Monday, January 31, 2011

Olympus XZ-1

As im mentioned in my previous post, i got to "molest" her. 
Now here's the photos! 

Olympus XZ-1 !!! 

Panorama view can be done in the XZ-1 !  


Girl can handle the XZ-1 without problems... 

Front view with flash light up.

Side view on the camera with flash light up. 

From top view with len off. 

Top view with len on. 
The control buttions...  

3 inch LCD screen. 

Side view

The most powerful compact digicam was in my hand ! 

Press release from Engadget 


Dim the Lights and Get Ready to Shoot Brilliant Still Images and HD Videos
With the X-tremely Bright, X-tremely High-Quality XZ-1

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., January 5, 2011 – On the heels of the PEN® interchangeable lens digital camera revolution, Olympus takes their compact digital cameras to the X-treme with the introduction of an ultra-compact flagship camera and first of a new series, the XZ-1. Developed for the photographer or enthusiast who is looking for the ultimate high-quality, high-performance premium compact camera, the XZ-1 offers all of this, and more without sacrificing image quality. Never fear the darkness with the XZ-1's super-bright built-in Olympus iZUIKO lens – the first built-in Zuiko® lens on a compact digital camera. The X-factor that achieves this category-defying quality: A combination of three state-of-the-art features: the X-tremely large, super-sensitive CCD sensor, the X-tremely fast TruePic™ V image processor and the X-tremely bright, fast f1.8-2.5 iZUIKO digital lens. Further proof that Olympus lets you capture it all.

"The XZ-1 features one of the world's brightest built-in lenses on a digital compact camera to enable you to shoot high-quality still images and HD videos in any shooting environment, including difficult low-light conditions," said Katie Roseman, product manager, Olympus Imaging America Inc. "This camera will give you the versatility needed to take on any challenge without weighing you down."

Outstanding features:
• X-factor Style - full manual controls in a slim, stylish pocket-sized camera;
• X-ceptional Image Quality - a range of new features offer superior image quality, together with 10 megapixel CCD sensor with the TruePic™ V Image Processor to produce sharp photos;
• X-cellent Low-Light Performance - iZUIKO f1.8-2.5 6.0-24mm lens for improved shooting in low-light scenarios, enhancing image clarity and drastically reducing grain. Also featuring Dual Image Stabilization and an AF Illuminator to maximize performance in low-light settings; and
• X-treme Creativity -The XZ-1 offers six Art Filters, each of which uses different settings to create incredible photographic effects that would otherwise require additional lenses, filters or complex editing. Additionally, the Live Guide on-screen setting offers quick tips for shooting different subjects (kids, pets and flowers, for example) assists the photographer with some of the more complex in-camera settings (aperture, shutter speed and exposure compensation, for instance).

X-factor Style
Whether you're an experienced Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) or PEN shooter who wants a second smaller camera for trips and nights out, without sacrificing image quality or performance, or the aspiring enthusiast who is ready for a higher-powered camera, the new trendy XZ-1 has the features you need for high-quality images. With its thin, attractive matte black body, you'll be inconspicuous while you use the XZ-1 to take candid photos and videos in the shadows at a wedding reception. The XZ-1's body is small enough to easily fit in your pocket, yet feels solid in your hands and you can easily take it with you everywhere.

X-ceptional Image Quality
Whether composing still images or HD videos, photographers will appreciate the XZ-1's sharp 3.0-inch OLED monitor to frame and show off still images and High Definition (HD) movies in detailed 720p. The LCD displays 610,000 dots in vivid color, reproduces colors and shades more accurately with deeper black tones and consumes less power. The monitor also provides a wide-viewing angle ensuring that images can be composed from even the most obscure angles. A new graphic interface makes it easier to read text and find the settings you need on the fly, and Live Control enables intuitive operation allowing you to shoot photos while viewing the effects on the camera's LCD.

Shooting video is as easy as ever with the new Olympus XZ-1 camera. The camera captures all the action in crisp 720p HD video at 30 frames-per-second. The XZ-1's easy-to-reach record button on the back of the camera body makes recording videos a breeze. If you're about to snap a photo and you realize a video would capture the spirit of the scene even better, simply press the record button and instantly you're capturing videos! Easily toggle back and forth between capturing stills and videos by using your index finger to press the shutter button or your thumb to press the record button. Having the ability to shoot still images and videos opens up a world of imaging possibilities.

The XZ-1 pairs a high sensitivity 10 megapixel CCD sensor with the TruePic™ V Image Processor to produce clear and colorful photos using all the pixel information from each image to provide the best digital images possible. The image processor is noted for accurate natural color, true-to-life flesh tones, brilliant blue skies and precise tonal expression; it also lowers image noise in photos shot at higher ISO settings (ISO 100 to ISO 3200), enabling great results in low-light situations.

The XZ-1 also offers the advanced manual controls that experienced photographers expect from digital SLR cameras. Shoot full manual, and also with a control ring around the front of the lens and the wheel controller on the back, the XZ-1 gives immediate access to the most important manual settings like ISO, aperture and shutter speed to make it easy to adjust the camera on the move. Three levels of exposure control using a neutral density (ND) filter distributes light offering greater flexibility to change the aperture and exposure time in different situations while allowing the photographer to take the best picture in any condition.

X-cellent Low-Light Performance
The iZUIKO f1.8-2.5 6.0-24mm (28-112mm equivalent angle of view in 35mm cameras) digital lens is a newly-developed 4x compact version of the legendary, high-quality ZUIKO digital lenses featured with Olympus DSLRs. With a minimum aperture of f1.8 at wide-angle and a maximum aperture of f2.5 at telephoto, this lens boasts super-fast shutter speeds for sharp, low-light images. This aperture range also allows photographers to take portraits that highlight the subject by defocusing the background, a capability that is not normally possible in compact cameras. The lens is specifically designed for clear, high-quality photographic performance.
Apart from the speed of the f1.8 lens, the camera's low-light mode automatically adjusts the ISO sensitivity up to ISO 3200 to take sharp, full-resolution photos in dark places. The camera's iAuto mode automatically detects low-light scenes and adjusts the ISO accordingly for the best image quality. The camera also features an AF illuminator to make it simple to focus in low-light locations. The XZ-1 also features a low-light mode for even quicker access to maximize low-light situations.

If you're going to an evening at the theatre, the XZ-1 also offers Dual Image Stabilization to further assure you'll get the shot you want while holding the camera. Mechanical Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization compensates for camera movement in low-light conditions when shutter speeds are slower while Digital Image Stabilization freezes the action with high ISO sensitivity and fast shutter speeds that prevent blurry images often caused by a moving subject.

The XZ-1 has an easily accessible built-in pop-up flash to illuminate low-light subjects, reduce red-eye and fill in dark areas. The camera also is compatible with a range of optional external flashes, including the Olympus FL-14, FL-36R and FL-50R, so you can dynamically control lighting as your photography skills grow.

X-treme Creativity
Olympus pioneered easy-to-use in-camera Art Filters for still images captured inside its E-System DSLRs and was the first company to offer the ability to apply Art Filters to HD video recordings captured with the PEN cameras. The XZ-1 features six Art Filters that photographers can apply to still images and HD video: Pop Art, Soft Focus, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama and Dramatic Tone. You even can create an in-camera slideshow that mixes still images, movies and sound. The camera incorporates five kinds of background music as well as slideshow control functions, including still image fade-in/out, sound recording volume and background music volume adjustment.

The XZ-1's Live Guide interface simplifies great photography and provides the results you desire at the touch of a button. Want more vivid or muted color in your shot? Want warmer or cooler color? Want a brighter or darker subject, or a sharper or softer background? Or maybe you want to capture the fast-moving action of your subject with a little artistic blur? Simply select Live Guide and press the up and down arrows on the back of the camera to slide through numerous photographic effects. Make adjustments and watch the LCD as the effects are made live – before the image is captured!

To expand the camera's versatility, the XZ-1 includes an accessory port so photographers can attach optional accessories like the SEMA-1 external microphone adapter, the VF-2 electronic viewfinder or the newly introduced MAL-1 Macro Light. These optional accessories easily slide into the camera's accessory port and hot shoe.

The new camera's compact design makes it the perfect companion for all of your dive trips. The PT-050 underwater case has been customized for the Olympus XZ-1 and is waterproof to a depth of 40 meters (approximately 130 feet). With its durable, high-quality polycarbonate construction, this Olympus housing protects the camera from water while also cushioning it from knocks and bumps on land.

The XZ-1 makes sharing your content easier than ever. Just connect it to your HDTV with an optional HDMI cable and use your HDTV's remote to control playback functions and navigate the camera's menus from the comfort of your couch.

Colors and Availability
The Olympus XZ-1 comes in black and white and will be available in January 2011. It includes the XZ-1, USB Cable, Video Cable, Li-Ion Battery Pack, Li-Ion Battery Charger, Shoulder Strap, OLYMPUS [ib] software CD-ROM, Manuals and Registration card.

U.S. Pricing / Product Configurations / Malaysia pricing(self add on Msia section):
XZ-1 Street Price: $499.99 ( Malaysia selling for RM1,799, only black colour is available for now and the white colour will be available next month)

Any latest announcements by Olympus Malaysia can be found at Olympus Malaysia Facebook 

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Putrajaya Twilight Challenge ‎2011

This week, im only working for one day which was on Friday and Mon-Thurs i was in Kota Kinabalu for FireFly Media Inaugural Flight to Kota Kinabalu. 

Nothing much im prepared for this challenge as i did not done proper carboloading and i even did not run any single KM during the weekdays but i know my normal training were sufficient to clock minimum 42km. 

On Saturday evening, we gathered in front of Justice of Palace to get our bib number and we were flagged off at 7.10pm. 

Photo session before start of challenge. Most of us have signed up Sundown Ultra Marathon 2011 ! 

Thanks Weng for the photo. 

The route is a 11km loops. 

Basically in this challenge, we were experience how our body react when we running a night ultra marathon distance. We start at 7.10pm and we continuing running for the whole night and ran into early morning as well. 

i tried my own formula  hydration drinks + banana + Livita = awesome energy recharge and im stay awake even at 1am in the morning. Another important thing was my stomach can digest and convert it to energy for my run! 

Im only ran 52km in the 8 hours 56 mins....

Its was a great start for the ultra marathon training! 

More to coming after CNY. 

Happy Chinese New Year. 

Friday, January 28, 2011

#Project365 Day 26 - Greetings from Kota Kinabalu

Morning from Kota Kinabalu 
Photo taken @ Grand Borneo Hotel entrance. 

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

#Project365 Day 25 - Olympus XZ-1

Olympus XZ-1 
Its come with great features and are most powerful compact digicam. 
Really amazing with photos taken with it. 

Monday, January 24, 2011

Kota Kinabalu @ FireFly

Today I fly with FireFly to Kota Kinabalu on it's inaugural flights.

It's was a nice day! I met a lots new friends! Having a great German sausages and great laughing over the dinner!

#Project365 Day 23 - Sundown Ultra Marathon Finisher T

Sundown Ultra marathon finisher T-shirt. 
Year 2011, Im going to get one too! 

#Project365 Day 24 - E-PL2

Olympus Malaysia introduce E-PL2
Improved from E-PL1... 

#Project365 Day 22 - Vibram FiveFinger Bikila

Wear Vibram FiveFingers Bikila for outing. 

Olympus KL City walk @ 22 Jan 2011

The night before im struggle between running and photography which to go for on Saturday morning. Somehow, my inner told me just go for the photography, as its a brand new experience. 

In the early morning, Im followed a friend to Petronas Twin Towers skybridge and after that only join the Olympus gang half way. Its was real disappointed that even im reached at the ticket counter, there were like hundreds of people queued ! We fail to get our desired time and we separate and i joined my Olympus gang at Masjid Jamek. 

First time joining such street photography with new friends, im hardly can remember any name of them! I was like flooded with their kindness... 


Reading newspaper. 

Can you see me? 


Omg.. he banged her! 

Times bookstore - our meet up points for 2 gangs for sharing session. 

David (far left) is the man who connecting all of us! Thanks David. 
Can you spot me? hehe (Photo from RobinWong)

Its Canon 5D surrounded by Olympus Pen ! (Photo from RobinWong)
Since im joined half way, Im missed the 1st half fun! 

Anyways, the second half fun also not bad! See below! 

At least i get to "molest" her (XZ-1) =P 

Looking forward to join the street photography sessions in future and hopefully hopefully my marathon events will not crash with the photography sessions! Last month I missed out the Pulau Ketam sessions because of my running! 

Nice to meet you, my new photography Oly Pen friends! 

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Message from UMNO building!

Test run! 

 The Giant electronic signboard !!! 

Test Test Test at bangunan UMNO... 

This electronic signboard placed in the strategic place is good for advertisement. 
1 good for advertisement but its might be good for another 1. 
This place is traffic jam famous spot. You get stuck in jam and you have this electronic advertisement to enjoy which is good. But on other hand, when there's no traffic jam, i pray hard to god, the drivers wont lose focus to the electronic advertisement board when driving. As tonight was my first time saw this, im immediate took my iPhone to snap which is quite dangerous act. Of course, im slowing down and drove along at middle lane. 

God Bless to drivers who going to drive along Jalan Tun Razak passingby Bangunan UMNO / PWTC. 

#Project365 Day 21 - Some where far far away

<3 <3 <3

Fresh GoatMilk - Alita

My bad cholesterol level was abit higher after my medical result. 
My sifu recommended goatmilk can help to reduce the cholesterol level... 
So im trying... 

Its a fresh goatmilk from Johor... 

If you're interested, you may call the number shown above to make arrangement. 

To some, they loved the smell of goatmilk. 
To some, they prefer not to have the smell of goatmilk. 

The above were Yogurt and chocolate favour and guess what, its did not have smell! 
Im just loving it. 
A nice thing is come with a price tag. I cant afford to drink 2 bottles a week. 
Will try to order, 2 bottles per month.
Its the price to pay to maintain health and prevent any sickness. 

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Answered : What happened here - Eric Yong

Was reading Eric Yong's blog as shown below: 

Pictures taken today near Marc Residence, Jalan Pinang. =)

Anyone knows what happened to the statue's head?

Just now, as im walking back from Pavilion to KLCC where i parked my car, snapping photos with my beloved E-PL1 (which im attended street photography outing with a group of Olympus Pen series users) and i found this statue.! 

Its looks familiar when im 1st look at it... trying to recall but fail. Just snap photos...

Now you got the answer ! 

Haha... here the side view! 
That's fellow Eric should be snapping photos from inside the car on the front view. 
 Its actually have its head on the statue! 

Dont be lazy, Eric. Walk abit to cover the all angle views! :) 

Thursday, January 20, 2011

#Project365 Day 20 - Thaipusam @ Batu Caves

Happy Thaipusam ! 
Certain states in Malaysia get holiday off day! 

#Project365 Day 19 - Panggung Anniversari

The Panggung Anniversari at Lake Garden is completed. 
Waiting people to start the show! 

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

#Project365 Day 18 - Zebra @ Lake Garden

The newly renovated Lake Garden
Zebra are added on the surface of road... 

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Summer suites SOLD OUT @ 17 Jan 2010

Today, Sunrise advertised in the various newspaper to thank its buyers for the great responds on the Summer Suites launches over the weekend. 
Its said to be SOLD OUT and limited bumi units available. 

Advertisement in Sin Chew Daily 

The same advertisement in The Edge Daily. 

But but, around 4.40pm, one of my twitter's friend tweeted me and asking me whether Summer Suites nice or not the property since im was there during weekend. 
My friend received invitation yesterday to attend today's sale office, and he saw my tweets saying SOLD OUT wihch make him confuse. Ops... 

He visited and told me that only left some bumi units as well as bigger units left. 

Tower A considered as SOLD OUT, now everyone is waiting for the Tower B launches... 
Bet its going to be even more crazier than Tower A's sale launch!!! 

Stay Tune. Hope i can get the 1st hand information. 

#Project365 Day 17 - Spring Chicken @ IKEA

Whole Spring Chicken with Fries just RM13.80. 
Im a happy man after finished it. 

Monday, January 17, 2011

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Summer Suites by Sunrise Bhd - 15 Jan 2010

Thank to notify me on the launch and i was there. 

The location of Summer Suites 

Aerial view on the site location. 

The site map of the Summer suites

Summer Suites model display at Plaza Mont Kiara. 
The maintenance fee : RM0.42 psf 
Were told to book need to pay RM20,000 deposits... 
When we were there around 11.30am, most of the units were sold and mostly left Bumiputra lots. 

Developer: Sunrise Bhd
Location: Next to Renaissance Hotel and Cendana Jalan Sultan Ismail
Description: It is believed to be fronting JSI and cemetery view will be blocked by YNH's under-construction Fraser Residence 

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