Friday, January 2, 2009
New Year, New Toy
The kind folks at Sony Ericsson have loaned me a Cyber-shot C905 to play with. This 8 megapixel phone was launched in Singapore late October last year. Here are some trial photos (the ones below). What do you think of them?
We took it to Xin Wang Cafe at Siglap. Our first visit there, and it turned out to be fairly pleasant. Cosy, warm-lit and family-friendly.
We adore Hong Kong style iced milk tea. This one came in a rather small mug though, compared to other places which give you a huge glass.
Hubby enjoyed this tomato-based soup which has diced carrot and celery.
The other winner was the fried four season beans with sambal belachan. Richly umami with lots of dried prawns. Beans a little soggy but hubby didn't seem to mind that.
Pork chops with a truckload of fries, baked beans and a fried egg. Huge greasy platter, and hubby was in heaven.
Dry ramen with "fermented pork". The name may put some people off but I think they use this fermented red beancurd or soybean paste to marinate the meat, which is then deep-fried. Not too bad.
Pan-fried dumplings filled with chives. The cameraphone allows several white balance modes which is somewhat helpful. I thought I could tweak some of the experimental shots with post-processing, but hmmm, can't seem to get it right.
Sometimes, when you can't get the colours right, just toss 'em out. I quite like this photo of Nadine this way.
Steamed radish cakes that were too smooth and soft for my liking.
Some har gau (shrimp dumplings) to round up the meal.
Still life is easy but fast-moving objects like rambunctious children are a challenge. The cameraphone seems a tad slow when capturing photos at the full 8-megapixel format. Maybe I should try it at a lower resolution and see.
These preliminary photos may not be an ideal representation. I'm still learning how to use the camera, which has a gabazillion features I have yet to fully grasp. Obviously no cameraphone will ever replace a DSLR, but I have to say, the quality of cameraphone photos sure has come a long way.
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