Panasonic introduced the AG-HMC80 professional AVCCAM HD shoulder-mount camcorder, a low-cost AVCHD camcorder to feature solid state DV and HD recording capabilities. The AG-HMC80 shoots 10.6-megapixel still images to an SD card as well as full 1920 x 1080 AVCHD video. Loaded with many pro features in a shoulder mount form factor, this camera is ideal for event videographers. Available in September.
K-Tek introduced the Norbert Camera Accessory Mounting System – an accessory management system designed for the next generation of video-capable DSLRs and compact high-definition video cameras. The Norbert system has mounting options for both tripod and handheld use. With tons of accessories available on the market, the Norbert gives you a foundation to build your camera kit with limitless possibilities.
The microRemote from Redrock Micro is a new wireless focus system that uses an optional iPhone or iPod Touch interface to graphically compare your current focus, the distance the microTape rangefinder reads is the subject, and the available range of focus according to your lens’ depth of field. The microRemote capitalizes on Apple’s touchscreen interface, while also using a mechanical based focus wheel.
Estimated around $1,000
As DSLRs become increasingly popular for videographers, the demand for suitable transportation and storage of them has grown. The Pro-Light Resource-61 is Kata’s answer to that need. Keeping durability and weight in mind, the Pro-Light Resource-61 shoulder bag consists of RipStop fabrics, meshes, Aeriform foams, honeycomb panels and spider-webbing straps with adjustable/removable pouches and dividers.
Hoodman adds a new DSLR accessory to its arsenal, the HoodCrane, allowing you to attach the HoodLoupe to the back of your camera and easily switch between shooting photos and video. It attaches to the hot shoe and provides a coldshoe for other accessories. The HoodCrane is very flexible and adjustsable, making it ideal for any DSLR shooter.