Friday, 12 November 2010

Inspector gadget!

I have a new gadget - a digital movie camera. Made by Oregon Scientific it is a small self contained video recording system. A very small camera designed for attaching to a bikers helmet that captures real-time video clips including sound.

It has three selectable resolutions (640x480, 320x240 and 160x120) Two frame rates (15fps and 30 fps) for all three resolutions. I want to do some of those speeded up canal trips that you can see on utube. I should get around two hours of video before needing to download the data from the camera  to my laptop. It has a USB interface so it acts like a memory stick-mass storage device and is operated by two rechargeable AA batteries.

The Kindle ebook continues to provide me with quite a bit of entertainment. I took it away on holiday to the Greek islands and I was still able to download free books from Amazon without any problems. It has 3G and Whispernet as well as bog standard WiFi built in. The Memsahib was so impressed she is hoping that Santa will put one in her stocking this year.

Whilst I was sat on the beach on the Island of Rhodes. I was using the Kindle to surf the web, keeping a weather eye on the blog. I was also using it to get emails from friends. The Kindle is going to be the big seller for Christmas this year. I wish I had shares in Amazon! More than anything else, it means that the boat will not now be cluttered up by the many "essential" books that I need.

I have had a Panasonic Lumix DMC-MZ20 5.3 megapixel digital camera for a few years. It came complete with a 12X zoom Leica lens and optical image stabilization. The Panasonic has proved to be an  excellent camera in all respects.

However, whilst passing through "Duty Free" I spotted one of the new Panasonic Lumix G1 cameras and I was smitten.

The G1 has 12.1 Megapixel and optical image stabilization, so it was a quick plastic transaction and I purchased one on the spot. 

I wonder if Santa reads this blog and what he might bring?


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