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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Camera In Professional Hands?

Samsung brought in Rankin and Stefflon Don to showcase the Galaxy S21 Ultra’s camera capabilities.

Take a look at their behind-the-scenes video, and the shots Rankin took with the Galaxy S21 Ultra!

 

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Camera In Professional Hands?

We have always focused on what ordinary folks like us can do with smartphone cameras, but what if you put one in the hands of a professional photographer?

Samsung wanted to showcase the maximum creative possibility of the Galaxy S21 Ultra, so they brought in fashion photographer, Rankin to show us noobs what its camera can really do.

In this video, Rankin and rapper Stefflon Don, put the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra camera to the test!

 

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Camera Professional Photo Samples

As the BTS video shows, photography is all about the photographer and less about the camera, and a great picture involves a fair bit of work.

But it is nevertheless very impressive to see the image quality the Samsung Galaxy S21 delivers.

 

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Camera : Quick Recap

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra comes with an improved quad-camera system, that consists of :

  • a 108 MP main camera, with an f/1.8 aperture
  • a 12 MP ultra-wide camera, with an f/2.2 aperture
  • a 10 MP telephoto camera, with an f/2.4 aperture, and 3X optical zoom, and
  • a 10 MP periscope telephoto camera, with an f/4.9 aperture, and 10X optical zoom

For the first time, it has two 10 MP telephoto cameras – one with 3X optical zoom, and a periscope camera with 10X optical zoom.

It is also the first Samsung smartphone to allow you to shoot in 4K at 60 fps on all front and rear cameras!

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra also comes with other improvements like :

  • Improved 8K Snap, that lets you capture clear images from your 8K video footage
  • Super Steady video now supports 60 fps video recording
  • Single Take lets you capture a variety of still and video formats with a single tap.
    It is now enhanced with new pro-style settings like Highlight Video and Dynamic Slow-Mo
  • New Director’s View that lets you see, switch and select the best shot… LIVE!

 

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra : Where To Buy?

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra comes in three variants globally, with these prices :

  • 12 GB + 128 GB : US$1199.99 / £1149 / A$1849
  • 12 GB + 256 GB : US$1249.99 / £1199 / A$1949 / S$1798 / RM5299
  • 16 GB + 512 GB : US$1379.99 / £1329 / A$2149 / S$1998 / RM5899

There are only two colour options though – Phantom Silver and Phantom Black.

Here are some online purchase / pre-order options :

 

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USS Al Gore Global Warming Research Vessel Frozen In Ice?

Did the USS Al Gore Global Warming Research Vessel get frozen in ice?

Take a look at the pictures, and find out what the facts really are!

 

USS Al Gore Global Warming Research Vessel Frozen In Ice?

People keep sharing pictures of the USS Al Gore Global Warming Research Vessel frozen in ice, some as a joke, some as evidence that global warming does not actually exist.

You will find these being shared on Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Reddit, and even some websites.

Note : We intentionally placed the FALSE overlay to prevent them from being further abused.

Because these have been debunked previously on our sister website, someone started sharing a new picture instead. This time, of a much larger ship.

 

USS Al Gore : The Facts

As you can surmise by now, those pictures are NOT of the USS Al Gore Global Warming Research Vessel.

Climate change is real, and sharing pictures of frozen boats is not going to change the fact that the world is getting warmer.

Here are the reasons why these are all FAKE PICTURES being shared by climate change deniers.

Fact #1 : There Is No USS Al Gore

The USS Al Gore does not exist. The USS (United States Ship) designation is reserved for active commissioned ships of the US Navy. There has never been a ship named for former US Vice-President Al Gore.

Well, a FICTIONAL submersible aircraft carrier – the CVJ-01 USS Al Gore – was named after him, but I don’t suppose that counts… because it’s a SUBMARINE! 😀

Fact #2 : Al Gore Has A Houseboat Called Bio-Solar One

Al Gore has a 100-foot houseboat that is powered by bio-diesel and solar panels, called Bio-Solar One. It was launched sometime in September 2008.

Here, you can see it at the Hurricane Marina in Silver Point, Tennessee. Completely different design and size, and NEVER FROZEN in ice.

Photo Credit : The Tennessean

Fact #3 : The Frozen Boat Was In Switzerland

The original fake picture of USS Al Gore was of a boat moored off Versoix, on the shores of Lake Geneva, Switzerland.

It was hit by an ice storm in 2005 – the freezing rain froze into a thick glaze of ice that covered not only this boat, but also vehicles, buildings and the streets.

This photo of the same boat was taken by a different photographer, Santiago Puig Viladomiu.

The date stamp is clear – this was taken on 28 January 2005 – more than 3.5 years before Al Gore’s Bio-Solar One houseboat was even launched.

Fact #4 : The Frozen Ship Was In Russia

The newer fake photo of USS Al Gore was really taken on 19 January 2006, of the ship GEORG OTS at the port of Saint Petersburg in Russia.

GEORG OTS (IMO 7625835) is a passenger Roll-On, Roll-Off (Ro-Ro) cargo ship built in 1980, and has ceased service since 2013, last seen heading to Zhoushan, China.

Here you can see the original picture used in the fake USS Al Gore photo, and the GEORG OTS during warmer times.

 

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Nokia 3.4 Camera New Year Failure : How To Fix It?

Nokia 3.4 users received a New Year surprise, when its camera stopped working from New Year 2021 onwards!

Find out what happened, and the two workarounds you can try!

 

Nokia 3.4 Camera Started Crashing On New Year 2021!

Many Nokia 3.4 users are complaining that their camera stopped working around New Year 2021 – either on the eve – 31 December 2020, or New Year’s Day – 1 January 2021.

Specifically, the Nokia camera app would crash within a second of opening it. Those who managed to take a shot before it crashed would only get a photo of a grey square.

Like the camera failures affecting the Nokia 8.3 5G, the problem partly due to the recent firmware updates, but the problem only manifested around New Year 2021.

In fact, it will affect brand new Nokia 3.4 phones that were sold and opened up on and after 1 January 2021.

 

Nokia 3.4 Camera New Year Bug Workarounds

Restarting the phone won’t help, and even a soft reset or hard reset won’t work.

It appears that the Nokia 3.4 camera malfunction is a date bug (like the famous Y2K or Millennium Bug) affecting their Camera app version 97.10.1400.01.

Nokia says they are working on a fix, but until they release a working update, here are two ways to fix the Nokia 3.4 camera failure.

Use A Third-Party App

The Nokia 3.4 camera is still functioning – it’s just their Camera app that’s broken.

So you can use a messaging app like WhatsApp or Telegram to take photos and videos.

However, you may not get the full resolution or quality since these apps use a much lower photo and video resolution to reduce file size.

The best option is to use a third-party camera app like Open Camera or the Google Camera port.

Change The Date

Another way is to change the date on your affected Nokia smartphone :

  1. Go to Settings > System > Date & time
  2. Turn off Network-Provided Date & Time.
  3. Change the date to either :
    a) 30 December 2020 or earlier
    b) 2 January 2021 or later

After that, the Nokia camera app will run properly. But it won’t do to keep running with the wrong date.

  1. Open and then close the Camera app
  2. Go to Settings > System > Date & time
  3. Turn on Network-Provided Date & Time.

This should let you use the Nokia 3.4 smartphone with the proper date, and a usable camera app, albeit with Scene Detection disabled.

 

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Nokia 8.3 Camera New Year Failure : How To Fix It!

Nokia 8.3 5G users received a New Year surprise, when its camera stopped working from New Year 2021 onwards.

Find out what happened, and the two workarounds you can try!

 

Nokia 8.3 5G Camera Crashes On New Year 2021!

Many Nokia 8.3 5G users are complaining that their camera stopped working on around New Year 2021 – either on the eve – 31 December 2020, or New Year’s Day – 1 January 2021.

Specifically, the Nokia camera app would crash within a second of opening it. Those who managed to take a shot before it crashed would only get a photo of a grey square.

At first, they thought it might have been the October or December 2020 update, but oddly enough – the camera only failed on either on 31 December 2020, or 1 January 2021.

Two different people also reported that they bought the Nokia 8.3 5G on 31 December 2020 and 1 January 2021, and the camera on both phones didn’t work either.

Restarting the phone or soft-resetting it won’t work. Even a hard reset that a German user, Gabriel Steinecker, tried did NOT work.

Eventually, it was discovered that the Nokia 8.3 5G’s physical camera was working fine. It was the Nokia camera app that did not work. Third party apps like WhatsApp and Telegram, for example, could still take photos and videos.

 

Nokia 8.3 5G Camera New Year Bug Workarounds

The Nokia 8.3 5G camera malfunction seems to be a date bug (like the famous Y2K or Millennium Bug) affecting their Camera app version 97.10.1400.01.

In fact, it could be affecting more than just Nokia 8.3 5G users. The problem also affects the Nokia 3.4 smartphone.

Nokia says they are working on a fix, but until they release a working update, here are two ways to fix the Nokia 4.3 camera failure.

Use A Third-Party App

The Nokia 8.3 5G camera is still functioning – it’s just their Camera app that’s broken.

So you can use a messaging app like WhatsApp or Telegram to take photos and videos.

However, you may not get the full resolution or quality since these apps use a much lower photo and video resolution to reduce file size.

The best option is to use a third-party camera app like Open Camera or the Google Camera port.

Change The Date

Another way is to change the date on your affected Nokia smartphone :

  1. Go to Settings > System > Date & time
  2. Turn off Network-Provided Date & Time.
  3. Change the date to either :
    a) 30 December 2020 or earlier
    b) 2 January 2021 or later

After that, the Nokia camera app will run properly. But it won’t do to keep running with the wrong date.

  1. Open the Camera app and go to its Settings
  2. Disable Scene Detection
  3. Close the Camera app
  4. Go to Settings > System > Date & time
  5. Turn on Network-Provided Date & Time.

This should let you use the Nokia 8.3 smartphone with the proper date, and a usable camera app, albeit with Scene Detection disabled.

 

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Photography Contest : Win Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro / Photo Printer!

In collaboration with the National Art Gallery of Malaysia, Xiaomi is sponsoring an online photography contest – Good Things During Bad Times!

Give it a try, and you could win a Mi 10T Pro smartphone, or a Mi Pocket Photo Printer!

 

Photography Contest : Win Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro / Photo Printer!

Xiaomi Malaysia wants Malaysians to appreciate the little things in life through their new Good Things During Bad Times photography contest, in collaboration with the National Art Gallery of Malaysia.

Just capture the positive side of your life during these unprecedented times, and share it with Xiaomi Malaysia and the National Art Gallery!

All you have to do is :

  1. Take an original photo that best reflects the contest theme.
  2. Post the photo on your Instagram Feed, with these hashtags and make sure your Instagram Profile is set to Public :
    #GoodThingsDuringBadTimes #Xiaomi #Mi10TSeries #BalaiSeniNegara #PowerYourCreativity
  3. LIKE and FOLLOW Xiaomi Malaysia’s Instagram account (https://www.instagram.com/xiaomi.malaysia)

The top 25 entries will not only win great prizes, they will be displayed on the National Art Gallery of Malaysia’s website!

 

Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro / Photo Printer Photography Contest Details!

For those who are interested to participate, here are the details :

Eligibility

The contest is open to any individual who fulfils these criteria :

  • Malaysian citizens aged 13 and above nly
  • Participants can use any camera and mobile phone
  • Participants can only participate by posting a photo on Instagram Feed
  • All submissions must include the official hashtags :
    #GoodThingsDuringBadTimes #Xiaomi #Mi10TSeries #BalaiSeniNegara #PowerYourCreativity
  • Only PUBLIC Instagram accounts will be accepted, PRIVATE Instagram accounts will not be accepted.
  • Participants must LIKE and FOLLOW Xiaomi Malaysia Official Instagram account (https://www.instagram.com/xiaomi.malaysia)
  • Xiaomi staff, dealers (inclusive of Mi Stores, MEPs, Mi Zones and Open Channels) and their staff and relatives, are not entitled to participate.
  • Xiaomi Malaysia reserves the right to verify the eligibility of any participant, and disqualify any participant who do not meet the eligibility criteria.

Contest Period

  • Only submissions made during the contest period, and before the closing deadline, are eligible to participate :
    15 December 2020 (00:00, GMT+8) to 31 December 2020 (23:59, GMT+8).
  • Xiaomi Malaysia reserves the right and absolute discretion to suspend or extend the contest period for any reason at any time, without any liability.

Entry Submissions

  • There is no limit as to how many entries a participant may submit.

Prizes

  • Grand Prizes : 5 x Mi 10T Pro 5G (worth RM1,999)
  • 2nd Prizes : 20 x Mi Pocket Photo Printer (worth RM249)
  • All winners with submissions containing Xiaomi watermark will be entitled to a bonus prize.
  • Xiaomi reserves the right to replace any prizes with items of similar value without prior notice.
  • Prizes are non-refundable, non-transferable, non-exchangeable, and not redeemable for cash.
  • Any prize not claimed within 60 days of notification (starting from when the results are announced) will be forfeited. No alternatives will be offered.
  • Xiaomi Malaysia reserves the right to re-select the winners.

Winner Notification

  • Winners will be announced on Thursday, 6 January 2021, at 12:00 (GMT+8)
  • Winners will be notified and contacted through their Instagram account.
  • Prizes are not transferable nor exchangeable.
  • In the event Xiaomi Malaysia is unable to contact a winner within 3 working days for any reason, the prize for that winner will be forfeited with no alternatives, at the sole discretion of Xiaomi Malaysia.

 

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : How Good Is Its Main Camera?

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 only comes with a 12 MP main camera, but you will be really surprised at how good its camera really is!

Learn more about its 12 MP Sony IMX555 main camera, and take a look at the photo samples we took!

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : Sony IMX555 Main Camera

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 comes with the same 12 MP main camera as the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20 FE.

Built around the Sony IMX555 sensor, it has a wide f/1.8 aperture. Let’s take a look at how good this camera really is.

The Sony IMX555 is a 12.2 MP CMOS sensor, with a square pixel array of 4032 x 3024 pixels.

This is a Dual Pixel sensor, which means it uses dual photodiodes in every pixel for faster and more accurate phase-detection autofocus.

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 supports the new HEIC file format, so each 12 MP picture is only about 2-3 MB in size – about half of the usual JPEG file format.

That basically means you can store twice as many photos as you would with an older smartphone.

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : How Good Is Its Camera?

Even though we are under a CMCO lockdown, we had the opportunity to test the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2’s main camera out.

Here are eight high-resolution Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 photo samples for you to check out.

For faster loading, we reduced the resolution, but they are otherwise unedited.

We are glad that Samsung did not skimp on the main camera, using the same Sony IMX555 sensor and wide f/1.8 aperture as the Galaxy S20.

The detail and colour rendition of this camera is really good, with fast autofocus, courtesy of its Dual Pixel capability.

The wide f/1.8 aperture is great for bokeh and low-light photography, but it introduces a very narrow depth of field.

So be very careful when you take close-up shots, as you can end up with the shot focused on the wrong subject.

To be sure, tap on the subject you want, so the Galaxy Z Fold 2 “knows” what you want to focus on.

If you can keep that in mind, you will end up with very nice shots from the Galaxy Z Fold 2!

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : Price + Availability

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 is offered in two colour options – Mystic Brown and Mystic Black.

It is available globally from September 2020 onwards, at these recommended retail prices :

  • Malaysia : RM 7,999 (25 September 2020)
  • Singapore : S$2,888 (18 September 2020)
  • United States : US$1,999 (18 September 2020)
  • United Kingdom : £1,799
  • Australia : A$2,999 (25 September 2020)

Here are online purchase options :

 

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Samsung Galaxy S20 FE : How Good Is Its Camera?

The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE only comes with a 12 MP main camera, but you will be really surprised at how good its camera really is!

Learn a little more about its 12 MP main camera, and take a look at a few photo samples we managed to take!

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE : Sony IMX555 Main Camera

The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE comes with the same 12 MP main camera as the Galaxy S20, featuring the Sony IMX555 sensor, and a wide f/1.8 aperture.

In this article, we are going to take a look at how good this camera really is.

The Sony IMX555 is a 12.2 MP CMOS sensor, with a square pixel array of 4032 x 3024 pixels.

This is a Dual Pixel sensor, which means it uses dual photodiodes in every pixel for faster and more accurate phase-detection autofocus.

The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE supports the new HEIC file format, so each 12 MP picture is only about 2-3 MB in size. That’s about half the size of the usual JPEG file format.

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE : How Good Is Its Camera?

Even though we are under a CMCO lockdown, we had the opportunity to test the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE’s main camera out.

Here are eight high-resolution Samsung Galaxy S20 FE photo samples for you to check out.

For faster loading, we reduced the resolution, but they are otherwise unedited.

We are glad that Samsung did not skimp on the main camera, using the same Sony IMX555 sensor and wide f/1.8 aperture as the original S20.

The detail and colour rendition of this camera is really good, with fast autofocus, courtesy of its Dual Pixel capability.

The wide f/1.8 aperture is great for bokeh and low-light photography, but it introduces a very narrow depth of field.

So you need to take care when you take close-up shots, as you can end up with the shot focused on the wrong subject. To be sure, tap on the subject you want so the Galaxy S20 FE “knows” what you want to focus on.

If you can keep that in mind, you will end up with very nice shots from the Galaxy S20 FE!

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G : Price + Availability

The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G is available in these six colour options, from left to right : Cloud Mint, Cloud Navy, Cloud Lavender, Cloud Red, Cloud Orange and Cloud White.

Here are the Galaxy S20 FE’s official price list in various countries :

  • Malaysia : RM3,399 (about US$815 / £640 / A$1159 / S$1122)
  • United States : $699.99
  • United Kingdom : £699
  • Australia : A$999

Here are online purchase options :

 

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Samsung Galaxy Note20 Night Mode Guide

Samsung Galaxy Note20 and Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G smartphones have a Night mode, which promises to deliver superior picture quality in very low light conditions!

Find out how to use Night Mode in the Samsung Galaxy Note20 family of smartphones!

 

Samsung Galaxy Note20 Night Mode : What Is It?

The Samsung Galaxy Note20 and Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G smartphones have a Night Mode that delivers unprecedented picture quality in low or dim lighting conditions.

When you take a photo using the Night Mode, it takes up to 30 photos in rapid succession, and intelligently combines them using multi-frame processing to produce one bright and clear photo.

 

Samsung Galaxy Note20 Night Mode : How To Use It?

Here is a quick guide on how to use the Night Mode on your Galaxy Note20 or Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G smartphone :

  1. Open the Camera app in your Galaxy Note20 / Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G smartphone
  2. Swipe to the left, and tap More.
  3. Tap NIGHT, to enable the Night Mode.
  4. Tap the Zoom icons if you want to get a closer shot.
  5. Tap the Capture button when you are ready to take a photo!

 

Samsung Galaxy Note20 Night Mode : How Effective Is It?

Here is a shot taken by the Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G smartphone, with and without Night Mode.

We set up this scene, placing a dim and indirect light source at a distance on the right side. Perceptually, the picture on the left is close to what we see with our naked eye.

Without Night Mode, the scene is much darker.

Ice Bear appears a little blur and you can barely make out Grizzly’s right hand. The Minion’s hand being bitten by the crab is hardly visible too.

Darth Minion is the worst case scenario – you can’t even make out his shape, just white eyes and belt buckle.

But once you turn on Night Mode, look at how much brighter it looks!

Not only can you see Darth Minion clearly, you can even see the texture of the surface they are standing on clearly.

Ice Bear is sharper, and Grizzly’s right hand is now clearly seen. Even the Minion’s hand being bitten by the red crab is clearly visible.

 

Samsung Galaxy Note20 Night Mode : Gua Tempurung

Take a look at some sample pictures we took inside Gua Tempurung, a massive cave system south of Ipoh.

Those who have been in there will know just how dark it really is, even with lamp posts placed along the way.

 

Samsung Galaxy Note20 : Where To Buy In Malaysia?

Samsung is offering these models with these specifications :

  • Samsung Galaxy Note20 (8 GB + 256 GB) : RM 3,899
  • Samsung Galaxy Note20 5G (8 GB + 256 GB) : RM 4,299

Here are the direct online purchase links (desktop / mobile) for Malaysia :

Here are the direct online purchase links (mobile) for Malaysia :

 

Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G : Where To Buy In Malaysia?

Samsung is offering one model with these specifications :

  • Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G (12 GB + 256 GB) : RM 5,199

Here are the direct online purchase links (desktop / mobile) for Malaysia :

Here are the direct online purchase links (mobile) for Malaysia :

 

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Nikon Malaysia Ceases Operation On 1 January 2021!

Nikon Malaysia today announced that they were calling it quits, and will shut down on 1 January 2021.

Here is what you need to know about Nikon’s decision to cease having an official presence in Malaysia…

 

Nikon Malaysia Ceases Operation On 1 January 2021!

Nikon (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. today announced that they will cease operations on 1 January 2021, with their last business day on 31 December 2020.

That marks the end of almost 19 years of presence in Malaysia – Nikon Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. was established in April 2001.

The writing has been on the wall for sometime now… the photography market has been hammered by the ubiquitousness of smartphone cameras, and even mirrorless cameras cannot stop the haemorrhage.

As sad as it may be for Nikon users, it comes to no surprise that Nikon Malaysia has decided to call it quits.

 

Two Distributors Take Over Nikon Business In Malaysia

Don’t worry if you are a Nikon fan. They are not leaving you high and dry.

You will still be able to purchase Nikon cameras and lenses, and get your photography gear serviced.

From 1 January 2021 onwards, Nikon business in Malaysia will be handled by two authorised distributors :

 

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Samsung Galaxy Note20 Series Camera Technologies : What’s New?

The new Samsung Galaxy Note20 and Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G smartphones come with a brand new camera system, with larger high-resolution sensors, and improved Space Zoom technology!

Let’s take a look at the new camera technologies in the Samsung Galaxy Note20 family of smartphones!

 

Samsung Galaxy Note20 Series Camera : Ultra-High Resolution

The Samsung Galaxy Note20 series smartphones come with new ultra-high resolution cameras :

The ultra-high resolution photos they take allow you to zoom in, and crop a section you want, without losing any detail in that picture!

Samsung did not just increase the number of pixels on their sensors, they also greatly increased the sensor size. This increases the amount of light each pixel receives, so that they will deliver better image quality, even in low-light conditions.

Camera Galaxy
Note10+
Galaxy
Note20
Galaxy
Note20 Ultra 5G
Main
(Wide Angle)
12 MP resolution
1/2.55-inch sensor
12 MP resolution
1/1.76-inch sensor
108 MP resolution
1/1.33-inch sensor
Ultra-Wide 16 MP resolution
1/3.1-inch sensor
12 MP resolution
1/2.55-inch sensor
12 MP resolution
1/2.55-inch sensor
Telephoto 12 MP resolution
1/3.6-inch sensor
64 MP resolution
1/1.72-inch sensor
12 MP resolution
1/3.6-inch sensor

 

Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G Camera : Nonacell Technology

The 108MP Samsung HM1 image sensor in the Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G comes with Nonacell technology, which combines groups of nine pixels into much larger 2.4μm pixels.

This gives you a 12 MP picture instead of an 108 MP picture, but each pixel will receive 9X more light for much better clarity in low-light conditions!

In addition, Nonacell uses the Samsung ISOCELL Plus technology to dramatically reduce crosstalk, optical loss and light reflection that happens when pixels are combined.

 

Samsung Galaxy Note20 Series Camera : Space Zoom Technology

The Samsung Space Zoom Technology combines their improved Hybrid Optic Zoom (Note20) or Optical Zoom (Note20 Ultra 5G), with AI multi-frame processing enhancements to give you incredible zoom ranges.

In addition to their incredible zoom ranges, the improved Samsung Space Zoom features smooth transitions between presets, and a manual zoom mode.

They both allow for more professional videos, with greater creative options.

 

Samsung Galaxy Note20 : Where To Buy In Malaysia?

Samsung is offering these models with these specifications :

  • Samsung Galaxy Note20 (8 GB + 256 GB) : RM 3,899
  • Samsung Galaxy Note20 5G (8 GB + 256 GB) : RM 4,299

Here are the direct online purchase links (desktop / mobile) for Malaysia :

Here are the direct online purchase links (mobile) for Malaysia :

 

Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G : Where To Buy In Malaysia?

Samsung is offering one model with these specifications :

  • Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G (12 GB + 256 GB) : RM 5,199

Here are the direct online purchase links (desktop / mobile) for Malaysia :

Here are the direct online purchase links (mobile) for Malaysia :

 

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Nokia 8.3 5G – No Time To Die Photoshoot : Behind The Scene

HMD Global partnered with the upcoming Bond movie – No Time To Die – to market their Nokia 8.3 5G smartphone with a photoshoot.

Watch the behind-the-scenes video for a look at how much effort they went into this photoshoot, and the final output from the Nokia 8.3 5G smartphone!

 

Nokia 8.3 5G : No Time To Die Marketing Photoshoot

In March 2020, just before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, HMD Global announced that they won the rights to be the official phone partner for the 25th James Bond movie – No Time To Die.

This bought them the right to include into the movie, both the iconic Nokia 3310 and the Nokia 8.3 5G – their upcoming 5G smartphone with a PureView quad camera system featuring ZEISS optics.

The partnership also bought them the rights to an exclusive No Time To Die marketing photoshoot with Lashana Lynch, who plays 00 agent Nomi in the movie.

We should point out that while the Nokia 8.3 5G was featured in the movie and this photoshoot, it was not used to actually film any part of the movie.

Even for this photoshoot, the amount of preparation is incredible and really elaborate. They even brought in social media photographer Ben MacLean to take the photo at the iconic Pinewood Studios, with a 30-foot rig suspending him in the air.

 

Nokia 8.3 5G : The Ultimate Shot

Here is the ultimate shot that Ben MacLean took at No Time To Die photoshoot using the Nokia 8.3 5G smartphone.

Impressive! But if you are planning to buy the Nokia 8.3 5G because you think it will let you take such photos, you will be sorely disappointed.

It would be remiss of us not to remind you all of the elaborate preparation and lighting needed to achieve that shot.

Of course, that’s the purpose of such marketing efforts – to convince you of what’s potentially achievable with a lot of effort… not what most users will end up with.

That’s why we make sure that our smartphone reviews include real world photo and video samples taken on-the-go like normal people.

Here are a selection of our smartphone reviews you can check out :

 

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GoPro HERO 9 Black : A Hands-On Preview!

GoPro just launched the HERO 9 Black, boasting More Everything! and we managed to check it out up close!

So here is our hands-on preview of the new GoPro HERO 9 Black action camera!

 

GoPro HERO 9 Black : What’s New?

The GoPro HERO 9 Black features a new sensor that deliver 5K video and 20 MP photos, together with HyperSmooth 3.0 video stabilisation, a new front-facing display, a larger rear display, and 30% longer battery life.

To complement the HERO9 Black, GoPro also introduced a number of mods, including a Max Lens Mod, a Max SuperView mod, a Media Mod, a Display Mod and a Light Mod.

 

GoPro HERO 9 Black : Our Hands-On Experience!

We had a short time with the GoPro HERO 9 Black, and here is our quick hands-on experience video!

And here is a summary of the GoPro HERO 9 Black’s key features :

  • New 20 MP image sensor
  • Video Recording Formats : 5K30, 4K60, 2.7K120, 1440p120, 1080p240 and more
  • Photo Resolution : 20 MP maximum
  • 1.4-inch front colour display, with live preview and status modes
  • 2.27-inch rear touch display, with touch zoom
  • 30% longer battery life, with improved cold weather performance
  • Removable, rechargeable battery
  • HyperSmooth 3.0 with in-camera horizon leveling
  • TimeWarp 3.0 featuring Real Speed, and Half Speed
  • 1080p Live Streaming
  • 1080p Webcam Mode
  • Power Tools : HindSight, LiveBurst, Scheduled Capture, Duration Capture
  • SuperPhoto + HDR Night lapse video
  • RAW photos
  • Digital lenses
  • Voice control with 14 commands in 11 languages + 6 accents
  • 3 microphones with advanced wind-noise reduction
  • Stereo + RAW audio
  • Larger speaker for improved audio playback
  • Removable lens cover
  • Built-in folding mounting fingers
  • Rugger + waterproof to 10 meters (33 feet)

 

GoPro HERO 9 Black : New Mods

GoPro is introducing a slew of new mods to complement the HERO 9 Black action camera :

Available in October 2020, the Max Lens Mod adds Max HyperSmooth video stabilisation and low-distortion, ultra-wide Max SuperView at up to 2.7K60 resolution. It also allows for horizon lock no matter how the camera is rotated.

The Media Mod, available starting 16 September 2020, adds these features to the HERO 9 Black :

  • a built-in directional mic with wind suppression
  • 2 cold-shoe mounts (for the Display Mod and Light Mod)
  • weather-resistant construction

The GoPro HERO 9 Black will still support these two existing mods :

The Display Mod adds these features to the HERO 9 Black :

  • a 2-inch flip-up screen for easier vlogging
  • built-in rechargeable battery and micro-HDMI connector

The Light Mod adds these features to the HERO 9 Black :

  • 4 levels of brightness – up to 200 lumens at 1 meter
  • waterproof up to 10 meters (33 feet)
  • built-in rechargeable battery (up to 6 hours)

 

GoPro HERO 9 Black : Price + Availability

The GoPro HERO 9 Black is available for purchase starting today, together with these mods coming soon :

  • HERO9 Black : US$449.99 | £429.99 | A$599 | S$680 | RM2099
  • HERO9 Black Max Lens Mod : US$99.99 | ~£77 | ~A$137 | ~S$136 | ~RM414
  • HERO9 Black Media Mod : US$79.99 | ~£62 | ~A$109 | ~S$109 | ~RM331
  • HERO9 Black Display Mod : US$79.99 | ~£62 | ~A$109 | ~S$109 | RM399
  • HERO9 Black Light Mod : US$49.99 | ~£39 | ~A$68 | ~S$68 | RM249

Here are online purchase options for the GoPro HERO 9 Black :

 

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GoPro HERO 9 Black : Price + Launch Deal in Malaysia!

GoPro just launched the HERO 9 Black in Malaysia, featuring “more everything” and a slew of new mods!

Here is what you need to know about the new GoPro HERO 9 Black, including its price and availability in Malaysia!

 

GoPro HERO 9 Black : More Everything In Malaysia!

The GoPro HERO 9 Black features a new sensor that deliver 5K video and 20 MP photos, together with HyperSmooth 3.0 video stabilisation, a new front-facing display, a larger rear display, and 30% longer battery life.

To complement the HERO9 Black, GoPro also introduced a number of mods, including a Max Lens Mod, a Max SuperView mod, a Media Mod, a Display Mod and a Light Mod.

Here is a summary of the GoPro HERO 9 Black’s key features :

  • New 20 MP image sensor
  • Video Recording Formats : 5K30, 4K60, 2.7K120, 1440p120, 1080p240 and more
  • Photo Resolution : 20 MP maximum
  • 1.4-inch front colour display, with live preview and status modes
  • 2.27-inch rear touch display, with touch zoom
  • 30% longer battery life, with improved cold weather performance
  • Removable, rechargeable battery
  • HyperSmooth 3.0 with in-camera horizon leveling
  • TimeWarp 3.0 featuring Real Speed, and Half Speed
  • 1080p Live Streaming
  • 1080p Webcam Mode
  • Power Tools : HindSight, LiveBurst, Scheduled Capture, Duration Capture
  • SuperPhoto + HDR Night lapse video
  • RAW photos
  • Digital lenses
  • Voice control with 14 commands in 11 languages + 6 accents
  • 3 microphones with advanced wind-noise reduction
  • Stereo + RAW audio
  • Larger speaker for improved audio playback
  • Removable lens cover
  • Built-in folding mounting fingers
  • Rugger + waterproof to 10 meters (33 feet)

 

GoPro HERO 9 Black : Mods Coming To Malaysia

GoPro is introducing these HERO 9 Black mods to Malaysia, with availability in Q4 2020.

The Max Lens Mod adds Max HyperSmooth video stabilisation and low-distortion, ultra-wide Max SuperView at up to 2.7K60 resolution. It also allows for horizon lock no matter how the camera is rotated.

The Media Mod adds these features to the HERO 9 Black :

  • a built-in directional mic with wind suppression
  • 2 cold-shoe mounts (for the Display Mod and Light Mod)
  • weather-resistant construction

The Display Mod adds these features to the HERO 9 Black :

  • a 2-inch flip-up screen for easier vlogging
  • built-in rechargeable battery and micro-HDMI connector

The Light Mod, which is already available, adds these features to the HERO 9 Black :

  • 4 levels of brightness – up to 200 lumens at 1 meter
  • waterproof up to 10 meters (33 feet)
  • built-in rechargeable battery (up to 6 hours)

 

GoPro HERO 9 Black : Price + Launch Deal In Malaysia

The GoPro HERO 9 Black is available for purchase starting today in Malaysia, together with these mods (available Q4 2020) :

  • HERO9 Black : RM2099 (about US$508 / £394 / A$696 / S$691)
  • HERO9 Black Max Lens Mod : TBA (officially US$99.99)
  • HERO9 Black Media Mod : TBA (officially US$79.99)
  • HERO9 Black Display Mod : RM399 (about US$97 / £75 / A$132 / S$131)
  • HERO9 Black Light Mod : RM249 (about US$60 / £47 / A$83 / S$82)

Here are online purchase options for the GoPro HERO 9 Black in Malaysia :

The first 400 customers to purchase the HERO 9 Black in Malaysia will receive :

  • an extra rechargeable battery
  • the chance to win weekly prizes up to RM1000 cash vouchers

 

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Xiaomi 3rd Generation Under-Display Camera Technology!

Xiaomi just unveiled their 3rd Generation Under-Display Camera Technology, which is being put into mass production!

Here’s a quick primer on what will soon be coming to a Xiaomi smartphone near you!

 

Xiaomi Under-Display Camera Technology!

Xiaomi has been working on their Under-Display Camera technology for quite some time. Their first generation effort did not go far – it didn’t even leave their lab.

Their second generation Under-Display Camera technology was good enough to showcase to the public, but never made it to production.

That changes with their new 3rd Generation Under-Display Camera technology!

 

Xiaomi 3rd Generation Under-Display Camera Technology!

In the 3rd Generation Under-Display Camera Technology, Xiaomi has greatly improved the “full-screen effect” through better pixel arrangement, and optimisation of their camera algorithm.

The new pixel arrangement of the display allows light to pass through the gaps between the sub-pixels. This allows each pixel to retain a complete RGB sub-pixel layout without sacrificing pixel density.

Xiaomi claims that their unique pixel arrangement doubles the number of horizontal and vertical pixels, compared to competing solutions – delivering the same pixel density over the camera, as the rest of the display.

According to Xiaomi, the display area over the camera will have the same brightness, colour gamut and colour accuracy as the rest of the display.

The Xiaomi 3rd Generation Under-Display Camera technology also adopts a special circuit design to hide more components under the RGB sub-pixels to further increase light transmittance to the camera below.

Xiaomi claims that these improvements allow the new under-display camera to deliver the same performance as conventional front cameras.

That’s why they are confident enough to put it into mass production, with plans to introduce these under-display cameras in their smartphones next year.

 

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Fact Check : Lincoln Memorial Defaced By BLM Protestors!

Did Black Lives Matter protestors deface the famous Abraham Lincoln statue at the Lincoln Memorial?

Find out if the Lincoln Memorial was really vandalised, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : Lincoln Memorial Defaced By BLM Protestors!

Black Lives Matter protestors are being accused of defacing the famous Abraham Lincoln statue at the Lincoln Memorial, and here is the picture to prove it!

This picture of the Abraham Lincoln statue spray painted with graffiti has been shared on Facebook, Twitter, etc. as evidence of the Black Lives Matter movement’s complete lack of respect for sacred American monuments.

The graffiti had messages like Black + Brown Lives Matter, #BLM, Justice, The Real Martyrs, George Floyd.

 

Lincoln Memorial Defaced By BLM Protestors : The Facts

Fact #1 : The Picture Is Fake

The picture is fake, and was edited by mapping graffiti over a picture of the Abraham Lincoln statue.

The creator did a poor job of it, lopping off the left side of the head. If that was intentionally meant to look like protestors did it, it was done badly.

The graffiti also looked odd, because he/she was mapping a 2D image over what’s really a 3D object.

Fact #2 : The Lincoln Memorial Was Protected By The National Guard

It would also be quite a feat for the BLM protestors to vandalise the Abraham Lincoln statue itself, since the DC National Guard was deployed to protect it.

Members of the D.C. National Guard stand on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial as demonstrators participate in a peaceful protest against police brutality and the death of George Floyd (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Fact #3 : An Outer Column Was Slightly Spray-Painted

One of the outer columns at the Lincoln Memorial had Yall Not Tired Yet? spray-painted in black on the night of 30 May 2020.

However, there is no way to know whether BLM protestors or anti-protestors was responsible. The message is ambiguous.

Photo Credit : Carolyn Kaster, early Sunday May 31, 2020

Further down, the National World War II Memorial was vandalised, this time with a clearer meaning – Do Black Vets Count?

Fact #4 : National Mall and Memorial Parks Confirmed The Limited Damage

National Mall and Memorial Parks confirmed both graffitis and cleaned them up by 4 June 2020.

Fact #5 : The Lincoln Memorial Had Been Vandalised In The Past

Frankly speaking, this isn’t the first time the Lincoln Memorial was vandalised or defaced. In fact, someone actually sprayed green paint on the Abraham Lincoln statue in 2013!

In 2017, explicit graffiti was spray-painted on an inner column in the Lincoln Memorial.

 

Disinformation Campaigns

This fake picture is part of a slew of similar fake news about the George Floyd / BLM protests in the US :

So beware of similar fake posts, because they appear to be part of disinformation campaigns.

 

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Fact Check : White House Lights Out With Trump In Bunker?

The Internet is trolling Trump with this infamous picture of a White House with its lights out – virtually blacked out – while he sheltered in his bunker.

Let’s take a look at the infamous White House lights out picture, and find out if it’s genuine!

 

White House Lights Out With Trump In Bunker?

This is the infamous White House lights out photo that everyone has been sharing on social media. It even got picked up and used by some websites.

It shows a completely dark White House with its lights out, on the same night US President Donald Trump, his wife Melania and their son, Barron, were taken to the White House bunker.

 

White House Lights Out With Trump In Bunker : The Facts

Now, here are the facts about this picture, and news reports of the White House with its lights out.

Fact #1 : That White House Lights Out Photo Is Fake

The photo showing a completely dark White House is fake. According to AP, it was edited from this original Getty image that was posted on 6 December 2015.

This photo was artificially darkened, and the lit lantern removed, to create the image of a completely dark White House with its lights out.

WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 06: The White House is shown at dusk December 6, 2015 in Washington, DC. U.S. President Barack Obama is scheduled to address the nation this evening from the Oval Office on his plans to battle the threat of terror attacks and defeating ISIL in the wake of last week’s attack in San Bernardino, California. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

However, we believe that it was more likely to have been edited from a screenshot from a video from the time the White House lit up in LGBT colours on 27 June 2015.

Fact #2 : White House Lights Goes Off Every Night

According to Kaitlan Collins who does many late night photography sessions at the White House, and White House spokesperson Hogan Gidley, the White House lights go out at about 11 PM almost every night.

Fact #3 : Actual Photos Of White House That Night

Here are photos of the White House that were taken that night. They show that while the interior lights were turned off, the exterior lights were still on. At around 11 PM, the exterior lights were turned off.

Fact #4 : Trump Did Retreat To White House Bunker

Earlier claims that protestors breached the White House are false. But they concerned the Secret Service so much that Donald Trump, his wife Melania and son, Barron were moved to the White House bunker for about an hour.

This fake picture is part of a slew of similar fake news about the George Floyd protests in the US :

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Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra : 8K Video Goes Mainstream!

One of the least talked-about features in the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is its 8K video recording capability.

Find out how its 8K video recording capability compares to its 4K and 1080p recording capabilities!

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra : 8K Video Goes Mainstream!

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is the big brother of the Samsung Galaxy S20 family, the other two being the Galaxy S20 Plus and the Galaxy S20.

All three models can actually record 8K videos with a resolution of 7680 x 4320 pixels at 24 frames per second.

However, there are some limitations when you record 8K videos on the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra | S20 Plus | S20 smartphones :

  • each video clip is limited to 5 minutes
  • electronic image stabilisation (EIS) will be disabled

The time limit is both necessary because of the 4GB file size limit, as well as to avoid damage to the sensor – it gets really hot when you record 8K videos.

And while EIS cannot be enabled – the amount of processing power required is just too much – you can still rely on the optical image stabilisation (OIS) provided by the lens.

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Video Samples : 8K vs 4K vs 1080p

We prepared six Galaxy S20 Ultra video samples to showcase the differences in video recording quality. Check them out :

Video Sample #1 : Blues Band (1080p)

The image quality at 1080p is exceptional, with good control of the exposure. Image stabilisation by the main camera was good, but there was some shakiness when we switched to the telephoto camera.

Its audio quality and noise cancellation were also very good. Even though it was breezy that day, you can’t hear any wind noise.

Video Sample #2 : Blues Band (4K)

This is our favourite video recording resolution. Good image quality at a high resolution, with good exposure.

Video Sample #3 : Blues Band (8K)

The detail at 8K was exceptional, and the image stabilisation (only optical) was better than we expected. But we noticed some autofocus issues – you can see some seeking even though no one is moving.

Video Sample #4 : Street Market (1080p)

In this test of its image stabilisation capabilities, you can see that at 1080p, the S20 Ultra does a very good job of cancelling out hand shake while walking.

Video Sample #5 : Street Market (4K)

Image stabilisation at 4K was very good too. Very smooth video even while walking.

Video Sample #6 : Street Market (8K)

At 8K, there is some noticeable jerkiness, but thanks to OIS, it actually turned out better than we expected.

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 Smartphones : Where To Buy?

Here are the online purchase options for the Samsung Galaxy S20 +  Galaxy Z Flip smartphones :

Malaysia

Singapore

United States

United Kingdom

Australia

 

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How To Get Your Mom Featured With Samsung Galaxy!

Samsung just showcased the mothers of their employees, and is offering YOU the chance to feature your mom too! Find out how to get your Mom featured with Samsung Galaxy!

 

How To Get Your Mom Featured With Samsung Galaxy!

Thanks to Samsung’s partnership with Google Duo, video calling Mom and loved ones is as easy as sending a text.

To celebrate Mother’s Day this year, Samsung employees from all around the world connected with their moms via video call.

From reliving special memories to expressing future hopes, the calls brought the families closer together, even when they are apart.

You can also get your mom featured with Samsung Galaxy! All you have to do is :

  1. Follow Samsung Mobile on Instagram
  2. Take a photo or video of your Mom with your Samsung Galaxy smartphone
  3. Post it on Instagram using the #withGalaxy hashtag

That’s it! With a little luck, the photo or video of your Mom that you took with your Samsung Galaxy smartphone will get featured by Samsung!

 

Tips On Getting Your Mom Featured With Samsung Galaxy!

When it comes to capturing your memories with Mom, use the Samsung Galaxy S20’s pro-grade camera to get the perfect shot.

Enjoy a cutting-edge camera sensor that lets in more light and detail than ever before, so photos of mom are always crystal clear.

And with Single Take mode, you can stay in the moment while Mom opens up her presents— the S20’s lenses grab a variety of images and videos, at once, so you can pick your favourites once the festivities are over.

Recommended : Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra : An In-Depth Review!

 

Samsung : Buy Mom A New Galaxy Smartphone!

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Malaysia

Singapore

United States

United Kingdom

Australia

 

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Samsung : Put Mom In The Picture #withGalaxy!

This Mother’s Day, Samsung is encouraging their Galaxy fans to literally put Mom in the picture #withGalaxy!

In a not very subtle dig at other brands, they pointed out that they recorded the video to explicitly show that the pictures were truly taken with their brand new Galaxy S20 Ultra smartphone!

 

Samsung : Put Mom In The Picture #withGalaxy!

Moms work hard to make life’s special moments even more memorable. From first steps to birthday parties to cherished holiday celebrations, Moms are always there—capturing our greatest memories and documenting them for the future. But with so much time spent behind the camera, it’s time to celebrate Mom and put her in the picture.

That’s why this Mother’s Day, Samsung is encouraging Galaxy fans to celebrate moms around the world with our campaign: Put Mom in the Picture #withGalaxy. To launch the campaign, we pulled together a video of Moms behind the scenes and in front of the camera to show that there’s no question: life’s always better when Mom’s in the shot.

And at a time when it’s more important than ever to stay connected with Mom, we know families are relying on their technology to make sure this Mother’s Day is extra-special.

With so many ways to communicate, the Galaxy S20 series makes it easier than ever to celebrate — whether you’re video chatting one-on-one or filling up the screen with 12 participants. Thanks to Samsung’s partnership with Google Duo, video calling Mom and loved ones is as easy as sending a text.

And when it comes to capturing your memories with Mom, use the Samsung Galaxy S20’s pro-grade camera to get the perfect shot. Enjoy a cutting-edge camera sensor that lets in more light and detail than ever before, so photos of mom are always crystal clear.

And with Single Take mode, you can stay in the moment while Mom opens up her presents— the S20’s lenses grab a variety of images and videos, at once, so you can pick your favorites once the festivities are over.

This Mother’s Day, celebrate mom by putting her in the picture and spread the love using #WithGalaxy. Whether you’re together or apart, feel closer than ever, with a little help from Samsung.

Happy Mother’s Day from our Samsung family to yours.

 

Samsung : Buy Mom A New Galaxy S20 Smartphone!

Here are the online purchase options for the Samsung Galaxy S20 family :

Malaysia

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Samsung Galaxy S20 Bright Night Mode : How Useful Is It?

The new Samsung Galaxy S20 introduces a brand new Bright Night mode, which promises to deliver superior picture quality in very low light conditions!

Let’s take a look at the new Bright Night technology that Samsung just introduced in their Galaxy S20 family of smartphones!

 

Galaxy S20 Bright Night Mode : What Is It?

The Samsung Galaxy S20 smartphones come with a new Night mode called Bright Night.

Bright Night uses a technique called multi-frame processing to deliver unprecedented picture quality even in low or dim lighting.

When you take a photo using the Bright Night mode, it takes 30 photos rapid succession, and instantly combines using multi-frame processing into one clear photo.

 

Galaxy S20 Bright Night Mode : How To Use It?

Here is a short guide on how to use the Bright Night mode on your Galaxy S20 smartphone :

  1. Open the Camera app in your Galaxy S20 smartphone
  2. Swipe to the left, and tap More.
  3. Tap NIGHT, to enable the Bright Night mode.
  4. Tap the Zoom icons if you want to get a closer shot.
  5. Tap the Capture button when you are ready to take a photo!

 

Galaxy S20 Bright Night Mode : How Effective Is It?

First, let’s compare the Galaxy S20 Ultra with Bright Night mode enabled, and disabled.

We set up this scene, placing a dim and indirect light source at a distance, intentionally placing it at the back so that it casts a shadow towards the front.

Without Bright Night mode enabled, you cannot make out the Minion prisoner’s hands and feet, or the details of Darth Minion’s armour.

But when we took the same scene with Bright Night mode turned on, the brightness and clarity of the scene is greatly boosted!

You can now see the Minion prisoner’s hand and feet, and the intricate details of Darth Minion’s armour, even though both are in the shadows!

In fact, even though we intentionally framed the scene with the light at the back, you can clearly see the details of all three Minions and the teddy bear.

 

Bright Night Mode Comparison : Galaxy S20 vs Galaxy S10

The Samsung Galaxy S10 received a Bright Night mode upgrade, giving it the same multi-frame processing capability to deliver truly excellent photos in low-light conditions.

Let’s see how the Galaxy S10’s Bright Night mode stacks up against the Galaxy S20 Ultra’s improved Bright Night mode!

The Samsung Galaxy S10’s Night mode is impressive, offering a much brighter and clearer picture than the Galaxy S20 without Night mode.

But once you turn on Bright Night mode for the Galaxy S20 Ultra, there is no doubt that it does even better than the already impressive Galaxy S10!

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 | S20+ | S20 Ultra : Price + Availability

The Samsung Galaxy S20 family of smartphones will be available for sale starting 6 March 2020 across Malaysia.

 

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Samsung Galaxy S20 Camera Technologies : What’s New?

The new Samsung Galaxy S20 introduces a brand new camera system, with new high-resolution sensors and a new Space Zoom technology.

Let’s take a look at the new camera technologies that Samsung just introduced in their Galaxy S20 family of smartphones!

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 Super Resolution : 108MP / 64MP

The Samsung Galaxy S20 smartphones come with new super resolution sensors :

These super high resolution sensors allow you to zoom in, and crop a section you want, without losing any detail in that picture!

Samsung did not just increase the number of pixels on their sensors, they also greatly increased the sensor size. This increases the amount of light each pixel receives, so that they will deliver better image quality, even in low-light conditions.

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Camera : 108MP Sensor Modes

The 108MP sensor in the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra can switch between two modes – Nona-Binning and Re-Mosaic.

Nona-Binning for better low-light performance

Also known as 3×3 binning, nona-binning merges nine pixels into one.

This gives you a 12 MP picture instead of a 108 MP picture, but each pixel will receive 9X more light for much better clarity in low-light conditions!

Re-Mosaic for more detailed images

This is the default mode when there is good lighting.

The Re-Mosaic algorithm remaps the pixels into a conventional RGB pattern to produce more details in the image.

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 Camera : Space Zoom Technology

The Samsung Space Zoom Technology combines their new Hybrid Optic Zoom, with AI multi-frame processing enhancements to give you incredible zoom ranges.

  • Hybrid Optic Zoom : longer zoom range by cropping their new super resolution sensor, and pairing it with new zoom lens
  • AI Multi-Frame Processing : better image quality of digitally-zoomed images through AI algorithms

The Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20+ both offer 3x Hybrid Optic Zoom, with 30x Space Zoom.

The Galaxy S20 Ultra, on the other hand, offers 10x Hybrid Optic Zoom, with 100x Space Zoom!

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Camera : Folded Lens + 48MP Sensor

We should give a special mention to the Galaxy S20 Ultra, which combines a folded lens design and a 48 MP sensor to deliver 10x Hybrid Optic Zoom.

That can be extended to 100X using AI multi-frame processing, which reduces hand shaking and quality loss at such high zoom levels.

Dual-Mode 48MP Sensor

The telephoto camera on the Galaxy S20 Ultra has a 48MP sensor, which switches between tetra-binning and re-mosaic modes, depending on the shooting conditions and zoom ratio.

Its tetra-binning mode combines 4 pixels into 1 for significantly better low-light performance.

Its re-mosaic mode rearranges the RGB pixels, allowing for a sensor crop to deliver the 10x Hybrid Optic Zoom.

Folded Lens

The folded lens design allows the Galaxy S20 Ultra to deliver a wider zoom range into a very limited space. The lens lays flat, and is positioned at the bottom of the camera.

Light from the aperture is redirected by a prism into the lens, refracting at a 90-degree angle to increase the focal length.

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 | S20+ | S20 Ultra : Price + Availability

The Samsung Galaxy S20 family of smartphones will be available for sale starting 6 March 2020 across Malaysia.

 

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Samsung Galaxy A51 Cameras : 48MP vs Ultra Wide vs Macro

The Samsung Galaxy A51 is one of the best mid-range smartphones you can buy today, and one of the main reason (in addition to its 32 MP selfie camera) is its combination of 48 MP, Ultra Wide and macro cameras.

In this comparison, we will take a look at the Galaxy A51 cameras, and show you real-life samples of what it is really capable of!

 

Samsung Galaxy A51 Cameras : A Quick Primer

The Samsung Galaxy A51 is one of the few mid-range smartphones to offer a quad-camera system.

  • 48 MP main camera, with f/2.0 aperture
  • 12 MP ultra wide camera, with f/2.2 aperture
  • 5 MP macro camera, with f/2.4 aperture
  • 5 MP depth sensor, with f/2.2 aperture

Now, the depth sensor does not take photos and is used exclusively to detect distance for Live Focus capability, letting you focus on the subject and adjust the amount of bokeh in the background.

But what’s really important is how this mix of cameras offers the user great flexibility. How? Let us show you…

 

Samsung Galaxy A51 Cameras : 48MP vs Ultra Wide

The 48 MP main camera is impressive, no doubt. It is the camera of choice, if you need the highest-resolution images possible, or if you want to take low-light photos.

The 12 MP Ultra Wide camera may not have its resolution, but it gives you a wider field of vision, which is very useful for shots of sceneries and architecture.

The ultra wide angle also allows you to create more dramatic photos of the same scene. Check out the difference between the two cameras for the scenes above and below.

Can you see how the ultra wide camera conveys a more dramatic feel to even ordinary scenes? This is why we LOVE the ultra wide camera so much!

 

Samsung Galaxy A51 Cameras : Go Near With Macro!

You may be tempted to ignore its macro camera, because it “only” has a 5 MP sensor.

But every macro picture the Galaxy A51 takes has a resolution of 2576 x 1932 pixels. That’s far more pixels than what most of us can see on our smartphone or laptop display!

More importantly, it lets you get REALLY CLOSE to the subject, while ensuring that they stay sharp and in focus. This is critical when the subject is small – like insects, tiny flowers, or these cockles.

And look at how much more interesting a humble cockle appears in a macro shot!

The depth of field is also important as these cumin seeds demonstrate.

The main camera may have a higher resolution, but it cannot focus on the seeds in the foreground and it has a narrow depth-of-field – only seeds in a small range will be in focus.

The macro camera not only lets you get really close for a really detailed look at each seed, it has great depth of field, so the seeds are all in focus from top to the bottom.

In addition to allowing for a close-up focus of the subject, the macro camera also has more accurate colour reproduction when the subject is very close to the camera.

The main camera does a great job of reproducing colour at normal photographic ranges, but when you get really close to the subject, the macro camera will offer more accurate colour reproduction.

We are not saying the main camera isn’t good – it’s excellent! The macro camera just lets you capture sharper, more detailed images with better colour reproduction when you need to take a close-up shot of the subject.

One trick, if you prefer the main camera, is to take the photos from a distance and crop the photo on the phone or computer.

Because of its ultra high resolution, you can zoom into its 48 million pixels and crop out what you want – the final picture will remain sharp and in focus!

But we still recommend you try using the macro camera for close-up shots. You will be pleasantly surprised by how useful it is!

 

Samsung Galaxy A51 Price + Availability

The Samsung Galaxy A51 is available in three colour options – Prism Crush Black, Prism Crush White and Prism Crush Blue.

The Samsung Galaxy A51 has a recommended retail price of RM 1,299, while the Galaxy A71 with a 64 MP main camera is priced at just RM 1,799!

Here are some online purchase options for both the Galaxy A51 and the Galaxy A71 smartphones in Malaysia :

 

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Canon EOS-1D X Mark III : Key Features Explained!

Canon just launched the EOS-1D X Mark III – especially designed for photography professionals.

Let’s find out from Canon what’s new in the EOS-1D X Mark III, and if this is the DSLR camera for you!

 

Canon EOS-1D X Mark III : Key Features Explained!

Let’s start with a presentation by Jack Kik, the Senior Product Specialist from Canon Malaysia, on the key features of the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III.

Here is a quick TLDR summary of its key features :

  • A new 20.1 megapixel 35 mm full frame CMOS sensor
  • Continuous shooting speeds of up to 16 fps (viewfinder shooting), and up to 20 fps (Live View) with AF/AE tracking
  • DIGIC X image processor with CFexpress media (dual slots), which allows a burst rate of approximately 1000 shots (RAW + JPEG)
  • New AF sensor combined with AI Servo AF IV delivers significant improvement in AF speed and tracking performance
  • 4K UHD and 4K DCI movie recording at 60p/50p, and supports Canon Log 4:2:2 10-bit in-camera recording
  • In-camera recording of 5.5K RAW movies with simultaneous MP4 files
  • Built-in Bluetooth, GPS and Wi-Fi with FTP. Supports 5 GHz wireless LAN and compatible with 2×2 MIMO when used with WFT-E9

Improved Autofocus Performance

Its new 20.1 megapixel sensor adopts a square pixel design, with a 28X increase in pixel density for both vertical and horizontal directions.

This increases its available AF points in the optical viewfinder to 191 points, from just 61 points in the EOS-1D X Mark II. Its AF points support exposure of up to f/8 with 65 cross-type AF points, allowing for better AF accuracy.

Greatly Improved Performance

Its new DIGIC X processor is 3X faster than the Mark II’s dual DIGIC 6+ processors in image processing, and up to 380X faster in general computing performance, delivering much faster subject recognition and tracking performance.

Better Noise Reduction

The Canon EOS-1D X Mark II reduces noise in both the CMOS sensor, as well as DIGIG X image processing, increasing the upper limit of normal ISO speed by one stop to 102,400.

Its image quality in the ISO 6400-12800 range, frequently used by sports and news photographers, has also been improved with better noise control.

Higher Image Quality

Its new 16-point low-pass filter reduces moiré and colour distortion, as well as image resolution. This low-pass filter also incorporates Gaussian filter features to better work with high-resolution lenses.

The EOS-1D X Mark III now supports HDR OQ HEIF – a 10-bit recording standard that uses a high-resolution and low-noise approach, to reproduce an image that is sharper and much closer to reality.

Faster Burst Shots

Burst shooting speed has been increased to 16 frames per second. This may cause a blackout of the viewfinder, interrupting your tracking of the subject.

To avoid that, the EOS-1D X Mark III has a new mirror system with a high-speed mechanism to retract and reset the mirror, combined with an optical system that displays images in real time.

For Live View shooting, it can perform burst shots at up to 20 frames per second for both RAW and RAW+JPEG recording.

4K Recording Without Cropping

The EOS-1D X Mark III is the first Canon full-frame camera to support 4K video recording, without cropping. In addition to the 4K UHD 16:9 standard by ITU, it also supports the 4K DCI 17:9 standard by Digital Camera Initiative.

It supports Canon Log YCbCr 4:2:2 10-bit video output and ITU-R BT.2020 colour gamut. For wider colour gradation, vivid colour range and smaller file size, it encodes video using H.265 HEVC encoding.

Dual CFexpress Card Slots

The EOS-1D X Mark III comes with dual CFexpress card slots. The ultra fast transfer rate of CFexpress media, coupled with its extended buffer memory, lets the Mark III achieve a continuous burst rate of 1,000 RAW shots.

The Mark III can shoot continuously for a full minute at 16 fps, while the EOS-1D X Mark II can only shoot at 14 fps for just 12 seconds.

Enhanced Connectivity

The Canon EOS-1D X Mark III comes with a built-in GPS receiver, and Wi-Fi connectivity with FTP functions. This lets you maintain a log of your shooting locations, and transfer your files off the camera to your computer wirelessly.

But should you prefer to use a cable, it supports USB 3.1 Gen 2 – offering twice the speed of USB 3.0.

 

Canon EOS-1D X Mark III : Price + Availability

The Canon EOS-1D X Mark III (body only) has a recommended retail price of RM 29,999 / ~S$9,946 / US$5,499 / ~£5,616 / ~A$ 10,732.

It is already available for sale in the US and EMEA, but will be available for sale in Malaysia from February 2020 onwards. Here are some online purchase options :

United States

  • Body only : $5,499
  • Body + CFexpress Card + Reader Bundle : $6,499

 

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HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro Photo Showcase : Macau!

As soon as we got our hands on the HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro, we took it to Macau to grab some photo samples!

Check out the unedited photo samples we took, and see for yourselves why people are saying it has the best cameras they ever used!

 

HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro : A Quick Primer

The HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro (MY | SG | US) is the pinnacle of Chinese smartphone technology, boasting their latest Kirin 990 processor and arguably, the world’s most advanced quad-camera system from Leica!

Despite shipping without GMS, HUAWEI sold over 1 million units of the HUAWEI Mate30 Series smartphones in China… in just 3 hours!

A big reason why so many people loved the HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro (MY | SG | US) is its Leica SuperSensing Quad Camera System that consists of :

  • 40 MP Cine Camera (f/1.6 aperture)
  • 40 MP SuperSensing Wide-Angle Camera (f/1.8 aperture)
  • 8 MP Telephoto Camera with 3X optical zoom (f/2.4 aperture)
  • 3D Depth Sensing Camera

The HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro is particularly popular because of its 40 MP SuperSensing Cine Camera, which supports 4K 60fps video recording, with these groundbreaking features :

  • an ISO of up to 51200,
  • Cinematic Time-lapse capability,
  • real-time video bokeh effect, and
  • an ultra-slow motion mode that records at up to 7680 fps!

Recommended : How HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro Captures 7680 FPS Video!

For those who want to buy the HUAWEI Mate30 Pro directly, here are some online purchase links :

 

Historic Old Macau!

This time, we focused on the streets of peninsular Macau. This is the old, heavily-populated part of Macau where most of the Portuguese-influenced sights like Senado Square is located.

As this part of Macau is heavily-urbanised with many old buildings, it has great character wherever you go – offering great opportunities for street photography.

As usual, we took these photo samples using the Auto mode with no manual adjustments – because this is precisely how the vast majority of smartphone users take their photos!

We want our photo samples to reflect EXACTLY what any HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro (MY | SG | US) user can achieve, if he/she took the same photos in the same spot, at the same time, as we did.

 

HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro Photo Showcase : Macau!

We started the day with noodles and congee at Rua dos Mercadores. Note how congested the city looks – the buildings here are at least seven stories tall.

We resized this photo to ensure it loads quickly, but the detail in the original photo is amazing – you can zoom Into the balcony of the residential units and check out what plants they have in their mini-garden, or what clothes they hung out to dry!

This view of Rua Central emphasises the congestion in this part of Macau that cramps about 600,000 residents in just 8.5 square kilometres.

This photo shows pretty good control of the highlights and shadows. The sun was really bright, beating down mercilessly on the residences on the left, while the rest were in shadows.

The highlights were slightly overblown, but it did a good job of preserving details in the shadows. You can clearly read the small signboards further down the road.

Just off Rua Central is this unique green-coloured Theatro Dom Pedro V. (伯多祿五世劇院) | Dom Pedro V Theatre.

Built to commemorate King Pedro V of Portugal, this neo-classical building now hosts orchestral performances, opera and musical festivals.

Again, the HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro (MY | SG | US) opts to let the highlights blow out a little, in exchange for preserving details in the shadows. You can clearly make out the man standing next to the pillar, as well as details of the theatre’s ornate windows and doors.

On arrival at the A-Ma Temple, we find it bustling with lion and dragon dance troupes preparing for the Macau International Parade!

It was a really bright day – you can see some glare from the bright sun in the upper right quadrant. Yet, you can zoom in and clearly see the faces of each person in this picture, even though they are in the shadows.

We stepped inside the A-Ma Temple for a short respite from the crowds outside. Built in 1488 to worship the Chinese sea goddess Mazu, it is the oldest temple in Macau!

This is yet another high-contrast shot. The HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro (MY | SG | US) did a decent job on the harshly-lit leaves, and kept the skies blue instead of completely white.

But more importantly – you can clearly see the craggy texture of the boulder, as well as the stone stairs, even though they are in the shadows.

Next Page > Onwards To The Monte Fort!

 

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HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro Photo Showcase : The Monte Fort!

Next, we headed off for the Monte Fort – the tallest point in Macau, and its historic military centre.

Instead of doubling back along the same route, we went down Rua da Barra for more scenic opportunities.

The 40 MP wide-angle camera is particularly useful in such shots, although it’s not quite as wide as the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ (USUK | AU | SGMY).

The good news though is that your subjects in these wide-angle photos will not look distorted.

Even side roads offer great photographic opportunities, thanks to its combination of unique architecture, weathered look and old world cobble-stone pavements.

This high-contrast shot shows how well the HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro (MY | SG | US) controls both the brightly-lit leaves and cobblestones, yet ensuring we can clearly see the vines and moss on the old walls and the design of the louvred windows and doors.

The new world (tour vans) trying to navigate the narrow streets of old, historic Macau…

Yet another very high-contrast shot. While the harshly-lit buildings in the background lost some details, it still preserved enough that we can make out the building facade as well as the vans.

Yet you can clearly make out the crawling vines, and weathered walls of the green building on the left, as well as its window and door.

On the way, we spotted this unique structure – a doorway into the Patio do Cotovelo “inner” street with businesses lining both sides.

The detail is AMAZING! More so when you blow it up to 100% of its 40 MP resolution. You can see the brickwork in great detail, and zoom right to the shop at the end of the lane!

So here we are, at the Monte Fort (Fortaleza do Monte or 大炮台). Built between 1617 and 1626 on top of Mount Hill, it is the historic military centre of Macau.

In this almost uniformly-bright photo, the HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro (MY | SG | US) demonstrates its ability to capture incredible detail. Blowing up the picture allows us to see the individual leaves of the tree, as well as the details of the stone walls.

The fort covers an area of 8,000 square meters, with 32 of these muzzle-loading (state-of-the-art in those days!) cannons to protect Macau against pirates and eventually, the Dutch!

Again, this was an incredibly bright day, creating harsh shadows. Yet, you can’t tell that from this photo – the HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro (MY | SG | US) was able to control the highlights so that cannon, which is in direct sunlight, isn’t blown-out.

And yet, you can also see the colour of the flowers next to it, in the shadows. Also notable is the fact we can make out details of the distant building in the far background.

These days, it has become the favourite past-time of every tourist to use one of these cannons to “shoot” at the Grand Lisboa! LOL!

On this incredibly bright day, it’s noteworthy that we can zoom in and see details of the Grand Lisboa’s facade, which would be washed out in other cameras… and yes, you can make out the clouds in the bright blue sky!

This view offers the best perspective of Macau – the new and the old. The modern (and frankly, really odd-looking) Grand Lisboa in the distance, and the crumbling ruins of the old Monte Fort.

Again, the HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro (MY | SG | US) impressed us with its ability to preserve details in very bright conditions, even though the Grand Lisboa is miles away!

On the way back from the Monte Fort, we stumbled upon this unique home that is built over a street. I don’t even know what such a feature is called… a bridge house???

In any case, this is a great photo to zoom in, and be amazed at the amount of detail captured in a single photo.

You can examine in detail, the intricate brickwork of the overhead house. You can even zoom past the tunnel, into the shops in the distance!

As you can tell – Macau offers a lot of unique photographic opportunities, even in places you would least expect them – off the beaten path!

And the HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro (MY | SG | US) has the cameras that will let you capture incredible detail in every photo. Best of all – its Auto mode works incredibly well, letting you take awesome photos without any special skill or setup!

 

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ : Golden Reel At Night!

We took the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ for a photography trip to Macau, where we took the opportunity to test it out at the Golden Reel at night!

Check out these Galaxy Note 10+ sample photos which will show you what you can expect from the Golden Reel at night!

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ : A Quick Primer

The Galaxy Note 10+ is the latest Samsung Note device. Think of it as an improved Galaxy S10+, with an S Pen stylus!

In addition to a flagship-class processor and a ton of memory and storage, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ (USUK | AU | SGMY) boasts a quad-camera system.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10+‘s quad-camera system consists of these cameras :

  • 12 MP Dual Aperture Camera (f/1.5 and f/2.4) : 77°, Dual Pixel, OIS
  • 16 MP Ultra-Wide Angle Camera (f/2.2) : 123°, 0.5X optical zoom
  • 12 MP Telephoto Camera (f/2.4) : 45°, 2X optical zoom, OIS
  • 3D DepthVision Camera : ToF emitter and sensor with VGA (320 x 240 pixels) resolution

The 3D DepthVision camera is actually a pair of ToF (Time of Flight) emitter and sensor that provide 3D data to the main camera for features like Video Bokeh and 3D scanning. It doesn’t take any photos.

Recommended : Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus (SM-N975) In-Depth Review!

 

Introducing The Golden Reel!

Macau’s Golden Reel, the centrepiece attraction of Studio City, opened in October 2015. Towering 130 metres (427 feet) off the ground between the two Studio City towers, it is the highest Ferris wheel in Asia, and the world’s first to feature a figure-eight design.

Although everyone believes that the figure-eight design was an obvious nod to the Chinese belief that the number 8 brings good luck, Melco Crown (which runs Studio City) claims that it is based on “an epic Hollywood-inspired tale of two asteroids careering through Studio City’s two Art Deco hotel towers”

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Golden Reel : Getting There

To get there, you can take a taxi, a public bus, or the free Studio City shuttle bus that goes from the Macau-Zhuhai Border Gate, Macau Ferry Terminal, Macau International Airport, Taipa Ferry Terminal, Macau Peninsula and Macau Tower.

Then you need to head up to the third floor to purchase your ticket, and ride up to the 23rd floor to hop into one of the Golden Reel’s 17 Steampunk-inspired cabins.

 

Golden Reel : Our Recommendations

Each Golden Reel cabin is air-conditioned, and seats up to 10 people. Every ride lasts about 15 minutes, and costs MOP 100 / HKD 100 per person, which works out to about RM 53 / S$ 17 / US$13 / £10 / A$18.

But if you are going in a group of 5 or more, it might make more sense to opt for their Private Cabin offer. For MOP 750 (HKD 750 / RM395  / S$130 / US$96 / £73 / A$137, you get :

  • the entire cabin to yourself (up to 10 people)
  • unlimited rides for 1 hour, which is 4 rounds
  • a free souvenir photo for the group
  • free cardboard binoculars for everyone in your group

People may call Macau the Las Vegas of the East, but the Cotai Strip is still not as extravagantly built-up as Las Vegas. So the best time to view is :

  • at night, if you are only going for a single ride, or
  • at sunset, if you opted for the Private Cabin and have one full hour to watch the Cotai Strip transition from evening to night.

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ : Golden Reel At Night!

As we did in our Senado Square night photography session, we used only the Auto mode, with no manual adjustments – because this is precisely how the vast majority of smartphone users take their photos!

And in case you are wondering, the Golden Wheel cabin does not actually go in a figure eight. It’s like two semi-circular Ferris wheels combined.

As the cabin lights are turned off once it leaves the platform, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ (USUK | AU | SGMY) does a pretty good job of capturing the scenery with minimal reflections off the windows and glass floor.

Just make sure you don’t use any flash because it will not only blind your subjects, it will turn out really badly in your photos.

As long as you are focusing on the brightly-lit scenery below, you should be able to take some nice photos. The cabin moves rather slowly, so you won’t get too many blurry shots.

But it’s still way too dark inside the cabin to take good shots with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ (USUK | AU | SGMY). And you should NOT use your smartphone’s flash.

Instead, use an LED video camera light or another smartphone’s torchlight feature, to cast enough light on the subjects and not drown out the background.

Generally, you will want to hold the LED light / other smartphone high above your head so that the light casts downwards at your subjects.

This will help prevent the light from reflecting off the glass in the back, which you can see in the picture above but not this one below. You can also try bouncing the light off the low ceiling, for a more subtle glow.

For most people, the Golden Reel will be just something to check off the list while visiting Macau. It offers a nice view of the Cotai Strip at night, but I doubt people will want to revisit it.

But if you are there in a group, we highly recommend taking the Private Cabin option, because it buys you time and four rounds of this Ferris wheel to take some nice photos.

Just remember to use a source of extra lighting when taking photos inside the cabin. This will ensure that the faces of your subjects will be well-lit, without blow out the background.

 

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ : Senado Square At Night!

We took the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ for a photography trip to Macau, where we took some shots of the picturesque Senado Square at night.

Check out these sample photos which will show you what you can expect from the Galaxy Note 10+ at night!

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ : A Quick Primer

The Galaxy Note 10+ is the latest Samsung Note device. Think of it as an improved Galaxy S10+, with an S Pen stylus!

In addition to a flagship-class processor and a ton of memory and storage, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ (USUK | AU | SGMY) boasts a quad-camera system.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10+‘s quad-camera system consists of these cameras :

  • 12 MP Dual Aperture Camera (f/1.5 and f/2.4) : 77°, Dual Pixel, OIS
  • 16 MP Ultra-Wide Angle Camera (f/2.2) : 123°, 0.5X optical zoom
  • 12 MP Telephoto Camera (f/2.4) : 45°, 2X optical zoom, OIS
  • 3D DepthVision Camera : ToF emitter and sensor with VGA (320 x 240 pixels) resolution

The 3D DepthVision camera is actually a pair of ToF (Time of Flight) emitter and sensor that provide 3D data to the main camera for features like Video Bokeh and 3D scanning. It doesn’t take any photos.

Recommended : Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus (SM-N975) In-Depth Review!

 

Introducing Senado Square, Macau

Senado Square, also known as the Senate Square, is a famous landmark in Macau featuring beautiful Portuguese pavements. It is part of the Macau World Heritage Site.

Senado Square is always crowded during weekends, but it was especially crowded at night when we arrived as residents and tourists come to revel in the Christmas spirit.

It is also a popular start for many tourists, as the Portuguese pavements lead you past the Leal Senado Building, and the St. Dominic’s Church, on the way to the Ruins of St. Paul and the Monte Fort.

Much of this “trail” has been renovated, with brand new stores replacing old shops. But there is still plenty of great sights here, making it a must-see location for all visitors to Macau.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ : Senado Square At Night!

While the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ has three cameras, we found ourselves using its 12 MP dual-aperture main camera and its 16 MP ultra-wide camera for all of these sample shots.

Its ultra-wide angle camera, which has a viewing angle of 123°, was really useful in taking in the expansive architecture as well as crowds of people.

Try to avoid placing people at the corners though – they end up looking really distorted!

What impressed us about the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ (USUK | AU | SGMY) is how the shots turned out with any fancy manual adjustments.

In our photography samples, we believe in using Auto with no manual adjustments – because this is precisely how the vast majority of smartphone users take their photos!

In this shot of St. Dominic’s Church, note how it accurately captured the yellow facade and green doors in the limited light, while maintaining the proper exposure with a pitch black sky in the background!

With enough street lighting, you can capture decent photos of a fast moving crowd at night without excessive blurring, as this sample shot of nearby Rua de Sao Paulo demonstrates.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10+‘s ability to capture great shots like this, with virtually no preparation, is why it is our favourite smartphone for our personal photos.

Just whip it out for a quick shot, and in almost all cases, you end up with a great shot!

 

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MY Samsung Creation Photography Contest Guide!

Samsung Malaysia will just announced the MY Samsung Creation photography contest, where you can win up to FOUR Samsung Galaxy Note10 smartphones !

Interested to show off your skills for a chance to win the Galaxy Note10? Here are the full details!

 

MY Samsung Creation Prizes

Samsung Malaysia is giving away, not one, but FOUR Samsung Galaxy Note10 (256 GB) smartphones – one for each week.

Samsung Malaysia will deliver the prize to the winners within 30 working days after the announcement of the results.

The prizes are provided on an “as is” basis, and are non-transferable, non-refundable, and non-exchangeable for cash.

Recommended : Samsung Galaxy Note 10 (SM-N970) Hands-On Preview!

 

MY Samsung Creation Photography Contest Themes

The MY Samsung Creation photography contest will run over four weeks, each with a different theme. This gives you four chances to win a Samsung Galaxy Note10 smartphone.

MY Samsung Creation Contest Week 1 : Light & Shadows

Period : 15-21 November 2019
Concept : Step out of the shadow, face the light. Capture moments of light and shadows

MY Samsung Creation Contest Week 2 : Little Things To Focus In Life

Period : 22-28 November 2019
Concept : Use live focus mode to capture little things in daily life that matter to us

MY Samsung Creation Contest Week 3 : Perspective

Period : 29 November – 5 December 2019
Concept : TBA

MY Samsung Creation Contest Week 4 : Urban Love

Period : 6-13 December 2019
Concept : TBA

 

MY Samsung Creation Photography Contest Steps

The MY Samsung Creation photography contest is based on Instagram, so you will need to set-up an Instagram account first, if you don’t already have one.

  1. Follow @SamsungMalaysia on Instagram
  2. Take pictures based on the weekly theme.
  3. Upload the pictures to your Instagram profile, making sure you include these hashtags:
    #withGalaxy #MYSamsungCreation #SamsungPhoneModel (e.g. #GalaxyNote10 #GalaxyS10 #GalaxyA50s)
  4. Tag @SamsungMalaysia and two (2) of your friends in your Instagram submissions

Note : Make sure your Instagram profile is PUBLIC, or Samsung Malaysia judges won’t be able to see your submissions!

 

MY Samsung Creation Contest Rules

The MY Samsung Creation photography contest is open to contestants who are :

  • Residents of Malaysia, and
  • Aged 18 years or older, as of 15 November 2019

Employees or agents of Samsung or any of its group companies or their families or households or anyone connected to this Contest are not eligible to enter.

You can submit as many photos as you like, but submissions will be judged on the creativity and originality of the photos.

Samsung will announce the winners on 20 December 2019, so watch out for the results on the @SamsungMalaysia Instagram account.

Winners will be asked to provide contact details – name, MyKad number, mobile number and mailing address by 27 December 2019, failing which they will be disqualified.

 

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DJI Mavic Mini : Everything You Need To Know!

DJI just introduced their smallest drone ever – the Mavic Mini – that weighs less than 250 g, and flies for a full 30 minutes!

Here is EVERYTHING you need to know about the new DJI Mavic Mini camera drone!

 

The DJI Mavic Mini Camera Drone!

DJI Mavic Mini, an ultra-light folding drone designed to be the everyday FlyCam. Weighing just 249 grams, Mavic Mini is portable, easy to fly, and designed for safety.

Despite its small and light body, Mavic Mini has a high resolution camera, whose footage can be enhanced using its new DJI Fly suite of creative features.

Portable and Safe

The Mavic Mini is the smallest and lightest DJI drone ever made, at just under 250 grams. This puts it in the safest category for drone flights by most aviation regulators around the world.

In addition, safety technologies like geofencing help you avoid restricted areas, AeroScope remote identification help protect sensitive locations, built-in altitude limits, and automatic return to the launch point if the drone loses connection to the controller or reaches critically low battery levels.

It also uses Wi-Fi connectivity for stable transmissions of a HD live feed, GPS receivers, and downward visual sensors to detect the ground below.

Long Flight Time

Thanks to its ultra-light design, and highly efficient motors, it has a flight time of up to 30 minutes, giving you more time to explore and capture content.

High Quality Content

The DJI Mavic Mini lets you capture 2.7K video at 30 fps, and 1080p video at 60 fps. You can also take 12 MP photos using its 1/2.3-inch sensor.

More importantly, it has a three-axis motorised gimbal to stabilise the camera, giving you smooth and cinematic footage.

New Creative Modes

You have a choice of three flying modes, depending on your experience and requirements :

  • Position (P) for basic operations,
  • Sport (S) mode for more experienced pilots,
  • CineSmooth (C) mode for smoother and more cinematic shots.

DJI QuickShots Manoeuvres

You can make use of four QuickShots pre-programmed flight manoeuvres for cinematic effect :

  • Rocket – Mavic Mini flies straight up into the air with the camera pointing downward following your subject. Set a height limit of 40, 60, 80, 100, or 120 feet.
  • Circle – Mavic Mini will circle around your subject at a constant altitude and distance.
  • Dronie – Mavic Mini flies backward and upward, with the camera tracking your subject. Set a height limit of 40, 60, 80, 100, or 120 feet.
  • Helix – Mavic Mini flies upward and away, spiraling around your subject. Set a height limit of 40, 60, 80, 100, or 120 feet.
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DJI Mavic Mini Price + Availability

The DJI Mavic Mini is available at these launch prices :

  • DJI Mavic Mini Standard Package : RM 1,599 / S$499 / US$399 / £369 / A$599
    – Mavic Mini, remote controller, one battery, extra propellers, all necessary tools and cables
  • DJI Mavic Mini Fly More Combo : RM 1,999 / S$669 / US$499 / £459 / A$799
    – Standard Package + 360° Propeller Cage, Two-Way charging Hub, two additional batteries, three sets of extra propellers, and a carrying case

Here are some online purchase links :

 

DJI Mavic Mini Accessories

These accessories will be available for purchase by end of November 2019 :

  • 360° Propeller Guard : Provides a 360° guard around the propellers for added safety.
  • Charging Base : Charge and display your Mavic Mini with this unique, illuminated station.
  • Propeller Holder : Travel easier with the propeller holder that locks the props into place.
  • DIY Creative Kit : Personalise your Mavic Mini with custom stickers or draw your own design.
  • Snap Adapter : Attach a toy building brick or a mini LED display to write custom messages.
  • Mini Travel Bag : A travel bag that fits your Mavic Mini and the remote controller perfectly.
  • Two Way Charging Hub : Charge up to three batteries or use the charging hub as a power bank.

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DJI Mavic Mini : Aircraft Specifications

Specifications Aircraft
Takeoff Weight 249 g
Folded Dimensions 82 mm wide
140 mm long
57 mm tall
Unfolded Dimensions
(with propellers)
290 mm wide
245 mm long
55 mm tall
Max Ascent Speed S Mode : 4 metres per second
P Mode : 2 metres per second
C Mode : 1.5 metres per second
Max Descent Speed S Mode : 3 metres per second
P Mode : 1.8 metres per second
C Mode : 1 metre per second
Max Service Ceiling 3000 m above sea level
Max Flight Time 30 minutes
(14 kph, windless condition)
Max Wind Resistance 8 metres per second (Scale 4)
Max Tilt Angle S Mode : 30°
P Mode : 20°
C Mode : 20°
Max Angular Velocity S Mode : 150° per second
P Mode : 130° per second
C Mode : 30° per second
Hovering Accuracy Vertical: ±0.1 m (Vision), ±0.5 m (GPS)
Horizontal: ±0.1 m (Vision), ±1.5 m (GPS)
Operating Temperature 0°C to 40°C
GPS GPS + GLONASS

 

DJI Mavic Mini : Gimbal Specifications

Specifications Gimbal
Mechanical Range Tilt : -110° to 35°
Roll : -35° to 35°
Pan : -20° to 20°
Controllable Tilt Default : -90° to 0°
Extended : -90° to +20°
Stabilisation 3-axis (tilt, roll, pan)
Max Tilt Speed 120° per second
Angular Vibration ±0.01°

 

DJI Mavic Mini : Camera Specifications

Specifications Camera
Sensor 1/2.3” CMOS (12 MP)
Lens FOV 83°
Lens Aperture f/2.8
Video ISO Range ISO 100-3200
Photo ISO Range Auto : ISO 100-1600
Manual :
ISO 100-3200
Shutter Speed 1/8000 s to 4 seconds
Photo Resolution 4:3: 4000×3000
16:9: 4000×2250
Photo Modes Single Shot
Interval : 2/3/5/7/10/15/20/30/60 seconds
Video Resolution 2.7K: 2720×1530 (25p/30p)
FHD : 1920×1080 (25p/30p/50p/60p)
Video Bitrate 40 Mbps maximum
Supported Storage SD Card (UHS-I Class 3 or faster)
Supported File System FAT32(≤32 GB)
exFAT(>32 GB
Photo Format JPEG
Video Format MP4 (H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC)

 

DJI Mavic Mini : Battery Specifications

Specifications Intelligent Flight Battery 1100 mAh Flight Battery
Weight 100 g 50 g
Battery Type Lithium-Ion 2S Lithium-Polymer 2S
Capacity 2400 mAh
17.28 Wh
1100 mAh
8.36 Wh
Voltage 7.2 V 7.6 V
Max. Charging Voltage 8.4 V 8.7 V
Max. Charging Power 24 W 18 W
Charging Temperature 5° to 40°C 5° to 40°C

 

DJI Mavic Mini : Where To Buy

Here are some online purchase links :

 

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How HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro Captures 7680 FPS Video!

The HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro has a spectacular new video recording feature – the ability to capture 7680 fps ultra-slow motion video!

Find out how the HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro is able to capture video at a blazing 7680 frames per second!

 

The HUAWEI 7680 FPS Video Showcase!

HUAWEI shared with us four new short video samples to showcase the Mate 30 Pro‘s ability to deliver 7680 fps ultra-slow motion video.

Together with two additional videos they released earlier, we created this video showcase of their 7680 fps slow-motion capability.

 

How HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro Captures 7680 FPS Video!

It would be impossible for a human being to react fast enough to capture the “right moment”, so when you start recording, its NPU (Neural Processing Unit) analyses a second of video to determine the best time start recording at 7680 fps.

This process of analysing the video data and triggering at the right moment is a very strenuous process, using an AI algorithm and about 2 GB of RAM.

The HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro then captures 945 frames in 120 milliseconds. That approximately 3.5 GB worth of data is then expanded into 32 seconds of 30 fps ultra-slow motion video.

As you can tell, recording video at 7680 fps (frames per second) takes A LOT of processing power.

Even with its powerful Kirin 990 processor, the HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro can only do it at the 720p resolution, and only for a fleeting 0.12 seconds.

So if you are wondering when will you be able to record 7680 fps video at 1080p or 4K resolution, or for longer than 0.12 seconds… we did some calculations, and a future smartphone must be capable of processing all this data in an instant :

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  • 720p @ 0.24 seconds : 7.0 GB of data
  • 1080p @ 0.12 seconds : 7.8 GB of data
  • 1080p @ 0.24 seconds : 15.6 GB of data
  • 4K @ 0.12 seconds : 31.4 GB of data
  • 4K @ 0.24 seconds : 62.8 GB of data

In addition, all that data must fit into the smartphone’s memory. Such a smartphone would need anywhere from 10 GB to 64 GB of memory!

This is why the HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro’s new ability to record 7680 fps video at 720p is, frankly, freaking amazing. The most other flagship smartphones can do is 960 fps at 720p.

The HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro‘s 7680 fps ultra-slow motion video capability is literally far and above its competitors. 8X better, to be exact!

 

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The HUAWEI 7680 FPS + ISO 25600 Video Showcase!

The HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro has two spectacular video recording features – the ability to capture ultra-slow motion video at 7680 fps, and ultra-low light video at up to ISO 51200.

Here is EVERYTHING you need to know about both features, and our video showcase!

 

The HUAWEI 7680 FPS + ISO 25600 Video Showcase!

HUAWEI shared with us two short videos to showcase the Mate 30 Pro‘s ability to deliver 7680 fps ultra-slow motion video, as well as ultra-low light video recording at ISO 25600.

Together with two additional videos they released earlier, we created this video showcase of their 7680 fps and ISO 25600 video recording samples.

 

How The HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro Delivers 7680 FPS Video!

It would be impossible for a human being to react fast enough to capture the “right moment”, so when you start recording, its NPU analyses a second of video to determine the best time start recording at 7680 fps.

This process of analysing the video data and triggering at the right moment is a very strenuous process, using an AI algorithm and about 2 GB of RAM.

The HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro then captures 945 frames in 120 milliseconds. That approximately 3.5 GB worth of data is then expanded into 32 seconds of 30 fps ultra-slow motion video.

As you can tell, recording video at 7680 fps (frames per second) takes A LOT of processing power.

Even with its powerful Kirin 990 processor, the HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro can only do it at the 720p resolution, and only for a fleeting 0.12 seconds.

So if you are wondering when will you be able to record 7680 fps video at 1080p or 4K resolution, or for longer than 0.12 seconds… we did some calculations, and a future smartphone must be capable of processing all this data in an instant :

  • 720p @ 0.24 seconds : 7.0 GB of data
  • 1080p @ 0.12 seconds : 7.8 GB of data
  • 1080p @ 0.24 seconds : 15.6 GB of data
  • 4K @ 0.12 seconds : 31.4 GB of data
  • 4K @ 0.24 seconds : 62.8 GB of data

 

The HUAWEI Mate 30 High ISO Capability

In low light conditions, it is possible to increase the camera’s ISO value – basically boosting the signal from its image sensor.

While this effectively increases the sensitivity of the image sensor to light hitting its photodiodes, it can increase noise. Therefore, the ability to increase ISO levels without introducing significant noise is highly desirable.

The HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro boasts the ability to increase ISO levels up to ISO 51200, which is incredibly high. What this means is you have greater capability to take photos and record videos in low-light conditions.

 

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