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PRODUCT OF THE WEEK - Kaiser Baas Sports Camera
Do you enjoy the great outdoors? Would you like to be able to safely record yourself enjoying the great outdoors? Then specialist technology company, Kaiser Baas, has a perfect and affordable option on offer with the launch of its new Sports Camera.
Technology has come a long way, particularly where digital cameras are involved, and this nifty device is the perfect example of how times have changed. A micro camcorder hybrid (it can shoot stills too) this camera can record all the action for less than $150, something which used to cost thousands of dollars.
First the technical bits: the recording capability is HD video up to 1280 x 720 and 5 megapixel stills, complete with a 120 degree wide view angle, motion detection, and inbuilt infrared LED for low light capture. It runs off a built-in rechargeable Li-ion battery for up to three hours on full charge, and records to a micro-SD card up to 32 GB in size.
And if that's not enough, this sports camera is also water resistant for up to 20 metres and can shoot video and stills underwater. It only weighs 75g, and is so small it won't take up much room in your luggage.
The kit comes with a handlebar mounting system for use on bikes, an elastic strap, and a pouch to protect it once you've put it through its paces. Although you can charge it using a standard USB cable (also with the kit) connected to your computer, setting the camera up and playing back footage has to be done via an A/V cable (also supplied) via your TV.
There is a basic manual, but overall the camera is pretty easy to work out without much fuss; the main problem I had working out where to plug it into my complex plasma TV, and removing the micro SD card, which is very tiny (as well as not supplied)!
Footage quality is pretty good given the price - I don't have a bike, but I hand held the unit walking, then running, to see how it shaped up. At the end of the day, your clips might not be good enough to make it on to TV, but they will give you an honest account of your outdoor activities.
And after all there's always YouTube to show off your filming skills.
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The Kaiser Baas Sports Camera is rrp $149.95. For stockists call 1800 657 601, or visit www.kaiserbaas.com.
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