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Old November 8th, 2006, 04:07 AM   #1
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Pansonic Announce AVCHD Cam

The press release with extensive details on the SD based model as well as another DVD based model can be found in machine translation at:
http://translate.google.com/translat...006-17,GGGL:en
The SD model is to be available in Japan on December 1, the DVD model in mid-December.
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Old November 8th, 2006, 08:46 AM   #2
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Some tidbits...

This camera is very small and SD cards only on one of them, very cool.

Some tidbits...

HDMI 1.2a
1080i, 1440x1080 video recording
6,9, or 13Mbps
Microphone port
USB 2
Internal battery bay on SD Card model and external on DVD model
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Old November 8th, 2006, 04:32 PM   #3
 
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Panasonic Announces HDC-SD1 AVCHD Camcorder

Panasonic's HDC-SD1 AVCHD camcorder page is now up in Japan:

http://tinyurl.com/y53ctu

It's quite interesting, in my humble opinion.

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Old November 8th, 2006, 08:33 PM   #4
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Interesting that the less expensive DVD version has a viewfinder and the SD version does not.
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Old November 9th, 2006, 12:08 AM   #5
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Interesting that the less expensive DVD version has a viewfinder and the SD version does not.
Where did you get that from? they both have...

http://www.camcorderinfo.com/content...nd-HDC-DX1.htm
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Old November 9th, 2006, 01:46 AM   #6
 
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The official English press release by PANASONIC is now up:

http://tinyurl.com/yeb6pn

"Their high-sensitivity features also allow for shooting in poorly-lit situations - for example, as low as six lux."

Amazing, if true.

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Old November 9th, 2006, 03:15 AM   #7
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The specifications on the Panasonic site list a viewfinder for the DVD model and show just a dash in the viewfinder space for the SD model. There are lots of good pictures, and I see no evidence of a viewfinder on the SD model. I think Camcorderinfo got it wrong.
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Old November 9th, 2006, 09:48 AM   #8
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It's strange that the DVD model is cheaper as it includes a viewfinder+dvd writer. The extra cost of the SD card model must be in the bundled SD card, what other explanation could there be? If the DX1 can also record to SD card I think that would make that more popular.
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Old November 9th, 2006, 10:04 AM   #9
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As soon as someone get's an editing workflow sorted out (as well as support in NLE's) these things should take off!
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Old November 9th, 2006, 11:04 AM   #10
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I was surprised that nobody had already posted on News when I posted my thread on the announcement. I guess this was moved from there first.

The SD1 version sounds more like what I would expect from one of those $799 h264 cameras talked about earlier in the year. I wonder if the price will fall when higher spec versions come.

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Old November 9th, 2006, 11:39 AM   #11
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What is this progressive mode listed under shutter?:

http://translate.google.com/translat...language_tools


It also mentions progressive CCD's on the first page:

http://translate.google.com/translat...language_tools


I wonder if the HDMI will do the progressive frames.
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Old November 9th, 2006, 11:47 AM   #12
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I am very dissapointed. I was expecting something much smaller, with higher resolution and better bit rate. 8GB SD cards are already just $250 so why not have 24Mbits/s? And 520K CCDs? Please! And it weighs more than the Canon HV10! 490g for this versus 480g for the HV10.
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Old November 9th, 2006, 12:40 PM   #13
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wow, no component output, just HDMI! Is there a way to convert HDI to component?
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wow, no component output, just HDMI! Is there a way to convert HDI to component?
There appears to be a component output.

Take a second look at the photos.

The component output is also listed by CamcorderInfo.com's article:

http://tinyurl.com/y9sdxt

"The new Panasonics include HDMI terminals, as well as AV and component jacks."

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Old November 9th, 2006, 11:05 PM   #15
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As soon as someone get's an editing workflow sorted out (as well as support in NLE's) these things should take off!
I still say the best workflow is to use an Intensity card and capture the AVCHD through HDMI into a mjpeg based Blackmagic HD AVI file and edit that way. Yes the filesize is larger but it is still small enough to fit the bandwidth of a single SATA harddrive. The quality may not be any better but the editing will flow much better on the mjpeg files compared to editing the native AVCHD files.

CPU power will get better and NLE's may be able to edit AVCHD footage in the future but even then it is going to be slow for FX and realtime processing. Using a different codec such as mjpeg (through Intensity and HDMI) or Cineform (if they ever add AVCHD support) will allow the cpu and gpu to be used for FX and realtime processing.
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