Minox mints mini 24K gold-plated camera

This tiny $299 camera is bold in gold, but probably tough to hold.

Rumor has it that secret agents get this camera as a retirement gift. Minox

Collectors of exotic gadgets might want to take a peep at the Minox miniature digital camera, freshly available in a swank 24K gold-plated tone.

The tiny camera literally fits in the palm of your hand with dimensions of 2.9 inches by 1.8 inches by 1.7 inches and a paltry weight of 4 ounces. While the German manufacturer calls it a "thoroughly modern digital camera," however, the specs reek of yesteryear.

This small shooter packs a 5.1-megapixel CMOS sensor with a 2-inch color LCD. It comes with a detachable optical viewfinder, and there's an option out there for a wide-angle lens. Speaking of optics, the lens is a 9.0mm (42mm in 35mm format), and the hardware offers a 4x digital zoom.

Video capture is weak, as there's only a sole option of capturing 320x240 AVI clips (up to 60 seconds). Thankfully, the mini-shooter has a generic mini-USB port and a replaceable lithium ion battery.

Though I initially found the product through Japanese site Camera Watch, the Minox 24K gold-plated special-edition DCC 5.1 digital camera is available through Adorama for $299.

 

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