Nintendo has announced that the DSi will be coming to Europe April 3 and to North America April 5. Packed into the game system is thinner hardware, a larger screen, camera and an SD card slot. This version comes in black or blue and will cost $170.00, which is only $40.00 more than the DSLite and about $40.00 less than those selling overseas. No games titles have yet to be announced but we expect those will be coming along soon.
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Fujifilm Korea has a new 12M digital camera. The FinePix F200EXR uses Super CCD EXR technology that is based on the human eye. The company claims that it has great detail in high-res as well as in low lighting. The cam has a 3-inch high-resolution 230,000 dots-wide view LCD, HD Photo Output, Dual Image Stabilization, a Fujinon 5x wide angle optical zoom lens, and Face Detection 3.0 with auto-red eye removal. Due out in March in either black or silver, the F200EXR will have a price of 500,000 KRW (~$333.00.)
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Transcend has two new digital photo frames, the PF810W (white) and PF810B (black.) While most companies offer frames that are basically similar, these have LED lit touch-sensitive interfaces built into the frames. The 810 is an 8-inch 800x600 (4:3) color TFT LCD panel with 2GB of built-in flash and can handle JPG and BMP formats. Choose from slide show or single shot mode. It also has Automatic Orientation Sensor and NaturaTone skin color processing, as well as being equipped with an MP3 player, alarm clock, calendar and an FM tuner.
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We told you how Lego was going to start offering electronic products for kids. Take a look at their Animation Station Video Camera that has a 1.4-inch color LCD flip-out display, record/function buttons, a 5-way navigational pad and a detachable remote. The cam comes complete with a how-to guide for amateur photographers as well as editing software. Digital Blue has plans to release it either late summer or early fall with a retail price of $79.99.
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Modu believes that the inner workings of a cell phone should be able to change their outer jackets. Guinness’ World Record holder of the “lightest cell phone” can turn into different devices with specific buttons and interfacing. Included in the collection is the street art, express, bicycle, night, car, sport, classic and ring jacket. The Modu can also be placed into PMPs, digital cams, photo frame and DECT phones to share your images with others. We expect that this one will not be inexpensive nor cater to those who keep their cellies in their pockets without as much as a cover.
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Samsung has a new YP-VP1 voice recorder that includes a built-in camera. Take a picture and use VoicePix to add a tag. Other features include voice detection, FM tuner and noise reduction. In a choice of black or silver, the YP-VP1 comes in a 2GB model with 520 recording hours in LP mode and a 4GB that can hold up to 1040 hours of audio. At this point, the device is only available in Korea but somehow it wouldn’t be a big surprise to see some in use at next year’s CES.
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Flip is offering their Minos for Valentine’s Day in special designs. As we have mentioned many times before, we love our Flip and this is a fine excuse to tell someone that you care while giving him/her a really cool gift. The Mino holds up to 60 minutes of video, is rechargable by USB and has one touch recording. There are dozens of designs to choose from with prices starting at $179.99 for the Mino and $229.99 for the HD model.
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Ecamm Network has introduced the supposedly first Bluetooth webcam for Macs. The 2 x 2 1/2 x 5/8- inch BT-1 can stream 640x480 H.264 video and 48kHz AAC stereo audio. The camera covers up to a 30 foot range with 4 hours of usage. Compatible with Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard or newer and Bluetooth v2.0+EDR or better, the cam can pan and tilt with the best of them. A mini-tripod and mounting screw is included in the $149.99 price. Pre-order for a late Q1 delivery.
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Take a look at Panasonic’s new compact LUMIX DMC-TS1. The rugged digital cam is water, shock and dustproof, and has AVCHD Lite High Definition video recording capability. It also features a 12.1 megapixel resolution, a 4.6 optical zoom and a 28mm wide-angle Leica DC Vario-Elmar lens. To keep the cam safe, it has rubber padding, reinforced glass and carbon resins inside the camera. The TS1 should be out in April in silver, green or orange for $399.95.
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Need a quicky camera mount for use with a mic stand? “mnwingnut” wanted to create something that was cheap, easy, secure and small. He finally picked up both a non-threaded female to male PVC adapter and threaded PVC cap, added a nut, wingnut and bolt, some flexible water hose and he had himself a mini-mount. Although the mount can pan and tilt, it is somewhat limited in its ability to make angle adjustments. A step-by-step guide is available for the $4.00 gadget.
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