Matsushita Electric Industrial, the Japanese consumer electronics giant better known by its Panasonic brand name, has developed a digital video camera that can be taken apart in two pieces, with one piece functioning as a digital still camera.
The new camera, which will be unveiled on Monday, is the first of its kind.
Digital video cameras have offered still camera functions for some time; however, they are bulkier and heavier than standalone digital still cameras. Matsushita's new camera separates the camera and picture processing functions into one piece and the videocassette deck into a second piece, allowing users to leave behind the latter when they just want to take still images. Users can store still images on a Secure Digital (SD) memory card.
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