Archive for the ‘Photography’ Category

New arrival: Fujifilm Instax Square SQ10 instant camera

Friday, May 12th, 2017

Fujifilm launches its first hybrid instant camera in its new square format printout. Available worldwide 19 May 2017: S$499.

The SQ10 is the first hybrid camera in Fujifilm’s Instax range of instant cameras that is equipped with a digital image sensor.

Photos taken can be stored in an external microSD card (sold separately) for immediate or future printing on the camera itself on the go.

The photos taken can be digitally edited on the camera for brightness and contrast, with the addition of 10 Instagram-like filters and a vignette effect before printing. The SQ10 sports a 3-inch TFT colour LCD monitor with approximately 460k dots.

The SQ10 has 3.5 megapixels (1920 x 1920) and has a fixed aperture (F2.4) and focal length 28.5mm (35mm format equivalent).

The photos can be transferred via the microSD card – each gigabyte of memory stores up to 1000 photos.

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New arrival: Canon PowerShot SX730HS megazoom compact camera

Friday, April 7th, 2017

The new PowerShot SX730HS has 40x optical zoom and is targeted towards selfie enthusiasts. Available in Singapore end-May (price TBA).

Ergonomically-designed for a secure grip, the Canon PowerShot SX730 HS has a 180-degrees tilting LCD screen for selfies. The 40x optical zoom will make it easier to zero-in to that pimple you want to examine closer. ;-P

The PowerShot SX730HS has a 20.3-megapixel CMOS sensor and a Smooth Skin mode for enhancing selfies.

Weighing only 300 grams, the PowerShot SX730 HS has 40x optical zoom which can be doubled to 80x zoom with Canon Zoomplus technology.

“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. 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,” said Edwin Teoh, Head of Marketing, Singapore Operations, Canon Singapore.

The PowerShot SX730 HS is also equipped with the Zoom Framing Assist feature which helps the user keep the subject within the frame.

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 the frame.

An Auto Zoom feature also allows the camera to adjust the zoom factor automatically, to maintain the optimum framing based on users’ desired setting.

For portraits, the Smooth Skin mode offers three levels of skin “enhancement”.

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DJI & Seagate announce partnership for UAV ecosystem

Friday, January 6th, 2017

The strategic partnership aims to advance data solutions for the UAV ecosystem.

“Seagate is honored to partner with DJI to help UAV users tackle their evolving and unique data needs. Seagate is committed to working together with DJI to evolve UAV workflows so users can focus on what matters most – capturing data in flight to bring new and amazing experiences to the world,” said Tim Bucher, Senior Vice President of Seagate Consumer Solutions.

“Seagate is honored to partner with DJI to help UAV users tackle their evolving and unique data needs. Seagate is committed to working together with DJI to evolve UAV workflows so users can focus on what matters most – capturing data in flight to bring new and amazing experiences to the world,” said Tim Bucher, Senior Vice President of Seagate Consumer Solutions.

DJI, one of the world’s leading manufacturer of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and Seagate Technology, a world leader in storage solutions, announced at the Consumer Electronics Show a strategic partnership to work jointly to solve the data demands of UAV users.

As drone cameras gain resolution and drone flight times grow longer, DJI and Seagate are focusing their efforts to securely and efficiently store, manage, download and share the hundreds of gigabytes of data that can be generated from a single drone mission.

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New arrival: Canon compact cameras in PowerShot & IXUS series

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Canon has announced four new compact cameras: PowerShot G9 X Mark II, PowerShot SX430 IS, IXUS 190, and IXUS 185. All prices and availability yet to be announced.

New compact cameras from Canon. Clockwise from top left: PowerShot G9 X Mark II, IXUS 185 (red/black), PowerShot SX430 IS, and IXUS 190 (black/blue).

New compact cameras from Canon. Clockwise from top left: PowerShot G9 X Mark II, IXUS 185 (red/black), PowerShot SX430 IS, and IXUS 190 (black/blue).

Featuring the latest DIGIC 7 image processor used in the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II and EOS M5 models, the PowerShot G9 X Mark II produces high quality images and new levels of performance for accurate detection and precision tracking of subjects.

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Last day of 2016 – New Year’s Eve for 2017

Saturday, December 31st, 2016

It’s the last day of 2016. Hope you had a good year!

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Golden Sunset at Tamsui in Taiwan. Photo credit: kkmakesandbakes (my wife). Taken with Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II mirrorless interchangeable lens camera with M.Zuiko 25mm f1.8 lens.

Glad the year’s drawing to a close. Best wishes for the New Year!

Review: SuperCharged Huawei Mate 9 Android flagship phablet

Friday, December 30th, 2016

The Mate 9 is Huawei’s flagship phablet boasting the fabulous camera from P9 that was co-developed with Leica and now improved, a fast Kirin 960 processor and Android 7.0 Nougat with EMUI 5.0 user interface. Price in Singapore: S$898.

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My take: The Huawei Mate 9 is another winner from Huawei. The Android 7 flagship phablet works swiftly as a smartphone and has a fabulous camera that churns out wonderfully toned black and white snapshots. Fantastic for monochrome shooters that want Leica-like photos without any post-editing.

The 5.9-inch smartphone has dual SIM slots capable of supporting 4G and 3G networks.

The Huawei Mate 9 ships with 4GB RAM and 64GB memory, and you can use the secondary SIM card slot to add up to 256GB from a microSD card.

Have been trying out the Huawei Mate 9 since its launch & availability in Singapore last month. Was curious to see whether the camera performance of the Mate 9 had improved over the P9, which had impressed me when I tried it (see the P9 photos here).

With the demise of Samsung’s Galaxy Note7, the Huawei Mate 9 is a strong candidate to take up the mettle left by the Korean flagship phablet.

The phone sports a Type-C USB socket – an adaptor to convert into a regular mini-USB is included in the box – and has a 4000mAh battery that can be SuperCharged for a day’s usage within 20 minutes.

I brought along the Mate 9 when I went on vacation in Taiwan to put it through the grind of daily usage, and to take some photos with its fabulous camera (see the Mate 9 photos here).

The highlights

  • Android 7 Nougat.
  • EMUI 5.0 user interface.
  • Latest Kirin 960 CPU for faster performance.
  • SuperCharge technology (full day’s charge in 20min).
  • 2nd gen Leica dual-lens camera with 12MP RGB sensor, and now with 20MP monochrome sensor and Hybrid Zoom, enabling 2x digital zoom.

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POTD: Hands grasping light (Canon PhotoMarathon 2016 winner)

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

Photo of the Day: Taken by Byron Moray Pittendrigh, 2nd runner-up for Theme 1: Vision (Open Category).

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2nd Runner-up in Theme 1: Vision (Open Category) in this year’s Canon PhotoMarathon. Photo credit: Byron Moray Pittendrigh.

A very atmospheric shot – many hands grasping at a light source.

An apt illustration for an alien movie, or “The X-Files”.

Really love the lighting!

POTD: Window (Canon PhotoMarathon 2016 winner)

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

Photo of the Day: Taken by Wee Keng Hor, 1st runner-up for Theme 1: Vision (Open Category).

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1st Runner-up in Theme 1: Vision (Open Category) in this year’s Canon PhotoMarathon. Photo credit: Wee Keng Hor.

This photo is really interesting.

“Those curious eyes just adds to the frame!!” says @artbyradha (artist) via Instagram.

The window serves as a picture frame so it looks like “there’s a picture within a picture”.

And to the people in the photo, the photographer is also a picture within a picture.

The window serves as the picture frame from both sides.

POTD: Ghostly portrait (Canon PhotoMarathon 2016 winner)

Monday, November 28th, 2016

Photo of the Day: Taken by Nicholas Tan Jiale, winner of “Best of Show (Student Category)”, for the third theme.

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Nicholas’ submission for Theme 3 – the last of three themes in this year’s Canon PhotoMarathon. Photo credit: Nicholas Tan Jiale.

The third and final theme for Canon PhotoMarathon 2016 was: #NoFilter + #NewPerspective + #SPACE.

So it’s quite open to interpretation!

Nicholas Tan is a student at Singapore Polytechnic.

POTD: Queue for snacks (Canon PhotoMarathon 2016 winner)

Thursday, November 24th, 2016

Photo of the Day: Taken by Nicholas Tan Jiale, winner of “Best of Show (Student Category)”, for the second theme “Kyosei”.

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Nicholas’ submission for Theme 2: Kyosei – the second of three themes in this year’s Canon PhotoMarathon. Photo credit: Nicholas Tan Jiale.

Kyosei is what Canon states as its corporate philosophy – living and working together for the common good.

Nicholas Tan is a student at Singapore Polytechnic.