Pentax packs a punch with innovative models

Pentax has returned to the digital camera sector with an innovative vengeance, launching four new models in Hong Kong, one of which is the smallest digital camera on the market.

Tuesday, 11 November, 2003, 12:00am

Let's do the twist

Digital cameras with lenses that can rotate up and down have been around for a long time, but unless you have tried one, it can be difficult to understand the attraction.

Basically, the ability to rotate the camera lens, together with the LCD displays of digital cameras, offers a whole new way of taking photos.

28 Sep 2003 - 12:00am

Gadgets & Games

FujiPix S5000: The S5000 has almost all the features of a professional digital camera, including ultra-high image quality, numerous manual settings options and an im-pressive lens featuring a 10x optical zoom and F2.8 aperture for low ligh-ting conditions. The good part is that it comes at a pretty reasonable price for all its capabilities.

7 Sep 2003 - 12:00am

Close call

NO, DIGIBINOS are not characters from the Digimon cartoon series. While their name certainly sounds like digital monsters, Digibinos are actually a new product category that combines the functions of a digital camera and age-old binoculars.

20 Jul 2003 - 12:00am

Snapper keeps it simple

Kodak EasyShare CX6330


Price: HK$2190

Pros: Very easy to operate, just point and shoot

Cons: Minimal features so you have little control over how your pictures will turn out

8 Jul 2003 - 12:00am

Photographer keeps ethics in frame

Does a documentary photographer have a responsibility to history - or to humanity?

The question makes an ideal subject for debate for a college art history class, and it is also a real-life dilemma that faced Canadian photographer Wendell Phillips who, years ago, decided to toss in his job at a daily newspaper for a life less ordinary.

1 Jul 2003 - 12:00am

Shrinking compacts target mass market

There seems to be an enduring trend in consumer-orientated technology that as a product improves in performance, it also gets smaller.

In keeping with this trend, there are now compact digital cameras for both amateur and semi-professional photographers that will fit into even the tightest of pockets.

24 Jun 2003 - 12:00am

High-end models create new class of shutterbug

Digital cameras were once the preserve of gadget freaks, and dismissed by serious photographers who complained that photographs taken digitally lacked the depth and quality of those taken with a traditional camera.

However, improvements in technology have created a new breed of camera offering four- or five-megapixel resolution, allowing greater detail in pictures.

24 Jun 2003 - 12:00am

What little difference a megapixel can make

Product: Canon Digital IXUS 400 Price: HK$3,980 Pros: Consistently good picture quality, 4x optical zoom, four-megapixel capability Cons: Bulky for an ultra-compact camera

Product: Canon Digital IXUS II Price: HK$2,980 Pros: Consistently good picture quality, uses SD cards instead of compact flash Cons: Bulky for an ultra-compact camera

3 Jun 2003 - 12:00am

What little difference a megapixel can make

A HK$1,000 will buy you only one more megapixel in resolution and an increase of 1x optical zoom capability.

If Canon's two latest offerings in the ultra-compact digital camera range are anything to go by.

That's exactly the difference between Canon's newly released Digital IXUS II and its slightly older sibling, the Digital IXUS 400.

3 Jun 2003 - 12:00am

Pentax passes the Altoids test

The first thing one notices about the Pentax Optio S is its size. Pentax boasts on its Web site that the camera is small enough to fit into a can of Altoids.

Having lived in Hong Kong all my life, I have no idea what an Altoid is, but the point is taken, and the camera is very small for the number of functions it can perform.

15 Apr 2003 - 12:00am


Lately I have been consumed with black and white photographs - there is something ethereal about seeing things in monochromatic shades that give subjects a whole new twist.

13 Dec 2002 - 12:00am

A chip off the old block

A REVIEW of a single piece of equipment might be considered of little value, given there is no comparison with a rival. But exception is made here for the SD9, which, thanks to its insides, is an exceptional camera. It uses a chip so revolutionary I contacted manufacturer Sigma months before the SD9 came to Hong Kong in the hope of being one of the first to sneak a look.

8 Dec 2002 - 12:00am

Newlyweds left out of the picture

A Tsim Sha Tsui wedding photography shop that closed without notifying customers has left many couples out of pocket.

The Pageant Wedding and Photo Studio in the Oriental Crystal Finance Centre in Chatham Road charged up to $10,000 for 'the works' - the hire of a gown and tuxedo, studio photography and a banquet video.

26 Nov 2002 - 12:00am

Pretty as a digital picture

SEVEN YEARS AGO I compared the merits of two digital cameras, both of which produced pictures - a word I use charitably - at about 3/10 of a megapixel. One model cost $5,000 and the other $8,000. The more expensive camera even offered the novel option of an additional memory card - at an additional $2,000. Buying a camera back then was a real financial risk.

10 Nov 2002 - 12:00am