The VL-AX1 is a high-performance digital video camera with a 23X optical zoom for high-quality video/still capture and a zoom microphone to capture audio at a distance. The VL-AX1 digital LCD ViewCam is equipped with a 23X Power Zoom lens, which allows even the image of a child standing approximately 40 meters (43.7 yards) away to fill the monitor screen. The camera's high-sensitivity zoom microphone responds dynamically to the zooming in and out of the lens to pick up remote voices and sounds clearly. In addition, the VL-AX1 incorporates a 1.33 million-pixel CCD to shoot still pictures as well as video with enhanced picture quality. The camera's industry-new image pickup system is combined with the 23X Power Zoom lens, allowing users to capture far-away subjects with high-definition image quality and live-like audio presence.The VL-AX1 offers a variety of PC connectivity functions, including still image recording on SD cards and multimedia cards and the ability to download video clips to PC and send them as e-mail attachments using optional PC software. The VL-AX1 also features a human-engineered, centrally balanced design, allowing for a more stable grip and enhanced comfort with reduced jittering when shooting. Sharp offers the VL-AX1 as a full-featured yet easy-to-use video camera for the digital era.