DXG pretty much specializes in small camcorders, so it wasn't surprising to see it roll out two little HD models at CES 2009. The 581V (pictured) and the 580V (with a more traditional horizontal camcorder design) are due in the first quarter of this year for $179.99. The DXG-581V can capture HD video up to a resolution of 1,920x1,280 and capture 8-megapixel photos. The DXG-580V records at resolutions up to 1,440x1,080 at 30fps. They are equipped with built-in flash memory (though DXG didn't say how much), but they also have an SDHC slot with support for cards up to 8GB.
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Showing it's serious about the mini camcorder market, Kodak rolls out a sibling model for its nice, but somewhat clunky, Zi6, the smaller and weather resistant (IP43 certified) Zx1. It's 30 percent smaller than the Zi6, but the trade-off is a smaller 2-inch LCD. It's slated to ship in early April for $149.95.
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Sony's a little later entering this space than we expected, but it came out of the gate with what looks to be a solid product, due in part to a cool swivel lens. The MHS-PM1 Webbie HD records 1080p MPEG-4 video to Memory Stick Duo media at 1,440x1,080-pixel resolution, and shoots stills at a comparatively high resolution (5-megapixels). You should be able to get it in March for $170.
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In the mini camcorder market, last year RCA pretty much played second or third fiddle to Flip Video and Kodak, with Creative recently making a late charge. Well, RCA hopes to change all that with its new Small Wonder EZ209HD, which carries the bargain price of $120 and is due out sometime this spring. This model is smaller than previous Small Wonders, integrates a microSD card slot rather than an SD card slot (supporting cards up to 16GB), and retains a not-too-puny 2-inch LCD. It captures video at HD and SD resolutions at up to 60 frames per second. It also captures 8-megapixel photos.