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Panasonic Bows New DVD Recorder Line

30 Apr, 2003 By: Holly J. Wagner

Panasonic is introducing two DVD recorders as part of a new worldwide “DIGA” DVD recorder line.

“DIGA” is a word Panasonic derived from the words “digital” and “giga.”

Model DMR-E60 features an SD memory card slot, a PCMCIA slot and a DV input terminal to make the unit easily compatible with direct input from digital still cameras and camcorders.

The unit is expected to be available this month for about $600.

The new DMR-E80 DVD has an onboard recorder with 80GB of built-in memory to offer up to 104 hours of recording time on the hard drive and up to six hours on a removable 4.7GB DVD-RAM disc (both in Extended Play mode). That model will retail at about $700 and be available in July.

“Panasonic is launching the new DIGA recorders with a global promotion campaign that builds upon the company's dominant position in this fast-emerging product area,” said Reid Sullivan, VP of Panasonic's Entertainment Group. “We are referring to this worldwide campaign as ‘Project M' — an integrated effort that relies on our marketing and manufacturing strengths to serve as the underpinnings of an extensive and ongoing commitment to DVD recorders.”

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