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CES crowds flock to cameras, monitors

Shutter bugs focus on Sanyo's new high-definition video camera, while BenQ monitors and projectors attract interest from gamers.

    Attendees at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Saturday wanted to pocket the new Sanyo handheld high-definition video camera while gamers spent hours trying out new BenQ monitors.

    Space was scarce around Sanyo's digital camera booth where the company was showing off its new Xacti HD1 digital media camera that fits in a pocket and shoots both still photos and video simultaneously.

    The camera shoots high-definition video and takes 5.1-megapixel photos and has a 10x optical zoom lens and a light-emitting diode (LED) display that flips out from the side of the camera. An optional 1 gigabyte SD memory card allows for 20 minutes of high-definition video and audio.

    "I want to buy it--today," said one man inspecting the camera.

    "It's cool," said another man looking at the camera. "The closest I could find in high definition is $2,000 (from other companies). Having this kind of image quality would be fabulous at $800."

    Meanwhile, Taiwanese company BenQ announced the availability of its FP93GX monitor, which it calls the world's fastest 19-inch LCD monitor with a 2-millisecond gray-to-gray response time.

    The company's proprietary Advanced Motion Accelerator technology enables a performance on the monitor that is similar to that of the CRT monitor, offering sharper images with no lagging or image blurring when watching videos or playing PC games, BenQ said.

    BenQ also said it was releasing what it calls the world's smallest and lightest projector. The new CP120 micro-portable digital projector weighs only 2.9 pounds and offers wireless connectivity compatible with the three most common 802.11 wireless standards, 802.11a, b and g.

    The company also announced a new FP93V 19-inch monitor designed around the Macintosh Mini and two new high-definition TV lines in its VL series. The company also displayed a concept LED-based pocket projector dubbed "P1."