"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.