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JVC releases Youtube-Compatible Camcorder

Japan Victor Company or JVC, part of the Huge Matsushita Conglomerate, has released a camcorder that would allow budding producers to record and upload videos to Youtube by clicking on one touch.

The Everio S Series GZ-MS100 even comes with a "Youtube One Touch Upload" stickers on one side and records on an SD card rather than having a built-in hard disk drive like most of the competition.

This means that the camcorder is only a fraction of others' weight and its overall storage capacity can be boosted or multiplied - just pop in a cheap and empty SD card to start recording.

Recording in Youtube mode limits the recording time to 10 minutes and resize the video to suit Youtube's restriction; the original video remains on the SD card which means that it can be used at a later stage.

The MS100 is scheduled to go on sale for £180 next month and will face fierce competition from a number of similar-price competitors and other devices such as top end mobile phones - although unlike the MS100, you are unlikely to find a 35x digital zoom and an onboard MPEG-2 encoder.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.