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For more than 70 years, the name Minox has been synonymous with spy cameras. Easily concealed in the palm of your hand - or practically anywhere else - Minox cameras have been one of the few true spy gadgets that anyone could own. And now, thanks to the new digital DSC, you can own one that's thoroughly up-to-date.
Officially introduced at last month's Photokina show, the DSC continues Minox's tiny pedigree - it's just 3.5" x 1.25" x .75". But Minox has coupled a 5 MP sensor with a 42 mm lens on the DSC, so your photos should enlarge with no problem. And if Minox's other cameras are any indication, the optical viewfinder should be plenty bright - though small.
Though the DSC only offers 128 MB of internal storage, it does feature a microSD slot, so you can expand the memory. A matched flash unit - complete with 1.5" LCD screen - is also available.
The DSC carries a suggested retail of 199 euros - about $265 US - so it's no impulse buy. But for would-be spies and lovers of sub-miniature cameras, the Digital Spy Camera is worth a look.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|