Panasonicís new multimedia SD cam
By Ian Burley
Panasonic in Japan has announced a tiny multimedia digicam, the SV-AV10. Somewhat resembling a junior camcorder, the SV-AV10 can take both VGA (640x480) resolution stills and MPEG-4 digital video clips at a resolution of 320x240. Storage is provided in the form of SD (Secure Digital) memory cards. Although the low VGA resolution rules the SV-AV10 out as a serious digicam for taking photos for anything but the very smallest prints, it should be fine for Web or email photos and the compact nature of MPEG-4 movies also lends itself well to the Internet. Importantly, a flash is provided for still pictures.
Measuring just 28(W) x 50(H) x 87(D) mm and weighing only 98 grams (without rechargeable battery), the SV-AV10 is approximately the size and weight of a mobile phone handset.
There is also a matching portable battery-powered printer, the SV-P10 (pictured above, right). Itís not much bigger than the camera and weighs 185 grams. It can be connected to a PC via USB cable.
Both the SV-AV10 and the SV-P10 are scheduled to arrive in Japanese shops from 20th January. No prices are quoted and there is no information about sales outside Japan so far.