Panasonic launches mixed bag of high and standard definition camcorders

Panasonic has announced a range of standard and high definition camcorders at CES in Las Vegas.

The three new standard definition camcorders include the top of the range SDR-H85, which can record to HDD and SDXC, SDHC or SD memory card and features an enhanced optical zoom for 78x ultra zoom shooting, an decent 33mm wide-angle setting, and a new Active mode for the Advanced O.I.S that apparently suppresses blur and produces clear images.

The SDR-H85 also gets Intelligent Auto, Intelligent Contrast Control, a Wind Noise Cancellation feature and a 1.9 second quick power-on.

The other two standard-def efforts come in the form of the SDR-T50 and SDR-S50. The T50 is described as "small and light whilst also offering consumers extended recording options" due to its built-in memory. The S50 allows for a slimmer and more compact design though still manages to pack an enhanced optical 78x zoom lens.

Panasonic has also graced us with a quartet of high definition models - the HDC-HS60, TM60, TM55 and SD60 - featuring a 35.7mm wide lens, 35x Intelligent Zoom, newly developed Power O.I.S and face recognition.

The hybrid-type HS60 records onto its 120GB HDD and an SDXC, SDHC, or SD memory card. The twin-memory TM60/55 records onto its 16GB/8GB built-in memory and an SDXC, SDHC, or SD memory card, and the SD60 records onto an SDXC, SDHC, or SD memory card.

The camcorders are said to have an "ultra-compact size" and despite their deficiency in stature all four still get a decent 25x optical zoom.

No word on the release date or pricing for the standard definition models, but you can expect the high def devices to go on sale from February 2010.






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