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New cam – Leica D-Lux Typ 109

Huzzah!

I have bit the bullet, and thrown money to buy myself my first Leica! Although it is no rangefinder in the form of an M, or a powerhouse in the SL. But hey, the D-Lux Typ 109 can give DSLR’s a good run for its money. Ain’t shitting you.

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Have brought it around with me almost everywhere I go, shot a wedding and a funeral on it, and oh goodness am I loving it. I’ll probably do a review on it soon. But here you go, watch the GGR episode on it.

Psst. You can watch it in 4K! (Was filmed on Jean’s V-Lux)

Kind of regretted not getting the leather case with this though, within my 3 weeks of shooting with it so far, seems like its getting scuffed up a little. Yikes.

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I’m a total convert now. Thanks to Jean (who thanked me who brought her to the Leica event).

Will throw more photowalks on the blog soon! Stay tuned!

Nikon Coolpix AW120 Review – GGR

I’m pretty sure AW stands for All Weather. And nikon’s coolpix AW range seems to have it all right. Perhaps it’s the R&D from weather sealing their dslr cameras and all.

 

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Either way, let me tell you about the AW120.
Let’s start with specs. This camera has a 16 megapixel CMOS sensor with an aperature range of f/2.8-4.9 and a focal length range of 4.3mm to 21.5mm.
It has an electronic VR system as well as in built gps and wifi. Oh, and its shock and waterproof too. So you can go crazy with it.

 

In all honesty, the very much plastic feel of the camera does not exactly justify the pricing of the camera, it makes it feel less rugged. Though engravings on the front of the camera that reminds you of its waterproof and shockproof capabilities make you feel a little more secure about it.

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The standard compact size of the camera at times makes you forget its actually one in a premium range, but we’re all spoilt by the micro 4/3’s and dslr’s in the current age aren’t we? The back of the camera dishes very simple and straightforward controls with zoom toggle switches, the record button and dedicated buttons for changing modes, flash, exposure compensation and macro.

One thing that stumped me at first that took awhile to get used to was the position of the lens, which is located at the top right of the camera (left if you’re shooting). But it isn’t too much of a concern when you’re shooting except at times you forget its there and part of your finger gets in the shot.

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The camera works pretty well in day conditions, though at times shots with the flash can get too direct, making the lighting a little harsh.

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I propped the camera up against a ledge on the roof at night and to be honest was rather impressed with the amount of light that was able to enter the lens. Something not many compact cameras can conjure, though that being said, it had to be stable and i don’t think most people would want to leave home with a compact cam with tripods.

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Again, this picture of the mosque took a few tries to get it right. But when you do, the camera does reward you with the hard work you put in to take it.

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However one thing to note is the autofocus, both at night and in the day. If you’re trying to get something that would be only open for a split-second you’d have a tough time, most resulting in blurry shots. So, nope, definately not one for street shooting this.

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Colour though, it is everything you’d expect from a premium compact, meeting expectations thoroughly.

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The colours are not exactly vibrant, but it works and easy to live with.

 

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Where the camera comes into its element though, is around water.

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Be it stills or videos, the camera extends its capabilities where many other premium compacts are not able to, such as taking videos or stills in water. Divers use this camera too, providing a stable and reasonable priced all rounder camera that has capabilities that allow for underwater fun.

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All in all, this camera is at a good price point for water sport junkies, its size makes it compact and reasonable to carry around. With its waterproof capabilities this camera makes a good sidearm for the divers. Though if you’re not exactly into that sort of thing there isn’t much to wow you.

Never once did i complain about it being too heavy or obstructive when i had it slung across my shoulder when i was out. But then again thats the beauty of a compact. And this, an all weather compact. The main question of whether you should get one of these or not lies ultimately with your wants and hobbies.

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Either way, head down to the camera store and give it a whirl. Better yet if you could be so lucky as to try it in water conditions, thats where it comes alive.

Do head check out the GGR youtube video for more of my take on this camera. Meanwhile, stay awesome, stay compact awesome~

BlackBerry Q10 Review – GGR

Love it or hate it. It’s a very direct two schools of thoughts on the war of the smartphones.

The war, emerging from the ravagingly fast paced world of tech threw the world from business pda’s and game phones into the current generation of multi-purpose wonders.
BlackBerry was screaming high with a massive adoption rate from businesses with push email functions and a proper keyboard that was probably unrivalled by any other competitor. Then came the touch screen wonders. With companies like Apple and Samsung now stealing away BlackBerry’s market share they have got to do something about it.
When the Q10 and Z10 was released during Q1 and Q2 of 2013 BlackBerry was still under the steering of former CEO Thorsten Heins.
I could write about what I think went wrong or not with him at the helm but that would be digressing. You’re here to read the review on the Q10.
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Let’s talk specs. The phone boasts a 16GB internal storage, a 3.1″ touch display mated to a Qwerty keyboard. The 8MP camera has 1080p recording capabilities. The snapdragon S4 processor is the heart of the phone, the soul, the BlackBerry 10 operating system.
Now let’s be honest here. Compared to the other smartphones in the market. The specs are not exactly that fantastic. Though one thing was sure to pique everyone’s interest. Yes. The Keyboard.
The form factor of the Q10 sports probably one of the best build BlackBerry has ever came up with so far. The smooth carbon fiber look and matte feel on the back and the mesh of the 3.1″ screen and the ever so famous keyboard at the bottom. The phone fits snug in your hands and it’s weight makes it not feel as flimsy as you would have thought it would.
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The screen size of the phone stumps you at first. Forcing you to get used to it the moment you boot the phone up and begin the set up process. That being said, normal processes such as texting, taking a picture, checking email/twitter and liking pictures on facebook proves to be a breeze. With the exception of one thing, video aspect ratios. That means youtube. The crop of videos has the user squinting most of the time which keeps youtube viewing at a minimum for me whilst using the phone.
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The BlackBerry 10 “swipe here there and everywhere” interface takes quite awhile to get used to. Though once gotten the hang of, seems to be quite a breeze and actually easier to use than not. The processing speed really shines with minimal lag on the phone when transitioning from app to app. Though the Multitasking through different apps function can be improved by allowing more room for more apps.
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Call quality of the phone was great and blackberry certainly delivered with no crackling nor dropped calls(getting quite common nowadays with smartphones) during testing.
The camera is fairly standard, not that you’d expect much as BlackBerry has never stood out much because of their cameras before. Don’t get me wrong then again, it works, it just isn’t a camera you’d want to go around taking photos and expecting it’ll turn out great.
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Battery life poses no complaints, you could make calls, text, tweet, snap and play games and still have juice left at the end of day.
The Appworld, with a pretty straight-forward interface features a pretty good number of apps for your selection. Though it might be missing out on some staple apps of the current generation, such as instagram. Yes there is a client app for that for the phone but you don’t really get latest updates instantly. Not a massive pain but it’s worth noting.
That being said though the biggest gripe of the phone would still be it’s small screen. We’re probably all spoilt for choices now with most of the companies currently dishing out massive size screen phones. It isn’t unbearable but just an extra inch or so would make it perfect. Also, when you tilt the screen at any angle away from your eyes, a blue hue takes over. Again, not a huge thorn in the bum but I just have to point it out. Other than that, once you’re used to it you’ll overlook these tiny little flaws/gripes.
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But all in all what the phone seems to excel in is surely the keyboard. I can’t stress this enough on how fantastic the keyboard feels. The accuracy that you’re able to get when typing on the keys and the sweet mute of clacks from hitting each key that somewhat turns into an addiction. It makes you WANT to type, because every word you spell out with this Qwerty keyboard gives you a sense of gratification every word you type. To put more into perspective the brilliance of the build for the keyboard and how I just couldn’t stop typing. This whole review post on the Q10 was done ON the Q10 using its keyboard. It’s THAT amazing.
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Though i’m sure the question still remains, why would you go for a smartphone like the Q10 with the huge array of phones offered out there now in the market.
The answer is simple, if you do prefer huge screens and super camera phones then by all means. But if you miss having an analog/old school feel keyboard on your phone, and also technology of the new, then stop the train of consideration. The Q10 is a brilliant choice. Sure it’s not the best out there and all your mates will be showing off their latest full glass screened tech. But you know you’ve got something that is what could possibly a brilliant mash between the new and the old.
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BlackBerry has definitely managed to stick to their mantra slapping the keyboard on this one. Kudos.

The Nikon FX Experience and Nikon D750 Launch

Yesterday, Betterdanthis/GGR was invited to The Nikon FX Experience at Funan the IT Mall.
This covered the launch of Nikon’s Brand new Full Frame DSLR. Do check out the Press Release HERE.

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We were greeted with dashes of yellow, black and white (Nikon’s company colours, duh) which was a pretty pleasant touch.

The event layout was sectioned off into two areas, one a stage area where workshops are to given by renowned professional photographers the next few event days and a showcase section of their work. This was seperated by an elevated high podium of sorts which features 5 of the new D750’s for testing.

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And on the higher level, a range of cameras with massive lenses ranging from the D610 to the flagship D4s with a 400mm lens that costs $15,000 of you hard earned money. It felt as though we were snipers with that lens shooting people that didn’t have a clue from the distance. Paparazzi in the making much?

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Nikon also brought out 4 of their professional photographers from their stable to talk about their experiences.

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From Left to Right: Bryan Foong (Professional Wedding Photographer), Imran Ahmad (Professional Underwater Photographer), Alex Soh (Professional Travel Photographer) and Chris McLennan (Professional Wildlife Photographer and Nikon New Zealand Ambassador).

Listening to them talk about their experiences on stage thrown me into much temptation to run about the world snapping my heart out with my own Nikon, they were proud to use the system and so am I. And I digress. Back to these professionals, we have got exclusive interviews with them that is oncoming within the next week on the “wertypoo” channel on youtube that features these guys giving you awesome advice on how you can go about your photographic journey just like they did. So do hang tight for the uploads! They will be called “GGR Pro Tips”.

Check out this GGR Episode for more on the event!

The Event runs from the 3rd to the 5th of October so if you’re into all things photography do head down to check out the new cameras and workshops they’ve got planned. Or if you’re around the area, drop by and check it out, test some DSLR’s. And enjoy!

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Meanwhile i’ll just wait for the time we can get our hands on a review set of the D750 and drop a full review here on Betterdanthis.com and GGR on “wertypoo”.

Till then, Stay classy all!

 

Blackberry Passport – Press Release

Ok i’ve always loved blackberry, I remember how i wanted one so badly when i was doing my diploma studies and how it was a blackberry that got me through my army days. Well you have to admit, the business phone powerhouse has now been overshadowed by its competitors.

But they are biting back, and oh boy it is going to be a heck of a ride.

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Recently, they launched the Blackberry Passport. Boasting a 1:1 Aspect ratio and a industry challenging touch-enabled keyboard. Of what is considered to be a new milestone for the company.

Well i’ll leave you to the Press release and some high res shots

 

BlackBerry Launches the BlackBerry® Passport in Singapore

BlackBerry Passport Redefines Productivity for Mobile Professionals with Boundary-Breaking Design and Features 1:1 Aspect Ratio and Touch-Enabled Keyboard Challenge Industry’s Status Quo


Singapore – BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB), a global leader in mobile communications, today introduced the all new BlackBerry® Passport in Singapore. Featuring a large square touch screen and new QWERTY touch-enabled keyboard, the BlackBerry Passport is a device purpose-built for productivity-driven business professionals who want a smartphone that empowers them with the mobile tools they need to get things done, without sacrificing style or portability. Passport will be available through BlackBerry’s authorized carriers – M1, Singtel and StarHub – from September 26, 2014. For more information, please visit BlackBerry.com/Passport

 

Cameron Vernest, Managing Director of Singapore at BlackBerry said, “This is definitely a milestone for us here at BlackBerry as we introduce the first square screen design and touch-enabled keyboard smartphone – the BlackBerry Passport. The BlackBerry Passport is aimed at mobile professionals and will allow users to elevate their productivity and collaborate more effectively. With this in mind, we believe the BlackBerry Passport will resonate well as Singapore is seen as a regional hub for many businesses and organizations.”

 

Thoughtful Design for the Mobile Professional

Inspired by actual passports, the universal symbol of mobility, the size and form factor of BlackBerry Passport is portable enough to easily tuck into pockets and use wherever you go. Utilizing premium, robust materials such as Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 for the display and forged stainless steel for added strength, BlackBerry Passport will provide the durability business professionals require in a smartphone.

The large square screen is optimized for viewing and creating content, and will make everyday tasks like reading and writing emails, reviewing and editing documents, web browsing, and map navigation, more comfortable and effortless. The BlackBerry Passport includes the industry’s first touch-enabled keyboard with gestures that make typing, editing and navigating more efficient and accurate. BlackBerry’s physical QWERTY keyboards have always made it easier for users to create polished, professional communications with exceptional accuracy.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEAccording to a BlackBerry user study, BlackBerry Passport’s new QWERTY keyboard is almost four times more accurate than BlackBerry 10 virtual keyboards – the error rate is on average 74% lower – so there are fewer typos to get in the way of what you’re trying to say.

The BlackBerry Passport and the Porsche Design P’9983 smartphone from BlackBerry are the first devices to launch on BlackBerry’s latest OS platform, BlackBerry 10.3. They come preloaded with new productivity- enhancing features including BlackBerry Blend and BlackBerry Assistant, as well as the BlackBerry® WorldTM storefront and Amazon Appstore, offering access to the very best apps for work and play.

 

BlackBerry® Blend BlackBerry® Blend brings messaging and content that is on your BlackBerry smartphone to your computer and tablet. Get instant message notifications, read and respond to your work and personal email, BBM or text messages, and access your documents, calendar, contacts and media in real time on whatever device you are on, powered by your BlackBerry. BlackBerry Blend is being introduced on the BlackBerry Passport and will work across desktop operating systems, including Mac OS X 10.7 +, Windows 7+ and Android tablets running Android 4.4+ via cellular, USB or Wi-Fi connections. BlackBerry is also working to bring the Blend experience on other tablets soon. The downloadable version of BlackBerry Blend for Macs and PCs is available today at www.BlackBerry.com/Blend, or via the Google Play Store for Android tablets.

 

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Highlight features of the BlackBerry Passport include:

Large High-Resolution Square Screen – The BlackBerry Passport includes a 4.5” square screen with a 1:1 aspect ratio, 1440×1440 pixel (453 dpi) HD display and Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 for added strength.

 

Innovative BlackBerry® Keyboard – The BlackBerry Passport’s revolutionary new keyboard brings innovation to input with a responsive touch surface like a trackpad that lets you perform many touch functions directly on the keyboard. You can scroll web pages, flick to type or slide along the keys to move the cursor, leaving the full screen space for viewing.

 

BlackBerry® 10 OS 10.3 – The BlackBerry Passport comes preloaded with the new BlackBerry 10.3 operating system, including new features such as BlackBerry Assistant, BlackBerry Blend and Amazon Appstore. It has a fresh look that incorporates updated icons and an instant action bar so that each users’ most commonly accessed functions are in the center of their screen.

 

Best-in-Class Battery Life – The 3450 mAh battery is the largest battery for any smartphone or phablet in the market today, and when tested against a very active user, provides up to 30 hours of mixed use. It’s our best battery power to date.*

 

Dual App Storefronts for a Wealth of Professional and Popular Apps o BlackBerry World – BlackBerry World showcases essential productivity apps for business

professionals looking to drive efficient communications and collaboration. o Amazon Appstore – Preloaded on BlackBerry Passport, users can access popular consumer apps through the Amazon Appstore, including the latest Android games and apps, such as Minecraft –

Pocket Edition, Candy Crush Saga, Pinterest, Temple Run 2 and Cut the Rope 2.

 

BlackBerry Assistant – The BlackBerry Assistant is BlackBerry’s first digital assistant and can be used with voice and text commands to help users manage work and personal email, contacts, calendar and other native BlackBerry 10 applications. BlackBerry Assistant intelligently determines how to respond to you based on how you interact with it – if you type, it responds silently; if you speak, it speaks back; and if you activate over Bluetooth, it speaks back with additional context because it assumes you might not have

access to the screen.

 

Premium Components – The device is built for the most demanding user using durable materials mixed with top-of-the-line technology, including a Quad Core 2.2 GHZ Processor, 3 GB RAM, 13 MP OIS rear camera and 32 GB memory.

 

BlackBerry® Natural Sound – BlackBerry Passport comes with powerful speakers and a quad microphone system that delivers a high-quality listening experience. BlackBerry® Natural Sound Technology is built in to adapt Wi-Fi and cellular call sound depending upon phone position and background noise, automatically adjusting volume so you don’t have to.

For more information about BlackBerry Passport, please visit www.BlackBerry.com/Passport. To learn more about BlackBerry Blend, please visit www.BlackBerry.com/Blend.

*Based on mixed usage scenario. Many factors affect battery life, including network connectivity, application usage, feature configuration and battery age. Actual results may vary.

 

About BlackBerry

A global leader in mobile communications, BlackBerry® revolutionized the mobile industry when it was introduced in 1999. Today, BlackBerry aims to inspire the success of our millions of customers around the world by continuously pushing the boundaries of mobile experiences. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, BlackBerry operates offices in North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America. The Company trades under the ticker symbols “BB” on the Toronto Stock Exchange and “BBRY” on the NASDAQ. For more information, visit www.BlackBerry.com.

 

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In all honestly it took me awhile to get used to the new look, though that being said, it slowly grows on you. I can help but wait and anticipate when GGR will receive one for a review for all of you to see.

 

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Until then~

 

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R2D2 & C3PO Phones

Ok here’s just a short one.

I Loooooooove Star Wars. Its also my favourite movie of all time.

And coincidentally i also have two phones on hand currently, what better way than to mix them up into two of our favourite star wars characters.

Well you already seen then R2D2 iPhone post quite awhile ago. And here is the Add on.

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Here is how they look from the front, yepp, normal.

The iPhone 4 and the Blackberry Bold 9780.

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But on the back we have both R2D2 and C3P0!

Really love how they look side by side. They look weird alone though.

But then again, doesn’t float everyone’s boat this, some people thinks it just looks terrible. But hey, its what you like right? To each his own~

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Bleep Bloop~ Cheers all!

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R2D2 iPhone 4

Oh how you all already know that i am an Apple lover and that i can’t live without my iPhone.

And also that i am a really huge Starwars Fan.

Well after learning that android users can get a Motorola Droid 2 kitted out with R2D2 goodies such as the colour and the special starwars wallpapers and stuff! And boy was i jealous, and oh we all know what happens when i get jealous!

well no i didnt do that! i went online to search and i found a vinyl R2D2 Sticker for iPhone 4! didnt hesitate and ordered it!

Here’s the link in case some of you guys are interested!

Here are some pics!

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Had to block my name and address in case some of you guys come steal my iPhone at night.

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Yepp. i bought a Millenium Falcon Macbook Sticker too! Now my 15 inch can do the kessel run in 12 Parsecs~

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Oh yea, and the quality wasnt too shabby!

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Had to remove the old back screen protector, Pretty easy to do with some tape!

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A little help with a card to ensure there’re no bubbles!

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And Voila! i’ve got the Droid i’m looking for!

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So, a little R2D2 iPhone 4 for you?

10.10.10

What does 10/10/10 mean to you?

well, i just want to say, happy 10/10/10 day! if it exists~ if you do have the time, head down to the ggr website to check out my Top 10 gadgets that has left an impression on me.

Top 10 Here!

Hope you enjoy your day!

Peace Out!

Vaio CS

Well, to be honest, back in the day, ok, maybe not that long back, i always thought the Sony Vaio was a kickass computer.

However when i got mine, well, lets just say it was a big mistake. Probably it was just tough luck on my part because the one i got(well my mum did) died on me like countless and countless times.

I got the blazing red Vaio CS end 2008 model. Usually basic laptops gives their owners problems probably about a year into their life but mine started at 3 months with drive problems, afterwards it was software then fan problems. And i am sure there is much more with that just that there was too many to remember. Thus making me a regular at the sony service centre, dreaded place. Lots of people with their problem ridden Vaio’s there too. Friends who own vaio’s also faces the same problems, i certainly do hope their latest batch are well, better made.

I used the vaio for school use and also the other stuff like blogging or gaming too, but still, it is really vexing to have the vaio crash just days before an assignment is due. I used to plug my vaio into a HP monitor so i could use two screens at one go, really really fun ^^

Not sure about the fabled “Sony Timer” though as mine started giving problems faster than you can say the word getsundheit, so i’ll leave that to you to decide.

Currently(oct 2010), the vaio rests on my printer, connected to me Razer set up should i still want to play the occasional pc game. I also use it for msn and it houses my photoshop software.

Vaio for you?

Nikon D60

This is the Nikon D60, the camera that got me started in photography. I do it as a hobby instead of something serious and i’m pretty happy so far.

I got it for my 16th birthday as a present from my parents, really loved it. Loved the way they surprised me with it too! As my birthday marked the start of my “O Level” examinations, they didn’t want me to have it as it’ll probably distract me. So they gave me a file which says Nikon D60 on the side, and in it was the receipts as well as pamphlets and a form for a basic class in dslr. Well i don’t know if it distracted me more for my o levels or not but, oh well!

Before deciding on this though i was in a dilemna between the Canon 450D and Sony A350, as well, most of my friends have Canon’s and Sony’s Ergonomics makes the camera brilliant to hold. But i settled for the nikon as i felt the most comfortable with it.

Here is the unboxing video that i did for GGR for the Nikon D60 Kit.

Oh yea, and if you are ever deciding on a camera, especially a dslr, please note this, NEVER let anyone decide what system you should get, you should go with the one that you are most comfortable with, for i know that if you ask for one’s opinion, they’d be biased towards the system that they themselves are using.

So Far the camera has travelled with me to various countries and have shot many photos, i’m also glad that i started with this D60 as it is an entry level camera so learning about DSLR’s is much easier on this camera.

I will be uploading stuff that i’ve taken with the camera soon! And i hope it’ll inspire you to get one, Hopefully~ =D

Guess who prefers Nikon too?

Want one?