Camera

You spin me right round baby…360 degrees!

The brand new Lomography 360 Spinner is a retro camera that literally spins 360 degrees, resulting in a complete panoramic shot of your surroundings. It is a charmingly low tech, analogue camera, making it simple to use and easy to understand and it uses…wait..for..it… 35 mm film *WTF* I haven’t seen a snappy snaps film for a long time! Just load the film into the camera, hold it at your chosen angle, pull the ring pull and release. The head of the camera will spin 360 degrees and that’s it, photo taken, job is a good’un.

On a 36-exposure film your Lomography camera will take up to eight 360o panoramic shots. Developing couldn’t be easier; as when a film is processed the whole film is developed in one straight line, so just pop ask your photo guy to give you the film back to you uncut – then you can cut the film wherever you want and leaving you with eight funky snaps. How cool!

The Lomography 360o Spinner is available now from www.firebox.com priced £99.99.

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Gadget of the Week: Aiptek 3D Camera

Whether you’re loving 3D or still hooked on 2D the new Aiptek 3D camera is a great way to get into to 3D filming as it’s affordable and easy peasy to use. It’s a funky looking, compact 5megapixel camera and even better It uses two separate lenses and image sensors to record sensational videos in 3D.

You can playback your recording immediately on the device, upload it straight to YouTube 3D using the embedded USB connector and 3D glasses (included), or watch it on your fancy-pants 3D TV, through the supplied HDMI cable. The Aiptek battery will last for up to 1.5 hours and has an expandable memory suited for 32GB SD cards.

If 3D isn’t really your cup of tea then the Aiptek camera will also record in high definition 2D and take stills too. This camera really is more than just a camcorder, 3d is pretty much the future of technology. Woohoo!

The Aiptek 3D Camera is available now from www.Firebox.com priced £199.99

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Switched on Gifts for Tricky Teens

Teens can sometimes be tricky to buy for as you’re never quite sure what’s hot and what’s not. Check out John Lewis’ guide to getting some great pressies for your dahhhling teenagers.

Polaroid 300 Camera in Black – £79.95

This is a great gift especially if your kids are already playing Assasin a la Gossip Girl stylee. It has an automatic flash, four scene settings and just makes a nice change to get an instant classic photo – for once.  Perfect for parties and out and about too as it’s a whole lot less cumbersome than the old skool one!

Sony MHS-PM5K Bloggie HD Mobile Camcorder – £169

This pocket camcorder is super easy to use and shoots in HD and is SO simple to upload to YouTube with its built in USB arm.  The high quality lens can swivel over a 270 degree range for easy shooting from any angle including self-portraits. I’ve reviewed this on BBC2 Something for the Weekend and it’s fab!

 

XBOX 360 with Built in Wi-Fi and Kinect – £TBC

This new XBOX 360 will be at the top of any game loving teenagers wish list. With a sleek new design , 250 GB hard drive and built in Wi-Fi it delivers the ultimate gaming and entertainment experience. With built in Kinect, users will be able to play games without the need for a controller thanks to sensors and specially designed games.

Paul Frank Earbuds Ink’d Pink – £19.95

These fun looking quirky in ear headphones are great value for money and deliver great sound too.

Paul Frank Zoom Julius iPhone Case – £ 24.95

This funky Paul Frank case is made from durable rubber to keep your shiny iPhone looking lovely and new.

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Eco Chic: green festival gadgets for Glasto

Check out these green gadgets for a fun and eco-friendly festival season.

CASIO Exilim EX-G1 black £189.95

 
Keep a record of all your festival adventures with the rugged and compact Exilim EX-G1. This 12.1-megapixel camera can withstand drops of up to 2.13 metres and is waterproof to depths of 3 metres.

Ploo Portable Toilet £18.00

When there are no facilities nearby or the queue to the loo is unbearably long, you’ll be glad you brought your Ploo. The Ploo is made from recyclable cardboard, uses degradable bags and can be reused. It is a festival must which can be conveniently packed as it pops up from a flat pack.

 LOGICOM FX250 Walkie Talkies £24.52

Worried about losing your friends in the masses? This two-way radio has a 5 km range ensuring that you can stay in touch with your friends in the festival area without the hassle of a problematic network or the added costs. Features include Voice Operated Transmission (VOX), Built-in Channel Scan, Audible Call Alert, Keypad Lock and LCD display. Requires 4 x AAA battery.

DRAPER 3 LED Waterproof Wind Up Torch £14.48

 This waterproof torch will be your greatest friend through heavy rainfall during festival season. Be prepared! One minute of winding gives up to 40 minutes of bright light.

All gadgets available online from www.pixmania.com

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girl geek chicklets: Vtech Kidizoom Plus digital camera

Get your kids snapping with their very own camera the Kidizoom Plus 2. It’s a 2 mega pixel camera with 2 x zoom. It also take video clips, plays 5 different games and allows you to edit and enhance your photos with fun effects, stamps and borders. It also comes in blue for boys!

Simply connect to a TV to view your photos and video clips on a larger screen. It also features dual viewfinders, colour screen, built-in flash, SD card slot and changeable face plates for personalisation. The instant dial selector makes selecting functions easier and quicker.

It comes with its own carry strap, CD-Rom and cables to link to PC and TV and you can buy a matching camera bag to carry it around.

Price around £50 and suitable from 3 years

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