Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Blu-ray camcorder coming from Hitachi

Next month Hitachi will debut the DZ-BD10HA, its second generation Blu-ray Disc hybrid camcorder.

It has a new 7 megapixel CMOS image sensor, which captures videos and stills in FullHD (1920 x 1080) High Definition. It can also record up to 4 hours 20 minutes of 1920x1080 video or 8 hours 40 minutes of 1440x1080 video onto the built-in 30 GB Hard drive. Additionally, the built-in SDHC card slot provides added flexibility by allowing for Full HD video and still recordings.

The new DZ-BD10HA also offers a dubbing function that allows Full HD video to be transferred with the single push of a button from either the HDD or SDHC card to the Blu-ray drive, all within the camcorder, without having to connect to a PC.

Editing functions such as split, splice, delete, merge, and transitions can also be performed within the camcorder before dubbing. The Transcoding feature allows the camcorder to transfer full HD videos off the HDD or SDHC card to standard def DVD discs for sharing videos with people who do not own a Blu-ray player.

Face detection automatically detects and focuses on faces to provide the most true to life color accuracy and clarity. Additionally, Hitachi has developed a compact, low power consumption, quiet and highly reliable 8cm BD/DVD drive, which results in a 20% reduction in overall volume compared with last year’s DZ-BD7HA camcorder.

Suggested retail price is $1099.

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