In addition to 13 new Lumix cameras, Panasonic has also launched a new Full High Definition camcorders with 25x optical zoom, wide-angle lens, and enhanced optical image stabilisation.
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Panasonic Australia’s Product Marketing Manager for Camcorders, Gleen Zanoni said, “Panasonic’s 25x optical zoom feature, combined with the superior image quality of FHD, is backed by other clever video capture technologies; the wide-angle lens is ideal for capturing a variety of different scenes, such as self-portraits, indoor groups and outdoor landscapes; while POWER O.I.S delivers the ultimate advancements in blur-free shooting. In addition, our new ‘Wind Noise Cancelling’ technology detects and suppresses wind noise, for outstanding sound recording,” added Zanoni.
The new FHD camcorders’ high 25x optical zoom can extend to 35x in video quality. Intelligent Zoom corrects image degradation in ordinary digital zooming to deliver stunningly clear FHD recording, even with the zoom fully extended.
Both new models feature Panasonic’s Intelligent Auto (iA) functionality, now with the addition of Face Recognition to the FHD range, a feature that lets the user register up to six faces which the camcorder will automatically recognise and prioritise both focus and exposure, to ensure your favourite people are always captured perfectly. In addition, the focus continues to track the subject as the person moves anywhere within the LCD frame, making it easy to focus on a specified person in a group.
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Other iA features include: AF/AE Tracking, Intelligent Scene Selector, Intelligent Contrast Control, Face Detection and POWER O.I.S. that helps suppress blurring from low-frequency vibration, such as slow swaying movements. The new Active Mode in POWER O.I.S. also claims to minimise motion blurring while the operator is moving and walking.
All Panasonic 2010 camcorders record content to SDHC/SD Memory Cards and the new SDXC Memory Cards, including Panasonic’s newly announced 64-GBiv SDXC Memory Card – to enable high capacity content storage and fast data transfer speeds.
The hybrid HDC-HS60 camcorder can also record data onto its large 120-GB Hard Disk Drive (HDD) and can copy recorded video from a card to the HDD, or vice versa, with a simple one-touch operation.
For added ease and convenience, the new camcorders feature a wide 2.7-inch LCD with touch-screen functionality.
The Panasonic HDC-SD60 (SD Card) and HDC-HS60 (120GB HDD) will be available in March for $849 and $1199, respectively.