Panasonic has today introduces the new Panasonic HDC-SDX1 HD Camcorder, that is the world’s lightest full-High Definition (HD) camcorder capable of full HD 1080p video recording and features an ultra-compact body and weighing in at just under 186 gms (0.41 lbs).
With its stylish and lightweight design, the new Panasonic SDX1 full HD Camcorder features a 35.8mm wide-angle lens, 23x Intelligent Zoom and can also double as a Web camera with built-in capabilities for Internet video calling.
In addition to being a camcorder that is capable of full HD video content recording, the Panasonic HDC-SDX1 Full HD Camcorder also serves as a Web camera and microphone, allowing for users to connect with online video chat programs, such as Skype, and make video calls over the Internet to enable easy visual communication.
By simply connecting the Panasonic HDC-SDX1 Full HD Camcorder to a computer, users can enjoy face-to-face communication with family or friends in distant locations right on the computer screen.
The Panasonic HDC-SDX1 Full HD Camcorder also supports Apple iFrame video format for smooth and easy loading and editing of image data using a Mac computer. Users can directly upload video clips to YouTube or Facebook without having to launch a browser, for quick video sharing with included software.
“With the addition of the SDX1, Panasonic has given consumers a versatile camcorder that can be used not only for high-quality video shooting, but also sharing these precious recorded moments with family and friends who may be far away,” said Chris Rice, Senior Product Manager, Imaging, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company. “We do our best to provide products that adapt to the ever-changing world of technology and this model does just that – it’s a camcorder that shoots high-quality video, using its incredible zooming capabilities and advanced optical technology – while providing consumers with the ability to make video calls from a computer.”
The Panasonic HDC-SDX1 HD camcorder also features a newly-developed HYBRID Optical Image Stabilization system (O.I.S.), an image stabilization system that provides optical and electrical hand-shake correction.
In addition to the HYBRID O.I.S. system, the Panasonic HDC-SDX1 Full HD Camcorder provides even more powerful hand-shake correction with O.I.S. Lock. By pressing the O.I.S. Lock button on the LCD monitor, the blur detection sensitivity is maximized and other camera movements are detected and corrected.
Panasonic HDC-SDX1 Full HD Camcorder features a 35.8mm wide-angle setting is optimal for recording portraits indoors, as well as sweeping landscapes and even allows for voices to be clearly recorded at far distances and has full-HD AVCHD recording capabilities with outstanding 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution image quality, and records in the PC-friendly MP4 format.
The Intelligent Zoom function which was achieved with the Intelligent Resolution technology of the newly-evolved image processing LSI, makes it possible to take telephoto shots with zoom power up to 23x.
Panasonic HDC-SDX1 Full HD Camcorder also offers Panasonic’s Intelligent Auto (iA) mode that automatically selects the most suitable of six shooting modes at the simple press of a button. These include Face Recognition, the new HYBRID O.I.S., AF/AE Tracking, Intelligent Scene Selector, Face Detection and Intelligent Contrast Control.
Other features of the Panasonic HDC-SDX1 Full HD Camcorder includes:
- Face Recognition finds the registered faces of subjects and automatically optimizes the focus and exposure, while continuously tracking them as they move around within the LCD frame.
- HYBRID O.I.S. provides more accurate hand-shake correction with its four-axis blur detection, helping to steady images even when zooming or shooting a moving subject.
- AF/AE Tracking tracks a moving subject to make sure it’s recorded in optimal image quality. The normal Auto mode adjusts the focus and exposure for a subject at the center of the screen. With AF/AE Tracking, the user “locks on” to a subject by simply touching the LCD screen.
- Intelligent Scene Selector detects the situation and switches the scene mode accordingly.
- Face Detection captures faces beautifully even in dim or backlit scenes.
- Intelligent Contrast Control prevents blown highlights and blocked shadows to retain natural, highly-nuanced images with proper contrast.
- Touch Screen Operation with a 2.7-inch wide LCD monitor.
Price and Availability
The Panasonic HDC-SDX1 Full HD Camcorder will be available in black in September 2010 with a suggested retail price of $499.95 or Rs. 24,000.00. For more information on Panasonic camcorders, please visit www.panasonic.com/dvc.