Archive for Camcorders

Zoom Q3 pocket camcorder ships to America

Posted in Camcorders by Conner Flynn on October 15th, 2009

Zoom Q3 mini camcorder with pro micZoom’s Q3 Video recorder is touted as being the first and only handheld video recorder to record HD audio, and in it’s class it is certainly a unique offering. It caught our eye back in July, but now the Q3 has finally begun to ship to consumers.

The device records 24-bit/48 kHz audio using a pair of condenser microphones and is powered by two AA cells and captures video at 640 x 480 (30fps). It also sports a 2.4-inch 320 x 240 LCD and an SDHC card slot.

Next-generation Flip MinoHD available

Posted in Camcorders by Conner Flynn on October 14th, 2009

Next-generation Flip MinoHD availableThose of you in the market for a new pocket camcorder can now check out the new Flip MinoHD camcorder for $229. It sports a new design and will provide 2-hours of recording time, with a high-resolution display for playback.

Some other features include 8GB of internal memory, recording resolutions up to 1,280 x 720, an omni-directional microphone, built-in speaker, HDMI output and 2x digital zoom. Not too bad for the price. It comes bundled with FlipShare, which lets you upload videos directly to Facebook without a computer, which is pretty handy.

JVC Picsio GC-FM 1 camcorder does 1080p HD video

Posted in Camcorders by Conner Flynn on September 27th, 2009

JVC Picsio GC-FM 1 camcorder does 1080p HD videoJVC wants a piece of the Flip market, so its unveiled the rather attractive and shiny Picsio GC-FM1. It’s more than just a good looking compact camcorder, though. It sports an 8-megapixel sensor and can capture 1080p HD video. No built in memory here, but it shoots to SDHC cards so you can easily add more storage if you need to.

You’d think that JVC would include a card in the box to get you started, but no such luck. So, you’ll need one. Movies are in H.264 format and you can put them directly on YouTube. The device also features digital image stabilization and you can expect 96 minutes from a single charge.

Predator VX360 wearable, waterproof camcorder unveiled

Posted in Camcorders by Shane McGlaun on September 21st, 2009

predatorvx360Extreme sports fans like to show people all the crazy stuff that they do from sky diving to swimming with five four year olds at once (which I assure you is very extreme) the catch is most cameras can’t stand up to the rigors of this type of use. What these people need is a camera like the Predator VX360.

The VX360 is a wearable camcorder that is water resistant and aimed directly at the extreme sports market. The camera is waterproof to three meters and robust enough to survive impact with rock and the salt from seawater.

Toshiba Camelia S10 Ducati edition camcorder

Posted in Camcorders by Conner Flynn on September 17th, 2009

Toshiba Camelia S10 Ducati edition camcorderLast week it was the U500 laptop and now Toshiba has unveiled another device born of its partnership with the Italian bike manufacturer. The pocket sized Cameila S10 camcorder.

Boasting a 5 megapixel sensor it can record video at 1080p and also sports a 4GB card which can hold up to 60 minutes of video. After you’ve recorded your masterpiece, videos can be uploaded directly to Youtube. The Camelia S10 Ducati camcorder also has a 2.5 inch TFT screen, but sadly no HDMI port.

Aiptek PenCAM Trio HD with OLED display

Posted in Camcorders by Conner Flynn on September 7th, 2009

Aiptek PenCAM Trio HD with OLED DisplayPocket camcorders keep getting smaller, even when you think they can’t shrink anymore. Aiptek’s latest pocket camcorder is one of the smallest we’ve seen yet that can shoot HD video. It also sports a 1.1-inch OLED screen on the back so you can preview your footage.

Some other features include the ability to shoot video at 720p30 and take 5 megapixel stills, with 4GB of internal memory, which will hold about two hours of footage. If you are into YouTube, you can upload straight from the camera’s Windows-only software, or pump it out to your TV through the HDMI port.

Medion S47000 pocket camcorder launched

Posted in Camcorders by Conner Flynn on September 3rd, 2009

Medion S47000 pocket camcorder launched Pocket camcorders are all the rage thanks to you silly kids and your youtube videos and vlogs and whatnot. So how does a company attempt to get some of the market share from the likes of the Flip? Well, if you are Medion, you make your mini camcorder rugged so that it’s shock and splash resistant.

That way it should be able to take some abuse if you are filming some really outrageous stunts. Or a kids birthday party. The S47000 features a 2-inch LCD in back and only a few buttons to keep it all simple. It’s ultra light too at only 85g.

Toshiba launches S20, H30 and X100 Camileo camcorders

Posted in Camcorders by Conner Flynn on September 3rd, 2009

Toshiba launches S20, H30 and X100 Camileo camcordersToshiba just launched three new camcorders. The Camileo S20, H30 and X100 models. All three offer full HD (1920 x 1080p). The Camileo S20 is one of the slimmest HD camcorders in the world at a mere 17mm, while the H30 is all about “functionality with ease of use” and the X100 will get you a a decent 10x optical zoom.

If you’re looking for a budget camcorder, the S20 fits the bill, with specs like a 4x digital zoom, 5-megapixel sensor and 3-inch rotating screen. The H30 sports 10 megapixels, 5x optical zoom and 10x digital. The X100 features a 10-megapixel sensor 10x optical, 10x digital and a 4GB built-in flash memory. Plus, both the H30 and X100 have LCD touchscreen panels.

Exemode Yashica DV-535HD camcorder

Posted in Camcorders by Conner Flynn on August 25th, 2009

Exemode Yashica DV-535HD camcorderExemode has introduced the Yashica DV-535HD camcorder. The DV-535HD can record 1080p 30fps HD video at an affordable price. It will debut in Japan on September 11th, retailing for around $263. Don’t let the price fool you, the DV-535HD doesn’t sacrifice performance.

It features an optical 5x zoom, a 5-megapixel CMOS sensor and a touch-sensitive 3″ LCD display. All of your video recordings are stored in AVI file format for easy migration to wherever you want them and you can save all of your recorded content onto an SDHC memory card up to 32GB.

Tachyon 2010 XC camera launches

Posted in Camcorders by Shane McGlaun on August 5th, 2009

tachyonxc-sbI am a fan of motorsports like drag racing and motocross. One of the coolest types of video on YouTube and other sites are the sort shot from inside the cockpit or on the helmet of people during their favorite motorsport.

A company called Tachyon has announced the 2010 model of its XC camcorder will be shipping in mid-September. The camera is designed to be shockproof, offer a wide field of view, and superior light gathering capability for good images.

JVC Everio GZ-HM400

Posted in Camcorders by Conner Flynn on July 30th, 2009

JVC Everio GZ-HM400JVC’s latest full HD camcorder is getting ready to hit the market, the Everio GZ-HM400. The Everio GZ-HM400 will be available this August for about €820 and is pretty similar to the JVC Everio GZ-X900. Some features include:

A 10.3-megapixel CMOS sensor, 2.8″ LCD display, 32GB internal memory, SDHC memory card slot, Konica Minolta HD Lens with a 10x Optical zoom, HDMI output, 600fps mode, K2 audio technology, iTunes and YouTube support.

Kodak Zi8 with 1080p, Image Stabilizer and SD Slot

Posted in Camcorders by Conner Flynn on July 29th, 2009

Kodak Zi8 with 1080p, Image Stabilizer and SD SlotThis may be Kodak’s best pocket cam yet. The Flip Ultra HD doesn’t stand a chance with features like 1080p recording, an electronic image stabilizer, and an SDHC card slot. The launch price is $180. Some other features include:

It has an external mic jack, 5-megapixel stills, you can track faces of subjects and Kodak says, “see more details and accurate colors in low light.” That’s big because low light has been a problem with Flip-class cameras.

Zoom Q3 mini camcorder with stereo microphones

Posted in Camcorders by Conner Flynn on July 20th, 2009

Zoom Q3 mini camcorder with pro micPeople love small camcorders like the flip because they are convenient and compact. The problem is that you sacrifice audio quality for that small size. The audio just plain stinks. I don’t have to tell you. However, there may just be a way to have that small size and decent audio together in one package.

The Zoom Q3 wants to be that solution. The Q3 is comparably small and features USB connectivity, along with stereo microphones that should outdo the flip. This camera records in Mpeg4 and with a 32GB memory card you can record up to 16 hours of video.

Samsung HMX-U10 point-and-shoot 10MP camcorder

Posted in Camcorders by Conner Flynn on July 14th, 2009

Samsung HMX-U10 point-and-shoot 10MP camcorderSamsung has unveiled their latest camcorder and the HMX-U10 is all about casual point-and-shoot. It measures a compact 56 x 103 x 15.5mm with a design to better fit your hand. The upright camera has both 10-megapixel stills capture and 1920 x 1080 Full HD video.

Samsung wants some of the Flip UltraHD market with this one. The HMX-U10 records to an SDHC card and uses the H.264 video codec. In the back there’s a 2-inch LCD for framing and previewing, together with basic controls. The 1/2.3-inch CMOS lens is fixed focus and apparently lacks zoom.

Samsung SMX-K45 and SMX-K40 entry level digital camcorders

Posted in Camcorders by Conner Flynn on July 14th, 2009

Samsung SMX-K45 and SMX-K40 entry level digital camcordersThe SMX-K45 and SMX-K40 are both standard definition (SD, 720×480) camcorders with a 52x optical zoom and optical image stabilization. Sounds like the recording quality may be decent enough on both devices to do web videos. Then again youtube quality has gone up.

The SMX-K40 records only on removable flash cards, while the SMX-K45 has a 32GB SSD. The smx-k40 will cost you $329, while the smx-k45 will cost you $499. 16 Gb is probably all most casual users will need.