[HK Fair] Chinese Firm Exhibits 'World's Smallest' Video Camera

Apr 16, 2009
Tomohisa Takei, Nikkei Electronics
The "Mini DV," a compact camcorder exhibited by Shenzhen AEE Wireless Technology
The "Mini DV," a compact camcorder exhibited by Shenzhen AEE Wireless Technology
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It includes a clip for attaching the camera to clothing or a belt.
It includes a clip for attaching the camera to clothing or a belt.
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Shenzhen AEE Wireless Technology Co Ltd of China exhibited what it claims is the world's smallest video camera at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition).

The fair, which is organized by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, is taking place in Hong Kong from April 13 to 16, 2009.

The dimensions of the camera, "Mini DV," are 55 x 20 x 18mm. Its volume and weight are 20cm3 and 50g, respectively.

"Only an ultra-small camcorder like ours can enable people cycling or skiing, pet animals and radio control toys to shoot video," AEE said. "We developed this product to allow people to shoot a wider variety of scenes."

The company reduced the size by focusing on image recording function. The Mini DV is not equipped with a monitor for checking images, and recorded images can be viewed only after they are transferred to a PC.

The camcorder employs a 2-Mpixel CMOS sensor. It shoots 640 x 480-pixel images at 30fps, compresses the images with the JPEG format and stores them in the AVI format by using a microSD memory card of up to 8 Gbytes.

The interface for PC connection is USB 2.0. When the camcorder is connected to a PC, images can be output to a PC in real time. Its Li-ion secondary battery has a capacity of 260mAh, allowing two hours of continuous shooting.

The Mini DV is equipped with a clip for attaching the camera to clothing. And AEE offers a version including a mount that allows users to attach the camera to a helmet, etc, and is intended for shooting while playing sports.