Toshiba has developed a digital video camera based on its miniature hard-disk drive and is showing it for the first time at the Ceatec Japan 2005 show currently taking place in Japan.

The camera, called the GigaShot V10, includes one of the company's 4GB capacity 0.85-inch hard-disk drives. The drive provides enough storage space for between 1 hour 25 minutes and 4 hours 15 minutes of video depending on the quality selected.

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There's a shutter button on the front of the camera -- just under the lens at about the place your finger is when holding it -- for snapping still images and a button at the back for starting and stopping video recording. A fold out 2-inch LCD (liquid crystal display) panel on the left hand side of the camera provides an image of what's being shot and also access to playback and camera functions.

Should users run out of hard-disk space, the camera also accepts SD (Secure Digital) memory cards.

The camera will be available from October 21 in Japan and will cost ¥59,800 (£300). UK pricing and availability has not been announced yet.