Following the recent launch of its Z300 palm-sized HD camcorder a couple of months ago, AIPTEK has announced its successor: the Z500 Plus.
The Z500 has all the features of the Z300, but now boasts 1080p recording (1,440 x 1,080 resolution) at up to 30 frames per second, as well as 720p at up to 60fps. It also has a 3x optical zoom which isn’t bad on a unit of this class.
What isn’t clear is just how much compression is applied to the “full HD” image to enable it to fit onto its SDHC storage cards. AIPTEK claims the camcorder can store two hours of 1080p footage onto an 8GB card, or eight hours on a 32GB card, using H.264/Quicktime format. It can also shoot in standard DVD and CIF quality modes, so the YouTube generation isn’t left out.
Other features include the 2.4-inch swivel-mounted colour screen, flash, autofocus, red-eye reduction, various white balance and shooting modes, macro mode, and up to eight megapixel still image capture.
It will be available from July with a suggested price of £249.99.