New and Nifty Technology - September 2009
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Always Gets the Smile
Nikon Coolpix S220 gets the cheese every time; in Smile Mode, the camera detects a smile and automatically takes a picture. There is a Scene Auto Selector that adjusts the camera's settings to perfect the background, and an auto-fix for accidental red-eye. In six cool colors, including plum and aqua, the slender camera is only $149.95 at Best Buy.
High Def Without Heft
Panasonic has a new half-pound high definition camcorder, the HDC-SD10, with an easy-to-use touch screen, and a Pre-Rec feature that continuously records three seconds; if you are a little late hitting the Rec button, you still get the previous moment. There is also one-touch copying onto a DVD, so you can easily share, and save, videos. $549.95 at amazon.com.