Ultra Compact Camera for your Hands but Not for your Wallet

February 21st, 2011 by Purnima


Fed up of lugging around those bulky DSLRs everywhere you go? Did we just hear you say, ‘Yes’? We couldn’t agree more! Sometimes BIG is just not the way to be. Thanko – the Japanese manufacturer of USB accessories has recently launched an ultra compact, teeny tiny micro camera called the MAME-CAM.

When you look at the camera in real life, it might seem like a scene straight out of Gulliver’s Travels. The only difference is that the camera isn’t targeted at the Lilliputians. It is meant for you. The MAME-CAM looks so small that it is easy to mistake it for a toy or better still a dangler from your key chain. However, it is actually a fully functional micro camera that weighs a mere 11 grams but can click 2MP pictures (1,600 X 1,200 resolution). Hard to believe, isn’t it?

Here is what we could gather on the specifications. The camera measures 30 X 27 X 27mm and can be connected to your computer via your USB port. It also captures video (640 X 480 resolution) in AVI format at 30 frames per second. The audio feature is available only in mono mode. Storage is by way of a microSD card that is capable of holding upto 32GB of data.

The biggest downside is the battery life which is about 36 minutes worth of continuous video shooting time. But if you think about it, it isn’t too bad for such a small grain of a camera. From an overall performance standpoint, it is comparable to any cell phone camera. Not to forget, the main upside of the compactness of MAME is that you can take pictures on the sly without being too obvious.

Although the camera is ultra-compact, the price is quite baller at $95 for something that you can support on your index finger. Currently, the camera retails online at Thanko’s website (Japan only). However, if you’re smitten by the cuteness quotient of the MAME-CAM and cannot wait till they decide to release it in the United States, you might want to check with Thanko’s partner (Geek Stuff 4 U) about shipping options to the US.

If you can read Japanese, you may want to try logging into Thanko’s website for more information.

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