It didn't take long for camera phones to grow up. Only a few years ago, the best ones took pictures with 1 megapixel of resolution. Now Nokia is coming out with the N82, a phone that takes 5-megapixel photos, higher quality than some point-and-shoot cameras. The N82, weighing about 4 ounces, is a successor to the N80 and includes a flash and Carl Zeiss optics. It comes with 2 gigabytes of storage space for photos and can display pictures and video on a television using an optional TV-out dock. It will be available early next year at nseries.com. Shutterbugs can send their photos to the expandable internal memory or straight to almost any photo-sharing site over cellular or Wi-Fi networks. It also plays back MP3 music files and most video files and even has a built-in FM tuner. The N82 also has a position sensor -- it will flip the screen when you want to show pictures in landscape mode -- and supports e-mail and even voice-over-Internet calls.
Many digital video cameras fit comfortably in the palm of your hand. But sometimes you need your hands for other things, like steering a bike. The VholdR camcorder from Twenty20 lets you skip the hand-holding by clipping it onto handlebars, helmets or goggles to record action video as you see it. The VholdR, which weighs 4.8 ounces, records TV-quality video to a MicroSD card. It can record about two hours on a battery charge and comes with a USB cable and desktop software to watch, tag and share your videos on the Web. The camcorder is encased in a brushed aluminum body with a grooved base designed to fit a camera mount. It is available for pre-order at vholdr.com. Although a note on the site says the next batch of cameras will not ship until after the holidays, you should be able to get it in time to record a few runs on your midwinter ski trip.
NEW YORK TIMES