New and featured gadgets of the week: Nov 3

New and featured gadgets of the week: Nov 3

MIRRORLESS CAMERA

Sony α7R
$2,799 (body only), available from Nov 27

Sony describes the α7R as the world's smallest and lightest full-frame camera that uses interchangeable lenses.

This mirrorless camera features a stunning 36.4-megapixel full-frame Exmor CMOS image sensor in a tough magnesium alloy body that is supposed to be dust- and moisture-resistant. It weighs just 407g (body only) while Sony's flagship full-frame DSLR α99 tips the scales at 812g.

The α7R has a built-in electronic viewfinder with a high resolution of 2,359,000 dots and a tiltable 3-inch display with 1,230,000 dots.

SMARTPHONE

BlackBerry 9720
$275

If you still prefer the tactile response of a physical keyboard on your smartphone, the BlackBerry 9720 may be made for you.

It features a spacious keyboard with distinct keys for easy typing, a 2.8-inch touchscreen display and a trackpad for seamless navigation. There is even a dedicated BlackBerry Messenger key for you to quickly link up with friends on the mobile social network.

This runs on the older BlackBerry OS 7. Its updated interface lets you swipe to unlock the phone and access the camera even from the lock screen.

COMPACT CAMERA

Fujifilm XQ1
$649, available in mid to end next month

The latest Fujifilm XQ1 is super small - just slightly bigger than a name card and a mere 3.3cm thick - but it packs the company's unique X-Trans CMOS image sensor.

Its 12-megapixel 2/3-inch X-Trans CMOS image sensor controls moire without the need for an optical low pass filter and delivers better image quality and resolution than conventional CMOS sensors.

The XQ1 has a 4x optical zoom (25mm to 100mm) lens and a fixed 3-inch display with 920,000 dots for you to compose your photos.

KEYBOARD

Ranger Touchpad Plus Keyboard
$59

This wireless keyboard incorporates a built-in touchpad that doubles as a number pad with a touch of the Function button. The keyboard has 87 keys with integrated multimedia hot keys. The touchpad features zoom and scroll functions.

The keyboard connects to your Smart TV or PC wirelessly via a USB dongle. It comes with a USB extension cable for easy connection to the USB dongle.

BATTERY PACK

Ozaki O!tool Battery D26
$69

Instead of the dull looking battery packs in the market, Ozaki O!tool Battery D26 stands out with its unique retro-robot design.

In front, you find a power button with five LED indicator lights. The USB output port is protected by a cover that is the robot's "mouth".

The rechargeable 2,600mAh lithium ion battery is good enough to give a smartphone a full charge. It can also juice up other mobile devices such as tablets and cameras.

As it weighs just 65g, you will not feel its weight inside your bag.

SMARTPHONE CASE

Roboheroes Transformers 3-D Case
$39.90, exclusive at Universal Studios Singapore-Transformers The Ride

After screaming through the thrilling 3-D ride, Transformers The Ride, at Universal Studios Singapore (USS), remember to stop by the store to buy the USS-exclusive Transformers 3-D mobile phone case.

It is available for Apple's iPhone 5/5s, Samsung Galaxy S III/S4 and Galaxy Note 2. There are three 3-D designs - Bumblebee, Optimus Prime and Autobots - to choose from.

The matte texture of the lenticular 3-D print prevents slippage while the smooth sides offer a comfortable grip.


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