Panasonic Unveils Lightweight HD Camcorders


By Shane McGlaun

The first camcorder that I ever saw was one that my uncle had. The thing was huge and looked like something the newscasters used. It wasn’t only the huge camera though; the thing had a huge VCR that had to go along with it. It weighed about 30 pounds altogether.

Panasonic has announced a couple new camcorders today that are being called the world’s lightest camcorders at 0.5 pounds. The camcorders are the HDC-TM10 and the HDC-SD10. The only real difference between the two is that the SD10 stores video to SD and SDHC cards only. The TM10 has 8GB of internal storage and then changes to SD/SDHC cards.

The cameras feature 16x optical zoom and use advanced optical image stabilization to minimize shake at high zoom levels. The image stabilization system also works while walking. Both cameras record full 1080p resolution video and can be ready to record in 1.9 seconds. Navigating the settings is done with a touchscreen and a video light and flash are built-in. The SD10 will sell for $549.95 and the TM10 will sell for $599.95 both are launching in September.

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