The launch of a new range of ?spy? camera gadgets has been cancelled as a direct result of the global consumer downturn, their UK distributor has revealed.

This month Minox was due to launch a string of spy camera gadgets, including a pair of sunglasses with a built-in 1.3-million-pixel still image camera (pictured).

But Dave Morgan, product co-ordinator at Minox?s UK distributor, Newpro Ltd, said: ?While it was planned to introduce a digital pen camera, digital sunglasses camera, digital belt camera and special backward-looking sunglasses, the overall worldwide economic conditions have shown there is no real need for this kind of product for the foreseeable future and, therefore, they will not be produced.?

Priced £159 the Minox Digital Sunglasses were set to contain an MP3 player with 1GB of storage space. The camera could be operated by remote control.

Minox has also hoped to market a belt with a built-in (176×144 pixel) video camera, priced £219, and a pen that records video at 352×288 pixels resolution, with sound.

The gadgets ? due to go on sale this month ? had been showcased at the biennial photographic kit show, Photokina, held in Cologne Germany two months ago.

However, plans to launch the Minox Digital Spy Camera will go ahead. It will cost £219 when it goes on sale in mid-December, complete with a separate flash unit.

Earlier this year, Minox halved the price of its legendary film-based ‘TLX’ subminiature camera.


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