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Digital dreams

Whether you’re looking to capture those timeless family moments or a keen amateur in need of an upgrade, there are digital cameras to suit everyone. CEO Middle East zooms in to give you a snapshot of the very latest models

Sony Alpha D-SLR
For the executive with more than just a passing interest in photography, the D-SLR combines 10 megapixel capabilities with an advanced anti-shake function to create super sharp images in all conditions. Designed for the more experienced amateur, the lightweight body houses an anti-dust mechanism ensuring spot-free pictures and the power to snap three shots per second and 750 photos in one charge.
Price approx: AED 3999 (US $1089), AED 4699 (US $1279) (with extra 75-300mm lens)

<>CASIO EX-Z1000
Introduced as the world’s first ever 10 megapixel compact camera, the EX-Z1000 — with a 2.8 inch-wide liquid crystal screen as its centrepiece — incorporates a simple but sleek design with superb practicality. Allowing you to immortalise memorable moments with immense clarity, the camera also contains a high-performance image processing module to help you capture all the delicate nuances of your subject.
Price approx: AED1600 (US $435)

Using a combination of a retractable lens with the latest in optics technology, Panasonic has achieved the impossible by packing a ten-times optical zoom into the small, stylish metallic frame of the TZ1. With the enhanced ‘Image Stabilisation’ function, even for the absolute amateur, blurred holiday snaps should become a distant memory.
Price approx: AED 1285 (US $350)

Hidden behind the curved titanium body of the finely crafted IXUS is a vast array of functions to help make your amateur photos look professional. As well as standard features including as 10 megapixel resolution and three-times optical zoom lens, the face-detection function has the ability to recognise faces in frame and optimise focus and exposure automatically.
Price approx: AED 1900 (US $517)

If your weekends consist of dune-bashing, kite-surfing or paragliding, then you need look no further than the latest model in Samsung’s sports camcorder line. The signature hands-free lens, supported by expansive storage capacity and enhanced movie quality, allows you to capture all your adventures and athletic feats in vivid detail. When taking a well-earned breather, sit back and enjoy your favourite music, as the rugged unit doubles up as an MP3 player.
Price approx: AED 2570 (US $700)

For budding Spielbergs or Scorceses, the entertaining S6 allows you to create your own in-camera show by fusing your favourite images or movie footage with your own music files. As well as showing off your creations to your friends, family and colleagues, wireless-free (wi-fi) capability enables you to send images wirelessly to a computer or to ‘PictBridge-compatible’ printers for cable-free printing.
Price approx: AED 1700 (US $463)

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