Hitachi Brings Blu-ray to Handhelds
Both camcorders have a single 8cm drive to accommodate BD-R or BD-RE discs.
Two new camcorders boast 1920 x 1080 HD recording all on a Blu-ray disc.
While everyone is trying to put out new Blu-ray DVD players, Hitachi is trying a different approach. Sure, playing “Blades of Glory” in its high-def glory would be nice, but how about giving your grandma that same courtesy?
That’s right folks, Hitachi is introducing not just the first Blu-ray camcorder, but they are staking claim on the second as well.
The DZ-BD70A is a single-drive camcorder that can do one hour of HD on a single 8cm single-sided BD-R or BD-RE disc. The DZ-BD7HA is a “hybrid” unit, which means it can do the Blu-ray disc thing, but also as 30GB of hard drive space to stuff.
Both have a 10x zoom, a 5.3-megapixel CMOS image sensor for 4.32-megapixel still images and the ability to record standard definition too—in case you have a bunch of blank DVDs collecting dust.
As with playing Blu-ray discs, making them doesn’t come cheap either. The DZ-BD70A will run $1,299, with the DZ-BD7HA priced at $1,499. Expect both next month.
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