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.
Miniature effect
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?

Fisheye effect
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**
Color accent
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.


Color swop
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?

Saw this video on TechieLobang. The kid at the backseat nearly flew out of the car. Scary man. Moral of the story: Always wear seat belts.

The turning vehicle is definitely in the wrong here. He doesn’t have the right of way. But somehow, I think the other vehicle is traveling too fast for a traffic junction. Notice that he horned and e-brake for almost a second, but still unable to avoid the accident. The accident could have been avoided if he is traveling slower.
On the side note, the ViGi MT-12 looks pretty impressive. I’ve seen it a couple of times when TechieLobang give me a lift in his car after media events.

RIM show off their BlackBerry 6 OS during the recent WES 2010 keynote. Looks pretty exciting. Check out the video.

It seems like BlackBerry is concentrating on touch and consumer market. This is no surprise to me actually. BlackBerry is very strong in the enterprise market. It’s normal for them to concentrate on the other market that they are not strong in. The new touch interface looks pretty interesting. I think it would work well on the Storm 2. But personally, I still prefer physical Qwerty keyboard when using my BlackBerry. Besides, the optical trackpad is doing a very good job.
Oh, and did I mention WebKit browser? Cool!
For more info and screenshot of BlackBerry 6, check out Boy Genius Report.
BlackBerry 6 will be coming next quarter.

You might wanna reduce the volume or put on your earphone if you are listening to this in the middle of the night like I am doing now. Enjoy.
Tiesto – I will be here

I don’t know, what went wrong
If I did, would it matter cause
It just wasn’t enough
You know when the moment comes
To be strong, to resistance
And that is what
We’re lead to believe
When the big road falls apart
And you think that the feeling will linger
You need somewhere to start
I will be here
Guess that things didn’t work out
It will soon disappear and will be miles away
Away from here
You don’t mind if life’s not that pretty
It will soon disappear and will be miles away
Away from here
When the big road falls apart
And you think that the feeling will linger
You need somewhere to start
I will be here
And when it all seems to fall apart
You can’t breathe
You don’t know what you’re thinking
You need somewhere to start
I will be here
Oh oh oh oh oh
I will be here, I will be here
Oh oh oh oh oh
I will be here, I will be here
When the big road falls apart
And you think that the feeling will linger
You need somewhere to start
I will be here
And when it all seems to fall apart
You can’t breathe
You don’t know what you’re thinking
You need somewhere to start
I will be here, I will be here