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In this era of powered appliances and gadgets, it seems like everything needs to be charged. Phones, cameras, camcorders, notebook computers, portable players, GPS receivers, flashlights—you name it, and it needs to be charged. Charging these gadgets is not much of a problem when you can plug in, but what do you do when you’re off the grid?
Every year I go on one or two camping trips with my kids, and the list of gadgets that need to be charged before we leave has grown, along with my kids. Cell phones, cameras, iPods and an iPod dock come to mind. Bringing even more items with us that need to be charged isn’t very appealing or convenient. Sure, I’ve got equipment that lets me charge just about anything from my car, but unless the car is running, I don’t feel comfortable with the idea of draining the battery to charge all these gizmos just to need a jump start later. But the Magic Charger SC-720HD Solarcam Camcorder would be no trouble at all.
The SC-720HD is a pretty decent-quality camcorder. Its 1/2.5" CMOS sensor allows it to shoot 1080 x 720p high-definition video and 12-megapixel still images. It has an insignificant 32MB of internal memory, but an SD/SDHC slot allows memory cards up to 32GB to be used instead. The camcorder has a 7.45mm f/2.8 fixed-focus lens and 8x digital zoom. A 3-inch LCD is used to compose and review captured footage, while an HDMI port enables HD viewing on a big-screen TV. A built-in microphone captures audio, and a built-in speaker lets you hear it. A USB 2.0 output lets you transfer clips to a computer.
That’s all pretty straightforward, but here’s where it gets interesting. The SC-720HD features two solar panels that fold out to catch as much sunlight as possible. Under ideal conditions, the camera’s 1500 mAh lithium-ion battery will fully charge in five hours. If you’re going to be outdoors, you may as well make the most of it, and this camcorder can help you make your “green” contribution to the world, however small a contribution it may be. If you need faster charging, the included AC charger will do it in two hours.
The Magic Charger SC-720HD Solarcam Camcorder measures 4.41 x 1.52 x 2.48 inches, and weighs 0.53 pounds. Although it costs more elsewhere, B&H sells this unique camcorder for only $164.00. Now I wonder how many solar charges it would take for the camera to pay for itself?