TOYBOX: Instant Replay is worthy of many looks

Three words come to mind for the Bushnell Instant Replay - "Bond, James Bond."

Three words come to mind for the Bushnell Instant Replay - "Bond, James Bond."

Who else would carry binoculars that also have a digital camera and digital video built in? Bushnell thinks we will - and the Instant Replay is a good reason to at least consider it. This item is off-the-charts cool. I brought it to a school play and was the envy of other gadget-loving dads when I turned on the video screen to get a better look at the stage. Digital photo quality is minimal at the 800 x 600 setting, but can be raised to 1,600 x 1,200. My daughter and I thought the 30-second video had no sound, but the instructions say there is a sound setting. When I tried to change the on-screen programming, though, I jammed the display by pressing too many buttons. A help key for button-pushing crazies like me would be a good idea. Bushnell shows lots of nature photos in the instructions, but I can imagine it being used for all sorts of things. I do know that it helped my mother, who has macular degeneration, see the stage better at my daughter's play. Thanks for that Bushnell. Any suggestions for gadgets we should try? Send them to
  • John N. Frank writes Toy Box. He is the Chicago-based Midwest bureau chief for PRWeek. Price $599.95 Available at check for retailers Specs Takes photos in 1,600 x 1,200 and 800 x 600 resolutions. Shoots 30-second video clips. Attaches to PC via USB port.

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