Available in champagne, black, blue, and red, the compact SDR-S26 camcorder features no internal memory for storing video (it records only to SD/SDHC cards), but shares the features of the newly announced hard-drive-based SDR-H80 and SDR-H90. This includes its 70x megazoom lens and advanced O.I.S system to help control the resulting--and potentially nauseating--effects of hand-shake when its fully extended.
Other key features include a fast quick-start option for recording in less than a second and the company's iA technology that does face detection and automatic scene recognition.
It rolls out in April 2009 at the cost … Read more
Extending the 3-chip prosumer AVCHD camcorder line it launched last June, Panasonic's hard disk-based HDC-HS300/HS250 and SD-based HDC-TM300 incorporate higher resolution 1/4.1-inch sensors and updated lenses over the older models.
Though Panasonic overstates resolution--"World's highest pixel count of 9,150,000 pixels (3,050,000 pixels x 3)"--the real 3-megapixels for the predownsampled HD video finally breaks the resolution barrier; normally, 3-chip systems use lower-than-HD resolution sensors, which don't seem to produce terribly sharp HD video. So it'll be quite interesting to see how these stack up. According to … Read more
Featuring a "world's first" optical zoom of 70x, the Panasonic SDR-H80 and SDR-H90 should be a prime choice for sports fans, wildlife lovers, and stalkers alike. Good thing they use Panasonic's advanced O.I.S. system (optical image stabilization) to reduce hand-shake by way of lens-shifting gyrosensors.
The camcorders also boast large storage capacities; the H80 has a built-in 60G hard drive and in the H90, an 80GB (that holds up to 72 hours of video in LP mode). Plus it's a hybrid, letting you store video to SD/SDHC cards, too.
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Designed for spur-of-the-moment video capture, the Panasonic SDR-S15 announced Wednesday at CES 2009 seems to have the right combo of features making it worth keeping on you all the time.
For $299.95 you get a standard-definition camcorder that records to SD/SDHC cards, auto scene mode recognition and face detection courtesy of Panasonic's Intelligent Auto (iA), and a Web mode button that records video at settings making uploading to video-sharing sites easier (at least when paired with the included software suite). It also claims a 0.6 quick-start recording feature.
Available in black, silver, or chocolate in April … Read more
The Panasonic SDR-SW21 is a very compact, standard-definition camcorder that records to SD/SDHC cards. Oh, and it can survive a 4-foot drop, is waterproof down to 6.5 feet, and the seals are tight enough to make it dustproof, too. (For those interested in the actual tests, Panasonic goes by IEC 60529 IPX8 for water, MIL-STD-810F METHOD 516.5 for shock, and IEC 60529 IP5X for dust.)
The SW21 also features a 0.6-second quick-start recording option and a Web mode that when combined with the included VideoCam Suite software allows you to "seamlessly" upload your video … Read more
Part of Panasonic's CES 2009 product announcements is a triumvirate of camcorders featuring a 70x zoom lens. That's apparently a "world's first and most powerful" lens, though I'm still not sure this was something the average consumer was clamoring for.
The models featuring the new optical zoom are the standard-definition SDR-H80, the SDR-H90, and the SDR-S26. Hand-shake is a big issue with these megazoom lenses and Panasonic had the good sense to back these models with its advanced O.I.S. system, which reduces the effect. Gyrosensors detect shake and shift the lens to … Read more
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 is a popular pro-level point-and-shoot that has won much praise from users. However, one minor gripe that most shutterbugs have with it is the lens cap. Some photographers find that a hassle and are looking for alternatives to protect the optics.
Malaysian blogger Ian Ho has found a pretty good solution, and no, it's not manufactured by Panasonic. Instead, he utilized the Ricoh LC1 self-retaining lens cap that was produced for the company's own GX100 and GX200. By using a combination of springs and hinges, three flaps protect the lens when the camera is … Read more