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HolidayBuyer's Guide
Camera Accessories

Digitise your memories

If Sony has its way, your next photo album will be stored in bits and bytes, rather then on bits of cardboard.

Sony HDPSL1
At 1.8kg and smaller in size than a standard DVD player, the HDPSL1 won't consume your living room

If Sony has its way, your next photo album will be stored in bits and bytes, rather then on bits of cardboard (*boom-tish!*). Launched at the Photo Imaging World 2006 exhibition in Sydney this week, the Sony HDPSL1 digital photo album can not only store your snaps -- thanks it its internal 80GB hard drive -- it can also display them on your TV set for sharing with your friends and family.

For the baby boomer generation, the HDPSL1 is likely to bring back horrid memories of the gruelling holiday photo slide shows you were obligated to endure as a kid. Thankfully, the HDPSL1 offers a little bit more than your average slide projector.

In addition to its 80GB of storage space, the device supports the 16:9 widescreen format, and photos can be copied from your camera's memory card to the HDPSL1 (or vice-versa) through one button push.

Photos can be categorised into folders, and when viewing them you've got the choice of eight slide show styles and background songs. Budding musicians can even personalise playback by including their own background music compositions.

The HDPSL1 has an RRP of AU$499 and Sony says it will be available in July 2006.