Panasonic has been keeping busy developing hot new products for us, and the latest development is a set of three new 3CCD full-HD camcorders, one of which they claim is the world’s smallest and lightest SD memory card based camcorder of its kind. The other two are, naturally, pretty impressive as well.
Pictured here is the Panasonic HDC-SD7. Decidedly smaller and lighter than its HDC-SD3 predecessor, this tiny video recorder measures just 52 x 110 x 87 mm, has a volume of 330cc and weighs 190 grams. They say that these dimensions make it the smallest HD camcorder in the world. The slightly bulkier HDC-SD5 measures 65 x 67 x 135mm, has 375cc of volume, and weighs 340 grams. Both models can record up to 90 minutes of HD video on the 4GB SDHC memory card included in the package.
If hybrids are more your cup of tea, then you may want to take a gander as at the Panasonic HDC-SX5. Like the HDC-SD5 and HDC-SD7, the HDC-SX5 also comes with a 4GB SDHC card, but there is also a slot for you to load a DVD-R dual layer disc, giving you enough room for an extra 60 minutes of HD video. Video clips from the SD/SDHC memory card can be transfered to the blank DVD via the simple “disc copy” button.
The HDC-SD5 and HDC-SX5 will be available from August 25 and the HDC-SD7 from September 8 in Japan. No word on price.