A Camera For All Of Us
|Only the Best Earn the
PET Seal of Approval from
The 15 Minutes Products
Evaluation Team (PET)
OOKING for a digital camera ó even if
youíre a pro and want backup in your pocket ó look no
further. The new Samsung SL420 Digital Camera with 10.2 megapixels and 5X optical zoom is your answer. I highly
First it just looks good. Its LCD Monitor is
2.7 inches so you donít have to squint to compose your
pictures. And itís packed with all kinds of features and
The mode dial is marked for eight modes:
Auto, Auto Smart, Scene, Beauty Shot, Program, Movie Clip,
Dual IS (Image Stabilization), and Photo Help Guide. Each
has its own list of choices. For example, Scene offers such
options as Dawn, Fireworks, Sunset, Night, Dawn, Portrait,
and so on.
The Beauty Shot mode is a retouch tool:
helps you clear facial imperfections, The Photo Help Guide
is quite good, showing you how to use the camera when
focusing is difficult, shooting in low light, or adjusting
to brightness or colors, and more.
There are many features to help you capture
what you want on the SD memory card. The CD manual is packed
with so much information and so many tips that I had to
print out a few pages to refer to the instructions while
shooting. (Okay, Iím a slow learner.) This stylish camera is
Back to Top
Watch Films On The Wall
F you donít have a television screen as big
as your wall, get the Discovery Expedition Wonderwall
Entertainment Projector. In a dark room, place the projector
up to 14 feet from the wall and your home videos, DVD
movies, video games and TV shows will screen on the wall up
to 120 inches wide.
Dedicated couch potatoes will stand the
machine on its end and watch images on the ceiling while
lounging in bed.
Instead of connecting the device to your
television set, use the included audio/video cable to
connect to RCA outputs on the cable box, satellite box, DVD
player or video game system.
The projector a stereo sound panel, focus
lens, and headphone jack. To get you started, the projector
comes with a Discovery Channel Forces of Nature DVD
consisting of an episode from three programs: Man vs Wild,
learning survival from yak herders in Siberia; Dirty Jobs,
recovering sunken vehicles in Minnesota; and a MythBusters
Projector is available at JCPenney, Kohls,
Boscovís and Bealls for about $149.
Back to Top
Green Power On The Go
HERE are products that will charge up your
handheld mobile devices on the go. But i.Tech Dynamic has
put forth a mobile charger that gives you green power.
About the size of a deck of cards, the
SolarCharger 906 is equipped with a monocrystalline solar
panel that can store a charge for up to a year.
This solar powered charger comes with an
assortment of 10 adapter plugs to power up your iPhone,
iPod, BlackBerry and other brands via a USB cable thatís
included in the package.
A flashing red light alerts you when the
unit is solar charging; solid red light indicates charging
through a USB. Use the suction cup to attach it to your
windshield. MSRP $59.99 at retail stores or
i.Tech Dynamic also offers the hands-free
SolarVoice 908, a solar powered Bluetooth headset that
provides unlimited standby time in sunlight. The earbud,
while reducing background noise and distortion to allow for
clear reception, allows air to the ear canal, eliminating
that plugged ear sensation. Keep it in its cradle for
desktop or in-car solar charging. Talk time up to five
hours. MSRP $74.99.
Back to Top
This Headsetís For You
LANTRONICS Voyager Pro is a reliable
Bluetooth headset that you can connect to two phones.
Connect to a Smartphone and a personal phone, of a phone and
a Bluetooth-enabled device such as a laptop for Internet
Two noise canceling mics on a boom captures
your voice nicely. One mic is focused on your speech and the
other keeps out distracting background sounds.
The dual microphones have three layers of
WindSmart technology ó stainless steel mic screens, acoustic
fabrics and an electronic filter block ó assures that your
voice is heard despite the noise around you.
The fast charging battery allows for six
hours of continuous talk time. A voice prompt will alert you
when itís ready to recharge. $99.99 at
Back to Top
Supplies For The Road
HEREíS a Magellanís exclusive:
Menís Port OĎCall Anorak, water resistant and waterproof. The rain hood
tucks into the collar in fair weather. Made of breathable
nylon with mesh lining. When traveling fold the jacket into
its own zippered pocket and use it as a pillow. Eight
pockets will hold your camera, phone, passport, guidebooks
and more. $159.50.
Personal Emergency Alarm is essential for
your safety in areas you fear to tread. When danger lurks,
just squeeze it and an ear piercing 101 decibel shriek will
frighten any would-be assailant and attract bystanders. Clip
it to your belt or keychain and off you go. $12.85.
French Terry Jacket and Pants ensemble
offers two distinct looks. The zippered jacket reverses from
black to jewel-tone stripes. It has two pockets. The black
elastic waist pants have two deep pockets. $129.50.
by Clarks Bostonian is
lightweight and easy to pack. If you wish, you can remove
the shock absorbing insoles and insert your own orthotics or
arch supports. Easy to slip off at airport security.
Available in black or brown. $79.50.
Performance Crew Neck
knit shirt will keep
any woman cool in any weather due to its moisture-wicking
poly/spandex blend. It also comes as a cowl neck and V-neck.
Easy-View Dual LED Watch
is water resistant
in a stainless steel case. At the touch of a button, two red LEDs illuminate the face, making it easy to see the time in
any dimly lit setting, restaurant, plane, wherever. Nylon
band available. $39.85.
Magellanís has an extensive supply of travel
needs. To obtain a catalog call 1-800-962-4943 or order
Back to Top
nergizer XP4000 Power Pack
is a convenient
portable battery to take anywhere you go. It will charge up
any battery in your digital camera or camcorder. You can
also use it to recharge your cell phone, MP3 player, GPS,
Bluetooth and gaming devices. Package contains six cell
phone tips, two USB charging cables, an AC adapter, userís
manual and travel bag. It is available for $79.99 at
is an ultra-portable USB drive
thatís so small Verbatim provides a lanyard to secure it to
your key chain. This plug-and-play device is just an inch
long and half an inch wide and thin as a penny. This small
form factor allows you to take your work from office to home
or on the road. The removable drive features a solid state
design Ė no moving parts Ė meaning it will retain data for
10 years or more. Comes in capacities of 4GB for $29.99 and
8GB for $49.99 at
YooHoo & Friends
is a plush category of
animal from Aurora World that will endear them to children 5
to 12. The new line in that category features four WannaBes
with big eyes and long fluffy tails. Squeeze their tummies
and theyíll laugh out loud. Price for the 8-inch mammal is
$11.99. See more at