Samsung Electronics released the world's first Hard Disk Drive (HDD) digital camcorder - the ITCAM-7 - at the 2003 CES. Instead of tape, the ITCAM-7 uses a 1.5 GB HDD to store more than one hour of footage, as well as still pictures, music, audio and data files.
Transfer from the camera to computer via USB port takes five minutes for an hour of MPEG4 footage and the ITCAM-7 also works as a portable movie player. An MPEG-4 media file can be played back - 30 frames per second - at 640x480 screen resolution on its two-inch trans-reflective screen, or a TV screen. Through its embedded RCA port, the ITCAM-7 can connect to a television or VCR to display or record audio-visual content. Media formats such as MP3s are also supported for playback.
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