New Products - Dec. 2001 Page 2

Canon So small it can fit inside a pocket, Canon's 14-ounce Elura 20MC camcorder can record video or still photos on MiniDV tapes. Still pictures can also be captured in flash memory in the MultiMediaCard (MMC) and Secure Digital (SD) formats. You can transfer stills from tape to flash or vice versa. In addition to normal video and VGA-resolution photos, the camera's image sensor can capture stills in a progressive-scan mode at a rate of 30 frames per second. Seven preprogrammed auto-exposure modes let you quickly adapt to ambient light, and 10x optical/40x digital zoom helps you zero in on your subject. There's also an extended recording mode that can store up to 4 hours of video on one 80-minute MiniDV tape. Price: $1,499. www.usa.canon.com, 800-652-2666

Plus Lightweight and compact, the Plus HE-3100 is a video projector that won't break your back . . . or your bank account. The 4 1/2-pound front projector uses a single chip for Digital Light Processing (DLP), a technology developed by Texas Instruments that creates images by reflecting light off a Digital Micromirror Device. Widescreen images with a resolution of 848 x 480 pixels are said to have a contrast ratio of 700:1, and there's a built-in line doubler with 2:3 pulldown to compensate for frame-rate differences between film- and video-based material. The projector can create an 82-inch (diagonal) image at a distance of 8 1/2 feet. Component-, composite-, and S-video inputs provide hookup options. Price: $2,999. www.plus-america.com, 800-289-7587

Revox End the madness of overstuffed CD shelves, fragile jewel boxes, and lost discs - get yourself a digital audio server. Revox's M57 has a capacity of 75 gigabytes (GB), and additional 75-GB hard-disk drives are available. The server rips CDs in its built-in player at up to 4x speed and stores the data in either standard (PCM) format or as MP3 files with varying levels of compression. A built-in modem and Ethernet port give you quick access to Gracenote.com for track titles. Four analog stereo outputs can serve independent zones, and there are two USB ports and an RS-232 port for connecting a computer or PDA. An infrared remote is supplied, wireless keyboard optional. The M57 weighs 44 pounds and measures 18 1/8 x 6 1/2 x 17 1/2 inches. Price: $8,500. www.revox.ch, 866-738-6987


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