Update your photographic equipment and capture the beauty of Oman on your road trips. Matthew Herbst finds the most useful snappers for your journey
DSLRs are used by professional press, sports and wildlife photographers, and can withstand the demands of these unforgiving disciplines thanks to its high specifications. Nikon has made slight improvements to its D4S to provide better handling, image processing and autofocusing. The improved image processing speed allows the D4S to continuously shoot up to 200 fine, large JPEGs or 104 uncompressed 14-bit raw files. Unfortunately, the D4S doesn’t have built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, but access can be provided via Nikon’s WT-5 wireless transmitter, which costs about RO321. Other features include a new interval timer and time-lapse image capture. Read more at www.nikon.com and snap it up for RO2,501.33.
The Olympus Pen E-PL5 is a good point-and-shoot camera. It’s very easy to use and has nifty features such as a four-channel, off-camera flash for those who want to manipulate the light, similar to film manipulation. It is a sturdy camera with a good build, fairly decent image quality, great autofocus and a large range of lens systems to expand into. It’s a great investment and will probably last a long time. It also gives you the flexibility to progress to a more advanced Olympus model at a later date without needing to replace lenses. It lacks Wi-Fi connectivity, but with a USB cable the world is your oyster. www.getolympus.com, RO230.61.
Forget getting a GoPro for action shots and try the Polaroid C3 instead. Get this nifty little beast – or many beasts – and stack them on your helmet. With magnets on the top and bottom, the camera is designed to be stackable. The Polaroid C3 has a 120-degree wide-angle lens that can capture video and stills, a built-in microphone and 2GB internal memory. The other huge plus is it is waterproof, so there are no limits to the adventures you can enjoy with this camera. Visit www.polaroid.com, RO38.11.
The super-portable Selphy ES30 allows you to print amazing photos from anywhere, without the need for a computer. Simply insert a compatible memory card into one of the handy slots, preview your snaps on the high-resolution, colour LCD display and then print. The great thing about this piece of kit is that you can also print directly from compatible digital cameras and mobile phones, or from a Bluetooth device via the optional BU-30 Bluetooth interface. Love it. www.amazon.com, RO86.62.
The Nikon Df is a modern version of the retro Nikon FM2. It’s a new digital format of its retro film cousin that maintains a traditional design with its silver finish and manual dials, which are better for creating your own arty pictures and for adjusting speeds. But this isn’t the camera for you if you cannot quickly adjust the dials to shoot subjects at different speeds. There is, however, an AF/MF switch on the front of the camera to toggle between autofocus and manual focus options, complete with a hold-and-press button to make additional autofocus adjustments. All in all, it’s a nice retro snapper for a keen newbie who wants to learn the real value of playing with photography without the hassle of handling film, but who likes the use of old lenses (because they do fit). www.amazon.com, RO1,153.83.
Filter effects aren’t a revolutionary concept, but Paper Camera takes them to a new level compared with apps such as Instagram. It displays photos and video in real time on your camera as you are using it,and turns everything into a cartoon, half tone and sketch. We love it. Free for iOS and Android, available through the App Store and Google Play.
Every lady likes something a little flash and original. With this special, metal-edition 35mm Lomography La Sardina Czar, you can capture wide-angle shots and make wild multiple exposures — and look very cool doing so. The Lomography 35mm film cameras are likely the only ones you will see that are designed to look like vintage sardine cans, although the Czar is fitted to resemble a fancy caviar can. It also comes with a book called The Caviar Diaries, written by Lomographer wil6ka about his journey around Europe to places where caviar is produced. How playful. www.amazon.com, RO80.34
The Pentax K-30 DSLR has a rugged exterior built to meet your heavy-duty photography needs. This weather-resistant DSLR camera is engineered to resist damage from dust and water using its 81 seals. Each button, hinge and seam around the body is weather proof. It also has mirrorless, interchangeable construction for faster autofocus performance, delivering excellent photographs. See www.amazon.com, RO345.38.