TECH | From your typical interstate business trips right through to longer jaunts abroad, taking photographs when away from the office is a favourite hobby of many jetsetters looking to remember the journey, the people they meet or even just the impressive-looking food they devour along the way.
We take a look at three Nikon cameras well-suited to business travellers – one with high-resolution 4K video recording, another with wireless shooting and remote control functionality and a third that’s perfect for the outdoor crowd being virtually drop-proof.
Nikon 1 J5 camera
Retailing for around $369, meet the Nikon 1 J5: beginning with all of the usual features you’d expect and produces sizeable 20.8 Megapixel photos – that’s almost twice the resolution you’d get from the built-in camera on an Apple iPhone 6s or 6s Plus and allows for capturing much finer details than your smartphone ever could.
It also doubles as your video camera, recording clips or longer moments in crystal clear 4K: an ultra-high definition format growing in popularity – indicated in red below – and roughly four times the imaging size of a 1080p Bluray movie or HD television channel, appearing in lime green.
4K video is best-enjoyed on newer televisions with ultra HD capabilities, but for travellers with older tubes you’ve also the freedom to crop and magnify a smaller section of your frame to enjoy in traditional HD without losing image quality.
Better yet, the camera has in-built WiFi and NFC technologies which allow you instantaneously transfer your images to a nearby smartphone or tablet while you’re on the move – perfect for sharing high-quality images on social media without having to stop and plug in.
Nikon D5500 camera
Filling the middle ground between compact travel camera and high-end DSLR, Nikon’s $999 D5500 films videos in the more established 1080p HD format and shoots at 24.3 Megapixels: either through the viewfinder or by using a 3.2-inch touchscreen.
That touchscreen can also tilt or rotate to face the front for hard-to-catch selfies or easier group shots with friends and colleagues…
… while built-in WiFi mirrors the Nikon 1 J5. We put it to the test, and even without reading the instruction manual we're linked-up in minutes.
It’s as easy as downloading Nikon’s iPhone or Android app, flicking the WiFi switch in the camera’s menu settings and hooking in to the unique hotspot the camera creates, conveniently displayed on the screen for easy identification.
You can then browse your photos at leisure…
… share them instantly on social media without leaving the app, copy them across to your phone’s memory or even use the phone as a remote control to capture photos – also great for group shots.
Nikon Coolpix AW130 camera
Whether you enjoy taking the yacht out after work or even going skiing in your spare time, the $399 Nikon Coolpix AW130 is well-built for the outdoors.
For starters, it’s both waterproof and available in a range of highly-visible colours: dropping it overboard won’t mark the date you lost all your images at sea.
Further, the camera is “freeze-proof” to -10?C, perfect for the snow, and can withstand a drop from up to 2.1 metres whether hiking on softer soil or merely buzzing about town on the hard pavement.
Rounding out the features is a built-in world map, GPS functionality and an electronic compass to help find your way.
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