New Sharp VN-EZ1 Internet ViewCam

MAHWAH, N.J.--March 17, 1999-- Sharp Electronics announced a new breed of digital video cameras designed specifically for use on the Internet. The VN-EZ1 Internet ViewCam(TM), the world's first digital camcorder to employ MPEG-4 data compression, to market in the U.S early this summer. Priced at 60,000JPYen (USD).

Sharp's wallet-sized Internet ViewCam makes it simple for users to send digitally recorded audio and video over the Internet. The portable digital camcorder lets users shoot and save up to 60 minutes of Microsoft ASF video in 160x120 or 320x240 resolution to SmartMedia cards up to 32MB. The video files can then be e-mailed or posted on Internet Web pages. It can also capture 640x480 digital still images in JPG format.

The smallest ViewCam ever, the VN-EZ1 fits in the palm of a hand, measures a mere 3.2 by 3.5 by 1.7 inches and weighs only 5.2 ounces. Whether taking a quick shot or videotaping a long scene, the Internet ViewCam is portable enough to go anywhere. It has a 1/4" progressive scan CCD with 350,000 pixels for 640x480 VGA resolution. It employs a built-in 1.8" LCD screen with 61,000 pixel resolution as its viewfinder. The 37mm lens rotates 270-degrees and retracts into a protective housing when switched off.

The PC Watch web site in Japan has even more photos of the VN-EZ1.