Hitachi debuts the world's
first Blu-Ray Camcorder
Two New Camcorders Can Record 1920x1080 Full High Definition
Video on a Blu-ray Disc
Mississauga - Aug. 2, 2007 - With today's introduction of not just
one, but two versions of the world's first Blu-ray disc camcorder,
Hitachi continues its long-standing tradition of being first to
market with landscape-changing consumer electronics products.
The new DZ-BD70A is a single drive camcorder which can record approximately
one hour of Full HD 1920x1080 video (two hours of HD 1440x1080 video)
on an 8cm single-sided Blu-ray disc (BD-R and BD-RE). For even more
recording flexibility the DZ-BD70A also allows video to be recorded
in standard definition quality to DVD discs (DVD-R/-RW/-RAM). Lifelike
image reproduction and rich, immersive color are a result of Hitachi's
5.3 mega pixel CMOS image sensor and HD quality 12-element lens
system. Not only can the DZ-BD70A record high definition video to
Blu-ray discs, it also comes with an SD card slot for storing
digital still photos at 4.32 mega pixel max resolution. A unique
Hitachi feature called Photo Capture allows users to search though
recordings on a Blu-ray disc, grab any still frame of video and
save it as a photo to the SD card slot in 2.1 mega pixel resolution.
Adding to the excitement for consumers will be the flagship DZ-BD7HA
Hybrid model, which incorporates Blu-ray disc recording capability
and a 30 gigabyte (GB) Hard Disk Drive (HDD). The integrated 30GB
HDD can record approximately four hours of Full HD1920x1080 video
(HX mode) or up to eight hours of HD 1440x1080 video (HS mode).
Also, with the simple push of a button, it can copy the contents
from HDD to BD within the camcorder itself, a major convenience
feature for on-the-go consumers who can now bypass external devices
(PCs, docking stations, etc.) altogether to quickly dub a highlight
reel. Easy editing functions such as split, delete and connect can
also be made right in the camcorder before using the 1-touch dubbing
function to burn Blu-ray disc copies.
Beyond the ability to transfer high definition video from the HDD
to Blu-ray discs, there is also a new transcoding feature
which allows users to select high definition video stored on the
HDD to be transferred to standard definition DVD copies using the
1-touch dubbing feature. This provides users with the choice and
flexibility to burn either high definition (Blu-ray) copies or standard
definition (DVD) copies, so it is fast and simple - everything is
done within the camcorder itself -- to share home movie memories
with friends and family members who may not yet own a Blu-ray playback
"Hitachi introduced the world's first DVD camcorder in 2000
and once again we are very proud to introduce the next generation
of high definition recording with the world's first Blu-ray disc
camcorder." said Kevin Nascimben, Hitachi Canada Product Manager.
"These 2 new Blu-ray camcorders represent the ultimate in full
high definition video recording and flexibility. With the ability
to record in high definition, standard definition and to 5 different
disc formats plus hard drive, it provides consumers with valuable
options and a "future-proof" solution when choose a camcorder.
That a camcorder can have all these features and performance in
such a compact, sleek design is pretty cool."
State-of-the-Art Blu-ray Camcorder Features Based on Hitachi
Building upon its legacy of technology breakthroughs, Hitachi offers
the following state-of-the-art features in its new BD camcorders:
8cm BD/DVD Drive - Hitachi developed a compact, low power
consuming, quiet and highly reliable 8cm BD/DVD drive which is compatible
with five types of industry standard discs: BD-RE/-R, DVD-RAM/-RW/-R.
The drive has two optical pick-ups for BD and DVD and a flat pick-up
with compact aberration correction function for BD.
High Definition, Distortion-less Lens - The camcorders feature
a 10x zoom, non-spherical lens that helps keep the form factor
especially compact. The lens is multi-coated to prevent reflection,
flare or ghost images, and it has gradation ND (neutral density)
filter to prevent degrading of resolution caused by the aperture
of the iris.
CMOS Image Sensor - The Hitachi camcorders feature a 5.3
mega pixel CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) image
sensor capable of capturing the true nature of an object by reading
the pixel area at a very rapid speed. This is essential for HD video
imaging. Approximately 4.32 mega pixel still photos can be recorded
on a SD memory card.
Full Connectivity and Playback Options - An HDMI port
is included on both BD models to maximize the HD experience when
viewing directly from the camcorder to your TV (Component and AV/S
is also available). A USB port is included to provide seamless communication
for watching or editing video on your computer and Blu-ray discs
can be viewed on a number of supported players, including video
Simple and Innovative Designs - The new BD camcorders are
also distinguished from conventional camcorders by a smooth-flowing,
elegant and innovative design. The large-aperture lens expresses
the camcorders' high quality. The sleek, round body is a unique
Hitachi motif that is particularly eye-catching, especially for
consumers with an appreciation of artful aesthetics. A portion of
the camcorder is UV coated to protect the body from scratches and
to maintain its luster.
Interactive User Guide
Both cameras come with an Interactive Guide built-in so that even
people who have never used a camcorder can quickly begin using and
enjoying the device.
For more information on these new Blu-ray camcorders, visit
Hitachi Canada's website at:
Both the DZ-BD70 and DZ-BD7H camcorders will be available in North
America in October 2007.
About Hitachi Canada Ltd.
Hitachi Canada Ltd.., Digital Media Division markets a wide variety
of digital products. The division's Consumer Group markets high-definition
plasma televisions and monitors, LCD projection and flat panel HDTVs,
LCD projectors, and DVD camcorders. The division's Business Group
markets LCD projectors, professional plasma monitors, interactive
panels and whiteboards.
Hitachi has a unique position in the marketplace by manufacturing
and developing its own core technologies to provide consumers and
businesses with optimal product performance in each of Hitachi's
For complete information on the products offered by Hitachi Canada
Ltd. visit http://www.hitachi.ca/.
Hitachi, Ltd., (NYSE: HIT / TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo,
Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately
384,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2006 (ended March 31, 2007)
consolidated revenues totaled 10,247 billion yen ($86.8 billion).
The company offers a wide range of systems, products and services
in market sectors including information systems, electronic devices,
power and industrial systems, consumer products, materials and financial
services. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's
website at http://www.hitachi.com.
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