Hitachi drops info on Blu-ray camcorder

A few more details, including 1080p capability.

Hitachi at Ceatec

Backing up its long-standing desire to be first out with a Blu-ray DVD camcorder--a spokesman told me more than a year ago that the company planned to be first, and the company had a prototype on display at Ceatac last year (see slide show)--Hitachi issued a press release last Friday with a few specs and a promise for availability this fall.

The skimpy specs include a 5-megapixel 1/2.8-inch 1920x1080 CMOS sensor from Altasens, and that it will compress and record in MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 format to 3-inch BD-RE/-R and DVD-RAM/-RW/-R discs. The camcorder will use custom silicon from LSI which enables 1080p recording. A mini-BD disc can hold 16.5GB on a single layer, but we'll have to wait and see how big those files are before estimating recording time. No U.S. pricing is available as of yet.

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Lori Grunin is a senior editor for CNET Reviews, covering cameras, camcorders, and related accessories. She's been writing about and reviewing consumer technology and software since 1988.


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