TOY BOX: Shutterbugs can zoom in on the B350

MAGPiX's B350 looks like any ordinary set of durable binoculars, but hidden inside is a high-powered digital camera. It stores 52 hi-res or 209 low-res digital images, which can be downloaded through a USB connection, and edited via the included software, Ulead Photo Express 4.0.

MAGPiX's B350 looks like any ordinary set of durable binoculars, but hidden inside is a high-powered digital camera. It stores 52 hi-res or 209 low-res digital images, which can be downloaded through a USB connection, and edited via the included software, Ulead Photo Express 4.0.

The camera is so seamlessly incorporated and well hidden - the power and shutter buttons, as well as the USB connection port, are barely recognizable - you'd never know it operates separately from the binoculars. This is useful because even if you don't have time to fully focus the view through the binoculars, pictures still come out clear because the camera focuses automatically. While this function allows for unpredictable photo ops, I found the B350 to be especially susceptible to movement, meaning that photos come out blurry unless the camera is held perfectly still. Once you get used to snapping shots from this angle, however, it's easy to hold it in place. The verdict: If you think spy gear is cool, trade in your old binoculars for a pair of these. Any questions? Write us at toybox@prweek.com
  • Sara Calabro writes Toy Box. She is a New York-based staff reporter for PRWeek ----- Price $125 Available at iwantoneofthose.com Specs MAGPiX's B350 is 10 x 4 x 12cm, with 8MB of internal memory. It is compatible with Windows 98, Me, 2000, and XP, and requires two AAA batteries. The built-in digital camera has a maximum shutter speed of 1/8000 of a second and a self-timer.

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