Panasonic Introduces New Camcorders with World's First and Most Powerful 70x Ultra-Zoom Lens
Three New Camcorders, the SDR-H80, SDR-H90 and SDR-S26, Feature Advanced Optical Image Stabilization and Intelligent Auto Technologies
Las Vegas, N.V. (January 7, 2009) – Panasonic today expanded its 2009 camcorder line with the addition of two Hard Disk Drive (HDD) models, the SDR-H80 and SDR-H90; and one
SD Card model, the SDR-S26 – all of which feature the world’s first and
most powerful 70x optical ultra-zoom lens*. All
three models also include an advanced Optical Image Stabilization
(O.I.S.) system which helps reduce blur caused by a shaky hand and
Panasonic’s proprietary Intelligent Auto (iA) technologies, making the
camcorders easy to use.
today, traditional camcorder lenses could zoom up to 50x, but with the
extra 20x our new camcorders provide, Panasonic is the first to offer
such a powerful solution,” said Dennis Eppel, Vice President, Network
Business Group, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company. “Panasonic
understands that consumers sometimes need that extra zoom to truly
capture dynamic colors, expressions and motions when the subject is far
away, such as during an on-stage school play or sporting event.”
The powerful 70x optical ultra-zoom lens is supported by Panasonic’s advanced O.I.S. system which reduces the effect of hand-shake even when subjects are zoomed to maximum magnification. Gyrosensors
detect hand shake, and the advanced O.I.S. shifts the lens to correct
the optical axis and repeats this detection and correction process
about 4,000 times per second. This superb correction performance, which
produces sharp, clear motion images far better than electronic image
stabilization systems, is critical for a camcorder with such a long and
iA technology detects the shooting conditions and automatically selects
the most suitable modes and settings so features like Advanced
O.I.S. and Face Detection, which adjusts the exposure so faces are
captured perfectly, engage seamlessly. Also included in iA is the
Intelligent Scene Selector, which determines which Scene mode will
provide the optimal results. For example, it can determine and choose
the proper Scene mode from the following four patterns: Scenery
(landscapes), Portrait (people), Spot Light (bright and dark areas),
Low Light (indoors and outdoors).
SDR-H90 can capture and store video to an SD/SDHC Memory Card or its 80
GB** internal HDD, which can record up to 72 hours (in LP mode), while
the SDR-H80’s 60 GB internal HDD, which can record up to 54 hours (in
LP mode). Both
HDD camcorders can protect data extremely well, thanks to the reliable
SDHC/SD Memory Card, which does not require any kind of drive
mechanism, in addition to the camcorders’ Anti-Shock Shield that helps protect the built-in hard disk from the effects of external impact.
Other features of the SDR-H80, SDR-H90 and SDR-S26 include:
- Easy YouTube Upload
– this convenient function makes it fast and easy to upload video clips
to YouTube.com for easy sharing. Simply install VideoCam Suite software
that comes with the model and connect to a PC using the USB interface.
- Quick Start Mode – Takes just 0.8 seconds for the camcorders to start up in quick start mode, ensuring that sudden shooting opportunities are not missed.
- Easy Copy to DVD – Most
people use their camcorders for three main purposes: to shoot, play,
and archive video recordings. They want each of these functions to be
as easy as possible. This feature lets the user
save data onto DVDs without all the fuss. By connecting the camcorder
to the VW-BN1 DVD Burner (optional) using a USB cable, video recordings
can easily be copied to a 12-cm DVD (DVD-RAM/-RW/-R/-R DL). The disc
can then be played back on DVD players.
SDR-H80 has a suggested retail price (SRP) of $449.95 and will come in
four colors, silver, black, red and blue models; while the SDR-90 has
an SRP of $499.95 and will come in black only. The SDR-S26 has an SRP of $329.95 and will come in champagne, black, blue and red models. All three camcorders will be available in April 2009.
*As of January 7, 2009.
**1 GB = 1,073,741,824 bytes. Usable capacity will be less.
***Video clips must be recorded in Web mode in order to be uploaded to YouTube.