New and featured gadgets of the week: Oct 27

New and featured gadgets of the week: Oct 27

Each week, the Digital Life team gives its take on notable and new tech gadgets. Here are this week's featured items:

VIDEO CAMERA

Sony Action Cam HDR-AS30V
$449

A watertight casing for underwater use makes this Sony video camera a useful accessory for capturing the drama of your wakeboarding stunts from your point of view.

The Action Cam HDR-AS30V has an 11.9-megapixel back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS image sensor and a wide-angle 15.3mm f2.8 lens, giving you a huge 170-degree field of view.

And get this: It weighs a mere 90g.

It can shoot still images as well as full high-definition videos underwater down to a depth of 60m. It has a fast-action and two slow-motion video recording modes - up to 120 frames per second - to record all your watersports exploits.

ACTIVITY TRACKER

LifeTrak Move C300
$99

Looking to curl itself around your wrist is the LifeTrak Move C300. It automatically tracks the distance you travelled, the number of steps taken and calories burned.

It also measures your heart rate. All this data is displayed on its always-on screen. You can also connect and sync the information with your mobile devices via Bluetooth using a Argus iOS app.

Water resistant to a depth of 30m, it can be worn while you jog in the rain or washing your hands. And you will not have to remember to charge it - but you will have to remember to change its CR2032 coin battery every 14 months or so.

ROUTER

D-Link DIR-506L Pocket Cloud Router
$89

Slightly smaller than a Samsung Galaxy Note 2, the D-Link DIR-506L Pocket Cloud Router is a portable and multi-functional device that allows you to share your home's broadband connection wirelessly.

You can also use it as a repeater to extend your existing home network to areas with poor signals.

When you are travelling, you can bring this portable router with you. It connects to a wireless hot spot, say, in the airport, and shares a single network with all your devices.

If you have a 3G/4G USB modem dongle, you can plug it into the DIR-506L and link it to all your mobile devices. It has about four hours of battery life.

DSLR

Nikon D610
Local pricing and availability to be confirmed

The D610 is Nikon's smallest and lightest full-frame DSLR, according to its maker.

Tipping the scales at 760g (body without battery), it packs a 24.3-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor and Nikon's Expeed 3 image processing engine. It has a fast shooting speed of six frames per second and a Quiet Continuous mode of three frames per second for near-silent shooting.

With a fixed 3.2-inch display with 921,000 dots, it uses dual SD card slots for more capacity or simultaneous backup during shooting.

BATTERY PACK

Probox Mini 5,200mAh Power Bank
$69

The Probox Mini Power Bank continues the trend of more power in a smaller pack. It offers 5,200mAh in a 138g package the size of a small computer mouse.

Forgot your charging cable? No problem. It has a built-in micro-USB cable to charge your Kindle and Android devices. It also has a USB port for you to plug in another charging cable.

It is available in eight colours - grey, white, dark blue, pink, light blue, red, brown and purple.

LAPTOP BAG

STM Velo 2
$135, available next month

STM's Velo won the DL Editor's Choice last year. Its successor, the Velo 2, will soon be here.

It has essentially the same design with a dedicated soft lined tablet section, a fully padded laptop compartment and zippered side pockets for items such as water bottles.

But it is several shades better than the original. The fabric is lighter and yet supposed to be more durable. The back panel is also more comfortable and a waist strap has been added.

It is available in small for 13-inch laptops and medium for 15-inch laptops.


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