We saw some sneak images of this camera at Photokina, today, Sanyo make it official. The IDC-1000Z uses 730MB iD discs (Magneto Optical), much along the same lines as Sony's CD1000 but with nearly 5 times the storage on each disc. The IDC-1000Z is a 1.5 megapixel digicam with a 3 times optical zoom lens and USB/IEEE1394 connectivity.

Phil says: Interesting, it's certainly an unconventional camera, Sanyo chose to put the disc tray on the side of the camera instead of the back. 730MB is certainly plenty of storage and it'll probably work out with a pretty cheap $/MB, unfortunately with only 1.5 Megapixels and 3 x zoom (surely they could have got a 6x or 10x zoom in that barrel) it's a little wasted. Now, 730MB with 3/4 megapixels and a 10x zoom.. That would sell.

Sanyo IDC-1000Z specifications

Imager 1/2" 1.5 megapixel (1.39 megapixels effective)
Image sizes 1360 x 1024, 1024 x 768, 640 x 480
Image modes TIFF (YCbCr), JPEG Fine, JPEG Normal
Sensitivity Auto, ISO 100, 200, 400
Lens 38 - 114 mm (35 mm equiv.) F2.4
Built in ND filter (?)
Focus modes Auto, Manual
AF Focus distance Normal: 60cm - Infinity
Macro: W: 3cm - 60cm, T: 20cm - 60cm
Shutter speed Normal: 16 - 1/500 sec (1 - 16 sec "slow shutter")
High Burst rate: 1/15 sec - 1/2000 sec
Animation: 1/30 sec - 1/2000 sec
Metering Center Weighted Average, Spot
Manual Exposure Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority
Bracketing 3 images, +/-2 EV in 0.5 EV steps
White Balance Auto, Fine, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Manual preset
Flash Pop-up, Guide No. 6.8
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Anti Red-eye
Burst rates 1360 x 1024 - 7.5fps
1024 x 768 - 7.5fps
640 x 480 - 30fps
Audio Audio recorded with video clips, Audio annotations can be added to images, "Voice recorder" allows for longer audio clips to be recorded (camera features a Mic input socket).
Storage 730MB iD PHOTO disc (MO)
Storage capacity
(still images)

1360 x 1024 TIFF ~ 260 images
1360 x 1024 JPEG Fine/Normal ~ 1000/2000 images
1024 x 768 TIFF ~ 450 images
1024 x 768 JPEG Fine/Normal ~ 2000/4000 images
640 x 480 TIFF ~ 1200 images
640 x 480 JPEG Fine/Normal ~ 6,000/1,1000 images

Storage capacity
(movies)

640 x 480 30fps Video ~ 8 minutes
640 x 480 15fps Video ~ 16 minutes
320 x 240 30fps Video ~ 20 minutes
320 x 240 15fps Video ~ 40 minutes
160 x 120 30fps Video ~ 60 minutes
160 x 120 15fps Video ~ 120 minutes

Connectivity USB & IEEE1394 (FireWire)
Power Included Lithium-Ion battery (1600mAh)
Size 93 x 88 x 140 mm (3.7 x 3.5 x 5.5 ")
Weight 525 g (18.5 oz)
Available 8 December 2000 (Japan)
Price 160,000 YEN (~US$1,500)