Is it a retro music player? Is it a mobile brick from the 90s? No, it’s Philips’ new CIC471 4BB/27 camcorder (catchy). It’s certainly no Flip Mino, or Creative Vado (which are now both available in HD) for that matter, but it is still a camcorder nonetheless… just not a very good one. Rather than follow the skinnier the better trends currently dominating gadgetry everywhere, Philips opted for something with added chunk value with a bog standard design.
It’ll shoot your basic video, capture your snappy snaps and record voice memos, but with only 1.3 megapixels to boast about it’ll do this about as well as… well, something with a 1.3 megapixel sensor. Still, there’s a 1.5-inch LCD display for your viewing pleasure and an SD card slot for expansion, which aren’t really worth shouting about, but hopefully took your mind of those 1.3 megapixels.
You may be better off using your phone (which probably packs more megapixels) but if it’s a separate video capturing entity you want, this is an option. Sure, it won’t electrify you, but it’s an option. Pricing and availability are unknown at the moment, giving you plenty of time to shop around and find something that will at least generate an iota of excitement. And if Philips knows what’s good for them, they won’t slap a hefty price tag on it either.[via Chip Chick]
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By Lucy Hedges | February 27th, 2009