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Product 3M CP45 Camcorder Projector
Specifications 2.4in display with 800x600 resolution, 8MP camera, HD 720p recording, HDMI Output, Composit Video/Stereo Audio Input, MiniUSB, microSD slot, 2GB internal storage, 20 lumens, up to 65in projection size, 125x61x24mm, 190g
3M HAS LAUNCHED an all-in-one pocket camcorder and projector for those who want to share things on the move.
The CP45 is a bold attempt to mash two devices into one and, although it is well crafted and performs reasonably well, it tries to do too much.
Sleek and portable
The 3M CP45 looks good and seems to be a mash-up between a Kodak Playsport and Flip Mini. The bright white colour scheme complements the black trim nicely. The touch sensitive buttons are well positioned, and if you squint you might even be fooled into thinking it had come out of a Cupertino company factory.
The device is comfortable to hold too, despite being a little chunky, with dimensions of 125x61x24mm. However, this is more than forgivable considering that a DLP projector and digital camcorder is squeezed inside and, with a weight of 190g, the CP45 can be carried around in a trouser pocket.
We did find the 2.4in display a little too small for our liking when taking photos and video, especially as we normally use smartphones for such tasks, which have screens usually double the size.
On the plus side the CP45 does come with a number of ports that are neatly housed under a flap. These include HDMI output, composite Video/Audio in, miniUSB ports as well as a microSD card slot and headphone jack. On the back there is also a hole to screw in a tripod and an LED torch that provides light in low-lit conditions.
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