Category: Digital Video Cameras
Monday, October 10, 2011
The Kodak Playfull Waterproof is Kodak’s latest waterproof digital video camera. Combining pocketability with ruggedness, the Kodak Playfull Waterproof shoots 720p HD video, has a built-in USB arm for easy file transfer to a computer, can withstand a drop from a height of 1.5m, and is waterproof down to a depth of 3m. It also boasts a 2” display with LCD Glare Shield feature, an SD memory card slot that’s compatible with SDHC cards, and an HDMI port. Available in black or white for £79.99 MSRP, the Kodak Playfull Waterproof will go on sale on 1st November.
JVC has revealed the MSRP of its GC-PX10 hybrid digital camera. Announced in September, the JVC GC-PX10 takes 12-megapixel stills and 1080p full HD video sampled at 36Mbps. Featuring 32 gigabytes of built-in flash memory plus a slot for SDXC/SDHC/SD cards, the JVC GC-PX10 can even shoot stills and video simultaneously. Other highlights include 300fps slow-motion movie capture at VGA resolution, 10x optical zoom with optical image stabilisation, a 3” tiltable touch-sensitive screen, time-lapse recording and a top sensitivity setting of ISO 6400. The JVC GC-PX10 carries an MSRP of $899.95.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Toshiba today introduced a trio of Full HD camcorders. The Toshiba X416 ($319.99) is a top-of-the line CAMILEO camcorder that offers 23x optical zoom, electronic image stabilisation, 16GB of built-in memory and SDXC memory card support. The Toshiba CAMILEO X400 ($279.99) offers a similar feature set sans the 16GB on-board storage. Both camcorders come equipped with a 5-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor that’s also capable of capturing stills. The third model, called the Toshiba CAMILEO X200 ($229.99, pictured), offers 12x optical zoom, an 8-megapixel CMOS sensor, 128MB of built-in memory and SDXC support. The CAMILEO X400 and X200 camcorders are now available for purchase, while the X416 will be available starting on 10 October 2011.
Friday, September 2, 2011
The JVC GC-PX10 is a hybrid digital camera that takes 12-megapixel stills and 1080p full HD video sampled at 36Mbps. Featuring 32 gigabytes of built-in flash memory plus a slot for SDXC/SDHC/SD cards, the JVC GC-PX10 can even shoot stills and video simultaneously. Other highlights include 300fps slow-motion movie capture at VGA resolution, 10x optical zoom with optical image stabilisation, a 3” tiltable touch-sensitive screen, time-lapse recording and a top sensitivity setting of ISO 6400. The JVC GC-PX10 is scheduled for launch in September with pricing to be announced.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Panasonic has announced the development of a compact, dual-lens camcorder that records both 2D and 3D video footage. Outfitted with Panasonic’s Double 3MOS System, the new HDC-Z10000 camcorder is billed as the world’s first integrated twin-lens 2D/3D camcorder that is officially compatible with the AVCHD 3D/Progressive standard. The Double 3MOS System features two 3MOS sensors (with an effective pixel count of 6.57 megapixels) and two large-diameter f/1.5 lenses treated with Nano Surface Coating. Additionally, the Panasonic HDC-Z10000 offers both manual controls for professionals and an intelligent auto mode for beginners. On the audio front, the HDC-Z10000 has built-in microphones for recording Dolby Digital 5.1-channel surround sound / 2-channel stereo, and also features two XLR audio inputs with a 48-V phantom power supply for external microphone use. The new Panasonic 3D camcorder is planned to be released in winter this year, and will be on display at IFA 2011.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Kodak has unveiled a robust special edition of the Kodak Playsport pocket video camera. “The BURTON Edition of the Playsport Camera goes where you want to go, even in the harshest winter conditions,” said Phil Scott, Vice President of Marketing, Digital Capture and Accessories, Kodak. “This little pocket-sized video camera is waterproof, and shockproof so no need to worry about carving through fresh powder or hitting a rail or hard pack in a terrain park. The easy to read interface and buttons are large enough to use even with gloves on.” Capable of shooting 1080p Full HD video footage as well as 5-megapixel stills, the Kodak Playsport BURTON Edition comes with an HDMI cable, remote control, 4GB SDHC memory card, a gripping tripod and carry case and retails for £179, with availability slated for autumn.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
The Sony Handycam NEX-VG20E is an E-mount interchangeable-lens camcorder with a 16.1megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor. Capable of shooting DSLR-quality 16-megapixel stills and Full HD movies with frame rates of 50fps and 25fps, the Sony Handycam NEX-VG20E also offers comprehensive manual controls and improved audio with a precision Quad Capsule Spatial Array microphone supporting stereo/5.1 sound recording. The camcorder’s handgrip has been redesigned to provide improved ergonomics versus the NEX-VG10. The Handycam NEX-VG20E Full HD E-mount system camcorder from Sony will be available from November 2011 for about $1600 (body only).
Friday, August 19, 2011
Canon is showcasing its strongest-ever product portfolio at IBC 2011, the leading tradeshow for media and broadcast professionals. Canon’s X-series camcorders will all be on display, with EOS HD Digital SLR cameras and a variety of EF lens solutions. IBC 2011 takes place at the RAI Amsterdam from 9-13 September.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
To celebrate the launch of the LS-20M; a new device that delivers recording studio sound quality with HD movie capture, Olympus is launching a battle of the bands competition in collaboration with Harvest. The winning band will receive an Olympus LS-20M as well as an opportunity to play at the festival on the main stage on Sunday, 11th September. Available for £280/$300, the Olympus LS-20M comes with a range of Movie effects, including Pop Art, Pin Hole, Punk and Sketch and also features dual LCD panels as well as two condenser microphones for recording 24 bit/96 hHz linear PCM stereo sound.
Monday, August 1, 2011
Rollei has launched three new Full HD camcorders that also take five-megapixel stills. The Rollei Movieline SD 800 P (€349.95, pictured) is probably Rollei’s most interesting digital video camera to date with 8x optical zoom, image stabilisation and… a built-in projector! Note though that the projector’s specifications are somewhat basic, with a resolution of only 320x280 pixels. Other highlights include a 3” touch-sensitive screen and a variety of scene modes. The Movieline SD 80 (€199.95) is a smaller, entry-level model that nevertheless offers a similar 8x zoom range and 3” touchscreen, plus time-lapse and slow-motion recording, face detection and electronic image stabilisation. Finally, the Movieline SD 230 (€249.95) boasts 23x optical zoom, a 3.5” widescreen touch panel, dual video recording function and image stabilisation. All of these models are equipped with 1/3.2 type CMOS sensors and SD/SDHC card slots, and each comes with an HDMI cable as standard.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
The Sony Handycam DCR-SX21E is an easy-to-use standard-definition digital camcorder with 57x optical zoom and SteadyShot image stabilisation. New to entry-level Handycam models, Intelligent Auto mode recognizes up to 18 different scene combinations – from portraits and landscapes to night views. Focus, exposure, colour and other settings are adjusted automatically in this mode.. Menus and settings are adjusted via a joystick next to the flip-out 2.7” Clear Photo LCD. A conveniently-placed button switches on the built-in LED video light to illuminate indoor scenes or night-time shots. The Sony Handycam DCR-SX21E will be available from early September 2011. Pricing to be confirmed.
The Sony Handycam DCR-SR21E is an easy-to-use standard-definition digital video camera with 57x optical zoom and SteadyShot electronic image stabilisation. Distinguished from the also-new Sony DCR-SX21E through different looks and the use of an 80GB hard disk drive (rather than a memory card( as the recording medium, the Sony Handycam DCR-SR21E also boasts an Intelligent Auto mode that analyses the scene in front of the camcorder’s lens to choose the most appropriate of 18 scene modes ranging from Portrait and Landscape to Night View. Focus, exposure, colour and other settings are adjusted automatically, while menus and settings are accessed with a joystick located next to the articulated 2.7” monitor. The Sony Handycam DCR-SR21E will become available in September 2011, with pricing to be confirmed.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
The Toshiba Camileo B10 and Camileo P100 Full HD digital video cameras, announced back in April, are now available in the US. The Toshiba Camileo B10 is a neat, robust yet lightweight and pocket sized camcorder that can be kept close at hand for spontaneous shots, while the Toshiba Camileo P100 is a more advanced model with 5x optical and 8x “advanced” zoom. The B10 features a 5-megapixel CMOS sensor, while the P100 has an 8-megapixel one. Thanks to their high-resolution imagers, both can capture stills in addition to recording Full HD video footage. Furthermore, both devices are SDXC compliant, and each features an Upload Button, which allows easy uploading of videos to social networks. The Toshiba Camileo B10 is available from $119.99, whilst the Toshiba Camileo P100 starts at $179.99.
Monday, May 30, 2011
The Rollei Movieline SD40 and the Rollei Movieline SD55 are two new Full HD camcorders that also take five-megapixel stills. The Movieline SD40 (€119.90, pictured) has a fixed 5.23mm f/3.2 lens and offers 4x digital zoom, while the Movieline SD55 (€149.90)boasts a 5-25mm f/3.5-3.7 Rolei Apogon zoom lens. Both camcorders feature dual microSD and SD(HC) card slots and 3-inch touch-sensitive screens. Both Movieline models will be available in shops from the end of July 2011.
Monday, May 9, 2011
The Toshiba Camileo BW10, recently launched in the USA, is a water- and dustproof pocket camcorder that records 1080p Full HD video. The BW10 comes in silver and yellow and features a rubberised coating for waterproofing down to a depth of six and a half feet. Featuring a 2” monitor, electronic image stabilisation and easy YouTube uploading, the Camileo BW10 weighs in at 3.5 ounces, and is available at an MSRP of $149.99 in the USA. (In the UK, the camcorder sells for around £100-110.)
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Best Buy today announced the availability of several GoPro products. These include two activity cameras, the GoPro HD Helmet Hero ($299.99, pictured) and the GoPro HD Hero 960 ($179.99), and a number of accessories. Among these are the Ride HERO Handlebar Seatpost Mount ($19.99), the LCD BacPac ($69.99), the Battery BacPac ($39.99), the GoPro Chest Mount Harness ($39.99), Suction Cup Mount ($29.99) and rechargeable Lithium-ion battery ($19.99), as well as a tripod mount ($7.99).
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Olympus has mated a Full HD pocket camcorder to a high-end linear PCM recorder to produce a unique product called the Olympus LS-20M. Equipped with two condenser microphones, a fixed-focal-length auto-focus lens and two LCD panels, the Olympus LS-20M will record 1080p high-definition video with 24 bit/96 hHz linear PCM stereo sound. Also on board are four Magic Movie special effects filters borrowed from the manufacturer’s line-up of still cameras, including Rock, Sketch, Pinhole and Pop Art. Video and audio files are saved on SD and SDHC cards, while power is supplied by a proprietary Li-ion battery pack. The Olympus LS-20M will be available in June, at an estimated street price of $299.99.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Sony has won two awards from the Technical Image Press Association. The company scooped up the TIPA award for best imaging innovation for its SLT technology, whilst its Handycam NEX-VG10E interchangeable-lens video camera has won the accolade of “Best Expert Camcorder”. Sony’s SLT technology is used in the Sony A55 and A33 cameras, and it will also be at the heart of the upcoming Sony A77. The Sony Handycam NEX-VG10 (pictured) is a Full HD camcorder that has an APS HD CMOS sensor and takes Sony E-mount lenses (as well as A-mount lenses with the LA-EA1 mount adapter).
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
The Samsung W200 is a pocket-sized, waterproof Full HD camcorder featuring a 5-megapixel CMOS imager. With a bright f/2.2 lens and a tough body that’s waterproof down to a depth of 3 metres, the Samsung W200 is especially well-suited to capturing underwater videos and stills. The lens also features anti-fog coating that lets steam disperse so you always have clear, blur-free videos and pictures even straight after coming out of the pool. The 1300mAh battery provides enough power for up to two hours of continuous recording. The Samsung W200 Pocket Cam will be available from May at a recommended retail price of $159.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
In a surprise announcement made today, Cisco unveiled that it is closing down its Flip camcorder business as part of a major restructuring project. The news comes only a week after the company announced an update to its FlipShare software and launched a suite of FlipMobile apps for Android and iOS devices. Promising to “support current FlipShare customers and partners with a transition plan”, Cisco says it will “realign the remaining consumer business” in an effort to focus on its five key company priorities.