Shutterbugs of all persuasions will find plenty to like with the new 5-megapixel Exilim Z500 digital camera from Casio. The device offers 3X digital zoom, 8.7 megabytes of built-in flash memory, timekeeping functions, microphone, speaker, a Super Life battery that lets you record 500 images on a single charge, and an anti-shake feature that helps minimise image blur due to the movement of the user's hands or the subject. The back of the camera is carefully laid out so buttons and the controller are always within easy reach. Images are viewed on a 2.7-inch liquid crystal display with 640 x 240 pixels. The Z500 automatically adjusts flash brightness when people are located too far from the camera. This helps make subjects that normally might be blacked out brighter and clearer. The Z500 costs $2,980.
In the boardroom or the classroom, the Tungsten E2 offers more than enough room to hold your calendar, contacts, applications, photos, audio files and documents. The new palmOne personal digital assistant has a fast 200-megahertz Intel XScale processor to run demanding business programs. It offers 26 megabytes of storage capacity and 32MB of non-volatile flash memory. With flash memory, the information on the handheld is protected even if the battery runs out. It also has Documents To Go software from DataViz, for carrying Word and Excel files. The device weighs 133 grams and measures 11.4 x 7.9 x 1.5cm. It has Bluetooth wireless technology so data can be synchronised with a desktop computer without the need for a cable. The Tungsten E2 costs $1,880. Visit www.palmOne.com/hk/ie.
A long-held assumption with products bearing the Rollei brand is that these must be of high optical and mechanical precision, be easy to handle and to operate, and be durable and of lasting value. With Rollei's ea2020G portable media player, that premise still holds true. The personal media player features a near iPod-like white case, and comes with a 2.22-inch liquid crystal display and adjustable backlight, 20-gigabyte hard-disk drive, high-speed USB 2.0 connection, FM radio, digital voice recorder, MP3 player with lyrics display, built-in microphone and support for both Macintosh and Windows operating systems. It weighs
185 grams and measures 118 x 65 x 20mm. Its rechargeable lithium polymer battery is good for up to six hours of movie playback and 12 hours for music. The ea2020G costs $2,980.
Smaller than a travel alarm clock, the new Yes YMP928 can rock your world like no other digital audio player. The device is the world's smallest 'boom box', with built-in stereo speakers that deliver three-dimensional sound and five-user equalisation modes to adjust the timbre. It has 512 megabytes of storage capacity, weighs 56 grams and measures 65 x 37.6 x 18.3mm. Digital audio formats supported include MP3, Windows Media Audio and Ogg Vorbis. It also supports mpeg-4 playback and shows jpeg files on its small liquid-crystal display. A lithium polymer battery delivers 16 hours of audio and eight hours of video playback on one charge. It also has a built-in FM radio. Available in red, green and silver, the South Korean-made YMP928 costs $1,338.
Get a grip on your favourite video anywhere you go with the Yes PMP-9 personal media player. The Japanese-designed, Chinese-made device comes with a unique triple treat: a high-resolution 3.6-inch liquid-crystal display, 20-gigabyte hard disk and high-definition television playback support. Its large storage capacity allows a user to enjoy up to 85 hours of video, based on two-hour movies encoded at 500 kilobits per second. USB 2.0 connection enables quick transfer of digital video, photo or audio files from a personal computer, digital camera or card reader direct to the multimedia player. It also has a rubber, right-hand grip, similar to those found on professional SLR cameras to keep it stable while viewing video on the road. The PMP-9 costs $2,980 and is available in silver, blue and black.