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Exploring Angkor at Asian Civilisations Museum

An ancient empire that leaves a mark in today’s modern civilisation, a legacy that is artistic and spectacular, through its architecture and sculpture. They are a UNESCO World Heritage site and it is one of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is Angkor City, located in the Siem Reap province, Cambodia.

Angkor is listed down on my travel photography bucket list (for a number of years) and I have yet to travel to Siem Reap, Cambodia and visit them! I had watched a few documentaries on Angkor (this BBC article on Angkor Wat is pretty informative) and I am very intrigued by their rich history, heritage, architecture and legacy.

The Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) in Singapore presents a very special and unique exhibition titled, “Angkor: Exploring Cambodia’s Sacred City”, in collaboration with the Guimet Museum in Paris. Visitors to this exhibition are able to enter into the world of Angkor, exploring Angkor at the ACM, through the eyes, drawings, paintings, photographs and memorabilia of the French encounter with the Angkor during the 19thcentury that captivated the French public when the ancient civilisation made her debut in the international arena.

Visiting and Exploring Angkor at ACM, the experience was definitely an eye-opener for me, from the artworks, drawings, paintings and sculptures on display, they brought me into the world of Angkor, rich in history, heritage and culture, artistic, spectacular and amazing beyond words. Yet, there is a mystery and aura about Angkor, the Khmer Empire from 9thto 15thcentury, what happened between then before the French exploration discovered them in the 19thcentury?

When you visit Angkor: Exploring Cambodia’s Sacred City at ACM, take a leisure walk, observe the paintings, drawings and photographs. Some of the paintings and drawings were so detailed, sharp and real life-like. The artistic skills of the painters completely open my eyes and mind on the ancient Khmer Empire, with more questions than before. The sculptures on display, take a close look at them, don’t blink your eyes, observe their details and workmanship, some sculptures even look human life-like.

All the questions inside my mind started to pile up while I was exploring Angkor at ACM, this special exhibition got me more interested and motivated to plan a visit in the near future to Siem Reap, Cambodia, for my heritage and history photography coverage and documentation on the ancient site of Angkor.

After leaving the exhibition at ACM, I learned more about Angkor, Cambodia’s sacred city. An amazing, unique and special exhibition, definitely worth a visit to the Asian Civilisations Museum (and also check out the other exhibitions and galleries at ACM too)

There are also upcoming activities and events held in conjunction with this exploring Angkor exhibition at ACM. Keep a lookout for the Angkor Encore, a wekend festival taking place on Friday 25th May (7pm to 9pm), Saturday 26th May (1pm to 9pm) and Sunday 27th May (1pm to 5pm). There are also guided tours and workshops, visit ACM website for more details!

Exhibition details and information

Exhibition Title – Angkor: Exploring Cambodia’s Sacred City

  • Exhibition Dates: 8thApril to 22ndJuly 2018
  • Venue: Asian Civilisations Museum
  • Address: 1 Empress Place, Singapore 179555
  • Website: www.acm.org.sg
  • Enquiries: 6332 7798
  • Email: nhb_acm_vs@nhb.gov.sg
  • Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 10am to 7pm (to 9pm on Friday)

Getting There:

  • By MRT – Raffles Place
  • By Bus – 75, 100, 107, 130, 131, 167
  • By Car – Parking is available at Parliament House, Connaught Drive, The Fullerton Hotel, One Fullerton, and Six Battery Road

Admission Prices (Exhibitions and Permanent Galleries)

Singaporeans & Permanent Residents $12
Friday evenings, 7pm to 9pm $12
Concession: Seniors, Students, Children aged 6 years old and below, NSF Free
Foreign Residents and Tourists $20
Friday evenings, 7pm to 9pm $20
Family of 5 $60
Foreign Students and Seniors $15
Friday evenings, 7pm to 9pm $15

You’ve Got Mail at Singapore Philatelic Museum!

Do you remember the time when you wrote a letter, pasted a postage stamp and posted it to your family, relatives, friend or penpal? As you are reading this, some of you might remember the good old days (I am sure you would say that, I would too!) when technology and the internet was not as advanced and sophisticated as today’s technology and communication platform and tools.

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On the other hand, the younger generation might not be to relate with this thing called, “You’ve Got Mail!”, they might have written some letters and post it, although most of the modern communication today is using technology and a host of different apps that they communicate with their family, relatives and friends.

There is a new exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum (SPM), taking place from 11thApril to 31stDecember 2018, titled “You’ve Got Mail!”. This exhibition seeks to re-ignite the good old days fond memories (for people like me) of writing, drawing and decorating a mail to your family, relatives or friends. For the younger generation, this exhibition would be excellent to know about how some of things were being done in the era whereby technology wasn’t as advanced as today’s technological standards. Hopefully, through visiting “You’ve Got Mail!” exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum.

Upon entering the gallery into the world of “You’ve Got Mail!”, I was reflecting and thinking … when was the last time I wrote a personalised letter/card, paste a postage stamp and mail it to a relative or friend? Maybe more than 20 years ago for me? Inside the gallery, there is a collection of 200 award winning decorative envelopes from the Washington Calligraphers Guild (USA). Take your time, to walk down memory lane, observe and admire the colorful and talented artworks, drawings and handwriting, each uniquely different and special.

There is still a certain charisma and attraction with the art of letter writing that the modern internet, technology and social media would not be to replicate. Every letter, envelope or card is unique and personalised, this is definitely a gift, a treasure that you can keep for memories sake and pass it on to your future generation because every letter, envelope or card tells a unique story.

Seeing Is Believing! Unusual Stamps

When you finished touring “You’ve Got Mail!” exhibition, it’s only the first segment, there is a second segment, known as “Seeing Is Believing! Unusual Stamps”. In this era of modern technology, stamps have innovaated along with modern technology as well, from stamp design and printing technology, accompanied with a bit of creativity, the modern stamp have transformed from the traditional and humble postage stamp (either square or rectangular shape) into today’s stamps that engage our senses – sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch.

In this “Seeing Is Believing! Unusual Stamps” exhibition, visitors are able to have a good look at all those new age new look stamps! Each unique new age stamps tell a unique story of each country they were from, let me share a few examples:

  • Singapore (2008): World’s first hand-pasted beaded stamps depicting the exquisite beadwork of the Peranakans

  • Bhutan (1973): World’s first “talking stamps” – plastic (vinyl) stamps embossed with melodies of native songs that are playable on a record player.

  • Switzerland (2001): World’s first chocolate scented stamps

 

  • Austria (2004): World’s first stamp embedded with Swarovski crystals

There are over 150 unusual stamps and philatelic materials from the SPM collection and lenders on display inside the gallery! Some of the stamps exhibits are interactive and fun, ideal for children to play and learn about unusual stamps and philatelic materials from all over the world!

You’ve Got Mail! Postcard Contest

There is a contest organised by SPM, a postcard design contest! Now is the time to let your creativity and inspiration flow into your own postcard design! Mail your creative postcards to this address:

Singapore Philatelic Museum

23-B Coleman Street

Singapore 179807

Closing date: By 17thJune 2018

There are exciting prizes to be won, there are six cash prizes of up to $500, winners will be announced on 16thJuly 2018 and images of the the winning entries will be posted on www.spm.org.sg. Terms and conditions apply.

The two new segments at SPM, “You’ve Got Mail!” and “Seeing Is Believing! Unusual Stamps” exhibitions are definitely worth visiting, it’s going to bring back some good old memories for you, they can also be an excellent experiential learning place for young kids too!

Pass it on and Pay It Forward, share about the two new new segments at SPM, “You’ve Got Mail!” and “Seeing Is Believing! Unusual Stamps” exhibitions with your family, relatives and friends!

Details of You’ve Got Mail! Exhibitions

Venue: Singapore Philatelic Museum

            23-B Coleman Street, Singapore 179807

Date: 11thApril to 31stDecember 2018

Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday

                                     10:00am – 7:00pm

Admission charges: Free admission for Singaporeans and Permanent Residents

Admission charges for tourists: Adult $8 / Child (3-12 years old) $6

Telephone: 6337 3888

Website: www.spm.org.sg

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SingaporePhilatelicMuseum/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ilovespm/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ilovespm

Offical hashtags: #youvegotmailSPM / #artonenvelopeSPM


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Canon celebrates 15years of No.1 DILC Market Share

Canon recently announced on 28th March 2018, a milestone for the company, celebrating 15 consecutive years of number 1 share of global interchangeable-lens digital cameras (digital SLR and compact-system cameras) market from 2003 to 2017.

I had been a part of this journey, starting with my first DSLR, the Canon EOS 300D in 2004, followed by Canon EOS 30D, Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon EOS 70D and currently using Canon EOS 1DX. This slogan by Canon, “Delighting You Always”, can be found in their Canon interchangeable-lens camera eco-system, from the sensors to their quality interchangeable lenses. Along this personal Canon journey of mine, I had the opportunity to review a number of different Canon cameras and lenses too.

My journey with Canon interchangeable-lens digital cameras had been pretty exciting on a personal basis, growing from amateur to freelance/semi-professional and running my own small photography business. If you would like to know more, do check out my archives for my various Canon stories, reviews!

Here’s a short write up of Canon’s journey in the interchangeable-lens digital camera market:

In 2003, the dawn of digital SLR cameras, Canon introduced its breakthrough EOS Kiss Digital (EOS Digital Rebel or EOS 300D 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 groundbreaking products, including the professional-model EOS-1D series and the EOS 5D series, which paved the way for digital SLR video recording. The Company has further bolstered the EOS lineup by continuing to introduce new products including accessories, interchangeable lenses and the EOS M series of compact-system cameras. During 2017, Canon introduced the EOS 6D Mark II as part of an impressive lineup of interchangeable-lens camera products[1] that supported the Company’s achievement of a 15th consecutive year at the top of the global market.

[1] A total of six digital ILC cameras were released in Japan in 2017: The EOS 9000D (EOS 77D in other regions), EOS Kiss X9i (EOS Rebel T7i / EOS 800D in other regions) and EOS M6 in April 2017; the EOS Kiss X9 (EOS Rebel SL2 / EOS 200D in other regions) in June 2017; the EOS 6D Mark II in August 2017; and the EOS M100 in September 2017.

Source: Canon Singapore press release

What does the future holds for Canon in the interchangeable-lens digital camera market?

Canon will continue to refine its diverse imaging technologies based on its core optical technology, combining still-image, video and network capabilities to expand and create an even stronger EOS System that meets the needs of increasingly diverse users to promote the spread of photo and video culture. What’s more, thanks to advances in imaging technology, Canon is opening up new expressive avenues, where texture, three-dimensionality and a sense of realism can be recreated in both still images and videos, to support appealing imaging experiences.

Source: Canon Singapore press release

Looking ahead into the future with Canon, I am eagerly awaiting for their new cameras announcements!

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

MDIS at Chingay 2018

Chingay is one of Singapore’s major events, it is the largest street performance and float parade in Asia, attracting many participants from both local and businesss communities, as well as international guests from around the world.

The Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS), one of the leading private education institutions (ranked Top 3 among PEIs) in Singapore, participated in Chingay 2018, their 4th year participating in this iconic and major Singapore event, bringing with them their youthful enthusiasm and energy to the visitors at Chingay 2018.

Thanks to MDIS, I was invited to visit the MDIS Chingay 2018 contingent during one of their rehearsals, the Chingay 2018 NE Show. Visiting the MDIS students contingent at their rest/preparation area, I got to learn more about MDIS participation and involvement over the years, it was great to hear students coming back year after year to participate in the Chingay parade because they had great fun and wanted to continue to be involved in Chingay!

The MDIS Chingay 2018 contingent featured 60 international students (from Japan, Russia, Myanmar, Indonesia, South Korea and China) across 10 countries, showcasing the multi-cultural and international diversity of the student participants at Chingay 2018. Their costumes were made of holographic fabric, dancing to modern music and hip hop while performing at Chingay 2018. For Chingay 2018, they also have something special and unique, a life-sized “flying car” model, built by MDIS, conceptualised, designed and fabricated entirely in-house using new industry standards 3D printers at the MDIS School of Engineering.

Here are some of the photos of MDIS Chingay 2018 contingent performing during Chingay 2018 NE Show!

I went back on 24th February to continue photographing/documenting Chingay 2018 Parade at the Floating Platform, here are more photos of the MDIS Chingay 2018 contingent!

MDIS “flying car” showcases their “Future of Education”, encompassing both 3D printing technology and precision engineering. Combining the hard sciences with soft skills of communications, creativity, talent and multi-cultural diversity, this MDIS 2018 Chingay contingent displays the multi disciplinary and international diversity of MDIS from education to unity and cameraderie among students from around the world, shining brightly during Chingay Parade 2018.

All About Dogs at Singapore Philatelic Museum

Year 2018 welcomes the Zodiac Year of the Dog, affectionately known as “man’s best friend”. The Singapore Philatelic Museum presents, a children’s exhibition titled “All About Dogs”. This exhibition explores the history, relationship and close bond between dogs and human beings, that started last month from 14th February till end of the year, on 1st December 2018.

Make a guess, how many stamps and philatelic materials can be found in this All About Dogs exhibition at the Singapore Philatelic Museum? There are 300 stamps and philatelic materials (on dogs) from all around the world, making their presence here in Singapore. Beside the stamps and philatelic materials, there are multisensory interactive exhibits that the children can learn and enjoy when they visit All About Dogs exhibition with their family.

A short history on the relationship between human beings and dogs, it can be traced back over thousands of years ago. Originating from wolves, the early dogs ate the leftovers thrown away by the human beings. As time passes, the human beings and dogs developed a close relationship, a special bond of trust between them. Thereafter, dogs slowly and gradually became domesticated to the over 200 dog breeds that we have in the world today. Our dog breeds today can be divided into seven groups, namely working dogs, herding, hounds, toys, hunting, non-sporting and terriers.

Inside the All About Dogs exhibition, the children can play, enjoy and learn at the following interactive stations

  • Role play as a dog groomer
  • Test the sharpness of a human’s hearing as compared to a dog’s
  • Identify scents
  • See the colour of the world through dog’s eyes
  • Piece together dog stamp jigsaws

My current family dog is a Japanese Spitz (fat, lazy, chubby, fluffy and cute), we used to own a silky terrier and a pomeranian (left us due to old age and illness). When I visited the All About Dogs exhibition, I tried searching for a stamp that shows a Japanese Spitz, however, I can’t find it! For the comic fans, keep a lookout for the iconic Snoopy, as well as Tintin’s loyal buddy Snowy!

All About Dogs exhibition is now ongoing till 1st December 2018, it’s great for the children to visit and learn more about dogs, stamps and philatelic materials at the Singapore Philatelic Museum. Do plan a visit with your family and children!

Details of All About Dogs Exhibition 犬狗趣

Venue: Singapore Philatelic Museum

23-B Coleman Street, Singapore 179807

Date: 14th February to 1st December 2018

Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday, 10:00am – 7:00pm

Admission charges: Free admission for Singaporeans and Permanent Residents

Admission charges for tourists: Adult $8

Child (3-12 years old) $6

Telephone: 6337 3888

Website: www.spm.org.sg

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SingaporePhilatelicMuseum/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ilovespm/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ilovespm

Offical hashtags: #allaboutdogsSPM #singaporephilatelicmuseum


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Love At Second Sight Project (Videos)

A few months back, in October 2017, I was involved with a talented and diverse group of professionals coming together for a short film project. My role was the behind the scenes photographer during the filming, as well as the portraiture and products (sponsors) photographer for the duo behind the brains, ideas, vision and direction for this short film project.

For the past few months leading up to the launch of the videos in February 2018, there were sneak peaks and previews of the videos, from the behind the scenes photographs footage and coverage done by me. I would share more of the behind the scenes photographs and stories in another article post!

Ladies and Gentlemen, let me introduce to you, Love At Second Sight (二见钟情)!

Love At Second Sight 二见钟情 1 | Koi Plus Singapore

Love At Second Sight 二见钟情 2 | Gaston Luga

Love At Second Sight 二见钟情 1 | W Eye Clinic

Brought to you by #TheEpiphanyDuplet from #TheEpiphanyArtistry

特别鸣谢 Special Thanks:
W Eye Clinic for the use of location

KOI Thé SingaporeKOI PLUS SingaporeGaston LugaAmerican EagleBataShunji Matsuo

领衔主演 STARRING:
Tiffany Yong 熊慧婷
Peps Goh 吴宇冲
Da Lord Pojo (aka Tiger JellyFurbelly)The Cat

制作团队 PRODUCTION CREW:
摄影指导 Director of Photography: 郑馨文 Shian Wen
副导演 Assistant Director: 傅凯勋 Kasimir Poh Cieslak
制片经理 Production Manager: 蒋佳荣 Dextercjr
幕后花絮 摄影师 Behind The Scenes Photographer: 陈景晖 GengHui Tan from TanGengHui Photography

化妆师 Makeup Artist: Nhurul Hidayah (Yaya)

服装造型师 Wardrobe Stylist: Joanne Lim from Image Success
角色造型设计师 Character Lookbook Stylist: 梁嘉琪 Jq Reyna from Reyna Hearts Makeup Artistry
拟音设计 Foley Artist: 洪慧璇 Chris Chross

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • 120MP EOS Camera

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

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

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

  • 8K Technology

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

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

  • Mirrorless System

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

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

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

“We may look conservative but we know the trends”

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

  • High resolution printing

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

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

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

  • Security Surveillance Systems

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

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

  • Smartphones and their impacts on the compact digital cameras

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

Mr Fujio Mitarai spoke about this topic –

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

“Co-existing and collaborating with smartphones”

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

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

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

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

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

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

“We are not complacent”

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

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

“Smartphone complement photography”

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

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

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

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

  • Internet of Things and Canon Eco-System

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Canon EXPO 2016 Shanghai

An Expo, it’s huge, attractive, mind blowing and Delighting Us as always, this is Canon EXPO 2016 Shanghai held recently from 19th May 2016 to 22nd May 2016 at the Shanghai International Convention Centre. This is a very special Expo presented by Canon, it’s only held once every five years! Prior to their last stop in Shanghai, Canon EXPO had traveled around the world to major cities New York, Paris and Tokyo.

I was invited to Canon EXPO 2016 Shanghai as a member of the media, this was a very great honour for me to travel overseas, covering this huge and mind blowing Canon EXPO 2016 in Shanghai. It’s beyond amazing, it’s spectacular, the experiences were great and delightful. This media trip open my eyes really big, it allows me to learn, understand and know more about Canon beyond my current knowledge of Canon’s photography family consisting of DSLRs, mirrorless cameras, compact cameras, accessories and Canon’s printers. Canon’s various business groups are now also beyond just photography.

During the media briefing and opening ceremony, Mr Hideki Ozawa, President, Canon Asia Marketing Group, President & CEO, Canon (China) Co. Ltd and Mr Kazuto Ogawa, Managing Executive Officer of Canon Inc., Chief Operation Officer of Canon Asia Marketing Group, Executive Vice President of Canon (China) Co. Ltd, gave members of the media an insight into Canon EXPO 2016 Shanghai and what they can expect – unlimited delight at Canon EXPO. The Canon EXPO 2016 Shanghai was officially declared opened by Mr Fujio Mitarai, Chairman & CEO of Canon Inc, along with key Canon executives and distinguished guests.

After the official opening ceremony, we waited for our turn to begin our Canon EXPO 2016 Shanghai adventure! Let me bring you through a visual story journey of Canon EXPO 2016, a walk through the various exhibition themes, concepts and presentations. It’s more than just an EXPO to showcase Canon’s wide range of products and technologies, Past, Present and Future. Canon EXPO 2016 Shanghai is an Imaging Carnival, allowing your eyes to feast and enjoy the experiences, the connections, the communications between Canon’s products and services, to delighting you always in your journey with family and friends, in work and in leisure.

Starting my Canon EXPO 2016 Shanghai journey on the 7th floor of Shanghai International Convention Centre, there were 10 sectors for me to walk through them in sequence for my start of an experiential adventure with Canon.

  1. Canon History

Take a step back in time into history, a walk down Canon memory lane. A rich and comprehensive Canon history timeline on the wall on the right side as you walk, along with a number of historical and iconic Canon products that were on display on the left side. This is Canon’s rich history and achievements.

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2. Canon Now

Moving from history to the modern times, Canon Now shares with you Canon’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), their programs and efforts through Canon’s imaging technology, products and services in delivering the “Chinese Dream”. Here you can also see Canon (China) project titled “Discovering Beauty along the Silk Road”, amazing photographs and documentation.

Visitors would also be able to learn and know more about Canon in Asia, the programs and activities that had taken place in many countries in Asia. There was a segment inside Canon Now, that showcased Optical Technology, displaying the strength and diversity of Canon’s imaging technology, from the micro world to the far far away cosmic space.

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3. Moment

The Moment, whether it is the priceless moment or the moment in time, this is for everybody to celebrate, experience and enjoy photography, delighting and connecting with family, relatives and friends, through technology or print out a photography memory for them to keep.

Personally, as a photographer myself, this is probably one of my favourite segments because we love and live for the priceless photography moment. This was an experiential and immersive zone whereby you can try out the various Canon digital cameras and lenses, taking photographs of major cities around the world at the Connect Train, the Moment Studio where you can get a feel of a fall-down from a high altitude. A DIY Café to let you print your favourite photographs, decorate it with your artistic skills, frame it up as a gift for yourself or for your family, relatives and friends, all in a cosy café accompanied by coffee.B47X9518 B47X9527

4. Working Space

Canon’s colour printing solutions can be seen here at Working Space, from the small home office printer to big office multi-purpose printer solution. There is printing solution available for everybody, from photographers to businesses.

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5. Professional Imaging

Entering Canon’s Professional Imaging zone, I was blown away with my eyes wide open because my favourite toys were on display! The 4K Corner displaying Canon’s rich series of 4K products and solutions, the “Red Line” products for Professionals. I personally own a few Canon “Red Line” products, the L lenses from the Canon EF lenses family, therefore, I can testify to the quality of the Canon L lenses, part of the “Red Line” products family.

Another exciting part in this Professional Imaging zone was the Shooting Corner and Broadcasting Studio. In-lieu of the upcoming 2016 Rio Olympics, visitors were able to experience the life of a sports photographer. At the shooting corner, there were a number of Canon DLSR models and lenses mounted on tripods, the visitors were able to touch, feel and shoot gymnasts in action with them. This would be a great experience for those who were not into sports/action photography that they were able to try out the various Canon DSLR models and lenses for sports photography.

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Walk behind the gymnastics stage, the visitors can view the setup of a live broadcasting studio in action, a beautiful news commentator doing her broadcast live at Canon EXPO 2016 Shanghai, powered by Canon’s high performance video cameras and lenses for broadcasting television systems.

There was an elevated platform opposite the broadcasting studio setup, lined with a series of top end Canon EF prime L lenses and top end Canon DSLR cameras commonly seen in sports competitions around the world. Visitors can have a feel of what it was like being a sports photographer, learning and understanding more about the the Canon professional “Red Line” products.

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6. Healthcare

In this zone, visitors had a first glimpse of Canon’s business interests diversity beyond their cameras and printers business entities that most of us would know about Canon. In the healthcare zone, visitors would be able to know more about Canon’s medical business division, how Canon’s imaging technology plays a part in the medical machinery and devices in Radiology, Breast Imaging, Eye Care and Medical Information Cockpit.

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7. Security Solutions

Security in the modern era has taken on a lot more importance and significance around the whole world than before. Canon recognised the importance and potential of the security solutions business, thus they are expanding into this area. By combining Canon’s unique imaging technology strengths and capabilities, along with outstanding security solutions partners, visitors in the security solutions zone can get a first hand experience for themselves on how the security solutions would be like now and in the near future.

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8. Environment

Canon Group corporate philosophy of “Kyosei” can be seen in their commitments and actions that they embarked on for the Earth and her environment. In the Environment zone, visitors would be able to know more about Canon’s efforts and actions in environmental protection and having environmental friendly products.

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9. Cultural Protection

In the Cultural Protection zone, visitors can see view the “Tsuzuri Project – Cultural Heritage Inheritance Project”, a joint project organised by Canon and the Kyoto Culture Association (NPO). One of the zones that fascinated me deeply because I have strong and personal interest in the fields of heritage, culture, conservation and preservation with my Canon cameras.

The Tsuzuri Project aims to create high resolution facsimiles of cultural assets from Japan, making use of the high resolution facismiles that can be shown to the public to experience and enjoy, while allowing the original cultural assets to be kept in more favourable environments, preventing deterioration and ensuring that the rich and cultural heritage can be, and will be passed down to the future generations.

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10. Lens Experience

The lens experience zone is another experiential zone for visitors to get a hands on experience with the different types of Canon’s cameras, lenses and video products. With the beauty of the Huangpu river, Oriental Pearl Tower and Pudong district, visitors can take photos, look through the viewfinder/LCD screen, enjoying and having a delightful experience with Canon’s diverse range of imaging technology products.

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After the completion in exploring 10 different zones on the 7th floor of Shanghai International Convention Centre, I quickly rush to the 1st floor to enter Canon’s “Beyond High Image Quality” zone, it’s about Canon’s future imaging display beyond high image quality. This was something that I am very eagerly looking forward to with lots of excitement and eyes wide open. What am I am able to see with my eyes, through my photographs that I can share to the whole world on the future of Canon’s imaging technology?

High Definition Large Format Print “Airport”

First and foremost, the first Canon showcase upon entering the “Beyond High Image Quality” zone totally blew me away when I stood there, looking, admiring and observing a high definition large format print “Airport”.

Just by looking at the high definition large format print, I had the feeling that I am actually at the Airport right now! Using the word “amazing” would be an understatement to the very high quality and standards of that high definition large format print, this is indeed beyond high image quality, it’s like the real thing in life.

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As a photographer, it would be a big big dream come true, if you have a special and delightful photograph that is printed in this High Definition Large Format, showcased and displayed in this huge format. For now, I would continue taking photographs and producing stories, while continuing to dream of this “Airport”.

Next Generation PRO Inkjet Printer

The next generation of Canon’s inkjet printers now join Canon’s Red Line family of products, showing their professional class and quality of Canon’s imaging technology and image quality.

High Resolution Printing / Printing with Wide Dynamic Range

Experience the world of Canon’s high resolution printing, the quality, sharpness and wide dynamic range from Canon’s newly developed pigment inks. The Canon ecosystem, starting from the input of Canon’s imaging technology, EOS cameras, sharpness and clarity from the Red Line family, the EF L lenses, putting them into Canon’s world of high resolution printing. This is the journey, the delightful experience of Canon imaging, from taking and producing the photograph, to printing and sharing your photography works.

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120 Megapixel EOS Camera

The number is 120, yes, a Canon EOS concept DSLR model with a 120 megapixel CMOS Sensor! The one and only of its kind in the world, shown to the world at Canon EXPO 2016 Shanghai. The future of ultra high image quality is upon us in the years ahead.

Would this 120 Megapixel Canon EOS camera be available in the next 5 years? Your guess is as good as mine. The recent Canon DSLRs that were launched, the Canon EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R are equipped with 50.6 megapixel CMOS sensor. Maybe the 120 megapixel Canon EOS camera might be available in the next 5 years!

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Gallery – Power of Printing / Shanghai Printing World

Enter into the world of prints, feel and experience the power of the prints on display. This zone showcased Canon’s input/output collaboration and Canon’s specialised printed products featuring advanced printing technologies for various industries.

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Canon Super Creative Printing

The power and quality of Canon’s imaging technology, armed with the combination of Canon texture capturing and imaging processing technology with OCE’s elevation printing technology, this is Canon’s super creative printing, producing previously impossible textures.

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The 8K World

Welcome to the future world of 8K, the standards that would be entering the society in the years to come. Visitors at the 8K World got to experience various 8K technology and standards with their 8K Projection “8K Ride”, HDR 4K Display, 8K Display, 8K Movie Image Sample Print, 8K Camera Solution and a 360 degree Imaging and Sound arena.

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Enriching the World through Innovative Imaging

The world ahead is getting more connected with innovation, technology and internet. Through innovative imaging, our future world can be very different from the world today. Technologies such as Mixed Reality (MREAL) Stage, the Versatile Collaboration System and Rich Collaboration System.

How we work and live, how we communicate, how we get our jobs done, this zone gave a glimpse into the trends and future of how the society might be like/would be like.

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Walking out at the end of the exhibition hall on the 1st floor of Shanghai International Convention Centre, I had a lot of products, things, technologies, trends, future to absorb, digest, compile, write and share on my thoughts and feelings on current Canon’s family of products, the future of imaging technology, 8K World and innovative imaging.

Canon’s slogan “Delighting You Always” can be seen and felt in their products, marketing, support and services, it was brought to another higher level at Canon EXPO 2016 Shanghai. The Internet of Things is opening up new worlds and Canon Group recognises the importance and significance for the future growth and expansion of their businesses.

The Canon ecosystem, Canon’s Internet of Things, the inputs and outputs, their diverse range of products and services, put together in Canon EXPO 2016 Shanghai – Experiencing, Communicating, Educating, Engaging, Exciting, Entertaining, Participating, Getting closer to each other between people & people, people & things, things & things. The relationship and ecosystem between Canon, their products and their customers, get closer and inter-connected right now, even more so in the future with the power of technology and the Internet of Things.

Delighted and excited I am, after visiting Canon EXPO 2016 Shanghai, it’s a real eye-opener, understanding and learning more about Canon and its diverse business entities, the trends and future. I am looking forward to the year 2020 when Canon holds their next EXPO in Tokyo! I hope that I am able to visit Canon EXPO again in the future, continuing my visual story telling with Canon EOS camera and lenses.


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