Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Samsung NX Mini event & First impression


Last weekend, I am lucky to be invited to attend Samsung NX Mini event where I am getting a review set as well. Mirrorless interchangeable lens camera with flip screen is nothing new in the market. But, if something as small as Samsung NX Mini, then it is something difference than other competitor. Eventhough Samsung NX Mini not the smallest interchangeable lens camera, but it is still as small as compact camera size that offer superb compatibility when mount together with 9mm f3.5 lens. Check out the key spec for Samsung NX Mini.


Samsung NX Mini Key Specification :

  • 21 megapixels
  • 1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm) BSI-CMOS Sensor
  • ISO 160 - 12800 (extends to 100-25600)
  • 21 Number of focus points
  • 3″ 180 degree tilting screen with 460,800 screen dot and capacitive touchscreen
  • 6 fps Continuous drive
  • 1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720, 640 x 480, 320 x 240 (all 30 fps) video recording
  • Built-In wireless and NFC
  • B740 lithium-ion battery
  • 110 x 62 x 23 mm
  • 196 g


1 inch size sensor just a sweet spot for Samsung NX Mini (thanks God it wasn't 1/2.3" sensor size). Despite being small in size, it has large 3" capacitive touchscreen on it's back and of course, it is tiltable for selfie purposes. With Wifi & NFC present in the camera, there are no excuses for someone who love selfie couldn't share better photos in their favourite social media site. As much as I love the camera itself, it is lack of grip when holding it due to small size. It feel like will slip from my hand anytime. Hopefully some third party manufacture able to release a detachable grip for this camera to solve the problem.. or Samsung will you listen to my request? :P


Getting know to use the camera is pretty easy since it is straight forward and just need spend abit time to dig into the menu for all the setting you needs. Unfortunately it wasn't built for speed manual shooter user since adjusting exposure could be a little bit slow like what we expected from a small size camera which lack of buttons and dials. By the way, there are only one flap on the right side of the camera that featured micro USB slot, HDMI slot, micro SD card slot and battery slot. All in one! The flap look abit fragile though.


Overall the camera feel solid on hand.

* First photo from the camera. With my partner of the day, Chutipond. Still playing around with the camera setting *
* Another selfie of myself. ISO 3200 *

Alright I've talk too much on the camera. Maybe I should let the pics speak itself since pics worth thousands words :) On that day, we are divided into three groups and we are given topic to shoot at Petaling Street area. I am lucky to get "Sight and sound" topic which basically shoot humans. Hey isn't that's what I been doing almost every weekend? LOL so yea not a big deal for me. Plus I been Petaling Street for several times when shoot with Robin and I am pretty familiar with the area. Hence, Chutipond, Ryan, Yeeing & me walk together and begin to shoot. I am given 9mm f3.5 lens only to shoot on that day.

My setting of the camera on that day : 20mp resolution, jpeg super fine quality, auto WB and switching in between Aperture Priority and Manual mode. I turn off any unnecessary setting like face detection, noise reduction and quick view.

* Writing. ISO 200 *
* Friendly uncle. ISO 200 *
* 100% crop from previous image *
* Waiting for passenger? ISO 200 *
* Hanging out. ISO 200 *
* Sweeping. ISO 200 *

Personally, I love the 9mm f3.5 lens. It was a perfect match for NX Mini. Do note that 1 inch sensor means it is 2.7x crop factor. Hence, 9mm x 2.7 = 24.3mm in 35mm equivalent, one of my favourite focal length. Despite being a wide angle lens, I am surprise the 9mm could easily focus as close as 0.11m on the subject. Perhaps, this is my first time seeing wide angle lens could focus pretty close. It just gave me advantages shooting portrait as close up as I like, though unfortunately f3.5 with 2.7x crop factor hardly get any bokeh at background.

* Jose stick. ISO 800 *
* Great father & daughter. Forgot to change the ISO after shooting inside the temple. ISO 800 *
* 100% crop from previous image *
* Another friendly stranger. ISO 800 *
* 100% crop from previous image *
* Enjoy what you love to do. ISO 400 *
* Sitting on top of the world. ISO 400 *
* Cutting. ISO 400 *
* Texting? ISO 200 *
* Taxi driver. ISO 200 *
* 100% crop from previous image *

The lens might not the fastest in focusing speed but it is not disappointing either. With the NX Mini, I rarely miss the focus though it happened sometimes. I have yet given chance to use it on low light. Hence, I can't fully judge it at the moment. Give me a week or two, you'll see my full review since I will use it from time to time. Selfie ftw! Oh before I forgot, the 9mm lens is lack of OIS. But it is wide angle lens, I doubt it is needed or else the size gonna be bigger.


Done shooting, we went to Johnnie Rocket at Avenue K for lunch. Thanks Samsung for the luxury treats.

To summarize, here are my first impression of Samsung NX Mini


  • Small in size for both camera body & 9mm lens
  • Wifi/NFC availability
  • Ability to shoot RAW
  • Awesome 3" capacitive touch screen and also 180 degree tiltable
  • Great color rendering on day light
  • Super-fast 1/16,000s electronic shutter
  • 2330mAh battery capacity


  • Lack of grip
  • microSD card
  • SEF-7A external flash not included as default accessories
  • Lack of OIS in 9mm lens
  • No lens cap for 9mm lens

Samsung NX Mini is now available in market with RM1399 retail for body + 9mm f3.5 lens. I heard kit lens is coming in few weeks time with RM1699 retail price and the body are available in 5 colors: White, baby pink, mint green, brown and black.

Monday, April 28, 2014


I guess it was my first time able to shoot sun ray.


yes this is just a short post. Don't flame me k? :P

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Bento Live - Step into a New World

I believe nowdays each house will have minimum one Television. But it is enough to satisfy you? What if your family wanted to watch the channel that you dislike to watch? What if you’re bored with everything shown on the mainstream TV? Then here I have a solution for you!


Instead of fighting for TV or queue in cinema with the crowds, you can watch full HD streaming video from Bento Live for free! Yes it is full HD guarantee! FREE! Well of course you have to go through an approximately a short advertisement (roughly 60 sec) before you able to stream the video but hey! 60 sec? You go watch movie in cinema also need to see the ads for 15 min isn’t? Not to mentioned you’re watching free video legally!



I am given chance to experience the awesome Bento Live app at Bento Live office. The app was preview with the 75 inch Samsung Smart TV! Oh mai this is my first time looking at gigantic TV that almost taller than me.


There are verities of show in Bento Live such as movies, documentaries, dramas and anime. Those film mostly are film that wasn’t shown in cinema nor local TV and some are from independent film maker. What’s make more user friendly are Bento Live offered English & Malay subtitle as well to be choose.


I managed to watch one of the show in the site, Hatchet. It is old school American horror known as “Victor Crowley”, a horribly disfigured man who was tragically and accidentally killed with a hatchet by the hand of his own father. Of course, the story become real and all the characters in the show are desperately escape the swamp with their life. I like the show because it is horror enough and bloody gore! But of course some part are too fake haha Eg : Kane Hodder can easily tear Patrika Darbo mouth with bare hand.. He must have super human strength!


If you’re curious, Bento Live not only available in website and also smart TV app, it also available in Android platform! It is truly on the go app for those who travel often but yet able to enjoy show offered by Bento Live! Samsung user will be able to enjoy the app for free via Samsung Store. However none Samsung user will require to pay RM6.50 for the app via Play Store. It is one time payment of course and you’ll get to enjoy the contents for free!

Oh if you dunno, Bento Live is giving away two unit Samsung 40” Smart TV once a month!


All you need to do is just :

Good movie must be enjoy in big screen together with family isn’t? ;) Good luck to you all! Here's the contest link: http://on.fb.me/1ekD5EF

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Prodigy KL - REDEFINE Official Grand Launch @ Jalan Kia Peng



Last Friday was the grand official launch of Prodigy KL that located at Jalan Kia Peng. Check out their Facebook Page for more info. Courtesy to Manoah, I am invited to the official launch together with friends. As usual, we will have the same "kaki" whenever we going to drinking event ;) Never get old hanging out with awesome people.

* I should never selfie with F2 anymore.. *
* Another one with Benjamin hand longer *
* From blogger to friend :) *
* With Kahmon & Carina *
* With Chutipond.. notice the camera in her hand? The display :P *

Here were the DJ Line up for that night :
♦ 2100 - 2200 : DJ EDZ
♦ 2200 - 2300 : MARC!
♦ 2300 - 0000 : THE PROJECT
♦ 0000 - 0130 : DJ DA QUEEN
♦ 0130 - 0300 : MR. FLUFF

Guess it was a night full of selfie instead of drinking :P Now I wish I could have 180 degree flip screen camera.

* Ah Pond and her friends *
* The usual kaki rave - Ken, Zhao, Ben & Alex *
* Setapakian! Reiko, Peiyue & Jason *

Awesome night and great to see alot familiar faces around. Without you guys, it wasn't a perfect night for me ;)

Monday, April 21, 2014

Photowalk with Olympus Malaysia @ Petaling Street

Last weekend I have a little morning exercise together with Olympus Malaysia which is known as Photowalk at around Petaling Street area. It was my first time joined shooting with Olympus (well don't count those usual street shooting with Robin, it is not official!). I think it was a great Photowalk session where we can share knowledge, inspired each other and most important, we are enjoying what we are doing and also the camera we holding.

* Breakfast before begin our shooting *

I invited Tian Chad along to joined the photowalk by lending him my Olympus OM-D E-M1. Then I managed to ask Robin lend him the Olympus 75mm f1.8 lens. There we go, I planted the poison and waiting it slowly spread into Tian Chad body.. Muahahahah *evil laugh* Thus, I used my old but still capable in delivering superb images, Olympus E-P3.

* Tian Chad is holding the best Olympus body and lens! *

So yea we started our walk from Central Market to a Chinese Temple called Guan Di. Been there for few times with Robin and that day I only know the temple name LOL

* Dramatic Tone *
* Carrying *
* Tian Chad in action *
* Insect *
* Spiral *
* Smoke *
* Fire *
* Folding *
* Son & Mother *
* Anna with her OM-D too *
* Sun flare *

Then we proceed to the Indian temple nearby which I dunno what's the name. Sorry I know I failed

* Black & White *
* Working *
* Reflection *
* Friendly uncle *
* Photogenic *

Next we continue walk towards to Petaling Street itself before ended our Photowalk session. My camera died half way though.. Piff too long never used my E-P3 and forgot to charge the battery.

* Resting *
* Reflection + Dramatic *
* Pin Hole on bike *
* Pure smile *

Overall great photowalk session with the gang! It is great to know few Olympus users who really enjoy and passion on their hobby. Hope able to join Olympus next event soon!

* Now I wonder how much Tian Chad been poisoned by my gear :P *