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Sony Japan announce Hi-MD PHOTO walkman with 1.3mp camera - Adoption of MP3 direct playback and new Hi-MD PHOTO standard extends Hi-MD potential to serve in a new role as a medium for digital still cameras.
Playback of Multiple Audio Formats
The Hi-MD AUDIO standard launch in 2004 maintained music playback compatibility with MiniDiscs recorded using conventional MD devices while adopting uncompressed LinearPCM (Pulse Code Modulation) and ATRAC3plus - an audio compression format that delivers high quality sound even at high compression rates. Now, users have an additional choice: MP3 joins LinearPCM and ATRAC3plus to offer a wider choice than ever.
Hi-MD PHOTO: A Transformation into a Medium for Digital Still Cameras
Sony developed the new Hi-MD PHOTO standard to enable the recording and storage of digital still images on Hi-MD formatted MiniDiscs or on 1GB Hi-MD discs. The picture recording system is based on the DCF/EXIF format, which is the standard for most digital still cameras. To provide fast retrieval of saved images via an index display, the format also adopts thumbnail cache file system. Applied to devices such as the new MZ-DH10P Walkman, Hi-MD PHOTO delivers more than the sum of a digital music player and a digital still camera. The MZ-DH10P Walkman takes photos, plays back music, and runs a slideshow of pictures to accompany songs on the full color LCD, among other features. And because MiniDiscs and Hi-MD discs cost a fraction of flash memory media, users can easily share their photos, data, and music with friends and family.
The new Hi-MD PHOTO compatible Walkman will be launched on March 10th in Japan, and will be available, together with other new Hi-MD Walkman products that support direct MP3 playback, in other regions during Spring/Summer 2005. More details on Hi-MD, Hi-MD PHOTO format, and the MZ-DH10P can be found at www.sony.net/Hi-MD.