It looks like the good 'ole USofA is getting some pocket camcorder loving from Panasonic
today, as they announced the forthcoming SDR-S150 SD, which is (as far as we can tell) an Americanized version of its SDR-S200
. This device picks up where the SDR-S100
left off, and makes good on the prior limitations while coming in at a (slightly) more manageable price. Sporting that oh-so-spectacular triple CCD, this handy recorder will accept any normal SD card, but ups the ante by playing nice with those capacious SDHC. If you tend to get nervous holding a $1,000 device in the palm of your hand, Panasonic helps steady the situation by including optical image stabilization to accompany the 10x optical zooming Leica Dicomar lens. Utilizing typical MPEG-2 compression, this unit touts its ability to store "up to 3 hours 20 minutes" on a single 4GB SDHC card, but you get stuck with a "measly" 2GB SD card out of the box. So if you're looking for a pocket-sized SD camcorder that won't run out of storage before your battery craps out (and you're willing to fork out for that 4GB card
), you can track down the SDR-S150 SD in September for $999.95.
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