manufacturer there has been as vocal as DJI in protecting the operational and data privacy interests of drone users.

“Local data mode will allow customers to get the most out of their DJI flight control apps while providing added assurance that critical data is not inadvertently transmitted over the internet,” Schulman said. “We are pleased to be able to develop local data mode as part of our drive to serve our customers’ needs as well as advocate for their interests.”

Local data mode has been in development for several months and will be included in future versions of DJI apps, starting in the next several weeks. DJI’s apps include DJI GO, DJI GO 4, DJI XT Pro, DJI Pilot and Ground Station Pro, which run on smartphones and tablets that control the drone or connect to the drone’s remote control unit. The local data mode feature may not be available in locations where an internet connection is required or highly advisable due to local regulations or requirements.

DJI Launches Phantom 3 SE Entry-level Camera Drone

DJI Phantom 3 SE Now Available in Select Markets Worldwide

DJI has announced the availability of its final model in the iconic Phantom 3 product line with the Phantom 3 SE camera drone.

The Phantom 3 SE features several improvements over its predecessor, the Phantom 3 Standard, including the ability to record 4K ultra high-definition video, and a Vision Positioning System for precise navigation and flight stability. It also has an improved dual-band Wi-Fi remote control with a transmission range of up to 2.5 miles delivering over four times the range of the Phantom 3 Standard.

The Phantom 3 SE is available in select markets worldwide on and through DJI Authorized Dealers including Europe, Korea, Latin America, New Zealand, North America, and Taiwan. The U.S. retail price is $599 USD (around RM2572).

For more info and local pricing, please visit

Nikon Upcoming D850 Confirmed Specs, Leaked Info, Possible Announcement on 16th August 2017

Nikon  upcoming D850 information has been leaked online…either accidentally or intentionally…but it has definitely created a lot of discussion and anticipation online. Well done, Nikon!

There is a new surfaced info on the possible official announcement of the camera on 16th August 2017, and below are the leaked specs that we know so far:

  • 45.75MP FX full frame CMOS sensor
  • 180,000 RGB sensor that’s same as the D5, with better face detection and enhanced scene recognition
  • Native ISO range of 64-25600 (expandable to 32-108400)
  • 153-point AF system with 30% more frame coverage than the D5 (the problem with Nikon and Canon DSLR is the limited focusing points, most are still at the centre area of the screen. Let’s hope that this one is more spread out.)
  • Center AF point -4EV, and all others -3EV
  • 8K timelapse shooting (8k? That’s nice!)
  • 4K UHD video recording in FX with no crop (Sorry Canon, your 5D IV is cropped…)
  • 51-photo buffer when shooting in 14-bit RAW
  • 3.2″, 2.36-million-dot tilting LCD touchscreen with improved gesture control
  • 7fps continuous shooting standard, 6fps with autofocus, 9fps when using a battery grip
  • 30fps at 8MP using the electronic shutter (Sony A9 is ONLY 20fps…)
  • RAW can be small, medium, and large resolutions
  • 0.75x magnification viewfinder, the first for a full-frame DSLR
  • Focus stacking. Camera can shoot up to 300 photos with 10 levels of bracketed focus from nearest to infinity for software to stack afterward. (Good for macro, product shots, or even landscape photography)
  • Natural Light AWB achieves better white balancing in natural light
  • Completely silent electronic shutter while shooting in live view. (Finally…let’s hope that the focusing speed is good in live view mode)
  • There’s no low-pass filter
  • Dual SD + XQD card slots

From the above specs, there are some eye catching innovations from Nikon that I have highlighted in red. It looks like Nikon is giving out the possible great features that they have in this new professional camera, to regain the market that they lost to Canon or Sony in professional videography market.

Here are the Chinese slides that were leaked few days ago (yes, the leak is from a Chinese powerpoint slides):

Nikon Leaked Slides Video: