Fuji HS10

Here is a point-and-shoot super zoom with features of a professional camera

24-720 mm lens | 30x zoom | 10.3 mp sensor @ Rs. 27,999

Like the latest Sony cameras, the HS10 too has motion panorama.

Like the latest Sony cameras, the HS10 too has motion panorama.

This is not a camera for megapixel chasers. But if you like a camera that can zoom great distances without the bother of huge lenses, the HS10 is a great choice. With a built-in 24–720 mm lens capable of zooming in 30x, it is a serious super zoom camera. A 10.3 megapixel sensor may turn a few people off, but those who have forsaken the megapixels war can be sure that this camera is a great point-and-shoot as well as pro-amateur gadget.

A 3-inch hinged screen makes taking pictures easy. Included in this package is an electronic viewfinder,  if you like to shoot with the camera close to your eye. The HS 10 also includes a manual zoom ring and manual focus ring, something that most point-and-shoot cameras lack.

It also gives you the option of high-speed shooting, at a full resolution, which means you can shoot seven continuous frames at 10 megapixel, ensuring that you’ll never miss the best picture. The super high-speed movie mode lets you shoot a movie at 1,000 frames per second, offering a sharp view of the film clips even in super slow motion.

Like the latest Sony cameras, the HS10 too has motion panorama. You can simply sweep the camera left to right, or up and down, and shoot a stunning panoramic image. The scene is pre-programmed, in a way, so you will need no external editing.

With its multi-motion capture, you can shoot five successive action images, and coalesce them into a single 2 megapixel image. This is a fun way of capturing motion in still images. There is also a professional low-light mode for stationary subjects in low light. The camera captures them by shooting four high-sensitivity and four low-noise exposures and then combining them.

What I love most about this camera is that it runs on four AA batteries. That means no more bothersome chargers. When the camera is out of power, just use any regular dry cell, and you are ready to go again.

The Longines Master Collection Retrograde Moon Phases (Price on Request)

Longines Master Collection Retrograde Moon Phases

Longines Master Collection Retrograde Moon Phases

The Longines Master Collection Retrograde Moon Phases is a self winding calibre developed especially for Longines. It comprises 25 jewels and beats at 28,800 vibrations per hour. The Watch has a power reserve of 48 hours. It shows time, day, night and phases of the moon. Its other complications include: day of the week at 12 o’clock, a date aperture on the right-hand side of the dial, a second time-zone with a 24-hour scale on the left, and a small seconds at 6 o’clock. The watch is water-resistant to 30 meters.

Dell Venue @ Rs. 29,900

Dell Venue

Dell Venue

Dell Venue is now available in India. It looks really cool, with a large front glass and chrome sides housing a 4.1 inch AMOLED screen. It is big enough, fast enough and looks ready to challenge that pocket sized tablet, the iPhone. Running on a 1GHz Snapdragon processor , it handles applications really fast. But Dell’s stage User Interface is a bit too much even for this processor. And worse, uninstalling it is a pain too. But it does have an 8 megapixel 4x digital zoom camera, which can geo-tag because a GPS Comes along with this phone. The screen is Gorilla Glass, but don’t buy this sleek device if you’re looking for a rough and tough phone. Dell does not specify how long the charge lasts, but it lasted me long enough through my normal office hours.

The Above reviews appeared in the Open Magazine Issue 52, Volume 2, Dated 4th April 2011