Canon announced lineup of Canon PhotoMarathon 2017 competition dates

Canon PhotoMarathon 2017 is here, taking place across different countries in Asia on different dates! Kicking off Canon PhotoMarathon 2017 is Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, taking place on 9th September 2017, starting at 0700 hour at Berjaya Times Square, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

I am also participating in Canon PhotoMarathon 2017 in Singapore, this fun photography competition means more than just a photography competition, it’s a time to have fun as well, make new friends, networking, catch up with fellow photographer friends, view very interesting photography submissions from very different views and perspectives!

Personally, I have participated in Canon PhotoMarathon 2016, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2008! This year 2017 would be my 7th year participating in Canon PhotoMarathon Singapore! Check out the links whereby I shared my stories, photographs and experiences on the photography themes during the Canon PhotoMarathon Singapore contests!

Canon PhotoMarathon 2017 is a special year as Canon celebrates 80 years of dedication to imaging solutions and competition intensity is simultaneously building up across the 16 Asian cities.

Let me share with you information and some interesting fun facts on Canon PhotoMarathon from the press release information:

The region’s largest, annual photo competition brings the community of photography enthusiasts closer together while challenging them to push their boundaries and showcase their city through their own perspectives, all under time pressure. This year, the event expands to China mainland. In total, more than 22,000 photo enthusiasts from different communities are expected to showcase their photo masterpieces.

“Canon has been championing “overall wellness” for many years, advocating a healthy lifestyle and a positive attitude towards life, and this project is a perfect interpretation of this philosophy. The Canon PhotoMarathon is a perfect combination of photography and sports. Participants will not only enjoy shooting, but also improve their health and help people to communicate more smoothly. For more than a decade, Canon PhotoMarathon has been gaining popularity in Asia, and it continues to attract more and more participants. This year also marks the Canon Group’s 80th anniversary. As we launch this activity in 16 Asian cities, we hope to create happiness and delight to everyone,” said Howard Ozawa, President of Canon Asia Marketing Group.

The 2016 Best of Show winners won an all-expense paid photo clinic trip to scenic spots in Japan

Apart from attractive category prizes, all the Best of Show winners from each competition will win an exclusive spot in the Canon PhotoMarathon Asia Championship held in 2018, which is valued at more than US$5,000. The Canon PhotoMarathon Asia Championship will see these winners from across Asia converge on an all-expenses paid trip (destination to be advised next year) that promises awe-inspiring scenery for any photography buff. Apart from the chance to explore various facets of photography under the tutelage of a professional photographer, the event will also involve further theme challenges which be a test of mettle to select the champion among winners.

The Endurance Race requiring more than Shutter Speed

Beyond a showcase of creativity, Canon PhotoMarathon heightens the excitement element through time pressure and endurance. Participants have to demonstrate a unique perspective in picture composition according to assigned themes within a short span of time. In true competition style, crossing the finishing line entails composure to perform under time pressure and the tenacity to last a grueling full-day marathon.

15 years of Cultivating Photography Culture

Canon believes that photography has the powerful ability to transcend differences to convey touching everyday narratives. Inspired to bring communities even closer together through the cultivation of photography culture, the very first Canon PhotoMarathon was conceptualised in 2003, and the inaugural competition was held in Singapore.

Since then, photography culture has proliferated. In 15 years, the event has grown in geographic reach to become ever more inclusive, bringing together varied photography communities all under one roof.

The annual event now includes parallel competitions around the region including Brunei, Cambodia, China Mainland, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

Get set to go

After the first competition of 2017 kicks off in Kuala Lumpur, Canon PhotoMarathon will also take place in the following locations:

Date Location
23 September Singapore
8 October Hong Kong
8 October Danang, Vietnam
21 October Manila, Philippines
21 October Colombo, Sri Lanka
21 October Taipei, Taiwan
29 October Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
4 November Mumbai, India
4 November Jakarta, Indonesia
5 November Hanoi, Vietnam
11 November Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei
12 November Yogyakarta, Indonesia
18 November Delhi, India
25 November China Mainland (name of city to be advised)
26 November Phnom Penh, Cambodia

To view the gallery of past winning images and for more information on Canon PhotoMarathon and the PhotoMarathon Asia Championship, please visit https://photomarathon.canon-asia.com/2017/regional/en

For the first timers participating in Canon PhotoMarathon 

Fun facts about participants (data applicable up to 2016)

Canon PhotoMarathon attracts a wide audience from young students to the silver generation.

Most senior to date: 78 years old (from India)

Most junior to date: 4 years old (from Vietnam)

Average age of participants: 30 years old

Total number of competitions to date: 141 competitions all over Asia

Total number of participants to date: More than 155,000

Snapshot of Timeline across Asia

Year Country
2003 Singapore
2006 Vietnam
2007 Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand
2009 Hong Kong, Taiwan, Indonesia, India
2011 Cambodia
2012 Brunei
2016 Sri Lanka
2017 China

How the contest works

The Canon PhotoMarathon is the largest photography event in the Asia region. A one-day photography competition that runs from 6 to 9 hours (duration varies by each local competition), perseverance and the ability to work under time pressure are essential requisites for completion of the Canon PhotoMarathon.

Participants are require to capture images according to various Competition Themes unveiled on competition day at specific times. Participants will have a few hours to submit their best interpretation of the assigned theme before the next theme is unveiled.

Canon applies a no-editing policy, which means that only in-camera processing is allowed for submitted entries to qualify for consideration.

How are photos judged?

For each theme, photos are judged by a panel of judges according to the relevance to theme and the creative interpretation to the theme.

The Best of Show (BOS) prize is awarded to the participant deemed by the judges to have performed the best across all Competition Themes. The Best of Show winner will also win a coveted spot and all-expenses paid trip to the Canon PhotoMarathon Asia Championship.

The Canon PhotoMarathon Asia Championship will take place in 2018. The destination will be advised at a later time.

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Canon PhotoMarathon is not just a photography competition, that you can win very exciting and wonderful prizes. It’s a great time to have fun as well, learn from viewing/observing other photographers works, make new friends, catch up with friends. Overall, it’s going to be a tiring experience (testing your endurance), putting your photography against time limits, stress and pressure. This would help you to grow and improve as a photographer, whether you are an amateur, enthusiast or professional.

If you haven’t sign up for Canon PhotoMarathon 2017, it’s time to do it!

* Information and pictures courtesy of Canon Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations *

Canon announced new lenses

Canon recently announced four new lenses to their EF family and a new macro ring flash too. I would be sharing key information and details on the new lenses and new macro ring flash by Canon.

Canon EF 85mm f/1.4 L IS USM

There are currently two lenses in the 85mm category, the EF 85mm f/1.2 L II USM and EF 85mm f/1.8 USM lens. This new EF 85mm f/1.4 L IS USM fits in nicely for photographers, giving them options to choose from the 85mm category.

The EF 85mm f/1.4 L IS USM is going to attract portrait photographers, perfect for both professional and amateur photographers, equipped with an image stabilisation (IS) performance of up to approximately 4 stops, a 9-blade circular aperture and silent USM motor.

This lens get my attention because I am looking for an 85mm and the f/1.4 aperture suits me nicely. Looking forward to the sharpness and bokeh with the EF 85mm f/1.4 L IS USM lens!

Pricing and Availability

Pricing and availability of the EF85mm f/1.4L IS USM will be advised at a later date.

Specification Summary

EF85mm f/1.4L IS USM

Focal length:                            85mm

Maximum aperture:                  f/1.4

Minimum focusing distance:    0.85m

Maximum magnification:          0.12x

Lens construction:                  14 elements in 10 groups

Filter size:                                77mm

Aperture blades:                     9

Length:                                    105.4mm

Weight: Approx.                      950g

3 x New Canon Tilt-Shift Lenses

There are three new Canon Tit-Shift Lenses announced! They are the TS-E50mm f/2.8L MACRO, TS-E90mm f/2.8L MACRO and TS-E135mm f/4L MACRO.

Equipped with advanced optical technologies, and macro photography capability, the latest additions to Canon’s TS-E series offer outstanding optical performance with edge-to-edge resolution. This trio of creative lenses are developed to cover wide genres such as studio, architecture and macro photography, thus rendering them perfect for users seeking to expand their shooting perspectives.

Pricing and Availability

Pricing and availability of the TS-E50mm f/2.8L MACRO, TS-E90mm f/2.8L MACRO and TS-E135mm f/4L MACRO will be advised at a later date.

Specification Summary

TS-E50mm f/2.8L MACRO

Focal length:                            50mm

Maximum aperture:                  f/2.8

Minimum focusing distance:    0.273m

Maximum magnification:          0.5x

Lens construction:                  12 elements in 9 groups

Filter size:                                77mm

Aperture blades:                     9

Length:                                    114.9mm

Weight:                                    Approx. 945g

TS-E90mm f/2.8L MACRO

Focal length:                            90mm

Maximum aperture:                  f/2.8

Minimum focusing distance:    0.390m

Maximum magnification:          0.5x

Lens construction:                  11 elements in 9 groups

Filter size:                                77mm

Aperture blades:                     9

Length:                                    116.5mm

Weight:                                    Approx. 915g

TS-E135mm f/4L MACRO

Focal length:                            135mm

Maximum aperture:                  f/4

Minimum focusing distance:    0.486m

Maximum magnification:          0.5x

Lens construction:                  11 elements in 7 groups

Filter size:                                82mm

Aperture blades:                     9

Length:                                    139.1mm

Weight:                                    Approx. 1110g

Canon Macro Twin Lite MT-26EX-RT

Canon launched the new Macro Twin Lite MT-26EX-RT, an external flash unit designed for macro photography. The Macro Twin Lite MT-26EX-RT is designed with dual flash heads that can be adjusted independently and removed from the mounting ring, thus making it suitable for an extensive range of close up, nature and macro photography applications.

Pricing and Availability

Pricing and availability of the Macro Twin Lite MT-26EX-RT will be advised at a later date.

Specification Summary

Macro Twin Lite MT-26EX-RT

G No. (Both tubes/one tube):                                      26/19

Flash coverage (top and bottom/left and right):         Approx. 65°

Recycling time (normal flash/quick flash), in-body:    5.5 sec/3.3 sec

Recycling time (normal flash/quick flash), external:   2.5 sec/2.0 sec

Power source:                                                            Four AA/LR6 alkaline batteries

Wireless master function:                                           Radio / Optical

For more information, visit Canon Singapore EF lenses website! 

* Information and pictures courtesy of Canon Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations *

Singapore “Nasi Lemak” Burger is back!

Ladies and Gentlemen, the burger that took Singapore by storm in mid July 2017, sold out in a space of two weeks, is making a comeback today on 31st August 2017! This is a wish come true for Singaporeans and fans who have taken to social media to call for the return of the Nasi Lemak burger!

 ** Photo: From my archives when I tasted the McDonald’s Nasi Lemak Burger in July 2017! ** 

 

Let’s put our hands together and welcome back our Singapore “Nasi Lemak” Burger! 

Let me share with you foodies more information on the return of the Nasi Lemak Burger-

  • “Nasi Lemak” Burger (from $5.95)
  • Coconut Pie (from $1.20)
  • Chendol McFlurry® (from $3)
  • Bandung McFizz(from $3.00)
  • As well as new additions including the Potato Wedges (M) (from $3.80) and Sweet Corn Cone (from $1).

 Following its launch on 13 July, the “Nasi Lemak” Burger stirred up a craze islandwide, receiving a string of positive reviews from customers and food critics alike. Little did Singaporeans know, McDonald’s has been listening closely to their wishes and steadily planning for a sweet surprise this August. To mark the comeback of one of its most popular creations, McDonald’s has since kick-started a campaign by responding to Singaporeans’ social media posts and tweets about the burger in a series of quirky advertisements.

Foodies, do take note! While stocks last! Mai tu liao!

* Information and picture courtesy of McDonald’s Singapore and Golin *

Canon announced EOS M100

Canon recently announced a new mirrorless camera to their line up, the Canon EOS M100, the predecessor to the Canon EOS M10, one of the Canon EOS M cameras that I reviewed previously.

The Canon EOS M100 would be an ideal camera for beginners in photography, who would like to move up in their photography adventure. If you are just beginning your photography journey, let me share with you more information and details of the Canon EOS M100!

Here are the key information and details of the Canon EOS M100:

Capturing images with the speed and precision of a DSLR camera while still facilitating the easy operability of a smart phone camera, the EOS M100 is the perfect complement to modern lifestyle photography trends of capturing self-portraits, close up food shots and sweeping landscapes.

“For beginners in photography and a generation of users that have grown accustomed to the smartphone, the new EOS M100 offers them a significant upgrade in the quality of their imagery and more room for creative expression while promising the ease of use and instantaneous shareability.” said Edwin Teoh, Head of Marketing, Singapore Operations, Canon Singapore. “Coupled with Canon’s advanced technologies like Dual Pixel CMOS AF and DIGIC 7 image processor, the EOS M100 is the perfect sharp shooter that elevates everyday photography.”

Sleek and Intuitive for Perfect Selfies on the Go

The EOS M100 comes in three contemporary colour schemes of Gray, White and Black. Weighing merely 302 grams (body only), the EOS M100 is thoughtfully designed in a compact and stylish form with optimized dial and buttons for easy operability.

One of the camera’s main features is the self-portrait mode with Smooth Skin feature. With its intuitive and user-friendly 3.0-inch touchscreen LCD that enables quick adjustment of the degree of brightness, background defocus, self-timer and even Smooth Skin level options, taking selfies can now be a breeze.

To help aspiring photographers familiarise themselves with the myriad of camera settings on a DSLR camera, the Creative Assist feature on the EOS M100 can be employed to convey the complexity of technical photography jargon in an easy to grasp manner. Users can configure and save up to six Creative Assist settings for frequent use, and exchange setting information with other cameras with Creative Assist feature to broaden their range of photography expressions.

With its HDR Backlight Control mode, scenes with excessive backlight or huge light contrast can be corrected to achieve the desired brightness. This creates well-balanced shots even while preserving highlights and enhancing details in shadow areas.

With Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, users can easily pair the EOS M100 to their smart devices for ease of sharing the fun moments through other social media platforms. Additionally, the built-in Bluetooth low energy technology maintains constant connection to a compatible smart device at low power consumption. With this constant connection, users can view images and start remote capture from the camera even when it is in Auto Power Off mode.

Advanced Imaging Technology that Crystallises Fun Moments

With Dual Pixel CMOS AF on the EOS M100, capturing fast-moving moments is a cinch. To guarantee high speed and precision, Dual Pixel CMOS AF employs phase detection auto focus (AF) technology when tracking and shooting moving subjects.

Also, the Touch AF function enables quick adjustments of focus areas at just a touch of the LCD screen, especially during macro and portrait shoots. The EOS M100 has an improved continuous shooting speed of up to 6.1fps during fixed AF and 4.0 fps during servo AF as compared to its predecessor (EOS M10) to capture fast-moving subjects.

The powerful DIGIC 7 image processor enables an impressive ISO sensitivity range of up to 25600, allowing users to shoot even in the most challenging lighting conditions and still achieve beautifully exposed and low noise images.

Explore Cinematic Expressions in Full HD

With the combination of Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology paired with STM lens, fast, silent and smooth AF can be achieved for beautiful footage in Full HD at maximum 60p. Equipped with the in-camera Combination IS function, camera shakes are suppressed to achieve stable shots even when using a lens without an image stabilization function. Additionally, the Time-Lapse Movie function allows users to shoot fun and on-trend movies that encapsulates the changes of their photo subjects, through the passage of time into a compressed format such as movement of clouds or even the traffic flow at a busy intersection. It also allows automatic adjustment of exposure according to the scene brightness.

Pricing and Availability

Pricing and availability of the EOS M100, available in three kit options will be advised at a later date.

  1. EF-M15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM kit,
  2. EF-M15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM + EF-M55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM kit
  3. EF-M15-45mm F3.5-6.3 IS STM + EF-M22 f/2 STM kit

Specification Summary

EOS M100

Image sensor: 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor

Imaging processor: DIGIC 7

Focal plane AF: Dual Pixel CMOS AF

Max continuous shooting speed: 6.1fps

Max standard ISO speed: 100 – 25600

Monitor: 3.0” Tilt-up LCD with touchscreen

Movie: 60p Full HD

Connectivity: Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth low energy technology

* Information and pictures courtesy of Canon Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations *

Huawei P10 Plus Dual Lens Camera Review

The Huawei P10 Plus was recently launched in April 2017 for the Singapore market. I was excited to read about the launch of the new Huawei P10 and P10 Plus since I am an existing Huawei P9 user, having done a review last year, I was very impressed with the mobile phone photography quality produced by the Huawei P9 during my review that I went on to get a Huawei P9 smartphone for my own usage.

During the Huawei P10 Plus review period, I had some priceless moments and a great time testing this dual lens smartphone. My 5,000th instagram shot was a double rainbow over the skyline of Marina Bay Sands at Marina Bay Singapore using the Huawei P10 Plus! The other was producing an impromptu video for my friend’s new food outlet – Keith Crackling Roast, shot in 4K video with the Huawei P10 Plus. He’s a Huawei Mate 9 user, thanks to my persuasion and conversion after letting him try out my Huawei P9 smartphone!

The Huawei P10 Plus dual lens camera setup is an improvement from the highly successful Huawei P9 series that set the stage for the dual lens camera smartphone in the Huawei smartphone family. In the later paragraphs, readers can view the number of different functions and capabilities packed inside the Huawei P10 Plus dual lens camera smartphone. On the Huawei P10 Plus, you can find the Leica Summilux-H 1:1.8/27 ASPH lenses driving it, resulting in one of the best dual lens camera smartphone in the market (in my personal humble opinion).

Dual lens camera technical specifications

Main Camera

  • 20 MP Monochrome + 12 MP RGB, F1.8
  • OIS (Optical Image Stablization)
  • Dual-tone Flash
  • PDAF + CAF + Laser + Depth Auto Focus
  • 2x Hybrid Zoom
  • 4K Video Recording

Front Camera

  • 8 MP AF, F1.9

Modes

  • Photo
  • Monochrome
  • Video
  • HDR
  • Panorama
  • Night Shot
  • Light Painting
  • Time-lapse
  • Slow-mo
  • Watermark
  • Audio Note
  • Document scan
  • Good food

Photo Mode

  • Wide aperture
  • Portrait mode with artistic bokeh and beauty level
  • Colours: Standard, Vivid and Smooth
  • Touch & hold shutter icon – burst shot
  • Capture smiles: take photos automatically when smiles are detected
  • Assistive Grid: Fibonacci spiral (left), Fibonacci Spiral (right), Phi grid, Grid, off
  • Resolution: 20M 5120×3840 (4:3), 12M 3968×2976 (4:3), 9M 3968×2240 (16:9), 9M 2976×2976 (1:1), 8M 3264×2448 (4:3), 6M 3264×1840 (16:9)

Photo Mode (Pro)

  • RAW + JPEG
  • No burst shot
  • No capture smiles
  • Can adjust ISO, Shutter, EV, AF, WB, Metering
  • Assistive Grid: Fibonacci spiral (left), Fibonacci Spiral (right), Phi grid, Grid, off
  • Horizontal Level
  • Resolution: 20M 5120×3840 (4:3), 12M 3968×2976 (4:3), 9M 3968×2240 (16:9), 9M 2976×2976 (1:1), 8M 3264×2448 (4:3), 6M 3264×1840 (16:9)

Monochrome Mode

  • Wide aperture
  • Portrait mode with artistic bokeh and beauty level
  • Colours: Standard, Vivid and Smooth
  • Touch & hold shutter icon – burst shot
  • Capture smiles: take photos automatically when smiles are detected
  • Assistive Grid: Fibonacci spiral (left), Fibonacci Spiral (right), Phi grid, Grid, off
  • Resolution: 20M 5120×3840 (4:3), 12M 3968×2976 (4:3), 9M 3968×2240 (16:9), 9M 2976×2976 (1:1), 8M 3264×2448 (4:3), 6M 3264×1840 (16:9)

Monochrome Mode (Pro)

  • No burst shot
  • No capture smiles
  • Can adjust ISO, Shutter, EV, AF, WB, Metering
  • Assistive Grid: Fibonacci spiral (left), Fibonacci Spiral (right), Phi grid, Grid, off
  • Horizontal Level
  • Resolution: 20M 5120×3840 (4:3), 12M 3968×2976 (4:3), 9M 3968×2240 (16:9), 9M 2976×2976 (1:1), 8M 3264×2448 (4:3), 6M 3264×1840 (16:9)

Video Mode

  • Wide aperture mode
  • Beauty mode
  • Resolution: UHD 4K (16:9 stereo), FHD 1080p (16:9 stereo at 60fps), FHD 1080p (16:9 stereo), HD 720p (16:9 stereo), VGA 640×480 (4:3), QVGA 320×240 (4:3) and MMS (176×144)

Video Mode (Pro)

  • Can adjust EV, AF, WB, Metering
  • Wide aperture mode
  • Beauty mode
  • Resolution: UHD 4K (16:9 stereo), FHD 1080p (16:9 stereo at 60fps), FHD 1080p (16:9 stereo), HD 720p (16:9 stereo), VGA 640×480 (4:3), QVGA 320×240 (4:3) and MMS (176×144)

Light Painting Mode

  • Tail Light Trails
  • Light Graffiti
  • Silky Water
  • Star Track

Night Shot Mode:

  • ISO: Auto or manual from ISO100 – 1600
  • Shutter: Auto or manual from (1/4s – 32s)

Time Lapse Mode

  • HD 720p

Slow-mo Mode

  • FHD 1080p (16:9 stereo 120fps) and FHD 720p (16:9 stereo 120fps)

Huawei P10 Plus versus Samsung Galaxy S8+

In my earlier introductory article when I started with the Huawei P10 Plus review journey, I also have the Samsung Galaxy S8+ together with the Huawei P10 Plus to observe and compare the differences between them.

Pro mode comparisons

Panorama comparisons

Samsung Galaxy S8+
Huawei P10 Plus

4K video comparisons on YouTube

During my review period using the Huawei P10 Plus and Samsung Galaxy S8+, I observed and compared both smartphones on their strengths and weakeness through the photographs and camera user interface.

Some key observations between them are

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ can do 360 panorama while Huawei P10 Plus is unable to do it, some users like 360 panorama, some users don’t.
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ handles the shadows better than the Huawei P10 Plus (for photographs shot straight out from their respective cameras)
  • Huawei P10 Plus photos are more authentic and accurate than the Samsung Galaxy S8+
  • Huawei P10 Plus camera app user interface has more functions and capabilities (it might seem more complex for some users however, photographers would like it) than the Samsung Galaxy S8+ camera app
  • Both smartphones are able to produce 4K videos, I produced 2 simple test shot videos shot by the Huawei P10 Plus and Samsung S8+. First and foremost, I have to declare that I am not an expert nor trained in videography and I am still learning the basics of videography. From my two simple sample shot videos, my humble and personal view is that they are quite close to each other in terms of 4K performance and output.

In my earlier introductory article titled “Journey with me along with the Huawei P10 Plus”, I shared my thoughts and views on Huawei P10 Plus versus Samsung S8+. At the end of my review stint, writing this review, my thoughts and views on them were further reinforced through my observations and comparisons between them.

My views are that while Huawei P10 Plus and Samsung S8+ are both very good smartphones in the market. From my review, observations and analysis, the Huawei P10 Plus has stronger camera capabilities and functions over the Samsung S8+, moreover, the authencity and accuracy of the Huawei P10 Plus suits me perfectly, the photographer that I am.

What are some of the key aspects/capabilities/observations from the Huawei P10 Plus dual lens smartphone that stands out for me?

1) Low light photography with Summilux-H 1:1.8/27 ASPH : With a f/1.8 lens, this allows a lot more light to enter thus making it easier for low light/night photography with the Huawei P10 Plus.

2) Sharp and detailed photographs produced with the Summilux-H 1:1.8/27 ASPH: Since I am currently using the Huawei P9, therefore I know first hand on the sharpness and details of the photos produced by the Huawei P series. The Huawei P10 Plus is able to produce sharper and more detailed photos.

3) Monochrome photography: One of the key aspects of the Huawei P10 Plus camera, when I first experienced it with the Huawei P9, I was already blown away by their monochrome photography capabilities.

On the genre of monochrome photography, photographers have different “tastes, preferences, expectations and appreciation” on the blacks, shadows, highlights, contrasts of monochrome photography. Therefore, let me invite you to view my dedicated photo album on monochrome photography shot with the Huawei P10 Plus.

Personally, the Huawei P10 Plus is the perfect smartphone camera for monochrome street photography.

4) High ISO performance: From my observations, the Huawei P10 Plus is able to handle high ISO better than other smartphones available in the market.

5) 4K video: Huawei uses the newer H.265 codec, it creates some challenges for computers/websites that are using the slightly older H.264 codec. In time to come, this shouldn’t be too much of an issue when the market adopts the H.265 codec altogther.

Final thoughts, views and opinions on the Huawei P10 Plus

After finishing reviewing the Huawei P10 Plus and returning it back to the public relations agency. I felt something was missing after returning back to my Huawei P9, it’s still an excellent smartphone and still in good working condition. The quality and improvements of the Huawei P10 Plus are excellent and in my personal opinion, a great upgrade and improvements over the Huawei P9, makes me miss the Huawei P10 Plus and I would love to upgrade from the Huawei P9 to the Huawei P10 Plus if any opportunity arises.

Equipped with 4K video capabilities, the Huawei P10 Plus is now not only a photographer’s smartphone, this feature has helped me explore my amateur videography, applying it for my vlogging, live updates, producing small 4K videos for photography, travel, live events reportage and social media coverage. Do check out some of my videos shot with the Huawei P10 Plus during the review period, on my YouTube channel.

In my personal humble opinion, the Huawei P10 Plus is the smartphone that I highly and strongly recommend to photographers and photography enthusiasts. It is packed with an excellent dual lens setup with the Summilux-H 1:1.8/27 ASPH lens, functions and user interface is what a photographer like me wants, the controls. The quality and output displayed in the photographs, showing it on the laptop or desktop computer, the quality, details and sharpness are superb. Do visit my Flickr collections to view the photographs shot with the Huawei P10 Plus!

Personally, the Huawei P10 Plus is the perfect photographer’s smartphone for the photographer.

I would like to thank Huawei Singapore and Hill+Knowlton Strategies Singapore for the opportunity to review the Huawei P10 Plus.

 


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LG G6 Dual Lens Camera Smartphone Review

The LG G6 was the most recent flagship smartphone and it was launched on 5th April 2017. I attended the LG G6 launch event in Singapore and that was the first time I had with the LG G6 smartphone. The technical specifications of the LG G6 were pretty good along with the user interface of the Android 7.0 Nougat. The build quality was really good, excellent finishing, sleek, minimalist and beautiful.

An opportunity to test and review the LG G6 dual lens smartphone came and I managed to have it for around two plus weeks to test its dual lens smartphone camera.

Before I proceed to share about the LG G6 smartphone camera review, let me recall some key technical specifications of the LG G6 smartphone:

Key Specifications:

  • Chipset: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 821 Processor
  • Display: 5.7-inch 18:9 QHD+ FullVision Display (2880 x 1440 / 564ppi)
  • SIM: Dual-SIM (4G/3G)
  • Memory: 4GB LPDDR4 RAM / 64GB UFS 2.0 ROM / MicroSD (up to 2TB)
  • Camera:

Front 5MP Wide (F2.2 / 100°)

Rear Dual: 13MP Wide (F2.4 / 125°) / 13MP Standard OIS 2.0 (F1.8/71°)

  • Battery: 3,300mAh (embedded)
  • Operating System: Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Size: 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9mm
  • Weight: 163g
  • Network: LTE-A 3 Band CA
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac / Bluetooth 4.2 BLE / NFC / USB Type-C 2.0 (3.1 compatible)
  • Colours: Astro Black / Ice Platinum / Mystic White
  • Other: 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC / Water and Dust Resistant / Fingerprint Sensor / UX 6.0 / Dolby Vision™ / HDR10

LG G6 Dual Lens Camera Smartphone Review

The LG G6 gives a number of different functions, options and capabilities inside this smartphone camera, catering for both smartphone enthusiasts and photography enthusiasts, allowint them to explore their smartphone photography or just wanting to have leisure and fun with the LG G6 smartphone.

Let me recap on the technical specifications of the LG G6

  • Wide angle lens: Front (F2.2 / 100°) and Rear Dual Wide (F2.4 / 125°) / Standard OIS 2.0 (F1.8/71°)
  • Touch and press for AE/AF Lock (normal camera mode) AE Lock (Wide angle camera mode)
  • Swipe the screen to change from back camera to front camera
  • Voice shutter to take a photo
  • Selfie Shot: Raised hand made into a fist (Gesture shot) or face detection (Auto shot)
  • Wide and Tele zoom at the camera button
  • HDR mode
  • Location tagging

Auto Camera Mode

9 filters

Nostalgia , Vintage, Urban , BW , None , Vivid, 1839 , Jade , Violet

Photo size

4:3 (13MP) / 4:3 (6.2MP) / 16:9 (9.7MP) / 16:9 (3.7MP) / 18:9 (8.7MP) / 18:9 (3.3MP) / 1:1 (9.7MP) / 1:1 (2.1MP)

Modes

  • Auto
  • Panorama
  • 360 Panorama
  • Food
  • Pop out
  • Snap
  • Slo-mo
  • Time-lapse

Square Camera Mode

  • Grid Shot
  • Match Shot
  • Snap Shot
  • Guide Shot

Manual Mode

  • WB – Auto or change from 2300K to 7500K
  • Focus – AF or MF (with peak focusing)
  • EV – -2.0 to + 2.0
  • ISO – 50 to 3200
  • Shutter – 30s to 1/3200
  • AE-L

Video Mode

  • Steady Recording
  • Hi-Fi – record in high quality sound

Video Resolutions

UHD 16:9 / FHD 16:9 / FHD 21:9 Cinema / FHD 18:9 / HD 16:9 / HD 21:9 Cinema / HD 18:9

Frame Rate

1 fps / 2 fps / 24 fps / 30 fps / 60 fps / 120 fps

Bit Rate

  • High / Medium / Low
  • WB – Auto or change from 2300K to 7500K
  • Focus – AF or MF (with peak focusing)
  • EV – -2.0 to + 2.0
  • ISO – 50 to 3200
  • Shutter – 30s to 1/3200
  • AE-L

Besides the photographs that I uploaded and displayed in this review article, more photographs shot with the LG G6 can be found in the LG G6 smartphone review album inside my Flickr photography collection. The videos shot with the LG G6 smartphone can be found in my YouTube channel.

What are some of the aspects/capabilities/observations from the LG G6 smartphone that stands out for me?

  • Wide angle on Front and Rear Dual lens:

The wide angle feature is an excellent feature of the LG G6 smartphone and this would attract the attention of both leisure/social media users who take a lot of group wefie

  • Wide angle photograph – ideal for architecture and landscape photography:

With the wide angle view, this is really superb for landscape photography. For architectural photography, shooting at wide angle, the vignetting of the buildings are minimal and not drastic (for photos shot straight off from the LG G6 smartphone)

  • Rich and Vivid Colours of the LG G6
  • Filters that stands out for me:

These two filters, Vivid (for colour) and 1839 (for monochrome) stands out for me, that I really like and use in my photography workflow.

  • 18:9 format for photography and videography
  • Noise at high ISO levels:

The noise level at high ISO levels is pretty grainy for my liking, at times, it can/might suit the photograph or it would give the photograph a grainy feel.

The LG G6 dual lens smartphone is packed with a number of great features, suitable for both leisure and photography enthusiasts. With the wide angle dual lens, it’s really ideal for group wefie (leisure users) and for travel and architectural photography (for the photography enthusiasts). With the UHD video format (4K) and 16:9 format, this would interest the videography users, using the smartphone as a 4K video camera when needed.

Overall, in my personal humble opinion, the LG G6 is a good mix and balanced dual lens camera smartphone (for both leisure and photography enthusiasts) and a multimedia smartphone (for both videography and enjoyment of videos).

I would like to thank LG Singapore and Brand Cellar for the opportunity to review the LG G6 Smartphone.


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Nikon announced D850

Nikon recently announced on 24th August 2017, the latest release of their Nikon D850, the successor to the Nikon D810 FX-format DSLR camera released in 2014. This new FX-format Nikon DSLR camera had been getting attention from the market earlier when Nikon announced that  the D850 would be arriving soon.

Upon reading the announcement, looking through the technical specifications and capabilities of the Nikon D850, this new FX-format Nikon D850 has packed pretty strong features inside it. The new Nikon D850 caters to a segment of hybrid photographers in wedding photography as well other photography genres of events, nature and fashion, with the D850 versatility in stills and video shooting.

One of the key products that was announced together with the Nikon D850 was the negative digitizer that brings film back to life, probably something that would attract both old school film users and the modern digital era photographers looking to explore film photography.

Let me share the key information and details of the Nikon D850 camera:

“Technology has transformed content creation today – and Nikon’s innovation in evolving our imaging technologies and product range, combined with our heritage of skills and knowledge, has allowed us to offer the photography community more options with stronger performance and superior quality that we are trusted for,” says Hiroki Yamaoka, General Manager of International Business Division Imaging Group, Nikon Singapore Pte Ltd.

“The D850 offers impressive capabilities with a powerful synthesis of high resolution and high speed from the EXPEED 5 image-processing engine and CMOS sensor, silent photography in both photo and video modes, and a wider view field, giving modern storytellers more versatility. Engineered with this line-up of features and performance enhancements to our FX-format range, this camera truly is a showcase of our dedication to delivering superior photo and video imaging quality that caters to our diverse range of photographers.”

D850 Primary Features

  1. Enhanced resolution, exceptional quality
  • 45.7 megapixel FX-Format CMOS sensor with silent photography feature4 and no mechanical blur to capture the finest resolution in any scenario: Picturesque perfection is created through the powerful combination of the EXPEED 5-image processing engine and the backside illumination FX-Format CMOS sensor. With a dynamic range of native ISO sensitivities, from ISO 64 to 25600, expandable from Lo 1 (ISO 32) to Hi 2 (ISO 102400), continuous shooting in varying levels of lighting across is possible.
  • Additionally, a Natural Light Auto option allows more desirable colours to be captured under natural light automatically for a more accurate and enhanced white balance. Synergised with Nikon’s very own Advanced Scene Recognition System with 180K-pixel RGB sensor, and a class-leading optical viewfinder with approximate 0.75x magnification, photographers will be compelled to effortlessly enjoy their shooting experience.
  1. Enabling a new generation of storytellers
  • Full-frame brilliance with 4K UHD (3840×2160)/30p support: Perfect for multimedia shooting, the D850 supports 4K videography and 8K time-lapse movie production3 with silent interval timer photography as slow as 0.5 seconds, or Full HD format (100- or 120-fps readout is recorded at 24, 25p, or 30p) slow-motion movies in DX-format. The camera also allows RAW batch processing, exposure metering range expansion, and a peaking function5 that enables accurate manual focusing. Videographers are empowered to easily fine-tune colour, exposure and brightness that is reflected in white blown-out areas with Nikon’s ‘Flat’ Picture Control, all without a complicated process that is usually associated with LOG LUT videos.
  1. 3. Keeping up with dynamic action and focusing on fine details
  • 9fps1 or 7fps6 continuous shooting makes easy and adaptable tracking of moving subjects:Photographers will find capturing high-speed moments, such as during a commercial sports photography shoot, a breeze as this DSLR is not only fitted with high speed continuous shooting competence, but also a dedicated autofocus (AF) engine that engages the 153-point AF system and 99 cross sensors to achieve high subject acquisition performance with broad area coverage. Together with the ability to bring down the AF detection range down to -4 EV7, photography in low-contrast situations is similarly made promising.
  • In macrophotography, the new Pinpoint AF for live view photography helpfully achieves focus on a smaller area with a size that is one quarter for the normal AF area. Summing up the intensity of power, up to approximately 51 14-bit or 170 12-bit (image size L) RAW images with lossless compression can be captured in a single burst of continuous shooting8.

. Taking flexibility and efficiency to a new level

  • Enhanced specifications that optimise operability and process workflow: A high-resolution tilting 3.2-inch touch-screen with 2359k-dot LCD monitor, and button illumination that is helpful when shooting in dark situations, allow shots to be taken from varying angles and in different situations. Additionally, photographers have the option of selecting large, medium9 or small9 RAW sizes according to their usage needs.

Also, with improved and flexible multiple exposure options, all individual images can be replaced and also simultaneously be saved before the in-camera image combination, and a selected image stored in a memory card can be designated as the first image of the combination10.

Highly effective for jewellery, specimen and landscape photography, the new focus shift capability enables easy acquiring of images for focus stacking11. This function allows the camera to automatically take up to 300 shots while moving focus position from the starting point to infinity. A selection of up to 10 levels of focus distance changes can be made, while interval between shots can be set between 0 and 30 seconds. Completing the practicality of the function is also the enablement of continuous shooting of up to 5ps, exposure smoothing and silent photography.

  • Making connections a breeze: The availability of WT-7/A/B/C Wireless Transmitter support, available separately, also serves for convenient transfer of image and movie files to a computer or FTP server. When paired with the optional Camera Control Pro 2, remotely controlling the D850 from a PC is easily deployed.

Besides stress-free file transfers, connections with Speedlights are made just as easy with the support for radio-controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting to allow the flexibility in multi-flash photography.

Negative digitizer brings film back to life: When paired with a film holder and micro lens, the D850’s negative digitizer simplifies the process of using a film scanner to convert negative film (in both colour and monochrome) to 45-megapixel digital images for added enjoyment. The ability to adjust for brightness (up to +/- 5) immediately, and the HDMI connection to TV monitor, allows the viewing of old photos for those moments of impromptu family recollections. Using the same accessories and lenses, reversal film digitization is also possible.

Availability:

The D850 will be available from September 2017 with the AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR, or with the body-only configuration. For more information on the new D850 and other Nikon products, please visit www.nikon.com.sg. Pricing to be confirmed at a later date (updated information below)

Product Price (RRP)
D850 (Body) $4,999
D850 (AF-S NIKKOR 24-120MM F/4G ED VR Kit set) $5,949

** Updated 7th September 2017 **

* Information and pictures courtesy of Nikon Singapore and Cohn & Wolfe Singapore *

The 10th Singapore Night Festival 2017 is here!

A milestone reached, the 10th year, this is the 10th edition of the Singapore Night Festival! Since making her debut in 2008, Singapore Night Festival 2017 is now into her 10th edition and it is starting tonight on the 18th August 2017, till 26th August 2017.

Following, documenting and photographing the 10the edition of Singapore Night Festival is also a milestone for me! I have been following, documenting and photographing Singapore Night Festival 2017 since her debut in 2008. Here is my collection of Singapore Night Festival photographs for you to go back in time to 2008 and observe what has changed over the past 10 years.

This is going to be my 10th year following, documenting and photographing Singapore Night Festival 2017 and a new photography album in my Flickr is now created to share my photos on this 10th magical year of Singapore Night Festival 2017!

The Night Lights will take place first on 18th August 2017, the performances will take place next week on 24th August to 26th August 2017.

I just want to share a few Night Lights 2017 artworks installations and I encourage you to come down with your family, relatives and friends to visit, explore and have fun at Singapore Night Festival 2017 starting from 18th August 2017 to 26th August 2017.

  1. Phosphene by Praxis + from Singapore @ Design Gallery 1, National Design Centre

2. The Tree That Blinked by Karel Bata from United Kingdom @ Banyan Tree outside the National Museum of Singapore

3. Nostos: Records of the Self by Aesop from Singapore @ National Museum of Singapore Gallery 10

4. Les Hommes Debout (The Standing Men) by AADN from France @ Singapore Art Museum

5.Tessellations of Time by LiteWerkz x 3M from Singapore @ Main Ground

6. Convolutions by EX3kiel from France @ National Museum of Singapore facade

Useful information and links

Do keep a lookout on my Instagram and Flickr, as I share my Singapore Night Festival 2017 photography adventures and stories!

Enjoy and have fun at a magical 10th year of Singapore Night Festival 2017!


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Celebrating 25 Years of Lomography

25 years of Lomography, a milestone reached! From an accidental creation in 1992 by a small group of passionate friends, it became a huge, accidental, analogue movement around the world. Even facing the growth and expansion of the digital movement, the analogue movement by Lomography is still going strong today, through their LomoWalls, exhibitions, opened shops, Lomographic Embassies, opening up the eyes, hearts and minds of photographers.

Celebrating their 25 years of Lomography, there would be Massive LomoWalls, they are an iconic symbol of Lomography, staged across all over the world, in celebration of their strong analogue community.

  • 25 Years of Growing up with the Lomographic Movement: looking back on over two decades of tireless experiments, epic exhibitions, wacky workshops, the growth of a worldwide community — and eternal analogue love.
  • Building Walls That Unite: The LomoWall. Celebrating Lomography’s emblematic symbol, a kaleidoscopic testament to the power of photography to unite cultures from around the globe.
  • Inviting All to Help Build the Biggest LomoWall Exhibition in History: announcing the construction of a huge international exhibition, with tons of opportunities to take part all over the planet!
  • Loads More Going on All Year Round: giveaways, competitions for all 196 countries in the world, surprises that might be camera-shaped, and stacks more anniversary events

For more information, check out the links below:

Website
www.lomography.com

Online Shop
shop.lomography.com/sg

* Information and pictures courtesy of Lomography Online Services *

Happy SG52 Birthday Singapore!

On 9th August 2017, Singapore celebrated her 52nd birthday at Marina Bay. I was at the other end of Marina Bay, in between the Promontory at Marina Bay and Marina Bay Sands, catching the National Day Parade 2017 action and fireworks.

Wishing Singapore a Happy SG52 birthday! 

I have a lot of thoughts, views and feelings inside my mind and heart, I would be writing them down in another article and update with the link when it is published and uploaded.

There are many things to be appreciative and grateful, there are also many things to reflect and improve. We are still a young nation and still have room to improve and grow, as One Nation Together!

The time is now to start, adapt, innovate, change and upgrade for the future! Majulah Singapore!

Photojournalist in Travel, Events and Sports Photography