Sanyo Electric introduced a new concept camera called Xacti DMX C-1, combining digital movie and digital camera capabilities in one device.
Sanyo claims that this is the world's first MPEG-4 format video
camcorder of VGA images with 30fps recorded on an SD memory card.
A current product of Sanyo uses Motion JPEG format and requires a
12Mbps coding rate. The coding rate of 2-3Mbps will be enough for
high-quality images, according to a Sanyo official.
"We expect a 1GB SD memory card will be on the market this fall, which
enables recording of one-hour movies using the TV-HQ (2Mbps) mode,"
said Akio Kobayashi, manager, digital imaging group, multimedia
technology dept, R&D business unit, consumer group of Sanyo.
The digital still camera part can take 3.2 mega-pixel images. The
feature is that while shooting video, users also can capture still
image with a simple shutter press.
DMX C-1 employs a 5.8x optical zoom lens with an F3.5 aperture.
The main unit weighs approximately 155g, and the dimensions are 69mm
(W) x 34mm (D) x 108mm (H) (149cc).