First All-In-One Still and Video Digicam Unveiled

First All-In-One Still and Video Digicam Unveiled


Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., best known for its Panasonic brand of consumer electronics and digital communications products, today announced that it will introduce the Panasonic NV-EX21, a dual-use DV-format digital camcorder with a detachable network-ready digital still camera. The new camera also features an extra large capacity CCD, 1.08 -megapixel recording capability, and built-in Leica Dicomar lens with a powerful 10x optical and 25x/100x digital zoom. The 200,000-pixel color LCD screen, SD Memory Card, MPEG-4 video, and voice recorder capability all further highlight the new camera’s versatility, from personal to business use, in today’s networking age. The Panasonic NV-EX21 will be available in the Japanese market from September 1, at a price of $1,600 USD.

The Panasonic NV-EX21 actually consists of two units for 2-way styling — a Digital Still Camera unit and a Digital Video Camera unit. With unmatched portability, the NV-EX21 becomes an SD Memory Card capable movie/still camera weighing only 300 grams by simply detaching the still camera unit and mounting it on the battery adapter (sold separately). Incorporating a Leica Dicomar lens, this camera can store both high quality megapixel still images as well as MPEG-4 video data onto SD Memory Cards. The new camera also incorporates a voice recorder and a built-in flash on the battery adapter, enabling photographs to be taken in dark places. When the Digital Still Camera unit and Digital Video Camera unit are joined together, the entire unit becomes a digital camcorder able to record high quality moving images onto digital video tape.

Network readiness is another key feature of this new product. With optional accessories, the new camera can connect to a PC and other products in different ways for exceptional ease of use – SD Memory Cards, USB port, DV IN/OUT (i.LINK) and analog IN/OUT terminals, and an RS-232C port for digital still image transfers. A 64MB SD Memory Card (sold separately) can store up to approx. 65 minutes of MPEG-4 video, 240 minutes of voice recording, or 280 megapixel or 1,760 VGA still pictures, all of which can be transferred to a PC for editing or sending in e-mail messages and displaying on Web sites. The built-in card slot is compatible with the MultiMediaCard as well. The NV-EX21 also includes Bluetooth? support. With a Bluetooth adapter (sold separately), through-the-camera images, as well as images from either video tapes or SD Memory cards, can be transferred wirelessly as still images to a PC up to 10 meters away.

The new Panasonic NV-EX21 is an exciting and totally new style in DV cameras, and promises to be fun as it is practical, for business as well as personal use.