Panasonic unveils fist-size SD video camera

Panasonic unveiled a new video camera that stores images to SD memory cards at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin.

Consumers looking for a fist-size, high-performance camcorder may want to check out the 3CCD SD Video Camera SDR-S100 from Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd., better known by its Panasonic brand name.

The mini video camera, which the Japanese manufacturer unveiled at the IFA consumer trade show on Friday, measures 49.9 millimeters x 96.7 mm x 80.4 mm and weighs 243 grams without the battery.

One of the camera's key features is its use of SD (Secure Digital) memory card technology, which has eliminated the need for mechanical parts, according to a Panasonic spokeswoman.

The camera records images in the MPEG2 format to the SD memory card. Initially, it will come with a 2G-byte SD card.

In addition, the new video camera has a Leica Dicomar lens with Optical Image Stabilizer technology, is able to take still pictures in 3.1 megapixels and uses the same 16.9 aspect ratio as wide-screen TVs.

3CCD technology comes from the professional video camera sector and uses a separate sensor to capture each of the red, green and blue light channels.

The new model will be the flagship in a new line of SD Video Cameras that Panasonic hopes will give it the edge over its competitors, the spokeswoman said.

At the IFA show in Berlin, Panasonic also introduced what the company is claiming to be the world's first 65-inch 1080 progressive HDTV (high-definition television) plasma displays.

Information about availability and pricing for both products was unavailable.

The IFA (Internationale Funkausstellung) opened on Friday and runs through Wednesday.

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