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JVC GY-HD200U HDD camcorder

Posted by: Ilse Jurrien Sunday 30th, April 2006

JVC Professional Products Company expands its ProHD family line of products with the introduction of the GY-HD200U high definition camcorder. Targeted for independent filmmakers and stringers, this high definition camcorder carries the “Compact-Shoulder” form factor popularized by the JVC GY-HD100U, and is capable of HDV720/60P true progressive image acquisition due to the implementation of JVC’s new “Super Encoder” developed for the latest line of ProHD products. 60P provides 60 full frames of information per second, excellent for viewing and analyzing motion, as well as for delivering an “overcranked” recording for superb slow motion when the final output is 24P.

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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!

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