Hasbro’s been at it again with the I-CY Penguin: an addition to the iDog, iCat, and not so successful iFish i-collection.
The I-CY Penguin dances along with your music and communicates its electronic moods via lights, movements, and avian squawks. When the I-CY is launched in March 2007, be sure to pick up a cute penguin companion at the small price of $19.99. Product page here.
Here’s a useful gadget: Clocky the alarm clock!
Clocky, sold from Nanda, is an alarm clock that runs and hides to get you out of bed. When Clocky sounds, it randomly runs off on its wheels, and its befuddled owner must catch it in order to silence the alarm! Sounds like a safe bet to get the most groggy sleepers out of bed.
Casio’s Exilim EX-S770D is a 7.2 megapixel camera with 3x optical zoom, a 2.8 inch screen, and DivX video recording. The Exilim S770D is the successor to Casio’s EX-S600D. The Casio EXILIM EX-S770D camera allows consumers to easily access the interoperable DivX ecosystem, to play, create and share high-quality video content across a range of devices and platforms. This includes DVD players, recorders and portable media players. Content created on the camera can be played on all PCs with DivX software installed and on DivX Certified consumer electronics devices from the world’s leading brands.
“I am very excited about the release of our new EXILIM® Card EX-S770D digital camera, which features the outstanding DivX technology that users appreciated so much in its predecessor, the EX-S600D,” said Susumu Takashima, director at Casio and head of the Digital Camera Unit. “Casio’s card-sized digital cameras are designed to deliver high performance in a compact, slim shape, and have been very well received by the market. Users are making the most of our cameras to take not only still images, but movies as well, all with the greatest of ease. Our latest card-sized model takes movies in DivX® format, and is being marketed in Europe where DivX is extremely popular. Compared to previous models, the EX-S770D also has a larger display. We look forward to countless users experiencing the joy of taking and viewing both still shots and movies.”
“By expanding their line of DivX Certified digital cameras, Casio is giving consumers the ability to create very high quality video that they can experience in a truly open and interoperable way,” said Jim Geison, Vice President of Worldwide Sales, DivX. “Users of the EX-S770D can easily share and distribute their personal content across a wide range of devices, an advantage that is not offered by other digital video technologies that are confined to the PC.”
Canon’s EOS 400D (aka the Digital Rebel XTi) is an impressive DSLR camera with 10.1 megapixels and a 2.5 inch LCD screen. The Rebel XTi will work with over 50 accessories and lenses.
Camera Labs writes that ” Ultimately the Canon EOS 400D / Rebel XTi is a great entry-level digital SLR which improves on its predecessor in many respects. It has higher resolution without compromising noise levels, a wide variety of anti-dust features, a bigger screen which doubles-up for detailed shooting information, the AF system of its bigger brother and fast overall handling.
The only thing that’s missing is a cheap lens bundle with Image Stabilisation. This will undoubtedly have potential buyers carefully weighing it up against the Sony Alpha A100 which costs much the same, while those with a little more to spend may be tempted by the superior traditional performance of the Nikon D80.”
DPReview states that “The EOS 400D (Rebel XTi) turned out to be everything we expected it to be; a progressive upgrade to the already hugely successful EOS 350D (Rebel XT). Image quality was just as good, with plenty of detail, low noise and sophisticated noise reduction at higher sensitivities an well balanced, and thanks to PictureStyles predictable, color and tone. It also has a significantly improved user interface, dust reduction system, 9 point auto-focus, larger LCD monitor and combined status display / setting change system. All this in a camera which is just as small and light as the camera it replaces.”
Imaging Resource writes that “Ultimately, the Canon Rebel XTi is an improvement of an already superb camera — the Rebel XT — with Canon’s latest and greatest innovations to make digital SLR photography more like you remember from the film days and more versatile to boot. For my money, the greatest improvement to the XTi is the addition of the 30D’s autofocus array. More pixels, a bigger LCD, and dust reduction are welcome, but faster AF is the true benefit to the Rebel XTi, because you can get shots that you couldn’t with the XT. Now I can say that Canon’s flagship consumer camera has it where it counts: fast, accurate autofocus and the best imager you can get for the money. All the rest is gravy. The Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi is a fine digital SLR, an obvious Dave’s Pick, and an excellent choice for anyone wanting to improve their photography.”
Olympus’ E-400 DSLR is the world’s smallest and lightest DSLR camera. The E-400 is a ten megapixel camera with 2.5 inch screen, 4/3 type full frame transfer CCD, and a plethora of flash modes (red eye, autofocus, slow synchro, etc).
Camera Labs reports that “The Olympus E-400 has a lot going for it. It’s very small and light without compromising comfort or usability, there’s quick and easy access to all the settings, the resolving power roughly matches rival 10 Megapixel DSLRs, and while noise speckles are more noticeable at higher sensitivities, at least there’s no smearing through noise reduction. And finally the kit lens is decent quality and the SSWF anti-dust system remains unmatched.”
Trusted Reviews writes that, “In terms of overall performance, the E-400 is impressive. It starts up in under a second, and wakes from standby in about the same time. In HQ JPEG mode it can shoot at a continuous three frames a second until the memory card is full, which with a 1GB card means over 200 frames. In SHQ JPEG + RAW mode it can fire off five frames at three frames a second, and it only takes around 10 seconds to empty the image buffer before you can shoot another 5-frame burst. ”
DigiCam Review states, “The Olympus E-400 is an impressive digital SLR camera, offering excellent image quality, and an excellent range of lenses with very precise manual zoom control. The screen is good, and the camera can produce excellent photos. If you can stick with the lower ISO settings and you want high quality large images then this camera should be high on your shopping list. This camera is easy to use (in auto mode) and offers speedy performance, excellent battery life, with good controls and excellent build quality. I would recommend this camera especially to people who want greater creative control that normal compact digital cameras generally do not provide.”