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1-2-know: Lug it with R2-D2


THE world famous astromech droid R2-D2 is a character from science fiction that you either love or hate.

 Still, this is one of the more resourceful robots that we have come across in the world of movies. Although Star Trek’s android, Data, might have the human form and appear to have a life, R2-D2 has helped different members of the Rebel Alliance over the decades to escape difficult situations with its resourcefulness despite looking like an over-glorified trash can.

Well, designer Salvador Bachiller has decided that R2-D2 would make for a dignified trolley bag. This piece of geeky luggage comes with rollers so that you can roll it in style whenever you arrive at the airport. The asking price for the R2-D2 Luggage by Salvador Bachiller is 95 euros (RM377), although I think that it would be far cooler if it came with its very own beeping sounds and flashing lights for that added touch.

SONY recently announced a point-and-shoot digital camera that comes with a full-frame 24-megapixel sensor in the form of the Sony DSC-RX1, making it the first of its kind in the world.

Just what kind of specifications does it pack underneath the hood? We are looking at a 35mm-sized sensor that is more than capable of capturing 24-megapixel JPEG or RAW stills, not to mention boasting the ability to record your favourite memories in Full HD 1080p video quality without batting an eyelid, or in this case, a shutter.

There is the fixed Carl Zeiss f/2.0 Sonnar T lens that works great with full manual controls on the Sony DSC-RX1, delivering a maximum aperture of f/2.0 with nine iris blades, letting you enjoy a shallow depth of field with an attractive bokeh. Thanks to its premium multi-layered T coating, you can be sure that ghost and flare caused by light reflection will also be reduced along the way.

There will be four focusing modes to choose from, namely Single-shot AF, Continuous AF, Manual Focus and Direct Manual Focus, and when it comes to ISO settings, you have a maximum ISO of 25600 so that you are able to capture images in low light conditions without flash, albeit at the expense of noise, of course. Out later this November, it comes at a listed price of 3,200 euros (RM12,890).


THE Nikon D600 dSLR has been a long time in coming, and we are glad to bring you news that this FX-format camera is finally official, boasting a body that is deemed to be the smallest and lightest among FX-format cameras while delivering excellent basic performance and a 24.3-megapixel image sensor right out of the box.

Not only that, Nikon also threw in the EXPEED 3 image-processing engine that is normally found in high-end Nikon dSLRs such as the D4, D800, and D800E, letting you enjoy superior definition and image quality without missing a beat. The Nikon D600 will be the latest member of the Nikon FX-format digital SLR family, measuring 141mm x 113mm x 82mm while tipping the scales at 760g .

Other hardware specifications include a 3.2-inch LCD monitor, support for the entire range of DX NIKKOR lens, Full HD movie recording capability, a Multi-area mode Full-HD D-Movie function, durable magnesium alloy used for the top and rear body covers, sealed joints for superior dust- and water-resistance as the D800 and D800E, and a broad range of sensitivities that start from ISO 100 which goes all the way to ISO 6400, and these can be expanded to the equivalent of ISO 50 (Lo 1) or up to the ISO 25600 equivalent (Hi 2).

Those who want the Nikon D600 with its body only will have to fork out US$2,099.95 (RM6,407), while having the AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR kit accompany it will nudge the final sticker price to US$2,699.95 as it arrives in the US and the UK on Sept 18. It remains to be seen when the Nikon D600 will hit Malaysian shores.

Nikon D600

Sony DSC-RX1

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