Digital Blue has teamed with Lego to bring an entire line of kids’ gadgets out to play. Included in the series will be a digital cam, a video camera, MP3 player, walkie talkie and other electronics. Although they will have the look of the blocks, fortunately the users cannot dissemble them. Look for a summer release. We bet this would be a good gift for those Lego addicted friends of yours as well as the kidlets.
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Thanko is helping you play spy with its Video Camera MP4 Watch. It has a built-in 4GB flash drive and can record images, MP3 and WMA audio and AVI video with its mic and camera. It also has a handy headphone port for private playback and it handles uploading, as well as file conversion, through your PC USB port. Compatible with Windows XP/Vista, the watch has a TFT 1.8-inch display with a video resolution of 352x288 and a picture resolution of 640x480. Expect 3.5 to 8.3 hours of playback, a battery charge time of 4 hours and a price of $249.99.
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You know how we covet our Flipvideo. It seems they are at it again with the Mino, a smaller but slightly more expensive model in black or silver. At a size of 3.9 x 2 x 0.6-inches, it’s 2GB flash can hold up to an hour of video. The four buttons control zoom, audio volume, and video playback. The Mino has built-in integration with AOL Video and MySpace video players, a 2x digital zoom, and a 1.5-inch display. And although we don’t have a problem with ours because our eneloop batteries last for eons, this Flip has included rechargeable batteries that charge by USB, making it well worth the $179.00 price tag.
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Sony has released a hi-def video camera, claiming that it is the smallest and lightest on the planet. Available in Japan later this month, the HDR-TG1 measures 1.3 x 4.7 x 2.5-inches and weighs a mere 10.6 oz. With storage of 55 minutes, the camcorder has a 2.7-inch touch LCD and resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels. The cam comes with a start-up 4GB Pro Duo Mark2 media card. We dig Sony’s cameras and have used them for years, but we are thinking that with a price tag of 130,000 Yen ($1,271.00,) we think we will purchase two larger ones at half that amount.
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We just received an XShot, the cool little extension device that you attach to your still or video cam that allows you long and/or panoramic shots without the aid of an extra person. Its stainless steel shaft is indeed lightweight and extends 37-inches. The screw is a standard one used on tripods and it has the tilt capability of 180º. The company claims that it will fit in your pocket when closed (9-inches,) but those would have to be some pretty big jeans to accommodate it. It does, however, have a nice lanyard for carrying and a very comfortable rubber grip. Full review and demo after the jump.
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Frustrated on a trip to Paris when he wanted to take pictures with his family, Michael Daoud couldn’t get a decent background. Lo and behold, the XShot was born. The telescopic rod attaches to most compact digital single-shot and video cams with a built-in thumb screw. Adjust the angle, set the timer, extend the device, and shoot away. Daoud claims that it has a reach of over 3 feet and can handle up to a 5 person shot. The XShot weighs only 3.9 oz. and will fit in your pocket when not in use. We think, aside from the ingenuity, the best part is the affordable $24.95 price tag.
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They say laughter is the best medicine. That must have been the thinking behind the creators of Speecys SPC-101C. At a height of 33 cm and a weight of 1.5 kg, the guffawing bot features a 22+LED display, 2 stereo speakers, a 270,000-pixel CMOS Color Video cam, and wireless capability. We think that perhaps he is laughing and dancing because someone was dense enough to shell out the $3,000. And yes, for the record, we realize the Speecys is a cleverly disguised homophone.
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Sanyo has unveiled what they claim is the smallest and lightest HD digital cam on the planet. With a volume of only 16.6 cubic inches and a weight of only 9.5 ounces, the Xacti HD 1000 features an 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution that can record up to 85 minutes of 1081i high-def or over 5 hours of TV quality video with an 8G SD card (not included.) Sanyo’s new technology allows for only one processing chip while utilizing 4.2 watts of power. Its “Face Chaser” automatically detects and isolates up to 12 figures for auto-focus and proper exposure. The Xacti will be available in the U.S. next month and will retail for $799.99, which makes it about $84.00 per ounce.
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Hitachi has announced the formal unveiling of the word’s first Blu-ray (BDs) camcorders. The DZ-BD70 is a single drive cam that can record approximately an hour of 1920 x 1080 of full high-def video (two hours of 1440 x 1080) on an a single side, single layer 8 cm BD. The DZ-BD7H (shown here) is a hybrid with a 30 GB built-in HDD which can record up to four hours of 1920 x 1080 high-def video (4 hours of 1440 x 1080) and can also copy its contents from HDD to BD within the camera itself. Both models will be available in Japan at the end of August and will come across the seas in October, just in time for the Christmas Disc War to heat up.
Sanyo’s Exacti E1 is another of those diminutive video cameras that can do a lot with very little. At a weight of only 8.3 oz. and utilizing H.264, it will capture 640 x 480 video at 30fps with the use of a 1 GB SD card for up to 80 minutes. With a 2.5-inch LCD display, the cam also takes 6 megapixel stills, features a 5x optical zoom, has image stabilization and the unique bonus of being waterproof. The Exacti is available in blue, white, or yellow for prices between $449.99, and $499.99 depending on where you shop online.
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