Sony HDR-SR12 Gets Reviewed (Verdict: It's a Winner)

According to Camcorder Info, Sony's HDR-SR12 is continuing to push the AVCHD format forward as a viable successor to HDV. It is, by far, the best Sony HDD camcorder on the market—and with 120GB under the hood, it is unmatched in the AVCHD category in terms of capacity. As far as performance is concerned, the SR12 held… »3/31/08 9:15pm3/31/08 9:15pm

Canon Vixa HF10 Camcorder Reviewed (Verdict: Best AVCHD to Date)

If you have been waiting for a camcorder that gets AVCHD right, the folks at Camcorder Info have some good news. According to their recent review, the Canon Vixia HF10 may have finally brought the format into its own. When compared to an HDV camcorder, the quality of the HF10's images (artifacts, sharpness, color, low… »3/11/08 7:30pm3/11/08 7:30pm

Hardcore Testing Reveals Canon HV20 Is Best Consumer High-Def Camcorder

I feel a little bit guilty. The guys at, namely David Kender and John Neely, went to extreme measures to benchmark the four HD camcorders fighting for dominance in the very new consumer HD market. They wrote, like, over 10,000 words, and spent hours or possibly even days recording footage of the… »4/30/07 9:07pm4/30/07 9:07pm

Sony Intros HVR-V1U HDV Pro Camcorder, Filmmakers Ogle Its 24p-ness

Sony's HVR-V1U HDV camcorder was on display at a special touchy-feely roll-out event in New York this afternoon, and Gizmodo was there for a quick hands-on. Sony presented a refined HDV camcorder that mid-level video production pros and filmmakers will snap right up. This is the higher-end, also-CMOS-totin' big… »9/19/06 5:30pm9/19/06 5:30pm

Blackmagic Design Intensity: HDMI I/O for Macs and PCs

Blackmagic Design introduced Intensity, the first HDMI PCI Express card. It can pass an HD signal straight out of a low-cost HDV camcorder and into a Mac or PC without needing to be compressed into the HDV format. This will be a blessing for users of HDV camcorders that have HDMI ports, such as Sony's just-introduced… »9/12/06 6:55pm9/12/06 6:55pm

Sony Rolls Out HDR-FX7 HDV Camcorder: Smaller, Lighter, Cheaper

Sony added another HDV camcorder to the higher end of its consumer line today, the HDR-FX7, which uses three CMOS imaging sensors rather than the three CCDs of its FX1 brandmate while carrying 40% less weight at a 25% smaller size. It's not intended as a replacement of the venerable FX1, but it's positioned as a… »9/07/06 8:37am9/07/06 8:37am

Sony DVM85HD 85-Minute MiniDV Cassette: 22 More Minutes of Vid-Goodness

Trying to make the world forget about its exploding laptop batteries, Sony releases its latest earth-shattering innovation, extending the maximum length of a DV tape to 85 minutes. These MiniDV cassettes work with both standard-definition DV gear and the latest HDV high-definition camcorders and decks, letting you… »8/28/06 9:45am8/28/06 9:45am