Is Eight Enough?

It seems so long ago now that 5-megapixel digital cameras were all the rage. Now, eight might not be enough. Nikon’s Coolpix 8700 is an 8-megapixel digital camera that features an 8x optical zoom lens and 4x digital zoom, and produces images at resolutions up to 3,264 x 2,448 pixels. ($999.95; www.nikonusa.com)

Mini Me
Though some may balk at the $249 price tag, the iPod mini has managed to pack in the performance that you’ve come to expect from its larger sibling into a much smaller form. Available in five colors, the device runs on the Mac and Windows platforms and weighs just 3.6 ounces — small enough to fit inside a pocket or a small bag, yet big enough (in storage capacity, 4GB) to let you listen to music for hours. (
www.apple.com/ipodmini)

Tough Customer
For PC users who are more comfortable off — roading to the Information Superhighway, there’s the HP Rugged Tablet PC tr3000. The device is made of die-cast magnesium, exceeding military standards for ruggedness. It’s rainwater resistant, wireless, and can withstand even the roughest handling. (starting at $3,449; www.hp.com)

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