After just eight months on the market, Panasonic has replaced its high-def camcorder line-up. In their stead are an even smaller SD-card model and a new hybrid DVD/SD-card model.
After less than eight months, Panasonic's high-def camcorder line has been swept aside and replaced. The SD-card-based HDC-SD1, which was the world's smallest high-def camcorder at its launch in February this year, is replaced by the even smaller HDC-SD1 -- the rear of the slopes upwards making it possible to hold the camera steady without inducing cramp.. Measuring 65 by 135 by 67mm, it pips the Memory Stick-based by several millimetres -- enough for Panasonic to claim it as the "world's smallest" again. More importantly, during our hands-on preview after the launch presentation, it seems Panasonic has cured the awkward hand placement issue we suffered with the
The DVD-only model, the HDC-SX5. With the SX5 video can be recorded to either SD-card or DVD. Footage stored on SD-card can be burnt directly to DVD, without resorting to a PC. owners will have a similar option if they purchase the optional AU$299 VW-BN1 DVD burner which plugs into the camcorder's USB port., has fallen by the wayside and its place has been taken by a new hybrid DVD and SD-card model, the
Both models feature optical image stabilisation, three CCD image sensors -- one each for red, green and blue -- and can record at maximum of 1920 x 1080 in interlaced format (1080i). New features include Pre-Record and intelligent contrast control -- with Pre-Record enabled, the camera is constantly recording so when the user hits the record button the three seconds prior are included; this feature only works when recording to SD-card.
Panasonic is also launching a new 8GB SDHC card (AU$249), with a 16GB model available in the next few months. A 4GB SDHC card is included with the SX5 owners will have to purchase their own SD-cards., but