Seven cameras you can recharge with a micro USB cable
The latest cameras are using micro USB cables to recharge – just like smartphones – instead of separate batteries and charging cradles. If you’re sick of travelling with cradles and cables, or want to recharge from a portable battery, these are for you
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ100
This premium compact option (HK$5,990) offers a pro-grade one-inch sensor, a 10x zoom lens and an electronic viewfinder. With in-camera micro USB charging ideal for overnight refuelling, it’s an ideal travel camera. Sold at panasonic.hk
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 IV
A direct rival of the Panasonic in the premium compact market, Sony’s effort (HK$HK$7,290) also has a one-inch sensor. Though it only has a 2.9x zoom lens, it adds 40x super slow motion video and a super-fast 1/32,000 second shutter speed. The battery charges in-camera using micro USB. Available at fortress.com.hk
Nikon CoolPix P610
Superzoom cameras are essentially compact cameras with huge lenses, but this micro USB-rechargeable CoolPix (HK$2,180) adds WiFi and an electronic viewfinder to its 60x optical zoom lens. Sold at Advanced Digital, 1st Floor, Wan Chai Computer City, 130 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, tel: 5826 3698.
A serious, classy compact with a great viewfinder, this 35mm-equivalent fixed lens camera (HK$10,199) has a massive 24-megapixel sensor usually only found in DSLR cameras. The battery charges in-camera via micro USB, though it won’t charge while the camera is switched on. Available from broadway.com.hk
Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II
This premium compact (HK$4,580) has a 4.2x optical zoom lens to go with its one-inch sensor, adding micro USB in-camera charging and RAW file imaging. Available at broadway.com.hk
A smart compact with a 3.1x zoom lens, the WiFi-enabled NX3000 (HK$2,330) allows a smartphone to act as a remote controller and viewfinder. It charges up just like any Samsung phone, via micro USB. Available at A One Digital Camera, 1st Floor, Wan Chai Computer City, 130 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, tel: 2234 0011.
Charging is in-camera on this waterproof, rugged compact camera (HK$2,690) that’s ideal for the outdoors, nights out and heavy-handed kids. It’s crush-proof and freeze-proof, too. Available at broadway.com.hk