by Marshal Rosenthal

A proud sponsor of the 2004 Olympics, Panasonic expects to take home the gold this summer with their new “Gold Medal” lineup of camcorder and DVD recorders. First to perform are the PV-GS120 and PV-GS200; DVD camcorders featuring the same 3CCD imaging system for capturing color as found in professional broadcast cameras. Plus 10X optical zoom and still photo shooting capability (1.2 megapixel/PV-GS120 — 2.3 megapixel/PV-GS200). Both are smaller than previous models and add new “direct select” controls (the PV-GS200 also has MPEG-4 movie recording capabilities).

Next to take the field are new DIGA DVD recorders, highlighted by the Flagship-model DMR-E95H. Features include a hard drive with up to 284 hours of recording time (transferring to a DVD-R/RW faster than ever before), a DV input for recording from a camcorder, and SD and PCMCIA card slots for viewing still photos. Also included is the 8 day TV Guide On Screen Electronic Program guide (totally free and not requiring any phone/internet hookup). One-touch recording and an enhanced playback guide completes the package.

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