Broadcast camera uses flash memory cards

April 24, 2006 at 9:37 AM
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SUNNYVALE, Calif., April 24 (UPI) -- A new camcorder introduced over the weekend uses CompactFlash memory cards rather than videotape to produce broadcast-quality images.

SanDisk said the cards it invented were used in the Grass Valley Infinity digital camcorder that debuted in the United States on Saturday.

The cards have an 8-gigabyte memory capacity and offer various advantages over tape, including small size, greater durability, lack of image degradation and the ability to be used in a laptop for field editing.

The new camera opens a door to the broadcast media market and SanDisk Marketing Director Tanya Chang said the cards also "now have enough (memory) capacity to make them a viable alternative to the use of hard disk drives in professional camcorders."

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