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Canon launched special edition Canon EOS M10 Box Set

Do you remember the cute Canon Rilakkuma Bear that was making waves last year along with the Canon EOS M10 kit set?

That was their first season of the #ToyTravel (Nui-Dori) campaign in 2016 and it was a resounding success. I had the Canon EOS M10 at that time for a review, and the cute Rilakkuma Bear followed me along for some interesting and fun photography exploration with the Canon EOS M10.

This year 2017, a new season of #ToyTravel has started and a new toy is taking over to accompany your Canon EOS M10 camera setup! Please welcome Pikachu from Pokemon, your new travel adventure buddy, the perfect travel adventure buddy along with your Canon EOS M10!

Season 2 Pikachu and Season 1 Rilakkuma Bear

Check out the photographs that I took with the Canon EOS M10 and spot the Rilakkuma Bear (from season 1)!

The Pikachu is taking over #ToyTravel Season 2 and Rilakkuma Bear waves goodbye from the side!

Pikachu is getting excited for #ToyTravel Season 2 and decided to get itself into action first, with the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV review camera.

Oh yes, there is also a “The Perfect Travel Adventure Buddy Photo Challenge”!

Let me share more information and details on the special edition Canon EOS M10 box set in the paragraphs below –

Following the resounding success of the #ToyTravel (Nui-Dori) campaign last year, Canon is bringing on Season 2 by partnering with Pokémon as “The Perfect Adventure Buddy”.

Through the launch of a special edition EOS M10 box set, bundled with a 20cm Pikachu Shoulder Plush, this initiative aims to spur users to incorporate #ToyTravel creatively in their photography.

#ToyTravel essentially is the art of photography where toys imitate life. Spontaneous and fun, it can be anything from a selfie of you and a figurine chilling by the pool on a lazy afternoon, to a jump shot with your favourite plush toy on top of the mountain you just conquered. The possibilities are endless and one is only limited by his or her imagination and creativity.

“Beyond professional photography, we believe that photography should be accessible to all, with a fun and engaging side to it. Toy photography has proven to be an interesting genre which resonated well with our target audience, through the success of #ToyTravel Season 1. For a broader reach to people from all walks of life, we have chosen to partner Pokémon for #ToyTravel Season 2, as the characters are well-loved by both the young and young-at-heart. Through the launch of the special edition EOS M10 Pikachu box set, we hope to inspire users to explore creative options when it comes to photography and share these spontaneous moments on social media”, said Edwin Teoh, Head of Marketing, Singapore Operations, Canon Singapore.

Canon EOS M10 – The Perfect Adventure Buddy Photo Challenge

Explore different parts of your city with your Pokémon and take them on a unique adventures. If you are game for an adrenaline rush, consider bringing Squirtle surfing or going skating with Jigglypuff! If you prefer a quiet afternoon, you could even bring Snorlax to your favourite café for a shot of expresso.

From May to July 2017, Canon is launching a monthly photo challenge. The challenge is open to the public to top the leadership board. With a different theme announced each month, participants are required to incorporate the themes into their photos and the winner of each theme stands to win an EOS M10 kit (EF-M15-45mm) along with a Pikachu Shoulder Plush or Limited Edition Pokémon Key Chains.

At the end of each month, the top three best photos on the leader board will stand a chance to be the grand winner for the month. One grand prize winner will be selected out of the three by a professional photographer. The remaining two consolation prize winners will win limited edition Pokémon key chains.

For more details, please visit https://snapshot.canon-asia.com/Pokemon

Pricing and Availability

The special edition EOS M10 box set, bundled with a Pikachu Shoulder Plush will be available in May at all Canon authorised dealers at the following recommended retail prices.

Product Recommended retail price
EOS M10 kit (EF M15-45 IS STM) – available in Black or White $649
EOS M10 kit II (EF M15-45 IS STM & EF M22 STM) – available in White $799
EOS M10 kit III (EF M15-45 IS STM & EF M55-200 IS STM) – available in White

$999

* Information and details courtesy of Canon Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations. Thank you Canon Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations for this cute Pikachu Shoulder Plush! *

Canon celebrates 14th consecutive year of No. 1 share

Canon Inc recently announced that their company’s interchangeable lens digital cameras have maintained the number 1 share of the global market for 14 consecutive years from 2003 to 2016.

I was one of those that used the Canon EOS 300D, the DSLR camera that made the breakthrough and changes to the DSLR market in 2003. This particular DSLR camera was the start of a very eventful and exciting photography journey for me, starting from 2004 (and still ongoing) when I started using my first DSLR, the Canon EOS 300D for taking photographs and also for my holiday trips to Tokyo, Japan and Penang, Malaysia in 2004.

While I started entering into the world of photography way back in the analogue film SLR days, starting from my primary school days when I played and damaged my father’s SLR camera. I only got into more serious photography starting from 2004. From then on, I never look back, my relationship with Canon DSLRs blossomed with the upgrades from the maiden DSLR, the EOS 300D, followed by -> EOS 30D -> EOS 1D Mark III -> EOS 70D -> EOS 1DX, over the years from 2004 to 2017 (and still counting).

Beside owning the various Canon DSLRs that I wrote down, I also had the honour to be given many opportunities to test and review other Canon DSLR models, sharing the photographs, my reviews, thoughts, views and experiences with them right here on my photography and travel site. There is a particular Canon DSLR model that I really like, yet I didn’t own it, the Canon EOS 5D Mark III. This Canon EOS 5D Mark III allowed me to produce some photography works that were instrumental and significant during my photography adventures.

Over all these years for me, partnering with the various Canon DSLR models, I had learned a lot, grown and improved my photography together with them. At this stage in time, I am now in a new phase of my photography adventure, the start of a new era, striving even higher benchmarks, goals and objectives for myself, in both a personal and professional capacity in my photography.

This is my personal (rather lengthy) Canon DSLRs story, now let me share with you, the Canon Inc story –

Canon Inc. announced that the Company’s interchangeable-lens digital cameras (digital SLR and compact-system cameras) have maintained the No. 1 share of the global market for 14 consecutive years from 2003 to 2016*.

Canon develops the key components featured in its interchangeable-lens cameras— CMOS image sensors, image processors and interchangeable lenses— in the pursuit of “Speed, Comfort and High Image Quality, the core concept of the EOS series.” The Company employs these cutting-edge technologies across its entire lineup, from entry-level models that achieve high image quality with easy operation to flagship cameras trusted by professionals, effectively responding to the needs of a wide range of users.

In 2003, the dawn of digital SLR cameras, Canon introduced its breakthrough EOS 300D Digital (EOS Digital Rebel or EOS Kiss Digital in other regions). This groundbreaking camera, which was competitively priced and featured a compact, lightweight design, captured the top share of the global market and set the stage for growth in the digital SLR market.

Since that time, Canon has continued to launch a range of epoch-making products, including the professional-model EOS-1D series and the EOS 5D series which paved the way for digital SLR video recording.

In 2016, Canon introduced an impressive lineup of interchangeable-lens camera products that supported the Company’s achievement of a 14th consecutive year at the top of the global market. In the first quarter of 2016, the Company unveiled the flagship model, the EOS-1D X Mark II, which wields significant clout in the sports photography world thanks to its 14 frame-per-second continuous shooting. This was followed by the EOS 80D for advanced-amateur users, which features excellent still image quality and superb operability when shooting videos. The EOS 5D Mark IV, capable of 4K video, was released in second half of the year. Additionally, the Company’s interchangeable-lens camera lineup was further expanded with the introduction of the high-end EOS M5 compact-system camera in September.

Canon will continue to respond to the needs of its wide range of customers by further bolstering its lineup in 2017. Earlier this February, Canon announced the introduction of n three cameras equipped with the cutting-edge and highly accurate autofocus technology, Dual Pixel CMOS AF: the EOS M6 compact-system camera and the EOS 77D (EOS 9000D in other regions) and EOS 800D (EOS Rebel T7i or EOS Kiss X9i in other regions) digital SLR cameras.

Through the further refining of its diverse imaging technologies based on the Company’s core optical technologies, Canon will further strengthen and expand the EOS lineup through the integration of still image, video and network functionality. Canon will continue striving to create attractive and reliable products aimed at contributing to expanding the culture of photographic and video imaging.

*Based on a Canon survey

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

Counting down to the end of Rochor Centre

The time is finally catching up with the iconic Rochor Centre in Singapore. You can’t miss the 4 colours red, blue, green and yellow HDB blocks in the area, the colourful blocks stood out for years and they are easily identifiable. I started photographing Rochor Centre a few years ago, using her void deck as one of the examples for an article that I wrote “Void Deck – Our Cultural Communal Space” in 2012.

As the countdown timer started ticking in 2011 when the news to aquire the land was announced with 2016 being the year whereby they would have to move out and relocate to another HDB estate. In 2016, the residents of Rochor Centre slowly started to move away into their new home, the retail and commercial units below the Rochor Centre HDB blocks also started to find alternative locations for their businesses.

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I returned to Rochor Centre a few times for another article on Canon EOS World Singapore whereby I shared on photographing and documenting old places in Singapore that face “extinction”. In the Canon EOS World Singapore article titled “Exploring Singapore Heritage“, I covered Rochor Centre and Dakota Crescent areas. For the Dakota Crescent area, I would be writing another article on them soon.

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During early July, I went to photograph Rochor Centre with my Canon EOS M10 review unit for a site recce on photographing Rochor Centre from the outside areas before going down with my Canon EOS 1DX for my Canon EOS World Singapore article.

A few days ago on 12th November 2016, I had a quick walk around Rochor Centre, most of the residents, retail and commercial units had relocated to somewhere else. The rubbish and junk were piling up, there were a few different group of people exploring and taking photographs of Rochor Centre.

The NTUC Fairprice outlet at Rochor Centre put up a notice informing their customers that their last day of operation in that location will be 1st December 2016. This is an indicator on when would be the last days of Rochor Centre whereby everybody living/working there will move away, out from Rochor Centre. Once the curtain comes down, Rochor Centre will be boarded up before demolition begins, when exactly, I do not know yet at this time.

I would just continue to add more photographs to my Flickr collection on Rochor Centre, they will be memories for us very soon.

Counting down to the end of Rochor Centre, the end of an era.


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Canon launched EOS M5

Canon recently launched a new mirror-less camera to their EOS family line up, the Canon EOS M5. The Canon EOS M5 is the fifth EOS M model till date since the launch of the Canon EOS M1, followed by the M2, M3 and M10.

Personally, I have used the EOS M1 (belongs to my dad), reviewed the EOS M3 and EOS M10. Over the years, I had seen improvements to the Canon EOS M family through their camera body designs and EF-M lenses for the EOS M series. When I saw and read the official news on the Canon EOS M5, my initial impressions from it were – Canon is serious about their mirror-less camera line up, the EOS M series. During my recent trip to Canon EXPO 2016 Shanghai, listening to the top Canon Inc executives sharing on the next wave and trends, I wrote the points that were shared and discussed at the media interaction here in an article here on my photography website.

In my article, I wrote

“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.”

Today, we can see the new Canon EOS M5 and the new EF-M18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM. I really welcome the built-in Electronic View Finder (EVF), yes, finally, there is EVF! Along with the Dual Pixel CMOS AF, my gut feel (without an actual hands on yet) is that this Canon EOS M5 auto focusing is going to be faster and improved from the Canon EOS M3 and EOS M10 models.

When the opportunity arises that I am able to review the Canon EOS M5, I would share my experiences with everybody here.

Now, let me share with you more information, details and photos of the Canon EOS M5 from the press release information below –

Press Release 15th September 2016

Canon today announced the launch of the new EOS M5, the latest addition to the Canon EOS M mirrorless interchangeable lens lineup of cameras. As a premium flagship model in the EOS M range, the EOS M5 boasts several firsts for the EOS M line to support discerning users who desire a mirrorless camera which delivers superior image quality, with the versatility of interchangeable lenses. Key technologies include Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology drawn from the EOS DSLR range, the cutting-edge DIGIC 7 image processor, a high-resolution electronic viewfinder and also in-camera RAW conversion.

“Drawing on the rich heritage of Canon’s EOS DSLR imaging technology, the EOS M5 heralds a new era for fans of mirrorless photography. The compact-sized EOS M5 empowers photography enthusiasts with greater control of their photography, with advanced capabilities like in-camera RAW conversion and enhanced Autofocus with Canon’s innovative Dual Pixel CMOS technology to deliver top notch image quality. With the option of interchangeable lenses, EOS M5 bring forth the versatility for users to compose their desired shots.” said Edwin Teoh, Head of Marketing, Singapore Operations, Canon Singapore

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A new era of firsts to showcase outstanding EOS quality

At the heart of the EOS M5 is a 24.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor. Drawn from the professional EOS DSLR range, the cutting-edge Dual Pixel CMOS AF system is equipped for the first time on the EOS M lineup, enabling EOS M5 to achieve fastest AF performance in the EOS M lineup to date. With approximately 24.2 million phase-difference sensors in place, phrase-difference AF is possible over almost the entire view area so users will have more flexibility in framing creative compositions and a variety of scenes.

For the first time in the EOS M lineup, the AF has now been enhanced with predictive AF technology, enabling high precision tracking of the subject’s movement in the depth of direction from the camera. Whereas older AF systems can only track the subject’s direction of movement, up or down and left or right. The newly-enhanced AF system will now also track them as they move closer or further from the camera. Predictive AF analyses the subject’s movement and speed, and automatically adjusts itself accordingly to maintain the focus on the subject. Also, the EOS M5 is able to achieve up to approximately 7 fps when shooting with continuous AF, or even 9 fps if the focus is locked, ensuring the perfect moment in a high speed action can be captured and frozen in time. 

DIGIC 7 underpins the power of image expression

With DIGIC 7 supporting a more advanced AF, tracking performance is now more dynamic and is able to track several people or even animals simultaneously as they move around the frame. The sophisticated AF system also supports an even smaller AF frame size to enable users to have precision control to focus on very fine details.

When shooting with small apertures, the image correction properties on the DIGIC 7 enables a high level of image clarity and achieves optimal level of brightness and contrast. With diffraction correction, the loss of fine details is minimised and is especially useful in shooting bright landscape scenes. Higher image clarity can be obtained through diffraction correction, which works to minimise the loss of fine details when shooting with a small aperture.

New to the EOS M range is the Panning function which allows users to express themselves creatively and have fun shooting fast-moving objects such as cars or trains while panning to keep the subject in view. The DIGIC 7 keeps the subject in sharp focus, while the background is subjected to motion blur to emphasize the sensation of speed.

A true DSLR feel with EVF shooting

The EOS M5 has a built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF) with a high-resolution OLED of approximately 2.36 million dots. For the user, the EVF reflects a highly accurate image representation of what is seen by the camera sensor without interference from glare. The experience invokes the intimate engagement of using a DSLR camera and enhances the joy of image composition with true colour fidelity and clarity. Designed for users’ comfort, the eye point of approximately 22 mm ensures optimal ergonomics such that even bespectacled users will find it comfortable for use. 

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The 3.2” high-resolution LCD with touchscreen functions enables a tilt range from 85 degrees upwards and 180 degrees downwards for framing shots from unusually high or low angles. This allows for flexibility in creative expressions and is also perfect for selfie shots.

When shooting both stills and videos using the EVF, users can make use of the new intuitive Touch & Drag AF function to compose their images. With Touch & Drag AF, the user may look through the EVF and intuitively control and change the focus areas by touching the LCD screen. Touch & drag is customisable to suit a user’s dominant hand, hand size, and method of aiming the AF, and can also be quickly toggled on and off with a dedicated button on the camera body.

Complementing the EVF function is the inclusion of four easily-accessible operating control dials to give the user full control while using the EVF. The dials are the mode dial, an exposure compensation dial, a main dial to control aperture or shutter speed, and a new quick control dial. The quick control dial comes with a dial function button that can cycle through several functions like white balance, ISO speed, and AF mode, while the dial itself adjusts the settings of the currently selected function.

High performance cinematic expressions with EOS movie

With the combination of a supported IS lens with in-camera digital image stablisation, five-axis image stabilisation is achieved for countering camera movement and also dramatically reduces camera shake when shooting from unstable positions or while walking. This results in smooth and high quality videos. With the power of the DIGIC 7 image processor, 5-axis IS is possible even with lenses that do not support IS by using the in-camera digital IS to achieve a similarly stable video.

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For the first time in an EOS M camera, the EOS M5 is able to record videos at Full HD 60p. This is double the frame rate of the other EOS M cameras, and the additional frames allow for much smoother videos.

Edit and connect while on the move

A new feature that appears in an EOS M is in-camera RAW conversion. Users are able to adjust their RAW images and even in batches immediately after shooting them, without the use of a computer. The before and after images can be easily compared on the screen, allowing users to do proper edits and adjustments on the spot.

For easy file transfers, the EOS M5 is equipped with Wi-Fi and NFC technology to connect smartphones, tablets and computers via Canon Image Gateway. Once connected, users can transfer images and videos to these devices and immediately upload them onto the Canon Image Gateway, social media services, and cloud storage. With the connectivity features, remote shooting via a smart device offers users greater creative possibilities especially when shooting at unusual angles or taking group pictures. Using a smart device and the Canon Camera Connect app, users have real-time control of camera settings such as shutter speed, focus selection, self-timer and more. The EOS M5 can also use this connection to make use of a smart device’s GPS to geotag the images.

The EOS M5 is also supports the use of Bluetooth low energy technology. With Bluetooth, the EOS M5 can be constantly connected to a device with low power consumption. It also allows remote shooting whereby users can use their smart devices to shoot images or movies. With this technology, users can use their smart devices as a controller when browsing the images on television.

EF-M18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM

Available in Graphite and Silver, the new EF-M high-zoom kit lens is also launched to complement the high quality and wide spectrum of imaging possibilities that the EF-M18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM can deliver. Compact and stylish, the EF-M18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM has a high zoom ratio of 8.3 x and delivers high quality imaging over a broad focal length, making it highly versatile for wide angle landscapes to telephoto shots of distant subjects. The versatile nature of the zoom range makes it well-suited for all kinds of users, from entry-level users to photography enthusiasts who need more advanced equipment. Its advanced design also makes it compatible with the EOS M5’s above-mentioned Combination IS and Panning functions.

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Aside from the EF-M18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM, the EOS M5 is compatible with many other M-series lenses, and using a mount-adapter will also make it compatible with over 70 EF/EF-S lenses.

Pricing and Availability

Pricing and availability of the EOS M5 and EF-M18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM will be advised at a later date.

Product specifications

EOS M5

Image sensor: 24.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor

Imaging processor: DIGIC 7

Focal plane AF: Dual Pixel CMOS AF

Max frame rate: 9.0 fps (AF fixed), 7.0 fps (AF tracking)

Max standard ISO speed: ISO 25,600

Monitor: 3.2-inch tilting touch panel LCD, approx. 1.62 million dots

Movie: Full HD 60 fps

Connectivity: Wi-Fi / NFC / Bluetooth

EVF: Approx. 2.36 million dots

Dimensions: Approx. 115.6 x 89.2 x 60.6mm

Weight: Approx. 427g

EF-M18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM

Focal length: 18-150mm

Maximum aperture: f/3.5 – 6.3

Minimum focusing distance: 0.25m (at 18mm), 0.45m (at 150mm)

Maximum magnification: 0.31x

Filter size: 55mm

Aperture blades: 7

Length: 86.5mm

Weight: Approx. 300g

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

Canon EOS M10 with EF-M 15-45mm & EF-M 55-200mm Review

The Canon EOS M10 is the most recent addition to the Canon EOS M family of the mirrorless camera bodies and lenses. The Canon EOS M10 was launched in October 2015, with their news release shared in an earlier article that I wrote and shared here. The review unit package that I received for this particular review was the Rilakkuma Special Edition x EOS M10 Kit III (EF-M 15-45mm & EF-M 55-200mm).

I brought the Canon EOS M10 out for events, photo walks and as my daily compact camera in my bag. Some of the events that I attended with the Canon EOS M10 kit III set were LG IT Media launch, Marine Cove McDonald’s re-opening, Emirates Singapore Derby 2016 and a heritage visit to Peranakan Museum for their special exhibition, Nonya Needlework – Embroidery and beadwork in the Peranakan World. I also brought the Canon EOS M10 with the EF-M 55-200mm lens for some outdoors photo walk near my neighourhood, testing it with some bird photography shoot.

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During the two weeks review period, I also had the cute and adorable EOS M Rilakkuma Bear with me, joining me for my photo walks and I had a few interesting Toy Travel adventures into the Singapore heartlands, events and heritage exploration! I had some nice memories of them that I shared on my Instagram! This famous iconic cute bear with the Canon EOS M collaboration, gave me a number of photography opportunities to compose and photograph different perspectives with the Rilakkuma Bear inside the frame, sharing it on social media, with my own style of creative writing.

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First, let me bring you back and refresh your memories, here are some key information and details about the Canon EOS M10 –

Technical Specifications

  • Image sensor: 18.0 mega-pixel APS-C CMOS sensor
  • Imaging processor: DIGIC 6
  • ISO speed: 100-12,800 (expandable to 25,600)
  • Continuous shooting speed: 4.6 fps
  • Maximum video quality: 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
  • AF: Hybrid CMOS AF II
  • LCD: 180 / 45 degrees tilt type touch screen, approx. 1.04 million dots
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi, NFC-enabled
  • Dimensions: 108 mm in length, 66.6 mm in breadth and 35.0 mm in depth
  • Weight: Approx. 301 g (CIPA standard)

What were my experiences, thoughts and views on the Canon EOS M10 during my two weeks review period? Let me share with you ~

Pros

  • Lightweight and compact
  • Easy to use
  • Intitutive, interactive and informative screen, similar to the new Canon DSLR models
  • Touch screen allows the photographer to change the settings easily
  • Colours – rich and accurate, quality is close to Canon DSLR standards
  • Easy access button on the right side of the camera body to activate wi-fi and connect with smartphone/tablet
  • Improved Auto-Focus (AF) speed and number of AF points from earlier Canon EOS M models
  • A range of stylish face jackets from a range of colours are available to accessorise the Canon EOS M10, making it fun, colourful, lively and fashionable.

Cons

  • No side grip on the camera body, making it uncomfortable to hold
  • There is no hot-shoe mount therefore the Canon EVF accessory could not be used with the EOS-M10
  • The On/Off button is too small, difficult to press and it is placed together with the switch for video/photography/auto mode selection
  • The noise level at ISO 12,800 is grainy and I don’t recommend to shoot at that ISO level

The Canon EF-M lenses, EF-M 15-45mm and EF-M 55-200mm, are designed and built for the E0S M series camera bodies. These new lenses showed Canon’s commitment towards the Canon EOS M mirrorless series and I would be expecting more EF-M lenses choices to be available in the future.

Let me share with you more about my experiences with the two EF-M lenses below ~

EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM Review

This lens is small, compact and lightweight. It would be suitable for a general walkabout/daily /travel lens that do not require telephoto focal range. The built and feel of this lens is not too bad, it doesn’t feel flimsy at all. For this small lens package, it has produced some pretty good photo quality shots that may be comparable with DSLR quality (also thanks to the APS-C CMOS sensor with Digic 6 processor) from my experiences during the review period.

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There is something that photographers need to take note, there is a mechanical lever that locks the lens in place, making it collapsible and compact when not in use. It takes a while to get used to this function, some might find it a bit troublesome, some might find it useful that the lens can be collapsible and very compact.

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Once it is unlocked, the front of the EF-M 15-45mm lens protrude out when it is used between the focal range. While it may not be the best in aesthetics, this small and compact lens sure pack some pretty good quality photography output for its specifications.

EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM Review 

This is a small, compact and lightweight telephoto zoom lens, it is easy to bring out for your photo shoot or your overseas holiday trip if you decide to bring along a telephoto zoom lens. For this focal length range, it’s mid to tele focal length, at 200mm focal length, this can be very useful and helpful to capture photographs at a distance away.

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For a telephoto zoom lens, I would usually test the quality of the bokeh at their maximum focal length @ 200mm. The bokeh is pretty good for this lens specifications, quite smooth bokeh. As for the speed of this lens, it is not fast and the photographer might find it difficult to get the object zoomed in and lock focus. In this aspect, wildlife and fast action photography with this lens might prove a bit more challenging than usual. Nevertheless, with patience, positioning and waiting for the right moment, you can capture some wildlife shots too.

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Video recording

The Canon EOS M10 is able to record Full HD videos at 1920 x 1080 (30p/25p/24p). This function is very useful for recording videos and memories of your holiday trips or events, not too difficult to use.

During Emirates Singapore Derby 2016, at the Marquee, watching the horses racing past us towards the finishing line, I used the EOS M10 video recording function and recorded a short video clip of the horse racing action. I also did a short video clip of my very friendly and cute neighbourhood cat playing with my Peak Design Everyday Messenger Bag! Check out the videos shot with the Canon EOS M10 on my YouTube!

 

In the modern social media era, there are great awareness, accessibility and usage of videos in our daily leisure life, professional/commercial aspects of it. Having a camera with good and easy to use video recording capabilities is now pretty much an integral part of our life, whether leisure or professional. Videos are great for personal usage, sharing with family, friends and followers on social media.

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The Rilakkuma Special Edition x Canon EOS M10 kit III set, consisting of EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM and EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM, is a good combination for a first time photographer (e.g. photographers moving up from digital compact cameras or current entry level DSLR users) that would like/prefer to own a mirrorless camera system. It is easy to use and the two different focal lengths of the EF-M lenses cover from wide angle zoom to telephoto zoom. The whole Canon EOS M10 setup is lightweight and compact, ideal for your daily bring out usage, attending events, parties, gatherings, and even bringing it overseas for your holiday travels. For the more experienced photographers that already have a DSLR camera system setup and looking for a mirrorless setup, they might prefer the Canon EOS M3 instead.

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The mirrorless camera eco-system has improved over the years, it can be a photographer’s main or secondary setup depending on their photography focus and needs. They can be great for travel, street, food or daily camera usage photography. However, in my personal humble opinion, the mirrorless camera system is still not ready to take over sports, wildlife and fast action photography.

Looking back at Canon’s mirrorless EOS M family of cameras and EF-M lenses since their maiden debut with the Canon EOS M1, they have changed, improvised and expanded their mirrorless family of camera bodies, lenses and accessories over the years. From my personal experiences using Canon’s photography products and accessories over the past 12 years (and still counting), along with my recent trip to Canon EXPO 2016 Shanghai, listening to the keynote speeches, media interactions with Canon’s key senior executives and observing recent launches, my personal view is that Canon is committed to their mirrorless EOS M and I am looking forward to more Canon mirrorless products (EOS M bodies and more EF-M lenses) in the near future.

If you are interested, do drop by and read an article that I wrote earlier, “The Next Wave and Trends (From Canon EXPO Shanghai 2016)”, where I based my observations and views from when I was summarising on the Canon EOS M10 review and Canon EOS M mirrorless system family.

If you are looking for a fun, simple and easy to use mirrorless camera with interchangable lenses capability, do check out the Canon EOS M10, have a feel and see how it goes for you!

* I would like to thank Canon Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations for the opportunity to review the Canon EOS M10 kit III set with the Canon EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM and Canon EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM lenses *


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Nonya Needlework: Embroidery and Beadwork in the Peranakan World Exhibition

Peranakan, Nonya or Baba, these are the words that most people here affectionately describe and relate to the Peranakan community in Singapore (and probably in other parts of the world too), I remember my army days when we would affectionately called our fellow camp mate “Baba Koh”. Oh yes, Peranakan food is really delicious and unique, if I have the opportunity, I would introduce and share on Peranakan cuisine in my future articles.

The Peranakan community played some important and key roles in the early days of Singapore, some of them were business owners and philanthropists that shaped Singapore’s early days through hospitals and schools. Most of us here would most likely be able to relate their philanthropy works, businesses and causes.

I attended a school that was founded by a Peranakan Hokkien Chinese businessman and philanthropist, it’s one of the oldest schools in Singapore. Would you be able to guess the name of the school?

Here’s a clue, a line from my school song

“… He started a free school for boys who were poor, to give them the chance to do something more …”

Studying in a school with such a long rich history and heritage, is probably one of the factors that drives me to write, cover and document history, heritage, conservation, preservation matters/subjects in Singapore.

We have seen great works, efforts and legacies built by the Peranakan community. Do you know that they have other skills and talents that probably not many of us would know? The Peranakan community are very skilful and talented in needlework, embroidery and beadwork.

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I will be the first to raise my hand and tell everybody here that I don’t (never) really know how talented and skilful the Peranakan community were in this field until I visited this very special exhibition, Nonya Needlework: Embroidery and Beadwork in the Peranakan World exhibition at the Peranakan Museum. I can relate to the Peranakan community through famous businessmen, philanthropists, schools, hospitals, leaders of modern Singapore and my fellow Baba friends. Oh yes, of course, Peranakan food too!

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When you visit the Nonya Needlework exhibition at Peranakan Museum, do not rush, take your time, there are close to 200 amazing, gorgeous artworks, embroideries, needlework, beadworks, intricately crafted objects on display there. Each and every artwork is a history and legacy of the Peranakan community. This special exhibition displays the traditional Peranakan art of embroidery and beadwork, many of them are seldom seen in the museums and they are from the Singapore’s National Collection, collected over 30 years of dedicated collecting by Singapore’s museums.

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Besides Singapore’s very own collection over the years, the special exhibition also has Nonya artworks from museum partners and private collectors that are being showcased together in this special exhibition too. The special exhibition is divided into five sections, auspicious emblems and symbols, creative hands: makers and methods, and materials, to the diverse styles of Indonesia, Malacca, Singapore, and Penang.

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Some of the Nonya artworks were very bright and colourful, along with their intricate, delicate and precise skills, those artworks are a real eye opener to a community that has contributed quite a lot to the society of Singapore and how rich their Peranakan heritage and culture possess.

I made two trips to this exhibition, the first was the official opening of this exhibition and the second trip was joining the curator tour. There were big crowds on both days that I was there, showing great support for this exhibition. During the official opening ceremony, I also saw many pretty Peranakan ladies dressed up in their pretty and colourful kebaya, a perfect fit for the occasion and exhibition, for the bright and colourful Nonya works on display.

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Inside this exhibtion, there are close to 200 Nonya artworks on display, each of them very special, unique, precious, priceless and of utmost significance. Writing this statement doesn’t do any justice to the excellent curation, collection and displays inside this special exhibition. I strongly encourage you to visit this exhibition at the Peranakan Museum! You need to be up close and personal with the Nonya artworks and you can start to appreciate them even better!

“Nyonya Needlework showcases the pathways of creativity in this Peranakan art form. Although needlework was very much rooted in a traditional context, embroiderers often borrowed and “translated” techniques and designs from other cultures and other media (including batiks, ceramics, and metalwork), introducing novelty and dynamism into the art. The overlaps in regional styles of beadwork and embroidery convey a shared sense of identity; at the same time, their diversity expresses their local connections. We hope visitors will enjoy the refinement and detail in these works, and discover the innovative spirit and craftsmanship, as well as the stories of the Peranakan Chinese embedded in this cross-cultural art form, and be inspired to create their own”, said Dr Cheah Hwei-Fen, lead curator of the exhibition.

Source: Peranakan Museum press release

There are a number of Nonya artworks that I really like, here are some of them

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Penang, early 20th century

Silk damask embroidered with silk floss (knot stitch) and metal thread, silk knot work fringe and tassels, diameter 120 cm

Ceremonial handkerchief

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Malacca, late 19th century

Silk, metal beads, glass beads, cordonnet, 34.2 x 20 cm

Valance for a wedding bed

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Indonesia, mid-19th century

Cotton, glass beads, paper, metal thread

National Museum of World Cultures, Netherlands

* Description provided by Peranakan Museum press release highlights *

As I mentioned earlier in my article, there are close to 200 artworks on display, I have uploaded selected photographs into my Flickr collection and you can view them!

Here are the key information and details of this special exhibition at the Peranakan Museum

Nyonya Needlework: Embroidery and Beadwork in the Peranakan World

娘惹巧手:土生华人世界的刺绣与珠绣工艺

Dates: 24th June 2016 to 26th March 2017

Venue: Peranakan Museum

            39 Armenian Street, Singapore 179941

Website: www.peranakanmuseum.sg

Enquiries: 6332 7591 / nhb_pm_vs@nhb.gov.sg

Admission charges: Individual $10

                                    Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents $4

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 10am – 7pm (to 9pm on Friday)

Getting There:

By MRT – A 10-minute walk from City Hall or Bras Basah MRT stations

By Car – Paid parking is available next to the Peranakan Museum

By Bus – 7, 14, 16, 36, 77, 106, 111, 124, 128, 131, 147, 162,162M, 166, 167, 171, 174, 175, 190, 700, 700A and 857

There are also some upcoming programmes at the Peranakan Museum, in conjunction with the Nonya Needlework special exhibition. Do keep a lookout on their website for more details and updates of upcoming programmes and events!

Straits Family Sunday: All Sewed Up

14 August 2016, Sunday 1pm – 5pm

Free admission

Metallic threads, glass beads, and nimble fingers. Discover colourful Peranakan creations on display in the Nyonya Needlework special exhibition. Get inspired and create your own fashion statement accessory or go on an exploring tour with the whole family.

Peranakan beadwork with Raymond Wong

3, 10, 17, 24 September 2016, Saturdays

2pm – 5pm

Admission charge: $50 per session

Spend your Saturday afternoons at the Peranakan Museum! Create magical beaded accessories under the direction of Rumah Kim Choo’s Raymond Wong, inspired by our special exhibition, Nyonya Needlework: Beadwork and Embroidery in the Peranakan World.

  • Source: Peranakan Museum press release *

When you visit the Nonya Needlework: Embroidery and Beadwork in the Peranakan World Special Exhibition at the Peranakan Museum, do also visit the other sections of the museum too, explore and learn more about the Peranakan community in Singapore!

* I would like to thank Peranakan Museum for the invitation to the official opening of the Nonya Needlework Special Exhibition and the curator tour *


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Emirates Singapore Derby 2016

A classic racing carnival in Singapore rich in history, heritage and culture, dating back to the first race in 1880. The Emirates Singapore Derby had come a long way into the 21st century. Emirates had been a valuable sponsor, partner and supporter of this classic racing carnival and Emirates Singapore Derby 2016 marked the 21st consecutive year of partnership for Emirates Singapore Derby.

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Prior to the Emirates Singapore Derby 2016 racing carnival, Singapore Turf Club organised public roadshows as part of the latest 2016 edition of the Singapore Derby, with the roadshows taking place in central locations, Capital Piazza and CHIJMES. I visited the roadshow on 25th June 2016 at the Outdoor Plaza @ Capitol Piazza. The roadshow allowed the public to know more about the history and culture of Singapore Derby, there were opportunities for horse feeding and a golden photo opportunity with the horse! There were other fun and interesting activities that took place during the public roadshow too, fashion shows, appearances of Singapore Turf Club mascots.

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On Emirates Singapore Derby 2016 racing carnival day, we went to the Marquee at Singapore Turf Club, located on the same level as the race track and it was close to the high octane adrenaline filled racing action on the track! Inside the marquee, we enjoyed a fun and warm hospitality, accompanied by delicious food, music performances, friendship and networking with friends and guests.

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The ladies attending the Emirates Singapore Derby were gorgeous, their dresses, hats and fascinators were colourful, bright and striking. There was a mini fashion parade on-going out there during Emirates Singapore Derby Day! We, the gentlemen, didn’t lose out too much, we came in our suits and ties, looking smart, to complement the beautiful ladies present at the racing carnival.

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At the marquee, there is an open air deck, that allows the guests to go out and get close to the racing action. Whenever there was a race, the guests would stroll out and catch the racing action, cheering their favourite horses and jockeys on! This was also a great opportunity for them to take lots of photos and enjoy themselves!

During the Singapore Derby, there were a few races when their starting barrier was right in front of the marquee, a perfect opportunity for the guests to view the preparation and action by the jockeys and ground staff to get the horses into their barrier gate position. There was a heart warming moment for me, when one of the guests there cheered and shouted to a jockey, “ Come on Bossy!”. I turned to my side and smiled, inside my heart, I knew he’s a Aussie, probably a Queenslander too, cheering for his fellow countrymen in the race, jockey Glen Boss. I was absolutely stoked to hear this cultural interaction at the Singapore Derby racing carnival!

Having immersed myself in racing carnivals while studying in Brisbane, Australia. The feeling was good, to be back again and be a part of a great racing carnival right here in Singapore. A racing carnival goes beyond the horse racing, the hospitality, ambience, atmosphere and also not forgetting the gorgeous fashion displays! As the sun sets over the Singapore Turf Club horizon, marking the end of a successful and exciting 21st edition of Emirates Singapore Derby 2016.

I would like to thank Emirates and Singapore Turf Club for the invitation and warm hospitality at the Emirates Singapore Derby 2016 racing carnival.


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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.

Classic Cheese

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*

 

Canon Mother’s Day 2016 Gift Guide

Mother’s Day 2016 is coming soon, it’s on 8th May 2016! Now is a good time to start planning on what are the different types of Mother’s Day gifts that you can get for your Mother! I would like to share with you some Mother’s Day gift ideas from Canon! There is something for each different type of Mother, the sentimental Mother, the fashionista Mother, the chic Mother, the wanderlust mother and the big picture Mother.

What are the different types of Mother’s Day gift for your mother? Presenting Canon Mother’s Day 2016 Gift Guide

For the SENTIMENTAL MUM
CANON SELPHY CP1200 (Price TBC)

If your mother loves collecting keepsakes and photo albums, this is the perfect gift for her. The SELPHY CP1200 enables her to print photos instantly from cameras and smartphones while on the go. Let her creativity run wild with the array of options this compact photo printer offers – postcards, square-size printouts, multi photo layouts and even mini stickers.

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Bonus tip: Turn this into a chance to bond with mum– print photos and have some fun creating a mini photo book/album together as a family!

  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Available in Pink, White and Black
  • Size: Approx. 180.6 x 135.9 x 63.3mm
  • Weight: Approx. 860g

For the FASHIONISTA MUM
CANON EOS M10

EOS M10 Kit

(EF-M15-45mm)

$749
EOS M10 Kit II

(EF-M15-45mm & EF-M22mm)

$899
EOS M10 Kit III

(EF-M15-45mm & EF-M55-200mm)

$1,099

Dressed in jackets that come in a range of striking colours, this stylish and highly portable camera is the perfect accessory for every fashionista mum. She will have lots of fun dressing up the camera to suit her OOTD – be it the monochromatic jacket to portray a minimalist style, or something girly like the pink jacket. With features like Self Portrait mode that enable users to adjust the background blur, brightness, and even skin smoothness, the Canon EOS M10 will ensure that mum looks fabulous in all shots.

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Bonus tip: Use the EOS M10’s 180° tilt-type touchscreen for some fabulous wefies with mum this Mother’s Day!

  • 0 megapixel APS-C size CMOS sensor, Hybrid CMOS AF II
  • 180° Tilt-type Touchscreen LCD+
  • Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity
  • Available in Black and White
  • Four Jacket designs (Aqua, Border, Navy, and Pink) to choose from (optional accessory priced at $79 each)

For the CHIC MUM
CANON PIXMA MG7770 ($299)

Does mum pride herself for her chic interior designer skills? With the PIXMA MG7770’s impeccable print quality and variety of templates available via PhotoPrint+, mum can easily edit and print photos for the home via mobile, Wi-Fi, and even NFC. Plus, this polished and sleek all-in-one photo printer will fit right in to the décor of your home!

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Bonus tip: Team up with mum to jazz up the home with some art pieces and family photos printed on the PIXMA MG7770!

  • Available in Gold, Black, and Red
  • ISO standard print speed (A4): up to 15.0ipm mono / 10.0ipm colour
  • Prints a 4 x 6″ borderless photo in 21 seconds

For the WANDERLUST MUM
CANON POWERSHOT G5 X ($999)

If mum is an avid traveler, the Canon PowerShot G5 X would be the perfect companion for her. The G5 X goes the distance to deliver high image quality with its large 1.0” 20.2-megapixel CMOS sensor and DIGIC 6 processor. Coupled with its electronic viewfinder which helps manage extreme lighting, mum can easily snap scenes in picture-perfect clarity no matter the situation. With the Auto Level feature which enables smooth movie shooting on the move, mum can now even take travel vlogs to record her adventure of a lifetime!

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Bonus tip: Up the action with the PowerShot G5 X’s advanced movie functions which enables recording of 1080p Full HD videos and movie editing on the camera itself! Take mum out on a mini adventure this Mother’s Day and take tons of selfies, wefies and movies!

  • 0” 20.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, 4.2x Optical zoom lens, built-in EVF with a 2.36 million dot OLED
  • 3” vari-angle LCD touchscreen
  • Full HD 60p, compatible with MP4 movie-shooting

For the BIG PICTURE MUM
CANON RAYO i8 ($749)

Is mum a fan of the movies? Then she will likely love the RAYO i8! This mini projector promises crisp images, and allows her to project content easily wherever she 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 movies leap to life!

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Bonus tip: Turn your crib into a mini movie theatre this Mother’s Day! All you need is a blank wall, a movie, and some popcorn to enjoy a movie date with mum right in the comfort of your home.

  • Weight: 260g
  • Energy Efficient Battery (up to 2 hours run-time on a single charge)
  • Great resolution of 854 x 480 (WVGA)
  • Wireless functionality

Look no further, check out the various Canon Mother’s Day 2016 Gift Guide at a retailer nearby! It’s time to show love and appreciation to your Mother on Mother’s Day 2016!

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

Canon Announced EOS M10

Canon recently announced the Canon EOS M10 to their line up of digital cameras. I had some prior experiences with the Canon EOS M family of cameras and recently completed the Canon EOS M3 review here. With the announcement of the Canon EOS M10, I am reading with interest and might review the Canon EOS M10 down the road when the opportunity arises.

Look no further, allow me to share with you more information on the Canon EOS M10 from the press release information below ~

Canon launched the EOS M10, the newest addition to the EOS M range of mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras. Pairing superior image quality associated with an EOS DSLR with the convenience of a point-and-shoot compact, the chic and light weight design (approximately 301 grams) makes it the perfect companion for urbanites.

The EOS M10 is paired with the new compact EF-M15-45 mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens that ensures high image quality in every shot. Equipped with a tilt-type LCD touchscreen that extends to 180 degrees, the EOS M10 has an intuitive user interface that also enables selfies from varied angles. Photographers also benefit from an enhanced user experience with its Creative Assist editing capabilities and connectivity features.

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“The fashion-forward user dedicated to posting everyday moments on his or her social media accounts will find the EOS M10 a sleek and handy companion,” said Edwin Teoh, Assistant Director, Consumer Business Marketing, Canon Singapore. “The camera has high usability, delivering superior DSLR quality photos and videos for easy sharing on various social media platforms. With a range of interchangeable lenses to choose from, the chic EOS M10 opens up endless creative possibilities.’’

Smart design for fun and seamless self-portraits

The intuitive and user-friendly 3.0’’ touchscreen LCD enables quick and direct access to functions, allowing users to change camera settings such as shutter speed and aperture at the tap of the screen. The EOS M10 introduces features that enhance image quality for taking creative and convenient self-portraits. When the LCD screen is angled to 180 degrees, a shortcut option to activate the self-portrait mode enables adjustments to parameters for taking the best selfies – brightness, smooth skin effect, background defocus, flash and self-timer.

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Users can have fun with the EOS M10’s Creative Assist feature, consisting of six sliders such as Blur /Sharpen (Aperture), Darker/Brighter (Exposure), Cool/Warm (White Balance) that enables even the new photographer creative control of their pictures and the fun of experimenting. Users can easily make adjustments and see the effect of these settings on the images, providing amateur photographers with a keener appreciation for photography.

Cutting-edge technology in stylish form

Modern technology has made waves with the advent of mobile devices that we carry around for daily organization. The EOS M10 complements this lifestyle with Canon’s imaging technology to deliver superior quality images, which may be challenging to achieve with non-dedicated imaging devices.

Powered by the advanced Canon DIGIC 6, the processor handles images quietly at swift speed and ensures high speed processing with low power consumption. Paired with the 18.0 megapixel CMOS sensor, high-resolution and clarity in images will stand out. Even in dim lighting, the high ISO speed performance from 100 – 12800 on the EOS M10 will capture rich colours and details.

The enhanced Hybrid CMOS AF II system uses a combination of phase-difference detection AF and traditional Contrast AF for focusing and tracking subjects with precision.

The EOS M10 uses an APS-C sized sensor, commonly used in the EOS DSLR range of cameras. The larger sensor size powerfully captures more light during exposure, ensuring higher image quality typically associated with DSLR cameras.

Connectivity without boundaries

Wi-Fi connectivity on the EOS M10 serves as the conduit for fast sharing to social media platforms via online cloud storage, Canon iMAGE GATEWAY (CiG) after a one-time registration on CiG.

With NFC and Wi-Fi connectivity, remote operation of the camera via a smart device offers users convenience and versatility. Once connected via the Camera Connect app, the EOS M10’s live view from the LCD screen is beamed to the smart device’s screen in real-time. A variety of shooting modes, different aspect ratios, focus selection, self-timer and more can be adjusted – all from the smart phone while shooting superior quality images from the EOS M10. The remote shooting feature is ideal for taking group portraits or shooting at unusual angles, allowing easy control of the self-timer and shutter release.

Different styles for different personalities

The EOS M10 is offered in two versatile colours of black and white. Users can have fun expressing themselves through customisation of their camera with a selection of compatible jackets available in a range of striking colours such as a classic Navy, a sweet hue of Pink, and whimsical Aqua. At launch, the EOS M10 will be bundled with a complimentary and limited edition jacket in Border, which puts a mod spin on the timeless and classic colours of black and white in a chic striped design. 

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black aqua

white pink

New EF-M15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens

The new EOS M10 features three lens kits, which offers consumers more options and access into the world of EOS interchangeable lenses. All three kits feature the new EF-M15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens.

With a lens retraction mechanism, the EF-M15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens is the lightest, most portable, and compact standard EF-M zoom lens at just about 130 grams. With a focal length equivalent to 24mm – 72mm on a full frame, it produces high quality images favourable for travel, landscape, and even everyday moments. The Stepping Motor (STM) technology ensures silent and smooth AF especially during movie recording.

A Sleeker EF-M55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM lens in Silver

The second bundle includes the reintroduction of the EF-M55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM lens for telephoto coverage, which will feature a sleek silver finish.

The third bundle features the two aforementioned lenses and the ultra compact moderate wide-angle EF-M22mm f/2 STM pancake lens for landscape and street photography.

Pricing and Availability

Pricing and availability of the EOS M10 will be announced at a later date.

Product Specifications

EOS M10

Image sensor:                         18.0 mega-pixel APS-C CMOS sensor

Imaging processor:                 DIGIC 6

ISO speed:                              100-12,800 (expandable to 25,600)

Continuous shooting speed:   4.6 fps

Maximum video quality:           1920 x 1080 (Full HD)

AF:                                          Hybrid CMOS AF II

LCD:                                        180 / 45 degrees tilt type touch screen, approx. 1.04 million dots

Connectivity:                           Wi-Fi, NFC-enabled

Dimensions:                             108 mm in length, 66.6 mm in breadth and 35.0 mm in depth

Weight:                                    Approx. 301 g (CIPA standard)

EF-M15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens

Focal length:                                     15-45mm
Maximum aperture:                        f/3.5-6.3
Minimum focusing distance:        0.25m
Maximum magnification:   0.25x
Lens Construction:                         10 elements in 9 groups
Filter Size Dimension:        49mm

Aperture blades:                 7
Dimensions:                                     44.5mm in length, 60.9mm in width
Weight:                                  Approx. 130g

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