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Panasonic SDX1

Mark Peters
Photokina report
Monday 2nd, August 2010
Posted by: Mark Peters

Photokina 2010 News - Panasonic introduces the new HDC-SDX1, the world’s lightest full-High Definition (HD) camcorder, featuring an ultra-compact body and weighing in at just under 0.41 lbs. With its stylish and lightweight design, the new Panasonic SDX1 features a 35.8mm wide-angle lens, 23x Intelligent Zoom and can also double as a Web camera with built-in capabilities for Internet video calling. In addition to being a camcorder that can capture HD video content, the Panasonic SDX1 also serves as a Web camera and microphone, allowing for users to connect with online video chat programs, such as Skype, and make video calls over the Internet to enable easy visual communication.

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Creative DiVi CAM 516 Mini Camcorder

Posted by: Mark Peters Wednesday 23rd, August 2006

Creative Technology, a worldwide leader in digital entertainment products, today introduced Creative DiVi CAM 516, a stylish mini digital camcorder offering video recording in the latest MPEG-4 format and video playback on TV in addition to practical functions such as a 5.1 Megapixel digital camera, MP3 player, voice recorder and webcam - all at an affordable price of $249.00. The small and trendy Creative DiVi CAM 516 fits perfectly into the palm and comes in 3 stylish colours of Black, Silver and Light Blue. Creative DiVi CAM 516 is able to record high quality videos in VGA (640 x 480 pixels) resolutions up to a maximum of 30 frames per second. Users can also play back the videos captured on any TV to share with their friends and families.

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Samsung VP X210L camcorder

Posted by: Ilse Jurrien Thursday 9th, March 2006

Samsung Electronics builds on the success of its Sports Camcorder line with a new next-generation model, the Samsung VP-X210L. The new Samsung VP-X210L camcorder offers enhanced movie quality, greater memory (support up to 4GB), a 25% improvement in recording, time, a 30% improvement in battery life, and an enhanced 10x Optical Zoom. The Samsung VPX210L also features Samsung’s signature hands-free lens that allows on-the-go consumers to capture their adventures on video. “Samsung created a new camcorder category in 2005 with the original Sports Camcorder, and this product remains as the only product of its kind on the market today,” said MoonSoo Bang, Vice President of the Digital AV Division of Samsung.

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Panasonic D-Snap SV-AS30 camcorder

Posted by: Ilse Jurrien Wednesday 22nd, September 2004

Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., best known for its Panasonic brand products, today introduced two new D-snap SD video cameras. The models SV-AS30 and SV-AS3 can snap still and moving images, play back video and music files, record voice notes and share contents with a wide variety of SD-enabled products, including digital TVs, DVD recorders and printers. The SV-AS30 will be available to the public on October 30 and the SV-AS3 on November 27. The two models function as effective 3.2 megapixel CCD digital cameras, MPEG4 video recorders, AAC/WMA/MP3 music players and voice recorders recording up to 66 hours on a 1 GB SD Memory Card. The SV-AS30, super-thin model, incorporates all these features in a compact 53.2 x 103.2 x 9.9 mm (14.0 mm at the lens) casing, the slimmest in the world.

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Looking back some years from now it is easy to conclude that the market for camcorders is changing big time. Tape is old school; flash storage is the only thing that is important, for now. Prices drop rapidly and capturing video, even in High Definition, is possible with a wide variety of electronic devices. Not only the semi-professional camcorders are recording in HD, even simple mobile phones are doing the job in HD today. Of course there is a big difference in quality and flexibility, but the fact is HD is for everyone. With the rise and shine of system cameras like Micro Four Thirds or the NEX-series of Sony, a new segment of digital camcorders will make its way to the consumers. Featuring the same image sensor as the system cameras, these new camcorders are paving the pad towards consumer-grade HD camcorders with interchangeable lenses. And then we did not even mention 3D… Stay tuned for our Photokina report live from the show floor!