Samsung unveiled two new camcorders at CES early this year, claiming both the world’s smallest as well as the industry’s first SSD-based H-series camcorders at Full HD video. We didn't have the chance to visit Samsung back then, but we redeemed ourselves at PMA 2009.
As busy weeks go, this one has certainly been something to write home about (or at least a Week in Review about), with CeBIT, PMA and an Apple mega-announcement all taking place. ASUS arguably stole the former show in Germany, with the Eee PC 1008HA "Shell" once again proving that netbooks needn't be the ugly cousins to expensive ultraportable notebooks. For our full CeBIT 2009 coverage, hit the tag.
JVC have announced their latest full-HD camcorder, the JVC Everio GX-X900, which is capable of recording 1080p video and shooting 9-megapixel still images. Measuring just 2.6 x 4.88 x 1.46 inches and weighing 0.66lbs, the Everio X can take 5-megapixel stills (at up to 1/4000 shutter speeds) while recording full-HD video, as well as offering 600fps slow-motion video recording.
JVC have announced several new models in their Everio camcorder range at PMA 2009 this week, including hard-disc and memory card models and compact HD-capable recorders. At the top of the list is the JVC Everio GZ-MG680, with a 120GB HDD and full 1080p HD recording.
Divers seek out occasional videos or pictures of underwater sea life and adventure, now have more affordable options with Canon’s waterproof case tailored for its upcoming Vixia HF20 and Vixia HF200 Full HD Flash Memory Camcorders.
JVC has today formally introduced its newest ProHD camcorder, a compact shoulder professional series GY-HM700, designed for mainstream production to provide fastest shoot-to-edit workflow with low-cost solid-state media storage made ready.
Sony have quietly announced a standalone GPS geotagger, the GPS-CS3KA, intended to be used with cameras and camcorders to record the location stills and footage were taken at. The compact device uses the time and date stamp on your photos to match up your location, as stored by the GPS-CS3KA, with the whole process automated by the included Picture Motion Browser software.
Sony have unveiled the LocationPorter RVT-SD100, a "realtime video transporter" intended to stream footage from a connected camcorder or camera across whatever connection is available, to a second remote LocationPorter device. Although you can hook the LocationPorter up to a wired LAN connection, it really comes into its own with a 3G data card or two: the streamer is able to combine both connections to support up to a 352 x 240 64fps video at 320kbps.
Video demo of the Sony LocationPorter in action after the cut
Sony Korea have announced a trio of new hard-drive based ultra-compact camcorders. The DCR-SR47, with a 60GB hard-drive, and the DCR-SR67 and DCR-SR87, both with 80GB hard-drives, each weigh around 300g, and are intended as entry-level models with an "Easy mode" suitable for beginner users.
Sanyo have taken the wraps off of their 2009 line-up of Xacti camcorders, including an update to the company's popular pistol-grip full-HD HDX range. The new Sanyo Xacti HDX-2000, shown here in gold and black, is capable of full HD 1080p recording at 60fps together with 8-megapixel stills (interpolated up to 12-megapixel) that can be taken simultaneously. Sanyo have also introduced a traditional camcorder form-factor version, the Xacti DMX-FH11, which has an integrated 8GB of flash memory. Both models have microSD slots.