Sony DCR-DVD7 DVD Handycam CamcorderI stumbled across this when browsing through camcorder listings and it really arrested me. The reason it’s shaped so funny is because it records directly to DVD. I can’t decide if it’s ugly or cool. It certainly breaks the conventions of what we think a camera looks like. If you plugged some headphones into it, I bet you could fool 99% of the population into thinking it’s a CD player. Of course, they would stop being fooled when they see you holding it up and staring at the back.

ABOVE: Camera & Photo: Sony DCR-DVD7 DVD Handycam Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom
HIDDEN CAMERAS INTELLECTUALIZED: UCLA’s Center for Hidden Camera Research.
CAVEAT: Beware legal risks when using hidden cameras, even in stories of journalistic interest.