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Panasonic Camcorder Gets Tough

3/08/2007 02:16:00 PM Eastern

Las Vegas — Panasonic added a new SD-based camcorder to its lineup today at the Photo Marketing Association (PMA) show with a water- and dust-resistant exterior.

The new SDR-S10 features a 10x optical zoom lens, 2.7-inch LCD and a “quick start” function that enables the camcorder to begin recording 1.7 seconds after being powered on.

According to Panasonic, thanks to the use of flash memory, the camcorder is capable of surviving a fall of up to 4 feet.

It records MPEG-2 video with a maximum data rate of 10Mbps. It can capture VGA resolution still images.

Panasonic will ship the S10 with a 2GB SD card. The unit is also compatible with higher-capacity SDHC cards. The SDR-S10 will be available in April for a suggested $399.