Latest Convergence Reviews

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8.5 rating

A compact, Full HD camcorder that can also record high-resolution still photographs.Sanyo dubs its VPC-FH1 a 'Dual Camera' because it fulfils two purposes. With its 8-megapixel sensor and 10x optical zoom lens, it's usable for shooting stills but it also supports Full HD video recording with a stereo soundtrack. Announced at the end of January with the similarly-featured VPC-HD2000, the FH1 has the traditional camcorder form factor and ergonomics while the HD2000 sports a pistol grip.

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8.5 rating

Sony Handycam HDR-CX12

An HD camcorder that records only to flash memory and is designed for point-and-press video photographers.The Handycam HDR-CX12 is similar in size and styling to the HDR-CX7 model, which it replaces. One of a rapidly-growing class of camcorders that record exclusively to flash memory (in this case Memory Stick Pro Duo), it's also the first camcorder with Smile Shutter technology. This feature already appears in some digital still cameras that, like the CX12, are designed primarily for point-a...

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9 rating

Canon HF10 Camcorder

An ultra-compact high-definition camcorder that records to SDHC memory cards and features a 12x optical zoom lens.Weighing less than 500 grams and small enough to slip into a jacket pocket, Canon's HF10 is the first HD camcorder from the company that records video on removable flash memory. Previous models have been based on MiniDV, hard disk and DVD media. Significantly smaller and lighter than its 'cousins', the HF10 comes with 16GB of internal memory that can store up to six hours of video...

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8 rating

Panasonic HDC-SD9

An ultra-compact HD camcorder for everyday snapshooters.Panasonic's tiny HDC-SD9 camcorder represents the third generation of high-definition camcorders that record exclusively to an SD memory card. Designed for point-and-shoot video photographers, it is claimed as the world's smallest and lightest Full-HD video camera. Featuring a 3CCD sensor system based on 1/6-inch (2.46 x 1.80 mm) CCDs, the SD9 also boasts a Leica Dicomar lens with 10x optical zoom.

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8.8 rating

A hybrid, high-definition video camcorder that can also capture 10.1-megapixel still images.Sony's HDR-SR12 camcorder - and its sister model the HDR-SR11 (RRP $1999) - differ only in the capacity of their built-in hard disk drives (HDD), with the SR12 having twice the capacity of the SR11. Both models include some of the technologies developed for Sony's still cameras and both support AVCHD video recording with a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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8 rating

Canon HR10

The third model in Canon's consumer HD camcorder line-up, the HR10 records high-definition video on mini DVD disks.Canon's new HR10 high-definition video camcorder has many features in common with the HG10 and HV20 models we have already reviewed. All three have the same optically-stabilised 10x optical zoom lens and 1920 x 1080 True Progressive HD CMOS sensor. But instead of recording to tape or hard disk drive, the HR10 uses 8cm mini DVD disks as its recording media.

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8.5 rating

Canon HG10

A compact digital camcorder that records AVCHD format high-definition video direct to a 40GB internal hard disk drive.In Canon's new HG10 digital video camera we see many of the components of the HV20 camcorder, which we reviewed in May. Both models use the same high definition camera system, which combines a 1920 x 1080 True Progressive HD CMOS sensor with an optically-stabilised 10x optical zoom lens. Instead of recording to tape, however, the HG10 has a 40GB internal hard disk drive (HDD)...

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