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A look at the latest photography gadgets on the market

PCR’s guide to cameras and video cameras

Whether taking holiday snaps of the family or filming extreme sports, it’s important to have the right equipment for the right job.

PCR takes a look at the latest cameras and video cameras out there.

HELLO KITTY 8MPX DIGITAL CAMERA
SRP: £59.99
DISTRIBUTOR: Meroncourt
THEY SAY: The most famous cat in history has returned with this elegant 8MP photo camera. With an exclusive Hello Kitty design, it has an original moveable lens cover in the shape of the well-known character.
SPECS: 2.4-inch LCD, 32MB internal memory, 4x digital zoom, USB connection, supports Windows 98, ME, 2000, XP, Vista and 7.

SAMSUNG GALAXY CAMERA
SRP: tbc
DISTRIBUTOR: Micro-P
THEY SAY: The Samsung Galaxy Camera provides the magic of professional digital photography with the powerful intelligence of the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS. It’s the smartest camera ever, with stunning photographic output and a range of exceptionally rich professional shooting modes, editing features and various apps.
SPECS: 16MP, 21x optical zoom, 4.8-inch HD touch LCD, Android Jelly Bean, 3G and Wi-Fi.

MEDIA TECH U-DRIVE DVR
SRP: £59.99
DISTRIBUTOR: Meroncourt
THEY SAY: The U-Drive DVR is a camera designed especially for making films from the perspective of the car driver. Very convenient and easy to use, the camera mounts onto the windshield using the included holder and connects to the cigarette lighter socket. Recording starts automatically when the engine starts and ends when turned off.
SPECS: Wide-angle lens, HD video, 5MP camera, colour LCD display.

ALL SPORT VIDEO GOGGLES
SRP: £160
DISTRIBUTOR: Hama
THEY SAY: The Liquid Image XSC All
Sport Video Goggles has an integrated True POV HD Video camera. The dual paned snow lens and single paned summer MX Lens allow the Video Goggles to be easily converted over for use with multiple sporting activities and different seasons.
SPECS: 136-degree wide-angle lens, fits snow and MX helmets, 5MP camera, rechargeable lithium battery.

EGO HD MOUNTABLE ACTION CAMERA
SRP: £145
DISTRIBUTOR: Hama
THEY SAY: The Liquid Image EGO is a mini-sized, mountable camera that records HD video and is designed for extreme sports such as motocross, BMX, surfing, kayaking or any other sport you can think of.
SPECS: Wi-Fi enabled, 136-degree wide-angle lens, 12MP camera, continuous shot photo mode.

AFGAPHOTO OPTIMA 147
SRP: £57.99
DISTRIBUTOR: VIP Computers
THEY SAY: This versatile photographic tool lets you shoot everything from scenery shots at the 32mm wide-angle setting to dynamic 230mm telephoto shots. And the superior lens system’s optical design lets you capture even the subtle nuances of the sights and scenes in your travels.
SPECS: 14.1MP, 7x optical zoom with image stabilisation, 3.0-inch auto brightness LCD, built-in USB.

MUVI HD ACTION CAMERA SPECIAL EDITION BUNDLE
SRP: £219.95
DISTRIBUTOR: Westcoast
THEY SAY: The Special Edition MUVI HD bundle includes a waterproof case that is capable of depths of 60 metres for a full 60 minutes, and a helmet Front Mount that allows you to create a true POV angle when filming handsfree.
SPECS: 1.5-inch viewfinder/review LCD, touch panel control, self timer, digital zoom with noise activation, 8GB micro SD card, 170-degree wide-angle lens.

NIKON COOLPIX S9050
SRP: £96
DISTRIBUTOR: DirekTek
THEY SAY: The Coolpix S9050 differentiates itself with a remarkable zoom, which easily brings far away subjects closer for any still pictures or videos. In addition to this the camera’s compact design includes a 12.1MP sensor which captures incredible pictures at night via its night landscape mode.
SPECS: 15.5x wide-angle optical zoom, 12.1MP CMOS image sensor, Full HD 1080p, 460,000-dot 3-inch screen.

AFGAPHOTO PRECISA 1430
SRP: £42.99
DISTRIBUTOR: VIP Computers
THEY SAY: The AfgaPhoto PRECISA 1430 offers an elegant entry into digital photography, you press the button, the camera does the rest. The device offers many embedded features like Face, Smile and Blink Detection, Red Eye Removal and Panorama Pan Capturing.
SPECS: 14.1MP, 3x optical zoom with image stabilisation, 2.4-inch auto brightness LCD.

MOSHI MONSTERS 1.5-INCH COMPACT DIGITAL VIDEO CAMERA
SRP: £39.99
DISTRIBUTOR: Meroncourt
THEY SAY: The Compact Digital Videocamera from Moshi Monsters is unique. It lets you record and take great photos with a moveable 1.5-inch screen and an exclusive Moshi Monsters design.
SPECS: 1.3MPx resolution, 1.5-inch LCD, USB connection, supports Windows 2000, XP and 7.

JVC GCXA1 ACTION CAMERA
SRP: £299.99
DISTRIBUTOR: Midwich
THEY SAY: Straight out of the box you are free to ride with it, dive with it, climb with it and experience more life with it. With a 1.5-inch LCD monitor, the JVC Action Camera allows you to check recordings on the spot, confirm the angle of view before recording, and it also provides easy menu setting with a built-in LCD monitor.
SPECS: Drop resistant to 2m, built-in Wi-Fi, super wide-angle lens, full HD video.

OLYMPUS D735
SRP: £69.99
DISTRIBUTOR: Midwich
THEY SAY: Even for an entry-level model, the super-slender Olympus D735 offers outstanding value for money. Like all Olympus cameras, it makes it quick and easy to record high-quality still photos and movies in everyday situations.
SPECS: 12MP, 4x wide optical zoom, 2.7-inch LCD screen, advanced face detection.

SAMSUNG NX1000
SRP: tbc
DISTRIBUTOR: Micro-P
THEY SAY: The Samsung NX1000 Smart Camera features an ultra- sensitive 20.3MP APS-C CMOS sensor which delivers amazing detail, even in surroundings with low light. Record full HD video, thanks to an 18-200mm lens, and shoot with auto-focus.
SPECS: 20.3MP, 20-50mm lens kit, 3.0-inch bright LCD, Wi-Fi and GPS enabled.

TOSHIBA S40 CAMILEO
SRP: £99.99
DISTRIBUTOR: Entatech
THEY SAY: The Swann OutbackCam is a camera and video recorder that automatically switches on when motion is detected. 100 per cent battery operated, the unit can be installed in any area as required. Date and moon phase stamping ensures you know exactly what time of the day or night the image was captured.
SPECS: 4GB SD card, 100 per cent battery operated, moon phase stamping, 5MP camera.

CANON PSSX50HS
SRP: £449.99
DISTRIBUTOR: MIdwich
THEY SAY: With an incredible 50x optical zoom reaching from 24mm to 1200mm, you can capture a huge range of subjects with one camera – from exceptional long range close ups of wildlife to impressive landscapes. Use full auto mode or switch to manual for further control.
SPECS: 12.1MP HS system with DIGIC 5 processor, 50x ultra wide-angle, optical zoom lens up to 100x zoom plus, full HD movies with stereo sound, vari-angle LCD screen.

MEDIA TECH 3RAY SPORT SUNGLASSES WITH BUILT-IN CAMERA
SRP: £37.99
DISTRIBUTOR: Meroncourt
THEY SAY: 3RAY allows for discreet audio and video recording even in the most unfavourable situations. It’s the ideal device for recording adventure sports, such as cycling, motor sports, and rock climbing. The sunglasses are also suitable while driving, during trips or for meetings, offering the possibility of recording high quality video and sound on a memory card up to 16GB.
SPECS: Lithium-ion battery, supports memory card up to 16GB, up to three hours life from one charge.

MIDLAND XTC-300 FULL HD ACTION CAMERA
SRP: £239.95
DISTRIBUTOR: Nevada Distribution
THEY SAY: The super-light and compact Midland XTC-300 Full HD Action Camera is ideal for recording those special moments of action or extreme sport. Supplied with a separate waterproof case and three mounting kits for ski mask and goggles, helmets, and handlebars, it provides hands free recording wherever you play.
SPECS: Integrated Li-ion rechargeable battery with up to two hours life, one touch recording, 140- degree wide angle lens, MP4 video format.

SONY HDRCX250E
SRP: £503.99
DISTRIBUTOR: Midwich
THEY SAY: Many camcorders struggle in low light, producing grainy, fuzzy images. Sony’s super sensitive Exmor R CMOS Sensor reduces image noise for clearer images. In conjunction with the powerful BIONZ processor you’ll get great results in dim interiors or at dusk.
SPECS: 8.9MP stills and full HD recording, optional memory card, G lens with 30x optical zoom/55x extended zoom, built-in USB cable.

MUVI ATOM ACTION CAMERA ‘NO PROOF NO GLORY’ BUNDLE
SRP: £129.95
DISTRIBUTOR: Westcoast
THEY SAY: The super tiny MUVI Atom redefines the world of small. Measuring less than 2-inches high it is one of the smallest camcorders in the world. This bundle comes with a waterproof case, which is capable of depths of 30 metres for a full 60 minutes, 4GB micro SD card, and a sports mounting kit.
SPECS: 4GB micro SD card, standby mode with noise activation, standard tripod mount, photo snapshot 1280 x 960.

CONTACTS
Meroncourt: 01462 680060
Hama: 0845 230 4262
Micro-P: 01282 776 776
Midwich: 01379 649200
Entatech: 0333 101 1000
Nevada Distribution: 023 92 313095
DirekTek: 01494 471 100
VIP Computers: 0871 622 7500
Westcoast: 0118 912 6000

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