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The Images Stay Still; the Features Take You Forward

December 03, 1996|LYNN SIMROSS | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES

Sony is coming out with a little digital still camera that has several slick features.

Weighing only 10.6 ounces and measuring 4 by 3 by 1.6 inches, the DSC-F1 has a 1.8-inch liquid crystal display color screen so you can see what you're shooting without holding the camera up to your eye. You also can instantly review your pictures and delete any you don't want.

Even more impressive is the camera's built-in infrared transceiver that lets it wirelessly transfer images to a PC. (The computer has to be equipped with an IrDA-compatible infrared port.) It also can wirelessly send pictures to Sony's new DPP-M55 Digital Color Photo Printer ($499.99).

The DSC-F1 ($849.99) has a flash and can store up to 108 images at 640 x 480 resolution. For more information, call (800) 352-7669.

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Seal of Approval: Car buffs who need long-term indoor storage for a collectible auto will want to check out the Car Capsule, an unusual "bubble" that seals the car or truck in a purified environment.

A continuous flow of filtered air, circulated by a fan that representatives say costs just more than a dollar a month to run and is warrantied for 5 years, keeps the car dry and prevents corrosion and mildew.

Car Capsule, from California Car Cover Co., has a shroud of poly vinyl chloride that lets you see the car inside and a laminated fabric base mat. It closes with a heavy-duty nylon zipper. Car Capsule comes in a variety of sizes--from 14 feet ($359) to 20 feet ($459). There's also a Cycle Capsule model for storing motorcycles ($199). Call (800) 423-5525.

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A Neat Device: It's almost time to get out that tangle of paper, bows and ribbons to wrap those holiday gifts. But now there's a clever vinyl bag that can help you organize the mess.

The Tidy Gift Wrap Organizer has 14 see-through storage pockets designed to hold all your gift wrap supplies, plus special pouches for scissors and tape. The bag's unusual design allows the organizer to stand upright or hang in a closet. It also can be folded and carried by the nylon handle.

Measuring 36 by 16 by 4 inches, Tidy Gift Wrap Organizer ($24.95, plus shipping and handling) is available from Jokari / US Inc. in Carrollton, Texas. Call (800) 669-1718.

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