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Compact companions

Whether you are a serious photographer or someone who just wants something to capture special moments, here are some good buys to consider.
The Straits Times - August 30, 2012
By: Mike Lee
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Compact companions -- PHOTO: REUTERS

Canon PowerShot S100

$699, freebies include an 8GB SD card and a camera case. Register warranty online to get a $50 Takashimaya voucher and an NB 5L battery.

Booth 8101A

Targeted at the serious photographer, the Canon PowerShot S100 (above) sports a bright f2.0 lens and a control ring for intuitive manual control. The 5x optical zoom provides compositional flexibility, while the Canon-developed 12.1-megapixel sensor and new Digic 5 imaging processor promises spectacular image quality in low light.

This slim shooter can also record videos at full 1,080p high-definition with stereo sound.

The camera is available in black and silver.

Fujifilm X10

$899 (usual $999), freebies include a 16GB SD card, case, original battery, 8GB USB drive, 32GB class 6 SD card, tripod and screen protector

Booth 8111

Sporting a new improved 12-megapixel 2/3 inch EXR CMOS sensor, the Fujifilm X10 is a camera the photo-enthusiast looking for a high-end compact camera should consider. Its Fujinon 4X optical manual barrel zoom lens focuses from 28mm to 112mm equivalent,and its aperture range is large and bright at f2.0 to f2.8.

It has street-cred with its classic rangefinder look and durability in its tough magnesium alloy body. The optical viewfinder, which offers 85 per cent coverage, is also a welcome touch, in addition to the 2.8-inch LCD for composition.

Despite its retro-chic appearance, this camera can rapid-fire at seven frames per second (fps) at full resolution.

Olympus Tough TG-320

$198 (usual $348), free gifts worth $140

Booth 8205

Here is a camera for the adventurous type.

Waterproof to a depth of 3m, shockproof from a height of 1.5m and freezeproof to a temperature of -10 deg C, the Olympus Tough TG-320 is built to withstand the elements.

It comes with a 14 megapixel sensor and a 3.6x optical zoom with dual image stabilisation.

Magic Filters can be used in both stills and video recording; there is even a Pet 9Mode which automatically detects dogs and cats’ faces, and triggers the shutter the moment the canine or feline turns to face the camera.

Samsung EX2F

$699, freebies include a dry box and Power Bank charger worth $238, plus free gifts worth $115 consisting of an SD card, a camera case and extra Samsung battery

Booths 8328, 8130, 8161

The Samsung EX2F touts a f1.4 lens that is the brightest in any compact camera available today.

The lens zooms from 24mm to 80mm equivalent, supported by dual optical and digital image stabilisation.

Working in tandem in low-light situations is its 1/1.7 inch 12-megapixel sensor, backside illuminated to deliver low-noise images.
The 3-inch Amoled screen swivels to capture shots in all angles and works well even under bright sunlight.

The icing on the cake – Wi-Fi capabilities that allow instant sharing on social networking sites and saving of photos to your computer or to the cloud.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100


Booths 3005, 8210

The first model from an entirely new digital camera product line by Sony, the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 is revolutionary in many ways.

It has a newly developed 1.0-inch sensor that promises high-quality, detail-packed 20.2-megapixel images. The Carl-Zeiss Vario-Sonnar lens zooms to 3.6x and sports a large f1.8 aperture for creamy blurred backgrounds.

Light sensitivity is as high as ISO 6,400, and RAW image capture lets the user extract maximum latitude when editing images. An integrated control ring puts camera settings right at your fingertips. Full high-definition video recording goes up to an impressive 60fps.

Mike Lee is a freelance writer and photographer.


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