|Coolshot II (See
chart.) measures 109.5mm x 60mm x 44.5mm and weighs about 265
grams with batteries and a memory card for recording photos.
The product is the third model of digital cameras developed by
Matsushita-Kotobuki Electronics. It will be available April 20
for 85,000 yen (US$652) through Matsushita Electric's sales
The digital camera's charge-coupled device (CCD) sensor is a
1/2.72-inch type with a total of 1.08 million pixels.
The model uses a low-temperature polycrystalline silicon thin-
film transistor-liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) measuring 2
inches (diagonally). A no-display mode is available to reduce
power consumption, and it also is equipped with an optical image
The camera can take images with 1024 x 768 pixels, 512 x 384
pixels, and 1136 x 640 pixels. And images with 512 x 384 pixels
will be used for x2 zoom shots, while images with a resolution of
1136 x 640 will make a rectangular picture with the ratio of
length to breadth of 16:9.
Images are stored in a CompactFlash card, a detachable recording
medium, in the JPEG format. With an 8MB accessory card, about 40
still pictures can be stored in the 1024 x 768 high-resolution
mode, and about 152 pictures can be stored in a 512 x 348
About 14 seconds is required to store images in the 1024 x 768
resolution mode, about four second for the 512 x 384 resolution
mode and about 13 second for the 1136 x 640 mode.
Also, the model is capable of serial shooting on its nine-way
split screen, which is useful for shooting moving objects, to
take nine pictures at intervals of 0.3 second. However, the size
of those pictures is only 336 x 245 pixels.
The product also has a software-processed x2 zoom capability for
shooting as well as a digital zoom playback capability to select
and enlarge a part of a screen to twice the normal size.
A detachable strobe light, another accessory, will utilize
different batteries from those used by the camera for power
The two companies of the Matsushita group, which have been
jointly manufacturing imaging devices, plan to produce 10,000
units of the camera a month.
Chart : Digital Camera Coolshot II
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