Visited Universal Studio Singapore last Thursday. Was invited by Canon to try out their latest point and shoot camera. I got to try out their Canon IXUS 210. It’s a pretty lightweight camera, just 160g. What I like about the camera is the 3.5 inch touchscreen. Touchscreen makes the controls very straight forward and easy. The large screen is great for previewing photos.
Most Canon camera nowadays come with several interesting shooting modes. You might have seen them on the Canon advertisement. Fanciful shooting modes like Miniature effect, Fisheye effect, Color accent, Color swop etc etc. These features are pretty useful and fun to play with. OK, I know you can most likely achieve similar effect with photoshop. But wouldn’t it be better to see how the photo will look like before you press the shutter? Besides, its easier to use these shooting mode than photoshop.
The Miniature Effect makes everything looks like a toy. Basically, if I’m not wrong, it blurs the surrounding to create this effect. It’s pretty good for taking photos of bright colour items from a distance. Sadly, I couldn’t find a high ground to test out this effect. Would be nice if I can take a top down photo of people walking around Universal Studios Singapore. The people would look like toys using this effect. Now, if only I can borrow some magic potions from the Fairy Godmother in Shrek to make me fly.
But I did come across a bright yellow car which makes the miniature effect looks good too. Does the car looks like a toy car to you?
The Fisheye effect is pretty interesting. It gives the photographe a distorted 180-degree perspective. On a DSLR, you need to purchase an expensive Fisheye lens in order to achieve the Fisheye effect. But on a Canon camera, you can simply set the mode to Fisheye effect. I know the effect is definitely not as good as a DSLR with a Fisheye lens. But if you compare the cost and the size of the camera, this is a pretty good alternative for those who want to achieve a fisheye effect.
The Fisheye effect is good for a lot of photos. Like taking a shot of a long tunnel. Or a wide landscapes shot. There’s a lot of interesting shots you can take using the Fisheye effect. Be creative and try out the mode.
The Fisheye effect is pretty good on signage and words too.
Oh, and it’s also very very good for close up portrait photos. They usually give you very comical effect. Sure to make your friends laugh.
**Alan is going to kill me for posting this photo. Muahahahaha**
I love the Color accent mode the most. The Color accent mode allows user to select a colour. That colour is kept while the rest of the colours in the photo are changed to black and white. This mode is very useful for highlighting certain thing in the photo while leaving the rest of the items in black and white. And I know this effect can be achieved using photoshop. But then, why bother editing in photoshop when the Canon camera can do it for you straight away?
Human or Cylon? Too bad the Battlestar Galactica ride is closed for repairs. I’m definitely going back to USS when it re-opens.
Another interesting shooting mode on the Canon IXUS 210 is the Color swop mode. In color swop mode, the user can select 1 color on the photo and change it with another colour. This is specially useful if your sky is not blue enough. (Or you prefer a pink sky instead of a blue one) And for those fans of Avatar, you can make yourself look like a Na’vi by changing your skin colour to blue.
OK, I fail as a Na’vi. Not blue-y enough. Haha.
Well, if you are not interested in these fancy shooting modes, you can always use the Canon IXUS 210 to shoot normal photos. Here a photo of the Shrek castle in USS. Looks beautiful.
And the breathtaking entrance to the Revenge of the Mummy ride. Great high speed ride. Definitely a must try.
Check out the rest of the photos on my facebook album.
So, which is your favorite shooting mode? What kind of shots will you use it for?