Secaucus, N.J. -
introduced Monday the MW-20 digital photo frame that doubles as a stereo sound system, complete with iPod Touch and iPhone compatibility.
The MW-20, a slim multimedia system, also charges the Touch/iPhone while it is connected to the cradle.
The Panasonic MW-20 (shipping in late November at a $250 suggested retail) features a 9-inch screen and advanced audio technology, the company said.
Sound is supported by a 5.6mm Super Slim Semi Dome Speaker system and a diffuser that optimizes the sound.
In addition, the built-in Digital Signal Processor (DSP) adjusts the audio signal to the audio characteristics of this speaker system.
"The Panasonic MW-20 has a stylish and slim design that will complement any home decor and given its versatility to display photos, videos, play music and even charge an iPhone -- we think this will be a welcomed addition this holiday season," stated David Fisher, Panasonic imaging product manager. "Beyond its design and versatility, the MW-20 is also a powerful gadget -- with exceptional sound quality to listen to music and a large 9-inch screen to view digital photos and videos."
The MW-20 has an adjustable angle display system enabling the screen angle to be changed to the viewing direction.
With the supplied fixture, the MW-20 can be positioned in landscape orientation or hung on a wall.
The MW-20 can display photos shot with a digital still camera by inserting an SD card into its slot, and it has 2GB of built-in memory for additional storage.
Features include a Lumix scene mode playback function that enables users to play back selected groups of photos shot with a Lumix digital camera using the iA Intelligent Scene Selector mode (Night Scenery, Portrait, Scenery, etc.).
The MW-20 also has 15 different display patterns to show a calendar, clock or photo.
There is a power-saving feature, with a luminance sensor that automatically adjusts the brightness of the screen according to the room lighting. It will also automatically shut the unit off when the last person leaves a room and turns off the lights.