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Camcorder

Panasonic's HC-X1000 is the first camcorder capable of recording 4K ultra HD video at 60 f...

Panasonic has announced the HC-X1000, the first camcorder capable of recording 4K ultra HD video at 60 frames per second onto an SD card. Intended as a bridging camera for 1080p shooters looking to take the step into 4K production, the X1000 brings a host of pro features to the table, including twin XLR audio inputs, built in ND filters, a 20x zoom, high speed autofocus Leica lens and a pop-out protected touch screen. With dual SD card slots, it also introduces a new "background recording" mode that constantly lays down footage on the secondary card so you never miss anything.  Read More

Using the RM-LVR2V Live-View Remote, users can remotely preview, play back and delete shot...

And you thought Sony’s existing Action Cam was small ... Today at the IFA 2014 electronics trade show in Germany, Sony introduced its Action Cam Mini. By moving the GPS function out of the camera and into an accompanying wrist-mounted remote, the company has shrunk the camera to two-thirds the size of its predecessor.  Read More

A Strike Cam video still of a bass checking out a lure

If you're a sport fisherman, then you know the frustration of having a fish strike and reject your lure. What sort of fish was it, and how big was it? Well, the Strike Cam may not help you land such finicky fish, but it can at least answer those questions.  Read More

The Camileo X-Sports is an HD sports camcorder from Toshiba

The Camileo X-Sports is Toshiba's answer to a GoPro camcorder. At £180 (US$300), it lines up against GoPro's entry level Hero3, which itself retails for £199 ($330). Gizmag took a look at the Camileo X-Sports' specifications and how it performs.  Read More

The Panasonic HX-A500 is a 4K wearable camcorder

Panasonic has unveiled the world's first 4K 30/25p wearable camcorder, the HX-A500. Following in the dua-body footsteps of the HX-A100, the camera part of the new 4K-toting device can be worn on the head sans helmet thanks to head mount, while the main body – which now includes an LCD monitor for checking shots on the go – sits in an armband worn by the user.  Read More

The Falcon Eye KC-2000 handheld camcorder from Tokyo's Komamura Corporation

When the sun goes down on your high tech surveillance operation, outside location broadcast or wildlife documentary shoot, there's a good chance that your world will fade to shades of green and black. Tokyo's Komamura Corporation is readying a new handheld camcorder called the Falcon Eye KC-2000 for release, which brings a splash of color to scenes too dark to be visible to the human eye.  Read More

The Sony FDR-AX100 4K Handycam

Sony has followed the launch of its first 4K Handycam at IFA 2013, with a much handier UHD Handycam, the compact FDR-AX100 camcorder. Reported to be 74 percent smaller and 66 percent lighter than the now available FDR-AX1, and a good deal cheaper to boot, the AX100 features a bigger sensor than many similarly-sized cams, a new 29 mm wide-angle Zeiss lens, a high resolution touch panel, built-in wireless capabilities and NFC.  Read More

The Everio GZ-R10 (pictured) and GZ-R70 have been ruggedized thanks to JVC's 'Quad-Proof' ...

After introducing its "Quad-Proof" technology on its ADIXXION camcorder in 2012, JVC has brought the ruggedized feature set to its latest Everio models. The Everio GZ-R70 and GZ-R10 are dust-proof, water resistant to 5 m (16.4 ft), drop-proof from a height of 1.5 m (4.9 ft) and freeze-proof to temperatures as low as -10° C (14° F).  Read More

The Digital Bolex D16 Cinema Camera, sporting its snazzy retro pistol grip

There was a time, not all that long ago, when most independent film-makers shot their projects on relatively-inexpensive 16mm film – it wasn't as pricey as 35mm, but was definitely a step up from Super 8. The cameras shooting that film were quite often made by the venerable Swiss manufacturer, Bolex. Today, in the age of digital video, film-makers wanting to take a step up from consumer-grade camcorders are looking at some pretty expensive gear. LA-based entrepreneurs Joe Rubinstein and Elle Schneider are trying to change that, with the introduction of their Digital Bolex D16 Cinema Camera.  Read More

The Sony HDR MV1 Music Video Recorder is optimized for recording and sharing musical perfo...

Given that we're living in the Age of YouTube, it's becoming pretty much standard practice for up-and-coming musicians to post videos of their jam sessions or live performances online. And while the affordability of HD video cameras/phones may mean that the visuals in those videos look nice, music is first and foremost an auditory art-form. That's why Sony is introducing a new musical-performance-specific camcorder, known appropriately enough as the HDR-MV1 Music Video Recorder.  Read More

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