by Alan Sheckter, Videomaker news editor
Panasonic has released two new, fully-equipped Palmcorder Mini DV cams for under $1,000. The PV-DV701 (MSRP $999) and PV-DV351 (MSRP $899) offer Panasonic’s Dual Digital Electronic Image Stabilization to compensate for camcorder movement and the MagicPix Images feature to allow for low-light recording. Both include 10x optical zoom lenses, 680,000-pixel CCDs and built-in PhotoShot digital still-camera functions. In addition, their three-way PC link allow desktop connection via IEEE 1394, PHOTOVU LINK and CARD LINK. Both camsl also come bundled with photo-editing software. In addition, the PIP (picture-in-picture) feature lets users insert a small still shot over the video being recorded.
According to Panasonic release, the main difference between the two camcordersis the size of the LCD screen. The PV-DV351 will offer a 2.5-inch LCD monitor while the PV-DV701 will come equipped with a 3.5-inch LCD.