Gadget corner

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 27 September, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 27 September, 2009, 12:00am

Yes, iCam

The iPod nano (below), which Apple claims is the world's most popular digital music player, has received another makeover. A video camera has been added to its thin design. Users can view their footage on the 2.2-inch colour display or transfer video files online through a personal computer. Video recording is at 640 x 480 pixel resolution - not high definition, but good enough for a YouTube clip - and is complemented by more than a dozen built-in special effects, such as kaleido and sepia. However, the device is unable to take still images. It also features FM radio and a pedometer, which counts steps taken and calories burned. Available in nine colours, the new iPod nano sells for HK$1,168 for the 8-gigabyte model and HK$1,388 for the 16GB version.

It's a snap

Casio has released a new model in the Exilim range of digital cameras, the compact Zoom EX-Z90 (above). It takes photos at 12.1-megapixel resolution with a 3X optical zoom lens. It features so-called intelligent AF (auto-focus). When the camera is aimed, this function detects a subject even if it is not a human face and determines the focus and exposure area accordingly. The camera also has a high-definition movie function that records video at 1,280 x 720 pixels. It comes with a CD-Rom containing more than 150 types of graphic that can be added to photos, handy if you like creating electronic greeting cards. The Exilim Zoom EX-Z90 costs HK$1,780.

Solar system

Have your hi-tech gadget and go green, too, with the SolarVoice 908 (right). Developer i.Tech Dynamic touts the device as the market's first solar-powered Bluetooth headset with noise-reduction technology. It comes with an elegant headset cradle, designed for in-car and desktop use, to charge and absorb sunlight. A flashing green light indicates when the unit is charging. Users get up to five hours of talk time, unlimited standby time while in optimum sunlight and up to 140 hours of standby time without sunlight. The SolarVoice 908 is priced at HK$498.