Michael Jackson Gets His Geek On

I don't know if I've ever seen a more humanizing clip of Michael Jackson than this Access Hollywood footage from 2006 in which the King of Pop admires the crew's HD cameras. » 6/26/09 4:20pm 6/26/09 4:20pm

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 9:15pm 3/31/08 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 7:30pm 3/11/08 7:30pm

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

I feel a little bit guilty. The guys at Camcorderinfo.com, 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 9:07pm 4/30/07 9:07pm

Canon 3-Chip HV50 HDV Camcorder: A Fake?

Is this the upcoming HD50 camcorder from Canon? This pic just surfaced, and the controversy begins. Here we have it compared to its HV20 "predecessor," which itself hasn't even been released yet. This alleged HV50 has three CMOS sensors and optical image stabilization along with 1080i, 720p and 24p compatibility and… » 2/16/07 8:12am 2/16/07 8:12am

Sony HD Camcorder Line: New DVD, HDV

Sony announced 4 new HD camcorders that we got to check out at their booth.


This is an HDV-based camcorder, with a 3MP CMOS shooting stills up to 6.1MP. It has a 2.7" LCD...and is pretty standard. Its less-loved sibling, the HC5, has a downgraded 2MP CMOS allowing for 4MP stills Interestingly, the lower end… » 1/08/07 2:50pm 1/08/07 2:50pm

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 5:30pm 9/19/06 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 6:55pm 9/12/06 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 8:37am 9/07/06 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 9:45am 8/28/06 9:45am

Canon XH G1 and XH A1 HDV Camcorders

Canon rolled out two high-definition camcorders, the XH G1 ($6800, pictured above) and XH A1 ($4700), aimed at the lower-end professional market and high-end consumer space. Both are capable of 1080i HDTV recording using the lower-cost HDV recording format that's revolutionizing high definition video production. Each… » 7/26/06 9:20am 7/26/06 9:20am

Focus Enhancements DR-HD100 for Tapeless HD Shooting

For HD shooters lucky enough to have JVC s first-rate GY-HD100 720p HDV camcorder, Focus Enhancements just released the DR-HD100 Direct To Edit (DTE) recorder built specifically for JVC s line of ProHD camcorders. This portable hard drive recorder lets HD shooters pack eight hours of 720p footage on its 80-gig disk… » 3/24/06 9:42am 3/24/06 9:42am

Sanyo HD1 Camcorder's Video Quality Called "Disastrous"

The as-yet-unreleased Sanyo VPC-HD1 Xacti camcorder, a small-form-factor HDV shooter that records 720p MPEG-4 high-definition video onto an SD flash memory card, was negatively reviewed by Akihabara News. The reviewers liked the build quality and design of the groundbreaking $800 high-definition… » 3/01/06 9:58am 3/01/06 9:58am

Sony HDR-HC3E HDV Camcorder to Ship in April

Sony confirmed the April release of its HDR-HC3E high-definition camcorder, a compact device that the company hopes will bring HD videography into the mainstream. In addition to recording in the high-quality but low-bandwidth and low-cost HDV format, the camcorder also can connect via HDMI directly to an HDTV for… » 2/21/06 10:05am 2/21/06 10:05am

"Manual" Surfaces for New Sony HC-3 HDV Camcorder

As we mentioned last week, Sony is rumored to release a new HDV camcorder, the sub-$1500 high-definition HDR-HC3. Now further details have surfaced, including what is said to be excerpts of documentation for the European version of the allegedly upcoming camcorder. Sony still hasn't confirmed any details or even the… » 1/30/06 4:45pm 1/30/06 4:45pm

Sony HDR-HC3 HDV Camcorder to Debut?

Rumors are swirling that Sony is just about to announce a smaller, lighter and lower-priced HDV camcorder for the consumer market. HDV, as you recall, is the new lower-priced high-definition camcorder format that moves video around in a similar way to its little brother, DV. The Sony HDR-HC3 will reportedly have a… » 1/26/06 9:44am 1/26/06 9:44am

Canon HDV XL-2 Camcorder: HD Amateur Pr0n?

The folks over at camcorderinfo.com managed to get an exclusive peek at Canon's new HDV XL-2 video camera. The formal announcement from Canon should be coming later this week at the Canon EXPO event happening in New York City. They are also reporting that this new HDV XL-2 will only record in 1080i and not 720p. Also… » 9/12/05 12:00pm 9/12/05 12:00pm

Beautiful High Definition Sony Goodness

Three new Sony HD televisions are available in the UK and should soon be coming to the states. The kicker about these televisions is that they use high-tech image processing that manages to take non-HD sources and makes them look pretty as a pink pony paradise. » 8/09/05 9:08am 8/09/05 9:08am

JVC GY-HD100 HDV Camcorder

Get out the record books—JVC is proud to announce the world s first compact high definition 3-CCD Camcorder with interchangeable lenses. This camera has enough features choke an HD-compatible horse. I am sure that the AV club kids of the world are jumping with joy with the release of this new $5,300 camcorder. Some… » 8/05/05 9:08am 8/05/05 9:08am