Creative DiVi CAM 525D Camcorder

Creative Labs announced the DiVi CAM 525D, a versatile solid-state pocket-sized camcorder that shoots MPEG4 video at 640x480/30fps and also brings a 5-megapixel still camera along for the ride. Since it's challenging to hold a palm-sized camcorder still, the 525D has a motion stabilizer to keep things steady, but from what we can see, it's probably a digital stabilization mechanism, and not the preferred optical image stabilization. Another downside that we noticed is that there's no optical zoom, where you'll have to settle for an 8x digital zoom, which we consider not a zoom at all.

On the plus side, there's an MP3 player and voice recorder included, and they all record onto an SD memory card that can be upgraded to 2GB. Perhaps the best thing about this diminutive device is its price, going on sale in Singapore this month for $229. Expect to see it stateside soon thereafter.

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