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Panasonic's DMW-SDP1 HDTV Photo Player. Courtesy of Panasonic, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Panasonic: new HDTV photo player
(Friday, July 21, 2006 - 14:09 EDT)

Alongside its announcement of five new digital cameras on Wednesday, Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. also unveiled an accessory to let customers view their images at relatively high resolution in the living room.

Matsushita's Panasonic DMW-SDP1 HDTV photo player connects to high definition televisions using a HD Component Video connection, and accepts either SD or MMC media cards, including the new SDHC high capacity cards. Based on the Panasonic Venus Engine III as used in the company's digital cameras, the device supports viewing of both still images (singly, as up to 25 thumbnails, or in a slideshow mode) and movies (up to 1280 x 720 pixels). An included remote control or buttons on the units top panel provide for controls, and the device can also be connected to PictBridge compatible printers to allow for printing without the use of a PC.

Availability isn't disclosed in the press release, but the DMW-SDP1 will ship at an MSRP of $129.95.

Panasonic DMW-SDP1 HDTV Photo Player
Panasonic's DMW-SDP1 HDTV Photo Player. Courtesy of Panasonic, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 113 x 25 x 60.5 mm ( 4.45 x 0.98 x 2.38 inch)
Weight Approx. 85g. (0.19 lb)
Approx. 87g with SD Memory Card (0.19 lb)
Playback Format Still Image: JPEG(Design rule for Camera File system, based on Exif 2.2 standard), DPOF corresponding
Picture with audio: JPEG (Design rule for Camera File system, based on Exif2.2standard)+ QuickTime
Motion images: QuickTime Motion JPEG
Playback Mode 25-thumbnail display, 9-thumbnail display, calendar display, zoomed playback (16x max.),
image rotation, Slide show (duration is adjustable, also manual controllable),
Playback of favorite pictures
protection, DPOF print setting
OSD language English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Chinese (Traditional), Japanese
Playback Media SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, Multimedia Card
Interface HD Component Video Output [Y, PB(CB), PR(CR)], DC Input, USB
Direct Print PictBridge
Power AC Adaptor (4.8V)
Standard Accessories Remote controller, AC Adaptor, HD Component Cable
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Panasonic's DMW-SDP1 HDTV Photo Player. Courtesy of Panasonic, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!

Original Source Press Release:


A Key Component In Total Home Entertainment Solution

SECAUCUS, NJ (July 19, 2006) – Panasonic today introduced the new HDTV Photo Player DMW-SDP1 that allows users to view photos taken by a LUMIX or other SD-enabled digital camera in High Definition quality on a large screen TV, such as Panasonic’s award winning line of Plasma TVs. The DMW-SDP1 will have an MSRP of $129.95.

“The debut of our first HDTV Photo Player truly positions Panasonic as the one-stop source for the integrated complete home entertainment solution,” said Takeshi Yamada, Product Manager, Digital Imaging, Panasonic Corporation of North America. “Consumers can now take high quality photos with our line of LUMIX digital still cameras and view them in high definition on one of our award winning Panasonic Plasma TVs and home theater systems.

Through simply connecting the SDP1 (using supplied HD component cable) to a High Definition TV, such as a Panasonic Plasma TV, and inserting their SD/SDHC memory card into the slot, users can view their photos in 1080i high definition quality. The compact, lightweight DMW-SDP1 differs from other photo viewers by utilizing the Venus Engine III image processing LSI, the same system found in Panasonic’s acclaimed line of LUMIX cameras. The Venus Engine III affords users a quick response time by dramatically reducing start up time and further reduces the image-to-image interval to as short as 1 second.

“Panasonic is returning people to a time when they sat in their living room and shared photo albums and memories with family and friends,” added Yamada. “The only difference is that now, thanks to Panasonic’s cutting edge technologies in digital cameras and Plasma TVs, those memories are as crisp and clear as the day they happened.”

Among the other features offered on the DMW-SDP1 are a wide variety of playback options including three special transition effects to lend greater creativity to on-screen slideshows. Furthermore, in preview mode, the DMW-SDP1 provides for rapid image search, displaying up to 25 thumbnails on an index screen or calendar time-series screen. Images taken vertically are automatically rotated.

The DMW-SDP1 also supports motion JPEG playback*, regardless of TV system. In addition to the normal VGA (640 x 480), wide aspect VGA (848 x 480) motion images, which can be recorded with LUMIX, the SDP1 offers dynamic motion image playback which especially benefits viewing on wide aspect HDTVs. The player also offers high definition motion image (1280 x 720, at 15 fps) with natural detail reproduction that is recordable with the LUMIX new model DMC-LX2.

The included remote control allows the user to enjoy smooth playback of high definition images from the comfort of their easy chair and simultaneously get quick printouts by connecting the DMW-SDP1 to a Pictbridge-corresponding printer via the included USB cable.

About Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company
Based in Secaucus, N.J., Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company is a Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. (NYSE: MC) and the hub of Panasonic's U.S. marketing, sales, service and R&D operations. Information about Panasonic products is available at www.panasonic.com. Additional company information for journalists is available at www.panasonic.com/pressroom.

*Varies depending on the file volume.


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