Aiptek PenCam HD portable camcorder…but not outdoor rated

September 27, 2009 by  
Filed under All Gizmos, Cameras


Nothing screams outdoors about Aiptek’s PenCam HD except portability. Which in itself is alot when you just want to grab your stick and float some powpow.  This tiny pack boast some nice specs (listed below) but is only rated for your average adventure.  However, Aiptek has over-engineered this little peeper to handle some tougher environments and at a Lincoln under $170 it’s hard to pass up.

-Small form factor and weight
-HD 720p video and 5MP still
-Video review capability

-Battery life
-Video image stability

Overall it has nice specs but it’s hard to watch a video appearing to be held by someone suffering from a seizure. If you’re going on a quick trip and don’t want to risk the expensive equipment, then give Aiptek a considerable thought.

To see a sample video go to their webiste here and click on Experience at the top.


Image Sensor 5MP CMOS (2592 x 1944) resolution
Movie Mode 720P at 30 frames per second
Video Format H.264 Video Compression (.MOV format)
Still Image 5 Mega Pixels
Digital Zoom 3X
Display 1.1″ OLED w/ 160° Viewing Angle
Internal Memory 4GB Built-in Storage (Store Up to 2 Hours)
MP3 Yes
TV Out HDMI-out & Composite AV-out
Interface USB 2.0
Battery Built-in Rechargeable 950mAh Li-Polymer

Lots more info at:

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Adventure camera

May 20, 2009 by  
Filed under All Gizmos, Cameras

I’m the first to admit that the iPhone does a lot of things well…but taking photos just isn’t one of them. Nothing ruins a could be bragging moment like the inability to differentiate between a sick grab and your grandmothers 88th birthday….oh Mr. blurry-cam, how we hate thee. For experienced photographers, nothing will beat lugging around their 15 lb bag of SLR megapixel goodness. For the rest of us, we simply want to be able to lay our heads down at night knowing we could whip out a high res shot, drop our camera a few ft into the dirt, step on it while trying to pick it up, accidentally kick it in the water, and then subject it to subzero temperatures to shoot an HD video (Murphy’s Law always gets the best of us). Is that too much to ask? Panasonic replies with a resilient, NO. And who better to turn to than the makers of the toughbook. Spanned by years of mil-spec grade experience, the “Ideas for life” folks have managed to put together quite a piece of work with little competition. And they call it DMC-TS1S Anti-yawn features:

  • 12.1 MP
  • Dustproof
  • Scratchproof
  • Shockproof (1.5m)
  • Waterproof (to 3m)
  • HD Video: AVCHD Lite (720p/1080i)
  • LEICA DC Vario-Elmar Lens

Click here for full specs. Peep the review below:

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