The fifth generation of Apple’s iPod Nano debuted to the world yesterday and it brings a whole new way to use the erstwhile media player. Positioning itself as a potential competitor in the fast-growing mini-camcorder market, it fits in a functional video camera and mic, along with the usual media playback capabilities.
If you needed one more reason to get an iPod, the new talent should offer a compelling argument. Add to it the fact that it’s a sexy device (rounder corners and polished anodized aluminum finish), is extremely compact (3.6 x 1.5 x 0.24) and retains all of the features from its previous iteration. Even better, all the new trimmings come with no increase in price.
Set to make it difficult to justify carrying a Flip camcorder around, the iPod Nano 5G can record 640 x 480 videos with sound, using the camera and mic combo situated along the bottom left of the handheld’s rear panel. Details of the updated device include a 2.2-inch TFT display (376 x 240 pixels), a slightly longer battery life (now handles up to five hours of video, compared to the 4G’s four) and two options in storage (8GB and 16GB). Other new features include a voice recorder, an onboard pedometer (works with Nike+) and an FM tuner.
Of course, given that it’s not a dedicated pocket camcorder, camera and mic placement seems a little awkward. Since I doubt it fits in any decent stabilization mechanism, it’s very likely that it can only manage shoddy videos, too. I’m sure we’ll hear how ably it performs soon enough.