It's not all still cameras in Samsung's PMA 2010 range; the company have also brought along a pair of new ultra-compact HD camcorders, the HMX-U20 and HMX-U15. Both support 1920 x 1080 Full HD video recording, and have integrated HDMI and USB connectivity; the U15 can also shoot 8- and 10-megapixel stills and has auto-focus, while the U20 can grab 14-megapixel stills and has a 3x optical zoom.
The two high-end HD camcorders that shoot full 1080p with a 3MOS sensor system too much even for you? Panasonic gives us the pricing scheme for its (expected to be much more affordable) compact HD and full-featured SD camcorder models.
Panasonic has uncovered the HDC-HS700 and HDC-TM700 HD camcorders that can shoot full 1080p resolution video at 60fps, recording via a 3MOS sensor system that offers true-to-life color and excels in low-light environments.
Sanyo's two newest XACTI Full HD camcorders only saw their official reveal a short while ago, but we persuaded some executives from the company to demonstrate the VPC-SH1 and VPC-CS1 to us ahead of schedule. The most impressive aspect of the pair is the amount of bulk which Sanyo have been able to shave off: the CS1 (the upright model) is particularly narrow at just 1.06-inches wide, despite being able to capture HD footage.
If you're considering a new camera or camcorder, you're probably not narrowing down your options by whether you can mount them on your head or not; still, if you're a diver, swimmer or snowboarder then Liquid Image could have a few models for you. We caught up with the company's goggle-integrated "videomasks" - which range in price from $79 to $350 - at CES 2010; more details and live images after the cut.
Indecently high-end camera manufacturer RED have outed more details and some tempting photos of their RED Scarlet cameras, together with a few new or updated accessories. Pretty much as "entry level" as RED can manage, the Scarlet 2/3 will come in two bundles: the basic camera "brain" at $2,750, which can be used with various adapters to fit RED's own optics or those from Nikon or Canon, and the Scarlet 8X Fixed bundle, which for $4,750 gets you the "brain", a fixed 8x zoom, CF module, 2.8-inch touchscreen, REDmote, a battery and a travel charger.
Memorex obviously reckon there's a gap in the market - seriously, where? - for yet another point-and-shoot camcorder, and so they've announced not one but two of the little devils. Looking somewhat curvier than what's on offer from Flip, Creative and Kodak, the Memorex MyVideo (MCC221) and Memorex MyVideo HD (MCC225) each offer an integrated USB port, digital zoom and 2-inch LCD display, with the MyVideo capturing up to 2hrs of VGA quality footage to its 2GB of internal storage, while the MyVideo has 4GB for up to 1hr of presumably 720p video.
Each also grabs still shots - the MyVideo at VGA resolution, the MyVideo HD at a presumably interpolated 5-mexapixels - and has onboard software to make uploading to Flickr, YouTube and other sites straightforward. Memorex quote up to 5hrs of battery life for the low-res model and half that for the HD version.
Creative's Vado HD has been out for quite some time now, and it looks like they're finally getting around to giving the small HD video camera some extra attention. Especially in the looks department. We're sure it has something to do with the fact that the competition's prices are dropping, and obviously this just goes to show you that a little competition never hurt anybody. Especially our wallets.
Today marks the day that OmniVision announced a sensor that could potentially make 1080p video capture a very real possibility in mobile devices. And not in ten years. The sensor is called the OV2710, and it can record the HD resolution at 30 frames per second, and it utilizes a 2-megapixel camera that matches the format. Keeping the megapixels low adds quite a few benefits, like lower expenses and getting better image quality in low lighting situations.