What with the HD format war of ultimate tedium all but over, it’s time to sigh heavily and start buying things that have got Blu-ray drives in them. You might as well. We’ll all have to eventually by the looks of it, unless Apple and MS can get the whole “downloads thing” working properly.
In the meantime, there’s this thing – the Hitachi DZ-BD9H high-definition BD camcorder. It takes mini 8cm Blu-ray discs (current UK RRP £14 each), which can store around an hour of footage.
Although there’s little point in actually bothering to use the BD part – it can record in the full “full HD” resolution of 1920 x 1080 to its 60B hard drive instead, which is capable of packing a much more impressive nine hours of HD footage on it.
Plus there’s a 2.7″ LCD screen on it as everything has to have a screen on it, in accordance with the terms laid out in the 1999 Dusseldorf International Electronics Agreement.
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