The trend for gadgets is to get smaller and smaller, so here you have it: the world's smallest high-resolution camcorders
! Read about them below and then we'd love to know your impression. In particular, we want to know, would you take interest in one or are they not intriguing to you at all? Tell us why. And do you think people would use them as spy cams? I want to know what you think.
First up, the Muvi Atom Super Micro DV Camcorder
made by the company, Veho. The camcorder is 2" x 0.75" x 0.75" and is the successor of Veho's Muvi Micro
. Priced at $99.95, it can also be used as a PC webcam and is available in black
. For such a little thing, it is surprising to see all the features it includes. It records in VGA quality (640x480), which is comparable with the Flip Mino and Flip Ultra and includes a rechargeable battery for up to 1-hour of continuous operation. It comes with a 2GB microSD card to record up to 90 minutes footage.
It's also compatible with 8GB cards if you want to store more videos on it. The coolest feature is probably the voice activation. With this, the camcorder will start/stop recording at your beck and call. You can also buy a bundle sports kit
($19.95 at Firebox.com
) that contains brackets, clips and straps that will let you attach the camera to your helmet
or anything, so this may attract extreme sports guys who want to tape their climbing, snowboarding or other adventurous activities and stunts. Anyone else being reminded off MTV's Jackass
Next, there's the AEE Mini DV Digital Video Camera
, which is similar in size to
the Muvi Atom at 2" x 0.78" x 0.70". Other similarities between the two camcorders include the sound activated recording, the recording format (640x480 VGA quality) and the attachable clip on the back, so you can do hands-free recording. The AEE Mini DV packs in a little more punch however with its ability to use a 16GB SD card and it's battery life of up to 2 hours. It also comes in red
, in addition to the white and black. On Amazon
, it'll set you back anywhere from $69 to $99.99.
And if you're curious, check out what blogs around the web had to say about these two tiny technologies.
Geek.com on the Muvi Atom
: "Once you start shrinking gadget down to this size, controlling them becomes a serious issue. Look at Apple's
latest generation iPod
Shuffle, which had to move the controls to the earbuds. Muvi handles the problem by making the Atom voice controlled."
Engadget on the AEE Mini DV
: "Unlike some other world's smallest cameras, this one is actually a full-fledged consumer device, including some controls, a built-in lithium-ion battery, a USB connection, and a microSD card slot, which handles all of the storage duties as the company has ditched any internal memory to keep the size down. You'll even get some full 640 x 480, 30 fps video out of the thing, plus some 2-megapixel JPEG images."
Crunchgear.com on the Muvi Atom:
you can convince me that there's a legitimate use for this, but I'm having trouble figuring out what that would be."
DVice.com on the AEE Mini DV:
"One of the more attractive of the mini-cams available."