Hitachi America Ltd.
on Thursday rolled out four new UltraVision DVD camcorders. The devices use recordable DVD media in place of tapes, and also write to Secure Digital (SD) cards for digital stills. Prices range from $399 to $799 depending on features. And for the first time, they’re compatible with both Macs and PCs, according to Hitachi.
All models feature the ability to grab frames from video and transfer them as still pictures to the SD card — what Hitachi calls the Video-to-Photo Frame Grab Tool. They also feature a 2.7-inch LCD viewfinder in widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio. A “Quick Mode” menu system lets you navigate to scenes using thumbnail images without having to fast forward or rewind the video. The new camcorders can support DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD-RAM and DVD+RW media. Connectivity with Macs and PCs is done through a USB 2.0 port.
The DZGX3300A is Hitachi’s new top-of-the-line DVD camcorder model. It features a 3.3 megapixel resolution with maximum photo resolution of 2016 x 1512 pixels, and a 10x optical zoom lens. The new camcorder is coming in April for $799.
The DZGX3200A has 2.12 megapixel resolution and 10x optical zoom. It’s coming in March for $599.
The DZGX3100A has 1.3 megapixel resolution at 1280 x 960 pixels, 15x optical zoom and 800x digital zoom. It also features composite and S-Video inputs and a USB 2.0 cable. It’s coming in April for $499.
The new entry-level DZBX35A is coming in March for $399. It has 680K pixel resolution at 640 x 480 and 25x optical zoom with 1200x digital zoom.
Hitachi’s Web site had not been updated with information about the new models as
posted this article.