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What Camera to Buy?
Posted December 20th, 2010 - 1:34 am by from Bristol, England (Permalink)
Hi all,

I'm looking to purchase a camera in HK when i come to visit over new years.

The Mong Kok area has been recommended to purchase a camera from but I could really use some advice on what camera to go for.

My budget is between 1500-2200HKD and i'd like to get the best camera I can for my money. Preferably i'd like something that will deliver good pictures of scenery/landscapes etc., with reasonable optical zoom, and to survive through my travels.

I'd appreciate any advice or recommendations you can offer to me, thanks!

Posted December 20th, 2010 - 2:33 am by from Singapore, Singapore (Permalink)
Hi Alex,

I have to emphasize am not from HK. Mong Kok is also the place been recommended by my friend to purchase camera. It would be good to find a local friend or someone who is into photography to go with you.

You can check out www.dpreview.com to research a suitable camera for your need and budget first. Personally, i feel you need to increase your budget to get a decent medium for you. Olympus might be the suitable camera for you to survive through your travel.

Good luck and enjoy your trip in HK.

Posted December 20th, 2010 - 3:38 am by from Shenzhen, China (Permalink)
Hi Alex!

I was just recently in Hong Kong and you will find shops and shopping malls literally everywhere in HK. I just want to warn you of one thing. According to the information that HK is a shopping paradise and cheap, because there is no VAT, this is true, but when I was checking the prices they were much much higher than compared to Europe. I don't know the Mong Kok area, maybe there they start with real prices, but I guess that usually sellers in HK start overpriced hoping that people just buy, imagining that it is much cheaper anyway.

Just as an example the D90 Nikon DSLR Body was 200€ more expensive than in Europe, that is about 25% more expensive than in Austria. When you consider that this supposed to be the price without VAT (and the VAT in Austria is 20% VAT) the price difference is enormous. I have to include, that I didn't try to bargain the prices and that I wasn't really looking for a camera, I was just curious.

Same with lenses etc... the only products where I could really saw cheap prices, were with cosmetics that my gf bought and in the apple shops (as the have fixed official prices). So I conclude, that prices can be cheaper, but you must be careful and should always compare with the prices from the EU/UK.

About the camera: In your price range, you will only get compact cameras. I made good experiences with Canon Ixus as a compact camera. They should be in your price range and my very old Canon Ixus 50 or so, was accompanying me through three big trips without any problems. For that price range quite decent pics. A friend of mine has a Panasonic Lumic (not sure which model). I find it for prices around 200€ depending strongly which model, but e.g. for 200€ you can get a model with a Leica lens. I like her pics with that camera a lot. Maybe because she has an eye for a good motive :)

Okay a long post, hope not to much information at once ;)

good luck,

Posted December 25th, 2010 - 3:55 pm by from New Territories East, China (Permalink)
Hi Alex!

Mongkok is a good place to buy a camera. But I prefer not to buy it on the main street but in a mall called 星際 (Sorry that I don't know the name in english). It is common for the locals but not tourists. Also, you can check out some photography accessories in Sham Shui Po with cheap price.

I agree with Andi that you might find more expensive in some kind of cameras. I helped a German CS-er to buy a camera here before and he told me about that as well. So you'd better check for the price in UK first as comparison.

If you want more information, feel free to pm me.


Posted March 11th, 2011 - 11:05 pm by from Stanhope, United States (Permalink)
although i know nothing of hong kong, (yet, as i do hope to visit for this new year's)
i would recommend the Olympus Tough above any other travel companion camera.
they have many styles, prices and dif MP for what you need.
but they may be cheaper in the UK!
good luck

Posted March 15th, 2011 - 3:53 am by from New Territories East, China (Permalink)
Hi all

First of all, i think if you want to buy a thing, make sure you won't always change your mind first.

once you want to buy, let say D90 body, remember, don't go to those tourist attraction place to buy, I think most of it will know why, so you should ask someone living there to look it up for you, so you can have a reasonable price in your mind first.

Please remember, you can go to many shop to ask the price without buying (where the shop didn't state the price), try not to listen to those seller telling you this and that. make up your mind first.