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CES 2008: Panasonic showed two new Full HD Camcorders

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 11 Jan 2008 18:34

CES 2008: Panasonic showed two new Full HD Camcorders At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Panasonic showed two new full-High Definition 3CCD camcorders, the HDC-HS9, a hybrid model that can record to either an SD (or SDHC) Memory Card or its built-in 60-GB hard disk and the HDC-SD9, the world's smallest and lightest SD card High Definition camcorder, weighing in at just 0.606 pounds. Both offer Full HD, 1080p recordings at 24 frames per second.
Both the SD9 and HS9 feature new Panasonic camcorder technologies called Face Detection and Intelligent Shooting Guide. "Consumers will be amazed by the richness and clarity of the video taken with one of these new High Definition camcorders, as this is quality they are accustomed to getting when they go to the movies," Alex Fried, National Marketing Manager, Imaging, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company.

Fried added: "Panasonic is bringing the benefits of High Definition right into the living room, so anyone can enjoy high-quality videos in the comforts of their home. And with new features such as Face Detection and Intelligent Shooting Guide, these new intuitive technologies help consumers easily produce video content they would be proud to view in High Definition."

Face Detection automatically locates any faces in the picture and adjusts the exposure, contrast and skin tone to achieve optimal results. Thus, even when the faces are backlit or the lighting is low, faces are clear and not lost in the shadows. The Intelligent Shooting Guide makes important shooting features that are available on the camcorder, but often go unused by the consumer, more intuitive and obvious.

For example, the Intelligent Shooting Guide can detect when shooting conditions are poor and then display tips on the LCD as a way for the user to correct the error before recording the content. Video is recorded in the high quality AVCHD video format. Both models will be available in March 2008 with manufacturer suggested retail prices of $799.95 for the HDC-SD9 and $1099.95 for the HDC-SH9.

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