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October 2008's 8 coolest gadgets revealed

Ceatec: robots, video cards and games consoles

October 2008 saw Japan's biggest electronics show: Ceatec. More than 196,000 visitors to Ceatec got a chance to see the best of the Japanese electronics industry, including some exciting prototypes of devices that are still a long way from hitting the market.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Canon has updated its three-year-old EOS 5D digital SLR (single lens reflex) camera with a new model, the EOS 5D Mark II, that features the ability to record HD video. And it's not just any high-def video but 1,920 pixels by 1,080 pixels video.

That beats out Nikon's D90, which only manages 1,280 pixel by 720 pixel. Behind the lens sits a full-frame 21.1Mp sensor. A full-frame sensor is the same size as a 35mm film frame and is about double the size of the sensors used in most other digital cameras with interchangeable lenses.

The EOS 5D Mark II will hit stores in late November in Japan and the US, where it will cost $2,699. The camera packaged with a 24-105 millimeter lens will cost $3,499. European launch plans have not been announced.

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