SanDisk announced a number of flash media novelties at PMA.
First, there's the 4GB SanDisk Ultra II Memory Stick PRO Duo card with a minimum write speed of 9 MB/sec and a minimum read speed of 10MB/sec.
The second novelty in the Ultra II series is the 2GB SanDisk Ultra II SD Plus card that combines USB connectivity and flash memory storage. Folding the card in half reveals a high-speed USB 2.0 connector.
The Ultra II cards have the following suggested retail prices and availability:
Then there are increased capacities in the Extreme III series. The new cards include the 8GB CompactFlash, 2GB SD and 2GB Memory Stick PRO Duo. SanDisk Extreme III CompactFlash and SD cards have minimum write and read speeds of 20 MB/sec. Memory Stick PRO Duo cards have minimum write and read speeds of 18 MB/sec.
SanDisk Extreme III cards use SanDisk-developed ESP (Enhanced Super-Parallel Processing) technology that combines advanced NAND flash memory chips and controller designs, 32-bit RISC processing and algorithms for improved read and write operations. The cards also include RescuePRO software that allows photographers to easily recover accidentally deleted images, lost digital images or data.
SanDisk Extreme III cards are available in CompactFlash, Memory Stick PRO Duo and SD formats. Suggested retail prices and availability are as follows:
Pretec Electronics is exhibiting the new high-speed CF card at PMA at the Orange County Convention Center.
PRETEC 133X CF Card is capable of running at up to 20MB/sec and 14MB/sec of access speed in read & write and is fully ATA / True IDE compatible and operational in both 5V and 3.3V platforms.
Pretec 133X CF card will start volume shipping by next month.
Source: Pretec Electronics
Panasonic announced its first interchangeable-lens digital SLR camera, the LUMIX DMC-L1 - together with LEICA D VARIO-ELMARIT 14-50mm/F2.8-3.5 lens.
DMC-L1 offers features such as Live View function through the 2.5" 207,000-pixel LCD. The Live View is made possible by the new Live MOS sensor, developed using Panasonic's Maicovicon technology. The DMC-L1 features the 4/3-type Live MOS sensor with 7.5 million pixels. The DMC-L1 also incorporates the Venus Engine III image processing LSI and Supersonic Wave Filter that serves as a dust reduction system.
The DMC-L1 features a shutter speed dial on top of the camera body. The aforementioned LEICA D VARIO-ELMARIT 14-50mm/F2.8-3.5 lens is equipped with an aperture ring, in addition to a focus ring and zoom ring, for easy, direct aperture setting.
Like all LUMIX models, the DMC-L1 is compatible with the SD Memory Card. It also is compatible with the mass-storage SD standard based on FAT32, including the upcoming super-high-capacity SD Memory Cards of more than 2GB (SDHC).
Leica Camera and Panasonic announced the development of a new interchangeable lens based on the Four Thirds standard. Featuring a focal length from 14mm to 50mm (35mm equivalent: 28mm to 100mm), the new LEICA D VARIO-ELMARIT 14-50mm/F2.8-3.5 ASPH lens is the first interchangeable lens from Leica developed exclusively for digital SLR cameras. The "D" signifies that it is designed for the new digital system.
The LEICA D VARIO-ELMARIT lens comprises 16 elements in 12 groups, including two aspherical lenses. Also a large-diameter aspherical glass molded lens is also incorporated.
For use in Panasonic's LUMIX cameras, the LEICA D VARIO-ELMARIT 14-50mm/F2.8-3.5 ASPH lens incorporates MEGA O.I.S. developed by Panasonic. And to assure precise control over the MEGA O.I.S., the Venus Engine is integrated into the lens unit.
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