It would appear that JVC is going into the Kodak Z series territory with the Picsio GC-FM1. As you can see, it is one of those rectangular frame jobs with 1080p video, 8-megapixel stills, a 2-inch LCD, as well as HDMI out.
These video cameras are set to hit Japan by the beginning of October for about $220. However, we found this odd video that is reminiscent of Mr. Peanut and those animated M&M guys. You might notice that there are at least two western languages (English and French) in the commercial. We’re betting that it’ll make its way to Europe and North America soon.
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For those of you who are outdoor enthusiasts, you might appreciate the Medion Life S47000 digital high definition sports camcorder. This camera is designed to be splash resistant, and it can belay onto your belt. It allows filming of 720p H.264 videos, but only has 90MB worth of internal memory. Fortunately, it comes with an SD/SDHC slot, so no worries about running out of space with the quickness. The S47000 also has a 2 inch screen.
I mentioned before that this might be good for outdoors people, but I don’t know if the S47000 is resilient enough for the extreme sports crowd. Whatever the case, you can purchase it at the Medion online store for 99 Euros (about $164.)
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Sanyo has had their 720p Xacti camera line available for a while now, and they’re upping the ante with a new version, the DXM-CG11. The new model has a 10.66 MP 1/2.33 CMOS sensor, 5x optical zoom, SD/SDHC memory card support, and stereo microphone. It’ll also support Eye-Fi, those cards that can download pictures from your camera wireless. Unfortunately, the Sanyo Xacti DXM-CG11 will only be available in Japan, hitting stores on September 11 for a price of $300 in green, orange, and silver.
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Canon has got a new camcorder ready to hit the market in the Vixia HF S11. The Vixia HF S11 comes with 64 GB worth of internal memory, alongside an SDHC slot, and can record 24 hours worth of video in high definition. It also has an 8.59 Full HD CMOS image sensor, a Digic DV II image processor, and also takes 8 megapixel photos. You can choose between shooting in 24p cinema mode as well as 30p progressive mode. The Canon VIXIA HF S11 retails for $1,600, but you can pre-order it on Amazon for $200 less.
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DXG has found a way to promote their newest cameras to the female crowd with their Luxe Collection. As you can see, the Luxe series come in stylish colors, with a look designed to accessorize.
The Luxe Collection are 720p cameras, so you are getting high definition recording. They can take 8 megapixel still photos, capture up to 8 hours of video using a 16GB card, and have a 3-inch LCD flip out screen. The DXG Luxe Collection should be available on August 3, for a price of $149.
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JVC has recently introduced the GZ-HM400, an HD camcorder only available in Japan. The price is about $1,157, and it has 10.3 megapixel CMOS sensor, 32GB of built-in storage, a SD/SDHC expansion slot, HDMI output, and a 10x optical zoom. It is also capable of taking 9 megapixel stills, hold three hours of full HD content, and has a 2.8 inch flip-out LCD. For those of you in the US that was to get a piece of this action, the JVC Everio X GZ-X900 is what you’ll want.
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I had a chance to use the Kodak Zi6 to cover CES, and I thought it was a great little HD video recorder. Good things can always get better, and Kodak has improved the Zi6 in many ways, and the end result is the Kodak Zi8. The Kodak Zi8 still has:
- A swing out USB arm, but now it’s flexible
- Removable batteries, now a lithium-ion battery that can be charged in or out of the camera
- SD card slot - so you can bring extra cards and keep on shooting
- 2.5-inch color LCD
Now, tack on these new Zi8 features, and you’ll see what all the fuss is about:
- External Microphone Jack
- Full HD 1080p video capture
- Built-in electronic image stabilization
- 5MP still capture
- Improved low light performance
- Smart face-tracking technology
Yeah, that external mic jack caught us by surprise as well. Very nice. The Kodak Zi8 will be available in September in red, blue, and black, and you can pre-order it on Amazon for $179.
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It looks like cameras may be coming to the iPod touch and iPod nano lines, if these case designs are any indication. Manufacturers over in Asia are starting to leak case designs for the next refresh of the iPod line-up, which will happen in September more than likely. As you can see, the iPod touch case design includes a hole for a camera that would be at the top-center of the device, right next to the Wi-Fi antenna. On the iPod nano case, which you can see after the break, you’ve got a space for a camera on the top corner.
According to TechCrunch:
One of our sources in Asia say that Apple has placed an order for a massive number of camera modules of the type that they include in the iPhone. These are inexpensive cameras, in the $10 range. And the size of the order, our source says, means they can only be used for one thing - the iPods.
Could Apple be making a play to become to top mobile photo and video recording device manufacturer with the next refresh of the iPod? That just may be the case, and it would be a smart move. With the huge numbers that the iPhone and iPod lines sell, Apple would shoot to the top of services like YouTube and Flickr in terms of which device was used to shoot the media that is uploaded.
As an aside, last year, case designs were leaked that gave away the new form factor of the iPod nano, weeks before it was officially announced by Apple. We can still take this story with a grain of salt, but I think all signs point to “Yes” on this one.
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If you dig your Pure Digital Flip video camcorder as much has we do, and hate the hassle of editing and uploading, this will be good news for you. The latest version of their FlipShare software has been released with Flip Channels, online storage that you can use to share with others as well as simpler uploading to social networking sites. Sign up for the app and you will be able to video email to your family and friends as well. The company will also be releasing an iPhone/iPod touch app soon.
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In this episode of Unboxing Live!, we give you a look at the Canon DM-100 microphone attachment. If you’ve ever been unimpressed by the audio quality of your camcorder recordings, adding a dedicated, external microphone might be exactly what you need. The Canon DM-100 attaches directly to your mini shoe-equipped Canon HD camcorder, and drastically improves the quality of the sound. We give you a look at the DM-100 settings and physical features.