Apple iPod Nano 5G
Review Apple rarely - if ever - praises the products of rival companies, but the recent launch of the new iPod range included an unexpected tribute to the merits of the compact and easy-to-use Flip camcorder.
“That’s a market we want to get into,” said Apple CEO Steve Jobs before confirming that Apple has added a video camera to the new fifth-generation iPod Nano.
Apple's iPod Nano 5G: now with Flip-style video recording
It's a canny move that allows Apple to tap into a fast-growing market while at the same time shoring up an existing product line. The MP3 player market has had its heyday, so it makes sense to maintain demand for the iPod line by transition members into phones, handheld games consoles and, here, camcorders.
How long before iPod ads contain a sentence of small-print at the bottom that says, "also plays music", we wonder?
It’s a pretty modest video camera, it must be said, but it should appeal to teenagers and grown-ups who just want a quick and easy way to shoot video clips and stick them up on YouTube or email to friends and family.
Also plays music, we're told
The camera is purely for video – it doesn’t take stills because, according to Apple, the additional sensors required to shoot photos would have increased the thickness of the Nano beyond its current super-slim 6mm profile. The resolution is also pretty modest: just 640 x 480, recorded in H.264 format, and in the old-fashioned 4:3 aspect ratio too.
Funniest thing I've read all day! Nice one!
So long as you set your audiobooks as audiobooks in iTunes, the iPod will keep your place, even if you go and listen to something else in the meantime. At least it does on my old 3rd Gen iPod Nano, so I'd expect it to on the latest.
@ Andy Poulton
Looking at the video example in the review, the Nano quality seems a stepl below the standard Mino. I've owned that, and now have the Mino HD. Brilliant pieces of kit, especially the HD.
Plug the Mino into a PS3 and the playback quality is frankly amazing for such a miniscule piece of kit.
If Flip (now owned by Cisco) built a credible MP3 player into the Mino HD, it would be a very serious contender.
@J 3 - Nike+ Thing
I'm not sure if the pedometer thing is the Nike+ bit being incorporated as per the Touch, but you don't have to have Nike shoes anyway, i use this little gadget which velcros the Nike transmitter to the laces of your shoes and off you go - works perfectly.
The report mentions "poor" PC owners having to go to a 3rd party ap to edit video. I'm not too hot on video codecs but what about Windows Movie Maker? Free with XP and Vista (not sure about Win 7 - but then is anybody?)
It's free and it's adequate. Yes, you probably won't want to make a blockbuster using it but it'll trim, enable transitions, allow the input of stills (think PowerPoint Slides for example) and manage audio overdubs. Probably everything the man (and woman) in the street needs.
Been thinking about a Flip Mino but may reconsider based on the fact that I'd then only need to carry 1 gizmo with me rather than 2