Camcorders

Flip Mino launches: 3oz super-simple camcorder

Flip Mino launches: 3oz super-simple camcorder

As expected, Flip have announced their latest super-simple camcorder, the Mino.  Slotting in at the top of the current Flip range, the Mino weighs just 3oz and can capture up to 60 minutes of VGA-resolution footage on its 2GB of fixed internal storage.  A 1.5-inch LCD is used for framing and review, while the USB plug now pops out of the top for direct connection to PC or Mac.  The Mino is being positioned as ideal for updating YouTube/MySpace/Facebook style media sharing and social-networking sites, and the onboard software has a new instant-upload feature as well as the existing editing app.

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Flip Mino camcorder landing June 4th

Flip Mino camcorder landing June 4th

If Creative thought they could smack down budget camcorder rival Flip with their recent Vado and get away with it, it's time for a reality check.  An eagle-eyed browser has spotted Flip's latest model, the Mino, in B&H's print catalog, and it's likely to be the company's retort to the Vado's "dramatically thinner and lighter" claim.  So far, little is known about the camcorder, aside from its $179.99 price-tag, choice of white or black casing and June 4th release date.

Presumably it's a smaller, lighter version of the existing Flip Video.  The pop-out USB port looks to have moved; it was previously on the side, and now, although it's hard to make out, it appears to have shifted to the top of the camcorder. 

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Hitachi DZ-WR90 standalone Blu-ray burner for hard-drive camcorders

Hitachi DZ-WR90 standalone Blu-ray burner for hard-drive camcorders

Hitachi have announced a new Blu-ray burner that can create discs directly from the latest camcorders sporting eSATA ports.  Bypassing the need for a computer, the DZ-WR90 plugs straight into the camcorder - and presumably you'd be using one of Hitachi's hard-drive based high-definition models, to make the most of Blu-ray's capacity - and automatically creates discs from the footage you select.  It even finalises the discs automatically, making it a complete one-stop solution for anyone wanting a straightforward way to share their video. 

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JVC Everio GZ-MS100 camcorder with YouTube mode

JVC Everio GZ-MS100 camcorder with YouTube mode

JVC have recognised the truth: nobody wants to film touching memories of their children in high-definition, to keep for all time, but instead short clips of their friends falling over and swilling beer from shoes and uploading them to YouTube. That's why their Everio S Series memory camcorder, the GZ-MS100, has a dedicated YouTube mode, which is intended to make uploading short clips to the internet straightforward. It records directly to a SD card, has a 2.7-inch LCD and 35x optical zoom.

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Creative Vado point-and-shoot budget camcorder

Creative Vado point-and-shoot budget camcorder

It's no XACTI botherer, but Creative's new Vado video camera will likely cause the Flip Video some headaches.  Intended to storm the budget camcorder market, especially targeting those users who aren't interested in manual settings and high-definition, the Vado comes with 2GB of onboard storage (good for 2hrs of footage), a 2hr battery and 640 x 480 VGA resolution.  A two-inch color screen does duty for viewing and reviewing what you've shot, while a flip-out USB plug means you needn't even bring a cable.

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Sony Handycam HDR-TG1 reviewed: video, GUI disappointing

Sony Handycam HDR-TG1 reviewed: video, GUI disappointing

Sony's HDR-TG1 Handycam (or TG3 in Europe) is undeniably an attractive piece of kit, but are its results as slick as its design?  Akihabara have been testing the 1080i camcorder out and, after a week, come away with mixed feelings.  Yes, build quality is good and image stablization excellent, but the GUI is a disappointment and, most worrying, the TG1's video capture abilities are called into question.

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Micro Orb spy camera: clip-capturing eyeball alternative

Micro Orb spy camera: clip-capturing eyeball alternative

For some reason, this Micro Orb spy camera makes me think of Columbo-star Peter Falk.  Perhaps if the TV detective had been fitted with a 1.5-inch sphere capturing 30fps MPEG-4 video (with sound), gathering evidence might've been even easier.  On sale in mid-May, the video camera has a three hour rechargeable battery and can record up to six hours of footage onto a 2GB microSD card.

Check out the videos of the Micro Orb spy camera after the cut

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DXG-569V camcorder: HD video recording for $169

DXG-569V camcorder: HD video recording for $169

It might not have the super-compact body of Sony's HDR-TG1, nor the sturdiness of Sanyo's Xacti, but DXG trounces both of them with the price of its HD camcorder.  The DXG-569V can capture 1280 x 720 video at 30 fps and shoot 5-megapixel stills, all for just $169.  It might only have a digital zoom (2x) but the 3-inch rotating LCD is nothing to be ashamed of; 32MB of onboard memory won't hold much, but that can thankfully be augmented via SD cards.

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Klegg Electronics Genesis V1803 Camcorder reviewed – not so great

Klegg Electronics Genesis V1803 Camcorder reviewed – not so great

This digital camcorder from Klegg is like the Swiss Army knife of digital camcorders. However much like the knife, it can do a lot of things, but isn’t particularly well versed at any one of them. This particular digital camcorder can record video, capture still images, play video games, read ebooks, play music, take voice notes, and can’t manage to do any of them spectacularly.

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