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Sanyo Xacti CA100 Outdoor/Waterproof Dual Camera

Keep your special memories alive with a great camcorder; even better get a waterproof camcorder which you can use snorkelling or scuba diving to capture all those colourful fish and coral. One that will fit the bill is the Sanyo Xacti CA100 which can be used underwater up to a depth of 3 metres for 60 minutes, more than enough time to get a selection of fish, or friends!The Sanyo Xacti is capable of full HD recording, 14mega pixel still images, has a 5x optical zoom facility with a 10x digital zoom, giving a massive 50x in total. The video format “MPEG-4 AVC / H.264” enables videos to be handled on a computer or the Internet using a single file, just like a still photo and the format is fully supported by the latest Windows 7 operating system for even more convenient use on a PC. All the usual Sanyo accessories are available for this camcorder overall a good package.

How about a camcorder for Christmas?

For years, affordable standard-definition camcorders offered good-quality video. Now, for the same amount of money, you can buy high-definition video cameras that let you shoot movies with gorgeous colour and clarity, save footage to flash memory or hard-disk drives, and upload to the Web with ease. Whether you want to snag clips of your playful spaniel or create the next independent masterpiece, there is a camcorder that will fit your bill.Amongst the many HD camcorders the Panasonic HDC-SD60EB-K offers a lightweight camcorder, weighing in at only 225g without the battery. Its compact size lets it sit in the palm of your hand for anytime, anywhere recording for high-quality images. Also features a 2.7” LCD screen, optical zoom x25 16:9 recording and a memory card slot.

Aiptek HD 3D – the UK’s first 3D Camcorder

A couple of weeks ago Panasonic announced that its new HDC-SDT750 would be the first consumer 3d camcorder, but it seems that a German company called Aiptek has beaten them to the punch by releasing their portable HD 3D camcorder.The Aiptek HD 3D can’t really be compared to the Panasonic in terms of class, but for a sneak peak at what 3D can do it’s well worth it. The Aiptek HD 3D uses two separate lenses to capture in 3D which can be viewed straight back on the 2.4 inch 3D display.Movies can also be played back via HDMI to a 3D enabled TV, but if you don’t own one the files can be converted to view on a standard screen with the bundled software, but you’ll have to don the supplied glasses to see it in 3D.The HD 3D camcorder can also shoot movies in 2D at 720p and capture still images at 5 megapixels; an SD card slot is built in and can support up to 32GB, giving around 800 minutes of video time.The Aiptek HD 3D is available now for around £199.

Gorillapod Magnetic – sticks your camera to any magnetic surface

The Gorillpod has become one of the most popular tripods for digital cameras and camcorders since it hit the market, and things only get better with Joby’s new release, the Gorillapod Magnetic. Designed for compact cameras and mini camcorders like the Flip, the Gorillapod Magnetic has everything you would expect from a Gorillapod, 30 rotating and bending leg joints, quick-release clips for the camera/camcorder and a lock ring to keep the device secure and steady, but the best bit is its magnetic feet which can hold the Gorillapod to any magnetic surface.The Gorillapod Magnetic is available in a range of colours including grey, red, blue and pink and is available now for around £24.95.

Samsung HMX-R10 HD Camcorder

As the boom in High Definition consumer goods continues, its no wonder that Samsung’s HMX-R10 HD Camcorder is so popular. This ultra-compact device is ergonomically designed to make it easy to operate over long periods of time, thanks mainly because of its angled lens and curvy shape.Not only is the Samsung HMX-R10 easy to use, it also boosts some hefty features such as full HD video capture, 9 megapixel stills camera and a 2.7 inch touchscreen LCD display to change settings and preview your files.It also features a 5x optical zoom, so you can get close to the action from a safe distance and comes with a HDMI socket to watch your movies and pictures on your TV, as well as a USB cable for transferring your data to a PC for editing or archiving. Data is stored on either SD or SDHC memory cards which makes it easy to swap and change when you need to.The Samsung HMX-R10 is available in black or silver for around £280 and is a great device to replace your old camcorder and camera with.

Must have Christmas presents – Flip UltraHD camcorder

The Flip camcorder has been a sensation since it first hit the market and its newest device is set to be one of the must have gadgets this Christmas. The Flip UltraHD brings High-Definition videos to the masses with a minimum of fuss and sports a 2 inch TFT display and 120 minutes of record time.In keeping with the other devices in the Flip range, The Flip UltraHD measures just 107 x 56 x 30mm and weighs 170 grams, comes with a built-in speaker and easy press buttons for recording and skipping between clips. The unit takes just 4 seconds to power up meaning that you can capture spontaneous videos at an impressive 1280×720 resolution and the 2x digital zoom means that you can get even closer to the action.The Flip UltraHD come with a rechargeable battery which is charged via the power adaptor or any USB slot and is capable of around 2.5 hours of capture time; a full charge takes around 6 hours via USB and 3.5 hours via the power adaptor.The video editing software that comes with the Flip UltraHD is pretty basic, but does allow you to set start and end points, splice multiple videos together and add titles and music to the finished flick. The device can also upload videos to Myspace and YouTube.The Flip UltraHD is available now for around £139.99 in either black or white colour combinations.

Samsung HMX-R10 – the smallest full HD camcorder

Samsung have been working hard on their High Definition camcorders over the past couple of years and have now come up with what is reportedly, the smallest full HD camcorder in the world. The Samsung HMX-R10 not only boasts full HD video recording, it also has a 12 megapixel still camera, 5X optical zoom and a 2.7 inch touchscreen display.The Samsung HMX-R10 is styled quite differently to alternative manufacturers and features an oval shaped body and 25 degree angled lens. Samsung claim that when holding the camcorder at the right angle, it produces less pressure on you wrist meaning that it is less tiring and move comfortable.The lens itself is made with scratch resistant plastic, but it doesn’t come with a lens cover which could cause problems when it has been bashed about a bit. As mentioned above, the HMX-R10 is capable of recording at full 1080p HD resolution and all of the setting and preferences are controlled through the touchscreen.The Samsung HMX-R10 will be available sometime in April and is expected to be around the £379 mark, it will be available in either black or silver colour combinations.

Sony HDR-TG3E High-Definition Camcorder

The Sony HDR-TG3E Camcorder is the world’s smallest full HD camcorder, so there will be no excuses for leaving it behind. Due to its compact size, the Sony HDR-TG3E can be taken just about anywhere and easily fits into a pocket or handbag. The Sony TG3E has a super strong and scratch resistant full titanium body, which is capable of handling any situation it is put into, and also features Sony’s advanced capturing technology including, a Carl Zeiss lens with 10x optical zoom, Sony’s Super SteadyShot to reduce screen shake and a Quick On mode, which lets you start capturing full HD video within a second of turning on. Also included in the Sony TG3E, is a 2.7 inch Clear Photo LCD screen with integrated touch facilities, the BIONZ high-speed image processor for fast moving action and face detection software for enhanced image quality. The HDR-TG3E can capture video up to 1080i High-Definition resolution and can also capture still images using the 4 megapixel camera option. Memory is taken care of by a Memory Stick Pro Duo card slot, so there are no tapes or discs required. 5.1 surround sound is also available for enhanced sound and clearer dialogue, and a USB cable is also included for transferring to your PC. The Sony HDR-TG3E HD Camcorder is available now for between £430 and £480, but as always it’s better to shop around for the best deal.

Canon HF100 High-Definition Camcorder – HD movies your way!

The compact and stylish Cannon HF100 camcorder is one of the most talked about budget full HD camcorders on the market, and is capable of recording home movies up to 1920×1080 resolution. The Canon HF100 is almost identical to the more expensive HF10 and features full HD recording, a big CMOS sensor with 3.3 megapixel camera, 12X zoom and a 2.7 inch multiangle LCD display. The main difference between the HF100 and HF10 is that the HF10 has a 16GB flash drive, whereas the HF100 has a SDHC card slot.The HF100 benefits from Canon’s Super Range Optical Image Stabilizer and has four recording modes including 1920×1080 full HD and 1440×1080 modes. The Canon HF100 also features microphone and headphone jacks to take advantage of the audio controls and a HDMI socket so you can connect it directly to a TV for viewing.Battery life is an impressive two hours with the included 890mAh battery and can be upgraded to three hours with a 1780mAh battery (sold separately). Software is also included so you can edit and playback your recordings and even convert them to different formats.The Canon HF100 is available now for around the £450 mark and is a great introduction into the world of High-Definition recording.  

KODAK Zi6 Video Camera – Record High-Definition movies on the go!

KODAK has joined the pocket camcorder market, with their new Zi6 HD device. The Zi6 HD measures only 64 x 114 x 23.5mm (about the same size as a mobile phone) and can capture High-Definition video up to 720p at 60 frames a second in 16:9 widescreen.The KODAK Zi6 video camera is set to rival the Flip Mino and other highly portable, click and record video cameras and boasts seamless integration with computers and laptops via the flip out USB connector, and TV out to watch your newly recorded HD video on the big screen.Other features include a big 2.4 inch LCD screen to watch you movies on the move and an SD/SDHC card slot, which can take memory cards up to 32GB for hours of recording. Rechargeable batteries and charger is also included, so you can be sure that the KODAK Zi6 is ready when you are and still pictures can also be taken with the 3 megapixel lens.Video editing software is bundled with the device, allowing you to edit, add music and pictures and grab still images from your recordings. All in all, the KODAK Zi6 HD is a great little device, ideal to click and record video wherever you are.  

Sanyo HD1000 Xacti High Definition Camcorder

The HD1000 camcorder is the latest addition to Sanyo’s award winning Xacti High Definition range. It can record video in full HD up to 1080i resolution at 60 frames per second, as well as capturing still images at 4 megapixels.