I usually try to avoid posting about garbage these types of gadgets (this one is being filed under “Fun & Games”), but I’m making an exception. I have a couple buddies that swear by their Casio Exilim EXZ50 digital camera, which they also claim is a good digital camcorder — I cringe everytime I hear that, I come from the camp that a camcorder is a high-quality 3CCD device. But I know technology is getting better and most people want convenience rather than quality, so for them, here is a very plasticy, inexpensive device that you can use to capture those special moments with, or, at the very least, you can give to your kids/teens to thrash. The DXG-305V, sold over 160,000 units since February and that version was a 3.3 megapixel camera… so people are buying these things. The new DXG-506 uses MPEG-4 video compression technology for the “camcorder” part and offers high-resolution 5.1-megapixel digital still photos. The best part is that is the DXG-506 will be in the $170 range… or you can get the 3.3 megapixel DXG-305 on sale at Amazon for around $99 — good stocking stuffer.

P.S. And no… it won’t work with Final Cut Pro or iMovie.