Panasonic HDC-SD1 3CCD AVCHD movie camera

Panasonic, has unveiled a 3CCD high-definition (HD) consumer digital video cameras HDC-SD1 that record 1080i HD images in the new AVCHD format. Panasonic HDC-SD1 is the world’s first video camera that captures 1080i HD images onto SD/SDHC Memory Cards. Since the postage-size SD/SDHC Memory Cards do not require any moving parts for recording they are ideal for video recording. The SD/SDHC Memory Cards also promise a 1.7 second quick start-up and offer skip-free, reliable video recording. The Panasonic HDC-SD1 support the AVCHD format, an HD digital video camera recording format Panasonic developed with Sony .This new format enables recording and playback of high-resolution digital images. The Panasonic HDC-SD1 features 5.1-channel surround sound with five microphones, making viewers feel like they are truly a part of the scene. The microphone system has a zoom function. As the camera zooms in the subject, the microphones simultaneously zoom in and pick up the sound around the subject in the distance. The Panasonic HDC-SD1 feature a newly-developed 3CCD imaging system designed particularly for HD shooting. The new system provides a higher color resolution which is more than double the resolution of conventional image sensors and therefore produces more vivid and true-to-life images than ever before.
The high-sensitivity feature of the camera also allow for shooting in poorly-lit situations – for example, as low as six lux.The newly developed Panasonic HD Crystal Engine processes images twice as quickly as progressive scan CCDs. The new Panasonic digital video cameras HDC-SD1 is equipped with a new compact 12xoptical wide-angle (F1.8 – 2.8) Leica Dicomar Lens and is packed with Panasonic’s “black-box” technologies to set a new standard in HD video recording.

The camera measures 74×142×69mm and weighs approximately 490g (inclusive battery and memory card). The silver colored Panasonic consumer digital video cameras HDC-SD1bundled with 4GB SDHC memory card will be available from December 1st for approximately 180000 Yen ($1530).
Via Slrworld