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More Camcorders Go High Def

Boot Camp feature for Wednesday, August 8, 2007

More camcorders go high def…and hard drive. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. JVC, Sony and Panasonic are doing it. Now, so is Canon. It has announced the HG10, equipped with a 40 gig hard drive that can store up to 16 and a half hours of HD quality video. Canon's Mitchell Glick…says what sets the camera apart…

"There's a ten times HD video lens which is producing exceptional quality. There's a full HD CMOS sensor, 1920 by 1080 resolutions that will produce the highest image quality. Super range OIS, so the stabilization system is a canon exclusive which allows you to capture everything from a subtle handshake to very violent hand movement. And this is the only HD hard drive camcorder that will do frame grabbing. Which means after you've shot your video, you can actually extract a 1920 by 1080 still image that you can use for printing or for email."

The HG10 should arrive in stores this fall for about 12 hundred dollars. Consumers now have a choice of high def camcorders that will record onto DV tape, memory cards, DVDs or hard drives. About how quickly the migration to the new camcorders is taking place, Glick says…

"It's taking place very quickly largely fueled by the proliferation of the HD television sets and the price points becoming so attractive."

For consumers who aren't in a rush…the good news is…prices for high def camcorders are coming down…and will become more affordable in the months to come. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.