Sharp Corp. developed a new Digital ViewCam, model VL-DC5, with pen-based input functions that allow users to draw on the LCD screen to incorporate handwritten text or hand-drawn illustrations into the video image--a world first, according to the company. Fourteen percent smaller compared to its predecessor, the VL-DC5 (230,000 yen) features a 660,00-pixel CCD, 40x digital zoom (10x optical) and a easy to view "Bright Fine LCD."
Canon's new digital video camcorder features 16x optical zoom--billed as the world's largest optical zoom for a digital camcorder--and a 64x digital zoom. Featuring both a color viewfinder on the rear of the unit and a side-mounted, flip-out LCD, the FV1 (210,000 yen) is equipped with a video lens that employs optical lens shift image-stabilizing technology to counteract the effects of camera shake.
Sony Corp. launched the DCR-TRV900, a three CCD chip camera capable of switching between interlaced and progressive recording formats. The DCR-TRV900 (300,000 yen) uses three 380,000 pixel CCDs to capture red-green-blue primary colors of light separately for color-balanced, high-quality images. An optional Memory Stick PC card kit (11,000 yen) allows users to transfer still images from the camcorder's digital cassette tape onto a floppy disk Memory Stick IC memory card for uploading to a PC.