Snap Happy with Canon G1X Mark II at Fidgets World, The Grandstand

Phew! What a lengthy title! But that’s exactly what happened over one of the weekends in May, I was snapping the entire time we were at Fidgets World. Too many photos and action shots were taken, no thanks to the super fast shutter (able to take 12 shots per second) and flippable LCD screen for selfies and wefies on the Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II camera!

First let’s take a quick look around Fidgets World!

The main play area, which we didn’t spend much time at since Ayra is still afraid of climbing and Zara is well, too small for this. Bigger kids that day went wild climbing and crawling in this huge maze! I wished I was smaller so that I can maneuver through it with ease to get some thrill out of it. #nochildhood

There’s a crafting corner where you can walk-in, pick what you would like to create and swipe your Fidgets World “credit card” for it. Payment for all purchases inside Fidgets World will be done when you check-out from the place.

Love the colorful drawers in the crafting corner!

There’s even a room with studio lighting for your kids’ makeover! First of its kind for an indoor playground I believe.

For those who would like to try modeling down the runway, you can do so in front of real audiences at the Fidgets Cafe.

Cafe area is next to the toddler play area, perfect for those playdates! Kids play with daddies and mummies can catch up over tea! *heehee*

We spent most of our time hanging out at the toddlers area that day. Riding cars, bikes, sitting on rocking chairs, and well, just hanging around to pass time.

The touchscreen on the G1X Mark II is great for touch focusing, especially great for kids moving shots!

Wefies time with Zara while Ayra was napping. With the flippable LCD screen, taking selfies with kids is so much more interactive. They just love seeing themselves in the screen, and the faces they make is so much fun! As you can see, the Mummy joined in the fun too. LOL!

After snapping away with Zara, this girl just wanted to get out of her chair and get moving! She couldn’t wait to go again to the play area so that she can conquer that giant maze in the above 3 years old area! I have a strong feeling this girl is going to be more adventurous than her elder sister.

The one essential feature I like about the Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II is the super high ISO, up to 12800! This is great for low light shots, especially at such indoor playgrounds, with kids moving constantly. Not all the shots were sharp due to the fast motion, but at least I can still see the kids clearly in these shots. The following shots are taken at ISO6400 at f/2.0.

Not bad ah? Considering the lighting condition with us inside the play area, covered by nets, pools and partitions. After a week with the Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II, I am putting it into my to-consider-upgrading list. Waiting till July to see if anything better and more compact is coming up, so that I can get a new camera (again!) for my own birthday!

Capture What Goes on Behind Those Photos and Videos

Thanks to the new Canon PowerShot N100, you can now capture what truly happened behind the photos and videos you take. This is especially useful for parents like myself who are always missed in family photos and vidoes, now we can too be captured in action together with everyone else.

Often we (the photographer) is the one that makes our kids smile for the camera. Sometime we resort to making funny faces or dangling their favorite toy just to get a smile from them. With the new Canon PowerShot N100, we can now capture and remember what was it that triggered that moment captured.


With Dual Capture, images/ movie captured by story camera are inserted into a still image (dual photo) or movie (dual movie and Digest Movie via Hybrid Auto) shot by the main camera.

Here’s a video I captured with the PowerShot N100 where both my girls were interacting sitting opposite one another.

The Canon PowerShot N100 is equipped with a sub camera (Story camera) on the back (above the LCD monitor) allowing the camera to shoot images and movie of the photographer. The window size of the story camera is versatile and can be changed from 3 sizes and can be placed at either of the 4 positions (4 corners of the photo/video), this feature can be set to on/off.

Another feature I love about this camera (and most of Canon’s new releases) is the NFC (Near Field Communication) capability on the camera. With NFC, you can press the Mobile Device Connect Button and tap your NFC-enabled Android device to the camera to send images from the camera to the smartphone with ease. Photographers can also control the camera remotely via the free Canon Camera Window app from virtually anywhere with their iOS or Android device.

Remote shooting is useful for capturing kids doing their own things. Without having to be physically standing in front of them, we cause less distraction so they can focus on what they are doing. Like the below photo, Zara was paying attention to the show rather than me trying to capture photos of her.

Of course, remote shooting also allows for the photographer to be included in the photo. Great for group shots! The example below is not the most ideal to show how this works, but well, I need more practice with this thing.

You can also view all the photos in your camera via the same app.

The PowerShot N100 is a pretty cool camera to own, personally, if I were to get this camera, it’ll probably be a secondary camera for me to use for capturing fun shots and videos with my girls. I prefer a more solid camera that gives me more manual shooting options like the G1 X Mark II or the PowerShot S120.

[box]Canon PowerShot N100 is retailing at $449, available at all Canon Authorised Dealers. Find out more about the camera on Canon Website.[/box]

Altered Canvas – Fun way to display photos

One super easy and fun way to bond with your kids is to create fun art together! With recent washi craze I see popping up on my Instagram and Facebook feed, this art project is going to be easy peasy!

Things you’ll need…

  1. Blank Canvas Board
  2. Few matching design/colors of Washi Tapes
  3. Tape Glue
  4. Mod Podge and a sponge brush to apply with
  5. Some decorative embellishments e.g. Stickers, cut-outs, alphabets
  6. Photos (I print mine with Canon Selphy Photo Printer)

Here’s another one of the altered canvases I did, each taking less than an hour. So if you are on a roll, you could probably do a few in a day!

Here’s my step-by-step guide to creating your own altered canvas…

Step 1
Arrange your photos on the canvas board, making sure there’s enough space for at least a title or some text.

Step 2
Plan how you want to decorate the piece. If there’s plenty of white space left after positioning the photos, you might want to stick the photos down first with tape glue then use washi tapes to decorate the space. Or if only little space is left, then you might want to use the washi tapes to create a background design on the blank canvas first. Try doing a repetitive pattern design or a zigzag across with matching tapes. Sometimes, straight line pattern works very well too.

Step 3
Once your main design and photos are pasted down, it’s time to add in some personal touches with the embellishments and alphabets. I like to use text or title on my project. Don’t over decorate the canvas, your photos should still remain as the main highlight of the piece.

Step 4
After you are sure the piece is complete, brush a layer of mod podge over the entire piece, including photos, tapes, embellishments etc. This layer helps give a protective layer over your canvas piece and also makes cleaning easy; with a damp cloth or just dry tissue to dust off any dirt.

I was privileged to be able to share this creation process with few other parent bloggers at an event with Canon. With many of the parents who are “virgin” to scrapbooking, the completed pieces were pretty amazing! Check our what these families did that evening over at their blog…

Looking forward to more fun sessions at #myfamilywcanon!