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Canon EOS 5DS R Review

The Canon EOS 5DS R was launched in February 2015, together with the Canon EOS 5DS. Both were pretty similar in technical specifications, with the EOS 5DS R having the optical low pass filter (LPF) cancellation feature inside them, a feature that makes it stand out from the rest of the other Canon EOS DSLR family.

I reviewed the Canon EOS 5DS camera previously in the month of November 2015. My overall experience was good, the EOS 5DS was an excellent camera with the capabilities of their 50.6 megapixels sensor along with their dual Digic 6 processors. Ever since I completed my EOS 5DS review, I wanted to review her sister camera that was launched together, the Canon EOS 5DS R. While there was a bit of time lag between these 2 reviews, I was thankful and grateful that I was able to obtain a review unit for my travel photography trip to Hokkaido in October 2016.

Before I proceed on further, let me recap on the techinical specifications of the Canon EOS 5DS R –

Dimensions: Approx. 152 x 116.4 x 76.4mm

Weight: Approx. 845g (body only)

Image sensor: 50.6 megapixel CMOS sensor

Imaging processor: Dual DIGIC 6

ISO speed: 100-6400 (expandable to 50 and 12 800)

Continuous shooting speed: 5 fps

Maximum video format: Full HD 30p

AF: 61-points Phase Difference AF with iTR AF

LCD: Wide 3.2-inch (1.04 million dots) 

Prior to this review, I did had a hands on experience with the Canon EOS 5DS R during a heritage outing with Canon Singapore and National Heritage Board in July 2015, visiting places of worship in Singapore. I requested to try out the EOS 5DS R for this outing and I got the chance! Check out the url links for the photographs that I took with the EOS 5DS R and my heritage tour article!

Therefore, in that short half day heritage tour, I had seen first hand for myself the capabilities of the EOS 5DS R. The photographs had great vivid colours, that would be ideal for landscape photography whereby this would stand out during spring and autumn seasons. In the later part of my article, I would be writing about my Hokkaido autumn travel photography and you would be able to view for yourself, not just the vivid colours, also the sharpness and details.

During my trip to Hokkaido in October 2016, I brought the Canon EOS 5DS R with two lenses, EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM and EF 70-200mm f/4 L USM. I have uploaded my Hokkaido autumn 2016 photographs into a collection on my Flickr account, do visit and take a look at the photographs that I took in Hokkaido!

Sharpness and details

When I was traveling in Hokkaido with the Canon EOS 5DS R, I was amazed by the quality of the photographs, the sharpness and details can be seen a lot more in the photographs that I shot with.

The big image sensor size and quality of the EOS 5DS R, requires high quality lenses to be paired with it, such as the Canon L family of lenses. During my trip to Hokkaido, I had the opportunity to test out one of the latest L lens, the EF 16-35mm f/4 L USM and an older EF 70-200mm f/4 L USM lens.

Using the EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM lens, I was able to achieve consistent, sharp and detailed photographs for my landscapes and walkabout travel photography. While for the slightly older L lens, there were times whereby I was able to capture excellent, sharp and detailed photographs, there were also a number of times whereby the photographs were not sharp and detailed, especially in the longer focal length of the lens.

This is not to state that the EF 70-200mm f/4 L USM lens is not a good lens, I have been faithfully using this lens for years (and still using it), another of my workhorse lens and I love it for its lightweight, capabilities and optics.

After I came back from Hokkaido, I met with a few photographer friends and had a chat with them on my observation. Having such a big image sensor size does have its own challenges, not all the lenses can bring out the best of the quality and capabilities of the EOS 5DS R. The Canon EF L lenses have the capabilities and abilities to bring the best out of the EOS 5DS R, and in my personal humble opinion, I would recommend that the latest L lenses would be more suitable and capable to do so.

Flexibility of dual card slots – SD + CF

The dual card slots is really ideal for photographers, for example, landscape photographers can choose to shoot both in RAW and JPEG format, separately into each designated storage card.

This would allow the photographer to have both types of files to work on, depending on their workflow or requirements. Some photographers may choose to work on the JPEG files and store the RAW files aside for future usage, as and when it is required.

File size

The 50.6 megapixel EOS 5DS R produces a huge file size for JPEG and even much bigger file size for RAW files. The huge file sizes on both JPEG and RAW would take up a lot of resources on your computer as well as your storage space.

For future owners of the EOS 5DS R or the EOS 5DS, a more powerful computer would really be ideal (highly recommended) and you would also need more disk storage space (external, internal or cloud)

EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM review

Canon has an excellent line up of constant aperture wide angle zoom lens such as the EF 17-40mm f/4 L and EF 16-35 f/2.8 L lenses. I personally own the EF 17-40mm f/4 L lens and I am not just a huge fan of this lens, this was also my workhorse lens. I can’t bear to let go of the EF 17-40mm f/4 L for another Canon wide angle lens. However, if I ever going to upgrade, I would choose the EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM lens, over the f/2.8 counterparts.

I reviewed the EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM lens a number of times and I started to love this lens. This is an excellent lens, lightweight with image stabilisation (IS), you can also use it for recording videos. Optics is really excellent, coupled with a big image sensor such as the EOS 5DS R 50.6 megapixel CMOS sensor, you have an excellent camera and lens combination. This combination of EOS 5DS R and EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM is highly suitable for landscape photographers, event photographers and travel photographers.

Final thoughts on Canon EOS 5DS R

This would be an excellent camera for landscape photographers, who like/are comfortable with the 35mm format. Match it with Canon’s latest wide angle lenses or their latest L lenses and you have an ideal and powerful camera and lens combination. With the 50.6 megapixels sensor, photographers would be able to have high quality images with a lot more details and sharpness.

While I am still predominantly a sports/events photographer with my Canon EOS 1DX, I do have a portfolio on travel photography. Photographers do (always) face the dilemma of wanting a few camera bodies yet it takes up space and they can be a hefty investment cost. For my future travel photography assignments, whether it is commissioned or personal travel, I would look into renting the EOS 5DS R to fulfil the job.

The EOS 5DS R is not just confined to landscape/travel photographers, other photography fields can also consider them too, probably just as good for product shoot photography! Portraiture photography would be a lot more sharp and having more details, this might be very good or too sharp with too many details for your liking, depending on your job requirements!

This is a “monster” DSLR camera, it can be a very powerful camera and it is able to give medium format a run for its money (although it would not be a very fair comparison between 35mm and medium format). In order to bring out the best of the EOS 5DS R, pair it with the latest Canon L lenses such as the EF 11-24mm f/4 L USM, EF 16-35 f/2.8L III USM and EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM, EF 24-70mm f/4 L IS USM, EF 24-70mm f/2.8L IS II USM and EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM.

I would like to thank Canon Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations for the Canon EOS 5DS R review opportunity.


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Updates and changes to my photography sites

The time is now, it had been brewing behind the scenes for some time since 2016. There were times when I looked back and reflected on myself, whether things could have been done faster. In life, sometimes, many things don’t go according to plan.

Sometimes, the people around you understand or make a point to seek first and understand, sometimes, there are also people around you that doesn’t want to understand and know what were the circumstances and situations.

As I took the first step into opening my own small business in photography on the 1st day of 2017, there were a lot of things behind the scenes to get things up and running for my small photography business. From setting up a new photography portfolio website, to restructuring and realignment of my other photography sites. The economic conditions are slow and very challenging for year 2017 and 2018. Taking the first step into operating a small business, is a huge leap of faith and courage. I am and I have to work a lot extra harder and smarter, taking on 2 more jobs (helping my friends business in legal services and forex/stocks trading) beside growing and building up my small photography business.

First and foremost, let me introduce to you the updates and changes below:

New photography portfolio website using Format platform – http://www.tghphotography.com

First and foremost, I thought I had a photography portfolio. Yes and No.

A fellow photographer friend commented that my photography and travel interest site (probably in 2015) was messy and people can’t see my true portfolio. He was spot on and I took note of that, without going full steam ahead into making the changes, that was before some things happened in 2016.

In 2016, after personal setbacks and fell right into the bottom of a well. I started to plan and make changes. While picking myself up, licking my wounds and handling personal losses to my loved one and 2 close friends in year 2016.

The process was much slower than I what planned and wanted it to be. Finally, I pieced all my jigsaw puzzles and planning together, giving rise to my new photography portfolio.

Photography and travel interest site – http://www.photojournalist-tgh.tv

This website used to double up as my portfolio, with more than 10 years of photography and travel content (since 2006). It had accumulated a pretty rich amount of photography and travel content. With the establishment of my new photography portfolio, this would be relived of official photography portfolio duties.

She will continue to serve in her capacity as a photography and travel interest / social media / blogging website, my digital marketing, social media and blogging arm for my photography and travel.

Hosting/sharing of photographs in photography/social media communities

~ 500px – https://500px.com/tangenghui

~ Flickr – https://www.flickr.com/photos/tangenghui

These two photography communities are where I have uploaded and shared my photographs from my past years of photography adventures. These two communities are closely linked to my photography and travel interest site, whereby I wrote about the events that I attended, camera reviews, travel etc and visitors can visit Flickr or 500px to view more of the photographs that I took.

With the establishment of my new photography portfolio, my 500px and Flickr would be restructured and realigned them to be secondary photography portfolios.

There might be people who question the need for multiple photography sites to host and showcase my photography works. They each have their goals, objectives and directions in terms of my outreach, engagement and sharing of photographs. Having a presence in the two different photography communities help to expand and diversify my photography presence, outreach and branding.

Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/TanGengHuiPhotography

My Facebook page will remain status quo, no major changes to its direction and usage. This is part of my social media outreach, digital engagement, marketing and publicity platform for my family, relatives, friends, clients and supporters on Facebook.

This Facebook page is not just about sharing my photography works, it’s also a sharing platform for photography tips, news, interesting events taking place and my travel segment as well, from travel news, travel tips and travel events.

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/tangenghui

My Instagram currently is a personal Instagram account, therefore, it’s not specially and specifically curated photography portfolio. This is a pretty carefree Instagram account, not bounded by too many of my own rules and regulations.

I might setup another Instagram account, purely for photography portfolio purposes. Until this takes place, my current Instagram account would take on the role on the Instagram platform, as part of my social media outreach, digital engagement, marketing and publicity platform for my family, relatives, friends, clients and supporters.

Final closing and personal thoughts

A new established photography portfolio, along with a strategic restructuring and realignment of my other photography sites, all these new changes and movements allowed me to streamline and manage my business, marketing and social media outreach.

Nothing in life is perfect, we just have to learn, grow and pick ourselves up from our mistakes and failures. At this juncture in time, all of the above would serve me well in running my photography business and growth in the near future.

Today, reaching this milestone, opening up this new journey, the route leading me towards this post today, was never straightforward and smooth going as I thought it would be. The setbacks in year 2016 spurred me to create and carve my own future. Being stuck at the bottom of the well, climbing my way up and out of it, this was another huge learning and growing curve in my life, to pick myself up from all the hurt, damage, anger, disappointment, lost of confidence and self belief.

Some said, I am slow in doing all these things together. True, no doubt about that and I do not deny that point. I do things a bit slower than others because I am more prudent, plan and strategise further ahead. How many people really knew about the recovery curve that I went through?

Most people don’t want to know the things behind the scenes, the “blood, sweat and tears”, they only see the end results and money, this is the capitalist economy that we live in.

Everything above is a huge leap of faith, it’s a new hope. No matter how much or how detailed planning in life that a person can do, in whatever areas they take on, there are no guarantees in life, I used to learn that there are only 2 guarantees in life, they are death and taxes, now make it 3 ~ Change is the 3rd guarantee in life.

This new journey actually started on 1st January 2017, it’s only with the launch of my new photography portfolio that I can write all my plans, happenings and thoughts here.

I know this is quite a bit of lengthy read, thank you very much from the bottom of my heart, for taking your precious time to read (when most people are not reading much) and for your continuous support, if you have read till the last line here.

World Press Photo 2016 Exhibition Singapore

The “Oscars” of photojournalism, The World Press Photo exhibition is back in Singapore, presented by The Straits Times and held at the National Museum of Singapore.

The World Press Photo exhibition is currently on a global tour across 100 cities in 45 countries. At this exhibition, visitors can view 145 prize-winning photographs that captured the most powerful, poignant, and sometimes provocative press images from around the world.

The 2016 global contest drew more than 82,000 submissions from 5,775 photographers across 128 countries. Of these, the jury awarded prizes to 41 photographers from 21 countries, including Australia, China and Japan.

There are guided tours every Saturday and Sunday, 10am & 12.30pm. At the World Press Photo Exhibition Singapore, it’s also featuring a partner exhibition by The Straits Times showcasing its best photojournalism work of 2016 which illustrates the richness of life in Singapore.

There will also be a panel discussion and free talks open to the general public by the award-winning and internationally acclaimed photographers from the World Press Photo exhibition and photojournalists from The Straits Times. For more information and details, do visit the Straits Times website.

I visited World Press Photo Exhibitions in Singapore when their exhibitions were here in the years 2014, 2015 and 2016. I encouraged everyone of you to visit the World Press Photo Exhibition in Singapore, it’s not just for photographers, journalists, their photographs show us many different aspects, life and happenings around the world that we may not see or know about it.

World Press Photo Exhibition Singapore information

Date: 3 March 2017 to 26 March 2017

Opening Hours: 10.00am to 7.00pm

Venue: National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897

Website: http://www.straitstimes.com/st-world-press-photo-2016

Price: Free admission

* Information courtesy of Weber Shandwick *

Canon announced EOS M6

Canon recently announced a new mirrorless camera to their line up, the Canon EOS M6. The slightly earlier Canon mirrorless camera model was the EOS M5 that was announced around September 2016 and I shared about it here. The time gap between the EOS M5 and M6 is around 5-6 months, therefore, both the EOS M5 and M6 have some similar technical specifications and also some distinct differences.

The key differences between the EOS M5 and M6 are

(1)  the built-in view finder on the EOS M5 while the EOS M6 does not have it and they do have the optional EVF DC-2 that can be purchased separately and attached to the hot-shoe.

(2) Rear LCD screen – EOS M5 rear LCD screen tilts downwards at an angle of 85 degrees up and while the EOS M6 rear LCD screen tilts 180 degrees upwards and 45 degrees downwards.

In my personal humble opinion, the Canon EOS M6 is the next mirrorless camera model after the EOS M10 yet it sits below the EOS M5. The EOS M6 is catered for a different group of customers, probably more of those who prefer the fun and ease of handling without the demands/needs of the built-in viewfinder. A purist photographer would probably choose the EOS M5 because they have the built-in viewfinder that they can use when they are shooting. Personally, I prefer to have a built-in viewfinder for my choice of mirrorless camera.

I am currently testing and reviewing the Canon EOS M5 and I would share my review article at a later time (and update here accordingly when it is ready). If the opportunity arises, I would test and review the Canon EOS M6 too.

Let me share with you more information and details of the Canon EOS M6 from the press release information below –

Canon announced the launch of the EOS M6, the latest addition to its mirrorless range of cameras designed as a modern all-rounder reflecting the best balance of convenient portability and easy functionality. Equipped with advanced technologies which are adopted from the professional EOS range cameras, the compact-size EOS M6 weighs approximately 390 grams (including the body, battery and card) and achieves high speed and a sharply precise AF that is capable of capturing fast moving subjects in still or videos. Available in sophisticated black graphite and vintage silver and black combination, the EOS M6 packs a punch with the new APS-C sensor and DIGIC 7 image processor to deliver high image clarity with low noise levels.

“The compact-sized EOS M6 excels in having a good balance of imaging power and convenience, making it a desirable camera of choice for users who relish the versatility of mirrorless photography. With Canon’s dual pixel CMOS AF technology, significant enhancements in AF speed and precision tracking enables users to capture superb quality pictures and videos without the associated bulk.” said Edwin Teoh, Head of Marketing, Singapore Operations, Canon Singapore. “Coupled with a comprehensive line-up of interchangeable lenses, users will now have more avenues to flex their creative muscles and develop their artistic flair.” 

Rapid and precise AF performance with Dual Pixel CMOS AF

Equipped with 24.2-Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and DIGIC 7 image processor, the EOS M6 delivers crisp image quality with low noise. Powered by Dual Pixel CMOS AF with approximately 24.2 million phase-difference sensors, AF is possible on approximately an 80% x 80% area of the focal plane’s entire surface. This enables fast and accurate tracking when shooting stills and videos, even when the subject is positioned at the edges of the frame. The touch AF further facilitates efficiency when conducting focus adjustments especially during macro and portrait shoots. Additionally, minute adjustments of the AF frame can also be done effortlessly through the controller wheel in the magnified view for accurate and precise focus.

The improved noise reduction performance as enabled by the DIGIC 7 image processor expands the normal ISO speed range from 100 to 25600. This notable improvement ensures sharp and crisp image quality even when shooting in low-light conditions.

Movie shooting

Full HD at 60p is supported, allowing the EOS M6 to capture smooth and beautiful footage. With the combination of Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology and STM lens, the EOS M6 allow users to achieve fast and accurate tracking during video shooting to achieve cinematographic effects without introducing mechanical noises generated by the lens motor during auto-focusing.

The EOS M6 also features Combination IS with in-camera 5-axis image stabilization through a compatible lens. Combination IS leverages optical IS and in-camera digital IS to help create seamless videos. Additionally, the DIGIC 7 image processor makes the 5-axis image stabilization possible even with lenses that do not contain IS due to the independent in-camera image stabilization that reduces camera shake during video shoots.

Intuitive user experience with improved ergonomics

With a 3.0” touch panel LCD screen that tilts 180 degrees upwards and 45 degrees downwards, users have the flexibility of taking photos from different angles with ease. The quick dial controls also simplify adjustments even while on foot as settings can be switched around quickly without needing to toggle back to the menu screen. This provides a significant improvement to the levels of comfort and freedom for users, especially when shooting in manual mode.

With a screen size of 0.39” and approximately 2.36 million dots OLED panel, the optional electronic viewfinder (EVF-DC2) is comparably smaller and lighter than the conventional EVFs. For the user, the EVF reflects a highly accurate image representation of what is seen by the camera sensor without interference from glare. The EVF-DC2 is compatible with selected Canon camera models such as PowerShot G1 X Mark II, PowerShot G3 X and EOS M3.

Seamless with Bluetooth Low Energy technology

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. And 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, EOS M6 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, start remote capture from the camera, even when the camera 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 perform 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.

Easy switch of lenses for changing your perspectives

The EOS M6 is available in 2 kit options: EF-M18-150mm F3.5-6.3 IS STM kit and EF-M15-45mm F3.5-6.3 IS STM kit.

For existing EOS DSLR users, the Mount Adapter EF-EOS M (sold separately) allows full compatibility with over 70 EF/EF-S lenses. This offers users a wider range of creative options and shooting perspectives all without compromising on image quality and capabilities.

Pricing and Availability

Pricing and availability of the EOS M6 and EVF-DC2 will be advised at a later date.

Product specifications

EOS M6

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:                                   3.0-inch touch panel (tilt upwards approx.180° and                                              downwards approx. 45°), approx. 1.04 million dots

Movie:                                     Full HD 60 fps

Connectivity:                           Wi-Fi / NFC / Bluetooth Low Energy technology

EVF:                                        External (Optional)

Dimensions:                             Approx. 112.0 x 68.0 x 44.5mm

Weight:                                    Approx. 390g

EVF-DC2

Effective dots:                         Approx. 2,360,000 dots

Format:                                   Organic EL

Screen size:                           0.39-type

Aspect ratio:                          4:3

Coverage:                              Approx. 100%

Brightness adjustment:          Yes

Eyepoint:                                Approx. 22mm

Dioptric adjustment range:     Approx. -3 to +1 m-1 (dpt)

Size:                                      31.4 x 36.2 x 45.7mm

Weight:                                   Approx. 29g

Supported models:                  EOS M6/EOS M3/PowerShot G1 X Mark II/PowerShot G3 X

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

Canon announced EOS 800D

Canon recently announced a few new cameras to their line-up, one of them was the Canon EOS 800D, the latest DSLR that caters for beginners/entry level enthusiasts in photography. The Canon EOS 800D had come a long way since the Canon EOS 300D (it’s one of the Canon DSLRs that I used and it’s my first DSLR too!). While I had moved on towards the double digit series Canon DSLR before settling down on the Canon EOS 1D series (1D Mark III and 1DX).

I had first hand experiences on how much it has improved and changed over the years. Today’s entry level Canon DSLRs are really packed with many more features that used to be found in the double digit DSLRs. It’s lightweight and easy to use for beginners/entry level enthusiasts, therefore, it would not be too daunting for them to start off with this entry level DSLR. Personally, I also started off with the entry level Canon EOS 300D too before advancing upwards the Canon DSLR models!

Let me share with you more information on the Canon EOS 800D and if you are a beginner/entry level enthusiast, take a look at them –

Canon announced the launch of the EOS 800D, the newest DSLR designed for beginners looking for superior quality images and the convenience of mobility. Designed with simplicity as a focus, the EOS 800D boasts a host of advanced functions such as the cutting-edge Dual Pixel CMOS Auto-Focus (DAF), a first for an entry-level DSLR model, a 24.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, and the latest DIGIC 7 image processor propels the EOS 800D to produce brilliant pictures and videos. The lighting fast AF speed will empower users to capture dynamic scenes and fast moving subjects.

Weighing at approximately 485 grams (body only), the EOS 800D is a great option for photographers who enjoy the portability and convenience which comes with a lighter camera, while the touchscreen interface makes it easy for budding photographers to navigate the functionalities of the camera.

“The EOS 800D debunks stereotypes that DSLRs are large and cumbersome, winning over fans to DSLR photography with its attractive and user-friendly interface that is designed for users to focus on enjoying the shooting experience,” said Edwin Teoh, Head of Marketing, Singapore Operations, Canon Singapore. “Behind the clean and simple interface lies a smart system that photographers can trust to deliver sophisticated imagery.”

AF technology accentuates creativity

With the DAF system supporting sharp and accurate focusing, users will have little difficulty keeping subjects in clear focus. Dual Pixel CMOS AF is an intelligent system that constantly tracks moving subjects, ensuring moving subjects will always be in focus, and also functions when shooting video. A 45-point AF system, which covers almost the entire frame, works with the optical viewfinder to complement DAF for precise focus and accurate tracking of photo subjects, thus keeping the subject in perfect focus.

The new DIGIC 7 image processor is paired with the high sensitivity 24.2 megapixel APS-C sized CMOS sensor for high picture clarity even in intricate detail. The EOS 800D sets class-leading standards with the ability to support normal ISO speeds from 100-25,600, enabling users to capture a wide range of image expressions.

A nimble performer, the EOS 800D boasts of the world’s fastest AF focusing speed of 0.03 seconds during live view*, so users can expect to capture stills with unrivalled precision. It also achieves one of the fastest-in-class continuous shutter speed of 6 fps, assuring users of capturing the perfect moment even in dynamics situations.

Intuitive touchscreen UI and features

Designed with an intuitive touchscreen interface, users will find it easy to navigate and adjust the camera settings. A new shooting mode guide, complete with shooting tips, thorough explanations and graphics, will help beginners familiarize themselves with the camera and enhance their understanding of the different shooting modes. More experienced DSLR users have the flexibility of switching off the simplified user interface.

Taking the perfect group photo will be a breeze when the new Group Photo scene mode is activated. This function automatically adjusts the shutter speed and ISO speed so that users can shoot at a range of f/8 to f/1, thus enlarging the depth of field and ensuring all subjects are in focus.

The vari-angle LCD screen on the EOS 800D can be tilted 180 degrees and rotated, giving users the flexibility of capturing photos from high or low angles for creative expression and selfies. 

Exceptional movie shooting capabilities

With DAF and movie digital image stabilization (IS) technology, the EOS 800D empowers users to deliver beautiful expressions in full HD resolution at a smooth 60 fps. The EOS 800D is one of the first DSLR in Canon’s EOS line-up to be equipped with movie digital IS. The function uses an in-built gyro sensor to detect and correct camera shake via electronic compensation for higher stability to produce more vivid images.

The time lapse movie function allows users to shoot fun and on-trend movies that encapsulates the changes of their photo subjects, through the passage of time into a compressed format. By setting up the camera to capture a shot at specific time intervals, users may document varied scenes such as movement of clouds or even the traffic flow at a busy intersection.

Connectivity for convenience

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. And 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, EOS 800D features Bluetooth Low Energy which maintains constant connection to a compatible smart device at a low power consumption. With this constant connection, users can view images, start remote capture, from the camera, even when the camera 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 perform 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 or the new BR-E1 Bluetooth wireless controller.

Bundled kit lens – EF-S18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM and optional accessory – BR-E1 Bluetooth wireless controller

The EOS 800D comes packaged with the new compact standard zoom lens – EF-S18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM. This new lens is significantly smaller than its cousins in the same class, making it the perfect kit lens for a new user DSLR who might be concerned with bulk.

Optional accessories for the EOS 800D include the new BR-E1 wireless controller, which uses Bluetooth connectivity to operate the camera from anywhere within a 5m radius.

* Among all the interchangeable lens digital cameras incorporating the APS-C size image sensors with phase-difference detection AF on the image plane

As of February 14th, 2017 (Researched by Canon).

Calculated based on the resulting AF speed measured according to the CIPA guidelines.

(Varies depending on the shooting conditions and the lenses used.) Internal measurement method.

[Measurement conditions]

Focusing brightness: EV 12 (room temperature, ISO 100)

Shooting mode: M

Lens used: EF-S18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM (at focal length of 55mm)

Live View shooting

AF method: Live 1-point AF (with Center AF point)

AF operation: One-Shot AF

Pricing and Availability

Pricing and availability of the EOS 800D and the EF-S18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM will be advised at a later date.

Product specifications

EOS 800D

Dimensions:                             Approx. 131.0 x 99.9 x 76.2mm

Weight:                                    Approx. 485g (body only)

Image sensor:                         24.2 mega-pixel APS-C CMOS sensor

Imaging processor:                 DIGIC 7

ISO speed:                              100-25,600 (expandable to 51,200)

Continuous shooting speed:   Approx. 6 fps

Maximum video quality:           Full HD 60p

AF:                                          45-points cross-type AF points

Wi-Fi / Bluetooth:                     Yes

NFC                                         Yes

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

EF-S18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM

Focal length:                            18-55mm

Maximum aperture:                  f/4-5.6

Minimum focusing distance:    0.25m

Maximum magnification:          0.25x

Lens Construction:                  12 elements in 10 groups

Filter Size Dimension: 58mm

Aperture blades:                     7

Dimensions (L x W):                Approx. 61.8mm x 66.5mm

Weight:                                    Approx. 215g

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

Light Up Your Passion with Jaybird Freedom

Jaybird Freedom, the smallest wireless ear buds in the earphones market, is packed with many features and incredible sound system inside this pair of wireless earphones. Is it only for the sporting folks? No, this pair of small yet powerful Jaybird Freedom wireless earphones are a great fit for everybody in their daily life, from leisure, day to day traveling, outdoors and sports.

How does the Jaybird Freedom wireless light up the passion and lifestyle of two good friends, one is a sporting person and the other is a café lover?

Sam – a sporty and outdoors girl

A sporty and outdoors girl, she plays rugby union and is now currently playing touch rugby and she’s also a fan of traveling and the outdoors. Running for Sam, is another form of her sporting regime to keep fit in between training sessions for her touch rugby training sessions and work.

Plugging in the Jaybird Wireless Earphones, turning the direction of the earphones upwards, with the cable hanging above the ear, fitting and snugging nicely above and behind. Sam switched on her Jaybird Freedom Wireless Earphones, opened the MySound app, searched for her favourite workout music setting. Adjusting the volume on the side control panel, she entered into her sporting world with music accompanying her, isolated from the noise of the outside world. This is one of the great features of the Jaybird Freedom, the awesome and powerful noise isolation.

This pair of Jaybird Freedom Wireless Earphones is a great fit for Sam and her sporty lifestyle, she can use it for her running exercise regime and for her daily travel to and fro from home to work.

Fiona – a café lover and avid reader

A great fan of visiting different café, trying out their different meals and coffee with friends and sometimes alone with her book to read and relax, while listening to music. Sometimes, visiting a café on her own is for her own personal time with reading books and listening to music, giving the mind and soul a boost through reading and music.

While Fiona was enjoying her coffee after her hearty meal, she switched on her Jaybird Freedom wireless earphones, plugged it in and started playing her favourite songs. Now inside the world of her own with the power and capability of the noise isolation from the Jaybird Freedom, reading her book and listening to her sound of music, sometimes she got hyped up and happy that she hummed and sang along with the tune of her music. The other folks at the café didn’t mind too, for they enjoyed Fiona’s voice and singing too.

The Jaybird Freedom is not only suitable for the sporty folks, it’s also just as suitable for music lovers in our daily life, at work or during leisure time. The wonders of the MySound app by Jaybird allows Sam and Fiona to switch around the style and tone of music for their songs selection to suit their activities and lifestyle.

This pair of Jaybird Freedom wireless earphones suits both a sporty and leisure group of music lovers. No matter what you do or where you go, the Jaybird Freedom wireless can be a part for most of your daily life, work, travel and sports. Let the Jaybird Wireless Freedom light up your passion and power your passion to greater heights.

For the tech and music geeks who would like to know more about the Jaybird Freedowm wireless earphones, head over to my personal blog for the tech review article that I did for the Jaybird Freedom Wireless Earphones.

I would like to sincerely thank these two gorgeous ladies, Sam and Fiona for taking their personal and precious time off from their busy schedule to assist (model for) me in my special lifestyle theme photoshoot!

Canon announced EOS 77D

Canon announced a new DSLR to their line up on 15th January 2017, the Canon EOS 77D. The Canon EOS 77D is quite similar to the Canon EOS 80D that was launched in 2016.

I would share more on the differences between the Canon EOS 77D and 80D in the future when the opportunity arises. The key technical specifications differences between the Canon EOS 77D and 80D are in the areas of processor, ISO sensitivity range and fps shooting rate.

Let me share with you some of the key information of the Canon EOS 77D from the press release information below –

Canon today announced the introduction of the new EOS 77D, a new DSLR model with the world’s fastest AF speed. EOS 77D encapsulates the latest of Canon’s cutting-edge imaging technology including Dual Pixel CMOS AF system (DAF), DIGIC 7 image processor with high resolution 24.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor. These are the advanced technology which powers the world’s fastest AF focusing speed of 0.03 seconds* during live view.

Akin to premium models, the EOS 77D also features a top LCD display panel that reflects setting information such as shutter speed, aperture value, ISO and exposure levels, while the two control dials allow users a higher level of control.

“Featuring a host of premium features and the newest class-leading AF technology for on point precision, the new EOS 77D demonstrates Canon’s commitment to offering great value and accessibility to DSLR photography. With the introduction of the EOS 77D, enthusiasts can push their creative boundaries with confidence to explore varied expressions of stills and videos,” said Edwin Teoh, Head of Marketing, Singapore Operations, Canon Singapore.

Versatile performance powered by innovation

With the Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology and a DIGIC 7 image processor, the EOS 77D has the world’s fastest AF focusing speed of 0.03 seconds* during live view, and delivers such crisp images that fine details are preserved when images are enlarged to A3 prints or heavily cropped during editing. The DIGIC 7 image processor not only allows the EOS 77D to shoot at an ISO speed up to 25,600 but also allows the camera to excel in low-light conditions and shoot a rapidly moving subject, while keeping image noise at a minimum. The EOS 77D also has a continuous shooting speed of up to 6 frames per second in live view mode resulting a blur-free and razor sharp photos even from rapidly moving subjects.

To quickly detect and maintain focus on the right subjects, users will appreciate the DAF system for high precision tracking and focusing while shooting in Live View mode. DAF works effectively because each pixel on the CMOS sensor consists of two photodiodes, taking in light individually. By comparing the signal difference between the two photodiodes, DAF perceptively switches focus with high precision is able to quickly almost immediately jump to the correct focus. With this, the fastest AF focusing speed of 0.03* seconds while shooting still images in live view could be achieved.

For users who prefer shooting using the traditional optical viewfinder, the advanced all-cross type 45-point AF provides extensive coverage for accurate detection and tracking of even moving subjects. The smooth zone in the EOS 77D is a new AF mode where upon selection, enables the user to track even moving subjects across a wider AF area, and complements the 45-point AF in enhancing user’s experience.

The EOS 77D is also equipped with Colour detection AF which works with the 7560-pixel RGB+IR light metering sensor to accurately detect skin tones and focuses on people within the frame, even when an object is in front of the person.

Premium features for high operability and control

The EOS 77D is equipped with two control dials – a Main Dial on top of the camera and a Quick Control Dial on the rear panel. With two options for dial control, users are able to make quick changes to the camera settings, such as shutter speed and aperture, without taking their eye off the viewfinder. The Quick Dial control is equipped with a lock mechanism to prevent unintended operation of the dial.

A useful companion to the main dial is the top LCD panel, a feature usually available only with on higher-end models. The top LCD panel allows users to quickly check all shooting settings, without having to check the LCD monitor at the back of the camera, while a quick press of a button illuminates the top LCD panel, allowing users comfortably shoot in dark locations. The EOS 77D is also equipped with a vari-angle LCD, giving users the flexibility of adjusting their desired shooting angle. This opens up to many possibilities for Live View shooting, be it from a high angle or approaching the subject from a low angle.

In-camera image processing is also enhanced with the addition of Tilt Correction, allowing users to correct tilted images up to a maximum rotation of ten degrees.

Photographers who frequently shoot continuously at a higher shutter speed in indoor environments with artificial light sources such as fluorescent lamps may notice that the flicker from the light source may be captured, resulting in uneven exposure. This is because these lamps flicker at high speeds beyond the normal ability of the human eye to notice. The EOS 77D is equipped with flicker-less shooting, which detects such flickering and shifts shutter activation timing in order to maintain even exposure and colouring.

Masterful Cinematographic Expressions

The EOS 77D utilizes the advanced CMOS sensor, cutting-edge DAF and an array of the latest EOS movie imaging technology that delivers vivid and cinematic videos in full HD at 60p. The EOS 77D is also the first DSLR in our EOS series to use Movie Digital IS, a feature with an internal gyro sensor to electronically compensate for camera shake, even when using a lens that lacks its own image stabilization mechanism.

Movie digital IS has two levels of IS: normal, which prioritizes the angle of view and suited in situations where the focal length remain constant, and High, which is ideal when shooting with a long lens, when a minor shake can result in blur images captured, for more powerful suppression of camera shake.

While recording through Live View, users can experiment with video techniques such as foreground to background focus shifts by simply tapping on the subject they want to focus on. Recording through Live View will ensure that the subject is in constantly in focus.

The Time Lapse function allows users to shoot movies that encapsulates the changes of their photo’s subjects, through the passage of time, into a compressed format, and is only limited by the users’ imagination. The function on the EOS 77D is coupled with high dynamic range movies (HDR), automatically adjusting the exposure and compensating for reduction in natural light, allowing users to shoot under dim conditions.

Sharing memories while on the go

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. And 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, EOS 77D features Bluetooth Low Energy which maintains constant connection to a compatible smart device at a low power consumption. With this constant connection, users can view images, start remote capture, from the camera, even when the camera 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 perform 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 or the new BR-E1 Bluetooth wireless controller.

Bluetooth can also be used to connect the camera to the new optional BR-E1 Bluetooth remote control. This wireless controller can also be used to operate the camera remotely, up to a radius of 5 meters.

Equipped with NFC and Wi-Fi connectivity, images and video files from the EOS 77D can be easily transferred to paired devices – printers, smartphones and computers – in real time. A dedicated Wi-Fi button enables the camera to recall a list of previously paired devices, allowing for even swifter transfer.

The EOS 77D comes with a new kit lens – EF-S18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM, a compact lens that is significantly smaller than its cousins in the same class, making it the perfect kit lens for users concerned with bulk.

Its focal length ranges from 29-88mm, covering the semi-wide-angle and mid-telephoto angles of view that are most convenient for travel and portrait photography.

The lens AF is also powered by Stepping Motor Technology (STM), ensuring smooth, quiet AF—ideal for videos. This is one lens that will increase your shooting possibilities for both stills and videos.

* Among all the interchangeable lens digital cameras incorporating the APS-C size image sensors with phase-difference detection AF on the image plane

As of February 14th, 2017 (Researched by Canon).

Calculated based on the resulting AF speed measured according to the CIPA guidelines.

(Varies depending on the shooting conditions and the lenses used.) Internal measurement method.

[Measurement conditions]

Focusing brightness: EV 12 (room temperature, ISO 100)

Shooting mode: M

Lens used: EF-S18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM (at focal length of 55mm)

Live View shooting

AF method: Live 1-point AF (with Center AF point)

AF operation: One-Shot AF

Pricing and Availability

Pricing and availability of the EOS 77D and EF-S18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM will be advised at a later date.

Product specifications

EOS 77D

Dimensions:                             Approx. 131.0 x 99.9 x 76.2mm

Weight:                                    Approx. 493g (body only)

Image sensor:                         24.2 mega-pixel APS-C CMOS sensor

Imaging processor:                 DIGIC 7

ISO speed:                              100-25,600 (expandable to 51,200)

Continuous shooting speed:   Approx. 6 fps

Maximum video quality:           Full HD 60p

AF:                                          45 cross-type AF points

Wi-Fi:                                       Yes

NFC:                                        Yes

LCD:                                        3.0” (approx. 1.04 million dots) vari-angle touch panel

EF-S18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM

Focal length:                            18-55mm

Maximum aperture:                  f/4-5.6

Minimum focusing distance:    0.25m

Maximum magnification:          0.25x

Lens Construction:                  12 elements in 10 groups

Filter Size Dimension: 58mm

Aperture blades:                     7

Dimensions (L x W):                Approx. 61.8mm x 66.5mm

Weight:                                    Approx. 215g

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

Canon Valentine’s Day Gift Guide 2017

Valentine’s Day 2017 is just round the corner, if you are planning something special and unique for your special someone, you would need something beyond your Valentine’s Day gift.

Let me share with you some ideas that can be helpful and important to help you capture down your Valentine’s Day 2017 memories (or proposal) with some technology gadgets recommendations from Canon and the steps to creating your Valentine’s Day proposal moments –

Step #1 – Creating the mood with appropriate decorations  

Canon PIXMA TS8070 (SGD $299.00)

From the moment that you both became “Instagram-official” countless of photos must have been taken and shared on social media platforms. Now’s the time to put these photos to good use by printing them out and decorating the event venue with them.

With the help of the PIXMA TS8070, which supports a new 5” by 5” (square) photo paper, you can easily print all the photos you shared on Instagram and use them as part of the venue decoration. As the printer is wireless and promises a quick and easy set-up, you need not waste precious time setting up the printer, but can instead print the photos straight from your phone.

Equipped with a six-colour hybrid ink system, the flagship printer delivers highest quality prints, ensuring that the venue is adequately jazzed up.

Step #2 – Going down on one knee

 Canon RAYO i8 (SGD $749.00)

With the RAYO i8 in one pocket, and the ring in the other, you are now all set for the perfect proposal. Now all you have to do is just ask!

Measuring at just 111 x 111 x 17.2mm and weighing only 269g, the RAYO i8 mini projector fits easily into the back pocket of your jeans. With the ease of portability, the video montage you prepared for the day can be stored on smart devices and streamed directly via either wired or wireless networks.

Despite its tiny size, the RAYO i8 punches above its weight. With its ability to enlarge content to a 158” image on any surface while delivering continuous brightness at 100 lumens, the RAYO i8 ensures that the video montage you put together will be delivered in great clarity, evoking all the necessary emotions for your partner to say yes.

Top this off with up to 2 hours of run-time on a single charge, you have all the time you need to muster up your courage and ask.

Step #3 – Photographing the big moment

Canon EOS M5                                                   
EOS M5 (Body) SGD $1,669.00
 
EOS M5 Kit (EF-M15-45 IS STM)  SGD $1,499.00

EOS M5 kit (EF M18-150mm) SGD $2,099.00

*Disclaimer: This step should be outsourced to friends or family present, least you miss the perfect photo opportunity and have to get down on your knee all over again*

Of course, you have to have a camera to capture your special day, and share the memories with the extended family.  The new Canon EOS M5 boasts of one of Canon’s most impressive features – the Dual Pixel CMOS AF. This state-of-the-art function helps provide smooth and precise AF for photos and videos even while staring through the camera’s EVF.

To top it off, the EOS M5 also shoots at a rate of 7fps with continuous AF and 9fps when focus is locked – perfect for capturing fast activity unfolding in the field. Every happy tear shed will be captured with absolute precision.  Plus, with a shutter that is virtually silent, you don’t have to fear alerting your partner before you actually get down on your knee and ask.

If you were too flustered before the actual proposal and had forgotten to find a photographer, fret not!

The inclusion of the new Bluetooth Smart feature allows the camera to stay fully connected to a smartphone or tablet running Canon’s Camera Connect application. All you have to do is to find a suitable spot to put the camera, dash back to your partner, get back down on one knee, and control the EOS M5 from your smartphone.

Step #4 – Printing photo souvenirs for friends and family

Canon SELPHY CP1200 (SGD $199.00)

*Disclaimer: You may wish to skip this step if your partner said no. Sorry. *

Now that the difficult part is out of the way, it’s time to show your appreciation for all that helped you put the event together. Weighing at only 860 grams, the SELPHY CP1200 can be easily brought to the proposal venue.

The simple button layout easily allows you to easily print photos from your Canon EOS M5 via Wi-Fi, on a variety of layouts and sizes such as postcard prints, while the date printing function ensures that you never forget this memorable date.

A simple handwritten thank you note can be crafted on the back on the post card print, and given out to all those who are present.With the optional battery pack, you need not worry about finding a power socket should you decide to propose on a yacht out at sea!

If you are planning to propose to your special one during this Valentine’s Day, hope the 4 steps and gadget recommendations help you in some way or another!

However, if you are planning to celebrate with your Valentine’s Day with your special one, all the above photography, printing and technology gadgets are definitely useful and handy to have a romantic and special time with your special one, take photographs with the Canon EOS M5, project them on the screen/wall using RAYO i8, view the precious and priceless moments together as a couple! After viewing them, you can print them out as memories using the Canon SELPHY CP1200 and PIXMA TS8070 for both of you to keep!

Happy Valentine’s Day! Happy Friendship Day!

* Pictures courtesy of Canon Singapore*

Canon Christmas Gift Guide 2016

Christmas 2016 is just round the corner and if you are planning to purchase a Christmas Gift for your family, relatives, loved ones or friends, let me share with you Canon’s Christmas Guide 2016! There is something for everybody who loves photography!

Share this festive Christmas Gift Guide 2016 by Canon with your loved ones and friends too! Pass It On and Pay It Forward!

For the budding movie maker – Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

This latest addition to Canon’s best-selling full-frame line boasts of brand new features such as the Dual Pixel CMOS AF, DPRAW, and 4K Movie Shooting. With these new state-of-the-art advancements, there is no doubt that your hand-sketched storyboards are sure to come to life.

A built-in GPS-system enables geotagging, in combination with calibration of photo capture times, budding film-makers can easily categorize videos and photos taken from their latest round-the-world shoot. The built-in Wi-Fi/NFC system also allows immediate sharing of photos with mobile devices.

This is the season of giving and if you’re feeling generous, there’s no better way to give your film-making friends a leg-up to the silver screen than with the EOS 5D Mark IV.

Pricing

EOS 5D Mark IV (Body) SGD $5,199.00
EOS 5D Mark IV Kit

(EF 24 – 70 IS USM)

SGD $6,249.00
EOS 5D Mark IV Kit

(EF 24 – 105 IS II USM)

SGD $6,599.00


For the documentarian – Canon EOS M5

The new, redesigned Canon EOS M5 packs a punch as a strong contender in the mirrorless market. It boasts of one of Canon’s most impressive features – the Dual Pixel CMOS AF. This state-of-the-art function helps provide smooth and precise AF for photos and videos even while looking through the camera’s EVF.

The EOS M5 also shoots at a rate of 7fps with continuous AF and 9fps when focus is locked – perfect for capturing fast activity unfolding in the field. Additionally, the inclusion of the new Bluetooth Smart feature allows the camera to stay fully connected to a smartphone or tablet at low power consumption. Through the Canon Camera Connect application, remote shooting can be done using smart devices.

To top this off, user experience is enhanced through the full-time touchscreen feature, while still providing physical control points on the back of the camera. Also, the lightweight body and compact size of the EOS M5 makes it the ideal fuss-free camera for running from one news story to the next.

Pricing

EOS M5 (Body) – SGD$1,669.00

EOS M5 Kit (EF-M15-45 IS STM) – SGD $1,499.00

EOS M5 kit (EF M18-150mm) – SGD $2,099.00

For the globetrotting backpacker – Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II

What happens when the photographer in you insists on documenting every part of your adventure, but needs as much luggage space free as possible for shopping? Here’s the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II to the proverbial rescue.

This compact camera features Canon’s new DIGIC 7 image processor that comes along with a 1.0-inch type CMOS sensor. When shooting under challenging lighting conditions, this improved feature is sure to enhance the look of photos and produce shots with a high apparent resolution.

The touchscreen, tilt-type LCD monitor can tilt 180 degrees upwards, and also 45 degrees downwards; solo travelers no longer need to worry about not being able to take the perfect selfie in front of the Eiffel Tower.

It’s high-performing and lightweight, and most importantly, fits snuggly into the chest pocket of your insulated jacket.

Pricing

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II – SGD$799

For the DIY-er – Canon SELPHY CP1200

In an age of hyper-connectivity, a handwritten Christmas card is often better appreciated than an e-card. Available in white, black and pink, the Canon SELPHY CP1200 makes the perfect companion for individuals looking to create such experiences for their friends and families. For those who love experimenting, the CP1200 allows up to 54 prints on a variety of layouts and sizes such as postcard prints.

The simple button layout easily allows both the young and young at heart to easily print their photos, which can be accessed from smart devices via Wi-Fi. With the optional battery pack, and applications that support Airprint, users are able to enjoy the portability of the CP1200 by printing from any location.

Weighing at only 860 grams, the SELPHY CP1200 can also double up as a travelling companion. Once back home, enabling the photo date feature allows users to reminisce their holiday memories when printing photos.

Pricing

Canon SELPHY CP1200 – SGD$199

For the functionally fashionable – Canon PIXMA TS8070

Available in black, red and brown, the PIXMA TS8070 is the wireless all-in-one printer for design conscious users. The sleek model not only blends seamlessly into home offices, but also takes up less space with footprints reduced by 25 percent.

Equipped with a six-colour hybrid ink system, the flagship printer delivers highest quality prints and documents amongst home printers in its class. Furthermore, the PIXMA TS8070 is perfect for printing photos and materials for craft-making. User experience is also improved through a brand new adjustable 4.3″ colour touchscreen LCD panel.

Housing an array of productivity features while still retaining style and elegance, the PIXMA TS8070 is the obvious solution to those looking to keep their workspace attractive yet functional.

Pricing

Canon PIXMA TS8070 – SGD$299

For the connected parent – Canon PIXMA MG5770

Instagram first, then print it! The Canon PIXMA MG5770 is the perfect present this Christmas for the New Age parent. Preloaded with PIXMA Cloud Link, the PIXMA MG5770 enables new parents to print photos of their cuddly toddlers straight from Instagram and other social media channels.

With the Wireless Direct function, users can connect their mobile devices to the printer directly without any of the usual hassle. In addition, the Canon PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY App also enables users to monitor ink level status and even setup cloud services remotely.

To add that final touch, utilize the 2-sided printing feature to organise your photos using creative layouts. These customised prints alone would make for great little holiday gifts on their own.

Pricing

Canon PIXMA MG5770 – SGD$169

For the entrepreneur – Canon RAYO i8

Measuring at just 111 x 111 x 17.2mm and weighing only 269g, the RAYO i8 mini projector fits easily into the back pocket of your jeans. With the ease of portability, presentation decks can be stored on smart devices and streamed directly via either Wired or Wireless networks.

Despite its tiny size, the RAYO i8 punches above its weight with its ability to enlarge content to a 158” image on any surface while delivering continuous brightness at 100 lumens. With a screen resolution of 854 x 480 (WVGA) pixels, the RAYO i8 is not only great for business pitches, but also for binge-watching movies.

Top this off with up to 2 hours of run-time on a single charge and you know that this is the perfect gift for the budding entrepreneurs in your circle.

Pricing

Canon RAYO i8 – SGD$749

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

 

Canon PhotoMarathon XIV – 19th November 2016

The 14th edition of a fun, exciting and challenging community photography competition, the Canon PhotoMarathon 2016, took place on 19th November, held at the Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre. There were close to 2000 passionate photography enthusiasts gathered and participated in this year’s Canon PhotoMarathon.

With my participation in Canon PhotoMarathon XIV, this is my 6th year participating in this photography competition (I participated in years 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016). The Canon PhotoMarathon was more than just a photography competition, it’s also a time for photography enthusiasts to get together and have fun taking photographs together (and also helping each other to get their shots for the competition!). Participating in Canon PhotoMarathon is also a time for me to catch up and chat with photography friends from Canon Singapore, Canon Imaging Academy, EOS World Singapore and also making new photography friends there too!

Before I proceed to share on what were the three themes for Canon PhotoMarathon XIV and what I shot, let me share about photography for everyone in the society that took place during this year’s Canon PhotoMarathon.

Canon’s corporate philosophy of kyosei – living and working together for the common good, was part of Canon PhotoMarathon XIV program. Canon’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program partner with the Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN) and Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) to host more than 30 participants, giving them the opportunity to partake in the excitement of Canon PhotoMarathon. It was really great to see photography playing a part for those participants to enjoy, giving them an avenue to express themselves through photography and enjoying photography during the Canon PhotoMarathon. I reckoned that the participants from Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN) and Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) had a very interesting time shooting the themes for Canon PhotoMarathon XIV!

What were the themes for Canon PhotoMarathon XIV? This year 2016 themes were different, a little bit special and my usual “I scratch my head and don’t know what to shoot” moment till I absorbed and digested the individual theme before knowing/planning what I want to shoot.

The three themes of Canon PhotoMarathon XIV were

Theme 1: Vision

Theme 2: Kyosei

Theme 3: #NoFilter + #NewPerspective +#Space

Here were what I shot and submitted for Themes 2 and 3 for Canon PhotoMarathon XIV (I did not submit for Theme 1 because I was away for a photography assignment that morning although I did my own Theme 1 shoot though)

Theme 1: Vision

Theme 2: Kyosei

Theme 3: #NoFilter + #NewPerspective + #Space

Shooting Theme 2 was very challenging for me, this theme also got me thinking very hard, on conceptualisation, creating stories to tell and how I can constantly improve, no matter what is the level of photography experience and knowledge that I am currently at right now.

Although at the end of Canon PhotoMarathon XIV, it can be very tiring physically after moving around and rushing against time to get the photographs for competition submission. The overall experiences had always been good, the fun, friendships and the love for photography. Participating in Canon PhotoMarathon over the years gave me an opportunity to learn, unlearn and relearn my photography. Lifelong learning and improvements apply in my photography journeys till date and it is still ongoing as always!