CES 2014 Las Vegas – Panasonic is showing its continued commitment to the digital camcorder category by unveiling five models highlighted by a Full HD “Twin Camera” that enables shooting picture-in-picture videos.
The models include the: W850, V750, V550, V250 and V130 camcorders, the first four of which include a new Baby Monitor feature that enables monitoring a sleeping baby in another room through a connection to a smartphone.
Pricing and availability will be announced late.
The highlighted HC-W850 features a Twin Camera function that enables shooting picture-in-picture video with a sub-camera located on the side of the LCD screen. The Twin Camera captures two scenes at once, including a close-up shot and landscape shot in the same direction, front and side shots, or shots of the subject and person.
The W850, V750, V550, and V250 models also include built-in Wi-Fi with one-touch connectivity to a smartphone or tablet via Near Field Communication (NFC) technology.
Models W850 and V750 add new lenses, sensors, and engines that Panasonic said significantly improve image quality, including the world's first 4-drive lens system that uses a 4-group lens system controlled by individual motors enabling high-resolution and high-magnification zoom operation within a compact body size.
A BSI sensor in those models produces an effective pixel count of 6.03 megapixels to boost sensitivity by approximately 1.3 times. A new Crystal Engine Pro+ system ups processing speeds by about 1.5 times, while new enhanced noise reduction cuts image noise by about 20 percent.
Panasonic also announced a Remote Pan Tilt Cradle accessory (sold separately) that when connected to a camcorder, detects and tracks a moving subject within a 180-degree horizontal movement range and 15-degree vertical range.
Other features in the HC-W850 Twin Camera include: Advanced Level Shot Function and 5-Axis Hybrid Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS)+.
The HC-V750 also includes Advanced Level Shot Function and 5-Axis Hybrid OIS+, and Full HD slow m capture.
The HC-V550 features a 50x optical zoom, 90x Intelligent Zoom, Advanced Level Shot Function and 5-Axis Hybrid OIS+.
The HC-V250 offers a 50x optical, 90x Intelligent Zoom lens, and compact design.
The HC-V130 offers FullHD video resolution, a 38x optical, 75x digital zoom lens, and BSI sensor.