Panasonic outs lightest HD camcorders
Panasonic is back in the limelight yet again with the release of a couple of High Definition camcorders which are touted to be the lightest in the world. While we don’t doubt the authenticity of that claim, these days such titles are often traded among rival manufacturers in a matter of weeks or months, due to constant advancement in technology. Well, the two HD camcorders in question are the HDC-SD10 and the HDC-TM10, where the former will rely on the SDHC/SD memory card format as the recording media of choice, while the latter takes on a more versatile Twin Memory format, saving your recorded memories onto its 8GB internal flash memory or using an SDHC/SD memory card as well. Either model will tip the scales at a mere 0.5lbs, although the relatively small body is able to pack in 16x optical zoom capability and advanced features to produce beautiful 1920 x 1080 Full-HD videos.
The 16x optical zoom found in the HDC-SD10 and HDC-TM10 will be supported by the Advanced O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) function, one of the main tools in helping both camcorders achieve clear zooming while minimizing hand-shakes and jitters that often accompany lesser models. Panasonic’s Advanced O.I.S. is sensitive enough to detect and correct hand-shake of around 4,000 times per second, and allows the high-powered optical zoom to produce clear, stable zoom shots. In addition, the Active mode also extends the hand-shake correction range to allow the shooting of clear, crisp images while walking or moving.
Other features found on staple Panasonic camcorders include the iA (Intelligent Auto) function that is able to choose the most suitable scene mode for those who have no idea how to use this, thanks to its chip that is able to pick out the right shooting conditions, in addition to Face Detection for easy portrait shooting, Intelligent Contrast Control for proper contrast in videos and AF/AE Tracking (Auto Focus/Auto Exposure Tracking) that helps you track a moving subject automatically. The Panasonic HDC-SD10 and HDC-TM10 will retail for $549.95 and $599.95, respectively.