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The Straits Times Digital Awards 2017

Honoured and grateful for the opportunity to be one of the prize sponsors for The Straits Times Digital Awards this year! This annual event is held to provide recognition for the best gadgets and games in the market over the past year. As prize sponsors of the event, we were kindly invited to attend the ceremony at Marina Square on 21 February.

The award finalists were divided into 7 themes: phones, laptops, cameras, games, wearables, home and audio.


Best Compact Camera Finalists: 

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II

Fujifilm X70

Leica X-U

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V

Editor’s Choice: Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V

Reader’s Choice: Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II

Best DSLR Camera Finalists 

Canon EOS 1D X Mark II

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Nikon D5

Nikon D500

Pentax K-1

Editor’s Choice: Pentax K-1

Reader’s Choice:  Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Best Mirrorless Camera Finalists:

Canon EOS M5

Fujifilm X-Pro2

Fujifilm X-T2

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

Sony A6300

Editor’s Choice: Fujifilm X-Pro 2

Reader’s Choice: Canon EOS M5

Now, if you have not already seen our blogpost on the Cameras of 2016 you can read it here! https://www.alanphoto.com.sg/2017/01/09/cameras-of-2-0-1-6/


Curious to know about the other winning themes? Read on to find out if yours made it to reader’s or editor’s choice!


·      Apple iPhone 7 (Editor’s & Reader’s Choice)

·      LG G5

·      HTC 10

·      Huawei P9

·      Samsung Galaxy S7

·      Apple iPhone 7 Plus (Reader’s choice)

·      Huawei Mate 9

·      Lenovo Phab Pro 2

·      LG V20 (Editor’s Choice)

·      Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

·      Apple iPhone 7 Plus (Reader’s Choice)

·      Huawei Mate 9

·      LG V20

·      Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (Editor’s Choice)

·      Sony Xperia XZ


·      Acer Predator 15

·      Aftershock S-15

·      Alienware 17 (Editor’s & Reader’s Choice)

·      Asus ROG Strix GL502

·      MSI GT83VR 6RF Titan SLI

·      Acer Swift 7

·      Asus ZenBook 3 (Editor’s & Reader’s Choice)

·      HP Spectre

·      Lenovo Ideapad 710S

·      Razer Blade Stealth

·      Acer Switch Alpha 12

·      Asus Transformer 3 Pro (Reader’s Choice)

·      HP Spectre x360 (Editor’s Choice)

·      Lenovo Yoga Book

·      Samsung Galaxy TabPro S

·      AsusPro B8430U

·      Dell Latitude 13 7000 Series

·      HP EliteBook Folio

·      Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (Editor’s & Reader’s Choice)

·      Toshiba Portege Z30-C


·      Fitbit Blaze

·      Fitbit Charge 2 (Editor’s & Reader’s Choice)

·      Garmin Vivosmart HR

·      Samsung Gear Fit2

·      Tomtom Touch

·      Apple Watch Series 2 (Reader’s Choice)

·      Asus ZenWatch 3

·      Casio WSD-F10

·      Garmin Fenix Chronos

·      Samsung Gear S3 (Editor’s Choice) 


·      Canon Maxify MB5470 (Reader’s Choice)

·      Epson L605 Ink Tank System Printer

·      Fuji Xerox DocuPrint CP315 dw

·      HP OfficeJet Pro 8720 All-In-One (Editor’s Choice)

·      HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile All-In-One

·      LG Signature Oled G6 (Editor’s Choice)

·      Panasonic LED TV VIERA TH-65DX900S

·      Philips 4K Ultr Slim TV powered by Android TV 65PUT7101

·      Samsung 65” SUHD 4K Curved Smart TV KS9000 Series 9 (Reader’s Choice)

·      Sony X93D 4K HDR with Android TV

·      D-Link DIR-895L AC5300 MU-MIMO Ultra Wi-Fi Router (Reader’s Choice) 

·      Linksys EA9500 Max-stream AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit Router (Editor’s Choice)

·      Netgear Nighthawk X10 Smart WiFi Router

·      Netgear Orbi Wi-Fi System

·      TP-Link AC5400Wireless Tri-Band MU-MIMO Gigabit Router


·      Battlefield 1

·      Civilization VI

·      Dark Souls III

·      Final Fantasy XV

·      Forza Horizon 3

·      Overwatch (Editor’s Choice)

·      Pokemon Go (Reader’s Choice)

·      Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

·      Watch Dogs 2

·      XCOM 2

·      ArmaGallant: Decks of Destiny (Reader’s Choice)

·      Dark Dot

·      Legends Of Callasia

·      Masquerada: Songs and Shadows (Editor’s Choice)

·      Rocketbirds 2

·      Slashy Hero

·      Spacejacked

·      Stellar Stars

·      Valiant Force

·      WickLands


·      Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay H5 (Reader’s Choice) 

·      Beyerdynamic iDX 200 iE (Editor’s Choice) 

·      Bose SoundSport

·      Jaybird Freedom

·      Onkyo E700M

·      Beats Solo3 Wireless

·      Bose QuietComfort 35 (Editor’s & Reader’s Choice) 

·      Klipsch Reference On-Ear Headphone II

·      Sennheiser PXC 550

·      Sony MDR-1000x

·      Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A1 (Editor’s & Reader’s Choice)

·      Creative iRoar Go

·      JBL Pulse 2

·      Razer Leviathan Mini

·      Sony SRS-HG1 h.ear go


What an insightful event indeed! Thank you Gloo for the invitation!


Signing off,

Casio’s EX-TR80 Grand Launch Event

We were very honoured to be the host venue for The all-new Casio TR80 launch event! As technology advances, it is no surprise that Casio comes up with new and improved versions of their legendary selfie cameras! You must be wondering what’s so amazing about the TR80?

Well, as hosts for the launch event, we were well informed about the specs of the TR80! Read on to learn more about why you should upgrade your TR70 with the TR80. On the other hand, if you happen to not own any, read on to understand why you need it in your life! Especially if you’re a female social media enthusiast!

But then again, this camera isn’t only for the ladies! Check out what Adrian has to say about the TR80 for Men!  https://www.superadrianme.com/technology/casio-exilim-ex-tr80-singapore-price/


The new EX-TR80 features even more customizable settings in Make-up Mode, enabling the user to capture beautiful skin reliably, just the way they want it to appear. In addition to including all of the Skin Tone presets that were popular with previous TR Series cameras, users can now finely adjust levels for Smooth Skin, Face Brightness, Sculpt, Dark Circles Remover, and Slim Face. With significantly enhanced intelligence to control image quality for skin, the camera reproduces consistent skin tones in variable conditions, whether outdoors, indoors or under different types of lighting. The EX-TR80 also automatically detects the skin status including full makeup, light makeup and evening makeup that needs touching up, making adjustments to keep the user’s skin looking beautiful. These features ensure that skin looks beautiful just the way the user wants it to look, regardless of shooting conditions and skin status.

The EX-TR80 has two LEDs to capture beautiful skin evenly. Even when shooting without LEDs, proprietary image quality adjustments work to render faces brightly while still retaining the dark mood of, for instance, a cafe, bar, party or night view.

The EX-TR80 is equipped with a 3.5-inch LCD, 30% larger than the one on the previous model. The larger screen is easy to see and delivers enhanced color reproduction to make skin look even more beautiful. The menu features a simple user interface for greater ease of use.

The latest in the EXILIM TR series of cameras, the EX-TR80 offers expanded features for capturing beautiful skin for all women who enjoy taking self-portraits, all in a highly stylish and attractive camera body.

Source: http://www.casio-intl.com/asia/en/news/2017/0217_ex-tr80/



It comes in 3 different colours! Pink, Black and White.

Buffet by Neo Gardens

Set-up preparation!

Welcoming Media Guests

After the presentation, guests were invited to have a hands-on session with the TR80s, Casio girls were available to assist them with the new gadget.

We also created the ‘dark room’ where guests were able to try out the LED light feature

The second session consisted of other VIP guests which consisted of bloggers and influencers. Which also meant another round of buffet for dinner. Everyone was fed well.

The EX-TR80 is one attractive selfie camera indeed. I was very amazed by the quality and natural selfie that it is able to produce. If you’re not convinced, do not hesitate to come on down to REC By Alan Photo to try it out for yourself! For free!

You can also check out reviews by the bloggers that were able to get their hands on the TR80!




Signing off,

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide By Alan Photo

Valentine’s Day is just round the corner, are you gift ready? We have curated a list of gift ideas you could consider buying for your partner! The best part about it? They are suitable for both genders!

Show your family & friends how much you treasure them this Valentine’s Day! Or perhaps show some love to yourself?



This new year, allow yourselves to capture great memories together while travelling with top selling POV camera – the Go Pro Hero 5! With the Hero5, you wouldn’t have to sacrifice a beautiful scenery or background! One doesn’t have to be a photographer to love a GoPro! Reminiscing your adventures together as a couple will be easier than ever with this tiny, rugged camera!



To go along with the GoPro, comes the 3-in-1 mount! A grip, selfie stick and tripod all in one! Portable, handy, lightweight, waterproof! The perfect tool you need to capture your memories this year!


2. SONY RX100M5 + Takeway Clampod


The perfect camera for the ladies & gents. Compact and lightweight to fit into your bag, producing great quality images (better quality than your smartphone), not to mention the sleek look of it!




Accompany your camera with a great clamping tool from Takeway! One that can clamp your devices on practically almost anything! Makes life so much easier for your loved one this valentine’s! Perfect for Travelling, Vlogging, Selfies, Group shots, etc. Again, so lightweight, portable and handy!


3. Fujifilm Instax Mini 70 + Fujifilm Instax Mini Film pack



Looking to instantly print your precious moments without going through the hassle of visiting a photoshop, the Instax mini 70 would be the ideal gift this Valentine’s! Don’t forget to get it along with the film pack. Trust me, the last thing you want is to run out of film paper!


Valentine’s Day is not a holiday for couples, it’s also a day to celebrate the many loves and friendships in our lives. From the love we feel for family and friends to our deep appreciation for those who make our lives a little easier, Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to say “thank you.” As you prepare to shower your beloved with heartfelt displays of your devotion this February 14th, keep in mind all of those other important people in your life.

We want to make your moments count this Valentine’s Day! Come on down to our stores and share with us your queries and we could suggest more gift ideas for your loved ones this V day!  <3


Lots of love,

The 8th Xeen


February 6th, 2017, Seoul, South Korea–

A global optics brand Samyang Optics
(http://www.samyanglensglobal.com) announces a new XEEN 20mm T1.9 lens for professional video-cine. This lens brings the range of XEEN cinema lenses to eight and compliments the existing lenses: 14mm, 16mm, 24mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm and 135mm.
Presenting to you The New XEEN 20mm:
Offers outstanding image quality from resolving power for 4K+ production for filming video and cinema. XEEN is a specialized brand of professional video-cine lenses launched by Samyang Optics in 2015. The XEEN series are designed for the ultra-high definition video environment and feature  outstanding optical performance for 4K and above. The lenses also feature X-Coating Technology and 11 aperture blades that help create beautiful and round bokeh to introduce emotional and natural expression. The 24mm x 36mm negative size allows XEEN lenses to not only work with full frame cameras, but also Super 35, APS-C, APS-H and APS-P cameras. XEEN lenses are available in five different mounts – PL, EF, F, E, and MFT and two different focus scales – metric and imperial units. All focus and iris gear rings are identically positioned among eight lenses to speed up the lens changes.
Inheriting the renowned image quality of Samyang’s wide angle series, the XEEN 20mm T1.9 enhances the XEEN line up and brings the total range to eight lenses. With the expansion of XEEN Lenses and the existing Samyang manual focus lenses, plus the recent autofocus lineup and premium XP lenses, Samyang Optics pursues‘ Total Imaging Solution’ optics brand. Created to deliver infinite possibilities, the XEEN 20mm T1.9 will be
launched globally in March 2017
Samyang photo lenses and Xeen lenses are exclusively available at Alan Photo stores. 
Come on down to our concept store [REC] By Alan Photo to try, test out or play around with the equipments available!
For more info on Samyang Xeen lenses,
For more info on other lenses such as Auto Focus, Manual Focus, Premium and Cine lenses
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