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Sanyo Japan announces the new Sanyo DSC-J1 combining digital still imaging and video

Sanyo Japan announces the new Sanyo DSC-J1 continuing their efforts to combine still imaging and video imaging into a single camera. Main features of the Sanyo DSC-J1 are:
1. The industry highest movie mode with a sound, achieving 30 frames per sec. in VGA (640 x 480) mode.
2. High-speed response, start-up of 1.2 sec., shutter lag is bout 0.05 sec, shot-to-shot time is about 1.6 sec.
3. About 6 million (2880 x 2160) interpolated pixels...
Click for the Sanyo Japanese press release

Tokyo, February 12, 2003--- SANYO Electric Co Ltd the world's largest manufacturing leader of digital cameras, announced the launching of its newest digital camera the Xacti DSC-J1. The DSC-J1 is capable of taking natural movie video clips with audio and the industry's highest picture resolution*1 shine on big screens. Xacti comes designed for Quick Response photography with a startup time of approx. 1.2 seconds (Release time lag: approx. 0.05 sec.*2 / Recovery time: approx. 1.6 sec.*2 / Playback interval: approx. 0.6 sec.*3). The DSC-J1 also comes loaded with real-time interpolation, a record 2880 x 2160 pixels (approx. 6.0 megapixels) for printing enlarged portions of captured images. Other key features include scene select shooting, rainbow illuminations an industry first*4 using 7 colors to notify the user of camera functions, and talking navigation an industry first*4 making for a user friendly function packed digital camera. Xacti comes in silver (S) or misty pink (P) and will go on sale in Japan's domestic market March 15, 2003 at a suggested retail price of ¥60,000 yen.

*1 During video clips shot in 640 Mode at 30 fps in manufacturer's study of consumer digital cameras as of February 12, 2003.
*2 During 2048 x 1536 pixel still shots taken in FINE Mode without flash.
*3 During 2048 x 1536 pixel still shots.
*4 In manufacturer's study of consumer digital cameras as of February 12, 2003.  

Overview
 
The DSC-J1, or Xacti (pronounced "zack-tea") has been chosen for SANYO's new family brand of digital cameras. Coined from the words "exact" and "active," the name describes camera movement, speed, sophistication and precision. As the video clip and still image camera for a new era, it presents a new style of communication made more enjoyable through expanded applications with computers and televisions. In the process of bringing the DSC-J1 to market, we've developed a digital camera that not only improves upon the basic functional requirements of accurately rendering beautiful pictures in swift response to the photographer's needs, but one that goes one step beyond to provide the beauty and enjoyment of movies.  

Main Features
 
(1) Natural Movie video clips with sound and the industry's highest resolution*1 make all the difference on big screens  

A newly developed 3.2 megapixel CCD and high-speed image-processing engine render both 3.0 megapixel snapshots and VGA-sized (640 x 480 pixels) videos at 30 frames per second (fps) that approach television broadcast quality. Video clips shot with the Xacti are right at home amidst the DVD authoring boom. Moreover, by a selecting a 160 x 120-pixel resolution you can record up to 100 hours of movies*5. When shooting video clips the CCD quadruples camera sensitivity by complying information from four pixels into one allowing shooting in dark environments.

The video clip format used is QuickTime® Movie allowing compatibility with users of both Macintosh and Windows so that videos can be put to use in computer environments without any need for conversion*6. With each movie being composed of individual still shots, a single instant from a continuum of images can be selected and copied at will.

*1 During video clips shot in 640 Mode at 30 fps in manufacturer's study of consumer digital cameras as of February 12, 2003.
*5 Total time with 512MB SD Memory Card during 160 Mode at 15 fps. Continuous shooting possible.
*6 QuickTime® 3.0 or later required for playback of video clips on a PC.  


(2) Designed for Quick Response photography with a startup time of approx. 1.2 seconds  

Features a newly developed non-telescoping optical zoom lens enabling a startup time of 1.2 sec. from power ON until standby. A release time lag (the interval from the point that the shutter release button is pressed until the image is recorded) of approx. 0.05 sec.*2 Pleasurable, quick response photography is further realized by a shot-to-shot interval of 1.6 sec.*2 to capture photo opportunities as they happen and a playback interval of approx. 0.6 sec.*3 allowing the results to viewed as soon shots are recorded.

*2 During 2048 x 1536 pixel still shots in FINE Mode without flash.
*3 During 2048 x 1536 pixel still shots in FINE Mode.


(3) Real-Time Interpolation, a record 2880 x 2160 pixels (approx. 6.0 megapixels) for printing enlarged portions of images  

SANYO's proprietary algorithm programming controls a trio of pixel-interpolation filters enabling 2048 x 1536 pixel data to be converted in real time and recorded as 2880 x 2160 pixel images. A formidable tool when trimming and enlarging a portion of a larger image or printing out A4 size images.  


(4) An intuitive, attractive design, as pleasing to own as it is to use  

1) Scene Select Shooting, even first-timers can take pictures as beautiful as the subjects that inspired them by simply selecting Basic Mode.  
2) Rainbow Illuminations an industry first*4 using 7 colors to notify you of camera functions.  
3) Talking Navigation an industry first*4 keeping you on the right track during camera operation  

Useful in helping to prevent mistakes you might regret later, such as notifying you with voice warnings like "no memory card inserted."

*4 In manufacturer's study of consumer digital cameras as of February 12, 2003.  


(5) Other Features  

1) LCD achieving the industry's fastest refresh rate at 60 fps*7
2) Five-point area autofocus enables reduction of out-of-focus shots
3) Savoring the enjoyment with approx. 110 minutes*8 of movie shooting from a single supplied  
4) Compact magnesium body, tough but light at only 150 grams
5) Multilple Shooting modes and other convenient functions

*7 Excluding video clip mode, in manufacturer's study of consumer digital cameras as of February 12, 2003.
*8 Using 128MB SD Memory Card at room temperature, with LCD monitor on and no zoom operation. Five min. video clip shots in 320, FINE Mode at 30 fps when repeatedly turned off and left for 5 min. intervals.

Additional information: Click for the Sanyo Japanese press release
February 12, 2003
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