LED Light Source Added to Optura 500

Canon, Panasonic, Sony Announce New Mini DV Camcorders
Canon has released the Optura 400 ($999) and Optura 500 ($1,199) camcorders. Both use 2.2-megapixel CCD image sensors, 10x optical zoom lenses, and come bundled with Pinnacle Studio 9 SE and Instant Photo Album. The Optura 500 adds an LED light source (for shooting in complete darkness at reduced frame rates) and includes a ring light adapter for illuminating macro shots.

Sony’s DCR-PC350 ($1,300) has a 3.31-megapixel single CCD image sensor, and uses a cradle (dubbed the Handycam Station) for connecting the camcorder to a TV or a computer. Zebra-stripe overexposure indicators are also available. The camcorder has a Carl Zeiss 10x optical zoom lens, and will be available in September.

A late-breaking addition to Sony’s product family is the $1,700 DCR-HC1000, a 3-chip, 1-megapixel camcorder featuring a Carl Zeiss 12x optical zoom lens and optical image stabilization.

Panasonic’s 3-chip PV-GS400 integrates 4-megapixel digital still capability, a full compliment of manual controls, a Leica Dicomar 12x optical zoom lens with optical image stabilization and 1/4.7" CCDs in a $1,500 package.

Philips Announces New Products for Holiday Season
With so many new products, you’d think Philips was jolly Saint Nick come a’calling months early. But while the final summer rays warm your body, the Ambilight FlatTV line will warm your eyes. Its unique backlighting matches the "look" of on-screen images; producing cool blue hues in rippling water, or the fiery red in a vivid sunset. Plus who needs mistletoe when you’ve the Key Ring Camcorder to play MP3 and capture 2.0 megapixel digital images and MPEG-4 video? Don’t forget to check out your holiday look courtesy of the Mirrorvision LCD TV — which doubles as a mirror when the TV is off. Plus, get into the holiday mood by picking up the RC9800i remote that lets you control devices along with digital content, and it also comes with built in Wi-Fi capabilities.

Add new DVD recorders with new features for personal recording, such as the HDRW720 whose hard drive can record up to 130 hours and includes the Guide Plus+ on-screen TV Guide — and it’s definitely ho-ho-ho time.

Videomaker Expo East is Coming
The next Videomaker Expo East will take place at the Sheraton Meadowlands Hotel in East Rutherford, New Jersey from October 14-16. The three-day event features a show floor, seminars, and a 1-day Pre-Expo Conference on DVD authoring, which will be held on October 13. This is the place to discover and explore new video products, network and learn the latest tips and techniques to make your videos the best they can be. Our exhibitors will include Applied Magic, Edirol, MacroSystem US, Canon, JVC, Panasonic, Bogen and many more. Be sure to visit www.videomaker.com/expo for more information.

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