Prior to CES 2012, the world was without a handheld 4K camcorder. JVC took care of that in quick order by unveiling its new GY-HMQ10, a handheld camcorder that captures, records, and plays video images at four times the resolution of high definition televisions. The GY-HMQ10 has a 1/2-inch CMOS image sensor with 8.3 million active pixels. It delivers real-time 3840x2160 footage at 24p, 50p, or even 60p.
A day after Samsung unveiled its water friendly W200 pocket camera, Toshiba announced a waterproof recorder of its own for $10 less. Toshiba's Camileo BW10 is a pocket-sized, HD camcorder that comes protected in a yellow or silver rubberized shell that Toshiba says makes it an ideal candidate for shooting videos in up to six and a half feet under water. Compact and sturdy, the BW10 can also withstand dirt, snow, and other outside hazards.
Samsung isn't just boldly going where Cisco's already been before packing up and leaving for good (RIP Flip), but with the release of its new W200, Samsung is taking pocket cameras to places few others would dare follow, like under water. The W200 was designed to capture video in the toughest conditions and sports a shock, water, and dust-proof rugged body.
We're big fans of Cisco's Flip digital video cameras. They're great for taking spontaneous HD videos on-the-go and quick uploading to your favorite social networking portals. Sadly, it looks as though Cisco is conceding the ultra-portable HD camera market to the growing number of capable smartphones and will cease producing Flip cameras. That's only part of the story.
We haven't heard much from Sony about its Bloggie Duo HD ever since CES wrapped up in January, and we started to wonder if it would ever come out. It did, and it's available for purchase now direct from Sony for $170. That's not a pre-order either; according to Sony's ordering page, the Bloggie Duo HD is in stock and ready to ship right away.
JVC is banking on you being ready to stop griping about the 3D revolution and being a part of it instead. That's the idea behind the new JVC GS-TD1, supposedly the world's first consumer class full HD 3D camcorder. The GS-TD1 comes with two imaging sensors to capture three-dimensional images in similar fashion to how your eyeballs process the world around them.
BenQ has gone and quietly launched its DV S11 camcorder, a attractive looking device that comes with a built-in pico projector to boot.
The DV S11 sports a pretty sleek feature-set, not the least of which is its 3.5-inch touchscreen display. Other notable goodies include HDMI output, 10 shooting modes, 3-second pre-recording, and the ability to shoot Full HD 1080p video.
Storage duties are handled by an SDHC memory card reader, and there's a rechargeable 800mAh Li-ion battery built in. But the real selling point here is obviously the pico projector, which BenQ says can beam videos at up to 50 inches in size.
No word yet on price or availability, at least here in the States. Over in Hong Kong, the DV S11 is already selling for around $310.
Up until now, there hasn't been a handheld device capable of recording both HD video and HD audio. That's according to Zoom, which rectified that little problem with the release of its new Q3HD Handy Video Recorder.
The Q3HD shoots Full HD 1080p video at 30 frames per second (fps) and 720p at either 30fps or 60fps. This latest model sports a redesigned, larger aperture with three lighting settings to choose from.
Once you've recorded your video, you can plop the Q3HD on its side and play it back in 16:9 format. There's also a built-in HDMI port to get your video shuttled over to your swank HDTV set.
Viewsonic decided to blitz the content creation crowd this holiday shopping season with four new media devices, including the 3DV5 Pocket 3D HD Camcorder, 3DPF8 3D Multimedia Digital Photo Frame, DVP5 Pocket Camcorder Projector, and DPF8-CAM Digital Photo Copier.
The 3D HD camcorder sports a 2.4-inch 3D LCD glasses-less panel. Users can instantly play back content on a standard PC/notebook, provided they slap on a pair of red/cyan glasses (included). Alternately, the camcorder works with Nvidia 3D monitors with Nvidia's 3D Vision Kit. The 3DV5 runs $180.
Viewsonic says its 3DPF8 Digital Photo Frame (also $180) works "flawlessly" with 3D photos and videos without the need for special glasses, and can convert standard 2D photos into 3D. Meanwhile, the DVP5 Pocket Camcorder ($330) shoots 720p HD video and takes 5MP photos, all of which can then be projected onto a screen up to 65 inches.
Finally, the DPF8-CAM Digital Photo Copier ($150) features "an intuitive interface for adjusting or cropping" images, as well as a high-resolution 800x600 LED backlit screen, 5MP built-in camera, and 128MB of internal storage.
ViewSonic's UK division announced a new low price camcorder capable of shooting videos in 3D, the 3DV5. The thing runs around $240 and includes a 2.4-inch 'autosterescopic' display somewhat similar to the Nintendo 3DS. That means you can watch your 3D videos on the device without having to wear any special glasses.
Alternately, videos can be uploaded to YouTube's 3D channel and watched in 3D using the supplied 'anaglyph' glasses, which works even on a 2D display. Otherwise, the camera comes ready to beam 3D (and 2D) content to your 3D HDTV using the included HDMI cable.
"Everyone has watched 3D movies at the cinema, and lots of people are considering purchasing a 3D compatible display, whether a TV, monitor or projector. However, there is a lack of available 3D content, and people want to create 3D content that they will be able to watch for years to come," says James Coulson, European product marketing manager, ViewSonic. "The ViewSonic 3DV5 makes it easy for anyone to create future-proof, high quality 3D home movies and also shoot in standard 2D. As well as being easy to use, the camcorder is also excellent value for money, and will make a great gift this Christmas."
Other features include 720p recording, 10MB of internal memory, SD card slot, and a Li-Ion battery that's rechargeable via USB.