New Hitachi Hybrid HD camcorder allows three high-def recording modes

Hitachi Home Electronics has announced a new HD hybrid camcorder (DZ-BD10HA) that functions in three formats and improves upon Blu-ray Disc recording capabilities from last year’s DZ-BD7HA hybrid camcorder. The new DZ-BD10HA has also improved upon power consumption and noise in the 8cm BD/DVD drive.

The three format hybrid camcorder is able to record HD video onto Blu-ray Disc, hard drive, or SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity) card. It allows recording up to 4 hours and 20 minutes of 1920×1080 resolution video, or 8 hours 40 minutes of 1440×1080 onto the built-in 30GB hard drive.

The DZ-BD10HA HD camcorder features a 7 mega pixel CMOS image sensor to capture video and stills at FullHD (1920 x 1080) resolution. It also has a built-in dubbing function that allows full HD content to be transfered to the BD drive from the SDHC or hard-drive. That makes it easy to burn some Blu-ray Discs while you go to bed.

Some additional built-in editing functions will also make it easier not to have to transfer content to a PC or Mac for editing such as split, splice, delete, merge, and transitions.

One more feature to mention is face detection which we have seen in other new camcorders and still cameras. This technology detects faces in your frame and and focuses automatically on them to produce higher quality images.

The Hitachi DZ-BD10HA with 30GB hard drive will be available in September and will retail for $999 (Update – the retail price will actually be $1099 per Hitachi rep.) The camcorder is already available in Japan.

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Jeff Chabot

Jeff Chabot writes about technology, broadcasting, and digital entertainment. You can also find him on Gameverse, Gadget Review, and Google+.

One Reply to “New Hitachi Hybrid HD camcorder allows three high-def recording modes”

  1. Jason says:

    I recently bought the Hitachi DZBD10HA, and I have to say I am definitely a satisfied customer :). I notice there were some bad reviews with the older Hitachi camcorders, but the new updates are impressing, with longer recording time and bigger bandwidth. The face detection is pretty cool, along with the photo capture–it let’s you take an image from any video and turn it into a digital still photo! All in all this is a great buy, and I found a 20% coupon on the hitachibd.com website. Just type in SAVEBIG when you go to make your purchase, pretty sure it still works.

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