Sony ICD-CX50 Digital Voice Recorder

Sony ICD-CX50 Digital Voice Recorder

This clever gadget could be useful for just about anybody — from an executive to a student. Sony's ICD-CX50 ($310) combines a 256MB flash memory digital voice recorder with a 1.2-megapixel camera so you can capture sound and images together. It features a 1.2 inch color LCD, a rechargeable battery, 4x digital zoom, USB 2.0 connectivity, and a built-in playback speaker. Unfortunately, Star Trek jokes seem to come with the device too.

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