JVC has announced its Miniature GR-DVP3/DVP1, claiming it to be the world's smallest, digital-video camcorder.

The pocket-sized camera uses MiniDV-standard tape and the SD Multimedia standard to capture still-images and MP3s.

It integrates a digital-still camera function, the ability to email video clips in MPEG4 format, and MP3 sound effects. It also offers 10x optical/100x digital zoom and playback controls.

The camera powers up and down when the viewfinder or the two-inch high-resolution LCD monitor are opened or closed.

It offers a colour bandwidth almost three times that of analogue video, and has a CD-quality sound-recording system in either two-channel, 16-bit sound at 48KHz; or four-channel, 12-bit sound at 32KHz.

The bundled Still Digital card has a number of sound effects pre-installed – and the camera is equipped with USB and DV (FireWire) terminals.

Bundled software for the Mac includes Presto! Mr Photo and Presto! Photo Album. The camera is available in dark grey and silver or silver finished models. The DV-out model costs £1,100, while DV-in and -out version is £1,200.