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Happy SG52 Birthday Singapore!

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

Wishing Singapore a Happy SG52 birthday! 

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

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

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

Canon launched Canon EOS 200D

Canon recently launched two DSLRs to their line up, one of them was the Canon EOS 6D Mark II that I shared in an earlier article. The other DSLR camera that Canon launched was the Canon EOS 200D. This is an entry level DSLR camera that is light, compact and trendy for beginners to learn hands on with the EOS 200D.

I reviewed the Canon EOS 100D (the predecessor of the Canon EOS 200D) previously, I had a fun time testing and reviewing the camera, my review article can be found here! While the EOS 200D is designed as an entry level DSLR camera, great for beginners to learn on-the-go photography, the lightweight, compact size and trendy looking DSLR camera makes it very nice and handy for travel photography.

With a number of advanced features found inside the other current Canon DSLR models, along with the vari-angle touch screen LCD monitor, it does make photography learning a lot more fun and easier for users that are starting to learn more about basic photography.

If you are starting basic photography and you would like a basic DSLR to learn while on-the-go, do check out the Canon EOS 200D.

Let me share with you some key information on the Canon EOS 200D from the press release information:

“The EOS 200D redefines the traditional notion of a DSLR with its stylish outlook and ease of use, while delivering superior imaging performance”, said Edwin Teoh, Head of Marketing, Singapore Operations, Canon Singapore. “With its user-friendly pictorial interface and seamless connectivity, users will find it a breeze to navigate through the functions and share the captivating images taken instantly.”

Capturing Moments with Agility and Precision

Powered by advanced imaging technology and features, the EOS 200D will appeal to both non-camera users and aspiring photography enthusiasts. Equipped with a high-resolution 24.2-megapixel APS-C size CMOS sensor, users will be able to achieve crisp pictures with the flexibility of cropping images without compromising on image quality.

With the latest DIGIC 7 image processor, the standard ISO speed reaches 25600. This helps in reducing motion blur caused by slow shutter speeds, which is common especially under low light conditions. Some examples include capturing children at play in the evenings, or shooting an indoor sporting activity.

Users can achieve extremely fast focusing during Live View and movie shooting, with the Canon-developed Dual Pixel CMOS AF. The Live View Servo AF allows users to track the subject constantly and shoot at a continuous shooting speed of up to 3.5 frames per second (fps). A quieter and smoother video footage can also be achieved when paired with a lens with Stepping Motor (STM). Additionally, AF speed can be adjusted to suit more sophisticated shots such as slower focus shifts to create softer effects.

Equipped with a Vari-angle touch screen LCD monitor, the fully articulated screen allows users to experiment with creative image compositions from diverse angles. The combination of Vari-angle LCD monitor and Dual Pixel CMOS AF further enables the EOS 200D to deliver smooth and expressive movies in full HD quality at 60p.

Ergonomic Design and User-Friendly Interface for Intuitive Operation

With the pictorial user interface, beginners to DSLR photography will find it a breeze to navigate through the functions of the EOS 200D. Via the “how-to” tips for smart shooting guide on the graphic user interface, beginners can also easily pick up more skills and tap on the capabilities of the EOS 200D.

With just a single touch on the menu screen, stunning selfies can be achieved. In the Selfie Mode, settings such as background defocus, brightness and smooth skin effect are automatically adjusted to frame the best selfies. Coupled with the Vari-angle touch screen LCD monitor, users will have flexibility to compose their shots from different angles and find it easy to achieve good quality self-portraits.

The compact camera body is designed to provide an enhanced grip to ensure a secure grasp. Additionally, its body is overlaid with a grain-finish for a premium feel. To conform to the smooth outline of the camera body and reduce protrusions, the mode dial now fits seamlessly to the camera’s surface. Additionally, the internal structure of the EOS 200D is also remodeled to achieve the compact and nimble form for better design integration. For example, the circuit board for flash was downsized to keep the weight light.

The EOS 200D comes in two colour options – Trendy White and Sophisticated Silver.

Easy Connectivity and Sharing

With Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, users can transfer images and videos from EOS 200D to smart devices and upload them onto the Canon Image Gateway, social media platforms and cloud storage. By using the Canon Camera Connect app, users have real-time control of camera settings such as shutter speed, focus selection and self-timer and more. Additionally, it comes with a dedicated Wi-Fi button for hassle-free connection at a single touch.

Additionally, the built-in Bluetooth low energy technology maintains constant connection to a compatible smart device at low power consumption. With this constant connection, users can view images and start remote capture from the camera even when it is in Auto Power Off mode. Smart devices with Bluetooth can wake the camera up, and switch to Wi-Fi for browsing and viewing images or performing remote capture (with Live View).

Users can also use Bluetooth to perform basic remote capture (no Live View), control image playback and slide show when the camera is connected to a TV or projector via smart devices.

Pricing and Availability

The pricing and availability of the Canon EOS 200D will be advised at a later date. 

Product Specifications

Canon EOS 200D

Image sensor: 24.2 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor

Imaging processor: DIGIC 7

ISO speed: 100-12800 (expandable to 25600)

Continuous shooting speed: Approx. 5 fps

Maximum video quality: Full HD 60p

Auto-focus: 9-point AF (Center point: cross-type, vertical line sensitive when supporting f/2.8)

Wi-Fi / NFC/ Bluetooth: Yes

LCD: 3.0-inch Vari-angle touch panel (approx. 1.04 million dots)

Dimensions: Approx. 122.4mm(W) x 92.6mm(H) x 69.8mm(D)

Weight: Approx. 406g (body only)

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

 

Canon launches EOS 6D Mark II

Canon today, on the 29th June 2017, launches a new DSLR to their line up, the Canon EOS 6D Mark II. Prior to the official announcement, there had been many news and rumours floating around the internet and social media on the Canon EOS 6D Mark II. When I picked up the news earlier, I was looking forward to its official announcement. Finally, it’s official today!

The EOS 6D Mark II succeeds her predecessor, the EOS 6D, with significant improvements and enhancements. At this point in time when I am writing this article, I do not have the opportunity yet to touch, feel and test the EOS 6D Mark II. The views and opinions here are based on my analysis of the EOS 6D Mark II technical specifications.

What are some of the significant improvements and enhancements that stood out for me?

Touch panel vari angle LCD monitor

This is something that can come in very handy and useful for the photographer, don’t underestimate the touch panel with vari angle LCD monitor. It’s more than just for taking selfies or wefies!

All Cross-type 45-point AF sensor

The increase in the number of AF points and all cross-type from 11 (in EOS 6D) to 45 in the EOS 6D Mark II, this is a pretty big improvement! With this improvement, the EOS 6D Mark II is a pretty versatile DSLR camera, capable of handling different photography fields and situations.

Panning function in SCN mode

A new function that caught my attention, I would love to explore this new feature inside the Canon EOS 6D Mark II when a review opportunity arises. From the Canon Singapore video on YouTube, this looks an in-built 5 axis stabilisation for fast action photography.

Personal thoughts and views (based on technical specifications comparisons and analysis)

The world of full frame DSLR cameras is slowly opening up to photography enthusiasts, not just for the photography professionals. The maximum video quality is Full HD 60p, if you are not into videography or a need for 4K video, the Full HD 60p is more than capable and suitable for your needs.

If you are looking to own a full frame entry level DSLR that is affordable and packed with good technical specifications and features, the Canon EOS 6D Mark II would be a good recommendation.

Here’s the press release information on the Canon EOS 6D Mark II:

Canon today announced the launch of the Canon EOS 6D Mark II, the lightest DSLR in the EOS full-frame DSLR line that offers photography enthusiasts the complete arsenal of full-frame DSLR functions, packed into a nimble and compact body.

The EOS 6D Mark II is equipped with a 26.2 Megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor that delivers exceptionally clear images even under low light conditions, and is capable of achieving an impressive background blur effect – a key characteristic of large sensors. Equipped with Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology for high-performance focus tracking in Live View mode as well as DIGIC 7 image processor for high image quality even in dimly lit situations, the EOS 6D Mark II boasts of significant feature enhancements as compared to its predecessor. A first in Canon’s full-frame DSLR range, the EOS 6D Mark II is designed with a versatile Vari-angle touch panel, giving users the flexibility of shooting from a high or low angle.

“In a time where there is increasingly keen interest and demand for top-notch image quality, the EOS 6D Mark II opens the gateway to full-frame photography for photography enthusiasts who are looking to up their game”, said Edwin Teoh, Head of Marketing, Singapore Operations, Canon Singapore. “Conscientious thought has been given to the EOS 6D Mark II to ensure a compact design and intuitive usability, so as to empower a new generation of full-frame photography enthusiasts with superior still and video innovations.”

Achieve Precise Shots with Fast Focus & Clarity

With a huge leap from 11-point in the EOS 6D to 45-point all cross-type AF system, the 45-point all cross-type AF system provides AF coverage over an expanded area during viewfinder shooting. Of the 45 points, 27 are f/8 compatible, resulting in excellent performance when using an extender.

Additionally, the EOS 6D Mark II possesses a continuous shooting speed of up to 6.5 fps, which promises sharp image capture of even fast-moving subjects. In Live View mode, continuous shooting speed is still impressive at up to 4 fps. Coupled with enhanced ISO speeds of up to 40,000 (expandable to 102,400), users are able to capture exceptionally low noise images. With the sensitivity of the center AF point rated at -3EV, the EOS 6D Mark II can consistently acquire focus in extremely low light levels (roughly equivalent to light cast by a full moon).

The EOS 6D Mark II is equipped with a 7560 pixel RGB+IR metering sensor and a colour detection AF that enables consistent and accurate exposure in various lighting conditions. It automatically detects skin tones and prioritises focus on human subjects within the frame. With the addition of the lens aberration correction settings, the EOS 6D Mark II automatically detects the lens paired, and corrects distortion and diffraction at the time of shooting.

To offer users unbridled flexibility and room for creative expression, several features are incorporated as a first in Canon’s full-frame EOS series. Sporting a Vari-angle touchscreen LCD monitor, users will be able shoot from high to low angles nimbly. This is complemented by the inclusion of the brand new Panning function. This Panning function helps in enhancing the background blur while keeping the main subject in focus by automatically selecting the optimal shutter speed by analysing the panning speed of the camera and the speed of the subject.

Through the Intelligent Viewfinder, users have quick and easy access to all shooting information without needing to look away from the viewfinder. The battery life of the EOS 6D Mark II can also be extended to accommodate longer shooting hours with the optional battery grip (BG-E21) which houses 2 pieces of LP-E6N batteries. Ergonomically designed, users will find that the EOS 6D Mark II paired with the BG-E21 battery grip allows for greater ease and comfort, especially when shooting in portrait mode.

Creating Moving Art with Advanced Technology

The affordable EOS 6D Mark II offers videographers the enjoyable experience of shooting professional movies in full HD at a seamless 60p. Powered by the high speed Dual Pixel CMOS AF, a proprietary Canon-developed technology, smooth and high performance focus tracking can be achieved when shooting in both Live View and movie mode. When recording movies, the EOS 6D Mark II is able to continuously track the movements of subjects seamlessly, and also enable users to switch focus from a foreground subject to a background subject quickly and simply via touch focus on the Vari-angle LCD.

In addition, tracking sensitivity and AF speed can be customised to allow movie-makers to create their desired effects. To combat shaky footages caused by movement, Movie digital IS provides the highly effective 5-axis image stabilization to support handheld shoots, even when paired with non-IS lenses.

With the 4K Time-lapse movie function, movie-makers can also capture moods and moments by combining still images shot at intervals over time. For example, users can produce a high quality Time-lapse movie of the sunrise, sunset, moving clouds or heavy traffic on a bustling street. 

Seamless Connectivity

With Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, users can transfer images and videos from the camera to the smart devices and upload them onto the Canon Image Gateway, social media platforms and cloud storage. Also by using the Canon Camera Connect app, users have real-time control of camera settings such as shutter speed, focus selection and self-timer and more.

In addition, the EOS 6D Mark II features Bluetooth low energy technology which maintains constant connection to a compatible smart device at a low power consumption. With this constant connection, users can view images and start remote capture from the camera even when it is in Auto Power Off mode. Smart devices, when paired with Bluetooth, can wake the camera up, and then switch to Wi-Fi for browsing and viewing images or performing remote capture (with Live View).

Equipped with a GPS receiver, users can also log coordinates of every place that they have photographed, which can be stored as metadata accompanying each image. A GPS log can also be kept to create a map of places photographed as a record of the places the user has been to.

Pricing and Availability

The EOS 6D Mark II will be available at authorised Canon dealers on 27 July 2017 at the following recommended retail prices.

Customers who make a pre-order from 13 July 2017 to 26 July 2017 will be entitled to a free Canon professional camera bagpack worth $289.

Model Recommended Retail Price (Inclusive of GST)
EOS 6D Mark II Body (Body only) S$2,899
EOS 6D Mark II (w/24-70 L IS) S$3,949
EOS 6D Mark II (w/24-105 L IS II) S$4,299

** Updated 13th July 2017 **

Product Specifications

Canon EOS 6D Mark II

Image sensor: 26.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor

Imaging processor: DIGIC 7

ISO speed: 100-40000 (expendable to 102400)

Continuous shooting speed: Approx. 6.5 fps

Maximum video quality: Full HD 60p

Auto-focus: 45-point all cross-type AF / Dual Pixel CMOS AF

Wi-Fi / NFC/ Bluetooth/GPS: Yes

LCD: 3.0-inch Vari-angle touch panel (approx. 1.04 million dots)

Dimensions: Approx. 144.0mm(W) x 110.5mm(H) x 74.8mm(D)

Weight: Approx. 685g (body only)

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

Canon Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2017

Mother’s Day 2017 is just round the corner in Singapore, taking place on 14th May 2017. Have you bought your Mother’s Day gift yet? Or are you still thinking and planning what Mother’s Day gift to get for your Mother?

Don’t worry, let me share with you some Mother’s Day gift ideas from Canon!

For the tech-savvy mum
EOS M6

If you have a tech-savvy mum, then the EOS M6 is the perfect gift for her this Mothers’ Day.  Equipped with 24.2-Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and DIGIC 7 image processor, the EOS M6 delivers crisp image quality with low noise. The EOS M6 also supports full HD at 60p, allowing mum to capture smooth and beautiful video footages. The EOS M6 is compatible with the electronic viewfinder EVF-DC2, a smaller and lighter EVF that helps mum capture the perfect shot, and more importantly help keep the glare from the sunlight out of her eyes. Through the use of Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, your mum can easily transfer the images from the camera to her phone, and of course, uploading it onto Instagram.

·       Dual Pixel CMOS AF

·       Intuitive user experience with improved ergonomic

·       Seamless with Bluetooth Low Energy technology

EOS M6 (Body) $1,039
EOS M6 Kit (EF-M15-45 IS STM) $1,199
EOS M6 kit (EF M18-150 IS STM) $1,639
EVF- DC2 $329

For the fashionista
G9 X Mark II ($669)

Is your mum searching for a stylish camera for the season? Well, look no further. The newest addition to Canon’s line of premium compact camera will be a perfect gift for all trendy mums. Available in Black and Silver, the sleek and powerful G9 X Mark II is easy to use and impressively fast at start-up. Furthermore, with its 20.1-megapixels sensor and DIGIC 7 image processor, your mum will not have to worry about the poor lighting conditions that will ruin her picture-perfect moment.
·       1.0 inch-type 20.1-megapixel CMOS sensor & 3x optical zoom

·       206g sleek and portable body with 3.0-inch touch panel LCD screen

·       Wi-Fi / NFC and low-energy Bluetooth connectivity

For the adventurer
PowerShot SX430 IS ($339)

Nifty and lightweight, the PowerShot SX430 IS is the perfect travel companion for your mum. Equipped with DIGIC 4+ image processor and 45x Optical Zoom technology, your mum can now capture wonderful moments of her wanderlust adventures anytime, anywhere. Besides, with the built-in Wi-Fi/NFC capabilities, she can also share her travel moments almost instantaneously via the Camera Connect app.
·       45x Optical Zoom with 90x ZoomPlus technology

·       20.0-megapixels sensor with DIGIC 4+ image processor

·       Intelligent image stabiliser

·       Wi-Fi & NFC

For the creative artist
PIXMA TS8070 ($299)

If your mum loves to do more than just printing photos, the PIXMA TS8070 is definitely worth considering. Available in Red, Black and Brown, the wireless all-in-one printer will be a favourite among creative mums. With the new square photo paper and sticker media, mums will enjoy the creative options to keep cherished memories in print. Besides delivering high quality prints and documents with its six-colour hybrid ink system, the printer is also packed with scan and copy functionality. It is no wonder why mum will need this power-packed printer.

·       Print, Scan, Copy

·       ISO standard print speed (A4): up to 15.0ipm mono / 10.0ipm colour

·       Photo Speed (4 x 6″): Approx. 21secs. (borderless)

For the k-drama lover
RAYO i8 ($749)

Does your mum often binge-watch the latest K-drama on her smartphone? Maybe, it’s time to get her a mini projector, enabling her to comfortably lie back and watch her shows, instead of squinting to look at her screen. Packed with wireless functionality and high-pixel resolution, the RAYO i8 allows your mum to play and enlarge any K-drama video to a 158” image onto virtually any surface with her smart gadgets. We are sure she’ll definitely love this more than her smartphone and TV!
·       854 x 480 (WVGA) screen pixel resolution

·       Energy Efficient Battery

·       Wireless Functionality

Wishing all a Happy Mother’s Day 2017!

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

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 EOS 1DX Mark II Review

The Canon EOS 1 series, the flagship Canon DSLR camera, the most powerful and fastest Canon DSLR camera, a must have workhorse lens for journalists, sports and wildlife photographers. Once you used the EOS 1 series, that’s no turning back.

My love affair with the EOS 1 series started when I playing with my friends Canon EOS 1D Mark I and Mark IIN, I was totally awed by its high frames per second and the sound of the high speed shutter. In time to come, I found myself owning a used Canon EOS 1D Mark III that I faithfully used for a few years before I upgraded to another EOS 1 series, the Canon EOS 1DX, also a used camera when the Canon EOS 1DX Mark II was announced and the price of a used EOS 1DX started to drop.

During a media event in February 2016, I got my hands on experience with the Canon EOS 1DX Mark II and inside my heart said, “I know you want it, buy it!”. However, my brain said, “It’s out of your current budget at the moment, even though you have a use for it on a professional basis” Therefore, I opted for a used Canon EOS 1DX, that I still love it and it’s now my current workhorse DSLR camera, as much as I badly wanted the EOS 1DX Mark II.

I did have an opportunity to review the Canon EOS 1DX Mark II recently, I was very excited because I am a huge fan of the EOS 1 series, not just on and from a professional basis, also from a photography enthusiast perspective.

During the review period, I had the opportunities to test the EOS 1DX Mark II over different situations, themes and events, from Singapore Motorshow 2017, Chinatown Heritage Walking Trail CNY 2017, River Hongbao 2017, Battle for Singapore Tour media preview, Chinese New Year gathering, Jaybird Freedom Wireless earphones product theme shoot and walking around Marina Bay area in the blue hour and night sceneries walkabout shoot. The experiences were really good and I was secretly lusting for a Canon EOS 1DX Mark II for my professional photography work along with a Canon EOS 1DX as a back up / second camera setup!

Through the various types of photographs that I took with the Canon EOS 1DX Mark II, I have the following observations, views and opinions of this powerful and awesome Canon flagship DSLR camera, written down in this review article.

However, before I begin, first and foremost, let me highlight the key differences between the technical specifications between the Canon EOS 1DX and EOS 1DX Mark II, the information that I extracted from Canon Singapore website by comparing these two Canon DSLR cameras side by side –

DSLR Specifications Canon EOS 1DX Canon EOS 1DX Mark II
Continuous Shooting Speed (shots per sec) (Up to) 14 16
Custom Functions (Total) 31 34
Dimensions (Excl. Protrusions) (mm) (Approximately) 158 x 163.6 x 82.7 158 x 167.6 x 82.6
Effective ISO 50 to 20,4800 (expandable to L (ISO50), H1 (ISO 102,400), H2 (ISO 204,800) 100 to 51,200 (expandable to L (ISO50), H1 (ISO 102,400), H2 (ISO 204,800), H3 (ISO 409,600)
Effective Pixels (Megapixels) (Approximately) 18.1 20.2
File numbering Consecutive numbering, Auto reset, Manual reset Continuous, Auto reset, Manual reset
Image Resolution 5184 x 3456 (L)
4608 x 3072 (M1)
3456 x 2304 (M2)
2592 x 1728 (S)
5184 x 3456 (RAW)
3888 x 2592 (M-RAW)
2592 x 1728 (S-RAW) 
5472 x 3648 (L)
4368 x 2912 (M1)
3648 x 2432 (M2)
2736 x 1824 (S)
5472 x 3648 (RAW)
4104 x 2736 (M-RAW)
2736 x 1824 (S-RAW) 
LCD Monitor Resolutions (dots) 1,040,000 Approx 1,620,000
Max. Resolution (Pixel) (Still images) 5184 x 3156 5472 x 3648
Memory Card Type CF Card (Type I or II) CF cards (Type 1, UDMA 7 supported)

Cfast card (Cfast 2.0 supported)

Metering Mode 252-zone TTL Evaluative, Partial Spot, Centre-weighted Approx. 360,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor and 216-zone TTL open-aperture metering, EOS iSA (Intelligent Subject Analysis) system, Evaluative metering, Partial metering, Spot metering, Center-weighted average metering

 

Metering Range (Measured at at 23°C or 73°F with EF50mm f1.4 USM lens, ISO 100)

 

EV 0 – 20 EV 0 – 20
Mirror Quick-return half mirror Quick-return type
Movie Format MOV MOV, MP4
Peripheral Connections Hi-Speed USB, Video Output, HDMI, LAN SuperSpeed USB, Video Output, HDMI, LAN
Playback Zoom (Approximately) 1.5x – 10x 1.5 – 10x
Processor Type Dual DIGIC 5+ Dual Digic 6+
Red Eye Reduction Yes
Standard Power Supply Battery Pack LP-E4N Battery Pack LP-E19 / LP-E4N / LP-E4
Video Resolution (HD) (Pixel) (Approximately) 1280 x 720
Video Resolution (SD) (Pixel) (Approximately) 640 x 480
Viewfinder Information AF information, metering and exposure information, flash information, white balance correction, JPEG Type / RAW Type recording, maximum burst, number of shots remaining, battery check, recording media information, highlight tone priority (D+), composition information, grid, electronic level

 

Image type: JPEG/RAW, Shooting mode, Metering mode, White balance, Drive mode, AF operation, Flicker detection, Warning ! indicator, AF operation indicator

 

White Balance Auto, daylight, shade, cloudy, tungsten light, white fluorescent light, flash, custom, colour temperature setting, personal white balance (Total 5 settings)

 

Auto (Ambience priority), Auto (White priority), Preset (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten light, White fluorescent light, Flash), Custom (5 settings), Color temperature setting (approx. 2500-10000 K), Personal white balance (5 settings)

 

Based on the comparisons of technical specifications only, the key differences may not seem by many users as a big jump from the EOS 1DX to EOS 1DX Mark II. From my sharing of my Canon EOS 1DX Mark II review, I would share some of the key improvements that makes professional photographers to make their upgrade from EOS 1DX to EOS 1DX Mark II.

Colours

The Dual Digic 6+ processors inside the EOS 1DX Mark II make a key difference and impact to the quality and output of the photographs. They were richer and more accurate in colours, making it even easier and faster for jpeg photographs straight out from the EOS 1DX Mark II to be used quickly for your work requirements.

Dynamic Range

From my observations of the photographs shot with the Canon EOS 1DX Mark II review camera, on various subjects and themes during the review period, the dynamic range of the Canon EOS 1DX Mark II has improved. Therefore, the EOS 1DX Mark II is able to capture and retain more details and information. With this significant improvement, the shadows/dark tone areas of the photograph are lifted.

Anti-Flicker Technology

The Anti-Flicker technology that was first introduced to the Canon EOS 7D Mark II is now available inside the Canon EOS 1DX Mark II. The flickering of the indoor lights always pose an issue to photographers and they can give some photographers many problems/challenges to handle when shooting indoors. With the Anti-Flicker technology, indoor sports or events photography with the Canon EOS 1DX Mark II is so much more easier and pleasant, without the hassles of the flickering lights.

Auto Focus

The Canon EOS 1DX Mark II is the current flagship DSLR camera, it’s a monster machine as I always love (and usually) call it. Their Auto Focus system has improved significantly over the past few models since I started off (still owning it at this current juncture) with the EOS 1D Mark III and I am currrently using the EOS 1DX.

What make this Canon flagship DSLR camera so powerful, highly trusted and widely adopted by professionals around the world, from photojournalists, sports and wildlife photographers, are the AF technology packed inside this camera.

The technical specifications on paper shows how good and powerful this Canon EOS 1DX Mark II is. I recommend photographers who are keen in this camera to try it out and have a go at this flagship DSLR camera, you will then know why it is so highly trusted and widely adopted by the professioanls in photojournalism, sports and wildlife.

Here are the key improvements that are built inside the Canon EOS 1DX Mark II

  • 170 RAW images with CFast 2.0 card
  • Live View RAW – 16fps
  • New AF algorithm and AI Servo AF III+
  • EOS iTR
  • Large Zone AF
  • Newly developed 61-point AF sensor
  • AF shooting is possible on most lenses using all AF points with a maximum aperture value of f/8
  • Intelligent viewfinder II

During my review and research that I done previously for the Canon EOS 1DX, I discovered Canon USA produced a guide book on Canon EOS 1DX AF Setting Guidebook for users to fully utilise and customise the full AF capabilites. This book is now helping me to fine tune my AF settings in my EOS 1DX.

For this review article, I went back to Canon USA website and discovered that they have produced a new book titled Canon EOS 1DX Mark II AF Setting Guidebook. I strongly encourage photographers (whether professionals or serious enthusiasts) to download this handy guide book for their Canon EOS 1DX Mark II DSLR camera. This is a very handy and useful guide book to have for the Canon EOS 1DX Mark II.

Thoughts and views

The Canon EOS 1DX Mark II is the flagship Canon DSLR camera, this camera is highly regarded and used by professional photographers in the fields of journalism, sports and wildlife.

Owning a EOS 1DX is a huge upfront investment, the cost is pretty substantial. Therefore, this camera model is not something that all photographers would choose to purchase, considering their shooting requirements and budget. Moreover, Canon has a series of different professional DSLR camera models for professional as well as photography enthusiasts to choose from, such as the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, EOS 5DS, EOS 5DS R and not to forget the semi-professional camera models such as the EOS 7D Mark II, EOS 6D, EOS 80D etc.

Key factors that make photographers upgrade from EOS 1DX to 1DX Mark II

While the differences between the EOS 1DX and EOS 1DX Mark II may not be that big of a difference on paper, professional photographers who view the photos and read about the key differences in performances, they would choose to let go of their EOS 1DX and go for the EOS 1DX Mark II.

During the period when I reviewed the Canon EOS 1DX Mark II, these key factors (in my personal opinion) are why some photographers are letting go of their Canon EOS 1DX for the Canon EOS 1DX Mark II

  • Improved dynamic range
  • Shadows/Dark tone areas improvements
  • Anti-flickr shooting capabilities
  • Smarter and faster auto focusing with the new AF algorithm and AI Servo AF III+
  • 170 RAW images with CFast 2.0 card

On a personal note, I would really love to own the Canon EOS 1DX Mark II when my budget and finances allow. The Canon EOS 1DX is still a very capable camera, that is still doing its job well for me. Therefore when the opportunity arises, I hope that I can upgrade to the EOS 1DX Mark II in the near future.

I would like to thank Canon Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations for the opportunity to review the Canon EOS 1DX Mark II.


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Canon announced PowerShot SX730 HS

Canon recently announced a new digital compact camera to their lineup, the Canon PowerShot SX730 HS. This is a high zoom, compact and lightweight compact camera, packed with some pretty good technical specifications and capabilities.

Let me share with you more details and information on the Canon PowerShot SX730 HS –

Canon announced the launch of the new PowerShot SX730 HS high-zoom compact camera. This pocket-sized addition provides high quality imaging and encompasses a high-sensitivity 20.3 megapixels CMOS sensor, up to 40x optical zoom, 180-degrees tilting LCD screen and advanced features such as Smooth Skin mode for enhancing self-portraits.

“The Powershot SX series is proven for its high zoom capabilities, enabling far-reaching sight for photographers such that fine details can be captured even from afar,” said Edwin Teoh, Head of Marketing, Singapore Operations, Canon Singapore. “Going a step further to broaden functionality, features such as the smooth skin mode and tilt-type screen on the PowerShot SX730 HS will help users to take the most flattering and high-resolution selfies.”

Bridging Distances with Powerful 40x zoom

For users who are accustomed to the portability of small cameras and desire high zoom capabilities, the PowerShot SX730 HS offers the best of both worlds. Weighing a mere 300 grams, the PowerShot SX730 HS has far-reaching goals. With a high zoom capability of up to 40x which can be doubled to 80x zoom with Canon Zoomplus technology, the PowerShot SX730 HS is capable of capturing stunning details of distant subjects such as wildlife and concert performances.

The PowerShot SX730 HS is also equipped with the Zoom Framing Assist feature which ensures that users enjoy the fun of photography without worrying about losing track of their subjects. Should the subject move out of frame while user is shooting, the Zoom Framing Assist feature can be activated with a push of the button, to zoom out and quickly locate the subject, keeping it in frame. In addition, the Auto Zoom feature also enhances framing precision to help users achieve well-framed shots without complication. In essence, the function will enable the camera to adjust the zoom factor automatically, to maintain the optimum framing based on users’ desired setting.

Perfecting Portraiture Techniques with the new Smooth Skin mode

Taking creative shots and finding the best angles for self-portraits can now be a breeze with the PowerShot SX730 HS’s tilting LCD screen, which flips up to 180 degrees upward and downward. With three levels of effects to choose from via the Smooth Skin mode, users may bypass the reliance on filters to look their best. Coupled with the option to blur the background, depth of field can be achieved for beautiful portraits. The Smooth Skin mode is available in both the Self-Portrait mode and Regular mode. Along with a built-in Stabilization mode that suppresses camera shakes, sharp and high quality shots can be ensured.

Easy connectivity and instant sharing

The PowerShot SX730 HS is also equipped with a host of connectivity features. With Wi-Fi and NFC (Near Field Communications) capabilities, users can easily establish a connection between the camera and their smartphones for photos and videos transfer, wireless printing, uploading onto social media and to use their smartphones for remote shooting via the Canon Camera Connect app. Additionally, with the built-in Bluetooth low energy technology, users can to switch to Wi-fi connection easily to transfer or view images on the go. 

Pricing and Availability

The PowerShot SX730 HS will be available at all Canon authorised dealers in end-May and pricing will be advised at a later date. 

Product specifications

PowerShot SX730 HS

Image sensor: 1/2.3-type 20.3 Mega-Pixel CMOS sensor

Imaging processor: DIGIC 6

Lens: 40x IS 24-960mm f/3.3 (W) – f/6.9 (T)

LCD: 3.0-type (4:3) Approx. 922,000 dots (Approx. 180 degree upward tilt)

Movie: Full HD up to 59.94fps

Connectivity: Wi-Fi/NFC/Bluetooth low energy enabled

Dimensions: 110.1mm in length, 63.8mm in breadth and 39.9m in depth

Weight: Approx. 300g

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

Canon announced EF-S35MM F/2.8 Macro IS STM

Canon today, on the 6th April 2017, announced a new lens to their family of lenses, the EF-S35MM F/2.8 Macro IS STM. This is a macro lens and it is also the first EF-S lens designed with built-in Macro Lite technology.

Personally, I think this would give photographers (those using EF-S camera bodies) more choices when they are choosing macro lenses.

Let me share with you more information and photographs of the  EF-S35MM F/2.8 Macro IS STM lens from the press release information below –

Canon today introduced the new EF-S35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM, a compact macro lens with built-in macro lights for aspiring photographers to discover the expressive world of macro imagery. The lens is also equipped with Hybrid IS technology to ensure that users will be able to capture sharp and vivid images without worrying about camera shake even when taking macro pictures at very close range. The accessibly priced lens is highly adept at capturing nuanced details such as the rich textures of textile and food, and the intricacy of small insects. With a perspective of a 56mm equivalent standard lens, it also makes an ideal lens for capturing natural everyday moments and can also be used for scenery, portrait and night photography.

“The EF-S35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM is Canon’s latest iteration of our ongoing commitment to innovative imaging technology,” said Edwin Teoh, Head of Marketing, Singapore Operations, Canon Singapore. “Specially designed with built-in Macro Lite technology, the versatile EF-S35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM will empower even beginner DSLR photographers to capture impressive macro photos or the beauty of daily moments.”

Lighting up the details

With a built-in LED light on both the left and right side of the lens, the EF-S35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM is designed to excel in macro photography. With this technology, the subject is illuminated from the front, resulting in balanced lighting, minimal shadow effects and an accurate reproduction of vibrant colours. Additionally, advanced users can choose to toggle between one or both lights using the Macro Lite On button on the side of the lens to control the lighting intensity by choosing to turn on left, right, or both lights to deliver beautiful images evoking greater dimension and contrast.

With the ability to control the optimal level of light, the EF-S35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM will empower users to shoot bright and beautiful pictures of everyday items like flowers, food or close-up portraits without the hassle of carrying along special equipment like external speedlite that may cause shadowing during macro photography.

Smart design achieves exceptional image quality

With 1.0x magnification, the EF-S35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM shoots at 1:1 life-size magnification, capturing finer details and textures of the subject. The large f/2.8 aperture captures light proficiently even in dim conditions, enabling users to create unique blurring effects that adds an artistic dimension to their images. With a working distance (the distance between the subject to the tip of the lens) of just 30 mm, coupled with a tapered design, photographers will be able to get within close proximity to their subjects for greater dramatic effects without worrying about undesirable casting shadows.

Furthermore, the incorporation of the molded-glass aspherical lens in the EF-S35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM adeptly corrects aberrations and ensures high quality images with edge-to-edge sharpness.

Steady hands

The EF-S35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM is equipped with Hybrid Image Stabilizer to mitigate the effects of camera shake arising from handheld photography. The Hybrid IS compensates for both lateral and angular shakes to ensure the reproduction of beautiful and crisp macro images.

This image stabilizing feature, also a mainstay in Canon’s suite of high-end lens, provides stabilizing effect of up to 4 stops shutter speed[1] to deliver smooth close-up photography without the use of a tripod. In addition, the EF-S35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM is equipped with a lead-screw type STM motor, assuring users of stable, seamless and sharp footage while shooting macro movies. The motor produces minimal noise, which means users can now capture ambient sound without any sound distractions from the motor.

Pricing and Availability

The EF-S35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM will be available at all Canon authorised dealers in end-May and pricing will be advised at a later date. 

Product specifications

EF-S35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM

Focal length: 35mm

Maximum aperture: f/2.8

Lens construction: 10 elements in 6 groups

Minimum focusing distance: 0.13m

Maximum magnification: 1.0x

Drive system: Lead screw-type STM drive system

Dimension: 69.2mm x 55.8mm

Weight: Approx. 190g

[1] Using CIPA standards. (Focal length 35mm (56mm equivalent in 35mm format), EOS 7D Mark II used) The image stabilization function provides a shutter speed equivalent of 4 stops*.

Note: Image stabilization effect is reduced as the shooting distance shortens.

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

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 ** 

Canon EOS M5 Review

The Canon EOS M5 was announced in September 2016, in an earlier article that I shared about the Canon EOS M5 official announcement with an input of my thoughts and views of the EOS M5 announcement. The Canon EOS M5 is the fifth camera model from the EOS M family and it was the latest Canon EOS M model during that short period of time before the Canon EOS M6 was announced in February 2017.

Photo courtesy of Canon Singapore

In my sharing article earlier on the Canon EOS M5 announcement, I wrote the following paragraphs inside the article:

“ ….. 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.” ….”

My initial impressions and thoughts based on the technical specifications of the Canon EOS M5 was that it is pretty good and much improved over the earlier four EOS M camera models. During a media dinner event, I had a short hands with the Canon EOS M5 and it reinforced my initial impressions and thoughts. Therefore, I waited for an opportunity to review the Canon EOS M5 and I managed to obtain a review unit in February 2017.

This Canon EOS M5 review camera went through a number of interesting events with me, she was very handy, small and lightweight for my carry around camera and events camera. This EOS M5 review camera went to HTC U Ultra and U Play smartphone launch, Majestic Market @ New Majestic Hotel, 2 x NHB Battle for Singapore 2017 tours, N.E.mation! 11 Awards Ceremony, OPPO R9s Plus smartphone launch, Singapore Biennale 2016, I Light Marina Bay 2017 media preview, extended family reunions and she also played an important role in the 100th day ceremony in remembrance of my Grandmother’s passing. Overall, I think I took about 1,000++ photographs with the Canon EOS M5 during the review period.

Some quick thoughts and views of the Canon EOS M5

Pros

  • Small, lightweight and compact
  • Easy to use
  • Wi-fi setup and file transfer is smooth and easy, just a touch of the button on the side of the EOS M5 and the Canon app
  • Build in Electronic View Finder (EVF) is awesome
  • Intuitive Touch and Drag AF
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF System
  • Easily accessible operating control dial on the top of the EOS M5 body
  • Five-axis image stabilisation system inside the EOS M5
  • A well thought out ergonomic design, buttons layout and with a good hand grip

Cons

  • The tilt screen can’t flip upright due to the design of the built-in EVF and it can’t flip sideways 180 degrees, it can tilt downwards 180 degrees.
  • At ISO 25,600, the noise level at times can be really grainy and distinctive (even for myself who has a high tolerance for the grain), therefore use ISO 25,600 at your own discretion.
  • While the AF system has been improved inside the Canon EOS M5, the AF system has some challenges re-focusing on the subject that moved away or around when AF is not locked and tracked on the subject.

Dual Pixel CMOS AF System

The Dual Pixel CMOS AF System is now integrated inside the Canon EOS M family, starting with the Canon EOS M5 body. I had the opportunity to use the Dual Pixel CMOS AF System in the Canon EOS 70D, a DSLR camera body that I reviewed and I bought a used EOS 70D later before letting it go to fund for my EF 24-70mm f/4 L IS USM lens.

The Dual Pixel CMOS AF System allows the EOS M5 to achieve 7.0 fps (AF tracking) or 9.0 fps (AF fixed). Recording a video with the Dual Pixel CMOS AF System built-in, makes it very handy, useful and great when recording a video with the EOS M5.

Video recording

Armed with Digic 7 and Dual Pixel CMOS AF System inside the camera body, recording a video on the Canon EOS M5 gets easier and better. While I currently do not specialise in video production, the videos that I recorded and produced showed the ease of use for the daily user. Video recording can be a fun activity with the Canon EOS M5, whereby you can also record videos for memories beside taking photographs.

Intuitive Touch and Drag AF

This is one of the few key features inside the Canon EOS M5 that made me very impressed and liking this EOS M5 a lot. The intuitive Touch & Drag AF is like the “joystick”, the Quick Control Dial and Multi Controller of the Canon DSLR. With the eye on the EVF and your thumb controlling, moving the AF point, it’s just like my Canon DSLR in action.

I have my own unique experience using it, while I love this feature, it also got me fustrated because my eye tend to go very close (basically glued) to the EVF (from my experiences handling my Canon EOS 1DX), thus my face and nose would touch the screen. There were many a times, my nose and the finger “clashed” when I used the touch and drag AF.

The trick is not to put your eye too closely to the EVF, allow some space away from your face and there would be no clash between your finger doing the touch and drag AF and your face/nose.

Canon EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM Review

The Canon EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM is a new lens addition to the Canon family of lenses. The EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM is available in silver or graphite colour, it is small, lightweight and compact.

Focusing speed

The focusing speed is decent, it’s not a fast lens especially at the other end of the focal length at 150mm.

Sharpness

For the entire review period, I only used this EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens. This lens produced sharp photographs and it is able to retain the sharpness after cropping.

Bokeh

While this EF-M lens may not be as famous as her fellow sisters, the EF L lenses, the bokeh produced by this lens is commendable, pretty good with some creamy smooth bokeh. Let the photograph below reinforce the views that I wrote –

Canon EOS M5 with EF-M 18-150mm @ 150mm, f/3.5-6.3, ISO 640, f/6.3, 1/250s

The Canon EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 is a small, compact and lightweight telephoto zoom lens, suitable for your travel usage.

Here’s a quick recap of the product specifications of the Canon EOS M5 and EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM

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

Pricing and Availability

The EOS M5 is now available at all Canon authorised dealers at the following recommended retail prices.

Models SRP (incl GST)
EOS M5 kit (EF M15-45mm) $1,669
EOS M5 Body $1,499

The Canon EOS M5 camera, on my own personal basis, with views and opinions collected during the camera review period, it got a pretty good score and endorsement from me.

The built-in EVF gives it extra marks because I am schooled in the film SLR camera and I still prefer the EVF. With the feel, touch and capability of a DSLR, along with the Dual Pixel CMOS AF and intuitive Touch & Drag AF, it makes the Canon EOS M5 a very enjoyable camera to use since I am mainly a Canon DSLR useer.

This lightweight and compact Canon EOS M5 is packed with some pretty good capabilities and functionalities from the EOS DSLR family. An ideal camera for travel for those who do not wish to bring their DSLR out.

Would I take the Canon EOS M5 as my side/spare camera in my current Canon DSLR cameras setup?

Yes, if I have the extra budget on my side as I need to channel my funds to other L lenses purchases/upgrades first.

No, because I am waiting for Canon to release a full frame EOS M camera with a built-in EVF (In my personal humble opinion, I think they would release a full frame EOS M, probably in 2018, maybe Q1? That’s my wild guess!)

If you are looking for a mirrorless camera, do check out the Canon EOS M5, visit Canon Singapore Customer Care Centre at Galaxis, have a touch and feel of the Canon EOS M5.

* I would like to thank Canon Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations for the opportunity to review the Canon EOS M5 *


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