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Finweek English Edition - - TECHTRENDS - JESSICA HUB­BARD jessica@si­mond­in­

I’M NOT the type of per­son who’s usu­ally turned on by megapix­els and mem­ory sticks, but this sleek lit­tle black cam­era did get me ex­cited. Apart from the vivid 3.5” OLED touch­screen, which al­lows for sim­ple se­lec­tion and photo brows­ing, the fancy 16.2 megapixel sen­sor and sharp back­light­ing have the abil­ity to turn even the most wilted of barflies into a blush­ing beauty.

The clar­ity, de­tail and depth of colour this cam­era de­liv­ers are re­ally some­thing spe­cial. My favour-ite was the one­touch In­tel­li­gent iSweep Panorama mode: you sim­ply press the shut­ter and pan the land­scape and – by au­to­mat­i­cally link­ing to­gether each frame – it pro­duces an in­cred­i­bly high res­o­lu­tion panoramic im­age.

For those 3D fa­nat­ics there’s also a 3D Sweep Panorama mode that al­lows them to be viewed on a 3D-com­pat­i­ble mon­i­tor. Your home videos will also be hap­pily trans­formed with this cam­era, as it comes armed with one of the high­est res­o­lu­tions avail­able and pro­duces im­pres­sively fast mo­tion footage.

Be­ing very light and com­pact also make us­ing its movie mode con­ve­nient and easy. And once you’ve cap­tured your CNN-wor­thy footage, you can trans­fer it straight to your HDTV. How­ever, there are a few down­sides. It isn’t water­proof. Its zoom is lim­ited com­pared with other sim­i­larly priced op­tions out there, and its set­tings are a bit dif­fi­cult to ne­go­ti­ate at first. All in all, this is a su­per dinky and user-friendly lit­tle cam­era.

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