These gadgets just might change the way you travel.
As editors of this travel and lifestyle site, and sometime contributors to inflight magazines, taking good pictures is as important as jotting down notes about your experiences. I’m not a great photographer but having a good camera that’s easily operable helps a lot. Our company camera is from the Sony α series – an earlier iteration of the camera featured below. Even in auto mode, it captures travel magazine-worthy shots, and it’s pretty hardy too, having survived a trek through the jungle with elephants.
Here are more recommendations for cool gadgets that just might revolutionise your travels.
For … great travel photos, sans the bulk of a DSLR
Consider … The Sony α6300
With this new mirrorless camera from Sony, you’ll never again lament a lost opportunity for a great shot. Why? Because this one promises to lock focus on a subject in just 0.05 seconds. Its High-density Tracking AF technology also allows it to accurately focus throughout a camera, even on small, fast objects. In other words, this camera is perfect for those who travel frequently to cities, as it’ll allow you to take great shots of a busy urban landscape. It’s also fully function with Sony’s PlayMemories mobile app (available for both Android and iOS platforms) – so you can instantly upload your travel snaps to Instagram and Facebook.
Available at all Sony Stores, Sony Centres and selected Sony authorised dealers from March 2016.
If … you’re an unabashed selfie-taker
You need … Casio Exilim TR70
For those looking to up their selfie game, a regular ol’ smartphone just won’t do. Enter this all-new offering by Casio. It comes with a Selfie Pad sensor positioned at the side of the LCD display, allowing you to access lens zoom and shutter without having to manually open the settings menu. But this is where it gets cray: It comes up with an Advanced Make-up Mode to enhance your skin tone and give it a rosy tinge. This mode is even available when you’re taking videos! Retailing at $1,399, this gadget doesn’t come cheap … but then again, that’s the price you pay for social media cred, I suppose.
Available in gold, white and pink at at all authorised Casio retailers.
If … you’re a digital nomad
You need … ASUS Zenbook UX305
Considering joining the many enlightened people who have made Bali or Bangkok the base from which they’re working from? Or perhaps you’re in the market for something super portable for all those overseas work trips you have to make this year. For all your working-while-travelling needs, check out the ASUS Zenbook UX305. It might be just 12.3mm thick, and weighing just 1.2kg, but this Ultrabook is far from being a lightweight. It’s powered by the 6th generation Intel Core M 6Y30 processor, 8GB RAM and comes with 256GB of hard drive space, and is pre-loaded with the Windows 10 operating system. With 10 hours of battery life, and IceCool technology to keep it cool and silent at all times, this gadget is a godsend for frequent flyers. Priced at $1,298, it’s also, thankfully, rather light on the wallet.
Available at all ASUS authorised retailers.
If … you want to stay on top of your fitness goals on the go
Consider … The Fitbit Blaze
A run around a new city is a fantastic way of exploring it … and with a gadget like the Fitbit Blaze, you won’t have to worry about getting lost as you’re clocking your miles, thanks to its Connected GPS. Stuck in your hotel room while on a business trip? That’s no excuse not to get a little activity in, as the Blaze also comes preloaded with workout suggestions such as the 7 Minute Workout and 10 Minute Abs. Plus, a heart rate monitor helps you track your overall health and fitness, while Multi-Sport mode ets you record specific activities like biking, cardio, running, weights, yoga and more while providing relevant, real-time performance stats to help you get the most out of each workout.
Retails for $318 at authorised Fitbit retailers from March 2016.
28 Oct 2016