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It was truly an honour to surprisingly received one of the loveliest invitation card from the internationally-known Leica to attend the preview of their latest Leica C compact camera before they are out in the Malaysian market just last month.

Felt like an early Christmas already

The preview was held at one of their Leica boutiques located in the Starhill Gallery.

It was rather unique compared to the other launching events that I have attended so far. It was exclusively done just for us MHB bloggers (Bell, Karen, Steph, Careen, and I) where we were asked to do a fun Leica photoshoot with Miss Elaine Daly herself. And the best part? We didn’t only get to have our own make-up and hair stylist, we were also nicely dressed in Missoni’s 2013 Fall/Winter collection dresses! Their designs were amazing and I absolutely loved the woollen fabrics, knits as well as the autumnal colored geometric motifs.

The famous Andy Kho, who was the official photographer for the day.

Some test shots first with Elaine Daly and the adorable yet professional Leica doctor. 😉

Now let’s take a look at the super gorgeous Leica C in my favorite champagne color.

The Leica C is the first model of a new line of Leica digital compact cameras and features a high-performance Leica DC Vario-Summicron 6-42.8mm f/2-5.9 ASPH. zoom lens with a range equivalent to 28 to 200mm in 35mm format, and an exceptionally large 1/1.7″ MOS sensor with a resolution of 12 megapixels. Equipped with fast autofocus and a continuos-shooting mode with up to ten frames per second, it captures even the tiniest details and is ideal for all types of photography from portraits to wide-coverage shots and capturing the beauty of landscapes.

What this means is that the Leica C virtually guarantees outstanding imaging performance and crystal-clear photos with brilliant, natural colors, clarity and contrast even in unfavorable lighting conditions.

The Leica C is the first Leica compact camera to feature an integrated Wi-Fi and NFC (Near Field Communication module for the wireless transmission of image data to smartphones and tablet PCs via the Leica C Image Shuttle app available for free on either iOS or Android platforms. The WLAN and the app even enables users to remote control the Leica C from a smartphone or tablet PC – very handy for remote-release photography and shooting with the self-timer or simply to amaze your friends!

The camera’s full-HD video function allows you to capture high quality video while the 3″ camera monitor offers a large enough view to see what you are shooting. Videos and still pictures can both be creatively processed either in the camera or with the Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® professional imaging software that comes bundled with the camera.

And on top of those amazing features I mentioned above, I find the suede fabric camera pouch extremely classy! To complement the Leica C’s is a range of five (5) specially designed, perfectly finished, premium matching accessories. Each of these bags and cases is a unique and fashionable accessory. For example, the Leica C clutch is an elegant clutch handbag with a carrying strap, available in light gold or dark red Alcantara with a sandblasted metal closer, and offers two separate compartments with ample space for the camera and other personal belongings.

A behind the scene photo of Karen posing in front of the super Leica cam

Now a group shot of all the girls together 🙂

A closer one through the amazing Leica lens

The outcome of my picture!

I am not very good in posing, and unfortunately Elaine Daly was not helping at all (even though she was there trying to guide like a Tyra Banks) because I was too nervous with so many others standing in front of me. It was really awkward, probably one of the reasons why I hate doing a photoshoot of my own.

After the photoshoot session ended, we were given paper bags of our portrait (which were developed on the spot) by the French marketing person of Leica. That also means that I get to bring home an A4 size of my own photo from the shoot that day!

We were then being led to the Starhill Culinary Studio for a closer preview of the camera and all its magical functions over tea and canapés.

In the culinary studio

A very nicely set table for us

Found my place! I always have that nice feeling seeing my name on the table.

It’s the exclusivity that compliments it well.

Cheeky us trying to be funny coming up with a DIY “mini” photoshoot with the compacts and the super mini studio lighting that I was holding. *laughs*

Andy Kho then gave us a talk on how the Leica C works and all its features that can do wonders!

It was indeed interesting we couldn’t spend a second not paying attention

and then we all started trying out the functions impatiently!

. . . while I decided to dig in my plate of lovely canapés first before they turn chilly.

The below photos are all taken by the Leica C itself with zero editing and filter, including this one right above!

Without further ado, there is this one special feature that I would really love to share! Notice these pictures of me that don’t look like self taken ones? Well guess what, they are in fact ‘selfies’!

Here’s another one

and one again. . .

It is the Wifi function that connects both the camera and the Leica app downloaded in our smartphone and we can basically see ourselves in our phone through the lens of the camera which was placed right in front of us, on the table!

Bell and I looking at ourselves in the phone, just one tap away and a natural candid picture was captured in the Leica C! This is just fascinating.

I couldn’t stop tapping my phone and capturing all those photos which is supposed to be a ‘selfie’ but does not quite look like one, in an awesomely good way that is! I can even tap the screen on my phone by choosing which object I want to focus. Just like the above here, where the camera was focusing on my phone instead of myself.

. . . while on the other hand, this focused on me myself. Besides, the quality of the picture is just incredible. Crystal clear is definitely the word to use and I did not need to edit even a single one of them! It is just perfect.

 

 

Gadget Love Share, Esty.

 

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Tehnical Data of the Leica C (as of August 2013)

Camera type: Leica C (type 112)

Sensor: 1/1.7″ MOS sensor with 12.8MP (effective 12.1 MP) Minimum light level: 6 lux

With model nos. 18 484/-487/-488/-491: (assuming use of i-low light and shutter speed of 1/25s)

With model nos. 18 485/-486/-489/-490: (assuming use of i-low light and a shutter speed of 1/30s)

Lens: Leica DC Vario-Summicron 6-42.8mm f/2-5.9 ASPH. (equivalent to 28-200mm in 35mm format)

 

Focusing ranges:

P/A/S/M: 50cm (wide angle) / 80cm (telephoto) – infinity

Macro/snapshot/video: 3cm (wide angle) / 80cm (telephoto) – infinity

Scene modes: May differ from the details stated above

Digital zoom: max. 4x

Image stabilizing system: Optical

Shutter system: Electronic and mechanical

Shutter speed range: 250 to 1/4000s

[Starry Sky] mode: 15seconds, 30seconds, 60seconds

Exposure modes: Programme (P), aperture priority (A), shutter priority (S), manual (M)

Exposure compensation: (Increments 1/3 EV steps, range: ±2 EV)

Exposure metering modes: Multi-segment, centre-weighted, spot

Flash modes: Built-in AUTO, AUTO with red-eye reduction, slow sync with red-eye reduction, ON, OFF

Effective flash distance: (with AUTO ISO): ~0.6-7m (at maximum wide-angle setting), ~0.8-2.3m (at maximum telephoto setting)

Monitor: 3.0″ TFT LCD, ~921, 600 dots, aspect ration 3:2, shows ~ 100% of the image field

Viewfinder: Colour LCD viewfinder (~200,000 dots.) with dioptre compensation of +/-4 dioptres

Microphone/Speaker: Stereo/mono

File storage (still/video): Internal memory (~87mb), SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards

 

Image Formats

Still pictures: RAW/JPEG (based on Exif 2.3 standard), DPOF-compatible, MPO

Videos (with audio): AVCHD with Dolby® Digital (2-channel)/MP4 with AAC (2-channel)

Operating temperature/humidity range: 0-40°C / 10-80%

Interfaces: Digital: USB 2.0 (high speed)

With model nos. 18 484/-488: The USB cable cannot be used to transfer data to the camera from a computer or other devices.

 

Analogue video/audio:

NTSC/PAL composite with model nos. 18 484/-487/-488/-491 (menu setting option)

NTSC composite with model nos. 18 485/-486/-489/-490, audio line-out socket (mono)

Connections: HDMI: for micro-HDMI cable (type D)

AV OUT / DIGITAL: special socket (8-pin)

Wi-Fi

Compliance standard:IEEE 802.11 b/g/n (Standard WLAN Protocol)

Frequency band: 2,412-2, 462 MHz (1-11 channels)

Encryption: Wi-Fi compatible WPA™ / WPA2™

Access: Infrastructure mode

 

NFC

Compliance standard: ISO/IEC 18092 NFC-F (passive mode)

Dimensions (W x H x D; lens retracted): approx. 103 x 63 x 28mm

Weight (with/without memory card and battery): approx. 195g/173g

Battery (lithium-ion): BP-DC14 E/U

Voltage/Capacity: 3.7V/950 mAh

Battery charger / mains power unit: ACA-DC11-A/B/C/E/U/K

Input: 110-240 V AC, 50/60 Hz, 0.2A

Output: 5 V DC,800 mA

 

// The Leica C is available at a RRP of RM2,475.00 at authorized Leica dealers starting in October 2013. The Leica C-Pouch and C-Snap accessories will be available from December.

 

Leica outlets in Malaysia:

1. Leica Store @ Avenue K | info@leica-store-malaysia.com | +603 2163 1818

2. Leica Boutique @ Starhill Gallery | info@leica-starhill.com | +603 2142 9633

3. Leica Boutique @ Suria Sabah | +6088 487 807

 

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