Back in the 1990s Finlux was a reasonably big brand owned by Nokia. They made pretty interesting TVs, several boasting built in satellite receivers and the quality was generally very good. Now the brand is owned by Turkish company Vestel…
JVC has launched its first pocket flash memory camera, the new PICSIO GC-FM1. Combining true eight-megapixel stills and 1080p Full HD video it also offers image stabilisation for minimising camera shake, even when the 4X digital zoom is used, JVC claims.
Videos are recorded in the widely-used MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 format and stored as .MOV files for easy sharing without the need for time-consuming and potentially damaging conversion. Storage is on SD/SDHC memory cards. To suit individual shooting situations, PICSIO provides four video and still recording modes.
About the size of a mobile phone the PICSIO is available in three colours – Black Ice, Blue Steel and Purple Passion and comes with a funky-looking geometric pattern and jewel-like appearance.
Consumer camcorder technology has come on in leaps and bounds in the past couple of years, as evidenced by the number of high definition models we’ve reviewed on Tech Digest.
All that technology doesn’t necessarily come cheap, though. Is it possible to get full HD on a fairly modest (sub-£500) budget?
Here are ten 1080p-capable camcorders that offer you a way in to high definition film-making.
Click on the image below to start the tour.
The catchily-titled LT-42WX70 is a new 42″ display from JVC that’s aimed at imaging professionals and home cinema enthusiasts. It’s full HD and will display a far greater range of colours than most displays.
The screen is particularly adept at displaying high-resolution still photos, which probably makes it the world’s most expensive digital photo frame. It’s also got a full colour management system, though, for accurate reproduction of movies. It’ll display 100% of sRGB, and 96% of Adobe RGB.
There’s no price on this baby yet, but it’ll be available from May, so we should know pretty soon. It’s quite a niche product, so I wouldn’t expect it to come cheap, but if you’re determined to buy the best, then it’s definitely worth considering.
JVC’s just sent us a bunch of details about their 2009 lineup of camcorders, and because we’re nice, I fancied sharing them with you. There’s the HD range, the G-series and the S-series. The HD range, as you might imagine from the name, are high-definition, the S-series model has dual SD card slots, and the G series is a mixed bag.
Let’s start with the S-series, because the word “start” begins with S. There’s only one new model here, the GZ-MS120. As previously mentioned, it’s got dual SD card slots and you can record continuously, so that if you run out of space on one it’ll automatically swap to the other. In highest quality mode, you’ll get 3.7 hours of recording from a pair of 8GB SD cards. In lowest quality, you’ll get about 20 hours.
JVC has announced its new DE9 series of LCD TVs featuring built-in 160GB hard disc based PVR and Freeview tuners.
Available in 26- and 32-inch screen sizes, these are HD Ready sets with a screen resolution of 1,366 x 768, so won’t display full 1080p content without scaling it…
Over in Berlin, Zara’s been hunting down camcorders – specifically the new Everios from JVC – the HD30 and HD40. They’ve got dual-format recording, so they record in both MPEG2 and AVCHD. This means you can get far more video into much less storage space. 50 hours onto the 120GB HD40. It’s got 10x optical zoom, and records at 1080p.
No price point, no release date, but we’ll let you know as soon as we hear anything…