Cool Compact Cameras

The compact camera is so ubiquitous, manufacturers are adding more and more features to try and stand out in a crowded market.

But which features are valuable and which ones are just gimmicks?

Each of todays cameras has a feature which sets it apart – but are they worth it?

Fujifilm F55 EXR

Packed with features and loaded with some of the latest technological innovations, the new Fujifilm FinePix F550 EXR is the ideal camera for discerning point-and-shoot photographers.

No matter where you are in the world, the FinePix F550 EXR recognises your location with its built-in GPS, allowing you to quickly and easily find shots of a specific location or point of interest. And the camera makes a fine travel buddy with its Route Logging function.

Whether you want to re-trace your steps or map a route of your travels, the FinePix F550 EXR stores location data every 10 minutes and, once the images are downloaded to your PC, a map of the route, along with the pictures you took along the way, is created using Google Maps.

Features:

  • 16 Megapixel EXR CMOS sensor
  • 15 x Optical Zoom (24-360mm)
  • NEW GPS image tagging functionality
  • 3.0 inch rear LCD with 460,000 pixels
  • Full resolution high speed shooting at 7.6fps

Recommended Retail Price: $699

Available from: Leading photo retailers.

Product Website: http://www.fujifilm.co.nz/products/item.asp?id=8&sid=1&pid=590#

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Canon G12 Premium Compact Camera

A compact camera for the more advanced user, the Canon G12 provides much more control than a general point-and-shoot type camera.

With a range of controls normally found on the more advanced Canon EOS range the G12 allows serious amateur users to adapt their photography to suit their own style.  The controls allow the user to tinker with depth of fields and the lens can extend from a wide angle 28mm to a short telephoto 140mm.

Features:

  • 10 Megapixel high sensitivity CCD sensor
  • 720p HD movie recording
  • 5 x Optical Zoom (24-140mm)
  • Manual control option allows more creativity
  • Vari-angle 2.8 inch LCD screen allows viewing from a variety of angles
  • Stereo audio and Mini-HDMI connector

Recommended Retail Price: $999

Product Website: http://www.canon.co.nz/en-nz/For-You/Digital-Cameras/G12-Camera

Rating: 4 out of 5

Samsung SH 100 Wifi Enabled Camera PLUS Samsung Galaxy SII Smartphone

The SH100 features built-in Wi-Fi so you can automatically back up your shots – or HD video recordings – to your PC, upload them onto Facebook or email them directly to friends from your camera.

Even better, because the camera can connect to a Wi-Fi network, you can control it remotely with software on your brand new Samsung GALAXY S II.  This new Smartphone is an absolute iPhone beater with a beautifully thin (8.49mm) and lightweight body.

The Samsung GALAXY S II uses Android™ 2.3 Gingerbread, the latest version of the world’s fastest-growing mobile operating system. The next generation Smartphone includes access to Samsung’s four new content and entertainment hubs, seamlessly integrated to provide fast access to music, games, e-reading and social networking services.

SH100 Features

  • WiFi Camera
  • 14 effective Megapixels image sensor
  • 26mm Samsung Lens
  • 5x Optical Zoom
  • HD Movie

Recommended Retail Price: $399

Product Website: http://www.samsung.com/nz/consumer/camera-camcorder/compact-cameras/cutting-edge/EC-SH100ZBPBAU/index.idx?pagetype=prd_detail&returnurl=

Available from: Leading photographic retailers

Rating: 3 out of 5

Galaxy SII Smartphone, Recommended Retail Price: $1199

Product Website: http://www.samsung.com/nz/

Available from: Leading phone/electronics retailers (including Vodafone, Noel Leeming and the Warehouse).

Rating: 5 out of 5

All prices correct at time of publishing. Products subject to availability.