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Panasonic SDR-S100 camcorder
IFA 2005 - Digital Imaging & Digital Music - Posted by Mark Peters.
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Panasonic SDR-S100 camcorder : Panasonic today announced another ground-breaking innovation in digital video and optical technologies: the world's first 3CCD SD camcorder. The lightweight, super-portable SDR-S100 records high-quality MPEG2 video onto SD Memory Cards, and features a high-performance Leica Dicomar lens, 10X optical zoom and Optical Image Stabilization. The SDR-S100's fast response time and rugged, shock-resistant design also make it the perfect 'take-anywhere' camcorder for spontaneous shooting. The SD Memory Card is the number one semiconductor memory card in use around the world today, and is found in a wide array of consumer electronics products such as digital cameras and camcorders, PDAs, laptop computers, digital audio players and many other products: more than 4,066 models of 31 product categories from 800 manufacturers (As of June 30, 2005). The SDR S100 SD camcorder comes with a 2GB SD Memory Card capable of holding approx. 100 minutes of MPEG2 video (recorded in LP mode.)
Panasonic SDR-S100 camcorder
Panasonic SDR S100 - New video recording concept : "The SDR S100 represents a totally new concept in video recording," said Rudy Vitti, national marketing manager for Panasonic. "It outpaces conventional camcorders both in size and ease of operation, while delivering a beautiful, high-quality MPEG2 video picture." The SDR-S100 features high-performance image processing technology and a newly developed MPEG2 Engine designed to precisely detect and process fast movements, maximizing image quality. The SDR-S100, with its 3CCD Camera System, reproduces color in great fidelity by using a separate CCD for reds, greens and blues. It's the same 3CCD technology used in Panasonic professional broadcast equipment, resulting in 540 lines of breathtaking resolution. You can count on Panasonic 3CCD Digital Camcorders to give you colors that are as rich and vibrant as your life.
Panasonic S100 camcorder - Features : For spectacular, widescreen presentations, the SDR-S100 records in the 16:9 aspect ratio, the same configuration as widescreen TVs. The vertical zoom ratio is minimized to boost vertical resolution. There's virtually no picture quality degradation, so you get breathtaking images with all the excitement of the wide screen. The SDR-S100 also features a wide, 2.8" LCD, making it easy to frame shots in the 16:9 format. Shots can also be framed for viewing on a conventional 4:3 TV as well. Non-linear editing is fast, simple and requires no cable connection if you use a PC with an SD slot. If using the included USB 2.0 high speed cable, downloading data to the PC is also fast and convenient. SD Memory Cards do not require a finalization process, presenting another convenience for the user.
Panasonic SDR S100
Panasonic S100 - Leica1 Dicomar Lens and Still pictures: World-renowned lens-maker Leica has developed an exquisite, 12-element, multi-coated lens that helps add a high-level of detail and subtlety to your creations. With refinements like a 2-stage neutral density filter for aperture independent adjustment, a remarkably crisp, and true-to-life colors that is the hallmark of Leica Dicomar optics. Quad-Density Pixel Distribution Technology makes it possible to capture still pictures with amazing megapixel quality. The tiny 2.5-micron intervals between pixels are shifted by one-half pitch both vertically and horizontally, which distributes them on the CCD with 4x the density of previous systems. It enables model SDR-S100 to capture still pictures with incredible detail at up to 3.1 MP.
Optical Image Stabilizer : The OIS helps you obtain clear, beautiful pictures by compensating for any hand movement that occurs as you shoot video. Gyrosensors detect the amount and direction of movement, while a linear motor adjusts the lenses as needed to compensate. You get clear, sharp images in situations where hand-shake is typically a problem, like wide-angle shots or high magnification levels of the zoom.
Panasonic SDR S100
Panasonic S100 - Pricing & Availability : Of course, video shot with the SDR-S100 can be transferred to DVDs which can be enjoyed by friends and family. The SDR-S100 includes a rechargeable battery pack and a 2GB SD Memory Card. The Panasonic SDR-S100 SD camcorder is slated for introduction in October, with a suggested retail price of $1199.95.
Panasonic SDR-S100 camcorder specification:
• Still Picture Recording : 3.1 Megapixel
• Focus : Digital AI AF/Manual (w/ + - Sw)
• Image Sensor : 1/6" CCD x 3 (800k x3)
• Apperture : F1.8 (Wide) / F2.8 (Tele)
• Optical Zoom : 10x
• Stereo Microphone
• Wide Mode (16:9)
• Image Stabilizer (OIS)
• USB 2.0 High Speed (mini B)
• Headphone (M3)
• Built-in SD Slot (SD/MMC)
• PictBridge Compatible
• Dimensions (H x W x D) : 3.81'' x 1.1'' x 3.15''
• Weight : 3.88 lbs
About Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company : Based in Secaucus, N.J., Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company is a division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. and the hub of Panasonic's U.S. marketing, sales, service and R&D operations.
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