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Toy box: Mobile cameras

Compact camera sales are in decline, but this trio offers some innovative designs to keep you snapping, writes Jamie Carter

 

Nokia Lumia 1520
Hot on the heels of Nokia's Lumia 1020 - a Windows smartphone with a 38-megapixel camera - comes the Lumia 1520 (HK$5,998, eprice.com.hk). With a much-larger six-inch screen and speedy Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, it's on trend, and its 20-megapixel PureView sensor - with 2x lossless zoom - should be enough for most. A handy dual-capture feature produces a full-resolution image for editing and a five-megapixel version to share online.

 

Sony DSC-QX10
Sensing that smartphone cameras tend to be lacking in the zoom department, Sony has developed an all-in-one lens without the body. The DSC-QX10 (HK$1,980, sony.com.hk) is a camera inside a lens, which has a 10x optical zoom and an 18.2-megapixel sensor, as well as a microphone for video recording. Essentially, it's a smartphone accessory, and images taken on the DSC-QX10 can be sent by Wi-fi to your smartphone, but the add-on also has its own microSD card.

 

GoPro Hero3+
Outdoor sports are one of the few areas where a smartphone camera doesn't cut it. Designed to clip onto helmets, handlebars and almost anywhere else, this smallest-yet GoPro - the Hero3+ (HK$3,980, trippro.com.hk) - can shoot stills at 12-megapixels and film video in HD and even 4K Ultra HD. Lasting a few hours on a single charge, it's equipped with Wi-fi and can broadcast streaming video to smartphones installed with the GoPro app.

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