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Sanyo's Xacti E1

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AVOID THE DEEP and you HAVE A new CAMCORDER CHOICE

Aspiring Cousteaus can now record all of their undersea adventures on video, provided their adventures don't take them deeper than 1.5m.

Just in time for swim season, Sanyo is releasing the Xacti E1, which it says is the first camcorder that can record underwater without a special housing. For each gigabyte of memory on an SD card, the Xacti can shoot 75 minutes of video in the MPEG-4 format at 640 pixels by 480 pixels. That means an 8GB SDHC card can hold up to 10 hours of video. Memory cards are not included; the camera comes with 18 megabytes of internal memory.

Sanyo expects the Xacti E1 to be available through online retailers by the middle of this month. A list of sellers will be posted at sanyodigital.com.

The camera is rated waterproof at 1.5m for up to an hour, and it comes with a 5X optical zoom. The 227g video camera comes in blue, white or easy-to-find-on-the-pool-bottom yellow.

The Xacti doubles as a 6-megapixel still camera and records audio in stereo — even if all it picks up is "glub, glub."

A TINY 'GREEN' PC THAT DOESN'T NEED THE DESKTOP

The Enano E2 is a tiny, silent PC with a footprint, and a carbon footprint, that makes most standard-size PCs look like SUVs.

Enano says that thanks to their small size and low-power processors, its 17cm-by-22cm computers offer power savings of up to 70 percent when compared with full-size PCs. Enano also promotes the E2's small size as offering improved efficiency over larger, bulkier PCs and cases. An optional mounting bracket allows the E2 to hang from a flat-screen monitor, removing it from the desktop entirely.

The E2 has an Intel Core 2 Duo processor and up to three gigabytes of memory. There are four USB ports, an Ethernet port, an optional TV tuner and a video-out port for connecting the device to a television. In most configurations the computer includes a DVD reader and burner and up to 300 gigabytes of hard drive space.

Prices for the E2 line, available now at RCS Experience and NewEgg.com, range from US$1,825 for the EX7400U with a 2.16-gigahertz processor to US$1,245 for the 1.67-gigahertz EX5500.

What to do with your bulky old PC? Perhaps recycle the innards and make the case into a nice planter.

A 12-MEGAPIXEL CAMERA THAT DOESN'T MIND LOW LIGHT

It's sad but true: sometimes more megapixels in a camera just means more giant, blurry and generally awful pictures. Luckily the 12-megapixel Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX100 has shake reduction and improved autofocus to sharpen things up.

The FX100 uses a 28 mm Leica lens and built-in image stabilization to prevent blurring while on the move and, thanks to improved control over sensitivity, even in low light. It can shoot at up to ISO 6400, an impressive range for a small camera, and has a 3.6x optical zoom that can actually stretch up to 7x using some digital trickery that modifies the size of the image in the camera.

The camera has a 2.5-inch display screen and is less than an 2.5cm thick. Specialized scene modes include "beach," "pet" and "baby" as well as a new "burst" mode that takes quick high-resolution pictures in almost any situation. The FX100 includes 27MB of built-in memory, enough for about 10 12-megapixel stills, and has an SD memory card slot for adding more. It can also record video at near-high-definition quality.

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