Philips Launches Rugged ESee Pocket Camcorder

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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