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Hitachi MP-EG1A

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"In general the Hitachi MP-EG1A was the first MPEG1 comaptible camera back in 1997, when I bought it in Tokyo. Although very clumsy and 500 g "heavy" it was very handy to transfer movies and pics from the camera to laptop just by flipping the 260 MB (max. 20min MPEG1 320x200 video) from the camera to a PCMCIA II / PC card slot. Remember, USB was not even invented 10 years ago.

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Hitachi's ground-breaking MP-EG1A is capable of recording full-motion MPEG1 video, JPEG images and MPEG audio. Files are compressed on the fly and stored on the removable 260 MB PC card. Using the color LCD display, you can easily review, discard, or retake any video clip or picture. Files are listed with recording mode, date and time - even thumbnail images. And they can be easily transferred to your computer for processing and editing, making this the ideal input device for your presentations, and Internet/intranet multimedia applications. It features 20 minutes of full-motion video & audio, 3000 still photograph, 1000 still pictures with 10-sec. Audio. The lens and microphone are mounted on a rotating head that can swivel through 180 degrees so you can record yourself. The MP-EG1A stand supports the recorder at rest, and with the swivel-top head, allow you to record a scene while watching through the viewfinder. The LCD hood helps to reduce bright sunlight from the LCD viewfinder outdoors.


Product Type Digital video camera
Enclosure Colour Metallic silver
Localisation English
Optical Sensor Type CCD
Total Pixels 390,000 pixels
Effective Sensor Resolution 360,000 pixels
Optical Sensor Size 1/4"
Optical Zoom 3 x
Digital Zoom 2 x
Digital Video Format MPEG-1
Image Recording Format JPEG
Media Included Qty 1
AV Interfaces Component video
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Exposure & white balance

Light Sensitivity ISO 100
Min Illumination 5 lux
Exposure Modes Automatic
Max Shutter Speed 1/800 sec
Min Shutter Speed 1/8 sec

Lens system

Type 3 x zoom lens - 3.6 - 10.8 mm - f/2.4-3.5
Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera 35 - 105mm
Focus Adjustment Automatic
Min Focus Distance 28 cm
Zoom Adjustment Automatic
Lens System Mounting Integrated

Additional features

Additional Features Built-in speaker


Type 1.8" LCD display
Resolution 61,000 pixels
Display Features Built-in


Microphone Operation Mode Mono


Connector Type 1 x composite video/audio output ¦ 1 x microphone ¦ 1 x serial
Memory Card Slot PC Memory Card


Software Drivers & Utilities


Included Accessories Shoulder strap, audio / video cable, IR remote control, power adapter with battery charger


Details 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery - 650 mAh ( included )

Memory / storage

Memory Card Slot PC Memory Card
Included Memory Card 260 MB PC Card
Image Storage 704 x 480 : 3000 ¦ 352 x 240

Manufacturer warranty

Service & Support 1 year warranty
Service & Support Details Limited warranty - parts and labour - 90 days ¦ Limited warranty - parts - 1 year

Dimensions & weight

Width 8.3 cm
Depth 5.6 cm
Height 14.3 cm
Weight 0.5 kg


Listed on Ciao since 23/08/2000

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