Panasonic Releases New Compact Cameras & Camcorders

Panasonic's Brand-New HD Camcorders with Crystal Engine PRO

Brand-New HD Camcorders with Crystal Engine PRO

Panasonic's new high-definition camcorders feature the new Crystal Engine PRO, which promises better light gathering efficiency and low-noise recording even in dim light. Color reproduction, resolution and gradation have all been enhanced, as well as the optical image stabilization system.

Advanced 3MOS System Flagship HD Camcorders: HDC-TM900/HS900/SD900/SD800

The HDC-TM900, HS900, SD900 and SD800 flagship HD camcorders combine Panasonic's 3MOS sensor with Leica Dicomar lens and Crystal Engine PRO to create the advanced 3MOS System.

The f/1.5 Leica Dicomar lens on these new models have been manufactured using measuring instruments and quality assurance systems certified by the famed Leica Camera AG based on its standards. Its large 46mm diameter offers brighter images than previous lenses, and its wide-angle makes it ideal for many different shooting situations.

The advanced 3MOS image sensor separates the light received through the lens into the three primary colors - red, green and blue - and processes each color independently. As a result, it offers beautiful images with significantly better color quality, detail and gradation than conventional sensor systems.

The evolved Crystal Engine PRO increases sensitivity and reduces low-frequency noise to achieve bright images with minimal noise even when shooting under low light.

The new models record 1080/50p video at a high 28-Mbps bit-rate, and also include a new HYBRID O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) which combines optical and electrical image stabilizing technologies into one. 

You can also record 3D images with the 3D Conversion Lens, compatible with the HDC-TM900, HS900, SD900, SD800, TM90 and SD90 camcorders.

The HDC-TM900, HS900 and SD900 feature large 3.5" touch LCDs, with touch-controls like the new Touch Zoom.

1MOS 28mm Wide-Angle Lens and 40x Intelligent Zoom with HYBRID O.I.S.: HDC-TM90/SD90

The HDC-TM90/SD90 feature a compact body, but they provide extra shooting diversity with the 28mm wide-angle and ultra-telephoto 40x Intelligent Zoom. Intelligent Zoom incorporates the Image Processing LSI Crystal Engine PRO to achieve ultra-telephoto 40x shooting beyond the optical zoom range of 21x.

1,080/50p recording at a 28-Mbps bit rate conveys about twice the information of 1,080i (interlace) recording. You can record 3D images with the 3D Conversion lens and Step-up Ring included with the lens.

An Ultra-Compact Body with a Powerful 42x Intelligent Zoom: HDC-TM80/HS80/SD80

The HDC-TM80/HS80/SD80 enable ultra-telephoto 42x shooting with a compact body. The new models also feature a 33.7mm wide-angle lens, HYBRID O.I.S., Zoom Mic and Wind Noise Canceler.

World's Lightest Ultra-Compact Camcorders: HDC-TM40/SD40

Ultra-compact and weighing only approximately 169g, the HDC-TM40/SD40 are the world's lightest camcorders and have a stylish design (for a full-HD camcorder in AVCHD format as of January 5, 2011). The TM40/SD40 has a low power consumption of 2.5 W, allowing it to record continuously for up to 135 minutes. The HDC-TM40/SD40 are equipped with POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) to compensate for shaky and blurry video.

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