|NEW YORK, June 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Electronics today announced the first ever CD Recordable (CD-R) based digital still camera, the Mavica® MVC-CD1000. The new Mavica camera uses a high-capacity 156MB 3 1/2-inch CD-R in an easy-to-use camera for Americans who use the 260 million CD or CD-R drives with their PCs, and even those who don't.
Each CD-R for Sony's new CD-R Mavica camera can hold up to 160 1600x1200 (2.1 mega-pixel) images at a price that encourages archiving and sharing. That's the equivalent of more than four rolls of 36-exposure film. And at around $4 a disc and no processing required, the camera provides instant gratification at a fraction of the cost.
High Resolution -- 10x Optical Zoom -- Advanced Features
Above and beyond the innovative use of CD-R technology, the Mavica MVC-CD1000 offers advanced picture quality, including 2.1 mega-pixel resolution and the ability to shoot in TIFF and high quality MPEG (MPEG HQ) modes. Sony's implementation of the CD-R format enables faster image processing, dramatically decreasing image recording time. Images captured with the MVC-CD1000 can be recorded in several modes, including JPEG compression or TIFF in UXGA, SXGA, XGA or VGA image sizes.
The MVC-CD1000's powerful combination of high resolution and 10x optical zoom -- equivalent to a 35mm camera 400mm lens -- enables the MVC-CD1000 to fill the frame with subjects from a greater distance and capture them with greater clarity. Working with the powerful zoom, Sony has also added a feature rarely seen in the digital camera marketplace: a through-the-lens viewfinder using a bright, crisp color LCD to ensure that what you see is what you shoot.
This high performance Mavica MVC-CD1000 also includes:
-- Manual adjustments -- shutter priority, aperture priority functions and
a manual focus ring;
-- Super SteadyShot® optical image stabilization -- removes unwanted
user camera shake for a clearer image, a feature found on many
camcorders, but only on Sony's digital still cameras;
-- MPEG HQ Mode -- allows for MPEG full frame playback on a standard TV --
rather than 1/4 frame playback that had been previously available --
and an increased frame rate of 16 frames per second that results in
-- Built-in intelligent flash and added external flash terminal (for use
with the HVL-F1000 optional flash) -- range of over 30 feet allows the
camera to capture images at longer distances under adverse lighting and
the MVC-CD1000 communicates mode and exposure intelligence directly
with the flash. The optional Sony HVL-F1000 flash is available now for
-- Rechargeable InfoLithium® battery with AccuPower(TM) meter -- with
battery life approximately 100 minutes or 1,100 images in still image
standard mode with the LCD on;
-- 3:2 picture size ratio option -- creating a digital image that is the
same size ratio as a standard 4x6 film print;
-- 12bit A/D Conversion -- allows a wider dynamic range from highlight to
-- Precision digital zoom -- with newly developed interpolation technology
users can capture a smoother and more natural image; and
-- In-camera zoom/trim and image re-sizing capability.
The Mavica MVC-CD1000 ships with five one-time writeable CD-Rs and will be available in August for about $1,300.
SOURCE: Sony Electronics Inc.