Tokyo Edge: March's coolest gadgets

We're already a quarter of the way into 2009 and the gadgets are coming thick and fast despite the recession that is gripping many countries. This month it was time for new digital cameras with the PMA show in the US and a couple of follow-ups from Panasonic and Sony in their CES announcements from back in January. Mobile World Congress in Spain also proved a springboard for some new cell phones, among which were a couple of interesting prototypes from Samsung and LG. Both phones, which are detailed below, made use of solar panels to charge the battery. Green gadgets are definitely going to be a theme this year so watch out for similar prototypes and products as 2009 rolls on.

JVC Everio GZ-X900: This is the latest addition to JVC's range of compact, flash memory-based camcorders. Equipped with a 9 megapixel image sensor it shoots video in the AVCHD format at high-def 1080i quality. That translates to 2 hours and 40 minutes of video on a 32GB SD memory card when using the highest quality recording mode. Recording time can be extended to almost 15 hours using EP mode but the recording rate is about a fifth that of the top quality mode. This new model is pocket size, at 37mm by 66mm by 124mm, and weighs just 298 grams. It includes a slow-motion shooting mode that records 2.4 seconds of video over 24 seconds and can fire six full resolution still images per second. Pricing and launch date have not yet been announced.

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