Hitachi are throwing their hat firmly into the BluRay ring with the release of two HD camcorders - the BD70E and BD7HE - that can record direct to the discs, allowing for instant playback in any compatible player. Using 5.3-megapixel CMOS sensors, they record full 1920 x 1080 high-definition to 8cm discs; or, in the case of the BD7HE, optionally to the internal 30GB hard-drive before burning to disc. Both camcorders - which Hitachi are calling the world's first to use the BluRay format - have HDMI outputs should you not have a BluRay player to hand.
Each disc can store up to 7.5GB - although that works out to only an hour of highest-quality footage - and there's a choice of resolution settings that can eke up to two hours from a single disc. The BD7HE can be used to edit footage stored on the hard-drive without needing to hook up to a computer, and then burn it to one or more BluRay discs; alternatively you can connect via USB 2.0. Both camcorders are also compatible with 8cm DVD media, have 10x optical zooms and 2.7-inch widescreen LCD monitors.
The BD7HE and BD70E will be available across Europe from October 2007.