In addition to the six consumer-level HD camcorders Panasonic announced at CES, the company also has something in store for the more serious videographer to the tune of three new prosumer HD camcorders, each sporting Panasonic’s vaunted 3MOS image sensor.
All three HD camcorders, the HDC-TM900, HDC-HS900, and HDC-SD800, will have a 20x zoom, 46mm f/1.5 Leica Dicomar lens, shoot 1080/60p (a resolution found only in last year’s TM700) and are compatible with Panasonic’s 3D Conversion Lens.
The TM900 and HS900 will sport a manual lens ring and 3.5-inch touchscreen LCD display. The SD800 will have a 3.0-inch touchscreen. All three will support the new Touch Zoom, to quickly zoom with a swipe of the finger, and Touch Shutter, to take a still with a finger tap.
The HD camcorders are SDXC/SDHC/SD memory card compatible. The HS900 has a 220 GB hard disk drive for added storage.
Other features include the Crystal Engine PRO, which Panasonic claims reduces noise 45% compared to Panasonic’s conventional models, hybrid optical image stabilization, intelligent auto with face recognition, power-saver mode, and 5.1 channel surround.
Pricing and availability have not yet been announced, but will be revealed a month prior to launch.