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Can there be any region on earth more obsessed with photography than Southeast Asia? From smartphones to the highest grade cameras, we are surely the world’s most photo-crazy people, and with the advances in digital and phone technology, photo-gadgets and apps it is getting even crazier!

The coolest digital rangefinder yet?  Leica M-P

The latest of this year’s cool new introductions is the next generation of the Leica M rangefinder camera. It might look like a casual piece of equipment (and that’s the point), but with it, Leica strips photography back to the essentials and delivers a tool of serious creativity for professionals and amateurs alike. Rangefinder-style cameras are definitely in vogue. Not only does this evolution of the highly prized Leica M look terrific, it’s also very discreet. The camera boasts exceptional image quality and sharpness. With its 24-megapixel, high-resolution, full-frame sensor, excellent low noise performance and the Maestro image processor, the M-P is able to produce outstanding pictures even in poor light. Complemented by a range of world-beating lenses, the Leica M-P is available in black or a more traditional silver-chrome version.

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So you want to capture and share high quality images?  

Sony has teamed up once again with the legendary Carl Zeiss to present the DSC-QX100 zoom lens – the world’s first pro-grade lens and sensor combo for your smartphone. It clips securely and directly over your phone’s existing lens and represents a huge step up in optical quality. This option might suit you better than a separate camera, especially if instant connectivity is required to share your high quality images.  It is very easy to use – just clip it on, pair it up, open the app and your smartphone becomes the camera’s LCD viewfinder.

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Alternative Fuji X100T 

Launched in September 2014, in time for Christmas, the X100T is the latest development of the X100 series, the fabulous rangefinder with a global reputation and following

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Best ever small camera?

Many camera buffs and professionals reviewers are raving about the new Sony RX100M3. Like its predecessor, it is a superb all-round performer, but with some key improvements. With a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T zoom lens giving 2.9x zoom plus 11x digital zoom, the range is excellent. The improved optical zoom quality is more in line with a pro lens than a camera of this size, and now with F1.8 at 24mm and built-in image stabilisation it is an even better low light performer. The 20.9 megapixel sensor is powered by the legendary Bionz X chip, completing a package that means Sony’s stylish handbag-sized camera makes impressive photographs in everyone’s reach.

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Alternative Olloclip

Many smartphones are capable of taking fantastic images. But now, with Olloclip, you can get even more functionality by using its all-in-one collection of four high quality clip-on camera lenses. Mounting the Olloclip could not be easier – just slip it over the existing lens and enjoy the fisheye, with almost 180-degree view, 10x and 15x macro for extreme close ups and a wide-angle lens for groups or scenes.

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