18MP camera with HD video recording
Bettering the best comes easy to Canon. The all-new Canon EOS 60D to be out this month is an enhancement over the 50D and 7D. Built around the identical body as the 50D, the only difference is the 18 megapixels compared to 50D’s 15MP. The new sensor has smaller pixels than the 50D, but claims superior noise and image quality – plus, larger, gap-free micro lenses which effectively result in the same light-sensitive area with ISO going up to 6400 and expandable to 12800. But the best part is its 3-inch Clear View LCD monitor for low and high-angle viewing. Not to mention, room for in-camera creativity and filter options, HDMI output, full HD video recording and auto lighting optimizer will make any amateur’s images look like a pro’s.
Now you can throw your digital camera and nothing will happen to it. Olympus Tough TG-310 is such a boy toy that is shock proof (up to 1.5 meters), waterproof (up to 3 meters) and freeze proof (up to minus 10 degrees). Virtually indestructible, it boasts impeccable image quality, usability and connectivity. You can shoot 14 megapixel photos with the dramatic realism of 3D and thanks to Eye-Fi card compatibility, automatically upload stills and movies wirelessly to your favorite website or PC. Even deep underwater, a sliding double lock mechanism protects the battery, card slots and ports while an additional hard glass lens barrier safeguards the optical zoom lens.
Intelligent point-and-shoot photography
A definite improvement from its predecessors (EP-1 & EP-2), the Olympus Pen EPL1 has pop-up flash and Live Guide that allows you to change the color saturation, brightness, and even blurs the background. In addition, a recent firmware upgrade has upped its auto focus speed as well. The camera menu includes basic tips on how to photograph children, pets, flowers, food, and composition. Weighing in at 535 gms with card, battery and lens, it scores in point and shoot photography with its 12.3MP resolution. The Intelligent Auto mode analyses the scene by itself and chooses among Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, Sport and Macro modes. Moreover, there’s a new picture mode called iEnhance that picks out a dominant color in a scene and enhances that one color so it stands out more. Perfect for capturing nature, be it sunsets, flowers and landscapes. You can take 300 shots per charge. If you shoot more, take an extra battery with you.
~Zahid H Javali