Whats new in HD Camcorders: Consumer Electronics Show 2012
Related Article: Sony 2012 Camcorder Lineup and ComparisonCanon HD Camcorders for 2012: Most of Canon’s high end consumer camcorder line will remain the same as 2011 (at least for now). In the mid-range, Canon has introduced new models that have a newly designed HD CMOS Pro sensor that improves resolution, low light performance, and expands dynamic range. Canon for 2012 is introducing 6 new flash memory camcorders. Three HF M-Series models including the HF M500 (flash memory), the HF M52 (dual flash memory 32GB) which all have the new 1/3-inch CMOS Pro Imager, and Three HF-R series models (see SmartReview’s video below). Some of the models are able to connect to internet by WiFi, allowing you to share your pictures and video to media sites including Youtube and Facebook. You also have the ability to connect to an iphone or ipad using a free upload App. These camcorders also give you the option to record in AVCHD or MP4. AVCHD is best for HDTV viewing, while MP4 is best for sharing on mobile devices and social media sites. The 2012 vixia line improves low light performance by 20%.
High End Canon Camcorders: The Canon G10 will remain the flagship top of the line consumer model. The G10 was introduced late in 2011. The Canon Pro XA10 remains as the lowest priced Canon Pro camcorder and includes two built-in XLR audio input terminals and nightvision.
Related Article: Canon 2012 Camcorder Lineup and ComparisonPanasonic HD Camcorders for 2012: Panasonic for 2012 has introduced three new Full HD camorders with a single 1MOS imager. They are the low priced HC-V700K, HC-V500, and HC-V100. The HC-V700K has a high sensitivity sensor for better low light shooting.
The top of the line for Panasonic consumer camcorders is the Panasonic HC-X900 (which replaces last year’s TM900). This model has features not on the other models. This includes a 3MOS sensor (3 imagers), which improves image quality, a three chip processing engine, and the LCD touchscreen resolution has almost tripled from last year to 1.15 million pixels with the added ability to preview in 3D. In addition it has a new wide angle lens.
Panasonic has discontinued making HDD (Harddrive) camcorders in 2012, in favor of those with built-in memory. Panasonic’s 3D camcorders for 2012 no longer need an adapter ring, as the new 3D lenses mounts directly onto the camcorder. SmartReview got a demonstration of this at the show. Eliminating the adapter ring reduces misalignment that can occur when mounting the 3D lens.
Related Article: Panasonic 2012 Camcorder Lineup and ComparisonJVC HD Camcorders for 2012: For 2012 the biggest news for JVC is its 4KCam camcorder. The GY-HMQ10 is the first 4K Camcorder of its kind, and will sell for about $5,000.00 which is hefty for consumers, but actually reasonable for a Professional device that can take video at this resolution (3840 x 2160) which has a resolution 4 times regular 1080p HD video. The footage we saw on a Toshiba 4K hdtv was absolutely stunning. This was the best video that SmartReview has seen to date. SmartReview also got to see JVC’s GS-TD1 3D camcorder which was showing on the monitor in realtime with 3D glasses. This was the best 3D video we had seen taken by a 3D camcorder. JVC claims this to be the first consumer camcorder to offer 3D recording in Full 1080p HD.
See our video below of the JVC 4KCam:
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