Japanese/Nat (PLEASE NOTE: SOME OF THE PICTURES CONTAIN NUDITY)
It seems that Sony's latest Handycam video camera works even better than those X-ray vision glasses they used to advertise in the back of comic books.
The camera - with the aid of an inexpensive filter - can see through people's clothing.
Don't put it on your holiday gift list, though. Sony says it has stripped the special feature off new versions of the camera.
The world's biggest electronics company never thought one of its most popular products, the Sony Handycam, would turn out to have x-ray vision.
However, a recent model includes an infrared nightscope, intended for taking pictures of nocturnal animals or birds.
The electronics giant found out about its product's voyeuristic potential from an article in 'Takarajima', Japan's biggest selling men's magazine.
The magazine reported that a filter costing less than seven U-S dollars enables Handycam users to look beneath certain kinds of clothing during the daytime when the camera's \"night shot\" mode is activated.
The article was accompanied by a dozen photos it said were taken with the camera using different colours of clothing, wet and dry, on women models.
The magazine's editor in chief defended his decision to run the story.
\"It is clear that this way of secret-filming will be a new genre among sex maniacs. Before it will become a real boom among them, we wanted to raise this issue as a problem to the public. This kind of thing should not be within our reach. That's why we decided to run this article.\