Panasonic NV-DS55A

A built-in MultiMedia Card flash memory system is a unique addition to the DS55A, creating a hybrid still/video solution. The 4MB removable card stores up to 25 640 x 480 resolution images in Fine Mode and 100 images in Economy Mode. Once captured, the pictures can be transferred to a computer via serial port or through an optional PC Card reader. An 8MB and 16MB card are also available as an option.

This image quality should satisfy anyone wanting to send their snaps over the Web or as an e-mail attachment. They can be printed, but don't expect to get a high quality 8in x 10in glossy.

The DS55A's optical zoom range is 15x, with selectable 30x and 150x digital zoom range. There is also a Turbo Zoom mode, which allows users to move from wide angle to full 15x optical zoom in just half a second.

The i.LINK terminal on the DS55A offers the ability to export or import DV footage to your PC or Mac through the computer's FireWire port. All G3, G4 and some iMac computers have FireWire capabilities; however, you will most likely have to install a FireWire card if you want to do your video editing on a PC. A variable five speed search function, unique to the DS55A, makes it easy to find the exact frame you are seeking when editing or transferring stills.

The two main programs supplied are Panasonic's DV Studio 2 (For Acquisition) and DV Studio 2 (For Editing). Both have simple interfaces that provide on-screen controls.

Panasonic NV-DS55A

Price: $3199

Distributor: Panasonic

Phone: 13 2600

URL: www.panasonic.com.au

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Denis Gallagher

PC World

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