There was nothing wrong with regular camcorders—at least it didn't seem that way until Pure Digital released the Flip Ultra. Here was a video recorder that solved every problem that you never really knew you had with other camcorders. Like the fact that you forgot to charge your battery most of the time, and usually filmed in low light. And it packed the solutions into a smart, pocket-sized body that didn't trade down in quality or affordability.
Camcorders are moving in two directions at the moment: Bigger more traditional ones are recording to large solid-state drives, while the cheap pocket "youTube" camcorder is getting better video quality. Sony's latest offerings slide into that second slot.
If you get anxious making decisions, this Hitachi cam [NYSE:HIT] might be the camcorder for you. It has a remarkable three ways of recording HD video: onto a Blu-ray disc, on to a high capacity SD card, or onto its internal 30GB hard drive. It's called — you might want to get a pen — the DZ-BD10HA, and it sports full HD recording at 1920x1080. For still pictures, it sports a 7-MP CMOS sensor, and one-touch dubbing from HDD or SDHC to Blu-ray. There's also some technology baked in that will let you do in-camera editing, and transfer HD recordings to reguarl ole DVDs.
Not to be outdone by JVC [TYO:6792] or Samsung [SEO:005930] on its own turf, Canon [NYSE:CAJ] has just churned out two new HD video cams. The first is the iVIS HF11, which sports 32GB of built-in memory as well as an SD/SDHC card slot, full HD recording abilities, and a 12x optical zoon. As step of from that model is the iVIS HD21, which sports a massive 120GB internal hard disk, a 2.7-inch LCD viewfinder and an otherwise similar spec list as the iVIS HF11. No release date has been announced for the US, but Japanese buyers will be seeing these next month for the price of $1,317USD.
At just .60 pounds, JVC's new GZ-MS100 mini camcorder will provide one-touch uploading to YouTube for users interested in taking a camcorder almost anywhere. The camera is bundled with JVC's CyberLink software, that will allow Windows PC users to press an "Upload" button that will transfer video stored on the camcorder's SD card to the PC and upload it to YouTube. While recording, the device allows users to trim the length of clips to 10 minutes to match YouTube's size limit without any post-production editing required.