Blu-ray &Hardware Steven Kippel on 23 Jul 2007

Hitachi Showcases Blu-ray Camcorder for First Time

Hitachi Showcases Blu-ray Camcorder for First Time

An industry first, Hitachi has announced a hand-held HD camcorder which records MPEG-4/H.264 directly to a Blu-ray Disc. (It also supports MPEG-2/Motion JPEG for standard definition recording.) The camera will be released in Japan this Autumn as part of Hitachi’s Wooo line-up. If you haven’t heard of Wooo, don’t worry because I haven’t either. Pricing has not been announced.

The Wooo camera records 1080p video, via its 5.3-megapixel CMOS sensor, onto the 7.8GB 8cm Blu-ray disc, not the 12cm BD that holds 25GB per layer. Judging by the disc capacity, it look like a single 8cm BD will hold just under 2 hours of HD video – which should be enough for the casual home movie maker. Somehow I don’t see a lot of people lining up to record their daughter’s birthday party in pristine 1080p.

Hitachi Wooo Blu-ray Disc HD Camcorder

This will be the first 8cm BD drive available, and it will support BD-RE/R and DVD-RAM/RW/R playback. Hitachi boasts silent operation due to implementing Partial-Constant Angular Velocity.

While this is an intriguing concept, and a first for the Blu-ray Disc format, I’m not sure optical media is going to be the preferred medium for camcorders in the future. This next decade will find most people will drop their movie files on their computer and edit them before burning it to a DVD, so an HDD based HD camcorder seems more practical.

Still, kudos to Hitachi for being the first to offer this solution.

Originally reported by Impress (Japanese)

2 Responses to “Hitachi Showcases Blu-ray Camcorder for First Time”

  1. on 23 Jul 2007 at 12:55 PM 1.Wesley Novack said …

    I agree that a HiDef camcorder that records to a hard disk drive or a solid state drive will probably be more attractive. Interesting product though!

  2. on 02 Aug 2007 at 4:52 PM 2.Mini Blu-ray Discs, camcorders on their way » Blu-ray, HD DVD, info at said …

    […] Mini Blu-ray Discs on their way Last month I had reported on Hitachi’s Blu-ray camcorder. Today I get to tell you the media for that camera is on its way just in time for the cameras. Verbatim and Imation are shipping the 8cm 7.5GB Blu-ray Disc to reach the market this month in Japan. The media will not be available in the States until BD-cameras are available here. Verbatim gave a price of $20 each “initially.” Imation has a $24.99 each for -R and $34.99 for -RE (re-writable) discs. The Verbatim discs are manufactured by MKM (Verbatim’s parent company) in Japan. Imation’s discs will use the TDK Life on Record brand and will be manufactured by TDK. This mini-BD is an unusual sized disc at 8cm across, and it appears it will only be used in camcorders at this time. The BDA developed this disc specifically for this type of application, much like HDMI’s 1.3 spec includes a mini-HDMI connector for cameras as well. At a 1920×1080 interlaced (1080i) resolution, one disc will hold one hour of continuous video. If you reduce the horizontal resolution to 1440×1080 interlaced, you can get up to two hours. There is some indication that double-sided discs will appear in the future, but nothing has been announced yet. Since they are Blu-ray, they will come with the proprietary hard-coat finish to prevent scratches and dust from accumulating on the surface. In the US, we should see these BD-cameras coming to market in October. Hitachi has unveiled two BD-cameras for the States. The DZ-BD70A will retail at $1,300 and will utilize the mini-BD. The big brother, DZ-BD7HA, is a hybrid camera with a 30GB hard drive that can hold up to four hours of video where you can edit the content before you burn it to the mini-BD. The DZ-BD7HA will sell at $1,500. Both cameras record in 1920×1080 interlaced video with a 5.3-megapixel CMOS sensor, and can take stills at 4.32-megapixels stored on an SD card. They also offer 10x optical zoom and HDMI output. I may have discounted Blu-ray as a camera format, but time will only tell how viable the platform is. It looks like Hitachi is banking on this technology taking off. Share this article: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages. […]

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