DBS Marina Regatta 2016

The DBS Marina Regatta 2016 took place over two weekends recently, on the 28th & 29th May and 4th & 5th June 2016. A water sports competition along with land based activities for supporters and visitors, it was a carnival for everybody to come down and enjoy the dragon boating action, fun leisure activities, food, festivities, music and the one and only pop-up urban beach.

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On the Marina Bay waters, teams battle out on their dragon boats from the morning till the evening, a showcase of teamwork, determination, speed, power and adrenaline. They dragon boat paddlers were great to watch, some of the competitions faced some pretty close fight all the way to the finishing line, perfect for a finishing line photo opportunity.

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The first weekend was the 200m race distance while the second weekend was the 500m race distance. Two different race distances, teams applied different tactics to compete in their respective race distances. The 500m race distance were more interesting to watch especially when the paddlers rev up their tempo, speed, pace and power around the last 200m mark to the finishing line, giving spectators lots to watch and cheer about from the sides of The Promontory at Marina Bay.

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On the shore of The Promontory at Marina Bay, where the DBS Marina Regatta carnival village was located, packed with many fun leisure activities for everybody to come down and enjoy. There was the pop-up urban beach, 3,100sqm with a 375sqm pool. Visitors were able to enjoy stand-up paddling, stand-up yoga at the pop-up pool. There were also deck chairs, hammocks, palm trees, pop-up beach bar, concert stage and atmospheric night lighting.

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At DBS Marina Regatta 2016, there was an appearance by Southeast Asia tallest inflatable slide, at a height of 16m with the total slide height of over 15m. Participants slide down at angle of 45 degrees and this was popular with the visitors to DBS Marina Regatta 2016. The fee was SGD $10 for five rides and all the proceeds were donated to SPD, a non-profit organisation that helps people with disabilities develop their potential to the fullest so that they can be self-reliant and independent.

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DBS Marina Regatta 2016 also saw the largest collective of home-grown designers, musicians and chefs gathering at Marina Bay. Curated by The Local People, market specialists and space activators, the regatta’s art market Shop House featured some of the most up-and-coming names in the industry, to be part of the festivities and fun at DBS Marina Regatta 2016. Food is a very important part of our life here in Singapore and there were various mouth watering food options at the food village Chow House.

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A good mix of water sports action and community activities at DBS Marina Regatta 2016, their 5th year in action. It had grown over the years and looking forward to their 6th year and beyond.


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Huawei P9 Camera Review

The Huawei P9 smartphone, recently launched in May 2016, garnered a lot of attention around the world with their dual camera lens system in collaboration with Leica. When I first read about the announcement about the Huawei P9 smartphone, I was excited with their dual lens system and their collaboration with Leica, a world famous camera brand.

Recently, I got an opportunity to review the Huawei P9 smartphone camera and I am thankful for the two weeks plus that I had with this smartphone. What happened was that my iPhone 6 had a very bad apps crash and it kind of damaged my rear facing camera and flashlight. Therefore, I wasn’t able to do any live updates with photographs and my Instagram became Latergram. The Huawei P9 provided me with the opportunity to do my mobile phone photography during that two weeks plus review period.

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The Huawei P9 provided me this opportunity to test and review it. In this article, I would concentrate on the camera review on the Huawei P9 while the other segment of the review (aesthetics, user interface) has been completed in an earlier article on my personal blog covering technology and other personal areas of interest.

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Huawei P9 smartphone camera is amazing for its technical specifications and photography system packed inside that beautifully designed and well built smartphone at the size of my palm. During my two weeks plus review period, I had a very interesting and fun time with the Huawei P9, producing some pretty good quality photographs straight out from the smartphone without any further editing. Huawei had been using these slogan “Reinventing Smartphone Photography” in their website and from my short review stint with the Huawei P9, indeed, it can and I think it would reinvent smartphone photography.

In an earlier article that I shared on my personal blog, the Huawei P9 press release article, let me recap some key information and details –

Integrating the design values and engineering excellence of both Huawei and Leica in a smartphone photography system co-engineered by the two companies, the P9 brings together best-in-class hardware and software, from optical lenses and sensors, to image processing algorithms, empowering users to capture the highest-quality images.

Key to the P9’s superlative imaging capabilities is a dual-camera design that fully unleashes the power of Leica’s optical lenses, renowned for precision and attention to detail, and subject to the industry’s most stringent quality screening requirements. The RGB camera on the P9 specializes in capturing color, while the monochrome camera is outstanding at acquiring picture detail. The two rear cameras of the P9 work in tandem to enable users to create images of superior detail, depth and color. The P9 truly excels in low-light conditions, as the dual-camera design guarantees that more light and detail can be captured.

There are many features packed inside the Huawei P9 smartphone camera.

Swipe left on the main camera screen, you can see 14 modes that you can choose from – Photo, Monochrome, Beauty, Video, HDR, Beauty Video, Panorama, Night Shot, Light Painting, Time-Lapse, Slow-Mo, Watermark, Audio Note and Document Readjustment

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Swipe Right on the main camera screen, there are

  1. Settings
  2. In Photo mode, you can shoot in RAW (not available in other modes)
  3. Resolution – 12M, 9M, 8M, 6M
  4. Film mode – Standard, Vivid Colours, Smooth Colours
  5. Camera grid – Off / Grid / Phi Grid / Fibonacci Spiral (Left) / Fibonacci Spiral (Right)

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On the main camera screen, you can use Full Auto, Pro (almost full Manual) mode, Virtual Aperture (similar to Aperture priority) mode.

When using Pro mode, you can control and change the settings that you desire except the aperture is at f/2.2

  1. 3 metering modes – Weighted, Partial, Spot
  2. ISO – Auto or 50-3200
  3. Shutter speed – Auto or 30s to 1/4000s
  4. EV – -4.0 to +4.0
  5. AF-S , AF-C and MF
  6. White balance options – Auto, Cloudy, Tungsten, Sunlight, User Define 1

In Virtual Aperture mode, you can adjust the aperture range from – f/16 to f/0.95, however the other settings cannot be changed.

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Other key points to highlight

  1. EXIF information available and it’s very useful. It’s very similar to the information and data that you see on compact digital cameras, mirrorless cameras and DSLRs.
  2. Further editing can be done on the phone itself e.g. Rotate/Crop/Filter/Splash/Illusion/Adjust/Beauty/Mosaic/Graffiti/Watermark/Label

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What are the key factors to me that make the Huawei P9 camera stands out?

  1. Film mode (Vivid colours) – the photographs are bright, colourful and rich. I like this particular mode a lot.
  2. Fibonacci Spiral (Left or Right) – this is great for those starting out in photography to learn one the rules of composition, the Fibonacci Spiral is an absolute classic to make them learn. I believe that even for seasoned and professional photographers, the Fibonacci Spiral comes in useful when using the Huawei P9 to compose their photographs.
  3. Monochrome mode – I love it, straight out from the Huawei P9 smartphone. On a personal note and my own personal preferences, I felt that they were good enough to be uploaded and shared with my readers on my various social media channels and platforms. However, I can understand that if there are comments/views that post editing can be done/should be done to make the monochrome photographs better or edited in a different B&W style, I also agree and I would look into it at a later time.
  4. Many customisable functions of the main camera screen, you can be fully automatic or (almost) full manual.
  5. 14 modes to choose from when you swipe to the left of the main camera screen.
  6. Choose from Full Auto, Pro Mode (almost full manual), Virtual Aperture (almost aperture priority)
  7. In Panoramic mode, you can take also take using landscape mode panorama beside portrait mode panorama.
  8. Easy to use once you get the hang of the camera app, I reckon photographers would love it.
  9. Small and lightweight, ideal for mobile street photography

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There are a few points that I don’t really like is

  1. Noise level at high ISO
  2. Battery heating up when using the smartphone and I need to slow down, allowing it to cool down before continuing to use it

The photographs that I took and shared on my 500px, Flickr and Instagram photography sites were not edited any further on the computer or any other software. They were straight out from the Huawei P9 smartphone camera system. I would leave it to the readers to view the photographs and have an understanding of the potential (and real) quality of the photographs taken with the Huawei P9 smartphone camera. Post processing/editing can be a very personal preference matter and also can be very subjective. The quality of the photographs that I took with the Huawei P9 were good and I was able to share it with my followers and readers on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook without any worries of post processing on my part.

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The Huawei P9 is not going to replace my current photography system setup. However, it has a place in my overall technology, business and photography setup. In my personal humble opinion, the Huawei P9 is an excellent smartphone for both leisure/business users and also for photographers, people like me who would love to have the best of both worlds of work and mobile phone photography inside the Huawei P9.

To me, as a photographer, a technology gadgets enthusiast, a person on the move handling marketing and social media, the Huawei P9 is an excellent smartphone choice that I am most likely going to own it down the road. While it would not replace my iPhone 6, it would most likely to co-exist with my iPhone when I decide to work with 2 mobile phone numbers, one for work and one for personal using a combination of one iOS smartphone and one Android smartphone, capturing the best of both worlds.

I would like to thank Huawei Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations for the opportunity to review the Huawei P9 smartphone.


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Return of the East Coast Park Macs

A place that was filled with lots of heart warming memories for many of us, also a place for us to eat, share, meet, catch up and for families to bring their children where they can have fun and enjoy themselves. Opened in 1982, this is not just an iconic place in Singapore, East Coast Park Macs, as it is affectionately and commonly known, it is beyond that. What are your favourite memories from East Coast Park Macs?

This is a heartwarming and memorable destination for all, from the young children to the grandparents. I believe this place holds a lot of memories for many of us here. After a four year hiatus, it has now re-opened with a brand new look, layout, design and menu on 2nd July 2016. I visited the newly re-opened McDonalds restaurant at Marine Cove, East Coast Park before her official re-opening to visit and check out this new McDonald’s restaurant with its own unique looks and layout.

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“The opening of our restaurant at Marine Cove not only holds significant sentimental value for many Singapore residents, it also presents us an opportunity to bring to market a unique offering of menu and ambiance that reflect the evolving dining preferences” said Robert Hunghanfoo, Managing Director, McDonald’s Singapore. “As a brand, we are constantly evolving along with the tastes and preferences of the Singapore population and we are focused on making delicious, feel-good moments easy for everyone.”

Source: McDonald’s Singapore press release

The new McDonald’s restaurant by the sea spans 8,439 square feet, they can serve customers over six counters, including one McCafe counter and a Dessert Kiosk along with seven self-ordering kiosks. Inside McDonald’s Marine Cove, you are able to notice the unique look and features that makes this restaurant stands out, a salad bar, dessert bar, wireless charging stations, an area to park prams and a shadow wall for children.

At Marine Cove McDonald’s restaurant, there are some new menu offerings that are exclusive to Marine Cove McDonald’s restaurant only! Let me share with you the exciting information and details of the new menu offerings at Marine Cove McDonald’s from the press release information –

New Menu Offerings

McDonald’s Marine Cove offers exclusive menu items and opportunities for customers to customise their food according to their preferences. Set in a relaxed and contemporary environment, the new restaurant will feature a Salad Bar and Dessert Bar where customers can choose to customise their favourite items, their way.

Salad Bar

The Salad Bar offers three different salad choices: Asian, Caesar and Classic Green. The Classic Green is available for $3.90, while Asian and Caesar are available for $5.50 each. Customers have the freedom to further customise their salad, choosing from a range of add-ons, priced between $0.60 and $1.20 each.

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Asian Salad

Mixed salad greens tossed with cherry tomatoes, spiral pasta, corn kernels, and red apple slices topped with roasted sesame dressing

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Caesar Salad

Iceberg and romaine lettuce topped with chicken fajita strips, shaved parmesan, chicken bacon bits, garlic croutons, and a drizzle of Caesar dressing

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Classic Green Salad

Iceberg and romaine lettuce with corn and cherry tomatoes. Top your salad with the dressing of your choice.

Dessert Bar

At the new Dessert Bar, diners will get the chance to customise their favourite McDonald’s desserts. With 17 toppings to choose from, they can mix and match to add a personal twist to the Classic McFlurry or Sundae. Toppings range from Corn Flavoured Cereal and Rainbow Butter Bites, to Mixed Berries and Chunky Purple Potato Sauce.

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Signature Collection of Premium Burgers

The new restaurant will offer a Signature Collection of premium burgers that are exclusively available at McDonald’s Marine Cove. The Classic Cheese and Spicy Tortilla feature a delicious Angus beef patty and for chicken lovers, the range includes the Spicy Chicken with Apple Slaw.

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The Classic Cheese burger features a deliciously seared Angus beef patty sandwiched between delicate slices of creamy cheese. Complementing the patty are juicy slices of tomatoes, sweet grilled onions and crispy smoky chicken bacon.

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Spicy Tortilla

Featuring a delectable Angus beef patty with a slice of melted cheese, the savoury combination is enhanced by creamy guacamole, crunchy tortilla chips, whole leaf lettuce, and sweet and juicy slices of tomatoes and onions. The burger is then topped with a fiery spicy sauce. IMG_1470

Spicy Chicken with Apple Slaw

A crunchy and juicy chicken thigh meat is topped with peppery rocket and creamy black pepper sauce. This blazing combination is contrasted with a tinge of sweetness from the apple slaw.

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New McCafé offerings

The Marine Cove McCafé will serve a new range of soups, sandwiches and sweet treats including Affogato and waffles. Made with quality and hearty ingredients, there is a choice of two soup creations as well as toasted sandwiches in six different variations, two of which are exclusively available at McDonald’s Marine Cove.

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At Marine Cove McDonald’s restaurant, it is a family friendly location and there are also fun activities for the children. Let me share with you the information from the press release information below – 

Shadow Wall

Customers of all ages will be entertained as shadows come to life at the Shadow Wall at McDonald’s Marine Cove! As customers walk past the Shadow Wall, their shadows will be transformed into McDonaldland characters such as Grimace and Birdie.

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Google Cardboard

McDonald’s Marine Cove will also feature Google Cardboard viewers that will allow our customers to experience virtual reality in a simple and fun way, bringing them on a 360 degree virtual tour so they can experience the unique offerings that are exclusive to the store. These Google Cardboard viewers will also be available at 12 other McDonald’s restaurants across Singapore.

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With Singaporeans constantly on-the-go and on their mobile devices, McDonald’s Marine Cove features wireless charging stations, so both you and your mobile devices can be fully charged at the restaurant.

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Pram Parking

Pram parking at the restaurant will allow young families the ease and convenience of simply parking their pram and enjoying the food and ambiance at the restaurant with no added hassle.

During my preview visit to Marine Cove McDonald’s restaurant before her official re-opening, I tasted a few of the food menu selections – Spicy Tortilla burger, Asian Salad and Belgian Liege Waffle with Avocado, Gula Melaka Syrup and Sundae, Mushroom Soup and Broccoli Soup. I also happened to taste a small portion of the Spicy Chicken with Apple Slaw from a fellow guest at the preview visit whom kindly cut a small portion and shared it with me! I love the burgers, Asian Salad and the Belgian Liege Waffle with Avocado, Gula Melaka Syrup and Sundae!

The warm, friendly and kind Marine Cove McDonald’s restaurant also brought us around for a tour of the entire place, from the dinning area, to kitchen operations, storage facilities, McCafe counter, Salad Bar counter and Dessert Bar. This was a very interesting tour specially arranged for us and the McDonald’s staff were very enthusiastic and passionate in sharing about their new place, new menu and fun activities!

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Marine Cove McDonald’s restaurant, a brand new unique look with new menu offerings, family friendly facilities and fun activities. While it has a total revamp and change, some things never change, our memories never change.

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Thank you McDonald’s Singapore for inviting me down to relieve my wonderful memories and also to the warm, friendly and awesome McDonald’s Marine Cove restaurant crew  for their warm hospitality!

Welcome back home, East Coast Park Macs!

*Press release information courtesy of McDonald’s Singapore and GOLIN*

 

Emirates Singapore Derby 2016 Roadshow

The Emirates Singapore Derby 2016 is taking place on 10th July 2016, a classic run on Singapore racing calendar. In celebration of the Emirates Singapore Derby, roadshows were organised over two weekends giving the public to visit and know more about history of racing in Singapore, getting up close and personal with a horse, allowing you to pat and feed them (at certain allocated timing).

I went for the Emirates Singapore Derby roadshow on 25th June 2016 at Capital Piazza, Outdoor Plaza. There were a few interesting activities that took place during Emirates Singapore Derby Roadshow that visitors to the roadshow can take part in such as the horse pitching competition as well as horse feeding and patting. Besides that, I also learn and know more about the history of the Emirates Singapore Derby from the information boards! One of the highlights from the event for me was the horse patting and feeding session! Check out some of the photographs that I took during the roadshow last Saturday!

Photographs from the Highlights of the Event:

  • Horse Pitching Competition
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  • Horse patting and feeding

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  • Fashion Show

I didn’t manage to catch the fashion show parade due to time commitments, check out SG Turf Club Instagram for the photos!

  • Appearances of Singapore Turf Club Mascots, Racer and Clover

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  • History of Emirates Singapore Derby Exhibition

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  • InstaPhoto Booth ~ Fun time to take group photo with family and friends at the roadshow

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Look out for this cute Emirates teddy bear!

Just a shoutout for this cute Emirates teddy bear soft toy! Buy this cute bear home and you would also be supporting a charitable cause too!

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Snap, Tag and Win!

There is also an Instagram contest that you can participate in and you can stand a chance to win a set of premium gift from Emirates! The theme is Red in Fashion with Emirates! Check out the information in the flyer attached below! Check out SG Turf Club Instagram account for more photos updates!

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Source: Singapore Turf Club

There is another (bigger) roadshow taking place this coming Friday 1st July 2016 and Saturday 2nd July 2016 at CHIJMES, The Lawn. Check out their website for more details and updates! Do drop by visit Emirates Singapore Derby Roadshow and experience the fun carnival if you are able to!

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Source: Singapore Turf Club

Remember, 10th July 2016 is Emirates Singapore Derby 2016!

The Next Wave and Trends (from Canon EXPO 2016 Shanghai)

In the earlier article that I wrote and shared on my visit to Canon EXPO 2016 Shanghai, my photography walkabout journey inside Shanghai International Convention Centre, understanding and experiencing Canon’s history, culture, getting closer to Canon’s diverse range of products and business interests. This was also a time to have a better understanding of their slogan “Delighting You Always”, how Canon’s products and services connect and communicate from the organisation to their customers.

During the visit to Canon EXPO 2016 Shanghai, this was also a maiden life experience for me, to attend two of Canon’s high level media interview/interaction sessions with Canon key senior management. An absolute golden opportunity personally to listen, have an idea on the new wave, the next wave and trends from Canon for the next 5 years and beyond.

For this article, I would not touch on financial reports because I am not writing this article as an analyst or an economist, nor business expansion plans in Asia Pacific. This is purely from me, first and foremost, as a photographer, followed by being a technology gadget enthusiast. I would be sharing my notes that I took and wrote down from the media interaction sessions with Canon key senior management during Canon EXPO 2016 Shanghai.

Inside my article, I shared about Canon’s zone on the first floor of the Shanghai International Convention Centre titled “Beyond High Image Quality”. This is the zone where I was able to have a first hands on view of products and services, the next wave and trends from Canon. For my regular readers and supporters, you would probably have guessed which particular products that I am most interested in!

There were two media interactions with Canon’s key management over two different days –

  • 19th May 2016 Media Interaction with Mr Fujio Mitarai, Chairman and CEO of Canon Inc

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  • 20th May 2016 Media Interaction with Canon Imaging Products Group – High level intereview session with
  • Mr Kazuto Ogawa, Managing Executive Officer of Canon Inc, Chief Operation Officer of Canon Asia Marketing Group, Executive Vice President of Canon (China) Co. Ltd
  • Mr Go Tokura, Executive Officer of Canon Inc, Chief Executive of Imaging Communications Products Group
  • Mr Ishii Toshiyuki,Vice President of Canon (China) Co. Ltd

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  • 120MP EOS Camera

This is the one and only prototype Canon DSLR in the world and it definitely attracted a lot of international media attention. Canon’s senior management highlighted that there is no timeline fixed on when the 120MP sensor would be out in the market.

With the development of the 120MP Canon EOS DSLR for the future, higher level quality lenses are being looked into for the future, to complement the 120MP EOS camera.

Personal views: At this juncture in time, Canon has 2 DSLRs, the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R in the market equipped with a 50.4MP sensor. I am making a guess that a 80MP sensor is already in the works and might be ready in 2 years time before the 120MP sensor arrives in 2020?

  • 8K Technology

The 4K technology is now getting more popular and widely accepted around the world today. The infrastructure and technology for 4K are now a part of our everyday life. Therefore, the next level up is the 8K technology, it is gentle to the eyes, sharp, clear and precise, watching 3D without goggles.

8K technology will take some time to be an integral part of our life, like the 4K technology of today’s society. Canon is targeting Tokyo Olympics Games 2020 as a good starting point for 8K broadcasting. For the further development of 8K cameras and videos, they would start after 2020.

  • Mirrorless System

A topic on photographers minds, including myself. The mirrorless camera market has made headway over the past few years from competitors such as Sony, Fujifilm, Olympus. While for Canon, their mirrorless line up, the Canon EOS M is not as fast compared to their competitors.

From the media interaction sessions, Canon remains committed to the EOS M mirrorless line up. We should be able to see more of EF-M lenses, EOS M accessories and maybe a new EOS M mirrorless camera body in the near future.

This statement that I heard from the media interaction sessions, that I quickly wrote down, sealed my thoughts and thinking

“We may look conservative but we know the trends”

Would Canon produce a full frame EOS M mirrorless camera body? I certainly hope so and I certainly think so!

  • High resolution printing

When I started learning photography with film SLR cameras in the late 80s and 90s, our photographs were printed at least on 4R photo paper, placed inside photo albums. With the revolution of technology, digital photography and storage solutions, printing photographs are not like before even there are more people taking photographs (professionally or leisure basis).

I re-discovered the art and love of photography printing again, moving beyond 4R prints into A3 photo prints and large format prints. Personally, I owned the PIXMA Pro-10 photo printer and it’s a good investment for me!

The famous and iconic Red Line in Canon’s photography family can also be seen in their printers, bringing professional quality photography printing up to A2 size that photography owners can have it in their homes with the ImagePROGRAF Pro 500. For commercial and large format photo printing solutions, Canon also has a wide range of printing solutions. At Canon EXPO 2016 Shanghai, I personally experienced Canon’s high image quality printing and printing technology innovation, learning from their strong B2C base, bringing it into the B2B markets.

  • Security Surveillance Systems

The need for security surveillance systems today have grown a lot, it is getting more important and crucial for business, organisations and governments around the world. The major cities around the world are expanding bigger thus leading to an increased demand for security surveillance systems.

Although security surveillance systems are predominantly a B2B market, there is potential growth for B2C market too.

  • Smartphones and their impacts on the compact digital cameras

Smartphones, they have enormous impacts on how we live today, in both good and bad ways. The impacts of smartphones on photography are inevitable, the outcomes are in both good and bad ways too. The media contingent at the media interaction sessions were keen to know more about the impacts of smartphones on cameras.

Mr Fujio Mitarai spoke about this topic –

“Digital camera compete against smartphones. Use-ability, smartphone is better than digital camera. Digital cameras – better image quality and resolution.”

“Co-existing and collaborating with smartphones”

“Smartphones are part of daily life. Idea for the future, co-exist together with digital cameras”

In the other media interaction session, the key Canon management executives also spoke about this topic too –

“Smartphones affected the share of digital cameras, especially compact digital cameras”

Smartphones had eaten a lot into the compact digital camera market share worldwide and it doesn’t just affect Canon, it affect all the other camera brands that have compact digital camera models in their line-up.

“High end (high performance, high quality) compact digital cameras, complement smartphones”

This line that I wrote down during the media interaction, showcased Canon’s professionalism, business acumen and commitment in the areas of technology trends, market analysis, innovation and progression

“We are not complacent”

Mr Kazuto Ogawa gave a technology perspective insight on how smartphone helps photography growth

“More smartphone wars, more people interested in photography, attract more people”

“Smartphone complement photography”

From the words of the key Canon management executives over the two media interaction sessions, Canon understand and analyse the impacts of the smartphone on digital cameras, formulating and designing high quality high performance compact digital cameras to complement the smartphone.

There is a surge in people owning digital cameras and taking photographs nowadays, especially in the past 5-10 years. The impact of the smartphones, mobile phone photography helps to grow the consumer markets.

Looking at Canon’s compact digital cameras line-up (at this juncture in time), the Canon PowerShot G3 X leads their line up, followed by Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II and PowerShot G5 X are the high end compact digital cameras that are suitable photography solutions to consumers in complementing their smartphone usage and lifestyle. I have reviewed the Canon PowerShot G5 X before and I liked this compact digital camera!

There was also a question asked by a member of the media contingent on whether Canon would be following a similar move embarked by Leica, whom Leica partner with Huawei in a smartphone collaboration known as the Huawei P9 smartphone. The Canon senior management replied that they would not be considering this option at this point in time.

  • Internet of Things and Canon Eco-System

During Mr Fujio Mitarai during his keynote speech, he mentioned about the Internet of Things (IoT) as an area that they are looking into, to integrate the various Canon’s range of products and services together, forming the Canon Eco-System that seeks to live up to their corporate slogan “Delighting You Always”. After returning from Canon EXPO 2016 Shanghai, I wrote a short article on Internet of Things, drawing my experiences, thoughts and feelings from what I saw, felt and learned during Canon EXPO 2016 Shanghai.

The Internet of Things is opening up new worlds and Canon Group recognises the importance and significance for the future growth and expansion of their businesses. It’s about Experiencing, Communicating, Educating, Engaging, Exciting, Entertaining, Participating, Getting closer to each other between people & people, people & things, things & things. The relationship and ecosystem between Canon, their products and their customers, get closer and inter-connected right now, even more so in the future with the power of technology and the Internet of Things.

Many organisations around the world are talking about the Internet of Things as the next growth area, revolutionising business and their outreach towards their customers with technology, connectivity and gadgets. This growth area is estimated to be worth a potential of $14.4 trillion for companies worldwide (Source: Salesforce)

Internet of Things, connecting people, connecting technology, connecting eco-systems between people, devices and technology. Is the Internet of Things a whole new world out there or is it a world growing more connected?

Canon has the products, services and outreach. In my personal opinion, it’s about connecting everything together in their Canon Eco-System to make it a more holistic and enjoyable experience from the input (camera/video) to the output (printing/sharing), living up to their slogan “Delighting You Always”.

At the end of the Canon EXPO 2016 Shanghai trip, I learned a lot more about Canon, their other products and services beyond the Canon photography that I know. The next amazing thing is to have a view of the the current wave, the new wave and trends of Canon’s products and services that might be arriving in the next 5 years or the near future.

Looking forward to the next 5 years ahead and eagerly awaiting for some of Canon’s products to be launched in the market! Which Canon products do you think that I am eagerly looking forward to?

Canon announced PowerShot SX620 HS

Canon recently announced a new compact digital camera to their line up, the Canon PowerShot SX620 HS. This is a portable long zoom compact digital camera that consumers can consider to own, slotting in between and complementing their ecosystem of their DSLR photography setup (on one end) and their smartphone/tablets/phablets (on the other end).

Let me share with you more information and details of the Canon PowerShot SX620 HS from the press release information –

Canon introduced the PowerShot SX620 HS, a portable long zoom compact camera with connectivity features for enhanced versatility to capture the surprises and moments in daily life. With a 25x zoom lens and improved focal range of 25 – 625mm, the PowerShot SX620 HS has an increased reach of up to 40% and is also more compact and lighter than its predecessor.

“The PowerShot SX620 HS goes the distance to ensure the delivery of brilliant performance with enhanced features packed in a compact design,” said Edwin Teoh, Head of Marketing, Singapore Operations, Canon Singapore. “This new compact camera is primed to excel with its improved lens function, which allows for an increased zoom shot while being easily portable for users on the move.”

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Powerful zoom in a compact body

With Canon’s ZoomPlus technology, the powerful 25x zoom lens packed within the PowerShot SX620 HS’s tiny frame, is able to double the full optical zoom range achieving up to 50x zoom. With the advanced lens technology, the camera enables users to capture wide shots, making the PowerShot SX620 HS ideal for use in enclosed environments or group shots, as well as long shots of distant subjects or close-ups of fine details.

Equipped with the DIGIC 4+ image processor, coupled with the zoom lens, PowerShot SX620 HS captures quality high-resolution 20.2 megapixel images in rich colours with sharp details. The PowerShot SX620 HS is also capable of shooting movies at Full HD resolution, with a smooth frame rate of 29.97 fps.

Ultra-compact with a weight of a mere 182g, the PowerShot SX620 HS is able to fit into small pockets and bags, which is an added convenience for users to bring around. In order to suit the user’s lifestyle and preference, the PowerShot SX620 HS is also available in red, black and white.

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Wireless connectivity on-the-go

With the incorporation of a new Wi-Fi button on the PowerShot SX620 HS, it is now easier to transfer photos and videos from camera to computer or upload them on social media platforms. With a single push of the Wi-Fi button, the camera will immediately be connected to the user’s preferred device. This button can be activated in any mode, from shooting mode to playback mode, and even when the camera is switched off. Alternatively, users can connect to NFC-enabled devices such as smartphones simply by tapping the two devices together.

Pricing and availability

The pricing and availability of the PowerShot SX620 HS will be advised at a later date.

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Product Specifications

PowerShot SX620 HS

Image sensor : 1/2.3-type 20.2 megapixel CMOS sensor
Imaging processor : DIGIC 4+
Lens : 25x IS, 25-625mm f/3.2 (W) – f/6.6 (T)
LCD : 3.0-inch (4:3) approx. 922,000 dots
Movie : Full HD up to 29.97 fps
Connectivity: Wi-Fi / NFC-enabled
Dimensions: Approx. 96.9 x 56.9 x 27.9mm
Weight: Approx. 182g

*Information and Pictures Courtesy of Canon Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations*

Epson launched SureColor P-Series SC-P10070 and SC-P20070

Epson recently launched printers that were targetted towards photographers with the announcement of the SureColor P-Series SC-10070 and SC-P20070. I started to have a stronger interest in photography printers ever since I ventured into producing my first photo book in 2015. Therefore, I would be sharing more on professional photo printers for home and commercial use whenever I have information on new photo printers.

If you are looking for professional photo printers that you can use in your fine art photography prints, do take a look at the Epson SureColor P-Series photo printers.

Let me share with you more information and details of the Epson SureColor P-Series SC-10070 and SC-P20070 –

Epson announced the launch of its high performance SureColor P-Series SC-P10070 and SC-P20070, utilising the most advanced imaging technologies for the display graphics and fine art photography markets. The SureColor P-series leverages an impressive 8,000 nozzle PrecisionCore MicroTFP print head, innovative media feeding system, and reformulated Epson UltraChrome PRO nine-color pigment ink system to provide unparalleled production speeds and unmatched print quality.

Up to 2.8 times faster than the previous model, the revolutionary 64-inch SureColor P20070 and 44-inch SureColor P10070 comes with an all-new Epson 10-channel PrecisionCore microTFP print head. Utilizing ten individual PrecisionCore ‘Blades’ for outstanding print speeds and extreme dot placement accuracy, the P-series printers provide true production-level printing without sacrificing print quality.

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Epson UltraChrome PRO is the first pigment ink set to feature four-levels of gray ink technology, to provide seamless transitions with less visible noise and reduced bronzing for superior grayscale output. The ink provides more efficient ink use for a lower total cost of operations. Black pigments are 1.5 times denser than previous generation inks. In addition, the SureColor P20070 and P10070 utilizes improved Resin Encapsulation Technology for output with superior gloss uniformity, and exceptional overall contrast ratio and clarity.

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The SureColor P-series redefines fine art and photographic printing with its new advanced capabilities in printhead and all-new inks that provide unsurpassed image quality at super-fast production speeds. The new printers are a breakthrough in delivering a new level of quality and performance, while keeping operations costs low to meet the business and needs of the industry,” said Ms. Tan May Lin, Epson Singapore’s General Manager (Sales, Marketing & Customer Service Division).

More About the new SureColor P-Series

Epson PrecisionCore MicroTFP Print Head Technology: Ten-channel print head offers high-performance and consistency to deliver high-production, high-quality output. Providing high resolution printing of 2,400 x1,200 dpi, printhead supports variable size ink droplet technology as small as 3.5 picoliters for remarkable print quality. New enhancements include Nozzle Verification Technology and automatic nozzle cleaning without the use of additional media.

Epson UltraChrome PRO Inks: UltraChrome PRO inks utilize the first four-level gray ink including Gray, Light Gray, Dark Gray, and Black pigments technology to produce outstanding grayscale prints. New yellow pigment formulation for up to twice the overall print permanence and longevity when compared with previous generation ink set. Individual ink cartridges up to 700 ml enable users to avoid production downtimes and maximize profitability. The SureColor P20070 and P10070 are designed exclusively for use with Epson ink cartridges.

Advanced Black & White Printing Technology: Utilizes a four-level black system to optimize black & white print quality and a unique screening algorithm for producing professional black & white prints. Dedicated Photo Black and Matte Black channels support automatic real-time black ink type switching.

New Advanced Media Feeding System: Featuring all-new CMOS sensors, the SureColor P20070 and P10070 captures photographs from the back side of the media in real-time and incorporates a pattern recognition algorithm to ensure accurate and precise media placement. In addition, new inductive rollers automatically load cut sheet media without a skew and protect media from scratches throughout the printing process.

Advanced Cut Sheet Media Handling: Ideal for softer fine art papers, such as the Epson Legacy Paper line, the SureColor P20070 and P10070 supports accurate cut sheet media loading for 13” x 19” up to 64” wide. In addition, the SureColor P20070 and P10070 supports straight-through poster board media up to 1.5mm thick from 17” to 64” wide. Border Free printing is also supported for a variety of media sizes.

Optional Internal Print Server: A secure, internal 320GB print server boosts workgroup productivity by quickly transferring print jobs to free-up workstations; adds print queue management, as well as print job save and reprint functionality.

Optional True Adobe Postscript 3 Hardware Engine: Optional Postscript engine enables direct and hot-folder batch printing and support for secure PDF printing; and is fully compatible with the latest Adobe Creative Cloud software suites.

Optional Auto Take-up Reel System: User-installable and intended for unsupervised production of large print runs with roll-to-roll requirements.

The SureColor P-Series SC-P10070 and SC-P20070 are available for sale now and retail at S$11,960 and S$17,945 respectively. Please contact Epson Singapore for more details on product availability.

*Information and pictures courtesy of Epson Singapore and Asia PR Werkz*

2017 Sony World Photography Awards Now Open for Entries

The 2017 Sony World Photography Awards are now open for entries for photographers from around the world. If you are looking at participating in photography competitions, to put yourself to the test and compete against photographers from all over the world, the Sony World Photography Awards is a photography competition that you can consider!

Here are more key details and information from the press release information below –

Created by the World Photography Organisation, 2017 marks the awards’ 10th anniversary.

In addition to the Professional, Open, Youth and Student Focus competitions, the hunt is also on to find Singapore’s best photographer in the Singapore National award.

The Sony World Photography Awards annually recognises the world’s best photography. Open to all photographers, the awards are an authoritative voice in the photographic industry that has the power to shape the careers of its winning and shortlisted photographers. Each year the competition attracts both emerging talent and established artists, and presents the world’s best photography from the last 12 months to a global audience.

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“I am deeply honoured and overwhelmed by this recognition. It’s my privilege to represent Singapore. This is such an immense inspiration to keep me pursuing my passion for photography further and further. Photography had been something to me and now it’s become everything to me. Smiling time!”Kajan Madrasmail, Winner, 2016 Singapore National Award

“Winning the Portrait category was life-changing. Professionally, winning the award helped kick-start my career.”Sophie Gamand, Winner, Professional Portrait category 2015

“Winning brought more attention to my work and I started receiving more collaboration proposals and job opportunities.”Kylli Sparre, Winner, Open Enhanced category 2014

“The award changed my life and beyond the great visibility obtained allowed me to create solid relations of friendships and professional collaborations that I otherwise would not have been able to obtain.” Andrea Roseate, 3rd Place, Professional Candid category 2016 and Italy National Award winner 2015

Photographers are welcome to enter their work for free into any of the awards’ four competitions: Professional, Open, Youth and Student Focus via www.worldphoto.org. The newly re-launched website gives a greater visual platform to the awards’ photographers and makes the entry process simpler than before.

Entries to the Singapore National Award will be taken from those with Singaporean nationality entering any of the ten Open categories.

The 2017 edition also sees new categories introduced across the all competitions aimed at challenging photographers to push their creative boundaries.

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The Sony World Photography Awards offer a wide range of benefits for its winning photographers, including:

  • The latest Sony digital imaging equipment
  • Inclusion in the Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition in London
  • Inclusion in the annual Sony World Photography Awards winners book
  • USD$25,000 for the winner of the Photographer of the Year title
  • USD$5,000 for the winner of the Open competition
  • Worldwide media exposure and increased recognition

Scott Gray, CEO of World Photography Organisation, comments: “We are extremely proud to reach our 10th anniversary. Since launching in 2007 the Sony World Photography Awards has grown consistently in both size and credibility. Across the years the awards have discovered and celebrated a huge variety of photography. I am honored that emerging photographers across the world have been able to use the awards to launch their careers, and established photographers can use us to extend their networks. We are committed to challenging photographers to push their creative boundaries in the years to come.”

The 2016 Sony World Photography Awards attracted a record-breaking 230,103 entries from 186 countries. The Singapore National Award was presented to Singaporean photographer Kajan Madrasmail.

The 2017 Sony World Photography Awards shortlist will be announced on 28 February 2017, Open and National Awards winners will be revealed on 28 March 2017, and the overall winners will be announced on 20 April 2017. This includes an exhibition at Somerset House, London, running from 21 April to 7 May 2017.

2017 COMPETITION CATEGORIES – see full category descriptions here

  • Professional – Judged on a body of work
  • Art categories: Architecture, Conceptual, Landscape, Natural World, Portraiture, Still Life
  • Documentary categories: Current Affairs & News, Contemporary Issues, Daily Life, Sport
  • Open – Judged on a single shot
    • Categories: Architecture, Culture, Enhanced, Motion, Nature, Wildlife, Portraits, Still Life, Street Photography, Travel
  • Youth – For photographers aged 12 to 19, judged on a single image responding to the brief of ‘Beauty’
  • Student Focus – For photography students, judged on a single image responding to a brief

KEY DATES

  • 5 December 2016 – Student Focus competition closes
  • 5 January 2017 – Open and Youth competitions close
  • 10 January 2017 – Professional competition closes
  • 28 February 2017 – Shortlist for Professional, Open, Youth and Student Focus competitions revealed
  • 28 March 2017 – Open, Youth and National Award winners revealed
  • 20 April 2017 – Photographer of the Year plus Professional category winners and Open, Youth and Student competition winners revealed at ceremony held in London
  • 21 April to 7 May 2017 – Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House, London

*Information and Pictures Courtesy of Sony Electronics Asia Pacific and WE Communications*

Canon Father’s Day Gift Guide 2016

Father’s Day 2016 is just round the corner, it is on Sunday 19th June 2016. If you haven’t decide which gift to get for Father’s Day 2016, check out Canon Father’s Day Gift Guide 2016!

For more information on the products below for Canon Father’s Day Gift Guide, check out Canon Singapore website!

For the PHOTOGRAPHY ENTHUSIAST DAD – CANON EOS 80D

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Is dad an aspiring photographer? Then the EOS 80D would be the perfect gift for him! This DSLR takes imaging quality up a notch with its 24.2MP, APS-C CMOS sensor which renders high resolution images in sharp detail and precision. Paired with the fast and powerful DIGIC 6 image processor, and ISO speeds of up to 16,000, dad can capture consistently perfect shots in every situation – from night photography to wildlife and sports.

EOS 80D (Body) $1,649
EOS 80D Kit

(EF-S18-55 IS STM)

$1,849
EOS 80D Kit II

(EF-S18-135 IS USM)

$2,249
EOS 80D Kit III

(EF-S18-200 IS)

$2,299

For the ARTSY DAD – CANON imagePROGRAF PRO-500 ($1,899) 

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Reward dad with this professional photo printer so he can show off his works of art by displaying them around the house or even in his office! The imagePROGRAF PRO-500 promises premium image quality with outstanding print clarity to ensure that dad’s work will look its best. Designed to bring out the intricate details and rich hues in images taken by professional cameras, this printer is sure to stun dad with the finest quality prints!

For the WANDERLUST DAD – CANON POWERSHOT G3 X ($1,199)

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If dad is an avid traveller, this power-packed compact camera would be the ultimate travel companion for him! The PowerShot G3 X delivers superior image quality even in low-light conditions and high-speed shooting scenarios, ensuring quality shots no matter the situation. Primed to deliver high quality and smooth videos on-the-go with its improved Dynamic Image Stabilisation (IS) system, dad can now take travel vlogs to capture every spectacular moment of his escapade!

For the BIG PICTURE DAD – CANON RAYO i8 ($749)

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Take dad’s weekly soccer games and movie nights to the next level with the RAYO i8! This mini projector promises crisp images, and allows dad to project content easily wherever he goes, without having to deal with messy cables. Coupled with its built-in dual stereo speakers capable of delivering amplified and clear sound, the RAYO i8 will make his soccer games and movies leap to life!

*Information and Pictures Courtesy of Canon Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations*

Sony Father’s Day Gift Guide 2016

Father’s Day 2016 is just round the corner, it is on Sunday 19th June 2016. If you haven’t decide which gift to get for Father’s Day 2016, check out Sony Father’s Day Gift Guide 2016! The Sony Cyber-Shot RX10 III camera and AXP55 Handycam are pretty good recommendations for Father’s Day Gift Guide 2016!

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*Infographic Courtesy of Sony Electronics Asia Pacific and WE Communications*

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