Set for an Australian launch next month, Panasonic's NV-MX500 still-video digital camera hybrid incorporates a high-resolution Leica Dicomar lens and an image stabiliser to reduce picture degradation when in camcorder mode, and produces a 3.0 megapixel image when used to capture still images. Like several high-end digital cameras, the NV-MX500 includes 3CCD (charge-coupled device) recording, meaning that instead of one CCD catering for three colours (red, green and Blue), there is a single device for each colour, producing a far more vibrant image. The MX500 costs AUS$4399 and will be available in October. Call Panasonic on 132 600 to learn more.
Hybrid Digital Camcorder delivers 3 megapixel stills
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Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks.All articles by Mike Hanlon