Toshiba has developed a hard-drive-based digital video camera which it is showing at Ceatec Japan 2005.

The camera, called the GigaShot V10, includes one of the company's 4GB capacity 0.85-inch hard-disk drives. The drive provides enough storage space for between 1 hour 25 minutes and 4 hours 15 minutes of video, depending on the quality selected.

Features include a 5X optical zoom lens and a 5-megapixel CCD (charge coupled device) image sensor. That won't give you anything more than standard definition images in video mode but it should mean good quality pictures are possible with the camera's still image mode. The drive can store more than 30,000 images in the lowest quality mode and there's room for almost 2,000 images at full quality.

There's a shutter button on the front of the camera - just under the lens at about the place your finger is when holding it - for snapping still images and a button at the back for starting and stopping video recording. A fold out 2-inch LCD (liquid crystal display) panel on the left hand side of the camera provides an image of what's being shot and also access to playback and camera functions.

Should users run out of hard-disk space, the camera also accepts SD (Secure Digital) memory cards.

The camera will be available from October 21 in Japan and will cost ¥59,800 ($524).