Monday, April 27, 2015

Canon Powershot SX60HS

Post Updates : 13 May 2015

This camera caught my interest with it's zoom lens power.
I needed a compact camera that I could do from micro to long zoom without having to change lens. It seemed to fit my ideal requirements. So I went to a camera store to test out the camera.
It was heavier than I had thought. The overall feel and built of this camera looks very good. Pleased with it's zoom power, I brought it without much hesitation.

Unboxing Canon PowerShot SX60 HS
Contents in the box :
Camera SX60HS
Battery Pack NB-10L
Battery Charger
Neck Strap
Lens Cap (with cord)

Technical Specifications of PowerShot SX60 HS
Pixel : 16.1 megapixels
Imaging Processor : DIGIC 6
Focal Length : 3.8(W) - 247.0 (T) mm
35mm film equivalent : 21 (W) - 1365 (T) mm
Macro : 0 - 50cm
LCD Monitor : 3" TFT colour LCD
ISO Speed : ISO 100 - ISO 3200
Flash : Auto, On, Slow Synchro, Off (Manual lift up Flash)
HotShoe : Yes
Weight : Approx. 650g (including battery and memory card)
Movie Mode : Full HD 60p
Wi-Fi function : Yes

The followings photographs was reduced in size by 70% (for my easy uploading). No colours, filters, touch up was done to the picture, so as to show the original colour of the photo results.  Camera was set on Auto mode. 

The above photo show a blue box I've mark up. It's approx where the bird (photo below) was located.
Using the zoom, I was able to capture the below image.

After sometime, I spotted another bird that flew into the field. Happy photo snapping.

Then I went over to Upper Thomson Road. One of my favourite place to see wild monkeys.
It was an overcast day but I managed to take a few pictures before it started to rain again.
I have not tried out the micro function yet. Hopefully in coming weekend, the weather would be good for photography.

The zoom clarity are super great. The camera's built in functions are yet to be explored. Overall, I would say I am very pleased with this little compact camera. 

Post Addition : 13 May 2015
Location : Pasir Ris Park

Subject : Oriental Pied Hornbill
For the first time, I was able to spot and photography this bird. Fast flying bird and I was glad to able to capture 1 shot before it flew off.

Theme : Dancing Trees
Power of nature, so beautiful.

Subject : Spotted Wool Owl
Focal Length : 247mm
Exposure Time : 1/25 sec.
f-stop : f/6.5
Aperature : 5.4
ISO : 800

I just simply love the Owl. This is also the 1st time I was able to photograph a wild owl. It took me very long time to wait for the owl to finally wake up from the sleep. It was all worth the wait.
For a compact camera, I would say this camera is equipped with a super powerful zoom.
Very pleased with the colours and clarity of how the photographs turn out to be.

Overall, I would highly recommend this camera Canon SX60HS to those who like to travel light. Need a powerful zoom to photograph animals without the hassle of changing lens.
A compact suitable for all occassion and the wifi function is really cool.
Connect to handphone in instant (using Canon Connect app) and makes sharing of photo online an 
easy task. When connected with handphone, the handphone can be use as a remote control to activate the camera shooting mode.  The only cons I find is that the auto tracking of the long zoom doesn't react very fast and it might take a while to get use to it. This aside, I am very impressed with the capabilities of this compact camera.
My rating of the camera : 4.5 of 5 stars

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Paying last respects to our unique HERO!

Today was the first day for the public to pay respects for Mr Lee Kuan Yew at the Parliament House, Singapore. It would last until this Saturday, 28 March 2015. This morning at 9am, I saw the live telecast of the funeral procession from Istana to Parliament House. I couldn't find the right words to describe my feelings. I wished he could live on but I also don't wish him to hang on suffering or in pain in the hospital. I know the time will come for people to go and the living will have to accept. Still... my heartache.  I had also taken half day leave off work few days ago for I know I had to go over there, to pay my last respects. This was the only little thing I can do.

The little red dot where I called home was built up by this man, It's his country and endless efforts.

Building up bit by bit, all this was super not easy and it was this man that continued his passion and love for the country to make all this possible. Buildings with balance of nature, lots of tress all over the place. 

A short walk through of the queue today. Arriving near Boat Quay. I do not know where the start of the queue was, I can only walk on.

  The sun was blazing hot today and I have never seen any queue in this way. I was offered an umbrella by a group of kind souls. I thank them and had the umbrella returned to her when the weather started to cool off. There was also good people especially this restaurant that put out the free drinks to the public. 

The queue went up and around the bridge and this was only about  an estimated 20% of the distance made. Then a u-turn around had to be make as directed by the police guards. 

By the time my queue reached Raffles Place, it was about 3pm. I had started queuing from 12 plus.
Of course, there were still some people trying to cut into the queue on and off, here and there. Thankfully, majority are queuing in order, doing it the right way, the honest way, the good way. Along the way, many guards was also helping to distribute water to the public. Overall, everything was still in a very good order.

Looking up at all this skycrapers, I can't help but think again how much was went through before all this can actually happen in a small island, in such a short time. Since young, I had lived in a shophouse and also a house in Chua Chu Kang. Both my childhood houses are no longer there and had made way for newer developments. Changes are inevitable, sometimes good, sometimes bad.

The queue goes on...

Looking at the opposite, I think I'm making to about 50% of the queue line from where I'm standing. Only then I started to take a few slips of my drink (given by the resturant). I didn't dare to eat or drink since 10.30am this morning, fearing I might have to go to the restroom. It is actually not advisable not to drink though especially under hot sun. Please do take a umbrella if you are going there.

At the bridge and nearing the Parliament house.

Upon reaching this covered point, it takes about another 30 minutes to get into the Parliament House.

Cards written for Mr Lee Kuan Yew.

Reaching. Photography not allowed inside. 
Paid my last respects.
Rest in Peace, Mr Lee Kuan Yew.

Exiting back of Parliment House, Singapore. 

Large crowd continued on near Hong Lim Park. Overall, it took me about 4 hours. The crowd seemed to be longer and longer later in the day. TV are now reporting changes to the time. The time had changed it to 24 hours open from today and till 8 pm on Saturday. It is really touching to see such a huge crowd lining up orderly to pay their respects. Keep the good flow.