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Canon says camcorder future is flash

With flash memory prices sinking quicker than the Titanic and available capacities ballooning, it's little surprise that at last week's camcorder launch, Canon declared that the future of consumer camcorders is flash.

With flash memory prices sinking quicker than the Titanic and available capacities ballooning, it's little surprise that at last week's camcorder launch, Canon declared that the future of consumer camcorders is flash.

High definition
The two new camcorders in Canon's range are flash units, the HF10, which can record to either an SD/SDHC card or its 16GB of built-in memory, and an updated HDV tape camera, the HV30. In the below table, we've compared the new HF10 and HV30 against the Canon's other current high-def offerings, the hard-disk HG10 and DVD HR10.

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HF10

HV30

HG10

HR10 Price AU$1,699 AU$1,449 AU$1,399 AU$1,099 Recording medium Internal memory (16GB); SD/SDHC card (not supplied) HDV tape Hard-disk (40GB) DVD Sensor 7.9mm CMOS 9.4mm CMOS 9.4mm CMOS 9.4mm CMOS Sensor resolution 3.3-megapixel 3-megapixel 3-megapixel 3-megapixel Zoom (optical) 12x 10x 10x 10x Image stabilisation Optical Optical Optical Optical LCD screen size 2.7-inch 2.7-inch 2.7-inch 2.7-inch Microphone in Yes Yes Yes Yes Headphone out Yes Yes Yes Yes Accessory shoe No Yes Yes Yes HDMI out mini-HDMI HDMI mini-HDMI HDMI

Standard definition
There are four standard-def camcorders in the Canon's 2008 lineup. The FS11 and FS100 are flash-based cameras, with the only difference between the two being the former's 16GB of internal memory. Oh, and one comes in dark grey, the other in silver.

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FS11

FS100

DC310

MD225 Price AU$899 AU$699 AU$499 AU$399 Recording medium Internal memory (16GB); SD/SDHC card (not supplied) SD/SDHC card (not supplied) DVD miniDV tape Sensor 4.2mm CCD 4.2mm CCD 4.2mm CCD 4.2mm CCD Sensor resolution 1.1-megapixel 1.1-megapixel 1.1-megapixel 0.8-megapixel Zoom (optical) 45x 45x 41x 41x Image stabilisation Electronic Electronic Electronic Electronic LCD screen size 2.7-inch 2.7-inch 2.7-inch 2.7-inch Microphone in Yes Yes No Yes Headphone out No No No No Accessory shoe No No No No