Pocket camcorders bring new form, functions to home movies
Monday 07 February 2011
A new generation of compact, affordable and innovative camcorders is putting new movie-making skills into the hands of technology fans.
On February 4, Casio Computer Co. released its TRYX pocket camcorder, which turns heads thanks to its clever design. The camera part of the gadget is housed within a handle that rotates and can be set at different angles to serve a number of purposes.
An evolution of Casio's EXILIM series of digital cameras, the item's handle can be a tripod; turn it 180 degrees and its works as a hook that means it can be hung on a wall.
The TRYX can take still shots, but comes into its own when filming full high-definition movies in H.264 video format, as well as slow motion movies.
And while it shoots at an impressive 12.1 megapixels and has a 21-mm ultra-wide angle lens, the TRYX is just 14.9 millimeters thick. Casio's new camcorder will be released in markets outside of Japan in April and will retail at $250.
At a similarly affordable price, Sony Corp. is releasing three new additions to its collection of Bloggie pocket camcorders, including the first variant that taps into the demand for gadgets with 3D functions.
The MHS-FS3 Bloggie 3D is the world's first HD 3D pocket camera, according to Sony, and is equipped with two lenses, two image sensors and two stereo speakers to capture either 2D or 3D video and photos.
Content from the camera can be played back in 3D without the need for special glasses on the camera's 2.4-inch LCD screen, or on any 3D-capable HD television, with glasses.
The Bloggie has 8 gigabytes of storage and uses a built-in USB connecting arm that emerges from the body when needed. And in camera mode, the Bloggie is capable of shooting 5 megapixel still images.
The more basic models of the camera, the Bloggie and Bloggie Duo, will retail for around $150 and $170, respectively, when they hit the market in March, initially in the US. The 3D variant is due out in April and will cost around $250.
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