THE road less travelled may be lonelier and tougher, but it is definitely quite an adventure. If you are one who loves staying off the beaten track, then you may want to have the rugged Toshiba Camileo BW20 camcorder with you as it shoots video in Full HD resolution and also capture stills.
It is also effective up to 4.9m underwater and is resistant to dust. It is especially built to be shock-proof, able to withstand a drop of up to 1.5m.
In fact, the Toshiba Camileo BW20 is the perfect camcorder to own if you have kids who also want to record family events and gatherings. You need not fear if your five-year-old has inherited your butterfingers!
The camcorder comes with a f/2.2 aperture lens, a 5-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, video image stabilisation and an HDMI output port among others. It also boasts a floating wrist strap that prevents your camcorder from sinking into the water. Available in only one colour scheme, the Toshiba Camileo BW20 camcorder retails at US$129.99 (RM397.81).
8X GETS WINDOWS PHONE 8
HTC’s newly-minted 8X rides on the Windows Phone 8 platform instead of Android. It boasts a 2.1-megapixel, f/2.0 aperture, 88o ultra-wide angle front-facing camera, which is ideal for capturing up to four people simultaneously, in addition to handling Full HD 1080p resolution video capture.
At the back, there is an 8-megapixel CMOS sensor with backside-illumination for improved low-light performance, not to mention a f/2.0 aperture, 28mm lens and a dedicated imaging chip. It also comes with a physical shutter button quick and for easy snapshots.
To take advantage of its partnership with Beats by Dr. Dre, the HTC 8X also features Beats Audio for authentic, studio-quality sound.
Other hardware specifications include a stunning 4.3-inch HD-resolution super LCD display with Gorilla Glass 2, a dual-core 1.5GHz processor and 16GB internal memory.
The HTC 8X is available in California Blue, Graphite Black, Flame Red and Limelight Yellow.
SLIMMED DOWN PS3
ARE you in the market for a console? Well, Sony has just revamped its PS3 with a physical redesign, where the form factor has been reduced and available in two different capacities — 250GB and 500GB — with the addition of 12GB flash memory in the model targeted for European release.
The 250GB PS3 and 500GB PS3 will retail at US$269 and US$299 respectively. The former will be available in the United States at the end of the month, while the 500GB model will only be available on Oct 30.
SIMPLER AND FASTER
FUJIFILM has rolled out the XF1 digital camera, an expansion of the X-Series range. It is amazingly fast, and thanks to the recently developed FUJINON F1.8 wide angle lens with 4x manual zoom and a large 2/3-inch 12-megapixel EXR CMOS sensor, you can be sure that images turn out stunning even without basic photography skills.
It is also equipped with Optical Image Stabilisation and if you love shooting close up pictures, then the Fujifilm XF1’s Macro capability will allow you to capture at a range of as close as three cm, delivering images with a beautiful
“Bokeh” depth of field effect.
The Fujifilm XF1 can be set at three modes — Travel Mode, Standby Mode and Shooting Mode. To switch modes, just turn the zoom ring.
Other specifications include an ISO range of 100 to 12,800, Motion Panorama 360 for seamless panoramic shots in a snap, artistic effects via integrated filters, an in-camera RAW converter, Full HD video recording capability and a battery that can last up to 300 shots per charge.
There are three luxurious designs to choose from: a dimpled synthetic black leather, a smooth synthetic tan leather and an elegant synthetic red leather. It will only be available in October onwards. It’s priced at US$499.95.