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Riding the Waves with Panasonic - New Cameras and Camcorders for 2010

HD & SD Compact Camcorders

HD & SD Compact Camcorders

Sharing the limelight with the compacts (and beach babes), Panasonic's line-up of camcorders saw 8 new additions - a mixture of HD and SD compact camcorders. We highlight the top five to look out for, for both professional and casual videographers.

The upcoming 700 series, namely the HDC-HS700, TM700, and SD700, all come with 3MOS Full-HD capabilities, allowing users to record in 1080/50p resolution. The three models will come with the new F1.5 lens, an improved iA mode that offers face recognition and the Power O.I.S. They differ only via the recording mediums supported. Pricing for these aren't yet available at press time.

The HS700 can record data on its 240GB HDD, and supports SDXC, SDHC, and SD memory card recording.

The TM700 can record on its 32GB built-in memory and supports SDXC, SDHC, and SD memory card recording.

The SD700 supports SDXC, SDHC, and SD memory card recording only.

The SDE-H85 features a powerful Enhanced Optical 78x Zoom function, support for recording to an internal 80GB hard disk drive storage, SDXC, SDHC or SD memory card. As per its 3MOS HD cousins, it also comes with an iA mode with AF/AE tracking. This new unit is priced at S$799.

The SDR-S50 differs only slightly from its higher-powered brother, the H85, coming in with only support for SDXC, SDHC and SD memory card recording. Priced at S$599.