Thursday, September 15, 2005
Single-Use Video Camera
Borrowing the concept of the disposable still camera, the CVS One-Time-Use Video Camcorder is perfect for creating quick and spontaneous video. Easy to use, the lightweight, pocket-sized camcorder records up to 20 minutes of digital video and audio on its internal memory while allowing you to play back and delete unwanted footage. When you're finished, drop off the camcorder at a CVS store to have a DVD burned. CVS takes care of the recycling. List Price: $29 (camcorder); $12 (DVD processing). Contact: CVS, (888) 607-4287, www.cvs.com.
Long Live Your Home Videos!
Preserve your home videos, digital photos and other files on Verbatim Video DVD discs. VideoGard hard-coat technology makes the media 40 times more resistant to damage compared to standard discs. Available in 8x DVD-R, 8x DVD+R, 2x DVD-RW and 4x DVD+RW formats, the discs have an extended archival life. List Price: $12.99 (DVD+R 10-pack). Contact: Verbatim, (800) 538-8589, www.verbatim.com.
Big Things In A Small Package
Konica Minolta's DiMAGE X1 features an 8-megapixel sensor and a non-protruding 3x optical zoom in a slim, elegant body. A 2.5-inch LCD allows for easy viewing of images, while a newly developed Anti-Shake system limits blur in low-light shooting situations and proprietary CxProcess III image-processing technology means producing true-to-life images. The DiMAGE X1 comes with a multifunction cradle for quick uploading and battery charging. List Price: TBA. Contact:Konica Minolta, (800) 285-6422, www.konicaminolta.us.
Improve the quality of your digital images by limiting noise and chromatic aberrations with DxO's Optics Pro v3.0. The software is designed to fix lens and processing imperfections associated with digital cameras. Pro v3.0 incorporates an Optics Engine and Lens Module that automatically removes lens distortion, vignetting, lens softness and lateral chromatic aberration. The RAW Engine has been redesigned to offer more control over RAW processing and a Lighting Engine helps bring out shadow detail while preserving highlights. Optics Pro v3.0 is available for prosumer and expert amateur digital SLRs. In addition, an Elite version supports professional digital SLRs. List Price: $159 (Pro v3.0); $249 (Pro v3.0 Elite). Contact: DxO, www.dxo.com.
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