When I first gotten the invitation for the Canon Family Bloggers Photo Shoot out, I just had to agree! I love taking photos! Do I really need to mention this especially since there are so many pieces ‘evidence’ on my blog? Friends would know that I’m never without my camera in my bag and I just love snapping away, so how to reject right?

Besides, Sentosa with my family sounds like an enjoyable weekend to look forward to…AND, my fellow M.I.C.E mommies would be there too!

Irene (SingaporeMomBlogs.com) & me!

Irene (SingaporeMomBlogs.com) & me!

We got to choose our favourite Canon camera to use, and I chose the new PowerShot G1X Mark II. I have heard great things about the camera and can’t wait to try it! All pictures in this post are taken with the camera, unless otherwise stated! Gotta mention that they are all unedited as well!

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I didn’t quite know what to expect for the shoot out. Turns out, we had to go on a treasure hunt around the island completing tasks with our cameras!

The Choo family taking a picture with our book of clues.

The Choo family taking a picture with our book of clues (Jerome is sleeping in the stroller).

If you are wondering why my husband isn’t looking in the camera, it is because he is busy checking himself out. The Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II comes with tilt touchscreen LCD, which makes taking selfies/wefies super easy, and an ease for extremely high or low angle shots. I guess the only disadvantage is that everyone would be busy looking at the LCD screen instead of the camera lens… (I guess they just cannot help it, and I know.. I’m pro because I am looking at the lens).

Here’s Sophia reading out the clue..

Sophia reading our first clue.

Sophia reading our first clue for the family shoot out.

I really like the depth of field (DOF) of the camera, and the blurring of areas not in focus makes this picture a lot more interesting. I took a few more pictures to try out the DOF and I must say, I really liked it!

[Photo credit: Irene Soh, taken with Canon Powershot G7 X)

[Photo credit: Irene Soh, taken with Canon Powershot G7 X] I blurred out the number to protect the organizers.

Here’s the clue! Can you guess where we need to go next? Turns out, Irene’s route and mine are the same so we went along together so that the kids have more company. They sure were elated.

Here's all of us riding down an escalator.

Here’s all of us riding down an escalator.

The whole bunch of us riding down the escalator while I attempt to capture everybody. Love this shot! Jerry & Hiroshi both are holding onto a Canon camera too. I have requested for one for Jerry since he so loves to take pictures. He is holding the Canon PowerShot D30 that’s both shockproof and waterproof. Perfect for little hands like his without worrying for the camera. I believe Hiroshi was carrying the Canon Powershot N100 here. 

The best part? I wifi-ed the picture to my phone and instagrammed it. I know. I know. I is social media addict. And I am sure many of you are too, so you’ll be glad to know that the Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II allows you to do that. In fact, I think most of the new Canon camera all allows you to wirelessly transfer images to your phone instantaneously. You just need to have the Canon CameraWindow app installed. Here’s the instagram post that I did. Cool right?

Comment from Estella on post because she fell sick and sprained her ankle the night before (what luck!) and couldn’t join us. Poor her, she was so bummed!

Shooting battle between Jerry & Hiroshi.

Shooting battle between Jerry & Hiroshi.

The boys were in a ‘shooting battle’ with their cameras while we were waiting for the Sentosa Express (light rail system). Very amusing to look at. Meanwhile… here’s what the husband is doing.

Papa kangeroo with baby joey Jerome.

Papa kangeroo with baby joey Jerome.

We were worried that the walking might be too much for the littlest one, so we brought our carrier along, just in case. Daddy still NOT looking at the camera, but I am still posting this picture because I really like the picture clarity, and how vibrant the colors are. And guess who we met along the way? Santa Claus!

Jerry takes a picture of Hiroshi & Santa.

Jerry takes a picture of Hiroshi & Santa.

Here's where we are headed to!

Here’s where we are headed to!

Believe it or not, it’s the FIRST time we are going into the Merlion! I was quite excited. Once in, we were greeted with loads of educational information about sea creatures, loch ness monster etc. Jerry was staring at the sea creature on the wall. You might also note that the camera takes pretty good pictures in low light condition as well.

Jerry checking out the walls with pictures of creatures.

Jerry checking out the walls with pictures of creatures.

James checking out the big dragon like monster.

James checking out the big dragon like monster.

I don’t really have much hands to fiddle with the camera much, with bags to carry, little hands to hold and a navigation map to bring us around the area, so all the pictures are shot in auto-mode and I think they turned out quite well.

Jerry reaching for his medallion here.

Jerry reaching for his medallion here.

The Choo Family at the mouth of the Merlion (Photo credit: Irene, taken with PowerShot G7X).

The Choo Family at the mouth of the Merlion (Photo credit: Irene, taken with PowerShot G7X).

The view up there, where dark clouds loom.

The view up there, where dark clouds loom.

I had wanted to take a panoramic shot but there was just too many people queueing for the view and I was also fiercely holding onto my kids because there were a lot of steps and the space is quite narrow.

Splashing water at the Merlion Walk.

Splashing water at the Merlion Walk.

The kids enjoyed this part of the journey a lot! They were busy playing with the water, and it also started to drizzle and they were having a whale of a time just frolicking around!

Caught James trying to put his foot in the water.

Caught James trying to put his foot in, and Hiroshi shooting in the background.

The boys, Jerry & James enjoying a moment together.

The boys, Jerry & James enjoying a moment together.

This is the last picture I took outdoors because the huge droplets of rain started pelting down at us! We had to grab the kids and run to the nearest shelter… at McDonalds!

All drenched, with fries and hot milo to save our day!

All drenched, with fries and hot milo to save our day!

My face is distorted and out of focus (camera probably thinks I’m some foreground object), although Irene’s family looked really great here… and Jerome’s little hand grabbing a fry at the other corner. I need longer hands! We sat here for the longest time because the rain was simply unrelenting. We hung around till the rain got a wee bit lighter and ran back to where we all started to gather with the rest.

I took a few more experimenting shots with the camera before I had to return it.

Jerome, fingering his water bottle here.

Jerome, fingering his water bottle here.

Jerome climbing towards the cup of coffee...

Jerome climbing towards the cup of coffee…

Irene & Cherie frowning at the wet weather that spoiled all our fun!

Us, frowning at the wet weather that spoiled all our fun!

With the rain still pelting outside, kids playing together indoors and with cameras in our hands… guess what’s next? A series of selfies!

#1 Selfie

#1 Selfie

#2 Selfie

#2 Selfie

#3 Selfie

#3 Selfie

#4 Selfie

#4 Selfie

Sorry for the spam, but I think we both really liked our pretty brows! I don’t look very glam with those monkey faces, I know!

Oh oh, I also tried out this other function of the camera that’s called creative shot. For those of you who likes filters, this is a very cool feature to use. The camera applies 5 filters to the image that you have just taken for different effects, and even cropping the image. Found it really cool because the pictures look somewhat different!

Canon PowerSho G1X Mark II Creative Shots

Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II Creative Shots

So do I like the camera? I can’t quite give you a definitive answer because I haven’t played enough with the camera to test out all the functions. That said, I’m leaning towards the positive side because it does provide some dslr quality-like pictures that normally doesn’t come with a compact camera. The touch screen, tilt shift lcd is a niffy tool for ease of shoot (imaging taking a video would be so easy!), and the picture quality is great. The camera also feels solid to hold (although it might be a little on the heavier side for some people), and the instant wifi transfer is a huge, huge plus. I might consider this camera if I ever need a camera, but for now, I have no reason to switch out my current camera which is serving me well. I do know a few people who has this on their wish list and a lot of tech sites have rave reviews for this.

We ended the day late in Sentosa, after loads of luge rides (in the rain!) and a ride in the Tiger Sky Tower. The kids definitely had a lot a lot of fun, and honestly, I had a lot of fun too! I should consider more group family outings in the future. More kids seemed to make the adventure a lot more fun and I can totally tell Jerry & Jerome enjoyed themselves tremendously as well.

Do check out Canon’s website for the complete range of cameras or their facebook for updates and amazing images to inspire you.

Disclaimer: The family was invited to a fun day out at Sentosa courtesy of Canon. We clocked in a day of fun experiencing the various Canon cameras and no other monetary gains was received. All photos in post are unedited and other than those not taken by me, the rest are all shot in auto mode.