DBS Bank celebrated the opening of their revamped Plaza Singapura branch, putting their customers in awe by their new lifestyle concept – Novel 24/7 “café and branch”. The branch also features innovations such as Cash Services Machines, Video Teller Machines, industry-first VR corner for retirement planning and humanoid robot, Pepper, as VTM instructor.
Launched on the 23rd September 2016, the new Casio Exilim EX-ZR5000 aims to capture more beauty in the frame with its upgraded 19mm super wide-angle lens and Wide View Photo mode to deliver expansive and high-impact scenic photographs for creating beautiful memories.
Its bright F2.7 moulded glass lens also produces sharper images with outstanding resolution by correcting optical aberration, reducing surface reflection and ghosting.
Although the camera sounds very promising, I have to admit that this gadget noob here has no idea about all these complex functions! The more practical thing to do would be try it out! I got my hands on the ZR5000 in white and as promised, I am back with my review!
The ZR5000 is compact and lightweight; I had it in my bag ALL THE TIME! It’s so convenient when you can whip out your camera any time when you decided to take a photo. Thanks to the 19mm super wide-angle lens, this camera is perfect for fitting in scenic backgrounds and ‘wefies’. Well… in this case, it’s some late night grocery shopping for me after the Casio workshop!
If you are a selfie person, you would know that a typical selfie tend to show more zoom-in headshots. I usually blame it on my short arms but with the new ZR5000, you can now see more backgrounds in my photos! Taking group photos won’t be a problem anymore! *thumbs up*
With a simple click, access different filters for a different feel of your photos!
1/1.7-inch back-illuminated CMOS image sensor
The large sensor ensures outstanding resolution when shooting in dim lighting conditions and capturing quick-moving subjects.
HS Anti-Shake Effect
The camera’s 5-axis image stabilisation delivers precise correction to compensate for any blur caused by shaky hands when aiming the camera.
Couldn’t resist taking some photos of this 2 dachshunds. Petra has got dramatic expressions! When you have cute photos like this, you will be going gaga over it and wanting to post it on Instagram. That’s when the ease begins.
EXILIM Auto Transfer to facilitate image-sharing
With the EXILIM Auto Transfer technology, images can be sent to a connected smartphone automatically after they are taken by the EX-ZR5000, making the process of sharing the images on social media quick and convenient.
Always capture the ‘good side’ with mirror-image shooting and automatic inverted processing.
With the EX-ZR5000’s inverted processing feature, it eliminates the need to manually flip ‘selfies’ or ‘wefies’. Once an image is captured using the front shutter, it is automatically inverted from left to right to process the image as it appears on the screen.
Remembered to take a quick shot of this yummy Ayam Penyet at 1km before it disappeared down my belly! No edit is needed!
With Janice for a catchup last week! I set the camera on the ledge for our welfie 😉
Tilt-type LCD and front shutter for ‘selfies’
The tilt-type LCD enables users to check the angle of the shot and composition while taking a self-portrait, and the convenient Front Shutter makes it easy to take vertical self-portraits.
Motion Shutter detector
The Motion Shutter feature enables users to activate the shutter by simply waving a hand in front of the camera, which makes taking ‘selfies’ even more fun and easy.
Under difficult shooting conditions such as backlit, night-time and zoom photography, the camera analyses the scene automatically and uses optimal settings and processing to produce beautiful images.
I was at this basement carpark with a sunflower balloon and if not for the ZR5000, I wouldn’t even have attempted this shot because it was late at night and too dark for a good shot. However, ZR5000 managed to transform my photo good enough for me to post!
The Make-up Mode brings out the user’s beauty with remarkable clarity, creating natural and fresh-looking skin tones to achieve the ideal look for feminine skin.
It isn’t difficult to guess which mode I used the most? ;-D
Met up with Mikko over desserts and we managed to have a last shot with this ZR5000!
Users can choose from five artistic effects and add them to self-portraits to make the images even more beautiful.
Filter: Pop Art
More features of the EX-ZR5000
The new EX-ZR5000 camera also comes equipped with various other functions to help users capture and share stunning images easily:
- All-In-Focus Macro mode
The All-In-Focus Macro mode keeps everything in the shot in sharp focus, from close-range subjects to distant backgrounds.
- Triple Shot and high-speed burst shooting
The Triple Shot function captures the moment as well as the moments before and after by shooting a burst of three images with only one shutter press. The EX-ZR5000 is also capable of high-speed continuous shooting of up to 30 frames per second with a maximum of 30 images, offering a distance shooting performance exceeding that of SLR cameras and the ability to capture fast-moving subjects and crucial highlights.
- EXILIM Engine HS Ver. 3 for high-speed performance
Equipped with a dual CPU and two parallel image processors, the EX-ZR5000 offers a fast start-up time of only 1.2 seconds, high-speed autofocus in 0.17 seconds, a lightning-fast shutter response of 0.015 seconds, and a rapid capture interval as short as 0.22 seconds.
The travel-friendly EX-ZR5000 comes in white, pink, and green models (S$629.00 each), as well as in black with a limited production at S$699.00. The Casio EXILIM EX-ZR5000 is available at the Casio Concept Store in Tampines and licensed retailers.
My Fat Pocket recently hosted a photography workshop for the in-house bloggers at Lady M. Thanks to the crew, we had the chance to learn more about the new Casio Exilim EX-ZR5000 selfie camera over some cakes and drinks!
Launched on 23 September 2016, Casio Singapore presents the EXILIM EX-ZR5000, the latest addition to Casio’s EXILIM ZR series of compact digital cameras. It now features an upgraded 19mm super wide-angle lens and Wide View Photo mode to deliver expansive and high-impact scenic photographs.
The sleek EX-ZR5000 camera comes in white, pink, and green models, as well as in black with a limited production that retails at $629 and $699 respectively.
If you love the TR series, you will definitely like this too!
I love the black one!
Image: My Fat Pocket
I am now using the ZR5000 in white. The review will be up by next week!
Welfie with Claire. Awesome complexion and not the typical headshot only selfie!
Thanks to Lady M for the delicious treats! We had a great time chatting and understanding more about the various functions of the new ZR5000!
I am ready to UP my game! Truth be told, social media photos quality has been set with high expectations, as compared to the typical post-to-share and post-just-to-tag-friends photos. Instagram has become a channel to ‘compete’ who has the most beautiful photo with highest number of likes. This unspoken competition has stressed me enough to go get a new camera, be hardworking in taking better shots, and lastly, hoping that the likes and followers might increase significantly. All these for ONE reason. To brand myself and not hear clients say my followers and photo likes too little for their brand. Also, many marketing people (not me!) seem to prefer Instagram ads over blogs nowadays. WHY? Instagram is scroll-and-go, whereas blog posts stay as long as the writer doesn’t delete it!
Canon Powershot SX540 HS
I looked high and low for this camera for the past 2 months! Last year, J was telling me that she saw a new mini dslr-looking canon camera and had wanted to get it for me but it went out of stock in many major stores. I found out that was a Canon Powershot SX420 IS. It’s so small and light, so cute and yet so promising! I was tempted to get it until I came across Canon Powershot SX540 HS eventually. Both cameras actually fall under the compact cameras category even though they look quite pro! Concurrently, there were a few recommendation and after doing a comparison research with Mel & Viv for the specs and price range, I decided to get SX540 instead.
I swear I was stuck between Canon Powershot SX540 HS and the Powershot G7 X Mark II for a few days after I heard how bff Mel praised her G7 for the flipscreen and beautiful photos. I checked with the shop that reserved a SX540 for me if they have a G7. Thankfully they don’t, so my damage kept to just $400+. Canon retails the Powershot SX540 HS at $499. Very affordable I must say!
After a visit to Cathay Photo that also gave me a small discount, I brought home a new camera with a camera bag – Manfrotto (MB h-XS-E) Holster XS!
I will definitely get used to a much bigger camera! My 2 favourite functions are the Wi-Fi and NFC that enables me to transfer images from camera to mobile phone for quick posting and also the remote shooting! Now I need not have another person or timer to take my own photos!
Only need to download the app and key in password once. From the app, I can see if the angle is right and whether am I within the frame. My phone will be my remote clicker as I easily zoom in and out and capture photos!
Some of the Specifications for PowerShot SX540 HS
- 50x optical zoom
- Approx. 20.3 megapixels
- LCD with wide viewing angle
- Zoom Framing Assist buttons (Seek, Lock)
Check out the full specifications here.
I am extremely NOT TALENTED in photography, but I am trying my best to also learn not to just use the AUTO mode haha. But it’s so convenient to simply click and shoot!
Here’s a few images taken!
Kiki said: “Wow new camera to take my sexy poses? Come, I clap for you.“
Serious modelling starts.
Make sure not to point the camera lamp in the furkids’ eyes.
Babychia was pretty cool with it although he hates photo-taking most times.
This was taken under dim light. I had to adjust the brightness before I post. Not too high-res it seems.
So far, I am loving my camera and lugging it around every day. This is a little “sacrifice” for someone who vowed to travel light for her shoulders’ sake and always snapping photos with her iphone. But, I need to bear in mind that no matter how good or expensive a camera is, if the photographer is bad, he/she is JUST BAD. I will be exploring photo-taking a bit and I am hoping to get out more to test out my skills! Crossing my fingers that I’ve some flair in photography somehow, some day, some time soon! ;-p
Stay tuned for a hotel post with photos taken with this camera!