Friday, August 10, 2007

World's first Blu-ray camcorders

Last week Hitachi announced the upcoming release of the DZ-BD70A and DZ-BD7HA, the world’s first two camcorders to use Blu-ray Disc technology. The cameras, which can record a full hour of 1920x1080 Full HD video, are set to hit US stores in October.

The DZ-BD70A model comes with both the ability to record video to Blu-ray Discs and an SD card slot. It also has Photo Capture capability. The DZ-BD7HA comes with a 30GB hard disk drive, and the ability to record four hours of hi-def video. Its other special feature is the ability to record video to a Blu-ray Disc within the camcorder itself.

The DZ-BD70A will have a suggested retail price of $1,299, while the DZ-BD7HA will go for $1,499.

No camcorder has yet been released in the HD DVD format, probably because the only currently shipping major hardware supporter of HD DVD, Toshiba, does not produce camcorders. Sony had previously released camcorders using the AVC HD standard, which is largely compatible with Blu-ray. (info from Dealerscope)

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