Wednesday, May 28, 2014

[ADV] Sony α5000 Review

Courtesy of Sony Malaysia, a few bloggers and I were given an opportunity to bring home the newly-launched Sony α5000 for test shots. Read about our Bloggers Preview at Carcosa Seri Negara here if you haven’t!
Now let’s start with the one thing that is most important to us girls – selfies!

The Sony Alpha 5000 is light and compact and thus is way more convenient for selfies. It's only 269g with battery and lens therefore is really easy to hold with one hand.There’s even a 180 degrees flip screen so you can frame yourself properly before taking the photo but as I’m quite a pro at selfies I rarely needed to use it. Tee hee!

A selfie in Portrait mode with low soft skin effect. Thanks to the NFC and WiFi feature, I can easily transfer the pics I captured with the Sony Alpha 5000 to my smartphone using the Play Memories app which is available free for both iPhone and Android, then upload them to Facebook and Instagram! I don't need to use my phone's camera as long as the Alpha 5000 is with me!

Here’s another selfie this time with Stephanie Lim and using a higher level of Soft Skin effect. Just look at our smooth complexions haha!

You can even take selfies in situations where there isn’t much light. I took this one in a bar along Changkat Bukit Bintang in Kuala Lumpur. I believe the good quality of the photo is due to the large APS-C sensor which captures more light and detail and take photos up to 20.1 megapixels.

OK enough about selfies. Let’s move on to the other modes.

The camera is pretty good in low light conditions. Here’s a pic of the Asahi tower we had in Changkat. This was using the hand-held twilight mode.

Everyone likes taking pics of food these days and the Sony Alpha 5000 reproduces the colours very beautifully and accurately! Above is a shot of a high tea tray while below is a shot of my latte!

A shot of one of the plants in my garden. The background defocus is more prominent when I switched to Macro mode.

Mum’s new pet – a big black bug she found at the garden. Thought it would be fun to capture it with macro function (despite it being all black and gross T_T).  Noticed how the camera captured every strand of its hair on the legs? The details were quite clear! I could even zoom in and see its eyes staring cluelessly.

That night itself after the Bloggers Preview I went to Heli Lounge at Menara KH to test out the camera. Small and light weighted yet able to produce exquisite images. Sony α5000 is definitely the kind of camera I would love to carry to events and outings!

Superior Auto - beautifully shoots automatically while reducing blurring and noise. Love how the camera focuses on the subject which was the cocktails.

The KL tower captured under Night Scene mode which shoots night scenes clearly. The clouds and buildings were captured so clearly even under low light conditions.

A photo of the Twin Towers KLCC using the Night Scene mode. Pity it was partially blocked by Tower 3.

The KL skyline from the Helipad Lounge with the two or should I say three prominent towers captured with Sweep Panorama.

On a separate day, I brought along the camera to Publika and tried out the Landscape function which shoots scenery in sharp focus with vivid colours. Captured this magnificent scenic picture of the mosque with cotton candy clouds above.

Another photo later in the evening as darkness approached.

There is a Movie function too which allows you to check the angle of view before shooting. I have yet to discover more about that as there weren’t any interesting events to try out the video mode.

Now here’s what the Sony Alpha 5000 can do in the hands of a professional.

A view of the KL skyline shot by MHB’s official photographer Andy Kho from his condo using “Sunset” mode.

There’s so much you could do with Sony Alpha 5000! It is so incredibly light yet produces DSLR quality photos with its large APS-C sensor! This pretty camera is certainly at the top of my shopping list now that I’ve discovered its amazing ability! ^^

The Sony Alpha 5000 will be available in Malaysia from 21 February 2014 onwards with the suggested retail price:-
Single Lens Package (Body + 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens) at RM1,999
Twin Lens Package (Body + 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 + 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3) at RM2,799
Head over here to find out more on the Sony Alpha 5000 –

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

[ADV] Sony α5000 Bloggers Tea Gathering @ Carcosa Seri Negara

On 15th February 2014, I had the honour to witness the launch of Sony α5000 during the bloggers tea gathering organized by Sony Malaysia at Carcosa Seri Negara.

Courtesy of Sony Malaysia, each of us were given the opportunity to test the brand new Sony α5000 for 2 weeks! The camera comes in 3 colours – pink, white and black. Needless to say, I chose a unit in my favourite colour - pink!

The tea party venue was filled with beautiful flowers and delicate desserts. Everything was so pretty I couldn’t bear to eat them.

The event started with the product briefing by the Sony product manager highlighting the features of the camera which includes the large APS-C sensor which is 13x bigger than normal compact camera sensors and even bigger than micro 4/3 sensors. This allows the camera to capture images in higher detail.

We were then given a slideshow presention by Photoriders – a group of cyclists and photographers from Penang who travel around on their bicycles. Instead of using a DSLR, they opted for Sony α5000 on their travels.

Why? Well the Sony α5000 comes with light, compact body weighing in at only 269g with the battery and memory stick, making it the world‘s lightest interchangeable-lens digital camera equipped with an APS-C sensor as of January 2014.

It's also equipped with a handy pop-up tiltable flash means you can bounce the flash off a nearby wall or low ceiling instead of using direct flash which can be rather harsh sometimes.

It is also compatible with E-mount lenses, and has ISO sensitivity is up to ISO16000. All the amazing functions and the fact that it's so light and portable made Sony α5000 a much better choice compared to DSLR, or better known as BBBB – Bulky Big Black Brick which the Photoriders call it ha ha! XD

There’s no denying the capability of the Sony α5000. All the photos presented by Photoriders during the talk were stunningly beautiful.

After the presentation, introduction speeches and demonstration on the camera features, it was time for the highlight of the event – photography contest! We were given an hour to shoot anything in the hall and submit our best shot within the given time frame. The winner would be the first official owner of Sony α5000!!!

We didn’t waste any time putting the awesome Sony α5000 to the test!

Kelly is always very serious when it comes to food!

Careen was clearly enjoying herself!

Steph and I were busy shooting selfies which are really convenient with Sony α5000’s comfortable grip and 180 degree tiltable LCD screen. Moreover there’s even Soft Skin Effect function to achieve beautiful skin!

The photos we submitted were judged based on 3 criterions – photo quality, background defocus and creativity. Well I tried, but being an amateur camera user I wasn’t looking forward to be the winner.

One special feature of the camera is no doubt its NFC and WiFi for One-touch sharing/remote control with smartphones and tablets. I get to share my photos wirelessly on my mobile through a few simple steps with the aid of PlayMemories app!

1. Install PlayMemories Camera Apps

2. Select the Wireless function on the camera’s menu

3. Connect my smartphone’s Wi-Fi to the name shown

4. Go to PlayMemories App and it will show that my camera and smartphones are now

5. The photo(s) will be automatically copied to PlayMemories album in my gallery!

At last, after a long discussion, the judges had finally come to a decision! The winning shot that was picked:

The first owner of Sony α5000 is none other than Careen Tan from Malaysia’s Hottest Bloggers! So happy and excited for her!!!

Group photo with fellow MHB members at the end of the gathering.

Look out for my review on the Sony Alpha 5000 which will be coming soon!

The Sony Alpha 5000 will be available in Malaysia from 21 February 2014 onwards with the suggested retail price:-
Single Lens Package (Body + 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens) at RM1,999
Twin Lens Package (Body + 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 + 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3) at RM2,799
Head over here to find out more on the Sony Alpha 5000 –
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Photo credits to Andy Kho shot with a Sony Alpha.