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Philips Launches Rugged ESee Pocket Camcorder

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Philips has announced its entry into the pocket camcorder market with the Philips ESee camcorder, a waterproof, shockproof and dustproof device with an 8 megapixel sensor.

The Philips ESee camcorder will come in various “vibrant colours” including tangerine orange, aqua blue and cherry red and measures 109 x 55 x 20mm which should make it nice and pocket-friendly. 

Waterproof to 3m and shockproof to 1.5m, the Philips ESee camcorder is certainly designed for the outdoors, just like its main competitor, the Kodak Zx5 PlaySport – which is among the runners for this year’s TrustedReviews Awards.

The Philips ESee camcorders will feature an 8 megapixel sensor and 0ffers full HD 1080p video capture at 30fps or 720p video at 60 fps. It will aslo capturee videos in "email friendly file formats" so users can share videos online.

It has very little internal memory, just 128MB, most of which will be taken up with the bundled software which aims to make it easier to share your videos on the net. It will only take microSD cards, limiting your recording capacity to 32GB. However, thanks to an advanced compression technique letting you save HD videos as smaller files, this should still give you 8 hours of Full HD video.

On the rear is a 2in LCD display with a 480 x 234 pixel resolution and the Philips ESee also includes an HDMI-out port to let you watch your recordings on a TV or laptop. Charging is via mini-USB and a three hour charge will give you two hours shooting time.

The camcorder features 5x digital zoom, and has a bright f2.8 aperture lens with a 3x LED flash and auto-focus. It also features face-tracking and smile detection.

The Philips ESee is on sale now for around £149.99 which also gets you a wrist strap and soft protective case.

Is the Philips ESee a challenger to the Kodak Zx5 PlaySport or the Sony Bloggie now that Flip has left the party? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: Philips

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