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Consumer Digital Video Camcorders Gallery - OLD

Digital Video goes HD - Historical

    by Douglas Dixon


  The 2000s Mobile Digital Revolution:
        Cell Phones to Smartphones, Walkman to Media Players, CD to Flash to Web Services

  Historical perspective on some interesting technology and trends in digital home media.
  They include some sample products illustrating these trends.
  Information and pricing are summarized from public sources as of when they were added,
  and may be incorrect or out of date.

       

Digital Camcorder Trends
    Digital Camcorder Formats -- DV, DVD, Hard Disk, Flash
    HD Digital Video Formats -- HDV, AVCHD

Sample Pocket Camcorders
    Flip Video - DXG USA - Kodak - JVC
   RCA Small Wonder - Creative Vado

Sample Digital Camcorders
    Canon JVC - Panasonic 2009 - Samsung 2009 -
    Sony 2009 - Webbie HD cameras

Home Media
    PC TV and Video Capture
    Home Video Monitoring and Webcams

            
          

See also: 
    Consumer Digital Photo Cameras Gallery -- Photos beyond megapixels, Accessories
    Portable Power Accessories Gallery -- Batteries, chargers, adapters
    Portable Storage Gallery -- Cards and drives, Flash and hard disk

Find related Camcorder articles in the Manifest Tech Blog


Digital Camcorder Trends & Features


The picture phone is becoming the dominant imaging device. But still cameras shoot better photos plus reasonable video, and video camcorders shoot HD video and great stills. We'll all be recording and recorded, especially as today's memory-based HD camcorders shrink to the size of a soda can.

Video Camcorders Trends - Holiday 2009

See also:


Digital Camcorder Features

Why Use a Camcorder?
  • Shooting an event - Not just quick clips, special event, longer recordings, on tripod
        Dedicated camcorder vs. camera phones, digital cameras
  • Planning a production - Not just quick trim of clips, video editing to make a movie
  • Wide sharing - "Web resolution" vs. higher res, higher quality
        Play on PC, post to Web, sync to portable player, burn to DVD (HD)
  • High def (HD) - Show on widescreen TV (DVD, HD on DVD with PS3)
  • Pocket Camcorders - Carry and shoot anywhere
Resolutions: Multiple Video Formats, Web / SD / HD
  • Web resolution - MPEG-4 also for portable devices (~ 320 x 240)
  • Standard definition (SD) - DV tape, MPEG-2 for DVD (720 x 480)
  • High definition (HD) - HDV (MPEG-2) for tape, AVCHD (MPEG-4) for disc / memory
        720p (1280 x 720) -- also 1440 x 1080
        Full HD - 1080i (1920 x 1080) - 30 & 60 Hz
Media: Multiple Storage Formats, Dual Recording Modes
  • Media: Flash growing (smaller, rugged), Hard drive (HDD) popular for capacity -- Hybrid formats
            disc (mini-DVD) going, Tape (DV) phasing out
  • Memory + storage, Tape + storage
  • Longer record time - Sony 240 GB hard disk drive, up to 101 hours of HD video (LP mode)
        Panasonic 32 GB memory, 12 hours of HD video (HE mode)
        Sony 16 GB memory, up to 11 hours of SD video (LP mode)
  • DVD burning docking stations
  • Direct to Web
Surround Sound
  • Dolby Surround recording (2 mics)
  • 5.1-channel surround sound with 5 microphones (Panasonic)
Pro Features
  • 1080p, 24p cinema mode
  • Longer optical zoom (50X) -- optical and digital stabilization - Panasonic 70X
  • Instant AF uses external sensor, improve speed and accuracy (Canon)
  • Face recognition: Auto focus / balance
  • Highlight Playback - Intelligent Index - detects zoom, pan, scene change, sound level, faces
  • Smooth Zoom speed control (Canon)
  • HDMI output
Better Still Photos
  • Longer zoom lens (typically 10X) 
  • Larger sensors: Multiple-megapixel still recording
  • Still and video modes -- Shoot stills while recording video

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Digital Camcorder Formats


  • Trend: Rise of Flash memory: End of tape? Even mini-DVD disc?
  • DXG 1/09 - Flash camcorders had 150% growth in first half 2008
        increasing from 13% to 42% of the camcorder market from 2007 to 2008
        - NPD Research, Household Penetration Study: Ownership Landscape 2008
  • "Soda can" design: Light, compact, easy (1 memory card = 1 tape)

DV Camcorders -- Digital on Tape

  • Best all-round format, inexpensive
  • Record to Mini-DV tape
  • Good-quality, lightly-compressed video, easy to edit on a computer
  • Keep original tape as archive

DVD Camcorder -- Direct to Mini Disc

  • Quick viewing after shooting
  • Record directly to a mini-DVD disc.
  • Immediately play back on most DVD players (after finalizing)
  • More heavily compressed MPEG-2 video
  • Squeeze 60 minutes onto tape (or 20 at higher quality)
  • Lower-quality results, more work to edit (newer software can handle)

Hard Disk Camcorder -- Built-in Storage

  • Smaller and lighter package,
  • No removable media -- records to built-in hard disk drive (HDD)
  • Typically 30 or 60 GB
  • Once drive is filled (7 to 20 hours for 30 GB), need to off-load it to a computer
  • Need to back up to some other disc or tape
  • Shoot in more compressed MPEG-2 or MPEG-4

Flash Memory Camcorders -- Most Portable

  • Most portable, very light 
  • Rugged, no spinning mechanical parts - solid-state memory
  • Fewer features, lower recording time (4 GB = 1 - 2 hours of HD)
  • Shoot in more compressed MPEG-2 or MPEG-4

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HD Digital Video Formats

    vs DV - 720 x 480, 25 Mbps, intra-frame compression, SD, can be 16:9 widescreen
    See Video Editing References for links on video formats and standards


HDV -- HD on DV

  • HD widescreen video on consumer Mini-DV tape
  • Convenient interfacing with computers
  • MPEG-2 video in HD resolution, 16:9 widescreen
        - 720p  - 1280 x   720, 19 Mbps
        - 1080i - 1440 x 1080, 25 Mbps -- not the full 1920 x 1080 of HDTV
  • www.hdv-info.org

AVCHD -- MPEG-4 AVC in HD

  • Jointly introduced by Sony and Panasonic
  • MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video codec, 720p and 1080i, 16:9 widescreen
        multi-channel digital audio
  • Record to hard drive, 8cm DVD, Flash memory (SD/Memory Stick) -- not tape
  • www.avchd-info.org

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Sample Pocket Camcorders


Flip Video Pocket Camcorders [Cisco / Pure Digital]

   

  • Simple, affordable digital camcorders for the mass market
  • Fast power up. One-click record, play, delete
  • Pop-out USB connector to upload to a computer
  • Built-in FlipShare software to play, edit, convert, share
  •  www.theflip.com

Product History

  • 5/07 - Flip Video, 1.5" screen (280 x 120), 4.9 oz., 512 MB / 30 min. $119, 1 GB / 60 min. - $149
  • 6/08 - Flip Video, 1 GB / 60 min. $129
  • 9/07 - Flip Video Ultra, 1.5" screen (528 x 132), 4.9 oz., 1 GB / 30 min. $149, 2 GB / 60 min. - $179
  • 6/08 - Flip Mino, VGA 640 × 480, 1.5" screen (528 x 132), 3.3 oz., 2 GB / 60+ min. - $179 (10/09 $149)
  • 10/08 - Free personalization for Mino
  • 11/08 - Flip MinoHD, 720p 1280 x 720, 3.3 oz., 4 GB / 60 min. - $229 (10/09 $199)
  • 4/09 - Flip Ultra (2nd. gen), VGA, rechargeable AA, 4 GB / 2 hours - $149
  • 4/09 - Flip UltraHD (2nd. gen), 720p, rechargeable AA, HDMI, 6 oz., 8 GB / 2 hours - $199
  • 10/09 - Flip MinoHD 120 min., 720p, 2" screen (960 x 240), 4 oz., 8 GB / 2 hours - $229
  • 10/09 - Flip Mino now $149, MinoHD (60 min.) - $199; [ was $179 / $229; Ultra still $149 / HD $199 ]
  • 4/10 - Flip SlideHD, 3" touch screen / slide-out (400 x 240), 5.9 oz., 16 GB / 4 hrs. - $279
  • 9/10 - Flip UltraHD (3rd gen) 2 hrs. $119 (60 fps, motion stabilization, FlipPort), 1 hr. $149 - all personalized

Market

  • 10/08 - Sold over 1.5 million camcorders after one year
    • #1 and #3 best-selling camcorders in the U.S. (NPD)
  • 3/09 - Pure DIgital / Flip Video acquired by Cisco for $590M, sold over 2M Flip VIdeo units since launch in 2007
  • 6/09 - Flip Video models #1 and #2 top-selling camcorders in U.S. for Q1 2009 (The NPD Group)

Product Line (10/10)

  • SlideHD 4 hr - $279, HD 720p, 8.8 Mbps - touchscreen slide-out display, 5.9 oz.
                                        16 GB, 3" display, 400 x 240, omni directional stereo mic, HDMI
  • MinoHD 2 hr - $229, HD 720p/60fps, stabilization, 8.8 Mbps, internal battery, 4.1 oz.
                                        8 GB, 2" display, 320 x 240, stereo mic, HDMI
  • MinoHD 1 hr - $179, HD 720p/60fps, stabilization, 8.8 Mbps, internal battery, 4.1 oz.
                                        4 GB, 2" display, 320 x 240, stereo mic, HDMI
  • UltraHD 2 hr - $199, HD 720p/60fps, stabilization, 8.8 Mbps, rechargeable AA / battery pack, 4.5 oz.
                                        8 GB, 2" display, 320 x 240, stereo mic, HDMI + FlipPort
  • UltraHD 1 hr - $149, HD 720p/30fps, 8.8 Mbps, rechargeable AA / battery pack, 5.7 oz.
                                        4 GB, 2" display, 320 x 240, stereo mic, HDMI
  • (HD 720p = 1280 x 720)

Product Line (4/10)

  • SlideHD 4 hr - $279, HD 720p, 8.8Mbps - touchscreen slide-out display, 5.9 oz.
                                        16 GB, 3" display, 400 x 240, omni directional stereo mic, HDMI
  • MinoHD 2 hr - $229, HD 720p, 9 Mbps, internal battery, 4.1 oz.
                                        8 GB, 2" display, 320 x 240, stereo mic, HDMI
  • MinoHD 1 hr - $199, HD 720p, 9 Mbps, internal battery, 3.3 oz.
                                        4 GB, 1.5" display, 176 x 132, mono
  • UltraHD 2 hr - $199, HD 720p, 9 Mbps, rechargeable AA battery pack, 6.0 oz.
                                        8 GB, 2" display, 320 x 240, stereo mic, HDMI
  • Ultra 2 hr - $149, VGA, 4 Mbps, 2 AA batteries, 6.0 oz.
                                        4 GB, 2" display, 320 x 240, stereo mic
  • (HD 720p = 1280 x 720, VGA = 640 x 480)

Flip Video - Mino and Ultra (9/10)

  • Easy-to-use, handheld pocket camcorder
    • Simple controls, one-touch record, instant playback
    • Power up in under 4 seconds
  • 2 in. display, 320 x 240, Transflective TFT for bright daylight
  • Built-in speaker; Built-in wide-range stereo microphone
  • Tripod mount on bottom
  • Flip-out USB arm to connect directly to a computer
  • HDMI Mini out to display
  • Controls: Play, Pause, Fast Fwd / Rewind
    • Setup: Date, time, beeps on/off
  • High-def 720p video (1280 x 720)
    • Now 60 fps (all but Ultra 1 hr.), constant frame rate, progressive scan
    • Add Image stabilization - built in, not settable option
  • H.264 video, AAC audio, MP4 file format
    • 8.8 Mbps (auto-adaptive algorithm)
  • Fixed focus lens (1/1.5 m to infinity), Aperture f/2.4 for low light
    • 1/4.5 in., 1.6 MP CMOS sensor (2.2 x 2.2 um sq. pixels)
    • Up to 2x smooth digital zoom -- while recording
    • High light sensitivity (>1.4 V/lux-sec) with automatic low light detection
    • Automatic white balance and black level calibration 
    • Automatic exposure control with dynamic exposure compensation
  • Pre-loaded FlipShare software works on any PC or Mac
  • Design Your Own

Flip Video - MinoHD (3rd gen) - 1 & 2 hr. - Sleek, Internal Battery and Storage - HD (9/10)

  • New: 60 fps & image stabilization
  • Brushed metal front, rounded, solid metal USB arm - no flap
  • Touch-sensitive capacitive buttons
  • Internal lithium-ion battery, recharges from USB (not removable)
    • Up to 1.5 hrs. use between charges
    • Charge in 3 hours via USB, 2 hours via external adapter
  • 3.94 x 1.97 x 0.63 in., 4.1 oz.
  • Product - http://theflip.com/products_flip_mino.shtml
  • 9/10 - 2 hr. (8 GB) $229 black, 1 hr. (4 GB) $179 silver
Find the Flip MinoHD on Amazon.com

 


Flip Video - UltraHD (3rd gen) - 1 & 2 hr. - Slim, Removable Battery - HD (9/10)


  • UltraHD 2 hr: New - 60 fps & image stabilization
    • New - FlipPort accessory interface
  • Easy-press buttons
  • Removable batteries:
    • Flip lithium-ion battery pack (included with 2 hr)
    • or AA batteries (2 for 1 hr,
         3 for 2 hr model - limited time)
  • 1 hr - 4.25 x 2.19 x 1.17 in., 5.7 oz.
  • 2 hr - 4.16 x 2.11 x 0.88 in., 4.5 oz.
  • Product - www.theflip.com/products_flip_ultra.shtml
  • 9/10 - 2 hr. (8 GB) $199 black/white,
       1 hr. (4 GB) $149
    white/blue/magenta
Find the Flip UltraHD on Amazon.com

 

Flip Video - SlideHD - 4 hrs., 5.8 oz. (4/10) -- Mini HD camcorder - Slide widescreen

  • Shoot and show camcorder, record 4 hours of HD video
    • 16 GB internal memory, 4 hours recording
    • Store up to 12 hours of videos and photos in Space Saver format (FlipShare sw)
  • 3.0" Transflective Touch Screen, 400 x 240
  • Touch screen - split with preview video (top), standard Flip controls (bottom)
    • Play, Delete, Record, 4 way navigation
    • Displays time left and battery level
  • Slide out for shared viewing - full widescreen playback
    • Touch slide strip below to scroll through videos
    • Press and hold for Play controls, Volume, Delete
    • Menu button on side for settings, navigate favorites, videos, photos
  • HD 720p (1280 x 720) video, 16:9 widescreen, 30 fps, progressive scan
    • Constant frame rate, 8.8Mbps (ave., auto adaptive algorithm)
  • MP4 files: H.264 video, AAC audio
    • Compatible with Windows Media Player, QuickTime Player, iTunes, etc.
  • HDMI mini connector to play on HDTV (cable sold separately)\
  • Pre-loaded FlipShare software: Browse, organize, edit movies, share
  • 4.13 x 2.17 x 0.98 in., 5.9 oz.
  • Product - www.theflip.com/en-us/Products/slidehd.aspx
  • ~ 9/10 $249; Introduced 4/10 - $279
Find the Flip Video SlideHD on Amazon.com
  • 1/4.5 inch, 1.6 megapixel CMOS sensor (2.2 x 2.2 µm square pixels)
  • Ultra low-light sensitivity (>1.4 V/lux-sec)
    with automatic low light detection
  • Fixed focus lens (1.5m to infinity)
    • f/2.4 aperture (fast lens for low-light environments)
  • 2x digital zoom, smooth multi-step
  • Built-in wide-range, omni directional stereo microphone
  • Stereo speakers, headphone jack
  • "Child Safe" mode to prevent accidental deletions of clips
  • Silent mode for recording in sensitive situations
  • Flip-out USB arm (from top), USB 2.0, standard tripod mount
  • Rechargeable lithium ion battery, charge on computer USB port
    • or Flip Video power adapter (sold separately)
  • Up to 2 hrs of use between charges
  • Charge time via computer USB port approx. 3 hrs.,
    Power adapter 2 hrs.

Designed for Flip Accessories (9/10)

Bower .45x Wide Angle Magnetic Lens (10/10)
  • Extend field of view by .45X, up-close and afar, panoramic
  • Sturdy, easy magnetic attachment
    • Includes 3 magnetic mounting rings
    • Peel to stick around Flip lens
  • Includes leash with rubber ring to tether lens, carrying pouch
  • 3/4 in. deep, Magnetic diameter 2.1 cm, 3 oz.
  • 10/10 - $49.99 ($39 street)
  • http://store.theflip.com/en-us/products/...
  • www.bowerusa.com
Find the Bower Wide Angle Lens on Amazon.com
Aquapac Underwater Case (10/10)
  • Shoot video through optically clear LENZFLEX window
  • Waterproof to 5 meters / 15 feet
  • Seal with air inside so camera floats in water
  • Aquaclip seal with easy twist clamps
  • Soft tear resistant case of TPU (high-tensile thermoplastic elastomer)
  • UV-stabilized so won't yellow from exposure to sunlight
  • Works in low temperatures, remains soft and functional at -40 degrees
  • No metal parts, entirely rust-proof; Full 5 year warranty
  • Model 106 for UltraHD with FlipPort, Mino, MinoHD
  • Model 346 for Ultra, UltraHD, SlideHD
  • Also models for cameras and camcorders, iPod, iPhone, iPad, mobile phones, MP3 players
  • 10/10 - $30
  • www.aquapac.net

Flip on Gorillapod Mobile
FlipPort Accessories (coming soon)

FlipShare Software - Built-In Organize, Edit, Share

  • 11/08 - New FlipShare software
  • 6/09 - Updated FlipShare software - Flip Channels
    • Publish personal video channels online with personal Flip Channels 
    • Access video channels from the Web, or with free FlipShare iPhone application
    • PR 6/09 -  www.theflip.com/buzz/buzz_061609.shtml
  • 10/09 - Updated FlipShare software - Enhanced sharing to Facebook, Magic Movie creation
    • Improved usability, organization tools and user controls
    • New Magic Movie, automatically trims and arranges selected video into movie
  • 12/09 - FlipShare 5.0 software
    • Share online, and now to mobile phones and television
    • Share to mobile phones via free FlipShare Mobile app for iPhone, Blackberry, Android
      • Access personal Flip Channels, from friends, playlist, share
    • Share to television via FlipShare TV - wireless
    • New organization tools and simple user controls
    • Magic Movie automatically create custom movies from selected clips
    • Email video privately through Flip Video hosted video email service
    • Create custom Flip Channels to share with groups on FlipShare.com
    • Upload videos online directly to Facebook, YouTube, MySpace
    • Preloaded on Flip Video camcorders, free download
    • PR 12/09 - Introduced - www.theflip.com/en-us/buzz/articles/us/buzz_flipshare_120209.aspx
  • 9/10 - Add direct posts to Twitter


  
FlipShare Channels on Web
 
FlipShare iPhone App

Drag and Drop Organize, Edit, Share
  • View, edit, organize, share videos
  • Pre-loaded on-board application --
      installs when connected to PC or Mac
  • Download new versions for previous Flips
Organize Clips
  • Import/export clips from Flip camcorders
  • Save in Library, organize, 
      and play on your computer

Create Movies

  • Grab photo Snapshots
      Video freeze-frame, standard-def and HD
  • Magic Movie automatically create movies
  • Edit Movies: Trim, add titles, credits, music
        Create custom movies with music
  • Create DVD: Order via on-line service, 
      or use your DVD burning application

Share Videos and Snapshots

  • Share Online: Direct upload to 
      Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, other sites
  • Share privately using E-mail
      Send to list of e-mail addresses
  • Share as video Greeting Card
      Wizard for card design, send to e-mail
  • Share on Flip Channels
      Send link to list of e-mail addresses
      Access from Web (flipshare.com), 
        or free FlipShare iPhone app
      Public or private

JVC Pocket Camcorders - Picsio


JVC - Picsio Pocket Flash Memory Camera - 1080p, Stabilize, 3.4 oz. (10/09)

 

  • Full-HD 1080p resolution, 8 MP stills, Image stabilization
  • Case with jewel-like geometric pattern and chrome accents
  • 10/09 - GC-FM1 - $199 - Black Ice, Blue Steel, Purple Passion
  • 2.0" Color LCD Monitor
  • 1/3.2 CMOS imager, 8.17 M pixels
  • Stills: F Stop F2.8, focal length 3.9 mm (VGA 35mm film equivalent: 30)
  • Full-Auto Focus and White balance
  • 4x Digital Zoom
  • Focus switch: Normal / Macro
  • 128 MB internal storage (34.5 MB available)
  • SDHC card expansion: 4 to 32 GB (class 4 or higher)
  • AV and HDMI Output connectors, AV cable included; NTSC / PAL out
  • Tripod mount; mini USB connection, data / charge
  • Internal battery (not removable), recharges in approx. 180 min.
  • Recording time 32GB max. 5hr 42min (1080p) / 85hr 57min (QVGA)
  • 97 x 53 x 17 mm, 95 g (3 7/8 x 2 1/8 x 11/16 in., 3.4 oz./0.21 lbs.)
  • PR 10/09 - www.jvc.com/press/index.jsp?item=725&pageID=1
    x http://newsroom.jvc.com/2009/10/new-jvc-pocket-camera...
  • http://camcorder.jvc.com/product.jsp?productId=PRD1205005&pathId=58
  • 10/09 - Introduced - $199

Find the JVC Picsio Pocket Camera on Amazon.com

  • HD Video Recording - Up to 1080p / 30fps - MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (.MOV) video, AAC audio [stereo, 128 Kbps, 4 KHz]      
    • 1080p (16:9): 1440 x 1080p / 30fps; 720p (16:9): 1280 x 720p / 60fps [12 Mbps]
    • VGA (4:3): 640 x 480p / 60fps; QVGA (4:3): 320 x 240p / 30fps [4 / 2.5 Mbps]
  • Still Image Recording - Up to 8 Megapixel - JPEG
    • [4:3] 8M 3264 x 2448 / 5M 2592 x 1944 / 2M 1600 x 1200 / VGA 640 x 480
  • Dedicated buttons instead of menus:
    • Power (tiny), Record, 4-way (Zoom/Volume
    • Delete, Index (thumbnails) [Delete+Index for Setup]
    • Recording / PlaybackSelect, Video / Still Image Recording Select
    • Press "<" twice to change recording resolution
  • Built-in software: MediaBrowser LE - Send to iTunes / Upload to YouTube

Kodak HD Pocket Video Cameras


Product Line (6/10)
  • Kodak Zi8 Pocket Video Camera $179.95
    • HD video * Less blur * Record up to 10 hours of video
  • Kodak Zi6 Pocket Video Camera $159.95
    • 720p HD videos * Easy upload to YouTube with built-in USB * 2.4 in. LCD screen
  • Kodak Zx1 Pocket Video Camera $149.95
    • 720p HD videos * Pocketable, weather-resistant design * HDMI
  • Kodak PLAYSPORT Video Camera $149.95
    • Waterproof up to 10 ft * Full 1080p HD video * Electronic image stabilization
  • Kodak ZxD Pocket Video Camera $99.95
    • 720p HD videos * Pocketable, weather-resistant design * Easily edit, create and upload to YouTube

Kodak Zi8 Pocket Video Camera, 1080p, 3.9+ oz. (~ 9/09)

 

  • $179 - Black, red, blue
  • 2.5"  LCD Display
  • 5 MP CMOS Sensor
  • 128 MB internal memory, SD/SDHC card expansion slot
  • fixed focus lens, macro
  • Video: H.264 (MOV) - 1080p (1920 × 1080, 30 fps)
        720p/60 fps (1280 × 720, 60 fps), 720p (1280 × 720, 30 fps)
        WVGA (848 × 480, 30 fps)V), AAC LC
  • Still: JPEG (5.3 MP, 16:9 widescreen, interpolated)
  • Image stabilization, smart face tracking technology
  • Built-in ArcSoft Media Impressions software: Edit, create, upload to YouTube
  • AV out, HDMI, DC in, external mic jack (support stereo), Tripod mount
  • KODAK Li-Ion Rechargeable Digital Camera Battery KLIC-7004, AC adapter
  • 62.0 × 113.2 × 21.5 mm (2.4 × 4.5 × 0.9 in.), 110 g (3.9 oz) without batteries

Kodak Zx1 Pocket Video Camera, 720p/60, 3.2+ oz., Weather resistant (~ spring 09)

 

  • 7/09 - $149 / $129 street - Black, blue, yellow, red, pink
  • Weather resistant to rain, snow, sand, dirt. Certified for protection rating IP43
        Rubberized doors protect ports, stainless steel panel. 
  • Bright light or low light, sensitive, low distortion microphone for crisp, clear audio
  • 2.0 in. LCD display 
  • 1.6 MP CMOS Sensor
  • Video H.264 (MOV), AAC LC
        HD60: 16:9 720p at 60 fps, HD: 720p at 30 fps, VGA: 4:3 640 x 480
  • Photo: JPEG, 3 MP (interpolated)
  • Playback: FF & REW: 2, 4, 8, 16X, Slow motion 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16X, frame by frame
  • Built-in ArcSoft Media Impressions software: Edit, create, upload to YouTube
  • Record up to 10 hours of HD video* with SD/SDHC card slot
  • 128 MB internal memory / 30 MB available, SD/SDHC card expansion slot
  • HDMI output; AV output; DC in, HDMI, AV, and USB cables, Tripod mount
  • Power: Pre-charged AA Ni-MH rechargeable batteries and battery charger included
        or CRV3 lithium camera batteries or KODAK Li-Ion Rechargeable Digital Camera Battery KLIC-8000
  • 50.1 × 107 × 20 mm (2.0 × 4.2 × 0.8 in.), 90 g (3.2 oz) without batteries
  • PR 1/09 - Zx1 Announced
Find the Kodak Zx1 HD Pocket Video Camera on Amazon.com

Kodak Zi6 HD Pocket Video Camera, 720p/60, 3.8+ oz. (9/08)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • 7/09, 9/08 - $179 / $125 street - Black, red, pink
  • 2.4" LCD display
  • Fast power on, fast start shooting
        Video & photo, close-up mode, fast motion HD, slow mo playback
  • Shooting modes: HD 16:9 aspect video at 720p at 30 & 60 (fast motion) fps
        also VGA 640 x 480, photos 2048 x 1536
  • Built-in 128 MB internal memory (approx. 30 MB for image storage)
        (Installer for ArcSoft MediaImpression included in ROM)
        Also SD/SDHC card slot, up to 32 GB - 4 GB = ~ 1 hour HD video
  • Controls: Center joystick toggle/button - 
            press Play/Record, left/right (mode, prev/next, fwd/rev), up/down (zoom, vol.)
        Left - Stop / Delete
        Right - Record/Review modes (Video/Playback), 
            slow motion playback
    (1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16)
        Setup - press both Right & Left - set Date / time
  • Volume control for playback, but can't silence sounds  
        (for power on/off, record start/stop, photo shutter)
        -- FIXED ~ 3/09 - firmware version 1.1.0
  • Lens 4.1 mm, f/2.8, Fixed focus; 2X digital zoom
        Focus mode Normal, Close-up (switch on side)
        Focus range Normal 70 cm (27.6 in.) to infinity; Close-up 5 cm (2 in.)
  • Sensor CMOS, 1.6 MP, 1/4.5-type; Auto white balance
  • Mono microphone, built-in speaker
  • Video files: Quicktime MOV - Video H.264, Audio AAC LC, stereo 48 KHz
  • Video modes:
        HD - 1280 x 720, 30 fps - video 9 Mbps, audio 128 Kbps, file ~ 67 MB/min
        HD 60 - 1280 x 720, 60 fps - video 12 Mbps, audio 128 Kbps, file ~ 90 MB/min
        VGA - 640 x 480, 30 fps - video 2 Mbps, audio 128 Kbps, file ~ 16 MB/min
  • Still photos: 2048 x 1536 JPEG, 3 MP (interpolated)
  • Software: Includes ArcSoft MediaImpression Light (Windows)
        Edit, upload to YouTube (Installer also included in camera ROM)
  • 2 AA batteries included precharged (rechargeable Ni-MH recommended)
        Includes Kodak Ni-MH mini-charger: 2 slot, AA/AAA
  • Pop-out USB 2.0 connector (side, button on front also mini-mirror)
  • Includes TV connectors: AV out (Video, Audio L/R), Component out (Y, Pb, Pr)
  • Includes drawstring camera pouch, wrist strap
  • Tripod mount on bottom, 1/4-in. standard
  • 64 × 114 × 23.5 mm (2.5 × 4.5 × 0.9 in.), 107 g (3.8 oz) without batteries
  • Support - www.kodak.com/go/Zi6support
  • Product - www.kodak.com, PR 7/08 - Zi6 Pocket Video Camera Unveiled
Find the Kodak Zi6 HD Pocket Video Camera on Amazon.com

Creative - Vado Pocket Video Cams


Product Line (6/10)
  • Vado HD $179
  • Vado HD 3rd Gen $179
  • Vado Pocket Video Cam $99

Creative Vado Pocket Video Cam (SD) - 2 hours ( 5/08)

  • Slim, lightweight, pocket-sized design
  • 2/09 - $79, silver or hot pink ($59 street)
  • 5/08, 1/09 - $99, silver or hot pink
  • 2" antiglare LCD screen, 16M colors
  • 640 x 480 VGA video resolution, CMOS sensor, 2x digital zoom
        Low light: Extremely high sensitivity at 3.8V/lux-sec
  • Built-in 2 GB memory (no card slot)
        record 2 hours (good quality), 1 hour (excellent quality)
  • MPEG-4 AVI video at 30 fps, 50Hz or 60Hz frequency
  • Speaker and microphone,  TV out, Tripod mount
  • Flexi USB connector on bottom
  • Removable rechargeable battery (custom), 130 minutes
  • Accessories: Pouch $14.99, A/V cable to TV $9.99, Charging station / power adapter $29.99
        Spare batteries, up to two hours of recording or playback, $14.99
  • 3.9" x 2.2" x 0.6" (100 mm x 55 mm x 16 mm), under 3 oz. / 84g (with battery)
  • 5/08 PR - http://us.creative.com/corporate/pressroom/releases/welcome.asp?pid=12931
  • http://us.creative.com/products/product.asp?category=833&subcategory=834&product=17761
Find the Creative Vado on Amazon.com
 

Creative Vado HD Pocket Video Cam - 720p (12/08) 

  • Thin, lightweight, 720p, HDMI out
  • 12/08, 2/09 - $229, black
  • 2" antiglare LCD screen, 640 x 240, 16M colors
  • 1280 x 720 HD video resolution, CMOS sensor, 2x digital zoom
        Low light: Extremely high sensitivity at 3.3V/lux-sec
  • Built-in 8 GB memory (no card slot)
        record up to 2 hours (HD+ quality), 4 hours (HD quality), 8 hours (VGA quality)
  • AVI video file format, 50 or 60 Hz frequency
        H.264 video at 30 fps, ADPCM audio at 177 kbps, 4 bit
        HD+ - 2 hours recording time - 1280 x 720 video, 8304 kbps (~ 10.5 MB / 10 sec)
        HD - 4 hours - 1280 x 720 video, 4252 kbps (~ 5.4 MB / 10 sec)
        VGA - 8 hours - 640x480 video, 2153 kbps (~ 2.6 MB / 10 sec)
  • Speaker and microphone, Tripod mount
  • TV out - RCA, HDMI (HDMI cable included - 1080i out to HDTV)
  • Flexi USB connector on bottom
  • Removable Lithium-ion rechargeable battery (custom), 2 hours
  • Accessories: Waterproof pouch, mesh case, A/V cable, spare battery, battery charger
  • 3.9" x 2.2" x 0.6" (100 mm x 55 mm x 16 mm), 100g (with battery)
  • 12/08 PR - http://us.creative.com/corporate/pressroom/releases/welcome.asp?pid=13036
  • http://us.creative.com/products/product.asp?category=833&subcategory=834&product=18108
Find the Creative Vado HD on Amazon.com

DXG USA - Pocket Camcorders

   

  • "DXG designs, manufactures and markets attractively styled digital still and video cameras 
        for the youth and mainstream markets"
  • Affordable high definition video cameras
  • www.dxgusa.com / www.dxgtechusa.com

Common features: 
    Multiple video resolutions (1080p, 720p, WVGA, QVGA, MOV file format / H.264)
    Photo mode: Multiple resolutions (JPEG, 3, 5, 8 MP (interpolated), JPEG (EXIF), DPOF (Digital Print Order Format)
    Digital voice recorder (audio only)
    Internal memory storage: 32, 128 MB, Plus SD card (8 GB for up to 4 hours at 720p)
    NTSC / PAL output, some with HDMI, Component out
    LED video light / photo flash
    Shooting options:  Macro mode, White balance, EV compensation, Color effects, Self-timer
    Available in vertical / upright and handheld designs
    Colorful: Silver, black, blue, red, pink
    ArcSoft TotalMedia Extreme software, edit standard and high-def video


DXG-125V All-Weather HD Camcorder - 720p  (coming summer 09)

  • All-terrain, all-weather HD camcorder, splash and weather-resistant
        rubber handgrip on sides, clip
  • 1 MP, CMOS sensor
  • 2" TFT screen, 620 x 240
  • Video: 720p, VGA, 30 fps (H.264 / .mov)
  • Stills: JPEG 3 MP (interpolated)
  • 128 MB internal memory, SD card expansion up to 8 MP SDHC
  • NTSC / PAL / HDMI out
  • ArcSoft TotalMedia Extreme software, edit standard and high-def video
  • 2.54 x 4.13 x 0.88 in., 3 oz. (w/o battery)
  • ~ 7/09 - $99, red, olive, camouflage

DXG Luxe Collection - Fashion HD Camcorders - 720p  (7/09)

 

  • Introduced 7/09 - $149
  • HD technology and style: hop, hot, and haute
        Riviera / quilted - DXG-535V - white, black, pink
        Soho / argyle - DXG-533V - blue, pink 
  • 3 in. TFT display, 960 x 240
  • Video: 720p (1280 x 720) at 30 fps (H.264 MOVfile format)
        QVGA (30fps), WVGA (30fps), 720p (30fps)
  • Stills: 5 MP CMOS sensor, JPEG, 3, 5, 8 MP (interpolated)
  • Digital voice recording
  • LED light, photo flash
  • White balance, self-timer, macro mode
  • NTSC / PAL / HDMI out with cable
  • ArcSoft TotalMedia Extreme software
  • Internal 128 MB memory (90 MB available)
       
    SDHC card slot for up to 8 GB
  • Li-Ion battery
  • 1.61 x 2.68 x 4.37 in., 8.01 oz. (w/o battery)

DXG-595V HD Camcorder - 1080p / 1920 - 5X optical zoom  (1/09)

 

  • 7/09 - $229 / $173 street, 1/09 - $249 / $179
  • 1080p HD video - up to 1920  x 1080
  • High-speed 60- fps recording
  • 3" High-Res TFT screen (960 x 240 pixels)
  • 5 MP, CMOS sensor, 5X optical zoom
  • Photos: JPEG (EXIF), DPOF, 3, 5, 8 MP (interpolated)
  • 1080p HD video - MOV format, H.264 video compression
        QVGA(30fps), WVGA (60 fps), 720P (60 fps), 1080P (30 fps) 
        EIS Function WVGA (60 fps), 720p (60 fps)    
  • Digital voice recorder
  • Macro mode, White balance, EV compensation, Color effects, Self-timer
        Night mode
  • LED flash / light, < 1 meter, photo & video
  • Built-in 32 MB memory, SDHC card slot, up to 8 GB (8 hours HD video)
  • SD Card (Up to SDHC 8GB Class6)
  • Stabilizer (WVGA and 720P only)
  • NTSC/ PAL, Component HD output
  • ArcSoft TotalMedia Extreme software, edit standard and high-def video
  • 2.75'' x 5'' x 2.24'', 10.47 ounces (Without Batteries)
  • www.dxgtechusa.com/new/products-list.php?pid=39
Find the DXG-595V Camcorder on Amazon.com

DXG-580V / 581V HD Camcorders - 1080p / 1440/1920  (Q1/09)

 

 

 

 

 

  • Compact and portable HD camcorders
  • 5 MP, CMOS sensor
  • Photos: JPEG (EXIF), DPOF, 3, 5, 8 MP (interpolated)
  • 1080p HD video - up to 1920 / 1440 x 1080 x 30 fps, 
        MOV format, H.264 video compression
  • Macro mode, White balance, EV compensation, Color effects, Self-timer
  • LED flash / light, < 1 meter, photo & video
  • Built-in flash memory, SDHC card slot for up to 8 GB (8 hours HD video)
  • ArcSoft TotalMedia Extreme software, edit standard and high-def video

* DXG-580V - HD Camcorder - 1440 (4/09)

  • 7/09 - $169 / $122 street
  • 3" TFT screen (960 x 240)
  • Available Q1 2009 $179
  • 1/2.5" sensor, 5 MP, F/3.2, f=7.mm lens, 
        Focus 1.5 - infinity, Macro mode 14 - 15 cm
  • Videos: MOV - H.264
        QVGA (320/352 x 240) - 650 Kbps ~ 850 KB / 10 sec.
        WVGA (848 x 480) - 1.7 Mbps ~ 2.5 MB / 10 sec.
        720p (1280 x 720) - 4.4 Mbps ~ 5 MB / 10 sec.
        1080p (1440 x 1080 / 30 fps) -- not full HD, 8.1 mbps ~ 9.6 MB / 10 secs.
        Digital voice recorder (audio only); Max video file 3.75 GB
  • Built-in 32 MB memory (15 MB for storage), SD/SDHC card slot
  • NTSC & PAL; 4X digital zoom
  • Removable custom Li-ion battery, dual battery also holds 4 AAA
  • A/V out + component HD out
  • 2.68 x 4.37 x 1.61 in. / 41 x 68 x 111 mm, 8.01 ounces, 227g w/o battery
  • www.dxgtechusa.com/new/products-list.php?pid=40
  • PR 1/09 - http://dxgusa.com/public_html/old/press/DXG580VLaunchCES09.DOC

Find the DXG-580V Camcorder on Amazon.com

DXG-581V - HD Camcorder - vertical / upright - 1920 (4/09)

Find the DXG-581V Camcorder on Amazon.com


DXG-517V / 579V HD Camcorders - 720p  (Q1/09)

 

 

  • Video: to 720p (1280 x 720) at 30 fps (H.264.mov file format)
  • Stills: 5 MP sensor, JPEG, DCF, DPOF, 3, 5, 8 MP (interpolated)
  • Digital voice recording
  • LED light, photo flash
  • White balance, self-timer, macro mode
  • Built-in flash memory, SDHC card slot for up to 8 GB
  • ArcSoft TotalMedia Extreme software, edit standard and high-def video

DXG-517V - HD Camcorder

  • 7/09, 4/09 - $129 / $99 street, Silver
  • 2.5 in. TFT display, 480 x 240
  • Video: 720p, QVGA, WVGA
  • LED light
  • HDMI out, with cable
  • Internal 128 MB memory (90 MB available)
        720p 14 min., WVGA 18 min., QVGA 78 min.
  • Li-Ion battery or 4 AAA batteries
  • 1.61 x 2.68 x 4.37 in., 8 oz. (w/o battery)

Find the DXG-517V Camcorder on Amazon.com

* DXG-579V - HD Camcorder - vertical / upright (12/08)

  • 7/09, 4/09 - $129 / $99 street, Silver, Red, Pink, Blue
  • 2.4" TFT rotation screen, 480 x 240
  • Video: 720p, D1 (720x480, CIF (320 x 240)
  • Internal 32 MB memory (11 MB available)
  • 4 AAA batteries
  • 1.46 x 3.87 x 2.69 in., 4.8 oz. (w/o battery)

Find the DXG-579V Camcorder on Amazon.com


DXG-579VS Underwater Value Pack - 720p  (7/09)

 

  • 7/09 - $149 camera + casing, Silver, black, blue, red, pink - Casing $49
  • Camera snaps securely into underwater housing 
        for swimming, snorkeling, diving
  • Underwater casing: durable and heavy-duty molded plastic
        Waterproof up to 15 feet, protected from water, salt, sand, elements
  • Full access to controls: Rubberized - 
         Record, play, zoom, still image or video, underwater light
  • 2.4 inch TFT screen (640 x 240 pixels)
  • Video: 720p (1280 x 720) at 30 fps (H.264 MOV file format)
        1280 x 720/30fps, D1 (720 x 480), CIF (320 x 240)
  • Stills: 5 MP CMOS sensor, JPEG, 3, 5, 8 MP (interpolated)
  • LED light, photo flash
  • White balance, self-timer, macro mode
  • NTSC / PAL / Component output
  • Video: HD 1280 x 720, 30 fps
  • Internal 32 MB flash memory (11 MB available), 
        External 8 GB SD card, up to 4 hours 
  • 4 AAA batteries
  • 1.46 x 3.87 x 2.69 in., 4.8 ounces (without batteries)
  • PR - 6/09 - http://www.dxgusa.com/Press/DXGUnderwaterValuePackPressRelease.doc

Find the DXG-579V Camcorder on Amazon.com


RCA Small Wonder (Audiovox) - Pocket Digital Camcorders

   


Small Wonder Line

  • Pocket-size -- easy and fun shooting 
  • Packaging says nothing about resolution or storage, megapixels or megabytes
  • Few controls -- Power to turn on, red Record to start shooting
  • Play , pause, delete, rewind, and fast forward clips
  • No confusing menus or profusion of options.
  • No power adaptor: Uses two standard AA batteries
  • No additional cable: Built-in pop-out USB connector
  • Preloaded software for transferring MPEG-4 files to a PC or Mac
  • A/V jack to connect directly to a TV set for immediate viewing

Memory Manager Software (PC only)

  • Embedded in camcorder, launches automatically with USB PC connection
  • Browse and play videos, Delete
  • Save videos to computer
  • Edit video clips: “Trim & Join” customize clip’s start and end points
  • Layout custom movie: Drag and drop to arrange video segments
  • Capture video frames as photos: EZGrab
  • Upload and share on YouTube, Box.net, or via e-mail

RCA EZ209HD Small Wonder 720p HD Digital Camcorder (3/09)

  • Slimmest, sleekest, sexiest Small Wonder: HD, Sports, or Web Quality
  • HD 720p video recording - 1280 x 720 in H.264 format, AVI files
  • Slim Design - roughly a half of an inch thick
  • 2” LCD Display, 640 x 240
  • 256 MB internal memory
  • Expansion recording to microSD/SDHC memory cards, up to 16 GB
  • Power slide button
  • Controls: 4-way (Prev/Next, Volume), Record, Play/Pause, Menu, Delete, Photo
  • Video quality selector switch: 3 video recording modes
    • WebQ: 320 x 320, 30 fps, 40 hours recording (on 16 GB card)
    • Sports Mode: 848 x 480, 60 fps (high-speed), 8 hours recording
    • HD: 1280 x 720, 30 fps, 8 hours recording
    • AVI files, H.264 video, ADPCM audio
  • Dedicated photo button: 8 MP images extrapolated from 5 MP sensor
    • Press for photo mode & shutter, Record for video mode
    • 3200 x 2400 JPEG
  • Menu - Lighting settings: Auto, Outdoor, Indoor, Low light
    • Key tone on/off setting; English, Spanish, French
  • Integrated Memory Manager software to download, edit, share video
  • mini USB connector (not a pop-out USB connector) - charge / data
  • AV connector and included cable for viewing on TV; NTSC (US) or PAL
  • HDMI connector to view on HD TV
  • Rechargeable battery, not removable - 1.75 hrs. HD shooting, charge 3.5 hrs.
  • Includes AV cable, wrist strap, USB cable, battery charging adapter
  • ~ 4.3 x 2.5 x 0.9 in., 3.04 oz.
  • PR 1/09 - announce (PDF)- http://audiovox2.info/docs/...
  • www.mysmallwonder.com
  • 10/09 - $129 / $89

Find the RCA Small Wonder EZ209HD on Amazon.com


RCA EZ300HD "HD" Small Wonder Digital Camcorder (9/08)

  • 2.4" LCD Display
  • HD Video: 1280 x 720, H.264, 30 fps
  • 5 MP still photos
  • Selectable Landscape and Close-Up Mode
  • 2 GB internal memory - up to 1 hour HD, 2 hours High Quality, 6 hours Web / YouTube
  • SD memory Card Expansion Slot, up to 16 GB - up to 9 hours HD recording
  • 5 MP photo
  • Flip-out lens (for self recording), slide-out USB connection arm
  • Built-in Memory Manager software to download video through USB connection
        email or share clips, upload directly to YouTube
        Requires free FFDShow MPEG-4 Video Decoder
            www.free-codecs.com/download/FFDshow.htm
  • Watch on TV using included AV cable, on HDTV with built-in HDMI connection
  • Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery, lasts up to 2 hours
  • Includes AV cable, carrying pouch, wrist strap, USB extender, Lithium-ion battery pack with charger
  • www.mysmallwonder.com
  • 9/09 - $175 / $125; 9/08 - $159
Find the RCA Small Wonder EZ300HD on Amazon.com

RCA EZ205 "Pocket" Small Wonder Digital Camcorder  (6/08)

  • 1.5" flip-out display
  • Flip-out high-speed USB connector (under display)
  • Runs on 2 AA batteries
  • microSD expansion slot, 1 GB microSD card included
        Record up to 30 minutes in High Quality, or 2 hours in Web Quality mode
        (8 GB card = 4 hours High quality, 16 hours Web quality)
  • Video output connector to watch on TV (cable included)
  • Memory Manager software auto-runs when attach to PC
  • transfer video clips, email, upload to YouTube
  • 2.4 x 1.1 x 3.9, 12 oz
  • www.rcaaudiovideo.com/product.aspx?product=390
  • pr - 1/08 - www.audiovox.com/pressrelease/AEC/release_AEC_2008010711.html
  • 10/09 - $99 / $76; 6/08- list $99 - white
Find the RCA Small Wonder EZ205 on Amazon.com

RCA EZ200 "MyLife" Small Wonder Digital Camcorder  (6/08)

    Find the RCA Small Wonder EZ200 camcorder on Amazon.com

RCA EZ210 "Traveler" Small Wonder Digital Camcorder  (6/08)

  • Bigger 2.5" flip-out display, 320 x 240
  • SD expansion slot, 2 GB SD card included
  • - Record up to 1 hour in High Quality, or 4 hours in Web Quality mode
  • 3 x 1.2 x 4.9, 1 lb
  • www.rcaaudiovideo.com/product.aspx?product=398
  • 10/09 - $149 / $109; 6/08 - list $149

    Find the RCA Small Wonder EZ210 camcorder on Amazon.com


RCA EZ201 Small Wonder digital camcorder  (Spring 07)

  • 9/07 - $99
  • About the same size as a deck of cards
  • 1.5-inch LCD panel, flip out 180 degrees
  • Expandable SD memory slot
  • Two AA batteries last up to two hours of continuous use
  • Spring 07 - $129
Find the RCA Small Wonder EZ201 on Amazon.com

RCA Memory Maker -- DVD docking and recording system  (later 07)

  • Simple one-touch, at-home DVD burning of favorite clips

RCA EZ-105 Small Wonder digital camcorder (06)

  • 5 ounces
  • 06 EZ-105 - $129

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Sample Digital Camcorders


Canon -- Sample Consumer HD Camcorders

   


Canon HV20 -- Full HD MiniDV Camcorder (4/07)

  • True 1080 HD video, 24p Cinema Mode
  • 2.7" widescreen LCD, overlay level marker
  • Canon True HD 1/2.7" CMOS Sensor, 2.96 MP, 1920 x 1080
  • Super Range Optical Stabilization, gyro and vector detection
  • 10x HD video zoom lens
  • Smooth Zoom Speed Control, three pre-set zoom speeds
  • Instant AF uses external sensor, 
        dramatically improved speed and accuracy 
  • Record SD and HD
  • Photo: 3.1 MP still image capture to a miniSD card
        nine-point autofocus, built-in flash
        Continuous Shooting up to five stills per sec
  • Horizontal form factor
  • HDMI terminal
  • 4/07 - $1099
  • 9/07 - ~ $900

    Find the Canon HV20 camcorder on Amazon

 

    

Canon HV10 -- HD MiniDV Camcorder

  • 2.7-inch widescreen LCD screen
  • 10x optical zoom lens
  • Record SD and HD (HDV)
  • around 1 pound
  • 12/06 - $1399
  • 9/07 - $689

    Find the Canon HV10 camcorder on Amazon.com

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JVC -- Sample Consumer HD Camcorders

       


JVC HD Everio GZ-HD7 -- 2 CCD, 1080i, Hard Disk  (4/07)

  • 60GB hard drive
  • three 1/5-inch 16:9 progressive scan CCD
  • 10x optical zoom Fujinon lens
  • optical image stabilization, manual controls
  • USB, HDMI and i.LINK
  • up to five hours of full HD 1920x1080i at 30 Mbps
  • seven hour SP mode 1440x1080i, five-hour 1440CBR mode 1440x1080i
  • MPEG2 Transport Stream video with MPEG 1 Layer 2 audio
  • 4/07 - $1799
  • 9/07 - $1099

    Find the JVC HD Everio GZ-HD7 camcorder on Amazon

JVC HD Everio SHARE STATION CU-VD40 - DVD burner  (4/07)

  • optional DVD burner, USB 2.0 cable
  • HDMI output - play back HD and still files
  • April 07 - $399

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Sony -- Sample Consumer HD Camcorders

   


Sony Webbie HD cameras (1/09, 4/09) 

  • Share moments online virtually as they happen
  • Easy to capture and upload MP4 video and still photos directly to the Web
  • HD video (1440 x 1080 / 30p), SD video (640 x 480 / 30p) -- MPEG4 AVC/H.264
        5-megapixel still photos
  • Movie and Still buttons, shoot stills while capturing video
  • Memory Stick PRO Duo media - up to 8.5 hours of HD video, thousands of photos on 16 GB card 
  • Embedded PMB Portable software - transfer content to video and photo-sharing websites
  • Eggplant, orange, silver
  • www.sonystyle.com/webbiehd
  • PR 1/09 - http://news.sel.sony.com/en/press_room/consumer/digital_imaging/camcorders/release/38253.html

            Sony Webbie HD CM1 & PM1

Sony Webbie HD MHS-CM1 - Slim horizontal design, fits naturally in palm
  • 2.5-inch LCD screen, swivels up to 270 degrees
  • 5 MP CMOS sensor
  • 1.7" wide, 2.4" tall, 7 oz
  • 5X optical zoom, 20X digital zoom
  • Available 1/09 - $199

    Find the Sony Webbie HD CM1 camcorder on Amazon.com

Sony Webbie HD MHS-PM1 - Vertical, 270 degree swivel lens
  • 1.8" screen, swivel lens for self portrait
  • 4 oz., 4X digital zoom
  • SteadyShot image stabilization
  • 15/16 x 4 1/8 x 2 1/4 inch (24 x 103 x 55 mm), 4.2 oz (120 g) w battery
  • Available 4/09, $169

Sony 2009 - HDR-CX100 HD Flash Memory Handycam Camcorder  (3/09)

            Sony CX100 HD, SX41 SD

    Find the Sony HDR-CX100 camcorder on Amazon.com

Sony 2009 - DSR-SX SD Flash Memory Handycam Camcorders  (CES 1/09)

  • Up to 16GB embedded memory, 60X optical zoom, 2.7-inch wide LCD touch panel screens
  • red, blue, silver
  • 16 GB DCR-SX60 about $370, 8 GB DCR-SX41 $300, 4 GB DCR-SX40 $270

Sony 2009 - HDR-XR HD Hard Disk Drive Handycam Camcorders (3/09)

            Sony XR520V HD, SR47 SD

  • 1920 x 1080 HD video recording, up to 12 MP still image capture.
  • High-performance optics, large storage capacity and advanced technologies
  • top-of-the-line HDR-XR520V - 240 GB hard disk drive, up to 101 hours of HD video (LP mode)
        Embedded GPS, back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor, improved optical image stabilization, Smile Shutter
  • Available 3/09 - HDR-XR520V 240 GB $1500, HDR-XR500V 120 GB $1300, 
        HDR-XR200V 120 GB $1000, HDR-XR100 80 GB $750
  • PR 1/09  - http://news.sel.sony.com/en/press_room/consumer/digital_imaging/camcorders/high_definition/release/38257.html

Sony 2009 - DCR-SR SD Hard Disk Drive Handycam Camcorders (2/09)

  • Large built-in hard drives, hybrid movie recording to Memory Stick PRO Duo media (
  • 2.7-inch wide LCD touch panel screens
  • Up to 60X optical zoom
  • DCR-SR87 - 1-MP CCD imager, DCR-SR47 in red, blue, silver
  • Available 2/09 - 80GB DCR-SR87 $500, 80GB DCR-SR67 $450, 60GB DCR-SR47 $400
        3/09 - MS-HX16G 16GB Memory Stick media card $140

    Find the Sony DCR-SR87 camcorder on Amazon.com


Sony 2009 - DSR-DVD Disc Handycam Camcorders  (CES 1/09)

        SonyDVD650

  • Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens, 60X optical zoom, 1/8-inch 680K-pixel CCD imager
  • 2.7-inch LCD touch panel screen, powers on when opened
  • Steady Shot image stabilization 
  • DCR-DVD650 - hybrid recording on 3" DVD discs and Memory Stick PRO Duo media cards,
  • DCR-DVD850 - Hybrid Plus recording with additional 16 GB of embedded memory
        Up to 11 additional hours of LP mode recording time
        Dubbing button to transfer content from internal memory or Memory Stick card to DVD
        Built-in zoom microphone with Dolby Digital 5.1 channel surround sound recording 
  • Available 2/09 - DVD850 $430, DVD650 $300
  • PR 1/09 - http://news.sel.sony.com/en/press_room/consumer/digital_imaging/camcorders/release/38261.html

    Find the Sony DCR-DVD650 camcorder on Amazon.com

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Panasonic -- Sample Consumer HD Camcorders

   

Panasonic HDC-SDT750K - 3D Camcorder (10/10)

 

 

 

 

  • 3D Camcorder - Attach 3D conversion lens to shoot in 3D
    • Two lenses simultaneously record left and right images
    • Recorded side-by-side in frame, each at 960 x 1080
  • Play 3D videos on 3D-capable televisions, using HDMI cable
       such as Panasonic VIERA Full HD 3D televisions
  • Play 3D images on SD cards using AVCHD compatible player,
       such as a Panasonic 3D Blu-ray Disc player
  • Includes HD Writer AE 2.6T PC editing software
    • Edit recorded 3D images, burn Blu-ray/DVD discs
  • 3.0 in. touch-screen LCD
  • 3MOS sensors (2.53 MP x 3)
    • Individual sensors for the three primary colors
  • Leica Dicomar lens, 35 mm wide-angle
    • F1.5 - F2.8 with 46mm filter diameter
  • 2D movies up to Full-HD 1080p/60p (1,920 x 1,080 progressive)
  • 12x optical zoom, up to 18x intelligent zoom
  • Intelligent Auto with Hybrid O.I.S
  • Time Lapse / interval recording
  • 5.1-channel audio recording sound system, uses 5 mics
  • http://www2.panasonic.com/consumer-electronics/...
  • PR 7/10 - Announced - http://www2.panasonic.com/...
  • Available 10/10 - $1,399.95

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Panasonic 2009 - Introductory HD Camcorders (due 4/09)

6 new models, Hard Disk Drive (HDD) and SD/SDHC Memory Card
  • Touch-screen display
  • Highlight Playback - Intelligent Index System - detects zooming, panning, scene changes, sound level changes, faces
  • Auto Power LCD - adjusts LCD brightness, 1/3 in indoor dark, 2X in well-lit outdoor
  • Quick Power On - ready to shoot in 1.9 seconds, start up 0.6 seconds
  • 5-Microphone, 5.1-Channel Surround Sound System
        Zoom Mic function links the microphone's action to the camera's action.
  • Networking - compatible with Panasonic VIERA, operate with TV remote control via HDMI to a VIERA HDTV
  • View images from SD card on Panasonic VIERA TV, play video on Panasonic Blu-ray Disc Player
Introductory HD Camcorders

            HDC-SD20 & HS20

  • HDC-SD20 -compact and lightweight  - SDHC/SD Memory Card, $599
  • HDC-TM20 - twin memory - built-in memory or SDHC/SD Memory Card, black, silver, red, $649
            16 GB built-in memory for 6 hours of recording (in HE mode)
  • HDC-HS20 - hybrid - 80 GB hard disk drive or SDHC/SD Memory Card, $999
  • feature AF Tracking, 16x optical zoom, Leica Dicomar lens

    Find the  Panasonic SD20 - TM20 - HS20 camcorders on Amazon.com


Panasonic 2009 - Advanced Semi-Professional HD Camcorders with 3MOS system

        TM300

  • HDC-HS20 - 80 GB HDD, record 33 hours and 20 minutes in HE mode, $799 (older, not 3MOS)
  • HDC-HS250 - internal 120 GB HDD, up to 50 hours of recording (in HE mode), $999
        compact, similar to 300 models, without manual functions and electronic viewfinder
  • HDC-HS300 - internal 120 GB HDD, up to 50 hours of recording (in HE mode), $1,399
  • HDC-TM300 - Twin Memory - built-in memory or SDHC/SD Memory Card, $1,299
        32 GB built-in memory for 12 hours of recording (in HE mode)
  • Twin models - Relay Recording - uninterrupted from built-in memory to SD
  • 300 models - Manual ring, electronic viewfinder, microphone terminal 
            precise fingertip control of zoom, focus, aperture, shutter speed, white balance
  • HDD models - Copy recorded video from SDHC/SD Memory Card to hard disk
  • 3MOS system - three full-HD MOS sensors, highest total pixel count of 9,150,000 pixels (3M pixels x 3)
  • large-aperture Leica Dicomar lens (filter diameter: 43 mm) and a 1/4.1-inch image sensor
  • 10.6-megapixel still images, 8.3-megapixel resolution when simultaneously recording video
  • Luminance 1.6 lx, shoot video in very low-light conditions
  • Advanced Intelligent Auto (iA) technologies
        Shooting Mode based on the subject
        Auto Focus (AF) Tracking: user touches subject on touch-screen, keeps in focus as moves or turns to side
        Scene Detection for Motion and Still Images: Portrait, Scenery, Macro, Night Portrait, Night Scenery modes
        Optical Image Stabilization (O.I.S): Gyrosensors align optical axis, 4,000 times per second.
            two O.I.S. modes for still-image shooting
  • PR 1/09 - http://www2.panasonic.com/webapp/...

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Panasonic 2009 - SD 70x Optical Ultra-Zoom Camcorders (due 4/09)

            S26 / H80/90

SDR-S26 SD Card and SDR-H80 and SDR-H90 Hard Disk Drive Camcorders
  • SDR-S26 - SD Card - $329 champagne, black, blue, red
  • SDR-H80 - 60 GB HDD, up to 54 hours (in LP mode), plus SDHC/SD Memory Card, $449, silver, black, red, blue
  • SDR-H90 - 80 GB internal HDD, up to 72 hours (LP), $499, black
  • Optical Image Stabilization O.I.S. system reduces hand-shake even at max  zoom
        Gyrosensors detect shake, O.I.S. shifts lens to correct optical axis, 4,000 times per second
  • Intelligent Auto (iA) Intelligent Scene Selector: Scenery (landscapes), Portrait (people), 
        Spot Light (bright and dark areas), Low Light (indoors and outdoors)
  • Easy YouTube Upload -  VideoCam Suite
  • Quick Start - start up in 0.8 seconds    
  • PR 1/09 - http://www2.panasonic.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/prModelDetail...

    Find the  Panasonic H26 and H90 camcorders on Amazon.com


Panasonic Palmcorder SDR-S10 / S20 - Flash (08 - 09)

  • Compact standard-definition camcorder
  • S10 - Rugged and water-resistant
        Records 12 to 50 minutes of MPEG-2 video per GB
        4.49 x 2.48 x 1.22 inches , 0.4 pounds
  • S20 - Water, Shock & Dustproof
  • (1/09) S10 & S20 $399 

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Samsung -- Sample Consumer HD Camcorders

   


Samsung 2009 - HMX-R10 - Full-HD Camcorder - Angled (~5/09)

  • Ultra-compact, ergonomic design, smooth, curvy shape
         Unique form factor to hold camcorder more comfortably
         Lens angled at 25 degrees, reduces strain on wrist
  • ~5/09 - $549/$499
  • Full HD (1920 x 1080)
  • 2.7 inch LCD, touch screen, swiveling
  • 1/2.33" CMOS imaging sensor
  • 5x optical zoom, Intelli-zoom lens 
  • Expandable memory SD/SDHC card slot
  • Photos: 9 MP (2880 x 1620)
  • 1.5'" x 2.23" x 5.04", 0.51 lbs.
  • PR 1/09 - www.samsung.com/us/news/newsRead.do?news_seq=11946
  • www.samsung.com/us/consumer/detail/detail.do?..

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Samsung 2009 - HMX-H106 / 105 / 104 / 100 - Full-HD Camcorders - SSD (3/09)

  • HMX-H106 - ~5/09 - flagship 64 GB, 
        12 hours - $999/$899
  • HMX-H105 - ~3/09 - 32 GB SSD, 
        6 hours - $799/$729
  • HMX-H104 - ~3/09 - 16 GB SSD, 
        3 hours - $699/$649
  • HMX H100 - ~3/09 - 
        no internal storage - $629/$579

 

  • 2.7 inch LCD, touch screen , swiveling 
  • 1/4.5 inch CMOS sensor, 2.2 MP, light sensitivity 
  • Full HD (1920 x 1080 / 60i or 30p), 1280 x 720P / 720 x 480P
  • Schneider Kreuznach Varioplan HD lens
        10x optical zoom, Optical Image Stabilizer
        37mm wide-angle focal length (vs. typical 40~50mm)
  • Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
        More lightweight and compact than HDD, operates silently , 
            very low heat emission
        No moving parts enhances reliability, 
            more durable and resistant to shock and vibrations
        Reduces power consumption (1/8th HDD)
        Faster, quicker boot-up and read/write speeds
  • Expandable memory SD/SDHC card slot
  • H.264 compression, full-HD fine mode, record up to 3 hours per 16 GB
  • Direct HDMI connection to HDTV 
  • Photos 4.7 MP (2880 x 1620), built-in strobe flash 
  • Samsung proprietary swivel grip, control at low or high angles.
  • HD Time Lapse recording mode, save as single movie file
        record single image at an interval of 1, 3, 5, 10, 15, or 30 seconds
  • 2.48 x 2.4 x 5.06 in., 0.78 lbs.
  • www.samsung.com/us/consumer/detail/spec.do?...
  • PR 1/09 - www.samsung.com/us/news/newsRead.do?news_seq=11947

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Samsung 2009 - SMX-F34 - YouTube Camcorder - Standard-def (4/09)

 

 

 

  • 720 x 480, 680K CCD, Schneider lens, Advanced Image Stabilization
  • 34x optical zoom, digital 42x Intelli-Zoom
  • 16 GB internal flash memory, SD/SDHC memory card slot
  • 2.7 inch LCD
  • H.264 compression, up to 8 hours of standard definition video
        Record up to 3 hours of video 
  • Web & Mobile mode: Record YouTube format
        640 x 480 (H.264 / AAC / MP4) 
        Play directly on portable media players
  • 3-D Noise Reduction, Face Detection up to five subjects
  • Swivel hand-grip, adjusts for regular and low angle shooting
  • 2.38" x 2.36" x 4.92", 0.59 lbs.
  • ~ 4/09 -$329/$299/$250, Midnight Black, Sunset Red, 
        Galaxy Silver, Deep Ocean Blue, all with silver trim
  • PR 1/09 - www.samsung.com/us/news/newsRead.do?news_seq=11948
  • www.samsung.com/us/consumer/detail/detail.do?...

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