CAUGHT ON CAMERA
We personally test-drove some of the most portable models in the market to single out three outstanding traveller’s companions – and we have the shots to prove it!
CASIO EXILIM EX-FR100 Casio Singapore launched the outdoor camera sometime end-2015, but it still stays hip and relevant even today. The camera features a rugged shock, water and dust-resistant design that can be easily operated single-handedly. Most people will opt for a phone out of convenience but most models are not water resistant. This, however, was the perfect device for roughing it out, especially to the beach and resort swimming pools to capture breathtaking moments. The FR100 also comes in a detachable design, which enables users to attach the camera module virtually anywhere via an assortment of aftermarket accessories. Strap it to your head and video log your trails, mount it to your mountain bicycles while exploring a multitude of landscapes, or simply put it on a selfie stick for a group photo – its 16mm ultra wide-angle lens makes it perfect for large group photos as well as landscape shots. Unlike other action cameras in the market where you have to shoot blind, the FR100 has a viewfinder that doubles as a clicker and is ideal for solo travellers who wish to document their journey, knowing their images are framed perfectly. Verdict: best for solo adventurers SONY RX100 IV This pocket-sized powerhouse certainly packs a punch! For those who want dreamy, aperturepriority shots without having to lug around anything larger than a hefty powerbank, this is your go-to camera. The ZEISS® Vario-sonnar T* 24-70mm (35mm equivalent) F1.8-F2.8 lens means great macro shots (perfect for snapping food), while the high speed Anti-distortion Shutter (maximum speed of 1/32000 second) minimises the “rolling shutter” effect for crisp shots even if the subject is moving (good for sneaking a stealthy snap of that good-looking guy on the street). It even has 4K video shooting and 40x super slow motion capture, and Wifi connectivity for instant sharing on social media! The only downside – and we’re loathe to put it that way because we adore the RX100 IV – is its lack of interchangeable lens, which means that this model will remain purely for point-and-shoot. Verdict: perfect for social media enthusiasts
CANON EOS M3 One of the more accessibly-priced mirrorless models in the market, the M3 features an advanced Hybrid CMOS AF III autofocus system which performs up to 6.1x faster than the EOS M, while its DIGIC 6 Image Processor with ISO sensitivity range of 100 to 12800, expandable up to 25600, and Optical Image Stabilizer which helps to compensate for up to 4 stops of camera shake, mean images that are clearer, brighter, and have richer colours. For those who find the manual controls of a professional DSLR intimidating, the EOS M3 eases you in with three dials (or touch screen options) that let you control aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. The effects are displayed on the bright, 3.0” Clear View II LCD monitor in real time, so you get a comprehensive understanding of how adjusting one – or all – of these values will affect your eventual shot. Great starter for eventually graduating to a full-blown DSLR. Verdict: great starter for the photography student