Out With the Old, In With the New
“It allows us to make HD camcorders in an ultra-compact size with no moving parts, longer recording times, flexible media exchange, lower power consumption,” said Michael Zorich, Canon’s video division marketing director.
Panasonic’s camcorder announcements reflect a flash-happy philosophy as well. Many of its new models, some of which have 42x and 50x optical zooms along with Optical Image Stabilization, record to SDHC memory cards. The DSR-SW20, a $399 ultra-portable camcorder due out this month, is shock proof and submergible. With a 16 gig SDHC card, the DSR-SW20 will let someone shoot for 13 hours without having to change a tape or lug extra batteries.
Panasonic also announced that some of its HDTVs will arrive to market with SDHC readers built-in, allowing consumers to skip the transfer-to-computer step.