Toshiba has announced the forthcoming launch of the new gigashot A and K series of camcorders in Japan.

The gigashot k series offers 720p video with an 80GB hard disk drive, but the gigashot A series is range to look to.

The A100F model offers a shock-mounted, 1.8-inch 100GB disk with CMOS sensor that provides for 2-megapixel stills or 1920 x 1080 video at 60fps with Dolby digital stereo audio.

That hard disk drive capacity will mean that you could record in SD for up to 23 hours, or 12 hours in the highest quality.

An SDHC card slot allows for expansion while other specs to note are a 3-inch LCD, 10x optical zoom, plus HDMI and USB connectivty.

Toshiba claims that the 78.1 x 135.4 x 79mm dimensions have made it the world's smallest "Full HD" camcorder with built-in hard disk drive, although Sanyo might have something to say about that as they currently claim the same for their Xacti HD1000.

The A100F will be available in Japan in November for the equivalent of about £815. No word on pricing or availability for other territories.