Digital Christmas: Happy Snaps

5 Dec 2010

Keep the festive memories alive with the help of some of the best digital cameras of the season.

Toshiba Camileo P20

 This small, slim camcorder has a 10x optical zoom. It films in full HD (1,080p) quality movies and can capture 5MP photographs. The P20 includes a 3-inch flip-out touchscreen to help you navigate through menus and it supports an SD of up to 64GB of space.

The camera includes software to allow you to upload your videos to YouTube or your photos to Picasa. It also has a HDMI port, along with USB connectivity.

Canon EOS 500D

Canon EOS 500D

The EOS 500D is a 15.1-megapixel digital SLR camera that can shoot at full HD video (1,080p). Users can also toggle between 720p resolution and VGA to save space.

Its offers an ISO range from up to 3,200 and is expandable to 12,800 for environments where you wish to avoid using the flash. It has a 3-inch Clear View screen and features Live View mode for a real-time visual feed to shoot from awkward angles.

The camera has shooting speeds of up to 3.4 frames per second in continuous bursts of up to 170 large jpeg images.

Sony NEX-3

Sony NEX-3

This compact digital camera has an interchangeable lens and highly responsive shooting, producing a DSLR quality image in a small camera. It has a 3-inch LCD screen and an auto brightness function for heightened visibility.

The NEX-3 features an Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor with a resolution of 14.2 effective megapixels. The camera keeps its interface simple to keep it as accessible as possible to users at all levels.

Canon Powershot SX210 IS

Canon Powershot SX210IS

The Powershot SX210 IS boasts a wide-angle 14x optical lens, helping you capture more detail at a higher quality. Its Face Detection Technology detects up to 35 faces and adjusts its settings for the most natural-looking results. The camera can also shoot HD movies of 720p resolution and has CD-quality stereo sound.

It has a pretty convenient feature with Smart Shutter mode, which uses Face Detection Technology to remotely control its shutter, which means the camera will only take the photo when the subject is smiling.

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FT10

Panasonic Lumix DMC FT10

This 14.1-megapixel camera is ready for rough conditions. It’s waterproof up to 3 metres, shock proof to 1.5 metres, dust proof and even freeze proof to -10C. Its 2.7-inch screen with anti-reflective coating ensures high visibility at all times.

Its Intelligent Auto mode includes various shooting assist functions for the best quality of image and its MEGA OIS reduces blur caused by shaky hands.

The FT10 films HD quality video (720p) and you can edit and upload films onto YouTube with included software.

Fuji Finepix Z70

Fujifilm Z70

The Fuji Finepix Z70 is a 12.2-megapixel camera that comes in six colours. It has a 5x optical lens and digital image stabilisation to help you avoid image blur. It can film in HD (720p) and features Face Detection technology to enhance the focus on the face of the subject.

It also offers Natural Light and With Flash mode, which shoots two images continuously – one with flash and one without and lets you choose which one you want to keep.