Panasonic Bows World’s First 3MOS Camcorders
Panasonic has introduced the industry’s first two AVCHD camcorders to use a 3MOS (metal oxide semiconductor) sensor system. At the same time, it unveiled a new suite of Lumix digital still cameras with enhanced CCD technology, and two new SD Memory Cards optimized for high-definition camcorders.
To be available in September, the HDC-SD100 Memory Card-recording unit ($1,099.95), and the HDC-HS100 ($1,299.95), which records to both Memory Cards and to an internal 60 GB hard drive, both feature the 3MOS system, which builds upon the company’s earlier 3CCD technology. But the new sensors boast almost two times as much light-receiving area as before, the company said, for greatly improved performance in low-light circumstances, operating in lighting as low as 2 lux.
The camcorders also carry Panasonic’s Intelligent Auto Mode – a technology first used in the Lumix still camera line – but, to appeal to the fussy prosumer, there are also a wide array of settings that can be manually fine-tuned. Also part of the models’ feature sets are Panasonic’s HD Advanced Pure Color Engine, Advanced O.I.S. (optical image stabilization), which expands the stabilization area threefold, and the new Leica Dicomar lens, which improves optical magnification from the 10x rating of earlier models to 12x.