Panasonic have announced their latest HDD camcorder, the HCD-HS350. Packed with a 240GB hard-drive and using a 10.6-megapixel 3MOS sensor, the HCD-HS350 also sports an SDHC slot (content with up to 32GB cards) and 12x optical zoom; according to Panasonic, the HS350 can record more than 30 hours of Full HD video.
If you've considered Verizon's FiOS internet service but dismissed it for being too slow for your tastes, the news that they're speeding up the fiber-optic system will come as a pleasant surprise. The company is boosting downlink/uplink speeds of its entry-level package from 10/2 Mbps to 15/5 Mbps, while the mid-tier 20/5 Mbps climbs to 25/15 Mbps. New York City and Long Island will see even greater increases.
Tiny gadgets have an unmistakable allure, so a 5.5 x 2 x 2 cm camcorder is always going to catch our eye. The Muvi Micro Camcorder is apparently the smallest in the world, but marketing hyperbole aside it does offer a compact way to capture VGA 640 x 480 25fps video to microSD card.
Eye-Fi have announced their latest wireless memory card, the 4GB Eye-Fi Pro. Using the SDHC format, the new Eye-Fi Pro offers the usual automatic wireless transfer of images from digital cameras to a computer or website; however it also adds new file-type support, increased control over which images are synchronized, more flexible WiFi connectivity and video functionality.
The Eye-Fi Pro 4GB now includes "Selective Transfer", which allows users to choose which photos and/or videos are uploaded. This bypasses the issue with the older cards where every shot was transferred; according to Eye-Fi all users will now be able to use Selective Transfer, not just those with the Pro 4GB. Images are selected by locking them through the camera's own menus.
Panasonic have announced US pricing and availability for their HDC-SD10 and HDC-TM10 Full HD camcorders, which we first caught sight of last month. The two models are each described as "the world's lightest HD camcorders", as long as you're only looking at AVCHD models anyway, and record in 1080p to SD/SDHC cards and, in the case of the TM10, an internal 8GB of flash storage.
The JVC Everio X GZ-X900 camcorder has gone on sale in Japan, ahead of what's expected to be a June 2009 launch in the US. Announced back at PMA in March, the GZ-X900 can record 1080p video and shoot 9-megapixel still images, with up to 24Mbps AVCHD footage supported.
Demo video of the GZ-X900 in action after the cut
Hot on the heels of the Panasonic HDC-SD10 and HDC-TM10 Full-HD camcorders announced yesterday come two more Full-HD models from the company. The Panasonic HDC-TM350 and HDC-TM30 each have integrated flash storage and an SDHC card slot: 64GB in the TM350, and 32GB in the smaller TM30.
Panasonic have taken the wraps off of two Full-HD AVCHD camcorders, which it claims are the lightest of their kind. The Panasonic HDC-SD10 and HDC-TM10 each have 16x optical zooms, optical image stabilization (OIS) and touchscreen controls, and record to SD/SDHC memory cards. The Panasonic HDC-TM10 also has 8GB of its own internal storage.
Flip Video carved a niche for themselves with point-and-shoot camcorders, and it's a niche which soon got crowded as rival firms offered their own entry-level devices. The launch of the Mino HD late last year kicked things into 720p high-definition, while squeezing the camcorder down into a super-pocketable size; now the bigger Ultra model gets its own high-def upgrade, in the shape of the Flip Video Ultra HD. Is there still a place in the range for the chunkier Ultra HD? SlashGear set to finding out.