3M's CP45 pocket camcorder comes to the UK
Posted on 31 Oct 2011 at 10:28, by Gareth Halfacree
Imaging specialist 3M has announced the UK availability of its clever CP45 pocket camcorder.
While the base specifications of the CP45 - which includes a five megapixel image sensor capable of recording 720p HD video or high-resolution stills, a 2.4in LCD display on the rear of the camera for framing and review, and 2GB of internal memory expandable via microSD cards - is nothing to get excited about, the top of the camera hides a clever extra: a built-in pico-projector.
The small lens on the top of the camcorder allows for an 800x600 projection of up to 65in diagonally, with no PC or additional objects required. Once in projector mode, the camera - controlled via playback buttons under the screen - is capable of projecting both video and still images.
While the brightness of the pico-projector - a somewhat disappointing 20 lumens - isn't great, it's a handy feature to have for instant review of shot footage in a larger group.
The CP45 is available now, priced at £300.
3M CP45 Camcorder Projector
This is definitely the brightest pico projector around at the moment with a built in camcorder. I wouldnt say 20 lumens is disappointing as 3m tend to really underestimate the brightness of their products so its more the equivalent of 30-40 lumens which when I tested it was more than bright enough to be seen in a pub in fairly bright sunlight conditions which we were amazed at. We managed to get a 30" screen no problem on the pub wall even in the bright light and in a dark area we got a huge screen. Whichever way you look at it its at least 10 times bigger screen than the 3" screen you get on a camcorder. This is the first useful projector camcorder on the market for sure. Cheapest place to buy is Personal Projector Store (http://www.personalprojector.co.uk/index.php/pico
-projectors/cp45b.html) or you can pay full price on Amazon.
By camcorderman on 1 Nov 2011
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