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MBN Editors' Picks - The Tech Holiday Buying and Gift Guide
written by William Oldecam Hoehne and Joyce Notaspringchick Chow
MBN Editors' Picks have been individually selected for their uniqueness and stand out in their industry. MBN Editors' Picks - The Tech Holiday Buying and Gift Guide are comprised of items you'll want to buy yourself or you would love to receive as a gift. Selection is not influenced by advertising, nor corporate alliances, but based on the merit of each product itself.
Panasonic 3D Camcorder HDC-SDT750
The World's 1st 3D Shooting Camcorder that's for the prosumer. More pro, than consumer, it's full HD1080/60p with an advanced 3MOS sensor. The 3D lens is removable allowing access for standard recording. A Leica Deicomar lens, touch screen operation and 3D Playback on 3D compatible Tvs/ AVCHD compatible player/recorders. This 3D camcorder stands alone in its class.
$1399 at www.panasonic.com
Sony Bloggie Touch MHS-TS20/S
Sexy, slim and easy to fall in love with, the newest in Sony's Bloggie line. High tech with a slim profile, 2 or 4 hours of full HD 1080p video, 12.8 megapixel pics, make it the highest tech specs amongst its competitors. Add to that Sony low light excellence, multiple color options, ease in social networking sites, surviving drops on cement floors and the lure of possible future accessories coming from Sony. My Bloggie is the companion to my cell phone. Multiple colors, 2 storage capacities.
$179.99 for the 4 hour MHS-TS20/S Bloggie Touch Camera at
Samsung CL80 Wi-Fi Camera
Point and shoot that will upload to social networking sites with a built in Wi-Fi to share instantly. The ease of a cell phone with the shots of a point and shoot. 14.2 megapixel pictures, 7x optical zoom and 720p hd video.
$349.99 at www.Samsung.com
Sony NEX-5 Compact Digital SLR
The first time we saw this camera, we thought it was convenient. After discovering that you could interchange the lenses with the Sony Interchangeable Lens Handycam, it became indispensable. Easy to slip into your bag, you can achieve digital slr quality photos with a much smaller weight and footprint and without looking like a pro. The more we played with the Sony NEX5, the more we fell in love with it. You will too. Full hd 1080p video, Sony low light excellence, panorama.
$799.98 for a camera bundle with a 18-55mm and a 16mm lens at www.sonystyle.com
XShot 2.0 Camera Extender
Expand your possibilities to include yourself or be able to extend your reach for photo and video. Works well as a monopod too for small tech. It's compact size make it easy to take with you anywhere. An all time favorite accessory.
$29.95 at www.xshotpix.com
Sony In-Dash AV Receiver with Navigation
Ever wish you could have factory installed navigation or factory installed navigation without the price? The Sony In-Dash AV Navigation with Tom Tom GPS may just be your answer. IQ Routes showing possible driving routes based on actual traffic speeds and timing on routes influenced by the traffic and time of day. Advanced Lane Guidance, 3D images, bright screen image, integrated Bluetooth technology, iPod and USB connectivity, Advanced Sound Engine with Listener Poston calibration and over 6 million points of interest.
$999.95 for the 6.1" and $1299.95 for the 7" touch screen at www.sonystyle.com
Looxcie Bluetooth Wearable Camcorder
Bluetooth wearable camcorder to capture life as it happened in 30 second bites. Participate in the action while recording the action. Upload to social noteworking sites and even answer calls while recording vdeo. Named one of TIME's Best 50 Inventions of the Year. Need we say more.
$199 at www.Looxcie.com
Sennheiser/adidas CX680 Sports Ear Canal Phones
Live life, play hard and don't worry about your earphones. Sennheiser and Adidas combined to create a must for sports enthusiasts - water-resistant and sweat-resistant earphones securely fitting so you can listen to your tunes. Even the colors, black and neon yellow, make you look athletic.
$89.95 street price, www.sennheiser.com
Apple iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G
Obsessed and indispensable, a game changer for the tech industry. Bright 9.7" high res LED backlit IPS display screen, thousands of apps, ereader, easy web access, and a long 10 hour battery life in a slim profile. It has been in a class all it's own for nearly 6 months with promises of 80-90 competitive tablets within the next few months. Ask anyone that has one, and they can't live without it. Likely one of the single most popular or holiday tech gift lists.
Beginning at $629.00 for 16 GB for iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G at www.apple.com
Isotoner SmarTouch Gloves
How do you use touchscreen devices when you're wearing gloves? Previously, you would remove the gloves, but now you can keep them on with Isotoner SmarTouch gloves. A way to stay connected while your hands are warm, or just make those touchscreen devices easier to navigate.
$20.00 street price, www.totes-isotoner.com
Magellan eXplorist GC
Treasure hunting goes high tech with geocaching in a handheld GPS with a compass and map with a bright sunlight readable color screen. Add membership, friends and downloadable geocaches and you have pure fun for your adventurous heart.
$199.99 at www.magellangps.com
iSafe School Backpack
Mobile personal security for your kids or yourself with an ear screeching World's Loudest Personal Alarm System embedded . Padded shoulder, plenty of compartments, ripstop nylon, multiple colors and reflectors. The moment we saw this, we knew it had to be on this list. Laptop and messenger bags are also available.
$69.99 at www.isafebags.com