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Sony MVC-CD1000

(NOTE: This camera is not in stores yet.
Projected ship date is early August, 2000)

Page 1: A CD-R Mavica!

*2.1 megapixel CCD delivering 1600x1200 pixel images

*156 Megabyte CD-R drive for image storage (!)

*Lower JPEG compression, optional uncompressed TIFF format

*12-bit digitization, extensive exposure controls

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The New Kid on the Block
Permanently archived digital photos straight from your camera, at about $0.02 apiece! No more file-compression limitations for the Mavica line! - For the last four days, we here at the Imaging Resource have had a unique opportunity to test and work with a brand new camera from Sony that we feel is arguably the most significant digicam announcement this year. Just as their perennially popular floppy disk-based Mavica line seemed headed for a technological dead end, Sony has pulled an amazing hole card and produced a new camera with dirt-cheap removable media and essentially no capacity limitations, all the while retaining the universal usability and "no cables" appeal of the original Mavica line. The secret? A 3" (77mm) CD-R drive integrated with a 2.1 megapixel digital camera. The CD-R gives the new Mavica 156 megabytes of removable (yet directly archivable) storage capacity, eliminating the ever-increasing storage crunch as multi-megapixel sensors pushed up against the 1.44 megabyte capacity limit of conventional floppies. Combined with the rich feature set, 2.1 megapixel CCD, and 12 bit digitization of their previous top of the line MVC-FD95, the new model clearly deserves the title of "ultimate Mavica." (Uber-Mavica?)

While the heroes here are the Sony engineers who managed to make CD-R work in a portable device, the real winners are clearly the camera-buying consumers, particularly the huge segment who liked the cheap-media/no-cables aesthetic of Sony's Digital Mavica series. We see the resulting camera, the MVC-CD1000 as one of the most significant product announcements in the digicam industry in the last 12 months, and a likely harbinger of things to come. Before we delve into the specifics of this new model, let's first take a look back at the digicam industry over the last couple of years, to explain why we think the MVC-CD1000 is so significant.

"The Triune Way of Media Nirvana" >>

Reader Comments!
So what do you think of the new Sony CD1000? Is it the future of digital? The last of the digicam dinosaurs? Would you buy one? Click here to leave a comment! (Read what's here, then add your own!)

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