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Toshiba have announced details of digital camera that features the ability to capture high-resolution images with a 4.2 megapixel screen.

The PDR-M81 digital camera will be unveiled by Toshiba at PC Expo trade show in New York on June 24, and is expected to be available from July at a retail price of around $600 (says dpreview.com).

Along with the ability to capture 2400 x 1600 images on a CCD sensor, the PDR-M81 features a newly designed lens system from Canon that comes equipped with a 2.8X optical zoom and a 2.2 X digital zoom. It weighs around 240g (or 8.5 ounces).

Like Toshiba's last generation of digital cameras, the PDR-M81 has an AVI movie mode that lets users film a short video clip of up to three minutes. Sound can be recorded during the video filming by using the camera's built-in microphone. The camera features a USB cable for downloading images.

How much memory comes with the camera, or the availability of print devices that can match its impressive resolution, were questions left unanswered by the press release.

We should be seeing a lot more of these resolution camera soon. Sony has come up with a 4.1 megapixel CCD, which is exactly the same size as its 3.3 megapixel CCD. This means manufacturers can update their ranges, if they're using Sony CCDs, without redesigning their cameras. They can just stick the latest CCD in their last model. It should work for Canon, Olympus, and Nikon. ®

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