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More and more pupils are picking up digital camcorders and working with digital video on PCs

More and more pupils are picking up digital camcorders and working with digital video on PCs. Most camcorders use videotape, but the first models to use mini-DVD disks were launched by Hitachi a couple of years ago.

Hitachi plans to launch two smaller models with memory card slots for storing still images. Now, Sony has plans to launch two competing products.

The DCR-DVD100 and DCR-DVD200 use 8cm DVD disks that can each store up to 60 minutes of video. But whereas Hitachi's models are based on the DVD-Ram format, which uses protective disk caddies, Sony's will use DVD-RW and DVD-R disks that don't require caddies and will play in most DVD-video players and DVD-Rom drives. To be fair, Hitachi's models can also use DVD-R disks, but RAM disks require special drives and players for playback.

www.hitachi.com

www.sony.co.uk

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