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Sony Net-sharing Cam Web video friendly

Posted in Camcorders,Digital Imaging,Sony by Nino Marchetti on July 17th, 2007

Sony Net-sharing CamSony’s hoping to hit up the wallets of social networkers and video bloggers everywhere with its unveiling today of a Web-focused, portable camcorder. The new Sony Net-sharing Cam is priced at around $200 and should be available in September.

The Sony Net-sharing Cam, which shoots video in the MPEG-4 recording format, can record about five hours of video onto a 2GB Memory Stick Pro Duo when default settings on the camcorder are enabled. It also can snap five-megapixel digital camera images and measures 1-3/16″ by 4-1/8″ by 2-1/4″.

Sony HDR-SR5C 100GB Camcorder

Posted in Camcorders,Sony by Darrin Olson on June 9th, 2007

Sony HDR-SR5C Camcorder with 100GB hard driveSony’s latest HDD camcorder features a whopping 100GB internal hard drive along with some real convenient features, but for a price.

Camcorders that store their media on hard drives work very nice to allow quick access to recorded content on the camera since each time you stop and start it creates a separate file, and in Sony’s case has an icon showing the first frame to identify the clip. Transferring the data to your computer is as simple as connecting any external drive and as quick as the USB interface will allow. This model also comes with a one-toch disc burn feature with supported software to burn DVD’s through your computer.

Along with that 100GB’s of storage the Sony HDR-SR5C camcorder features a wide 2.7 inch touch panel with menus on the screen to navigate settings along with viewing and managing recorded …

Canon HR10 HD Camcorder

Posted in Camcorders,Canon by Chetz on May 9th, 2007

Canon HR10 HD CamcorderCanon has pumped out a new camcorder tailored to attract the interest of those seeking the sharpest high definition images for their handheld video memories.

The Canon HR10 HD Camcorder combines several of the company’s optical accomplishments into one such as offering a full HD 1920 x 1080 CMOS image sensor, a 10x optical zoom lens and uses Advanced Video Codec High Definition (AVCHD) to record the high def images to your standard issue 3-inch (8cm) DVD discs that can be played back on compatible DVD players including most Blu-ray ones. It also takes just one cable to play back the images on the HR10 onto an HD TV via the HDMI interface.

For any budding moviemakers there are modes that change the frame rate to 24p or color adjustments to change the tonal characteristics to a more cinematic quality look. The 2.7-inch widescreen …

Sony Handycam HDR-CX7

Posted in Camcorders,HDTV,Sony by Darrin Olson on April 26th, 2007

Sony Handycam HDR-CX7Sony has unveiled a lineup of 3 new high-def Handycam camcorders led by the HDR-CX7 which is currently the smallest and lightest AVCHD camcorder available. Weighing only 15 ounces with the battery, the HDR-CX7 can record up to 3 hours of full HD 1080 video onto an 8GB Memory Stick.

The camcorder has a 2.7 inch LCD screen which makes it easy to navigate menus and browse recorded content on the “film roll”. Recording takes advantage of a 3 megapixel sensor for HD video and the camera will take 6 megapixel still images. Both pictures and recording use Sony’s SteadyShot feature to help with the unavoidable shaky video or blurry pictures when trying to get footage on the go. The sound won’t suffer with this, either. The HDR-CX7 records in Dolby 5.1 surround sound which gets compressed and saved in the MPEG-4 file format with the …

Sanyo Xacti CG6

Posted in Camcorders,Digital Video,Sanyo by Chris Weber on March 20th, 2007

Sanyo Xacti CG6 CamcorderSanyo has announced that the Xacti CG6 digital camcorder is finally set for its US release toward the end of March. This tiny, pocket-sized 6 ounce still/video camera works well for decent on-the-go video recording without having to haul around a standard size camcorder.

The Xacti CG6 has a 6 megapixel CCD with a 5X optical zoom lens through which video and still pictures can be taken, viewed through a 2.5 inch fold-out LCD screen. The camera supports widescreen shots and even has real-time interpolation for 10-megapixel (3680×2760) high-resolution recording.

The camera also has a fairly quick and easy to use interface, providing voice prompts for menus and allowing on camera video editing when memory allows. Data can be transferred to and from your computer via USB 2.0 and the CG6 supports PictBridge as well.

SDHC-compatibility was added to the Xacti CG6 to handle up to an …

Finally, JVC Everio Brings HD Home Videos

Posted in Camcorders,Digital Video,HDTV,JVC by Chetz on March 8th, 2007

JVC HD Everio GZ-HD7JVC rolls out its new Everio GZ-HD7 camcorder next month, giving the public the opportunity to purchase the first full high definition video recorder on the market.

Capable of recording images up to 1920 x 1080i at 30Mbps, the cam also includes a 60 GB hard drive which will give you about five hours of HD recording time. Colors are captured using three 1/5-inch CCDs for reds, greens and blues, using 16:9 progressive scan and pixel shift technology. The camera also comes with a broadcast quality Fujinon lens.

Since the camera records in MPEG2 format the videos you take on the GZ-HD7 can be copied onto Blu-ray discs (if you have a Blu-ray recorder and the software.) Also bundled with the camera are optical image stabilization technology, a host of digital connections (USB, DV, HDMI), manual controls, editing and archiving software and if you …

Canon HV20 High Definition Camcorder

Posted in Camcorders,Canon by Paul Patterson on February 2nd, 2007

Canon HV20 High Definition CamcorderAspiring filmmakers need look no further than Canon’s HV20 High Definition Camcorder to achieve a cinematic look with their videos. The HV20 has a 24p Cinema Mode which allows the camcorder’s frame rate to be adjusted to 24p – the same frame rate as movie film. In addition, a CINE setting changes the color and tonal characteristics of your video to evoke the look and feel of a movie shown in a theater.

The HV20 HD Camcorder records true 1080 high definition video, includes a 10x HD video zoom lens, and Canon’s True HD 1920 x 1080 CMOS Image Sensor. The HV20 has an array of features and enhancements for greater creative control and easier connectivity.

The HV20 HD Camcorder will be available in April with an estimated selling price of $1099.

Press Release [Canon]

Canon Releases DC50 DVD Camcorder With 5 Megapixel Stills

Posted in Camcorders,Canon,Digital Video by Darrin Olson on January 6th, 2007

Canon Releases DC50 Five Megapixel DVD CamcorderCanon has released the new DC50 DVD camcorder into their line up featuring direct-to-DVD recording along with a 5.39 megapixel CCD Image sensor.

Aside from the hi-resolution still pictures, video is taken through a 10x optical / 200x digital zoom lens with Canon’s Super Range Optical Image Stabilization to help with shaky hands when zooming in. Both video and still images will take advantage of the next generation of Canon’s signal processing technology, called the DIGIC DV II. This processing helps by identifying color requirements in different photo and video situations, and also helps improve quality when filming in low-light.

Canon has incorporated some additional cool features into the DC50, one of which is the Quick Start Mode which will bring the camera from standby to shooting in under a second to help avoid missing shots while waiting for the camera to …

New 3CCD HD Camcorders from Panasonic

Posted in Camcorders,Digital Video,News,Panasonic by Darrin Olson on December 10th, 2006

Panasonic 3CCD High Definition AVCHD CamcordersPanasonic has recently unveiled two new high definition camcorders with some big screen features in tiny packages. The HDC-SD1 and HDC-DX1 are similar camcorders but both record high def in slightly different ways. The HDC-DX1 (pictured on the left) records onto DVD discs, and the HDC-SD1 records onto small (in size not capacity) SDHC memory cards.

The HDC-SD1 has some advantages with recording onto the memory cards by having no moving parts required in order to save the data. It has fewer parts to break, and is more resistant to shock. Also, it can potentially hold more data. A 4GB memory card can hold up to an hour of high definition video, where a dual layer DVD can hold up to about 40 minutes. And of course if you add a larger memory card, you can hold more recording time. Another …

Sony DCR-SR40 HDD Handycam Reviewed

Posted in Camcorders,Digital Video,Review,Sony by Darrin Olson on December 3rd, 2006

Sony DCR-SR40 HandycamThe DCR-SR40 Handycam is a small camcorder with a large capacity for video. This video camera holds it’s multimedia with a 30GB hard drive instead of using a tape or miniDV.

After shooting with this camera for a couple of days the best part of it, especially compared to non-HDD camera’s, is the fact that you can view and manage the video files with the touch screen LCD interface. Each time you start and stop the recording, the camcorder creates a new file. The files are automatically organized into dates when they are saved to the hard drive, so navigating them is fairly easy. Also, the files are represented on the screen by the first frame of the video. A few times I would forget to remove the lens cover before shooting, and those videos would all be identified as black, but aside from …

Panasonic HDC-SD1, One Small AVCHD Camcorder

Posted in Camcorders,Digital Video,News,Panasonic by Darrin Olson on November 8th, 2006

Panasonic HDC-SD1 CamcorderPanasonic has come out with the latest in small AVCHD camcorders which will record High-Def video. The video is recorded onto a 4GB SDHC memory card that can hold between 40 and 90 minutes of video depending on the Mbps that the video is recorded at, and it has a battery that allows continuous recording for up to 65 minutes.

Using the 3CCD sensor the HDC-SD1 camcorder can record in full HD 1080i (1920 x 1080) and provide digital and optical zoom at 12X and 30X, respectively. You can watch the video you are recording with the 3″ LCD flip-out monitor and record sound in Dolby Digital 5.1 format with 5 separate microphones built into the camera that adjust based on zoom.

The attention-getter with this camcorder has got to be it’s size, though. At only 490 …

Just Point and Shoot with Pure Digital Camcorder

Posted in Camcorders,Digital Video by Quagmire on October 16th, 2006

Pure Digital Point and Shoot

Pure Digital Technologies, a pioneer in developing one-time use cameras and camcorders has released the Point & Shoot Video Camcorder.

The new camcorder is a great alternative for those people who want a simple, no-frills solution for creating and sharing high quality home movies. Compact, affordable, and easy-to-use; Pure Digital’s new camcorder allows anyone to easily record and share their adventures with one push of a button.

The Point and Shoot also plugs into a PC via USB and has built-in software to transfer and process the video with one click. Pure Digital is surely hoping to cash in on the proliferation of online video sharing services like YouTube, MSN Soapbox and Yahoo video with this new camera.

The Point and Shoot comes in two models, one that holds 30 …

JVC Everio G Series Camcorder

Posted in Camcorders,Digital Video,JVC by Darrin Olson on September 17th, 2006

JVC Everio G SeriesI think JVC has reached a mile marker here with the media for digital video recording. I remember my dad with a camcorder that took the full size VHS tapes (he still uses it), and then they went to the smaller tapes so the camera could have a smaller profile and you could still get a decent amount of recording time.

After tapes there was some time there were it could have went anywhere. The most popular seemed to be using flash memory or lately using small DVD’s that were burned inside the camcorder on the fly. Both of these options were good, but I think the JVC Everio G series camcorders (GZ-MG50 pictured) have gotten it figured out.

The Everio camcorders do not have a tape or a DVD disc spinning inside them. They have a hard drive that can be up to …