Category: Camera

New Swann HD PenCam is Ideal for High-Definition Espionage



Swann has announced a pair of digital imaging products that could be straight from Q’s gadget inventory. The Swann HD PenCam and regular old PenCam 4GB are stylish pens with built-in cameras that capture video and stills. The HD PenCam is capable of shooting 720p AVI videos and JPEGs while the PenCam 4GB captures standard-definition videos to its 4GB built-in memory. The HD PenCam can hold up to 16GB MicroSD cards and recharges via USB for a 45-minute lithium-ion battery life. The PenCam 4GB screws open to reveal a USB terminal for fast file transfers and easy charging, and offers a battery life of up to 90 minutes.

You can buy James Bond’s favorite new writing utensils for $99.99 (HD PenCam) and $69.99 (PenCam 4GB) from FRY’s,, and other major retailers soon.

Top 10 Pocket Camera Megazooms

Top 10 Pocket Camera Megazooms

These powerful compact cameras offer more optical-zoom range than the average point-and-shoot. It’s a dead heat between the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS, Nikon Coolpix S9100, and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V at the top of our chart. If you crave simplicity, go for the Nikon; if you need manual controls, opt for the Canon. If you want superb video and fun modes, the Sony should be your pick.

10. Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS

Despite some fun and useful features, the high-zoom PowerShot SD4500 IS has disappointing image quality, poor battery life, and a lack of manual controls.

9. Kodak EasyShare M580

The 8X-optical-zoom M580 serves up great exposure quality and easy controls, at the expense of manual settings. It’s a versatile camera for the price, but it falls short on exciting extras.

8. Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

The long-zoom, GPS-enabled Lumix ZS10 is a nice compact camera for travelers, but it suffers from indifferent image quality and mediocre battery life.

7. Casio Exilim EX-ZR100

The Exilim ZR100 offers super-high-speed shooting and phenomenal battery life, two factors that set it apart from other pocket megazooms in its class.

6. Fujifilm FinePix F550EXR

The 15X-zoom FinePix F550EXR has GPS features and in-camera extras that go beyond the norm, but in image and video quality it lags a bit behind competitors.

5. Casio Exilim EX-H20G

The vacation-friendly EX-H20G has a 10X-optical-zoom lens, great GPS features, and in-camera mapping. It’s a top performer in daylight, but it lacks manual controls and a few key features.

4. Samsung HZ35W

The GPS-enabled HZ35W produces some of the sharpest, highest-quality stills we’ve seen this side of a DSLR, but its confusing menu system and poor video quality knock it down a peg.

3. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V

The 16X-optical-zoom Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V is loaded with fun extras, including 3D shooting, excellent video quality, in-camera GPS, and groundbreaking scene modes.

2. Nikon Coolpix S9100

The Nikon Coolpix S9100 is the rare beast that will please both novices and experienced shooters, even with its lack of manual controls. Thanks to its great image quality and creative controls, practically anyone will find this camera a pleasure to use.

1. Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

Building on an already-excellent camera, the 14X-optical-zoom PowerShot SX230 HS adds a new sensor, 1080p video capture, high-speed shooting, and in-camera GPS to the mix.