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New toys!

I got two new toys this week - a CD player and a camera. Not too exciting, eh?

Well, the CD player is to replace the CD/MP3 player I've been using at work. That one, the original RioVolt from 2000, is still working, but it has poor battery life compared to newer machines, and no radio. I like having the radio as an option. So, I've been looking for a replacement for a while. I even bought a rebadged iRiver Slimx from Sharper Image's clearance rack a while ago - it was inop on arrival. So, a new Sony Psyc CD/MP3 player is now on my desk at work. Unlike most CD/MP3 players on the market (like the ones two of my coworkers have), this one actually has an alphanumeric display. Go figure - you have 100 songs on a disk, it's nice to know what the song is other than "track 75." Oh, and 22-40 hour battery life with one AA battery - sweet.

My other new toy, the camera, is a bigger step. My first digital camera was the Canon Powershot S10, which was the smallest 2 megapixel camera on the market at the time, with the best optical zoom. After four years, it finally gave up the ghost. I tried to take a still shot with the camcorder recently - ick. So, when Buy.com pinged me with a "for sale" sign linked to the new Powershot A610, I took a look. Half the price of that S10, uses standard batteries instead of the $35 ones the S10 used, over twice the resolution, swing-out LCD, double the zoom... Well, suffice to say, it's sitting on my desk and it's pretty sweet. It is slightly larger than the S10, even using SD instead of CompactFlash for memory, because it uses four AA batteries - this does lead to it working for 400 or more photos instead of the 150 I'd get from the S10, so I'll accept the tradeoff. Still fits easily in a jacket pocket, so it meets my criteria of "the best camera to use is the one you're willing to cart around."

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