DXG USA is offering up a high-definition camera that those on a budget could afford. It's the DXG-595V HD Camcorder and at $200, it packs many features for its relatively inexpensive frame.
Hitachi's tri-format Blu-ray camcorder, the DZ-BD10HA, has had its official US announcement together with a list-price. Using a 7-megapixel CMOS sensor, capable of both full 1920 x 1080 High Definition images and video, the BD10HA can record directly onto 8cm Blu-ray discs, onto its 30GB hard-drive, or onto an SDHC memory card.
Canon has announced three new camcorders in their high-definition VIXIA range, including both flash-based and HDD-based models. The flash camcorder is the VIXIA HF11, which combines an internal 32GB solid-state drive with an SDHC slot for expansion. The two hard-drive based models, however, are the VIXIA HG20 and VIXIA HG21, with 60GB and 120GB storage respectively, together with an SDHC slot. All three camcorders have 24Mbps bit rate recording for enhanced detail, finer tonal gradation and improved reproduction of moving subjects.
Sanyo have taken the wraps off of a new Xacti camcorder, the HD800, and according to Akihabara News the spec sheet might not tell the whole story. They're most impressed by "the HUGE step forward in video quality" compared to the HD700, together with the improved noise reduction. Still recording in up to 720p high-definition, the HD800 can also grab 8-megapixel stills.
Hitachi have announced a new high-definition camcorder, the DZ-BD10H, that combines a recordable Blu-ray drive with a 30GB hard-drive and SDHC slot. With a 7-megapixel, 1/2.7-inch CMOS, full 1080p footage can be recorded, edited on-device and the burnt to Blu-ray disc; there's also a 10x optical zoom and image stablization.
Canon have announced new camcorders in its iVIS range, which can record in the AVCHD format to either solid-state or hard-drive based storage. The iVIS HF11 comes with 32GB of onboard flash memory, while the iVIS HG21 has a 120GB HDD; both also include an SDHC card slot. Each uses a 3.31-megapixel CMOS sensor and has 12x optical zoom.
Samsung must have sold enough of its solid-state SC-MX10 camcorder to make a sequel viable, as the company has just announced the SC-MX20. With a similar casing to its predecessor, the MX20 is firmly aimed at the YouTube crowd; its 680K pixel CCD with maximum 720 x 480 resolution and standard H.264 compression both concentrate on packing the most footage into whatever SD card you have to hand.
LancerLink's new camcorder isn't exactly budget - it'll be priced at around $470 when it arrives in Japan in July - but it's pretty cheap for a compact high-definition model capable of full 1080p recording. What the DDV-1080HD lacks in imaginative naming, it makes up for in the spec sheet: a 1/2.5-inch 5-megapixel CMOS sensor, 3-inch LCD display and SD/SDHC/MMC memory card slot happy with cards up to 32GB.
US digital camcorder and imaging company DXG already sell a budget high-def model, but since there's always room on the shelves for an alternative they've unveiled the DXG-567V. Eschewing the flip-out screen as on the previous 'corder, the 567V bears more resemblance to the Flip and Vado design, an upright candybar with a pop-out USB plug for transferring footage to your computer. What hasn't changed is the resolution; the 567V captures 1280 x 720 video at 30fps.