Gone camera happy with my new WiFied Nikon Coolpix S7c!

December 2, 2006

I came back from a US Thanksgiving shopping marathon last weekend with a new Nikon Coolpix S7c WiFi camera, and it was definitely my best deal of the trip! I’ve been on and off about getting a new camera ever since I came back from my hiatus across Europe last summer because I couldn’t find one that really hit me with both features and sleek appeal…until I discovered the Nikon Coolpix S7c – the latest one in the stylish “S” range of Nikon Coolpix cameras.

At first I thought the Nikon S7C was just the same Nikon S6 WiFi model released last Spring, yet with an update to 7.1MP. And although I was intrigued with the handy WiFi feature of the S6, so I wouldn’t have to pull out the SD card reader every time to transfer pics to my laptop, I thought this feature alone wasn’t enough to make me buy this model. The WiFi feature was limited when it first came out because it only saved me from having to pull out my camera docking cradle or card reader for uploading pics. Yes, it was a convenient feature to have, but “ho hum” if that was all that the WiFi in the S6 allowed you to do. Then they came out with the S7C that had extra WiFi capabilities with its Coolpix Connect feature, where I could email my pictures in-camera, and also post them directly to my blog. A cool feature to have next time you’re on vacation so you can make your friends jealous by sending them pics in real-time of yourself sipping a pina colada by the spa resort 🙂

It also came with some great practical functions like:

1) Optical image stabilization with its electronic Vibration Reduction technology so my grandmother can also help take some shots.
2) ISO 1600 capability – to capture better looking pics with greater exposure in low light and clearer pics of fast-moving objects.
3) Playback of your photos and movies synched with your selected music and animated photo transitions with its Pictmotion. Plus, having a nice big 3″ LCD makes watching your customized audiovisual show really sweet!

And of course it also had to look sleek to make me buy this, and luckily the Coolpix S7C doesn’t disappoint on this front with a slim black body and curved-surface design:

HP R927: A camera that makes you look slimmer!

November 3, 2006

This is one of the coolest features I’ve seen in a digital camera – the HP Photosmart R927 has a “slimming mode” where you can adjust your pictures in-camera to make the person in the shot look slimmer! The person would need to be positioned around the centre of the shot for it to work though, since it widens the perimeter, while slimming the centre of the shot to create that skinny effect. Other features include a sleek metal body, 8.2 MP, 3x optical zoom, 8x digital zoom, and a nice big 3″ LCD!

But best feature of all is that you can keep on eating all the cookies and chocolate you want, and look like you just lost some weight with the slimming effect…it’s a Carbo Addict’s dream come true! But warning, this is not for the camera pros out there…it is an HP afterall, and not a Canon, but good enough for me…I think this may be my next purchase!