If you want an inexpensive camcorder that gives you a bit more quality than what you’d find with a Kodak ZI6 or Flip Video camera, we think the Samsung SC-MX20 would be up your alley. This camera offers some nice features that the other low-end cams just don’t have, like image stabilization, face detection, and a 24x optical zoom. It accepts SD and MMC cards up to 32GB, and has an internal battery life of 3 hours. The Samsung SC-MX20 retails for $250, but we found it on Amazon for 15% off at $212.
Oh, and for those of you who just have to have the high definition version, the Samsung SC-MX20C can be had for 30% off on Amazon, for $592.60.
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If you wanna pick up a YouTube-ready video camera for Mom, we are hard pressed to find something as good as the Kodak ZI6, for the price. This little camera shoots in 720p high-definition at 60 frames per second, and can also take regular old still images as well. Other cameras, like the Flip Mino can’t do that. It supports SD cards in sizes up to 32GB, which basically means you’ll be able to shoot video until your (rechargeable) battery dies, as opposed to worrying about how much space you have left. You can pick them up from Kodak for $153, they’re available in pink, as well as black. Get it quick though, because they are on sale now. After 12/15, they go back up to their normal price of $179.
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If you want to pick up a camera for your loved one that is as much a fashion statement as it is a photography device, you’ve gotta consider the fashionista-friendly Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-T700. It’s not all about the looks, though, because this camera packs in a bunch of features. Like what? How about anti-blink and Smile Shutter technology? It also features a 3.5-inch ultra-high resolution touchscreen display, shoots at up to 10.1 megapixels, and includes 4GB of internal memory. It also includes the Picture Motion Browser software package, but seriously, who’s gonna use that? The Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-T700 retails for $399.99, but on Amazon we were able to find substantial discounts, depending on which color you were interested in:
- Grey DSC-T700 for $339.99
- Pink DSC-T700 for $366.47
- Silver DSC-T700 for $375.64
- Red DSC-T700 for $375.64
There’s also a gold version, but we didn’t include that one since there was no discount available on it. Definitely a good gift for the woman in your life.
Western Digital has unveiled their WD TV with full HD video playback and navigation. Hook it up to My Passport portable drive (sold separately) or USB drives, digital cams, PMPs, and camcorders and enjoy movies, user-generated videos, digital music, or slide shows on your TV. Compatible with most types of media, you can navigate by file name or thumbnails, zoom and pan, and add close captioning. The WD TV has 2 ports to allow you to access two USB drives at the same time. The device comes with ArcSoft MediaConverter 2.5, a compact remote with batteries, an AV cable and AC adapter at a price of $129.99 online.
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Last week we talked about rumors of a new Nintendo DS, and this morning, those rumors proved to be true. Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata announced the Nintendo DSi at the company’s Fall presentation over in Japan, calling it a “third platform” for the company (where have we heard that before?). It looks fairly similar the the current DS Lite that we all know and love, but there are a few changes that make this one a worthy upgrade. First, it’s about 12% thinner, as it has given up its GBA slot. The screens are a bit larger, each being 3.25-inches in size. One of the bigger changes, though, is that the DSi features two cameras. You have one 3 megapixel camera on the outside of the unit, as well a front-facing camera on the inside so that you can take images of yourself.
The Nintendo DSi also has an SD card slot along with internal storage. You can save your photos right to the card, then put that card in your Wii to pull it up in the Photo Channel. Nintendo is even launching the DSi Shop, an online destination for purchasing DSi software, similar to the Wii Shop. You use Nintendo Points, and content will be priced at 200, 500, or 800 points. 1000 points will be included with the purchase of the DSi. The unit will come in either white or black for the time being, and goes on sale in Japan on November 1 at ¥18,900 ($178).
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Joby has debuted their new Gorillapod. The Focus bendable tripod was made for SLR cams that have larger lenses or digital camcorders and can support up to 11 lbs. This is Joby’s fifth product in the line, and the Focus is made with an anodized gunmetal finish and aluminum sockets for durability. Wrap the tripod around trees, railing, or stand it up and use for regular shots, time-lapse, long exposure, or night shooting. You can pre-order the Focus, which has a $149.95 price.
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Rumors of Sony’s new NW-E series Walkmen have reached the surface. The 8.5mm slim devices weigh only 50g each. Each has a 2.0-inch QVGA TFT LCD screen with 262,144 colors. The player supports MP3/ WMA/ AAC/Linear PCM and has an FM tuner. The device uses drag and drop, and each is compatible with both WMP and iTunes. The 2GB NWZ-E435 comes in black or pink, the 4GB NWZ-E436 will be available in black, blue, pink or red, and the 8GB NWZ-E438 is simply black.
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Whatever happened to basic black? Olympus’ new FE-360 point-and-shoot in blue has a 2.5-inch LCD and 3x zoom lens, while the FE-370, in what they say is red, has a 2.7-inch LCD and 5x zoom at a price of $149.99. In addition, the 370 cam includes intelligent auto mode, Smile Shot, and Expression Edit, to put a smile on the only one in the crowd who has none. It retails for $199.99. Look for both sometime this month.
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For those who don’t do tripods or want something a little handier, Etsumi has developed a Digital Camera Pouch with built-in stand. The device is available in dark grey or pink, and comes in two models, the S-sized 60 x 25 x 90mm and the M-sized 60 x 32 x 93mm. Pre-order for $31.26 for a September 1 release date. We like that the case is tiny enough that we can sneak it into places that keep discouraging us from taking “unauthorized” pictures, namely aging rock stars who don’t want to be seen on YouTube or Flickr.
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A Massachusetts online company has released the beta Everyscape that takes Google mapping an extra step. When you hit their site, you click on a location and see not only the outside but the inside of tourist attractions, musical venues, museums, etc. Click again and you can get detailed info.
“While Google has focused their technology on building a better map, we wanted to do more and replicate the experience of actually being somewhere,” chief executive Jim Schoonmaker said.
The work is being done by “destination ambassadors” that use specialized equipment to map by the mile. It’s a nice idea that seems like it has a long way to go.
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