Suggested retail price: $900
New Canon 8mm
Canon unveils the latest addition to its new ES series. The ES70 8mm camcorder features a 12:1 multi-speed zoom lens with a built-in 0.7x wide-angle adaptor. Also sports a four-mode auto exposure program and built-in 4-watt light.
Suggested retail price: $15
More Time for S-VHS-C
JVC offers the first 40-minute Super VHS compact video cassette. The ST-C40XZ provides up to two hours recording time in EP mode. JVC boasts three advances in its tape manufacturing that allows the increase in recording capacity: 1) raising the packing density of magnetic particles by using a new high-viscosity dispersion technique; 2) a new high-density ceramic filler backcoating which provides extra strength to the ultra-thin tape; and 3) a new base film for even greater strength.
Suggested retail price: $900
RCA announces the full-size CC547 VHS camcorder with its new Colorview 120,000-pixel color viewfinder. The unit also boasts a 12:1 optical zoom lens, digital enhanced zoom to 100:1, flying erase head, character generator and built-in light.
Suggested retail price: $1100
Sony adds a 3-inch color LCD monitor to its FX Handycam series with the introduction of the CCD-FX730V 8mm camcorder. The unit also sports a 12:1 optical zoom lens, 4-mode program auto exposure control and built-in speaker.
PV-4466 VHS VCR
Suggested retail price: $650
Panasonic introduces the PV-4466 VHS VCR. The deck includes a jog/shuttle control on both its front panel and remote; hi-fi stereo audio with LED level meters; front-mounted A/V jacks; and a built-in head cleaner. Also includes a flying erase head and an 8-scene automatic assemble editing when paired with another Panasonic VCR.
Suggested retail price: $1995, includes jib arm, pan/tilt head and remote control unit.
Stanton Video Services
Stanton Video Services of Phoenix Arizona claims its Mini Crane is the first camera jib designed for the prosumer market to feature a remote, joystick-controlled pan/tilt head. The servo-driven pan/tilt head is AC or battery operated and allows sensitivity and ramping adjustments. The unit reaches a height of 12 feet and works with most camcorders up to 15 pounds.
Suggested retail price: $2995
Toshiba announces development of its IK-M41A camera, a new micromini color camera measuring only 39mm long. The IK-M41A boasts a 410,000-pixel CCD sensor; the operator can select electronic shutter between 1/60 and 1/10,000 of a second. The unit has both S-video and RGB outputs.
buy-out production library, titled Corporate/Industrial
Suggested retail price: 59$
River City Sound Productions
Avoid Corporate Blues
River City Sound Productions of Memphis, Tennessee releases the latest CD in its buy-out production library. Titled Corporate/Industrial, the CD includes 28 tracks of original themes ideal for sales and training videos.