What is it?
A compact and very pretty digital video camera.
What does it do?
Classy satin chrome finish apart, the coolest thing about this camera is its new MPEG-4 file compression protocol, which squeezes more video footage into less memory than ever before. This makes ViewCam files not only easier to store and manipulate on a PC, but also better suited to e-mailing and putting on web sites. Now you can send video over the net without crashing the e-mail server. Instead of video tape, the ViewCam uses plug-in memory cards (up to 32Mb each), and comes with its own editing software. But the batteries only last an hour, so have spares ready.
What's the competition?
Most of the big names in consumer electronics (Sony, Canon et al) produce a range of small digital camcorders. But MPEG-4 makes the ViewCam the techie's choice.
When can I get it?
It's available immediately for about pounds 550.