Achieve Royal Status with the New Samsung NX Mini

28 April 2014

Take your rightful place as Queen - Selfie Queen, that is - with just a wink of those gorgeous eyes!

What the heck am I talking about? Well, last Saturday I was invited to the launch of the latest Samsung camera - the Samsung NX Mini Smart camera! And it wasnt just a boring old launch either; myself and 29 other Manoah bloggers were each given a snowy white NX Mini each, and sent off on a marathon around Pasar Seni to give us a chance to test it out. Only condition: Selfies, the more the better!

I immediately fell in love with the compactness, luxurious leatherette finish, and interchangeable lens. They werent kidding when they said it was gonna be Samsung's slimmest and lightest interchangeable-lens camera to date! At 22.5mm and weighing only 158g, the NX Mini is definitely easy to slip into a clutch for a night out, and lightweight enough to take around while travelling. The only complaint I have would be the fact that there is no protection for the lens (no lens cap), and no case. Hopefully they'll introduce a good camera case for it though!
Photo taken from official Samsung website. The flip screen is flipped 180 degrees for easy selfie-taking, and the 2 different lenses currently available. 
So why the emphasis on selfies? Well the camera is slim enough to hold just like your mobile phone, and with a 3.0-inch flip-up display screen, it's like having a front camera lens to check your angle and framing before you snap away! Samsung has always prided itself on listening to what the consumers want, and with the word 'selfie' officially being added into the Oxford dictionary, there was no doubt as to what this generation loves the most!
Smooth fair skin; beauty mode ON! Selfie before the event with my partner Sandy
Yes it's appearance and surface features had me hooked, but as with my current camera (the Samsung Galaxy Camera), it's the inside that counts! With a large 1-inch type 20.5MP BSI CMOS Sensor, the NX Mini captures high quality, high resolution images that are sharp and burst with vivid colour. The Smart settings are still intact, and from experience with my Galaxy cam, the Food and Sunset settings are two of my faves! I did try out the Beauty mode for the selfies though, and it's definitely more natural than some of the editing apps around.
Mistakenly thought you need to keep winking to use the wink feature; it's so much cooler than that! Will elaborate in the next post =)
Anyway. I digress with the nitty gritty. I'll update more on some of the cool features in another post, when I've explored the camera more, but for now lemme get back to the marathon!
Selfie with some of the other bloggers
What's not to love? I get a kiss from the one & only Yukiko, and gorgeous Zana is in the pic! (Never seem to take many pix with her, that's gotta change)
We gathered at Nu Sentral, where we got our cameras and tshirts, and started taking selfies! As I mentioned, there were 30 of us bloggers, plus the Manoah team, plus the PR team, plus the Samsung team; wah! We definitely attracted attention with such a big group, all in the same t-shirts, holding the same camera, with a videographer following us around! Not to mention we were so noisy - as Don said, it was like rombongan sambil belajar (school field trip), and I actually felt like a primary school student! (Looked the part too with my Converse sneakers - they kept losing me in the crowd hahaha)
Briefing is about to start, but first let me take a #selfie!
Don of Manoah and Samsung Product Expert Jason giving us the low down.
After a short briefing on what to do and how to use the camera, we were put into groups, and sent off into the horizon!
Aka. The LRT station.
Never taken a selfie in the LRT before. Comfort in groups I guess.
Sandy and I were partners and were sent to find historical buildings around the area - not so much of a challenge, except for time constraint! There are so many cool old buildings around Pasar Seni, I really wanna do a photo shoot in front of the old KTM headquarters and the old museums surrounding it! (Any photographers here? =P)
The KTM platform
It was a really sunny day, so the light was very harsh
Excuse my butt!
Galeri Batik
With Sandy at Central Market
The group - it was so hot, Koey got a nose bleed! 
At 15 mins to noon, we had to make our way back, and head to lunch. Bear in mind we had no idea what we had to do with the photos we had taken yet, but that was all revealed when we got to Johnny Rocket's in Avenue K.
With the legend! Haha.. Donovan of Manoah; excuse my big tshirt.
With the lovely Janice! 
A million and one selfies with my partner-in-crime that day!
Johnny Rocket's has such a retro American diner feel to it, and all the staff were so friendly and ready to help! They even perform on and off like in the movies, dancing to the old time disco tracks!
My burger. Alicia must've thought I was insane; I couldnt stop smiling at the cute ketchup!
Kifli is so cute! He won the Instagram contest from Samsung, you can check out all the awesome pix with the hashtag #MyNXMiniMarathon - everyone is so creative!
It was an awesome day, and even though I had only 3 hours of sleep the night before (partied hard at Prodigy KL!), I enjoyed myself immensely! Now to work on winning one of the last 2 cameras available for us bloggers......

The Samsung NX Mini is available in 5 colours (white, black, pink, mint green and brown), and the RRP is RM1399.

Til next time,
Calista xx

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  1. Hemegerdddd love the leather finishing!

    1. I know right!! It feels so luxurious! =D We can use it when I go for the Adidas thing!

  2. CalistaLeahLiew, Nice your blog, Really amazing post & image for royal status . Thanks

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