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Sony HDR-FX7E camcorder

Posted by: Ilse Jurrien Friday 8th, September 2006

Serious amateur videographers can enjoy superb High Definition picture quality with the first ever HDV camcorder featuring the revolutionary Sony-developed 3ClearVid CMOS Sensor system. Teamed with the camera’s superb Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 20x optical zoom lens, the new 3ClearVid sensor delivers High Definition pictures with exceptional resolution, purity and natural colour reproduction. The new Sony HDR-FX7E camcorder extends the benefits of 1080-line “full-HDV” shooting to a wide range of applications. Its HDMI interface allows digital connection of uncompressed High Definition video and audio signals to HD-ready televisions and other displays via a single cable.

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Canon HV10 HDV Camcorder

Posted by: Ilse Jurrien Thursday 3rd, August 2006

Until now, the concept of putting true 1080 HD (high definition) video recording capability in your pocket was purely science fiction. Get ready for the future, as Canon's newest HV10 HDV camcorder delivers high definition video in a sleek and stylish package, that's loaded with imaginative new features and affordable at an estimated selling price of $1,299. A veritable "Best of" compilation of Canon breakthrough technologies, the HV10 HDV camcorder combines Canon's world-class HD optics, with Super Range Optical Image Stabilization, DIGIC DV II image processor, and a Canon designed and manufactured Full HD resolution CMOS sensor, similar to those found in Canon's full line of Digital SLR cameras.

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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!