Panasonic Sets 2011 Camcorder Pricing

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released pricing Tuesday on 13 digital camcorder models first previewed at the recent International CES and now scheduled to hit retail shelves in March.

Highlights of the line include three models with 3MOS sensors to record in up to FullHD 1080/60p with support for 3D recording using an optional CW-CLT1 ($350 suggested retail) conversion lens. The 3MOS models include the HDC-TM900 ($1,400 suggested retail), the HDC-HS900 ($1,100) and the HDC-SD800 ($850).

 The TM900 and HS900 models include a manual ring, 20x zoom, 3.5-inch touchscreen LCDs and five internal microphones for 5.1-channel surround recording.

All will record to SDXC/SDHC/SD cards, and the TM900 adds 32GB of internal memory while the HS900 has a 220GB hard disk drive. Other common features include optical image stabilization, a Crystal Engine Pro processor and an Eco-Mode function.

Seven models include 1MOS image sensors for FullHD 1080 video capture. Models include the HDC-SD40 ($350 suggested retail), HDC-TM40 ($400), HDC-SD80 ($450), HDC-TM80 ($500), HDC-HS80 ($600), HDC-SD90 ($550) and HDC-TM90 ($600).

The SD90 and TM90 will also record in 1080/60p HD format, and can record 3D using the optional CW-CLT1 lens.

All models feature low-light sensitivity and zoom lenses starting at a 28mm wide-angle focal length. The SD90 and TM90 feature up to 40x intelligent zoom lenses.

All record to SDXC/SDHC/SD cards and the HDC-TM90, HDC-TM80 and HDC-TM50 also have 16GB of internal memory. The HDC-HS80 has a 120GB hard disk drive.

Three standard-definition video models include the SDR-H100 ($350 suggested retail), the SDR-T70 ($270) and the SDR-S70 ($250), which all feature slim styling a 78x enhanced optical zoom lens starting at a 33mm wide-angle focal length, optical image stabilization and an Active mode that reduces blurring during zooms. All three store recordings to SDXC/SDHC/SD memory cards, and the H100 adds an 80GB internal hard drive while the T70 adds 4GB of flash memory.


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