Panasonic has revealed at CES six new camcorders, evenly split between standard-definition and high definition models. The HD cameras are equipped with 25× optical zoom and include the HDC-HS60, HDC-TM55 and HDC-SD60 models. Powered image stabilization is an option and vibration is reduced five times better than the earlier Panasonic technology was capable of.
The three models support SDXC memory cards and face recognition capable of detecting up to six faces that are used as a basis for focus, exposure and tracking. The LCD displays are updated and support a series of touch functions. New wind noise cancellation is meant to mask undesired ambience when recording outdoors.
All of the HD models are capable of recording to SD cards, but the HS60 and TM55 have also an extra option of internal storage. The HS60 comes equipped with a 120GB hard drive and is able to copy files from and to a card, while the TM55 has 8GB of built-in memory. Information about prices or release dates is not yet available.
Release information for the standard-definition cameras is missing but it is known that the line includes the SDR-H85, SDR-T50 and SDR-S50 models. There is a standard 70× zoom lens for all of them, as well as SDXC support and also the new wind cancellation feature. Powered image stabilization is not provided but the user gets a new Active mode for the previously existing stabilization technology. The three cameras still lack touchscreen commands but there is an upgrade with automatic contrast control as well as auto-exposure and auto-focus tracking.
The H85 camera includes an 80GB hard drive and is capable of copying video material directly to s DVD burner. The T50 sports an internal memory of 4GB capacity that is used before having to switch to an SD card. As for the S50, it is limited to recording to SD like the HDC-SD60 does.