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Panasonic Introduces New VHS-C Palmcorder Camcorders

Panasonic Canada Inc. (PCI) announces its 2001 VHS-C camcorder line, with newly designed models to fit every need and budget.

The new line boasts sleek, new cosmetics, and features the high performance, ease of use and ergonomic design that are hallmarks of the Panasonic Palmcorderâ line.

The five new models feature VHS compatibility with the millions of VCRs in use today. Consumers can easily play back recorded videos, using the included PlayPak adaptor, without additional wiring or complicated connections to a television set. A key benefit is the ability to share recordings with family and friends who own VHS VCRs, without having to worry about format compatibility.

“Panasonic VHS-C camcorders are an exceptional value, offering great features, easy operation, and all the benefits of VHS compatibility,” says Barry Murray, marketing manager of Panasonic’s Consumer Video Division. “The 2001 line brings consumers more value than ever.”

Other features found throughout the line include colour viewfinders (on all models except the PV-L511-K and PV-L541-K), auto power lens, digital electronic image stabilization, digital fade with 7 different effects and 8 colours, motion sensor and programmed recording. Most of last year’s models featured 18 x optical zoom. This year, Panasonic has expanded the optical zoom range to 20 x on four of the five models. These models also feature 150 x digital* zoom.

All of the new models feature a full-size video head cylinder – the same size used for a VHS VCR – for outstanding picture quality.

The top-of-the-line model PV-L751-K combination camcorder/digital still camera features the PhotoShotä still camera function. This fully integrated imaging product gives users two ways to capture their memories in a single, compact package: high resolution video, and digital still photos. The PV-L751-K also features 26 x optical zoom and 300 x digital zoom, large 4-inch colour LCD monitor, digital effects package and includes a removable 8MB CompactFlash Card.

Unlike traditional film cameras, recorded still pictures can be viewed in advance on the camcorder’s LCD monitor, and deleted, if desired, to free up memory for new shots. The camera holds up to 240 still photos in the Normal mode. Stored images can be viewed on a television or downloaded to a personal computer. Users can merge still shots with video while recording, thanks to the picture-in-picture feature. It allows the user to superimpose a small still picture onto video being recorded. The composed image is visible on the LCD monitor during playback.

The PV-L751-K is equipped with an RS-232C Serial connection cable, driver software for Windows® 95 and Windows® 98, and a 8MB CompactFlash™ Memory Card for storing images. Once downloaded to a PC, images can be manipulated in a variety of ways. For example, they can be added to e-mail messages or Web Sites, or be combined with video to craft truly creative family “home movies.”

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