Camcorders

'Living in High Definition' placed great importance on high definition camcorders and Panasonic had plenty of new ones to show the gathered throngs.
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Starting with the HD capable, Panasonic announced two new Full HD 3CCD camcorders: the HD-SD9 and the HDC-HS9 (above). Both record to the AVCHD format, with SD9 utilising SD and SDHC memory cards, while the HS9 is a hybrid model capable of recording to both SD/SDHC and its own integrated 60GB HDD. They can record to 1080p at 24fps and feature face detection, optical image stabilisation, five microphones and a 0.6 second start-up time.
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Propping up the standard definition range are four new camcorders. Most interesting was the SDR-H60 (above), which features a generous 50x optical zoom along with optical image stabilisation and a 60GB HDD. Slotting in alongside is the SDR-H40, which sports a 42x optical zoom and a 40GB HDD. Both also have SDHC support. Also new is a DVD based camcorder, the VDR-D50 and a miniDV based PV-GS90, with both boasting the same 42x optical zoom as found in the SDR-H40.

Finally there were two further new camcorders aimed at those who require a more compact video camera. One, the SDR-W20 (below), is ruggedized, being waterproof in salt water down to five feet, shock proof from drops of up to four feet and dust proof. Meanwhile, the SDR-S7 is a stylish lightweight example. Both feature 10x optical zoom and 2.7in LCD screens, stereo microphones and record to SD and SDHC memory cards.
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A point that leads us nicely onto a smaller but no less significant announcement of the aforementioned 32GB SDHC memory card. Indeed, though it's only a memory card it's actually quite an exciting development, making recording HD content to an SD card all the more plausible. Unfortunately it was only a prototype and there's no info on when we might actually be able to buy one of these capacious little cards.

 
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