The $600 HDR-CX100 features 8GB of internal flash memory and 1,920x1,080 high-definition video capabilities in a compact package with typical Sony good looks.
Dual SD slots is a nice new feature JVC offers.
Sony announced Wednesday at CES 2009 the creation of SX line of standard-definition flash-based camcorders in 4GB, 8GB, and 16GB sizes, all fitted with a 60x zoom lens.
The CX12 delivers the SR11's features, recording to flash memory instead of a hard disk.
Samsung announces flash-based camcorders, but offers few details.
Blu-ray and flash-based hard drives on display at CEATEC
Panasonic's trio of prosumer camcorders, the hard-disk-based HDC-HS900 and flash-based TM900 and SD800, deliver generally excellent video quality and provide the full set of manual controls and features advanced users want. But you have to be willing to baby the white balance a bit. The TM900 is my top pick of the three for its EVF, but if you're on a tight budget the SD800 should suit just fine.
Three new models for 2011 offer updated audio capabilities and new sensors over their 2010 counterparts.
Samsung debuts a higher-end line of camcorders featuring Wi-Fi/DLNA connectivity.
The flash-based Panasonic HDC-TM700 and its hard-disk sibling, the HDC-HS700, stand out for their low-light video quality and broad set of manual controls. However, while the TM700 is very attractively priced for its class, the HS700 is not, and not worth the price premium unless you absolutely need the hard disk.