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Gear Gift Ideas: Samsung Video Camera
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Samsung Video Camera

Illustration: Best Gear SealWeatherproofed and sports-oriented, the Samsung SC-X105L Sports Camcorder ($600; is smaller and lighter than a deck of cards, cranks out great quality MPEG4 files, and is your ticket to adventure filmmaking. As well, it comes with an external "lipstick cam" that can strap to your bike helmet, snowboard boot, or parachute harness. One piece of advice: The 512MB solid-state memory holds only ten minutes of top-quality footage, so stock up on memory sticks for storage.

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