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No. 353, February 1999

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Japanese Companies in the US


PHOTO EQUIPMENT AND COPIERS

This summer, the Mahwah, New Jersey marketing unit of SHARP CORP. will launch a digital video camera designed specifically for use on the Internet. The lightweight, palm-size VN-EZ1 Internet ViewCam, the first digital camcorder to employ MPEG-4 data-compression technology, will allow users to shoot and save up to 60 minutes of video on removable SmartMedia storage media. The video files then can be easily transferred to a PC for electronic mailing or posting on a Web page. By eliminating large video files and long download times, Sharp claims that the VN-EZ1 Internet ViewCam will make it just as easy to post and transfer digital video on the Internet as digital still images.

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