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Sanyo Introduces SD Camcorder

Sanyo introduced its Fisher-branded FVD-C1 Pocket CameraCorder, a hybrid digital still camera and camcorder that records video and still images to an SD flash memory card.

The unit features still resolution of 3.2-megapixels and records MPEG 4 video at 30 frames per second (fps) at 2MB per second onto the included 512MB SD flash memory card.

The CameraCorder will be available on Fisher’s Web site and exclusively to Sears through the holidays and into the first quarter of 2004, where Sanyo-Fisher will evaluate whether to broaden distribution, a spokesman said. The suggested retail price will be $899.99.

The unit weighs in at 5.4 ounces (without SD card or battery) and can store 30 minutes of full-motion video at 30-frames-per-second (VGA-size: 640 by 480) or 491 still images at 2,048 by 1,536 on the 512MB SD card. The unit can also snap still pictures while simultaneously recording video.

The CameraCorder will ship with a Multi-function Docking Station that connects to a computer via USB 2.0. The dock also serves as a battery charger or as an AC power source during video playback. The dock can be connected to a TV and includes an infrared remote control.

The unit is bundled with a suite of video software: Motion Director for stabilizing video, Ulead Video Studio 7 SE DVD for editing and burning DVDs or video CDs, and Ulead Photo Explorer 8 SE Basic for editing and organizing still images.