Sony announces digital plan

Camera to record vid images, still pictures

TOKYO — Sony Corp. said Tuesday that beginning July 1 it will market in Japan a first-of-its-kind digital camera that can record video images and still pictures.

The camera, called Ruvi, comes in two models, both capable of recording 30 minutes of video, 350 still images and a soundtrack, the company said. The basic model will sell for 87,000 yen ($621) while the advanced model with a PC card will go for 123,000 yen ($878).

The camera weighs less than a pound, has a 2.5-inch liquid crystal display and requires two AA batteries for operation. The camera can use standard 8mm digital video tape or a computer card that will allow all the video and still images to be loaded into personal computers.

Sony said this is the first camera of its kind to hit the market, and it is studying when it will take the camera to overseas markets.

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