Cool Stuff: Pictures and Movies

Perhaps it's a sign of a revitalized economy. There are gadgets and gizmos aplenty for geeks of all ages on your gift list.

Exilim EX-Z4U

Manufacturer: Casio Inc., Dover, N.J.

Price: Under $400

Casio's Exilim EX-Z4U is one of the smallest digital cameras on the market, but it's loaded with features. The size of a credit card and under 1 in. thick, with 4-megapixel resolution, this camera fits into a docking station so that, sensibly, the LED viewscreen, not the lens, faces you. The EX-Z4U has a 3X zoom lens and sells for under $400, with dock. Best of all, there's just a 0.1-sec. lag time after you press the shutter until it takes the picture—far faster than most digital cameras.

DVD Movie Writer DC3000

Manufacturer: Hewlett-Packard

Price: $399


When it's time to edit your vacation movies and put them on DVD, you might want to use Hewlett-Packard's new DVD Movie Writer DC3000. This external DVD writer has a built-in analog capture card that lets you easily transfer home videos directly from tape to a digital format. The unit comes with a full suite of software to enable video editing along with photo, music and data applications, and it lets you write and read CD-R, CD-RW and DVD+R/+RW discs.

Photosmart 945

Manufacturer: Hewlett-Packard Co.

Price: $550

The Photosmart 945 is HP's biggest and best digital camera to date, offering 5.3-megapixel resolution with an 8X optical zoom lens. The optional camera dock allows easy sharing of photos to computer or printers and recharges the batteries.

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