TechieTalk: Digital Cameras and Other Tech News

By Roy Mathur, on 2012-10-22, for the Independent Daily, Mauritius (in which an edited version appeared)

The latest tech isn't always readily available to the retail market outside the fevered imaginations of tech editors.

But, given the length of time the following digital cameras have been on the market, they shouldn't be too difficult to track down in the shops at bargain prices.

I only wish I could do more than simply window-shop right now because I'm a bit cash-poor (potential employers please take note).


The now not so new Samsung MV800 is a simple point-and-shoot digital compact camera with a very large flip-out touchscreen. Although it has 16.1 megapixel sensor, the quality of photos is not brilliant, but if you're upgrading from an older camera, this just might be a sensible buy because of a recent, age related, fall in price.

Functionally, it is very similar to cameras like the Samsung PL170 which has a small inset front camera rather than this rather handsome flip-out display. Due to the camera's ability to allow the user to shoot themselves, this camera seems ideally suited to those vain people with monstrous egos who just love taking lots and lots of pictures of themselves. People like me, for example!

Other tech specs include a Schneider lens with a 5 x optical zoom.

Panasonic Lumix SZ1

For the modest, non-exhibitionist, the Panasonic SZ1 provides a cheaper, more compact solution without any loss of quality. In fact, it even has an amazingly powerful 10 x optical zoom. Again, we see the use of premium lens brands with the SZ1 sporting a Leica lens.

In many ways it is actually a better overall camera than the MV800, if you can live without those pictures of yourself (which I can't).

Like the MV800, this camera also has a maximum resolution of 16.1 megapixels.

Samsung Mobile Phone Update

Oh and lest you believe this is becoming a Samsung lovefest, one last parting shot: the recently released Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini is, absolutely, in no way whatsoever, related to the unwieldy, but powerful Samsung Galaxy S3. Don't be fooled by the deceptive nomenclature into thinking you will be getting anything like the same quality in this dinky S3 namesake.

It's not cheap either, so don't waste your cash; simply avoid.

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite WiFi/WiFi+3G

The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is finally generally available outside the USA.

This new Kindle also has the long awaited backlight, though the universe only knows why it took so long for Amazon to add such a simple modification. The black and white touchscreen ereader measures 17 cm by 12 cm, weighs in at about 220 grams, has 2 GB of on-board storage and comes with either WiFi or WiFi+3G depending on how much money you are willing to part with (109 to 169 UK pounds sterling).

But, and here's the really funny bit, there are already reported problems with an unevenly lighted display. Kindle-gate? Bezos-gate? White-gate? Too many "gate" based metaphors, can anyone think of anything else? Answers to TechieTalk.

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