Canon EOS M6 & PIXMA TS9170

Kids grow up too fast. Before I know it, the baby I once held in my arms would be entering formal school in a few months time. It’s a reality that I’m still trying to grasp. Where have all those years gone?

I take a lot of pictures of my kids growing up, and I’m thankful that I did that. I often look back with fond memories as I browse the various albums of their initial years. So adorable, those faces! Before you know it, they won’t want to have their pics taken, like how my firstborn reacts to the camera now. My regret? I didn’t take enough videos.

Over the years, I have switched from DSLRs to point-and-shoot compact cameras and then to the camera phone. DSLRs enable me to take better pics but over the years, I appreciate the convenience of a small and light camera over bulky and heavy ones. And since I take pics on a daily basis now, the camera phone is my best buddy.

On days when we head out for some adventures, the DSLR still triumphs because I tend to take a different angle for the pic when I have the DSLR in my hand. Creativity takes over and convenience and the tendency to quickly just take a quick shot is shoved to a corner. Pictures turn out better, somehow.

Thankfully, DSLRs are compact these days so it doesn’t really add to the space of our already over-filled moms’ bags.

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Meet Canon’s EOS M6, a compact mirrorless camera that doesn’t compromise on speed or quality. Its body is a mere 390g and bears a vintage-style design. This enthusiast level DSLR camera is enhanced with Dual Pixel CMOS AF system and image stabilisation feature which enables me to capture those spontaneous moments and reactions of the kids.

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I find the smiles of the children to be the most vibrant when they are having fun. That means they do not have to intentionally smile for the camera. We just need to capture that moment and snap!

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You probably can’t tell from this image that I was actually running to get a picture of him riding. At that point, he turned his head to face me and I got to capture his expression. Precious. The image stabilisation feature works well for videos too which I usually upload onto IG.

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Another clear picture taken as the girl went down the slide with full speed.

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Perhaps, another feature that I’ve got to experience and enjoy is the 180 degree tilt touchscreen monitor. It does make taking welfies more fun! Oh look, that smile on his face! Have I also shared that transferring the images from the camera to the phone is really easy with the Canon Camera Connect App? I always do it on the go!

I do suspect that there are a lot more features that I have yet to discover about this powerful camera as shown in this embedded video. Let me continue and share, on IG. Easier. 😉 Will definitely go out more often in August!

What do you do with all the images that you have captured? Like you, I store in digital albums and at times, have them printed out and display them in the house. You need a reliable and high-performance printer like PIXMA TS9170.

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The girl and I had a good time choosing the pictures for our family album and she had fun helping me print those images from the printer. The PIXMA TS9170 has been put to greater use for the creation of our homelearning resources.

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If you have been following me, you would have known that I print a lot of teaching and learning resources for the kids. These days, I print mostly via the ipad and the mobile phone, seamlessly and wirelessly. Very convenient and enjoyable indeed. And the print quality is good, up to my standard.

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Printing on the right kind of photo paper helps if you want your image to turn out well. Canon has a good range (seen in the above pic) – A4 matte photo paper, 5″x 5″ glossy photo paper, magnetic photo paper and glossy free-cutting stickers.

I set out a project for the girl to work on – photo album of the family complete with her own description. So we had a good time of organising and arguing about which photos to print. It was all in good spirit though. 😉

 

We bought a simple notebook from Popular bookstore and started working on it. I have to tell you that the girl was super excited about the project and kept bugging me to start. The cover page picture was printed on the glossy sticker paper and it was a first for both of us so we were both amazed by it (suaku).

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We printed lots of pictures for this project, photographs of our daily life. For curiosity’s sake, I printed this set of photos on three different papers – Canon A4 matte photo paper, 160g paper and 100g paper. I don’t have to elaborate much. We could definitely see that the images printed on the Canon matte photo paper are the most vibrant and sharp. I had wanted to save on the cost and thought the 160g paper would do a decent job but nope.

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It’s still work-in-progress for this project but through this, I’ve experienced both the wonders of EOS M6 and PIXMA TS9170. If you ask me, I’m pretty impressed by the printer. It has made my life easier since I do print a lot of materials for the teaching and learning resources. The ink cartridges seem to last longer though they might cost a little more than the other brands. Above all, I love the quality of the print. #pixmaprintsbetter

There seems to be an ongoing promotion for its products now. Do check it out if you are considering any of them.

Canon, delighting you always.

Indeed.

Disclaimer: Canon Singapore has kindly loaned EOS M6 and PIXMA TS9170 to us for the review of both products. All comments and experiences shared are mine and I would be happy to answer any of your questions, if any. No other compensation was received.

Homelearning | Community Helpers

I work well with themes. And that applies to my homelearning curriculum. Then again, I don’t really have a curriculum. I facilitate the learning based on the children’s experiences and interests because I do think I’d have a doubly hard time getting information across to them when they have zero knowledge about it. I can introduce of course, but most of the time I see blank faces. However, there are times (not a lot) when they want to know more and that’s when I delve deeper into it.

I’ve been wanting to do the theme on community helpers during the June hols because that’s when we could head out and visit museums, fire stations, etc. Alas, the kids fell ill and such trips were not recommended so we have to wait till July to go through it.

We started off with this box of Educo’s Occupation Project which is available at Liliewoods Social at Katong I12. The kids had to categorise items related to the specific occupation. While it may seem easy to sort them, I find a lot of conversation can be generated as we went through individual item, hence the process took longer than expected. Of course, we need to supply them with the vocabulary for each picture.

We did visit the library to borrow books on the various occupations to complement the lesson. However, it would be really good if we could get hold of books set in the local context. But hey, there’s always the Internet!

In the near future, I would really like to get the girl to write short texts. Let me find the time to do so. 😅

Community Helpers’ 2-piece puzzles. I thought it would be fun to get the toddler to match these puzzles up. Dan did it half-heartedly, as if telling me that I was looking down on him with this task. Hah. I thought it would be good to source for pictures with, well, humans in uniforms for the different occupations. Awesome if it’s in local context. Anyone game to do that and share? 😬

Injecting a bit of fun into learning would be this set of memory matching game. The girl was all enthusiastic about it while the boy was still trying to figure out what we were doing. He’ll get there, one day.

Still on categorising is this Community Helpers Sort and Classify mats. Dan grouped the pictures associated with the occupation. Looks easy to us but it took a bit of effort for him to categorise them. Perhaps , what I should do is to start small, with two to three occupations and asked him to sort as opposed to having him to do all at one go. Again, the kids learnt the vocabulary words here. The girl could sort obviously but the challenge for her is to get her to know and spell all the words. Ok, ok. Maybe not all, but most (of the easier words). The delighted Faith got to use the Xyron sticker maker while the brother used good old glue because we all know the fate of the sticker maker if it landed in the hands of very young kiddos. 😭

His first completed mat. Goodness, it took quite long! I need to remind myself to be patient with him. He’s honing his motor skills after all! And just look the sister. I don’t know what prompted that expression?

That day, we were touching on the postman and I thought we should visit Singapore Post Centre at Paya Lebar. Anyway, I needed to post a parcel. It was a nice place and rather picture-worthy.

I didn’t ask them to pose so hmm, this is the best I could capture. 🙄

My friend suggested that ending the lesson with a field trip to KidZania would be nice, which I agree. Let’s wait till the boy is of the right age to visit then. 😉 Meanwhile, a visit to the fire station, Police Heritage Centre, etc is more feasible.

Just a note.

A few have asked which printer I used after I posted this on IG stories. I’m currently using Canon’s PIXMA TS9170 (on loan for review purposes). I truly love the vibrant colours on the print. It would be especially good for photos.