Best in tech 2015 round up — Cameras

Here are some of the best cameras from 2015 for you to consider spending your ang pao money on

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Whether you’re an adventure seeker looking for a sturdy camera that will weather a storm or a novice photographer looking to make your next big camera upgrade, we have a list of great camera options that will see you through the new year.

Best for selfies: Samsung NX500

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Capture vivid and beautiful images with the Samsung NX500 ($1,159). With a 28.2 Megapixels sensor and DRIMe Vs processor, the camera produces a high standard of colour reproduction, giving you stunning images every single time, according to the manufacturer.

You’ll be able to take the perfect selfie with its tilt and flip-up function, and most importantly, enjoy hassle-free uploading with its wireless set-up compatible with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC. Bring it to your reunion dinner this Lunar New Year and capture all those happy family memories.

Available at authorised Samsung retailers.

Best for street photography: Leica Q Camera

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The Leica Q (main image) is perfect for street, architectural and landscape photography. With a full-frame sensor and classic focal length prime lens, the Leica Q stands out due to its fast handling.

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The Leica Summilux 28mm lens makes it ideal for various light situations and has an angle of view that reproduces scenes with natural proportions.

Available for $5,990 at all Leica Stores.

Best for food photography: Olympus Pen E-PL7

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The new Olympus Pen E-PL7 customisation service offers the opportunity to flaunt your personality. Take photos of food all the time? The M.Zuiko Digital 25mm f1.8 lens is the lens to go to. The aperture setting of f1.8 creates a soft de-focusing effect that allows you to capture table-top shots where your food stands out even in low-light conditions, making it perfect for capturing a flat-lay photo of your reunion dinner.

How about selfies or “OOTD”? The M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f1.8 lens allows tripod-free shooting in low light conditions and the wide-angle lens allows the capturing of “wefies” effortlessly.

Available online at www.shopatolympus.com.sg.

Best for versatility: Sony a7R II

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Who says you need a full-fledged DSLR for excellent image quality? Mirrorless cameras can do the job too. Sony’s new a7R II ($4,099, body only) offers high image resolution, high sensitivity and high-speed responses. You’ll also be able to shoot easily in low-light conditions thanks to its high ISO (up to 102400).

The a7R II also includes the ability to record movies in 4K quality (QFHD 3840×2160) in either Super 35mm crop mode or full-frame mode.

Available at all Sony Stores, Sony Centres and select Sony authorised dealers.

Best for video: Sony 4K HD Action Camera

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The new Action Cam FDR-X1000V applies a splash-proof POV camera design, an ultra-wide angle field of view, a back-illuminated sensor, and acclaimed Bionz X processor ensuring strong consistent video quality across all shooting environments.

For more advanced users, an expanded scope of manual controls and settings adjustments, including white balance and auto exposure shifting, are available for you to play around with.

Available at Sony outlets.

Best for baby monitoring: D-Link DCS-700L Baby Camera

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Afraid something my happen to your young one while you’re visiting relatives? Stay connected to your little one any time, even on-the-go. With the infrared LED and a night vision mode that automatically activates under low-light conditions, checking on your child around the clock won’t be difficult.

With motion detection sensors, parents will be able to know when their child rouses from their sleep when the camera sends out alerts to them. Parents can also soothe restless babies back to sleep with the five preloaded lullabies to choose from, via linked Android or iOS devices.

Available at authorized retailers.

Best for adventure seekers: Olympus Stylus TG-860 Tough

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The new camera features the industry’s widest 21mm zoom lens in the active lifestyle camera market, POV recording functionality and advanced ruggedness. Its 180-degree capable tilt screen enables easy composition for underwater shooting and super-wide angle selfies.

Available at selected electronics shops.

Best for portability: Xiaomi Yi

 

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In addition to Xiaomi’s ever-expanding line of electronic gadgets, it has recently introduced the Yi. Simply put, the Yi is a point of view (POV) sports camera similar to GoPro but at a fraction of the price.

The Xiaomi Yi has a 16MP, 155° wide-angle point of view (POV) camera that’s equipped with Sony’s Exmor R CMOS sensor — it also weighs just 72g, making it extremely portable. In terms of videos, it’s able to record in HD quality at 1080p and 60fps and is made with PC-ABS materials, which means it’s rugged enough to withstand a few knocks and water splashes.

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