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Vivitar Introduces Hybrid Digital Still/Camcorder

1/08/2004 02:00:00 AM Eastern

Vivitar is adding two new digital cameras and a hybrid digital still /camcorder to its lineup during International CES.

Available May, the ViviCam 4000 is 6.36-megapixel model with a 3x optical/4x digital zoom lens for a suggested retail price of $599.99.

The 4000 offers a macro function that can focus up to 4 inches and 2.2-inch TFT display. A movie clip mode with sound captures video at either 640 by 480 or 320 by 240 resolution. The 4000 ships with a 32 MB SD card, a rechargeable lithium ion battery, MGI Photo Suite SE and Photo Vista editing software. Other features include auto focus, auto white balance, exposure compensation control, built-in flash, and a 2 or 10-second selectable self-timer.

The company also introduced the 2-megapixel CMOS-based ViviCam 3676 that it will ship in March for a suggested retail price of $223.95.

The camera features a 3x optical/4x digital zoom lens with a macro function up to 4 inches. Other features include a 1.6-inch TFT display, 16MB internal memory, an SD card slot, auto focus, auto white balance, exposure compensation control, built-in flash, and a 10-second self-timer. The 3676 is powered by the supplied two AA alkalines, or by NiMH, lithium or CR-V3 batteries. Video clips can be recorded at either 320 by 240 or 160 by 120 resolution.

Finally, Vivitar is stepping into the hybrid digital still/camcorder market with its DVR-200S. Shipping in March, it features a 2.1-megapixel image sensor for stills and records MPEG-4 video directly to 64MB of internal memory or to an SD flash memory card.

The unit features a 1.5-inch TFT LCD display and several MPEG-4 recording settings, including. 640 by 480 at 25fps and 320 by 240 at 30fps with or without sound. Recording without sounds requires less memory and extends recording capacity by 20 percent.

Other features of the DVR-200S include an integral flash with red-eye reduction (for digital still mode), focus-free operation, automatic white balance, automatic exposure compensation control (with manual compensation), and a 10-second self-timer. The model ships with USB and video output cables, uses two AA batteries or a single CR-V3, and will retail for a suggested $249.95.

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