DXG's DXG-589V: it's the first digital camera with games!

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DXG-589V.jpgWe’re used to the idea of phones that do everything, but digital cameras? Surely they’re best sticking to shooting still pics and videos? Not in the view of DXG USA, which has just announced the DXG-589V, a five-megapixel camera that can also play games.

The latter works by flipping the screen around to create a Gameboy shape. The cam has 20 built-in games, including 2D and 3D titles, although seeing as none are mentioned in the press release, I’m guessing they aren’t big brands.

The camera can also shoot MPEG-4 videos at 640×480 resolution and 30 frames-per-second, and can also be plugged into your TV or DVD player to directly record video, which can be saved onto the device’s SD memory card. Oh, and it’s an MP3 player and digital voice recorder too.

Zeitgeist-surfing convergence genius, or a baffling mish-mash of features you’d rather have dedicated devices for? Time will tell. DXG is pitching the device as suitable for kids, so it remains to be seen if the $199.99 price tag will tempt parents who don’t want to invest in a separate digicam and PSP/DS.

DXG website

Stuart Dredge