The Sanyo Xacti VPC-GH4 is nearly identical to its predecessor, the GH2. In fact, the only differences seem to be that the sensor resolution has been lowered from 14 megapixels to 10 and that there is sharing software embedded in the camcorder now for easier uploading to the likes of Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.
Key features:Records video in MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 at up to 1080/60i (1,920x1,080 pixels)Captures 10-megapixel photos2.7-inch LCD5x optical zoomDigital image stabilization (photo and video)Compatible with SD, SDHC, or SDXC memory cardsMini-HDMI portRechargeable lithium-ion batterySize: 1.5x4.3x2.2 inches (… Read more
BERLIN--Panasonic made its 3D sales pitch Wednesday, showing new 3D products and saying it's plugged a final gap: letting people record their own 3D video.
At the IFA electronics show here, the company touted its HDC-SDT750 camcorder and offered attendees a chance to try the camera on their own. The model combines a regular 1080p video camera with an optional 3D lens attachment that gathers the necessary dual views for the left and right eye.
"We have already produced 3D eyewear, TVs, theaters, Blu-ray drive players. However, there is still one thing missing," said Makoto Nagura, director of Panasonic's video camera business unit. "That is to keep your precious moments in 3D." … Read more
Canon finally announced a pair of entry-level (presumably) solid-state pro camcorders, which are probably meant to compete with models from Sony and Panasonic that have been out for a long time--and the Canon models won't be available until the first quarter of next year.
I say "probably compete" because without even ballpark pricing information, it's impossible to figure out where these models fit in the market, but I'm guessing somewhere in the $2,000 to $3,500 range. Following on the heels of Canon's equally tardy-to-market XF300 and XF305, the XF100 and XF105 are essentially compact single-chip versions of those three-chip models, albeit with a different lens and other sacrifices to size.
Here's how they compare with their more expensive siblings:… Read more
Huh. This Cowboom place is really knocking out the deals these days. On Monday it had a dirt-cheap GPS, and today it's just about the cheapest HD camcorder I've ever seen.
Check it out: the refurbished Insignia NS-DCC5HB09 720p pocket camcorder for $24.99. Shipping adds $5. This deal is today only.
As I noted Monday, Insignia is Best Buy's house brand. In my experience, some Insignia products are solid, others just so-so.
The camcorder looks fairly solid, at least from a spec standpoint. It records 1,280-by-720 video on SD/SDHC memory cards (not included) and … Read more