I’m a gadget geek! I want to own every single gadget that I see and touch! Do you share the same feeling too?
Thanks for everyone’s support for my first issue of Claud talks Gadgets. That issue is now among the top 20 most frequently visited page on Claudia.sg. Although I do not have that many traffic as the famous sites and blogs in Singapore, but I’m happy for where I am. Really appreciate all your support and do continue to support Claudia.sg ya! :P
In this issue, I’ll be covering a mixture of gadgets, as suggested by some of you. I write about them based on my own understanding and feeling towards the gadget. So please don’t quote from me ok.
What do you want to read?
1. Sony wants to lead – Alpha 900 is here!
2. The Lenovo Netbook – Compact and Steady
3. Print Photos Anywhere in Style
4. Claud’s Latest Gadgets Discovery
5. So who won the limited edition t-shirt?
I was super excited when I heard about the launch and I couldn’t wait to see the real thing! Although this is not going to be one of those DSLR that I will own in my entire life, but having a chance to feel and test out the real thing is good enough for me.
The Sony alpha900 is their top-of-the-line high-performance DSLR. With 24.6-megapixel, you’re be able to capture the most ‘disturbing’ picture with this camera! Imagine looking at a blow-up A1 size of your portrait without makeup! All the facial hair, pimples, holes and spots!! Ewww!! But that’s the power of this kick-ass Sony alpha900 DSLR!
I shall not bore you with the many great features of the alpha900. You can read about them on their website. But one thing that I find very useful, and not yet available on other DSLR, is the intelligent preview function.
With a press of a special button, you can capture a test shot of the subject you want to shoot and simulate the effect with the settings on that preview shot! Adjust the exposure, white balance and D-Range optimizer and watch the preview of these effects on the 3-inch Xtra fine LCD monitor! To save the optimized setting, you’ll just need to press the shutter release button and all is set to go! This makes adjusting of settings so much easier and faster. Love this great feature on the alpha900.
With so many features and functions on the Sony alpha900, you might think that the camera will be super heavy. But surprisingly, body alone is only about 850gram. I can imagine myself traveling around with this baby with a 50mm or a light weight lens. Imagine the quality of the photos you can take! Yap, but I could only imagine! The price tag is just way beyond what I can afford.
Too bad I’m not making a living out of photography. If I am, I’ll probably invest money in the Sony alpha900. For now, I’m happy with my Nikon D40, although its failing me at times.
Sony a900 will be available in Singapore from October 2008.
Suggested retail price for the body alone is est. about SGD4000. | more details here
Having seen many brands of netbooks in the market, I’ve to say that Lenovo S10 is one that is worth considering. At first look it may seem a little plastic to me, but when you fiddle with it more, this compact netbook seems pretty steady and strong. Like all netbooks, one cannot expect to do too much with it. The usual web browsing, document editing, emailing, light entertainment with music and videos should do fine with the Lenovo S10.
Comes with a 10.2-inch screen and a 85% of the full size keyboard, typing and working on the S10 shouldn’t be too tough. With inbuilt Wifi and bluetooth feature, you can stay connected anytime anywhere.
Lenovo S10 comes in glossy finish in black, white, pink, red and blue.
Suggested retail price: SGD739 | More details here.
Canon Selphy ES3 and ES30
Being a canon photo printer user for years, I’ve to say they are one of the better brand for great print-outs. Having used their earlier models of Selphy printer, I’m attracted to their latest release of the Selphy range. The retro looking body makes one wants to carry it everywhere to show it off. It looks like a portable radio from the 70s.
Printing and sharing photos is so much more easy and fun with these cute machines! You can also print photos with additional effects and designs too. I’m sure your family and friends will adore this at gatherings and events. But be sure to pack sufficient photo paper and cartridge sets!
The ES3 is also the first of its kind to have inbuilt 1GB memory. Now you can carry on shooting on your camera while your photos are being printed. Just have to transfer the photos from your memory cards to the inbuilt memory on the ES3.
In this section, I will be posting short notes of some gadgets which I discovered and am attracted to. Nothing much to read though, it’ll be just images and short blurbs about them. If you’ve any cool gadgets to recommend to me, you can drop me a note here.
HP’s Digital Clutch
Which lady can resists such a pretty looking clutch!! The product of a collaboration between Renowned Designer Vivienne Tam and HP. This digital clutch will be available in early 2009. Ladies keep a look out for it!
What I like about it?
The sexy design! And from looks of it, I’ll be loving the feel and texture of it in my hands too!
What I don’t like about it?
Ermm… I need to look at the real thing first. But perhaps I guess it’ll be the price tag.
No pricing yet | more details here
Canon HD camcorder HG21
What I like about it?
The durable body and easy control.
What I don’t like about it?
The feel of it in my hand isn’t that comfortable as compared to the one I’d used.
Suggested retail price: SGD2899 | more details here
Thanks to those who’d commented in my first issue of Claud talks Gadgets. I did receive a couple of emails from my shy readers. Thanks a lot of your encourage and feedback! I did the draw in the old-fashion way, I wrote all the names on pieces of scraps and picked 2 winners with my eyes shut.
Please check your email and reply with your mailing address ya. Thanks for dropping by and do come back often! :P
Daphne! Thanks for your feedback and I’ll try to cut short my post. ;)
Thank you for reading my 2nd issue of Claud talks Gadgets. If you have any interesting leads or gadgets to share, please don’t hesitate to contact me. :)