spsmdm59-p01The folks in Japan sometimes come up with some pretty creative gadgets, usually novel, but creative nonetheless. If you’re in the market for such a novel gadget, Thanko has a miniature camera that you might want to take a look at. This is not the first miniature camera we’ve seen, and by miniature we don’t mean that it is compact, but as you can see in the image above, is definitely more than compact in the sense that it is about the size of a coin! In fact it can even be worn around your neck or attached to your bag like a keychain of sorts.

The device measures 38x33x28mm and weighs a barely noticeable 17g. It is capable of capturing both video and photos in AVI and JPEG format respectively, both of which will be saved to a microSD card. It even features a strobe flash which when darkness is detected, can be fired to help illuminate the subject, although don’t expect too much from such a tiny device. It even comes with a motion sensor that can start recording videos about 2 minutes long by detecting body movement. Not too shabby for such a small device, right? It can be ordered via Thanko’s website (although you might need to brush up on your Japanese) for 5,980 yen.

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