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All posts tagged "camcorder"


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

New Pocket Camcorders From Toshiba Have Impressive Features

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Digital Home Talk" @ 06:30 AM

http://www.engadget.com/2011/04/07/...ders-strays-fr/

"The B10 camcorder has a candy bar shape with a front-facing lens -- much like the Flip camcorders that kicked off the pocket cam craze in the first place. The B10 shoots at Full HD resolution, snaps 16 megapixel stills, has 16X digital zoom, and takes SDXC cards as large as 64GB. Prefer the ole' pistol grip? The P100 boasts the same specs and adds 8X optical zoom -- still a rarity in inexpensive pocket cams."

If you are not in an immediate hurry to purchase and can wait until sometime in the second quarter, these two Toshiba pocket camcorders may be well worth having a look at if the form, functionality, and specifications meet your needs. Both the candy bar-styled CAMILEO B10 and the pistol grip-styled CAMILEO P100 will capture video at 1920x1080p (30p) and can capture 16 megapixel still shots (interpolated from their 5 megapixel (B10) and 8 megapixel (P100) CMOS image sensors). The P100 does have a full 8x optical zoom capability for video (5x optical zoom for photo stills), which is a significant advantage over the B10 which just has a digital zoom. Both models capture MP4 video and JPG still photo formats, and both models have Mini-HDMI and Mini-USB 2.0 ports for connectivity.


Thursday, February 17, 2011

Panasonic Launches New Line of Camcorders, Several of them Waterproof

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 06:41 PM

http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/17/...hapes-sizes-an/

"Panasonic today announced the release of the new waterproof Full-HD Camcorder HX-WA10, which allows easy, effortless photo and video shooting. The WA10 is also optimized for shooting outdoors and in rainy weather. It captures stunning, detailed images with Full-HD 1920 x 1080 resolution, thanks to Backside Illumination (BSI) technology for shooting in dimly lit conditions, and 16-megapixel still image recording with top-class digital camera quality. This lets users easily enjoy authentic HD shooting in a wide range of situations."

Engadget has the breakdown of all the products, but the one that interests me the most is the HM-TA20 (pictured above right). I've been looking for a new Flip-style camera and the fact that this one is waterproof to 15 feet and dust-proof is quite appealing. I like that it has a three inch screen - my Flip Mino's screen is so tiny it's kind of ridiculous.


My Life in HD: The Samsung HMX-T10 HD Camcorder Reviewed

Posted by Don Tolson in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 08:00 AM

Product Category: Handheld HD Camcorder
Manufacturer: Samsung
Where to Buy: Amazon [affiliate]
Price: $245 USD
System Requirements: SD or SDHC memory card required; suggested 8G minimum.
Specifications: NTSC/PAL recording to 5MP CMOS sensor; 10x optical, 100x digital zoom; 2.7 in (68.5mm) touch LCD screen; auto/manual focus; comes with built-in Intelli-Studio software for PC. Full specs are here.

Pros:

  • Able to record in full (1080i) HD (1920x1080) using h.264 format;
  • Small and lightweight -- easily fits into a pocket or purse;
  • Can take photos 'on the fly' without having to switch out of video mode.

Cons:

  • Have to open up the screen to use the camera;
  • Can't see HD results without purchasing a separate mini-HD cable or downloading to the PC;
  • May be able to hear zoom and autofocus mechanisms in quiet situations.

Summary: The days of tape for video recording have long disappeared -- replaced by small, handheld devices which record directly to memory cards. The earliest versions gave us convenience, but only standard (480p) resolution, but now we are starting to see even smaller cameras which are capable of full HD recording. The HMX-T10 is Samsung's latest offering -- combining full HD capability with simple, lightweight operation. Read more...


Sunday, September 19, 2010

HP Release The HP V5020u Camcorder

Posted by Andy Dixon in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 08:00 AM

http://www.chipchick.com/2010/09/hp-camcorder-v5020u.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed: ChipChick (Chip Chick)

"Every company has at-least one answer to the Flip nowadays, so why shouldn't HP. Their new V5020u Digital Camcorder offers full 1080p HD recording with electronic image stabilization via a built-in gyroscopic sensor that prevents image blur caused by camcorder movements. It also features a 10x digital zoom, a 2″ LCD screen, a 5MP sensor, an SDHC slot, the ability to record H.264 videos, a motion detection feature, and the ability to hook the device up to your TV via HDMI. A wrist strap, cleaning cloth, HDMI cable, and carrying pouch are all included with the device. The HP V5020u camcorder will retail for $159 and will be available in October."

HP have announced the new V5020u camcorder which is another entry in to the competitive mobile video arena. There are a huge choice of devices out there now with just about every need covered for from normal usage, to the more rugged and waterproof needs. This is definitely in the more day to day usage category and at $159, it's not a bad price either. I've never tried one of these but I'd love to know if how they compare to some of the new HD mobile phone videos, and if it's really worth investing in one compared to just using my phone.


Monday, February 22, 2010

HP Enters the Crowded Pocket Camcorder Market with the V1020h

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 05:41 PM

"The V1020h is a 720p high definition digital camcorder that combines performance, portability, and style. It captures videos of your life moments in great clarity and color. The V1020h fits easily in your pocket or purse making it great forrecording on the go."

The product name - the V1020h - is a mouthful, but the specs on this pocket video camera look, well, average. 720p video with a digital image stabilizer, h.264 format (.AVI format - can it be both?), 2x digital zoom, and digital image stabilization. And that's about it. It uses SD memory cards in addition to the built in 128 MB of storage (why even bother?), but doesn't support the new SDXC format - though with a 32 GB SDHC card, you could cram a lot of 720p video on to this thing. I'm frankly a bit surprised to see HP enter this market with nary a stand-out feature on this product. No 1080p, no optical zoom, no external microphone support, no optical image stabilization...and no mention of a bigger sensor for more high-quality low-light video (the latter is on my wish list for these small cameras).


Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Creative Vado Now Available In HD

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 09:00 PM

http://www.crunchgear.com/2008/12/0...-now-available/

"Creative introduced today the Vado HD, the successor to the Vado released back in May. It captures video in 720p and is the only pocket video cam to feature HDMI connectivity and an included HDMI cable that provides 1080i output to an HDTV. It also comes with 8GB of built-in memory that can hold up to two hours of HD video. The Vado HD also features a 2-inch LCD screen and a built-in USB connector so you can quickly connect to your PC and share your videos using YouTube or Box.net."

While I don't have a camcorder myself, the release of these tiny digital HD camcorders makes them more tempting each year. I'm sure there's still a large market for large, high quality video cameras, pocket camcorders are much easier to carry, making it that much more likely for me to have it when opportunity knocks. The big attention getter about the new Vado for me is the HDMI connectivity, which makes it easy to connect it to a TV. Unfortunately, I find the estimated two hours of recording time a little tight. Anyone who has gone on vacation knows this means you'll have to cart along your laptop to offload every day or two.


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