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.
Footage on the hard-drive or SDHC card can be automatically re-dubbed to the Blu-ray drive with split, splice, delete, merge, and transitions all performed internally and with no need to hook up a computer. The camcorder can also transcode footage into standard definition and burn to a DVD.
Hitachi first took the wraps off of the camcorder last month, in the shape of the DZ-BD10H which was set to retail for €945 ($1,474). The US MRSP is much more accessible, however, at $1099; it will launch in September 2008.