Tech Talk, October 6, 2006

Looking Cool
The latest digital camera from Nikon—the Coolpix S7c—is out now. Sporting 7.1 effective megapixels of imaging performance and a 35-105mm Zoom-Nikkor ED lens, this gorgeous camera is capable of capturing wide-open landscapes and tight confined spaces with the greatest of ease. The camera also offers a host of anti-shake features, ensuring that your shots don’t come out blurry, and even has a high sensitivity mode which chooses the optimal setting for shooting fast moving objects or subjects in lower lights.
The Coolpix S7c retails for $699 and is available at Alan Photo Trading (#01-38, Sim Lim Square, 1 Rochor Canal, 6336-0922).
Keeping It Afloat
Sony Ericsson continues its tradition of remarkable mobile phone designs with the Z610i, which sports a mirror-finished front cover. Adding to the cool factor, one of the most distinguishing features of the phone is that an incoming call or message’s information looks as if it’s “floating” on the phone’s face, thanks to the OLED technology fueled display. But the Z610i isn’t just another pretty face—with a picture blog feature, users can share photos with friends and family via an online blog; it’s as simple as snapping the pictures and uploading them. There is also an MP3 player, Bluetooth connectivity and email functions. An exact release date has yet to be finalized, but expect the Z610i to be out very soon.
Style and Sound
The Nokia 8800 Sirocco Edition is ergonomically designed with a thumb rest and an undulating keypad, looks gorgeous, and features a powerful two megapixel camera—yet the coolest thing about this stylish phone isn’t its physical features. Its ringtones aren’t just your standard, boring tunes—they’ve been composed by ambient music innovator Brian Eno, who’s worked with the likes of Devo, David Bowie and U2. Going for $1,488, it is available at The M1 Shop (#B1-28/29 Paragon, 290 Orchard Rd., Hotline: 1800-843-8383).