All the Sony proprietary aficionados out there will be
pleased to learn that the 8GB Memory Stick PRO Duo is on display at CES. This
news will likely be of great interest to those with Sony Cyber-shots and PSPs,
as for devices such as those, no amount of memory ever seems to be enough.
Furthermore, beginning this year, a Memory Stick slot will also be standard on
all new 2007 Handycam camcorder models.
“The life of the Memory Stick format spans from the dawning
of the digital camera to the emergence of today’s high-definition video and
gaming products,” said Mike Kahn, senior manager for Memory Stick Media at Sony
Electronics. “Throughout all of these advances in the consumer electronics
industry, Memory Stick media has remained a constant source of compact and
portable flash memory.”
According to Kahn, the 8GB MSX-M8GS Memory Stick model will
store approximately 1,500 images in 10-megapixel, fine mode; more than 18 hours
of video at 768Kb per seconds in MPEG4 compression; and can hold a collection
about 2,000 songs in the MP3 format at 128 kbps with an average of four minutes
Those who want all the added space on a single card will
have to pay top dollar – the 8GB Memory Stick PRO Duo media card will be
available in February for about $300. For reference, 4GB Memory Stick PRO Duo
cards can be had today for under $100.