Sony RX100 III: Professional camera that fits in your pocket

  • Bright, wide angle ZEISS VArio-Sonnar T* 24-70mm F1.8-2.8 lens
  • Clear, retractable OLED Tru-Finder with ZEISS T*coating
  • 20.1 effective megapixel back-illuminated 1.0-type Exmor R CMOS sensor and power BIONZ X processor
  • 50Mbps high bit-rate Full HD movies with XAVC S support
  • LCD flips for easy selfies
  • 4K still image output
  • Evolved manual controls and new custom button
  • Support for PlayMemories Camera Apps

Sony announces the latest addition to its popular RX series of cameras – the Cyber-shot™ RX100 III.

cx60600_Side-tilt_illust-1200Designed and crafted in tough, travel-friendly aluminium for lightness and looks, the Cyber-shot™ RX100 III builds on the acclaimed reputation of its predecessors. The camera features an uprated lens and speedy image processor, that is complemented by a retractable OLED Tru-Finder™ with ZEISS® T* coating, enhanced movie features and a 180-degree tilting LCD screen.

Capable of excellent low-light sensitivity and low noise, its 20.1 effective megapixel 1.0-type back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS image sensor is paired with Sony’s latest-generation BIONZ X processing engine. Three times faster than the Cyber-shot™ RX100 II, the Cyber-shot™ RX100 III powers detail reproduction technology for natural reproduction of fine textures, diffraction reducing technology for enhanced quality at small apertures and area-specific noise reduction that maintains clarity in dimly-lit regions of indoor and night-time shots.

With the use of your smart phone, PlayMemories Camera Apps boosts your photo experience with a growing range of free and paid-for apps. It’s easy to enhance photography with a  choice of effects and filters, utilities and more. Furthermore, the integrated NFC/WiFi connectivity ensure an easy customer experience.

The Cyber-shot™ RX100  III compact digital camera from Sony will be available in Singapore at all Sony stores and authorised outlets from June 2014 for S$1,199.

 

First Impression of Sony Xperia Z Ultra

I managed to get invited for a hands on event on the Sony Xperia Z Ultra which is due to be launched in Singapore from 5 Sept onwards. The new Xperia Z Ultra is a 6.44" smartphone powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with 2.2 GHz quad-core CPU and it comes with 4G LTE capabilities.

 

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The Likes

1. Supreme display – Sony has incorporated TRILUMINOS display, a technology used in SONY’s BRAVIA TV, in this phone creating richer and more natural colors. The high resolution of 1920 x 1080 Pixels makes the image sharper.

2.  Slim and Light – We place a Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 beside this phone and we can see that the SONY Xperia Z is much thinner than Samsung Galaxy Mega ( SONY Xperia Z is 6.5mm thick whereas Samsung Galaxy Mega is 8mm thick). Given its large screen size, the phone weights only 212 grams.

3. Good touch responsiveness – I am currently holding to Samsung Galaxy S4. When comes to touch responsiveness, I feel that my Samsung Galaxy S4 is a bit more sluggish than the SONY Xperia Z Ultra.  This could be due to Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core 2.2Ghz processor (My Samsung Galaxy S4 run on 1.9 Ghz quad-core processors). Again I would need to emphasize this is only the first impression. I have been using my S4 for months so it might not be a fair comparison to begin with.

4. Tough Device – Similar to the predecessor SONY Xperia Z, it is highly water resistance. You can literally drop this device into a tank of water and  this device will still be able to function normally.

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The Dislikes

1. No flash and poor camera quality – Although camera is not my number 1 criteria when comes to purchasing of smartphones, I am sure it is an important aspect to some people especially those working in the creative line. Compeition is hot in the smartphone market. Camera spec will make a difference in customer’s buying decision. Having spoken with the people during the event, the 8 megapixel camera has not seem to be impressive.

2. More like a tablet with a phone feature rather than a smartphone – I like the display and the UI. However, I cannot imagine myself placing the phone at my ear when answering a call.

 

How likely I will buy this phone?

Couple of weeks ago, a friend of mine asked me whether he should buy the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0. I post him back a question asking him whether is he looking for a smart phone or tablet? He replied stating that he seldom makes phone call with his smartphone these days. Most of the time, he uses his phone as a small portable computing devices to play games and engage in social networking activities which is why he would want to get a “bigger phone” like Galaxy Note 8.0 for better experience. In the event if he wants to make calls, he can do so via bluetooth.

I believe the SONY Xperia Z Ultra appeal to people like my friend. It is indeed a good mobile entertainment device. If you don’t mind bringing additional bluetooth device, you can purchase SONY Bluetooth headset SBH52 which has a built-in standalone FM radio.

Out of 5 stars, I will give 3.5 for this device. Currently, it is priced at SGD1,038 without contract.

SONY Xperia Z Ultra Accessories

Press release: Sony Presents Its First Touch Screen All-in-one VAIO

The ideal 24-inch all-in-one PC, Sony’s new VAIO L Series features multi-touch optical sensor display, Full HD resolution, and Blu-ray capabilities, all within a slim stylish profile

Sony Singapore unveiled the new VAIO L Series, the ideal 24-inch all-in-one PC, bringing together intuitive touch panel operation and broad access to Full HD entertainment. With its high performance features such as Full HD 1920 x 1080 display, Blu-ray Drive, and exclusive VAIO Media Gallery software, the VAIO is capable of satisfying individual needs and becoming the centerpiece of every family.

A touch of fun for everyone

VAIO L Series is the first VAIO to be equipped with a multi-touch optical sensor display, making common computing tasks more fun and intuitive. One push of the VAIO button on the wireless keyboard activates VAIO’s original Media Gallery software, which provides easy access to music, photo, and video libraries.

Providing more opportunities for families to share special moments, the Media Gallery allows users to easily create movies and enjoy photos, videos and music by flipping through, zooming in and rotating images, all with a few simple touches.

Keeping in touch with family and friends is also made easier with the WebCam Message Board. Providing a simple and fun way of communicating, this feature allows users to take photos with the built-in camera, and customize them with personalized hand-written messages that can be posted onto the screen or sent off as email. Best of all, these unique VAIO features work seamlessly with the new Windows® 7 OS which also supports touch panel operation for drag-and-drop transfers as well as special touch-compatible Windows® 7 software.

Complete Full HD entertainment

On top of YouTube videos and personal DVD collections, users can enjoy watching the latest Blu-ray Discs™ on the new VAIO L Series with built-in Blu-ray drive. Enhancing the high definition viewing experience, the VAIO L Series also boasts a large 24-inch, Full HD 1920 x 1080 pixel display (VAIO Display Plus) to provide clear crisp true-to-life picture reproduction.

Harmonizing with the high definition visuals, the VAIO L Series delivers a premium audio experience to maximize enjoyment of movies, videos, games and music. Integrated with 5.5W + 5.5W speakers and S Master Digital Amplifier technology, the VAIO offers a rich and detailed soundstage without the unsightly clutter of additional cables

Superb performance in a stylishly slim profile

A beautiful match for any living space, the VAIO L Series delivers all the power of a premium entertainment PC in a slim, stylish all-in-one design. Requiring only 19 cm of depth on a regular desk, the VAIO saves users more workspace as its wireless keyboard can be stored neatly under the display when not in use.

With its Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor E7500 and 4 GB pre-installed memory (upgradable to 12 GB), the VAIO L Series is built to perform. Featuring the new Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-bit OS and the latest NVIDIA® GeForce® G210 graphics accelerator, the VAIO enhances picture performance for games and videos.

The new touch screen all-in-one VAIO L will be available in Singapore from end October 2009.

Notebook that fits nicely in your pocket

How could it be possible? For those who have been very aware of the latest development in the computer industry.  You probably have known that SONY Singapore has announced the the launch of their latest notebook in town this week – VAIO P “Pocket style PC”. The new VAIO P “Pocket style PC” is an 8-inch full-featured notebook PC fitted into a pocket size that’s less than 20mm thin and is about the size of a business envelope.   

When I first hold on to VAIO P, it feels like you are mantling with a toy. It is very light (weighs 594g with a solid-state drive and 620g with a hard disk drive) for a notebook and can be comfortably handled with a single hand. Ladies will love this device as it can be easily slip into a handbag while they are out for shopping.

Despite its small size, performance has not been compromised. Although it is run on Microsoft VISTA, I am surprised that most of the applications have been able to load relatively fast. Anyway, XP is still available in the market if you are not used to VISTA.

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The design of the keyboard is pretty good given its small size. I appreciate that Sony has recognized the importance of typing experience. Extension of the keyboard to the edges of the chassis and maximizing of typing space do help men with big fingers like mine. However, it appears that the screen looks significantly shorter and smaller than the keyboard. It does not look visually appealing to people like me who have been used to working on normal-size laptop.  

It does not come to me as a surprise when VAIO P has connectivity features such as built-in wireless LAN 802.11b/g/Draft n webcam. The interesting application is the Instant Mode that directly launches into Sony’s Xross Media Bar interface for quick boot up and access to music, video, photos and the Web. We tried to quick boot the system on the spot and it took about 30-40s to launch Instant Mode; probably due to the operation system installed in the device.

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The VAIO P is almost as powerful as a normal-size laptop. Since it is run on Window VISTA, it supports other software. Additionally, there is also a windows arrangement utility preinstalled for easy organising of all open documents or websites, all with a single touch. The disappointment is short battery life of 3 hours (bundled battery). It is certainly not enough if you carry this device out for a whole day. 

The new VAIO P is available in 4 different colours – Black, Green, Red and White and will be priced from S$1,299

For press release and specification of this product, please go here