PMA 2006: Sony has announced a new photo storage hard drive unit that can store up to a whopping 80GB of images. The HDPS-L1 is about half the size of a regular DVD player and supports seven types of flash media cards.

Press Release:

SONY TAKES A HIGH DEFINITION TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE WITH NEW HARD DRIVE PHOTO STORAGE

Eighty Gigabyte Digital Photo Album Can Store a Lifetime of Digital Pictures

ORLANDO, Fla. (PMA, Booth #4150), Feb. 25, 2006- Sony Electronics is transforming static, digital images into a rich audio visual experience with the world's first dedicated photo storage unit with high-definition output.

Featuring eight slideshow styles with image transitions synchronized to pre-installed background music and high-definition video output, the new HDPS-L1 hard drive photo storage unit offers an interactive way to view and share high-resolution photos from holidays, reunions and birthday parties on a home theatre system.

"We expect all sorts of people will take advantage of this new photo storage device to rescue treasured memories buried in their computers and on memory cards, and bring them to life with its built-in slideshow feature," said Jim Leahey, general manager of peripherals and enhancements at Sony Electronics. "It finally gives high-resolution still pictures the visual realism usually reserved for motion-pictures."

The HDPS-L1 hard drive photo storage unit eliminates the effort required to organize printed photos, as it automatically sorts picture files by their creation date. It also provides the option to group images by type, such as travels and holidays.

About half the size of a typical DVD player, the device is easily incorporated into a home theatre system with standard audio and video cables that connect to a television. A wireless remote control helps "surf" through years of photos by theme or date, select slide show styles, and adjust the volume for background music.

The HDPS-L1 hard drive photo storage unit supports seven types of flash media cards - Memory Stick®, Memory Stick PRO™, Memory Stick Duo™, Memory Stick PRO Duo™, CompactFlash®, Microdrive®, SD Card™ and xD Picture Card® slots.

To download .jpeg or Sony RAW files to the photo storage device, simply insert any of the supported flash memory cards and press the one-touch copy button. Files can also be downloaded to the hard drive via the unit's built-in USB port. In addition to storing files, this device can write to any of the supported memory cards.

The HDPS-L1 photo storage device will be available in May for about $300 at SonyStyle.com, at Sony Style® retail stores (www.sonystyle.com/retail), and at authorized dealers nationwide.