CES: Panasonic rolls out slew of HD camcorders ready for 2D, 3D recording

Summary:Panasonic is certainly making a strong push for 3D-ready camcorders with the introduction of nine new full HD video cameras at CES 2011 in Las Vegas today.

CES 2011

Panasonic is certainly making a strong push for 3D-ready camcorders with the introduction of nine new full HD video cameras at CES 2011 in Las Vegas today.

Starting off with a trio of 3MOS camcorders, the HDC-TM900 (pictured above), HDC-HS900 and HDC-SD800 are designed for more professional purposes rather than home videos. All three have some shared specs, such as:

  • F1.5 Leica Dicomar lens
  • 35mm wide-angle capability
  • 20x optical zoom
  • Crystal Engine PRO processors
  • Hybrid Optical Image Stabilizer
  • Intelligent Auto functions
  • Record to SDXC/SDHC/SD cards

Panasonic steps it up with the HDC-TM900 and HDC-HS900, which both have 3.5-inch LCD panels and five internal microphones that should bump up the sound on a compatible 5.1-channel home theater system. The HDC-HS900 also hosts 220GB of built-in storage space.

For consumers looking for more basic, "easy-to-use" camcorders, Panasonic has another six full HD video cameras ready for your consideration. The HDC-SD40, HDC-TM40, HDC-SD80, HDC-HS80 (pictured below), HDC-TM80, HDC-TM90 and HDC-SD90 all sport 1MOS sensors and look fairly similar overall. At least on the outside.

At the bottom of the spectrum, we have the "affordable" SD40 and TM40 camcorders. Even though we don't know pricing to assert just how affordable these models are, we do know that each one weighs 0.39 pounds and can record up to 135 minutes on a single battery charge.

Next on deck are the HS80 and TM80, sporting 33.7mm wide-angle lenses with ultra-telephoto 42x Intelligent Zoom. The HS80 also sports a 120GB hard drive.

The final pair are the TM90 and SD90 camcorders, which are compatible with Panasonic's 3D Conversion lens and are powered by Crystal Engine PRO processors for crisper videos in low-lighting situations.

The latter four, higher-end camcorders also share some similarities, including hybrid optical zoom stabilization, face recognition, and touch screens that support touch zoom and shutter focus.

Pricing and availability for all of these camcorders remain a mystery, but launch details will be revealed 30 days prior to shipping.

Topics: Hardware


Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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