Record HD video to hard drive, BD, and flash

Hitachi's next generation HD camcorder is able to record onto the next generation HD format, Blu-ray.

Hitachi

Few things work better for getting consumers to adopt a new format than making it convenient. Hitachi's follow-up to its DZ-BD7HA Blu-ray camcorder does just that. Along with being able to record videos and stills in full HD (1,920x1,080) to a 8cm BD/DVD drive (that according to Hitachi is 20-percent quieter), you can capture "up to 4 hours 20 minutes of 1,920x1,080 video or 8 hours 40 minutes of 1,440x1,080 video onto the built-in 30 GB HDD." There's also an integrated SDHC slot that'll let you record video and stills to flash media, too.

While having access to three recording options is handy, what's equally convenient is a single-button dub from the hard drive or SDHC cards to the BD drive--either in high def for Blu-ray Discs or it will transcode HD video to standard-definition DVDs. There are built-in editing tools as well for cutting up your content before it hits a disc.

Look for the DZ-BD10HA ($1,099) in September 2008.

About the author

Joshua Goldman is a senior editor for CNET Reviews, covering cameras, camcorders, and related accessories. He has been writing about and reviewing consumer technology and software since 2000.

 

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